Review Category : Microsoft

CNBC today posted a list of people called CNBC’s First 25. They have ranked list of the 25 people we judge to have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, the year CNBC went live. They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was ranked 2nd among the list and Apple founder Steve Jobs topped the list. Even though the author claims that the ranks are arguable, they have chosen based on the inputs from the panelists. Jobs at No. 1 and Gates at No. 2? Or should it be the other way around? After all, there hardly would have been a personal computer revolution without Gates. Yes, you say, but if he hadn’t propagated an operating system, somebody else would have. True, but Gates did it. And even if IBM handed him the ball, ...

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Microsoft, Verizon, and other tech giants have long believed that the United States cannot force a company to hand over data stored outside the United States. Verizon’s chief lawyer Randall Milch publically commented on this issue in February. He said that the company’s view is “simple,” adding: “The U.S. government cannot compel us to produce our customers’ data stored in datacenters outside the U.S., and, if it attempts to do so, we would challenge that attempt in court.” Microsoft’s deputy general counsel David Howard also released a statement on the issue: The U.S. government doesn’t have the power to search a home in another country, nor should it have the power to search the content of email stored overseas. Microsoft’s chief legal counsel warned last December that Microsoft would fight any attempt by governments to seize data not located within their country: “…assert available jurisdictional objections to legal demands when governments ...

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Last month, OneNote launched the initial version of their API. The first set of features were focused on scenarios for creating pages in OneNote: mobile app scanners, hardware scanners, save-it-for-later for newsreaders, etc. The team listed of the capabilities and features that OneNote is planning to deliver over the next 3 to 6 months. Among them, PDF Rendering was on the top of the list. In the current API, you can create a page with a PDF attachment, but it cannot be rendered onto the page directly. This feature will enable a PDF to be rendered onto the page, making it usable directly on the OneNote page. Since PDF is by far the most popular scan format, this is particularly important to scanner scenarios. I’m happy to announce that we’re keeping up on our promise to deliver from our backlog as frequently as possible. Just a few weeks after releasing ...

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Microsoft Store US is now offering great discounts on Surface devices for students. Microsoft Stores have been offering 10% discount to students already. In addition to that, they are now offering $100 discounts on orders. Surface Pro 2 can be now ordered for as low as $709 for 64GB model. 64GB $709.10 128GB $799.10 256GB $1069.10 512GB $1519.10 How to get Surface Pro 2 for above prices? Go to this Microsoft Store education page and sign in by providing details on your school Go to Microsoft Surface Pro 2 page here and add to your cart. Use promo code GRADUATION to get $100 Off. Find the offers from Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft Store is now selling Surface devices in the UK on great discounts targeting students, Windows XP users and more. Here are the deals, Save £80 on a Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 when you shop from your Windows XP computer.* Free £10 Store Voucher if you buy the Surface Now Students now save 10% off student pricing on Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2. Surface Pro Bundle now for £399.90 includes everything you need: Surface Pro 64GB, Touch Cover (White) and Office 365 Home. Don’t miss the chance to save over £184! Buy Surface Pro and get Buy now and get a FREE Touch cover Find more details at Microsoft Store UK. ...

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Last week, Microsoft posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. The video shown involved the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Today, Microsoft posted another marketing video. This time, Surface 2 is being used by a wedding planner. Ashlee is a wedding planner and someone who pretty much helps turn people’s dreams into reality. Being a wedding planner she plans and executes one of the most important days in a person’s life, and she’s using Surface 2 as her one device to fulfill her passion for helping people write their love stories. Ashlee spends a lot of time on the go and out on location. On a given afternoon she might be out testing cakes or ...

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With the Nokia/Microsoft deal officially closing  on April 25, Stephen Elop has made his triumphant return to Microsoft. Elop is now the executive vice president (EVP) of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.  Other Nokia executives joining Microsoft include Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber. They will report to Elop for the time being. Elop will be part of Nadella’s senior leadership team which includes Terry Myerson, Qi Lu, Amy Hood, Lisa Brummel, Chris Capossela, Scott Guthrie, Mark Penn, Eric Rudder, Harry Shum, Brad Smith, Kirill Tatarinov, and Kevin Turner. Here is part of the bio: Elop rejoined Microsoft in April 2014 following the company’s acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. As Nokia’s president and chief executive officer from 2010 to 2013, Elop led the company through a ...

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Today, Microsoft released an update (2961887) for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT, and for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows RT 8.1. The update addresses the vulnerabilities described in Adobe Security bulletin APSB14-13. For more information about this update, including download links, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2961887. The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center: Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8.1 (KB2961887) Download the Windows8.1-KB2961887-x86.msu package now.  Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8.1 x64-based systems (KB2961887) Download the Windows8.1-KB2961887-x64.msu package now. Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 (KB2961887) Download the Windows8-RT-KB2961887-x86.msu package now. Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 x64-based systems (KB2961887) Download the Windows8-RT-KB2961887-x64.msu package now. Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2961887) Download ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to its Windows Intune service to add support for Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Knox devices. The previous update provided the ability to deploy and remove email profiles on mobile devices, data protection configuration settings for devices running iOS 7, and the ability to remotely lock or reset a device’s PIN. Today we are rolling out an update to Windows Intune which will provide support for Windows Phone 8.1 as well support for Samsung Galaxy devices supported with the KNOX platform. For Windows Phone 8.1, there are additional device configuration settings, software installation (sideloading) enhancements, selective wipe, support for Web Authentication Broker (WAB) enrollment, and automatic MDM certificate renewal. For Samsung devices which support KNOX, we now support device configuration settings directly through KNOX Standard (formerly Samsung SAFE) as well as through Exchange ActiveSync.   The configuration settings are the same today, and we’re working on releasing ...

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Facing increasing competition from Dropbox, Google and others Microsoft has increased storage from 25 to 1 TB for OneDrive for Business customers: OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB per user. All Office 365 ProPlus customers will get 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of their Office 365 ProPlus subscription. Microsoft will help organizations migrate data to OneDrive for Business Historically OneDrive for business had been tied to Office 365. However, earlier this month the Redmond software giant started offering OneDrive for business as a standalone product. Microsoft currently has promotional pricing for new customers to OneDrive for business: Introductory promotional pricing: $2.50 per user per month (a 50% discount on standard pricing, $5 per user per month). For customers with Office with Software Assurance (SA) or Office 365 ProPlus: $1.50 per user per month. Source: Office Blog   ...

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The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued advisory for computers users to avoid using Internet Explorer. This is due to a zero day exploit that was recently uncovered. The exploit is believed to affect ALL versions on Internet Explorer (6-11). Users on Windows XP will not receive a patch; the exception are enterprise/government customers that have special agreements with Microsoft which often cost millions of dollars. The advisory asks users to consider alternatives to Internet Explorer. “We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute warned in a separate advisory, that US-CERT linked to in its warning. Cybersecurity software maker FireEye Inc warned that a sophisticated group of hackers have been exploiting the bug in a campaign dubbed “Operation Clandestine Fox.” “It’s a campaign of targeted attacks seemingly against U.S.-based firms, currently tied to defense and financial sectors,” said FireEye spokesman Vitor ...

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Google X is a well known research group within Google that works on special projects directly overseen by co-founder Sergey Brin. Two popular projects include Google Glass and the Google driverless car. A new report claims Microsoft has formed a similar group inside Microsoft dubbed “Special Projects Group in Microsoft Research (MSR).”  The group’s mission is specifically to work on “disruptive technologies that could benefit the company and society.” In addition the new group will address “hard and interesting problems” in the areas of systems, networking, distributed computing, UX design, devices, cloud, mobility, machine learning/artifical intelligence, big data and datacenter technologies. According to the report, the new MSR Special Projects team boss is Norman Whitaker. Whitaker was previously Deputy Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA, the U.S. Department of Defense’s research arm and Program Manager for the DARPA Urban Challenge program. DARPA has had close ties to Google in the past and funded projects ...

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The United States Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Novell without comment. The lawsuit accused Microsoft of illegally protecting its Windows computer operating system from competition 20 years ago by undercutting a WordPerfect. Novell was looking to revive a lawsuit that accused Microsoft of anticompetitive conduct during development of its Windows 95 operating system in 1994. Novell said that, late in the rollout process, Microsoft withheld software components known as namespace extensions so competing developers would have trouble making their programs run smoothly on Windows. Novell said the move slowed the development of WordPerfect, a word-processing program that posed a threat to Microsoft’s Word. Novell, now part of privately held Wizard Parent LLC, argued in its appeal that Microsoft “made its own operating system less attractive to consumers in order to crush competition and protect its operating system monopoly.” A Denver-based federal appeals court threw out the lawsuit stating “antitrust laws rarely impose ...

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Microsoft today revealed more details about the Xbox Originals program in which they there are over 12 different projects are under production. We already know that Steven Spielberg is working with 343 Industries for Halo based interactive content, in addition to this, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner Ridley Scott is working a another Halo based Digital feature for Xbox. The project is expected to be released later this year along with new Halo game launch. When asked about whether Scott Free production is another Web series, like Forward Unto Dawn (a Halo live-action show from 2012), Levin said, “Similar, but higher budget. We’re biting off something a little bigger. We’ll be shooting in Ireland and Iceland. It’s not following Master Chief.” From Venture Beat, Halo embarked on a digital feature a couple of years ago. It was a risk at the time because we weren’t sure how the fans ...

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We’ve been hearing for months about Microsoft’s plans to bring exclusive original programming to the Xbox. Nearly two years ago Microsoft hired former CBS executive Nancy Tellum to lead Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES). Tellum has at least 12 projects she is working on, six are in production, while the other six are still in the earlier stages on the process. The first, premiering on June 13th, will be a  multi-camera, multi-stage interactive live broadcast of the Bonnaroo music festival on the Xbox. Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted a slew of top Hollywood talent to develop its original programming slate, with names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise – but that’s only the beginning. Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary about the search ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling free group video calling to everyone. For the last few years, Skype offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, they are making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And also, in the future, they’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost. When not in the office at Skype, I’m part of a cycling team with a group of four local friends. We’re training for a coast-to-coast charity cycling event but spend our weeks in separate parts of the world on business. As planning for our training days is a challenge, we often rely on Skype group video calls to stay connected. Now that Skype group video calling is available to everyone, free of charge, it makes our group ...

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