Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Skype team today confirmed that modern Skype app will come pre-installed in Windows 8.1. So, hundreds of millions of Windows and Skype users will be able to enjoy text, audio and video messaging experience out of the box on their Windows PCs. This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users. Now you don’t have to download your favorite app to stay in touch whenever you’re apart. With Windows 8.1, simply log in and you’re ready to go. This means not only will you be able to reach over 300 million Skype users across many different devices but also everyone with a Windows 8.1 PC. By simply searching and adding contacts to your People list in Skype – the people you care about are at your fingertips, and you are in control of who those contacts are. Communicating, connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience, and Skype for ...

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Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios today announced the details about “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition and Day One Edition which are now available for pre-order from participating retailers. “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition: With multiple car packs, VIP membership privileges, and packed-in content, the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition is the ultimate package for “Forza Motorsport 5″ fans. The “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition features the all-new 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback on the cover and includes the following digital content: Limited Edition Car Pack – This five-car pack features new cars that are already destined for legendary status. Each car in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack will feature a Limited Edition livery and will be tuned to the top of its respective class. The cars in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack include 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback and more. VIP Membership – “Forza ...

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Microsoft today announced their expansion of commercial distribution for Surface in 17 new markets. These resellers in all the countries will offer variety of additional value-added services to the Surface device, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. Also all these devices will come with Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage. Today we’re kicking off the next phase in this plan – the first international channel availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro for our commercial, education and public sector customers in 17 new markets. In addition to the U.S. commercial channel, the markets that will begin to sell Surface today via a commercial channel include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Microsoft posted a short Q&A on their blog. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Which specific resellers are authorized in ...

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Former Valve’s Steam business executive Jason Holtman who left the company after 8 years has now joined Microsoft. As expected, he is now part of Microsoft’s PC/Windows gaming division where he will focus on making Windows a great platform for gaming and entertainment. Here is the response from him about his new job. “Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” he said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.” Source: Gameindustrybiz ...

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Microsoft today provided an update on their launch plans for Xbox One. It is not a great news for lot of fans in various countries as Microsoft announced that they are scaling back on Xbox One launch to 13 markets instead of 21 as announced at E3. At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible. Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November. ...

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Microsoft hopes to avoid the hardware failures it had with the Xbox 360 when it releases the Xbox One.  Red Rings of Death (RROD) ended up costing Microsoft over a billion dollars and the company has taken a number of steps to ensure overheating problems will be a thing of the past.  The Xbox One is much more intelligent now and can recognize if it is overheating.  Gizmodo chatted with Xbox General Manager of Console Development Leo del Castillo: So here’s a cool thing the Xbox One can do: It automatically recognizes when it’s overheating—probably because you’re an idiot and left a pizza box on top of it—and can adjust on the fly. In fact, it’s designed with extra room to make those adjustments. I asked how Microsoft can account for the unknowns it’s facing with the new design—much more Blu-ray player-ish than its predecessors, which invites people to set ...

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A report by Neowin claims Microsoft will RTM Windows 8.1 shortly after August 23rd.  MSDN, TechNet Suscribers, and developers will not get early access to the build, only large OEMs.  Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 to the Windows Store on October 17th and retail box copies will be available starting October 18th.  Windows Server 2012 R2 will also launch the 18th of October. The recently leaked Windows 8.1 build (9471) was an RTM branch build.  It appears Microsoft is making good on its promise to release a new version of Windows every year.  Now if Windows can do a yearly release, why can’t Windows Phone do one even faster…that may be a discussion for another time. Source: Neowin ...

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MyNokiaBlog reports on two interesting intersting patents Nokia has published this year: The Electrotactile feedback patent (and more design art) can be found here: http://www.google.com/patents/US20130120265?dq=keys+electrotactile+top+surfaces&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5mgLUriJFoWD2gWEqoGgBA&ved=0CAUQ6AEwAA An apparatus including a keypad, pressure sensors and electrotactile feedback electrodes. The keypad includes a plurality of keys. Each of the keys has a topsurface. The pressure sensors are located under the top surfaces of the keys. The electrotactile feedback electrodes are located at the top surfaces of the keys. A Kickstand like apparatus here: http://www.google.com/patents/US20130187023 An apparatus including a housing; and a stand connected to the housing. The stand is configured to cooperate with the housing for the housing and the stand to support the apparatus on a surface. The stand is movable on the housing between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position the stand is substantially flat against the housing. In the extended position the stand projects from the housing with a general triangular shape. Current rumor is that GDR3 is specifically addressing some ...

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After couple of reports, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will be available for download for consumers starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond).  It will be rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. Windows 8.1 included lots of improvements and new features over Windows 8. Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more).   ...

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To celebrate its one year anniversary, Microsoft Outlook.com is giving away some free SkyDrive storage and Skype video calling to its early adopters. Microsoft sent out promo codes for 3GB of extra free space on SkyDrive for 1 year. And the other promo code is offers one free month of Skype group video calling. However, video calling is limited to 100 hours for this free month with a strange a limit of 4 hours per session. You can signup for Outlook.com for free to get modern web email experience. ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced no.of new features and improvements in SkyDrive web experience and it seems that they have lots more in the pipeline. Liveside today reported that Microsoft is planning to introduce a new feature called “Co-owners” which will become a new sharing mode for files. “Co-owners” can be selected when you share a folder and create a new one, and the recipient will be able to view, add, edit, and delete files, as well as invite others to access the folder. The “co-owners” permission also appears works a little differently from the existing permissions. Whilst “view only” and “view and edit” access is applicable to both files and folders, it appears that “co-owners” is applicable to folders only. In addition, “co-owners” cannot be granted to a folder if that folder is located inside a shared folder. This new “co-owner” permission level, when combined with the folder mounting feature ...

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  Along with the release of Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop which consists of Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, Microsoft announced another desktop set called Sculpt Comfort Desktop which will cost $79.95. It also features modern design with great ergonomics. Contoured for comfort Contoured design promotes a natural wrist position and puts keys within easy reach. Detachable palm rest Detachable palm rest can be removed for a sleek, compact look.Work in the position that’s most comfortable for you with detachable palm rest and adjustable keyboard legs. Split spacebar with backspace functionality Split spacebar with backspace functionality is designed to improve typing efficiency. Four-Way Scrolling Scroll left, right, front and back. Quickly navigate all of your projects with speed and efficiency. Windows touch tab Optimized for Windows 8, press the center of the blue strip to switch between your current app and the start screen. Swipe up on the blue strip to ...

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Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 got leaked on the web few days back and this new build has got several improvements over the past builds that got leaked. We previously listed some of them here. Some of them are updated People hub with some new UI, updated Xbox Video app, apps now has hint to show users about availability of Apps bar, etc,. There are some more improvements spotted in the build. When you install Windows 8.1 RTM version from the Windows 8.1 preview, you will lose all the Metro/modern apps and desktop applications. Mail app has the ability to pin folders Calendar app has got new UI with “What’s next,” screen. Photos app now allows you to import photos from other devices. Skype app comes per-installed which replaces the old messaging app. Source: Winsupersite ...

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Yammer today announced the release of mobile SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices. This open source SDK  enables developers to build mobile apps on the Yammer Platform. Mobile workforces can find answers more easily, make decisions more quickly, and in general, move much faster. Here at Yammer Engineering, we believe in keeping a quick pace. This is evident in the Yammer Platform, where developers can rapidly build social enterprise apps. Apps that can scale to Fortune 500-sized companies. To speed up the app development process, we are releasing Open Source SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8. The SDKs enable you to add Yammer OAuth 2-based authentication to your smartphone and tablet apps. Once authenticated, you can use the SDKs to make REST calls to read/write from the Yammer API, thus integrating the full spectrum of Yammer’s social services into your mobile app. To start building Yammer Mobile App, ...

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Microsoft today released set of firmware and driver updated for both its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices. These update brings enhance stability, reliability and more. Here is the full change log. Windows RT 8.0 updates only: UEFI firmware update that optimizes the audio experience at low volumes and removes a perceived pulsing in audio volume for some content. Update to system drivers that enhance stability and reliability. Windows 8.0 update only: UEFI and System Aggregator (SAM) firmware update that enhances system stability, reliability, reduces power consumption, and improves touch latency with the touchpad on the Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover. Updates are automatically installed on Surface through Windows Update. If you want to manually install, follow the below steps. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap or click Settings.      (If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the ...

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Adblockplus.org has released their Adblock Plus plugin for Internet Explorer users. While this is not a fully featured version, it is compatible to any Internet Explorer version down to Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP. There are few limitations as well. Adblock Plus currently doesn’t support Enhanced Protected Mode of Internet Explorer 10, we expect that to be resolved in a follow-up release soon. Metro mode Internet Explorer in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer in Windows RT currently cannot be supported, these are locked down environments that don’t allow any extensions. While plugins like this won’t support sites like us which depends on advertising revenue, you can however make use of it in against some annoying ads like YouTube video ads. Read more about it here. ...

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