Review Category : Microsoft

Just a day after Microsoft announcement of expanded retail availability of the Microsoft Surface in US and Australia, the Windows RT tablet has already become available online in the two countries. WPDownunder reports the Windows RT tablet will be available in store and online at Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, with Harvey Norman having the device available online and in store by the 14th. In USA the device is already available online on Staples. Of course having the device actually available in store is what it is really about, allowing buyers to actually fondle the device before shelling out. Microsoft has not announced the expansion of the device to other countries yet, but we can only hope it will happen soon. Thanks Filipe for the tip. ...

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The official Economist app is now available for download from Windows Store. Description: The best way to read The Economist on your Windows device. The app is free to download and includes free access to the editor’s picks – a weekly selection of articles from each week’s edition of The Economist. Digital and print subscribers to The Economist receive unrestricted access to each week’s full print edition by signing in with their economist.com e-mail address and password. Non-subscribers can register for an economist.com account to read the free editor’s picks. Features: •Each week’s issue available from 9pm London time on Thursday •Download issues to your Windows device to read without an internet connection (if enabled in Settings) •Switch easily between reading and streaming The Economist in audio (when connected to the internet) •Subscribe from within the app and receive full access to The Economist on Windows, Android tablets, Android smartphones, ...

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Some months ago Microsoft announced that they will be giving Surface tablets to all 90,000 full-time Microsoft employees. It seems that that day has finally come, as Jeff Wilcox, senior software developer at Microsoft, has tweeted that Surface for employees is “go!” Microsoft has recently announced that they have increased production of the Surface tablet, and it may be this loosening of supply which is making the internal roll-out possible.  It is not clear if the roll-out will initially be confined to US only, or will be world-wide. Those Microsoft employees hoping for an early Christmas present by selling the device on will be disappointed to know the terms and conditions prevent the sale of the gift. Hopefully the roll-out will be associated with an influx of high quality applications to the Windows 8 store as talented developers get their hands on the tablet. ...

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I guess we now know what is delaying Office for iOS. Apparently it is not just SkyDrive, but Apple also wants a 30% cut of Office 365 subscriptions sold through the iOS Office app. Apparently Microsoft feels 30% is not reasonable, especially for the productivity benefits it brings to iOS, and also as the subscriptions would also include desktop access. Apple disagrees, and is sticking to their 30% guns. In a statement to AllthingsD company spokesman Tom Neumayr  said: “Apple provides customers and developers the largest selection and safest way to discover apps with our curated App Store. We’ve designed our rules to be fair and consistent for every developer — free apps and services are distributed for free, paid apps and services provide a revenue share to Apple. We’ve paid out over 6.5 billion dollars to our developer community who have created over 700,000 apps.” Microsoft has not commented ...

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In what is either masterful spin or material information which suggests the Surface tablets are selling much better than expected, Microsoft has said it has increased their Surface tablet production and will be expanding the retail locations the tablet will be available. “The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. Microsoft said it would make some of their pop-up stores permanent, and would make the tablets available via retailers in Australia and USA. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months. “Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year. Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier,” ...

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Microsoft today released several updates for Windows RT, Office 2013 and Internet Explorer for Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms. As you can see in the above image, there were two updates for Microsoft Office 2013 RT, security updates for both Windows RT and Internet Explorer and updates for Windows RT OS. All these updates are available for Windows 8 devices also. Check for updates from your Windows RT device and enjoy the improved software experience. ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 gaming console. This new app will allow you to enjoy the photos and video you upload on SkyDrive from web or apps through Xbox 360. It will have the following features, Shared photos & videos. Share a meaningful event with your friends or family by viewing photos & videos on your TV, or view photos & videos others have shared with you through SkyDrive. Imagine being able to view cherished photos and videos shared by friends and family —like a musical performance, a kid’s birthday, or baby’s first steps—on your TV. Snap and see. For Windows Phone users, snap a picture and see it appear almost immediately in your camera roll on the big screen. This feels like magic! For example, you could take a quick snapshot of your child making a funny face, fire up the SkyDrive app ...

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Before Windows 8 got released, there were some discussions about the security model of Windows 8 Modern apps. Microsoft fixed some of those issues. Justin Angel, a well known Microsoft platform developer has blogged about various way to tamper Windows Store apps in a Windows 8 device. He provided the following weak points in Windows Store app model with examples, #1: Compromising in-app purchases by modifying IsoStore #2: Cracking trial apps to paid versions for free #3: Removing in-app ads from games by editing XAML files #4: Reducing the cost of in-game items by editing game data files #5: Compromising In-app purchase items by injecting scripts into the IE10 process Here is his summary of his findings and the ways Microsoft can fix them, In-app purchase items Storage: In-app purchase is fast becoming the #1 revenue stream for game developers. We’ve seen we can trick games local storage to acknowledge ...

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According to job listings posted on Microsoft’s site, Bing team is working on  “next-generation of intelligent cloud services for developers on all screen sizes,”.  There is a separate Augmented Reality team within Bing team and they working on Augmented Reality framework and Augmented Reality applications for Windows 8 platform. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet describes the following on Bing AR team, This AR-focused Bing team is working on everything from camera tracking, to visual and audio recognition, to optical character recognition and translation and vision-based natural-user interfaces…. But the Bing AR team — which is staffing up further — also is working on an AR software development kit (SDK) for third-party developers interested in buildng AR apps; Microsoft-developed and -branded AR apps and games using this SDK; and a Windows Azure-based cloud framework for supporting both the Microsoft- and third-party AR apps. Source: ZDNET ...

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The first 7 GB of SkyDrive storage is free, but users can buy as much as 100 GB of storage. Now Apple is insisting that Apple should get a cut of any SkyDrive purchases made via their devices, be it via the official SkyDrive app, or via integration with 3rd party apps. That cut is 30%, and the policy is consistent with the same one which Dropbox suffered from, which in the end forced them to remove any way for an iOS user to purchase additional storage. According to TNW Microsoft’s biggest issue with paying Apple’s 30% cut is that it would continue for the length of the subscription, which could easily be several years, and would last even beyond the user graduating from Apple’s products. As it is Microsoft and Apple are at an impasse, and Microsoft is unable to update their iOS SkyDrive app, and 3rd party devs ...

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While Microsoft has been extremely cagey about their Office products coming to Apple mobile devices, the software has been widely leaked about, and now for the first time references have shown up directly on Microsoft’s website. Spotted by Mac4Ever on a Microsoft Office support page the page makes clear references to Office Mobile for the iPhone, Excel for iPad, Lync for iPhone and PowerPoint for iPad. It has previously been leaked that the software will be available as free viewers, and will have edit functions available once users subscribe to Office 365, making sure once again Microsoft Office will be available on whichever device a user owns. The software is expected in Q1 2013. Via Neowin.net. ...

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Microsoft Windows YouTube channel today posted a video to attract more developers to the new Windows 8 platform. Windows 8 brings in a new class of platform optimized for Touch UI and with the help of Windows Store it changes the way people downloaded apps on Windows before. In the above video, Microsoft showcases many high profile apps and games that are already available in Windows Store such as ARMED, IHeartRadio, Wikipedia, Kayak, etc,. Microsoft also shared an important fact that in last year, more Windows licenses were sold than Android, iOS and Macs combined. I hope videos like the above interests developers in Windows 8 platform.. ...

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Microsoft Outlook.com today announced two new features that adds more security to the its e-mail system. The first is complete support for DMARC, a standard that makes it harder for someone to deliver phishing mail to your inbox. And the second is support for Extended Validation Certificates (EV Certificates), which provides a more secure SSL connection when you are using Outlook.com. Microsoft is the first major email service to provide this higher level of safety and security. These features will help prevent hackers from stealing your account information and protect your account from phishing attacks. Microsoft also announced that EV certificates are coming to others Microsoft services like SkyDrive too. Your email just a lot safer at Microsoft’s hands! Source: Outlook   ...

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Microsoft Bing introduced the three column search results page few months back. The lest column provided the regular search results, right column provided the social data integration and the middle column was featured with snapshot where Bing brings relevant information and services, such as maps and restaurant reviews and reservations, which are directly related to your search within the main results page. Today Bing added  people and landmarks as two new categories in snapshot feature. Now when you search for a famous person, celebrity or place, we will present relevant facts about that person in the center part of the screen so you can quickly find what you’re looking for without having to click through to another site or page. We’ve now expanded the snapshot to cover famous people and places as well as made updates to include different sources including reviews and new modes of interaction. Right on the main results ...

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  7digital has announced that their Windows 8 Music app will come pre-installed with Acer’s Windows 8 devices. 7digital music app will let Windows users buy from a maasive 22 million tracks across Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and sync it with their local music collection. “Our position as an open music technology platform and working closely Acer means we’re well placed to provide open access to digital music for their users,” says Ben Drury, CEO at 7digital. “Our music platform and technology can be tailored to a range of devices of various form factors, whether it’s a PC form factor or one of the many new tablet devices coming to market. via: TNW  ...

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At Machinima’s Inside Gaming Awards held on Saturday night at the Avalon in Hollywood, Microsoft’s flagship game franchise Halo 4 won the “Game of the year” award. Halo 4 also won the best sound design category and the best competitive multiplayer category. Game of the Year: “Halo 4″ (343 Industries) Best Competitive Multiplayer: “Halo 4″ (343 Industries) Best Sound Design: “Halo 4″ (343 Industries) It was estimated that more than 4 million copies of Halo 4 was sold in the first week alone and the number is expected to increase significantly during the holiday season. See the video for the Best Multiplayer and Best Sound Design below. Source: LA Times ...

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