Review Category : Microsoft

We all are waiting for the Metro-style redesign of Microsoft web services including Hotmail. Today, screenshots of the upcoming Metro designed Hotmail leaked to the web revealing its beauty. Liveside today posted a bunch of screenshots of the same, one of which is posted above. As you can see, its beautiful, clean and simple. I can’t wait to try out this new redesign, what about you ?? Check out more screenshots from the source link. Source: Liveside ...

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Microsoft today announced its spring update for its Cloud Computing Platform Windows Azure. This is a significant update that raises Windows Azure to the level of Amazon Web Services in terms of Infrastructure As A Service. Here are the highlights from the update announced, Windows Azure Virtual Machines— Virtual Machines give you application mobility, allowing you to move your virtual hard disks (VHDs) back and forth between on-premises and the cloud.   Migrate existing workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft SharePoint to the cloud, bring your own customized Windows Server or Linux images, or select from a gallery.    As a common virtualization file format, VHD has been adopted by hundreds of vendors and is a freely available specification covered under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise. Windows Azure Virtual Network— Virtual Network lets you provision and manage virtual private networks (VPNs) in Windows Azure as well as securely extend on-premises networks ...

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Google today revealed its plans for supporting Google Chrome in Windows 8 Metro mode. Similar to Mozilla, Google is already working on a version of Chrome that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 on x86. Google is planning to release it via next dev channel update and you can try it on Windows 8 Release Preview. The initial version will support Windows 8 features such as snap mode, charms bar integration, etc,. Read more on it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced  the partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica to include Britannica Online answers directly in the Bing results page. The snippets from  Britannica  will provide a quick overview of the subject, a thumbnail image, and useful facts and figures. Earlier, Microsoft used to include its own Encarta Online in the search results which is now replaced by this one. Anyway, we will get new answers valuable and helpful in our search for information! Read more at Bing blog. ...

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Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has denied HTC’s request to build a Windows RT tablet. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg claims the request was refused due to “concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft refused, said the people, and HTC was left off the list of companies the software maker provided with early versions of the software. Microsoft is tightly controlling the number of ARM- based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality. Microsoft declined to comment on the rumour, but HTC did, saying: HTC has sold more than 40 million Windows Phones over the last ten years and we are committed to future versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone ...

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Asus Zenbook Prime Ultrabook was already announced weeks before, but Asus is showing off an upgraded version of the same at Computex. Currently,  Zenbook Prime is one of the best Ultrabooks out there in the market with 1080p display, backlit keyboard, updated touchpad, etc,. Asus has added touch screen on the same device loaded with Windows 8 as you can see in the image above. By the time Windows 8 releases, Asus may upgrade the model officially with touch screen. Read more at Engadget. ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft plans to extend its Xbox 360 subscription plan, where buyers pay $99 and then $19.99 per month for two years for an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle, beyond its Microsoft stores to all U.S. Best Buy Co. stores and a "select" grouping of GameStop Corp. stores. The deal includes access to Xbox Live Gold (usually around $60 per year). Microsoft still considers the scheme a pilot, noting that consumers have responded well so far. While many feel the deal is all about supporting “soft” Xbox sales as the current generation comes to an end, Lewis Ward, an analyst at IDC, speculates that it is all about preparing customers for the same deal next year, when the next version of the Xbox console is expected to be announced. Microsoft has positioned the Xbox 360 as the premier entertainment computer, and while the current deal makes ...

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Lenovo today demoed its first Windows 8 tablet design at Computex. The device with ThinkPad branding is made of rubbery soft material which you will find on regular ThinkPad laptops. The device will have 10.1-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution. It will feature 8-megapixel camera and 2 MP camera on rear and front as well. There is also a micro-HDMI post and a docking connector. Along with this, I expect Lenovo to release its Yoga concept Windows 8 device as well. Read more at Engadget ...

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At Computex expo, Toshiba joined the other PC OEMs to unveil their work with Windows 8 devices. Even though Toshiba didn’t reveal any final Windows 8 products, they showed variety of prototypes. The prototype design includes a Transformer like detachable Windows 8 tablet/keyboard combination, a Windows 8 slider PC, a Windows RT tablet, etc,. Hopefully, Toshiba will deliver these devices on time when Windows 8 launches later this year. Read more at The Verge and Engadget. ...

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Samsung on its part showed off its upcoming Windows 8 devices. Samsung unveiled Series 5 Ultra Touch and Ultra Convertible Windows 8 devices.  While Ultra Touch is a regular clamshell laptop with touch, Ultra Convertible as the name suggests is a true convertible device. Both the devices will have SSD storage, 1366X768 displays, a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, memory card reader. Remember these devices are mass market mid-range devices from Samsung. They are yet to unveil their Series 7 and Series 9 Windows 8 devices. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) today, Microsoft Corp. and NIKE Inc. ushered in a new era of home fitness, unveiling “Nike+ Kinect Training” only on Kinect for Xbox 360. Featuring Nike trainers who work with some of the company’s top athletes, “Nike+ Kinect Training” is a custom training program rooted in elite Nike fitness and specifically designed to help athletes of all levels reach their potential in the comfort of their own homes. Whatever your fitness goal, “Nike+ Kinect Training” will give you the tools to get you there. Through the magic of Kinect, the personal trainers within the experience can see how your body moves, assess your physical strengths and athleticism, identify areas for improvement, and create a personalized workout plan to help you achieve your personal best. With real-time feedback to make sure positions and movements are correct, the “Nike+ ...

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At E3 today, Microsoft announced NBA, NHL and ESPN sports content coming to Xbox LIVE service in Xbox 360. • NBA Game Time with NBA.com League Pass Broadband (U.S.) and NBA League Pass (outside of the U.S.). Fans who subscribe to NBA.com League Pass Broadband will have access to hundreds of out of market live games (blackout restrictions apply in the U.S. and some international markets), plus highlights from around the league and up to the minute stats of your favorite players. •  NHL GameCenter LIVE™ (Worldwide except Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden). Hockey fans will be able to enjoy every moment of the live action as it happens on the ice, with live games (out-of-market and blackout restrictions apply), more in-game interactivity, and replays and highlights on demand any time. •  ESPN (U.S.). Later this year fans will enjoy 24/7 live programming through WatchESPN from ESPN Networks – ESPN, ESPN ...

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Its not just big OEMs jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon, companies like MSI are also showing their interest in Windows 8 based devices. MSI has announced a new Windows 8 based Ultrabook Slider called s20 powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processors. S20 will feature 11.6″ screen with 10 point multi-touch with HD-Ready resolution. It will weigh 2.86 pounds with a 0.78 inch thickness. Also the device will come with support for USB 3.0, HDMI, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0.  We will have more details on it after the official release at Computex later this week. via: Ultrabook news ...

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Asus today announced its first Windows 8 convertible notebook called Transformer Book. The unit looks like a regular Ultrabook but you can detach the screen to use it as a tablet device. It features Intel Core  i7 processor with discrete graphics, hybrid SSD and HDD storage, 4GB RAM, and USB 3.0. ASUS Transformer Book – the world’s first convertible notebook The ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first convertible notebook – allowing users to instantly switch between a notebook and a tablet by simply detaching the screen. It is aimed at users who prefer the portability of a multi-touch tablet computer for leisure, but still want access to a more traditional Windows-based notebook for productivity use. The Transformer Book features the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor* with discrete graphics, along with SSD and HDD storage, 4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM, and USB 3.0. It also features ASUS SonicMaster technology developed by ...

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Asus today announced its All-in-One PC called Transformer AIO. It allows us to switch between Windows 8 and Android with press of a button. ASUS Transformer AiO Part tablet, part All-in-One PC, the Transformer AiO is an innovative device that can seamlessly switch between both, and features dual operating systems to give users the option of switching between Windows and Android to suit their needs. Engineered to work with Windows 8, the Transformer AiO features an extended 18.4″ 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display which can be easily removed from its base station to become a wireless display for the AiO PC, extending the range of the PC and allowing users to continue with their work anywhere in the home. The display can also be converted into an Android-based tablet for the home with the press of a button. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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ASUS announces the ASUS TAICHI and ASUS Transformer Book at Computex 2012 New notebook concepts embody its Happiness 2.0 philosophy Taipei, Taiwan (4, June, 2012) – ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces two exciting new notebooks that embody its ‘Happiness 2.0′ commitment to delivering the best end-user experience – the ASUS TAICHI and ASUS Transformer Book. The Happiness 2.0 philosophy stems from the many ways ASUS is committed to bringing its customers brand new experiences with products that satisfy their needs and expectations. ASUS TAICHI – dual screens for a notebook and a multi-touch tablet in one The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing key feature – both 11.6″ and 13.3″ models have a brilliant double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. With a touch screen on the outside of the lid, the TAICHI opens up a whole host of new mobile possibilities ...

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