Review Category : Microsoft

  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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Windows 8.1 Enterprise now includes a new feature called Start screen control. This is for IT admins to would like to control the Start screen layout for group of users and preventing them from making changed to the layout. For example, IT admin can decide to always have Office apps tiles on the start screen. How to do this? So you arrange the layout like so: Once arranged, you can export this layout into an XML file using a simple PowerShell command: PS C:\> Export-StartLayout –As XML –Path \\contoso-mgmt\Layouts$\ManagedUser.xml Next, you can specify a path to this layout file using Active Directory Group Policy. From the Group Policy Management Editor, navigate to “User Configuration \ Policies \ Administrator Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar” where you can find the “Start Screen Layout” policy setting: Enable this setting and specify the path to the layout file that you exported using PowerShell. (Make sure to ...

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Microsoft announced its company wide reorganization to transform into a devices and services company few months back. Since then, there are lots of changes happening within the company. Mary Jo Foley today reported three such changes today, 1) Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. 2) The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Mary Jo Foley also reported that Windows Mail and Calendar apps might get replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. 3) Perceptive Pixel software team is now part of the unified operating system group under Terry Myerson. Microsoft also has some Perceptive Pixel software updates planned in April 2014. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Another huge patent war is going to start soon. Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Google is accused of infringing seven patents. The patents cover technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant advertising, the lawsuit said, which is the core of Google’s search business. In fact, Google tried its hand in bidding to buy Nortel’s patents but they eventually lost of Rockstar consortium. The lawsuit points out that, “Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,”. Apple and Microsoft are already fighting patent battles against various Android OEMs in the courts. But this is the ...

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Microsoft today published a special Bing interactive home page to celebrate Halloween. The interactive home page is simply amazing, you should check it out and it trumps the Google’s Halloween interactive doodle posted today on Google.com. Bing home page has the following 6 horror movies as the highlights on the interactive home page, find them. Friday the 13th (1980) Poltergeist (1982) The Amityville Horror (1979) Halloween (1978) Psycho (1960) The Shining (1980) Check out Bing home page here. The Shining (1980) ...

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Albert Penello, who leads the planning of Xbox One at Microsoft posted a note on why real dashboard videos have not been published, what are the differences between the published demo video and the actual product, his comments on the recent rumors about Xbox One SDK bugs, etc,. 1) Why a live demo of Xbox One dashboard was not posted? Even though we have rights to populate the store with Musicians, Artists, Movies, Actors, etc. – when it comes to us (as in Microsoft) publishing those types of things for marketing materials, it requires an extensive amount of approvals from those same Studios, Actors, Agents, Musicians, etc. Also whenever we use game footage, the creator of the game wants to approve the footage. And finally, when something like this gets created, it needs to be used in a variety of ways that a direct feed video doesn’t work for. Coordinating ...

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Microsoft recently published a video to show how Xbox One’s all new dashboard UI coupled with great multitasking features will work. The dashboard UI looked similar to a Windows 8 Start Screen with Live Tiles. You can pin your favorite games, music, video, etc, to your home page of Xbox One. Xbox One now supports great multitasking, it does in two ways. First, the ability to switch between games, music, Skype calls, etc, instantly without any loading screen. Second, you can now snap a supported app to side of your screen. For example, you can watch live tweets associated with an event when you are watching an event, or you can have a Skype call while doing some other task, etc,. Couple of similar videos showing multitasking capabilities of Xbox One went public today. In the video, you can see how you can have relevant info from internet on the ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new Bing Hero Ads for Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. These new Hero ads are a very visual ad unit that will appear when an user does a Windows 8.1 Bing Smart Search. Hero Ads are very visual ad formats and essentially the ads look to be like a landing page, rather than an advertisement by Bing. The goal of the new Hero ads is to combine user intent, branding and task completion for consumers. From an advertiser perspective, it enables advertisers to get all the most important and relevant information before consumers, with plenty of call to action. For example, when you search for Land Rover(refer image above), there will be a large high resolution photo of one of their vehicles – the “All New Range Rover Sport” in this example, gives consumers plenty of choices of what to click, all with pretty significant calls ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video where Ralf Groene from the Surface team was discussing about how they designed and engineered Surface. Ralf Groene the design head of Surface team, he leads the industrial and interaction design teams. In this brief interview, you’ll see the total focus on a great final experience as Ralf talks through aspects of the Surface 2 that range from precise manufacturing to the antenna cover to the fabric used on Type Cover 2 to the chemistry and physics of grease-repelling surfaces that minimize fingerprints. You can now buy/order Surface 2 at Microsoft Stores and other select retailers now. Source: Surface Blog   ...

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Microsoft Research today posted the above video which shows how Kinect’s sign language translation capabilities help the hearing and the deaf communicate. You can communicate between American sign language and Chinese sign language or potentially any sign languages to any other natural languages. Kinect detects the sign language and converts into natural spoken language. There is a avatar in the system to represent the hearing person doing the signing. It’s a proxy for the hearing person. It basically uses machine language and pattern recognition to achieve this results. This project has a huge potential. Watch the video above. Read more from http://research.microsoft.com/ ...

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  It’s a kind of bad news for Xbox One gamers. Two of the launch titles for Xbox One, Call Of Duty: Ghosts And Battlefield 4 will run only in 720p and upscaled to 1080p resolution. This is in contrast with Sony’s PS4 on which CoD: Ghosts will run on native 1080p and Battlefield 4 on 900p. Mark Rubin of CoD franchise tweeted the following, Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven’t had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we’re 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we’re native 1080p on PS4.  We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction.  Can’t wait for next week’s launch. Yesterday, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry reported that Battlefield 4 does not run on 1080p natively on both the consoles and often ...

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Microsoft has created a giant replica of Xbox One console in Canada. The replica is about 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. Xbox Canada representatives has revealed that this Xbox One model will “unlock” when enough fans pledge their gamertag. Straight described this marketing as below, Members of the Xbox community can pledge their gamertags in person at the giant Xbox One, online, or from the dashboard on their Xbox 360. Doing so also makes them eligible to win digital rewards. Prizes include Xbox One consoles and trips to Toronto for the Canadian launch of the new system. What, exactly, will occur when the box unlocks is unknown. But you should expect it to be something special. Microsoft Canada is planning a marketing campaign called “One Source” which represents that Xbox One console is a single device for games and entertainment. Read more from the link below. Source: Straight ...

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