Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced a minor update for Skype for Windows devices in Windows Store. This new v2.5 includes improved UI for contacts, ability to mute IM sounds, etc,. Find the full change log below, New add people option– we’ve added the ability to add contacts from the people page. To add someone, just select the icon below, type in a name, email address, Microsoft account or SkypeID. Additionally, just like before, you can add people directly from search or when swiping the command bar. Who’s available? – if you wish to sort your people list just by those who are online, you can always see who’s available by selecting people and then toggling between the options for all and available (hint: most icons and menus are selectable in Windows 8.1). With this release, we also made this view accessible for people who have less than 20 contacts. A little silence ...

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Last year, Microsoft Research released a new SDK/Framework called Lab of Things that supports their existing HomeOS project. To simplify the management of technology and to simplify the development of applications in the home, we are developing an “operating system” for the home. HomeOS provides a centralized, holistic control of devices in the home. It provides to users intuitive controls to manage their devices. It seems Microsoft is planning to enter the Internet of Things market with HomeOS from MSR and Internet of Things (IoT) team that is part of its unified Windows division. Mary Jo Foley yesterday reported that Microsoft is expanding its staff in its Internet of Things (IoT) team. Up until now, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded team has focused primarily on enterprise/industrial customers, not consumers. Its charter has been to convince retail, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive shops to embed various flavors of Windows in their devices. But the IoT team may ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on lots of original content in Xbox Entertainment Studios for Xbox One users. Even though none of them got released to users, we saw various reports on them. Today, Deadline reported that Microsoft is working on a half-hour series based on the life of Illmatic album creator Nas. As Nas marks the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, a half-hour series project loosely based on his life as a hip hop artist in the 1990s is getting off the ground with a deal at Xbox Entertainment Studios. Titled Street Dreams, the project, from Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell Electric City Entertainment (The Place Beyond The Pines), is set in the 1990s in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex, where Nas grew up, and takes a look at music,  family and the trials and tribulations of the rap game. Street Dreams is being ...

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Microsoft’s search engine Bing was accused of censoring information for Chinese language users in the US in the same way it filters results in mainland China. Guardian today reported that Bing returns radically different results in the US for English and Chinese language searches on a series of controversial terms. These include Dalai Lama, June 4 incident (how the Chinese refer to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989), Falun Gong and FreeGate, a popular internet workaround for government censorship. A Chinese language search for the Dalai Lama (达赖喇嘛) on Bing is lead by a link to information on a documentary compiled by CCTV, China’s state-owned broadcaster. This is followed by two entries from Baidu Baike, China’s heavily censored Wikipedia rival run by the search engine Baidu. The results are similar on Yahoo, whose search is powered by Bing. Microsoft denied the fact that they are censoring results and responded that ...

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ESPN has released their WatchESPN app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Using this app, consumers can enjoy the rich selection of programming with ESPN on-the-go. You’ll be able to watch live streams of Monday Night Football, NBA games and playoffs, Major League Baseball, The Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship, college football and basketball and all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Description: The free WatchESPN app lets you keep up with your sports anytime, anywhere on your Windows 8 computer or tablet. Watch live games and studio shows with 24/7 access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes. You can also watch on-demand clips of the latest news and highlights. Access to live streaming video from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes is determined by your TV provider. The providers below offer access to WatchESPN live video: - AT&T U-verse - Bright House Networks ...

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Microsoft today announced the 2nd year of YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest for young people. Starting today and running through March 5th, people ages 18-25 can submit their next general big ideas by clicking here. Of course, you will be winning lots of prizes. Each entrant will receive a $10 donation gift card to support the project of their choice on YouthSpark on GlobalGiving. 20 finalists will each receive a Microsoft Surface 2 with Office 365 University. 5 grand prize winners will win:   A life-changing, volunteer travel experience in the Amazon to learn about creating change $2,500 cash  to help turn their ideas into a reality A Microsoft technology bundle including a Windows Phone and an Xbox One* The opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark ambassador and take advantage of YouthSpark training and resources The Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a chance for you to share how you spark change in ...

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A new consumer study has revealed that more men prefer Microsoft brand over Apple. Annalect conducted a research to study ‘Changing Role of Men’, and found that, in terms of brands that “resonate” with the male population, Microsoft trumped Apple and other brands across age groups. Check out the infographic above. The study interviewed Boomers (born 1946-1964), Gen Xers (born 1965-1979), and Millennials (born (1980-2000), tallying up to a sum total of 1,509 men for the November 2013 study. Each participant was given a list of brands, ranging from Starbucks, McDonalds’s Coca Cola, Levi’s and Nike. With each different group of men, Microsoft proved a more popular choice than Apple, and was comprehensively favored over the Cupertino, California-based brand. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft topped the list among Boomers and Millennials and came at second among Gen Xers. Read more about it from the link below. ...

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Microsoft today released February firmware updates for Surface family of devices. Except for Surface RT, all the other Surface devices got updates. Surface Pro 2 had the most significant update which resolves various issues that was reported by users in the past. Find the full change log for all these devices below. Surface Pro 2: Surface Display Panel (v1.0.2.0) provides tuning to the Surface display calibration. Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.00.50) Resolves issue where Surface would not go into hibernation. Resolves issue where available battery percentage was reported incorrectly. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.04.0150) Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach. Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached. Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.228.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use. Surface Type ...

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Lenovo’s Miix 2 10-inch tablet is now available for as low as $429 from Lenovo. Lenovo Miix 2 is powered by Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10.1″ FHD IPS LED Backlit Multi-touch (1920×1080) display and comes with Detachable AccuType Keyboard-dock. It runs on Windows 8.1 and comes pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 as well. The 64GB model costs $499 and 128GB model costs $599 from Lenovo.com, however there is a way you can get them for even less. Slickdeals revealed that placing your order through Lenovo’s B&N link will allow you to buy these devices $70 less, you can get 64GB model for just $429. Microsoft Store is also running a great deal on Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook. Dell XPS 12 with 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD and over 8 hours battery life now costs just $1299. Find the listing here ...

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Along with the announcement about the upcoming Xbox One system update in March, Microsoft also announced the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter which will allow Xbox One users to enjoy their experience in the way they would like to. Both these will be available in early March. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will retail for $79.99 MSRP and the Stereo Headset Adapter will be available for $24.99 MSRP. Releasing across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, the Stereo Headset will offer a premium audio experience for both game and chat audio. Offering a full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio spectrum to ensure fans can enjoy the deepest bass and the clearest high frequencies, the Stereo Headset will also feature a unidirectional microphone for clear voice capture and over-the-ear speakers to keep you comfortable during long sessions with your Xbox One. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will ...

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Microsoft today announced that their first Xbox One system update will be rolled out later this week that will include lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice, so commands become more fluid and responsive over time. Microsoft also detailed the March Xbox One system update will start rolling out in early March. This update will include multiplayer and party improvements out in time for the March 11 launch of “Titanfall”. Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a ...

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Microsoft is not ignoring its huge Xbox 360 user base. Yesterday, they announced two new Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers: black and purple which will go on sale next month for $54.99. Today we are announcing additional colors to the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers: black and purple. The controllers feature a transforming D-pad and colored chrome design for $54.99 USD (MSRP) – available worldwide beginning in March. The black controller will be available in the U.S. exclusively at Walmart and the Microsoft Store and purple controller will be available in the U.S. exclusively at Best Buy and the Microsoft Store. Source: MajorNelson ...

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Very few launch games on Xbox One supported 1080p 60fps support. Many critics pointed out that the lack of enough hardware power was the reason behind the less frame rate games. Microsoft always denied this fact and it seems they are correct. In an interview to gamingbolt, Rebellion Games’ Jean-Baptiste Bolcato revealed that their upcoming game WWII shooter Sniper Elite 3 will run comfortably at 1080p. He revealed that the upcoming SDK update from Microsoft has improved the frame rate situation. Will the process become easier over time as understanding of the hardware improves? “Definitely, yeah. They are releasing a new SDK that’s much faster and we will be comfortably running at 1080p on Xbox One. We were worried six months ago and we are not anymore, it’s got better and they are quite comparable machines. The Xbox One is a bit more multimedia, a bit more hub-centric so its ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they will be at the Singapore Airshow, talking with leaders across the commercial airline industry about how they have removed the barriers to adopting Electronic Flight Bags (EFB’s) and going paperless in the cockpit. Microsoft also announced that Surface 2 tablets have achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization for Class 1 or 2 EFB needs for all phases of flight. This FAA authorization will allow airlines to use Surface for their actual work anytime. Through this authorization process, we’ve completed rigorous environmental and situational testing of the Surface 2 tablet, streamlining the approval process when airline operators want to use Surface 2 tablets as a Class 1 EFB during flight operations. While airlines are still obligated to define their specific use requirements with the FAA and request specific device approval, our completion of these tests for Surface 2 satisfies a lengthy and important part of that ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of multi-factor authentication for Office 365 to Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise plans, Academic plans, Nonprofit plans, and standalone Office 365 plans, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online customers. This will enable organizations with these subscriptions to enable multi-factor authentication for their Office 365 users without requiring any additional purchase or subscription. Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to protect Office 365 customers. Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user logins for cloud services above and beyond just a password. With Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification on their smartphone after correctly entering their password. Only after this second authentication factor has been satisfied can a user sign in. Any of the following may be used for the second factor of authentication. Call my mobile phone. The user receives a phone ...

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