Review Category : Microsoft

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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Microsoft today announced that the the Basic, Standard, and Premium tiers which were available on preview are now generally available to everyone. These tiers address the needs of today’s demanding cloud applications by providing predictable performance for your light- to heavy-weight transactional applications while also ensuring the performance of your apps are no longer affected by other customer workloads. Additionally, the new tiers provide you with the following new capabilities: Higher uptime SLA, previously at 99.9%, uptime is now 99.99%–one of the highest in the database-as-a-service industry Point-in-time-restore, with built-in backups and up to 35 days of data retention Active geo-replication and standard geo-replication options for continuous data replication to geographically dispersed secondaries Larger database sizes, previously at 150 GB, database max size is now up to 500 GB Auditing for added security confidence (remains in preview) Since the preview release in April, Microsoft has decided on the following key changes since the preview ...

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At IFA, Toshiba announced an ultra-cheap Windows tablet that will go on sale for just $120. This tablet is now available for order from Toshiba in the US and will be shipped on 25th of September. Toshiba Encore Mini is a 7-inch full Windows tablet that will come with 1,024 x 600 display, quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with SDcard support and dual 2MP/0.3MP cameras. It weighs around 0.78 pound. Microsoft has worked with Toshiba to offer free 1TB of OneDrive storage for a year, 1 year Office 365 subscription and optimize scaling in Windows to offer better touch experience. Key Specs: Windows 8.1 with Bing Office 365 Personal 1-year. Activation required within limited time Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735G (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz) 1GB (on board) 16GB eMMC Front 0.3MP camera with microphone Rear 2.0MP camera 7.0” diagonal WSVGA LED Backlight screen ...

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Microsoft today released an update to Bing Maps Preview app for Windows to improve the public transportation information experience..  In select cities in the US, Canada and the UK, you can plan your journey via bus, train or subway in a few short clicks. This new app will now you route options, estimated departure and arrival times overlaid on a beautiful maps experience.  If the next bus is coming up in a couple of minutes, this app will let you know that you need to start hustling to the stop. Here is how it works, Say you are planning for an upcoming visit to New York City soon and want to find the quickest public transportation option from JFK airport to your hotel in Times Square. On your Windows 8 PC, simply pull up the transit experience within the app and enter the airport and destination.  We’ll beautifully render a layout showcasing all ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on a cloud based gaming service. Last year, they even demoed it during company meeting with a Lumia 520 Windows Phone device running Halo game from the cloud. Recently, Microsoft Research revealed their project DeLorean, which uses speculation to enable low-latency continuous interaction for cloud gaming. Read about it here. Microsoft always said that latency is the main issue is delivering games via cloud. Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft is currently working on a project that can allow users to play Xbox games through a web browser. Also, it is reportedly a full 60fps game streamed via cloud to the browser. Microsoft is testing this project both with last generation and current generation games and it is expected to be the company’s next killer gaming feature. The question now is when will Microsoft deliver this feature to end users? Even though delivering games via ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for order from Microsoft Store in the US. Now, Microsoft is expanding its availability to 28 new markets. In the coming hours, Docking Station will be available for purchase in retail outlets and through authorized resellers in all 28 markets where Surface Pro 3 is sold: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the Unites States. 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 ...

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Last month, Microsoft 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. Surface 2 and Sleeve Bundle includes: Surface 2 and your choice of select sleeves. Surface 2: At just under 1.5 pounds and preloaded with Office 2013 RT*, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. Choose from 32GB or 64GB Wi-Fi models, or 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (AT&T). Choose a sleeve: Sleeves to protect your Surface come in styles to fit every personality, from neutral solids to trendy chevrons and everything in between. Specs: NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have added the Win32/Zemot family to the Malicious Software Removal Tool. The Win32/Zemot family of trojan downloaders are used by malware such as Win32/Rovnix, Win32/Viknok, and Win32/Tesch with a number of different payloads. Zemot is usually distributed through the spambot malware Win32/Kuluoz and through the exploit kits Magnitude EK and Nuclear EK. You can see the infection chain above. We started seeing activity from TrojanDownloader:Win32/Upatre.B in late 2013 and identified this threat as the main distributor of the click fraud malware PWS:Win32/Zbot.gen!AP and PWS:Win32/Zbot.CF. We renamed the downloader to Zemot in May 2014. By taking into account both the machine and the file count telemetry, we can see that a single copy of Zemot is often mass distributed to the payload URLs (the download URLs for Win32/Kuluoz and the payload URL for the exploit kits). Some other notable characteristics of the Zemot family include: They ...

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Microsoft partnered with broadcasters of 2014 Winter Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup to deliver an internet scale streaming solution for serving of millions of customers globally. Today, Microsoft announced that this solution is now available as a preview to its Azure customers as Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings from Azure Media Services. One of the main pain points of streaming is content protection, for that Azure Media is introducing a new Content Protection offering which features both static and dynamic encryption with first party PlayReady license delivery and an AES 128-bit key delivery service. Faster Speeds and Effective Billing Azure Media Services is also introducing faster encoding speeds and more cost-effective billing. We’re also introducing faster encoding speeds via our Basic, Standard, and Premium Encoding Reserved Units. These tiered Reserved Units offer further flexibility by allowing you to tailor the encoding capability you pay for to the needs ...

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