Review Category : Microsoft

Earlier this week, Microsoft released OneNote app in Mac App Store as a free app. With that release, OneNote is now available on all the platforms: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. Even though OneNote for Mac app is not powerful as OneNote 2013, it is well received by the consumers. It has become the most popular free Mac app in the App Store in a single day. Surprisingly, Mac OS X update Mavericks which was released in October is now trailing behind OneNote. Also, the app has received about 600 reviews in a day and most of them are rated 4+. Its a pretty good start for Microsoft and they are “very pleased” with the customers response. Microsoft also has two more apps in the Top 10 list, they are OneDrive and Remote Desktop Connection. Source: Techcrunch ...

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Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that “Project Spark” beta program is extending onto Xbox One. Microsoft launched “Project Spark” Beta on Windows 8.1 devices in December 2013 and since then people are creating their old game worlds using this game’s revolutionary toolset. Since it is available both on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, with cross-platform capabilities and through the power of Cloud Saving, “Project Spark” creators can build on a Windows 8.1 device, and then pick-up a controller to continue playing on Xbox One or vice versa. Today, Microsoft announced that Project Spark is now in open beta on Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of Project Spark players and creators without needing a beta code. To get started, just search for “Project Spark” in the Xbox One store and install the game. Once the installation is complete, launch the game and start creating!   ...

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Microsoft’s stock reached its highest price of $39.90 per share since 2000 yesterday. Thanks to the news regarding Office for iPad release. Office for the iPad has been rumored for many years now, but it appears Microsoft is finally ready to unveil the product later this month.  According to reports, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will himself demo the product marking his first major public appearance since becoming CEO. Yesterday, Microsoft sent out press invites for an event in San Fransisco on March 27th and Microsoft is expected to unveil Office for iPad on that day. It seems investors are too excited about this news that Microsoft is releasing Office for iPad. Office is already generating significant revenue for Microsoft and investors hope that releasing Office on new platforms should further increase Microsoft’s revenue. Rick Sherlund of Nomura Equity Research has a “Buy” rating on MSFT stock and has set a ...

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The Brand Finance US 500 2014 list was released today. It lists the value of Billion Dollar Brands in the US. Microsoft was ranked No.3 in the list with the brand value of 62,783 USD millions. Apple and Google are the No.1 and No.2 brands with brand value of 104,680 USD millions and 68,620 USD millions respectively. All these three companies saw great growth in brand value compared to last year. And Microsoft’s brand rating improved from being AAA- to AAA. You can find the full list from the link below. Source: Brand Directory ...

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Microsoft announced ID@Xbox program last year allowing independent developers to publish their games on Xbox One game store. Even though games from this program is yet to be released to general public, this program is gaining momentum among developers. Microsoft said that over 200 developers are already creating games using dev kits provided by ID@Xbox right now and even released a long list revealing few names. Today, Microsoft released a long list of games that will be released in coming weeks in Xbox Store. 1001 Spikes by Nicalis Calibre 10 Racing Series by Bongfish GmbH CastleStorm by Zen Studios Chariot by Frima Chuck’s Challenge 3D by Niffler Contrast by Compulsion Games Divekick Addition Edition + by Iron Galaxy Studios Forced by BetaDwarf ApS FRU by Through Games Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition by DrinkBox Studios Gunscape by Blowfish Studios Habitat by 4gency Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine It Draws a Red Box by ...

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Kojima Productions has released their latest work in the Metal Gear Solid franchise with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (on sale Spring 2014) is the first segment of the ‘Metal Gear Solid V Experience’ and prologue to the larger second segment, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launching thereafter. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is now available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. Game Features: •THE POWER OF FOX ENGINE – Ground Zeroes showcases Kojima Productions’ stunning FOX Engine, a true next-generation game engine which revolutionizes the Metal Gear Solid experience. •INTRODUCTION TO OPEN WORLD DESIGN – The first Metal Gear Solid title to offer open world gameplay. Ground Zeroes offers total freedom of play: how missions are undertaken is entirely down to the user. •UNRESTRICTED STEALTH – Imagine classic Metal Gear gameplay but with no restrictions or boundaries. Players ...

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Along with the major announcements about OneNote, Microsoft yesterday announced a cool new feature in OneNote service. This new feature allows you to add notes to your OneNote via email. Now, you can use any ‘Email this’ button you find online everywhere to send content to OneNote. Just use me@onenote.com as To address and your linked email address as From address. Email to OneNote is a great way to forward receipts, travel itineraries or documents that you want to keep track of from your mailbox. If you’re on the run and want to send yourself a quick to do, it’s hard to get faster than writing up a quick mail. Or, if you’re in an app, and want to remember what you’re seeing, you can do so quickly by sharing via email. To get set up just visit the email settings page and select the addresses from which you would like OneNote ...

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Microsoft today announced an update on Bing Search experience that will allow you to know directions and distance between two places easier than ever. You don’t need to go Bing Maps to find directions and distances, just type in Bing Search box, you will get it. Recently, we rolled out a faster way for you to get directions between two places on Bing*. Now, when you search for driving directions from say, Los Angeles to San Diego, we’ll surface the estimated travel time, mileage and map at the top of the search results page on Bing. When you click on the map or the “turn by turn directions” link, we’ll launch the Bing Maps experience where you will see a detailed set of turn-by-turn directions. Because we know directions are most useful when you’re on the go, we’ve enabled this mobile browse experience across the top smart phones including Windows ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype for Android to v4.7 with a significant improvements in power efficiency. You can now leave Skype running all day on your phone without affecting your battery life. This update will offer aggressive battery savings that will allow most of the users to leave Skype running without noticeably affecting battery life. To achieve these amazing battery savings, we’ve temporarily turned off instant notification of messages in group chats. We realize group chats are important to those who rely on Skype for them, so we’d like you to know: •In the near future, you will be able to receive group chat messages instantly without additional battery impact. •If you can’t wait for that to happen, we’ve added a new setting to let you keep group chat notifications. Go to Settings > Notifications > check the “Sync group messages in the background” box. This version also includes the following ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 for users who need on-the-go solutions. This mouse will come in five sharp colors: Coal Black, Flame Red, Orchid Pink, Pantone Purple, and Wool Blue. And it costs just $14.95 and will go on sale this month. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is designed for life on the go, offering wireless freedom and built-in transceiver storage for ultimate mobility. Comfortable to use with either hand and a scroll wheel for easy navigation makes this mouse the ideal device for your modern, mobile lifestyle. Its a super lightweight mouse designed for people who live life on-the-go that costs less than 15 bucks. I’ve been using the mouse for a few days and really appreciate how light this mouse is. And it fits perfect in my hand. It is actually designed to feel good being used by both righties and lefties.   ...

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Leslie Lamport of Microsoft Research is rewarded for his outstanding contributions to computer science with the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award.  Lamport is well known to computer scientists around the world for his foundational work in distributed computing, including the creation of the Paxos algorithm for implementing fault-tolerant distributed systems.  His 1978 paper Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System is one of the most cited in the history of computer science. Lamport’s immense contributions have resulted in improved correctness, performance, and reliability of computer systems used around the world today. Source: Channel 9 ...

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Xbox executive Yusuf Mehdi announced the Xbox One would be expanding to 26 new markets by September.  Thus far the Xbox has primarily been sold in 13 ‘launch countries.’   Sony has been aggressive with the PS4 available in 54 markets.  Microsoft states that they will share more information at the end April, so sometime after the the Build conference.  The 26 new countries are: Argentina Belgium Chile Colombia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Greece Hungary India Israel Japan Korea Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore Slovakia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Turkey UAE While Russia is listed as a new market, it is unclear if this includes the recently annexed Crimea.  I have reached out to Microsoft for comment. Source: Xbox Wire ...

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Microsoft last year said that they will be constantly delivering updates for Xbox One in improving the overall experience. Since its launch, there were two major system updates for Xbox One. Microsoft is now working on the next Xbox One system update 1404. Microsoft is planning to release the preview version of this update 1404 to testers in next few days. Here are the improvements that will be part of this update. What to expect in this update preview: For those of you that participated in last months (1403) update preview, this preview wave will be a little different. . The 1404 update preview will run a bit longer than the 1403 preview. As a result, not all of the features listed below will be available in the first 1404 update. Some features will be enabled in 1404 updates that are rolled out later in the preview. . Some of ...

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Xamarin is a startup that is doing the job what Microsoft should have done with their .Net/C# platform. With Xamarin, you write your apps entirely in C#, sharing the same code on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. You can reuse your favorite .NET libraries, and still easily incorporate platform-specific libraries and frameworks when you want to. Xamarin delivers high performance compiled code with full access to all the native APIs so you can create native apps with device-specific experiences. Anything you can do in Objective-C or Java, you can do in C# with Xamarin. Today, CRN reported that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Xamarin. Microsoft is in the final stages of negotiations that could lead to either an acquisition or major investment in Xamarin, a mobile startup whose tools make it possible to code iOS and Android apps using Microsoft development tools, sources with knowledge of the discussions told ...

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Office for the iPad has been rumored for many years now, but it appears Microsoft is finally ready to unveil the product later this month.  According to reports, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will himself demo the product marking his first major public appearance since becoming CEO. Yesterday, Microsoft sent out press invites for an event in San Fransisco on March 27th and Microsoft is expected to unveil Office for iPad on that day. The Verge reported the below, We understand the iPad variant of Office will be similar to the iPhone version, and will require an Office 365 subscription for editing. We’re told that document creation and editing is fully supported for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. Overall, the interface and features are expected to be similar to the existing iPhone version. Nadella’s unveiling of Office for iPad will be the first major press event for the new CEO. Microsoft ...

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After months of announcement of the original Surface 2 WiFi models, Microsoft is releasing its Surface 2 LTE model. You only have one choice to buy a Surface LTE model, it comes with 64GB storage and all the features of Surface 2. And now you can use it anywhere you’ve got cell service on the super-fast AT&T 4G LTE network. You don’t have to be near a Wi-Fi connection to be able to get the most out of your Surface. Now anywhere you can get a cell signal, you can get online. Surface 64GB LTE comes with a SIM card and all you need to do is follow instuctions on the AT&T AllAccess app to setup a data plan.9 It costs $679 and comes with free 200GB storage for two years, get calling to landlines in over 60 destinations worldwide and Skype Wi-Fi which allows you to connect to over 2 million ...

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