Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has got lots of new things to announce at BUILD developer conference happening tomorrow at San Francisco. One of the cool things will be Microsoft’s new effort into the Internet of Things trend. Windows on Devices will enable developers to write apps for all kind of electronic items. Developers can build a smart coffee mug, talking bear, robots, etc, based on this platform. Intel’s Galileo platform will act as developmental hardware. There is also a detailed session on this one. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how technologies such as Windows Embedded, .NET Micro Framework, and Azure can be used to build cool devices and intelligent systems. Engadget also reports some demos Microsoft ...

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A number of teams within Microsoft are participating in some April Fools fun.  We have seen the comeback of Clippy from the Office team and the Bing team’s creation of wearable devices for pets.  The OneDrive team has set up a website of what OneDrive may have looked like in 2001.  The site is complete with animated gifs, file sizes in bytes, comic sans, a hit counter, a floating banner and a logo that says “best viewed in internet explorer.”   If you login with your Microsoft account your Onedrive folder structure will appear See the Bing team’s April Fools joke: Bing Unveils Wearable Technology for Pets (April Fools) See the Office team’s April Fools joke: clippy makes a comeback on office online Read our own April Fools story: shocker: former windows chief steven sinofsky to join apple; will work on a “re-imagined” macos Source: 2001drive.com via Tom Warren ...

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The Bing Team at Microsoft is also participating in some April Fools fun.  The post shows off a google glass-like products for pets.  A new Bing service, the “Bing Pet Translator” is also unveiled. Source: Bing See the Office team’s April Fools joke: Clippy Makes a Comeback On Office Online Read our own April Fools story: shocker: former windows chief steven sinofsky to join apple; will work on a “re-imagined” macos ...

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Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo has pleaded guilty to stealing the Redmond software giant’s trade secrets yesterday.   Kibkalo infamously leaked Windows 8 builds and the Windows Activation Server SDK to french blogger Canouna.  The Seattle Times reports: Kibkalo and federal prosecutors reached an agreement in which prosecutors are recommending a 3-month prison sentence for Kibkalo, as well as a payment of $22,500 in restitution to Microsoft, according to his plea agreement. Kibkalo’s sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 1.  With this plea agreement Kibkalo avoids a maximum jail sentence of 10 years and will pay 1/10 of the maximum $250,000 fine.  Most likely Kibkalo will not even spend the full 3 months in jail. Source: The Seattle Times ...

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Microsoft Xbox One team has not yet settled down since their launch last year. They are still delivering significant updates every other month which includes lots of improvements and new features as well. Today, the previewed the upcoming Xbox One update that is being released to Xbox One Update preview users. Here are the new features, You can rent (or buy) a movie on Xbox Video, begin watching on one screen, then pick-up right where you left off on another.* Perfect for movie junkies or anyone who loves marathon-watching TV shows, Xbox Video makes it easier than ever to watch whatever you like on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or even online at XboxVideo.com. We added a range of new SmartGlass features recently to make it easier for anyone around the world to navigate Xbox One experiences. With SmartGlass you can now: Easily navigate game options ...

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Microsoft is participating in some April Fools humor today.  If you log into Office Online (previously office web apps) and open a word, excel, or powerpoint document, the familiar Clippy will appear asking “Remember when we used to write letters together?”  You have the option to tweet the message out. Here is a screenshot:   Read our own April Fools story: Shocker: Former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky to Join Apple; Will Work on a “Re-imagined” MacOS ...

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Along with the March system update, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the users. Microsoft today shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Twitch on Xbox One has played a big role in the increase in Xbox One usage since the app added broadcasting on March 10. In fact, nearly 23 million minutes have been broadcast from Twitch on Xbox One since launch. This includes more than 2.7 million minutes broadcast from Xbox One March 10-11, the most ever for a Twitch console app in its first day. Additionally, 30 percent of all Twitch unique broadcasters were broadcasting from Xbox One during the app’s first day. In its first week, 108,000 unique Twitch users ...

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With only a week of support left Windows XP usage is starting to decline but still maintains 27% of OS marketshare.  Data from Net Applications for March shows Windows XP usage declined 1.84% (from 29.53% percent to 27.69%).  Likely many businesses are transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Windows Vista also fell 0.11% (from 3.10% to 2.99%).  Windows 8.1 & Windows 8 continue to grow have a combined marketshare over 11% for the first time.   Specifically, the combined operating systems gained 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68% to 11.30%).  Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38% to 6.41%), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59% (from 4.30% to 4.89 %). Windows 7 made the biggest gain of 1.46% (from 47.31% to 48.77%).  The large gain is most likely businesses moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. Source: Net Applications via tnw ...

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Net Applications today released their latest data on worldwide web browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser lost 0.23 percentage points (from 58.19 percent to 57.96) market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer 11 passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. In March, IE11 continued to show its strong growth with an additional 2.91%, up from 12.80 percent to 15.71 percent. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.14% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 17.52% and Firefox over 17.26% web browser market share in February. via: TNW ...

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In an unexpected move, former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has brokered a deal with Apple for him and some of his former lieutenants to join Apple. George Grant, Jon DeVaan, Antoine Leblond, and Tami Reller will join Sinofsky in the move to Cupertino.  Sinofsky will be working on the next version of Mac OS. Tim Cook commented briefly the acquisition of the high profile talent: “I met Steven at a Yoga class in Palo Alto and we have become great friends ever since.  It turns out we have a lot in common besides yoga.  We had bosses named Steve; we both love secrecy, great taste in sweaters, and support common causes like gay marriage.  I thought Steven would be a great asset for Apple. Given his experience on Office, I initially asked him to come head the iWork team.  But as our talks progressed, Steven said he had some “super ...

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Microsoft today announced SmartClippy, the one paperclip for everything in your life. SmartClippy is lightweight, non-toxic and region-free for your convenience. SmartClippy makes it easy to take your work with you, wherever you go. Enterprise SmartClippy can handle even the toughest job and is infinitely scalable. It is easy to reconfigure to meet your needs and is compatible with your existing workstation. It comes in a range of sizes and colors and easy to integrate into existing accessories. We live in a world where new technologies arrive daily – it can be a struggle just to keep up. But what if there was a way to just … attach … new innovations to our lives? To usher in this new era of attachments, Microsoft is turning to an old friend with some new tricks up his sleeve. Clippy has been there for Microsoft Office users since Office 97 – but ...

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Gartner today reported that worldwide software revenue totaled $407.3 billion in 2013, a 4.8 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $388.5 billion. Microsoft retained its spot as the No.1 software vendor with a revenue of 65.7 Billion on a growth rate of 6%. Oracle surpassed IBM to became No.2 software vendor worldwide. “Investors continue to focus on revenue growth and market share gains as the primary criteria when evaluating vendors,” said John Rizzuto, research vice president and Invest analyst at Gartner. “At this point, the new and emerging technology markets in software, such as digital marketing and public cloud computing, are so nascent that investors are favoring those companies that are early and aggressive in grabbing both market and mind share — in many cases dismissing progress on earnings and cash flow in hopes that they will one day follow.” The software industry is in the middle of a multiyear ...

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  Microsoft is keeping up to its promise of matching the price of Amazon for its Windows Azure services. As Amazon announced price reductions last week, Microsoft followed up with theirs today. Consistent with our previously announced commitment to match Amazon on prices for commodity services, we are cutting prices on compute by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%. We recognize that economics are a primary driver for some customers adopting cloud, and stand by our commitment to match prices and be best-in-class on price performance. Microsoft has also announced new Basic instance, On April 3, we will introduce a new tier of General Purpose Instances called “Basic” (A0-A4) that offers similar machine configurations as the Standard tier of instances offered today (Extra Small [A0] to Extra Large [A4]). These instances will cost up to 27% less than the corresponding instances in use today (which will now be ...

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Microsoft Exchange came up with ActiveSync technology and all major smartphones comes with Exchange ActiveSync support. Microsoft works closely with leading phone OEMs like Apple and Samsung to have great built-in support for Exchange allowing consumers to enjoy Exchange mail contents using their built-in mail client. Along with that, Microsoft is releasing Outlook Web App for devices to enable latest features for users. After OWA release for iOS devices, Microsoft today announced Outlook Web App for Android devices. We also want our customers and users to have access to the latest features in Exchange. Of course, the Windows Phone team continues to provide the most comprehensive support for the latest Exchange features in the native Outlook app on Windows phones. On iPhone and iPad, we released the OWA app last year. And today we announced that we will be releasing the OWA app for Android as our latest step in that journey. ...

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Microsoft has announced for free games for Xbox Live Gold members for this month. It includes Hitman: Absolution And Deadlight. Starting Tuesday (April 1st) Hitman: Absolution (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through April 15th. Then on April 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Deadlight (Normally US $14.99) for free through April 30th. The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. ...

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At this week’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft is previewing features that will be coming to Outlook Web App in Office 365 later this year. The three new features detailed are “Clutter,” enhanced document collaboration, and groups. Clutter: This is the core goal of “clutter,” the codename for a new feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365. At its heart, it intends to remove as much unimportant mail, or clutter, from a user’s inbox as possible so that a user’s inbox can, well, become their inbox again. At a high level, clutter is pretty simple. We know that in most businesses, people spend a great deal of time just trying to keep up with the volume of email coming into their inboxes throughout the day. How they manage that email can then serve as a blueprint for what is important to them. Enhanced Document Collaboration: Outlook Web App now includes ...

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