Review Category : Microsoft

We have seen Gaze UI demo in the past which uses eye-tracking technology to control Windows 8 UI. Next week at CES, Tobii will show off its eye tracker product called the REX. The REX is a strip that can be attached to bottom of your monitor in desktops or laptops and it plugs into a USB port. Along with the hardware , a special software called Tobii Gaze will help you to to track exactly what you’re looking at on the screen. For example, when you look at right corner of the Windows 8 Start screen, it should automatically scroll through the page. Consumer pricing and availability haven’t been announced, but Tobii plans to offer 5,000 units to consumers before the end of 2013; for developers, however, a special edition (seen above) should be available starting today for $995. Source: Engadget ...

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Windows 8 was released by Microsoft almost 2 months back and since that OEMs are shipping PCs based on Windows 8 along with Windows 7. We already saw some data about Windows 8 market share and now according to Net Applications data, Windows 8 has grabbed 1.64% of overall Windows PC market share. Also the whole Windows market share have grown to 91.74% with Windows 7 grabbing 45.11%. Read more at source link below.     Source: TNW ...

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The Gunstringer is a popular Xbox game developed by Twisted Pixel Games and published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360 with Kinect. This Xbox title is now available in Windows Store for both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. The game is currently on sale for just $1.49. Description:  The Gunstringer returns on Windows 8 in this all-new sprint-to-the-finish twist on the wildly successful Xbox Kinect game! Hit the trail at a dead run as you race through three sprawling Wild West locations and 15 levels as the Gunstringer, the legendary skeleton cowboy marionette bent on vengeance. But as the ol’ saying goes—if you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride! Avoid deadly obstacles, take aim in fast-action shootin’ challenges, collect tasty loot, and battle outlaws—all while being pursued by the hands of Hell! Complete the level-driven Story mode, and then challenge friends for braggin’ rights and loot payouts in ...

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We have seen some reports about poor Windows 8 sales from analysts. Japan based Windows OEM Fujitsu is not so pleased with Windows 8 demand. Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto have told reporters in Tokyo that the weak demand for Windows 8 led to poor sales of its Windows based products. “We can’t be optimistic about the PC industry,” said Yoshihisa Toyosaki, a Tokyo-based analyst at Architect Grand Design, an electronics research and consulting company. “PC makers’ bet on Windows 8 has failed, as cheaper tablet computers are taking away customers.” He also added that Fujitsu won’t cut prices of its products to increase sales as some of its competitors are discounting to sustain sales. Source: Bloomberg ...

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We often come across interesting patents from Microsoft on future technologies. This one was related to “Force-feedback within telepresence” that will enable the sender and receiver to feel their emotions physically through “friction, haptic, tactile, electric feedback, electrical stimulation, three-dimensional feedback, vibration, shaking, physical resistance, temperature change, motion, noise, pressure, texture, a motion, a replication of touching, any combination thereof, and/or any other suitable feedback communicated via a device.” Force-feedback within telepresence: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates replicating a telepresence session with a real world physical meeting. A telepresence session can be initiated within a communication framework that includes two or more virtually represented users that communicate therein. A trigger component can monitor the telepresence session in real time to identify a participant interaction with an object, wherein the object is at least one of a real world physical object or a virtually ...

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Analyst William Power from R.W. Baird have told that Microsoft‘s Surface sales was not encouraging from retail chains like BestBuy, Staples, etc,. According to the sales reps, the sales volumes have been modest to date. Microsoft’s Surface, which Best Buy just recently started carrying, was not recommended to us by reps without us asking about it specifically. When asked about sales to date, reps noted that the device was new and indicated that early demand has been modest relative to the iPad and Kindle Fire. We would also note that the device was in stock at every store we contacted […] We contacted Staples stores in an effort to further gauge Microsoft Surface sales, though our impression from speaking with reps was tablets are not a major seller at Staples. Tellingly, Staples doesn’t currently carry the iPad. When pressed for details, Staples reps indicated that Surface volumes have been modest to date. ...

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Microsoft has revealed the location of 6 new Microsoft Stores opening in 2013. The stores will be opening in: The Shops at La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas Dadeland Mall, Miami, Fla. Beachwood Place, Beachwood, Ohio Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco City Creek Center, Salt Lake City St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis Microsoft now has 51 retail and specialty stores open in the US and Canada, and besides the announced stores is also expected to expand into Europe and Australia next year. No specific opening dates were announced. Via Neowin.net ...

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According to the internal memo from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed by ATD, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie has moved to a new role called  “Senior Advisor to the CEO.” Microsoft describes his new role as follows, “In this role, he works on key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation and standards,” Steve lauded in Craig’s efforts in his past role and announced that he will retire when he turns 65, in 2014. Eric Rudder a longtime Microsoft executive who headed Server and Tools business in the past will now take on the role of  chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft. Source: ATD ...

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According to WSJ, Acer is planning to launch low cost Windows tablets next year. Acer now has Intel based Windows 8 tablets priced greater than $600 and Acer is looking to further reduce the price as they think as its current ones are “too pricey.” These low cost Windows tablets will be released in early next year and will also so be focused on Chinese market. Acer’s pursuit of lower-priced tablets will cut into its margins, but will help it secure a stronger foothold in the rapidly growing China market, said Daiwa Securities analyst Christine Wang. “Chinese white-box tablet makers are expected to sell some 60 million tablets next year, so it is a really big market,” she said. “None of the major PC brands sells a tablet right now priced to compete with them right now.” Source: WSJ ...

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Disney has released two of their famous games Where’s My Perry? And Where’s My Water? in Windows  store for Windows 8/RT devices. Both these games will costs $1.49 and currently available for free from Windows Store as a holiday promotional offer. It’s a physics-based puzzler which even got a 92 Metascore from METACRITIC.COM. Where’s My Perry Description: WHERE’S MY PERRY IS THE LATEST PUZZLER FROM THE MAKERS OF WHERE’S MY WATER AND DISNEY! Where’s My Perry is a challenging physics-based puzzler where you need to use water in all its different forms, ice, steam and liquid, to solve the puzzle. Overflowing with intuitive controls, vibrant spy-themed graphics, and best of all, lasers, you will be immersed in the world of Agent P! MORE THAN 80 PUZZLES ACROSS 4 CHAPTERS, WITH FREE UPDATES! AGENT P’S STORY Perry from Phineas and Ferb is no ordinary platypus, he’s actually a semi-aquatic sleuth known as Agent ...

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Microsoft recently blogged about the Holiday promotions in Windows Store. There are some special app offers on Windows Store for a limited period till Jan 31st. You can take advantage of them if you want to save some money. The ESPN App: Free Insider access through Jan 31, 2013 for scores, breaking news, and in-depth game coverage. Save up to $2.50 Expedia: Book flights and hotels from anywhere with the Expedia app and get reduced rates on select hotels with this offer. Save up to 60% Where’s my Water? Help Swampy the alligator in his quest to take a bath with this fun, physics-based puzzle game from Disney—free! Save $1.49 The New York Times: One month free unlimited access to news and issues at NYTimes.com on any compatible device. Save $20.00 Zinio: Get $50 in the most popular digital mini-subscriptions and single issues from Zinio. Save $50.00 Where’s my Perry?: Use water, in all ...

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Engadget has just noticed a Microsoft tablet passing through the FCC which is most likely the Microsoft Surface. The tablet runs Windows 8 and has a number (1514) which is only 2 less than the 1516 number associated with the Surface RT. The FCC approval clears the way to a January release for the Intel tablet, which is now expected at the end of that month. See the entry at the FCC here. ...

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Microsoft yesterday released their Wordament game for iOS devices. Wordament was originally developed for Windows Phone devices and now Microsoft is porting them to other platforms as well. Its the first Xbox game for iOS that can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. App Description: Do you have two minutes to spare? Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. Each board is unique and alternating rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter digram tiles and theme* puzzles. You can choose to go for the bonus points, try to find the most words possible or earn scoring bonuses by finding longer words. How you play and choose to compete is up to you! We love our ...

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Windows 8 was released to general consumers on Oct 26th by Microsoft and following the release it was announced that over 40 million copies of Windows 8 was sold after 1 month of its release. Chitika today released a report which measures the Windows based web traffic in US. According to them, Windows 8 now holds 2.3% of the Windows based web traffic in US. Based on the graph above, Web traffic from Windows 8 users constituted 2.3% of all Windows traffic as of December 13th 2012 – exactly 48 days after its release. In comparison, 48 hours following Apple’s release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, its new OS had already captured 3.2% of Mac Web usage. Both Windows 8 and Mountain Lion were available as downloadable upgrades to consumers for $40 and $20, respectively. I guess Windows 8 usage will further accelerate as more Windows 8 based tablets and convertibles reach ...

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When Windows RT development was in final stages, it was reported that HTC was denied by Microsoft in becoming Windows RT OEM. It was said that Microsoft declined due to”concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. Now Bloomberg reports that HTC is working on two Windows RT tablets. One with 12-inch screen and another with 7-inch screen that will compete with iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle. Both these tablets will reportedly can also make phone calls and will be powered by Qualcomm SnapDragon processors. The devices are expected to go on sale in 3Q 2013. Bloomberg also added that HTC did not choose Intel processors because it was concerned about the end user pricing which will go upto $1000. After the release of Microsoft Surface, many Windows RT OEMs scaled back their plans and it may be the reason behind HTC’s inclusion ...

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