Review Category : Microsoft

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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Microsoft Store is now taking the pre-orders for the new Surface Pro 3 device. While you can pre-order all the SKUs, only few SKUs will be shipping next month (6/20/2014). Other SKUs will be shipping by 8/31/2014. Pre-order before it goes out of stock. Find the links below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $799 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $999 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,299 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,549 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,949 All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus Display with 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display as well. You can find the detailed specs and other things here at Microsoft Store. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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At a press event in New York earlier today Microsoft executives took subtle jabs at Apple. The Redmond software giant’s CEO Satya Nadella addressed a comment made by Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2012 about Windows 8: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” During Nadella’s introduction at the event he stated: “We clearly are not building refrigerators or toasters.” Surface leader Panos Panay also took the opportunity to respond to a quip by Cook last year: “Our competition is confused. They’re turning tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets. Who knows what they’re going to do next?” As part of Panay’s slideshow he had a sign showing two distinct paths, showing Apple is taking their users in two different directions while Microsoft is taking the right path. While I’m sure your average person does not care about these ...

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Microsoft’s top evangelist Ben “The PC Guy” Rudolph gave a hands on tour of the Surface Pro 3. The Redmond software giant unveiled their latest generation tablet at a press event in New York earlier today. Overall the tablet was met with positive reception, however full reviews of the device have not come out at this point in time. Will you be buying a Surface Pro 3? Or were you hoping to see a Surface Mini? Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Panos the passionate was out in full force today demonstrating the power of the Surface Pro 3 with a Steve Job-esque quality presentation at press event in New York today. Panay emphasized that his team made no compromises with Surface Pro 3 as compared with the previous generation devices. Panay demonstrated the strength of the Surface Pro 3 by dropping it over 5 feet. That being said it did drop onto carpet, but would you be willing to drop your laptop 5 feet? Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Microsoft’s Surface event got over few hours back. 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. Microsoft decided to delay it for now due to couple of reasons. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft doesn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop decided that the product in development wasn’t different enough from rivals and probably wouldn’t be a hit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans weren’t public. Engineers had been working on the device and had planned to unveil it as ...

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On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. introduced Surface Pro 3 — the lightweight tablet that packs the power and performance you expect from a laptop. Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 8 GB of RAM. With up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life, Surface Pro 3 has all the power, performance and mobility of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form. You can watch the event now from Microsoft. Watch an on-demand presentation of the Tuesday, May 20, Surface Pro 3 announcement in New York City below. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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If you saw the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 announcement, you should have realized that Microsoft has moved away from the consumer focused Surface Pro pitch. During that announcement, Microsoft revealed that lots of businesses are showing lots of interest in Surface Pro 3. While we’ve kept Surface Pro 3 largely under wraps ahead of this announcement, we did show it to a few companies who wanted a tablet that could take the place of laptops. We were blown away by the interest, and are excited to have BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton seeing it as a core device for them. They’ll all be deploying Surface Pro 3 devices in the future – in some cases planning to use it as a laptop replacement and in others looking at innovative ways to leverage its unique capabilities as a powerful tablet too. Microsoft also highlighted that ...

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Microsoft Skype team today announced the availability of the long awaited feature in Xbox One Skype experience. Skype for Xbox One now offers a new Snap calling experience. Along with this new Snap experience, Microsoft reported that this update also includes a few other bug fixes such as improved start-up time to make Skype for Xbox One even better. As you’ll remember, Snap makes it possible to experience two apps on your Xbox One at once – like watching TV while looking up sports scores in Internet Explorer. Previously, you could only Snap other apps into Skype for Xbox One. With this update, the reverse is now possible, allowing you to now Snap a Skype video or voice call intoother app experiences. See your best friend’s face as you narrowly beat them in Forza Motorsport 5. Or watch your mom’s favorite movie while on a video call with her, the next ...

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Along with the announcement about new Surface Pro Type Covers and Surface Pen, Microsoft also announced Surface Pro 3 Docking Station and Ethernet Adpater targeting professionals. The docking station has been improved from the previous Surface Pro 2 unit and it will go on sale for $199.99 Take productivity to the next level with Docking Station for Surface Pro 3. Just click Surface Pro 3 into the dock to go from tablet to full desktop PC. With a gigabit Ethernet port for up to 1 Gbps wired network speeds, Mini DisplayPort for HD video of up to 3840×2600 resolution, and five USB ports — three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports — you have everything you need to attach an HD monitor, wired network connection, audio system, external mouse and keyboard, printer, and more. And with a 48W charging system, you can work and run or charge your ...

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Microsoft today announced Surface accessories like the improved Surface Pro Type Cover will take Surface Pro 3 from tablet to laptop in a snap. It comes with much improved touchpad, various colors and will go on sale for $129.99 Work the way you’re used to working with Surface Pro Type Cover. Featuring a double-fold hinge that magnetically locks to the lower bezel to keep the cover steady, you can work just as comfortably on your lap as at your desk. When you add Surface Pro Type Cover, it transforms your tablet into a highly versatile laptop. The backlit Surface Pro Type Cover lets you work or play at any hour. One of the thinnest mechanical keyboards available, Surface Pro Type Cover features a QWERTY keyboard, a full row of Function keys (F1–F12), Windows shortcut keys, media controls and an improved touchpad. Flip the cover back, and take Surface Pro 3 ...

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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. Artists will love the upcoming release of Photoshop CC that include powerful touch and gesture controls, amazing pen accuracy and line precision and larger touch targets. It will be on sale for $49.99. Unleash your creativity and productivity with the new Surface Pen. Custom-crafted and cased in aluminum, Surface Pen looks and feels more like a fountain pen than a traditional stylus for a natural writing experience. With 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and Palm Block technology, you can write and draw without worrying about errant doodles on the screen. The erase button ...

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Microsoft today announced Surface Pro 3 — the lightweight tablet that packs the power and performance you expect from a laptop. It comes with a beautiful package that is 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air. Its stunning 12-inch display and new, continuous kickstand provide the screen real estate and multiple viewing angles people need for work and play. Find the full specs of the device below. Find pricing and availability information here. Technical specs Operating system Windows 8.1 Pro Exterior Dimensions: 7.93 in x 11.5 in x 0.36 in, Weight: 1.76 lbs Casing: Magnesium, Color: Silver Physical buttons: Volume, Power, Home Storage 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB[1] Display Screen: 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, Resolution: 2160 x 1440, Aspect Ratio: 3:2, Touch: Multitouch input Pen input Pen input and pen (included with purchase), Pen features 256 levels of pressure sensitivity CPU 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i5-4300U ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new Surface Pro 3 device at the press event in the NYC. Microsoft also announced the pricing and availability details of the device. Check them below, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will start at $799 for the base model. You can configure various Intel CPUs, storage options and RAM. The Core i7, 8GB RAM and 512 GB SSD model costs $1949. Pre-order for Surface Pro 3 will start tomorrow. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. It is not live yet. The device will start shipping on June 20th in the US and Canada. Availability of the device will be expanded to 26 other countries including Australia, France, Germany, Spain and UK by end of August. Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen will be available for pre-order starting May 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT through Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers. Commercial ...

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