Review Category : Microsoft

Back in the late 90′s, Instant Messaging was a big thing in the internet. AOL’s AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo, and ICQ were the big players in the market. In 1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail, one of the most popular e-mail service. By seeing the popularity of the instant messengers, Microsoft decided to enter the market with MSN Messenger by allowing every Hotmail user be able to log on to Messenger with a Hotmail address and password as seamlessly as possible. Along with that plan, Microsoft decided to include AIM log-in option to allow millions of users to instantly connect with each other. Obviously, AOL didn’t allow Microsoft to get access to their system and Microsoft decided to break through it. Microsoft decided to reverse engineer AOL’s chat protocol and implemented the integration. A developer at MSN Messenger at that time has now shared his work on how everyday they used to decode AOL’s protocol ...

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Microsoft today announced a new feature for Bing.com where they will be posting the predictions of the events based on their ability to process trillions of signals to reflect what is happening in the real world. For instance, during the presidential elections, Bing experiences a surge of positive and negative queries about the presidential candidates from different parts of the U.S. Taking this model even further, teams within Bing have been experimenting with useful ways that we can harness the power of Bing to model outcomes of events. This could be anything from an election or sporting event to whether an actor will win the People’s Choice Award. Bing team is bringing these insights directly to our search results pages. Based on a variety of different signals including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter, they will be unveiling an experiment they have built to give you our prediction ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have signed a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions for usage of Android and Chrome OS products. Don’t get confused about this deal, Microsoft’s patent case was with Motorola Mobility and it is still going on in various countries around the world. REDMOND, Wash., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions’ devices running the Android™platform and Chrome OS™operating system. “Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on original content for Xbox platform. Microsoft hired former CBS Corp. head Nancy Tellem few years back to lead its studio efforts. Microsoft is trying to target the core gaming audience between 18 to 34 years old. Bloomberg today reported many details about Microsoft’s plans for original content. The studio now has six series lined up — including a science-fiction thriller called “Humans” about humanoid robot workers — and more than a dozen projects in development. Speaking to The Guardian, Nancy said that Microsoft wants to be the all-in-one entertainment experience with Xbox. “We want to be the all-in-one entertainment experience, so going into original programming was a natural step for us,” says Nancy Tellem, a former top executive at CBS with credits including CSI and Survivor, who joined Microsoft in late 2012 as entertainment and digital media president, heading its new production ...

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Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Office 365 in China. It will be operated by 21Vianet, to offer Office 365 from local data centers within China. Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet in China last month. China is rapidly adopting cloud services – The Shanghai government, for example, is an early adopter of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet. Led by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, different departments of the Shanghai government explore the advanced productivity capabilities provided by Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in order to improve efficiency and build a service-oriented government. In addition, Office 365 operated by 21Vianet is used by the Shaanxi government to set up their IT infrastructure and foster regional growth in the Xi Xi’an new area. Commercial customers ICBC Leasing, Cigna & CMB, Dongfeng Renault, TCL were all at the Shanghai launch event as early ...

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  Microsoft already has over 83 retail stores in the United States and Canada and they are expanding them to new places every quarter. In May, Microsoft is planning to open more new specialty retail locations around the US. A Microsoft Specialty Store is coming soon to your neighborhood! Microsoft Specialty Stores offer a curated selection of the best Microsoft products, including Surface, Xbox, Windows 8 PCs and Phones. Get an exclusive grand opening day only offer, plus a chance to win some prizes. Join us at the malls listed below! North Point Mall - Alpharetta, GA (May 3) The Oaks - Thousand Oaks, CA (May 13) Park Place - Tucson, AZ (May 13) Jordan Creek Town Center - Des Moines, IA (May 13) FlatIron Crossing - Broomfield, CO (May 15) North Star Mall - San Antonio, TX (May 15) Westroads Mall - Omaha, NE (May 15) The Mall in Columbia - Columbia, MD (May 17) The Maine Mall ...

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Microsoft Office team hinted about new services coming to Office suite this year. Today, one such service/tool was revealed on the web. The new tool/service is called Office Mix. Office Mix includes a add-in for Office 2013 that allows you to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes, and even you can do screen capture. Once everything is done, you can upload it to Mix Online service and anyone can access the same via any web browser through a simple link. If you remember it correctly, this is the project which got leaked 2 years back in the name of Moorea. What does Mix do? The short answer? It makes your life a lot easier. The “I-need-a-little-more-detail” answer? MIX allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. We install an add-in that gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and ...

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One of the main advantages of Microsoft’s gaming console like Xbox One is the Xbox Live gaming service. Millions of players use Xbox LIVE service to enjoy their gaming everyday and it is the largest gaming service in the world. Xbox Live Operations Centre is the team at Microsoft which handles the day-to-day operations of Xbox LIVE service to keep it online all the time. Located in a windowless room in Microsoft’s Redmond campus, it is manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And looming ominously above it all is a massive red digital timer. “Any time there’s a major incident going on that’s either user-impacting or we think it might be user-impacting, we start that clock,” warns Microsoft Gaming Ninja (seriously, that’s actually his title) Eric Neustadter. “We use that to make sure we’re doing the right things at each point in our process. We have playbooks for ...

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Israel basedd software company MiniFrame Ltd. sued Microsoft in New York, claiming that Microsoft used its monopoly in the operating systems market to pressure potential clients not to buy MiniFrame’s PC-sharing software. MiniFrame’s PC-sharing software allows multiple users to access the same computer operating system from multiple locations, using only a monitor, keyboard and mouse, which the company said did not violate the terms of Microsoft’s original use licensing agreements. Those licenses only barred multiple computers from accessing the same Windows system, according to MiniFrame. But in 2007, recognizing the competitive threat that such software introduced, Microsoft added new terms to its licensing deals that restricted the use of its operating systems to a single user, MiniFrame’s complaint alleges. There was no technological reason behind this change, according to MiniFrame. “Microsoft’s ability to maintain its monopoly in the server operating system market against the competing PC-sharing software (e.g., MiniFrame’s SoftXpand product) is ...

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It was today reported that Microsoft will build its next billion dollar data center in southeast West Des Moines in Iowa. This upcoming data center will be one of the Microsoft’s largest centers in the U.S., according to plans unveiled today. This “Project Alluvion” is valued at $1.1 billion and will take 154 acres in West Des Moines’ southeast corner. Microsoft already has a data center in the region and the total investment in West Des Moines to just under $2 billion. Microsoft will get incentives from the state government by few millions, but Microsoft has promised to offer 84 jobs in this area. During its meeting Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved granting Microsoft a $20.3 million sales tax rebate for the project. That tax rebate would be available until 2021. Those state incentives come on top of the $18 million in incentives already promised by West Des Moines. To receive those incentives, Microsoft ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of public preview of Microsoft Azure Brazil Region. And the service will transition to general availability in the coming weeks. As Microsoft is looking to expand their service availability throughout the world, this expansion will provide a significant number of services in Brazil region and network availability that is on par with the industry in the local market. With today’s public preview, customers in the region will experience better performance through reduced latency, and have the option to maintain three copies of their data in country through Locally Redundant Storage (LRS). However, if customers prefer Geo Redundant Storage (GRS), which is the default option, their data will be replicated to our US South Central region for increased durability. The Microsoft Azure website has been updated to provide information on service availability and pricing in the Brazil South region.  During the preview period, Azure services including Compute, ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals is now available in Windows Store. It includes glƏƏk! Twitter app, games like Shark Dash, Roman Empire, Success Story, the Treasures of Montezuma 3, and Chuggington Puzzle Stations. Find the full list below, Shark Dash! by Gameloft is a fantastic physics puzzler that pits plastic shark toys against a flock of rubber duckies who’ve invaded their bathtub. Make your way through 96 levels in 4 splashy locations including Ancient Rome and Japan. Originally $1.99, get it now for $.99 in the Windows Store. glƏƏk! - A full-featured Twitter app for both Windows and Windows Phone, glƏƏk! is loaded with goodies like allowing you to have unlimited accounts, saving stuff to read later (integrated with Pocket), and a view of random Tweets from around the world. Of course, you also get all the stuff you’d expect like Twitter timelines, mentions, and retweets. Now on sale in ...

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Microsoft revealed the Cortana digital assistant platform at BUILD developer conference earlier this month. Behind the scenes, its Microsoft’s Bing platform that powers Cortana. Even though Cortana responds based on your intent and behavior now, MSR expects it to interact in an increasingly anticipatory, natural manner in the future. Microsoft Research detailed some of the technologies involved in building Cortana. Even though many of us would just categorize them under Artificial Intelligence label, Microsoft Research has detailed all of those technologies involved. Speech recognition, Semantic/natural language processing, Dialogue modeling between human and machines, Spoken-language generation, Microsoft Research has used all of the above base technologies for a creating a virtual personal assistant based on the work they have done in different areas of personal-assistant technology. Cortana’s design philosophy is therefore entrenched in state-of-the-art machine-learning and data-mining algorithms. Furthermore both developers and researchers are able to use Microsoft’s broad assets across ...

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Microsoft Research today revealed about their new project called Holograph. Holograph is an interactive, 3-D data-visualization research platform that can render static and dynamic data above or below the plane of the display using a variety of 3-D stereographic techniques. The platform enables rapid exploration, selection, and manipulation of complex, multidimensional data to create and refine natural user-interaction techniques and technologies, with the goal of empowering everyone to understand the growing tide of large, complex data sets. During Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair, Microsoft Research scientist Curtis Wong demonstrated this project. Watch the video above. Holograph enables users to examine various types of dynamic data sets—easily and naturally. “If you have 3-D data, you could move your head around and look at things as if they were physically there,” Wong suggests. “That’s a natural way of observing something. If you want to reach in and select something that’s interesting, you ...

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The future of computing interface is all about NUI, natural user interface (NUI) is the ability to interact with a computer using speech, gesture and touch, seamlessly and simultaneously. Microsoft’s Redmond campus has a Envisioning Center which showcases Microsoft’s devices and services strategy and what it could unlock in the future. It provides us a glimpse of the future on how our computing may get transformed in the next 5-10 years. Many of those futuristic scenarios are powered by two Microsoft technologies available today: Kinect for Windows and Perceptive Pixel (PPI) displays. The Envisioning Center team was halfway through designing scenarios when Microsoft acquired PPI. A light bulb went off, say Jonathan Cluts and Anton Andrews, who planned everything at the Center from the physical architecture to the code powering its innovative scenarios. “Immediately we put our heads together and started to think about how to put the two devices together because they ...

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Earlier last month, we reported about an interesting Microsoft Research project called SurroundWeb. This project news is now making news around the web again. So, I just want to post the same information again for those who have missed it last time. SurroundWeb is a 3D web browser that will allow web pages the ability to display content across multiple surfaces in a room. For example, if you are watching a car race on your TV, the current driver standings can be shown on the side next to your TV, or an Wikipedia entry of a place which you are looking on the screen and more. Microsoft is trying to project this plan with no.of use cases. Read the abstract below. We introduce SurroundWeb, the first least-privilege platform for immersive room experiences. SurroundWeb is a “3D Browser” that gives web pages the ability to display across multiple surfaces in a room, adapt their appearance ...

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