Review Category : Microsoft

  Last August, Microsoft announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital which owns approximately 0.8 percent of the outstanding shares of Microsoft common stock and is one of the company’s largest shareholders. The cooperation agreement provided for regular meetings between Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, and selected Microsoft directors and management to discuss a range of significant business issues. The agreement also gave ValueAct Capital the option of having Morfit join the Microsoft board of directors beginning at the first quarterly board meeting after the 2013 annual shareholders meeting. As a result, Microsoft yesterday announced that Mason Morfit has joined Microsoft’s board of directors and its audit committee. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — March 11, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors and its audit committee. ...

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Microsoft Office for Mac is the No.1 selling productivity suite on Apple’s Mac platform. The last release of Office for Mac by Microsoft is in 2011 and since then Microsoft has not released any major updates. Speaking to Computerwoche, Microsoft Office group head at Germany revealed that Microsoft is planning to release new suite of Office apps for Mac by end of this year(2014). The team is already hard at work on this upcoming product and Office 365 customers will get this update for free when it releases. You can expect more more news in the second quarter of this year and Microsoft is already talking to large customers about the new Office for Mac suite behind closed doors. Source: MacWorld ...

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Microsoft had a bad a today as Xbox Live core service went down making thousands of Xbox Live users who tried to play online only Titanfall game were disappointed. Microsoft quickly acknowledged the issue and started fixing it. Microsoft has now announced that Xbox Live service is now up and running. Just reboot your Xbox One console and start enjoying your online games. Xbox Live Core Services: Were you experiencing issues signing in to Xbox Live? We are very happy to say that our team has fixed the problem and the Live service is ready and waiting. If you are experiencing any lingering issues, try a cold reboot of your Xbox by powering down, unplugging, waiting 10 seconds, plugging back in and powering back on. Thanks for all your patience while our team was working. Have fun! Source: Xbox ...

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Microsoft recently posted a great story discussing on how Microsoft started SDL(Security Development Lifecycle) in the Windows XP era and how it was adopted by software industry. After Windows XP was affected by various worm and virus attacks, Microsoft even stopped the development of Windows and focused on improving the security of the OS. Thus, in February 2002 the entire Windows division shut down and diverted all of its developers to security. Everyone was given training to outline expectations and priorities — threat modeling, code reviews, available tools, penetration testing — all designed to modify the default behavior of the system to make it more secure. Their room at the Microsoft Briefing Center was filled to its 950-person capacity twice a day for five days as Lipner and his team worked their way through. Bill Gates’ trustworthy computing memo was the turning point in Microsoft’s history to focus on software security. ...

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Microsoft Exchange team today new features that will be coming to Outlook Web App users. This feature update focuses on the enhanced text editor that is easy to use  and provides many new capabilities. Microsoft said that both Office 365 and Exchange Server 2013 SP1 customers will benefit from this enhancement.  You now have enhanced pasting options just like we enjoy in Office apps on Windows. Also, you can now add tablets, edit them within the browser. You have got link previews for website links as well. Read about it below.   More pasting options When you compose a new message in Outlook Web App, it displays a paste menu that allows you to switch between different paste modes for your content. Sometimes you want to maintain the source formatting as closely as possible. Use Paste As Is (P) for a high fidelity rendering of the copied content from Office applications like Word or ...

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The StartupBus is an annual invitation-only event where coders build a startup in the time it takes to drive to the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Once at the show, they present their idea to angel investors. This year, the bus was traveling from Florida. The event was almost ruined when  in the wee hours of Sunday night, the house they were staying at in Austin got robbed and “tens of thousands of dollars” of laptops were stolen. Mitch Neff, the Bus’ organizer tweeted about it a 3 a.m. So.. #StartupBus Florida house got robbed tonight of tens of thousands of laptops/electronics. That’s #sxwproblems — Mitch Neff (@MitchNeff) March 9, 2014 Lucky for the Startup Bus Microsoft had been monitoring the SXSW twitter stream and came to the rescue.  Microsoft delivered a bunch of Surface tablets and Dell and HP laptops running Windows 8.1. The coders also received shoes from Creative Recreation and Herschel backpacks courtesy of Microsoft. ...

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The much awaited game Titanfall is now available for both Xbox One and PC. Titanfall for Xbox 360 will launched in the coming months. You can either download the game from Xbox Store/Origin or buy them as disc from Amazon or Microsoft Stores. Prepare for Titanfall. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is an all-new universe juxtaposing small vs. giant, natural vs. industrial and man vs. machine. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experiences in first-person action and with Titanfall are focused on bringing something exciting the next generation of multiplayer gaming. KEY FEATURES Fast-Paced Future Warfare – In Titanfall the advanced warfare of tomorrow gives you the freedom to fight your way as both elite assault Pilot and agile, heavily armored 24’ tall Titans. Titanfall rethinks fundamental combat and movement ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the the Surface 2, Pro, & Pro 2.   The updates contain support for the Power Cover (which is now available for pre-order), improved multiple finger support, bug fixes for wireless issues, improved miracast support, and stability and performance improvements.  A detailed list can be seen below: Surface Pro March 2014 updates Windows 8.0 updates: The following updates will be listed as “System Hardware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your update history. Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad. Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v1.0.323.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover. Windows 8.1 updates: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your ...

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Just few hours back we reported that Microsoft Surface with LTE will be available soon to customers as the devices are being shipped to Microsoft Stores. WPCentral has now revealed the pricing of one of the LTE SKUs. Microsoft Surface 2 with AT&T LTE will go on sale for $679 for 64GB.It will support 850/900/1800/1900 2G, 3G UMTS (bands 1,2, 5) and LTE (bands 4, 7, 17). I think the price you pay for LTE which is about $130 more than the Wi-Fi model of same storage is high. Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet which has same specs as Surface 2 LTE starts at $499. Do you think Microsoft is making mistake by pricing it higher? Source: WPCentral ...

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Broadcasting functionality via the Twitch app has arrived a day early on the Xbox One.  An update to Twitch’s Xbox One app lets gamers stream their games to both other Xbox users and on Twitch. A new “Xbox broadcast” command commences recording and streaming, but you need to follow the instructions below first. How to Prepare for Twitch Broadcasting From your computer: Go online to www.twitch.tv and sign up for a Twitch account. In Settings, go to Channel & Videos and select Archive Broadcasts. On your console: Sign into your Xbox One console and download the Twitch app. You can customize your picture-in-picture to broadcast both your gameplay and yourself through Kinect. In your Profile, make sure your presence is set to “online” In the Settings app under “Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “See if you’re online” is set to “Everyone” and “Broadcast gameplay” is set to “Allow.” ...

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The wait for the Surface Power Cover is almost over, Microsoft is at least finally willing to take your money.  As of today, the Surface Power cover is available on the online Microsoft Store for pre-order in the US, Canada, and Japan for $199 with shipping date of March 19th. The power cover is similar to the type cover but extends the battery life of your Surface up to 70% and doubles as a screen cover. Technical Specifications Dimensions 7.4 x 10.9 in 9.75 mm thin Weight 0.55 lbs Compatibility Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 Available colors Black Keys * Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys * Layout: QWERTY, * Full row of function keys (F1 – F12) * Dedicated buttons for Windows shortcuts and media controls Interface Magnetic Sensors Accelerometer Warranty 1-year limited hardware warranty Overview of the Power Cover Extends battery life while you work Work with the speed and ...

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Three weeks ago we reported: “Microsoft Surface 2 AT&T LTE Version Passes Through The FCC, Release Expected In Next Few Months.” During a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices back in September 2013, Surface team confirmed that they are working on LTE version of Surface devices. Q: “Why was LTE not included on neither Surface nor Surface Pro?” Panos Panay: “We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year!” Now new information has come to light that the new Surface 2s w/ LTE have been mass produced and are sitting in Microsoft to start to build up inventory.  Our friends at WPCentral have received photos of the device, including the box that reads “AT&T Network Ready” but are not sharing them publicly at this time. It is expected that the new Surface 2 w/ LTE will be unveiled at the Build ...

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Microsoft is offering a chance to win a trip to the Xbox E3 Media briefing in Los Angeles, California in June of this year.  Microsoft will be selecting 5 grand prize winners. Winners will have the option of brining a friend with them in addition to roundtrip coach-class air transportation from an airport near winner’s home to Los Angeles, CA; two nights’ accommodations at a hotel (single room, double occupancy); ground transportation between hotel and airport; one dinner and one breakfast or lunch; a $3,000 Microsoft Store gift card a $200 Visa gift card and admission to the Xbox E3 Media Briefing. Microsoft estimates a total value of $8000 if you are a winner. Contest is restricted to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Puerto Rico who are at least 18 years old.  These contests are often region restricted due to different laws each country ...

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Microsoft Research’s Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE Labs) today announced their latest project called HereHere. This project focuses on driving hyperlocal, real-world engagement to encourage civic discourse. HereHere’s goals are to study how characterization can be a tool for data engagement. At the same time, researchers want to understand what sort of light, daily rituals are effective for connecting people to hyperlocal issues, as well as how to create compelling stories with data that can engage larger communities. “HereHere NYC introduces daily neighborhood engagement with a light touch,” London says. “It takes neighborhood-specific public data, and it enables the neighborhoods to communicate how they’re doing—expressed through text and cartoonlike icons. People can receive the information via a daily email digest, neighborhood-specific Twitter feeds, or status updates on an online map. We want to understand how it changes or impacts the way people relate to their community when they can interact with data in ...

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Microsoft Game Studios’ chief Phil Spencer spoke at SXSW Gaming panel yesterday. He said that his company’s new senior leadership is in great support for Xbox despite rumors that Microsoft might sell off Xbox division. He even revealed that he had explicit conversations with Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and upcoming Devices and Studios division president Stephen Elop about Microsoft’s commitment to Xbox and they’re extremely committed to Xbox. He highlighted the fact that Xbox is a really an important consumer brand for them as a company as Microsoft. Xbox is one of the most beloved brands that Microsoft has. “In a funny way, our job is to create great games on Xbox, on Windows, on Windows Phone, and the stuff that happens above the studios is kind of just ‘stuff’ to a lot of the studios, which I think is the right way,” Spencer said. “They’re still driven by the creative ...

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Undoubtedly Titanfall is the most highly anticipated game for the Xbox One.  In fact, in the short term, Microsoft’s success with the Xbox One  is dependent on the successful launch of Titanfall.  Microsoft hopes Titanfall will do for the Xbox One what Halo did for the previous consoles. Over the weekend Respawn lead engineer Richard Baker officially confirmed that Titanfall’s native resolution will be 792p on the Xbox One, or slightly higher than standard HD (high definition).  This shuts down rumors that Titanfall might have launched at 900p, or a resolution in between standard HD and Full HD [1080p]. “We’ve been experimenting with making [the resolution] higher and lower. One of the big tricks is how much ESRAM we’re going to use, so we’re thinking of not using hardware MSAA and instead using FXAA to make it so we don’t have to have this larger render target,” Baker stated. “We’re going to experiment. ...

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