Review Category : Windows

Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Last month, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. Today, they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. The new sensor’s key features include: Improved skeletal tracking: ...

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Microsoft Research today spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. The live demo of the dog breed detector integrated Project Adam’s technology into Cortana. Apacible pointed a phone at the Dalmatian – named Cowboy – and asked it, “Cortana, what ...

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Few days back, we reported about a Microsoft patent which described about a system displaying rich presentation taskbar buttons for a corresponding application. It seems this feature may be coming to Windows 9/Threshold in some form or the other. Today, Neowin reported few details about the upcoming version of Windows based on their sources within Microsoft. We already know that Windows Threshold will allow desktop users to avoid the current Start Screen by using the new Start Menu that will have Live Tiles. Also, some versions of Windows Threshold shipping for smaller tablets will not have desktop mode at all. Here is the summary of what Neowin reported today, Windows Threshold Desktop will have modern and more flat design than current Windows 7/Windows 8 design. Icons in the task bar are interactive, described as ‘mini Live Tiles’ by their source. Microsoft is toying with glance-and-go style functionality for the taskbar too. Read about it more here. Cortana ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held today, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner made some bold statements regarding Microsoft. First of all, he said that Microsoft is aware of the fact that they own only 14% of the total devices shipped. But, it also represents a big opportunity for Microsoft. To grab that opportunity, a new mindset is required and he revealed that Microsoft has the Challenger mind set now. “and this 14% presents a great opportunity for us to embrace that. And in this new world of 14% share, we have to have a new mindset. Because when you’re in a 90+ percent share world, you have a ‘protect and preserve’ mindset. When you have a 14% share, you have to have a ‘challenger’ mindset.” Kevin also said that Microsoft will be a great challenger driven by disruption, differentiation and speed. Even if Microsoft fails, he said Microsoft need to fail fast, learn and fix ...

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Speaking at WPC, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced that they are already working on the next major release of Windows while listening to feedback from all sections of the users.  he also revealed that the upcoming Windows version will have a game changing features for the enterprise. We have no idea what he is specifically talking about, but it could be related to app compatibility story. Microsoft might allow enterprise to run any legacy app without any special virtualization software in the Windows. Again, this is my guess based on few of their patents in the recent time related to running different OS at the same time on a device while another hypervisor OS managing it. Windows Threshold is also expected to have updated Modern UI framework. Do you have any guesses for what that game changing feature might be? ...

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Project Siena is a new product that enables your business experts, analysts, and imagineers to create transformative business apps. With Siena, they can now build custom apps with rich visuals, filled with custom intelligence and functionality, with no programming skills required. Today, they announced the availability of the Beta3 release of Project Siena which makes it even easier for business experts, business analysts and other app imagineers to create powerful custom mobile apps that are connected to enterprise services, major SaaS, and popular web and social services. Since we released Project Siena to the public, we have seen an immense level of excitement and usage from our enterprise customers and solution partners. We have seen business people create powerful, custom mobile-first apps, often in hours, without any programming needed at all. We have also seen mobile apps that transform business processes by extending back-end services and SaaS with signal-rich and media-rich experiences ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Today, an old Microsoft Research video was discovered which shows an early prototype of a automated personal assistant called Louise built to work on Windows. Project Louise is an ongoing, multiyear prototyping effort to build an automated personal assistant. This demo highlights the Louise Personal Assistant serving as a conversational natural user interface (NUI): multi-modal ...

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Gartner today released their Worldwide PC shipments report which revealed that total shipments were 75.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, a 0.1 percent increase from the second quarter of 2013. This should be a good news for OEMs as PC shipments have increased after eight quarters of declining shipments. This is due to the stabilization in developed markets was offset by a decline in emerging markets. “The PC market’s installed based has been declining as buyers switched to tablets and smartphones for entertainment and social media consumption. The 2Q14 results suggest that the consumer installed base restructuring peaked during 2013. We are seeing a slowdown in premium tablet sales, which have already penetrated a large number of households. PCs are now growing off a smaller installed base of newer devices, with more engaged users. Therefore, we expect to see slow, but consistent, PC growth. While the end ...

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If you liked playing the awesome Borderlands series of games, then we have a good news for you. Gearbox Software, the developers behind Borderlands series is creating a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game called Battleborn. Gearbox describes Battleborn as a “hero-shooter,” it is a mixture of first-person arena gameplay, and the fast-paced minion-destroying mechanics that the MOBA genre is known for. “As a genre-fused, hobby-grade, cooperative and competitive FPS exploding with eye-popping style and an imaginative universe, Battleborn is the most ambitious video game that Gearbox has ever created,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. Much like how “Borderlands” combined the FPS genre with role-playing game mechanics, Battleborn is injecting multiple gameplay styles into one larger package. One of the noteworthy challenges to the form is the single-player campaign, unique in a genre mostly known for its multiplayer model. The game’s plot centers around a battle for the last remaining ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Skype for Windows Desktop. This Skype 6.18 for Windows Desktop release includes lots of bug fixes and improvements. Find the change log below. Fixed bugs: - Import contacts from Facebook showing empty for some users - Further sign in screen improvements to prevent empty - Messages showing wrong timestamp - There was a confusing message about group video being enabled because a participant has Skype Premium. We removed this as group video calls are free for everyone for a while now. - More stability improvements based on the feedback and reports from you here on the Community You can download latest Skype from www.skype.com/go/getskype.   ...

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Great news for Microsoft Flight Simulator fans. Microsoft has licensed Flight Simulator franchise to Dovetail Games, creator of the Train Simulator franchise. Dovetail games will now develop games for this franchise and the first game is expected to be released in 2015. Dovetail will also bring 2006′s Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition to Steam. This will include all of the content from the Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration expansion pack and will release later this year. ACES Studio, which was responsible for the Flight Simulator franchise inside Microsoft was shut down by Microsoft during its layoffs in 2009. After few years, Microsoft released Microsoft Flight for Windows uses and later it was also discontinued. Licensing this to 3rd party studio is a great move by Microsoft that should please gamers of this franchise. ...

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As part of patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft yesterday fixed over 29 different vulnerabilities in Windows. Microsoft released the following summary that lists security bulletins released for July 2014. With the release of the security bulletins for July 2014, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued July 3, 2014. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS14-037 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2975687) This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those ...

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I recently came across few deals at Amazon on Windows devices. It includes Dell XPS 11 XPS11 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop, Acer Aspire S7 13.3-Inch WQHD Touchscreen Ultrabook and HP Pavilion 13 13.3-Inch Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop. Find the specs and the deal price below. Dell XPS 11 XPS11-7693CFB 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop: XPS 11 is made with machined aluminum and more carbon fiber than ever before. The edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is up to 10 times more scratch-resistant than soda lime glass, so it helps prevent scuffs caused by handling, cleaning or wiping. 4.0 GB DDR3L SDRAM 2560 x 1440 p resolution Display NFC Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 1.9 GHz) 128 GB Solid-State Drive 11.6-Inch Screen Windows 8 It now starts at just $749, down from its regular price of $1199. Find the deal here from Amazon. ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of CTP 2 of Visual Studio “14”, the upcoming version of Visual Studio. In addition to the new features that were included in CTP 1, this CTP 2 includes the following new features and improvements, Save and Apply Custom IDE Layouts. You can now save and apply custom layouts for tool windows in the IDE. The Save Window Layout and Apply Window Layout commands are under the Window Menu and you can also rename, reorder, and delete layouts from Manage Window Layouts. Light Bulb Editor Adornment. Light Bulbs are an extensible editor adornment to identify and help you fix issues in your code. To use them, place the caret on a line with an issue or hover over an issue and you’ll see a light bulb that lists actions you can take to resolve the problem and even a preview of proposed solutions. Editor Touch Support. The ...

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Last week we reported that T-Mobile may soon start selling Lumia 2520 Windows tablets to its consumers in the US. Today, @evleaks posted an image of it connected to T-Mobile’s 4G network. AT&T and Verizon are already offering Nokia Lumia 2520 from last year. Lumia 2520 is already available online and in select stores. For Verizon, only the Black color model will be available in stores, and if you want the red one, you should order online. Verizon website will have both Black and Red color models. The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. It also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G ...

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ASUS VivoTab RT clearance sale is going on at Amazon. The 32B model is now available for just $175 while 64GB model is now available for $289. Asus VivoTab RT runs on Windows 8 RT and it has 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3.0 1.3 GHz Processor, 32 GB Flash Memory and 2 GB RAM Memory. You can also buy optional mobile docking station. Key Features 10.1″ HD (1366×768) Super IPS+, OGS Touch Panel, Outdoor Readable Mode Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor for best web experience with up to two times faster browsing, and console-quality gaming Ultra-slim and light (0.33″ thin and 1.16lbs light) with metallic finish design 2MP front camera and 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment Optional Docking station with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 7 hours of battery life, to instantly turn ...

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