Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that Xbox LIVE Dashboard preview is available for all the beta testers. The new Xbox LIVE Dashboard update will bring the following new features, •    New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation •    New Beacons to play online with friends •    Deeper Facebook integration •    New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile Go to connect.microsoft.com for more details on how to register your console for beta test, etc. ...

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Microsoft Hardware today announced a new contest with a new website called Art of Touch which allows people to create their own digital art. Microsoft will be giving away prizes such as Microsoft Touch mice, laptops and other things like having a person’s artwork showcased somewhere in a weekly drawing. The person whose artwork has the most votes by December 31st will get the grand prize of being the “featured artists” and a prize package that includes becoming a featured artist on the site. About Art of Touch, The Art of Touch palette allows you to create artwork on an interactive digital canvas using the technology at your fingertips, and contribute to an evolving global masterpiece that is showcased on the main page of the Art of Touch website. Choose from three digital brushes combined with five digital effects to create one-of-a-kind designs and patterns. Once you have created your ...

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When we are excited about the official Kinect SDK beta release from Microsoft, a company called Evoluce which deals with large touchscreen PC’s, screens in releasing its own version of Kinect SDK. They even announced that commercial version of Kinect SDK is also coming. Press Release: Evoluce SDK for Kinect released The Evoluce SDK for Kinect and Windows 7 is now available and enables developers to create noncommercial applications with a natural user experience. The SDK uses depth sensing information like human motion tracking from devices like the Microsoft Kinect sensor and Asus Xtion Pro. Users will benefit from easy and intuitive applications in areas like events and exhibitions, education, digital signage and healthcare. The free Evoluce SDK for Kinect can be downloaded today at http://www.evoluce.com/_win-and-i/en/software/sdk-for-kinect/index.php The Evoluce SDK includes high-quality technical documentation and several samples like the demo application “Motor Sport”. This sample shows how users can navigate through ...

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Bill Gates gave a talk on power of Natural User Interfaces on his birthday at University of Washington. He said Kinect is a transformational technology and a  technical achievement. On the Gates Notes, he wrote on Kinect as the following, Kinect is much more than just a cool video game technology—it is the most advanced example of a wave of new advances that are enabling people to interact with technology in entirely new ways. One of the most important current trends in digital technology is the emergence of natural user interface, or NUI. We’ve had things like touch screen and voice recognition for a while now. But with Kinect, we are seeing the impact when people can interact with technology in the same ways that they interact with each other. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Office team today announced the update for OneNote 2010 which further improved the SkyDrive integration. Following are the new features/fixes in the new update available from Windows update. 1) After you’ve applied the OneNote update, the new Open from the Web feature becomes available. To use this feature, click the File tab on the ribbon and then click Open.  While you’re signed in to your SkyDrive account, you’ll see on the right side of the screen a list of any notebooks on SkyDrive that are not currently open in OneNote 2010. With a single click, you can now open any of these notebooks without first having to manually navigate to the SkyDrive website. 2) When the update has been applied to OneNote 2010, you’ll no longer see the Errors tab in the Shared Notebook Synchronization dialog box. The updated sync interface has a unified appearance that shows you synchronization progress, status, and any errors that may have occurred during synchronization ...

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In a media briefing in Seoul, Uhm Kyu Ho, head of sales and marketing at Samsung’s personal-computer business has confirmed that Samsung will start selling Windows 8 tablets in second half of 2012. The first device will be modified version of the Samsung Series 7 slate. You can take a look at the Samsung Series 7 slate in the video below. Video from The Verge.   ...

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As part of Building Windows 8 blog series, Microsoft detailed the power consumption in Windows 8. Power consumption has become an important part of Operating systems as the hardware running is becoming more and more mobile. Its also important to reduce carbon footprint by consuming power in efficient manner. Microsoft had the following goals in mind when designing Windows 8, Let the hardware shine. We built Windows 8 such that the power efficiency of the hardware platform shines through, regardless of whether the system is a SoC-based Windows tablet or an SLI-equipped gaming PC. We designed our power management interfaces in a consistent, standardized way across all platforms. This allows our hardware partners and application developers to focus on their unique innovations and experiences instead of the differences in platform hardware and power management. Continue to deliver great battery life. Windows 7 delivered a significant reduction in power consumption and increase in ...

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Microsoft today announced that its revamping the Xbox.com with new social and video features. First of all, My Xbox section will be replaced by Social section. At the top of the social page, you’ll a group of tiles in the new Microsoft style we lovingly call Metro. Watch this spot for links to Xbox LIVE events, previews of the hottest new items on Marketplace, new video and game releases, Gamer Spotlight, and more. To the left of these are quick links that show you how many friends are online, and how many messages you currently have. Below your avatar you’ll find handy links to common tasks, such as viewing your Profile, redeeming Xbox LIVE Marketplace codes, and checking your Download Queue. Now we get to the really fun stuff: The Friends Activity column shows you the popular games that your friends have been playing, who is playing those games right ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the spell check feature in upcoming version of Internet Explorer that will come with Windows 8. It will feature both auto correction and spelling suggestions on any text box within the browser. IE10 has the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct. In some cases, a misspelled word is so common that it is better to just correct the word immediately, rather than wait for you to review the error later In the rare case that auto-correct changes something that you didn’t want changed, you can undo the change via CTRL+Z (Undo) using the keyboard, or bring up the auto-correction context menu using the mouse. In addition to using the mouse, the auto-correction menu can be activated via the keyboard by moving the insertion point inside of the word and pressing SHIFT+F10 (that key combo works to trigger any context menu). From the auto-correction menu you can also prevent ...

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Today Hotmail team detailed the upcoming features in Hotmail that helps us to better manage our email load. They claim that “Hotmail gets flags right”, you may agree with them by seeing what’s coming in Hotmail in next few weeks. Hotmail has made a simple and elegant change to the way flags work. Now when you flag an email, three things happen: It immediately moves to the top of your Inbox It is marked as flagged, just like before It shows up in the Flagged Quick View, just like before Here’s a peek at my Inbox, with a few messages flagged: The flagged emails are right at the top of my Inbox where I can find them easily. Unflagging a message makes it go back to where it came from in the message list, and it’s easy to flag or unflag a message just by clicking on the flag icon ...

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Today Bing Maps team announced two new updates for Bing Maps. First one is the updated sharing feature for Maps. You can now share maps through twitter, Facebook or send to mobile in single click. Second is the simplified process for finding directions between places. On Sharing, Send the URL: The URL links are shorter, thanks to our “binged.it” domain. But if you’re more of a traditionalist, just click the “Show full URL” link to see the expanded version. Post to Facebook and Twitter: You can now easily share your results, directions, places, and more on Facebook and Twitter with one click (well…technically two, but who’s counting?). Say it with SMS: If you’re in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, or Italy you can send search results and driving directions directly to mobile phones via SMS. Simply click the Send/Mobile links attached to eligible business listings, popups, and direction ...

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Today Synaptics showed some of the work it has been doing on Windows 8 touchpad experience. Looking at it, I’ve to say its amazing and handy. Take a look at the video above. Press Release: AIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, will be displaying its latest Series 7 ClearPad™ and ClickPad™ solutions targeted for Microsoft Windows 8 during the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit from November 8-10 inTaipei.  One of three official co-engineering partners for the touch interface in Windows 8, Synaptics provides industry leading system level engineering knowledge, combined with its broad portfolio of touch technology, to enhance the touch user experience for Windows 8. Synaptics ClearPad Series 7 recently received a perfect score on Microsoft’s official qualification scorecard for both x86 (HID-USB) and ARM (HID-I2C) based implementations.  In a private suite at the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit ...

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Bing central is a new hub to manage everything you do with Bing. Right from your preferences to rewards, you can do everything in single place. Missions: New to Bing? Want to learn more? With Bing Central you will find guided “missions” through Bing which, when you’re signed up, allow you to, earn Bing Rewards credits. The missions walk you through everything from planning a night out, how to see what your friends like on Facebook to finding out when your favorite TV show will air next. Rewards: If you use Bing, you can get rewards including gift cards, , Microsoft points, premium subscriptions and more. You can sign up, redeem your credits, discover new ways to earn and take part in sweepstakes directly from Bing Central.   Preferences:-Filter content, set search language or location, with a few clicks you can customize your preferences. Search History-See all of your recent ...

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In a reply to Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Google chairman Eric Schmidt cited many reasons to argue that Google is under pressure of competition and whatever Google does is right, which I found lame. You can read the full reply in the above document. Some of them I want to highlight are, 1) “Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S”. OMG.. Seriously? He is saying Siri is a threat to Google. Someone should tell him that Siri can’t answer anything other than the pre-defined 10 questions in various use cases like weather, appointment setup, etc. Also Siri uses Google when it doesn’t find answers which happens most of the time. 2) On Yelp issue where Google is promoting its local search results over Yelp’s local results in the SERP, ...

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The above one is a new commercial in the series of "Its great time to be a family" ads from Microsoft. It was aired in TV channels in India during their Diwali festivals a week ago. Another ad in this series which became so famous is the grocery list sharing among the family across devices. Many users who didn’t know about such feature wondered how to use it. Microsoft has posted a video explaining the same. Watch is below. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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Adding further endorsement to using the Kinect sensor to develop for Windows, Microsoft has launched their Kinect for Windows Website. The site provides a central location for tool downloads, developer resources, and documentation for the sensor, and encourages students, educators and scientists to take up the challenge of bringing projects using the sensor to life. Read more at KinectforWindows.org ...

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