Review Category : Microsoft

We all know that Microsoft is working on a cloud based gaming service. Last year, they even demoed it during company meeting with a Lumia 520 Windows Phone device running Halo game from the cloud. Recently, Microsoft Research revealed their project DeLorean, which uses speculation to enable low-latency continuous interaction for cloud gaming. Read about it here. Microsoft always said that latency is the main issue is delivering games via cloud. Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft is currently working on a project that can allow users to play Xbox games through a web browser. Also, it is reportedly a full 60fps game streamed via cloud to the browser. Microsoft is testing this project both with last generation and current generation games and it is expected to be the company’s next killer gaming feature. The question now is when will Microsoft deliver this feature to end users? Even though delivering games via ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for order from Microsoft Store in the US. Now, Microsoft is expanding its availability to 28 new markets. In the coming hours, Docking Station will be available for purchase in retail outlets and through authorized resellers in all 28 markets where Surface Pro 3 is sold: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the Unites States. Docking Station allows you to turn your Surface Pro 3 into a full-blown desktop PC, giving you easy access to your external monitors, keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, and more. Microsoft also highlighted the improvements they have made over last generation Docking Station. For example, they have added more USB ports and many of them support USB 3.0. While you ...

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Last month, Microsoft reduced the price of Surface 2 tablets by over $100. The entry level 32GB model now costs $349 while 64GB model costs $449. Thin, light, with up to 10 hours of video playback on a gorgeous Full HD display, Surface 2 lets you do the things you want. For $349, I guess it offers great value to customers. Surface 2 and Sleeve Bundle includes: Surface 2 and your choice of select sleeves. Surface 2: At just under 1.5 pounds and preloaded with Office 2013 RT*, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. Choose from 32GB or 64GB Wi-Fi models, or 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (AT&T). Choose a sleeve: Sleeves to protect your Surface come in styles to fit every personality, from neutral solids to trendy chevrons and everything in between. Specs: NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have added the Win32/Zemot family to the Malicious Software Removal Tool. The Win32/Zemot family of trojan downloaders are used by malware such as Win32/Rovnix, Win32/Viknok, and Win32/Tesch with a number of different payloads. Zemot is usually distributed through the spambot malware Win32/Kuluoz and through the exploit kits Magnitude EK and Nuclear EK. You can see the infection chain above. We started seeing activity from TrojanDownloader:Win32/Upatre.B in late 2013 and identified this threat as the main distributor of the click fraud malware PWS:Win32/Zbot.gen!AP and PWS:Win32/Zbot.CF. We renamed the downloader to Zemot in May 2014. By taking into account both the machine and the file count telemetry, we can see that a single copy of Zemot is often mass distributed to the payload URLs (the download URLs for Win32/Kuluoz and the payload URL for the exploit kits). Some other notable characteristics of the Zemot family include: They ...

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Microsoft partnered with broadcasters of 2014 Winter Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup to deliver an internet scale streaming solution for serving of millions of customers globally. Today, Microsoft announced that this solution is now available as a preview to its Azure customers as Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings from Azure Media Services. One of the main pain points of streaming is content protection, for that Azure Media is introducing a new Content Protection offering which features both static and dynamic encryption with first party PlayReady license delivery and an AES 128-bit key delivery service. Faster Speeds and Effective Billing Azure Media Services is also introducing faster encoding speeds and more cost-effective billing. We’re also introducing faster encoding speeds via our Basic, Standard, and Premium Encoding Reserved Units. These tiered Reserved Units offer further flexibility by allowing you to tailor the encoding capability you pay for to the needs ...

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To be honest, the Xbox One sales mystery continues. As you all know, the sales of Xbox One is lagging behind Sony’s PS4 by several million units. Microsoft is expanding to several new markets with Xbox One this month. According to the latest report from Famitsu, Microsoft Xbox One sold 23,562 units in its first week on the Japanese market. They comment it as the worst console launch and the numbers are less than half of the number of Xbox 360 systems sold in Japan. Also, it is important to note that Japan always remains a tougher marker for Microsoft as people over there have strong brand attraction towards their home console company Sony. Phil Spencer commented the following regarding Xbox One launch in Japan, “The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but ...

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Bloomberg yesterday reported that Microsoft is in late stages talks with Mojang, the developer of popular video game Minecraft. The deal’s value is worth more than $2 Billion and may be concluded as soon as this week, though next week is more likely. Minecraft game is already available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and many other platforms and have sold over 50 million copies to date. Microsoft is looking to expand the game’s reach on all the platforms and also planning to expand the licensing deals with other companies. The key here is the price Microsoft is ready to pay for Minecraft. According to me, anything above $2 billion is a premium price that Microsoft will pay. The deal came together after Mojang founder Markus Persson reached out to Microsoft a few months ago, based on a positive working relationship on Minecraft for Xbox, said the person familiar with Microsoft. ...

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A big win for Microsoft and other companies which were against Google’s proposals regarding anti-trust case going on in the Europe. The European Union’s competition authority has rejected yet another offer from Google and they are now in contact with Google to see if they are ready to offer solutions. EC Commission expects more concessions from Google. EU rejected Google’s offering based on the recent new arguments and data on how the Google proposed settlement would be problematic. Microsoft on its part, conducted a study on Google’s proposed changes and concluded that users would click Google’s services 99 times more likely than competitor’s links in the current proposal. Back story, European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google ...

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Recently, Microsoft has patented the flexible hinge and removable attachment techniques that are found in the Surface Touch and Type Covers. The flexible hinge may be configured to support movement of the input device similar to a cover of a book, such that the input device may act as a cover. Abstract: Flexible hinge and removable attachment techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a flexible hinge is configured to communicatively and physically couple an input device to a computing device and may implement functionality such as a support layer and minimum bend radius. The input device may also include functionality to promote a secure physical connection between the input device and the computing device. One example of this includes use of one or more protrusions that are configured to be removed from respective cavities of the computing device along a particular axis but mechanically bind along other axes. ...

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Now that messenger is part of @Skype, on Sept 30th, the @Messenger twitter account will transition @Facebook. Thank you all for your support — Messenger (@Messenger) September 10, 2014 Back in November 2012, Microsoft confirmed that Skype will replace Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China). In order to focus the development efforts and create seamless experiences, Microsoft decided to do end Messenger service and go with Skype. Last month, Microsoft sent out notifications to Messenger users in China that the service will be closing down the service on October 31st. Users are recommended to migrate to Skype service and Microsoft is also offering 60 minutes of free calls to mobile and fixed lines globally to all these new users. As Messenger service will be completely closed by October this year, Microsoft has decided to give the @Messenger Twitter handle ...

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Microsoft today announced updates to Excel Power Map with two big features, Power Map Filtering and Custom Maps, to make your experience using Power Map easier and more exciting. Power Map is an nteractive data visualization features within Excel, which are enhanced with Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based solution for analyzing, visualizing and sharing data insights. Power Map includes the ability to filter data using three different options: List filter. Let’s you select or exclude individual categories. The data is listed in alphanumeric order, and only the first 50 in the list are shown. You can use the search box to narrow down your results and get to the rest of your data. Simply select the All check box to remove any filters. Range filter. The slider helps you filter a numerical field between the minimum and maximum values. Both the minimum and maximum are inclusive—in other words, “between” ...

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Microsoft has released the September update for Internet Explorer and customers who have automatic updating enabled and will not need to take any action because these update will be downloaded and installed automatically. Customers who have automatic updating disabled need to check for updates and install this update manually. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-052 – This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-five privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. For more information see the full bulletin. Security Update for Flash Player (2987114) – This security update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on supported editions of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is also available. The details of the vulnerabilities are documented in Adobe security bulletin APSB14-21. This update addresses the vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player by updating the affected Adobe Flash binaries contained within Internet Explorer ...

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This week’s games and add-on deals are now live on the Xbox Games Store. You can enjoy these discounts from now through 15 September 2014. Xbox One: Content Title Content Type Discount % Worms Battleground Xbox One Game 40% Watch_Dogs Xbox One Game 30% Xbox 360: Content Title Content Type Discount % Borderlands Games on Demand 75% Borderlands 2 Games on Demand 75% Borderlands 2 Season Pass Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Pack Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Psycho Pack Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Headhunter 1: Bloody Harvest Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Headhunter 2: Wattle Gobbler Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Headhunter 3: Mercenary Day Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Headhunter 4: Wedding Day Massacre Add-on 50% Borderlands 2 Headhunter 5: Son of Crawmerax Add-on 50% ...

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Last year Bing became the default web search for Siri, and will now also be the default web search provider in the redesigned Spotlight search feature for the next generation of iOS and OS X. As Apple announced two new iPhone devices and the general availability of iOS 8 to users later this month, Microsoft today highlighted that they will be powering the Spotlight experience on iOS 8. Today, Apple unveiled the latest incarnation of the iPhone. Underscoring Bing’s increasingly important role as a service layer across Microsoft and beyond, we’re excited to support the release as Bing will be powering the new integrated web search in iOS Spotlight. When you search on your iPhone or iPad, alongside the contents of your phone Bing will provide web search links so you can find information even faster. Bing was designed from the outset to be a great place for web search ...

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Philippines based OEM Cherry Mobile has launched couple of Windows tablets. Alpha Play is an 8-inch Windows tablet while Alpha Morph is a 10-inch tablet and both powered by Intel running full Windows. Alpha Play Specs: 8-inch HD IPS display 1.33GHz Intel Z3735D quad-core processor Intel HD Graphics Gen7 GPU 1GB RAM Expandable 16GB internal storage Supports up to 64GB 5MP BSI rear camera 2MP front camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0 3500mAh battery Windows 8.1 The Cherry Mobile Alpha Play will be available later this month and will be sold for Php7,999 ($190 USD). Alpha Morph specs: 10-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 resolution 1.33GHz Intel Z3735D quad-core processor Intel HD Graphics – Gen 7 2GB RAM 32GB ROM Up to 64GB via microSD 2MP rear camera with BSI sensor 2MP front camera Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n USB OTG ready 8,000mAh battery Windows 8.1 OS This will ...

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Just like every other big franchise games in console, Sunset Overdrive will also have season pass on Xbox One. Games can buy it on Xbox Live and participating retailers at release. As you expect, it includes exclusive content, the first three complete Game Add-ons for Sunset Overdrive, as well as six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps available exclusively to Season Pass purchasers as soon as the game is released. The Sunset Overdrive Season Pass grants you: Two campaign Game Add-ons that each deliver new locations to explore, stories to experience, and bosses to battle. Each of these Add-ons also includes new weapons, new Amps, a new Trap, new character outfits as well as new challenges and Chaos Squad* objectives! The Weapons Pack Game Add-on, which includes four deadly new weapons to augment your arsenal! BONUS – six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps to use as soon as the game is ...

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