Review Category : Microsoft

If you’re involved in the Microsoft community, you’re probably aware of Anthony, commonly known by his twitter handle WinRUs. We reported last year that he got a license plate on his new car that reads “BING IT.” It appears Microsoft noticed too and shot a short video of him and how Bing impacts his life. Microsoft posted this video at the end of their blog post reflecting on 5 years since the launch of Bing. Give Anthony a follow on twitter, he is genuinely among the nicest people I’ve interacted with in the Microsoft community. Source: Bing Blog ...

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Over the past year there have been many re-orgs within Microsoft. After Ballmer’s major re-org of the company, Office head Kurt DelBene retired and the Office team fell under Qi Lu within his Application and Services Group (ASG). Previous to DelBene Steven Sinofsky ran the team before eventually coming to work on Windows 7. For Office, under Qi Lu were Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper ran Office server and services and Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer ran Office client and services. Last month Lu decided he does not want to have Office divided among client/server lines but around a few key cross-platform groups. We reported yesterday that Teper, the man responsible for originally hiring Satya Nadella, moved into his new role as head of corporate strategy to work in areas such as acquisitions and development.  Rajesh Jha replaced Teper along with maintaining his responsibilities for Office 365 Exchange and Outlook.com.  ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of May show growing OS market for Windows 7 and Windows 8 while Windows XP continues to decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 50% marketshare, up from 49.27% last month. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.64% up from 12.24% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 25.27% down from 26.29% last month. Mac OSX 10.9 currently holds a 4.15% share, while Linux holds a 1.62% share. Windows Vista holds a higher share than both of these operating systems at 4.62%. Source: Net Applications ...

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Since Valve Corporation co-founder, and former Microsoft employee, Gabe Newell publically called Windows 8 a “catastrophe,” it’s been fun game to look at the Steam user statistics every month. For the month of June we see PC gamers still prefer to use Windows, with a dominating 95.35% of OS share among Steam users. All versions of MacOS combined control 3.42% among Steam gamers, and Linux comes in at third with 1.13%. For a further breakdown of Windows, Windows 7 still leads with 62.06%. Combining Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 we see 24.98% OS share among Steam gamers. Up nearly 2% from last month and up 5% from January of this year.  Windows XP usage still remains around 5% even though the operating system has hit end-of-life. I suspect when DX12 is released we will see a further shift to Windows 8 off Windows 7 among gamers. Source: Steam ...

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Bing turns 5 today. Microsoft is celebrating this occasion by announcing Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack. The Bing Reward members can get up to 5 times the credits searching (on June 3) and for each day you sign in and search between now and June 9thyou’ll get an automatic entry into our biggest Bing Rewards prize pack yet. 5 winners will get an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia Lumia Icon, $500 to spend on apps and entertainment for Xbox, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, and more. Bing is 5! To celebrate, we’ve created the Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack, and you could be 1 of 5 grand prize winners. Between now and June 9, each day you search with Bing you’ll automatically get a free entry to win the prize pack or 1 of 500 Bing t-shirts.* If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Find ...

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At COMPUTEX, Intel revealed more information about their next gen Core product codenamed Broadwell. It will be the first 14-nanometer chip from Intel. To demonstrate it, Intel revealed the world’s first 14nm fanless mobile PC reference design from Intel is a 12.5 inch screen that is 7.2mm thin with keyboard detached and weighs 670 grams. It is based on the first of Intel’s next-generation 14nm Broadwell processors, purpose-built for 2 in 1s and will be in market later this year. Called the Intel® Core™ M processor, it will deliver the most energy efficient Core processor in the company’s history. The majority of designs based on this new chip are expected to be fanless and deliver both a lightning-fast tablet and a razor-thin laptop. Intel also announced 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 and i5 processor “K” SKU, the first from Intel to deliver four cores at up to 4 GHz base ...

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Last year, Microsoft became the default search provider for Siri in the iOS7. This year with the release of iOS8 and the OSX Yosemite, Microsoft Bing becomes the default search provider for the new Spotlight feature. During WWDC keynote demo, Apple demoed this feature as well. Microsoft later confirmed the same with the following statement, 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. We’re excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done. Now, Microsoft has to deliver high quality search results to keep Apple platform users from changing the default provider back to Google. Because of the contractual agreements between Apple and Google, Google remains the default search provider in Safari ...

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In an effort the celebrate the 5th birthday of Bing with their users, Microsoft today launched Bing Home page gallery. This homepage gallery will allow users to access thousands of images that were featured on Bing home page during the past 5 years. You can also download Bing Wallpaper pack containing few of the favorite photos. The homepage gallery site allows users to filter images by categories, tags, colors, holidays, places and country. When you click individual images, you will have information about the image and the image credits. And the coolest part is that you can download the images for your personal use. It is a neatly done site which users will love to find their favorite home page images. Download Bing Wallpaper pack. Access Bing Homepage Gallery here. ...

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Microsoft Bing turns five today. Microsoft rebranded Live Search as Bing on June 3rd 2009 with a fresh approach to search helping people to do more, not just search more. Microsoft today thanked the millions of people who use Bing every day. Microsoft said that they never forget that what they build isn’t just for the sake of computer science or commerce but because it can positively impact people in ways we’ve only barely dreamt of. So what’s next for Bing? Read it below. What’s Next: The idea of launching a browser, going to a website, and typing in a search box? That’s so 2009. The best is not yet to come but on the imminent horizon. As the world of devices constantly changes and new form factors come into play there will be a need to better use information, either by seeking it out or having it pushed to ...

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Longtime Microsoft employee Jeff Teper, well known for his work on the Office team, was promoted to head  of corporate strategy to work in areas such as acquisitions and development. Microsoft confirmed Teper was promoted last month, but a replacement for old position in the Office team has not been named yet. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella continues building out his senior leadership team. Recent changes include moving Mark Penn to chief strategy officer, Phil Spencer to head of Xbox, and Stephen Elop finally joining Microsoft as EVP of Devices and Studios. Teper was responsible for hiring and recruiting Nadella to work for Microsoft in the early 90s from Sun Microsystems. Nadella was originally hired to help persuade developers to move from Sun’s server operating system to Windows NT. Besides Teper’s work on Office 365 he is also known as one of the father’s of SharePoint. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft today announced Destination Brazil on Xbox One. Destination Brazil is a hub for all the activities around Football world cup on your Xbox One. Using this hub, you can access  Brazil Now, a new app that snaps next to live TV to enhance your match viewing experience, enable you to play “EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: FIFA World Cup and check out various series about your favorite football clubs from Copa90. Also, the previously announced realty show “Every Street United” can be accessed through Destination Brazil and watch as legendary football players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids scout the world’s most gifted, undiscovered street stars. Brazil Now Brazil Now is a new app on Xbox One that brings you as close to the action in Brazil as possible without leaving your living room. You can personalize the app to your team, receive alerts and score updates for all the games, and watch ...

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I guess Microsoft should be pretty confident on their E3 announcements. Because, they are continuing to make major announcements every other week despite the fact that E3 event is just a week away. Microsoft today revealed that their next installment in their flagship racing series Forza Horizon 2 is in development for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and due for release this fall. Previously, Forza Horizon was released for Xbox 360 and Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One. This Forza Horizon 2 will be available on both the platforms and it is being developed by Horizon 1 studio Playground Games collaborating closely with the Motorsport team at Turn 10 Studios. As you can expect, there will be hundreds of cars, new weather system, Forza Motorsport 5’s Drivatar system, and more. Read more about it from the source link below. Source: IGN ...

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At Build, Microsoft announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. The upcoming Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts as seen above. It was expected to be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in late 2014. But today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft has changed their plans and this new Start Menu will not be released to the public in Windows 8.1 Update 2 in 2014. Microsoft’s operating systems group has decided to hold off on delivering a Microsoft-developed Start Menu until Threshold, the next “major” release of Windows. Threshold, which may or may not ultimately be called Windows 9, is expected to be released in April 2015. I’m not clear whether the postponement is because the ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have hired former Yahoo and Google executive Preston McAfee as their new chief economist. Preston, was most recently director of Google strategic technologies and previously Vice President and Research Fellow at Yahoo. In his new role at Microsoft, Preston McAfee will be responsible for leading a team of economists who will work closely with Amy Hood, chief financial officer, and business and engineering groups across the company on developing new business models and metrics, designing marketplaces for advertising and apps, assisting with government relations and policy, and developing an economic strategy for the company. Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, at Microsoft commented the following on McAfee, This isn’t the first time Preston will be a chief economist. For five years, from 2007 to 2012, Preston was chief economist and research fellow for our search partner, Yahoo!, where he captured our attention by ...

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Along with the announcement about Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Competitor Transformer Book T300 Chi, Transformer Book V – a 5-in-1 Device Running Windows And Android, Zenbook NX500 – A 4K/UHD Display Ultrabook With NVIDIA Graphics and Lenovo Yoga Like ASUS Transformer Book Flip Device, Asus also announced a Portable AiO named PT2001. ASUS Portable AiO is a 19.5-inch touchscreen All-in-One (AiO) PC weighing only 3.2kg and featuring a sturdy, foldaway handle, Portable AiO is easy to carry and set up anywhere. It also got an internal battery that lasts up to five hours. For use on a table or desk, the pull out kickstand provides solid support, and folds flush into the back of Portable AiO when not needed. You can configure the device up to 4th generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce 820M GPU fpr performance. Read more about it below. The centerpiece of Portable AiO is its ...

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Dell today announced a new entry-level Inspiron All-in-One PC – the Inspiron 20 3000 Series. It comes with 19.5-inch display with  Intel Pentium quad-core processors and Waves MAXXAudio and an integrated sub-woofer. The new Inspiron 20 3000 Series AIO is the latest entry-level AIO from Dell that packs an attractive feature set and premium speakers into a radically thin and light design. With a 19.5-inch HD display, and with up to Intel Pentium quad-core processors, this AIO is light enough to easily move around the house as needed, allowing families to choose how they view their content and where. If families want to use it primarily as a family PC in the den, but occasionally move it to a child’s room for quiet concentration when doing homework, it’s easy to do so. The AIO has an adjustable A-frame stand for multiple viewing options, and a comfortable, intuitive experience no matter where ...

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