Review Category : Microsoft

The market for social software in the workplace includes vendors whose software products are used primarily to support people working together in teams, communities or networks. They are used mainly within enterprises, primarily by employees, but also by external customers, suppliers and partners. Gartner recently released its Magic Quadrant for Social software and Microsoft was placed in the leaders category. By integrating the components of Yammer with Office 365, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to deliver value to our customers. Microsoft Microsoft is in the Leaders quadrant. Although SharePoint has been positioned in the past as a social product, Microsoft has shifted its social efforts to its online offerings Yammer and Office 365 (through closer incorporation of Yammer with the rest of Office 365). Although Yammer and SharePoint will remain distinct but integrated products, Microsoft will concentrate its future social enhancements exclusively on Yammer, while focusing SharePoint on related capabilities, including ...

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Forget Gold Apple Watch, you can now buy a gold Xbox One in Dubai. Of course, you have to pay whole lot of money, $13,700 to be exact. Jumbo Electronics, one of Dubai’s largest electronics retailers is going to premier the world’s first Xbox One made of gold at Games14, the biggest video game convention in the Middle East. This special edition console is made of rose gold case created by renowned Italian jeweller Gatti will be available for sale at the gaming show. If you want it little cheaper, British dream factory Harrods is also selling a 24-carat-gold-plated Xbox One for just £6,000, or $9778.80, Source: Kotaku ...

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Earlier today, Windows Technical Preview build 9834 screenshots got leaked on the web. It revealed number of new changes coming in the upcoming Windows 9 release such as the new Start Menu, notification center, virtual desktops, new charms bar alternative for desktop users, windowed modern apps and more. Another new thing spotted in the screenshots was the Microsoft Feedback app. This new app is now pinned to the new Start menu and allows users to submit their feedback about the Windows experience. Currently, you need to be part of Windows Internal beta testers  group to submit your feedback and Microsoft is expected to expand this feedback app to public preview users as well. Neowin reported few weeks back about how this feedback app will work, ……….Threshold will have tons of feedback surveys to make sure that they avoid this issue with the next iteration of Windows. So what will these ...

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Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games today revealed the launch trailer of Forza Horizon 2 showcasing the game’s massive wide-open world racing experience and ultimate celebration of speed, style and action-packed driving. The trailer highlights the game’s beautiful southern European setting and thrilling, action-packed racing with more than 200 cars that are available at launch. They also revealed the new details on Forza Rewards. Fans will be eligible to receive several Forza Horizon 2 cars through Forza Rewards, the loyalty program where players can earn in-game content just for playing Forza games. Whether they’re an experienced Forza Faithful or a first time driver, all Forza players have a chance to add up to five in-game cars to their Forza Horizon 2 garage the first time they log in to the game. These five in-game (not DLC) cars include the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the 2013 Viper GTS, the 2015 Lamborghini ...

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MSI has recently announced a new 13.3 inch gaming notebook – GS30 Shadow, powered by Intel 4th Gen Core i7 and Iris Pro graphics. It is the lightest gaming notebook in the market, weighing 1.3kg in 19.8mm height. Instead of dedicated graphics from Nvidia or AMD, this device is powered by Intel Iris Pro graphics. It supports up to DX11.1, OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.0 and enhanced 4k x 2k. Gaming Dock: There is a specific GamingDock designed for GS30 Shadow and the overall graphics performance will be shifted to a higher level while GS30 Shadow is docking on it. By the inserted desktop discrete graphics card inside the GamingDock, more graphics calculation will be enhanced and more visual detailed will be revealed. Users can choose any desktop graphics card, which is stronger and more powerful, then easily insert into it to unleash the most stunning visual effect and deliver the ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Windows Dev Center Partner Program. This program is targeted towards middleware providers and provide them with devices, software, co-marketing, event support, and more. Unity, MVVM Light toolkit, Json.Net are some of the examples of middleware. If you are a developer of middleware offerings, you apply today to qualify for these benefits. If you are a Windows app developer looking for third party middleware available to accelerate your app or game development for Windows, you can check Microsoft’s new partner directory, where you’ll find an extensive and growing list of some of the most compelling middleware partners targeting Windows today. At Microsoft we’re more focused than ever on creating the most compelling, accessible, powerful, and overall enjoyable app development platform, and we recognize the critical role middleware plays in such an ecosystem. This new program is designed to promote that goal. Source: Microsoft ...

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In the leaked Windows 9 screenshots, we noticed that build 9834 still has the old Internet Explorer 11 in it. Previously, it was reported that Internet Explorer 12 will have a all new look in the upcoming version. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looked like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser. Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft has all new design for Internet Explorer 12 and it looks a lot like Chrome and Firefox. The main change is that URL bar will now appear below the tab bar. Currently, URL bar and the tabs bar are on the same line in IE11. Also, as you expect it will have a flat Metro look to it. Another main improvement comes in the area of extensibility. Microsoft has added support for extensions in Internet Explorer 12. Hopefully, someone will leak the ...

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Today, Computerbase.de posted multiple screenshots of Windows 9 Technical Preview. This leaked screenshots has revealed number of upcoming features in Windows Threshold. First, you can see the new Start Menu which includes Live Tiles and other modern apps. Second, you can see the way to switch between multiple desktop environments. Third, you have notifications center which can be accessed from taskbar. Fourth, you have their charms bar options in a new menu in the title bar of the app. Fifth, you can see Windowed modern apps. Sixth, you can notice the new flatter look for desktop UI elements. Microsoft is expected to release a preview of Windows 9 in late September or early October as per multiple reports from the past. Source: Computerbase.de ...

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Few days back, Apple announced their first wearable device Apple Watch at a press event. Even though Apple demoed the device on stage, the device will go on sale only in 2015. Apple also didn’t reveal price of all the models and more importantly battery life of this device. Apple Watch is a rectangular shaped device as opposed to the beautiful looking circular Moto 360 device. UX and UI designer Alcion came up with a love child of Apple Watch and Moto 360. You can see his creation below. You can also check out Microsoft smartwatch concept here. In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about Microsoft developing its own smart watch. WSJ reported that Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers as per an executive at a component supplier. Another report claimed that Microsoft’s smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making ...

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Microsoft believes that you own your email no matter where it is stored. But, US Government thinks Microsoft should handover data wherever it is stored if it is under control of Microsoft. The dispute between Microsoft and US government is now in court and Microsoft is demanding the U.S. government to follow long-established, internationally agreed upon processes to obtain email it is seeking as evidence in a case involving a customer account in Ireland. Recently, Microsoft was held in contempt of court for not complying with the court’s previous ruling of handing over customer data to US government. A district judge in New York today issued an order clearing the way for Microsoft to pursue its case against the U.S. government on appeal. The government has demanded that Microsoft turn over customer emails held in its data center in Dublin, Ireland. While the order today holds the company in contempt for not ...

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Microsoft today announced that Azure API Management leaves Preview and it is available for everyone with a 99.9% SLA. Many companies and startups nowadays have providing APIs as their business model. Publish APIs more reliably, more securely, and at scale is a difficult job and Azure API Management enables them to do that. Developers can now open doors to directly monetize digital assets, transforming it into a platform, and creating new content distribution channels across mobile devices. This service provides the tools that your organization needs to manage APIs–from provisioning user roles to creating usage plans and quotas, applying policies for transforming payloads, throttling, conducting analytics, monitoring and configuring alerts. In addition, we have enhancements with the Azure API Management REST API that enable you to automate API management operations and integrate API management with their other systems and processes. Read more about it here. ...

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Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you. Azure Websites allows developing, testing, and running corporate websites, business applications, and digital marketing campaigns with ease. Yesterday, Microsoft announced the release of following new features for Azure Websites aimed at enabling enterprise customers to unfold new scenarios. One of the main announcement was the release of Scalable WordPress in the App Gallery.  With this Scalable WordPress, sites are configured to use Azure Storage for great performance and more. VPN Support for Azure Websites: With VPN Support, customers can securely connect to any provisioned VM’s or Cloud Services inside a virtual network. This capability enables Websites for hybrid scenarios where the database or other services need to remain ...

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At Gamescon, Microsoft revealed that they will be selling Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare custom Xbox One console bundle this holiday season. This custom bundle will include Call of Duty themed console, controller, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day One edition game, and 1TB internal storage in the console. This custom bundle will go on sale for $499 USD and the pre-order has started today. This bundle will be available starting November 4th. Featuring a massive 1TB hard drive, the console is emblazoned with Sentinel Task Force iconography inspired directly from the game. As you’ll see in the video above, the wireless controller looks like an artifact from the technologically advanced battlegrounds of the future. The version of the game you’ll get with Limited Edition Bundle is special, too. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition will give you early access to the game and double XP on ...

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FIFA 15 game is now available for pre-order from Xbox Store. Also, you can get 10% off your purchase and an exclusive trial five days before the release date, you’ll need to sign up for EA Access before you pre-purchase FIFA 15. This game is expected to release on Sep 23rd, but you can download the game before it. Game Description: FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. Witness the intensity of crowds chanting and cheering like on match day, and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with Dynamic Match Presentation. For the first time ever, all 22 players on the pitch are connected with Emotional Intelligence – now players will react to opponents and teammates within the context, and relative to the narrative of the match. Next Generation Visuals put ...

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Microsoft OneDrive team today made it official that they are increasing the file size limit to 10GB using the desktop apps for Windows and Mac, all of the mobile apps, and the OneDrive website. Microsoft is working on bringing this new limit to OneDrive for Business customers as well. Apart from this, OneDrive team announced the following new features such as faster syncing, Dropbox like sharing option on the desktop, folder uploads via web and more. Faster syncing As part of our push to continue improving the OneDrive desktop experience, we’ve increased the number of files that can be downloaded or uploaded at a given time on PCs and Macs. In internal tests, this parallel syncing netted an approximately threefold increase in syncing speed. Our performance enhancements have begun rolling out and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks. Easier sharing straight from Windows Explorer We are thrilled to ...

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One of the main features that was announced today by Azure Media Services is the video indexing service. The Microsoft Audio Video Indexing Service (MAVIS) is the technology behind the new feature that uses speech recognition technology developed at Microsoft Research to enable searching of audio and video files with speech. Additionally, MAVIS automatically generates closed captions and keywords which can increase accessability and discoverability of audio and video files with speech content. MAVIS is available as a cloud service running on the Windows Azure platform. ...

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