Review Category : Microsoft

Yesterday, we reported the new Office Mix tool from Microsoft. Today, Microsoft announced that they have extended that preview to the public. Office Mix offers a simple way to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations. Office Mix tool was developed as part of the Startup Business Group inside Microsoft that has released some pretty amazing technologies. 3D Printing for Windows, Power Map (aka Project GeoFlow) and one of my favorite Windows 8.1 apps, Fresh Paint, are just a few examples. Office Mix promises to make life much easier for teachers, or anyone else who spends much time developing and delivering PowerPoint presentations. Office Mix brings features like the ability to record inking, audio and video directly into PowerPoint so you can turn a slide deck into an interactive lesson and share it online with the press of a button. Office Mix adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 that allows you to record ...

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After Sony’s E3 2014 PS4 related announcements got leaked on to the internet, it’s time for some Microsoft news. A new blog has posted bunch of information as Microsoft’s E3 2014′s announcements. It’s highly possible that it could be true. There are some Xbox exclusive games, Games with Gold program for Xbox One and other related announcements.  Forza Horizon 2 will be announced for release in October 2014 vai Playground Games. It will once again be open world and set in Louisiana, Missisips, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas. Full day/night cycle, real time weather. Estimated 80 hour single player. Ryse 2 is in development and will be announced at the show in a real-time in-game trailer. Gone is the Roman period, enter the medieval setting. The game will offer more freedom of exploration and a refined combat system. The main character is a sell-sword of sorts with a greater destiny. This ...

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Canalys today reported that worldwide client PC shipments which includes tablets reached 123.7 million units in Q1 2014, up 5% year on year. Even though the growth in tablet shipments slowed to 21%, yet at 50.8 million units they continued to out-ship notebooks. Notebooks shipments fell sharply in China and European regions while US remained flat. Lenovo continued to lead among the Windows OEM whereas Samsung is pushed to 4th place by HP as they are leaving the mainstream PC ecosystem to focus on their mobile efforts. Lenovo did well in the quarter, increasing its PC market share from 10% to 12% with 15.0 million units shipped. It achieved solid annual growth in all PC categories and is now placed first, second and third in the notebook, desktop and tablet markets respectively. And after four quarters of decline, its shipments in China are stabilizing – they were effectively flat on Q1 2013. EMEA ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has started shipping Surface 2 4G model in the UK. In March, Microsoft released Surface 2 LTE in the US market for AT&T LTE network and now they are expanding to UK. It comes with only one SKU, Surface 2 64GB (4G) will cost £539.00 incl. VAT in the UK. You can buy it from Microsoft’s online store, Currys or PC World. It also comes with couple of offers, 200GB storage for two years When you put a file on OneDrive, it’s with you on all of your internet-enabled devices. Get free Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in your browser with OneDrive and free Office Web Apps. To activate your free 200GB of OneDrive storage, just use the code included in your Surface or Surface Pro 2 packaging. Unlimited minutes & Wi-Fi for one year Get calling landlines in over 60 destinations worldwide and Skype Wi-Fi ...

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Microsoft today announced that the popular and addictive puzzle game Wordament is now available on the Nokia X family of devices. With this release, Wordament becomes the first Xbox game on the Nokia X platform. Since Nokia X devices are based on AOSP, it must have been an easy job for Microsoft to port from the Android version of the same game. Game Description: “Why play against one person in a turn when you can play against thousands at once? Wordament® is a real-time continuous word tournament. Players compete on the same board with everyone at once. Rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter tiles, themed words, speed rounds and more. You can be a champion in many ways: find the most words possible, earn the best score, find the longest words, best your Frenemies, or beat your top score. How you win is up to you. Wordament tracks ...

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Microsoft along with other web companies has raised their concerns about the new FCC rules that will allow network providers like AT&T to sell prioritized service to content companies like Netflix. Microsoft and other web companies are arguing that this rule would enable phone and cable Internet service providers to discriminate both technically and financially against Internet companies and to impose new tolls on them. FCC’s idea is to provide fast lane internet access to heart rate monitoring services, not to deliver speedy YouTube ads. However, these companies argue that there should be rules that provide certainty to all market participants and keep the costs of regulation low. FCC earlier responded to the same criticism on their blog as follows, The allegation that it will result in anti-competitive price increases for consumers is also unfounded. That is exactly what the “commercially unreasonable” test will protect against: harm to competition and ...

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Microsoft is expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. Yesterday, another report claimed that Microsoft will announce more than one Surface devices and one will include Intel processor in them too. Designer Jonas Daehnert/Phone Designer has created a Surface Mini concepts that can be seen above. Based on various leaks in the past, here are the details about Surface Mini, No built in Kickstand An accessory cover will work as a kickstand Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2 ARM based device (Windows RT) Ships in June 7.5-inch device 1440 x 1080 display 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro) Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro) Ships by end of June Source: PhoneDesigner via: Neowin ...

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Peggle 2 is a puzzle video game for Xbox One developed by PopCap Games. It was announced during the E3 2013 and it expands on the original Peggle by featuring new levels, challenges, environments, Peggle Masters and special powers. Now, Peggle 2 Xbox 360 version of the game was released yesterday. Dash Text: Everything is better with Peggle! Catch the fever now on Xbox 360 with Peggle 2, where you’ll master over 120 new levels and trials in the sequel to one of the most engaging puzzle-action games of all time. Unleash amazing magic powers as you learn from Peggle Master Bjorn, and 4 all-new masters like the dark and mysterious Luna, while you shoot balls at colorful, challenging boards of pegs to reach Extreme Fever. But there’s more! Unlocked costumes allow you to dress up the various masters for laughs and for multiplayer fun. And try four-player Peg Party ...

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Microsoft’s latest cybersecurity report, released Wednesday, revealed a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities that were exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013. New research conducted by Trustworthy Computing’s Security Science team shows a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities (those that can enable remote code execution) that were exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013. This is a clear indication that newer products are providing better protection, even in cases where vulnerabilities exist. While this trend is promising, cybercriminals aren’t giving up. Our data shows that in the second half of 2013 there was a noticeable increase in cybercriminal activity where attackers used deceptive practices. The continued increase in deceptive tactics is striking; in the last quarter of 2013, the number of computers impacted as a result of deceptive tactics more than tripled. The security mitigations included in newer Microsoft products ...

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Microsoft Mobile division today announced the availability of Nokia XL dual SIM, which is the flagship of the new Nokia X family. It comes with 5-inch touch display, Front and rear cameras and 768MB of RAM. The Nokia XL dual SIM will be available from today in APAC and IMEA for about €109($150 ISD) before local taxes and subsidies. Key Specs: Five-inch capacitive touch screen 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor 768MB RAM 5MP autofocus camera with flash 2MP front-facing camera Expandable up to 32GB external memory 2000 mAH battery Satellite GPS Accelerometer Available colours: Bright Green, Orange, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White Read more about it here. ...

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We’re looking for feedback and ideas to redesign the website. While the site looked okay a few years back and it is in great need of a UI update. Some basic goals for the re-design are: Responsive Design Site that works great on mobile devices Touch friendly website Metro design New Logo As you may or may not be aware this site is primarily run by Pradeep and myself in our spare time. We both have regular day jobs and are making virtually no money on this site. We continue to blog because of you our readers. We hope that we are providing a unique and independent enthusiast perspective focused on Microsoft news. We do not want to be in a position where we have to ask for donations to keep the site running. We would also like to get your feedback on content on the site. Would you like ...

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There has been a lot of buzz about Alibaba lately. Their upcoming IPO is set to make a few people billionaires and many more millionaires. It may in fact be the biggest IPO ever in recent history. Analysts estimate the company is worth between $136 to $250 Billion. Within technology companies this puts Alibaba’s worth below Apple, Google and Microsoft and on the lower end, just under Facebook and Qualcomm. For those not familiar with Alibaba, it is the Chinese version of Google, Amazon, Ebay, and Youtube combined. Among its early investors include Japanese based Softbank and Yahoo. Softbank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son recently bought Sprint in the United States and is looking to also acquire T-Mobile. Son was an early investor Yahoo and owns the majority of Yahoo Japan. Son was instrumental in also convincing Yahoo to invest in Alibaba. In 2005 Yahoo invested $1 billion in Alibaba for ...

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Microsoft already has over 83 retail stores in the United States and Canada and they are expanding them to new places every quarter. Last month, we reported that Microsoft is planning to open more new specialty retail locations around the US in May. The following are the locations where you will find new specialty retail stores. North Point Mall - Alpharetta, GA (May 3) The Oaks - Thousand Oaks, CA (May 13) Park Place - Tucson, AZ (May 13) Jordan Creek Town Center - Des Moines, IA (May 13) FlatIron Crossing - Broomfield, CO (May 15) North Star Mall - San Antonio, TX (May 15) Westroads Mall - Omaha, NE (May 15) The Mall in Columbia - Columbia, MD (May 17) The Maine Mall - S Portland, ME (May 17) Mall of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA (May 17) Boise Towne Square - Boise, ID (May 17) Microsoft is planning to sell Surface RT for $199 and Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows ...

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LeanBox is a convenient, grab and go vending machine for your workplace. They offer meals, lunches, snacks and functional beverages for working people. This vending machine from one of the newest startups offers healthy, fresh food items (many of which come from local startups themselves) available in under a minute. Leanbox makes use of Microsoft Surface as their point of sale device in all their vending machines. LeanBox utilizes the Microsoft Surface tablet for their front facing point of sale.  Coakley explains that it gives the customer a nice, clean, easy checkout and gives them the full Windows backbone needed for their robust back end inventory system. Their software stack optimizes the classic Microsoft components – SQL, .NET and ASP.Net for a dependable consumer platform. Read more from Microsoft. ...

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Yesterday, we reported about few details on the upcoming Surface Mini device that Microsoft will reveal at the event on May 20th. The Surface Mini is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, differing from the Surface 2 which is based on the NVIDIA Tegra processor. It is likely other specifications will match with the Surface 2 and the Surface Mini will come in 32GB/64GB variants and with 2GB RAM. No built in Kickstand An accessory cover will work as a kickstand Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2 ARM based device (Windows RT) Ships in June 7.5-inch device 1440 x 1080 display 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro) Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro) Ships by end of June Now, Bloomberg reports that Microsoft will also reveal an Intel based Surface device at the same event. Microsoft will unveil ...

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Microsoft India yesterday launched the Office 365 Personal subscription service in India. The subscription service is priced at Rs 330 a month or Rs 3,299 a year. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows users to connect up to two home devices to the service as opposed to 5 in Office 365 Home subscription. Commenting on the launch of Office 365 Personal, Ram Kumar Pichai, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division said, “More and more consumers today are looking for a home productivity suite which will allow them to move between devices and have constant access to important documents online. Office 365 Personal will address the needs of all these consumers.” Office 365 Personal is available for sale beginning this ...

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