Microsoft’s current CEO Steve Ballmer got only 79% of his total eligible bonus set for him by the board due to the slow growth in Windows 8 and Surface RT write off. The information was revealed in the proxy statement filed by Microsoft yesterday. The fiscal 2013 proxy statement gave the following reason on Ballmer’s bonus: “The company faced challenges due to weakness in the consumer PC market. While the launch of Windows 8 in October 2012 resulted in over 100 million licenses sold, the challenging PC market coupled with the significant product launch costs for Windows 8 and Surface resulted in an 18% decline in Windows Division operating income. Slower than anticipated sales of Surface RT devices and the decision to reduce prices to accelerate sales resulted in a $900 million inventory charge.” Steve Ballmer received a total of $1.26 million in fiscal 2013 which includes a base salary ...

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Dell today officially announced the new Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows tablets. The new 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, Dell’s enterprise support and more makes it a compelling device for everyone. The Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet will be available from November 19th and the Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet will be available from November 7th on www.dell.co.uk. Starting prices for the new tablets are as follows: · Venue 8 Pro: pricing available in the coming weeks · Venue 11 Pro: £349 excluding VAT & freight Update: The Venue 8 Pro will be available on October 18 via Dell.com in the U.S. and select countries around the world starting at $299.99 (U.S.). The Venue 11 Pro will be available in November starting at $499.99 (U.S.). · The lightweight Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 8.1, has a bright HD IPS ...

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A new report from Telegraph claimed that 3 top investors in Microsoft is now pressurizing Bill Gates to step down from his position as chairman of Microsoft. They feel that Microsoft is now spending more time in his philanthropic foundation and less time on Microsoft as a chainman. Also it is not that easy to replace Bill as the chairman as he still owns about 4.5 percent of the $277 billion company and is its largest individual shareholder. Again, these investors can only suggest the board to make a change. But there is no indication that Microsoft’s board will accept the wishes of the three investors, who collectively hold more than 5 percent of the company’s stock. The three investors are concerned that Gates’ role as chairman effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they ...

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According to a new study by consulting firm Performance Inspired, Microsoft has become the most-inspiring company in the US. Performance Inspired surveyed nearly 5,000 consumers about five companies they find inspirational and why they think so. This is not the first time for Microsoft, they came in first place three years ago. Performance Inspired believes that people who are inspired by certain company tend to spend more with those companies, encourage others to do so as well, and they will be loyal as well. Other tech companies in the list were Apple, Google, Amazon and others. Apple, which topped the last two year results returned has dropped to 12th position this year. The top 25 most-inspiring companies: 1. Microsoft 2. Disney 3. Walmart 4. Chick-fil-A 5. Target 6. McDonald’s 7. Google 8. Amazon 9. Johnson & Johnson 10. Toms Shoes 11. The Coca-Cola Company 12. Apple 13. Starbucks 14. Costco 15. Ford 16. ...

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Surface chief Panos Panay and Windows hardware scientist Stevie Bathiche yesterday previewed the upcoming Surface devices at Microsoft Store in Seattle’s University Village. Both of them together spent almost more than an hour to preview these devices. When asked about the 8-inch version of Surface, Panos said that “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Surface are in the works. “We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface,” he said. “That’s the best answer I have for you.” Panos also revealed that the 4G LTE version of Surface 2 will be available initially on AT&T in the U.S. and Vodafone in Europe. He also confirmed that here won’t be a 4G version of Surface Pro 2. According to previous reports, Surface Mini is expected to be released in early 2014. The ...

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Few weeks back, Dell announced that they are going to release Windows 8 tablets with Venue brand soon. We already know that one of the Venue branded tablet will be a 8-inch model.The 8-inch tablet will be just 8.9mm thick, will sport a high-definition 1080p IPS display and runs on Windows 8.1. It will be powered by latest Intel Atom quad-core processor with enterprise features such as embedded Trusted Platform Module and full Dell Enterprise Solutions support for organizations, etc,. The device will have a mini USB port, optional HSPA+ for mobile connectivity, Wi-Fi connectivity and Miracast functionality. The Venue Pro 8 will also come with some sort of bluetooth keyboard. Dell is also planning to release a Venue 11 Pro tablet that will come with 10.6-inch 1080 display running Windows 8.1 Pro. Unlike the 8-inch model, Venue 11 Pro can be configured from Intel quad-core Atom CPU to 4th ...

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Following the success of Yoga Windows 8 Ultrabooks, Lenovo is expanding their Yoga brand to tablets. Yes, Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. This “leg” like stands can somehow stand itself up, I guess we will understand how exactly it works when we see it in action. Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet next month. Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the world’s slimmest tablet with the longest standby battery life. We have to wait till next month to see whether Yoga tablet will “revolutionize” the tablet market or not. via: Ubergizmo, Sina Weibo (1), (2) ...

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Back in January, Microsoft announced the purchase of home automation startup R2 Studios and they absorbed some of the talent of the startup into their management. R2 Studios had several important home automation patents, and their technology was expected to be integrated into products at Microsoft’s Xbox Division at that time. Earlier this month, lots of information on Microsoft’s upcoming Cortana personal assistant leaked online. First, it was reported that Cortana will be the personal AI agent on Windows Phone devices that will come with Windows Phone Blue. Later, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that Cortana is more than a Windows Phone app. Cortana will be a shell that will be found on future Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One operating systems. Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire “shell” — the core services ...

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The official 500px app is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. 500px is becoming a popular photo-sharing service meant for aspiring photographers as well as the professional ones competing with Flickr. This 500px app is just beautiful and works great. Description: 500px for Windows 8 brings inspiring photography to your desktop or tablet. Explore the incredible community-selected galleries and our editors’ curated selections, and stay up to date on your friend’s activity. Features •• Explore Popular, Editors’ Choice, and other feeds of amazing photography •• Browse through full-screen photos with the swipe of a finger or the click of a mouse •• Interact with the community by commenting on photos, liking them, or adding them to your favorites for later viewing •• Stay up to date on your friends’ activity using Flow •• Receive notifications when the community members interact with you and your photos •• Browse photographer profiles and follow them to see all ...

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At FAM held yesterday, Microsoft revealed some new stats regarding its revenue. While tech press is arguing whether Microsoft is a consumer company or an enterprise company, the actual number speaks for itself. Microsoft revealed that 55% of its revenue comes from the Enterprise, 19% from OEMs and 20% from consumer and services. Also they have 5 diverse business groups each contributing revenue significantly except Bing & Online. too often for you by customer segment. But if you look at our business and the makeup of the company today, well over 55 percent of the business is enterprise, and additionally, there’s some OEM business there that belongs in enterprise, but that’s how we count it, and market it. 19 percent is OEM. 20 percent is consumer and online. And a fair piece of the OEM is also consumer and online. And 6 percent is our small and midsize business. And ...

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Along with the announcement about Spectre13 x2, First Fanless, Detachable Ultrabook, HP also announced a regular HP Spectre13 touchscreen ultrabook. This Spectre 13 ultrabook will sport latest Intel Haswell processors, upto 8GB of RAM, 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display, 1080p webcam and will weigh just 3.25 pounds. Artistry through engineering-HP Spectre13 shatters perceptions of what an Ultrabook™ can be by packing unbelievable performance into unprecedented design. An incredible thin aluminum construction houses high-speed hardware, backlit keyboard, and an HP Vivid HD touchscreen1,2 that you can tap or swipe, or drive from the extra wide HP Control Zone™ trackpad. With up to 9 hours of battery life, you can create, stay in touch, and entertain without having to recharge3. HP Control Zone track pad, available for the first time in the new HP Spectre13 Ultrabook, enables an enhanced Windows® 8 experience by adding an extended area to the left and ...

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Microsoft and AT&T today announced their partnership where the new AT&T solution will integrate pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform. Read about it in detail below. DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* and Microsoft Corp. today announced they will deliver a security-enhanced and reliable cloud solution that will allow enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The new solution will use breakthrough cloud integration technology from AT&T to pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s industry-leading Windows Azure cloud platform. Customers of the solution are expected to benefit from the enterprise-grade security of virtual private networking, with as much as 50% lower latency than the public Internet, and access to cloud resources from any site using almost any wired or wireless device. “This is a game changer for businesses that have been seeking a more secure way to reap the benefits ...

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Kinect SDK 1.8 for Windows now available.  It includes a number of improvements: New background removal API. This “turn-key” green screening capability makes it easy to perform background replacement dynamically in your application. This new API should prove to be practical and fun. 3D color capture capabilities with Kinect Fusion. Kinect Fusion enables your app to create 3D mesh models with a Kinect sensor. In the 1.8 Kinect for Windows SDK these capabilities have been augmented with realistic color texture mapping so that you can produce 3D models with realistic color. Since the new 3D printing capabilities in Windows 8.1 are engineered to support surface color, this new color capturing capability is particularly exciting. Improved tracking for Kinect Fusion. Updated algorithms enable more reliable camera tracking as the Kinect sensor moves while scanning a scene. The result: a better Kinect Fusion experience and better 3D models. Multi-sensor Kinect Fusion sample. ...

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As reported few days back, Dell is releasing its first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet later this year. This 8-inch tablet will run on Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, battery life of 10+ hours, .88 pounds in weight, thickness of .35 inches and will come in variety of colors. The main selling point is its price: $299. As expected, the display will support 10-point multitouch, and surprisingly pen as well. Dell is expected to release it with optional accessories such as wireless keyboard  Capacitive Active stylus, Bluetooth wireless keyboard with stand and more. via: Winsupersite ...

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We reported few weeks ago about this upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. This device wad developed with internal codename ‘Sirius’. Winsupersite today posted an image of this tablet. Here are the details about the device, It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support AT&T/Verizon LTE support Nokia is expected to reveal the device on Sep 26th at an event in New York and the price ...

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Microsoft Skype team announced the pre-release version of Skype for Windows 8.1 devices. This pre-release version will offer fully integrated Skype on any Windows 8.1 device. Since Skype is built-in, you can now view your missed calls and instant messages, but you can answer calls directly from your lock screen. And on the Start screen, you’ll be able to choose how you want to respond, whether answer a call with video, audio or decline and send an IM instead. Also with Skype for Windows 8.1, you can click to call directly through Internet Explorer, which makes booking a restaurant reservation a faster and more productive experience. In Windows 8.1, Skype will automatically move to the side when you select any link in Skype or shared item, enabling you to do more while you chat. You can also snap Skype and adjust the size of the window, so whether you’re watching ...

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