Review Category : Microsoft

According to Metrostorescanner, a 3rd party site tracking Windows Store apps, Windows Store has now exceeded 50,000 app mark. According to that site, Windows Store has exactly 50,341 apps. Windows Store was opened last October and since then the numbers increased constantly every month to reach this level. For a comparison, Apple AppStore has about 300,000 apps optimized for iPad with all leading app names available on the platform. Windows Store has a long way to catch up with Apple AppStore both in terms of app quality and quantity. Microsoft is working to improve developer experience of Windows 8/RT with upcoming update codenamed Blue which will include no.of improvements on WinRT. Source: Metrostorescanner ...

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Another video, An early build of upcoming update for Windows 8/RT codenamed Windows Blue got leaked online today. The build revealed no.of improvements and new features that will be part of this upcoming update. Following new features are spotted in the leaked build, Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs New personalization features such as choosing from various accent colors Ability to move group of Live Tiles together Improved PC Settings Page with search and recently/most used settings SkyDrive is now part of PC Settings page where you can manage device backup, etc,. Ability to automatically upload Pictures and videos to SkyDrive based on quality. New apps – Movie Moments, Calculator, Alarm and Voice Recorder Improved Multitasking – New side-by-side snapping of upto 3 apps New Live Tile sizes – Small, Large, etc,. Ability to share your Start screen screenshot through share charm. We will update the list as it gets revealed. ...

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Microsoft secured another win in the preliminary ruling against Google Motorola in the ongoing patent battle. An Administrative Law Judge at the United States ITC announced that Microsoft’s Xbox console doesn’t infringe Google Motorola’s U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862. The patent titled  “sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device” is the only non-standard-essential patent that Google has in this case against Microsoft. So far, Google’s purchase of Motorola for its patents for about $12.5 billion has not paid off in any way. And now Google is in a position to pay royalties to Microsoft for Android patent infringement in exchange of small royalties from Microsoft for standard essential patents related to H.264 and others. Source: FOSS Patents ...

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Microsoft Windows 8 team has released a new Avatar Prop for US Xbox consumers. This new Avatar Prop is a Microsoft Surface device running Windows 8. When enabled with this prop, your avatar will enjoy music in tablet mode and shows attaching a detachable keyboard. It also demos the kickstand available at the back of the tablet. Overall, a nice marketing stuff from Windows unit to attract Xbox consumers. I think Microsoft may enable this prop for users outside US soon. Download this exclusive Avatar prop from Windows 8 here. via: mobilitydigest ...

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  Yahoo! Sports app is now available for download from Windows Store, but not all of us can enjoy this app. Lenovo has released it as their exclusive app in Windows Store and it may be available for all devices in coming months. Description: Live scores, play by play descriptions, latest news, and exclusive blogs from your favorite sports site. We currently cover NBA, NFL and NCAA Football. Features: •Live coverage of NBA games •Live coverage of NFL games •Live coverage of NCAAF games •Scores & Schedules for NBA, NFL & NCAAF games •Latest news and exclusive blogs Download it for free from your Lenovo PC through Windows Store. via:Neowin   ...

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Microsoft Game Studios has released a Xbox game called Hidden Treasures for Windows 8/RT devices. This kids game can be now downloaded from Windows Store for $4.99. Description: Tinker Bell is the newest resident of Pixie Hollow, and she’s doing her best to leave a lasting impression on the fairy world. After discovering her talent, Tink invents, builds and repairs new contraptions to make life easier for her fairy friends. Join Fairy Mary, Bobble and Clank, Rosetta, Iridessa and all the other fairies as they teach Tink about Pixie Dust, sprinting thistles, the many uses of acorns, and the magical world of Pixie Hollow. Features: •• Each episode features stories from the world of Pixie Hollow and is a part of a larger tale •• Play fun mini games and find hidden collectibles in every episode •• Journey into the magical world of Pixie Hollow, including stunning Disney graphics •• Save ...

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It seems Microsoft is preparing its update servers to release updates for all of the core Windows 8 apps. These apps include Mail, Messaging, Calendar, People, Music, Photos, Videos, Games and a bunch of Bing Apps. Here is the complete list spotted on System log in Event Viewer. • Microsoft.BingTravel • Microsoft.Camera • Microsoft.Bing • Microsoft.Reader • Microsoft.BingNews • microsoft.windowsphotos (Photos) • Microsoft.BingFinance • microsoft.microsoftskydrive • Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames • Microsoft.ZuneVideo • Microsoft.BingWeather • Microsoft.ZuneMusic (Xbox Music) • microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging) • Microsoft.BingMaps • Microsoft.BingSports Get ready for the improved experience in Windows 8! Source: Winsupersite ...

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Microsoft revealed its new Envisioning Center at its headquarters in Seattle a week before during TechFest. Microsoft Research revealed lots of their projects which were interesting and futuristic. Pocket-lint had a chance to look at the world’s largest 4K TV built by Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft built its own 4K tv which is 120-inch wide. It was used to demo a full Kinect-enabled storytelling experience that Microsoft expects to be in day to day life within five to 10 years. Pocket-lint described their experience with the huge display as below, The absolutely stunning screen is, as you would expect for 4k, pin-sharp, with no pixelating even up close. But before you get too excited, Microsoft tells us there are no plans to start selling TVs and that this TV in their Envisioning Centre is purely for it to get the conversation started with its partners who they invite in to have ...

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Microsoft Office team today released an update to the OneNote app in the Windows Store. It brings in couple of brand new features and offers a few fixes. The two new features are pen and ink improvements and Office 365 support. We’ve spent the last few months talking with our customers, reading reviews and gathering feedback. Many of you wanted better pen customization while drawing and handwriting, as well as the ability to quickly flip between customized pens. We’re happy to share that you can now do both in the updated app. To help you get started, we’ve picked four default pens. As you bring your stylus closer to the screen, the radial menu indicator will pop up. Tap it to open the radial menu to see the available pens. You can customize them by navigating to the second level of radial menu and then selecting the color and thickness that suits ...

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Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at  Microsoft today blogged about transparency in handling user data on law enforcement requests and more. The also released their  2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report. Here is the part of the summary, · First, while we receive a significant number of law enforcement requests from around the world, very few actually result in the disclosure to these agencies of customer content. To be precise, last year Microsoft (including Skype) received 75,378 law enforcement requests for customer information, and these requests potentially affected 137,424 accounts or other identifiers. Only 2.1 percent, or 1,558 requests, resulted in the disclosure of customer content. · It’s insightful, I believe, to look at the governments to whom customer content was disclosed. Of the 1,558 disclosures of customer content, more than 99 percent were in response to lawful warrants from courts in the United ...

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Bing today announced the improved Snapshot experience. Satori, the technology behind Bing snapshot experience now includes people, places, and things which are among the most common searches on Bing. This technology enables billions of entities and relationships, providing searchers with a more useful model of the digital and physical world. Following are part of the new experience, People Search – Professionals, Famous People and Celebrities Of these entities, people are the most popular, with searches for celebrities, professionals and friends representing about 10 percent of all searches on Bing. Whether you’re looking to keep tabs on your favorite celebrity or learn more about a colleague’s professional background, Bing now provides quick facts based on publicly available information from LinkedIn and Wikipedia. Professionals: Now, when you’re looking for information on a new colleague, you’ll see things such as where they went to school, where they have worked as well as related searches for ...

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The Windows Blue update to Windows 8 is expected some time in the middle to the end of this year, and Stephen Chapman from MSFTkitchen has managed to dig up this video presentation of an updated version of the Fresh Paint app built for the OS. New in this version is the interaction of watercolor with other medias (oil, pencil, etc.), wet or dry and the the ability to import an image from anywhere, then transpose it to a watercolor painting you can interact with. In the video chief technical strategy officer, Eric Rudder says: "We’re really excited to work, now that the next version of Windows is coming, to make sure that we extend touch in even more dramatic fashion.If you look at a company like HP now that’s kind of struggling and cut their R&D budget, I think they may have wished there’s some stuff in the factory ...

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Microsoft last week launched a program where it will be paying developers upto $2000 for developing Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps. This program raised some voice in the industry saying that such programs will lead to poor quality of apps filling up the Windows Store. Microsoft responded to this complaints with the following statement to ATD, “We believe the best apps come from those partners who are invested in the platform and own their experience now and in the future,” Microsoft said. ” Of course, we are always working to spark creativity with new developer audiences and sometimes try limited incentives or contests, like Keep The Cash. However, it is not representative of an ongoing program.”   ...

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The Weather Channel app just got updated in Windows Store with whole new interface. It helps you find detailed Weather Forecasts, Severe Weather Alerts, Maps & Radar, etc,. Recently Updated and Completely Revamped.  The NEW Weather Channel desktop weather app brings together over 200 meteorologists and our ultra-local TruPoint(sm) forecasting technology, you can trust us to help you plan the best day possible, with the most accurate weather forecast available. Get current weather with rich-image tiles on your desktop and click-into our app when you need more weather details, forecasts, and severe weather info. No one compares to The Weather Channel’s desktop weather app for providing severe weather alerts delivered to your desktop, while allowing you to see local area radar to stay abreast of storms, as well as watch videos produced by the industry leader, The Weather Channel. The Weather Channel = The World’s Best Weather. Download it from ...

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We have seen so many leaks about Xbox vNext codenamed Durango. The latest leak published by VGLeaks involves Xbox vNext XDK help documents. It confirms many things about various other leaks we had it in the past. The Xbox vNext will be based on x64 architecture with DirectX3D 11 support and dedicated audio chip to process it separately. The interesting thing it reveals is the “Always On, Always Connected” mode. In this mode, the console will remain on with minimum power draw and will uses can enjoy the entertainment experience whenever they want with out any delay. You need not wait for the system to update or you need not restart it. It also comes with a high fidelity Kinect 2.0 with HD video support, more accurate skeletal tracking using new depth sensor. The new controller will have less wireless latency and improved ergonomics. Also the console with have Blu-ray disc support, however you ...

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Speaking to financial analysts at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang has expressed his concerns over Windows RT. He is not pleased with the Windows RT device sales so far and it is didn’t meet his expectations. “We expected to have sold more than we did,” he said Tuesday. “I think everybody expected to have sold more than we did.” “They have to find a way to get into that ecosystem because it’s so disruptive. I think it’s of some importance to Microsoft to continue to invest in RT,” He also expected Microsoft to release Outlook for Windows RT devices. “If Outlook were to show up on RT, my life would be complete,” he said. “I am one Outlook away from computing nirvana. Outlook god, please…” “They own the source code and I know there are smart people up there. What do you ...

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