Review Category : Microsoft

MSNerd, long time Microsoft leaker,has passed on a little tip about the next version of Windows on ARM. Currently Windows on ARM runs on NVidia, Qualcomm and TI processors, which leaves OEMs like Samsung unable to use processors from their own supply chain. According to MSNerd, in the next update to Windows Nokia and Samsung will be able to use processors from their favourite providers – in Nokia’s case ST-Ericsson’s Novathor processor, and in Samsung’s case its own Exynos processor and SOC. Blue is said to be an interim update to Windows, much like a service pack, and may be the start of a regular, more phone-like pattern of yearly updates to Windows which add features, as we have come to expect from Windows Phone and the iOS. So far we do not know much else about the update, but one can hope the update removes the reliance of the ...

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Part of moving to the app model in Windows 8 is that components should continue to improve even after the OS has shipped. This is the case currently, with Microsoft announcing a number of improvements coming to the built-in apps in Windows 8. The list include: SkyDrive Search within SkyDrive Rename and move folders and files New first-run experience Custom sort order Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Conversation view of your inbox Complete IMAP account support Accepting and declining invitations in email Capturing and updating your account picture Improved search Search for a contact within the Messaging app Photos Crop and rotate photos New auto-curated collage slideshows View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when you open them from the desktop Maps Bird’s eye view 3,000+ indoor venue maps ...

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The FCC has today revealed previously confidential document submitted by Microsoft. The documents describe a Tablet Computer running the Windows RT operating system with Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and unless Microsoft has yet another secret tablet in the works the documents are likely referring to their Surface computer. Microsoft is set to release the windows RT to the market on the 26th October, with the Windows 8 version to follow it is believed in January. As of yet no pricing has been released. See the documentation here at apps.fsc.gov Via: liliputing.com ...

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Microsoft and Barnes and Noble’s joint venture has received regulatory blessing, and with that also finally a name. No longer NewCo, the company has now been named Nook Media LLC. “As demand for digital content continues to increase, we are focused on bringing ground-breaking reading and learning content and technologies to more people in more formats than ever before, including the imminent launch of our exceptional NOOK reading application for Windows 8,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “We look forward to working closely with our new partner Microsoft to add value to their innovative new platform by bringing great reading experiences and one of the world’s preeminent digital bookstores to millions of Windows 8 users.” “NOOK Media is a leader in developing the next generation of digital reading and we look forward to the company bringing one of the world’s largest digital libraries to Windows 8 devices ...

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TNW reports that unnamed European sources are claiming Microsoft is working on a deal to buy Rdio, the cross-platform music streaming service based in San Francisco. The streaming service, which has clients for Windows, MacOS,  iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone and which is available in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and New Zealand, was founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who also happen to have started Skype, acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011. The service is ad-supported, which would be a good fit for recent rumours of an Xbox branded ad-supported streaming music service. Rdio CEO Drew Larner said here “is nothing to talk about” and that he will not “comment on rumors”. Read more at TNW here. ...

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A recent discovery by Hellshock reveals the Italian Microsoft website contains a link to Surface within the ‘Products’ section, which poses the question- will Microsoft’s Surface cover the world? In addition to this, Surface is now listed in European Countries such as France, Italy and  the United Kingdom.  Microsoft is thought to be working with local retailers  to provide the Surface to European customers.  Earlier leaks have suggested that the Microsoft Surface will be available in Australia day and date with US availability on the 26th October.  This could mean that European customers may not have long to wait for Surface to turn up in their local stores.  Are our readers excited?  Let us know below.  Via: wpcentral.com and msicc.net ...

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While Bing has been making steady progress in growing market share against Google, many remain unconvinced that searches are better when powered by Microsoft.  Bingiton is Microsoft’s latest Bing campaign which was launched a couple weeks ago in order to decide which search engine really offered the best result; without people being biased towards Bing or Google.  Microsoft has now announced after more than 5 million blind tests that users have chosen Bing results 2:1 over Google.  Ideally, Bingiton will convince the public that is is worth switching to the search engine that offers the best results on the internet. Following on from their success with Bingiton, Microsoft will launch a ‘Bingiton sweepstakes’, where Bing users have a chance of winning Microsoft-themed prizes, such as a Microsoft Surface tablet, Lifecam Studio Webcam, Office Home and Business 2010 and many more.  Also, be sure to look out for Microsoft’s new TV ...

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Last month Microsoft revealed about its plan to open no.of pop-up stores in US and Canada this Holiday season. Microsoft’s own online store website has revealed that these Microsoft Holiday Retail Stores will be opened on Oct-26th. The site also hints about the Microsoft Surface availability on the same date and the device will come with Touch Cover as well. All these Holiday Stores will have a curated selection of the coolest Microsoft products for sale. Are you ready to visit a Microsoft Store? via: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft today revealed that all new MSN coming exclusively to Windows 8 users on Oct-26th. The new MSN is optimized for touch with support for Windows 8 features such as snap view, etc,. MSN now has more than 480 million visitors per month is the top site in 27 markets and remains one of the most popular media destinations on the Internet.       News You Want, Faster MSN for Windows 8 is built for speed. Because Internet Explorer 10 was designed to take advantage of the system architecture of Windows 8, rendering complex page layouts and high resolution images is faster and more fluid.  Now you can easily view images, slideshows and videos, without compromising the overall experience. The result is a cleaner more “app-like” experience that allows you use the Flip Ahead feature to swiftly jump from article to article with a simple gesture.  The pages render twice as fast ...

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Microsoft today introduced a new programming language called TypeScript in order to get JavaScript development to scale. JavaScript was originally introduced as a client-side scripting language for web pages limited to its Document Object Model (DOM). So, Microsoft thought JavaScript is missing many of the features necessary to be able to productively write and maintain large-scale applications. The result of the thought it TypeScript. Here is a short note about TypeScript, Enter TypeScript. TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that combines type checking and static analysis, explicit interfaces, and best practices into a single language and compiler. By building on JavaScript, TypeScript keeps you close to the runtime you’re targeting while adding only the syntactic sugar necessary to support large applications and large teams. Importantly, TypeScript enables great tooling experiences for JavaScript development, like those we’ve built for .NET and C++ and continue to innovate on with projects like “Roslyn”.  This is true ...

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HP today introduced their first enterprise focused Windows 8 tablet called ElitePad 900. It runs on Intel Atom processor with full Windows 8 Pro features. Read more about it below. HP Unveils a True Tablet for Business HP today introduced the HP ElitePad 900, a tablet that balances a beautiful design with enterprise-grade features, functionality and support. Designed for business and government, it features HP ElitePad Smart Jackets,(1) which add connectivity options and an additional ultra-slim battery for longer runtime, along with specific add-ons that customize the tablet for specialized uses. The HP ElitePad is an ultrathin, lightweight tablet designed for Windows 8(2) that delivers features to keep IT managers happy and touts a design that employees will crave. It offers the full serviceability, enhanced security and manageability found in HP Elite PCs, and military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and high altitude.(3) “Businesses used to face a tough purchase ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced its partnership with Klout, a social media influence engine. Bing announced the sidebar feature few months ago which allowed us to find relevant information from friends, experts and enthusiasts across social networks. Bing now integrates top social networks on the web like Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Quora into the sidebar. Today, Bing announced the integration of Klout in its search results sidebar. On Bing, we will surface Klout scores and influential topics for many of the experts in the People Who Know section of the sidebar. Klout as a social influence signal in the sidebar will really help customers connect with the right experts on the topics they are searching for. As part of Klout’s recently unveiled moments feature, we’ll begin surfacing Bing highlights on some Klout users profiles, demonstrating how search can be a powerful new indicator of online influence. What’s interesting about our work on the Klout service ...

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Bloomberg recently ran a story where they claimed Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that  Windows 8  is being released before it’s fully ready. Intel, who will be showcasing Windows 8 PCs tomorrow, has released a statement calling the rumour unsubstantiated. The company has released the statement below: SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 – Today Intel Corporation issued a statement in response to unsubstantiated news reports about comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini in a meeting with employees. Intel has a long and successful heritage working with Microsoft on the release of Windows platforms, delivering devices that provide exciting experiences, stunning performance, and superior compatibility. Intel fully expects this to continue with Windows 8. Intel, Microsoft and our partners have been working closely together on testing and validation to ensure delivery of a high-quality experience across the nearly 200 Intel-based designs that will start launching in ...

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In a study of website and browser performance Strangeloop, a provider of web acceleration solutions to companies like eBay and Visa, has found that Microsoft’s latest greatest browser has finally taken the crown over their main rival, Google’s Chrome. In a test of loading the Alexa Retail 2000, the 2000 biggest commercial websites, they found IE10 loaded webpages fractionally faster than Firefox on first view, and 8% faster than Google Chrome 20. The result was also apparent when it came to re-visiting a page, when IE10 also edged out Google Chrome and Firefox. The study is good news for Windows 8 tablet users, where the browser will likely remain the default Metro browser, and for Windows Phone 8 users, where users do not have a choice regarding the default browser.  The study can be downloaded at Strangeloop here. ...

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The year long lack of a browser ballot screen did nothing to stem market share loss by Internet Explorer in Europe A technical oversight by Microsoft may hit the company with a $7billion+ fine leveed by the EU.  Europe’s antitrust chief announced Microsoft may face a fine of up to 10% of Microsoft’s global annual turnover -which is up to $7.37 billion (based on figures from 2012)- because Microsoft failed to include a ‘browser choice’ screen for European users in the latest version of Windows 7 in the Service Pack 1 update in February 2011, ‘”The fault is there, it has been there for more than a year and it is clear that we need to react,” said European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, adding: “It is not only the distortion of competition during this period which concerns us; it is very serious, from my point of view, that the remedies ...

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The Verge reports from their sources that the final pricing of Windows 8 has been revealed. It is somewhat complex, so I will lay it out as clearly as possible. Existing Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade via a download at $39.99 to Windows 8 Pro. Buying the upgrade at retail on DVD will cost $69.99 Clean install  Windows 8 Pro will cost $69.99 until the 31st January 2013. The software will then revert to $199. Stores will also sell a Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $69.99 for until January 31st. After January 31st the same upgrade will cost $99.00 Both the Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Pro copies will be made available from retailers on October 26th. Clear as mud? Let us know below. ...

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