Review Category : Microsoft

VLC for Windows 8 was finally made available in the Windows Store, in beta form, just a few days ago.  The initial release contained a number of bugs including one that crash the app on startup.  An update to fix this issue along with improving the stability of the app has been submitted to the Windows Store.  President of VideoLan Jean-Baptise Kempf gave us an update on his blog: After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification. It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too! We’d like to thank the new contributors that helped. It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store. Next release, next week! Hopefully these rapid updates continue. It appears VLC seems to have more than a 1000 users ...

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Over $400,000 has already been given away at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest where the world’s most popular browsers are exploited for cash prizes.  An item which has been getting very little media attention is a $150,000 prize for exploiting Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11 running on 64-bit Windows 8.1, with the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) turned on is still unclaimed. On the other hand, Google Chrome has been exploited twice, and a handful of exploits for Mozilla Firefox were also shown off.  Internet Explorer was successfully exploited once without EMET turned on. Source: @jmanici ...

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Banks around the world will miss a deadline to upgrade outdated software for automated teller machines (ATMs) and face additional costs to Microsoft to keep them secure.  The Redmond software giant first warned that it was planning to end support for Windows XP in 2007, but only one-third of the world’s 2.2 million ATMs which use the system will have been upgraded to a new platform, such as Windows 7 by the April deadline, according to NCR, one of the biggest ATM makers. To ensure the machines are protected against viruses and hackers many banks have agreed deals with Microsoft to continue supporting their ATMs until they are upgraded, extra costs and negotiations that were avoidable but are now likely to be a distraction for bank executives. “There are certainly large enterprise customers who haven’t finished their migrations yet and are purchasing custom support,” a spokesman for Microsoft said, declining ...

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In a lengthy blog post today, released on a Friday evening in an effort to bury the story, Mozilla announced it was cancelling the Metro Firefox Project.  The company cited “low usage” and “limited resources.”  Having tried out the Metro browser a couple times it was a terrible & buggy piece of software.  Also not mentioned in the blog post was that the project was wildly off schedule, like clockwork every few months I would write about how the project had been delayed again and again.  I used the first beta of Windows 8 in 2011 we’re now almost quarter way through 2014.  Mozilla is clearly struggling to find its identity.  With their “limited resources” they seemed to manage to write an entire mobile operating system which has gained little traction as well.  Firefox is being overtaken by the popularity of Google Chrome, the very company the are dependent on their funding for.  ...

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Microsoft has scored a big deal in Sweden with the Riksdag Administration buying into Windows 8, Office 2013, Skype, and Lync.  The new environment started rolling out in  March in the form of a pilot project with 100 participants and after the elections this fall, all 1,650 jobs in Parliament will receive the new software. The big Microsoft venture also means that employees will receive select phones and tablets based on Windows. The Swedish government will be developing apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. (Due to the translation it is unclear if the government is adopting Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 or Win8.1 Update 1) Mr Einarsson, head of it operations at the Parliament administration, says that the focus on mobility that began a few years ago are now going to be widened, which will offer the same experience to users regardless of which device they are using.  The ...

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Microsoft continues to bring significant updates to the Xbox One and today announced their first update for Skype for Xbox One since its launch in November. This list of improvements includes chat history sync, new Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Emoticons, contact filtering based on their online status, tutorial for first time users, and lots of bug fixes. #1 Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype on their PC to their phone and now to their living room. So we’ve been focused on enhancing this experience, keeping conversations in sync and reducing the number of missed messages to make your chat experience even better. Improved chat is now synchronized and comes with push notifications, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer chat history – up to 1,000 messages, rather than just the past 7 days. #2 Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ...

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According to the report from WSJ, Asus has dropped its plans to sell its first Dual OS device Transformer Book Duet TD300 due the pressure from both Microsoft and Google. Early this year, Asus announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, first convertible device that runs both Android and Windows 8.1. You can switch between them with push of a single button. The patented ASUS technology powered Instant Switch offers many performance and productivity benefits over other dual-OS solutions, such as fast, smooth and seamless switching and the ability to resume each OS from where the user left off. As it does not use OS virtualization, Instant Switch also allows each OS to harness the full power of Intel’s latest processor technology. Both the OS companies have ways to exert pressure to deter the propagation of dual-OS products such as Asus Transformer Book Duet. Asustek will also  stop selling the dual-OS ...

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Age of Ascent is a Massively Multiplayer Online game that will be released in early 2015. The first of which is a public alpha test of the PvP dogfighting component is going to be done today. The game developers are using Windows Azure for their game backend and attempting for a Guinness World Record on having the greatest number of concurrent players in the same battlezone at the same time. Age of Ascent will soon be attempting to earn a Guinness World Record. Can you tell us more about that? Yes. During the public alpha of AoA’s PvP dogfighting module we’re hoping to break the current world record for Largest Videogame PvP Battle. What does the record currently look like? Don’t other games have millions of players? The current holders are the excellent folk (and players) at CCP Games for Eve Online, with 4,070 players in a single system; a ...

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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available leaving your PC go unprotected against all security vulnerabilities. Microsoft Store is now offering few things that will attract Windows XP customers to upgrade to new PCs. $50 gift card – Buy a PC from the assortment below and get a $50 digital gift card towards any future purchase at Microsoft Store, like Office or PC accessories. 90 days of free support – Receive free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days. Free data transfer – We’ve partnered with Laplink, a data migration service to help you transfer your personal photos, videos, music, and files for free. Find the deals for new PCs at Microsoft Store. ...

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NPD Group today released their February gaming industry report. Xbox One continues selling at a record-breaking pace with 258,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of February, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by over 61 percent at the same point in time. But the bad news is that Sony’s PS4 still leads Xbox One sales by about 10% in the US. Microsoft is expecting the launch of Titanfall in the March to boost their numbers. “PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales,” said Liam Callahan, an NPD analyst. “With Xbox One’s higher price point it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.” With Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined, the Xbox platform sold more hardware than any other home console platform and held 43 percent of the ...

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Microsoft will be rolling out calendar search for Office 365 users over the next several months. Calendar Search allows you to search your own calendars or Group calendars for events in the past, present, and future. You can also search for people’s calendars and overlay their calendars on top of yours for quick comparison. To search your calendar using a keyword or phrase, while your calendar is selected you simply type a keyword in the search box and click or tap enter (or the search icon). The Outlook Web App shows results based on the term you typed, whether that term appears in the body, title, or location of the event, in the name of an attendee/organizer, or even in the name of a category applied to an event.  Calendar Search groups results by month and orders them in descending order by date. Microsoft has provided a FAQ: Q: When ...

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Microsoft today announced  the Xbox 360 Spring Value Bundle that will be available soon at US retailers. Find the details about three different bundles that will be on sale and the cheapest bundle starts at just $249 (includes limited time $50 off from Microsoft). Click the name of the bundles below to order them from Microsoft Store. Xbox 360 250GB Spring Value Bundle – $249: This bundle includes an Xbox 360 E console with 250GB hard drive, the games Forza Horizon and Borderlands 2, a one-month Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox 360 wireless controller, and Xbox 360 headset. Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle – $299: The Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle includes the Xbox 360 E console, Kinect sensor, two Kinect games including Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Adventures, and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle: The Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle includes ...

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Bill Gates sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine for extensive interview that dealt mostly with his charitable foundation.  In the interview there were a few questions surrounding technology and Microsoft. He revealed that Microsoft was also interested in buying WhatsApp. He personally feels WhatsApp is extremely valuable company, but the price Mark paid for WhatsApp is more than what he expected. If there’s a deal that symbolizes where Silicon Valley is today, it’s Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. What does that say about the economics of Silicon Valley right now? It means that Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be the next Facebook. Mark has the credibility to say, “I’m going to spend $19 billion to buy something that has essentially no revenue model.” I think his aggressiveness is wise – although the price is higher than I would have expected. It shows that user bases are extremely valuable. It’s software; it ...

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Yesterday the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards celebrated the best titles over the past year.   While Sony was seen as the big winner, the Xbox had a few wins too. Xbox Live indie title Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons scooped up the award for Best Innovation – a huge achievement for its creative director and long-time filmmaker Josef Fares, who up until this title had never made a game before.  Xbox One exclusive Forza Motorsport 5 was nominated for both Best Strategy and Simulation, and Best Sports game.  Grand Theft Auto 5 picked up awards for Best Multiplayer, Best Game Design, and Best British Game. Source: TechRadar ...

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Microsoft today announced a cool feature on Bing Image search. It was a long awaited feature and users should be happy that it is finally here. You can now search by image on Bing. Upload your image or provide an URL of an image to Bing, Bing will search for similar images on the web. Searching for the right image can be tough. After sorting through hundreds of images, you finally find a picture you like but unfortunately it’s low resolution or an odd dimension leaving you to go back to scrolling through the results pages. To take the hassle out of this process we’re introducing a new feature that allows you to match an image in a few simple clicks. How does it work? Now when you’re browsing images you will see a button at the bottom of the page that reads “Image Match.” When you click on the ...

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A new trademark filing by Microsoft appears to be for in house game studio Leap Experience Pioneers. Leap Experience Pioneers (LXP) are an in-house games developer for Microsoft based in the US. Although they had been in existence for some years they thought it was the right time to define their identity. Something that all parts of their business could relate to, but more importantly, be inspired by. They considered themselves pioneers (as their name suggests) and wanted to encapsulate the the spirit of fronteering Americans – combining a cowboy with an astronaut with attitude. We then set about creating some short animated logo stings and brand guideline document. – See more at: http://www.territorystudio.com/work/….HFrgBuyl.dpuf On March 6, 2014, Microsoft filed a trademark via the USPTO for “LXP”. It entered the Trademark Reporting and Monitoring System (TRAM) yesterday, on March 10. It’s a basic 1(b) Intent-to-Use filing for game software, and reads ...

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