Review Category : Microsoft

Two months back, a landmark deal between Time Warner Cable and Microsoft was announced that will bring 300 Live TV channels to Xbox 360 console users with Xbox LIVE gold subscription. Xbox 360 users can now download this TWC app to enjoy their subscribed TVs on Xbox 360. This app gives the ability to watch users their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and more. And unlike any other platform, you’ll be able to control your entertainment using your voice via Kinect for Xbox 360. TWC is also planning to bring video-on-demand to Xbox 360 through the app later this year. ...

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pr Microsoft today announced the increase in storage space for users of SkyDrive Pro, A cloud storage service for business. SkyDrive Pro delivers the features in a file sync solution, and also provides content management, compliance, and content management controls. Following improvements to SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 business subscribers were announced today Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB). You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB. With the new Shared with Me view,you can easily find documents others have shared with you. Source: Office blog ...

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Dell announced their refreshed line-up of latitude ultrabooks and laptops.  Honestly, I’m pretty unimpressed especially in terms of design.  Michael Dell is fairly focused on trying to take the company private, with a critical vote happening later this year.  Brandon Leblanc on the Windows Experience Blog reports: These new models are constructed with brushed aluminum, reinforced magnesium alloy, strong steel hinges, woven carbon fiber, durable powder-coated underside, spill-resistant keyboards and LCD seals. They all are also available with touch display options with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for up to 10 times higher scratch resistance compared to traditional material used in laptop screens throughout the industry. The Latitude 7000 Series starts at $1,049 (U.S.) and will be available on September 12th. The Latitude 3000 Series starts at $599 (U.S.) and will also be available on September 12th. The Latitude 5000 Series will be available in October. Latitude 7000 Series Latitude 5000 ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Day One Editions of 3 Xbox One games. These special game SKUs include exclusive content and are available only through retail pre-order while supplies last, or via download on Xbox Live the first two weeks after launch. “Forza Motorsport 5” Day One Car Pack  This three-car pack features amazing cars from Lamborghini, Audi, and Ford; each with a Day One-themed livery and custom tuning package created by the experts at Turn 10: 2010 Audi TT RS Coupe: Stuffed stem to stern with modern tech, the TT RS is the first TT model to carry Audi’s famed RS badge – a distinction that’s earned on the track from the moment you step on the gas. 2013 Ford Focus ST: Debuting with the same 247-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine from the much larger Ford Explorer SUV, the new Ford Focus ST packs a serious punch. 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 ...

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An internal Microsoft employee leaked the information regarding the special white edition Xbox One few days back. This special edition Xbox One will be given to all employees in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business who were working full time prior to July 12 of this year. Only the console and the new Xbox One controller comes in White, the Kinect comes in standard black color only. Apart from the unique console, employees will also get 1 year Xbox Live, first party games and Day one achievement. Microsoft’s Major Nelson revealed at Reddit that Microsoft may sell this version of console to general public in the future. Source: Reddit ...

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As we reported last week, it would only be a matter of time until the Windows 8.1 RTM (build 9600) leaks began once it was in the hands of the OEMs. http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?uk=1761935015&shareid=1651802203 The first leaked build is the a Chinese Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise build. Builds in other languages will be coming shortly. See more screenshots here: http://www.thecollectionbook.info/gallery/?f=/windows/nt%20kernel/windows%208.1/6.3.9600.16384/chinese%20simplified/enterprise/x64 Source: Faikee on MyDigitalLife ...

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Microsoft today officially confirmed that both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 is now in RTM stage, so they have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to all their hardware partners. Microsoft also confirmed that we will be able to get the final bits of Windows 8.1 only on October 18th. In the past, the release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone traditionally meant that the software was ready for broader customer use. However, it’s clear that times have changed, with shifts to greater mobility and touch as well as the blurring of work and personal lives. As such, we’ve had to evolve the way we develop and the time in which we deliver to meet customers with the experience they need, want and expect. We’ve had to work closer to our hardware partners than ever before. Reaching this milestone is about optimizing the overall experience for our customers. Our ...

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As Sony has already revealed that PlayStation 4 will be launched in the US on November 15, Microsoft is yet to reveal the launch date of Xbox One. Based on previous reports, Microsoft was planning to release it before Sony. According to a report from Kotaku, Microsoft is planning a November 8 release for its latest Xbox One console. The source, who works for a marketing company that handles signage and product placement for retail giant Walmart, passed along what they say is an email for a company conference call that lists all the midnight openings the chain has planned. Have you placed your pre-orders for Xbox One? Source: Kotaku ...

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My third favorite Australian (behind Rupert Murdoch & Michelle Jeneke) and well known technology enthusiast Long Zheng had an interesting set of tweets shortly after Ballmer’s retirement announcement. In his typical humorous fashion, using the hashtag #IfIWereMSFTCEO on twitter, Zheng pondered a number of things he would immediately do if Microsoft named him CEO. What would you do as Microsoft CEO? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.  We’ll do a follow-up post with the best ideas.   What would you do as Microsoft CEO? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.  We’ll do a follow-up post with the best ideas. Please follow Long Zheng on twitter and his startup 121cast (SoundGecko) ...

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  Microsoft has released a new ad to promote its Bing for Schools campaign by comparing it to Google which serves all sorts of ads for students in schools. As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections Read more about the campaign here. Source: CNET ...

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With an update rolling out to the Xbox 360, Microsoft will finally transition from MS points to local currently.  Microsoft has posted a FAQ explaining the transition in further detail: FAQ Your current Microsoft Points can be converted to an equivalent dollar value (valid until June 1, 2015). Transactions at this time are not being taxed, but in a future update Microsoft will start charging for local sales tax. However, the company will charge local sales tax on transactions in the future. Xbox Live users can continue to buy and redeem Microsoft Points cards for the foreseeable future, and later this year, Microsoft will start offering Xbox Gift Cards to replace the old cards. A Microsoft representative told Polygon, “Today we started rolling out the official release of the 2013 Xbox Live Update. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across members and regions. Don’t panic ...

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Win8China has posted some screenshots of Windows 8.1 RTM (build 9600). Everything pretty much looks as expected. It’s only a matter of time until the full build leaks now that it is in the hands of the OEMs.  Windows 8.1 will be officially released October 18 and as a free upgrade from the Windows Store on October 17th.  The OS hit RTM just a few days ago. Source: Win8China ...

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We reported two weeks ago about this upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. Today, The Verge confirmed most of the specs we reported earlier with couple of new information about the device, its internal codename ‘Sirius’ and the camera. Here are the details about the device, It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6-megapixel primary camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support AT&T/Verizon LTE support Nokia is expected to reveal the device on Sep 26th at an ...

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Australian media magnate and CEO of News Corp Rupert Murdoch shared his thoughts about Ballmer retiring on Twitter: I think Murdoch is partially right in that hedge funds were partially responsible, but not in the way most people think. Ballmer was not forced out, and anyone pushing that narrative is just wrong. We’ll expand more on this point in another post. Follow Mr. Murdoch on twitter ...

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Microsoft begun discussing about technology and design thought behind Xbox One console and controller in the recent few weeks. This week they posted a video in which Xbox’s Graeme Boyd talks with Senior Product Designer Quintin Morris on how that technology makes the new Xbox One controller our best controller yet. This is a must watch video to know the inner parts of Xbox One controller. As you can see in the video above, Microsoft really focused on improving the existing Xbox 360 controller to a whole new level that will serve the new Xbox One console.   ...

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