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Microsoft Surface Studio (0)

Microsoft's venture  into the hardware market didn't really hit off. From their Windows Phone to their Surface tablets, the market hasn't really taken off as expected. Although it may have been quite disappointing up to a certain level, Microsoft is not giving up in any way just because of a few missteps or miscues. There were lessons they learned in their first foray into the hardware market and they may be trying to apply those lessons on their next products. They may have made the right move with the new Microsoft Surface Studio. The new Microsoft Surface Studio is a new desktop computer that may be unlike any other in the market today. It may even be in a unique category in itself. It is designed primarily as a workstation for creators and for creative people who look for an accurate visual result of their work. This 28-inch touchscreen display offers features that are not available in current workstations for graphic and visual-centric work. The display, by virtue of its 10-point multi-touch screen can also act as a writing and drawing surface. Its ultrahigh resolution display also supports pen input. The new Microsoft Surface Studio also comes with a new accessory called a Surface Dial, a small metal knob that interacts with the display when it is placed against the screen and rotated. It will provide an added tool for creative minds to explore and use. Its design The new Microsoft Surface Studio is also quite a workhorse in terms of specs. It comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2GBGeForce GTX 965M GPU and comes  with a 1TB drive. The basic unit will cost at around $3,000 and will ship sometime early next year. Image Source: Microsoft Read More

Microsoft Surface 3 (0)

Having a portable device handy has become quite common for many people today. If it is not a smartphone, people always have a tablet handy. Tablets have become quite popular in a relatively short time. Many people now use it for a variety of tasks. And as people try to see what is in store for the upcoming tablets in the market, manufacturers are also trying hard to get their attention by adding in more features. Microsoft for one is trying to capture a segment of the tablet market by coming up with the Microsoft Surface 3. The Microsoft Surface 3 is already the third version of the software giant's initial entry into the tablet market. It has not really captured the attention of the consumers with its previous two models. Now, it is trying to make it more interesting by making the Surface 3 more affordable than the previous two tablet models. The Microsoft Surface 3 comes with a 10.8-inch Full HD Plus multi-point touchscreen display. It runs on a Quad Core Intel Atom X7 processor. It runs using the Microsoft 8.1 OS. It comes in two models, one with 2GB RAM and 64GB storage and another with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It also comes with an 8.0MP rear-facing camera and a 3.5MP front-facing camera. It also comes with a handful of sensors that are now standard with most tablets today. The Microsoft Surface 3 also comes with up to 10 hours of battery life for video playback. Users no longer need to worry about running short on power when using this tablet for the whole part of the day. It is also quite convenient to use since it supports the use of popular Windows Office Suite along with other popular productivity software. The Microsoft Surface 3 is currently available for pre-order starting at $499. The 4GB RAM, 128 storage version goes for $599. It is expected to be available in the first week of May. Image Source: Microsoft Read More

Microsoft HoloLens (0)

It is always exciting to hear about new and innovative products being introduced in the market. Technology always has a hand in such things. While some technology may not be entirely new and innovative, finding unique and novel ways to use them can be just as exciting. Microsoft recently did just that with its unveiling of the new Microsoft HoloLens. The Microsoft HoloLens may look like to some people as the software giant's answer to Google Glass. True, it also delves on augmented reality where digital objects and tools are integrated into the physical world you see through the special eyewear. Microsoft is introducing this special eyewear as a wireless 3D holographic display to accompany Windows Holographic, the new platform that will allow developers to create a 3D holographic interface into any of the new Windows 10 applications. The Microsoft HoloLens comes with its own CPU as well as graphic and holographic processors. It will be able to detect where you are in the room and work to allow you to respond and manipulate with the 3D objects that float around you. It does not require any external markers or cameras in order to work. Microsoft is eyeing the HoloLens as a useful companion for designers, as a unique interactive training tool as well as a new platform for gaming applications. Microsoft also reported that it is also working with Jet Propulsion Labs to study the possibilities of using the HoloLens to control the Mars Rover. The new Microsoft HoloLens may open new doors of using augmented reality and holograms and how they can be integrated into our daily lives. It offers many exciting features may or may not be a hit in the near future. But as always, something new to check out in the gadget world is always a good thing. Read More

Microsoft Lumia 535 Announced (0)

There was recently news regarding the demise of the Nokia brand when it comes to handsets and smartphones. The word going around is that Microsoft may be taking over the brand to try and revive this part of the business, noting that the software giant bought the Finnish company for a sizable sum a few years ago. Now, the reports are confirmed as Microsoft recently announced the new Microsoft Lumia 535. The Microsoft Lumia 535 was recently announced as the first Lumia to depart from the previous Nokia branding. With the new Microsoft moniker, the company aims to try to improve the marketing of the new Windows Phone handsets. One benefit this phone may carry is the Office Suite that comes pre-installed with the software. Users can directly use the popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs right from their Lumia 535 phones. Skype-integration will also help make video calls more convenient for Lumia 535 users. The smartphone also comes with Cortana, Microsoft's version of a personal virtual assistant competing with Apple's Siri. The Microsoft Lumia 535 features a 5-inch qHD touchscreen display. The smartphone also comes with a 5MP front facing camera. The Microsoft Lumia 535 will also come with a Dual SIM variant with it comes out in selected European markets this month. The new Microsoft Lumia 535 is expected to retail around 110 Euros when it comes out. Image Source: Microsoft Read More

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5 billion (0)

Microsoft pulled off a surprise that would equal the hype generated for the iPhone 6 launch, as the software company announced its acquisition of the hit videogame Minecraft for $2.5 billion. However, the founders and top executives of the Swedish indie game developer will not be joining the tech giant. The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal would give Microsoft "an asset with a loyal and largely young following." The move comes at the heels of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's statement that the company needs to focus on what it does best--selling software to companies. The deal is also a huge jackpot for Markus Persson, the 35-year-old creator of Minecraft who has become a hero of sorts in the independent game community partly for his boldness to bash big companies, including Microsoft. Before the acquisition, Mojang has earned over $100 million in profit from selling Minecraft and related merchandise. It only has 40 employees, with Persson and two other executives--CEO Carl Manneh and co-founder Jakob Porser--being the only shareholders and board members. While the Mojang team will become part of Microsoft Studios, the company's co-founders are leaving to pursue new projects. Persson's rationale for selling Mojang could be partly traced in his recent online postings on Twitter and Reddit, saying he has become tired of answering to Minecraft fans and that managing a very popular game has become difficult for his small-scale game studio. "It's not about the money," Persson posted Monday in his personal website. "It's about my sanity." Since its introduction in 2009, Minecraft has sold over 50 million copies for PCs, mobile devices, and video game consoles like Xbox. The game, wherein players create worlds from digital blocks, has drawn in children and veteran video game fans alike. It also has licensing deals for handbooks, toys, and an upcoming feature film. Source: Wall Street Journal Read More

Nokia 130: Microsoft-owned phone with 36-day battery life (0)

Microsoft-owned Nokia's attempt to dominate the basic cellphone market begins with the $25 Nokia 130. It may look old school, but it comes with basic smartphone features such as music and video capabilities, as well as a battery that will last for over a month. The Nokia 130 is the first Nokia phone unveiled since Microsoft bought the phone-manufacturing unit of the Finnish electronics company. Also, since Microsoft plans to ditch the brand, it is perhaps one of the last phones with Nokia written on it, but not before building up Windows Phone in developing regions where the smartphone market is blooming (even though it technically runs in a different mobile OS, the Series 30+). The candy bar phone sports a 1.8-inch color screen (not a touchscreen), a nine-button keypad, and function keys in the middle. It has music and video capabilities, a built-in FM radio, and a microSD slot for up to 32GB of audio and recorded video. Its battery lasts 36 days on standby, which is an impressive amount when most smartphones would not even last 36 hours. In a statement, Microsoft says its latest mobile phone will be available in selected countries, including China, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria, Vietnam, Philippines, and Egypt. The Nokia 130 will roll out "this quarter," or until September, and will come with single and dual-SIM models. Source: CNET Read More

Microsoft’s Cortana is this World Cup’s Paul the Octopus (0)

Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri, has successfully predicted the outcome of every match of World Cup 2014's elimination round. It might even overtake Paul the Octopus when it comes to correct World Cup predictions. The zoo-based sea creature, who died in 2010, became a worldwide sensation after it correctly predicted the winning team in eight of the elimination matches in World Cup 2010, including the final. So far, Cortana has correctly called the final results of all eight knockout matches that have been played in World Cup 2014, including Team USA's loss to Belgium. As of this posting, there are eight more matches to predict. How does Cortana do it? The program relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine, which has also provided forecasts for reality TV shows, including American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, and The Voice. So what does the future hold for the next four matches? Cortana predicts Brazil beating Colombia, and Germany defeating France on Saturday; it also predicts Argentina will beat Belgium, and the Netherlands besting Costa Rica on Friday. Cortana will be available with Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, which will roll out later this month. In the meantime, you can keep track of its predictions over at Bing. Source: Mashable Read More

Nokia X2: Microsoft’s First Android Phone Unveiled (0)

Microsoft announces the launch of the Nokia X2, which can be considered as the tech company's first Android-powered device. The X2 is an entry-level smartphone that sets its aims on emerging markets. This is not the first time Nokia ventured to Android, as it announced the X, X+, and XL smartphones in February, before Microsoft acquired the company's mobile phone business unit in April. The Nokia X Class line of devices--including the Nokia X2--runs on Android mobile OS, but its user interface is based on Windows Phone's tile-based experience and has a bevy of Microsoft services. Microsoft calls X2's operating system as the "Nokia X software platform 2.0," which includes three types of home screens: one that resembles Windows Phone's Live Tiles, one that puts priority on recent apps, and one that allows users to pin content to the home screen. Another difference from the Nokia X2 compared to your usual Android device is that this smartphone does not use any Google services and uses Microsoft's instead. This means Gmail is replaced with, Google Drive is switched to OneDrive, Bing instead of Google Searceh, you get the picture. It also uses Opera's mobile browser instead of Android's native browser. As for the physical specs, the Nokia X2 sports a 4.3-inch display with 800 x 480 resolution and Gorilla Glass, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel back camera with flash and 720p HD video capture, a 0.3-megapixel front camera, a microSD card slot, and a lot of sensors and connectivity options (except 4G LTE). The dual-SIM version Nokia X2 will be sold first in India, Indonesia, and Africa beginning July starting at $135. It is highly unlikely this smartphone will become available in North America, where Microsoft continues to sell Nokia's Lumia-branded Windows Phones. Source: Information Week Read More

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Thinnest, lightest, biggest (0)

Ever heard of the saying, "Try and try until you succeed"? Microsoft is doing just that as the company announces the Surface Pro 3. Marking the third time Microsoft attempts to make a crack in the competitive tablet market, the Surface Pro 3 is its largest, lightest, and thinnest tablet yet. More than being an iPad rival, Microsoft positions its new tablet as a convertible laptop, allowing users to enjoy the productivity of a PC and the portability and comfort of a mobile device. It features a 12-inch screen, weighs just 1.76 pounds, and has a 0.36-inch profile. Its keyboard cover, meanwhile, can be attached magnetically onto the tablet's screen for added sturdiness. It is also more flexible than its predecessors, allowing users to position the tablet at any angle. There is also a stylus, which Microsoft would rather call a "pen," that ensures smooth, uninterrupted writing on the screen. The tablet also sports an Intel Core i3 processor, 64GB of memory, and 4GB of RAM. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is available for pre-order starting at $799. Its keyboard cover, which turns the device into a laptop-tablet hybrid, starts at $129.99. Source: Time Read More

Nokia officially announces acquisition to Microsoft (0)

As reported, Nokia has officially announced the acquisition of its devices and services business to Microsoft over the weekend. Nokia has long been offering mobile phones that run on Windows Phone, and Microsoft has announced its new arm will continue to support Nokia's feature phone that do not run on Windows Phone such as Asha and Nokia X ranges. The press releases from both companies do not reveal much about future plans or shift in focus. "Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. The mobile capabilities and assets they bring will advance our transformation," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said. "Together with our partners, we remain focused on delivering innovation more rapidly in our mobile-first, cloud-first world." Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who has since moved on to become Microsoft's head of hardware division, also released a similar statement: "As Microsoft and Nokia Devices and Services come together as an expanded family, we will unify our passion, dedication and commitment to bringing you the best of what our joint technologies have to offer." Source: Engadget Image source: 360b / Read More

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