Review Category : Microsoft

  At BUILD developer conference last month, Microsoft announced 22tracks – a completely new, touch-first music discovery experience. The project was developed to showcase how Internet Explorer 11 adapts naturally across phone, laptop, tablets, and large-screen alike. Microsoft and 22tracks today announced that they are expanding this conceptual experience to all music fans that visit 22tracks.com on the Web across browsers and devices. Microsoft has also added Xbox Music support so that you can now listen, and buy or stream at one-click. The new 22tracks is a collaboration with Vincent and Gilles to combine the best of music, design, and HTML5 web standard technology together. With more users than ever before visiting on touch-optimized mobile devices, we knew we needed a site that was more than search, play, and share. The new experience adapts responsively to a wide range of devices. You can easily switch between a disc-view with controls ...

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Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device earlier this week at a press event. We have covered lots of information on the device, I’m sure you still might have lots of unanswered questions about the device. Ed Bott from ZDNet today posted some commonly asked questions and answers regarding the device. For example, a 64 GB Surface Pro 3 unit has more than 36 GB of available disk space, Windows scales up by the factor of 1.5 on Surface Pro 3′s 3:2 screen for better experience  and more. What’s the display resolution on the Surface Pro 3? The native resolution is 2160×1440. That’s a 3:2 aspect ratio, and the width is exactly enough to allow you to snap three apps at equal widths, side by side, in Windows 8.1. Because of the screen size, Windows scales the display by a factor of 1.5, which makes the effective resolution on the device ...

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Just in time for the Memorial Day on which people who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered, Microsoft is offering special discounts for service persons in the US Military. The can take advantage of the following deals from Microsoft Stores, Save 5% of the new Surface Pro 3 10% off all Office suites and apps 5% off all Windows PCs 10% off Windows software Get 10% off all additional software Save 10% on all PC games Check out the discounts page from Microsoft Store here. There is a cool way to say thanks to U.S. troops on Memorial Day, Microsoft Xbox Video now allows you to gift them with a copy of “Lone Survivor,” which is available now on Xbox Video, two weeks before it’s out on DVD. Check it out here. ...

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Speaking to Develop-Online, Carl Ledbetter, Sr. Principal Creative Director in Xbox team at Microsoft revealed that Microsoft once considered building Kinect directly into Xbox One console. As the man who designed the hardware, Carl Ledbetter, tells Develop, early on Microsoft even toyed with the idea of building the Kinect into the Xbox One itself. A permanent, non-removable feature. And one of the key reasons it decided against it were based on looks. “We actually built models of that,” he reveals. “We pushed ourselves, can we put it all in one? Is that going to work? And the technology just isn’t there yet. As soon as you have something much bigger than the Kinect sensor people don’t want to put it by the TV, it’s too big.” Microsoft’s recent decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One console package has led to lots of discussions around Kinect’s future. But, Carl claims that ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed that “Microsoft Cookbook” has won the third Gourmand World Cookbook award. It won this time in the Corporate category at the event held in Wednesday in Beijing. The cookbook, comprised of recipes from Microsoft employees around the world, also won for best Publisher/Printing, and tied for best Charity/Fundraising cookbook in 2013. The “Microsoft Cookbook” is as much an art book for the coffee table as it is a receptacle for recipes with eye-catching photography front and center. It also includes the stories behind the dishes, told by individual Microsoft employees: a lasagna recipe that took 30 years to perfect, the smell of apple pie and the indelible memory of a grandmother’s baking. “It’s as much about community and tradition as it is about food,” says Colin McCaig, who compiles the book along co-author with Erica Wadley. “The cookbook showcases the unique voice of the Microsoft employee base.” ...

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Here is a cool way to say thanks to U.S. troops on Memorial Day, Microsoft Xbox Video now allows you to gift them with a copy of “Lone Survivor,” which is available now on Xbox Video, two weeks before it’s out on DVD. From May 20-27, Xbox is running a special promotion around the hit film “Lone Survivor,” when you purchase the film on Xbox Video, Microsoft will match it by gifting a digital copy to an active duty military service member or veteran. You have to purchase “Lone Survivor” on Xbox Video from May 20-27 to take advantage of this limited-time offer. Military personnel can visit any Microsoft Retail Stores to pick up a free copy of the movie while supplies last. Additionally, active duty military personnel and veterans who present a military ID in a Microsoft Retail Store will receive a free digital copy of the movie**. We’re ...

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  If you are a music lover and love to create your own music collaborating with your friends, then this Liquid MyConnect Studio is a must have app for you. Liquid MyConnect Studio is a virtual music studio that allows you to connect with a friend and record, remix, and edit music together in real-time. Once you’ve got a song ready to go – you can share your originally created music over the Internet. It features Collaborative Music Studio, Skype Integration, record vocals, basic edit features, skype integration, upload any mp3 or wav file, import and post to soundcloud, share on facebook and many more App Description: Be the next pioneer in Music! Liquid MyConnect Studio is a patented collaborative virtual studio that allows two users to connect, record, remix, and edit music together in REAL-TIME, and share their originally created music over the Internet from anywhere in the world. ...

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Earlier this week, we saw reports that Microsoft Mobile division is continuing the development of Nokia X series devices. Microsoft was also reported to be fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices.Currently, Nokia X devices only has back button in the front and most of the users who are used to having home screen button are finding it difficult to use the device. So, Microsoft Mobile division is expected to release new Nokia X series devices with home button on the front of the device. Today, a new leak has revealed the upcoming Nokia X series device called ‘Nokia X2′. This device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The image below shows that the device scores a AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. The image posted above was found on the same page, I guess it could be a concept image to ...

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Microsoft’s Surface event got over yesterday. While everyone of us were expecting Microsoft to reveal a 7-8 inch Windows RT tablet based on Qualcomm processor, Microsoft revealed Surface Pro 3 device based on Intel Core CPUs. So, What happened to much rumored Surface Mini. Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft didn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Today Neowin reported some more information on Surface Mini,  In fact, as we previously reported, it was scheduled to be released around that time as well, but a ‘business decision’ was made to hold off on the device and push the launch out until this Spring. The report earlier that it was an executive decision is accurate; we were told it ...

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Microsoft today announced a new way for businesses to license Microsoft Azure through partners. This new licensing program will enable partners to gain  benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities. Previously, there were two options for purchasing Microsoft Azure, either on www.azure.microsoft.com or as part of an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft. Through the Open Licensing program, Azure will now be available through another familiar licensing option that offers the benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities for you to grow margins and deepen customer relationships. When you resell Azure in Open Licensing, you purchase tokens from your preferred Distributor and apply the credit to the customer’s Azure Portal in increments of $100. The credits can be used for any consumption-based service available in Azure. To add more credit, you simply purchase new tokens and add them to the account. This gives ...

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The BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2014 was released today. The top 100 brands  added $310 billion to reach $2.9 trillion in brand value, a 12 percent increase. Prior to the BrandZ™ Global 2014 results, the Top 100 had increased an average of about 6 percent, $125 billion, annually since the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Google for the first time came on top of the results replacing Apple which was in the top spot for past 3 years. Microsoft was ranked No.4 behind IBM. The market research firm estimates that Google’s brand value jumped 40% over the previous year to $158.8 billion, while Apple’s fell 20% to $147.9 billion. Microsoft’s brand value saw a strong growth to $90.1 billion with over 29% increase. ...

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Wolfenstein: The New Order game is now available on Xbox One. It includes beta access code to the much awaited Doom game. Game Description: Europe, 1960. The tide of World War II has been turned using a new kind of mysterious, advanced technology. Using unrelenting force and intimidation, a ruthless world power has brought even the most powerful of nations to their knees. The regime now dominates the globe with an iron fist. You are the only man capable of rewriting history. In Wolfenstein: The New Order, assume the role of super soldier B.J. Blazkowicz as he uses elite combat tactics and an arsenal of uber advanced weaponry to take down the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Join forces with a band of dedicated resistance fighters and launch an offensive battle that spans the globe and beyond, as you seek to uncover the truth behind how this regime ...

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A new rumor emerged online today reveals some information about the Microsoft’s future product roadmap. The information is believed to be from a Microsoft employee who worked on these projects. It reveals that the next major version of Windows called Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 will be released in preview during Q2-Q3 time frame in 2015. Also, this update will include the following improvements/features, One User Experience Cloud Services Metro UI System protection(Windows Defender) Validation Improved(Windows activation) OneDrive Cortana While we have no information on what the above list means, we can probably guess Microsoft is working on improving them. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Myce Read previous rumor about Windows 9 here, New Rumors About Windows 8.2 and Windows 9. ...

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As we reported last week, Microsoft today confirmed that external storage support is coming to Xbox One next month. Microsoft today revealed the Xbox One system update coming in the month of June. This update will allow users to connect external storage devices which are higher than 256GB to their Xbox One and install apps, games and others on it. Also, Microsoft has added support for real names in Xbox profile which will help users identify people better. Microsoft has also made tons of improvements in the SmartGlass apps for Xbox One. Microsoft is expanding the availability of OneGuide and TV features in lots of markets. Read about it in detail below. External Storage: It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. “The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support,” it reported. It is not yet clear on what exactly is the cause of Windows 8 ban. Just like everyone of us, Microsoft is also surprised by the move and will push Windows 7 for now to these government agencies. “We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8 in this notice. “Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Centre and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement ...

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Today, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) announced a large scale cloud education partnership with Microsoft. As part of this partnership, they are going to provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout the country with free access to the Microsoft Office 365 for Education. This initiative will allow students and teachers throughout Thailand to create, connect and collaborate on a safe and secure platform. Microsoft claims that this is the largest cloud education initiative ever, and one that promises to foster sustainable growth and raise Thailand’s overall standard of living for generations to come. The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with free access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning ...

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