Earlier this year, Lenovo announced ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, with the ability to connect to a keyboard and display for a full PC experience. Or flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode. In addition, it allowed users to capture photos and videos intuitively and easily with the Quickshot cover. Users just peel back the tablet’s cover to expose the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the super bright 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is armed with the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro ...

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If you are experiencing poor battery life on Windows laptop, you should probably stop using Google Chrome for web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. Effect of the same? Indeed, in ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced today, Microsoft is going to shut down the recently formed Xbox Entertainment Studios which was responsible for creating original programming for Xbox platform. CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem was hired by Microsoft back in 2012 to lead these efforts and their recent production was “Every Street United” which was premiered on Xbox One during the world cup. There are about 12 projects currently in various stages of production. Few months back, this was the position inside Microsoft, Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted a slew of top Hollywood talent to develop its original programming slate, with names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise – but that’s only the beginning. Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary ...

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In the recently released Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Microsoft was named a leader along with SAP, Tibco software and others. Forrester said, “Microsoft received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and advanced data visualization functionality. Clients also gave Microsoft BI a high score for its product vision.” With their latest solutions, Microsoft is aiming to lower the barrier of entry for users and reduce the complexity of deploying business intelligence solutions for IT Microsoft elevates its leading Agile BI capabilities to the cloud with Power BI. Products Evaluated: Power BI for Office, SQL Server, SharePoint. Microsoft received top scores for the features technology professionals need to enable business user BI self-service, business user capabilities to provision their own BI applications and data, as well as effectiveness of the UI and its ADV functionality. Forrester also scored Microsoft highly for the business user capabilities to ...

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Apart from the 12,500 former Nokia employees who will leave Microsoft,  another 5,500 Microsoft employees will also be shown the door. As per the sources of Mary Jo Foley, every other team from legal to Xbox is affected by this move. It is also reported that the newly formed Operating Systems Group which is responsible for the development of Windows will be affected immediately. Also, Terry Myerson is now shaking up the functional structure of Windows team which was program management/development/software testing structure since Sinofsky’s days. Under the new structure, a number of Windows engineers, primarily dedicated testers, will no longer be needed. (I don’t know exactly how many testers will be layed off, but hearing it could be a “good chunk,” from sources close to the company.) Instead, program managers and development engineers will be taking on new responsibilities, such as testing hypotheses. The goal is to make the OS ...

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As you all know, Microsoft today announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is planning to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 will be professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. Microsoft is expecting these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Another important thing for investors is that, Microsoft expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and $350 million to $800 million of asset-related charges. Read more about it here. Read about Stephen Elop’s mail to Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today finally revealed their plans for their job cuts. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 months. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. CEO Satya Nadella provided the following statement regarding this, Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment. First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of ...

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European Union court ruled last month that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. Microsoft Bing last month revealed that they are working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names. Today, Microsoft has made it available to the general public. Here is the information Microsoft posted on their page, If you are a European resident and want to request that Microsoft block search results on Bing in response to searches on your name, please use this form. We encourage you to provide complete and relevant information for ...

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Few weeks back, Microsoft announced a new feature to find free online courses and books on Bing. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They also added a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Today they are expanding the features focused on education by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot. Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – Bing will showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  They also display how the community surrounding the schools rate. Check out New Port High School results page ...

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In May, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU at a lower price point that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU was made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Xbox Marketing Director Harvey Eagle recently said during a talk attended by TrustedReviews that they are seeing increasing sales momentum for Xbox One in the past weeks. Today, Microsoft confirmed the same by officially announcing that over the past month, they have seen a strong spike in interest in Xbox One console options, including the new $399 offering. In fact, since the new $399 Xbox One on June 9th, sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales. We’re excited to welcome so many fans to Xbox this summer and we can’t wait for them ...

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Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith recently blogged about his views on recent ruling regarding consumer privacy by the US supreme court. It was the case of Riley v. California in which court ruled that warrantless searches cannot be extended to mobile devices and government agencies should get a warrant to search a device of the accused. To know about how the public feels about these issues, Microsoft commissioned a survey. Microsoft revealed that full 83 percent of American voters believe police should get a warrant before searching personal information on someone’s cell phone. The poll also found that: · 75 percent agree with Chief Justice Roberts’ statement that “privacy comes at a cost” and there needs to be a balance between fighting crime and our Constitutional right to privacy; and · 86 percent believe police should have to follow the same legal requirements for obtaining personal information stored in the cloud as they do for ...

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Microsoft shares surged more than 4% on Wednesday to their highest price since mid-2000. The current stock price is at 44.07,  up 1.62 from yesterday, a 3.82% increase from the morning. Yesterday, Intel announced their quarterly results which showed a modest growth in PC market. I guess, that was the reason investors are going behind Microsoft shares. Intel’s PC Client Group saw a revenue of $8.7 billion, up 9 percent sequentially and up 6 percent year-over-year. Similarly, Microsoft’s Windows division revenue decline should have stopped this quarter. However, I expect Microsoft to post less than expected earnings because of the Nokia Devices and Services division acquisition. Microsoft bought a loss making venture, so it should affect Microsoft’s bottom line. Also, Microsoft is planning to layoff thousands of employees which will result in lots of costs associated with their compensation and severance packages. If you are a Microsoft investor, are you happy with their performance these days? ...

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As announced last month, Microsoft has doubled the free storage for OneDrive users to 15GB from 7GB, and Office 365 subscribers will get 1 TB of OneDrive storage up from 20GB. To support this change, Microsoft has added another 10 petabytes of capacity to OneDrive via Microsoft Azure. New and existing personal OneDrive accounts will come with: 15 GB of free storage (up from 7 GB) 1 TB of additional OneDrive storage with an Office 365 Home/Personal/University subscription (up from 20 GB) The option to buy additional storage at much lower prices, starting at 100 GB for $1.99 per month. People who use OneDrive for Business now have a 1 TB quota (up from 25 GB). Also, if you just want more storage instead of Office 365 subscription, the new dramatically reduced monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). If you haven’t ...

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Zen Studios today announced that “Pinball FX2” game is coming for Xbox One on July 31, and it will be available for free. The game will feature all new graphics running at 60 frames per second and in stunning 1080p. There will be playable demos of each table so you can try before you buy. This version will also include the Sorcerer’s Lair table absolutely free! Our launch day table library includes the following: Deadpool Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within: Episode IV A New Hope, Han Solo, Droids, Masters of the Force Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Starfighter Assault, Darth Vader Star Wars Pinball Original pack: Episode V, Boba Fett, The Clone Wars Doctor Strange Zen Classics: Shaman, El Dorado, Tesla and V12 Pinball FX2 Core pack: Biolab, Pasha, Rome, Secrets of the Deep Marvel Civil War Plants VS. Zombies Marvel Pinball pack: Spider-Man, ...

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At the Recode Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated a breakthrough technology called Skype Translator. Skype chief Gurdeep Singh Pall was speaking German, while Skype provided real-time translation of the German into English and vice versa. Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Today at WPC, Microsoft demonstrated this Skype translator functionality to thousands of its partners. As usual, it was impressive. Watch the video demo and the Skype demo starts at 1 hour 50 minute mark. Watch the old demo videos below. Your browser does not support iframes. ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of the Ad Controls creative solution in the UK. These ad controls are a rich and engaging video, image and content solution running across the Windows 8 advertising platform. For the first time, Microsoft partnered with the 7stars to collaborate with the brand team at Nominet to find the best way market  launch of the new .uk domain. This high-impact creative solution will be running across PC & tablet users from 14th July through to the 11th August. Focussed around the concept of ‘Shorter is Sweeter’ the final ad execution seamlessly combines video, imagery and editorial content to engage and educate consumers on some of the most commonly used abbreviations that have become engrained into everyday language. Gabi Sillars, Digital Account Director at the7stars had the following to say about the campaign  “When planning this launch campaign we were focused on reaching digital natives to drive awareness and understanding of the new ...

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