Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft shareholder Kim Barovic has sued Microsoft board in federal court in Seattle on Friday. He accused Microsoft board for mishandling the error in EU antitrust compliance related to Internet Explorer. Even though Microsoft accounted that non-compliance is due to technical error, Kim needs more explanation on this. In March last year, the European Union levied its largest ever antitrust fine against Microsoft for breaking a legally binding commitment made in 2009 to ensure that consumers in Europe had a choice of how they access the internet, rather than defaulting to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Its investigation found that updated software issued between May 2011 and July 2012 meant that 15 million users were not given a choice. It was the first time the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust authority, handed down a fine to a company for failing to meet its obligations. In her lawsuit, Barovic says she asked ...

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Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.  The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. “Now we find out that you’ve been struggling to come up with $30 million to finish migrating ...

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The Smoking Gun reports a group of alleged hackers have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of the U.S Army, Microsoft, and several other firms to steal pre-release copies of popular video games like “Call of Duty,” simulation software for Apache attack helicopter pilots, and confidential data that was used to create counterfeit versions of the Xbox gaming system. Three men have been named in a sealed federal indictment charging them each with 15 felony counts, including conspiracy, fraud, and computer hacking, according to a copy of the 54-page document. Two other alleged hackers–a North Carolina resident and an Australian teenager–have been identified as unindicted coconspirators in the scheme, which began in early 2011 and continued for more than two years. A federal grand jury last July returned a sealed indictment against Nathan Leroux, 19; Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28; and David Pokora, a Canadian resident. FBI agents last week arrested ...

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With Windows 8.1 Update officially released there are a number of small changes which make life easier some. Here are some tips and tricks via the Windows Experience Blog: BEFORE the update: Non-tablet devices would boot to the Start screen. Closing Windows Store apps would take you back to the Start screen. And pictures, music, and video files would open in Windows Store (modern) apps. AFFER the update: Non-tablet devices will now boot to the desktop. Closing a Windows Store app now takes you back to the previously used app. If you close all apps, it takes your back to the desktop. And pictures, music, and video files now open with associated desktop apps (like Windows Photo Viewer, Windows Media Player, etc.). We now have an official explanation of when the power button will appear on the start screen: On some devices you may not see the Power button. On devices ...

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Spectrum, the airwaves over which wireless devices communicate, is increasingly in demand throughout the world. As mobile broadband access is expanding and unprecedented numbers of smart devices come online, efficient use of wireless spectrum becomes increasingly important. The Microsoft Spectrum Observatory was created to provide an intuitive presentation of wireless spectrum usage in locations around the world. Usage information is recorded through monitoring stations and is stored and processed for visualization through the Microsoft Azure cloud. The data is then easily accessible and freely available to the public. Microsoft recently released all of the source code for the Microsoft Spectrum Observatory under the Apache 2.0 license, increasing the opportunity for collaboration among academics, governments and others interested in learning more about how wireless spectrum is used. “The data provided by the [Microsoft] Spectrum Observatory is particularly useful for government regulators throughout the world, who are increasingly looking for new methods ...

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Amazon (UK), Asda, and other British retailers have slashed the price of the Xbox One Titanfall bundle by £50 to £349.  At launch Microsoft charged  £429 for an Xbox One but soon dropped the price to £399.  This new price of £349 is the exact same price point a standard Sony PS4 is sold at today in the UK.  These price drops are not totally unexpected.  With the Xbox 360 Microsoft slowly dropped the price of the console as the years went on eventually matching the Nintendo Wii $250 price point.  However, this is bad news for Sony whose price and international availability of the PS4 have been major selling points of the console. For context, some approximate price conversions based on today’s market: £50 = $83.68 £349 = $584.12 £399 = $667.80 £429 = $718.02 via Video Gamer ...

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Reuters today reported that Microsoft has agreed to participate in patent firm Intellectual Ventures’ latest acquisition fund. According to Reuters sources, while Microsoft and Sony agreed to take part in the latest acquisition fund, Apple and Intel which invested with IV previously, declined to participate. Last year IV curtailed patent acquisitions as it sought new investors, and IV now is ramping up, say three sources familiar with IV’s activity in the patent market. “Microsoft and Sony’s investments give IV a fresh war chest to buy new patents,” said Kevin Jakel, chief executive of Unified Patents, which advises tech companies on alternatives to patent aggregators like IV. But Apple and Intel’s decision is significant because the biggest tech companies have supported IV in the past. “This would be a dramatic departure,” Jakel said. Intellectual Ventures was created in 2000 and since then they have raised about $6 billion and acquired 70,000 patents and other intellectual ...

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It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube: Few hours back we reported about the video from Microsoft Research on their Interactive Live Tiles project. There is another video of the same project in which Microsoft Research is making use of Interactive Live Tiles for improving multi-tasking with modern Windows apps. In the video above, they show a scenario where OneDrive app’s interactive Live Tile is placed on the left bar on the screen while the main content on the screen is the Mail app. You can still browse through your files on your OneDrive app without leaving the Mail app. This project features an Interactive-Tile UI system that enables users to access and manipulate Live Tiles in an interactive way with touch gestures. Interactive Tile’s UI is responsive and flexible to an app’s content and function. Users can provide quick input to the ...

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It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube: Live tiles are a key part of the Start screen and the modern experience of Windows. They provide up-to-date content and notifications. Live tiles embody the Microsoft design principle of being fast and fluid. Users can see updates and real-time information from their apps all from their Start Screen, enabling them to quickly review new information and engage with apps even before they open the apps. A tile is an app’s representation on the Start screen and it can be either static or live. A static tile displays the default content, which is generally a full-tile logo image. A live tile, however, can present new and valuable content that invites the user to re-engage with your app. You can implement either a simple badge or live tile notifications to draw in your users. Even ...

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At CES earlier this year, Sony announced the new Vaio Flip 11 which is a 11-inch convertible and will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. Sony is now recalling these Vaio Fit 11A and has asked customers to stop using it as soon as possible. Sony revealed that there is a risk that batteries on these new Vaio devices overheating and catching fire. Sony has revealed that it has sold a total of 25,905 Vaio products world-wide since it kicked off sales in February, including 497 in the U.S., 7,158 in Europe, 2,088 in China and 3,619 in Japan. Source: WSJ ...

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  Microsoft today revealed a new installation process in which Windows can be installed to save storage on the disk. This new instillation process was added with Windows 8.1 Update and it allows devices with 16GB or 32GB SSDs or eMMC storage to have plenty of storage left for apps and data after Windows is installed. This new deployment option is called Windows Image Boot (or WIMBoot). Instead of extracting all the individual Windows files from an image (WIM) file, they remain compressed in the WIM. But from the user’s perspective, nothing looks any different: You still see a C: volume containing Windows, your apps, and all of your data. How much does this process save on storage? So let’s assume the WIM file (INSTALL.WIM) is around 3GB and you are using a 16GB SSD. In that configuration, you’ll still be left with over 12GB of free disk space (after ...

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This was an expected move from Microsoft, Microsoft has finally ended the custom domain support for Outlook.com. Custom domain support was one of the coolest feature that differentiated Outlook.com/Hotmail from Gmail in the recent years. Microsoft posted on Windows Live Admin Center homepage that Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups and new customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365. If you are already using custom domains on Outlook.com, Microsoft will continue to support the ability to log in to Outlook.com with your existing custom domain email address, but you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain. Changes to custom domains with Outlook.com Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups. New customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365, Microsoft’s premium online service, which also includes enterprise-class ...

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Microsoft today released the updated Bing Translator widgets for webmasters. The Translator web page widget allows you to bring real-time, in-place translation to your web site. Users can see your pages in their own language without having to go to a separate translation web site. The current widget design was replaced by a new simple one. You can watch video demo of how it works in the video above. Also, you can customize the widget for your needs. Allow your visitors to translate any page with the simple click of a bookmark. Translation happens in place without leaving the page with this light-weight, cross-browser plugin. Configuration Options: Translation Settings – Set when to translate (Manual or Automatic). Pick a Color – Select a Dark or Light version of the widget to fit your site. Community Translations -  Allow visitors to suggest alternate translations. Adding Bing Translator to Web Pages: There ...

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Disney today announced the exclusive availability of Disney Solitaire in the Windows Store for $4.99. It features 120 levels of exciting and challenging solitaire challenges, players venture through beautiful level maps based on Peter Pan and The Lion King as they play solitaire, overcome villains and meet familiar characters along the way! Description: Play a challenging solitaire adventure game against the backdrop of timeless Disney classics in Disney Solitaire! Travel through beautiful level maps based on Peter Pan and The Lion King as you play solitaire, overcome villains, and meet your favorite characters along the way! Game Features – 120 levels of exciting solitaire challenges! – Two modes of play—Try “Adventure Mode” to test your skill on challenge-based tri-peaks solitaire levels or switch to “Free Play Mode” to try a variety of solitaire game styles in classic Disney environments! – Hear classic music and see clips from each movie while you ...

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Last week, we reported that Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson spoke with Phil Spencer about his new role as Head of Xbox. They discussed about E3, fan feedback, and his plans to help lead Xbox going forward. Phil Spencer answered that he is looking into all the feedback he is getting from people around, and his focus is mainly on gaming for Xbox. He really wants Gaming and Xbox to be a main strategy for Microsoft going forward. Today, Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson posted another video in which he chats with Phil about his history at Microsoft and what led him to his new role as Head of Xbox. He worked on number of games including Halo, Fable, etc, in his past 26 years at Microsoft. He also revealed his most favorite game and many other things. He also said that Microsoft is really committed to Xbox platform and his recent discussion ...

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You may recall our reporting on the Atari documentary which is being exclusively produced by Microsoft for the Xbox.  The documentary team ran afoul of the New Mexico state government which put the planned excavation on hold.  But these issues how now been cleared up and the public is invited to see the dig. Xbox One: Atari Documentary Dig Which Was Earlier Put On Hold By The State Government Now Approved Atari Documentary Dig Put On Hold by the State Government An Xbox original documentary series is telling the story behind Atari’s alleged burial of millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in a small town in New Mexico three decades ago. An excavation to find those games will be carried out April 26, and if you’re there for it, you may be interviewed for the film. Spectators are invited to watch the unearthing to see whether the burial ...

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