Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft promoted its LightSwitch product in Sydney, Australia through an awesome light show. Watch it above, its great. LightSwitch is a simplified self-service development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud. You can find more on it here, http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/lightswitch via: msdn ...

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As analysts predicted earlier, Xbox 360 took the No. 1 console spot in the U.S. for the month September. This is not the first time for Xbox 360, they have done it for 15 of the past 16 months. Xbox is now holding 42% of the current generation gaming console product. The total retails spend rose to $534 million to leave its competitors in dust.  Holding 42 percent share of the overall current-generation console market, Xbox 360 sold 438,000 units in September, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for 2011. This marks the seventh consecutive month Xbox 360 has had more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in September (hardware, software and accessories) reached $534 million, the most for any console in the U.S. and two times larger than the nearest competitor. During the month of September, Xbox ...

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Today, Microsoft completed the acquisition of Skype after getting approvals from various law agencies around the world including European Commission. As the deal completed, Skype will now operate as seperate division under Microsoft. So expect Skype integration across Microsoft’s product offerings soon. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Today at Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the design process of the new redesigned task manager for Windows 8. The new task manager is more finger friendly, clean and efficient for managing your running apps. As usual, its a long blog post starting from task manager history and discussing heat maps of how users use task manager. Give it a read when you find time. Source: B8 Blog. ...

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Today Microsoft’s many patent applications got published by USPTO and even got awarded for some patents. They are related to Social Search, Shopping search, marketplace app promotion, game achievement system, paint simulation,etc.. You would have seen many of these in action from Microsoft either through its research projects or its products itself. TRANSLATING TEXT ON A SURFACE COMPUTING DEVICE A system described herein includes an acquirer component that acquires an electronic document that comprises text in a first language, wherein the acquirer component acquires the electronic document based at least in part upon a physical object comprising the text contacting or becoming proximate to the interactive display of the surface computing device. The system also includes a language selector component that receives an indication of a second language from a user of the surface computing device and selects the second language. A translator component translates the text in the electronic ...

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According to stats from StatCounter, Windows 7 has overtaken Windows XP to become most used OS in this world. Windows XP which was launched by Microsoft almost a decade ago went on to become the most used OS in the history. When Windows 7 was launched in 2009, Windows XP had over 70% of the OS market share, but after that Windows 7 steadily increased its presence and replaced it to achieve this remarkable feat. Source: Statcounter via: Winrumors, Zdnet Thanks to Tom Warren for the heads up ! ! ...

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Bing’s continuous growth in the search engine market share ended last month according to report from ComScore. Bing was in a positive growth story every month when comScore releases search reports, but for the month of September Bing’s marketshare fell flat at 14.7%. Google gained .6% whereas Yahoo lost .8%. Yahoo’s current market share numbers are their lowest percentage in their history according to some reports. Hope Bing continues its growth from next month after the rest in September.. ...

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  Microsoft announced the availability of Xbox LIVE Fall update preview program today. Major Nelson blogged about the details on the update and how they made the preview program signup process simpler. You no longer have to enter your Xbox details, its just a simple signup process. Once rolled out the update preview will have, •    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 You can signup for the preview here and find more details about it here.   ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft published a lengthy blog post reflecting on people’s negative feedback about the new Start Screen in Windows 8. Here is a summary of what they wrote: Issues Microsoft DID confront and refute Usability with a Mouse Efficiency is on the top of Microsoft’s mind. When considering mouse mileage (distance mouse has to move), target size, loading time, parsing time, and mouse click counts, there is a net gain of efficiency in the Start Screen. They admit there will be a slight transitional period where users will have to learn the new screen, but they expect it to take no longer than a few hours, days, or, at most, weeks. For example, users discover the ability to simply type to search on the Start Screen within hours of using the beta. Next, they discuss Fitts Law, which is commonly applied to software design. The law essentially says that the ...

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Gabe Ahn, developer support engineer for Sony during a session spoke on various things about gaming in general and about Sony’s PlayStation Move. He showed the audience with a video of future gaming concept from Sony. Apart from his PS Move positive story, he said that Kinect was interesting but the lack of buttons hurt it. Lets see who captures the future of gaming. Microsoft or Sony ?? Source: Gamespot ...

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Microsoft Surface 2.0 aka Samsung SUR40 was expected to launch by end of this year. According to Mary Jo Foley who discussed with Samsung regarding its launch date has confirmed that this multi-touch table-top  device launch has  been delayed to 2012 from 2011. This 40-inch HD 1080p screen device will cost around $7600 when it goes on sale next year. There is no word from Microsoft on this issue and it was also reported that the launch delay may be due to software glitches in the Surface 2.0 software. Source: All About Microsoft ...

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Today Microsoft announced the acquisition of Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind several Xbox LIVE Arcade games. This studio has developed games such as Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” and now as part of Microsoft Studios, they will continue to develop  game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform. Press Release: Microsoft Studios Acquires Indie Game Developer Twisted Pixel Acclaimed studio behind Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” to incubate new game and entertainment experiences for Microsoft Studios.  As a step in continuing to deliver Microsoft Studios’ innovative game and entertainment offerings, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based game developer Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind Xbox LIVE Arcade titles such as “Splosion Man” and the recent Kinect for Xbox 360 title, “The Gunstringer.” From its beginnings in 2006 as independent studio developing award-winning Xbox ...

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 team has tweaked the Windows 8 Start screen UI and responded to many comments on the design decisions. Since the new Start screen is a huge change, it got lots of feedback from thousands of users across the world. Many expressed their comments on Building Windows 8 blog regarding the new design. And now Microsoft which has been listening to all these comments, has now responded by a huge, really huge blog post. The blog post runs over 9000 words with lots and lots of data. It details both new changes and reasons for certain designs. If you find 30 minutes or so, read through it. It’s a great blog post ! ! ! Source: Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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At an event in New York, Asus CEO revealed two new Ultrabooks from Asus called UX21 ans UX31. They will be mentioned as Zenbooks by Asus. The 11.6-inch UX21 with 128GB SSD will cost  $999, while the 13.3-inch UX31 with a Core i5-2557M processor will cost  $1,099.  This is $100 more than the comparably spec’d Acer Aspire S3. You can find the detailed specs in the table below. These Zenbooks will be on sale from Oct-12th. via: Verge ...

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Microsoft today launched a new website aimed at protecting customers from web browser security by providing them information on their current browser’s security level. The website also provides information on malware and how your browser can protect from you from it. The website which is designed on Metro Design language is easy to use and pretty useful as well. I got the above score when I visited the website using Google Chrome 13 and I even tested it with IE8 which scored 1 and IE9 topped the results with 4 points. Try it out at http://www.yourbrowsermatters.org via: winrumors ...

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