Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft yesterday released a new commercial to promote the new Surface 2 tablet among schools. The video ad shows a school teacher telling how the new Surface 2 enables students to do both work and play with a single device. I personally think Surface 2 will be lot more useful for students than an Apple iPad. The new Surface comes with Microsoft Office, has a keyboard to do real work and great apps like Bing Smart Search and Xbox for having fun. See how the new Surface with Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life. Watch the video above. ...

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  When Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run only in 720p mode natively on Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One, there were lots of criticism and comments on the web about the capabilities of Xbox One against Sony PS4. Microsoft downplayed the whole resolution thing, but the media was not ready to leave it. In an interview with Eurogamer, Mark Rubin from Infinity Ward commented the following, What everyone will ask is whether this is the result of the Xbox One simply not being as powerful as the PS4, and you’re doing your best with the hardware you have, or whether for future versions you may be able to get the Xbox One version running natively at 1080p? Mark Rubin: It’s very possible we can get it to native 1080p. I mean I’ve seen it working at 1080p native. It’s just we couldn’t get the frame ...

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Nokia announced its first 10-inch Windows RT tablet Lumia 2520 at Nokia World last month. The device will go on sale this month for $499. Today, @evleaks posted that Nokia is working on a 8-inch Windows RT tablet codenamed ‘Illusionist’. If this happens to be true, then this upcoming 8-inch tablet will compete against rumored Microsoft’s Surface 8-inch tablet just like how Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 are in the market. Nokia ‘Illusionist’ will sport the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 1080p display with support for Stylus and will run on Windows RT 8.1 according to various reports. It should be priced around $349 – $399 to compete against iPad Mini Retina display. Source: @evleaks ...

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Microsoft today announced a new program called Microsoft Software & Systems Academy which will offer training to veterans in the US to help them find new careers in the technology field. Read the full press release below. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 4, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a new program to provide software development training and testing to U.S. active duty service members transitioning out of the military. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy aims to offer America’s veterans the opportunity for new careers in the growing technology field. “American service members possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry,” said Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith. “The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between one great career — serving in the U.S. military — and another, creating technologies that improve lives.” The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy consists ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox One Kinect got nominated for Stuff Gadget Awards 2013. Xbox One got nominated for Stuff Gadget of the year and Kinect got nominated for Innovation of the year. Another Microsoft related product that was nominated is Nokia Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8. Xbox One: Microsoft’s ‘does everything box’ is more than just a console, though exclusives like Titanfall, Halo, Quantum Break, Ryse and froze 5 should have gamers salivating at the thought of diving in. Bundled with Kinect for voice and motion control smarts, it’ll let you watch live TV via a connected set top box and run apps like Skype and Internet Explorer simultaneously. Kinect: Microsoft’s camera-on-steroids will be bundled with every Xbox One console, and features a whole host of improved tech. For starters you can use it even if your lounge isn’t an auditorium, and it’s more accurate and performs better ...

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Both Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro now features 10.6” ClearType HD(1080p) displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Even though the resolution is not high enough to compete with other tablets out there, Microsoft has taken care of other aspects of display to make the viewing experience better. The display on the new devices is gorgeous, and the engineering work to produce gorgeousness isn’t trivial. It requires focus on far more than pixel count – things like size and aspect ratio, optical bonding of the display to the cover glass for reduced reflection, contrast ratio, viewing angles, color depth, gray scale, color reproduction, luminance, and backlight uniformity. Source: Microsoft     ...

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Microsoft Skype recently announced that they are discontinuing Skype Desktop API in order to deliver consistent experience across all the platforms. They have explained their decision with the following message, We’ve been working hard to develop new technologies and make improvements that will benefit Skype users across all platforms, especially on mobile devices. These changes will significantly improve the call quality and speed of delivery of instant messages, while retaining excellent battery life of mobile devices. As people are using Skype on more devices, we’re also working hard to create a more familiar and consistent Skype experience across all major platforms. The Desktop API was created in 2004 and it doesn’t support mobile application development. We have, therefore, decided to retire the Desktop API in December 2013. If you’d like to provide us with your feedback, simply start Skype and go to Help > Give feedback. Your opinion is important ...

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We have seen many projects from Microsoft Research around Artificial Intelligence in the past. Today, Long Zheng posted a old video in which Eric Horvitz, the co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond and a distinguished scientist in the field of artificial intelligence at TEDxAustin spoke about Microsoft’s work in Artificial Intelligence. He spoke about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Distinguished Scientist and co-director at Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz, shares the human side of advancing machine intelligence. An admitted advocate for empowering machines to perform more fluidly with us, he explains how computational systems will complement human cognition in order to anticipate our needs and help us prepare for inevitable surprises of all scale and size In nurturing and supportive ways. When Readwrite profiled Peter Lee, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Research, he spoke about MSR’s short term and long term goals. He said the following about Disruptive (Also Known As “Moon Shots”) work ...

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Microsoft has released a new privacy statement that applies to Xbox products and services which include Xbox console versions, Xbox Live service, Games for Windows Live, Windows Phone Games, Xbox Music, Xbox Store, and other products and services. You can read them all from the link below. Regarding Kinect facial data, some game titles may take advantage of a new Xbox capability called expressions. This feature allows you to use your defined facial expressions to control or influence a game. This data does not identify you, stays on the console and is destroyed once your session ends. CVG has summarized some important privacy policies of Microsoft, Players can turn Kinect off at any time. When Kinect is used with certain games and apps, a user’s skeletal movements can be used to estimate exercise stats. Microsoft says “you can decide how your stats are managed and whether they are shared”. Kinect’s facial-numeric identifiers, ...

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Anandtech today reported that an upcoming firmware update for Surface Pro 2 will update battery life significantly. AnandTech re-ran its battery benchmarking tests to measure the difference in battery life of Surface Pro 2 before and after the firmware update. Here are the results, Web Browsing Battery Life - 8.3 hours (6.6 hours before update) Video Playback Battery Life – 7.73 (6.65 hours before update) Microsoft also confirmed that the litany of sensors included in Surface Pro 2, as well as the higher resolution display, active digitizer and capacitive touch all of which increase power draw over other similar sized Windows Ultrabooks and MacBook Air. Anyhow, 8.3 hours of web browsing battery life on a Core i5, full HD touch display machine is impressive. What do you think? Source: AnandTech   ...

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  In a recently posted long Q&A section on PS4, Sony has confirmed that its upcoming gaming console is now DLNA compatible and it won’t be able to play audio CDs as well. Even though you can ignore DLNA compatible thing, I don’t know why Sony has decided to stop supporting MP3/Audio CDs. Anyway, Microsoft has confirmed to Penny Arcade that Xbox One will be DLNA compatible and it will support Audio CDs as well. The system is also DLNA compatible, and they’re in the process of being certified. As for mp3 playback… well, that’s kind of a mixed bag. The system is a Play To receiver, so you’ll be able to stream your content to the Xbox One using any Play To supported devices such as a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 enabled PC, Windows Phone, etc. So it doesn’t seem like there is going to be a way ...

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The Start Screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allows you to pin your favorite apps downloaded from Windows Store as Live Tiles. If you want to add particular program to Start Screen or create a shortcut for a Modern app downloaded from Windows Store on desktop, it is not possible. There is a simple program called OblyTile which allows you to do so. You can now pin your favorite modern app to your taskbar. OblyTile is a simple-to-use program that allows you to create new titles for the Windows 8 Start screen. It can be handled by users of any level of experience. After a brief installation procedure, you are greeted by a stylish window with a well-defined layout. You can get started by writing a tile name (optionally hide it from the screen) and by specifying the path to the corresponding program. It is possible to apply an ...

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  Microsoft announced that they have extended their deal with Twitter to index public tweets for its social search results. Microsoft presents the public tweets in Bing search results in the sidebar. Microsoft commented the following on this deal, “The past four years partnering with Twitter have been great, and we’re excited  to continue that relationship in order to help deliver the best possible search  experience.” At Bing, we believe that for every search there is somebody out there who can help. That’s why we have been teaming up with Twitter for a few years to surface public tweets from people who may have something to contribute to what you’re trying to get done with Bing. Whether it’s a politician, celebrity, thought leader or friend, our renewed partnership with Twitter ensures that you have near real-time access to what people are tweeting tailored to what you’re searching for. Source: Bing ...

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According to the latest Net Applications data, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 now holds 1.72% of the desktop OS market share. Windows 8.1 preview was available since June and the final version was launched officially in mid-October. The official launch has boosted its market share from 0.87% in September to 1.72% in October. Windows XP’s market share is now down to 31.24 and Windows 7′s market share is now down to 46.42% in October. Overall, Windows dominated the table with 90.66% market share while Mac OS X held 7.73%. Source: Net Applications ...

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Microsoft’s market share of Operating Systems in the personal computing space is fast declining due to Android and iOS devices. Microsoft is aware of this scenario and they have formulated a plan to execute this holiday season to reverse the trend. Paul from Winsupersite has posted a long list of action items from Microsoft’s plan. First, Microsoft has plans to sell about 16 million Windows tablets to make touch Windows devices mainstream. Microsoft will spend about $405 million this year for direct marketing, offers, incentives, etc,. Microsoft will focus on new Windows 8.1 features running on new tablets and devices that are coming this holiday season. Microsoft is aware of the fact that consumers are confused with several OS versions in the market such as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows 7, etc,. Low end Android tablets are winning customers since they are confused because of fragmented strategies with PC makers, the ...

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is continuing its trend to gain market share against Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and others. According to the latest data from Net Applications, Internet Explorer now holds 58.22% of the worldwide browser market share. From September to October, Internet Explorer gained 0.42% (from 57.80% to 58.22%), Mozilla Firefox gained 0.10% (from 18.60% to 18.70%), and Google Chrome lost 0.54% (from 15.96% to 15.42 %). While IE’s 58.22% is this year’s high, Google Chrome has hit a 27-month low of  15.42%. With the release of Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 gained 1.49% of the market share on its first month. Source: NetApplications via: TNW ...

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