Review Category : Microsoft

Emoji fonts became so popular after it was included in Apple’s iOS few year back. Apple implemented it using a proprietary, unpublished extension of the TrueType/OpenType specification to add PNG images to a font. These PNG images are then displayed within running text. Google also implemented similar thing, but it is not compatible with Apple’s solution. I recently came to know via Ralf Herrmann from OpenType.info about the interesting approach Microsoft has taken to implement Emojis in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Earlier, Microsoft supported unicode emoji characters with its Segoe UI with no colors. But with the latest OS, Microsoft is also supporting colored emojis. Instead of using PNGs like Apple and Google, Microsoft is using layered vector glyphs. Ralf explains how it works, By default, the new Segoe UI Emoji font behaves like a regular TrueType/OpenType font. It has Unicode-encoded, uncolored “base glyphs”. But there are two additional tables in the font: ...

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At Comic-Con International: San Diego happening from July 24-27, Microsoft Xbox has planned for lots of events to attend and games to play at the show. The events will offer first look of Halo: Nightfall live-action digital series, first glimpse at “Atari: Game Over,” and more. Major Nelson listed the following as the events planned, Halo: Nightfall First-Look (Thursday, July 24, 11:45AM – 12:45PM, Room 6BCF) : Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep-dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Join 343’s Kiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director)along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew, and be among the first to get the details of the story and production. The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive ( Thursday, July 24, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Room 5AB): Join Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to get an inside look ...

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s e-mail to his employees included lots of information on how Microsoft’s sees their future. Satya made it clear that they are still committed to Xbox platform and will continue to delight users by driving innovation. Speaking of devices division at Microsoft, Satya highlighted that Microsoft’s Windows device OS and first-party hardware will set the bar for productivity experiences like they did with Surface Pro 3. He also hinted that Microsoft will at times create new categories like they did with Surface(productivity tablet) to stimulate more demand for the entire Windows ecosystem. Our first-party devices will light up digital work and life. Surface Pro 3 is a great example – it is the world’s best productivity tablet. In addition, we will build first-party hardware to stimulate more demand for the entire Windows ecosystem. That means at times we’ll develop new categories like we did with Surface. It also ...

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Susan Hauser, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft speaks with Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research in the above video to discuss about the power of “Blue Sky” research, the insights it uncovers and how past initiatives. Peter Lee cited Worldwide Telescope as an example. Worldwide Telescope was a Blue Sky idea of a researcher at Microsoft in which he wants to explore all the telescopic data in one single window. The technology Microsoft developed to implement WWT is now used when people view geo-spatial data in Power BI today. He also cited how Microsoft Exchange team is using IoT platform to collect data from its data center to predict when the network will go down and act accordingly. Watch the video above! ...

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The final Halo 3 Easter Egg has been found seven years after the game was released. Back in 2012, Bungie confirmed the existence of this Easter Egg and revealed that it will work only on specific day.  “There is one Easter egg in Halo 3 that I don’t think anyone has found – I stumbled across it in code a while back. It only happens on a specific day … so good luck.” Today, Teambeyond.net revealed how to experience this Easter Egg. When you press down on both thumbsticks during the loading screen on December 25, you’ll be shown a wider view of the Halo ring with the words “Happy Birthday Lauren!” on the ring’s surface. This Easter Egg was done by programmer Adrian Perez dedicated to his wife as a birthday gift. Adrian Perez claimed his proudest moment at Bungie was “showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the halo 3 ...

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European Union court ruled last month that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. Microsoft Bing last month revealed that they are working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names. In a statement to NYT on Wednesday, Microsoft said, “Developing an appropriate system is taking us some time, We expect to launch a form through which users can make requests soon.” While Google had over 70,000 requests so far, Microsoft has received a small fraction of that number. Source: NYT ...

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When it comes to Azure, Microsoft is all in to winning customers of all sorts. With Azure, Microsoft is catering customers’ needs and choices, allowing them to quickly build, deploy and manage applications by offering the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. Last month, they announced the support for Docket in Azure platform. Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a portable, self-sufficient container that will run almost anywhere – including Microsoft Azure. Today, they announced the plans to work with Google and Docker to bring support for both Kubernetes and libswarm open source projects on the Microsoft Azure platform. Announced in June, Kubernetes is a declarative container management solution supporting orchestration and scheduling of Docker containers, originally built on top of Google Compute Engine. ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. In the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, I guess they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. We’ll use the month of July to have a dialogue about this bold ambition and our core focus. Today I want to synthesize the strategic direction and massive opportunity I’ve been discussing for the past few months and the fundamental cultural changes required to deliver on it. On July 22, we’ll announce our earnings results for the past quarter and I’ll say more then on what we are doing in FY15 to focus on our core. Over the course of July, the Senior ...

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In the email sent to all of Microsoft’s employees, CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the culture change needed to move effectively in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. He said, “Our ambitions are bold and so must be our desire to change and evolve our culture.” He promised in making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work. And he also wants engineering teams to build the experiences our customers love. I’m looking to the sales and marketing organizations to showcase our unique value propositions and drive customer usage first and foremost. Finally, every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently. We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes. Culture change means we will do things differently. Often people think that means everyone other than them. ...

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In the annual letter sent to all the employees of Microsoft, Satya Nadella has highlighted the commitment Microsoft has towards Xbox platform and has effectively ended all the rumors about Microsoft selling or spinning of Xbox division. He reaffirmed that Microsoft will vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. I also want to share some additional thoughts on Xbox and its importance to Microsoft. As a large company, I think it’s critical to define the core, but it’s important to make smart choices on other businesses in which we can have fundamental impact and success. The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming. We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Xbox is one of the most-revered ...

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  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today sent an email to Microsoft employees regarding Microsoft’s bold ambition & their core. In that, Satya Nadella introduced a new way to describe Microsoft. In Steve Ballmer’s last year, Microsoft transformed into Devices and Services company. Satya wants to move away from that to being a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. Read what he said about it in the email, More recently, we have described ourselves as a “devices and services” company. While the devices and services description was helpful in starting our transformation, we now need to hone in on our unique strategy. At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more. We think about productivity for people, teams and the ...

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You can now save up to $149 when buying a Surface Pro 3 Essentials Bundle from Microsoft. It includes Surface Pro 3, your choice of Type Cover, choice of select Surface sleeves, Microsoft Complete Warranty Protection for accidental damage, and 1 year of Office 365 Home or Personal. If you are not interested in Surface Pro 3, you can get $150 toward your purchase, when you buy a PC and Office 365. Surface Pro 3: Offering unmatched versatility, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet has 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. Type Cover: Transform your Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop with the Surface Pro Type Cover. Available in multiple colors, the Surface Pro Type Cover features magnetic stability to keep the cover steady, ...

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Yahoo yesterday made a surprise announcement about the release of Yahoo Screen app for Xbox 360 users. Yahoo Screen is already available on iOS and Android devices, Roku and Apple TV. So, you can now explore great videos whether you’re on the go or on the couch. The Yahoo Screen experience on Xbox 360 is just like turning on your TV. You can jump right into the most popular videos, flip through videos and channels or search for clips with your controller. With easy access to the videos you love, Yahoo Screen on Xbox 360 brings a channel surfing experience to your fingertips — from clips of your favorite shows like Saturday Night Live to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, or live news,  events, and Yahoo originals, you can now view endless hours of videos from your favorite console. Join us this summer ...

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Google has joined Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Newegg and SAP to announce the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that is expected to cut down on patent troll litigation. The agreement is simple, patents of LOT network member companies cannot be used to sue other LOT network member companies even after patent transfer to other companies. The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold. The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent ...

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If you’re interested in research work Microsoft is doing, or want to have a glimpse of up-and-coming technology, as well as the info on research that went behind various products like Cortana, you must watch this upcoming MSR event. Microsoft today announced that there will be a live webcast of the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on July 14, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The 15th annual Faculty Summit brings 350 elite academic researchers to Redmond, Washington. The live stream from the first day will feature selected keynotes – such as Harry Shum, executive vice president of the Microsoft Technology and Research group – and interviews with top researchers. You can also post questions. The Research in Focus interview series will dive into cutting-edge developments in online education, computational biology and the miniaturization of computing devices. You’ll also learn about the research that went into designing Cortana, advances in using ...

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Gartner today released their Worldwide PC shipments report which revealed that total shipments were 75.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, a 0.1 percent increase from the second quarter of 2013. This should be a good news for OEMs as PC shipments have increased after eight quarters of declining shipments. This is due to the stabilization in developed markets was offset by a decline in emerging markets. “The PC market’s installed based has been declining as buyers switched to tablets and smartphones for entertainment and social media consumption. The 2Q14 results suggest that the consumer installed base restructuring peaked during 2013. We are seeing a slowdown in premium tablet sales, which have already penetrated a large number of households. PCs are now growing off a smaller installed base of newer devices, with more engaged users. Therefore, we expect to see slow, but consistent, PC growth. While the end ...

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