Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has today announced the Work Wonders Project, a video series that explores the power of technology and collaboration powered by Office 365. You’ll be able to watch two very bright minds as they work together to achieve positive results in a YouTube series that launches June 2. The challenge is on: “Pencils of Promise” founder Adam Braun believes schools are the future, and education reformer Sugata Mitra thinks they’re obsolete. But the two are joining together in The Work Wonders Project to collaborate on ways to revolutionize education, including using Office 365 to do it. Braun, whose nonprofit program has built 200 “Pencil of Promise” schools in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana, will work with Mitra, a TED prize winner and a professor of educational technology, who will bring his cloud-based, elementary education approach to Braun’s schools in Ghana.   To learn more, head over to http://www.microsoft.com/office/workwonders/ww. ...

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Microsoft Surface team along with Panos Panay today did a Reddit AmA answering user questions. Here is a summary of the answers from the team. Read the part 1 here, Why Type Cover 3 Was Not Bundled With SP3 And More Questions Answered, Summary Of Surface Pro 3 AmA On Reddit – Part 1. Graphics Support in Surface Pro 3, Hi, the i7 has Intel HD graphics 5000, the i5 has Intel HD Graphics 4400, and the i3 has Intel HD Graphics 4200 Will there be any way to quickly enable/disable the functionality of the Windows button on the Surface Pro 3 so it does not get accidentally pressed while using the stylus? Hey guys. When we made Surface Pro 3, we wanted a device that worked not only in landscape mode, but worked beautifully in portrait mode. This is super important for things like reading, annotating docs, etc. Putting ...

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Microsoft Surface team along with Panos Panay today did a Reddit AmA answering user questions. Here is a summary of the answers from the team. How much display resolution can Surface Pro 3 mini display port drive? Hi, this is Pete from the Surface Team. The mDP port on the device can drive a 4K display – this is true for the i7, i5, and i3 – while still running the Surface Pro 3 display. Why Surface Pro 3, not some other tablet or laptop? Great question- high level, our statement says it all. It is the tablet that can replace the laptop. This is the one product you need to do it all. It acts as a tablet, and can be used as a laptop. It is great in both scenarios. There is no product out there that compares. Too many times folks are stuck in the middle, have ...

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Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 3 at an press event in New York last week. You can even pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. If you have got any questions on Surface Pro 3 or want to know about the design decisions of Surface Pro 3 products, you can ask it today. Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President of Surface team at Microsoft is doing a Reddit AmA session. Good morning, Reddit! Panos Panay here speaking for my team of Microsoft Surface engineers and designers. We were honored to unveil Surface Pro 3 in New York last week. ICYMI, here’s a three minute highlight reel of the presentation. http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/NewsCenter/Surface-Pro-3-keynote-clips And of course, you can always keep up with us via our blog (blog.surface.com). For the next two hours we’ve got our sleeves rolled up, ready to answer as many of your questions as we can. Fire away! Here is the Reddit ...

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The characters, weapons and worlds of “Halo” are now available as part of the block-building canvas of “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition”. Starting tomorrow the Master Chief and “Minecraft” fans can download the “Halo” Mash-up pack on Xbox Live. The Mash-up pack, expertly crafted by 4J Studios, includes a “Halo”-themed texture set, themed menus and user interface, craftable items and 31 music tracks across the “Halo” franchise. Also available are 40 pixel-perfect character skins depicting beloved “Halo” characters such as the Master Chief, Cortana, Sergeant Johnson, Arbiter and more. For fans looking to fully immerse themselves into the “Halo” universe, the “Halo” Mash-up pack also features pre-made worlds such as Silent Cartographer, Sandtrap, Valhalla, Blackout, Guardian, Blood Gulch and plenty of other well-known Halo vehicles and features. You can download this pack tomorrow for $3.99/€3.79/£2.69. ...

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Walmart is running a great deal for the Xbox One Standard Edition Starter Bundle. For just $499, you get Xbox One + Kinect Console, your choice of Xbox One game, and a Bonus Forza 5 download card. The choice of games includes Call of Duty: Ghosts, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, and more. Effectively, you get $119 savings with this deal. This can’t get better than this, order yours today. Xbox One: The All-in-One Entertainment System 8 Cores: An 8-core x86 processor lets you instantly switch between a game and your favorite entertainment apps with ease. HDMI Pass-thru: Connect your cable or satellite box to your Xbox One and prepare for lift off. HDMI pass-through enables you to watch TV through your Xbox, which makes switching inputs seem almost pre-historic. Loaded with memory: 8GB of RAM and a 500GB* hard drive give you plenty of memory for your games, demos, movies, ...

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Along with the announcement about the new laptop hybrid called Satellite Radius and next generation 2-in-1 detachable PCs – the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro, Toshiba also announced 8- and 10.1 inch Encore 2 Windows tablets. Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin Gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display,  quad-core Intel Atom processor, 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback, Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio,  ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support, On software side, Encore 2 devices also include TruCapture™, an app that works in conjunction with the integrated cameras to capture and correct snapshots of whiteboards, ...

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Microsoft was today announced as the Technology Innovation Partner for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity taking place next month. Microsoft devices (Surface tablets and Windows Phones) running Microsoft Windows 8.1 will be used at the event for all kind of activities. Read the full press release below. LONDON, May 27, 2014 (ACN Newswire via COMTEX) — The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world’s most prestigious awards and festival for the creative communications industry, will this year take its shortlist exhibitions into the digital realm with Microsoft acting as its Technology Innovation Partner. The three year collaboration aims to bring delegates’ digital festival experience to life across Microsoft’s devices and services. Throughout the week, as the 17 juries vote on thousands of pieces of creative work, exhibitions of the shortlisted and winning work will go on display inside the Palais des Festivals for delegates to view. For ...

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Microsoft earlier announced that Xbox One console will be available in Japan starting this September. Sony made PS4 available in Japan in February earlier this year. Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One game console will be available in Japan with the Kinect sensor for 49,980 Yen and without Kinect for 39,980 Yen which is same as the same prices as Sony’s PS4. Phil Spencer commented the following regarding Xbox One launch in Japan, “The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but I can say both RPGs and specifically the Japanese developers are really important to our ecosystem.” Since Microsoft has now price matched Sony, we should see more fight in the console war soon. ...

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Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs game which won over 90 awards at E3 is going on sale from today. The game is available from various retailers like Microsoft Stores, Amazon, etc,. Microsoft Store for example offered $15 Xbox gift card when you pre-order the game while BestBuy and Amazon offers exclusive content packs for those who pre-ordered the game. Game Description: DYNAMIC NAVIGATION: Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target. HACK THE CITY: Control the city’s infrastructure, in real time, with Aiden’s cell phone. Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights. Stop a train, and then board it to evade the authorities. Narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge. Anything connected to the city’s CTOS ...

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Last week, Microsoft shared the details about recent trends in the Windows Store across categories, markets, and more. This report will help app developers in understanding the general trends that can help help determine what types of apps to build or optimize your existing apps. In April, Games continued to be the most popular category for all devices, followed by other categories with significant download share including Entertainment, Social, Music & Videos, and Tools On Windows, like our previous trends updates, Social is the #1 category with nearly 2x average downloads per app than the second category. Photos, Productivity, and Games are the next categories with the highest opportunity. The market with the highest number of downloads is United States, though the distribution shows there are many markets that generate significant downloads, including China, India, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t consider ...

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This is a bad news for PC market as a whole because the sales continues to decline in India, which is one of the largest developing economies. According to the International Data Corporation. the overall India PC shipments for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2% over Q1 2013. The overall Commercial PC segment recorded a total shipments of 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1% sequentially over Q4 2013.  Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices at IDC India comments, “The overall Commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the Banking and Government verticals. Vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiments and believe it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014.” On the other  hand, the  overall Consumer PC shipments stood at 1.01 ...

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A security research firm has exposed the Outlook.com Android mobile app does not do anything to ensure confidentiality of messages and attachments within the phone filesystem itself. The application we’re discussing here is Outlook.com free email service’s mobile client offered by Microsoft. This app is described as being created by Seven Networks in conjunction or in association with Microsoft (i.e. looks like it was outsourced.) The app allows users to access their Outlook.com email on Android devices. In the course of our research we found that the on-device email storage doesn’t really make any effort to ensure confidentiality of messages and attachments within the phone filesystem itself. After notifying Microsoft (vendor notification timeline is found at the end of this post) they disagreed that our concern was a direct responsibility of their software, in light of similar problems with iOS being deemed a concern by privacy advocates we thought it’d be a good idea to share what we ...

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As you all know, Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device at a press event last week. This 12-inch device scales at 1.76 pounds, but packs all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. You can read the reviews of Surface Pro 3 device from various tech blogs. Here is a roundup of them.You can pre-order the device from Microsoft Store now. Engadget: Pros Remarkably thin and light for a machine with laptop guts Easier to use as a standalone tablet Fast performance Gorgeous, high-res display Keyboard can be propped up at a more comfortable angle Cons Flimsy keyboard is inferior to what you’d get on a proper laptop; worse, it doesn’t even come in the box Not that comfortable to use in the lap Middling battery life ConclusionThe Surface ...

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As you all know, Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device at a press event last week. This 12-inch device scales at 1.76 pounds, but packs all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. If you want to experience this engineering marvel in-person, then you can do in starting next month. Surface Pro 2 Demo devices scheduled to be in stores on June 6th, you can find the nearest Microsoft Store here. You get expert-picked products to world-class customer service from Microsoft Stores. You can pre-order it from Microsoft Store now. ...

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Microsoft last month announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. Today, Sony made a similar announcement that they are launching PS4 in China. Sony’s will also be working with a local company called Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development. Sony and OPCD’s joint venture will form two companies: one to manage the manufacturing and sales of the hardware, and the other to manage the services plus the sales, licensing, distribution and R&D of the software. Sony China will own 70 percent of the newly formed Sony Computer Entertainment (Shanghai) (which presumably handles the non-hardware part), but just 49 percent of the other new company dubbed Shanghai Oriental Pearl Sony Computer Entertainment ...

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