Review Category : Microsoft

Detecting finger orientation on a touch-sensitive device: The determination of an orientation of a finger touching a touch-sensitive device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a computing device comprises a display screen configured to display an image to a user, and an intensity-sensitive touch-sensing input mechanism configured to detect one or more objects touching the display screen. The device also comprises a controller configured to determine an orientation of a finger touching the screen from a direction between a center of a first set of touch data and a center of a second set of touch data, and to adjust an image on the display screen in response to a determined orientation of the finger. Wearable computer pointing device Described is a technology by which a computer pointing device (generally a mouse but alternatively a game controller or remote control device) may be worn on the hand and operated without needing ...

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After Holoflector & 3D Desktop, its Illumishare now. Illumishare from Microsoft Research is what our future of communications should be. Illumishare allows us to share a physical physical or digital objects with others. How it does it ? IllumiShare uses a camera-projector pair where the camera captures video of the local workspace and sends it to the remote space and the projector projects video of the remote workspace onto the local space. With IllumiShare people can sketch together using real ink and paper, remote meeting attendees can interact with conference room whiteboards, and children can have remote play dates in which they play with real toys. Watch the video above and get blown away. Read more at Microsoft.com/next ...

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Microsoft Research is back in full form with its futuristic demos. After the Holoflector demo, Microsoft at its annual TechForum conference demoed its work on a concept similar to 3D Desktop. It has the ability to manipulate objects that lie behind the transparent screen – as well as objects on the screen with something called “view-dependent, depth-corrected gaze”. I don’t think I will be able to explain the whole concept in a clear way, just watch the video above. Amazing stuff ! via: Microsoft/Next ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90’s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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Microsoft Office 15 which is expected to launch later this year along with Windows 8 will come with a mode called “Touch Mode” according to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet. The “Touch Mode” in Office 15 is a button placed next to quick access toolbar and when enabled will change the Office 15 UI optimized for touch based interactions. Even the Ribbon UI seems to be optimized for touch interactions as you can see in the image above. Microsoft has so far announced only about the Technical Preview of Office 15 which was released to select partners last month. Hope we get more news on this soon ! Source: ZDNet   ...

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HP CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based devices later this year. During the financial analysts call yesterday, he told that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based x86 PC’s this holiday season. “we will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays.”, “we’re rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that’s out on time for holiday.” Also HP is planning for a Windows 8 based tablet focused on businesses that offers no compromise in security as today’s Windows based PC’s does. Lets hope HP can deliver on its promise. ...

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Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta coming next week. The new version of developer tools will sport a new look and hundreds of new features that will make the developer environment much better. With this as the backdrop we set out in Visual Studio 11 to attack the tool overload challenge through thoughtful yet aggressive reduction in the following areas: Command Placements Colorized Chrome Line Work Iconography Microsoft also announced that the beta of this product will be available for download next week which Windows 8 beta gets released. You can read of TFS 11 release here. ...

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Today Microsoft Skype announced that they will be providing free Skype WiFi service in Spain to celebrate MWC 2012. You will get 2 hours of free access with Skype WiFi at more than 24,000 supported wireless hotspots available in the country – including airports, café’s and hotels. If you are travelling to Spain or live there, you can enjoy this offer. You can read more details on this here. ...

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Today Microsoft Bing team announced a new feature (US Only for now) called Linked Pages which will make searching for people on the web easier. With Linked Pages, you link websites related to you in search results. Now your friends looking for you online can find what you want them to find. You can also link pages to your friends to help them shine on Bing as well. An example snippet of the search result can be seen above. Watch the video demo below. Video: Make a Good Search Impression with Bing’s Linked Pages Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft’s latest marketing videos makes fun of Google Apps. Google which competes with Microsoft on cloud based productivity software is pitching light weight versions of Word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software with more collabration features against Microsoft Office. The real problem comes to the enterprise adoption when Google makes changes to the service without notice which was depicted in the ad above. And another important loss in using Google Apps is the compatibility with Microsoft Office suite which was told in another ad above. Well done, Microsoft. ...

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The Daily reported today that Microsoft is working on an Office app for Apple iPad. This should not surprise anyone but I highly doubt their timing of release. The Daily also added that the app will be released in coming weeks and the app suite will feature Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint with editing options as well. Windows On ARM devices will get released only in Q4 2012, Microsoft Office will be one of the key USP of those devices. So, I doubt Microsoft will release the same for rival platform before their own platform alternative is ready for public sale. Anyway, let see how Microsoft plays this out. Source: The Daily ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the language support coming in Windows 8. Windows is always known for its international support and localization, now Windows 8 is further improving the experience. The following are coming in Windows 8, Enabling more users than ever to install additional languages on their Windows PCs and switch between them. Building a Language preferences area in Control Panel that is an easy-to-use central location for all display languages. Making significant additions to our language list by adding one standalone language and 13 Language Interface Packs (LIPs). Recently Apple announced that they have added Chinese language support in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Here is the no.of languages supported in Windows 8, Microsoft will continue to be a market leader in language support with an additional 14 new display languages for Windows 8, bringing the total to 109 languages. (For reference, here are the 95 languages in which Windows ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the SkyDrive integration coming in Windows 8. SkyDrive, the personal storage service from Microsoft  is becoming the personal cloud of the users in Microsoft eco-system. Windows Phone devices already has SkyDrive integration along with dedicated app as well. Microsoft details the following three things in the post, SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8 SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and The ability to fetch remote files through SkyDrive.com Microsoft also said that over the next several months we will have access to all of the things announced today and lots more to come on SkyDrive front as well. Source: Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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The leaks were true. Microsoft has today confirmed the new Windows 8 logo on its blog post. The new logo is trendy, flat and more importantly inline with Metro design principles. Also the logo color will change according to your personalization settings. Microsoft cited the following reasons for the new logo, 1. We wanted the new logo to be both modern and classic by echoing the International Typographic Style (or Swiss design) that has been a great influence on our Metro style design philosophy. Using bold flat colors and clean lines and shapes, the new logo has the characteristics of way-finding design systems seen in airports and subways. 2. It was important that the new logo carries our Metro principle of being “Authentically Digital”. By that, we mean it does not try to emulate faux-industrial design characteristics such as materiality (glass, wood, plastic, etc.). It has motion – aligning with ...

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Read some of the interesting recent patent applications from Microsoft that became public. LOCATION AND CONTEXTUAL-BASED MOBILE APPLICATION PROMOTION AND DELIVERY Apparatus and methods are disclosed for selecting one or more mobile device applications using context data describing the current environment of a mobile device and application metadata describing environment conditions where applications are more likely to be relevant, in order to improve the experience of discovering, downloading, and installing mobile device applications. According to one embodiment, a method comprises associating metadata with mobile device applications automatically receiving context data representing a current geographical location from a mobile phone, searching the metadata to determine which applications are likely of interest based on the current geographical location, and transmitting notification data to the mobile phone indicating the determined applications. Projection of Images onto Tangible User Interfaces The techniques described herein provide a surface computing device that includes a surface layer configured ...

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Today Apple announced the release of a developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion, the next major release of Mac OS X. As usual Apple clearly marketed the developer preview among few tech bloggers who use OS X on their daily life. There are even blog posts stating that Mountain Lion is a must have update ! Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg on Windows 8 & Mac OS X Mountain Lion said that “Microsoft wants them to look the same,” , “Apple wants them to feel the same.” So I thought of comparing Windows 8 with Apple OS X Mountain Lion’s features revealed today by Apple. First of all, Apple says that over 19 million copies of Lion have now shipped including both Mac App Store and new Mac numbers. So 30% of the total OS X user base in under seven months. The laughing moment comes when they compare it ...

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