Review Category : Microsoft

Bing Desktop is a small program that brings together the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage images with quick and convenient ways to search from your desktop for over 10 million people worldwide. Microsoft Bing team has released an update for it that allows you to customize and share your favorite homepage images. To that end this week, we rolled out an update that makes it easier to customize and share your favorite homepage images. Now instead of having your wallpaper automatically synched to the Bing homepage-of-the-day, you have the option to set the categories you want to synch and the frequency with which they change. Also, if you see a homepage image that you love now, with a simple click you can share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Existing users will get the changes via Microsoft Update (if they have updates enabled), people who don’t yet have ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes WeatherFlow, SuperPhoto (full version), Sesame Street Touch & Learn TV, Dark Arcana: The Carnival (full version), Crazy Machines Golden Gears, and Discovery+ apps and games at discounted prices. Find the list below, WeatherFlow This beautifully designed weather app has forecasts and current conditions for over 80,000 locations around the world. Add multiple cities and create live tiles for each one so you can see the weather at a glance on your Start screen. In the phone version, you can even add the weather to your lock screen. Regularly priced at $1.99, get it now for just $.99 for Windows, or Windows Phone. SuperPhoto (full version) This ad-free photo editing app offers an astonishing 1300+ filters and complex effects that you can apply to photos on your device as well as Facebook photos. Search for just the effect ...

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More than anyone else at Microsoft, Internet Explorer marketing team gets it right often is creating great promotional videos for the most used web browser. The latest ad they posted on YouTube is on the touch capabilities of the browser. We grow up experiencing the world through touch, so we built a browser to do the same. Discover the new Internet Explorer: http://bit.ly/touchtheweb Internet Explorer 11 is now built on the concept of touch with following capabilities, Internet Explorer is the browser built for touch, now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures. Search the web right from the address bar. Just enter a search term or URL to start browsing. Quickly flip through content on your favorite sites. Switch between sites quickly with large, touch–friendly tabs. Show other apps side–by–side with the browser for easy multitasking. Pin your favorite sites for one–touch access right from the Start screen. Internet Explorer beats ...

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Dell has recently announced that they will be offering Dell Venue 8 Pro with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry  for key vertical markets including healthcare, retail, and telecommunications. The devices running Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry can gain access to additional enterprise-specific features not available through OEMs. These enterprise features, which include DirectAccess, BrancheCache, Enterprise Sideloading, and AppLocker, empower enterprises to gain greater manageability and control over their devices and enable new scenarios. Dell OEM Solutions is the only tier-one hardware manufacturer to deliver this operating system on a tablet. Dell’s Venue Pro tablets are both flexible and versatile, offering incredible features like an 8” HD IPS screen, wide-angle viewing for video watching, advanced connectivity options, and now – Microsoft Embedded 8.1 Industry technology. For more than 15 years, the Dell OEM Solutions team has helped customers in key vertical markets accelerate time to market with their intellectual property through customizable technologies. ...

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Microsoft has announced that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is now part of the jury team for the Imagine Cup student competition finals. Along with Satya, Reddit GB Erik, and Code.org founder Hadi will be their three VIP judges who will welcome Imagine Cup students from around the world on their visit to Seattle. Microsoft has partnered with University of Washington, where the students will be staying in the school’s latest high-tech living spaces during World Finals 2014. Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, will be at World Finals to judge the best student projects. Satya was just 25 years old when he first joined Microsoft, two years after completing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he’s now risen all the way to CEO. With his forward-thinking, cloud-first approach Satya is already making waves in the technology industry as he drives Microsoft towards a bold future. ...

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  Microsoft has today released its Bing app for Firefox OS devices. Firefox OS is an open source OS developed by the team at Mozilla targeting low-end mass volume devices. Similar to the Bing apps on other platforms, Bing app on Firefox OS brings their daily stunning homepage images in the app. Bing app allows you to search the web for links, images, videos and more. The search results are presented in a beautiful way as you expect. Also, since it is just an extended version of their mobile website, you can now enjoy Bing Rewards as well. Download it here from Firefox Marketplace. ...

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Amazon is now offering some great deals on Windows devices. Starting from HP Pavilion 10 touch laptop which starts for $269, all these devices offer great value when compared to other competing devices of its class. HP Pavilion 10-e010nr 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop: HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart is a low cost touch screen laptop that offers great value for the consumers. This is a thin and light PC is compact and comfortable enough to carry almost anywhere. It now costs just $269 from Amazon. AMD A4 1.0 GHz (1 MB Cache) 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM 320 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 10.1-Inch Screen, ADM Radion HD 8180 graphics Order HP Pavilion 10-e010nr 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop from Amazon. HP Omni O10-5600US 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet: HP Omni 10 5600US is a 10.1-inch diagonal multi-touch display tablet protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for durable, everyday use. ...

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I came across few interesting patents from Microsoft that got published by the USPTO recently. Below are the some of them with their abstract content. BATTERY WITH COMPUTING, SENSING AND COMMUNICATION CAPABILTIES Electrical battery apparatus embodiments are presented that generally involve incorporating sensing, computing, and communication capabilities into the one common component that a vast number of electronic devices employ–namely batteries. By integrating these capabilities into disposable and/or rechargeable batteries, new functionality and intelligence can be provided to otherwise stand-alone devices. POWER SAVING WI-FI TETHERING The techniques discussed herein reduce the power consumption of a Wi-Fi tethering device by switching the Wi-Fi functionality of the Wi-Fi tethering device from a normal operational mode to a sleep mode during idle intervals. The techniques implement a sleep protocol where a Wi-Fi tethering device and the Wi-Fi client device coordinate and establish a sleep schedule. Moreover, the techniques describe a sleep interval adaptation ...

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Microsoft today posted a video on YouTube talking about the design of Xbox One gaming console. They were highlighting about the seamless integration of Xbox One hardware and software through a unified design language. The design language, which uses a series of tiles and fluid motion, is steeped in the same DNA as Modern UI, the unifying language shared by Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. It draws inspiration from 16:9, which is the number that describes the width-to-height ratio most common in today’s high-definition wide screen TVs. The aspect ratio is naturally pleasing to the eye, and synonymous with cinematic presentation and the living room entertainment experience, two qualities that the Xbox team wanted embodied by Xbox One. The video also teases the upcoming Halo 5 game. Microsoft is expected to reveal Halo 5 game at E3 2014 in June. Another video titled Xbox One Design “Tell” ...

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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. Today, 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. “There’s definitely a new Intel-based Surface,” a chip industry source told CNET, who added that the media attending the event may “go back” with the Intel-based product. “From what I can assess so far I think it’s going to [have] a new power-optimized Haswell variant,” the source said, not an Atom processor like Intel’s Bay Trail. Microsoft already has a Intel Haswell based product ...

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Microsoft is today giving away a Surface 2 that’s signed by NFL quarterback, Drew Brees. Rea all the details below to learn how you could win. Lucky for us, the NFL Draft is tomorrow so there is reason to celebrate! All the chatter surrounding this year’s draft has us on the edge of our seats. We can’t wait to see how our teams all shape up. The Surface team is curious to hear your predictions too so we’ll be throwing out a question on Twitter to find out. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss your chance to win a Surface 2 signed by quarterback Drew Brees! Entering is easy: Follow @Surfaceon Twitter Reply to our question, we’ll tweet it out at 6pm PST on Wednesday, 5/7/14 Be sure to include the hashtag #SurfaceSweeps in your response This giveaway is for today only so make sure you submit your answers ...

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Microsoft today announced new forecasting capabilities in Power View for Office 365 users. Power View performs advanced statistical analysis of the data in your line charts to generate forecasts that incorporate trends and seasonal factors. So how does forecasting work? Forecasting in Power View is based on an established suite of methods for time series prediction called exponential smoothing. Over the years many methods have been developed for the analysis of time series, depending on whether the data is strongly seasonal or has no seasonality, how much noise there is in the data, and whether the data contains “surprises” or irregular peaks. In Power View, you can now apply predictive forecasting, and hindcasting, when visualizing and exploring your data. Forecasting in Power View utilizes built-in predictive forecasting models using exponential smoothing to automatically detect seasonality in the data to provide forecast results from a series of data. Explore forecast results by ...

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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. With an arsenal of kick-ass, overpowered weapons and a knack for traversing the city with hyper agility, it’s not the end of days for you. Welcome to your Awesomepocalypse The city’s overrun with mutants. Problem? Not for you. Sunset Overdrive is a playground of post-apocalyptic possibilities. Vault, grind & wall-run while using a deadly & unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, & customizable abilities, it rewrites the rules of shooters while delivering an irreverent adventure. Factions You’re not the only one embracing the Awesomepocaplypse. ...

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Yesterday, we reported the new Office Mix tool from Microsoft. Today, Microsoft announced that they have extended that preview to the public. Office Mix offers a simple way to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations. Office Mix tool was developed as part of the Startup Business Group inside Microsoft that has released some pretty amazing technologies. 3D Printing for Windows, Power Map (aka Project GeoFlow) and one of my favorite Windows 8.1 apps, Fresh Paint, are just a few examples. Office Mix promises to make life much easier for teachers, or anyone else who spends much time developing and delivering PowerPoint presentations. Office Mix brings features like the ability to record inking, audio and video directly into PowerPoint so you can turn a slide deck into an interactive lesson and share it online with the press of a button. Office Mix adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 that allows you to record ...

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After Sony’s E3 2014 PS4 related announcements got leaked on to the internet, it’s time for some Microsoft news. A new blog has posted bunch of information as Microsoft’s E3 2014’s announcements. It’s highly possible that it could be true. There are some Xbox exclusive games, Games with Gold program for Xbox One and other related announcements.  Forza Horizon 2 will be announced for release in October 2014 vai Playground Games. It will once again be open world and set in Louisiana, Missisips, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas. Full day/night cycle, real time weather. Estimated 80 hour single player. Ryse 2 is in development and will be announced at the show in a real-time in-game trailer. Gone is the Roman period, enter the medieval setting. The game will offer more freedom of exploration and a refined combat system. The main character is a sell-sword of sorts with a greater destiny. This ...

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Canalys today reported that worldwide client PC shipments which includes tablets reached 123.7 million units in Q1 2014, up 5% year on year. Even though the growth in tablet shipments slowed to 21%, yet at 50.8 million units they continued to out-ship notebooks. Notebooks shipments fell sharply in China and European regions while US remained flat. Lenovo continued to lead among the Windows OEM whereas Samsung is pushed to 4th place by HP as they are leaving the mainstream PC ecosystem to focus on their mobile efforts. Lenovo did well in the quarter, increasing its PC market share from 10% to 12% with 15.0 million units shipped. It achieved solid annual growth in all PC categories and is now placed first, second and third in the notebook, desktop and tablet markets respectively. And after four quarters of decline, its shipments in China are stabilizing – they were effectively flat on Q1 2013. EMEA ...

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