Review Category : Microsoft

As part of the massive layoffs announced at Microsoft, Microsoft announced that they are going to shut down the recently formed Xbox Entertainment Studios which was responsible for creating original programming for Xbox platform. CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem was hired by Microsoft back in 2012 to lead these efforts and their recent production was “Every Street United” which was premiered on Xbox One during the world cup. Following was the announcement from Xbox head Phil Spencer, As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce announced today and in light of our organization’s mission, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox. One such plan is that, in the coming months, we expect to close Xbox Entertainment Studios. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments from the entire team in XES. They have built an impressive slate of original programming and pioneered ...

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As you all know, there are about 5000 Microsoft employees losing their job as part of the reorganization and restructuring announced by CEO Satya Nadella. We recently reported that the Operating System’s group was hit hard by this layoffs as they are changing the functional structure itself by reducing testers. We already know that Xbox Entertainment Studios is going to closed as part of this layoffs. Apart from this, MCV reported that as many as 75% of full time Xbox EMEA roles were being cut and the Xbox UK team has also been reduced by 10%. Microsoft is also completely reducing the contract workers. Microsoft provided the following statement and reassured that Xbox One launch won’t be affected by these changes. “We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the UK to gain efficiencies, We remain very committed to the market and will continue to support our local development teams. We believe that ...

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Last week we reported that, at Comic-Con International: San Diego happening from July 24-27, Microsoft Xbox has planned for lots of events to attend and games to play at the show. The events will offer first look of Halo: Nightfall live-action digital series, first glimpse at “Atari: Game Over,” and more. You can read more about it here. At Xbox Lounge, there will be over 85 gaming stations featuring more than 25 different Xbox One games, The Xbox Lounge is a must-visit for any gaming fan at SDCC. We’ll also be hosting tournaments, special guest appearances and signings, and photo ops with Halo, Dragon Age Inquisition and Evolve. Complimentary phone charging stations and a lounge atmosphere mean there’s something for everyone.   Also, they are giving away custom Xbox One consoles. You could win a gorgeously designed Xbox One that’ll make you the envy of your friends, just by stopping by the Lounge and ...

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We recently reported that Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. The other part of the story is about the search market share. Since the Bing/Yahoo deal was announced, Bing has continued to grow its market share at the expense of its partner Yahoo. As per comScore U.S. search market share data for June, Yahoo’s market share has fallen below 10%, a new all-time-low for the company. Google: 67.6 percent Bing: 19.2 percent Yahoo: 9.8 percent Others: 3.4 percent Overall, the desktop search market is shrinking and the mobile search market is growing at a rapid pace. Currently, Microsoft’s ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals are now live in Windows Store. It includes many popular games like Dragon’s Lair, Spectral Soul and more. Find the list of games and Windows Store links from the list below. “Dragon’s Lair” ($4.99 in the Windows Store, usually $9.99) brings the arcade classic to your living room, including Don Bluth’s distinctive animation. It includes all of the original scenes of a valiant knight’s quest to rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. But it also has a new global high scores list so you can show how well you wield Dirk the Daring’s sword. Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. “Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish” (99 cents in the Windows Store), ($1.49 in the Windows Store), “Spectral Souls” ($5.99 in the Windows Store – usually  $15.99 “Red Crow ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft Research revealed about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable software to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. You can watch it here. Trishul Chilimbi, Partner Research Manager for Microsoft Research, discusses Project Adam, and how deep neural networks have enabled large-scale computer image recognition with astounding accuracy. “The one thing that’s interesting and fundamental to ...

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    Microsoft recently revealed their plans to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs by next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. In addition to that, Microsoft is making some changes on policies related to US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests). As per the new policy, Microsoft’s external staff can only get access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network for a period of 18 months. After that, a 6 months break is required to get access again. Microsoft believes that this new policy will better protect their IP and confidential information. Thanks to GeekWire, we have the full memo Microsoft sent regarding this policy change. From: ...

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Yesterday we reported that, Lenovo has stopped selling all its smaller display Windows tablets in the US. It includes ThinkPad 8 and Lenovo Miix 2 consumer tablet as Lenovo is not seeing enough interest for small Windows tablets in the US. Lenovo executive said, “In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets. If market demand for ThinkPad 8 changes, we will re-evaluate our strategy.” Today, Lenovo completely backtracked from what that executive told regarding their Windows tablet strategy. They announced that they will continue to sell new Windows devices in the market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and ...

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Xbox Fitness is one of the main advantage of buying Microsoft’s Xbox One console over Sony PS4. Today, Microsoft announced that Gatorade Sports Performance, a new training program from Gatorade will be available exclusively through Xbox Fitness which will offer athletes actual workouts from the pros. First up in the program is Football Training Camp. Workout alongside JJ Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, as he takes you through his football workout routines to improve your performance on the field. Training with JJ will help boost your stamina, agility, strength and ability to recover with workouts designed to focus on each specific attribute. Best of all, you can train with JJ for free on Xbox Fitness starting tomorrow, July 18. The Gatorade Sports Performance training program offers a resource to supplement organized practices and games. The workouts can be completed in the convenience of your own home, at any ...

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If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet, then this is a great deal for you. TigerDirect is now selling Acer Iconia W510 Windows tablet for just $199. The Acer Iconia W510-1620 Tablet is powered by Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor, 2GB of DDR3, 32GB of internal storage, 10.1″ HD display for a outstanding visual performance and it runs on full Windows, which means you can install all your legacy Windows apps on it. Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor; delivers a superb computing performance 2GB of DDR3 memory; enhanced multitasking capabilities 32GB internal storage; provides enough space for your various files 10.1″ HD display; delivers crisp, clear visuals for your viewing pleasure Windows 8 OS; includes the latest Windows operating system   Find out the deal here from TigerDirect. ...

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Yesterday, we reported that apart from the 12,500 former Nokia employees who will leave Microsoft, another 5,500 Microsoft employees will also be shown the door. As per the sources of Mary Jo Foley, every other team from legal to Xbox is affected by this move. It is also reported that the newly formed Operating Systems Group which is responsible for the development of Windows will be affected immediately. Also, Terry Myerson is now shaking up the functional structure of Windows team which was program management/development/software testing structure since Sinofsky’s days. The following is the internal memo sent by Terry Myerson to his group, Re: Focusing our team Team, As Satya shared last week, and we’ve been discussing for almost a year, we are making broad changes in how we engineer products. Thus, today we are restructuring some parts of our team in three areas: consolidating some of our geographically distributed teams, cancelling ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming August Xbox One System update. This update will be rolled out to beta testers in the coming days. It includes number of social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. More notable ones are the ability to buy content on Xbox.com or Xbox Smartglass app, 3D Blu-ray support and more. Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed.  The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares ...

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Dell today became the largest ecommerce vendor to accept Bitcoin payments in the US. Customers can choose any product on Dell.com and use Bitcoin as payment method to enjoy this new feature. Dell is partnering with Coinbase, the world’s largest platform for buying and selling bitcoins for US dollars at the current market rate. How to use it? When you’re ready to make a purchase, just add your items to your cart, fill out your shipping details and choose Bitcoin as your payment method. When you submit your order, you’ll be taken to Coinbase.com to complete your purchase. From here, you can choose to pay directly from your bitcoin wallet by using the generated payment address or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone. Or, if you have a Coinbase account, you can log in and send payment directly. Once your payment has been processed, you’ll be returned to Dell.com ...

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Earlier this month, Microsoft rolled out the July Xbox One system update. It included new features such as Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to snap, ability to choose spoken language, ability to kike Game DVR clips in SmartGlass and more. Today, Microsoft has started rolling out August 1408 system update preview to beta testers. This update includes the following improvements, The ability to purchase from Xbox.com or SmartGlass app: Your Xbox One console will wake up and download the content automatically. You just need to set the console to Instant On to enjoy this feature. Low battery notification: When your controller is running out of battery, you will get on-screen notification about it. Vibration when holding Xbox button: You will now have vibration feedback when you press and hold Xbox button in the controller. via: WPC ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed their plans for the largest job cuts in their history. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs by next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 months. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. European Commission has asked to meet Microsoft to discuss about the layoffs announcement. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor has said the following regarding this matter, “I have asked to meet with Microsoft representatives as soon as possible in order to get more information on the planned redundancies and the measures to alleviate the social consequences, as well as ...

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Yesterday, we reported a potential bug Google Chrome that will cause poor battery life on Windows laptop during web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. After 2 years, Google has ...

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