Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Store is running a great limited time deal for consumers in the US on Surface 2 devices. They can get a $75 off on Surface 2, so you can now buy a Surface 2 device starting at $374. There is also another offer going on which can be combined with this $75 off promotion. You can buy Surface 2 and save $50 on any Touch or Type Cover. After adding Surface 2 cart, choose your cover and add it to the card. The deal will be automatically applied in your cart. So, you can get a Surface 2 32GB device with Touch Cover for $424! Find the store link below. Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store here. ...

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Albert Shum was previously working at Nike before joining Microsoft. He was responsible for the design team when Windows Phone 7 was originally launched. The Metro design language from his team inspired every other division at Microsoft leading to the current Modern design language that spans across product groups. Albert Shum got promoted last year as the lead for Operating System Group Design + Content team at Microsoft. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, brand designers, plus content creator along with user researchers, design program managers & design integrators creating end to end experiences for Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and Cloud Services. The design team collaborates with engineering & business partners to create integrated hardware, software & service products. USA today last night published a profile on Albert in which Albert himself and other people at his team at Microsoft spoke about the rising design culture at Microsoft. Albert is excited about the ...

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Cincinnati Country Day School in the US has chosen Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as the device of choice for their students. Even though there are other organizations committed to buying Surface Pro 3, CCDS will be the first school to adopt Surface Pro 3 as their 1:1 student computing device. Their IT director said the following when asked about why he chose the Surface Pro 3 for CCDS, he told me that it was the first no-compromise device that met all 3 of his  following criteria: Reading & Writing – “With the 3:2 aspect ratio and the big beautiful screen, the Surface Pro 3 is the first tablet PC that has a useable portrait mode for students to read and annotate naturally like they would a textbook or a piece of paper.” He also added, that he’s tried many different digital inking solutions across different devices and that the Surface Pro 3 has one of ...

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At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet that will hit the market with price point below $200.  A Chinese OEM called Emdoor has announced EM-i8080 Windows tablet. This Emdoor EM-i8080 will cost just $100. Speaking to the press after the keynote, Nick revealed that Microsoft will reach price points that are very industry competitive for 7, 8, 10-inch devices. “They will really surprise you. Last year, we were in the 3s, 4s, 500 dollars. This year, we’ll be 1s, 2s, 3s.” So, expect lots of Windows based tablets in the price range of $100 – $300 from various OEMs around the world. He also said some Windows Phone smartphones will sell for under $200 in certain markets this year. Source: WSJ ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Today, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. The pre-order offer is limited to the number of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors on hand, so pre-order them before it becomes sold out. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor does not ship with any software. It is intended for ...

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Microsoft announced partnership with Barnes and Noble back in 2012 and even created a new joint venture company called Nook Media LLC. Since then, the only thing that came of out partnership was Barnes & Noble’s Windows 8 app. Recently it was rumored that B&N has stopped developing apps for Windows platform since Microsoft is developing its own Xbox branded reader with content powered by Barnes & Noble in the backend. Today, B&N announced their plans to partner with Samsung on a Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. In an interview to GeekWire, Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby said that they are in a very, very good relationship with Microsoft despite the recent partnership with Samsung. B&N is in contact with Microsoft on an ongoing basis about things that they doing together. Mike also reminded us that Microsoft is a partial owner, about 17 percent, of the Nook Media entity. And their Samsung partnership is ...

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Microsoft today posted a new ad to highlight the power of Surface Pro and how it is empowering people. senseFLY is a drone company which develops civilian drone technology to create amazing maps and models for humanitarian and conservation efforts. They are using Surface Pro along with it to process data whenever needed. Whenever the drone comes back with GBs of mapping data, you need a powerful machine to process it. senseFLY uses Surface Pro as provides the computing power necessary to process data virtually anywhere in a small, lightweight package. With up to 8GB RAM, Intel Core i7 processor, SSD, touch screen and full Windows, Surface Pro 3 is the best available device for senseFLY and many others. Microsoft has now announced the next generation Surface Pro 3 device. You can pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has released PC Drivers for Xbox One controllers. This will allow games to connect their Xbox One Controllers to their Windows PCs and enjoy the games. These drivers will be delivered as part of Windows update in the future, but you can download and install them manually today. Download links: PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x86) PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x64) Microsoft’s announcement, We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new ...

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Microsoft today released their first ad for Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The ad shows various modes in which you can use the device. It even shows the ability to launch OneNote app directly using the pen. It’s good to see Microsoft is directly talking about what you can do with the device rather than the Surface brand. What do you think of this ad? Pre-order before it goes out of stock. Find the links below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $799 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $999 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,299 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,549 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,949 All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the launch of public preview of Microsoft Azure Brazil Region. And the service now hit the general availability today. The Microsoft Azure website has been updated to provide information on service availability and pricing in the Brazil South region. Here is the announcement from Microsoft, In Brazil, and our other regions around the world, we’ve seen incredible demand for a global enterprise public cloud offering. Globally, more than 1,000 new customers join Azure every day, and revenue grew more than 150 percent in the last quarter. With Microsoft Azure now generally available in the new Brazil South region, even more customers can take advantage of the cloud. Already, customers such as credit rating company Boa Vista Servicos, business management software provider Totvs, computing systems provider SiplanControl-M and e-commerce website platform Shop Delivery are benefiting from the power of the cloud. Along with our other customers in ...

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Microsoft Research is working on a system that makes sounds seem to originate from specific points in space. Electronics on the top of the headphones have sensors to track the motion of the wearer’s head. Microsoft Researchers call it a 3-D Audio. Technology Review recently had a chance to experience this technology at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley lab. I put on a pair of wireless headphones that made nearby objects suddenly burst into life. A voice appeared to emanate from a cardboard model of a portable radio. Higher quality music seemed to come from a fake hi-fi speaker. And a stuffed bird high off the ground produced realistic chirps. As I walked around, the sounds changed so that the illusion never slipped as their position relative to my ears changed. That somewhat eerie experience was made possible because less than a minute earlier I had sat down in front of a ...

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Microsoft and the University of Maryland have developed a Bitcoin alternative called “Permacoins”. Bitcoin have become the successful e-cash system in the recent years, but mining Bitcoins wastes computational resources. Bitcoin’s underlying mining mechanism, attempting to solve computational puzzles that have no intrinsic utility. So, Premacoins re-purposes its mining resources to achieve a more broadly useful goal like distributed storage of archival data. For example, you could store some 100GB of government data on your system to earn premacoins. Unlike Bitcoin and its proposed alternatives, Permacoin requires clients to invest not just computational resources, but also storage. Our scheme involves an alternative scratch-off puzzle for Bitcoin based on Proofs-of-Retrievability (PORs). Successfully minting money with this SOP requires local, random access to a copy of a file. Given the competition among mining clients in Bitcoin, this modified SOP gives rise to highly decentralized file storage, thus reducing the overall waste of ...

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Microsoft is releasing an updated Xbox One SDK for developers this month which will give developers access to more GPU bandwidth, so more performance for their games. Also there are new tools and flexibility to make games better. Xbox chief Phil Spencer tweeted this information yesterday. During the launch of Xbox One, Microsoft said that they are reserving about 10% of the GPU for Kinect and other system process. But this update for SDK is making it possible for developers to access additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions. Microsoft commented the following regarding the new SDK release, The additional resources allow access to up to 10 percent additional GPU performance. We’re committed to giving developers new tools and flexibility to make their Xbox One games even better by giving them the option to use the GPU reserve in whatever way is best for them and their ...

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This is a new project called deCIPHER which is a collaboration between Microsoft researcher Lucy Vanderwende and University of Washington researchers which uses Microsoft Research toolkit. The project uses natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to diagnose critical illnesses automatically from a patient’s electronic medical records. They took the data of the electronic medical records in the diagnosis of pneumonia in approximately 100 patients being treated in the ICU at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. And they applied the NLP tools from Microsoft to identify the critical clinical information and trained the software using machine learning techniques. MSR claims that the software achieved a correct diagnosis with correct time-of-onset for positive cases in 84 percent of the patients. Electronic medical records can be especially useful in the diagnosis of pneumonia, which has a nasty habit of appearing after a patient has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU). Currently, ...

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The official VH1 app is now available in Windows Store, it allows you to get the latest pop culture news and info, fashion updates and musician interviews. If you have a TV provider login, you can also watch bonus content from your favorite shows and full episodes on your Windows device. Description: Welcome to the ultimate VH1 video experience for your Windows phone or tablet. Check out full episodes (included with your TV subscription from participating providers), get bonus content from your favorite shows, and see all the additional video VH1 creates – the latest in pop culture news and info, fashion from VH1 Celebrity, musician interviews from VH1 Tuner and much more! You can also check the TV schedule to see what’s on VH1 right now. Features: Authenticate through a cable or satellite provider to watch a full episode Browse through the list of broadcast series See all videos ...

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Microsoft has released few marketing videos to promote Internet Explorer browser. These videos highlight various Internet Explorer features such as Reading view, full screen browsing, multi-tasking support and more. Watch them below. Breakfast Table: Reading View on Internet Explorer- making ads and clutter a thing of the past. Calm: Remove the clutter and enjoy the web in full screen with Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch Trivia Night: Don’t be slowed down by navigation buttons. Get the answers faster with Flip Ahead on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Sick Day: Accomplish more with side by side browsing on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Learn how Internet Explorer is pushing the web forward: http://bit.ly/1fZYvKB ...

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