Review Category : Microsoft

Engadget today reported that Microsoft is working on bringing ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ for Xbox One which will be released later this year. This Halo collection is expected to include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 and are being collected in a Master Chief-focused HD remaster coming from Microsoft. Engadget also reports that Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST  won’t be part of this collection. Our sources say that the set will zero in on Halo‘s most famous soldier to refresh audience’s memories ahead of Halo 5: Guardians‘ release, so curiosities like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach likely won’t be a part of the package. The game’s developer is unknown at this point, but considering that Saber Interactive handled Combat Evolved Anniversary and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project, the team is a likely suspect. Also unclear are plans for digital distribution, resolution and ...

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Google has today released the Hangouts plugin for Microsoft Outlook. With this plugin, you can now schedule meetings and join Hangouts video calls from Microsoft Outlook. Schedule a Hangouts video call with other Outlook users in your company with a single click. Join a scheduled Hangouts video call by opening the meeting in Outlook and clicking the Hangouts video call link. Google Apps for Business users can schedule Hangouts video calls with other Outlook users in their company with the Hangouts Plugin for Microsoft Outlook®. This plugin is also used by Chromebox for meetings organizations that do not have Google Apps for Business. The plugin adds a video call name to the Microsoft Outlook event, and participants join the video call from a Chromebox for meetings device by entering the video call name using the remote control. Learn more about it and download the plugin here. ...

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My new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. — Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) May 16, 2014 Aaron Greenberg, who was the chief of staff at Xbox team in Microsoft announced via Twitter that he is now leaving the role for new one. After 3.5 years in his previous role, he is now joining the Xbox marketing team. His new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox division is under a pressure these days as their top leadership team has changed and also Sony PS4 posted higher sales than Xbox One for 4 consecutive months. In response, Microsoft has recently announced a cheaper Xbox One SKU that will go on sale at $399 without Kinect sensor. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition ...

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Microsoft is continuing to enrich the Bing knowledge repository with the addition more new entity types. Recently they added 150 million doctors, lawyers and professionals to Snapshot on the Bing results page. Today they are taking it a step further with the addition of glance-able information on food and drugs. Drugs Who discovered aspirin? What are the risks associated with aspirin? What is the chemical formula? Now in a quick search you can explore more about a given drug directly within the Snapshot frame. Food How many calories are in a banana? How about Vitamin C and Magnesium? Similar to how you can consult the side of a box in the grocery aisle, Bing now showcases nutritional information for common foods directly in the Snapshot experience. Source: Bing blog ...

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Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controller, available in gold color chrome is now on sale at Amazon. It also comes in your choice of blue, red, and silver chrome. Plus, this controller features a transforming D-pad for precise control. It now costs $35, down from its original price of $60. •2.4GHz wireless technology with 30-foot range •Use up to four controllers simultaneously on one console,Requires 2 AA Batteries •Adjustable vibration feedback for longer battery life •Integrated headset port for Xbox LIVE play •New left and right shoulder buttons are designed for ease of use Order Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controller from Amazon. ...

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SweetLabs, the company which created Pokki Android platform apps for Windows devices has now created a new App Install Platform for Windows OEMs to monetize their devices after the sale. The SweetLabs App Install Platform enables OEMs to optimize the delivery of apps on any device and capture their fair share of the multi-billion dollar app install market. From first boot, through the lifetime of the device, OEMs can increase revenues and improve the user experience by delivering the most relevant apps to your customers. Differentiate and increase device sales by offering new app install offers and incentives in real-time. Increase per-unit margins by driving relevant app installs to your customers. Replace manual app bundling with dynamic provisioning and ongoing app recommendations to create new revenue streams. Provide personalized and differentiated app offerings to your customers. Deliver unique and relevant apps to specific devices in specific channels, and optimize based ...

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UK based developer Rare which is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Talking to TotalXbox, Phil Spencer said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. “[Rare has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals,” said Spencer. “I think I’ve heard a few times from people asking about Rare – they’re in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we’re working closely with them to see what their new project will be. “And I’ve also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I “force” them to do – if you’re around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that’s ...

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INSTEON, one of the best-selling home automation and control technology, yesterday announced that an enhanced version of its INSTEON app will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices as of June 1, 2014. The upcoming INSTEON app for Windows 8.1 will feature the following, Visitor Mode – provides restricted access to children or guests in your home Live Tiles – get status on multiple devices directly on your Windows 8.1 Start screen (not currently available on Windows Phone 8) Enhanced Camera Support – view multiple cameras at once, view full-screen, and camera support without the need of an INSTEON Hub Multi-House Support – enables you to control multiple homes or businesses from a single account Dashboard View – a quick and organized view of the status of your home Also, starting June 1, 2014, INSTEON connected home products will be available for purchase on MicrosoftStore.com and by early ...

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Microsoft Research has recently released Code Hunt, a browser-based game for anyone who is interested in coding. It is based on the fact that people can be more effective and sustainable when coding is fun. Codehunt uses puzzles, which players explore by means of clues presented as test cases. Players iteratively modify their code to match the functional behavior of secret solutions. Once their code matches, lights flash and sounds play, letting players know that they have “captured” the code. Players then get a score, which depends on how elegant their solution is, and are encouraged to move on to the next puzzle or level. Players can use either C# or Java to play this game. Code Hunt was developed by a team in Microsoft Research led by Principal Development Lead Nikolai Tillmann and Principal Research Software Engineer Peli de Halleux. It is based on Pex, Microsoft Research’s state-of-the-art implementation ...

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Microsoft 343 Industries today confirmed the they are moving forward with the popular Halo franchise with the upcoming “Halo 5: Guardians” title. “Halo” isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play “Halo.” And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers. So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with “Halo” on Xbox One? In the past, “Halo” games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a “Halo” game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial. It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very ...

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Microsoft Xbox team is constantly delivering updates for Xbox One system every month. Since its launch, Xbox One has received 3 significant system updates that has improved the overall experience. Currently, Xbox One system does not support external hard drive, you need to store everything in your Xbox One’s internal storage. During Reddit Q&A, Microsoft revealed that they might add support for external drive in the future. Today, an Xbox One developer has posted the image of Xbox One dashboard showing the upcoming External Drive support. It even shows the amount of free space available. Expect this update in coming months. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect from Amazon. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect Microsoft Store. via: Reddit ...

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Microsoft revealed Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone devices at BUILD developer conference. During a Reddit session, Joe hinted that Cortana may come to Windows devices too. As Microsoft has intentionally built Cortana to scale out to all the different domains, the goal is to support all types of human interaction—whether it’s speech, text, or gestures—across domains of information and function and make it as easy as a natural conversation. So, we can expect Cortana on Windows in the future. A recent Microsoft job listing has confirmed the same. It says that they need people to help them redefine the personalization experience on Windows using Cortana. Do you want to be part of the team that is building the next generation of Cortana? We are looking for strong and motivated developers to help shape the Evolution of the next generation of Microsoft’s Digital Assistant – Cortana! The landscape of digital ...

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Two interesting job listings from Microsoft was revealed today. One of them is from the team which created Kinect which is working on revolutionizing consumer electronic devices. Their work involves developing ground-breaking hardware, software, and experiences across computer vision, machine learning, human-computer interaction, image and video processing, networking and graphics. I guess Alex Kipman, the creative head behind Kinect is leading this project now. Microsoft is working on revolutionizing consumer electronic devices, and you can be a part of that. The group that created Kinect and profoundly changed the way people interact with technology is forming a team to change the world again! We are a growing team of expert engineers working in an agile and high-energy environment to redefine experiences by making technology disappear. We are developing ground-breaking hardware, software, and experiences across computer vision, machine learning, human-computer interaction, image and video processing, networking and graphics. Are you an ...

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Sony’s PS4 dominated the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. New numbers from NPD show Microsoft only sold 115,000 units of their Xbox One console for the month of April. These numbers do not specify if they are sales directly to consumers. Microsoft’s highly controversial decision to unbundle the Kinect from the Xbox One is beginning to make more sense. Sony’s lower price point continues to appeal to consumers. While Sony is selling the PS4 in more markets than the Xbox One, both companies have launched in the key major game markets. Top Xbox executives have left the company in recent months. Don Mattrick left the company to become CEO of Zynga. Marc Whitten recently left for an executive position at Sonos. Xbox’s new head Phil Spencer has a monumental task ahead of him. Recently Spencer approved removing part of the Xbox Live paywall for certain entertainment ...

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The Microsoft Applied Sciences Group in Research division has been investigating making devices that disconnect the apparent location of a displayed image from the location of the hardware so that the images appear to “float” in the air. In this way, you can allow one use is for allowing touch interfaces that don’t require physical contact. Floating Display: Visual Cues for Gestural Interactions Many people are working on near-field user-interface devices that detect hover, gesture, and pose. But there is nothing in the space in front of a device to show the user what to do. This project introduces a floating display that hovers over the device, providing visual cues for gestural interactions. Microsoft Research team has created a prototype for this project and demoed it at 2014 Silicon Valley TechFest. You can see the demo in the above video. ...

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We all often use a whiteboard at work with a marker in our hands. Have you ever thought of having a huge digital whiteboard which can recognize you, respond to your gestures, etc,.? Microsoft Research project ViiBoard uses vision techniques to significantly enhance the user experience on large touch displays (e.g. Microsoft Perceptive Pixel) in two areas: human computer interaction and immersive remote collaboration. ViiBoard is a system for remote collaboration through a digital whiteboard (PPI) that gives participants an immersive, 3-D experience with enhanced touch capability. ViiBoard emulates writing side by side on a physical whiteboard or, alternatively, on a mirror, through 3-D processing of depth images and life-sized rendering. Additional vision techniques, such as hand-gesture recognition, are integrated to understand users’ intentions before they touch the board, simplifying the interaction with a PPI, especially for content editing and presenting. Compared with standard video conferencing, the ViiBoard provides participants ...

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