Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft is a company that deeply cares about your privacy more than anything. Microsoft Advertising uses user’s personal data to target advertisements that relate to them. But they do that in a transparent manner. Just to show how transparent are they, visit this website. You can see what data they use to place relevant ads for you. They don’t sneak into your personal data like email to place ads. Take a look at the screenshot of the dashboard above, First they make use of your profile details which you can always update through profile.live.com. In the my data tab as seen above, you can see your past Bing searches which Microsoft used for ads, again you can delete them anytime. You can select your edit your topics of interest to have more personalized ads. Under the My Choices tab, you can just opt-out of the whole personalized advertising in single click. ...

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Google yesterday dropped its lawsuit against US interior department on favoring Microsoft based productivity solution against Google Apps. Google filed the lawsuit last October saying that the Interior department’s e-mail contract unfairly favored Microsoft products and didn’t give full consideration to the company’s “Google Apps for Government” product. Now Google has dropped the lawsuit as US Interior department said that it would reopen the competition. Matt Donovan, a spokesman for Microsoft, said .. the company is “pleased” the Interior Department “can proceed to obtain the secure e-mail system it needs.” “We are fully prepared to continue competing for the Department’s business and are confident that we offer the best cloud solutions and value,” Donavan said in an e-mail. C’mon Google, you want to compare Microsoft Office 2010/365 with Google Docs??? I can’t even do it.. ...

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The Metro Design language which started with Windows Media Center in now influencing Zune media players, Zune desktop client, Windows Phones, Xbox dashboard and now Windows 8. The touch UI of Windows Phone with Metro design has a story behind it. Watch it in the video above. Sam Moreau, Principal UX Designer for Windows, joined me at \\Build on Day 2 to talk about the Metro Windows 8 UI. Where did swiping from the edges come from? What is the idea behind Charms? How do you swipe through apps backwards? Should every application migrate to a Metro style over time? Where should developers who are new to Metro start? We cover all of these and more. Source: Channel 9 ...

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Microsoft is in many more places than just the desktop and phone.  In the above video Microsoft attempts to demonstrate in how many ways users touch Microsoft technology in their daily lives, from check-out counters to coin counters to GPS navigation in Ford Sync. The team seems to be promising something big coming later this year, which may be the next version of their embedded Windows CE OS. ...

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Google just responded to the Microsoft-Samsung Patent deal, Here is their statement, “This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.” via: Techcrunch ...

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Continuing the tradition from the last 3 years the IE team at sent the Firefox team a cupcake to celebrate shipping Firefox 7. The IE team first sent  Mozilla a cupcake in 2008 when Firefox 3 shipped, and then in March 2011 when Firefox 4 shipped. They repeated in June when Firefox 5 shipped and August when Firefox 6 shipped. Maybe the Firefox’s love for cupcakes is the real reason why they are shipping a new version every few months … Via Winrumors.com ...

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Lots of information regarding Windows Phone Mango update got released today. 1) Updated “Where’s my phone update?” : Microsoft updated the “Where’s my phone update” page for both US ans International customers. The list which contains the current phase of the update on a particular carrier has been updated. 2) Windows Phone Web Based Marketplace Launched: This will enable customers to shop, share and buy/download apps and games from any PC and send them directly to their phones. 3) Updated WindowsPhone.com My Phone Service and Scrapbook:   Along with the web based marketplace, Microsoft has also updated the MyPhone/Windows Phone Live webpage. My Phone page now allows you to access your SkyDrive phones, documents, customize Xbox Live avatars, etc. Scrapbook allows you to explore your check-ins and photos on Bing Maps interface. 4) AT&T and Sprint’s Windows Phone Mango Support pages goes live: Both the network has made their support pages for ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Skype for $8.1 billion. Since the announcement, the deal is being approved by various legal organizations around the world. In June, US antitrust regulators approved the deal and Microsoft is waiting for European Commission’s approval. We have not seen any announcements from Microsoft on any product integration with Skype so far but that didn’t stop Italian VoIP telephone trovider Messagenet SpA to file a complaint to EU regarding Skype/Microsoft. In the letter sent to EC they claim, “Anti-competitive bundling of Skype into the Microsoft Operating system should be prohibited in any case,” “Skype and Microsoft should be obliged to make interopeable their IP-to-IP voice and videotelephony and presence services, by disclosing to competitors the interfaces required for their products to be able to ‘talk’ with the ubiquitous Skype software, including HD voice functions,” EU antitrust spokesperson Amelia Torres said on this matter that, “As in any merger case, we ...

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Today Microsoft Research is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Since its inception from 1991, MSR centers across world have contributed technology to numerous products from Microsoft. Microsoft Research was also the backbone of various disruptive technologies such as Kinect, Surface, etc. Peter Lee, MD of Microsoft Research Lab at Redmond on Microsoft Research, “My view is that Microsoft Research, as illustrious and as successful as it’s been—and it’s been hyper-successful; the recruiting power is massive, the quality of the researchers and the engineers here is unparalleled, and their work finds its way into products such as Windows, Office, Bing, and Xbox—even with all of that, it has only now grown up. The best and most important ideas are still to come. “That’s not so surprising. If you look at some of the great industrial research labs, like Bell Labs, as successful as they were from the start, it wasn’t until the third decade that really ...

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Microsoft Research today posted information on project codenamed “Tiger” to develop next generation indexing platform for Bing based on SSD technology which improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements on Bing. Microsoft Research Asia and Bing’s engineering teams in China and the US collaborated to develop “Tiger,” the next-generation index serving platform for Bing. Index serving is the most critical infrastructure for any search engine. The new architecture in Tiger leverages emerging Solid State Disk (SSD) technology to improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements Source: Microsoft Research Video: Geekwire ...

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Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Today Microsoft detailed the Windows Live ID integration in Windows 8. Users now have an option to enter into the Windows 8 PC using Windows Live ID that will give them array of benefits. Signing in with an ID allows you to: Associate the most commonly used Windows settings with your user account. Saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. Your PC will be set up just the way you are used to! Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs. Save sign-in credentials for the different apps and websites you use and easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time. Automatically sign ...

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Samsung Series 7 laptop is now available for pre-order from Best Buy. This strong specs’d laptop will compete with Dell Inspiron Z and HP Elite series. This is not an ultrabook, but a regular laptop with impressive specs and more impressive price. Look at the details below,   Specs:   Intel® Core™ i7-2675QM processor 6GB DDR3 memory Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support 15.6" LED high-definition widescreen display Intel® Wireless Display 750GB hard drive (5400 rpm) AMD Xeymour graphics Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled The price of this laptop is just $880. Its 1600 x 900 HD matte display, 4G WiMAX and USB 3.0 ports will be the deciding factors according to me when compared to other devices of its range. You can pre-order it here. via: Engadget ...

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Today Microsoft Research announced their launch of their new Facebook game called Project Waterloo. This was not released in competition to Zynga or PopCap games instead it was created for research purposes. From MSR, The goal of this project is to build a platform for research in behavioural game theory on social networking sites which will enable experiments of unprecedented scale, resolution, interactivity and social embedding. We aim at testing the behaviour of real people in game theoretic interactions in social networks. How do people negotiate with one another? How can we aggregate opinions of individuals to arrive at high-quality decisions? In what ways do people reciprocate other people’s actions? Apart from the above goals, Microsoft Research is also planning to launch a Facebook game theory lab. Our next major goal in the project is establishing a “Facebook Game Theory Lab”. This is platform that would allow us to carry ...

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Microsoft is investing $150 million to expand its new data center in southern Virginia and will build a second data center facility and add 21 megawatts of power capacity at its new location in Boydton, Virginia, even as it is still completing the $499 million first phase of the project. Microsoft is also believed to be expanding its data centers in West Des Moines, Iowa and Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft’s new facility will feature the use of its container-based design known as IT-PAC (short for Pre-Assembled Component). They are designed to operate in all environments, and employ a free cooling approach in which fresh air is drawn into the enclosure through louvers in the side of the container – which effectively functions as a huge air handler with racks of servers inside. “Microsoft is excited to once again expand its cloud infrastructure and services capacities in Boydton,” said Dayne Sampson, corporate ...

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There have been recent rumours that Yahoo is looking to sell itself, and an internal Yahoo memo to all staff does not do much to dispel the rumour. Jerry Yang sent a memo to all staff extolling the value of the company, including owning “nine of the #1 properties in the U.S.”, being “a leader in display advertising” and having “an iconic brand”. He then spoke of a strategic review to enhance the “value of Yahoo! for all of its stakeholders”. The review will be led by investment bank and adviser to Yahoo Allen & Company, and he observed that they were “fielding inquiries from multiple parties that have already expressed interest in a number of potential options”. While Jerry remains cagey in the memo and talks about Yahoo as a company which “endures”, a Yahoo insider has recently claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” ...

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