Review Category : Microsoft

This is a bad news for PC market as a whole because the sales continues to decline in India, which is one of the largest developing economies. According to the International Data Corporation. the overall India PC shipments for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2% over Q1 2013. The overall Commercial PC segment recorded a total shipments of 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1% sequentially over Q4 2013.  Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices at IDC India comments, “The overall Commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the Banking and Government verticals. Vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiments and believe it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014.” On the other  hand, the  overall Consumer PC shipments stood at 1.01 ...

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A security research firm has exposed the Outlook.com Android mobile app does not do anything to ensure confidentiality of messages and attachments within the phone filesystem itself. The application we’re discussing here is Outlook.com free email service’s mobile client offered by Microsoft. This app is described as being created by Seven Networks in conjunction or in association with Microsoft (i.e. looks like it was outsourced.) The app allows users to access their Outlook.com email on Android devices. In the course of our research we found that the on-device email storage doesn’t really make any effort to ensure confidentiality of messages and attachments within the phone filesystem itself. After notifying Microsoft (vendor notification timeline is found at the end of this post) they disagreed that our concern was a direct responsibility of their software, in light of similar problems with iOS being deemed a concern by privacy advocates we thought it’d be a good idea to share what we ...

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As you all know, Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device at a press event last week. This 12-inch device scales at 1.76 pounds, but packs all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. You can read the reviews of Surface Pro 3 device from various tech blogs. Here is a roundup of them.You can pre-order the device from Microsoft Store now. Engadget: Pros Remarkably thin and light for a machine with laptop guts Easier to use as a standalone tablet Fast performance Gorgeous, high-res display Keyboard can be propped up at a more comfortable angle Cons Flimsy keyboard is inferior to what you’d get on a proper laptop; worse, it doesn’t even come in the box Not that comfortable to use in the lap Middling battery life ConclusionThe Surface ...

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As you all know, Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device at a press event last week. This 12-inch device scales at 1.76 pounds, but packs all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. If you want to experience this engineering marvel in-person, then you can do in starting next month. Surface Pro 2 Demo devices scheduled to be in stores on June 6th, you can find the nearest Microsoft Store here. You get expert-picked products to world-class customer service from Microsoft Stores. You can pre-order it from Microsoft Store now. ...

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Microsoft last month announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. Today, Sony made a similar announcement that they are launching PS4 in China. Sony’s will also be working with a local company called Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development. Sony and OPCD’s joint venture will form two companies: one to manage the manufacturing and sales of the hardware, and the other to manage the services plus the sales, licensing, distribution and R&D of the software. Sony China will own 70 percent of the newly formed Sony Computer Entertainment (Shanghai) (which presumably handles the non-hardware part), but just 49 percent of the other new company dubbed Shanghai Oriental Pearl Sony Computer Entertainment ...

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TMZ reports Shirley Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Sunday afternoon to discuss the sale of the Clippers (a professional American Basketball team). The NBA (National Basketball Association) is forcing the Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team after racist remarks were leaked by his girlfriend V Stiviano. Mr. Sterling handed control of the sale over to his ex-wife Shirley Sterling. The meeting is said to have taken place at Shirley’s Malibu mansion. There is fear among Clippers fans that Mr. Ballmer will move the team to Seattle. Source: TMZ ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes apps such as NextGen Reader, Package Tracker, game such as Machinarium, 4 Elements™ II: Special Edition and more. Find the detail from Windows Store team below, NextGen Reader: This popular Feedly RSS reader currently averages 4.4 out of 5 stars in the Windows Store. You can use it with a modern tiled layout for tablet, or a more traditional 3-pane layout for desktop reading. Pin multiple tiles to your Start screen to keep up on all the feeds you care about. Get it this week on Windows for $1.49, or on Windows Phone for $.99 Package Tracker: Another super popular app—you might have seen it earlier on Brandon’s favorite apps list. Track your packages from warehouse to delivery, via multiple shipping companies. If you connect the app to OneDrive, the packages you’re tracking on one devise ...

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As we are nearing this summer, there are some great deals on several Disney & Marvel games are already heating up the Windows Phone and Windows Stores. From now to June 2nd, you can enjoy several great games at least 50% off, marked down to just $.99. Find the list of games and the price from the list below. Windows Phone Windows Disney Solitaire $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Temple Run: Oz $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Temple Run: Brave $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Toy Story: Smash It! $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Avengers Initiative $1.99 $.99 $7.99 $.99 Marvel Run Jump Smash! $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 ...

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If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet that will also serve you for your productivity needs, here is the answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface 64GB model is now available for just $249 from Microsoft Store. This is part of Memorial day sale from Microsoft Store. This is a $249 savings from original price of $499! You can also save $280 when you bundle Surface, keyboard cover, app card, sleeve, and two-year warranty for instant savings. You can order Surface 64GB Surface for $249 here. ...

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There is a great chance for you to stock up on your favorite games for summer and swim in the savings. Microsoft Store is now offering this great deal(Thanks to WinBeta for the heads up) when you buy two Xbox One or Xbox 360 games and get one for free. Find the full details below. Find a huge selection of Xbox game titles to choose from, including: Battlefield 4 for Xbox One Battlefield 4 is the genre-defining action blockbuster made from moments that blur the line between game and glory. Fueled by the next-generation power of Frostbite 3, Battlefield 4 provides a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other. Only in Battlefield can you demolish the buildings shielding your enemy. Only in Battlefield will you lead an assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and ...

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If you are going to buy Surface Pro 3 as portable workstation replacement, then you might care about the multiple monitor support in Surface Pro 3. Similar to previous Surface Pro devices, you can use Surface Pro 3 to drive multiple monitors simultaneously. But the resolution depends of the Surface Pro 3 SKU you are going to buy. Read about the Surface Pro 3 SKUs here. Only Core i5 and Core i7 models can drive displays up to 2880×1800 resolution each. For those concerned about multiple monitor support, Microsoft engineers tell me they’ve tested these scenarios thoroughly. The i3-based model can comfortably drive two Full HD (1920×1200 at 60 Hz) displays, while the i5 and i7 models can power two external displays at a maximum resolution of 2880×1800 each at 60 Hz. In all cases, you need to make the connection to the external monitors using the mini-DisplayPort adapter on ...

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Microsoft revealed the new Surface Pro 3 device earlier this week. As announced by Microsoft, Surface Pro 3 will come in various SKUs. You can buy Surface Pro 3 ranging from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7 processor, 64GB to 512GB SSD, 4GB to 8GB RAM. All these devices come with the same display with active pen digitizer support. While there are various versions of Intel Core ix processors, you can know the specific versions that will come in Surface Pro 3 from the list below (Thanks to Ed Bott), The lowest configured Surface Pro 3 comes with Intel Core i3-4020Y processor, running at 1.5 GHz, with Intel HD4200 graphics. The Intel Core i5-4300U processor runs at a clock speed of 1.9 GHz and Turbo boost up to 2.9 GHz, with Intel HD4400 graphics. The Intel Core i7-4650U processor, runs at a clock speed of 1.7 GHz with Turbo frequency of 3.3 GHz ...

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Earlier this year, there were some reports that Xbox One controllers will not work with Windows PCs, but Microsoft’s then director of product management Albert Penello ended those reports that Xbox One controller will work with Windows PCs for games. Last year Microsoft confirmed that the new wireless protocol, combined with the ability to work in ‘wired’ mode, and the addition of features like Impulse triggers, means that new software has to be written and optimized for the PC and there is also some work that they need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work with the Xbox One controller. Larry Hryb, director of Xbox programming, in a post on the forum NeoGAF earlier this week once confirmed that PC gaming compatibility is coming to Xbox One controller very soon. Source: NeoGAF   ...

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Microsoft today announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. Gradient Land Color We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible. Localized Landmark Icons We also added new, culturally-accurate symbols for landmarks. Instead of using the same icons for landmarks like banks or pharmacies globally, we introduced new symbols that are relevant no matter where you are. Transit Icon Consolidation Additionally, we removed some instances where public transit icons were duplicated on the map in the United States. Park Trails and Pathways New styling helps clearly differentiate park ...

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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP 1). Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 includes the latest software updates, feature additions, and bug fixes. VisualStudio Magazine reported the following updates/improvements in this preview, Profiler, with an expanded Performance and Diagnostics hub. IntelliTrace, which is now more tightly integrated with Application Insights. Testing tools, which now allows custom fields and custom work flows for test plans and test suites. The Visual Studio IDE, with numerous enhancements to CodeLens, Code Map, Debugger Map and binary functionality. The Debugger has one interesting upgrade: debugging is now supported for x86 applications built in .NET Native. .NET Native, released as a developer preview in April, is a compiler that strikes a compromise between the performance of C++ native code and the efficiency of C# managed code. The first release of .NET Native only supported x64 architecture. Read more ...

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Microsoft today confirmed the availability of new Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU for OEMs. At BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to our hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size. This free Windows for OEMs will be the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Also with the Windows 8.1 Update, we are enabling our hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We also announced that As we move forward, many of these lower cost devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing provides all the same great experiences that Windows 8.1 offers with the Windows 8.1 Update, and comes with Bing as the default search ...

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