Review Category : Microsoft

comScore yesterday released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. In explicit core search share, Microsoft Sites had 16.7 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) from the previous month where Google still leads with 67.5%. On the search count, Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3 billion searches. Overall in February, 69.7 percent of searches carried search results from Google (up 0.4 percentage points), while 25.9 percent of searches were powered by Bing (up 0.3 percentage points). Yahoo is considering to revamp its search deal with Microsoft in an effort to monetize it effectively as they are in a downward spiral. Read more at source link below. Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft has recently secured patents for its Surface tablet hardware design. As you can see above, the patent describes the physical features of the device. On the software side, Microsoft has already applied for several key features of Windows 8 such as Live Tiles Start screen, Picture Password, Gesture support, etc,. As companies like Google are not respecting IP owned by other companies, it is becoming an compulsive act for companies like Microsoft and Apple to patent everything they do. via: Patentbolt ...

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Microsoft today revealed their partnership with social video editing start-up, Vyclone. Vyclone’s mobile app allows users to co-create, sync, and edit multiple views of a single shared moment – like a sporting event, or birthday. Working with Microsoft, Vyclone has today released a new experience called Vyclone web editor using which users can now edit and share crowd sourced video to the web using just a browser and HTML5. With modern browser like Internet Explorer 10, Vyclone web editor even supports touch input. Does this sound familiar? You go to a concert and there is a sea of phones in the air, are as common as lighters once were. It’s human nature to want to capture the moment and share it with the world. But Vyclone takes that one step further. With Vyclone, users can access everyone else’s video to make their own director’s cut from the best views at the concert – instead of ...

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So far we have seen many references to Windows Blue, the next version of Windows which Microsoft is working on. Today, new job postings from Microsoft reveals some references to Windows 9, it seems Microsoft is already working on Windows 9 along with Windows Blue. Here is the description from Bing team job listing, Do you want to join the frontlines in one of the biggest battles we are fighting in the company? Do you want to work on the latest technology? Bing brings search experiences to tens of millions of users with over a billion page views a week. As a member of the Bing Client team, you will be joining a team that is constantly innovating in the latest technology areas by combining the best of client and services to build great customer experiences. We utilize cutting edge technologies across the stack from Bing metro application development using ...

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IDC yesterday released its latest forecast update of the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker estimates. IDC expects tablet shipments to be upwards of 350 million by the end of 2017. IDC also predicted that Windows will only have arounf 10% of the total tablet market by 2017 with Windows RT growth to remain below 3% during the forecast period. “Microsoft’s decision to push two different tablet operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, has yielded poor results in the market so far,” said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets. “Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8. Such a focus could drive better share growth in the tablet category down the road.” What do you think of their forecast? Source: IDC ...

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Microsoft’s consumer online services are facing service disruption for the past few hours. Micr0soft acknowledged that the there are some issues going on in Hotmail, Outlook.com and SkyDrive users. Few hours before SkyDrive services were successfully restores and Hotmail/Outlook.com is still being restored. Microsoft provided the following update regarding this issue. We’re still working on this problem. Fixing the problem is taking longer than we hoped. We’ll provide an update by Mar 13 6:42 PM. We apologize for the lengthy interruption in service You may not experience any issues because only small number of users got affected by this outage. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a set of new themes and wallpapers for Windows devices in their Personalization Gallery. Here is the list of the new themes releases. One harbinger of spring is the sight of bees visiting the crocuses, apple blossoms, and daffodils that begin to bloom around this time of year. Our first theme, a collection of stunning macro images by photographer Mayur Kotlikar, opens a window into the busy and beautifully colorful world of these essential pollinators. Brilliant flowers and busy insects are also the subject of the new theme Garden Glimpses, which showcases the work of young photographer Rangan Das. I’m impressed by the painterly richness of his images. Our next theme features another participant in the Open Call, photographer Ondřej Vlček, whose camera is also focused on the small details of the natural world that might otherwise pass unnoticed: berries gleaming like jewels in the afternoon sun, ...

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Microsoft today released updated for Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT that brings in improved performance, Wifi reliability and more. For Surface Pro, The March cumulative update includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements including: Fixes to Wi-Fi reliability allowing for better roaming and improvements to “Limited” connectivity scenarios. Windows To Go feature is enabled. Improved onscreen keyboard detection synchronization when going in and out of sleep. For Surface RT, The March cumulative update includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements including: Fixes to Wi-Fi reliability allowing for better roaming and improvements to “Limited” connectivity scenarios. Resolves issues with integrated volume button. Improved Type and Touch cover typing experience on soft surfaces and when devices and keyboard are lying flat. Resolves issue with random muting. Trackpad performance improvements. Update your Surface devices and enjoy these updates.     ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE Labs announced a significant update for its Socl information network. This spring update brings a new look and new features. The site now features improved site navigation, better post creation, featuring, private messages support and more. Read the full list below. - Simplified site navigation, including: create a post button discover (full site search and discovery) pinned menu for quick access to notifications, messages, setting, parties and about centered Socl logo to refresh the page single click access to your profile feed pivots between following and everyone - Collections and Interests merged into one concept collections curated by everyone (formerly Interests) collections curated by individuals, including private collections collection descriptions tags now done at the collection level rather than the post level and applied only by collection followers - Better post creation, featuring: drag and drop resize shuffle share to other social networks - Personal opportunity cards ...

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A new job posting from Sales, Marketing & Services Group (SMSG) Incubation sales team at Microsoft has listed a list of next billion dollar businesses for Microsoft. The Incubation team’s mission is to take these new business and build, accelerate, and mainstream these businesses for Microsoft. Here is the list compiled by ZDnet, Windows Azure: Microsoft’s public cloud business. Windows Intune: Microsoft’s device management/security service, which is now key to managing Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 devices Bing Maps: Microsoft’s maps, which got a lot more pricey for developers to license as of last year StorSimple: The cloud-storage appliance vendor Microsoft bought last year Perceptive Pixel: Those “Big-ass displays” from the PPI acquisition Microsoft made in 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse: Microsoft’s parallel-processing data warehousing appliance, which integrates directly with Hadoop. Read more about it from the via link below. Source: Microsoft via: All About Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling Adobe Flash content to run by default in Internet Explorer both in Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. Microsoft believes that the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. Also the existing Compatibility View (CV) list now takes the opposite role, it now blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience. Windows 8 Windows RT Immersive IE Enabled unless on CV list Enabled unless on CV list Desktop IE Enabled for all sites Enabled unless on CV list Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft today revealed their new promotional offer for Office 365 University for US students. With this new offer, students will be able to get upto 6 months of  Office 365 University through simple steps. Microsoft is also bundling SkyDrive with the new Office to promote the service. Here’s what you get: - 3 free months of Office 365 University ( hare the offer on Facebook and get an extra 3 months free of Office.) - An extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage Find the offer here and make use of it. ...

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One of the main unique selling point for Microsoft Surface is its Touch Cover and Type Cover keyboards. Touch Cover is the one of the thinnest keyboards available on the market right now. Microsoft recently detailed the earlier design process and the technology behind it. Touch Cover is a pressure sensitive keyboard + trackpad that acts as a cover for your Surface and also comes with spill resistant technology. The pressure sensing input technology used in the Touch Covers allows you to type more fluidly and faster than you would be able to on an on screen keyboard. A technology that’s never been used like this before, these keyboards can sense weighted pressure as keys are selected. Simply align your fingers on the keys as you would on any other keyboard and apply pressure with your fingers to the letters or symbols you desire. See those letters and icons appear ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Desktop app with Facebook feeds support. Bing Desktop brings the beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop each day. Also you can do Bing searches via the desktop search bar or from the Windows taskbar without having to first open a browser. Bing Desktop automatically updates daily the Windows desktop background image to the beautiful image that is on the Bing.com homepage. The user may override the image of the day by manually selecting a different image from the prior eight days. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easily accessible yet unobtrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.  There are several search box options including a new way to minimize Bing Desktop as a toolbar in the Windows taskbar. Beyond search, Bing Desktop offers direct access to the latest news, trending topics, video and picture highlights without having to launch a browser. ...

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I think its time for Google to rethink their IP strategy as one of their core web property Google Maps is on the verge of getting banned in Germany due to the patent lawsuit with Microsoft. FOSS Patents reports that MMI’s German subsidiary is liable for infringement of a key Microsoft patent, EP0845124 on a “computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor”, which is the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 6,240,360. Microsoft is seeking, and now very likely to obtain, a German patent injunction against the Google Maps service, the Google Maps Android client app, and web browsers providing access to Google Maps. In order to comply with the injunction that looms large, Google would have to disable access to Google Maps from computers using a German IP address, discontinue shipping the Google Maps Android app in the German market, and distribute web browsers in Germany only ...

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  Microsoft today acknowledged that it is one of the brain behind the Massachusetts legislation against companies that use data collected from computers at schools. Microsoft said that the bill is aimed at Google Apps business practices. The bill is aiming to restrict the commercial use of data gathered for ad targeting, etc, while children use computers at public schools. Microsoft commented about this matter with the below statement,  “We believe that student data should not be used for commercial purposes; that cloud-service providers should be transparent in how they use student data; and that service providers should obtain clear consent for the way they use data. We expect that students, parents and educators will judge any proposed legislation on its merits.” Source: WSJ ...

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