Review Category : Microsoft

Press Release: Microsoft Announces Non-Cash Accounting Charge Company will take a write down in its Online Services Division goodwill. REDMOND, Wash., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will take a non-cash, non-tax-deductible income statement charge for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 for the impairment of goodwill in its Online Services Division segment, mostly related to its 2007 aQuantive, Inc., acquisition. Under accounting guidelines, companies are required to conduct an annual goodwill impairment test for each business unit. Goodwill arises in an acquisition when the fair value paid for a business exceeds the value of the identifiable net assets. The goodwill in the Online Services Division was substantially the result of the 2007 acquisition of aQuantive. As a result of its 2012 impairment review, Microsoft has determined that a write down of its Online Services Division goodwill of approximately $6.2 billion is ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99.  And you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade. This is a great deal! You can purchase the upgrade from Windows.com and use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to make sure whether your PC is ready for Windows 8. A packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 at all local stores during this promotion which ends on January 31st, 2013. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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Today I came across an interesting image which lists the whole Microsoft Product Portfolio. As you can see in the image above, you should realize the true length & breadth of Microsoft’s product offerings. Recently I found some people criticizing Microsoft on its new preview homepage design for Microsoft.com. I think its not possible to create a single website with single design to suit all of the Microsoft’s customers at once. via: Hosam Kamel from Microsoft ...

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This June was one of the busiest month for tech industry this year. All three industry giants Microsoft, Apple and Google had major press and developer events. Taykey, a startup that uses “patented technology” to analyze trends and conversations across social sources to help its advertising customers improve their campaigns released the above infographic to show how Microsoft’s and Apple’s announcements were treated in social media conversations. They even posted a conclusion that Microsoft’s Surface Tablet announcement surpassed Apple’s Retina MacBook and iOS 6 news in the social media. Its a good sign for the new style of secretive communication of Microsoft to the press! What do you think? Check out Zoom.it version of the same here. via: All Things D ...

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Microsoft usually certifies hardware compatible with Windows and allows the hardware manufacturer to use the “Windows Compatible” logo stickers on them. Winunleaked today posted some images of the upcoming Windows 8/Windows RT Compatible logo in various colors. Its interesting to see that Microsoft is pushing the Windows RT brand among consumers. And I think differentiating Windows RT and Windows 8 among consumers is also an important task ahead for Microsoft. Source: Winunleaked Image via: Winunleaked, Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has now over 2700 venue maps on Bing Maps platform. Venue Maps are nothing but detailed maps of places like airports, malls, parks, etc,. For example, you can locate the shops at a Mall using Venue maps. Venue Maps locations are from over 30 countries across the world and they are going to update it constantly. You can  even browse through the whole list of venue maps at www.bing.com/maps/venues. You can try Bing Maps yourself  here.   ...

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Microsoft is testing a new homepage design for Microsoft.com. Microsoft.com is one of the most visited websites in the world and the design should make impression for millions of people who visit it everyday. The current design is not so old but it looks cluttered. Its a very difficult job for designing a homepage for a company with so many products that target different set of audiences.  The new design looks clean and simple compared to the current design. What do you think? You can check it out yourself here at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/preview. Source: Liveside ...

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Along with the Adoption and Finance reports, Windows Store Developer page gives you Quality reports as well. These Quality  reports help you improve the quality of your apps by tracking and investigating any crashes, hangs, or exceptions in your app. With these reports, you can: Understand the quality of your app over the different versions that were published to the Store. This tells you if customers of your app are having a better experience in successive versions. Improve the quality of your app. You can improve the quality of your app by knowing about and understanding the top failures (as seen by your customers) in the latest version published to the Store. Understanding the top failures enables you to fix them and publish updates to your app in the Store. Read more on it here. ...

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  Besides the colourful touch cover and type cover, the Microsoft Surface tablet adopts Henry Ford’s strategy – any colour as long as it is black. Sharp-eyed reader Randy however noticed this altogether more colourful version in the background, looking like a blue device with a white rim. Now of course this picture may simply be of a rapid prototype, but that kick stand probably does not work very well if made out of plastic, suggesting we may be looking at potential colour options for Surface in the future, an area where Microsoft with the Zune devices often chose to differentiate. The scene above can be seen at around the 8 second mark in this video from the design of the tablet here. Thanks Randy for the tip ...

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SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced at Uplinq 2012 the Windows® RT Metro Style App Developer Contest, to identify the most promising app for Windows RT devices. The Windows RT Metro Style App Developer Contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older. The developers of the winning apps will be awarded up to $200,000 in cash prizes. Contest categories include best overall Windows RT app, most compelling connectivity use case, best gaming app, best productivity app and best AllJoyn™ peer-to-peer application. Entrants’ submitted apps will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on merits such as technology innovation and market potential. Developers have easy access today to the Windows RT software development kit from Microsoft to create Metro style apps that run across all different form factors and screen ...

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Metrotwit is a popular twitter client for Windows and it was known for its clean Metro design. Now, the developers behind Metrotwit has released their WinRT based Metrotwit app on Windows Store. As its desktop counterpart, this new Metrotwit app is also designed on Metro principles and it looks beautiful. Its the best Twitter client available in Windows Store right now and offers simple yet intuitive features. Check it out here. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed the new Windows 8 Photos app. This new app designed with Metro design principles allows you to connect your Microsoft account to services like Facebook and Flickr and get all of your photos in one place. Also the Photos app works best with SkyDrive service, and with Windows Phone, you will be able to automatically send all the pictures from your Phone to SkyDrive. As other Windows 8 apps, Photos app allows you to share photos using share charm in Windows 8. It even allows you to import photos from your memory cards, thumb drives, etc,. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft Windows 8 has a built in antimalware, antivirus solution called Windows Defender. Windows Defender will be turned on by default for all Windows 8 machines. But if you want to use any other antimalware solutions like Norton, AVG, etc, Windows Defender can be turned off. To make this experience better, Microsoft is working with Antimalware companies to make their apps run better on Windows 8. Microsoft is actively working with antimalware app developers, including those listed on this page, to ensure the availability of high-quality antimalware apps on Windows 8. The companies listed below provide prerelease antimalware apps that they have developed to work with Windows 8 Release Preview. To find a business-oriented antimalware app that is compatible with Windows 8 Release Preview, visit the Windows 8 Release Preview Compatibility Center or contact your antimalware app developer of choice. Some other companies might offer products that appear to be antimalware apps, but when ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO — June 25, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. and Yammer Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, and the team will continue to report to current CEO David Sacks. “The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. “Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services.” Launched in 2008, Yammer now has more than 5 million corporate users, including employees at 85 percent of the Fortune 500. The service allows employees to join a secure, private social network for free and then makes it easy for companies to convert ...

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Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced last year about the Microsoft’s plans for opening 75 new retail stores over the next two years. Currently, Microsoft owns 19 stores all located within US and they are expanding to other countries as well. According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning to open its first retail store in London in March, 2013. Apart from UK, Microsoft is also planning to open stores in Canada later this year. Microsoft Stores are clearly a best possible way for Microsoft to showcase their consumer story and I hope the expand their retail presence as fast as possible. Source: The Verge ...

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Digitimes reports that Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have discovered the impact of tablets like the iPad is less than they expected, as consumers discover they are good for entertainment, but not for getting work and studying done. The iPad has created new demand instead of eroding existing demand for notebooks, said Wistron chairman Simon Lin. However, iPad has absorbed a portion of consumer budgets, causing delays in replacement notebook purchases, Lin said. Notebooks are expected to regain demand after the launches of Intel’s Ivy Bridge in the second quarter and Microsoft’s Windows 8 in the fourth, Lin indicated. The X86 version of Windows 8 uniquely combines the productivity benefits of mouse and keyboard and a multi-window user interface with the full-screen touch interface of tablets. Regarding the global outlook for notebooks in the second half of 2012, Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are optimistic while Hewlett-Packard and Dell are neutral, ...

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