Microsoft today highlighted one of their successful customer stories in the sports business. The British & Irish Lions rugby team uses Microsoft as their secret weapon Microsoft for their success. Microsoft’s devices and services helped them win a 41-16 triumph over the Qantas Wallabies in the tournament final (a Test Series decider) in front of 84,000 people at Sydney Olympic Park in July 2013. If Microsoft was a rugby player on the Lions all-star 2013 team, it would’ve been the head coach – the one ultimately responsible for bringing every element together, says Charlie McEwen, head of sales and marketing for the Lions. He says it was responsible for communicating, adapting, directing and evolving the best components to succeed. This team is using Microsoft technologies right from hosting their apps and websites in the cloud to Xbox for entertainment for their players during free time. Fans around the world followed the Lions’ every ...

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Chitika Ad Network today released their report on the distribution of web usage among leading tablet devices for early July 2014 in the U.S. and Canadian tablet. The results are not so encouraging for Microsoft. Despite the fire sale of Surface RT tablets followed by Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in the market, Microsoft tablets accounted for only 1.4% of the total market. When you compare this to last year’s numbers, Microsoft has almost tripled it from 0.5%. But, you have to compare this with the market leader Apple which dominates the list with 78% usage share. Even though these numbers may not be highly accurate, this report shows that Microsoft has a very long way to go in tablet market in the coming years. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to bounce back into market with cheaper and more affordable tablets from the OEMs and flagship tablets from itself. What do ...

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During the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the Windows OS and the first-party devices and he said that Microsoft is approaching the Windows OS business with a bold, challenger mindset and pushing both the product and business model forward. He highlighted the fact that Windows licenses are zero dollars for any OEM building a device less than nine inches and also added a low-cost Windows offering with Bing integration for OEMs. These changes are expected to bring Windows tablets and clamshells at lower price points. Microsoft is also optimistic about first-party hardware given the early signs from Surface Pro 3’s performance in market. In the coming year, Microsoft will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes and also Microsoft will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user ...

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In the quarterly earnings results published by Microsoft, it was revealed the Surface sales revenue was down from the previous quarter despite the launch of Surface Pro 3. The revenue was at $409 million down from $494 million last quarter. Gross margin growth was result of the Surface RT $900 million write down last year. Microsoft also confirmed it via quarterly financial results. In the Computing and Gaming Hardware related slide, Microsoft mentioned that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from their transition of production to latest Surface offering and a decision to not ship a new form factor. Read more about it here. ...

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Bloomberg today posted a video revealing the secret labs inside Microsoft in which Surface tablets are designed. Surface team chief Panos Panay and other key Surface team members are featured in the video talking about the design process of Surface Pro 3. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. Behold the most natural writing and drawing experience on a tablet thanks to the new Surface Pen. Use the Pen to mark up presentations, sign documents, or enjoy art apps. You can also open a blank OneNote document with a click of the Surface Pen to instantly capture your next idea–even if your device is in sleep mode. When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella defined the future of his company in a memo to his 127,100 employees, he singled out ...

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Microsoft might be soon launching their Surface tablets in India. Recently, Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro 2 tablets have passed BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) procedure to import inside India. As you can see in the image above, Maintek Computer( A unit of Pegatron) has shipped them to India. Microsoft has provided the following statement regarding this import process, “As per BIS processes, certification is mandatory for this category. For Microsoft, we do go through these processes from time-to-time, as part of any market assessment perspective. But, at this stage, we have no announcements to offer for launch timing of the said model or other models of Microsoft Surface in India.” There are two possibilities, either Microsoft Surface tablets launch is imminent in India or Microsoft has imported them for internal company purposes. Recently, Microsoft Mobile(Nokia). also imported Lumia 2520 tablets in India. via: Evyush ...

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As promised, Microsoft today released the System Firmware Update – 7/16/2014 for Surface Pro 3 users to fix the WiFi performance issues.  This update will further improve Wi-Fi connection and throughput scenarios. Surface Integration (v.2.0.1038.0) further enhances system stability. Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v. 15.68.3042.85) further improving WiFi connection and throughput scenarios. Check for updates on your device. You can order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store starting $799. ...

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Tyler Schrenk was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident two years ago, and since then his daily activities became a lot more challenging. Thanks to Microsoft software engineer Jose Blakeley whom he met in a Church last year, he became aware of Windows speech recognition. To make use of it, he bought Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 to use for his daily activities. Using his voice, Schrenk operates a variety of Microsoft products and services – Internet Explorer, Bing, Outlook, Word and Excel. Now, he uses his tablet for a growing number of tasks: an Excel spreadsheet to track his caloric intake; Outlook to send email; and Internet Explorer to keep track of his fantasy football league, and follow his favorite teams: the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies. Not just Surface, he also uses Xbox One with Kinect. Since the whole system is voice enabled, ...

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Microsoft coined the term Lapability last year to describe how well you can work using the device on your lap. Lapability means being able to get work done comfortably in tight spaces. They improved Lapability of Surface 2 with two stage kickstand, but with Microsoft made it perfect with the release of Surface Pro 3. Microsoft closely paid attendtion to a lot of aspects of the device ensure that Surface Pro 3 works great on your lap in a variety of settings. Microsoft highlighted the following three aspects in SP3 which makes it great to use on a lap. The kickstand Surface Pro 3 features a ‘continuous’ kickstand that uses friction to easily adjust to any angle up to 150 degrees. This obviously allows for a lot of viewing angles on tables and desks of different heights, but it also allows the kickstand to accommodate a lot of different lap positions. Surface Pro ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing how St. Thomas School in the US has adopted. Surface tablets for their students and teachers. Students are using these devices to take notes, learn new things from various content, and more. This digital transition is not just happening in the U.S., but also in schools around the world where technology is empowering students. Watch more about it from the video above. A recognized leader in early childhood through eighth grade education, St. Thomas School has adopted both Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro tablets as their 1:1 student computing device in their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. “The one-to-one program has given the school more than we ever anticipated,” says Kimberly Mecham, Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School. “It’s really allowed us to personalize learning in second grade through innovative and differentiated ways, and to enhance project-learning in third grade ...

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With Microsoft’s Surface Pro now available, the Redmond software giant has increased their marketing campaign. In addition to airing ads during the World Cup, the company is also running a series of web banners across various websites.   The first banner contains the familiar tagline “The tablet that can replace your laptop,” and they second takes a subtle dig at the MacBook Air with the text “Lighter than air.” I’ll admit I rarely see banner ads these days due to having tracking protection lists enabled in IE, but comment below if you have seen these banner ads anywhere. Do you think banner ads are a good use of Microsoft’s marketing resources? Source: Neowin ...

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Big Brother is a popular reality television show in the UK. The show follows a number of contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom built House. Each week, one of the housemates is evicted by a public vote, with the last housemate remaining winning a cash prize. Channel 5 which airs the show has agreed on a product placement deal with Microsoft for Big Brother 2014: Power Trip. Microsoft Surface will be seen throughout the show as housemates will be making their nominations on Surface tablets. Also, the contestants will also complete its weekly shopping lists on the Microsoft’s flagship mobile devices as part this deal. BBSpy reports that further details about how the tablet nominations will work have yet to be confirmed. Read more at bbspy.   ...

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Microsoft today posted a new ad to highlight the power of Surface Pro and how it is empowering people. senseFLY is a drone company which develops civilian drone technology to create amazing maps and models for humanitarian and conservation efforts. They are using Surface Pro along with it to process data whenever needed. Whenever the drone comes back with GBs of mapping data, you need a powerful machine to process it. senseFLY uses Surface Pro as provides the computing power necessary to process data virtually anywhere in a small, lightweight package. With up to 8GB RAM, Intel Core i7 processor, SSD, touch screen and full Windows, Surface Pro 3 is the best available device for senseFLY and many others. Microsoft has now announced the next generation Surface Pro 3 device. You can pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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According to market research firm Canalys, Microsoft is now at 4th place in the UK tablet market with their Surface devices. Apple, Samsung and Amazon are above them and Google Nexus devices is following them in sales. Microsoft sold 71,540 units in the quarter, up 27.1 per cent on a year earlier, to grab a 3.3 per cent market share. Out of which, 58 per cent of these units were of the ARM-powered RT version with the Surface Pro devices comprising the rest. Canalys senior analyst Tim Coulling reckons channel partners helped Microsoft shift more devices, but added that weakness in consumer spending was hitting the Surface less dramatically than others. “There is more of a commercial opportunity for Surface,” he told The Channel, “plus Microsoft has a channel programme and is putting units into Authorised Device Resellers (ADRs)”. Relegated to fifth spot by Microsoft, Google struggled to gain traction, ...

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Microsoft has already given out Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review units to the press. Some of the review units of Surface Pro 3 are facing a battery charging issue in which the device won’t turn on even when connected to the charger. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and confirmed that Microsoft is working on the fix that will be delivered via update soon. The issue was first revealed by Neowin’s own editor-in-chief Brad Sams, who tweeted late on Monday that his Surface Pro 3 review unit would not turn on, even though the tablet was connected to its battery charger. It emerged that the same issue had apparently been encountered by ZDNet’s Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley. Hopefully, the end consumers who have ordered the product will have a great experience when they receive the product starting next month.Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today Source: Neowin ...

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  At Scripps National Spelling Bee competition yesterday, Microsoft made finalist kids scream in joy. Senior Director of U.S. Education for Microsoft Lydia Smyers took stage to talk about Microsoft’s collaboration with National Spelling Bee competition. She also showed a video of Microsoft Surface which students can use for collaborating and having fun with their friends. Later, Microsoft revealed to the students that they all will be getting a Surface RT from Microsoft. Communications and Public Relations Manager Chris Kemper told the kids they were in for a surprise. “This has never been done in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!” Kemper exclaimed as he invited spellers to come forward and take a gift bag. “Do not look in the bag, do not shake the bag, do not open the bag, and for Pete’s sake do not taste the bag,” Kemper instructed. All 281 spellers gathered onstage with ...

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