Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft and Rare yesterday announced that “Kinect Sports Rivals” will be available exclusively on Xbox One on April 8, 2014 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and on April 11, 2014 in Europe.Kinect Sports Rivals will include lots of new sports like climbing, wake racing and target shooting – or experience the re-imagined fan favorites – soccer, tennis and bowling. “Kinect Sports Rivals” is the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, and is beautifully rendered 1080p HD. “Kinect Sports Rivals” is built entirely from the ground up to take advantage of all that Xbox One has to offer to create a more tailored and immersive experience than was never possible before. For the first time in motion-based games, subtle movements and timing are tracked with precision – now every move you make matters and ...

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Yesterday, we reported about the article on The Guardian claiming that Microsoft is censoring Chinese language searches in Chine and in the US. Today, Stefan from Bing team did a quick blog post to dismiss those claims. Read it below. There has been discussion over the past day or so that Bing results for Chinese language queries done outside of China are somehow intentionally edited or incomplete for political censoring purposes. We can emphatically confirm that they are not. The only time Bing adjusts search results is to comply with local law or for quality or safety reasons such as child abuse or malware. Bing search results outside of China are not subject to and are not modified in any way based on Chinese law. The error we referenced yesterday was one where we incorrectly showed a Chinese ‘removal notification’ message outside of China to users who have selected to view ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft 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. You can pre-order these units now from Amazon and Microsoft Store. Find the links below. The Xbox One Stereo Headset delivers a premium audio experience for both game and chat audio.* Its full-range audio spectrum provides deep bass and crystal-clear high frequencies, while its unidirectional microphone ensures clear communication. The over-the-ear design gives you a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions, and its easy to set up with no wiring to your TV or console. Plug your favorite compatible headset into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter and hear the action ...

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Microsoft Xbox team today posted the behind-the-scenes look at the Titanfall beta, including exclusive gameplay video. From concept to creation, Xbox Wire goes behind-the-scenes with Respawn Entertainment to explore the genesis of Titanfall. Watch the video below. Redspawn studios has opened up the beta of Titanfall for PC and Xbox One today. How To Apply? Please select the platform you would like play on for the Titanfall Beta. Completing this registration does not guarantee access into the Titanfall Beta as seats are limited. If you have been selected you will be emailed directly by EA with instructions on how to access the game no later than 11:59 PM PST on Feb 17th. Origin Account required for PC Beta. Completing this registration does not guarantee access into the Titanfall Beta as seats are limited. If you have been selected you will be emailed directly by EA with instructions on how to access ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft detailed the March Xbox One system update that 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”. Apart from the improvements Microsoft listed below, Microsoft will also improve the accuracy of Xbox One controller. Speaking to The Verge, Titanfall design lead Justin Hendry revealed that the upcoming software patch will make the analog sticks more precise than before. “It’s just fixing the controller input, really,” he tells The Verge, adding that the team worked with Microsoft on the solution. “It wasn’t really where we felt it should be; it was a little overly twitchy with the current controls. Now it’s fixed. We’re happy with it.” Update features: 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 ...

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The comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien is extending his work to LinkedIn in entertaining people. In a post on LinkedIn, he explained why he turned down the job offer of becoming CEO of Microsoft and congratulated Satya Nadella for his new job. Read the post below to have some fun time. LinkedIn Influencer Conan O’Brien here, and I’d like to belatedly congratulate Satya Nadella, the veteran executive who will be replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. You’ll do a great job, Satya. It is my informed opinion that you were the right second choice. The right first choice, of course, being the current host of CONAN on TBS. Sure, the Microsoft board never technically asked me to be their CEO. I did, however, get a tweet from Bill Gates once. So, you do the math. That is why I was proactive, as business visionaries often are, and ...

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Microsoft Research today revealed their new project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. You can try it yourself online at http://codesnippet.research.microsoft.com/. Write your question as a special comment starting with three slashes ///. Your question may mention variables. Press the Tab key on the same line to get answers; press Enter to insert selected snippet This is a great tool for developers to speed up their coding process. What do you think? via: @h0x0d                  ...

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Google today announced their partnership with Google to bring traditional Windows apps to Chromebooks. Current range of Chromebooks are just a glorified web browser machines and without Internet/web apps, they are useless items. Under the current partnership, customers can fully embrace the cloud with Chromebooks using VMware Horizon™ DaaS®. VMware and Google are working together to make the migration of legacy applications even easier, by using the HTML5/Blast experience from Chromebooks. Read the full press release below.   SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Feb 12, 2014) -  Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2014, VMware announced that it is joining forces with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) to modernize corporate desktops for the Mobile Cloud Era by providing businesses with secure, cloud access to Windows applications, data and Desktops on Google Chromebooks. This expanded relationship between Google and VMware enables enterprise customers to achieve greater security and lower Total Cost of Ownership of Google Chromebooks ...

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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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