Review Category : Windows

Microsoft today announced that they are joining Open Compute Project (OCP) founded by Facebook. OCP is a community focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing via open collaboration. Microsoft also announced that they are contributing Microsoft cloud server specification to the OCP. Microsoft cloud server specifications are the designs for the most advanced server hardware in Microsoft datacenters delivering global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing and others. The Microsoft cloud server specification essentially provides the blueprints for the datacenter servers we have designed to deliver the world’s most diverse portfolio of cloud services. These servers are optimized for Windows Server software and built to handle the enormous availability, scalability and efficiency requirements of Windows Azure, our global cloud platform. Microsoft hopes that these specs will improve overall cloud computing efficiency across the industry. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today officially confirmed the renaming of SkyDrive brand to OneDrive. Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life. Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more. The users of SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro won’t see any interruption on the services, but the name of the services will move to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as ...

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The leaks of Windows 8.1 Update 1 continues. Everyday, we are coming to know about new feature/tweaks that Microsoft is working on Windows 8.1. Today’s leak reveals couple of significant changes. As you can see in the screenshot above, Microsoft is now adding two new buttons next to user account menu. You now have Search and Power buttons which will allow you to access search and power options. Previously, these two options were hidden in Charms menu. Even though this is good news for users to access these items with ease, I personally think this is adding clutter to the Start screen. The second significant change is related to right click context sensitive menu. Currently in Windows 8.1, you will have right click options in App bar, but in this Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build, you can see that Microsoft is now displaying traditional style right click menu whenever ...

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  You may recall some months back we reported on VLC’s kickstarter to raise $75,000 in an effort to create a free Metro Win8 App. The project has been behind schedule and we reported on their progress in June. In October the team finally got the video portion of the app working, but not the audio. Later they finished the audio implementation and submitted it for certification from Microsoft. Unfortunately, it was rejected by Microsoft due to audio crashing issue. VideoLan team is now working on to fix the audio related issue and they are expected to re-submit the app sometime next week. Mean while, VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf sent these screenshots to Neowin to show off their new UI they have been working on in the past weeks. As you can see, the UI looks almost similar to Zune Desktop. One more screenshot from VLC, Source: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are reducing the price of Windows Azure Storage following Amazon’s announcement regarding this same few days back. Last year, Microsoft made the promise to match up to Amazon for its pricing structure and they are holding on to their promises As you may recall from the April announcement, we committed to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth. Effective March 13, customers will see lower prices for Block Blobs Storage and Disks/Page Blobs Storage matching AWS’ prices.  We’re also making the new prices effective worldwide which means that Azure storage will be less expensive than AWS in many regions. Here are the details… We are matching AWS’ lowest prices (US East Region) for S3 and EBS by reducing prices by up to 20% and making the lower prices available in all regions worldwide. For Locally Redundant Disks/Page Blobs Storage we are ...

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In an interview to Financial Times, Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft revealed that Microsoft will allow its foreign customers to store their data outside the US to protect it from illegal invasion of US government agencies like NSA and others. Even though many other tech companies are opposing this idea, Brad Smith feels that this has become a necessity following leaks that showed the US NSA had been monitoring the data of foreign citizens from Brazil to across the EU. “People should have the ability to know whether their data are being subjected to the laws and access of governments in some other country and should have the ability to make an informed choice of where their data resides,” he told the FT. “Our entire industry is concerned that some customers outside the US are feeling less confident with [American] online services today,” Mr Smith said. “Technology today requires that people ...

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Microsoft is always looking forward to attract more developers to its Windows platform and the recent App Builder rewards program is one of the ways in which it is trying to lure new developers. Join App Builder Rewards and you could win one of 28 Dell Venue 8 Pro tablets. Here is how it works, Join App Builder Rewards and enter your Windows Store apps to the Apps Quest. If your app has less than 100 downloads when you complete the Quest between January 21st and February 28th, you’ll get a $15 Windows Store gift card.** Use the members-only App Promotion Kit, Windows Store gift card and AdDuplex advertising impressions to reach 100 downloads before the end of February and earn your chance to win one of 28 devices. Want to increase your odds?  The more apps that get 100 downloads by Feb. 28th, the more App Builder Rewards points ...

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Yesterday, we reported about a new rumor that Windows 9 is coming in October this year as opposed to the previous reports that claimed Windows 9 is coming only in April 2015. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language and also some improvements to better integrate desktop and metro apps. Today, WZor posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows Store app is pinned to the taskbar. Windows 8.1 2014 Update leaked build no. is 6.3.9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237. via: WZOR ...

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Last week, we posted about a report from Paul on Winsupersite claiming that Windows 9 codenamed Threshold will be released in April 2015. He also added that Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released and Microsoft is thinking to move away from Windows 8 brand to market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Today, WZor on Twitter claimed that Microsoft will RTM Windows 9 in October this year which I think is too early. http://t.co/qCZy2Lzt7G hey men ~ Win 9 released in April 2015? No! No! No! ..WIN RTM-0 RELEASED SIGN-OFF DEALINE IN 21 OCTOBER 2014 — WZor (@WZorNET) January 15, 2014 He particularly claimed that Windows 9 RTM will be released on October 21st of this year. I hope this rumor becomes true! ! Microsoft might provide us a glimpse on Windows 9 at BUILD conference later this year. Source: ...

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Microsoft’s Windows XP is nearing its end-of-life date. One of the most glaring bug Windows XP users experienced over their lifetime should be the one related to svchost.exe. The SVCHOST system process would eat up upto 100% of CPU during Windows updates. Because of this, overall system performance will do down significantly. Microsoft is aware of this bug and promised to fix it long back. Microsoft has finally delivered the fix to stop this svcehost issue. As we are just two more patch Tuesdays away from Windows XP’s end of life, it is good to see Microsoft fixing the issue.   In a statement, Dustin Childs, group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group said… “On Tuesday, Microsoft depreciated legacy security updates for Internet Explorer that had been replaced by more recent ones. We did this to improve customer experience, reducing the time Windows Update requires to check existing updates before ...

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Microsoft is ending the extended support for Windows XP from April 2014. It was expected that Microsoft will also stop delivering security updates via Security Essentials at the same time. But, Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the extended anti-malware signature support for Windows XP users through July 2015. Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures. For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows ...

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AMD today announced the availability of its next generation APUs codenamed Kaveri from today. This is the first time AMD has included heterogeneous system architecture support in its APU. The chip is based on new generation of Steamroller CPU which offers great efficiency. AMD A10-7000 Series APU, codenamed “Kaveri”. These new processors pack an all-new architecture, including HSA features, Radeon™ R7 graphics and AMD TrueAudio technology. AMD is also claiming that this new APU offer better performance over comparable Intel counterparts. Also, the top end AMD APU costs about $180 while Intel Core i5 processor costs around $240, so there is a significant price advantage for AMD too. Read the full review of this CPUs from AnandTech.   ...

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  Analyst firm Gartner today released their Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service. Microsoft was placed in the leaders quadrant by Gartner. Salesforce is the only company that is ahead of Microsoft in this space. A PaaS that is designed to enable runtime deployment, management and maintenance of cloud business application services is an application PaaS (aPaaS). An aPaaS that is designed to support the enterprise requirements for business applications and application projects is an enterprise aPaaS. Their comment about Microsoft, Microsoft Microsoft’s offering, Windows Azure, has evolved into an environment that supports IaaS and PaaS models. As a result of adding full IaaS capabilities, as well as fleshing out its private cloud strategy, the vendor now provides the onramps that are making PaaS much more approachable for enterprises. The vendor’s approach is to focus on a “cloud first” push toward frequent updates and an aggressive approach ...

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  As we start a new month, its time to look at where OS market share is heading. According to the the latest market share data from Net Applications, at the end of  December 2013, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gained 0.85% points. It now holds 10.15%, up from 9.30% in November. Thanks to new PCs and the free update for Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8.1 market share increased by 0.86% from 2.64% to 3.50%. Another interesting fact is that, Windows 7 continued to gain market share as more enterprise customers move towards Windows 7. It got increased by a 2.62 percentage points (from 46.64 percent to 49.26 percent). Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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Gurdeep Singh Pall, Global Head of Skype and VP at Microsoft gave an interview to Day & Night News Consulting Editor Khushwant Singh on Fair & Square. He commented on Bill Gates that, “The most powerful man in the world in technology has no ego.” He worked at Microsoft on some significant projects like Windows ’95, Windows XP, Wi-Fi and Bing. In this interview, he talks about his early life in India, career at Microsoft and future of technology in our world. Asked about how the world would have been the world without Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, he said the following, “There are some secular trends in the industry which are immutable; they will happen regardless of whether certain people are there or not.” “If Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weren’t there, these things would have taken a lot longer to converge because you would have ended up with lots of ...

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Microsoft’s Cloud platform Windows Azure is evolving at the rate in which even industry leaders like Amazon are now within the reach in terms of feature parity. Speaking to The Channel, Microsoft’s Windows Azure president Scott Guthrie revealed some interesting information about Azure, how it is evolving, how it compares to Amazon, etc,.  He also said that Skype now runs on Windows Azure, all new storage of SkyDrive goes to Azure, part of Xbox Live is now powered by Azure and Office 365 used Azure’s identity management for authentication. Some excerpts from the interview, “We have more regions than Amazon, we have coverage in places like China that they’re not in,”. “If you want to reach the globe the most, we’re the cloud vendor to do it.” “Every Office 365 customer has a Windows Azure Active Directory login,” he said. “All authentication, all security, all access control for Office 365 ...

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