Review Category : Microsoft

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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Xbox Executive Marc Whitten is leaving Microsoft to join Sonos.  Terry Myerson is temporarily in charge of Xbox, we’ll analyze this fully in a follow up post.  Here are the official statements from Whitten and Microsoft, respectively. I started at Xbox on April 1, 2000, when the console was just a vision of what gaming could be. Over the last fourteen years, I’ve worked with an amazing team of highly passionate people who are driven to make gaming and entertainment the best experience for our Xbox fans. Since then, we’ve shipped over a hundred million consoles with tens of millions of people on Xbox Live. And, we are just getting started.  There are amazing things on the horizon and I am so excited to see where this talented group of men and women will take Xbox. One of the best parts of Xbox has been its fans. I want to thank you for making ...

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VideoLAN President and VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf, based in Paris, France, graciously agreed to talk to us about the recent release of the Windows 8 VLC application.  It has been a long journey for VideoLAN which originally started a KickStarter for the Win8 VLC project in late November of 2012.  Lately Mr. Kempf has been spearheading efforts to get VLC on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone.  We had a very open and honest conservation about the WinRT development platform and the future of VLC. 1) Why did VideoLan feel it was important to make a WinRT VLC application for Windows 8/8.1?  Well, VLC needs to be everywhere on all platforms.  Windows RT and Windows Phone are new platforms, and we need to support them.  Moreover, we never know how the platform will extend, so it is a good idea to try to reach all of them. 2) ...

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Microsoft’s Rare Studios is releasing their Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One in April. The all-new Kinect sensor with Xbox One offers the most precise motion detection, giving you the chance to experience motion based gaming like never before. You can now download Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason and get a chance to win exclusive rewards before the game is released. Xbox One and Rare Studios present the only game where you become a champion to compete with your friends and their champions! Watch to see how the all new Kinect technology scans and pulls you right into the game then, for the first time, jump into Kinect Sports Rivals to master six great sports! Win to earn perks and achievements to get an edge on your competition. Enter this massive world of online play and prove YOU are #1! Kinect Sports Rivals, built for the power of Xbox One, scans and creates a digital ...

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The deadline for installing secure operating systems on federal government computers will pass next month with the job incomplete, leaving hundreds of thousands of machines running outdated software and unusually vulnerable to hackers. Federal officials have known for more than six years that Microsoft will withdraw its free support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.  Despite a recent rush to complete upgrades, an estimated 10 percent of government computers — out of several million — will still be running the operating system on that date, company officials said. That includes thousands of computers on classified military and diplomatic networks, U.S. officials said.  Such networks have stronger defenses generally but hold more sensitive material, raising the stakes for breaches if they occur. Security experts warn that hackers have been preparing for what Microsoft calls the “end-of-life” for Windows XP by stockpiling “vulnerabilities” that amount to skeleton keys that can give ...

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Microsoft, via Corporate Vice President of  Microsoft Technology Policy David Tennenhouse, has released a statement about the US government relinquishing control of internet addresses.  As far as I’m concerned it’s a fairly hollow statement made only after it was certain transition would be made. The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s recent announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community is a significant and welcome development. Unlike the other major international communications networks (e.g., the telephone system and postal systems), there has been no single government-led organization that has guided the evolution and growth of the Internet. Instead, “Internet governance” has been the responsibility of literally dozens of different organizations, involving academics, technologists, government and business working collaboratively to create and implement the key standards, shape business practices, and develop norms that have enabled the Internet to grow at an ...

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Given all the hype, it is no surprise to anyone that Titanfall is #1 selling console game in the UK, but is nice to have the data to back it up.  Sales of the Xbox One are up 96% with 70% of Xbox Ones purchased this week were part of the Titanfall bundle (in the UK).   Last Week This Week Title New entry 1 Titanfall New entry 2 Dark Souls II 1 3 South Park: Stick Of Truth 4 4 The LEGO Movie Videogame 2 5 Thief 5 6 FIFA 14 3 7 Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 6 8 Call Of Duty: Ghosts 7 9 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition 8 10 Battlefield 4 10 11 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag New entry 12 Yoshi’s New Island 9 13 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 12 14 Grand Theft Auto V 14 15 Aliens: Colonial Marines 11 16 Rayman Legends 16 17 ...

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Microsoft OneNote team today made some significant announcements. The announcements include free OneNote app for all Windows 8/Windows 7 customers, releasing new OneNote for Mac, new OneNote Clipper service, new Office Lens app for Windows Phone devices. Along with all these, there is a hidden gem called OneNote Service APIs. This is a REST API that allows you to create rich content in OneNote and reach millions of users who are already using OneNote, for work and life, and across Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android and the Web. Microsoft also announced 12 partners today, who have all successfully integrated with OneNote through our API to enhance their products and services. These partners are Feedly, News360, Weave (WP8/Win8), IFTTT, Livescribe, Doxie, Genius Scan, JotNot, Neat, Epson, Brother and Mod Notebooks. Partner apps and devices: We want to make it easy to remember things from anywhere, not just Microsoft apps. So ...

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As expected, Microsoft today announced the availability of Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE). This LTE model comes only in one SKU, that is only 64GB model available. This new Surface 2 LTE will be available to purchase for $679 USD (ERP) in the US at Microsoft retail stores, www.MicrosoftStore.com and at BestBuy.com and all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores beginning tomorrow, March 18. In launching this new version of Surface 2, we’re adding the power and reach of AT&T’s 4G LTE network to an already fantastic device. Along with cellular connectivity, all of the refinements that went into Surface 2 are here: the increased speed and battery life, the dual-position kickstand, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT, the full HD screen, the upgraded front- and rear-facing cameras and full-size USB 3.0 port, just to name a few. In addition, when you purchase Surface ...

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Along with the announcement about release of free version of OneNote app for Windows and Mac users, Microsoft also announced a new service called OneNote clipper. OneNote Clipper is the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote with just one click. To get started, use any major browser to visit www.onenote.com/clipper and follow the instructions to add the purple Clip to OneNote button to your Favorites bar. Congratulations, now you’re all set to start clipping the web to OneNote! To clip, just browse to any webpage and click the Clip to OneNote button. Once signed in, you’ll see the actual OneNote Clipper. The Clipper will let you know that it’s sending the page to OneNote, and when it’s finished, you can click the OneNote logo to immediately view your clip in OneNote Online. All of your clips are saved to the Quick Notes section of your default ...

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Microsoft today announced that OneNote 2013 app will be available for free to all Windows 8/Windows 7 customers. Earlier, you have to buy it as part of Office 2013 suite or buy it separately for $69. OneNote is now free everywhere including the Windows PC desktop and Mac version. There are some premium features that are available to paid customers, but most of the features are available to everyone. People love OneNote 2013 on Windows. We want this awesome experience to be available to anybody, so we’ve created a free version! It’s designed for personal and school use, it’s totally ad-free and there’s no limit on how long you can use it because it’s not just a trial. For Office 365 and Office 2013 customers, we have premium features like SharePoint support, version history, Outlook integration and so on, but all the core OneNote application capabilities are available in the ...

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