Review Category : Microsoft

Just few hours of after the announcement from Nokia that HERE Maps will be released for all Windows 8 devices, Bing team has announced that they have added 15 new 3D cities to Bing Maps preview app in Windows Store.  We’ve been flying, driving and processing since then and have just added 15 more 3D cities to the list we launched with. With the help of world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive data pipeline crunching petabytes of imagery, we are delivering a more natural way to experience our planet.  Touch it, tilt it, tap it or turn it to immerse yourself and experience maps in new ways. Taking advantage of our advanced geometry engine, street labels and markers dynamically adapt to your vantage point.  So as you traverse the landscape the map adapts to how your eye sees the 3D space. ...

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Microsoft today released an update for OneNote app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. To celebrate and begin their transition to OneDrive in their products, they are releasing a small update to the OneNote Windows Store App for Windows 8.1 users. First of all, they have added support for over 66 new languages. Support for the OneDrive service. Rule line heights have been increased to accommodate larger handwriting.   To enable Rule Lines, bring up the page app bar (right-click the page, or swipe from the top or bottom of the screen), then select Paper.  Now you can choose between Rule Lines or Grid Lines. Now you can easily go to a note’s location from Recent Notes.  To go a note’s location, bring up the page preview app bar (right-click the page preview or swipe up), then select Go to Note’s Location. We also made accessibility improvements. Now it’s easier ...

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When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, it came with Nokia exclusive apps such as Nokia Storyteller, Nokia HERE Maps and more. Nokia today announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. Nokia announced the following improvements over previous version of the app. First of all: speed. The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it’s a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions. City pages, for example, now load up to four times faster, thanks to the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimisations ...

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A recent patent filing from Microsoft reveals a new switchable magnetic lock mechanism that could be used in smartphones, laptops and others. Find the excerpt from the patent below. Current solution followed by various OEMs: Many computing devices have movable and removable parts and peripherals. A smart phone may include a stylus. a laptop a hinged display. a tablet computer a battery charger. or a portable audio player a docking station, to name just a few. Current techniques often fix these parts and peripherals to their computing devices using mechanic connectors, such as latches, sliding tabs, and so forth. These mechanical connectors, however, often fail to provide a satisfactory design because they have objects that jut out or holes that pierce the computer body, part, or peripheral. Examples include exposed latches, latch holes, tabs hooks, and tab reception detents, to name just a few. Some techniques have attempted to address this ...

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  Dell’s 2014 product roadmap for its PC division got leaked today. Tabtec posted the full product roadmap slides and it reveals lots of new information on upcoming products. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet codenamed Bellaire 2 coming in Q3 2014. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets, code-named Junction 2 and Midland 2 coming in Q3 2014. Dell Venue 11 Pro with 64-bit BayTrail CPU coming in Q2 2014. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with QHD Touch display option, Broadwell CPU coming in Q3 2014. Price will start at $999. Updated Dell XPS 18 portable desktop with FHD display, Haswell ULT CPU coming in April 2014 starting $999. Dell XPS 27 All-in-One with 27-inch QHD display and top of the line CPU, GPU options coming in April 2014 starting $1599. New Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 device with up to FHD touch screen display and touchscreen ...

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Since its release, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 availability in Microsoft Store was always a question. Some SKUs were available, some were not. The same is case of Surface Docking Station. Now, both Surface Pro 2 and Docking Station are available from Microsoft Store. Find the listings below, Surface Pro 2 64GB – $899 Surface Pro 2 128GB – $999 Surface Pro 2 256GB – $1299 Surface Pro 2 512GB – $1799 The Docking Station designed exclusively for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Docking Station – $199 If you are unaware of Surface Pro 2, Weighing in at 2 pounds, with longer battery life than the original Surface Pro, it goes with you anywhere. The next-generation Intel Core i5 processor provides incredibly fast performance while conserving energy. Surface Pro 2 comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 Pro, and a one-month trial for new Office 365 customers. Install almost all your everyday ...

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Another Windows 8.1 Update 1 build has leaked on the web. This new build 9600.17025 was compiled on February 14 (last week). Windows 8.1 Update 1 has already hit RTM escrow with build 9600.16610.Windows 8.1 Update 1 will include no.of improvements to enhance the user experience of keyboard and mouse users. You can download this recent build from usual file sharing sites. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Also pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is ...

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In his first interview to external publication after becoming CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella talks about his leadership lessons from his past leaders Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, his management approach, One Microsoft Strategy and more. When asked about his learning from Steve Ballmer, he cited an incident with Ballmer from which he learned, ‘The lesson was that you have to stay grounded, and to be brutally honest with yourself on where you stand.”. Q.And what about Bill Gates? A. Bill is the most analytically rigorous person. He’s always very well prepared, and in the first five seconds of a meeting he’ll find some logical flaw in something I’ve shown him. I’ll wonder, how can it be that I pour in all this energy and still I didn’t see something? In the beginning, I used to say, “I’m really intimidated by him.” But he’s actually quite grounded. You can push ...

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Last year, Microsoft launched a new website bing.com/awards to cover latest news from the awards season.Bing.com/Awards has been refreshed with updated Bing search trends as well as exclusive data pulled from the Oscar nominees themselves during The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Oscar Nominees Night event. Bing even polled the nominees using the Bing Ballot on the red carpet and found out who will take home statues in the top categories including Best Movie, Best Actor and Best Actress. When it came to the stars’ pick for Best Picture, “Wolf of Wall Street” narrowly edged out “Gravity” capturing 21 percent of the votes, while the sci-fi thriller received 15 percent. When Oscar nominees were asked who they thought would take home the statuette for Best Actor, 47 percent of them chose Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by Christian Bale with 21 percent. And Bing users agree – according to Bing searches for Best Actor, Leo ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced the initiative to make its list of patents publicly accessible to anyone on the internet. Following the same path, Microsoft last year announced its plans to provide electronic access to Microsoft’s prior art today. By making this information available to the USPTO and public, reviewers can better ensure issued patents reflect truly novel inventions. Microsoft today announced that the beta testing will be over soon and they are implementing the USPTO’s feedback. They are planning to make the service available to all patent examiners by May 2014 and will continue to add to the database with the goal of providing examiners access to more than 10 million archived Microsoft technical documents. The USPTO reviews thousands of applications, and part of that review includes a search to see if the idea is truly novel. Right now, though, the USPTO lacks easy access to an enormous amount of this ...

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Microsoft is nowadays planning to deliver updates to Xbox One every other month. Following the release of February system update, Microsoft is on the way to release March system update which will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experiences on Xbox One. Microsoft today announced that they will be sending out invitations to select Xbox One customers to preview upcoming Xbox One system updates and provide feedback. Beginning today, Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register. The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features. Once registered, participants will be able to test the ...

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As expected, Microsoft today officially announced the that Xbox One Media Remote will be available in Xbox One markets worldwide in early March. The Xbox One Media Remote allows you to control video playback, includes dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide. This remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly – allowing you to rule your entertainment.The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver. The Xbox One Media Remote will retail for $24.99 ERP in the US and available in stores around the world. ...

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AMD today announced the new Turbo Dock technology that automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and move it to lower power consumption mode in tablet mode. This technology is expected to power Windows tablets and Hybrid PCs in the coming months. Read the press release below for more details. SUNNYVALE, Calif. —2/20/2013  AMD (NYSE: AMD), creator of the performance tablet category, today announced a new innovation for hybrid PCs that delivers uncompromised mobile PC experiences when in tablet mode or when connected to its base keyboard. Hybrid PCs are a new market segment between full notebooks and pure tablets that AMD plans to demonstrate, along with stand-alone performance tablets, at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain next week. AMD Turbo Dock technology1 automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and ...

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Last month we reported about UK government’s plans for switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF). UK government believes that they can cut costs by doing this way. Microsoft is opposing this proposal related to sharing and collaborating with government documents. The government proposes to mandate Open Document format (ODF) and exclude the most widely supported and used open standard for document formats, Open XML (OOXML). We believe this will cause problems for citizens and businesses who use office suites which don’t support ODF, including many people who do not use a recent version of Microsoft Office or, for example, Pages on iOS and even Google Docs. Microsoft Office has supported ODF since 2007, but adoption of OOXML has been more widespread amongst other products than ODF. This move has the potential to impact businesses selling to government, who may be forced to ...

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Hot on the heels of launching OneDrive yesterday, Microsoft Office team has announced launched Office Online, the re-branded Office Web Apps. Along with the new name, there are also launching a new destination Office.com where you can access all the Office Online products. Office.com is a discoverable and shareable web page so that you can start using Office Online right away. Office Online suite includes the following, Word Online OneNote Online Excel Online PowerPoint Online How much does it cost? It is completely free. All you need is a Microsoft account, login with your account in any of the Office Online products and your files are automatically saved to OneDrive, so you can share them with others and  work together on documents, presentations, spreadsheets and notebooks in real-time. The new online experience includes hundreds of Word, PowerPoint and Excel templates so you can go from nothing to something with just ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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