Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft had its first Windows Azure conference in India for the past two days. During the conference, Microsoft shared many details about the Windows Azure business in India and their momentum. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, “We are adding over 2000 commercial cloud customers every month in India and these are customers across all industry sectors – banking, manufacturing, healthcare and media, and across large, mid-sized and small companies.” Microsoft said that scalability, reduced costs, flexibility, business agility and speed in new service roll-out are some of the reasons Windows Azure is chosen Enterprise customers.  Microsoft has 10,000 partners and engages with an ecosystem of 1.6 million developers in the country. Windows Azure Enterprise Customers in India include Three leading private banks Five leading auto manufacturers Four leading healthcare organizations Three leading media houses Five leading Indian SIs are also building solutions on Windows Azure for global consumption “Our ...

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Yesterday, an ex-Microsoft employee was arrested for leaking trade secrets and internal Windows related software builds to a blogger. Court documents revealed that Microsoft snooped into Outlook/Hotmail accounts of the blog to crack down this case. Some news sites accused Microsoft for snooping customer’s (in this case blogger’s) email account. Their main argument was that while Microsoft has skewered rival Google for going through customer emails to deliver ads, it has now done the same. That’s a lame argument given the fact that this is a criminal case involving damages to Microsoft’s own properties. Microsoft responded initially with the following statement saying that Microsoft’s terms of service make clear our permission for this type of review, this happens only in the most exceptional circumstances. During an investigation of an employee we discovered evidence that the employee was providing stolen IP, including code relating to our activation process, to a third ...

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It is common practice for corporations to charge the government for data requests.  There is a cost associated with maintaining records and having a legal departments comply with thousands of government requests over a year.  A charge for a request is a balance that ensures governments do not go overboard in data requests.  In fact the government is suing Sprint for over-charging the government for data requests. Documents released by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) show that what appear to be invoices and emails between Microsoft’s Global Criminal Compliance team and the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU), and purport to show exactly how much money Microsoft charges DITU, in terms of compliance costs, when DITU provides warrants and court orders for customers’ data.  The SEA has been targeting Microsoft and mostly recently gained access to the Skype social media accounts. In December 2012, for instance, Microsoft emailed DITU a PDF ...

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Microsoft announced today that Stephen J. Luczo, chairman and CEO of Seagate Technology PLC, has stepped down from the company’s board of directors. “It has been a pleasure serving on the Microsoft board, and helping to guide the company through such a historic period of change and reinvention,” Luczo said. “With the CEO search completed and Satya off to a strong start, this felt like an appropriate time to make this change so I can turn my full attention to leading Seagate. Seagate and Microsoft have a long history of working together, and I look forward to continued collaboration and partnership under Satya’s leadership.” “Steve has been an excellent board member, and I particularly appreciate all of his hard work as a member of the CEO search committee,” said John W. Thompson, chairman of the Microsoft board. “Steve also played an important role in helping to craft a compensation plan ...

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Back in December last year, Microsoft released Yammer Now as a mobile messaging app for enterprise users. Its a lightweight tool for simple and quick messaging experience, for accessing other functionalists such as Inbox and Home Feed, you need to download the regular Yammer app. They have updated this iOS app today with Stickers support. So you can now express yourself through the medium of stickers to your co-workers. Yammer Now means that you can always reach your team, even if you don’t have their phone numbers. But we know that sometimes, the things you want to say can be difficult to get across with mere words. Sometimes you have a thought or a feeling that would be better expressed with a quick, easy-to-parse image (note the rise of the thumb in social messaging apps). And sometimes you need to convey meaning when the words alone could be ambiguous in ...

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In a play on March Madness, Microsoft has created their own bracket of sorts.  Microsoft’s bracket contains a number of items offered at a discount.  There are four categories the PC/Tablet region, Xbox, Accessories, and Windows Phone.  You can vote for your favorite items to move them up in the bracket.  The item that wins in the end will be available in the Microsoft Store.  For participating in the bracket you have a chance to win $500. The contest is US and Canadian residents only and you can vote once a day until 4/3.  Each day you vote is a possible chance to win one of three $500 promotional gift codes.  The last offer standing will be available online and physically in Microsoft Stores. Take a shot at winning a $500 gift code by voting for your favorite deal. Microsoft is also running some limited-time offers on Surface, PCs, Xbox ...

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SharePoint Online now allows up to 1TB of storage for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint site collections in Office 365. An administrator can specify which specific users they want to assign new upper quotas of 50GB, 100GB, 250GB, 500GB or 1TB quota. The catch to this is once the default quota of 25GB for a user is exceeded you will be pulling storage out of the overall pooled tenant storage allocation (10GB + 500MB x total number of users) in the tenant.   If you have 10,000 A2 licensed users that equals 5TB of pooled tenant storage available.   You decide to up OneDrive for Business quota from default 25GB to 250GB for 4 users which consumes 1TB out of the 5TB leaving 4TB remaining of the overall pooled storage.   You can purchase more pooled tenant storage at a per GB / per Month charge if you require more. ...

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Microsoft has updated the Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. The update is mainly focused on Lync Meeting presenters which brings most common features that are available in the desktop app. As a result, you can now manage your meeting participants from the modern Lync app. For most users of Windows 8.1, Lync will upgrade automatically within 24 hours. To get the update sooner, search for Lync and click Install. In addition to new features, we also continue to improve the ease of use for Lync.  We think you’ll like what we’ve done in this update.  Here’s an overview of what’s new: This update includes: Manage meeting participants individually or as a group. You can mute a participant, send a private IM, view their contact card, promote to presenter or demote to an attendee. You can also invite more participants, mute all audience, and admit people to the meeting who are waiting in ...

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During a talk at GDC 2014 aimed at ID@Xbox developers, Frank Savage, partner and development lead at Microsoft, said that rather than just ding players for poor, unsportsmanlike behavior on Xbox Live, players may be rewarded for exhibiting exemplary behavior. Don’t expect Rewards from Microsoft anytime soon, because Microsoft hasn’t determined what those rewards might be, and this idea is still in the “brainstorming” stages. Polygon reports: In an effort to promote better behavior on Xbox Live, Microsoft is planning to give rewards to Xbox One owners who contribute positively through their online interactions. Instead of simply penalizing players for bad behavior, the Xbox maker hopes to “actively encourage them to be better” in future Xbox Live updates. If your reputation is “soaring because you’re this amazing player that everyone wants to be with,” Xbox Live’s reputation algorithm may recognize that and dole out unspecified rewards. It’s Microsoft’s way of saying, “Thanks for being ...

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Microsoft Surface Touch Cover 2 supports touch gestures across keys and touchpad. Touch Cover 2 has 1092 sensors while the original Touch Cover had 80 sensors. All these Touch Cover 2 pressure sensors have 1024 pressure levels and all the processing is done inside Touch Cover to support gestures. It supports gestures like the below, •Spacebar slide to select – When you’re typing in any Windows 8 style application on the Touch Cover 2 or using the on-screen keyboard, context aware suggestions will be displayed in real time as you type. You can reach up to the screen to select a word if you see the want you intend on typing, or you can slide your thumb across the spacebar to cycle through the three selections. Tap the space bar to lock in your choice. A space will be added after that word automatically, but if you punch in any punctuation, Windows will ...

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In the recent years, design has taken the center stage of everything Microsoft does. Most of the Microsoft products, starting from Windows Phone to Windows Server now has great user experience. Recently, Microsoft even acknowledged the design momentum within Microsoft by giving Outstanding Technical Achievement 2014 award to Microsoft Design team. Read about it here. Microsoft today posted the above video in which various designers working on products across Microsoft discuss about their work at Microsoft. Meet designers from the Windows, Windows Phone, Skype and Research teams at Microsoft, and learn about what inspires their work. You can learn more about design at Microsoft from this microsite. Microsoft has united around design principles that are modern, intuitive, and implements a playful visual language that extends into our entire product portfolio, from Office to Bing to Windows Phone to Xbox, and beyond. ...

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Microsoft today officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. What makes Direct3D 12 better? First and foremost, it provides a lower level of hardware abstraction than ever before, allowing games to significantly improve multithread scaling and CPU utilization.  In addition, games will benefit from reduced GPU overhead via features such as descriptor tables and concise pipeline state objects.  And that’s not all – Direct3D 12 also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling. Of course, an API is only as good as the tools ...

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The Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and compliance, announced today the selection of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies. The World’s Most Ethical Company designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business ethically and translate those words into action. Microsoft was included in the 2014 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is 4th year in a row for Microsoft and they commented the following regarding this honor, Ethical and responsible business practices are the bedrock of our corporate governance practices. These practices are designed to promote the interests of shareholders, maintain checks and balances, strengthen accountability and foster responsible decision making. We work diligently to meet our responsibility to serve the needs of the communities in which we live and work, and to manage our business with the utmost integrity. At Microsoft, we are committed to applying ...

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Qik is a mobile video sharing service, that allowed users to record and share the experience with your friends, family and their favorite social networks. One of the unique feature of Qik is that it allowed users to stream live video from their mobile devices to the internet. Skype bought Qik back in 2011 for about $150 million. Since then, the app didn’t receive any major updates, but remained active. Today, Qik has sent out email to their users that the service will be shutdown on April 30th. Know more about it from the Q&A below. What is happening to Qik? On April 30, 2014, Qik.com will be retiring. This means all Qik mobile phone apps will cease to work, there will be no more software updates provided and Qik apps will be removed from all App stores. Videos uploaded, shared and embedded using Qik will no longer be available ...

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A few weeks back we reported of the RTM version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaking via Microsoft.  Microsoft quickly pulled the links down, but as we are now much closer to the official release date, it appears they are back online. Windows 8.1 x86 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows 8.1 x64 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows RT 8.1  ARM kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 The Updates must be installed in the following order: KB2919442  (you may already have this installed). KB2919355 KB2932046 KB2937592 KB2938439 KB2939087 These are the exact same update that were available on the servers a few weeks back.  If were lucky enough to already install them, no need to do it again. via Neowin ...

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Microsoft Bing team is known for testing new features and tweaks to a small group of users to analyze the usage before rolling it out to millions of users. We have come across many such features in the past, today we spotted one such feature. This new feature is called Bing Story timeline and it will be displayed in Bing web search results. When you search for people like ‘Jessie James’, there will be series of news incidents related to that person.  A picture of this can be seen above. How we currently see news results on search results are displayed as below: For certain individuals Microsoft has provided a timeline in the right most ‘knowledge’ column.  For example if you search Phil Jackson on Bing you will see a timeline of major events in his life and career. This new “story timeline” shown at the top is different from ...

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