Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft released the first update for Internet Explorer 9 yesterday. The June 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update. This security update resolves seven vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that were disclosed in coordination with Microsoft. Microsoft have also updated their version no. to 9.0.1 as shown in the about box above. Happy Safe Browsing.. ...

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Speech Recognition and Speech process are becoming an integral part of evolving NUI. Its atleast evident from the case of Microsoft Kinect. Game Developers and gamers around the world are now enjoying the voice recognition capabilities provided by Kinect. Recently Microsoft showed at E3, its upcoming version of Xbox Dashboard which fully supports Human Voice for controlling the console. Microsoft’s Bing also provides voice search to its users through which they can search the web. At an press event yesterday, Google shared some interesting stats on voice search queries. Mobile speech inputs at Google have grown by a factor of six and two years of non stop speech comes into Google’s mobile search every day. Microsoft shared much more impressive and interesting numbers on voice queries. Here are they, Number of voice queries per day on Tellme platform: · 11 billion+ speech requests each year on the Microsoft Tellme speech ...

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Dan’l Lewin, VP of Strategic and Emerging Business Development speaking at start-up LAUNCH event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus hinted that Windows 8 likely to be released during Autumn 2012. “we will be in market – if you look at the crystal ball and just say what  happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking  timelines will be and just speculate – we’ve made the point about having a  developer conference later this year, and then typically we enter a beta phase,  and then in 12 months we’re in the market, so let’s make that assumption.” “Our strategy is a statement about phones and tablets being more or less the  same thing. I think tablets are big phones, more or less and I think they will  want, over time, some of the capabilities that PC architectures have. “They want the security, they want the ...

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Windows Live team today announced their upcoming update for their Windows Live Developer Platform. Messenger Connect will support more modern protocol and tighter integrations with various services, Messenger Connect is now evolving to provide: OAuth 2.0, the modern web authorization standard •We now support OAuth 2.0, making it easier to integrate Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive using a standard authentication protocol used by other web platforms like Facebook and Google across the web. Single sign-on and new Hotmail Calendar access •Single sign-on: When users have already signed in with their Windows Live ID from Hotmail, SkyDrive, MSN.com, or elsewhere, they won’t have to re-enter their credentials when they come to your site. •Hotmail Calendar: Applications can now programmatically insert appointments into the user’s calendar. Improved user experience on the desktop and mobile web •We’ve revamped the way users give access to applications by being more explicit about each permission the user is ...

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Few weeks before reported about Amazon Product Reviews Integrated Into Bing Search Results. Now its Yahoo Answers being integrated into Bing search results page. When your search term is similar to a question in yahoo answers, then you will be provided with best answer, other answers and full question option at the side of the Yahoo Answer search result. When you hover over any of there options, you will be shown with the answers.. Really cool ! ! Also Google is holding an event tomorrow to shows its latest innovations similar to the one it held last year to show Google Instant search feature. Lets see what Google has in their sleeves.. ...

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We all know that Skype is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, but that doesn’t stop Skype from making huge announcements. Recently Comcast and Skype announced their partnership to bring video calling experience to users. As part of this agreement comcast will provide adapter box and a camera to mount on the TV using which comcast users will be able to make and receive an unlimited number of video calls for no additional charge. Skype will power this service at 720p quality initially with customer testing starting soon. via: seattle times Presspass: COMCAST AND SKYPE ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO BRING A NEW HD VIDEO CALLING EXPERIENCE TO THE TELEVISION Partnership Will Enable Comcast Customers To Bring Family And Friends Together Via Clear, Widescreen Skype Video Calls Using Their Existing HD Television and Broadband Connection PHILADELPHIA and LUXEMBOURG – June 14, 2011 – Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Skype today announced that ...

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The latest monthly NPD results are in, and once again, as it has for the last 11 out of 12 months, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has taken the lead. Now in the seventh year of its lifecycle, with no successor in sight,  Xbox 360 is on pace to have the biggest year in its history, a feat never achieved by any console in history. May 2011 NPD highlights include: • Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in May, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. • Xbox 360 console sales during May were up 39 percent year over year, the largest growth of any current generation console on the market. May also marked the seventeenth month of year-over-year hardware sales increases. • Xbox 360 game sales reached $140 million. • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in May (hardware, software and accessories) reached $265 million, still the highest among ...

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The Baidu Charitable Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (The Gates Foundation) founded a strategic charitable alliance on Saturday, in a bid to work for a healthy, smoke-free environment both in China and around the world. Bill Gates joined forces with Robin Li, CEO of China’s answer to Google-Baidu during his second trip to China, to form a charitable organisation which will help people to quit smoking. Li received a link analysis patent in 1996 which would eventually make him one of China’s richest citizens and has said Gates had always been a role model to him even before he began Baidu. He pledged that they will increase smokers’ awareness of the dangers of active and passive smoking. They also intend to spread the health alliance’s initiatives and health messages via online community.  The open-ended public health alliance will be active in China and around the world. The health consequences of ...

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Canadian company i4i has claimed that a version of Microsoft Word infringed a patented method for editing documents. The patent row which started in 2007 and has gone to the highest court in the U.S. has finally been decided on in a ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday. The court unanimously upheld 30 years of patent law by siding with i4i, which said it would invest the new money back into the company. Microsoft has also been ordered to recall from stores any remaining copies of Word that used the patent. The Supreme Court fined Microsoft $290 million, which they will have to pay within 15 days. As a result, companies challenging patents in future will have to provide convincing proof that a patent is invalid if they want to have it set aside. i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, alleging that its method for applying XML ...

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According to comScore, Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in May with 65.5 percent market share (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 15.9 percent and Microsoft Sites with 14.1 percent. Ask Network accounted for 2.9 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.5 percent. Totally Google powered searches accounted for 67.8 percent of searches , while 26.5 percent of searches were powered by Bing. So its a flat month. ...

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The new concept from Razorfish allows you to try new clothes just by your gestures in front of the kinect. It even allows you to share the pictures with your Facebook and twitter friends looking for their suggestion. Truly, we are seeing the glimpse of Next Generation of shopping. Am waiting for Kinect SDK to get released to developers.. ...

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LIVE UPDATE OF USER SEGMENTS The real-time updating of segments of users defined by applying a function to at least one user attribute. In response to an event, the segment may be updated in real-time to either or both of removing the user from a segment, or adding a user to a segment. In one embodiment, user profile groups are populated by performing combinatory operations upon multiple segments. In that case, any profile group that depends on the updated segment may also be updated. Thus, operations that rely upon segment and/or profile group membership need not wait until the next calculation of the segment and profile group membership before correctly reflecting the newly discovered user attributes. Peek Around User Interface An operating system shell has an underlying desktop object that is rendered according to different views. The operating system shell renders on a display screen a desktop graphical user interface ...

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Bing for Mobile Browse (m.bing.com) team today announced their latest update to their service. The latest updates make it easier to share on Facebook, access news, see local listings and directions in one view, reference past searches and view trending topics. From Bing blog, Share on Facebook – Easily share images, local business details, and, applications (only on iOS devices) with your Facebook friends, making it easy  for them to learn, comment and “Like” what you find interesting and you to get their opinion while on the go. News – Whether you’re looking for the latest entertainment news or sports scores, get the day’s news straight from your Bing for Mobile browse home page with the touch of a button.  For headline news, we added a carousel that lets you to quickly flip through the headlines so you’ll never miss a beat or scroll down to see the top three ...

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Bing today announced its updates to Bing webmaster tools that enables them to manage their websites for Bing search engine. It will drive more visitors to your site using Bing data on search queries, crawling and search traffic. Some of the major features and improvements Bing Webmaster account users are listed below. Crawl delay configurable by the hour Users can ask us to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hours Simple drag-and-drop functionality allows you to create a crawl graph by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer across the graph. You can easily fine tune by clicking individual columns, too. Feature enables dedicated pre-set crawl settings for AJAX websites Index Explorer This is a complete rewrite of the Index Tracker backend focusing on the following tenants: Freshness Performance Extensibility Reduced machine footprint Stability and failure detection New sites will have Index Explorer data the ...

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There have been many calls for Microsoft to produce their own Windows Phone 7 smartphone, but now Digitimes reports that the company may go down the OEM route with their own, Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet. According to Digitimes Microsoft is “proceeding on a low profile” while still trying to get OEMs on board with Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft is apparently already lining up Taiwanese ODMs and Texas Instruments for the ARM chips the tablet will need, with the targeted delivery date the end of 2012. The move would be risky, as it would alienate many of Microsoft’s partners.  At the same time these very same partners are already aggressively shipping Android tablets, and a Microsoft tablet may not get much commitment, much like the HP Slate received earlier this year. Other logistics issues remain, such as distribution deals and marketing, all of which argue against such a plan.  On the ...

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Microsoft Translator team yesterday blogged about the significant update to Microsoft Translator Widget And Translator API’s. Microsoft Translator is the technology behind Bing Translator service. Given that the recent incident of shutting down Google Translator API by Google leaving developers in cold, Microsoft is pretty much focused on it well as opposed to Google. The new features coming are as follows, Microsoft Translator Widget: Manage Translators: The popular Microsoft Translator widget, which has been used by thousands of websites to instantly deliver translated pages to their visitors, is receiving a major update. The collaborative translations feature that we released as a technology preview last year is now complete, and addsa user and role management system that enables site owners to collaborate with their visitors, trusted translators and moderators to tailor the translations to their content. The sometimes less than perfect quality of the Machine Translation system is no longer preventing you from delivering your ...

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