Review Category : Microsoft

Longtime Microsoft Research executive Kevin Schofield has announced that he is moving away from MSR to some other new role at Microsoft.  Kevin Schofield is currently General Manager and Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Research, he joined Microsoft in 1988, and has worked in Microsoft Research since 1997. His organization drives consensus on technical strategy and priorities for Microsoft’s research efforts, and coordinates business affairs and operations for the division. He is also responsible for developing Microsoft Research’s relationships with customers, press, analysts, and Microsoft’s own product groups. Geekwire reported about his change in job this morning as Kevin updated his Facebook profile as follows, “I love MSR and the direction it’s going in, and part of me is sad to be leaving, but I’d also been there a long, long time and it’s probably good for me to exercise some different muscles. … I’m good, MSR is good, we’re all good, ...

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Microsoft Store is running a great deal on 12 months of Xbox Live Gold subscription. If you own a Xbox or Xbox One console, then it is a must have for you. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership is now available for just $39.99 (actual price $59.99). Xbox Live Gold is your ticket to the most exciting social entertainment network in the world on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Experience unrivaled multiplayer gaming, HD movies and TV shows, live events, music, and sports. You also get access to premiere entertainment apps, Internet Explorer, and Skype on your TV. With Xbox Live Gold, you’ll be connected with friends, family, and more than 48 million people around the world. Find the deal here from Microsoft Store. ...

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Konami has recently published their plans for their next major release, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes on next generation consoles. MGS5 will run at a native 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second on the Sony PS4 but just 720p at 60 fps on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This is not the first time where a major game developer opts for a lower resolution gameplay, we have seen similar actions from Battlefield, Call of Duty, etc. Microsoft on its part always declined to accept that Xbox One is under powered when compared to PS4. Microsoft have their own example like Forza which runs 1080p on Xbox One. Current Gen / Next Gen Comparison Chart  for MGS5(resolution, frame) PlayStation®3 PlayStation®4 Xbox 360® Xbox One resolution 720P (Scaling internally) 1080P 720P (Scaling internally) 720P frame 30fps 60fps 30fps 60fps Microsoft’s comments on lack of 1080p on several games in Xbox One, “I think the ...

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Microsoft last week announced that they have started the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. One more unreported improvement is that the strong sharpening filter issue reported by many in Xbox One is not fixed. For games that didn’t run natively at a 1080p resolution, and were upscaled to that full HD experience, a strong sharpening filter was applied that caused aliasing and jagged edges. Since it is fixed now, unscaled games should look better. Drew McCoy of Respawn Entertainment also confirmed that, “This should also make the scaler much better”. Find more screenshots from the link below. via: NeoGAF ...

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Microsoft announced the new security bounty programs last year and it have now paid out over $253,000 over to various security experts around the world. In October last year, Microsoft announced their first ever $100,000 bounty for James Forshaw for finding a new class of attack technique on Microsoft’s products. Recently, Microsoft awarded another $100,000 bounty for Yu Yang (@tombkeeper) from NSFOCUS Security Labs. The following researchers have submitted a qualifying vulnerability or new mitigation bypass techniques to Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) Bounty Programs. We thank them greatly for their participation and for working with us to help keep customers safe. Yu Yang (@tombkeeper), NSFOCUS Security Labs Mitigation Bypass variants – $100,000 Yu Yang tweeted the following, @k8em0 In order to express my thanks for your congratulation, maybe I should submit more. — Yang Yu (@tombkeeper) February 15, 2014 Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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The most anticipated FPS of this year Titanfall on Xbox One is just a month away from its release. Few days back, EA/Respawn took Titanfall beta registration live allowing users to sign up for themselves. If you have a received a beta code key, you can enter the beta. Today, Titanfall team tweeted that the beta is now open for download for everyone on Xbox One. Pre-Order Titanfall Now, Coming March 11, 2014 Watch Behind-the-scenes Look At The Titanfall Beta, Including Exclusive Gameplay(Video) Microsoft Announces Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller, Pre-order Now 12 Xbox Games Among VGX 2013 Award Winners, “Titanfall” Wins The Most Anticipated Game Title ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes 3 games and 3 utility apps under discounted prices. Apps: Plex ($2.49, regularly $4.99) organizes and streams videos, music, home movies, Recipe Keeper ($1.99, regularly $3.99), makes it easy to quickly enter and organize all your favorite recipes. Billminder ($1.99, regularly $2.99) gives you an efficient way to control expenses, with minimal fuss. Games: “Riptide GP2” ($1.49, regularly $2.99) delivers intense, dynamic hydro-jet racing with gorgeous graphics and dozens of heart-racing tricks. “Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden” ($1.49, regularly $6.99) sends you deep underwater to a mysterious world to find your missing fiancée through 40 unique locations with 14 hidden-object scenes. “Fishdom 3: Special Edition” ($2.49, regularly $4.99) also takes you into the water with a tankful of colorful finned friends that you feed, play with and challenge through 150 levels (an additional 50 bonus levels is ...

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At E3 last year, Microsoft showed us a teaser for the upcoming Halo game for Xbox One. The teaser even revealed that the game will be coming in 2014. In an interview to Gamezone, Steve Downes, the voice actor for Halo’s main character Master Chief said that he don’t expect to see Halo 5 until 2015. I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5 … I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2. IGN reached out to Steve Downes after this statement, he said to IGN that he didn’t actually intend to imply that he has knowledge of Halo 2 Anniversary. “What I said was: ‘I think you’re ahead of yourself on H5. I have read some things on line that you can look forward to a H2 anniversary edition maybe this year, but I ...

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This is not new, Google is known for violating privacy policies. Recent information from Google’s own lawyers reveled that Google is scanning student’s mail content even when the ads are turned off for better ad targeting. Google is claiming that they are using this data from students to target them with ads. Microsoft has clearly said that they don’t mine user data for ad targeting. Whether or to what degree these last two conditions are actually met by specific services such as Gmail or Outlook.com is of course a pertinent question. Currently Google faces legal challenges to its use of consumer data mining in both the U.S. and the European Union. EU data protection authorities in particular have determined that Google fails to inform consumers properly of its conduct or obtain their consent, while a major class action law suit in California advances similar accusations. Although Outlook.com appears to have avoided ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are starting the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means now that we’ve made the February update available, the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. All that to say, never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend. As a reminder, here are some of the features you’ll see in this update: The ability to see and manage your ...

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After the release of a new OS version, Microsoft usually continues to sell the previous OS version for a particular period of time. For example, even after the release of Windows 7, Microsoft continued to sell Windows Vista for more than a year. After the release of Windows 8, Microsoft was expected to end the sales of Windows 7 by this year. According to the updated Windows product lifecycle page, Microsoft will end the sales of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate pre-installed machines by October 2014. However, Microsoft is not ending the sales of Windows 7 Professional this year. This means that Windows OEMs can continue to sell Windows 7 Pro devices to the enterprises even after Oct 2014. This will enable the enterprise customers who still want to buy devices running Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. What do you think? Read more about it here. ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on a Office suite for Apple iPad. As iPad sales is increasing quarter by quarter among consumers and enterprise, Microsoft is missing millions in revenue by not having Office for iPad. It was previously rumored that Microsoft is planning to delay Office for iPad release in favor of Windows. Because, the touch first version of Office is coming only in late 2014 or early 2015. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Office for iPad might be released sooner than previously expected as Microsoft top executives have given approval for Office team to release Office for iPad as soon as it gets ready. But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year. According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK’d the suggestion by the Office team that they’d bring ...

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Microsoft is offering some great deals for Valentine’s Day. There are some steep discounts on touchscreen PCs, for example, Sony Vaio Duo 13 is now available for just $999. It comes with 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i5-4200U, 4 GB memory/128 GB SSD and offers up to 10 hours battery life. Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1 (SVD13223CYB) – Discounted Price: $999.00 (Original Price: $1,249.00 ) Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1 (SVD13225PXB) – Discounted Price: $1,499.00 (Original Price: $1,899.00 ) Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Touchscreen 2 in 1 – Discounted Price: $999.00 (Original Price: $1,199.00) Samsung Series 7 DP700A3D-A01US Touchscreen All-in-One Discounted Price: $799.00 (Original Price: $1,099.00) Find the other deals here from Microsoft Store. ...

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If you are a Xbox user, you might have already heard of Xbox Live Gold service which allows you to experience multi-player gaming, Video Kinect, lots of video apps on Xbox platform. You need to subscribe to Xbox Live service which will cost you around $60 per year. Often, Microsoft announces free Xbox Live Gold weekends which will allow any Xbox Live user to experience Gold services. Microsoft yesterday announced that Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. If you’ve always wanted to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, now is your chance. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. During this free Gold weekend, all Xbox Live entertainment apps and online multiplayer ...

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NPD research firm released their data on gaming industry sales yesterday. Microsoft has got both good and bad news from these numbers. Good news is that, January NPD Group figures revealed Xbox(Xbox One+Xbox 360) sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share. During the month of January, Xbox* held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list in the U.S.: “Battlefield 4,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Minecraft.” Gamers love Xbox and our community has never been more vibrant on the industry-leading Xbox Live service. Since launch, over 2.6 billion global Gamerscore has been achieved, 165 million global achievements have been unlocked and 130 million global Game DVR clips have been uploaded. On the negative side, Sony’s PS4 outsold Xbox One by ...

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  Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking interactive reading platform for Windows. It was revealed by a Microsoft career listing for the job of Software Development Engineer on the Music, Video, Reading (MVR) team. It stated, “As an SDE, you will be on the team building a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics”. Amazon is a market leader in e-reading market and Microsoft has to offer something more compelling to move people away from Amazon. Two of the recent Microsoft patents reveals possible direction in which Microsoft’s upcoming E-reader architecture will look like. Read the abstracts below, it sounds interesting. The second para describes the good old Courier’s leaked video with the cloud storage concept. E-reader architecture with rich service infrastructure for identity, storage, protection, commercial exchange, and sharing of content is provided. The architecture may enable consumption of content ...

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