Review Category : Microsoft

Scott Guthrie, well known among developers for his red polo shirts, has been promoted to EVP of Cloud & Enterprise. This is now CEO Satya Nadella’s old position. eWeek snagged his first interview since his promotion. Scott talks about Windows Azure, how they worked with Dev division for lots of integration, competing with Azure, unique position Microsoft holds in this game and more. Here is an excerpt from it. How does all this added together set you up to compete with AWS? I think we’re in a good place right now. The team is executing in Agile. We did a bunch of mobile service announcements. It’s kind of nice because it is kind of rapid and it has the team on its toes. And the quality bar goes up. The biggest thing for us is with the things like BizTalk and Active Directory, it shows us getting very pointy with a ...

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NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group today announced that Microsoft’s Windows Azure Media Services is chosen to use to publish and stream all 98 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, through Feb. 23. This involves managing more than 1,000 hours of streaming coverage across devices. Millions of users can access live and on-demand content by using NBCOlympics.com, free NBC Sports Live Extra app, available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. To meet those demands, Windows Azure will be “leading the way by providing end-to-end live streaming of the Winter Olympics entirely in the cloud, including encoding, transcoding and streaming, for the first time in history,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft corporate vice president, in a press release announcing the partnership with NBC. “We know the country will be watching, so we think it’s a great testament that NBC Olympics has chosen Microsoft as its partner for ...

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The Razer Edge Pro, which is the world’s first tablet designed for PC gamers is now available under great deal from Amazon. Razer Edge Pro powered by Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics has a 10.1″ full HD multi-touch display. The Gamepad Controller for the Razer Edge makes it the only tablet in the world that allows for console style gaming on the go with full PC game support, immersive vibration-feedback and direct reflective acoustics. The 256GB model is now available for just $1049 from Amazon. Find key specs below. Processor Intel Core i7 Dual Core Processor with Hyper-Threading CPU: 1.9GHz (Base) / 3.0GHz (Turbo) Memory 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz) Storage 256GB SSD (SATA-III) Video Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology) Display 10.1″ (IPS, 1366×768) Multi-touch HD display Network Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4) Operating System Windows 8 Others Stereo speakers Codec supports 7.1 ...

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Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games has been acquired by Amazon. Amazon commented that they acquired Double Helix as part of their ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers. There are also reports that Amazon is planning to release its own console to compete with Microsoft, Sony and others. Even though Double Helix is now part of Amazon, Microsoft confirmed that Killer Instinct franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. Microsoft spokesperson said the following regarding this acquisition, “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavor,” “We want all of our loyal fans to know that the Killer Instinct team at Microsoft is not changing and that the franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. We remain dedicated to delivering a great experience and plan to announce our new development partner soon. We’re excited about the future of this popular franchise.” If you are ...

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An update late last night by VLC’s twitter account revealed they are re-submitting their app to the Window 8/8.1 Store “soon.”  It seems they are close to squashing whatever bugs that caused their app to be rejected last week. Now I believe the original plan was to get VLC working on full Windows 8 first and then WinRT due to some minor api differences.  Hopefully if the team is able to submit the app tomorrow we may be able to download the app within a week’s time. Just a quick refresher on the timeline: VLC asks for funding via Kickstarter in late November of 2012 By late December 2012 VLC has raised nearly $75,000 Update on 90% completion in early April 2012 Update on unforeseen challenges in early June 2012 Further updates in Oct & Dec 2013 of Audio Bug Audio stack re-written in January 2014, UI revamped Failed submission ...

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Last year, Microsoft Research revealed that they are working on an unconventional approach to power a datacenter entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks. Today, they announced that they have successfully demonstrated the concept at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. A rack of servers powered directly off the direct current (DC) output of the fuel cell stack, essentially stripping out most of the infrastructure found in the traditional data center energy supply chain. As a result, you will have a very efficient system with a radically simplified supply chain and fewer points of potential failure. But aren’t fuel cells much more expensive than conventional generation technology?  On a pure levelized cost of energy (LCOE) basis, an off-the-shelf fuel cell system will not be cost competitive with conventional generation. In other words, the cost of electrons coming out of the conventional power plant will ...

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Sony, one of the popular Windows OEM known for its high-end machines today announced its sale of VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners. So, Sony won’t be releasing/selling VAIO Windows devices once the deal is over. Read more about it below. Sony and Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (“JIP”) today concluded a memorandum of understanding confirming the parties’ intent for Sony to sell to JIP Sony’s PC business currently operated under the VAIO brand. Following a comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry, Sony’s overall business portfolio and strategy, the need for continued support of Sony’s valued VAIO customers, and future employment opportunities for personnel involved in the VAIO business, the Company has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by JIP is the optimal solution. Sony and JIP will ...

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We have seen several new features that will be coming to Windows 8.1 as part of the upcoming update. Winsupersite today unearthed this new feature called Disk Space in Windows 8.1 Update 1. This Disk Space manager can be accessed from PC Settings screen. Disk Space allows you to manage your storage in your device. You can see the total free space available, how much each apps/games occupy in your disk, get overview of the storage, and the ability to empty recycle bin. To see how much each apps/games occupy on your disk, you need to click “see my app size” under Disk Space. It will show you a detailed screen as below. What do you think of this new feature? Source: Winsupersite ...

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After the official announcement about Microsoft’s new CEO was made, Satya Nadella along with Bill Gates and others addressed hundreds of Microsoft employees who gathered to see their new CEO. Later in the day, Microsoft organized a short interview with Satya in front of key customers and partners. This interview was live telecasted to the public as well. In case you missed it, Microsoft just now uploaded the interview online. Watch it above. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks with Susan Hauser in front of a group of customers and partners about his background and the opportunities he sees for the company’s continued growth and innovation.   ...

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Previously, We heard from various reports that Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 in March. Today, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that Microsoft’s plans for this update got delayed by a month. The ship target for Windows 8.1 Update 1 has shifted from March 2014 to April 2014. OEMs may receive their final bits in late March to ship in Windows devices. So, there is a possibility that we may get this update on April 8th. This Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build is now available for download from various illegal sites and the leaked build has a build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237 revealed many new features that we reported in the past week. New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1: Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it. You can keep taskbar visible while using modern ...

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European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Today, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google has now accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy, Joaquín Almunia ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming February system updates for Xbox One which includes number of new features and improvements. You will have the ability to control your storage space, control install lineup and battery power indicator is now available again. Microsoft also revealed that they will be announcing more new features in the coming days. They also posted a teaser that they have a surprise in store. February 11 system updates On February 11, the first update will be delivered to customers who sign into their Xbox One.  It features many new improvements – including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features we believe Xbox fans will love, 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.  While we won’t be going into all ...

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The VLC team has faced another setback in their efforts to publish a comprehensive video player in the Windows 8 Store.  After an initial wave of enthusiasm in a successful kickstarter campaign the team has faced setback after setback.  The VLC decided to take an unorthodox approach in developing their Win8/WinRT app which would allow them to maintain much of their old code base.  The last update we heard from the VLC team was that they ended up rewriting their entire audio stack. A update from their Twitter account on February 1st revealed that their latest app submission had failed again.  The team is unsure why, but have said they are working on fixing any problems and will re-submit the app.  This may give the team some more time to work on the UI and make it look even closer to the Zune player. The VLC team has stated an ...

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Reuters recently reported that Sony is planning to sell its Vaio personal computer division in an effort to streamline its business. Vaio PC division is losing money already and Sony is looking to stop it by selling it to possible parties. Sony is already in dicussion with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners to sell its Vaio unit. A new company would be set up by Japan Industrial Partners to take over the Vaio brand’s operations in Japan, according to the plan under consideration, the source said. Financial details and stakeholdings in the new entity were still being discussed. Apart from Japan, Sony is also planning to stop its operations from overseas PC markets. PC market in general is in bad shape with declining growth and also Sony holds very low single digit market share in that market. A Japanese newspaper The Nikkei business daily reported that the Vaio PC unit ...

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Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella along with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer yesterday addressed hundreds of Microsoft employee’s regarding this new change at Microsoft. Microsoft’s official blog puts it in a good way as below, As hundreds of Microsoft employees swarmed around a small stage and craned their necks over three floors of balconies and stairwells, raising voices and clapping hands to welcome the company’s third CEO, Satya Nadella – and to honor the previous two CEOs, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. On that stage in the middle of the Studio D atrium, the company’s three CEOs Satya Nadella, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer stood together to talk about the future of Microsoft. “I am honored, humbled and excited – three words that describe what I feel,” said Nadella, who thanked Gates and Ballmer and smiled into a crowd documenting everything with a sea of Windows Phone devices. “You and ...

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  Microsoft yesterday announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as its new Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Nadella was previously in the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors said the following regarding Satya Nadella, “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.” Satya will get a annual salary of $1.2 million and other benefits for his new position as Microsoft CEO. You can read the whole Offer Letter ...

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