Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has released its HealthVault app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. HealthVault app allows you to access your health information stored in your HealthVault account. Description: HealthVault for Windows helps you take control of your health and keep your most important health information at your fingertips. Set health goals, track progress, and discover trends. Features: Track progress towards your health goals. Manage your weight, track your exercise, steps, and diet. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. View and edit details of your family’s most important health information. Discover trends in your health and fitness. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Microsoft today responded to customer feedback on Office licensing terms. Microsoft today announced that they have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another which now means users can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Updated transferability provision to the Retail License Terms of the Software License Agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application Software: Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.” You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if ...

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According to the reports from couple of websites, Samsung has stopped selling Windows RT based tablets in Germany, one of the Europe’s biggest market. They added that Samsung  “sees no market for RT in Germany and other European countries.” and so far Windows RT based devices from Samsung have experienced very poor sales due to which Samsung is taking this action. Samsung is yet to respond to this reports. Source: MobileGeeks , Heise.de via: Engadget ...

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At sixth annual TechForum event, Microsoft demoed some of the advanced Kinect capabilities like accurate hand gesture recognition, etc,. Microsoft Kinect is already capable of detecting body movements and now Microsoft has improved them to make it recognize hand gestures such as opening and closing the palm. You can now use Windows 8 fully controlled by Kinect and it looks cool. Check out the video above. I guess these features will be part of  Kinect 2.0 which will be released along with Xbox vNext. Source: Microsoft Research   ...

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Microsoft today kicked off its sixth annual TechForum at Microsoft’s new Envisioning Center. Craig Mundie, senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer, and Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer along with other senior Microsoft executives presented their vision for the future of technology to a group of journalists. It also featured latest technology demos and prototypes some of which like ViralSearch, SketchInsight, etc,. Microsoft focused on three areas for this year’s  TechForum, The Arrival of Big Data: The massive explosion of data from machines, sensors and people—along with the broad availability of affordable cloud services at scale—are bringing us powerful new tools that turn data into insight. Systems That Learn: 21st-century computers aren’t just told what to do—they learn. Dramatic improvements in machine learning are leading to systems that can absorb the vast amounts of data we are collecting, discern knowledge, and project futures. More “Human” Natural User Interfaces (or NUI): This is a topic ...

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European Commission today announced a fine of €561 Million on Microsoft for failing to comply with user browser choice related commitments. Due to technical error, browser choice screen didn’t appear on PCs sold in EU from the period of May 2011 until July 2012 causing the non-compliance with commitment to EC. Microsoft apologized for the technical error and issued the following statement. We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it. We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future. Full press release after the break. ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft has started offering price breaks on its Windows 8 OS and Office productivity for OEMs in an order to help spur the development of Windows based small, touch-enabled laptop computers. These new products are expected to be available later this year during fall. Microsoft is expecting that these discounts for software licensing could help reduce the price and increase the appeal of Windows based touch laptops. Here are the details about the discount, In late February, Microsoft offered PC makers the deal of Windows 8 plus Office for $30 for touch-screen devices under 10.8 inches, according to one person familiar with the situation. This compares with around $120 previously. Touch-screen devices above 10.8 inches can still get the discounted Windows 8 price, but Office isn’t included, this person said. Source: WSJ ...

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At CeBIT 2013, Intel revealed a new prototype Ultrabook hybrid running on Intel’s upcoming Haswell processor with Windows 8. The prototype has a full HD screen with the ability to separate dock and the screen. Intel is using the 22 nm process for Haswell processor and is expected to release CPUs based on this microarchitecture around June. With Haswell, Intel will introduce a new low-power processor designed specifically  for convertible or ‘hybrid’ Ultrabooks that will allow OEMs to come up with innovative PC designs. Source: Mobilegeeks ...

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During yearly TechForum event in Seattle, Microsoft Research unveiled number of interesting projects that they were working on. Some of the projects were SketchInsight, Viral Search, etc,. The Verge reports that Microsoft also revealed displays with Kinect sensor built-in. Microsoft is working to bring Kinect sensor integrated into displays. There are no.of challenges in making that happen, for example infra-red cameras in Kinect will not work in bright sunlight. Speaking on this, Craig Mundie said the following, “You want to be as cheap as possible and physically as small as possible,” , “My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this [Surface tablet].” “It’s not gonna happen tomorrow, but we can see a path towards that sort of thing.” Read more about it from the link below. via: The Verge ...

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Microsoft Research unveiled number of research projects at company’s annual TechFest started this week. One of them was, Viral Search. Viral Search allows you to navigate and explore real time content around the world using data from various services. What does it mean for online content to “go viral”? An analysis of almost a billion information cascades on Twitter news, videos, and photos has produced the first quantitative notion of whether something has indeed gone viral, thereby enabling further research into topic experts, trending topics, and viral-incident metrics. Read more from the link below. Source: Microsoft Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Research unveiled number of research projects at company’s annual TechFest started this week. One of them was, SketchInsight. SketchInsight is an interactive whiteboard system for storytelling with data by using real-time sketching. Creating personalized, expressive data charts becomes quick and easy. The presenter simply sketches an example, and SketchInsight automatically completes the chart by synthesizing from example sketches. Read more from the link below. Source: Microsoft ...

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Yesterday, there were reports that Microsoft is ending its Scroogled campaign against Google. Microsoft responded to those reports that they are not going to stop this campaign and asked us to stay tuned for next chapter of the campaign. Microsoft’s statement, “Scroogled will go on as long as Google keeps Scroogling people. We know Google doesn’t like it when the facts come out. Chapter two of the consumer education campaign has shown people care about their privacy. More than 3.5 million people visited scroogled.com, and nearly 115,000 people signed a petition asking Google to stop going through their Gmail. Stay tuned for the next chapter.” ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have acquired cloud monitoring startup MetricsHub. MetricsHub was a participant in the Microsoft Accelerator, powered by TechStars.  MetricsHub helps businesses in Active Cloud Monitoring, a technology that automates cloud performance management and it also helps customers more efficiently manage their cloud services at a lower cost. All Windows Azure customers can get started today – with the announcement of a pre-release, no charge, version of MetricsHub’s Active Cloud Monitoring – available now through the Windows Azure Store.  We think it’s going to save customers time, money and headaches.  You can learn more at the MetricsHub site. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft is getting into a new kind of content business. They are going to release a British film called Pulp exclusively for Xbox LIVE users. Pulp is a comedy about a struggling comic book publisher recruited by the police to bust a crime syndicate. Microsoft is planning to distribute more films this way in the future. Microsoft has already set up its own studio to create original content for Xbox LIVE subscribers in US. They are focusing mainly on interactive entertainment which takes advantage of Xbox 360 and Kinect. Read more at BBC. ...

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Microsoft is not new to sharing their vision for the future. Microsoft Office division shared their vision for productivity future 2 years back. Now, Microsoft has released a new video about how they are imagining out future in next 5-10 years. Most part of the above video shows that NUI and machine learning will be the key part of our future. Microsoft has started an Envisioning Center inside Microsoft which was built upon their latest ideas on the future. This work continues at our new Envisioning Center, which is all about imagining how technology could be used to make life easier and more enjoyable, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in revolutionary ones. The Envisioning Center has been rebuilt from the ground up to incorporate our newest ideas and latest technologies, and today we announced its opening. The facility encompasses scenarios at home, at work and places in between, and is inspired by ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are expanding the availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro to many other countries around the world. Surface Pro is soon coming to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The roll out will begin in late March. Microsoft has also announced that the Surface RT will be coming to Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan in the upcoming months and will release more details on it soon. Source: Surface Blog ...

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