Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Surface team today posted some of the pictures of its labs at Microsoft in which Surface tablet was developed. One of them showed various design concepts and iterations of Surface tablet(Surface ID labs), another one showed huge 3D printers(Surface Model Lab),  another one showing how reliability of Surface was tested (Surface Reliability Lab). Check more such photos from their Facebook page here.  ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today announced the improvements in IMAP support that will be part of upcoming Outlook 2013. Here are the new list of IMAP features supported in Outlook. Syncing/sending messages is done in the background, so you no longer have to wait for sync to complete in order to use Outlook.General comments about Outlook’s performance when using IMAP was the top issue we heard from all of you, and we believe this change will improve the experience quite a bit. New mail notifications are now supported. This was the second most common request we heard. Outlook now recognizes special folders in your mailbox like Trash (in techspeak, the IMAP extension XLIST is now supported) You can choose how much mail to sync and keep locally by telling Outlook to only sync mail that is newer than a certain number of months, such as 3, 6, or 12 months. You can ...

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Morgan Stanley’s Adam Holt released a research note on the Microsoft Surface where he suggested Microsoft will be selling 3 million of the tablets, which are priced to be competitive with the Apple iPad, in the last 3 months of the year. He also expects Microsoft to sell 9 million devices in 2013, saying the device is “an underappreciated driver for Windows revenue in FY13 and beyond.” “Pricing appears competitive: $499 for a 32 GB Surface is less than the $599 for a new 32 GB iPad with WiFi, while $699 for a 64 GB Surface plus keyboard is consistent with the $699 cost of a 64 GB iPad, with no keyboard-and MSFT’s flat keyboard is itself a differentiator. The $599 Surface bundle (32 GB tablet + keyboard) costs the same as a 32 GB iPad, but > 50% of iPad users also purchase an iPad cover (~$50 at retail) ...

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Microsoft today announced that IE10 for Windows 7 release preview will be released in mid-November. And the final availability will follow as Microsoft collects developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities. IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for. We look forward to getting your feedback on IE10 on Windows 7, and will provide another update when the preview is available. At last, Microsoft has provided the info about the availability of IE10 on the most used OS in the world. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios are laying off up to 10% of their work force after Fable: The Journey, completed its development. In a statement to IGN Microsoft said: “Following the completion of Fable: The Journey the Lionhead studio is in the process of beginning work on its next projects. As is common in the games industry, a reduced headcount is needed as projects kick-off and ramp up as development gets underway. At this time a very small number of positions have been identified as at risk of redundancy and the affected employees were notified today. We are working very closely with those people during this difficult time, to help them explore alternative opportunities within Microsoft including new roles at Microsoft Studios which is actively hiring.” While Microsoft blames the lay-offs on the cyclical nature of jobs in the game development market, it is of note that Peter Molyneux left the studio ...

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Microsoft is doing their bit for good citizenship by promoting election participation on Xbox Live. They broadcast the Presidential debates on Xbox Live, and polled watchers at the same time. Venturebeat reports: "More than 100,000 members of Microsoft’s Xbox Live online community for the Xbox 360 tuned into the presidential debate via their game consoles. And based on 2 million real-time responses to 70 polling questions, Barack Obama won the second debate." Showing that the service is not inherently biased, challenger Mitt Romney won the first debate, a consensus I think most would agree with. Apparently the participants are pretty representative of the voting population, with 80% being  aged 18-44, 29% Republican and 25% Democrat, expect for men being vastly over-represented at 66% of the participants vs 34% female. "88% of the respondents were likely voters and 69% engaged to the point of not only voting, but responding that they ...

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The latest Xbox 360 Dashboard update, which has been in beta for some time, is now rolling out to console owners. The star feature of the update is the arrival of IE9 on Xbox 360.  This enables users to browse the web from the couch, controlling the experience using Xbox Smart Glass from their favourite smartphone or tablet.  This app is expected to hit the market on the 26th, with the release of Windows 8 also. Unfortunately one needs an Xbox Live Gold member ship to gain access to the browser, a negative for those who mainly use the Xbox 360 as a media device. The full feature list for the update include: Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination. Internet Explorer for Xbox. With ...

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I know us Windows fans will not buy a single product before it has been reviewed by the esteemed Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal, so we are fortunate enough to have been graced with just that before the OS hits the market in a week’s time. The good news is that he seems to like it, calling the start screen “handsome, modern, slick“ that “works very well and is a welcome step” and “holds its own with iPad and Android.” He did however complain about the potential for confusion, not just between the Modern and Desktop UI, but also between RT and Windows 8 devices. He also complained of lack of key apps and found the mail client poor, but unexpectedly gave Microsoft a pass for this, saying it could be updated in the future. He concludes: Microsoft deserves credit for giving Windows a new, modern face. And ...

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It seems the prophets of doom may have been wrong about demand for the Microsoft Surface, as the cheapest of the 3 packages have now sold out on pre-order, and have gone on back order. The $499 tablet, sold without the touch cover, is now on 3 weeks back order (which presumably means about 2 weeks after the other Surface tablets are delivered). Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered up to 5 million Surface tablets for Q4 2012, so hopefully this level of interest will continue and help make the RT platform a success. Thanks Kamara for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has been keeping very quite about the resolution of the Surface RT display, but today finally revealed it was 1366×768  pixels. In the days of the iPad’s 2048×1536 “Retina” display which is supposed to make pixels imperceptible at arms length , 1366×768  seems downright low resolution. Microsoft’s applied sciences department manager Stevie Bathich however explained things are not as clear-cut as it seems, and that the iPad’s high resolution display may in fact hurt readability. He writes: Hey I tried to answer this resolution question for another post, but it got stuck.. So I will try here: Hey this is Stevie. Screen resolution is one component of perceived detail. The true measure of resolvability of a screen called Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), not Pixels. MTF is a combination of both contrast and resolution. There are over a dozen subsystems that effect this MTF number.. Most folks just focus on ...

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Microsoft posted the above video of their new Surface tablet, showing more usage scenarios, especially of the camera and touch cover, and emphasizes features that set is apart from the iPad, including support for USB drives and microSD cards. The Surface’s slogan “click in and do more” is also clearly targeting the iPad, and I am sure Microsoft hopes the increased functionality of the tablet will justify its iPad-equivalent price. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft Surface team answered questions from various users on Reddit today. Here are some interesting info gathered from there, If you buy a 32GB Surface, after the OS, OfficeRT and a bunch of apps, you will still have about 20GB free space. You cannot install apps on the SD card you insert into Surface, but you can move your photos, music and videos. Why no 3G/4G models: “We made what we feel is World Class WiFi connectivity. For 3G/4G we looked at several elements when deciding on what features to include. We knew that the primary use was going to be in the home, we looked at tablet sales data 2/3 WiFi, 1/3 Mobile Broadband. Of the 1/3 sold, 1/2 were activated. Phone hotspot / tethering use was also a consideration.” Regarding usage of TouchCover and TypeCover: “Hey this is Stevie, yes absolutely. Both TouchCover and TypeCover have sensors that ...

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Microsoft has been less than forthcoming with the details of their Surface tablets, including for many months now specifics such as what the screen resolution is or how many megapixels the camera is. Now Microsoft has released a PDF with slightly more information,  revealing amongst other information what the screen resolution of both Surface tablets are ( 1366×768 and 1920×1080) and whether the Surface RT supports a stylus (only capacitive pens it seems). Of course we still do not know what the resolutions of the cameras are (presumably around 2 megapixel each for HD support) but at least we know the RT tablet has 2 microphones while the Pro tablet has one. The PDF can be downloaded from Microsoft here. ...

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Along with the details about pricing, specs and availability of Surface tablet, Microsoft also posted a video on YouTube about the behind the scenes process that happened during the making of Surface. As you can see from the video above, Microsoft focused on every part of the tablet is of high quality and serves its purpose. Microsoft Surface is not same as anything in the current tablet market and has lots of unique features. Some of them are the Vapour Magnesium build, TouchCover, etc,. Enjoy the video above. You can pre-order Microsoft Surface here.  ...

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Microsoft today revealed the pricing and availability details of its upcoming Windows RT tablet Surface. Surface with Windows RT will initially be available in three SKUs: a 32GB version priced at US$499, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$599, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$699. It will be on sale online in eight markets including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. Pre-order was already started in few countries and in US it will start in few minutes from now.   ...

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