Review Category : Microsoft

Plex media streaming app is now available for Windows 8 devices from Windows Store. It allows you to play video, music, photos from your network and other multimedia content from online channels. App Description: This application brings the power of Plex to your Windows 8 desktop or tablet. With Plex, you can stream your music, videos and photos from your home computers running Plex Media Server and access content from a wide range of channels. Channels are available for iTunes, and for online services like YouTube, Vimeo and Revision3. Additionally, you can sign up for the myPlex service, which lets you connect to servers shared with you by your friends, queue videos from your web browser to watch later, and connect to your Plex Media Server at home wherever you are in the world via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, with no configuration necessary! Plex Media Server streams your media directly ...

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LIVESTRONG.COM has released their Calorie Tracker app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This is a companion tool for members of MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM which is also a free service online. The LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. Lose weight easily by setting your weight goals and track your calories and progress with our comprehensive online food journal containing over 1 Million food and fitness items. Tracking works. You will lose weight like millions of other members. The Calorie Tracker tracks your daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate and protein intake with the click of a button. You will have access to MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM, which offers a comprehensive nutrition database of more than 1.3 million food and restaurant items. Most major competitors only have 7,000 items in their database. Features:   Easy to use interface for tracking The largest ...

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Few analysts predicted that Microsoft may sell few million Surface tablets in Q4 2012. Now, IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander have told CNET that Microsoft may sell only over 1.3 million Surface units this quarter. She said “I would be surprised to see it much above that,”. Boston-based brokerage firm, Detwiler Fenton released their research report on Surface sales and told that the number will be below 1 Million. Do you think Microsoft can reach the million units number by selling the device through online stores alone in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and in ~90 retail stores from US? I think this numbers will go up if Microsoft makes Surface available among 3rd party physical and online retailers. Source: CNET   ...

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  Last month SAP announced that they will be bringing their 6 Enterprise apps to Windows Store soon. Among them, SAP Manager Insight is an employee profile app that is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: With the SAP Manager Insight mobile app for Windows tablets, you can access mobile reports and employee profiles anywhere and anytime. This app accesses the SAP ERP application and supports HR business partners, HR specialists, and managers in preparing and holding meetings with line managers and employees and in making quick and meaningful decisions. Note: To use SAP Manager Insight with your business data, you must be a user of SAP ERP that has mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try out the app first using sample data. Features: •Drive quick and substantial decisions and answer ad hoc requests •Access relevant reports and KPIs •Drill down to display employee ...

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Microsoft FUSE labs today announced that they are opening up their information social network Socl for the public. It was in public beta for months and now it got graduated with new UI refresh and following features. Posts. Viewing the rapid feed on Socl is faster and, well, just better. The home screen is all about the beautiful posts you create (often in just seconds, using the new post creator!). You can choose to see the posts two-columned or three, so it’s less likely you’ll miss out on anything. And now you can see the posts even if you are not signed in or are new to Socl. Interests. The crowd-sourced interest gallery is more discoverable, helping you socialize with like-minded people over topics you care about. People/Me. People finding and following can be done via posts, the new people gallery, or from a person’s page. Everyone on Socl has ...

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Microsoft today released its next version of productivity suite for its enterprise customers. On-premises versions of the new Office products including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013 are now available through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Office 2013 for general customers will be available in retail and online channels in Q1 2013. Microsoft highlighted the following new scenarios in Office 2013, The new Office works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard to give you the ultimate productivity experience. It brings the familiar Office experience to a wide range of new devices and gives you the best experience on Windows.* The new Office is inherently social with real-time news feeds for people, documents and discussions, high-definition video conferencing**, shared notebooks and virtual whiteboards. The new Office provides security features without compromise, includes data loss prevention, compliance management, built-in malware protection, and flexible deployment ...

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CNET reports that according to an industry source “familiar with” Intel’s plans, the chipmaker will be tweaking their Ivy Bridge processor to achieve even lower power ratings. The chip currently uses around 17 watts, compared to the 2 watts of ARM chipsets, and the 10 watt Haswell chipsets is set to only arrive in 2014. In 2013 however CNET predicts Intel will be working at reducing the power consumption  of current design Ivy Bridge processors to make them more suitable for tablets. Of course Intel does have its Atom range, which competes better with ARM chips, but with low power consumption also comes lower performance, which often turn away buyers hoping to do real work with their x86 hybrid tablets. Unfortunately it is unlikely the chips will be ready for the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is expected to be released with current generation Ivy Bridge processors at the end of ...

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We have seen many reports regarding Windows 8 sales that PC OEMs were largely responsible for the poor Windows 8 device sales. Wired posted an interesting post where it got comments regarding Windows 8 sales from PC OEMs such as Toshiba, Dell and Sony. Generally they had low expectations for Windows 8 than Windows 7 because there are many more services and platforms, an underdeveloped supply chain for touch components and slow consumer education stemming to scattered branding and PR. Sony product manager commented the following, “The expectations of what we forecasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” he said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.” Toshiba VP commented the ...

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The Zues botnet, which controlled around 3.6 million PCs in the US and many more around the world, is taking a bit longer than Microsoft thought to clean up. Microsoft sized control of the botnet in earlier this year by attacking its Command and Control servers in Pennsylvania and Illinois. The botnet was being used primarily to steal banking details of infected users so their accounts could be emptied, and was also sending Facebook spam. Now Microsoft has won a court order on the 28th November to allow the company and its financial-services partners to continue to administer command-and-control servers for two Zeus botnets. "This additional time will allow Microsoft to continue to work with Internet service providers and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to clean those computers that are still infected with the malware," Richard Boscovich, senior attorney for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit said. Besides the Zues botnet, over ...

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It seems the browser mark has been reset a year, with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer hitting its highest market share since August 2011, and Google Chrome its lowest since October 2011. As the graph above shows, the last 3 months have been particularly good for Microsoft and bad for Google, with IE gaining month on month for the last 3 months in a row, while Google’s Chrome’s market share slipped by 1.3% over the same period. The news does suggest that Microsoft’s efforts to improve Internet Explorer, especially with IE9 and now IE10, is bearing fruits, something which has not been clear given the intense competition from Google Chrome, which was previously one of the fastest growing browsers. Google’s Chrome however appears to be losing favour with many. The browser has been experiencing intense stability problems recently, related mainly to Flash-heavy websites. Firefox has in fact re-established itself as the alternative ...

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Yesterday, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled a summary judgment in Microsoft Vs. Motorola patent case. Judge ruled that Google’s owned subsidiary Motorola is not entitled to injunctive relief against Microsoft over any patents essential to the H.264 (video codec) or IEEE 802.11 (WiFi, or WLAN) standards. “Because Motorola cannot show irreparable harm or that monetary damages would be inadequate, the court agrees with Microsoft that injunctive relief is improper in this matter and grants Microsoft’s motion.” This is a big blow for Motorola and the ruling was already expected by Microsoft and other FRAND patent supporters. Now, Motorola has a clear way to end this case by licensing their standard essential patents to Microsoft under reasonable terms. Source: FOSS Patents, Microsoft/Motorola court order   ...

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In a shareholder meeting the new Windows CFO Tami Reller maintained the party line that OEMs are not supporting Windows 8 enough. When asked about the relatively low amounts of new Windows 8 PCs in retail with touch screens Reller said: So, I would describe it this way, which is if you go into retail today, you will see some great touch devices, whether it’s touch laptops, or whether it’s a tablet or two with Windows 8 or Windows RT. It’s not enough in our opinion. I mean, we think the pipeline is great, and we’re excited to see that pipeline come into retail. And they are coming. And so our OEMs are doing great work, and we’ll see that come in over the next several months. Some you’ll see in December, some it will take longer. But I think it’s good, but not great in terms of the full ...

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Readers may recall an episode of Modern Family which rotated around acquiring an iPad. Microsoft appears to have purchased a similar level of marketing and product placement for the Microsoft Surface, which not only starred prominently in the show in multiple scenes, but also managed to get a nice feature run down during the show also. Are our readers impressed at Microsoft’s level of spending? Let us know below. Thanks Bugbog for the tip. ...

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Major Nelson and Gear Box Software have just made a free Golden Key available for Borderlands 2 on the Xbox 360. The SHiFT code will only last a few hours, so it would be a good idea to use it pretty snappily. To redeem a code, select "Extras" on the main menu of Borderlands 2 and choose "SHiFT Codes" then follow the on-screen instructions. SHiFT requires Xbox LIVE Gold and the account user must be at least 18 years of age. For further details about what a Golden Key is and how/where to redeem is, hit the Gearbox forums Read more at MajorNelson.com here. ...

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We all know that Microsoft is having a game studio in Vancouver, Canada. Now Microsoft has revealed more info about its new game studio. It has been named as Black Tusk Studios and working on next generation AAA titles. Here is the info from their shiny new website, Black Tusk has assembled a team of seasoned game industry veterans who are united in their passion to create emotionally engaging AAA gaming experiences. We hire the best talent from Vancouver and around the world, and our global recruiting effort is reflected in the diversity of cultures and backgrounds on our team. It leverages human and technical resources from various other Microsoft Studios in addition to hiring local and global talent. Being a first-party studio at Microsoft means having both the mandate and the opportunity to think and act big. All of Microsoft’s studios share the same commitment to innovation and quality, along with support ...

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