Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced its plans to open the first U.S.-based Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) later this spring in Miami, Florida. This innovation center will be equipped with the latest technology and tools to help drive job creation, increase the number and availability of highly skilled technology specialists, and facilitate collaboration among a variety of diverse groups in the greater Miami area. The Miami MIC will specifically target four primary audiences: -- Academia. The Miami MIC will provide students with a welcoming space to learn about and receive training from skilled specialists regarding the tools and technologies being used for specific courses or curriculum. In addition, the facility will help students build portfolios and experiential opportunities for better workforce preparedness. Meanwhile, the MIC will offer faculty an open, physical location to ask questions and receive guidance on curriculum development and research projects. -- Startups. The Miami MIC will provide entrepreneurs and prospective ...

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We already knew this day would come. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has now become the largest shareholder of Microsoft. He has achieved this feat as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates continues to sell his shares. Bill Gates is selling his Microsoft shared to raise money for funding his Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. As of today, Bill Gates’ ownership is down to 330.1 million shares, compared to more than 333 million owned by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. As per his previous words, Bill Gates will continue to sell shares of Microsoft. On the other hand, Steve Ballmer didn’t even sell a single share of Microsoft since he stepped down from the post of Microsoft CEO. Source: Geekwire ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out updates to the Bing for Android app that includes a new streamlined look and feel, improved performance, support for Bing Rewards and more. Also, the performance of the app has been improved. More immersive search results pages New built-in full screen browser Added controls to search in specific countries Refreshed interface The changes are more than just cosmetic, we have optimized for performance. You will now notice that the app is markedly faster than the previous version. For Bing Rewards fans, we have included a way to track your points natively within the app so you can keep tabs on your progress. With last week’s roll out of Bing for Schools this is another great way to help your favorite school earn Surfaces. Download the app from Google Play Store. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Xbox One system update that will roll out for folks in the early access program beginning this week. This update will be rolled out to other users in May. This update include a new sound mixer for snapped apps, chat volume controls when using Kinect and the option to help us improve speech recognition. Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat. ...

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set to be released on the Xbox One on November 4th. It is rumored that the game will revolve around private military contractors. A new trailer has been posted on the Call of Duty YouTube channel. The trailer stars Kevin Spacey as President of the United States. Recently Kevin Spacey has been well known for his role as a politician for the Netflix series ‘House of Cards.’ Even if you’re not into Call of Duty or video games, I think you’ll enjoy Spacey’s rant in the trailer. ...

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OpenTable app allows you book a table at more than 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico. You can choose a date, time, and party size to see all available tables in real time and tap the table you want and the reservation is yours. The app got updated to v2.0 in Windows Store with new features such as in-app restaurant menus and verified diner reviews and more. Find the full list of changes below. New in 2.0 for Windows 8.1: Restaurant menus and verified diner reviews are now viewable directly within the app! Resizable windows Search on Canvas for quick access to restaurants More live tile sizes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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CDI College, one of Canada’s leading career training institutions, will provide more than 5,800 Surface 2 devices to students by the end of this summer. Surface 2 will act as one of the primary tools students and faculty will use to facilitate the educational experience across all of its campuses. “The experience students receive with the enterprise-quality technology of the Surface devices and Microsoft productivity tools help us achieve our goal of preparing them with the skills and experiences they need to succeed in their career now and 20 years from now,” said Dr. Bohdan Bilan, vice president of Academics and Regulatory Affairs at CDI College. “We need to provide students with the tools they will use when they graduate and the skills that will translate in the future as technology continues to evolve, so the Surface 2 and Microsoft software was perfect for us.” The inclusion of Office 2013 ...

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Well known Microsoft observer Dr. Pizza (Peter Bright) has written an editorial criticizing Microsoft’s decision to patch IE on Windows XP. The decision to release this patch is a mistake, and the rationale for doing so is inadequate. A one-off patch of this kind makes no meaningful difference to the security of a platform. Internet Explorer received security patches in 11 of the last 12 Patch Tuesdays. Other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox receive security updates on a comparable frequency. The security of a browser is not contingent on any one bugfix; it’s dependent on a continuous delivery of patches, fixes, and improvements. One-off “exceptions” do not make Internet Explorer on Windows XP “safe.” There’s no sense in which this patch means that all of a sudden it’s now “OK” to use Internet Explorer on Windows XP. And yet it seems inevitable that this is precisely how it will ...

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Microsoft Store is now running a great deal on a HP touch laptop. The device named HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j152nr Touchscreen Notebook comes with great build quality, latest Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory for great performance and full HD screen for enjoying content. The device which costs $799 usually can be now bought for $599 from Microsoft Store. Use the promo code ‘GRADUATION’ during check out for buying this laptop under the great price. Key specs: Display: 15.6 in Full HD BrightView LED-backlit (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200M 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10 GHz Memory: 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 750GB 5400 RPM HDD Audio: Beats Audio quad speakers and two subwoofers. Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (up to 5 hours, 45 minutes)* Camera: HP TrueVision Full HD webcam Ports: 4 USB 3.0 (1 supporting USB Boost) Security: ...

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A class action complaint was filed against Google yesterday for using secret deals by exploiting their Android monopoly by forcing smartphone OEMs such as Samsung and others to make Google search engine the default choice on their mobile devices. The lawsuit claims that this move by Google harms consumers by making the devices cost more. Because, Apple receives over billion dollar from Google for making Google as the default search engine. If any Android OEM wants to make similar deal with Microsoft or Yahoo for making default search engine, they will lose access to Google Apps and Google Play Store in Android. Under the secret MADA’s, device makers must allegedly include all of the following applications: Set-up Wizard, Google Phone-top Search, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Maps for Mobile, Google Street View, Contact Sync, Android Market Client (not products downloaded from Android Market), Google Voice Search, and Network Location ...

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Microsoft is releasing patches for all version of Internet Explorer, including those on Windows XP. A major security flaw in Internet Explorer was found being exploited in the wild a few days back. Microsoft is releasing an out-of-band patch on Windows Update at 1PM ET today. General manager of trustworthy computing Adriene Hall released the following statement: Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we’ve decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today.  We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP.  The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown.  Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously.  ...

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American James McGee is an American game designer. He is perhaps best known as the designer of American McGee’s Alice. McGee recently commented on Microsoft’s annoucnment of having their console legally available in China (starting in September) with a lengthy facebook post: It’s a good thing Microsoft is rolling in cash, because they’ve just made announcement of a plan that’s going to cost them dearly. Of course no one reporting on this is any wiser to the blunder than Microsoft, so here are my Top 5 reasons why Xbox One will fail in China: 1. Can’t sell sand at the beach. Xbox One, PS4 (and all previous generations of consoles) are ALREADY IN CHINA. There is NO effective ban. Go to Taobao (www.taobao.com) and punch in “Xbox One” or “PS4.” You will find (as will Chinese consumers) consoles and games available for next-day shipping to your doorstep in China. 2. The set-top box ...

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According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 57.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014. Android secured a robust 66 percent global share, while Apple iPad shipments were below expectations and iOS fell to 28 percent. Windows secured a 6 percent global share. Peter King, Director of Tablets at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global Tablet shipments reached 57.6 million units in Q1 2014, up 19 percent from 48.3 million in Q1 2013. Android continues to make steady progress and now commands two thirds of the tablet market share.” King added, “Apple iOS shipments (sell-in) were 16.4 million iPads in Q1 2014 which declined 16 percent annually, but Apple claimed that due to channel inventory changes which were reduced significantly from the same period last year, sell-through only declined 3 percent. We believe that the disappointing performance in the early part of the calendar year is ...

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Kazuo Hirai took over as Sony’s CEO two years ago promising big changes and a return to profitability. Now some are calling for his resignation and he is facing increasing pressure from activist investors to spin off more businesses. Sony has slashed its earnings guidance for the third time this year. Investors are furious and the stock is down nearly 2 percent this morning. Sony now expects a 130 billion yen loss ($1.3 billion).  Sony’s market cap once nearly $70 billion now sits at around $20 billion. Hirai recently brokered a deal to sell off Sony’s VAIO PC unit, but it appears this decision will come at some cost. The company said it would have to write down a further 30 billion yen ($300 million) on its Vaio PC unit, reflecting a sharp drop in sales as consumers shunned the brand following Sony’s decision in February to get out of the business. This ...

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Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser marker share for April. Internet Explorer market share is down 0.08%, from 57.96 percent to 57.88 percent. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a strong growth by increasing by 0.9% from 15.71 percent to 16.61 percent. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 20.85% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is now at 3.73%, we expect the number to go down in the coming months as Microsoft has ended the support for Windows XP in which it was the default browser. Among other browsers, Google Chrome gained 0.4% to grab 17.92% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 17% of the market. Read more about it from the links below. via: TNW Source: Net Applications ...

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Microsoft today announced the acquisition of GreenButton, a New Zealand based Cloud focused startup. GreenButton is a leading provider of integrated on-demand solutions that allow customers to manage compute-intensive workloads in the cloud. Using GreenButton’s solutions, applications can be cloud-enabled quickly without recoding existing software. This will help enterprise customers in processing massive amounts of information and running compute-intensive simulations with ease. GreenButton solutions won’t be available for customers after this deal, instead Microsoft is working in integrating this into Microsoft Azure platform. . As a result of today’s acquisition, we’ll be working to integrate those solutions with the Microsoft Azure platform, enabling customers to simply and easily solve complex problems, get more from their data and drive their business forward. Our work integrating GreenButton’s leading technology with the enterprise-grade scale and global reach of Azure starts today, as we welcome the New Zealand-based team to the Azure family. As a result, the ...

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