Review Category : Microsoft

Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft and Salesforce are in a discussion to announce a cloud partnership. This partnership will allow Microsoft Azure customers to run Salesforce in Microsoft Cloud and also will allow users to integrate data from Salesforce products into Microsoft’s Office programs. Microsoft and Salesforce are considered to be longtime rivals and it will be interesting to see how this partnership will work out. Microsoft announced similar partnership with SAP last week. The partnership was in three critical areas: Enterprise cloud computing with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; Improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Power BI offering; Mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Joe Belfiore And David Treadwell are corporate vice presidents in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Joe Belfiore is responsible for the user experience while David Treadwell works on the engineering of the core of the operating system. Basically, these guys are in charge of the front end and back end of operating systems, including the Windows PC, tablet and phone platforms. Previously, Joe was part of Windows Phone team and David was in Xbox software engineering team. The new “One Microsoft” strategy has brought them together which will allow unified strategy for product design to schedules in the operating systems group. Terry Myerson, head of the Operating Systems Group commented the following on these two guys, Joe Belfiore is “colorful, excitable, authentic and genuine … very passionate about the end user experience,” Treadwell, 47, is thoughtful, patient, detail-oriented. He focuses on infrastructure, Myerson said, making sure that things are “very well ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE labs today revealed a new project called Eventful. Eventful makes it possible for anyone to access the service of event reporting. The reporting process is executed behind the scenes through a crowd of people working online or at the event to produce a news report. Eventful system helps produce news reports by recruiting and guiding remote and locative crowd workers who attend events in person to perform information collection missions. Basically, journalism as a service. Here is how it works, Eventful makes requesting a report a one-step process: identify the event type, location, date, and duration. A few hours later and under $150 dollars, a multimedia event report is ready. Eventful hopes to prevent community groups that organize local events on a tight budget from scrambling to cover the event themselves (or risk getting no coverage). A city council could use the system to request reports of discussions that take place during ...

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When it comes to productivity suite, Microsoft Office is still the gold standard with no viable alternatives. Instead of buying full Office suite for hundreds of dollars, Microsoft is now offering Office as a subscription service which you can buy under $100 for a year. Office 365 subscription mainly comes in two SKUs. You can either buy Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal depending on your needs. Find the comparison in the above image. Office 365 always has the latest version of the applications you know and love, plus cloud services so you can have Office when and where you need it. Just sign in and you can get to your Office files, applications, and settings from anywhere. The latest versions of all our best-in-class applications plus cloud services including Skype and OneDrive on all your devices. Also, easily install Office Mobile on multiple smartphones – including iPhones, and Android phones ...

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Earlier this year, Microsoft Bing team announced its plans to tap the potential of local businesses in developing nations like Brazil where maps are not available in the way they are available in countries like the USA, UK, etc,. A Microsoft team in Brazil has started a project to start building out this mapping infrastructure in the town of favelas and the team is seeking to build the necessary infrastructure to enable the many parties necessary for the communities to fully participate in the digital town square in ways that many of us in the developed online world take for granted. This project has been named ‘Na Area’ and officially kicked off from today. 200,000 people live in Vidigal, Complexo de Maré, and Manguinhos. There are approximately 863 million people, or 1/3 of urban dwellers, that live in informal settlements around the world – much like the favelas of Brazil. ...

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Voting for the 2014 Xbox 360 Game Awards is now open, fans can vote for their favorite games until June 3 in nine categories, including your favorite hero, villain and the game that keeps you up all night. Fans can vote for their favorites across nine categories right on their Xbox console. Xbox has handed out awards for arcade games before, but this is the first time Xbox has rolled out the ceremony across all Xbox 360 games. Check out the nominees below: There’s a Hero in All of Us Who is your favorite hero? Booker in “BioShock Infinite” Adewale in “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry” Trevor in “Grand Theft Auto V” Clementine in “The Walking Dead: Season 2” Couch Potato + 1 What’s your favorite co-op game to play with friends? “Diablo III” “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes “ “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare” “Injustice: Gods Among Us” I Can’t ...

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Microsoft today updated both their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview apps on Windows Store. This update allows you to explore the world in glorious 3D, more personal features and a streamlined design for your local search activities. Find list of new features below, The Bing Platform Makes Personalized Recommendations Have you ever found yourself entering an address that you’ve looked up before? Have you ever wished your “favorites” on your work device were available on your home device? With the new auto-suggest feature, both apps leverage the intelligence of the Bing platform to provide you with a personalized experience which in turn helps you get more done. Now when you type into the search box, Bing displays your past searches for places and addresses as well as places you may have already saved as favorites. It also packs in recommendations for popular searches nearby and inline insights. Your Favorites ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring mobile push analytics provider Capptain. The Capptain solution is a Response Marketing tool that allows Marketers and CRMers of Mobile and Web apps to engage their users and enter a constant customer interaction by Analyzing in details their users behavior, finely Segment their users based on how they interact with the application, and respond by Pushing very targeted messages, announcements, information or offers. Microsoft is trying to bundle Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services. Capptain will bring a vital new element to our end-to-end story for mobile app development – real-time user and push analytics.  With Capptain’s solution, organizations can analyze customer and employee behavior in real-time, and respond by pushing targeted messages, announcements, information or offers.  This information empowers organizations to provide personalized, specific content to their customers in order to maximize business opportunities. We are hard at ...

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Microsoft has already given out Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review units to the press. Some of the review units of Surface Pro 3 are facing a battery charging issue in which the device won’t turn on even when connected to the charger. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and confirmed that Microsoft is working on the fix that will be delivered via update soon. The issue was first revealed by Neowin’s own editor-in-chief Brad Sams, who tweeted late on Monday that his Surface Pro 3 review unit would not turn on, even though the tablet was connected to its battery charger. It emerged that the same issue had apparently been encountered by ZDNet’s Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley. Hopefully, the end consumers who have ordered the product will have a great experience when they receive the product starting next month.Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today Source: Neowin ...

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During Build developer conference last month, Microsoft announced the launch of beta version of status.modern.ie which included a first peek at features in development for the next version of Internet Explorer. Today, they announced the launch of final version of Status.ie with new features. Also, they have open sourced the status.ie development, Open Sourced – the data in status.modern.IE is useful for many purposes and many developers have expressed an interest in contributing to the project. Starting today, the entire site (including the data that backs it) is available on GitHub under the Apache V2 license. We also expose the IE support data as a service, provided under the Creative Commons Attribution v2 license. Check out our Readme for more. Improved Search & Filter – we heard the feedback that the Web platform is vast and finding the features you care about was a bit tricky in the original beta ...

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With the upcoming Surface Pro 3 device, Microsoft wants to clear the Surface Pro 2 stock. In the US, they have already stopped selling them on Microsoft Store. In the UK, they have reduced the price of Surface Pro 2 devices by £150. Find the new prices of each model below, 64 GB variant- £569 (down from £719) 128 GB – £659 (down from £799) 256GB – £899 (down from £1049) 512GB version – £1,289 (down from £1,439) Surface Pro 2 is a solid device for those who need a full PC in a 10-inch form factor. There is no other device in its class. Weighing in at 900 grams, with longer battery life than the original Surface Pro with up to 7 hours of battery life for video playback 7 and up to 8GB of RAM, it goes with you anywhere. The next-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor provides incredibly ...

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Microsoft Skype team has added two new chat commands for Skype. These new commands can be entered into the message box of Skype from any client. The new /remotelogout and /showplaces commands allows you to control your Skype account login activity from anywhere. Read about it below. Controlling Skype across all your devices with /remotelogout:  The first of the two new chat commands that I want to discuss is /remotelogout. If you’re signed into your Skype account on multiple devices, this new command signs you out on all of them except for the device you enter the command on. When you type /remotelogout in the chat window and press send, you won’t get a confirmation of the command but you will notice its effect on other devices. You can even use it on your mobile if, for example, you exit the office in a hurry and forget to sign out. ...

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In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Istanbul, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson spoke about the new CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and the company’s progress in the recent days. He said, “Satya is still defining and tuning what he wants the ultimate strategy of the company to be, and over the course of the next three to six months, that will clearly become more visible to the marketplace at large.” He said that the situation is lot different from when Steve Ballmer took over from Bill Gates as the CEO of Microsoft in 2000, “You would find it to be a very different environment today than it might have been a year or two ago,” Mr. Thompson said. “The employee base in Microsoft, particularly the tens of thousands of engineers we have, are ecstatic that we have someone with Satya’s background leading and guiding and managing our company. Bill ...

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  At Scripps National Spelling Bee competition yesterday, Microsoft made finalist kids scream in joy. Senior Director of U.S. Education for Microsoft Lydia Smyers took stage to talk about Microsoft’s collaboration with National Spelling Bee competition. She also showed a video of Microsoft Surface which students can use for collaborating and having fun with their friends. Later, Microsoft revealed to the students that they all will be getting a Surface RT from Microsoft. Communications and Public Relations Manager Chris Kemper told the kids they were in for a surprise. “This has never been done in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!” Kemper exclaimed as he invited spellers to come forward and take a gift bag. “Do not look in the bag, do not shake the bag, do not open the bag, and for Pete’s sake do not taste the bag,” Kemper instructed. All 281 spellers gathered onstage with ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store. Bing Maps offers regular 2D maps while Bing Maps Preview offers 3D maps of the locations. Find the new features in these apps below. Bing Maps: • Search box and map controls always visible in the app along with other improvements to the app look and feel. • Improved search experience with autosuggest and improved results. • Integration of ratings and reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and other providers. • Favorites now available across PCs and Windows Phone 8.1 • Transit and driving directions availability in additional markets Download it for free here from Windows Store. Bing Maps Preview: • Get Yelp and TripAdvisor ratings and reviews for restaurants, hotels and other businesses • Easily find 3D cities with the new Explore 3D experience • Search more quickly and easily with inline suggestions ...

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At the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation, there were lots of things discussed. When Kara questioned whether Microsoft has plans to spin off Xbox business, Satya Nadella replied that he has no plans to do anything different on Xbox than we are doing today. Kara: Will you spin off Xbox? Nadella: I have no intent to do anything different on Xbox than we are doing today. He notes that prior to Nokia, Xbox is where all of Microsoft’s hardware know-how came from. This should put an end to all the reports that stated that Microsoft may spin off Xbox businesses soon. “It is the thing that is really going to power all the experiences on all the devices today and tomorrow,” Nadella said. “In order to be in the hunt for those experiences, and get ...

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