Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has launched a series of ads promoting its Internet Explorer 9 web browser. These ads with the theme “The web you love, one click away" features TV celebrities from US. It shows the tab pinning functionality of IE. As Long Zheng noted, The celebrities, who are largely US-centric TV names, include Allison Haislip (Attack of the Show), Reed Timmer (Storm Chasers), Kari Byron (Mythbusters), Tory Belleci (Mythbusters), Bert Kreischer, Naomi Natale and Marina Sousa and Jo Frost (Supernanny). Some of the sites featured include the World’s Biggest Pac-man, CNN, Bing, Kayak, Twitter, Break, Hotmail, eBay and WordPress. You can watch more such ads at istartedsomething.com ...

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The first thing you notice once you look into a Windows 8 PC is the Start screen. The live tiles with information gives you a personalized experience which was missing in our olden days start menu. Today at B8 blog, Microsoft detailed the evolution of Start menu. You can read a brief history of Start menu followed by some stats on how people used Start menu and hoe they designed the new start experience. You can read them here. ...

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In the annual proxy statement of Microsoft issued by Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft detailed its executives salary, bonus and other compensations. Take a look at the image above, you can find how much did Steve Ballmer, Steven Sinofsky, Kurt DelBene, Kevin Turner and Peter.S. Klein got paid by Microsoft in various forms. Steve Ballmer had a 2% increase in pay with  1.365 million in cash. You can find the proxy statement here and more details on it here. via: Geekwire     ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the upcoming update to Next-gen Hotmail service. There’s huge list of features, you can find them in detail here. Along with the update to its web client, Microsoft announced the availability of Hotmail app for Android devices. The app features the following, -With push email get messages on your phone without delay – Synced calendar and contacts – View your folders in Hotmail, including sub folders – Send pictures from your phone using Hotmail – Supports multiple Hotmail accounts – Send, receive and view attachments You can download the app here. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming changes to Hotmail Wave 5 update in an event held in US. Following are some of the features, the new Hotmail which will roll out from today will have, 1) Categories / Labelling system: Finally you will be able to label group of messages/senders into a category. You can make a category for newsletters for example. 2) Instant Actions pane : This will appear next to each message when you hover over that allows you to perform various actions such as sweep, delete,etc. 3) Flagging: Similar to Outlook now users can flag messages. 4) Sweep schedule: You can now sweep folders such as “clean all messages older than 10 days” ,etc. 5) Improved SkyDrive integration in sending attachments and more. You can find more about them with screenshots of each features here and here. ...

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Bing team today announced the updates version of Bing Autos which helps you to find your desired vehicle based on your needs. With Bing Autos, you can do the following, With Bing Autos, you can browse criteria that’s relevant to you. On the left hand side of the screen, you can quickly filter across a breadth of categories including make, body-style, miles per gallon and year. Once you’ve found a car that you like, Bing Autos lets you compare it to a similar vehicle in a matter of clicks. For example you could compare a Ford Fiesta sedan vs. a Ford Fiesta hatchback or compare the Ford to a Hyundai Accent. More details at Bing blog. ...

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Huddle, an Enterprise Collaboration platform today did the above cheap stunt against Microsoft at its SharePoint conference. One may argue this as an marketing tactics, still ?? Huddle was once Microsoft’s Bizspark partner and even won an award at Microsoft’s Socialfest conference. Now to compete against Microsoft’s SharePoint, Huddle arranged for some local band in uniform to gain enterprise users who have come to the SharePoint conference. I highly doubt any CTO or CIO will look into this marketing act and consider them for their business critical application platform.. Anyway, Lets see how Huddle plays the game.. via: Techcrunch ...

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Microsoft first demoed its upcoming Xbox Dashboard update at E3. The dashboard has been redesigned with Metro design language to make it more simple and easy to use when accessed using Kinect sensor. Microsoft is also expected to launch Xbox LIVE TV service next week with more than dozen content partners. Take a look at the video above to see the upcoming Dashboard update. ...

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Microsoft Security Essentials, the free security solution from Microsoft removed Google Chrome showing it as a threat. Many users reported on the same as they found Google Chrome gone missing on their PC’s after allowing MSE to remove some password-stealing Trojan as it warned. Microsoft has now released a patch to correct the issue and stated that the problem was due to a faulty definition file. Their statement from Malware protection center, On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified. On September 30th, 2011, Microsoft released an update that addresses the issue. Signature versions 1.113.672.0 and higher include this update. PWS:Win32/Zbot is a password-stealing trojan that monitors for visits to certain Web sites. It allows limited backdoor access and control and may terminate certain security-related processes Source: Zdnet ...

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Microsoft announced that its Xbox exclusive franchise just topped more than 3 million units in its first week. Its an impressive number for a single platform title. Gears of War franchise also reached another milestone of $1 Billion sales in its lifetime. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer says, “Gears of War was the first killer app for Xbox 360, and the series has continued to contribute directly to the overall success of the platform ever since," ...

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GESTURING TO SELECT AND CONFIGURE DEVICE COMMUNICATION Described is a technology by which a gesture made with a source device (e.g., a cellular telephone), such as a throwing or pointing motion, is used to automatically set up a connection with another device to which the gesture is directed. Audio signals output during the gesture, e.g., such as at the start and end of the gesture, are detected by candidate (listening) devices. The device having the least time difference between detection of the start and end signals is the device that is generally best aligned with the throwing or pointing motion, and thus may be selected as the target device. Once selected, a connection such as a network connection may be set up between the source device and the target device for further communication, such as for application data exchange. Personalized Apparel and Accessories Inventory and Display Viewing apparel in a ...

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Today Office Web Apps team announced a small update to the service which will bring some new features to Office Web Apps. 1) OneNote Web App: It now allows you to view your handwritten notes and drawings in the OneNote Web App. 2) Excel Web App: You now have the ability to merge cells, and to automatically fit cell sizes based on the content the cells contain (AutoFit). You can print Excel spreadsheets directly from the Excel Web App. You can right-click on cells in the Excel Web App to Cut, Copy, Paste, and work with HyperLinks.   Added to the above, some performance improvements which will make Office Web Apps more reliable and faster. More details on Office Web Apps team blog. ...

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Today Bing Maps team announced the launch of Airport maps which will join Mall maps in the list of venue maps. Airport maps include information on parking garages, ticket counter location, terminals and gates, baggage claims, currency exchange and more. Also you will also see a sortable directory of airlines, cafes and restaurants. From Bing blog, Finding Airport Maps We’ve made locating airport maps an easy task from your desktop. There are two ways to do this: 1. Just search for the airport (by name, city, or even code) on Bing Maps, and zoom in using map. 2. Search for your flight status on Bing (for example: CO 1665), and click on the map link besides the airport to see its map. You can also view different levels within your selected venue by clicking the “Level” button at the top of the screen and then selecting the correct level from ...

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After the last week’s reports that Microsoft is working on bringing Comcast’s Xfinity TV and Verizon’s FiOs content to Xbox, Bloomberg today reports that Microsoft is bringing much more than that. Microsoft is in talks with  almost two dozen providers of music, sports, movies and TV shows in the U.S. and Europe. The list includes HBO, NBC’s Bravo,etc. And Microsoft is expected to announce this new Xbox LIVE TV service next week when it rolls out the new Xbox Dashboard UI which has also undergone Metro Design language refresh. Exciting time ahead for Xbox owners ! ! ...

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Microsoft is a company that deeply cares about your privacy more than anything. Microsoft Advertising uses user’s personal data to target advertisements that relate to them. But they do that in a transparent manner. Just to show how transparent are they, visit this website. You can see what data they use to place relevant ads for you. They don’t sneak into your personal data like email to place ads. Take a look at the screenshot of the dashboard above, First they make use of your profile details which you can always update through profile.live.com. In the my data tab as seen above, you can see your past Bing searches which Microsoft used for ads, again you can delete them anytime. You can select your edit your topics of interest to have more personalized ads. Under the My Choices tab, you can just opt-out of the whole personalized advertising in single click. ...

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Google yesterday dropped its lawsuit against US interior department on favoring Microsoft based productivity solution against Google Apps. Google filed the lawsuit last October saying that the Interior department’s e-mail contract unfairly favored Microsoft products and didn’t give full consideration to the company’s “Google Apps for Government” product. Now Google has dropped the lawsuit as US Interior department said that it would reopen the competition. Matt Donovan, a spokesman for Microsoft, said .. the company is “pleased” the Interior Department “can proceed to obtain the secure e-mail system it needs.” “We are fully prepared to continue competing for the Department’s business and are confident that we offer the best cloud solutions and value,” Donavan said in an e-mail. C’mon Google, you want to compare Microsoft Office 2010/365 with Google Docs??? I can’t even do it.. ...

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