Microsoft today went a little bit into Xbox One design process on how it developed the ultimate gaming and entertainment system. The took care about  how users interact with its software, designing it to be simple and inviting powered by console’s internal components to ensure great smooth performance. “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” They spoke about the new software UI based on the Modern UI principles of Microsoft that is wide spreading across the developer community. Designing a software for 10 – 27 inch screens is completely  different from 32- 100 inch displays. The design language, which uses a series of tiles and fluid ...

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As Windows team took the wraps of their upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Search was one of the big feature that will be part of the update. Microsoft Bing powers the experience behind it. Microsoft Bing team today blogged about the new experience they developed along with Windows team that will change the way we think about Search. The 10 blue links concept is gone!  You can just find  whether it’s a document on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, an app, PC setting or a website with one single search and  in just a tap or a click you can play, view, launch, or browse items. How cool is that? We think your digital world should be accessible without having to actually ‘go to search’. Just like few people say they are going to ‘go online’, we want to make ‘searching’ something that’s just there when you need it.  So ...

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We reported earlier on how the Start Button might work in Windows 8.1. Paul Thurrott has posted images of how the start button looks in current internal builds. It is largely as expected. The start button will be on by default on Windows 8.1, but will can be turned off by users who do not want it.  The start button will look very similar  to the one in the charms bar, but will not be visible until the user moves the mouse down to the lower left corner.   Users will also be able to configure what the button can open, either the normal Metro Home Screen, or the “All Apps” view instead.   See Thurrott’s full post where he has more screenshots including one of desktop wallpaper on the Start Screen. ...

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The highly reliable Mary-Jo Foley has new information regarding how the start button will work in Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue.  The start button will be on by default on Windows 8.1, but will can be turned off by users who do not want it.  The start button will look very similar  to the one in the charms bar, but will not be visible until the user moves the mouse down to the lower left corner.   Users will also be able to configure what the button can open, either the normal Metro Home Screen, or the “All Apps” view instead.  It is also rumored that you will be able use your desktop background on the Metro Start Screen with Blue, as to make the transition between Desktop and Metro more seamless. I think this will just add more confusion, and this will have the opposite effect that Microsoft intends, to quell ...

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In a large organization there are many individuals who may have valuable information, however, this information may not be getting to the write people. In a new survey commissioned by Microsoft, the solution to this problem has been found: Social Technology Adam Pisoni, Microsoft’s general manager of Yammer believes “Social is moving from a nice-to-have tool to a necessity in the workplace. As all companies are faced with the increasing pace of change, they need to leverage the ypower and knowledge of employees more than their current technologies allow. Just as email accelerated business in the 90s, social tools are driving a faster flow of knowledge and information within and across organizations.” There are now enterprise equivalents of Facebook, Twitter, etc., just for the workplace. These services can allow employees to privately share files, messages, ideas and more. These tools can help employees be more productive. With Yammer Microsoft is ...

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Wall Street’s top-ranked software industry analyst for nearly two decades, Rick Sherlund, the former Goldman Sachs now Nomura Equity research analyst has covered Microsoft since they went public in 1986.  Sherlund is a personal friend of Bill Gates & Paul Allen and was a liaison between Goldman & Microsoft during his time there. In a report he published today he recommends Microsoft sell Xbox and Bing: Sherlund of Bing: While we like Bing as a service, we need to look at this from an ROI and strategic perspective. If Microsoft could sell or even give Bing to Facebook or Yahoo and eliminate its operating costs and get a Traffic Acquisition Cost (TAC) back to monetize the traffic that Windows/Internet Explorer or Xbox in the living room can drive to Bing, this might generate perhaps $1.0bn of profit and positive FCF rather than be a drag of a similar magnitude. If this were returned to shareholders, this could add nearly 1% ...

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Satya Nadella is president of Microsoft Corporation’s Server and Tools Business (STB), a US$19 billion division that builds and runs the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services.  To put the $19 billion in perspective, it is greater than the combined revenues of Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Zynga, Netflix and a few other tech companies.  When Nadella was asked about this large number he commented, “We’re only doing 19 billion of 2.2 trillion dollars of IT.” Nadella is an extremely interesting person and longtime Microsoft insider, he joined Microsoft in 1992 and has now been working at the company for over 20 years.  Nadella is a native of Hyderabad, India, he has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He recently gave an interview with VentureBeat: Q: What are the ...

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Microsoft has recently released an infographic that takes on privacy policies of Google. Few months back, Microsoft launched Don’t Get Scroogled by Gmail, a national campaign at http://www.scroogled.com to educate Americans about Google’s practice of going through the contents of all Gmail emails to sell and target ads. There was event an internal video of Microsoft’s “Don’t Get Scroogled” campaign that got leaked to the web. Today, they released an info graphic showing privacy measures by Microsoft and how Google screws up in that area. Have you switched to Bing? ...

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Sources close to Paul Thurrott have told him that Microsoft’s internal goal is to have the Surface maintain control 50% percent of all Windows tablet sales in the coming year. In fact, Microsoft already achieved this goal in Q1 2013. Even as OEMs come up with new and better products, Microsoft expects to maintain 50% market share of all Windows 8 tablets going forward! According to Paul Thurrott, here are Microsoft’s internal goals for fiscal year 2014, starting July 1, 2013: Surface sales. MS expects to sell 25 million Surface devices in FY2014. Enterprise tablets. Microsoft expects to become the number one enterprise tablets provider in FY 2014. Retail tablet sales. Microsoft expects to become the number two provider of tablets at retail in FY 2014. Education. Microsoft plans to at least bid for every available education tablet opportunity in FY 2014. Distribution. Microsoft expects Surface to become the top ...

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In an interview with OXM Magazine, Microsoft’s senior Vice President of Interactive Enertainment Business Yusuf Mehdi confirmed that Microsoft will continue to sell the Xbox 360 after the Xbox One’s release: “We believe over the next five years we can break a 100 million unit installed base. That’s something we’re shooting for, it’s not a financial plan as such, it’s just rough numbers if you will. To sell another 25 million, half of those will probably come from replacements, but half will come from new buyers.  And the way we’ll break into those segments is by hitting new price points, getting new classes of entertainment to come with the Xbox, and breaking into new customer segments. So you’ll see the Xbox 360 continue to exist, even as we launch the next generation Xbox One.” An announcement on the future of the Xbox 360 along with a significant dashboard update is expected to be outlined ...

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  Bing has made significant improvements to its internal technology Satori which enables Bing to have a deeper understanding of the people, places and the relationships between them.  When searching for a notable person you can now see current events regarding that person and a visual carousel which allows you to explore important and timely topics related to the specific person you’re searching for: Related individuals to your search will now be displayed on the right-hand side. For example, how are Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift related? They both recently won awards at the Billboard Music Awards: Bing will now also increased its news article index timeframe two week to years.  This will give you relevant news articles from years back when making searches. ...

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Microsoft today announced two new mice designed specifically with Windows 8 devices in mind. These mice include a Windows button on them, giving you quick and easy access to specific features in Windows. Sculpt Comfort Mouse The Sculpt Comfort Mouse has a touch-sensitive blue strip on its side called the Windows touch tab that makes it easy to navigate Windows 8 with just the touch or swipe of a finger. You can press the strip to go to your Start screen. But it does more than just take you to your Start screen. If you swipe up on the blue strip, it cycles through all your open Windows Store apps in Windows 8. And if you swipe down, it will reveal all the open apps (on the left side of your screen) for you to select the one you want. You don’t have to worry about a tiny USB transceiver since the Sculpt Comfort Mouse uses ...

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HP today announced a new a Desktop PC that is also a mobile all-in-one PC along with number of new consumer notebooks and printers. Read the full press release below. PALO ALTO, Calif. – HP today announced the HP ENVY Rove20 mobile All-in-One PC, the company’s first mobile All-in-One PC, which frees the desktop PC from the desk and allows families and friends to enjoy a shared entertainment experience with a built-in battery, unique design and advanced touch technology. HP also announced new consumer notebooks, all-in-one PCs and printers that give people more flexibility in how they access and share information. With affordable touch technology and new form factors, HP’s new additions provide seamless integration of technology into customers’ busy lives. “Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs ...

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Microsoft today announced that next generation Kinect for Windows is coming next year. The new Kinect is capable for recording 1080p videos with advanced CMOS sensors that can record color images upto 30fps. A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are coming next year followed by the release of Kinect sensor with Xbox One later this year. Some of the key capabilities of the new Kinect sensor include: Higher fidelity The new sensor includes a high-definition (HD) color camera as well as a new noise-isolating multi-microphone array that filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms. Also included is Microsoft’s proprietary Time-of-Flight technology, which measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off an object or person to create unprecedented accuracy and precision.   Expanded field of view The expanded field of view accommodates a multitude of differently sized rooms, minimizing ...

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Microsoft just posted the above video which summarizes the announcements they made at the Xbox Reveal event few hours back. The new Xbox called Xbox One will come with 8GB RAM powered by custom designed chip manufactured by AMD. It will also come with new Xbox controller and new Kinect sensor. The new Kinect 2.0 sensor will support upto 1080p video with 30fps color video capability. The new Kinect sensor is powered by a custom CMOS sensor designed by Microsoft. Microsoft also announced a whole new UI with support for Live TV, etc,.   Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft has announced a new interactive music show exclusively for Xbox users. The music show is called The Music Room, that will bring you the best upcoming bands live to your Xbox. The Music Room will be a two-part program hosted by Laura Jackson featuring music from Everything Everything, Don Broco, and Swim Deep. If you have a Xbox Gold membership, you can watch the show on May 29 at 5:30 PST. The show is also interactive in nature where the viewers will decide what should happen next by voting through their Xbox.  In the above video, it was shown that you can choose what Laura does at the end of the show, like “Play Dance Central 3,” or “Sneak into soundcheck,” or “Nose around backstage.” ...

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