Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the global availability of Office 365 for Nonprofits for qualifying nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) through its software donation program. The donation is available immediately in 41 countries around the world and for up to 90 countries by July 2014. “Today we are donating to nonprofits and NGOs access to Microsoft’s best-in-class cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, enabling them to spend fewer resources and time on IT and focus on their missions addressing global issues, such as disease eradication, education and literacy, and environmental sustainability,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International. “Nonprofits operate in the same way as any other organization or business; however, many lack the resources to implement the latest technology. The donation of Office 365 allows them to be more effective and efficient in the work they do.” “In many of the countries served by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent ...

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Today HP refreshed its workstation hardware lineup including three new HP ZBook Mobile Workstations, two new HP Z Displays and enhancements to the  existing line of HP Z Desktop Workstations. Extreme Windows Blog Reports: New ZBook Notebooks HP will offer three new models: the 14” ZBook 14, the 15” ZBook 15, and the 17” ZBook 17.  HP is calling the ZBook 14 a “workstation Ultrabook” because of its unique blend of workstation capabilities and thin form-factor. Here are some features included in ZBook mobile workstations: 4th Generation Intel Haswell dual and quad-core processor options Next-generation graphics technologies from NVIDIA and AMD Tool-free chassis for easy upgrades and serviceability Touch display (optional with ZBook 14) Super-high-resolution QHD+ 3,200 x 1,800 display (optional with ZBook 15) New Displays, Updated Towers The new HP Z27i 27” and HP Z30i 30” IPS Displays offer 100% coverage for both sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces. ...

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s name continues to pop up as a possible replacement for retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  I like Mulally and there is certainly no arguing that Ford would have gone bankrupt without him.  However, I do not think he is the right person to replace Ballmer, but could be an asset to Microsoft in another capacity.  Making planes at Boeing and cars at Ford is quite different from running a premiere technology company. We recently covered a report, in which investors have been pressuring Microsoft to name Mulally as CEO.  Why would investors want Mulally as CEO? He isn’t from Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter or some other hot silicon valley startup.  He isn’t fawned upon by the Technorati (excluding the times he does large ad buys on their “respective” websites).  Mulally isn’t young or hip.  He isn’t a rich socialite or fashionista akin to Marissa Mayer.  He isn’t a bully like Steve Jobs.  He ...

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  As Microsoft released Windows 8.1 RTM for MSDN and TechNet subscribers yesterday, they also released some important related document to help developers and IT Pros. One of the document was a release notes which lists important issues in Windows 8.1. As you can read below, Adobe Flash Player implementation in Internet Explorer 11 Metro mode is not so perfect. Here are those issues, Internet Explorer 11: Input Method Editor (IME) input does not accept non-Latin characters with Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer. Only Latin characters can be inserted with an IME. To avoid this, use Internet Explorer for desktop. If you visit a website that contains Adobe Flash Player-based content, no PlayTo endpoints are listed in the Devices charm. There is no workaround at this time. When you pause Adobe Flash Player-based content in Internet Explorer and switch to Internet Explorer for desktop, the content might not be visible ...

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We have seen lots of debates in the past on whether Sony’s PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One is more powerful in terms of raw spec. Sony’s PS4 clearly has more numerical numbers which will make it as a winner on paper, but Microsoft has different views. Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning over at Xbox, Albert Penello wrote about this issue in gaming forum NeoGAF, The performance delta between the two platforms is not as great as the raw numbers lead the average consumer to believe,” “There are things about our system architecture not fully understood, and there are things about theirs as well, that bring the two systems into balance.” “So while people laude [sic] Sony for their HW skills, do you really think we don’t know how to build a system optimized for maximizing graphics for programmers? Seriously? There is no way we’re giving up a 30%+ advantage to ...

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According to the latest report from Reuters, at least three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft insisted Microsoft board to include Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences Corp CEO Mike Lawrie to the CEO shortlist. Microsoft board has appointed a special committee which is doing the CEO search for Microsoft and they are expected to name a CEO as soon as the end of this year. Microsoft said it started with a list of about 40 people, including internal and external candidates, and has been narrowing it down, one of the sources said. Do you think people like Alan Mulally and Mike Lawrie can handle Microsoft? I don’t think so. My choice will always go for an industry member. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft Skype team announced the pre-release version of Skype for Windows 8.1 devices. This pre-release version will offer fully integrated Skype on any Windows 8.1 device. Since Skype is built-in, you can now view your missed calls and instant messages, but you can answer calls directly from your lock screen. And on the Start screen, you’ll be able to choose how you want to respond, whether answer a call with video, audio or decline and send an IM instead. Also with Skype for Windows 8.1, you can click to call directly through Internet Explorer, which makes booking a restaurant reservation a faster and more productive experience. In Windows 8.1, Skype will automatically move to the side when you select any link in Skype or shared item, enabling you to do more while you chat. You can also snap Skype and adjust the size of the window, so whether you’re watching ...

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After lots of negative feedback about Microsoft’s announcement that they are not going to release Windows 8.1 RTM bits to developers before Oct 22nd, Microsoft today reversed their decision. With access to these very latest versions of the Windows platform and toolset, developers are now able to build and test their Windows 8.1 apps, in advance of Windows 8.1 general availability in October. We heard from you that our decision to not initially release Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits was a big challenge for our developer partners as they’re readying new Windows 8.1 apps and for IT professionals who are preparing for Windows 8.1 deployments. We’ve listened, we value your partnership, and we are adjusting based on your feedback. As we refine our delivery schedules for a more rapid release cadence, we are working on the best way to support early releases to the various audiences within ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are releasing Windows 8.1 RTM build to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Earlier, Microsoft announced that they are not going to release RTM bits on MSDN before the public release in October, but due to negative feedback from partners and developers, they reversed their decision. Based on the feedback from you and our partners, we’re pleased to announce that we will be making available our current Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro RTM builds (as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds) to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The current Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM build will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. For developers, we are also making available the Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate, which you can download here. For more on building and testing apps for Windows 8.1, head on over to ...

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Microsoft today sent out invites to the press for the next generation Surface event. The event is scheduled on September 23rd in NYC, US.  Microsoft is expected to reveal next generation Surface RT, Surface Pro and new accessories at this event.  We have already reported about most of these devices in the past few weeks.  The next generation Surface RT will come with 1080p display, Tegra 4 processor, and more.  The next generation Surface Pro will come with Intel Hasewell processor, 8GB RAM option and more.  Both the Surface devices are expected to sport new Kickstand with two-step preset. The rumored Surface Mini is not expected to be announced at this event.  The Lenovo 8-inch tablet has also been delayed, coincidence? Here are those posts, Surface RT 2 Details Revealed: Tegra 4, Full HD 1080p, White & Black Options, & More Surface 2 Specs Leak: Haswell, New Kickstand, More RAM, ...

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According to sources, the Surface RT 2 will simply be called the Surface 2; and Surface Pro, simply Surface Pro 2.  The Surface is expected to look identical to the current SurfaceRT.  Interestingly enough there may be an option for a white Surface.  Here is what we know of the specs so far: CPU: TEGRA 4 processor Screen: 10.6-inch, ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080, or 1080p) Battery: Up to 8 hours RAM: 4GB Kickstand: New integrated two-position style kickstand Weight & Thickness: Identical to current SurfaceRT (1.5 lb and .37 inches respectively) Color: Black and new White color possible, VaporMg casing Office: Office Home & Student included (with Outlook RT) Storage: Micro-SD card expansion up to 64 GB Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 WiFi: 802.11 Camera: Front and rear-facing cameras Other Ports: Full sized USB 3.0 port, HD video-out port OS: Windows RT 8.1 Price at this point is unknown but it ...

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Microsoft announced that all Xbox One pre-orders in Europe will come bundled with FIFA 14 as a free game. This was a great news to target general consumers in Europe. It seems, only the day one edition of Xbox which got sold out in almost all the retailers in Europe will offer FIFA 14 for free. Since Microsoft has made a promise that “all pre-orders of Xbox One will ship with FIFA 14 in Europe.”, even though the FIFA 14 bundle got sold out, Microsoft is planning to offer Forza 5 as a free game. According to the statement offered by Microsoft to The Verge, “Due to unprecedented demand, the Xbox One Day One Edition with FIFA 14 is nearly sold out, but is still available at certain retailers,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. The company is making another pre-order bundle available in the UK, with Forza Motorsport 5 replacing FIFA ...

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Along with the news that Microsoft is releasing Xbox Music apps for iOS, Android devices and free streaming on the web, Microsoft also detailed the upcoming redesigned Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices that is coming along with Windows 8.1 update. The app will come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 update, and gives access to global catalog of more than 33 million songs out of the box. If you have a Xbox Music pass, you can download your fav songs. There is also an option to stream millions of songs free on Windows 8.1. Changes in Xbox Music app: Get it in there: If you already have an existing music collection in your device’s Music library such as songs you ripped from CDs or DRM-free songs purchased from iTunes or Amazon.com – Xbox Music brings in all of it – no fuss, your music is just in there. As much ...

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Microsoft today announced a significant update to its Xbox Music service. Microsoft has released Xbox Music app for iOS and Android devices today. Apart from these mobile apps, Microsoft also announced free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web. However, you need an Xbox Music Pass subscription to make use of these apps. With a Xbox Music Pass, you get unlimited access to the songs and artists you want at any time with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Also you can enjoy the same content on Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com even without a Xbox Music Pass. Your playlists are synced across all these devices. Read full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2013 — Nearing its one-year anniversary, Microsoft Corp.’s all-in-one music service, Xbox Music, continues making strides to deliver all the music people ...

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A new video got leaked today which shows off Xbox One dashboard in action. Even though Microsoft showed off Xbox One dashboard couple of times during press events, they didn’t fully reveal it. This video shows some of the new dashboard’s feature such as the ability to switch between games and the dashboard home without any delay. According to the guy who posted the above video, Microsoft is internally testing this dashboard with its employees and there are lots of bugs that exist in the build he tried out. Microsoft has almost two months time, from now till their launch, hopefully they will fix all those bugs and provide a great user experience. ...

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For the first time ever, a Windows RT build has leaked online. This is the upcoming Windows 8.1 RTM build, 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE. Microsoft has already made an announcement that they are rolling out Windows 8.1 to both ARM and x86/x64 PCs in October. If you are so eager to try it out before that, you can download it from torrent sites. As expected, this build comes with Office 2013 pre-installed which will also include new Outlook 2013 RT. But as always, there is a risk associated with it. So, do at your own risk! Windows RT 8.1 Build details: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.RT.8.1.WITH.OFFICE.2013.RT.RTM.WOA.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:48D55E2DCBDA7E1D251C4325EC9DC0ABAC59F48A RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 OFFICE 2013 RT BUILD: 15.0.4505.1015 FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_WOAFRE_ClientRT_O15_EN-US-IRM_CCSA_DV5.ISO SIZE: 2,611,933,184 byte SHA-1: F2683FA0240EF928A846C69A5016AD5BC9CE21D6 MD5: 20FF7884B78470D2322BB43BBA875635 Surface RT Driver details: FILE: SurfaceRT-8.1-drivers.zip SIZE: 12,230,873 byte MD5: A000FB5083C82281B8848A7E7622BAD0 SHA1: 9639D5A75D6F48D8CDE2A5BDED334FFD706A8F86 The language packs for both Windows RT 8.1 and Office 2013 also got leaked. You can find download links ...

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