Review Category : Microsoft

HP today announced a new Windows 8 hybrid device called Split X2. The Split x2 comes with 13.3 diagonal HD touchscreen display powered by Intel Core processors. The keyboard dock comes with an optional hard disk which gives you expanded storage capacity. Also there are two batteries, one in the tablet and another in the keyboard. It also has Beats Audio and a trackpad with support for multiple finger gestures. The HP Split x2 will go on sale in the U.S. in August with a starting price of $799.99. Check it out here. ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced something interesting to celebrate the release of Star Trek Into Darkness movie. They have teamed with Paramount Pictures to help you get it in the Starfleet Spirit. Speak Klingon/ : Just in time for your next dinner party or interplanetary skirmish, we’re releasing Klingon to Bing Translator. Now in a few simple clicks you can translate text from English to Klingon (and vice versa!) Available via the web here and also as an update to Bing Translator for Windows Phone 8. Understand a Tribble from a Romulan: Regardless of whether you’re new to the Star Trek universe or fresh from a convention, we’ve got you covered. Go ahead, ask us your favorite Star Trek question like “who said live long and prosper?” You’ll see us serve up some fun results that will help you know Bones from Sulu. Read more about it here.   Source: ...

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Microsoft today released firmware and performance improvements updates for Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. The most important update is the  firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume. May 2013 updates released on May 14: The May update includes these firmware and performance improvements: •UEFI firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume and improves system stability. •Driver pack that improves performance and works with the updated UEFI firmware to enhance Surface RT speaker volume. •Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers. May 2013 updates on released May 14: The May update includes these firmware and performance improvements: •UEFI firmware update enables the PXE boot feature. This feature is only available when using the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter due to the UEFI integration needed to implement PXE boot. •Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that the upcoming update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue will be branded as Windows 8.1 for public release. At a recent conference, Tami Reller shared that Windows 8.1 will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store. She also reiterated the goal of delivering continual updates to create a richer experience for Windows customers. Windows 8.1 is part of that and continues the journey. Today, there are more devices – and choice – allowing you to pick the right Windows 8 device that meets your needs. Windows 8 provides a great experience for consuming and creating content, for both work and play and on the go. And you’ll immediately benefit from continual updates – whether it’s from app updates through the Windows Store, performance updates through Windows Update or the Windows 8.1 update later this year. Microsoft is going to share more about Windows 8.1 in the coming ...

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Microsoft today announced Google Gtalk integration in Outlook.com so that you can now also chat with your Google friends. With this new feature, you can chat with the person who uses Gmail right from your Outlook.com inbox. And if you’re working together on an Office document in SkyDrive, you can send an instant message to a Google contact with just a click. Microsoft is rolling out Google chat integration now, so look for it in your inbox over the next couple of days. Once your services are connected, you can see all of your contacts together in one place. And since you are often connected to a person through more than one service, we automatically match up contacts that are the same and link them together. Of course, you can also link any contacts we missed or unlink any contacts that don’t belong together. The result is an uncluttered contact ...

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If you are a Microsoft OneNote user, you must have used password protected section. This section of OneNote allows you to store some important notes in a password protected environment. OneNote web app got updated today with support for accessing password-protected sections. Accessing password-protected sections was one of the most requested features for the OneNote Web App. Enabling this feature allows you to access your sensitive information from anywhere. After opening a password-protected section, you can edit its contents, change the section color, create new pages, and even edit the section name. After using a password-protected section, you can manually re-enable password protection by selecting Lock Section in the right click menu. Otherwise the section can automatically lock itself after 10 minutes of idle time. This feature is immediately available on SkyDrive, Office365, and the Office Web Apps Server in the latest update. Source: Office Blog ...

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Microsoft is expanding its Surface Pro device availability across the globe. After beginning the sale 3 months back in US, now  Surface will be sold by Hong Kong retailers from this Friday. Surface Pro with 64 GB version will be priced at HK$7,088 ($913), and the 128 GB version will be priced at HK$7,888 ($1016). Microsoft is also planning to have an launch event where first 150 people in line will get prizes like a Wedge Mouse, a Surface Touch Cover, etc,. Source: Livesino via Liveside ...

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Microsoft today introduced a new feature in Bing called People autosuggest. Microsoft reported that people searches are the second most searched for category, after navigational queries, and represent roughly 10 percent of all searches on Bing. This new feature is allows you to easily find the person you’re looking for. Today, we are releasing a faster way to find people right from the search box. Now if you’re searching for a celebrity, politician, athlete or even a colleague with a publicly available LinkedIn profile, Bing provides a snapshot of information about that person below the search bar. For example, if you’re searching for Michelle Williams, we’ll ask you if you’re looking for Michelle Williams the actress or Michelle Williams the Destiny’s Child singer. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced a new feature for SkyDrive called Photo Timeline. In the timeline view you can scroll down to navigate through all the images. They’re organized into groups by event and time. Photos will appear as two different groups in the timeline based on the time in which they were shot. The new view is convenient when you want to quickly get to a photo from June and you only have access to a web browser. Maybe the reason you only have access to a web browser is because your laptop was accidentally destroyed by a random camping accident. They have also improved the performance  for uploading photos via the SkyDrive desktop app. In the past few months we’ve also been hard at work addressing the feedback we’ve received about how long it sometimes takes to upload via the SkyDrive desktop app. To improve upload times, we worked on changes to both ...

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Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue which will be released as preview in June. Various Windows Blue update got leaked in the past few months and revealed number of improvements over Windows 8 UX. It includes improved PC Settings menu, Start screen, lockscreen, etc,. ZDNet reports the following changes too, In addition to the optional Start Button and boot-to-desktop options, there may be other interface adjustments in the works, according to one of my Blue tipsters. I hear the Windows team may also be tweaking the Charms to make them a bit easier to use with a mouse. There might be new built-in tutorials and in-context help coming to Blue. And word is there may be adjustments to the Start Screen designed to make Blue easier to use for Desktop users. One of my sources said some of these tweaks may not be in the ...

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Speaking at the earnings report conference, Rene Haas, Nvidia’s VP of computing products told that Nvidia is working on next-generation Tegra 4 processors that will run on Windows RT tablets. “Nvidia is very invested and very committed to Windows RT, and we feel it has a bright future,” said Haas said. “We feel this [platform] is where things are going.” He also revealed that next-generation Tegra 4 processors will run on “multiple” versions of upcoming Windows RT tablets without specifying which OEM will release it and when it will be on sale. Tegra 4 is Nvidia’s next gen chip which has a quad-core system-on-a-chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture that has been clocked at 1.9GHz. It also includes 72 custom graphics processor cores to support super-high-definition 4K resolution, console level graphics gaming and High Dynamic Range photography. Read more at the source link below. Source: CW ...

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Latest Windows 8.1 build has revealed some changes Microsoft is making to its Explorer window. The traditional ‘Computer’ name has been renamed as ‘This PC’, but the icon remains the same. Also the ‘libraries’ has now become ‘folders’. Also the new ‘Folders’ is now available for access right inside the ‘This PC’ explorer windows as opposed to the past where you will have shortcuts in the sidebar. It is good to see that Microsoft is improving the classic Explorer Windows experience along with the Modern UI experience. We should know about it more when Microsoft releases public preview of Windows 8.1 in June. via: Neowin via: WinBeta ...

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Game Description: Imangi and Disney/Pixar’s hit game Temple Run:Brave is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: TEMPLE RUN: BRAVE IS AN OFFICIAL APP FROM IMANGI AND DISNEY/PIXAR WITH AN ALL NEW LOOK AND NEW ARCHERY FEATURE! From Imangi, the makers of Temple Run, and Disney comes a new take on the most exhilarating app in the App Store. Join Merida from Disney/Pixar Brave as you run, slide, jump, turn and shoot your way across the wilds of Scotland on an endless running adventure! New features just for Temple Run: Brave — • Introducing ARCHERY – tap targets to shoot a bullseye and earn extra coins • New, amazing visuals. It looks better than ever! • All new environments inspired by Disney/Pixar Brave and the wilds of Scotland • Play as Merida and King Fergus from Disney/Pixar Brave • Outrun Mordu, the demon bear, to ...

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Sony currently has a Windows 8 hybrid called VAIO Duo 11 in the market. A recent YouTube video has apparently revealed an upcoming 13-inch Ultrabook hybrid device. The device will come with a 1080p Triluminos touchscreen display, with stylus support. The device was in silver/white color with “SurfSlider design,” backlit keyboard, ClearAudio+ and ActiveSleep tech, NFC, 8-megapixel camera with Exmor RS sensor, Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD and a 10 hours of battery life!  Specs and design sounds great, I hope Sony delivers its promise.       Source: Notebook Review ...

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At this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 team presented a video for saying thanks to web developers  for everything they  have done. If you are an web developer/engineer, you need to watch this for sure. There are presentations that leave you daydreaming about a warm bed and a good book. Then there are presentations like this… www.modern.ie Filmed at this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), web developer Ted Knealey gets more than a little carried away as he explains the impact his profession has had on the world today. And why not? After all, it’s not the browser that makes the web brilliant. It’s you. via: istartedsomething Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft helped Nook Media split from the retail arm of B&N last October with its $300 million investment. It was valued by Microsoft for a 16.8 percent stake in the Nook Media LLC. At the time of the deal, the partnership was aimed at getting B&N content on Windows 8 tablets through Nook apps. There were various reports and rumors about Windows based Nook device, but it didn’t happen. Today, TechCrunch reports that Microsoft is planning to buy Nook Media business for about $1 billion. Microsoft is offering to pay $1 billion to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC, the digital book and college book joint venture with Barnes & Noble and other investors, according to internal documents we’ve obtained. In this plan, Microsoft would redeem preferred units in Nook Media, which also includes a college book division, leaving it with the digital operation — e-books, as well ...

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