Review Category : Microsoft

After the sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky, the head of Windows, some 6 weeks ago, there was some speculation as to where he would end up, with some even suggesting he may be swapped for Scott Forstall who was also unceremoniously let go from Apple. Now in typical Sinofsky fashion Steve made the announcement above on twitter, saying he is returning to Harvard Business School to teach and share his experience built up over decades of working at Microsoft. I suspect his first classes, in Product Development, will be the most well attended next semester, as everyone hopes to discover the decisions which resulted in Windows 8. ...

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Snes8x is a Super Nintendo emulator for Windows 8 and Windows RT. The app is based on Snes9x, a free and portable SNES emulator. Using this app, you can play Super Nintendo games. This app provides support for virtual touch controls and keyboard input as you can see in the image above. If you are a fan of old Nintendo games, give it a try. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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We all know Windows 8 UI/UX is very simple to use and we have seen couple of videos where children were using it with ease. Microsoft Portugal took a step further and decided to demonstrate how simple Windows 8 is. At Windows Experience center in  a Fnac store in Lisbon, a small boy gives a demo of Windows 8 features to a adult customer who visited the store. Watch the video above, the moment speaks for itself. Source: Microsoft ...

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We all know that Microsoft Kinect is being used in various ways by various people. From Xbox 360 games to Shopping Malls with AR apps, Kinect’s potential is virtually unlimited. Now, Microsoft is working with US Air Force to develop Kinect Therapy System  that can be used by injured soldiers and veterans to perform physical therapy at home. “Microsoft is committing R&D and marketing resources to ensure that the [Defense Department] community is aware of the capabilities of the product, as well as the breadth of our partner community, which includes the system integrators,” said Phil West, Microsoft’s director of public sector solutions. “The targeted scenarios include therapy-related functions, but they also span training and simulation, interactive user interfaces, and so on.” Injured soldiers and veterans who find it difficult to come to Army base or medical center for therapy can now do it at their home. Microsoft Kinect connected ...

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Microsoft has posted this retrospective of the company’s achievements in 2012, ranging from releasing the new Office to catching cyber-criminals to releasing the Microsoft Surface. While Microsoft has not quite convinced the technorati that they are relevant again, they have certainly shown that they will not go going down fighting. What are our reader’s opinion of Microsoft’s 2012? Let us know below. Via Gearlive.com ...

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Picture of Windows 8 Devices as you enter  Best Buy  Microsoft made a big deal announcing the expanded distribution of the surface tablet last week due to “an exciting public reaction” of the device. With that in mind, any reasonable person would have expected a coordinated and cohesive strategy in presentation and sale of these devices at the 3rd party stores. The reality however was far more shocking and not in a good way! ...

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Microsoft today added two new apps to its Xbox LIVE network. 1) AOL ON Network app: The ad-supported video network includes more that 420,000 short-form videos from AOL properties such as Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch, as well as content partners that include Reuters, the AP, BBC, E!, ET Online, Sugar, Splash News, CNET, and Martha Stewart. 2) Vimeo: Packed with amazing ways to watch, discover, and share, the Vimeo app for Xbox 360 enables lovers of high-quality videos to stimulate their eyeballs through their console. Follow your Xbox Live friends’ activity on Vimeo, control the app via voice or gesture with Kinect, and access Vimeo on your Xbox 360. Find these apps on your Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360. via: TC Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the new improved Image search experience. Microsoft updated its Bing Image search experience with new look few months back and now they are improving it even further. The new design brings a new image viewer that allows you to browse images with fast and ease in a clean UI. We completely redesigned the image viewer, putting the spotlight on the picture and stripping out anything that got in the way. We “dimmed the lights” around the photo, adding a darker look that makes it easier on the eyes and lets your results shine in high definition. We even introduced full-screen mode: just click “View larger” to give it a try. We know that one picture isn’t always enough. With the new design, we’ve made it easier than ever to browse through your results, with the introduction of larger filmstrip at the bottom of the screen. You ...

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In post-trial filings that was made public after the final arguments between Microsoft and Motorola in the Western District of Washington federal court, the license amount Microsoft is willing to pay Motorola got revealed. Both Microsoft and Motorola argued on court regarding how much Microsoft must pay Motorola for use of two of its standard, essential patents used in its products. Microsoft argued that it should pay no more than $502,000 per year for Motorola’s H.264 video compression patent, and no more than $736,000 per year for Motorola’s 802.11 wi-fi technology. Motorola on the other hand is arguing that Microsoft should pay 2.25 percent of the end product pricing which will lead to $100-  $125 million per year as license fees. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Xbox LIVE app and SmartGlass experience called Sports Picks. Sports Picks app will let you make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for the leaderboard, etc,. With the Sports Picks SmartGlass experience, you can enjoy all these on your tablet or smartphone. Now on Xbox, sports fans have a whole new way to connect with fellow fans and compete on Xbox LIVE with the new Sports Picks app. You can make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for domination of the leaderboard. With the Sports Picks app, we’ve also added a new experience for Xbox SmartGlass, so you can do all of this on your tablet or phone without missing a beat of the game on your TV through Xbox 360. For those of you planning to take in a live sporting event from ESPN or catch the replay of last night’s ...

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According to Australian Financial Review, Dell’s vice chairman and president of its PC business, Jeffrey Clarke have told Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer not to name Windows on ARM as Windows RT. Clarke’s argument was an obvious one, he thought the name Windows RT would confuse consumers. Consumers will think that Windows RT supports their traditional Windows applications but it is not the case. Steve Ballmer responded to him that Windows brand was too important not to be used in the new name. Neil Hand, the vice president in charge of Dell’s tablet business was more optimistic about Microsoft’s naming strategy. He said the following, “Making sure we educate the market place on the differences was going to be a necessary action no matter what,” Hand said. “Just calling it something different is not going to solve the problem. Source: Financial Review via: CNET ...

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Microsoft today posted a guide for businesses to choose their right Windows 8 devices. Windows 8 devices ranges from highly powered Intel Corei series processors to ARM based devices. Microsoft recommends each of those device for certain categories. Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors.These are typically higher-powered tablets offering notebook-like performance and larger amounts of memory, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise operating systems using familiar x86/x64 processors from Intel and AMD. These can run existing desktop apps, as well as new Windows Store apps and new Windows line-of-business apps. These tablets can be a full PC replacement for business customers as they are able to run any workload that people require. Windows 8 tablets with Intel Atom processors. These use system-on-chip (SoC) designs to achieve greater mobility through their lightweight design and long battery life. They support 32-bit Windows 8 Pro and ...

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Microsoft and Motorola are fighting against each other on patent cases in various courts. Microsoft and Motorola have asked the federal court judge in Western District of Washington to keep certain parts of their post-trial submissions as private. Since the submission details involves Motorola’s licenses with third parties and Microsoft’s business and marketing plans for future products, those details will be kept as secret. “For the same compelling reasons that the court sealed this evidence for purposes of trial, it would be consistent and appropriate to take the same approach in connection with the parties’ post-trial submissions,” the two companies argued in the court filing. Source: Reuters ...

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Some Hotmail/Outlook.com users are experiencing difficulties in syncing their accounts with Outlook 2013. When they try to sync their account using Exchange ActiveSync, “There are too many devices syncing with this account.  To sync using Outlook, try removing another device that is connected with this account such as a phone or another computer.” error message is shown to them. Microsoft is taking individual account holders information and fixing this issue. Read their complete response below. If you are experiencing the device limit error when connecting Outlook 2013 to your Hotmail, Outlook.com, or Windows Live accounts, please respond on this thread requesting assistance. Let us know the affected email account (Hotmail/ Outlook.com/ Microsoft account) as well. Once we have your email account, we would be deleting the deltasych relationship of your email account with the devices you’ve attached to it. This would be done in the backend, however you will need ...

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Microsoft has released a Camera Codec Pack for Windows. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC). The software allows RAW camera files to be viewable in Windows Explorer and is available in both 32-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_x86.msi) and 64-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_amd64.msi) versions. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack provides support for the following device formats: Canon: Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, EOS 10D, EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D Digital, EOS 60D, EOS 300D, EOS 350D, EOS 400D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D, EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 1000D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D Digital, EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS Digital Rebel, EOS Kiss Digital, EOS Kiss Digital N, EOS Kiss Digital X, EOS Kiss F, EOS Kiss X2, ...

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Apparently many Surface users are experiencing a “Limited Connectivity error” when using WI-FI on the Microsoft Surface, which can only be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting or restarting the tablet. Microsoft has pushed out a fix, but apparently some users are still having issues. However a solution has popped up on Microsoft Answers which may solve the left-over issues. The instructions are as follows: First of all, go to Start Screen by pressing the Windows button your Surface tablet. In Start Screen go to Search Charm by swiping from right and selecting ‘Search‘. Type in ‘cmd’ in the ‘Search’ box. ‘Command Prompt‘ would be showed in results. Swipe down on the Command Prompt tile and the app bar will open. Select ‘Run as administrator’ from the app bar. Command Prompt will open on the desktop. Type or copy and paste the following in the command prompt netsh int tcp set ...

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