Review Category : Microsoft

Annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off officially tomorrow in Las Vegas with pre-show keynote delivered by Qualcomm yesterday. Even though Microsoft decided not to be part of the show, its partners like Intel, Qualcomm and other PC OEMs are there in the show. No.of new Windows based devices are being showcased by PC OEMs like Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, etc,. Microsoft today blogged about some of them. Watch the highlights of the new PCs in the video above and read more about them in the source link below.   Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Press Release: New Smartphones, Tablets and Ultrabook™ Convertibles to Redefine Mobile Computing NEWS HIGHLIGHTS •New Intel® Atom™ processor-based platform aimed at value segment of smartphone market with support from Acer®, Lava International* and Safaricom*. Highlights forthcoming “Clover Trail+” platform aimed at performance and mainstream market segments. •Wide range of Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 now available on shelves and online; First 22nm quad-core Atom™ SoC for tablets expected to more than double the computing performance of the Atom™ Processor Z2760 platform; available holiday 2013. •Lower-power Intel® Core™ processor lineup reaches as low as 7 watts, enabling thinner, lighter, touch-based Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets. •4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (formerly codenamed “Haswell”) will enable a broad new range of Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets with all-day battery life; the biggest battery life gain over a previous generation in company’s history3. INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2013 ...

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Microsoft is planning to create original content for its growing 40 million Xbox LIVE customers. Microsoft is setting up a TV studio in Los Angeles that will create original programming for Xbox. Microsoft is planning to produce all forms of content for every member of the family like live events, reality, game shows, documentaries and scripted comedy or drama. According to Nancy Tellem of Microsoft, Microsoft and Xbox are in a unique position with a technology that allows you to deliver multi-platform programming.  The technology is there, not only for the audience that just wants to watch passively, but also for those who want to engage the content more, whether by mobile, tablet or on TV. Source: Hollywood Reporter ...

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Nicaraguan security researcher clrokr has managed to unlock the kernel setting which prevents Windows RT devices from running unsigned code as found on desktop applications. He exploited a security vulnerability which exists in Windows 8 and which was therefore also present in Windows RT, and also the fact that Microsoft allows Remote Debuggers to attach to user processes. He managed to find the bit in RAM which tells the OS whether they should run Unsigned(0) apps, Authenticode(4) signed apps, Microsoft(8) signed apps or Windows(12) signed apps. By default Windows RT will only run Microsoft signed apps. The hack will presumably not persist beyond a reboot, and enabling it does require a lot of expertise. clrokr argues that the discovery shows that there is no essential difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT, and that users should have the ability to run desktop apps. On the other hand he does not ...

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Major updates for Windows 8 apps were released last month, including updates for the Finance app via the Windows Store which include enhancements and improvements in network connectivity and navigation improvements as well as new stock exchanges and news content partners.  An update for the News app has also occurred, showing improvements in mouse and keyboard navigation for Windows 8 users as well as more support for regional news sources and additional news outlets and various performance improvements.  However, the News and Finance apps remain unavailable in some areas, something which will hopefully be addressed in the next major update.   Via: Neowin.net ...

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  US Defense Department has announced a joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products worth $617 million for a period of over 3 years. As a result, all the Defense Department users can avail Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8 and Windows Server products as well. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and DOD expects to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.” Read full press release below. Press Release: WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2012 – The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, defense officials announced. The deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, demonstrates the ...

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Samsung has announced two new Windows 8 devices which will be released in coming months. The updated Series 7 Chronos laptop will come with high-end specs such as Intel quad-core processor with up to 16GB of memory, up to 1TB of storage and dedicated 2GB external graphics, etc,. Samsung also announced its new Ultrabook called Series 7 Ultra which comes with Full HD display, Up to eight hours of battery life running on Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and up to 256GB SSD. Samsung will announce more details about the pricing and availability tomorrow at CES. Press Release: Samsung Unveils Enhanced Series 7 Chronos and New Ultrabooks at CES 2013 Samsung’s unrivaled Series 7 product line offers professional performance, touch and seamless multimedia capabilities with increased mobility LAS VEGAS, USA – January 2, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft has acquired home-entertainment technology startup id8 Group R2 Studios Inc with the aim of incorporating the technology into its Xbox console. The team, led by founder Blake Krikorian will join Microsoft, and bring along its patents related to controlling electronic devices. Krikorian founded Sling Media Inc., maker of the Slingbox and sold it to EchoStar in 2007. He resigned from the board of Amazon.com Inc. last week. R2 Studios has been working on technology related to distributing and displaying digital media on TVs, and prior to the purchase the company was apparently also in talks with Google and Apple. The technology will find a home in Microsoft’s entertainment console, and may be part of the rumoured Xbox Loop casual gaming and TV streaming console, or the Xbox Next, set to be released at the end of the year. Via The Verge.com ...

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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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