Microsoft | Cell Phone Tracking Blog

Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

If you have to issue an explanation to follow up an explanation, then it’s pretty safe to say the first one wasn’t clear enough, and it’s under those circumstances that Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky and the Windows 8 team are returning to the subject of Media Center and DVD movie support. After addressing both a few days ago, the internet backlash was (predictably) quick to finding out that Media Center would be available only as an upgrade to the Pro version of the OS, and that without it Windows wouldn’t natively play DVDs. What many may not know however, and the new FAQ points out, is that this is not an entirely new thing — Windows XP did not have support outside of specialized editions or add-ons, several versions of Vista did not play DVDs and on Windows 7 the Basic and Starter editions lacked the add-on. Of course, for most users this doesn’t matter in the least since brand new PCs tend to ship with third party software to play DVDs (or Blu-ray movies where applicable, which no version of Windows has or will natively support). Answering the question we had of what this means for users upgrading their own computers, they’ll either need to see if they have existing third party software to play DVDs that is compatible with Windows 8, or acquire Media Center post-upgrade.

Continue reading Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it

Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 May 2012 10:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |  sourceBuilding Windows 8 Blog  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Microsoft hires 14 Yahoo researchers for new NYC lab

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Microsoft hires 14 Yahoo researchers

Microsoft has hired 14 Yahoo researchers for its brand new New York research lab, AllThingsD reported. The hires come after Yahoo made significant layoffs last month to its research and development unit. According to Jennifer Chayes, who manages Microsoft Research in New England and New York, the researchers were’t hired as a package deal. “I don’t feel like we hired a group; I feel like we hired 15 amazing individuals, some of which became available because there were some problems at Yahoo,” she said. The software giant has an extensive research division that includes some 850 Ph.Ds, and the New York City lab will be the company’s 13th global office.

Read

 Mail this post

Barnes & Noble plans to bring NFC to the Nook

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Barnes & Noble to bring NFC to the Nook

Barnes & Noble’s Nook eReader business is expected to see continued growth and was recently spun off into a new subsidiary that Microsoft invested $300 million in. The company’s CEO William Lynch sat down with Fortune and spoke about the future of the Nook business, and the executive said NFC-equipped Nook eReaders will be released as early as this year. “We’re going to start embedding NFC chips into our Nooks,” the CEO said. “We can work with the publishers so they would ship a copy of each hardcover with an NFC chip embedded with all the editorial reviews they can get on BN.com. And if you had your Nook, you can walk up to any of our pictures, any our aisles, any of our bestseller lists, and just touch the book, and get information on that physical book on your Nook and have some frictionless purchase experience. That’s coming, and we could lead in that area.”

Read

 Mail this post

Microsoft reportedly launching subsidized Xbox 360 bundle next week for $99 with a two-year subscription

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Microsoft has long been pushing to get the Xbox 360 into as many living rooms as possible, and it looks like it could now be about to attempt a new tactic to further expand its reach. According to The Verge’s sources, the company will launch a new bundle next week that will include both a 4GB Xbox 360 console and a Kinect sensor for just $99 — the only catch being that you’ll also have to sign a two-year contract at a rate of $15 a month. That will give you access to the Xbox Live Gold service, and potentially some additional streaming content, as well as a two-year warranty (there’s also naturally an early termination fee for those that break the contract). From the sound of things, though, the new offering could be getting something of a soft launch — the only outlet mentioned for the bundle so far is the rather limited number of Microsoft Stores in the US.

Microsoft reportedly launching subsidized Xbox 360 bundle next week for $99 with a two-year subscription originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 May 2012 11:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |  sourceThe Verge  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Microsoft SkyDrive impressions: a look at features and functionality

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Microsoft SkyDrive impressions: a look at features and functionality

You may remember a certain, somewhat anticipated cloud service finally coming in to land in recent days. That wasn’t the only news in nebular computing last week, however: perhaps in anticipation of Google’s long-rumored Drive service, Microsoft made some updates to the Windows Phone app for its own offering, SkyDrive. This comes not long after the release of desktop SkyDrive applications for Windows and OSX, all suggesting that Redmond’s hoping to cut itself as large a slice of the cloud-storage pie as it can, preferably while others are still taking their seats at the table. We spent some time with the latest quiver of tools from Microsoft, to see how they’ve progressed.

Continue reading Microsoft SkyDrive impressions: a look at features and functionality

Microsoft SkyDrive impressions: a look at features and functionality originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 May 2012 11:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Microsoft invests $300 million in new Barnes & Noble ‘strategic partnership’

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Image

Well, that’s an interesting end to all those legal tussles. Microsoft and bookseller Barnes and Noble have decided to buddy-up in the face of competitors like Amazon and Apple. The strategic partnership — Microsoft loves ‘em — would come in the form of a new Barnes and Noble subsidiary that deals with all things Nook, in addition to its education business. The bookseller would hold onto the lion’s share at 82.4 percent, with the remaining 17.6 percent in Microsoft’s control. The first benefit posited would be a Nook app for the incoming Windows 8. Barnes and Noble’s Nook Study software would also benefit from a friendly boost on all that Windows hardware. Maybe all those other legal matches will resolve in similar warm-and-fuzzy business hook-ups — but we doubt it.

Continue reading Microsoft invests $300 million in new Barnes & Noble ‘strategic partnership’

Microsoft invests $300 million in new Barnes & Noble ‘strategic partnership’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink TechCrunch  |  sourceMicrosoft  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Zune Desktop software will no longer be able to access Marketplace

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Microsoft on Tuesday announced on its Windows Phone Blog two changes regarding its Windows Phone Marketplace that will “help pave the way for new store features and new apps in the months ahead.” The Redmond-based company will be removing the option to shop for Windows Phone apps from the Zune Desktop software and will now require handsets to be running Windows Phone 7.5 to buy and download new apps, or update existing ones. The Zune Music Marketplace will remain open, and the software will be used to back up music and photos, and to install updates on the Zune HD.

[Via WMPowerUser]

Read

 Mail this post

Report: Microsoft revealing Xbox ‘Woodstock’ music service at E3

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

We are stardust. We are golden. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the Xbox. According to some anonymous-type sources over at The Verge, Microsoft is set to continue its shift away from Zuneland into the world of Woodstock — that’s reportedly the codename of a new Spotify-like service set to make its debut at this year’s E3. According to the reports, the tiny yellow bird of a service will work across platforms (think Windows 8, iOS, Android and, of course, the Xbox, amongst others), thanks, at least in part, in part to browser-based functionality. The service is said to be set to launch later in the year, around the same as some key MS operating systems.

Report: Microsoft revealing Xbox ‘Woodstock’ music service at E3 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |  sourceThe Verge  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Google ups free Gmail storage to 10GB

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Google on Tuesday unveiled its new “Google Drive” cloud storage solution, taking direct aim at Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Dropbox and other similar services. The new offering includes 5GB of free cloud-based storage and allows users to store, collaborate on, and share documents and other files. At the same time as its new Google Drive service was rolling out across the Web, Google also quietly gave Gmail users a capacity boost of more than 35% according to reports. Gmail launched in 2004 with 1GB of free storage and that figure has been increasing steadily to just over 7GB as of earlier this week. On Tuesday, Gmail’s free storage climbed to 10GB according to a report from Engadget. We haven’t seen the storage boost hit our inboxes yet, but a number of users reportedly have. Google has not formally announced the update.

Read

 Mail this post

Chrome 18 is world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer 9 leads in North America

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Internet monitoring firm Pingdom on Monday released a new report on global Web browser share by browser version. The company found Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 to be the most popular browser in North America with a 21.2% share, and it was closely followed by Google Chrome 18 at 20.2%. Internet Explorer, however, featured a combined total of 40.4% of the North American browser market. Globally, Pingdom found that Chrome 18 is the most popular browser with a 25.6% share, leading Firefox 11 with 15.8% and Internet Explorer 9 and 8 with 15.7% and 14.6%, respectively. Microsoft’s browser has the largest worldwide market share when all versions are combined, followed by Chrome and then Firefox.


Read

 Mail this post

This Girl Quit Her Job at Microsoft By Singing a Song on YouTube [Video]

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Set to the tune of Don McLean’s American Pie, Karen Chang sang an epic song announcing her resignation from Microsoft that included quips about making “cells and numbers dance”, “long lines of code” and where she’s going next. Everyone who resigns from their job should be forced to do a song and dance number like this. [YouTube via Neatorama] More »


 Mail this post

Microsoft applies for low-powered interactive second display system patent

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Microsoft applies for low-powered interactive second display system

Oh patent applications… where creative ideas dance shoulder to shoulder with ill-conceived folly. Which do we have here today? We’re not sure. What we are sure of, however, is that someone at Microsoft has applied for a patent that describes a device with two screens. Not that old chestnut, but the second screen being of lower-power, like e-ink, and displaying different information based on the state of the first one (i.e. is it against your face or not.) The not-to-be-trusted images illustrate the second screen covering the back of a device and displaying a clock, or other such user specified info. The app does state that it would continue to display info, even if the device was in a sleep mode, and describes a non-flat contour. If you were to read into it, it might sound like rear e-ink phone housing, but if this ever comes to pass, it’ll likely be with a little bit of dressing down, so don’t get too excited.

Microsoft applies for low-powered interactive second display system patent originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Patent Bolt  |  sourceUSPTO  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Verizon plans big Windows Phone push for the holidays

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Verizon Wireless chief financial officer Fran Shammo said the company is looking to market a third mobile platform to help develop a strong competitor to Apple and Google. That operating system will be Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8. “We’re really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that’s a differentiator. We’re working with Microsoft on it,” Shammo said in an interview with Reuters following the company’s earnings call on Thursday. The carrier expects to have Windows Phone 8-powered handsets in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season. The executive suggested that Verizon could play a similar role in helping Microsoft’s platform to grow as it did with Google’s Android OS.

Read

 Mail this post

Samsung’s iCloud competitor may be unveiled at Galaxy event on May 3rd

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Samsung’s iCloud competitor, dubbed S-Cloud, may be unveiled at next month’s Galaxy S III announcement in London on May 3rd, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday. The service is similar to Apple’s offering but without any limitations on the type of content users can upload. The service is also expected to have access to popular TV shows, movies and music with free and paid content that will be available across a range of Samsung devices. The amount of storage allotted to users is rumored to be “more than 5GB,” although it isn’t clear if that will be free or is there is an associated charge. Earlier rumors suggested Samsung would delay the service after having trouble developing a suitable infrastructure for the global market. According to Maeil Business, however, the company has partnered with Microsoft to support its S-Cloud service.

[Via The Verge]

Read

 Mail this post

Samsung’s S-Cloud tipped to arrive alongside the Galaxy S III next month

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Image

Korean newspaper Maeil Business believes that Samsung’s finally ironed out the kinks in its S-Cloud service and will unveil it alongside the Galaxy S III at next month’s event. The Korean giant will reportedly offer an “unlimited service” with less of the content or storage restrictions imposed by iCloud. It’ll also apparently come with a VOD-store, offering up audio and video content for a fee, presumably beside what’s available in Google Play. It’s also reporting that the company’s Media Solution Center has asked Microsoft to join KT and Amazon in developing the infrastructure to ensure a smooth launch. Either way, it’s not long now until we know for certain, so be sure to join us on May 3rd for the whole story.

Samsung’s S-Cloud tipped to arrive alongside the Galaxy S III next month originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink CNET, The Verge  |  sourceMaeil Business (Translated)  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Windows Phone OS mod speeds up app load times, knows you’ll play Monopoly on your break (video)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Experimental Windows Phone mod Falcon speeds up app load times, knows you were going to do that

Microsoft Research has revealed some of its latest work into mobile app optimization — and it’s called the contextual solution, Falcon. Fast App Launching with Context aims to improve “key OS services” including memory management, scheduling and security. It does this by using location and sci-fi-sounding “temporal access patterns” — when you use the app — to pre-load programs before you’ve even decided to use them, which dramatically reduces perceived loading delay. A learning algorithm baked into the Windows Phone OS mod also improves its behavior and predictive powers as you use it. In the project’s own tests, users were apparently saving up to 35 seconds on a single app launch. There’s no news on whether the developmental mod will find its way into future Windows Phone iterations, but if our phone just knew to pre-load Kinectimals each morning — the only thing that gets us through those 7am commutes– we’d be more than willing to give it a go.

Continue reading Windows Phone OS mod speeds up app load times, knows you’ll play Monopoly on your break (video)

Windows Phone OS mod speeds up app load times, knows you’ll play Monopoly on your break (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Pocket-lint  |  sourceMicrosoft Research  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post

Microsoft brings Word, PowerPoint, Excel to Symbian Belle handsets

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Microsoft brings Word, PowerPoint, Excel to Symbian Belle handsets

As promised, Nokia and Microsoft have made the mobile versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel available to select Symbian Belle handsets. Earlier this year, the duo heralded the release of OneNote, Document Connection, Lync and PowerPoint Broadcast. With this latest software add, the Office suite for Symbian is (seemingly) complete. Those of you rocking an E7, C7, C6-01, X7, Oro, 700, 701 or 603 can acquire the fresh bits by launching the Nokia Software Update utility. Not bad for a dead mobile operating system.

Microsoft brings Word, PowerPoint, Excel to Symbian Belle handsets originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink PhoneScoop  |  sourceNokia Conversations  | Email this | Comments

 Mail this post