Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today formalized their policy on materials used in packaging and hardware supply chain. Microsoft is also working to further improve the relevance and quality of the information provided about the content and source of materials used in our products. As the company moves forward as One Microsoft, we must do an extraordinary job of overcoming complex social and environmental challenges throughout our packaging and hardware supply chain. Recently, we formalized our values and approach around upstream responsible sourcing through “Microsoft’s Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials” policy. What’s changed in our thinking? We are extending our positive influence to the furthest reaches of our upstream supply chain – all the way to harvested and extracted materials. This is a natural evolution of our Supplier Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) program. In 2005, we began holding our contracted suppliers accountable to the ethical business, labor, environmental and worker safety practices outlined in ...

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The Chinese government has made the decision to stick with Windows even though the operating system has reached end-of-life. Senior official Yan Xiaohong commented that upgrading to Windows 8 would be “fairly expensive.” Windows 8 costs 888 yuan (£84 or $142) in China. However in some cases the government would have to buy new hardware to upgrade to Windows 8. China is not paying Microsoft for extended Windows XP support. Instead, Chinese security providers have released special protection products to patch up the system, which the government is now “appraising” for use. It is estimated that nearly 70% of computers in China are still using Windows XP. IE6 usage in China remains well over 20%, while the rest of the world remains under 1%. It is believed that 90% of Windows XP usage in China comes from pirated copies of the operating system. However, since  a crackdown in 2010 most government agencies ...

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Last year, Microsoft introduced the Bing for Schools program where schools participating in the search program will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections. Today, Microsoft renamed the project to Bing in the Classroom program, and is increasing the broad availability of ad-free, safer, more private search to all eligible K-12 public and private schools in the US. Along with providing educational enhancements, Bing in the Classroom removes ads and blocks searches from being used for personalized advertising for all Bing.com searches done through the school’s network, making Bing the only major search engine to provide a search offering tailored specifically for the classroom. As of today, any qualified school district or private school can go to bing.com/classroom and register for the completely free service, which is already being used by over 4.5 million students, including those in the five largest districts in ...

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Xplore Technologies yesterday announced the industry’s most rugged Windows tablet on the market, the XC6 DMSR. It is powered by a 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, the high-performance rugged tablet features a direct sunlight readable display, as well as an resisitive multi-touch interface to make running your toughest applications easier than ever- no matter how extreme the environment. Read the full press release below. AUSTIN, Texas – April 22, 2014 – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR), manufacturer of rugged and ultra-rugged tablets, has announced the XC6 series, the most rugged and highest performing tablet in the industry. The tablet significantly upgrades Xplore’s iX104 ultra-rugged tablet series, with double the performance speeds, a 30 percent increase in sunlight-readability, an innovative rugged multi-touch display and a full Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro operating system. “The XC6 is the toughest and highest performance product Xplore has ever developed. It will perform ...

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Microsoft wants to make finding environmental data as simple as clicking on a map. To make this a reality Microsoft has introduced FetchClimate, a tool that makes locating environmental information easy. By drawing a box around a geographic area you’re and selecting the environmental information wanted, you can view the data on Bing Maps within seconds. FetchClimate calculates data uncertainty, so you know how reliable the information is, and the tool allows you to specify precisely the size of the area and the period of time for your query. FetchClimate runs in the cloud, on Microsoft Azure, meaning there is no physical limit on how much information can be added. You can not only look at historical climate data but also peer into the future, as Microsoft has included forecast data from the latest climate simulation experiments. For example, you can see what the predicted temperature or precipitation in your area will be in 2050. The Computational ...

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Microsoft Bing Rewards has now added a new redeem option where you can get 100 points/miles for popular airline and hotel loyalty programs with 400 reward credits. Redeem your credits and get 100 points/miles for your favorite frequent flyer, hotel or retail loyalty program. Participating programs include American Airlines AAdvantage®, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns®, Hawaiian Airlines® HawaiianMiles®, Icelandair Saga Club, IHG® Rewards Club, LifeMiles, My BestBuy™ Rewards, SVM FuelCircle, US Airways® Dividend Miles® and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Once you receive the certificate, choose your preferred loyalty program, enter your member number and some info to make sure it’s you, and your points or miles will be deposited into your program account. Rack up your credits to get rewarded faster! Travel, stay or shop that much sooner. Find more details about this reward here. If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. ...

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Yesterday we reported on new rumors regarding Windows 8.2 (or Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Autumn Update) and Windows 9. Russian leaker WZOR has asserted that Windows 8.2 is likely to be released this fall. Mary Jo Foley says she has independently heard it may be released as early as August (2014). Previous to Windows 8.1, Microsoft typically took three years to release the next version of Windows. The exception to this was Windows Vista. It took nearly 5 years after the initial release of Windows XP until Windows Vista came out. Of course the issue is slightly more nuanced, Windows XP SP2 could have considered a new version of Windows and Project Longhorn was scrapped and Windows Vista was written in about 2.5 years. Between Windows Vista to Windows 7 to Windows 8 about three years passed between each OS. Windows 8.1 was released about one year after Windows ...

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Today Lenovo introduced two new additions to its FLEX family of dual mode laptops with the new FLEX 2 laptops available in 14 and 15.6-in models. The laptops have the ability traditional laptop in “laptop mode” or to be used in “stand mode” by flipping the keyboard underneath the screen 300 degrees. Both models come with 1080p full HD widescreen displays with 10-finger multi-touch. They both come with an optional backlit keyboard. On the inside, these models will be available in a couple of different options: Up to 4th generation Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics OR up to AMD A8 APU processor and Radeon R5 M230 graphics. They also come with three different storage options: Up to 1TB of hard drive or hybrid SSHD storage or up to 256 GB SSD storage. For audio, stereo speaks with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology and an optional dual array digital microphone “The new FLEX ...

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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. Major Nelson has announced that Microsoft will be giving away t-shirts to the first 250 people and canteens to the first 75 people at the dig site. There will also be a chance to win a free Xbox One: What’s going on: Prep for  the big dig by playing classic Atari games, courtesy of Gamers Anonymous. Enjoy complementary food and soft drinks, and we’ll be raffling off prizes, including Xbox One games and an Xbox One system. Where: Gamestop 516 1st St, Alamogordo, NM 88310 (map) When: Friday, April 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Please note, the event is free and open ...

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Titanfall for Xbox One and PC was released on March 11th and it was well received by the consumers. The Xbox 360 version of the game was released on April 8th and it is now available for download. All these editions were earlier available for $59.99 USD. Now, Amazon is selling these units under a great deal for just $36.99, a 38% off from its original price. Find the links below to order. 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. Order Titanfall game from Amazon the following links, Order ...

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Microsoft India has partnered with HP and Pearson to launch a tablet targeting higher educational students in engineering and management streams. HP Omni10 Windows 8.1 tablet will include content from Pearson and Microsoft Office. It is priced at Rs 29,999 and will be available for all technical and management institutes at an EMI plan of Rs 2,990 per month for 12 months (taxes additional). This offer will be available till June 15th. HP Omni 10 specs: Intel® Atom® Z3770 (1.46 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 4 cores), 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory with MicroSD card support, Up to 8.5 hours of battery life 10″ diagonal WVA multitouch enable (With Corning Gorilla Glass 3) (1920 x 1200) 720p 2 MP (front-facing webcam); 8MP with Auto-Focus(rear-facing webcam) Stereo speakers; HP Premium Sound Accelerometer; Gyroscope; Ambient light sensor; Hall; eCompass Apart from the above specs, the following additional content ...

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  If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet that will also serve you for your productivity, here is the answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface 64GB model with Black Touch Cover is now available for just $329 from Microsoft Store. This is a 2 day sale from Microsoft Store. That’s $30 off of current discounted price – but a whopping $170 savings from original price of $499! Offer is valid now through Wednesday, 4/23, end of day 11:59 pm PST. Place the order for Microsoft Surface 64gb with black Touch Cover for on Microsoft Store for $359, use the Promo code AFF2DAY at checkout for the $329 deal price. You can order Surface 64GB Surface for $329 here. ...

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Bing image search experience is one of my favorite web service that I use often. Microsoft today blogged about the Bing Image search quality providing us a behind the scenes look into how Bing is improving image search quality by exploring some additional techniques that they are employing to deliver high quality image results. Bing listed some of the techniques they use in deriving Bing Image search results, Understanding Image Quality Understanding Objects Understanding Color Filtering Image Characteristics Faces, Shoulders and Bodies Understanding Image Style Better Image Quality by Smart Cropping Better Thumbnail Visual Quality Building Hero Image Experiences For comparison with Google, check the images above. First one is the Bing image search result and the below one is from Google. For example with a query like “photos of yunnan”, where Yunnan is a beautiful resort in China, users expect to not only see relevant but also beautiful images ...

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The Windows OS we install on our tablets, PCs and servers takes several gigabytes of space to run. With the increasing adoption of mobile devices by consumers, it is necessary to make Windows run on a mobile device that will have less than 4GB of storage. For that, Microsoft has created a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows Client or Server. These smaller operating systems is in the order megabytes – not gigabytes. A recent job listing revealed that Windows Phone is the first product that was developed using this technology. Also, Microsoft is now pushing their Internet of Things strategy with Windows, this technology could be powering there too. Our team is working on a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows ...

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We already have a cloud platform from Microsoft called Azure. Thousands of organizations and developers are already building and deploying their apps on this service. A new job listing has revealed that Microsoft is developing a new product in which they will offer Windows as a Service. 1st and 3rd party service providers can also build on this Windows as a Service. Even though this sounds similar to what Azure is offering right now, I guess this could be consumer version of Windows offered as a service. We are a team focused on developing services that will power Microsoft’s ability to offer Windows as a Service. You will help will build the software platform that allow 1st and 3rd party service providers to onboard their services on to the Microsoft’s new consumer membership program. You will prototype and develop services that connect partners with consumers to offer an integrated Microsoft ...

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Well known Russian leaker WZOR has made a number of claims regarding Windows 9 and Windows 8.1 Update 2 (or Windows 8.2). According to WZor, Windows 8.2 might be released later this year possibly in the Autumn.  Windows 8.2 is likely to be very similar to the Spring Update (Windows 8.1 Update) and may be called Windows 8.1 Update 2 (Autumn Update). This is still being debated internally at Microsoft. Part of the Autumn Update will include the Start Menu shown at Build and possibly “windowed” Metro apps. Windows 9 is likely to contain a revamped Metro interface. The new start menu and windowed Metro apps will also be included in this update.  In the classic form the start menu will be available on devices without a touchscreen and on server systems. On systems with a touchscreen, the start button should be a different concept. Microsoft is considering making a free ...

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