Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft released Office for iPad four months back and since then over 35 million users have downloaded it from App Store. Microsoft recently announced the next wave of updates to Office for iPad. It included some of the popular features like Presenter View, Pivot Table interaction, Export to PDF and more. Today, Google announced their updates for Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides apps on iOS. One of the key feature added in this release is the ability to edit native Office files directly. Here’s the new features on what you can now do with Docs, Sheets, and Slides: You can truly get stuff done from any device—your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Any change you make on any of these devices is saved automatically, so you can pick up right where you left off any time, anywhere that you can sign in. The Docs, Sheets and Slides ...

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Recently, Microsoft Skype marketing team brought pop duo MKTO face-to-face with some of their biggest fans with the help of group video calls(which was made free to all Skype users) and Skype on mobile phones(available on all popular mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone). We asked fans to add Ones_To_Watch on Skype and send MKTO a video message for a chance to be on a call with the band. Dreams came true for six super fans when they got the once in a lifetime opportunity to take video calls with MKTO’s Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller live from the Ones To Watch with Skype tour. The band talked directly with these lucky fans about life on tour, their favorite singles on the album and much more. Read more at Skype blog here. ...

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Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group in Microsoft today took the ALS Ice bucket challenge. He nominated Amy Hood, Brian Harry and Anders Hejlsberg. ScottGu responding to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Scott challenges Amy Hood, Brian Harry and Anders Hejlsberg to accept and respond to the challenge in the next 24hrs. Already Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela took the ALS ice bucket challenge. ...

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Royal Caribbean today announced that every shipboard employee in the Royal Caribbean International fleet will receive their own Windows tablet. That means a total of 40,000 Windows tablets will be deployed by them. They didn’t reveal what tablets will be deployed, but they said the device they selected is built by HEXA for Royal Caribbean. The device will be incredibly thin and light, which will accommodate the very active, very mobile lifestyle of its employees. And the ship’s remarkable capabilities give the company an opportunity to make life better for crew members too, since Royal Caribbean will present every crew member on Quantum of the Seas with a free, personal Microsoft Windows tablet, with a suite of services and apps that is theirs to keep.  And as technology upgrades are made across the company’s fleet, every shipboard employee in the entire Royal Caribbean International fleet will also receive their own ...

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Later this week, Microsoft will be launching Surface Pro 3 in Australia. Also, Microsoft today announced a special offer for Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2014 delegates. All the attendees will get 10% discount on a Surface Pro 3 + Type Cover. You’ll receive a Microsoft Store voucher to redeem the discount, you can read the terms and conditions are below. 10% discount on Surface Pro 3 device + Type Cover for registered Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2014 delegates. Microsoft Store Voucher codes valid from 00:01 AEST on 2nd September 2014, and must be redeemed by 24:59 AEST on 7th September 2014. Offer is available while supplies last. Available in Microsoft online store in Australia only. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash. Not combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft ...

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Microsoft has now reduced the price of Surface 2 tablets by over $100. The entry level 32GB model now costs $349 while 64GB model costs $449. Thin, light, with up to 10 hours of video playback on a gorgeous Full HD display, Surface 2 lets you do the things you want. For $349, I guess it offers great value to customers. NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen 5-point multitouch with ClearType technology (1920 x 1080) Front Facing 2.5MP camera, Rear Facing 5.0MP Camera SD Card Slot, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI Output, Windows RT 8.1, Touchscreen, Internal Speakers 1 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store here. ...

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Reuters today reported that China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on US companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. Due to the mutual suspicions between China and the United States over hacking are among the main reasons for this action. Recently, revelations by Edward Snowden revealed that U.S. intelligence planted “backdoor” surveillance tools on U.S.-made hardware. This made China uncomfortable in using US based technology products. This homegrown OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices. “We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China’s technology and that of developed countries, he added. He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years ...

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Samsung Electronics last week announced the new Smart TV content that will be unveiled at IFA 2014 in Berlin. Apart from the popular games that are coming to Smart TV platform, Microsoft Skype app is getting updated for these TVs. Skype – one of the first apps featured in the Smart TV app market, will now bring group video and full HD video calls to the big screen of 2014 Samsung Smart TV models with built-in cameras. Recently, Microsoft made the decision to offer free group video calls for all Skype users which was previously restricted to Skype premium users. Source: Samsung ...

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Recently, Citizens for Tax Justice published a report on American Fortune 500 corporations are likely saving about $550 billion by holding nearly $2 trillion of “permanently reinvested” profits offshore. All these US companies are using Tax Havens outside the US to have their cash reserves. Microsoft has now over $92.9 billion outside the US which if brought inside would cost them about $29 billion. Microsoft is not alone in this case, Apple has over 138 billion, Cisco has over $48 billion, Google has over $39 billion. In the recent regulatory filing, Microsoft noted the following cash reserves, As of June 30, 2014, we have not provided deferred U.S. income taxes or foreign withholding taxes on temporary differences of approximately $92.9 billion resulting from earnings for certain non-U.S. subsidiaries which are permanently reinvested outside the U.S. The unrecognized deferred tax liability associated with these temporary differences was approximately $29.6 billion at June ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference this year, Microsoft claimed that 785 customers have switched from Google Apps to Office 365 in the past 18 months. Microsoft highlighted this stat to show that they are winning back customers from Google. Google recently responded to these claims that 5,000+ companies sign up for Google Apps every day and that “thousands of those customers switch from Microsoft”. In fact, they responded to Microsoft’s slide with the following detailed statement, Google’s claims regarding the above slide from Microsoft, Smithfield: Smithfield is definitely still using Google Apps – they just renewed in March 2014. City of Edmonton: The City of Edmonton is definitely still using Google Apps. In fact, the CIO recently declared that they are staying with Google Apps after an exhaustive analysis by IBM and Deloitte University of Colorado Health: The University of Colorado Health — the teaching hospital for the University of Colorado ...

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We already saw few reports that Microsoft is planning to release Windows RT without desktop experience. Today, another report from Myce.com claims the same that Microsoft will release Windows RT devices that only contain Metro user experience. If this happens to be true, then Microsoft may position Windows RT as a touch only OS targeted for tablets alone. The current desktop experience in Windows RT is confusing to average consumers. Even though it looks like any other Windows desktop, you can’t install any classic Windows apps other than Microsoft Office. Also, when this desktop-less Windows RT OS ships, the Office Gemini (touch based Office) will be available for the general public. What do you think of Microsoft’s decision to ship Windows RT without desktop experience? Source: Myce ...

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Recently, Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from Microsoft’s board. He said in his letter to Satya, “I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time.  So, where is he going to teach? SAI recently reported that Steve Ballmer will teach an MBA class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in the fall, and a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business in the spring. Helen Chang, assistant director of communications at Stanford’s Business School, told us Ballmer will be working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called “TRAMGT588: Leading organizations.” “We pair practitioners with academics scholars in teaching the MBA program, so Steve Ballmer and Susan Athey ...

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Back in March, we reported that Microsoft has formed Leap Experience Pioneers (LXP), an in-house games developer working on Kinect games. Recently, the studio revealed its website http://www.lxpstudio.com/ and even posted a video about hiring new people. The are looking for “the most talented and most creative people in the world” with the aim of creating “far future experiences, for inventive hardware”. Both the video and the website is now offline for some reason. On March 6, 2014, Microsoft filed a trademark via the USPTO for “LXP”. It entered the Trademark Reporting and Monitoring System (TRAM) yesterday, on March 10. It’s a basic 1(b) Intent-to-Use filing for game software, and reads as following: Word Mark LXP Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Game software Mark Drawing Code (0) UNKNOWN Serial Number 86213555 Filing Date March 6, 2014 Current Basis 1B Original Filing Basis 1B Owner (APPLICANT) ...

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Dead Island 2 is an upcoming action role-playing, survival zombie game for Xbox One from German developer Yager Development and published by Deep Silver. The developers have given a brief demo of this game to folks at Microsoft and they shared the experience at Xbox Wire. Our time with Dead Island 2 barely scratched the surface of the potential festering beneath its rotting flesh. On top of southern California, the massive open-world contains a huge NorCal region, as well as a third monster-populated mystery area. And while our time beating back the hordes beneath the iconic Hollywood sign was shared by a trio of co-op buddies, the final game will support a total of eight zombie-poppin’ pals. It’s also important to note that our defensive mission was not specific to (or segregated into) a cooperative mode, but instead displayed the same story objectives that a solo apocalypse survivor would encounter. Dead ...

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue brings an entirely new kind of naval gameplay to the Assassin’s Creed universe. it is also the darkest chapter yet in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Amid the chaos and violence of the French and Indian War, Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young member of the Assassin Brotherhood, undergoes a dark transformation that will forever shape the future of the colonies. In the North Atlantic seas sheets of ice offer new areas for exploration, but also new threats and challenges to your sailing abilities. And as if the ice and seas themselves didn’t offer enough danger you’ll be faced with cunning enemies using new tactics to send you to a frozen grave. Experience the Assassin’s Creed universe from the perspective of a Templar. Play as Shay, who, in addition to the skills of a Master Assassin, also possesses new abilities, like enhanced eagle vision, and weapons, such as the ...

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Microsoft has already revealed that number of ID@Xbox titles coming in the next 12 months to Xbox Store for Xbox One. Since Microsoft couldn’t feature all these titles in the Xbox booth in various events. they have give them their own event and anyone can attend it. This event is planned at the Microsoft Campus where people can play all the new indie games. Here’s what you need to know: When: Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM) Where: Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 (directions here) Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian) What you can do: Play over 25 upcoming ID@Xbox titles. Talk to the devs. See the beautiful Xbox campus. Admission cost: FREE We know many of you will be in town for PAX Prime, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve commandeered the Sunset Overdrive bus to get you here – ...

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