Review Category : Microsoft

Guardian last year reported that Microsoft handed the NSA access to unencrypted Skype and Outlook.com messages. It said that Microsoft collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users communications to be intercepted. Microsoft responded to the allegations saying that they comply with US laws. The following was the response from Microsoft regarding Outlook.com messages data, First, while we did discuss legal compliance requirements with the government as reported last week, in none of these discussions did Microsoft provide or agree to provide any government with direct access to user content or the ability to break our encryption. Second, these discussions were instead about how Microsoft would meet its continuing obligation to comply with the law by providing specific information in response to lawful government orders. Today, Greenwald via his new books has revealed the documents which shows the discussion Microsoft and the US government had regarding PRISM program. It ...

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Microsoft today released an update for OneNote app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This is a minor update which includes added support for stroke eraser, security improvements and lots of bug fixes. What’s new: Added stroke eraser. Security improvements. Various bug fixes. Full List Of Features: Make lists — Quickly write up to-do lists with check boxes. Draw and write — Use your device’s pen or your finger to draw in your notes. Take pictures — Take photos with your device’s camera to put in your notes, text in the images will be searchable with OCR. Scan whiteboards and documents — use your device’s camera and they will be auto cropped and enhanced. Share to OneNote — You can clip content to OneNote using Share option in Windows Charms bar. Recent Notes and page thumbnails — Find your notes quickly with page previews and your recent notes on ...

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There is a new report from CNET in which an Analyst claims that Microsoft may reveal a larger Surface Pro tablet soon. We already know that Microsoft will talk about multiple Surface devices at their press event scheduled to happen next week. One of the Surface device will be of 7-8 inch display with stylus support, another Surface device will be based on new Intel Haswell processor. This analyst claims that there is a strong possibility that the Intel based Surface device to be revealed may have a 12-inch display. “There are strong indications that there is a 12-inch product coming down the pipeline,” Rhoda Alexander, who directs IHS Technology’s monitor and tablet research, said, referring to Microsoft’s Surface product line. The current Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 have 10.6-nch displays. When asked if it’s possible that a bigger Pro product will launch with the expected “Surface Mini,” on May 20, Alexander said a ...

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When Microsoft revealed Kinect for the first time, we knew that the possibilities with this system will be endless. Kinect is now being used in various types of setup everyday across the world from military purposes, hospitals to gaming consoles. Today is a milestone in Kinect’s journey in Healthcare world. Jintronix, which developed a Microsoft Kinect based Stroke rehab system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This marks an important milestone for Jintronix as well.  “We’re very excited about receiving FDA clearance, which paves the way for Jintronix to help in the rehabilitation of countless stroke victims,” said CEO Shawn Errunza. Jintronix tackles all of the issues of Stroke patients by providing patients with fun, “gamified” exercises that accelerate recovery and increase adherence. In addition, Jintronix gives patients immediate feedback, which ensures that they perform their movements correctly. This is critical when the patient ...

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Summer break is just around the corner! And many parents struggle to come up with ways to keep their kids learning and engaged with fun activities throughout the summer months. Microsoft has now offered an help to all such parents by announcing several programs, classes and opportunities to continue the learning and fun after the schools get over this season. As part of Microsoft YouthSpark program, Microsoft is organizing YouthSpark Summer Camps for kids at your local Microsoft retail store. These camps include activities such as Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Designing where students will learn how to build, publish and bring mobile games to life. In addition, Smart Movie Making and Smart Photo Taking offers students a chance to produce and design movies and images. Calling all campers Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) ...

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Sunset Overdrive game was announced during E3 2013 during Microsoft keynote as a Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future. The story is like this, a catastrophic event has left your city overrun by mutants. While the majority perish or transform, you flourish. It turns out your calling isn’t picking up trash or serving food, it’s mutant destruction. This game represents a number of firsts for Insomniac Games. It is their first open world game, its first title built from the ground up exclusively for Xbox, and it’s more. Xbox Wire has an interview with several folks working on Sunset Overdrive about what’s new in Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One. Read the full interview here. Sunset Overdrive has given us the chance to go farther than we have before when it comes to traversal and combat, and really, for the first time in a long time, ...

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Microsoft invited the press for a Surface related event on Tuesday May 20th. Today, they announced there will be a live webcast of the event which we all can enjoy. The specific URL of the webcast will be shared in a follow-up post on Monday, May 19. The Surface team has an event coming up next week in New York City. Invitations went out to a select group of press last week, and while the venue doesn’t allow us to invite you all to be there, we’re hoping that you’ll join us via a live webcast of the event that will be presented by the Microsoft News Center. The webcast will begin at 8am Pacific Time (11am Eastern). For specific details on the webcast, visit the Microsoft News Center on Tuesday, May 20th. You should also follow Surface on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all the latest. Source: Microsoft ...

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  Coming in June, popular entertainment apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, YouTube, Twitch, ESPN, NFL, Xbox Music, and experiences such as Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive, OneGuide, and Upload Studio for Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be available to everyone with an Xbox Live account—whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. Microsoft announced this changes yesterday along with the announcement about new low powered Xbox One SKU that starts at $399 without Kinect. Because of this announcement, many non-gamers may want to cancel their Xbox Live Gold subscription. Microsoft today announced that starting in June, customers can cancel and receive a pro-rata refund of any unused remaining days between the date of cancellation and the date their paid Gold membership ends. Will I be able to cancel my Gold membership? Yes. Once the Xbox One and Xbox 360 system updates become available in June, Xbox Live ...

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Microsoft has invited the press for a Surface related event on May 20th. Microsoft is expected to reveal Surface Mini which will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have a full stylus support as well. Bloomberg later reported that Microsoft will also reveal a Intel based Surface at the same event in addition to the rumored Surface Mini. Even CNET reported that the Intel based Surface will based on a new power-optimized Haswell variant as opposed to the widely believed Intel Atom processor. Today, Microsoft Support site for an update titled “Add recording support H264 for modern communication apps in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2″ has provided us a hint on the upcoming Surface Pro 3 with improved camera. An update is available that adds support to the Surface Pro 3 camera. The following supports will be added into Windows 8.1 to support the h.264 ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are offering a new Xbox One SKU that will not come with Kinect sensor, but starting at a lower price point of $399. While there are many speculations about this move from Microsoft, Xbox marketing head Yusuf Mehdi in an interview to Engadget said that affordability is the issue. “We have 80-plus million Xbox 360 users today who want an Xbox One, and many of them tell us, ‘For me, it’s an affordability issue. I’m gonna get there, it’s just a question of time. If you make it more affordable, then I’ll upgrade faster.’ So this is an opportunity to really make it easier for them to get there at their pace.” When asked about whether the sales gap between Xbox One and PS4 is due to price, he said the following, It’s hard to really assess the gap in sales. They’re in many more ...

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On the second Tuesday of each month, Microsoft releases updates for Windows and other products like Office through Windows Update (WU), Microsoft Update (MU), and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). This is often referred to as “Update Tuesday” or “Patch Tuesday”. Microsoft delivers most of the security updates via this process to most of its products including Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and other. Since Microsoft has officially ended the support for Windows XP last month, they highlighted today that last month’s Update Tuesday on April 8th is the last “Update Tuesday” and Windows XP is no longer receiving updates. So what does this mean if you’re still running Windows XP (click here to see if you are running Windows XP if you are not sure)? With today’s Update Tuesday, if you are still on Windows XP you will not receive any security or non-security updates through Windows Update or Microsoft ...

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If you are a fan of Despicable Me franchise, then you will love this game in Windows Store. Rediscover the heart and humor of Despicable Me in the official game of the franchise. There are hundreds of missions in the game through which you can enjoy unpredictably hilarious Minion moments. Find the latest stuff from the recent update below. New in this update: The Minions are ready for new adventures! Check out a fun new environment, a new mini-game, a new costume and more in this exciting update for Despicable Me: Minion Rush! – New Environment: Discover the secrets of the Anti-Villain League from Despicable Me 2. – New Mini-Game: Unlock a new Power-Up and get ready for a Mission to the Moon! – New Costume: Run dressed as a Starfish Minion! – More Challenges: Compete against friends from your country in the new local leaderboards, and participate in daily ...

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Microsoft released the above marketing video to claim the superior nature of Windows 8’s multitasking features over Apple’s iOS. Today, a new report claims that Apple is planning to include the exact same feature in the upcoming iOS 8 update. As you expect, users will be able to open two apps at the same time. The report even claims that Apple will one up this feature with the ability to drag and drop content between split view apps. In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is said to be developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each ...

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Microsoft today added no.of new themes and wallpapers to Windows personalization gallery. There is a new Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare to celebrate the launch of the game on Windows. Introduce the colorful combatants of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare to your desktop with our new theme, in anticipation of the game’s Windows release on June 24. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare released on Xbox One in February. Another recent game launch was Ubisoft’s eagerly awaited Child of Light, which came to the Windows Store on April 30. I particularly love this title’s artwork, so I’m thrilled to be able to bring you a theme featuring some of its gorgeous environmental and concept paintings. The rest of our new themes are photographic, and feature the works of our community of contributors. Community Showcase Aqua 2 is a sequel to the popular Community Showcase: Aqua theme, and contains images of water ...

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Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps just got updated in Windows Store. These are minor updates that brings some improvements to the experience of the app. Xbox Music: Xbox Music brings you all the music you love in one simple app. Play and manage music from your personal collection and browse and buy songs from Xbox Music. Instantly stream millions of songs free on your Windows 8/Windows RT device. Or get an Xbox Music Pass for unlimited access to music across all your devices. Key updates include: It’s now easier to tell when albums or songs in the Explore tab aren’t available for streaming, or have other restrictions Minor fixes and improvements Download Xbox Music app here from Windows Store for free. Xbox Video: Xbox Video brings you the latest HD movies and TV shows on your Windows 8/Windows RT device and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Rent ...

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Microsoft today started roll out of an update to Windows Store that will provide an enhanced user experience for users in navigation and browsing of apps. It also allows developers to do price promotions on their apps, and more to further improve app discoverability and minimize customer confusion. Today’s update focuses on enhancements that address customer feedback and makes it easier for users to find your apps including: Persistent Store navigation bar – enables users to discover and filter apps by Category, Top charts and Collections Collections – expanded set of Collections, accessible from the Store landing page. Some collections will also show the ability to “Install All” the apps in that collection, which will make it easier for consumers to start using apps in collections Featured apps and new ‘top’ lists – new sections help promote great new apps. The ‘Top grossing’ list includes apps that generate revenue through download ...

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