Review Category : Microsoft

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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Microsoft’s consumer online storage service OneDrive had a neat feature called OneDrive Groups. OneDrive Groups allowed users to create a central store that can be accessed and co-owned by multiple people. When a OneDrive Group is created, 1GB of storage is allocated for a Group apart from your personal OneDrive Storage. Microsoft has now removed this feature from OneDrive and instead asks users to use Shared Folders to get similar functionality. Also, Microsoft confirmed that existing OneDrive groups will continue to function as they did in the past. I understand that you can no longer create a new OneDrive group due to the error message you received. Please be inform that the creation of new OneDrive group is already discontinued. However, you can still invite new contacts to existing OneDrive groups. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 3 at an press event in New York earlier this week. You can even pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. If you have got any questions on Surface Pro 3 or want to know about the design decisions of Surface Pro 3 products, here is a chance for you. Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President of Surface team at Microsoft is doing a Reddit AmA session. It is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 1PM EDT / 10AM PDT. Surface team previously did a Reddit AmA after the original Surface RT and Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 launch. You can read about it from the links below. Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Surface 2 LTE Version Coming And More Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Part-2 Some Interesting Info On Microsoft Surface From Reddit AMAA Session Source: Reddit ...

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Last week, we reported that Sony’s PS4 dominated the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. New numbers from NPD revealed that Microsoft only sold 115,000 units of their Xbox One console for the month of April. Also, Microsoft announced a new cheaper SKU for Xbox One that will not include Kinect sensor and will cost $399 which is same as that of Sony’s PS4. Microsoft’s this move was to directly compete with Sony on price and it seems that it may work out as expected. GameStop during their earnings meet revealed that they are seeing strong demand for Xbox One after the price drop. “I definitely think we’re already seeing in our stores with our reservation program as well as dialogue with PowerUp Rewards [members that] there’s a stronger demand as a result of the price drop,” Bartel said. “The good news for us is… we’ll sell ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched a new site called Snaps where they will share their favorite photos from the world of Microsoft with the public. A few weeks ago, the Microsoft Stories team noticed something. With every amazing person we meet, and every epic moment we cover, our family photo album gets a little thicker. In fact, it’s pretty much bursting at the seams. So we’ve created a new place where we can share our favorite photos from the world of Microsoft with you. We’re calling it Snaps, and the photo above is just one of the images you’ll find there. Read below for the story behind it, then take a peek at the site to see more. Below is an example of kind of photos you can expect from the site, Xbox One designer Carl Ledbetter knows a thing or two about building from the ground up. More than a decade ago, ...

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Microsoft and 1776 last year announced a partnership agreement that will bring Microsoft’s industry, business, and technical resources to the world’s most promising startups in the heart of Washington, DC. Today, they announced the opening of Microsoft Innovation Lounge at 1776 in Washington. Judson Althoff, president of Microsoft North America, and Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776 helped in creating this new project. Microsoft expects that this new Innovation Lounge will be used and leveraged by the 1776 startups and community as a way to facilitate access to expertise and mentorship, and to provide a space for startups to create, innovate and collaborate. It has all the latest Microsoft products from 55-inch Perceptive Pixel touchscreen display to Windows Phone devices. Startups can also use this space to demonstrate their work to customers and investors. 1776 and its campus sit at the center of the D.C. community, serving as a hub of ...

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Mail, Calendar, and People app in Windows Store got updated today. There was no change log specified in the Store listing. It contains three apps Mail, Calendar and People which are powerful tools for keeping up-to-date on your email, managing your schedule, and staying in touch with people. Features: Mail helps organize your inbox, providing you quick views of messages from your favorite people, flagged messages, folders, newsletters, and social updates. Mail’s quick commands in the message list, drag-and-drop, and Sweep for Outlook.com help you breeze through messages. Mail lets you reply to email in place, or open new windows and work side-by-side with other apps. Calendar is optimized for Exchange, with rich support for arranging meetings and managing a busy schedule. Calendar provides helpful, powerful views of your schedule like day, week, and month. Calendar’s What’s next view provides a beautiful way to see your personal calendar. People organizes ...

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Along with the announcement about the new Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, Microsoft also revealed the new premium Surface Pen with pressure sensitivity enables a more natural writing experience. The pen does a lot more than take notes, and Microsoft has worked with some pretty amazing partners to bring this to life in a variety of apps. Today, Microsoft detailed the Surface Pro 3 Pen improvements. Microsoft was focused on Pressure Sensitivity, Accuracy and Latency in offering the best inking experience. Accuracy Let’s look at accuracy first – ink needs to flow out of the tip of the pen exactly where it touches the screen. Stevie Bathiche is our Distinguished Engineer on the Applied Sciences team – he’s the man behind many of the innovations in Surface. He and Chris Whitman, our Program Manager for the Surface Pen, perform a simple test to validate their work in this area: ...

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In a short blog post Skype informed users it is testing a refreshed UI for a small portion of Windows desktop users and select Mac users.  The new UI aims to bring a clean and modern look to Skype, providing a coherent experience across all clients. The Skype team will be analyzing test results, gathering feedback, and fine-tuning the experience before releasing to the entire user base. The blog did not provide any screenshots of the new UI. Comment below have been lucky enough to receive the new UI. Source: Skype ...

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A federal court has unsealed court documents stemming from Microsoft’s challenge to an FBI National Security Letter Microsoft recieved late last year. The FBI’s letter in this case sought information about an account belonging to a Microsoft enterprise customer. Like all National Security Letters, this one sought only basic subscriber information. Last December Microsoft committed “to notifying business and government customers when legal orders are related to their data. Where a gag order attempts to prohibit Microsoft from doing this, the company promised to challenge it in court. In this case, the Letter included a nondisclosure provision and the Redmond software giant moved forward to challenge it in court.  Microsoft’s legal counsel concluded that the nondisclosure provision was unlawful and violated our Constitutional right to free expression. The NDA did not allow Microsoft to notify enterprise customers when receive legal orders related to their data. The FBI withdrew its letter following the legal challenge. Microsoft’s chief legal counsel Brad Smith ...

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Since its launch few months back, Office for iPad apps was downloaded over 27 million times by users. It has got great reviews from both general consumers and the tech press. Today, Microsoft published a blog post talking about the design process of Office for iPad. They have given us the behind-the-scenes look at the design and creative journey as they created the reimagined Office from the ground up for iPad. The Office for iPad has Microsoft Office Ribbon UI designed specifically for iOS7 following Microsoft’s modern language design principles. While the mobile productivity scenarios above helped us define the “What,” we also wanted to nail the “How.” When we looked at how people were using existing productivity solutions on the iPad, we observed that many users found themselves being “perpetual beginners.” This means they found themselves spending more time learning the product than actually using it, which of course is contrary to the goal ...

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You already know that Microsoft Store has started taking pre-orders for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 device. Now, BestBuy has also started taking pre-orders of the device. It has listed all the SKUs Microsoft is now offering along with Type Covers. The blue colored Type Cover is exclusive to BestBuy while the red one is exclusive to Microsoft Store. Product Features: Larger screen, lighter form The thinnest and lightest of our Pro family, Surface Pro 3 has a larger screen that helps you be productive. Refined to its essential elements, Surface Pro 3 is as beautiful as it is functional. Slip it into your bag or backpack and go. Run your favorite programs and apps The 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor provides insanely fast performance. Since Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 Pro, you can install your favorite desktop software, including the full Microsoft Office Suite.1 A category of its own ...

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