Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft yesterday announced the availability of update to Windows Live Essentials. Apart from full SSL support in Windows Live Mail, the update includes bug fixes, performance improvements across the whole suite of apps. Here are the changes, Mail: We fixed a sorting issue in the Sent items folder and improved the upload reliability and instrumentation in Photo mail. Messenger: We fixed a couple of stability issues and made various changes for improved voice and video quality. We fixed an issue that was causing sound to be lost after upgrading, and we improved performance when displaying the MSN Today page in the main window. Photo Gallery: We implemented various bug fixes for crashes related to launching Photo Gallery through Autoplay and facial recognition. And more: We made many other usability, performance, and stability improvements across the suite of Windows Live Essentials apps.   The update will be available for download from ...

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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL TASK GALLERY COMPUTER INTERFACE The present invention provides a three-dimensional user interface for a computer system that allows a user to combine and store a group of windows as a task. The image of each task can be positioned within a three-dimensional environment such that the user may utilize spatial memory in order remember where a particular task is located. System and Method for Pinning Tabs in a Tabbed Browser The techniques and mechanisms described herein are directed to a method for pinning a tab in a tabbed browser. Briefly stated, browsing software is configured to recognize a "pin" event, such as a hot key, a menu selection, and the like. Upon recognizing the pin event, the browsing software splits a display screen into a pinned window and a tabbed window. The tabbed window displays one or more open tabs and the content ...

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Microsoft Office offered document collaboration through co-authoring support in Office 2010. You can also use Sharepoint server for document collaboration. Today Office Web Apps announced the availability of co-authoring  support in Office Web Apps too. You don’t need an Office 2010 Windows app to collaborate documents among different authors. We designed co-authoring in the Word Web App on SkyDrive accordingly: When you’re co-authoring, you always have a real time view into who is making changes and where these changes are occurring. As soon as you begin typing, the corresponding section of the document is locked and others are notified, placing you in control and freeing others from distraction. Contributors can hit “save” at any time to see an updated view of all changes. For more details on the update, visit Office Web Apps blog and Windows Live blog. ...

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From Facebook blog, Bring Your Conversations to Life Video chat has been around for years now, but it’s still not an everyday activity for most people. Sometimes it’s too difficult to set up, or the friends you want to talk to are on different services. So a few months ago, we started working with Skype to bring video calling to Facebook. We built it right into chat, so all your conversations start from the same place. To call your friend, just click the video call button at the top of your chat window. Talk to friends around the world right from Facebook. For those of us who have been working on this, it’s particularly exciting to bring video calling to over 750 million people. We’re making this available in over 70 different languages, so friends can stay in touch all over the world. Video calling will be available to everyone ...

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Bing for iPad app which got released few months back got some great feedback and reviews so far. The app has got tremendous rating of over 4.7 from more than 5000 reviews in Apple’s iTunes store. Today, Bing team announced a new update to the app with many new features, From Bing blog, From our research, we know that many searches are inspired by things people see on the web. Today, it can be somewhat painful to search on a tablet when you’re engaged in reading something; just copying and pasting pieces of text from a webpage to a search box can take up to nine steps on the iPad. With Lasso you can circle and search in just two steps. This release also includes: an improved movie experience that now lets you view multiple showtime days and theaters, the ability to swipe through the last six Bing homepage images, ...

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Microsoft promised cloud storage solution for Xbox 360 that allows you to store your profile data and game saves during the E3 conference. Microsoft is keeping on its promise and delivering the update to users. As one of the Eurogamer reader noticed, the new cloud storage solution allows you to switch between consoles with your Xbox LIVE ID having the same game saves and profile info. As Marc Whitten from Xbox LIVE describes, "We are making it easier for you to sign into your Xbox Live account from any console at any time to access your game saves and full profile," "Cloud storage will allow you to enjoy the same great Xbox Live gaming experience even when you’re not in your own living room by giving you the option to store your ‘game saves’ securely in the Xbox Live cloud, instead of on a portable memory unit or your console’s ...

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As rumored months ago, today Microsoft and Baidu announced their partnership on web search service. As a result of the partnership, Bing will power the English language search queries on Baidu. Baidu is the No.1 search provider in China with more than 75% marketshare. The marketshare is on the raise after the Google’s exit from China’s market. This deal will also provide a significant position for Microsoft’s Bing in China where it has negligible marketshare. From Microsoft China blog, (Translated using Bing translator because the content is in Chinese, bare with it) Today, Baidu Bing announced partnership with Microsoft, English-language search services for Chinese users combined. This collaboration means that Baidu provides users with the leading Chinese-language search services on the basis of, began by working with Bing provides world class English search service for your users. It is reported that Baidu and Bing collaboration product after online during the ...

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Microsoft launched the Hohm project hosted on its Azure platform about a year ago in beta stage. The service remained in beta stage till to date and now to be discontinued. Microsoft on its Hohm blog wrote that, The feedback from customers and partners has remained encouraging throughout Microsoft Hohm’s beta period. However, due to the slow overall market adoption of the service, we are instead focusing our efforts on products and solutions more capable of supporting long-standing growth within this evolving market. The reason seems to be true, because Hohm’s competitor Google PowerMeter was also discontinued due to poor market response. Lets hope Electrical companies realize the importance of home energy management in the future. ...

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Windows Live team detailed their efforts they did recently to speed up Hotmail for the users. When you are using Hotmail on the web using a browser, you may have experienced delay in opening a mail or deleting a mail, etc. That won’t be the case anymore, thanks to latest browsers like IE9 and their HTML5 support. Here are some of the improvements in Hotmail made behind the scenes, Caching The old Hotmail requested fresh data from the server every time it was needed. For instance, when you signed in to the inbox, Hotmail would ask the server for the latest message list. When you opened and then closed a message, we would make you wait while we asked the server for the message list again. Similarly, if you opened that same message again, we would make you wait while we retrieved the message. Pre-loading Our analysis of usage patterns ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the release of IE10 Platform Preview 2. The IE10 platform preview 2 has the same rendering engine of Windows 8 which was demoed by Microsoft few weeks ago. With the second Platform Preview, developers can start working with several site-ready HTML5 technologies for building beautiful, interactive Web applications with great performance and security. You can read the full list here in the IE10 developer guide: Beautiful and interactive Web applications are easier to deliver with support for several new technologies like CSS3 Positioned Floats, HTML5 Drag-drop, File Reader API, Media Query Listeners and initial support for HTML5 Forms. HTML5 Application performance improves across the board, as well as the ability to deliver better performance with more efficient use of battery life with new technologies like Web Workers with Channel Messaging, Async script support, and others. Web application security improves using the same markup with support for HTML5 ...

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NPD group today released data on retail sales of  online-capable games and game cards. The graph released by NPD clearly shows Xbox 360 is way ahead of both Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii in terms of sales. NPD didn’t share any specific numbers though. Anyway, its good to see Xbox 360’s performance in sales which is further kindled nowadays due to the uber success of Kinect. via: Gamasutra Source: NPD ...

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As reported last month, Office 2010 Service Pack 1 is now available for download. It includes several fixes and improves stability, performance of the Office suite. Other notable changes across all the apps are listed below. Outlook fixes an issue where “Snooze Time” would not reset between appointments. The default behavior for PowerPoint “Use Presenter View” option changed to display the slide show on the secondary monitor. Integrated community content in the Access Application Part Gallery. Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support. Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server The Word Web Application extends printing support to “Edit Mode.” Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists. Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint Office Web Applications Support for Chrome Inserting Charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application Support for searching PPSX files in Search Server Visio Fixes ...

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In media events around the world, Microsoft today announced the availability of Office 365, its cloud based enterprise solution. Office 365 is the successor to Microsoft’s BPOS. Office 365 was under bet testing by over thousands of organization before getting launched today. Microsoft also revealed the pricing schemes of Office 365 targeting SMB’s and large enterprises. Take a look at the info graphic below, http://zoom.it/4sXC Find full press release after the break. ...

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1) Multi-directional image displaying device Methods, devices, and systems are provided for displaying an image using a multi-directional image displaying device in a compact, configurable device having an expansive viewing angle. An image projector projects an image having a plurality of image pixels. A distribution object is aligned with the image projector. The distribution object is utilized to redirect the image pixels projected by the image projector onto one or more display surfaces. As such, in one embodiment, a wide view display of the first image that expands at least the width of a user field of view results from the spreading of the image pixels. A compact housing unit provides support for the image projector and the distribution object. In one embodiment, the multi-directional image displaying device can be adjusted to change the wide view display of the image. 2) Direct wireless client to client communication A wireless station ...

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  By this time, everyone must have heard of Google Health’s demise. If you are a Google Health user or Google Health Developer, Microsoft have blogged about the migration process. Also Google is working on a streamlined process for transferring data to Microsoft HealthVault. By then, read the below guide from Microsoft. 1. How USERS can move their Google Health information to HealthVault The great news here is that the Google team has been working with us to ensure that migration is as simple and painless as possible. Google is based on the CCR standard, and HealthVault has the ability to import CCR-based documents, so it’s a pretty straightforward deal. Google has detailed instructions for moving your profile data into HealthVault here. For now, the process involves downloading your Google information as a special file called a “CCR” and then uploading that file to HealthVault where we’ll incorporate it into ...

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