Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft revealed the Cortana digital assistant platform at BUILD developer conference earlier this month. Behind the scenes, its Microsoft’s Bing platform that powers Cortana. Even though Cortana responds based on your intent and behavior now, MSR expects it to interact in an increasingly anticipatory, natural manner in the future. Microsoft Research detailed some of the technologies involved in building Cortana. Even though many of us would just categorize them under Artificial Intelligence label, Microsoft Research has detailed all of those technologies involved. Speech recognition, Semantic/natural language processing, Dialogue modeling between human and machines, Spoken-language generation, Microsoft Research has used all of the above base technologies for a creating a virtual personal assistant based on the work they have done in different areas of personal-assistant technology. Cortana’s design philosophy is therefore entrenched in state-of-the-art machine-learning and data-mining algorithms. Furthermore both developers and researchers are able to use Microsoft’s broad assets across ...

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Microsoft Research today revealed about their new project called Holograph. Holograph is an interactive, 3-D data-visualization research platform that can render static and dynamic data above or below the plane of the display using a variety of 3-D stereographic techniques. The platform enables rapid exploration, selection, and manipulation of complex, multidimensional data to create and refine natural user-interaction techniques and technologies, with the goal of empowering everyone to understand the growing tide of large, complex data sets. During Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair, Microsoft Research scientist Curtis Wong demonstrated this project. Watch the video above. Holograph enables users to examine various types of dynamic data sets—easily and naturally. “If you have 3-D data, you could move your head around and look at things as if they were physically there,” Wong suggests. “That’s a natural way of observing something. If you want to reach in and select something that’s interesting, you ...

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The future of computing interface is all about NUI, natural user interface (NUI) is the ability to interact with a computer using speech, gesture and touch, seamlessly and simultaneously. Microsoft’s Redmond campus has a Envisioning Center which showcases Microsoft’s devices and services strategy and what it could unlock in the future. It provides us a glimpse of the future on how our computing may get transformed in the next 5-10 years. Many of those futuristic scenarios are powered by two Microsoft technologies available today: Kinect for Windows and Perceptive Pixel (PPI) displays. The Envisioning Center team was halfway through designing scenarios when Microsoft acquired PPI. A light bulb went off, say Jonathan Cluts and Anton Andrews, who planned everything at the Center from the physical architecture to the code powering its innovative scenarios. “Immediately we put our heads together and started to think about how to put the two devices together because they ...

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Earlier last month, we reported about an interesting Microsoft Research project called SurroundWeb. This project news is now making news around the web again. So, I just want to post the same information again for those who have missed it last time. SurroundWeb is a 3D web browser that will allow web pages the ability to display content across multiple surfaces in a room. For example, if you are watching a car race on your TV, the current driver standings can be shown on the side next to your TV, or an Wikipedia entry of a place which you are looking on the screen and more. Microsoft is trying to project this plan with no.of use cases. Read the abstract below. We introduce SurroundWeb, the first least-privilege platform for immersive room experiences. SurroundWeb is a “3D Browser” that gives web pages the ability to display across multiple surfaces in a room, adapt their appearance ...

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NPD today released their market research report for game console sales in the US. Sony announced that they have sold over 7 million PS4 units since launch and NPD numbers reveals that Microsoft has sold over 5 million Xbox One units. Despite the release of much hyped Titanfall game, Microsoft’s Xbox One has failed to get past Sony PS4 sales in the US. The good news for Microsoft is that the Titanfall is the No.1 selling game in March. Highlights from March 2014 NPD Group results include: Xbox One continues selling at a strong pace with 311,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of March, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by more than 60 percent at the same point in time. Xbox 360 continues to grow its install base with 111,000 units sold in March in the U.S., more than any other seventh generation console. Xbox One continues to ...

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You can now join XYZ, the popular Chinese TV cartoon star, in Disney’s latest physics-based game Where’s My Water? XYZ in Windows Store Description: Introducing the latest chapter from Disney’s most popular puzzle game franchise! Where’s My Water takes the brightest Chinese TV cartoon character XYY on a medieval adventure through China! Help XYY save his friends trapped in the underground city and play brand new elements such as fire and oil to defeat the clumsy Big Bad Wolf! Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test and enjoy all the fun physics-based gameplay you love in Where’s My Water! KEY FEATURES: • Play through 80+ levels and earn as many bells as possible to test your skills! • Explore new fire and oil mechanics in the underground city! • Earn bells faster with fun power-ups! • Discover ancient collectibles to unlock bonus puzzles! • Stuck on a challenging level? Try ...

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Microsoft is fighting an uphill battle against Google in search advertising market. With Yahoo search deal, Microsoft is now providing the technology for both web search results and search advertising. According to the “State of Paid Search” report for the first quarter of the year, advertisers now spending more money on Bing than ever. In fact, Bing is now growing at a rate double that of Google. The increase in spend indicates that Bing is now becoming a more appealing network for advertisers to devote their marketing spend, in part because of its recent increases in click-through rate (CTR) combined with decreases in cost-per-clicks (CPCs). “Bing gains ground in overall search traffic and has proven to be an appealing alternative to Google,” said Delia Perez, SVP Marketing Strategy at the firm. “A number of factors are driving this growth as advertisers are drawn to Bing’s more flexible campaign management tools ...

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the survey by HR services firm Randstad, Microsoft is the ‘most attractive employer’ in India. This is not the first time for Microsoft in India as they have won it for the fourth year in a row. You will be surprised to know the second most attractive employer, its Sony India. And expected, more than 70% of the survey respondents found IT, communication, telecom and ITeS industry to be the most attractive sector to work. The survey, which covered more than 8,000 potential and employed workforce in India, found that competitive salary, employee benefits and long-term job security were the most important factors when choosing an employer. Other criterion included financial health of the company, good work-life balance, pleasant working atmosphere and career progression opportunities.  The survey said men preferred companies which offered competitive salary and job security, while women looked at better work atmosphere, accessibility and flexible working conditions. Source: NDTV   ...

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Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last week we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April. The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. ZDNet today reported that Microsoft has reduced the price of such custom support for Windows XP customers. ...

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Google today released a new Android app called Chrome Remote Desktop. This app is similar to the Microsoft Remote Desktop app which allows you to securely access Windows PCs over internet. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/remotedesktop and on your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect. Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.  Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.  All connections are fully secured. Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform.  Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops ...

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  Lenovo today announced the new FLEX 2 laptops that will come in 14 and 15.6-in models. These devices can be rotated up to 300 degrees and you can customize it with full HD screen and discrete graphics. Find the all the details from Lenovo’s press release below. “The new FLEX 2 gives consumers two great devices – a full-function, multitouch laptop and a second, Stand mode – in one machine all at an extremely affordable price,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, worldwide marketing and design, PC Group, Lenovo. “New features like a crystal clear high resolution screen and the latest processing technologies make it even more suited to helping express and manage consumer’s digital lives.” Pricing for models of the FLEX 2 14-in and 15.6-in start at $799 and $429, respectively. The FLEX 2 laptops are available beginning in June via Lenovo retailers and www.lenovo.com. Press Release: RESEARCH TRIANGLE ...

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Microsoft today announced the new All-in-One Media Keyboard targeting your living room or home office. It has a full-size keyset and an integrated multi-touch trackpad – type, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease.  It has customizable media hotkeys that put the web and your favorite music, photos, and movies at your fingertips. The keyboard also has a durable design, so there’s no need to sweat the bumps, drops, or spills of everyday life. This unit will go on sale from tomorrow for just $39.95. Integrated multi-touch trackpad Integrated multi-touch trackpad enables easy navigation with gesture support to enhance your Windows experience.  Tap, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease. Customizable media hotkeys Customizable media keys provide convenient access to your music, photos, and videos. Easy access volume controls Easy to reach and use volume controls to enhance media experience Durable spill-resistant design Designed to survive accidental sit-ons and occasional drops. Spill-resistant to withstand ...

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Microsoft already allows their users to import their email from Gmail to Outlook.com, due to the success of the program, they are now announcing today that users can use Outlook.com to import and manage your email from Yahoo Mail and many other IMAP-enabled email providers. Microsoft has now implemented a import wizard in Outlook.com that allows users to import and manage your mail from Yahoo Mail or many other IMAP-enabled email providers, or from Gmail. You can keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from one place: Outlook.com. Importing your email from Yahoo Mail Importing your Yahoo Mail into Outlook.com is simple. To get started, navigate to Options and then click Import email accounts. Select Yahoo, enter your Yahoo email address and password, and then click Import. This will also set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can continue to send emails from your Yahoo address, right from ...

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  At Build developer conference last week, Microsoft revealed the Cortana digital assistant powered by Bing. Cortana learns about your preferences and interests and the Bing platform behind it wht that makes this possible, earned through years of machine learning and big data experience doing web search. Microsoft is bringing this personalized experience to the web starting today. Microsoft is unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that will help you keep track of things that matter to you. Set up your interests in Bing settings and you will start seeing personalized news, weather, flights, and stocks with more to come – all as part of the search experience. Sign in to your Microsoft account and set-up your interests to let Bing know what it should track. Then, when it’s appropriate, Bing will let you know if for example your stock changes or flight is delayed. The best part? As long as you’re ...

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Microsoft continues to try to use sustainable energy sources in its datacenters.  One of Microsoft’s largest datacenters is in San Antonio.  The Redmond software giant worked with the city’s mayor, Julian Castro, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) under the leadership of Dr. Les Shephard (formerly of Sandia National Lab) to work on the role of datacenters in accelerating the growth of clean energy. Microsoft has formed a three-year agreement with UTSA to research and develop distributed generation technologies that will transform how datacenters consume energy. As part of this research, UTSA students will work hand-in-hand with Microsoft researchers to look into new “fast-start generation” energy technologies such as micro-turbines to replace the diesel generators that are used during times of peak demand and grid outages. In addition, Microsoft is making a $1 million donation to UTSA’s SERI. “Our objective ...

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Microsoft today announced that Emirates Airline has chosen Microsoft Advertising for a large-scale advertising campaign that spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). Read the full press release below. LONDON — April 16, 2014 — Microsoft Advertising announced Tuesday that it has been chosen by Emirates Airline and its media agency Havas Media Group as one of the key partners for its global brand campaign. The large-scale campaign spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). The campaign aims to raise brand awareness among a target audience of football fans by driving views of the hero video — created by BBDO — featuring footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele aboard Emirates’ flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380. This new campaign, ...

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