Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft is participating in some April Fools humor today.  If you log into Office Online (previously office web apps) and open a word, excel, or powerpoint document, the familiar Clippy will appear asking “Remember when we used to write letters together?”  You have the option to tweet the message out. Here is a screenshot:   Read our own April Fools story: Shocker: Former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky to Join Apple; Will Work on a “Re-imagined” MacOS ...

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Along with the March system update, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the users. Microsoft today shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Twitch on Xbox One has played a big role in the increase in Xbox One usage since the app added broadcasting on March 10. In fact, nearly 23 million minutes have been broadcast from Twitch on Xbox One since launch. This includes more than 2.7 million minutes broadcast from Xbox One March 10-11, the most ever for a Twitch console app in its first day. Additionally, 30 percent of all Twitch unique broadcasters were broadcasting from Xbox One during the app’s first day. In its first week, 108,000 unique Twitch users ...

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With only a week of support left Windows XP usage is starting to decline but still maintains 27% of OS marketshare.  Data from Net Applications for March shows Windows XP usage declined 1.84% (from 29.53% percent to 27.69%).  Likely many businesses are transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Windows Vista also fell 0.11% (from 3.10% to 2.99%).  Windows 8.1 & Windows 8 continue to grow have a combined marketshare over 11% for the first time.   Specifically, the combined operating systems gained 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68% to 11.30%).  Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38% to 6.41%), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59% (from 4.30% to 4.89 %). Windows 7 made the biggest gain of 1.46% (from 47.31% to 48.77%).  The large gain is most likely businesses moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. Source: Net Applications via tnw ...

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Net Applications today released their latest data on worldwide web browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser lost 0.23 percentage points (from 58.19 percent to 57.96) market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer 11 passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. In March, IE11 continued to show its strong growth with an additional 2.91%, up from 12.80 percent to 15.71 percent. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.14% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 17.52% and Firefox over 17.26% web browser market share in February. via: TNW ...

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In an unexpected move, former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has brokered a deal with Apple for him and some of his former lieutenants to join Apple. George Grant, Jon DeVaan, Antoine Leblond, and Tami Reller will join Sinofsky in the move to Cupertino.  Sinofsky will be working on the next version of Mac OS. Tim Cook commented briefly the acquisition of the high profile talent: “I met Steven at a Yoga class in Palo Alto and we have become great friends ever since.  It turns out we have a lot in common besides yoga.  We had bosses named Steve; we both love secrecy, great taste in sweaters, and support common causes like gay marriage.  I thought Steven would be a great asset for Apple. Given his experience on Office, I initially asked him to come head the iWork team.  But as our talks progressed, Steven said he had some “super ...

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Microsoft today announced SmartClippy, the one paperclip for everything in your life. SmartClippy is lightweight, non-toxic and region-free for your convenience. SmartClippy makes it easy to take your work with you, wherever you go. Enterprise SmartClippy can handle even the toughest job and is infinitely scalable. It is easy to reconfigure to meet your needs and is compatible with your existing workstation. It comes in a range of sizes and colors and easy to integrate into existing accessories. We live in a world where new technologies arrive daily – it can be a struggle just to keep up. But what if there was a way to just … attach … new innovations to our lives? To usher in this new era of attachments, Microsoft is turning to an old friend with some new tricks up his sleeve. Clippy has been there for Microsoft Office users since Office 97 – but ...

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Gartner today reported that worldwide software revenue totaled $407.3 billion in 2013, a 4.8 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $388.5 billion. Microsoft retained its spot as the No.1 software vendor with a revenue of 65.7 Billion on a growth rate of 6%. Oracle surpassed IBM to became No.2 software vendor worldwide. “Investors continue to focus on revenue growth and market share gains as the primary criteria when evaluating vendors,” said John Rizzuto, research vice president and Invest analyst at Gartner. “At this point, the new and emerging technology markets in software, such as digital marketing and public cloud computing, are so nascent that investors are favoring those companies that are early and aggressive in grabbing both market and mind share — in many cases dismissing progress on earnings and cash flow in hopes that they will one day follow.” The software industry is in the middle of a multiyear ...

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  Microsoft is keeping up to its promise of matching the price of Amazon for its Windows Azure services. As Amazon announced price reductions last week, Microsoft followed up with theirs today. Consistent with our previously announced commitment to match Amazon on prices for commodity services, we are cutting prices on compute by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%. We recognize that economics are a primary driver for some customers adopting cloud, and stand by our commitment to match prices and be best-in-class on price performance. Microsoft has also announced new Basic instance, On April 3, we will introduce a new tier of General Purpose Instances called “Basic” (A0-A4) that offers similar machine configurations as the Standard tier of instances offered today (Extra Small [A0] to Extra Large [A4]). These instances will cost up to 27% less than the corresponding instances in use today (which will now be ...

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Microsoft Exchange came up with ActiveSync technology and all major smartphones comes with Exchange ActiveSync support. Microsoft works closely with leading phone OEMs like Apple and Samsung to have great built-in support for Exchange allowing consumers to enjoy Exchange mail contents using their built-in mail client. Along with that, Microsoft is releasing Outlook Web App for devices to enable latest features for users. After OWA release for iOS devices, Microsoft today announced Outlook Web App for Android devices. We also want our customers and users to have access to the latest features in Exchange. Of course, the Windows Phone team continues to provide the most comprehensive support for the latest Exchange features in the native Outlook app on Windows phones. On iPhone and iPad, we released the OWA app last year. And today we announced that we will be releasing the OWA app for Android as our latest step in that journey. ...

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Microsoft has announced for free games for Xbox Live Gold members for this month. It includes Hitman: Absolution And Deadlight. Starting Tuesday (April 1st) Hitman: Absolution (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through April 15th. Then on April 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Deadlight (Normally US $14.99) for free through April 30th. The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. ...

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At this week’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft is previewing features that will be coming to Outlook Web App in Office 365 later this year. The three new features detailed are “Clutter,” enhanced document collaboration, and groups. Clutter: This is the core goal of “clutter,” the codename for a new feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365. At its heart, it intends to remove as much unimportant mail, or clutter, from a user’s inbox as possible so that a user’s inbox can, well, become their inbox again. At a high level, clutter is pretty simple. We know that in most businesses, people spend a great deal of time just trying to keep up with the volume of email coming into their inboxes throughout the day. How they manage that email can then serve as a blueprint for what is important to them. Enhanced Document Collaboration: Outlook Web App now includes ...

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Microsoft’s Bing.com includes a feature called Snapshot which brings together information that you need at a glance, with rich connections to deeper information on the people, places, and things you care about made possible by our deep understanding of the real world. Bing.com has now added an additional 150 million entities encompassing web actives, doctors, dentists, lawyers, and individual real estate properties. Now when you search for a medical professional, e.g., {dr rhonda newton sammamish}, Bing returns the Snapshot of the professional that includes their specialty, experience, education as well as address and phone number. Searching for new home or heading to a friend’s house for dinner? Now you can get detailed information about an address directly from the Snapshot. Because Bing marries its understanding about entities with web search, you often don’t even need to type in the complete address. E.g., instead of {2700 point dr highland park il 60035}, you can ...

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An internal email made public by Microsoft shows CEO Satya Nadella fine tuning his senior leadership team.  In in widely expected move Scott Guthrie has been promoted from acting leader for the Cloud and Enterprise organization to Executive Vice President. Guthrie essentially takes over Nadella’s old position prior to becoming CEO. Following Marc Whitten’s resignation, Phil Spencer has been promoted to take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team.  Interestingly Spencer reports to Terry Myerson.  Yusuf Mehdi retains his position leading business strategy and marketing for Xbox. George Peckham will continue to head up third-party partnerships with Xbox.  And we finally hear of Sinofsky lieutenant Mike Angiulo who will continue leading Xbox hardware. Also as expected Stephen Elop will join Microsoft as Executive Vice President, Microsoft Devices Group, reporting directly to Nadella.  The Nokia deal is now expected to close ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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Longtime Microsoft executive Antoine Leblond will be leaving the company Monday, after his 9000th day at the company. “After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer,” Leblond said in an e-mail to colleagues. “Every single day I have had here has been amazing in its own way, and I will never look back on all of these years with anything but fondness, pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and a real appreciation for having been lucky enough to be part of so many awesome things,” Leblond said. “I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next.” Leblond came to the public light after replacing Michael Angiulo.  Leblond was a key executive who helped to drive Sinofsky’s strategy.  We reported in September of last year that he been stripped of ...

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Somewhat unexpectedly Microsoft has confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault will launch on Steam’s digital distribution service on April 5th.   Halo: Spartan Assault was an exclusive to Windows Phone originally but later debuted on the Windows 8 Store.  It has also come out on the Xbox One and 360. Steam and confirms that it will include 30 missions that not only deliver intense gameplay, but also explore the Spartan Ops program seen in Halo 4.  Special features include Steam achievements, leaderboards, and Steam trading cards, and Steam Cloud save games.  The cooperative mode has been stripped from this version of the game. Features: Epic campaign featuring 30 action packed levels with a brand new Halo story set just before the events of Halo 4. Command many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities, and customize your Spartan to create the perfect Spartan warrior. Complete weekly challenges for XP and ...

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