Review Category : Microsoft

European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Today, Financial Times reported that EC may reopen this draft antitrust ...

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Microsoft OneNote allows users to add information on the web through OneNote web clipper and the email clipper (me@onenote.com). Now, they are further simplifying the process of collecting recipes on the web. When you use the OneNote web clipper or email clipper (me@onenote.com) to clip a recipe, OneNote will now simplify the page down to just the steps, ingredients, and key pieces of information you need most, giving your recipes a simpler, cleaner format in OneNote. Great new feature for all those home cooks! How Microsoft does this? By taking advantage of the Bing platform, we are able to glean the most important parts of the recipe and present them in a useful way directly in OneNote. Bing’s vast knowledge repository, which powers the recipe experience on Bing.com, allows us to dynamically deliver our deep understanding of individual recipes to your OneNote notebook. This feature works on many of the top recipe websites in the U.S., ...

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This is an old news, but I thought I should let our users know about it. After all these years of focusing Bing’s efforts in the US, Microsoft is now expanding many of the Bing’s features to other countries around the world. Snapshot is a feature on Bing that shows results on the right column on the Bing search results page. Snapshot brings relevant information and services related to your search to you right on the main results page including like celebrities, famous people, movies, music groups, countries, cities, geographic locations, animals, parks,  hotels, restaurants and many more so you can take action directly. Starting last month, Microsoft has expanded this Snapshot for web search in the UK. I hope Microsoft expands this feature into more countries around the world. If you are already using Snapshot, how was your experience so far? ...

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After the launch on Xbox 360, the GoPro Channel app is now available on Xbox One. Similar to Xbox 360 GoPro version,  Xbox One users can enjoy four exclusive videos. And as you expect, the GoPro Channel also offers access to on-demand GoPro content, the ability to share videos and purchase cameras and equipment directly through the app channel. Microsoft also revealed that GoPro on Xbox 360 has been immensely popular and received nearly half a million downloads with users watching an average of 18 minutes of GoPro videos per viewing session worldwide and 30 minutes per viewing session in the U.S. Not only are people watching videos, but GoPro owners are generating tons of content to share their stories and experiences with the world. User-generated content is huge on Xbox and is expected to continue to grow as GoPro joins other popular apps like YouTube and Twitch. The Xbox-GoPro relationship helps support ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are developing a new original compiler over the last two years and the early results with this new compiler core were so positive that they are now planning to grow this core into the new TypeScript compiler and language service. The good news is that  the new compiler follows the same TypeScript 1.0 language spec, has the same compiler flags and compiler functionality, and outputs nearly identical code to the currently shipping TypeScript compiler. Microsoft said that when this development is complete, the new compiler should be drop-in compatible with the existing one. Microsoft believes that this new compiler has much cleaner compiler architecture that has better performance and allows them to add new features with greater ease in releases to come. Our work to date on the new compiler has been very promising.  At its current level of completeness, the new compiler is able ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Azure Active Directory SDKs for iOS and Android have reached General Availability and available for download. In addition to that, Microsoft has added support for OS X for Mountain Lion and above. All these SDKs are also open source, so you can participate in the development process as we build these libraries. A few months ago we released previews of these SDKs. They allowed you to easily add Work Accounts support to your existing Android and iOS apps. A Work Account is an identity you use to get work done no matter if at your business or on a college campus. Anywhere you need to get access to your work life you’ll use a Work Account. The Work Account can be tied to an Active Directory server running in your datacenter or live completely in the cloud like when you use Office365. A Work Account will be how your users know ...

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At the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), Microsoft announced their partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula to enable interoperability of applications and services with Windows Azure and Hyper-V. Similarly, last week Microsoft announced their work on Docker’s libswarm project and Kubernetes, two cluster-management solutions available for Docker containers, and several other open source cloud projects. As part of our partnership with Packer.io, we are introducing two Packer plug-ins for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V, natively supporting Microsoft technologies for the first time. Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. Packer is a free and open source tool for creating golden images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. As a result of a collaboration between Microsoft and OpenNebula (C12G Labs), we are introducing a new set of plug-ins to enable the use of OpenNebula for building hybrid cloud deployments ...

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Wacom has released their Bamboo Paper app for Windows 8 devices. Bamboo Paper allows you to capture your thoughts and ideas by taking notes, sketching and drawing. For a limited time, you will be able to get all premium writing and drawing tools for free, so download the app soon. LIMITED TIME – FREE TOOLS To celebrate the launch of Bamboo Paper for Windows 8, we are making available all premium writing and drawing tools FOR FREE! Download now to get the maximum out of Bamboo Paper! * TOOLS & PRECISE INKING Use a selection of pen tools for writing, sketching, coloring and marking. Our zoom function allows you to draw or write precise lines to fit more notes onto the page. Wacom’s vector based ink engine provides the best drawing and writing quality on Windows 8. ANNOTATE Add images or photos to your page and sketch or write on ...

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Microsoft today announced that Google Chrome users can now enjoy Bing Search box on Chrome new tab pages. When you are using Chrome with default search engine set to Bing, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to in the new Tab page. How to enable this feature? To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. Source: Microsoft ...

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In the last couple of weeks, we have been reporting about leaked Windows 9/Threshold builds with their build numbers. Today, screenshots of the Windows Threshold build got leaked on the web. It includes the much awaited Start Menu which doesn’t differ much from what we have seen in the past. Also present in the new build is the Windowed modern apps that will act as a boon to Desktop users who wants use Modern apps with ease. Myce.com claims that these are UIP team labs, The build pictured in the screenshots, build 9795, was compiled on July 13th and is part of the uip_dev feature build lab (FBL). UIP stands for User Interface & Platform so it is basically just the team responsible for UX changes like the start menu and windowed apps plus some under the hood kernel changes. Source: Myce ...

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  Microsoft today revealed that Dance Central Spotlight is coming to Xbox One on September 2nd for just $9.99. This game will include the following soundtracks, Avicii – “Wake Me Up” Cher Lloyd – “I Wish” David Guetta ft. Sia – “Titanium” Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty” Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown – “Show Me” Lorde – “Royals” OneRepublic – “Counting Stars” Pharrell Williams – “Happy” Rihanna – “Diamonds” will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER” Gamers can also customize it with more than 50 tracks available on Music Store. Add-on content from previously purchased versions of Dance Central for Xbox 360 are Spotlight-compatible, and easily loaded into the forthcoming game. And on top of that, Dance Central Spotlight features an expanded Fitness Mode, with special dance routines authored to focus on strength and cardio. Source: Xbox Wire   ...

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Back in June, Microsoft first revealed Azure ML will be available as public preview in July. Azure ML allows organizations to create new solutions that bring together big data insights, the Internet of things and predictive analytics. In current scenario, machine learning is usually self-managed and on premises, requiring the training and expertise of data scientists. Since, data scientists are in short supply, commercial software licenses can be expensive and popular programming languages for statistical computing have a steep learning curve, Microsoft has come up with  Azure ML. Azure ML is a fully-managed cloud service for building predictive analytics solution. At the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit which took place in Redmond, MSR announced a grants program for researchers and students. There are two flavor of these access grants. The first is a data science instructional award which will provide an individual account on Azure ML for each student in an intermediate ...

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After China, now Russian government is trying to reduce the reliance on Microsoft and other US based tech companies in governmental agencies. The reason seems to be the same security issues cited by China. They fear that the backdoors and bugs in software will allow suppliers access to confidential data. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Oracle and SAP had combined revenue of $8.1 billion from Russia last year, and if Russia is going to move forward with their current plans, then these companies may get affected on sales. The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, is drafting a bill to require government agencies and state-run enterprises to give preference to local providers of software and hardware, according to a document from the commission for strategic information systems obtained by Bloomberg News. The paper addresses criteria for tender processes such as favoring products that don’t have imported, licensed components. “This all ...

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Microsoft today announced that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for pre-order from Microsoft Store. Docking Station allows you to turn your Surface Pro 3 into a full-blown desktop PC, giving you easy access to your external monitors, keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, and more. Microsoft also highlighted the improvements they have made over last generation Docking Station. For example, they have added more USB ports and many of them support USB 3.0. While you docked the SP2, the USB 3.0 port on the Surface  is still available for use when it is docked. Also, they have added Security Lock slot to it. Docking Station features: Instant office Just click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock and go from tablet to full desktop PC in an instant. With an Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort, and five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) you can easily connect an HD monitor, wired ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video to promote Xbox One. This ad highlights that Xbox One is the only place to play the best exclusives and all of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The games include Halo, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive and more. This video is backed by a voice over with the words from the movie Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone speaks this inspiring dialogue in that movie. Full quote from the movie is below for your reference. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and ...

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