Review Category : Microsoft

While many of us were expecting Microsoft to make some announcements regarding Virtual Reality at GDC, Sony revealed their prototype called Project Morpheus. It is similar to Oculus Rift where gamers will be wearing the device on their heads to experience the immersive experience. Today, Facebook shocked and surprised the tech industry by acquiring Oculus. Read the full press release below, MENLO PARK, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading days preceding March 21, 2014 of $69.35 per share).  The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on ...

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Microsoft announced a new set of Xbox apps available today, oddly enough, mostly for the Xbox 360.   The announcement includes a number of apps for gamers, sports fans, and movie buffs. The Major League Gaming (MLG) app is now available for on the Xbox 360 in Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.  You can watch all of MLG.tv’s programming including the best gamers competing in MLG’s premier competitions, live broadcasts of gaming tournaments and professionally produced gaming content. The Major League Baseball app is now also available on the Xbox One.  MLB.TV Premium subscribers will enjoy live, HD-quality video of every out-of-market regular season game in 2014. Full game archives for every game will be available as well.  Requires an Xbox Live Gold membership. Starting today on Xbox 360 the ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY enertainment apps are available from Starz on the Xbox 360.  This is in ...

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As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has officially announced that they are rebranding Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft did this re-branding to highlight the fact that Microsoft Azure supports broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud not just Windows. Today we are announcing that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, beginning April 3, 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. Our commitment to deliver an enterprise-grade cloud platform for the world’s applications is greater than ever. Today we support one of  the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first, data-powered world, customers want a ...

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As part of a collaboration with the Computer History Museum Microsoft has made the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to the public.  Specifically MS DOS 1.1 and 2.0 and Microsoft Word for Windows 1.1a created in the 1980s. Distinguished Microsoft engineer Roy Levin provided a bit of back-story on why MS-DOS was created: In 1980, IBM approached Microsoft to work on a project code-named “Chess.” What followed was a significant milestone in the history of the personal computer. Microsoft, at the time, provided the BASIC language interpreter for IBM. However, they had other plans and asked Microsoft to create an operating system. Without their own on hand, Microsoft licensed an operating system from Seattle Computer Products which would become the foundation for PC-DOS and MS-DOS. Microsoft had under 100 employees and a Microsoft product (MS-DOS) had less than 300KB (yes, kilobytes) of source code. Following ...

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In December of 2013 we reported on Microsoft’s plans for an exclusive documentary for Xbox Live users. The documentary will investigate the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983 that the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”  Millions of unsold game cartridges were buried in the middle of the night in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Two companies, Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive plan on digging up portions of an old Alamogordo landfill located near First Street and White Sands Boulevard to search for Atari “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” game cartridges purportedly buried there in the 1980s. The documentary is currently in production but has run afoul of typical government bureaucracy.  The New Mexico Environment Depart has halted a planned excavation of an old city landfill so two companies can look for old video game cartridges. “No one is allowed to ...

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Speaking at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) Microsoft studios head Phil Spencer said Microsoft has a “renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming.”  In a response to a question about competing with Valve and their Steam Machines, Spencer stated: “I think Valve’s an incredible company,” Spencer said. “They’ve been the backbone of PC gaming for the last decade, and as the Windows company, I appreciate what they’ve done. They have, in a lot of ways, focused more on PC gaming than we have.” “We learn a ton from Sony and Nintendo,” he said, “so more people competing in this space is a good thing.” “A renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming inside Microsoft is definitely happening,” he continued. “You will see more focus from us — not to go compete with what Valve has done, but because we also understand as the platform holder it’s important for us to invest in the platform ...

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On its official Office blog, Microsoft highlighted the fact that Office 2003 support is ending and users need to move to Office 365 for latest features and security enhancements. Microsoft released Office 2003 ten years ago and at the time it was on the cutting edge of productivity. It sported a new Office logo, came with OneNote and had a new look and feel.  Now after 10 years, Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work and Microsoft is saying farewell to Office 2003. it urges its users to embrace the productivity solution of today – Office 365. The days of editing documents via multiple attachments, iterations and printouts are behind us. Office 365 harnesses the power of the cloud to make getting things done easier and faster, regardless of your location or device. With Office 365, creating files is just the tip of the iceberg. You can now share and ...

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Microsoft Xbox yesterday announced the kick-off of the “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship,” the first ever global motion-sports competition. The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” is a competition for players from around the world who mastered “Kinect Sports Rivals” gameplay skills. Prize Details:  The grand prize winner will get $10,000 in cash and a trip of a lifetime for two to one of four amazing destinations. The grand prize winner will choose one (1) trip, from one of the following vacation packages: a water sports adventure in Bora Bora, walking the Great Wall of China, trekking to Machu Picchu or skiing the Swiss Alps. Additional prizes include: 2nd Place: USD $5,000 3rd Place: USD $2,500 4th Place: USD $1,000 5th – 11th Place: USD $500 each The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” will begin online on April 8 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil, and on April 11 in the U.K., ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering a limited time deal for Surface family of devices. When you get any Surface device that includes Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, you will get a Touch Cover for free. Touch Cover is now available in 5 different colors and it costs $79.99 from Microsoft Store. Touch Cover: Slim. Sleek. The cover you can type on. Designed for Surface, Touch Cover is a revolutionary dual-purpose pressure-response keyboard and protective cover. The bright, smooth surface lets you type up to 2x faster than onscreen. Email, chat, work, and connect with friends in style. Built-in trackpad and Windows shortcut keys give you quick, easy ways to navigate Surface. Brighter. Bolder. Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colors (Black, White, Cyan, Magenta, and Red), so you can express your personal style. Super-smooth, spill-resistant exterior is easy to clean. Click. Done. Need to chat, quickly? ...

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Steve Ballmer stepped down Microsoft’s CEO last month. In a new interview he gave to WSJ, Ballmer has said that he’s not sure how long he’ll stay as a Microsoft director. He said, “It really as much as anything depends on how I see rest of my life playing out,” in an interview last week. Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft board should surprise everyone given the fact that Steve Ballmer owns about 4% of Microsoft and he calls Microsoft his “child.” He also revealed that he felt “different” to be just a director, and not CEO, during Microsoft’s board meeting as he was quieter in the boardroom than previously. Ballmer, who turns 58 on Monday, said in the interview he is relishing his first break after more than 33 years at Microsoft. “I have a chance to really think” about what to do next, Ballmer said. That jibes with his first post-CEO public appearance earlier this ...

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Microsoft announced Project Siena (code name) technology back in December last year. This Windows Store app allowed users without any programming can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services. Some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building are Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits and Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input. Today, they have released beta 2  version of the app in Windows Store. It now allows you to connect apps to powerful web services – from popular consumer services to enterprise SaaS to services created by IT. Change log: • Quick start: create an app by merely selecting a folder full of images • Add translate, search, speak, and social network connections to any app • Easily and securely ...

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Few days back, we reported that Walmart is now offering Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449, a $50 off from the original price of $499. Also, the largest online retailer Amazon is now offering the same deal of selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449 and it includes free shipping as well. Microsoft Store has joined this new $449 Xbox One deal club with even more incentives. Find the deals below. Xbox One Titanfall Edition: Buy the Xbox One bundle. Get Titanfall. Celebrate the future of multiplayer gaming with the Xbox One Titanfall bundle. It includes Xbox One, Titanfall, and a month of Xbox Live Gold, all for the same price as a standard Xbox One.* Limited quantities, get yours now.  Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership Card Save $20 when you buy an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership Card with an Xbox One console. Add $39.99, regularly $59.99 Order it ...

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ZDNet today reported that Microsoft is planning to rebrand its “Windows Azure” services to “Microsoft Azure”. It was also reported that Microsoft will make this rebranding announcement this week, specifically tomorrow (March 25). The rebranding will go live on April 3, on the 2nd day of Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference in San Francisco. I guess this rebranding effort is to symbolize Azure as a cross-platform/heterogeneous cloud solution rather than just a Windows based Cloud service. The rebranding makes sense, given Windows Azure isn’t all about Windows. Azure customers can run Linux in virtual machines on the operating system. Azure users also can run Oracle databases and middleware, and use non-Windows-specific development tools, including Java, Ruby, PHP and Python. Are you happy with Microsoft Azure name? Source: ZDNet ...

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Every now and then we come across interesting design concepts by independent designers around the world. Andrewz is also one such designer and he today sent us his latest Windows 9 concept. Supplemental showcase video briefly demonstrates highlights of Windows 9 design concept. Don’t forget to read the article http://goo.gl/B59YWC – the main part of the project – and view still pictures gallery http://goo.gl/LxXCnN . I didn’t intend to amaze audience with reworked and refined graphics. I tried to use current assets and reorganize them in my way. My primary focus was usability. I respected some things Windows 8 came with and haven’t changed them at all. 1/5 Installation 0:04 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6FxN… 2/5 Modern Taskbar with Mouse 00:40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMaOIu… 3/5 Modern Taskbar with Touch 2:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCNOaV… 4/5 Modern UI Improvements 3:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUZcnL… 5/5 Start Screen Improvements 3:50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLe80k… He is interested to hear about your feedback. Let him know via the comments ...

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Ubisoft has announced the next iteration of Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. This game is coming to Xbox One and PC this coming holiday season. Ubisoft has also released a trailer which you can seen above. Qu’ils mangent de la brioche [Let them eat cake]! We have been working on the new Assassin’s Creed for more than three years and although we weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC, it seems Abstergo are trying to force our hand!  So here’s a true first look at in-game footage from Assassin’s Creed Unity. Stay tuned – we’ll have many more exciting details for you in the months ahead! Pre-order this game from Amazon from the below links, Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity – PC     ...

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, an ex-Microsoft employee was arrested for leaking trade secrets and internal Windows related software builds to a blogger. Court documents revealed that Microsoft snooped into Outlook/Hotmail accounts of the blogger to crack down this case. Some news sites accused Microsoft for snooping customer’s (in this case blogger’s) email account. Electronic Frontier Foundation today raised the same issue criticizing Microsoft for searching blogger’s Outlook/Hotmail contents without court warrant. To the contrary, if Microsoft’s independent legal team concluded that there was probable cause, it could have passed the tipster’s information to the FBI to obtain a warrant and conduct the search under the auspices of the criminal justice system. The warrant protections enshrined in the Constitution would be preserved, ECPA would be satisfied, and Microsoft could have claimed the high moral ground. Instead, Microsoft has opted for an internal corporate shadow court. To be sure, the process described in Microsoft’s statement ...

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