Review Category : Microsoft

Yesterday we reported that, Lenovo has stopped selling all its smaller display Windows tablets in the US. It includes ThinkPad 8 and Lenovo Miix 2 consumer tablet as Lenovo is not seeing enough interest for small Windows tablets in the US. Lenovo executive said, “In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets. If market demand for ThinkPad 8 changes, we will re-evaluate our strategy.” Today, Lenovo completely backtracked from what that executive told regarding their Windows tablet strategy. They announced that they will continue to sell new Windows devices in the market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and ...

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Xbox Fitness is one of the main advantage of buying Microsoft’s Xbox One console over Sony PS4. Today, Microsoft announced that Gatorade Sports Performance, a new training program from Gatorade will be available exclusively through Xbox Fitness which will offer athletes actual workouts from the pros. First up in the program is Football Training Camp. Workout alongside JJ Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, as he takes you through his football workout routines to improve your performance on the field. Training with JJ will help boost your stamina, agility, strength and ability to recover with workouts designed to focus on each specific attribute. Best of all, you can train with JJ for free on Xbox Fitness starting tomorrow, July 18. The Gatorade Sports Performance training program offers a resource to supplement organized practices and games. The workouts can be completed in the convenience of your own home, at any ...

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If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet, then this is a great deal for you. TigerDirect is now selling Acer Iconia W510 Windows tablet for just $199. The Acer Iconia W510-1620 Tablet is powered by Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor, 2GB of DDR3, 32GB of internal storage, 10.1″ HD display for a outstanding visual performance and it runs on full Windows, which means you can install all your legacy Windows apps on it. Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor; delivers a superb computing performance 2GB of DDR3 memory; enhanced multitasking capabilities 32GB internal storage; provides enough space for your various files 10.1″ HD display; delivers crisp, clear visuals for your viewing pleasure Windows 8 OS; includes the latest Windows operating system   Find out the deal here from TigerDirect. ...

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Yesterday, we reported that apart from the 12,500 former Nokia employees who will leave Microsoft, another 5,500 Microsoft employees will also be shown the door. As per the sources of Mary Jo Foley, every other team from legal to Xbox is affected by this move. It is also reported that the newly formed Operating Systems Group which is responsible for the development of Windows will be affected immediately. Also, Terry Myerson is now shaking up the functional structure of Windows team which was program management/development/software testing structure since Sinofsky’s days. The following is the internal memo sent by Terry Myerson to his group, Re: Focusing our team Team, As Satya shared last week, and we’ve been discussing for almost a year, we are making broad changes in how we engineer products. Thus, today we are restructuring some parts of our team in three areas: consolidating some of our geographically distributed teams, cancelling ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming August Xbox One System update. This update will be rolled out to beta testers in the coming days. It includes number of social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. More notable ones are the ability to buy content on Xbox.com or Xbox Smartglass app, 3D Blu-ray support and more. Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed.  The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares ...

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Dell today became the largest ecommerce vendor to accept Bitcoin payments in the US. Customers can choose any product on Dell.com and use Bitcoin as payment method to enjoy this new feature. Dell is partnering with Coinbase, the world’s largest platform for buying and selling bitcoins for US dollars at the current market rate. How to use it? When you’re ready to make a purchase, just add your items to your cart, fill out your shipping details and choose Bitcoin as your payment method. When you submit your order, you’ll be taken to Coinbase.com to complete your purchase. From here, you can choose to pay directly from your bitcoin wallet by using the generated payment address or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone. Or, if you have a Coinbase account, you can log in and send payment directly. Once your payment has been processed, you’ll be returned to Dell.com ...

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Earlier this month, Microsoft rolled out the July Xbox One system update. It included new features such as Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to snap, ability to choose spoken language, ability to kike Game DVR clips in SmartGlass and more. Today, Microsoft has started rolling out August 1408 system update preview to beta testers. This update includes the following improvements, The ability to purchase from Xbox.com or SmartGlass app: Your Xbox One console will wake up and download the content automatically. You just need to set the console to Instant On to enjoy this feature. Low battery notification: When your controller is running out of battery, you will get on-screen notification about it. Vibration when holding Xbox button: You will now have vibration feedback when you press and hold Xbox button in the controller. via: WPC ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed their plans for the largest job cuts in their history. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs by next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 months. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. European Commission has asked to meet Microsoft to discuss about the layoffs announcement. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor has said the following regarding this matter, “I have asked to meet with Microsoft representatives as soon as possible in order to get more information on the planned redundancies and the measures to alleviate the social consequences, as well as ...

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Yesterday, we reported a potential bug Google Chrome that will cause poor battery life on Windows laptop during web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. After 2 years, Google has ...

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Microsoft last month started selling a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU is now available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. If you have your old PS3, Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E consoles in your home, you can trade-in to get another $100 on your Xbox One purchase. Why Xbox One? Xbox One brings together the best exclusive games, the most advanced multiplayer, and entertainment experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Play games together with your friends on a network powered by over 300,000 servers for maximum performance. Find new challengers who fit your skill and style with Smart Match, which uses intelligent algorithms to bring the right players together. Conditions: Valid 7/14/2014 until 8/31/2014, or while supplies last. To be eligible for trade-in, product must power ...

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Microsoft has great social media policies for their employees and product groups. Most of the Microsoft products have their own Twitter account posting news and information about it. In fact, there are hundreds of official Microsoft Twitter accounts right now. Microsoft has now created the most up to date and comprehensive reference of active Microsoft Twitter Accounts on TechNet Wiki. Right now, this list has a categorized listing of 215 Microsoft Twitter Accounts representing official Microsoft products, teams, projects and initiatives along with widely recognized influential personal Twitter Accounts of individuals who work at Microsoft. The TechNet Wiki truly is a place where collaboration happens. This article is managed and maintained by the TechNet Wiki Community and is the result of efforts by community members at large, the TechNet Wiki Community Council and from contacts at Microsoft. A big thank you to everyone who contributed! You can check out the ...

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For the sixth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beat Xbox One in sales in the US. Even the doubling of console sales was not enough for Microsoft to catch up with PS4 which shows that Xbox One sales were really bad in the month of May. Despite having a solid platform for both games and entertainment apps, Microsoft’s console sales is not up to the mark due to unfocused marketing team. The total sales of consoles and portables combined was $736.4 million, up 24 percent from $593.5 million in sales during the same period last year. Also, combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 “Sales of launch titles in June 2014 did not compare favorably to those launched in June 2013, which included the PS3 exclusive The Last of Us, along with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf, ...

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If you are using Windows, you must be aware of the fact that Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiated Find operation. This works in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel and thousands of other programs. But there is one notable exception, Microsoft Outlook. When you use Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut inside Outlook, it forwards the current email instead of initiating the Find operation. Have you ever wondered why it was designed like that? Short answer is, Bill Gates. Read the below story to know why Ctrl+F differs in Outlook from rest of the Windows apps. It’s a widespread convention that the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiates a Find operation. Word does it, Excel does it, Wordpad does it, Notepad does it, Internet Explorer does it. But Outlook doesn’t. Why doesn’t Outlook get with the program? Rewind to 1995. The mail team was hard at work on their mail client, known as Exchange (code name Capone, ...

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The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act requires companies with 100 or more employees to notify affected workers 60 days prior to closures and layoffs. WARN data includes the name of the employer, business location, number of affected workers, type (layoff or closure) and effective date of layoff or closure. So, Microsoft has filed their listing with the detail that they are going to layoff 1351 employees with the process starting on September 15th. Microsoft Redmond 9/15/2014 1351 Layoff Permanent 7/17/2014 Microsoft today finally revealed their plans for their job cuts after Nokia acquisition. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 ...

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As part of the reorganizations and layoffs announced today, Microsoft has decided to stop developing the MixRadio service it acquired from Nokia. However, the good thing Microsoft is doing is to spin-off MixRadio from Microsoft so that it could operate as independent company. Currently, MixRadio depends on the revenue from the devices pre-loaded with MixRadio. If it becomes an independent company, it should find a new business model to survive in the highly competitive online music streaming industry. Microsoft will continue to focus on developing and maintaining the best operating system for consumers to use music and entertainment with their choice of third-party applications along with their own Xbox Music platform. Speaking to Musically, Jyrki Rosenberg of MixRadio team said that he has seen very strong interest from investors in the US, Europe and Asia. “For me personally it’s very exciting. I’ve been meeting with potential investors around the world in the last few weeks. We ...

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Earlier this year, Lenovo announced ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, with the ability to connect to a keyboard and display for a full PC experience. Or flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode. In addition, it allowed users to capture photos and videos intuitively and easily with the Quickshot cover. Users just peel back the tablet’s cover to expose the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the super bright 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is armed with the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro ...

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