Review Category : Microsoft

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years I’m sure you are well aware of the popular HBO tv show Game of Thrones.  HBO is typically available as a premium subscription on top of a traditional cable tv subscription. Most subscribers also get access to HBO GO, which allows them to watch content on the web and through HBO GO apps.  Viewer demand caused the service to crash Sunday night during the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones. Over 6.6 million people tuned in, making it the largest viewership for HBO since since The Sopranos series finale in 2007.  Last month, HBO Go was also overwhelmed and became largely unusable during the season finale of True Detective. While there is a HBO GO app for the Xbox 360 there is not one currently not available for the Xbox One. The reason behind this is currently unknown and whether it is ...

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The Office for iPad team held an IAmA (as me anything) on Reddit earlier today.  The team is actually rather small and is the same group that writes the Office for Mac applications.  While there was not anything groundbreaking revealed, there were some interesting questions answered. Q: Hi! Where there any unforeseen complications in the making of these apps? How did you handle it? A: Yes, we ran into a number of complications, most of them involving resource constraints. For example, if you opened a document in Word with a lot of comment bubbles, Word would run out of memory. Fixing some of these required re-architecting some features, which is one of the reasons it took us so long.  –Rick To pile on to what Rick said, PowerPoint ran into similar resource constraints for SlideShow. We wanted to make sure that everything worked as you would expect (transitions, animations, etc.) and as you can ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft and Rare today released “Kinect Sports Rivals” exclusively on Xbox One in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand, also coming this Friday in Europe. Kinect Sports Rivals will include lots of new sports like climbing, wake racing and target shooting – or experience the re-imagined fan favorites – soccer, tennis and bowling. “Kinect Sports Rivals,” the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, and is beautifully rendered 1080p HD, launches today in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand, and this Friday, April 11, in Europe. More than 1.2 million people have already competed against Champions from around the world in wake racing with “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason since it launched last November. Now, it is time to pick up the full game and reach Elite Champion status. After you get your ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new update includes only one new feature and it is a significant one. You will be surprised to know that the option to sign of Skype is the new feature in this update! Description: Stay connected while you shop, read, watch and work. When you do more with Skype, there’s more to talk about. -Connect how you want, when you want. Chat, hear their voice, or get together face to face all within the comfort of one app. -Snap Skype alongside other apps to get more done or play a game together while you chat. -Share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. -Connect with anyone else on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more. Features: •Snap Skype alongside other apps. •Chat, share files and photos. ...

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Kirk Glerum was a longtime Microsoft employee who joined the company in 1987 as a software design engineer.  Glerum spent most of his career at the Redmond software working on Office.  Glerum is well known as the father of codename “Watson,” an error reporting system that helped developers fix bugs, which originally debuted in Office.  Glerum is now semi-retired and with Windows XP support ending today he shared the story of how Watson came to Windows: Microsoft officially, finally, and truly, ends support for Windows XP today. Windows XP was the most important OS of my Microsoft days. Really, it was the most important product of my Microsoft days, even though I was an Office guy the whole time. In ’98, while working on Office 2000, I came up with the idea of ‘Watson’, for the forthcoming Office XP. Instead of just having Office apps (Word Excel etc.) crash and ...

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Last week, Microsoft released an update for Xbox One to beta testers that includes number of improvements to the Xbox One system. Today, Microsoft released another preview update pushing a few more features to the members previewing new system updates. Here are a few details on those features, Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements. Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity. Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. After this update, if your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available ...

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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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