Review Category : Microsoft

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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This is a great news for Minecraft fans. “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” is coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace this August. If you already own Minecraft on Xbox 360, the you can upgrade to Minecraft: Xbox One Edition for just $4.99. If not, “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” will cost you $19.99. Get ready for even bigger worlds (with scenic vistas), all of your favorite features from “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” and the option to import your saved game data and your beautiful, one-of-a-kind “Minecraft” world onto your Xbox One. That’s right: You don’t have to start from scratch. You can just keep going, right where you left off! That goes for most (but not all) of your downloadable skins and texture packs, though not all of them will make the jump. So, get pumped for the sure-to-be-awesome “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition,” coming your way this August. And if you’re not ...

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David Pogue, a well known NYT tech editor who was known for his hatred towards Microsoft products has now joined Yahoo editorial team. Today he posted a video and an article on the recently revealed Surface Pro 3 device. Surprisingly, he was well impressed with the Surface Pro 3 device. The video he posted comparing an iPad to a Surface Pro 3 is so great that even Microsoft can publish it as a promo video. I’m sure this video and his post will be an eye-opener for many consumers who really had no idea about what Surface can do. Here is the last few words from his post, But if you own or carry around both a tablet and a laptop, then the Surface is calling out your name. There’s nothing like it. It’s so much better than the sales figures would indicate. We, the buying public, are not giving ...

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We’ve all complained about the price of the Surface Pro 3, myself included. It’s frustrating that the keyboard is an extra $130 and comparatively spec’d ultrabooks are less expensive. Maybe one lesson is that consumers appreciate form factor, aesthetics, and convenience over technical specifications. Microsoft spent a lot of time during the Surface Pro 3 press event comparing the tablet to a MacBook Air. After all the Redmond software giant is marketing this a “the tablet to replace your laptop.” Another beneficial comparison would have been with Google’s Chromebook Pixel.  The Verge wrote a rave review of the product giving it a 7.5/10, citing the “incredible design” and “excellent screen.” Interesting to note the original Surface Pro was given the same exact score by the incredible unbiased professional journalists at prestigious technology website “The Verge” Let’s see how the Chromebook Pixel stacks up against the Surface Pro. I’ll compare it to ...

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  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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