Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Bing team has updated all their core apps for Windows 8/RT devices. The list of updates available includes the following. All these updates brings new features and improvements in each of them. For example, Bing News App now has the ability to add custom feeds and more. Bing News App Bing Maps App Bing Finance App Bing Travel App Bing Weather App Bing Sports App Find these updates in the Windows Store. ...

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Microsoft has partnered with the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise to bring a new experience for its fans and movie lovers. To promote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, set for release November 22,  The Hunger Games Explorer  will act as an go-to destination and hub online for fans to get all the latest on The Hunger Games franchise in an interactive and rich experience. Starting tonight with the global launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer, fans can now visit The Hunger Games Explorer to be immersed in this world, track every development of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, including tweets, exclusive images and videos, and then share their thoughts and excitement with others around the world creating a global conversation. The Hunger Games Explorer lets fans explore the online world of The Hunger Games in a way they’ve never be able to before. “We have the best fans ...

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comScore today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Microsoft’s Bing continued its growth in US search market with the increase of 0.2%. Even Yahoo increased by 0.2% while Google lost about 0.4%. Microsoft powered searches were at 26.1% whereas Google dominated the market with 69.2%. 20.4 billion explicit core searches were conducted in March (up 11 percent), with Google Sites ranking first with 13.7 billion (up 11 percent). Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3.4 billion searches (up 13 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.4 billion (up 14 percent), Ask Network with 540 million (up 14 percent) and AOL, Inc. with 321 million (up 5 percent). Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft is not new to the world of smart watches. Microsoft introduced Smart Watch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers. Those devices used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. Fast forward, it is now 2013. As companies like Sony, Motorola, Pebble are giving another try in Smart Watch category, there are rumors that Apple is working on a Smart Watch too. Today, WSJ reported that Microsoft is also working on a Smart Watch on its own. Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft’s research and development team at the software company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it’s unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said. For ...

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Adobe has updated their Reader Touch app for Windows 8 devices. The new update now added the ability for Adobe Reader Touch to print and added keyboard shortcuts for Find, Open, Print, and Close. App Features: Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or anywhere on your device Easily find your most recently read documents View password-protected PDFs, annotations, and drawing markups Search text to find specific information Select single page or continuous scroll modes Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF document Quickly navigate through large documents using the Semantic Zoom thumbnail view Tap on links in a PDF to open linked web pages Share PDFs with other applications using “Share” Email PDFs as attachments Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft Bing team yesterday announced a new feature in Bing Image search. You can now directly pin an image from Bing image search results to Pinterest. With just one click and the image is saved to your favorite Pinterest board. Pinning from Bing is designed to be as effortless as possible: · Simple and Lightweight: There’s no need to install another bookmarklet in your browser, one click and you’re good to go. · Link to Original Content:Bing automatically links and gives proper attribution to the original, high-resolution source, saving you the hassle of tracking it down yourself. · Powerful Search Tools: Take advantage of the full breadth of Bing image search tools like sorting and filtering by size, color, layout, and more. You can even do image search within a specific website, for example, see all “summer dresses” on Anthropologie.com. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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We all know the power of research in medicine and allied applications are much more essential for healthy human life. As the exciting field of machine learning research progresses leaps and bounds, the researchers at Microsoft are also contributing to the innovation at a large propotion. Recently, Microsoft was awarded the prestigious  USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Award in Information Technology category for the work in advanced machine learning techniques. Microsoft researchers have been working on Infer.NET over the last 10 years to provide a framework that makes it much easier to apply advanced machine learning techniques to solve challenging problems. Microsoft provides Infer.NET free of charge for non-commercial purposes, such as scientific or medical research. Examples of joint research studies involving Infer.NET include: · An asthma study to investigate the early indicators of severe asthma in children and to try to shed light on the environmental and genetic causes of ...

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Previous reports pointed that Microsoft is working on two version of Xbox vNext from which one will focus on high-end gaming and other about low-cost media console. The low cost Xbox vNext dubbed Xbox Mini/Lite will have Apple TV like functionality and will not have any harddrive. if you want to play Xbox 360 games, you have to buy and play it on demand similar to services like Gaikai. VGLeaks provided a brief description about Xbox Mini, read it below. The “Xbox Mini” is not a 360 add-on, it is a stand alone product that contains Xbox 360 functions for gaming, and alone it is meant to compete with Apple TV. Since it is likely it will not have a disc drive, it is being designed with “always online” in mind, and with internet being required for Live functions. Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games ...

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Microsoft creative director Adam Orth tweeted his opinion about the controversies about Xbox vNext requiring always on internet connection to function. After he tweeted that, a person replied to his tweet about the SimCity debacle and Adam replied him that just like electricity internet may not be available for some time. In the continued conversation it was reported that Adam insulted the other person who was believed to be a Xbox customer which you read in the image above. Now, Gameinformer reports that Adam Orth no longer works at Microsoft, Game Informer has learned from sources close to the matter that Orth is no longer with Microsoft. A call to Microsoft’s main switchboard confirmed this fact. Our sources, who wish to remain anonymous, suggest that Orth resigned in the wake of last week’s events. We haven’t been able to confirm whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation. Microsoft sent the following statement ...

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Microsoft Bing team today released the public preview of project codename “Geoflow” for Excel. “Geoflow” is a 3D visualization tool that helps users map, explore and interact with both geographic and chronological data, enabling discoveries that could be difficult to identify with traditional 2D tables and charts. To see the power of Big Data on Bing Maps – including how it plots both geographical location and intensity of data via columns, bubble visualizations and heat maps check the link below. With GeoFlow, you can: Map Data: Plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook, including the Excel Data Model or PowerPivot, in 3D on Bing maps. Choose from columns, heat maps, and bubble visualizations. Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time. Annotate or compare data in a few clicks. Share Stories: Capture “scenes” and build cinematic, guided “tours” that can be ...

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Details about Xbox vNext is getting leaked every other day. Microsoft is officially planning to reveal Xbox vNext details in May. So far we know that Xbox vNext will include powerful graphics processors to support next generation games and Xbox LIVE tv stuff. Today, The Verge revealed four new game titles that will be part of the launch titles for Xbox vNext. The list includes Ryse, Forza, a Pixar movie style Zombie game and more. We’re told Ryse is designed to be Microsoft’s new Gears of War / Halo mega launch title. It’s set in the roman empire period and uses deep Kinect integration to allow a player to slash and kick at enemies. We understand that Ryse will take advantage of the new body tracking improvements in the next Kinect sensor. Ryse is part of four major launch titles for the next-generation Xbox. Sources tell us that a new Forza ...

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Nokia is working on a Windows tablet and it was reported to have Asus Vivo Tab style keyboard dock/cover. Here is the information we about it. The 10.1 inch tablet will have USB and HDMI-out, and also cellular connectivity, with 10 hours battery life which can  be fast-charged to 50% in a short period. The real innovation however will come from the accompanying cover, which The Verge noted will snap in place and will double battery life, provide a keyboard and also a kickstand for the tablet. The cover will also provide two USB ports. While the cover sounds rather fantastical, it is of note that the Asus Vivotab RT (pictured above) provides a “cover” with very similar functionality, and which effectively turns the Vivotab into a laptop. Given that Nokia cover also includes a battery and keyboard it is difficult to see how it could have a much different ...

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Microsoft has recently updated the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android devices. The new update now supports Android tablets which are larger than 10-inch screen and also includes various other improvements. This 1.5 Android update includes: o Support for Android tablets 7” and larger. o An ‘always-on’ state for SmartGlass Experiences, so your device doesn’t go to sleep while they’re running. o Numerous design and usability improvements. o Numerous bug fixes. Download it here from Google Play Store. ...

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IDC reported its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker shipments yesterday and the report turned out to be a bad news for the PC industry. Worldwide PC shipments was 76.3 million units in the Q1 of 2013 which is down -13.9% compared to the Q1 in 2012. IDC also stated that it is worse than the forecast decline of -7.7% and also the worst decline since IDC begun tracking PC numers. Despite some mild improvement in the economic environment and some new PC models offering Windows 8, PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago. Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending. PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet powered by Windows RT. After the success of iPad 10-inch tablet, the market seems to have moved towards 7-inch tablets like iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 and more. There are currently no Windows based devices in the category since the OS is not optimized for such devices. As previously reported, the upcoming update for Windows codenamed ‘Blue’ will optimize the Windows experience for 7’inch media tablets. One person familiar with Microsoft’s product plans said the 7-inch tablets weren’t part of the company’s strategy last year, but Microsoft executives realized they needed a response to the rapidly growing popularity of smaller tablets like Google Inc.’s 7-inch Nexus, which was announced last summer, and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini introduced by Apple Inc.last October. Source: WSJ ...

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There were lots of reports in the past pointing towards Microsoft Office for iOS and Android devices. It was later confirmed that Microsoft is already working on them and it is delaying its release for some unknown reasons. Now, CNET reports that Microsoft will be releasing their Office productivity suite for iOS and Android only in fall 2014. The product release cycle codenamed Gemini will kick off later this year with  Metro versions of  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote by Oct 2013. Following that in Apr 2014, Microsoft will be releasing Office for Mac 2014 and a new version of Office for Windows Phone devices. Also Microsoft will be releasing updates for desktop versions of Office for ARM devices in April 2014 followed by the release of Outlook RT in Oct 2014. And during the same time, Microsoft will be releasing Office for iOS and Android devices. Gemini wave 1.0, October: Windows ...

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