Review Category : Microsoft

Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update to users via Windows Update. This update will bring improvements to keyboard and mouse users to experience Windows 8 better on non-touch device. Microsoft today reported that some enterprise users are facing issues while updating their Windows 8.1 devices. There is a known issue which causes some PCs updated with the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) to stop scanning against Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2) servers which are configured to use SSL and have not enabled TLS 1.2. So, Microsoft is halting the roll-out of Windows 8.1 update until the fix is done. Microsoft plans to issue an update as soon as possible that will correct the issue and restore the proper behavior for Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 scanning against all supported WSUS configurations. Until that time, we are delaying ...

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OneNote Engineering team celebrated the launch of OneNote for Mac app by creating a parody of One Day More song from the film Les Misérables. This is a parody of One Day More from Les Misérables celebrating our recent OneNote Mac launch on 3/17/2014. It was recorded and produced by the OneNote Engineering Team. Big shout out to Nicole Steinbok (@nicolesteinbok) and Scott Snyder too for all their work on this! OneNote for Mac is a free note taking app in Apple App Store. Similar to other Office for Mac applications, OneNote for Mac has the Ribbon user interface with a variety of options for formatting and styling your notes. Your notes can be styled however you like. You can choose that special font and color you like to use for your notes, or emphasize important content with bold, underline or highlights. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we make ...

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Microsoft today updated their OneNote on Android app. It includes one of the most requested feature of allowing you to manage your sections and notebooks. This update to the OneNote app now allows you to create notebooks on OneDrive and also create and delete sections for your OneDrive notebooks. Create a new notebook Notebooks are great way of storing, organizing and managing your notes. With this update, creating a new notebook on OneDrive is a breeze. On the Notebooks list, in the top right corner, tap the overflow menu, then tap Create Notebook. Then type your new notebook name. Create a new section for OneDrive notebooks Seriously, what good is a notebook if you can’t create a section in it? Now you have the freedom to create a new section in any of your OneDrive notebooks. On the Section list, tap the overflow menu, and then tap Create Section, and name your new section. Delete ...

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Microsoft today announced the expansion of Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem with new alliances with BT and Verizon. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem already includes AT&T, Equinix and Level 3 in the US. With these new partnerships, Microsoft is reducing barriers for adoption of cloud computing and accelerating the growth of Microsoft Azure by providing a more secure and reliable connectivity option for enterprise customers. BT announcement: BT and Microsoft announced today a global agreement to provide customers with high performance and more secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform, with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. Customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility and agility offered by cloud resources, with the assurance of a dedicated, more secure connection to their data and applications. Azure ExpressRoute allows customers to bypass the public Internet when connecting to Azure through a private connection based on BT’s IP Connect VPN service. As a result, ...

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While we are all waiting to try Cortana digital assistant on Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft Research is working on virtual assistants that can handle your work in real life dealing with other people and more. Microsoft Research’s long term goal of the Situated Interaction project is to enable a new generation of interactive systems that embed interaction and computation deeply into the natural flow of everyday tasks, activities and collaborations. Example scenarios include human-robot interaction, e-home, interactive billboards, systems that monitor, assist and coordinate teams of experts through complex tasks and procedures, etc. Such an assistant could coordinate with the assistants of other people, helping to schedule social engagements, work commitments, and travel. It could anticipate your needs based on past activities—such as where you have enjoyed dining—and coordinate with businesses that offer special deals. It could help you select a movie based on which ones your friends liked. “Intelligent, ...

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Whenever someone compares Bing with Google, Bing Travel was one of the vertical in which Microsoft had a slight upper hand over Google. Bing Travel differentiates by offering predictions on when is the best time to purchase airline tickets. This flight price prediction technology was powered by Farecast, a technology that Microsoft acquired in 2008. Unlike any other travel Web site, Farecast saved online travel shoppers money with an airfare prediction for their specific trip. The company’s patented airfare prediction tool shows whether the lowest fares for their trip are rising or dropping. Farecast also provides expected price movements, historical prices and buying tips when customers search for flights. Farecast is the only travel Web site that uses a database of over 175 billion airfares to help consumers know when to buy and when they have found a good deal when shopping for travel. Microsoft has confirmed that they have ...

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Microsoft has joined with the Scripps National Spelling Bee to help integrate technology and expand the learning resources available for students and schools today.  The organization named Microsoft as the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Technology Champion.  “Like the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Microsoft is deeply committed to supporting educators and educational programs. In fact, since 2003, Microsoft has partnered with educators to impact more than 207 million students in 119 countries,” said Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “Through this relationship, both the Bee and Microsoft will be able to better support educators and educational programs.”  As part of this collaboration, there will be innovative tools from Microsoft that will help promote learning, including: A free Windows 8 spelling app for teachers and students available in the next few weeks on the Microsoft in Education download page. For schools enrolled in Bing for Schools ad-free, safer, more private search, there ...

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Microsoft today released Windows 8.1 Update for Windows 8.1 users. This Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update include improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for devices that use keyboard and mouse input. Also this update includes security and performance updates, and they must be installed for your PC to receive any future security updates for Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1. You can find details on how to download here. Also, Microsoft posted the change log for consumers in this update along with tutorial videos. Find them below. Power and Search buttons on the Start screen. These buttons appear in the upper-right corner of the Start screen next to your account picture. You’ll be able to quickly and easily shut down your PC or search for things right from Start. (Some types of PCs don’t have the Power button on Start. You can shut down your PC using the Power button in the Settings ...

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Titanfall for Xbox One and PC was released on March 11th and it was well received by the consumers. The Xbox 360 version of the game is supposed to be available on 3/25/2014 and it got delayed twice. Later, EA announced that this game will be now released on April 8th and as expected it is now available for download. Game Description: RECORD SETTING 6 GAME CRITIC AWARD WINS! BEST OF SHOW BEST ORIGINAL GAME BEST CONSOLE GAME BEST PC GAME BEST ACTION GAME BEST ONLINE MULTIPLAYER Prepare for Titanfall. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is an all-new universe juxtaposing small vs. giant, natural vs. industrial and man vs. machine. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experiences in first-person action and with Titanfall are focused on bringing something exciting the next ...

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years I’m sure you are well aware of the popular HBO tv show Game of Thrones.  HBO is typically available as a premium subscription on top of a traditional cable tv subscription. Most subscribers also get access to HBO GO, which allows them to watch content on the web and through HBO GO apps.  Viewer demand caused the service to crash Sunday night during the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones. Over 6.6 million people tuned in, making it the largest viewership for HBO since since The Sopranos series finale in 2007.  Last month, HBO Go was also overwhelmed and became largely unusable during the season finale of True Detective. While there is a HBO GO app for the Xbox 360 there is not one currently not available for the Xbox One. The reason behind this is currently unknown and whether it is ...

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The Office for iPad team held an IAmA (as me anything) on Reddit earlier today.  The team is actually rather small and is the same group that writes the Office for Mac applications.  While there was not anything groundbreaking revealed, there were some interesting questions answered. Q: Hi! Where there any unforeseen complications in the making of these apps? How did you handle it? A: Yes, we ran into a number of complications, most of them involving resource constraints. For example, if you opened a document in Word with a lot of comment bubbles, Word would run out of memory. Fixing some of these required re-architecting some features, which is one of the reasons it took us so long.  –Rick To pile on to what Rick said, PowerPoint ran into similar resource constraints for SlideShow. We wanted to make sure that everything worked as you would expect (transitions, animations, etc.) and as you can ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft and Rare today released “Kinect Sports Rivals” exclusively on Xbox One in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand, also coming this Friday in Europe. Kinect Sports Rivals will include lots of new sports like climbing, wake racing and target shooting – or experience the re-imagined fan favorites – soccer, tennis and bowling. “Kinect Sports Rivals,” the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, and is beautifully rendered 1080p HD, launches today in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand, and this Friday, April 11, in Europe. More than 1.2 million people have already competed against Champions from around the world in wake racing with “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason since it launched last November. Now, it is time to pick up the full game and reach Elite Champion status. After you get your ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new update includes only one new feature and it is a significant one. You will be surprised to know that the option to sign of Skype is the new feature in this update! Description: Stay connected while you shop, read, watch and work. When you do more with Skype, there’s more to talk about. -Connect how you want, when you want. Chat, hear their voice, or get together face to face all within the comfort of one app. -Snap Skype alongside other apps to get more done or play a game together while you chat. -Share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. -Connect with anyone else on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more. Features: •Snap Skype alongside other apps. •Chat, share files and photos. ...

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Kirk Glerum was a longtime Microsoft employee who joined the company in 1987 as a software design engineer.  Glerum spent most of his career at the Redmond software working on Office.  Glerum is well known as the father of codename “Watson,” an error reporting system that helped developers fix bugs, which originally debuted in Office.  Glerum is now semi-retired and with Windows XP support ending today he shared the story of how Watson came to Windows: Microsoft officially, finally, and truly, ends support for Windows XP today. Windows XP was the most important OS of my Microsoft days. Really, it was the most important product of my Microsoft days, even though I was an Office guy the whole time. In ’98, while working on Office 2000, I came up with the idea of ‘Watson’, for the forthcoming Office XP. Instead of just having Office apps (Word Excel etc.) crash and ...

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Last week, Microsoft released an update for Xbox One to beta testers that includes number of improvements to the Xbox One system. Today, Microsoft released another preview update pushing a few more features to the members previewing new system updates. Here are a few details on those features, Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements. Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity. Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. After this update, if your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available ...

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NOOK app from Barnes & Noble, one of the world’s largest booksellers is already available from Windows Store from last year. B&N Nook has a rich history of bookselling, and their reading experts help you choose from a vast selection of NOOK books— many FREE —as well as magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC, now supporting Windows 8.1. You can get sample NOOK Books FREE and try any newspaper or magazine for 14 days. Apart from that, there is new offer going in which you can get 4 magazines for free. Get 4 FREE magazines and a sneak peek at 4 upcoming books when you install the NOOK app and register with a new NOOK account. These pre-selected titles will automatically appear in your library when you sign in for the first time. † Download NOOK today from the Windows Store. via: Microsoft ...

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