Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft’s latest cybersecurity report, released Wednesday, revealed a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities that were exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013. New research conducted by Trustworthy Computing’s Security Science team shows a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities (those that can enable remote code execution) that were exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013. This is a clear indication that newer products are providing better protection, even in cases where vulnerabilities exist. While this trend is promising, cybercriminals aren’t giving up. Our data shows that in the second half of 2013 there was a noticeable increase in cybercriminal activity where attackers used deceptive practices. The continued increase in deceptive tactics is striking; in the last quarter of 2013, the number of computers impacted as a result of deceptive tactics more than tripled. The security mitigations included in newer Microsoft products ...

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Microsoft Mobile division today announced the availability of Nokia XL dual SIM, which is the flagship of the new Nokia X family. It comes with 5-inch touch display, Front and rear cameras and 768MB of RAM. The Nokia XL dual SIM will be available from today in APAC and IMEA for about €109($150 ISD) before local taxes and subsidies. Key Specs: Five-inch capacitive touch screen 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor 768MB RAM 5MP autofocus camera with flash 2MP front-facing camera Expandable up to 32GB external memory 2000 mAH battery Satellite GPS Accelerometer Available colours: Bright Green, Orange, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White Read more about it here. ...

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We’re looking for feedback and ideas to redesign the website. While the site looked okay a few years back and it is in great need of a UI update. Some basic goals for the re-design are: Responsive Design Site that works great on mobile devices Touch friendly website Metro design New Logo As you may or may not be aware this site is primarily run by Pradeep and myself in our spare time. We both have regular day jobs and are making virtually no money on this site. We continue to blog because of you our readers. We hope that we are providing a unique and independent enthusiast perspective focused on Microsoft news. We do not want to be in a position where we have to ask for donations to keep the site running. We would also like to get your feedback on content on the site. Would you like ...

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There has been a lot of buzz about Alibaba lately. Their upcoming IPO is set to make a few people billionaires and many more millionaires. It may in fact be the biggest IPO ever in recent history. Analysts estimate the company is worth between $136 to $250 Billion. Within technology companies this puts Alibaba’s worth below Apple, Google and Microsoft and on the lower end, just under Facebook and Qualcomm. For those not familiar with Alibaba, it is the Chinese version of Google, Amazon, Ebay, and Youtube combined. Among its early investors include Japanese based Softbank and Yahoo. Softbank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son recently bought Sprint in the United States and is looking to also acquire T-Mobile. Son was an early investor Yahoo and owns the majority of Yahoo Japan. Son was instrumental in also convincing Yahoo to invest in Alibaba. In 2005 Yahoo invested $1 billion in Alibaba for ...

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Microsoft already has over 83 retail stores in the United States and Canada and they are expanding them to new places every quarter. Last month, we reported that Microsoft is planning to open more new specialty retail locations around the US in May. The following are the locations where you will find new specialty retail stores. North Point Mall - Alpharetta, GA (May 3) The Oaks - Thousand Oaks, CA (May 13) Park Place - Tucson, AZ (May 13) Jordan Creek Town Center - Des Moines, IA (May 13) FlatIron Crossing - Broomfield, CO (May 15) North Star Mall - San Antonio, TX (May 15) Westroads Mall - Omaha, NE (May 15) The Mall in Columbia - Columbia, MD (May 17) The Maine Mall - S Portland, ME (May 17) Mall of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA (May 17) Boise Towne Square - Boise, ID (May 17) Microsoft is planning to sell Surface RT for $199 and Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows ...

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LeanBox is a convenient, grab and go vending machine for your workplace. They offer meals, lunches, snacks and functional beverages for working people. This vending machine from one of the newest startups offers healthy, fresh food items (many of which come from local startups themselves) available in under a minute. Leanbox makes use of Microsoft Surface as their point of sale device in all their vending machines. LeanBox utilizes the Microsoft Surface tablet for their front facing point of sale.  Coakley explains that it gives the customer a nice, clean, easy checkout and gives them the full Windows backbone needed for their robust back end inventory system. Their software stack optimizes the classic Microsoft components – SQL, .NET and ASP.Net for a dependable consumer platform. Read more from Microsoft. ...

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Yesterday, we reported about few details on the upcoming Surface Mini device that Microsoft will reveal at the event on May 20th. The Surface Mini is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, differing from the Surface 2 which is based on the NVIDIA Tegra processor. It is likely other specifications will match with the Surface 2 and the Surface Mini will come in 32GB/64GB variants and with 2GB RAM. No built in Kickstand An accessory cover will work as a kickstand Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2 ARM based device (Windows RT) Ships in June 7.5-inch device 1440 x 1080 display 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro) Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro) Ships by end of June Now, Bloomberg reports that Microsoft will also reveal an Intel based Surface device at the same event. Microsoft will unveil ...

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Microsoft India yesterday launched the Office 365 Personal subscription service in India. The subscription service is priced at Rs 330 a month or Rs 3,299 a year. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows users to connect up to two home devices to the service as opposed to 5 in Office 365 Home subscription. Commenting on the launch of Office 365 Personal, Ram Kumar Pichai, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division said, “More and more consumers today are looking for a home productivity suite which will allow them to move between devices and have constant access to important documents online. Office 365 Personal will address the needs of all these consumers.” Office 365 Personal is available for sale beginning this ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft released updates to their Bing suite in Windows Store. About 6 Bing apps got updated and unfortunately all of them seems to be minor updates. There are no change log in the Store listings and no new features were spotted. It must be a bug fix release. You can find the updates in Windows Store. Bing Weather - The Weather app, powered by Bing, helps you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows, featuring beautiful weather images, the Weather app puts control at your fingertips. Compare weather from multiple providers, check radar maps and view historical weather. Get current weather information for your location and for the other places you care about, like a family member’s city or your next vacation destination. Bing Sports - The Bing Sports app, powered by Bing, makes it easy for you to keep up with ...

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  Microsoft Research head Peter Lee spoke to Digital Trends and he discussed about the ongoing projects at MSR, people’s perception about Google X and more. Microsoft Research has 1,100 computer scientists, researchers, and engineers in labs all around the world and combining them with over 1,200 PhD student interns every year, it is one of the largest research organization in the world. When Peter was asked whether he is frustrated by the tech press focusing on Google X than MSR’s work, “Frustrating is not quite the right word,” Lee told Digital Trends, in an interview ahead of the ribbon-cutting ceremony for MSR’s New York City office. “I like Google X. The people there are good friends of mine. Astro [Teller, “Captain of Moonshots” with Google X] took classes from me at Carnegie Mellon, he’s a great guy doing great stuff. But the missions are different. We want to make things better and ship them. ...

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Microsoft today released a minor update for Skype app in Windows Store. This updated app v2.8.0.1001 now includes a neat feature where the favorite contacts added are synced across devices. Also, your favorites and recent conversations take up less space so you easily see your entire contact list. What’s new: - Favorites sync across devices – You’ll have the same list of favorite contacts synced across all your devices Less scrolling – Your favorites and recent conversations take up less space so you easily see your entire contact list Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft Power Query for Excel is an Excel add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery, access and collaboration. The Power Query team has added a number of new features to Power Query. You can download the update from this page. New Data Sources Updated “Preview” functionality of the SAP BusinessObjects BI Universe connectivity Access tables and named ranges in a workbook Improvements to Query Load Settings Customizable Defaults for Load Settings in the Options dialog Automatic suggestion to load a query to the Data Model when it goes beyond the worksheet limit Preserve data in the Data Model when you modify the Load to Worksheet setting of a query that is loaded to the Data Model Improvements to Query Refresh behaviors in Excel Preserve Custom Columns, Conditional Formatting and other customizations of worksheet tables Preserve results from a previous query refresh when a new refresh attempt fails New ...

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I was not actually aware .NET 4.5.2 had been released, but Microsoft put up a post on MSDN outlining the major changes in .NET 4.5.2. I have seen a number of developers complaining about the lack of forms support in .NET. If you’re a .NET developer let us know your thoughts on this release in the comments below. New APIs for ASP.NET apps. The new HttpResponse.AddOnSendingHeaders and HttpResponseBase.AddOnSendingHeaders methods let you inspect and modify response headers and status code as the response is being flushed to the client app. Consider using these methods instead of thePreSendRequestHeaders and PreSendRequestContent events; they are more efficient and reliable. The HostingEnvironment.QueueBackgroundWorkItem method lets you schedule small background work items. ASP.NET tracks these items and prevents IIS from abruptly terminating the worker process until all background work items have completed. This method can’t be called outside an ASP.NET managed app domain. The new HttpResponse.HeadersWritten and HttpResponseBase.HeadersWritten properties return Boolean values that indicate whether the response headers have been written. You ...

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OneDrive has added a five new features based on user feedback. OneDrive’s group program manager detailed the changes in a blog post. OneDrive web UI has been updated for better photo viewing. They have increased the size of thumbnails to create a more beautiful view of your photos and videos. Also, you can now see videos in All Photos view with video playback improved with this release as well as adding support for more browsers and mobile phones. OneDrive already allows you share individual files in a folder to others, now they offer the ability to add more items after you’ve already shared the original grouping. Just go to your Shared view, right click on the group that you want to modify, and select Add. Other new features: Album Cover Customization OneDrive automatically creates rotating covers for your folders to give you a peak at the photos inside. There are many times, however, ...

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Microsoft today launched the public preview of Office Mix, a new tool that will allow users to create interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. You can add whatever content you want into the Mix. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. You need Office 2013 and the free Office Mix add-in to do this. Features: Record. Write. Draw. Record audio or video of yourself giving a lecture. Write and draw directly in PowerPoint, just like you would on the whiteboard. Work in PowerPoint. Creating a mix is as simple as making a PowerPoint document. Just install our PowerPoint add-in, and then create lessons from your existing PowerPoint presentations or new ones. Save Time. Everything you need to create a mix is included in the PowerPoint add-in, so you don’t have ...

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New reports reveal a number of new details about the rumored Surface Mini: No built in Kickstand An accessory cover will work as a kickstand Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2 ARM based device (Windows RT) Ships in June 7.5-inch device 1440 x 1080 display 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro) Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro) Ships by end of June From earlier reports it is likely that the Surface Mini is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, differing from the Surface 2 which is based on the NVIDIA Tegra processor. It is likely other specifications will match with the Surface 2 and the Surface Mini will come in 32GB/64GB variants and with 2GB RAM. It is unlikely the first version of the Surface Mini will have LTE support at launch, and it will likely come in the future. ...

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