Review Category : Microsoft

You can watch the Xbox E3 media briefing live later today. Find the schedule and timing for the event below. Pre-show at 9:00am PDT Briefing at 9:30am PDT Post-show immediately after the show on Twitch.tv Watch live video from Twitch on www.twitch.tv E3 is a magical time. Every year, gamers the world over are treated to reveals of the hot new games they’ll soon be playing, the cutting-edge technology that will shape the future of gaming, and personalities both new and old. Microsoft’s press conference is expected to have game demos of Halo 5, next version of Ryse, Fable, CoD, Gears of War and more. Watch it live here on Xbox.com, on your Xbox, on Spike TV, or with the Windows Phone app. ...

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Sunset Overdrive game was announced during E3 2013 during Microsoft keynote as a Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future. Sunset Overdrive team is bringing a specially created bus to promote their game at E3. This is not just any bus, mind you. This bus has everything you could possibly want, from a steering wheel covered in years’ worth of duct tape to tires that have been lovingly “crafted into a shape with an infinite number of sides.” It’s even got fridge stocked full of the delicious, decidedly not-nutritious Overcharge Delirium XT that may or may not turn those who drink it into horrifying mutations. That’s right, the fine folks at Insomniac Games are ready to deliver something the world has never seen before (and was probably never asking for in the first place). So, if you’re ready to see what ...

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Microsoft last month announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU will be made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments. You can pre-order this ...

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Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. It will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Gearlive.com claimed that they have seen the device in person, and it was similar to Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in appearance. The device will include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. The report even claims that Microsoft might make announcement about this device at E3 tomorrow. The Motely Fool even reports that Microsoft has already announced the Smartwatch, Microsoft just announced that it is developing a smartwatch that can monitor a user’s heart rate with a battery that lasts for up to two days. The watch will be compatible with Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Google ...

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Microsoft always predicts the technology future correct than any other technology company. They did it in the past with PC revolution, tablets, smartphones, smart watches, interactive live TV, and even smart homes. The above video is the Microsoft’s vision of the future smart home released in the 90’s. As you can see, there are lots of things you saw in the video is now available in the market. Yet, there is no Smart home solution that works in a integrated way as Microsoft’s predicted. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to deliver this Smart home platform before anyone else. Even though Microsoft entered smartphone, smart watch and tablet industries before anyone else in the industry, Microsoft is now trailing. I really hope Microsoft does not miss yet another opportunity. What do you think? ...

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Last holiday season, Microsoft continued their Scroogled campaign against Google with Microsoft Store started selling Scroogled gear. You can now get a scroogled hoodie, t-shirt, hat, or mug, etc. These Scroogled apparel are now on sale at Microsoft Store. You can get Scroogled T-shirt for $4.99, a hoodie for $9.99, etc. Find the list of items on sale below. Click the product name for store links. Scroogled-Logo-Hoodie $9.99 – Stay warm and toasty while showing the world that you’re tired of having your digital life monetized by Google. Embroidered on an American Apparel 100% cotton fleece zip-up hooded sweatshirt, pre-washed for minimal shrinkage. Unisex sizing  Scroogled-Spider-Web-T-shirt $4.99 – If you use Gmail, Google Search, Gchat or Google+, you’re a fly trapped in Google’s web. Printed on an American Apparel 50/50 t-shirt, pre-washed for minimal shrinkage. Unisex sizing.  Scroogled-Logo-T-shirt $4.99 – A classic that shows the world that you’re tired of having your ...

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Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device at a press event two weeks back. This 12-inch device scales at 1.76 pounds, but packs all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. If you want to experience this device in person, Surface Pro 3 Demo devices along with new Type Covers are now available in Microsoft Stores from June 6th, you can find the nearest Microsoft Store here. If you already had a hands-on experience, you can pre-order it from Microsoft Store website before it goes out-of-stock. If you don’t have Microsoft Stores nearby your home, it is also now available at the Windows stores at Best Buy. To get the most out of your hands-on time with Surface Pro 3, Microsoft suggests 5 things you should do to get a feel for the new device. ...

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Earlier this week, Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged about need for the U.S. Government to address important privacy issues and others it has created. One year back, it was revealed that the US government did  surveillance of phone and Internet records, sometimes in partnership with others without any proper government orders. There were reports that the US government even hacked in to data centers of various companies to access data illegally as under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, users have a right to keep their email communications private.  Microsoft wants the following five things the U.S. government still needs to do: Recognize that U.S. search warrants end at U.S. borders: We’re concerned about governmental attempts to use search warrants to force companies to turn over the contents of non-U.S. customer communications that are stored exclusively outside the United States. The U.S. government ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced their partnership with Salesforce.com in which Salesforce can be now integrated with Office 365 and you can host Salesforce apps on Azure. Even though it is a win-win situation, Microsoft Dynamics partners are not so happy about this deal. Microsoft Dynamics is the competing CRM product against Salesforce and it has lost one of the main advantages of having an easy integration with Office 365. Since both Dynamics and Salesforce has Office 365 now, Dynamics partners will have hard time convincing their customers. According to R “Ray” Wang, principle analyst at Constellation Research, after the deal was announced dozens of Microsoft partners he advises expressed displease with the news. “They were pissed!” Wang said. But analyst claims that Dynamics will still be the best choice for Microsoft shops, Are there concerns justified? Yes and no, Wang says. The reality is Dynamics and Salesforce are the two big ...

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Razer Blade is now getting lots of serious contenders in the market. At COMPUTEX, they have revealed the new Aorus X3 line which claims to be the world’s “most powerful and lightest” gaming laptop. The device will weigh 1.87kg, and you can choose between 13.3-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440) LCD or QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) version. Since it is gaming machine, you have got top of the line hardware specs. Intel Core i7-4710HQ (2.5-3.5GHz), 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, 256GB or 512GB SSDs configured in RAID 0 will allow you to enjoy gaming with ease.. On networking side, it has got 802.11ac WiFi, Tthe X3 and the X3 Plus will go from $2,099 when they launch in Q3 this year, with one-year global warranty plus one-year local warranty included. Source: Engadget ...

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With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft released a touch based IE to work well with touch devices. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft improved the user experience of the touch browser with lots of UI changes and new features such as browser sync across Windows devices. With all the releases, the UI of desktop version of IE remained the same. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looks like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser. The user suggestion, It would be brilliant if the favourites bar on future versions of IE could be the same colour as the windows 8 window colour – this would finally unify all aspects of IE, and make it all link together as on programme – rather than the favourites and menu bar looking like a crude add-on. To finally be able to use IE as a whole ...

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ASUS Transformer Book T100 is one of the best selling laptops in the lower-end category on Amazon. It comes wit a 10” detachable tablet and 500 GB of HDD storage in the keyboard dock. It offers an amazing 11 hours of battery power running the latest Windows 8.1 operating system and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 preinstalled. Amazon is now selling the device for just $374. Find details below. Includes keyboard dock with USB 3.0 port. Intel Quad-Core Baytrail-T Z3740 1.33GHz. 2GB RAM. Preinstalled Full License MS Office Home & Student 2013. Full Version Win 8.1. Storage Capacity: 32GB solid-state in tablet, 500GB harddrive in dock. 11-Hour battery life. 1.2MP webcam. MicroHDMI. MicroUSB. Bluetooth 4.0. MicroSDXC slot. You can order the device from the below links, ASUS Transformer Book T100 32GB With 500GB Keyboard Dock – Amazon ASUS Transformer Book T100 64GB – Microsoft Store ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes cross-platform messaging app IM+ Pro, popular games like ilomilo plus and more. Find the deal prices and store links below. IM+ Pro: This cross-platform messaging app supports pretty much any major IM service you can think of, including Messenger, Facebook, Skype chat, Google Talk, AOL/AIM/iChat, Yahoo!, ICQ, Vkontakte, Mail.Ru Agent, Odnoklassniki, Yandex chat, Mamba.Ru, Mig33, SINA Weibo, Renren, Fetion, Gadu-Gadu, MeinVZ and Jabber. Get it this week for $1.99 in the Windows Store and $1.99 in the Windows Phone Store. ilomilo plus; In this cute but challenging puzzle game, you try to reunite two sweet friends named ilo and milo as they travel a surrealistic and ever changing world made of cubes. Leap from cube to cube on Windows for $2.49 this week, or on Windows Phone for just $1.99. Doodle Devil: In this evil counterpart to ...

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Last week, a Chinese OEM called Vido has announced three new Windows tablets based on Intel processors. The three tablets named W10 Pro, Vido W11 Pro and Vido W11C come in various colors. Vido W10 Pro:  It will be powered by Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also includes full HD display, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, 8000 mAh. The device is priced at 2699 CNY(420 USD) and comes along with a keyboard case. Vido W11 Pro: It has same specs as W10 Pro, but CPU is Intel Bay trail-T Z3740D quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Huawei UltraStick 3G support and GPS is added. Vido W11C: It comes with 10.1-inch full HD IPS AUO screen, Intel’s 64-bit quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM and 64GB of storage. It will have 2MP front and rear cameras, GPS, TF card slot, gyroscope, light sensor, Huawei UltraStick 3G suport and a built-in 8400mAh battery. ...

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I recently came across this interesting patent from Microsoft related to gaming on mobile devices. Usually in console gaming, you have controller in your hands with display few meters away. In the case of mobile gaming, you hold both the controller and the display unit on your hands. In this patent, Microsoft is trying to propose a controller system for mobile devices that will be rendered during games. If Microsoft implements it, we can start enjoying on games on mobile devices with standard controller interface as opposed to various types controllers we see in mobile games. Also, this may allow Microsoft to port Xbox games easily to mobile devices. Last year, during annual company meeting, Microsoft demoed Halo game being streamed from internet on a Lumia 520 device. Patent Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling a game with a mobile touch-enabled device. A thumbstick and a mode selection button can ...

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, a decade old OS back in April. Since lots of Chinese Government computers still use Windows XP, they are exposed to security attacks. Last month, Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban is due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claimed that it was due to security concerns. There were also reports that Microsoft supporting NSA for spying Chinese computers running Windows XP, etc,. Microsoft has posted the following information on its official Weibo account to clarify on this matter, Microsoft has never assisted any government in an attack of another government or clients. Microsoft has never provided any government the authority to directly visit our products or services. Microsoft has never provided any so-called “Backdoor” into its products or services. ...

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