Review Category : Microsoft

NOOK app from Barnes & Noble, one of the world’s largest booksellers is already available from Windows Store from last year. B&N Nook has a rich history of bookselling, and their reading experts help you choose from a vast selection of NOOK books— many FREE —as well as magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC, now supporting Windows 8.1. You can get sample NOOK Books FREE and try any newspaper or magazine for 14 days. Apart from that, there is new offer going in which you can get 4 magazines for free. Get 4 FREE magazines and a sneak peek at 4 upcoming books when you install the NOOK app and register with a new NOOK account. These pre-selected titles will automatically appear in your library when you sign in for the first time. † Download NOOK today from the Windows Store. via: Microsoft ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced that 25 games from the ID@Xbox program are launching in Xbox One Store soon. “Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut,” the first of 25 games from the ID@Xbox program for indie developers got launched in the Xbox Store today. In a Q-and-A with Xbox Wire, James Brooksby, CEO of Born Ready Games told the following about this new game, “Strike Suit Zero” is a space combat game that harkens back to the golden age of space combat games. The team here are huge fans of the genre, and have been influenced by the likes of “Wing Commander,” “X-Wing vs TIE Fighter,” “Elite,” “Homeworld,” “Colony Wars” and “Freelancer” to name a few. The biggest difference between those games and ours (other than a serious next-gen lick of paint) is the fact that we have a mech at the heart of the game. Bringing in our other influences we ...

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As reported previously, Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update to users via Windows Update. This update will bring improvements to keyboard and mouse users to experience Windows 8 better on non-touch device. Read about features the features in the links provided at the end of this post. Update: Just go to the below link and you can easily download all the required updates. Windows 8.1 Update for x86 (KB2919355) Windows 8.1 Update for x64 (KB2919355 Download it from the following links: Windows 8.1 x86 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows 8.1 x64 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows RT 8.1  ARM kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 The Updates must be installed in the following order: KB2919442  (you may already have this installed). KB2919355 KB2932046 KB2937592 KB2938439 KB2939087 These updates may ...

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During Xbox One announcement, Microsoft made it clear that Xbox 360 games won’t be compatible with Xbox One. Since then, there were lots of speculations on how Microsoft is going to address this consumer pain point. Microsoft could either build Xbox 360 emulator support into Xbox One or provide a game streaming service like Gaikai. Last year, Microsoft said that current network speed restrictions across the world is making the cloud streaming technology “too problematic” even though they demoed an experimental technology which would be able to stream Xbox games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone handsets at its annual company meeting. During a session by partner development lead Frank Savage on the Xbox One’s use of Windows technology at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, Frank confirmed that Microsoft is still looking through how to emulate Xbox 360 on Xbox One platform. Read his response below. AUDIENCE MEMBER: Are there plans ...

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As announced earlier by Microsoft, as of 8th April 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP are no longer available. If you continue to use Windows XP without XP support, your computer may still work but will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Why Windows XP Support ended? Windows XP is 12 years old. It’s typical to end service for software as it gets older and technology evolves. Most of us have replaced cell phones and even our cars over the last 12 years – now it’s time to replace your Windows XP computer with a new PC. Or you can check to see if your Windows XP computer can run the new Windows. We’ve outlined your options and are here to support you as you make your next step. Help protect your personal files We want to help your personal files, photos, etc. stay secure. To help ...

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In celebration of the release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and in the spirit of heroism, Marvel and Skype partnered to make something meaningful. Skype and its employees have raised funds to give a heroic 10-year-old Ugandan orphan named Kasiita Ben the educational tools he needs. Kasiita came to Skype’s attention because of students at George Street Middle School in New Brunswick, Canada. They’ve long been meeting with Kasiita and other Ugandan children over Skype as part of CHAT to the Future, a Skype in the classroom partner. CHAT is a nongovernmental organization that pays for rent, necessities and school fees for 17 orphans rescued from poverty and illiteracy in Kampala, Uganda. Students in over 40 North American schools are using Skype to establish meaningful relationships with their Ugandan friends, including helping to fund their living and learning needs. In reward for their own heroic fundraising work, Marvel and ...

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Israel-based TabTale is a world leader in children’s mobile entertainment and education and has repeatedly been featured among the Top 10 on Apple’s iOS global publisher rankings has released its Paint Sparkle Draw app for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Free For a Limited Time! Come enjoy the beloved Paint Sparkle Draw app with beautiful graphics and exciting features! With 20+ vibrant colors and a whimsical magic coloring tool your little one is guaranteed hours of fun. Paint Sparkles Draw offers more than 10 fun filled categories of drawing pages to spark your kids imagination! What’s Inside: ✔ 20+ vibrant colors ✔ A magic brush tool ✔ Multiple brush sizes ✔ Area fill bucket ✔ Multi-Touch finger coloring which enables a unique painting experience ✔ 230+ vivid coloring pages, in 12 amazing categories Features: •Use the Magic want to paint will all the colors of the rainbow •Tap on your coloring ...

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At Microsoft BUILD developer conference last week, Microsoft had a separate session for Xbox Music developers. Microsoft discussed about Xbox Music, its current developer program and the upcoming developer features and more. Microsoft did a comparison of Xbox Music with other competing services. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has got all boxes ticked, now it needs users! The current Xbox Music developer program allows developers to use rich metadata from Xbox Music using simple JSON or XML responses. Also there is a affiliate program via which developers can earn money through Xbox Music. Microsoft also announced a preview of upcoming Xbox Music developer program features. It allows developers to use music for inline playback and offline playback, content to remix and more. Get started with Xbox Music developer, you can find information from the above image. Xbox Music delivers all the music you love, on all your ...

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Here is a great way to get a free month of Xbox Live service from Microsoft. You just need to sign up for Bing Rewards program to enjoy this offer. You will join the millions of members earning free gift cards from Xbox and other popular brands just by searching with Bing. This offer ends April 25, 2014. Don’t miss out. Sign from the below link. If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. What is Bing Rewards? Redeem credits for rewards in the Redemption Center. Choose from popular brands including Amazon.com, Starbucks, Xbox, Fandango and more. You can even donate your credits to your favorite charity.** How to earn Bing Reward Credits? Earning credits is easy. Search with Bing on your PC and phone, try new features and take advantage of exclusive offers to see your credits start adding up. Status upgrades allow you to earn even ...

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  India started the world’s largest election today (07th of April). There are over 814 million eligible voters and the election will continue in phases over next five weeks. The results from all 935,000 polling stations around are expected on May 16 determining the next ruling party and electing the Prime Minister. Microsoft India has now launched a Elections portal on its Bing website. This website allows you to access the results of past elections results of over 50 years, and you can do all the data crunching to know about which party when, where and more. There are also news section to read about the latest happenings. You can also know about each candidate on the same website. Visit http://www.bing.com/elections for more details. Apart from this, Microsoft is also partnering with CNN-IBN for their Elections coverage. You can visit Microsoft CNN-IBN Election Analytics Center at http://ibnlive.in.com/general-elections-2014/analytics/. ...

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Microsoft today announced that GoPro app will become available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers With GoPro on Xbox 360. You can now follow adventurers from around the world, or if you’re feeling adventurous yourself, even purchase GoPro cameras and accessories directly through the app. Now you’ll be able to stream and curate GoPro video content from the largest screen in the house and to kick off the launch, GoPro is offering two exclusive (read: AWESOME) videos that the Xbox community will get one week before they’re available elsewhere.  The first is an amazing basketball trick shot – a couple basketballs, a car, and a GoPro camera, sure why not?! Check out the teaser clip below, just don’t try this at home. The second exclusive video is an extreme snowmobile jump that will tie your stomach in knots – look for it on Tuesday only on the GoPro app on Xbox 360. ...

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Game DVR and Upload are among the most popular apps on Xbox One and Microsoft is improving this experience on Xbox One even more. Starting tomorrow Microsoft is rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One allowing you to share this video directly to your YouTube channel. Game DVR and Upload are among the most used apps on Xbox One. We know how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips, and starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube**, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world. Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments, edit them in Upload Studio, and, with the simple click of a button inside the YouTube app (look for My Uploads**), share them instantly to ...

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Microsoft today announced a new solution for broadcasters called Skype TX. This new product is a result of Skype’s recent acquisition of long-time broadcast partner Cat and Mouse. Skype TX is studio grade software that delivers high quality audio and video output to seamlessly connect broadcast and media productions with people around the world. Microsoft has even built a website called Skypeinmedia.com which showcases examples of how Skype has been used in media to enhance the broadcast experience. Features: •Powerful – Seamlessly adds full-frame Skype video and audio via SDI. •Responsive – User experience is optimized for broadcast workflow with API integration and call management. •Quality – A single, integrated production grade system to deliver professional audio and video calls. Skype video feeds processed into broadcast formats: •Free of audio/visual distractions such as call notifications and ads. •HD-SDI Video output/input •Balanced audio output/input •Auto aspect ratio conversion •Total control – ...

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In March, we did an editorial on the current infotainment systems in Automobiles and how Microsoft is losing yet another opportunity/market even though it came too earlier than others. It seems, Microsoft is working on the same and they showed some of their concepts at BUILD developer conference last week. Microsoft’s current strategy is similar to that of Apple’s iOS in the Car and Google’s projected mode. It is based on MirrorLink which will allow you to use your smartphone to power your car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink is a device interoperability standard that offers integration between a smartphone and a car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink transforms smartphones into automotive application platforms where apps are hosted and run on the smartphone while drivers and passengers interact with them through the steering wheel controls, dashboard buttons and touch screens of their car’s In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. Windows in the Car will adapt apps ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on original content for Xbox platform. Microsoft hired former CBS Corp. head Nancy Tellem few years back to lead its studio efforts. Microsoft is trying to target the core gaming audience between 18 to 34 years old. Bloomberg today reported many details about Microsoft’s plans for original content. The studio now has six series lined up — including a science-fiction thriller called “Humans” about humanoid robot workers — and more than a dozen projects in development. More info on the content to come, One way Tellem, who was also part of the team that debuted “Friends” and “ER,” plans to distinguish Microsoft is by adding interactive aspects to each show to make use of Xbox technology. Her first offerings are a street football reality show called “Every Street United” timed for the World Cup, as well as robot thriller “Humans” based on a ...

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If you are a Surface tablet owner, you might have definitely hoped for a better speakers/sound experience from Microsoft. It is more of a hardware and design, so you can’t Microsoft to fix it via any upcoming Windows update. There is a simple accessory solution called Ears that allows you to increase the low volume levels on the Surface tablets.  They don’t require wires, a power source or batteries. Description: The Ears for Surface tablet are small silicone pieces that slip over the top corners of your Surface RT/2 or Pro/2.  They cover the speakers and redirect the sound to the front.  Thereby, you get an increase in 10dB loudness and clearer sound when listening to music or watching movies. When the Surface first came out, the max sound level was very low.  Many people complained about it, and Microsoft updated the Surfaces to make them louder, but not much. Ears ...

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