Microsoft Employee Launches ‘Fixing Windows 8′ Initiative

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageIt seems that Microsoft’s latest version of Windows is receiving a mixed reaction: some people like it, and some people don’t. Naturally you can’t please everyone on the planet, but we really haven’t heard this much negativity since Windows Vista. The biggest issue thus far is that Microsoft seemingly caters to the new touchy consumer and brushed aside the old, making Windows 8 difficult to manage using the typical mouse and keyboard setup.

“During the MWC keynote, Microsoft made it very clear that Windows 8 will work fantastically if you are using touch, mouse or keyboard,” says former Microsoft employee Mike Bibik on his just-launched website fixingwindows8.com. “Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true.”

His initial rant, which went live on March 2, goes into a thorough deconstruction of Windows 8 and its blocky Metro UI. His first big beef was in launching apps that require the user to have a Microsoft account, essentially either a Hotmail account or Windows Live ID. He then complained that the scroll wheel — which for years allowed the user to scroll up and down on the screen — now moves everything horizontally.’

“Metro apps do not have window controls. How does a user know how to exit a Metro app? They can’t minimize, they can’t maximize, they can’t exit,” he wrote. “I’m pretty sure this is where 75-percent of first-time users will simply give up. This will be so frustrating, people won’t even try to fix it. We are going to hear a lot of ‘I just want it the way it used to be!’”

Most of what he found “broken” in Windows 8 were within the first hour of using the Consumer Preview. Granted things will likely change before the final version arrives on store shelves later this year, now is the time to throw complains out to Microsoft before code is etched in stone, hence the need for sites like fixWindows8.com to point out glaring design issues. Bibik is drawing upon his UX designer experience to offer potential solutions to these issues.

On his website, Bibik links to a video uploaded to YouTube recorded by Chris Pirillo which shows his father trying — and failing — to use Windows 8 Consumer Preview. As Bibik points out, power users should be able to figure out how the mouse works in Windows 8; novices and new users will be completely lost. As seen in the video, the “dad” couldn’t even figure out how to get back to the tiles after opening Windows Explorer.

“Who puts this out,” the dad says after four minutes. His son says it’s by Microsoft.

“They trying to drive me to Mac?”

In Bibik’s post called “Fixing Metro By Mouse,” he provides three possible solutions: Start+Charms, Apps+Charms, and an actual Metro Bar. The latter option would be visible at all times as a thin bar at the bottom of the screen. On the left would be a button for the Start menu and on the right would be a button for the Charms menu. When the Desktop is visible, the classic Start bar will need enough left and right padding so the Metro bar can fit on top of it.

At this stage, it’s highly unlikely Microsoft would even consider implementing his suggestions. Has Microsoft completely taken the wrong direction with Windows 8? Is Microsoft so intent on taking on Apple in the tablet sector that it’s completely lost track of the desktop consumer? We have a while before Windows 8 goes gold, so it will be interesting to see what will happen to the new OS before then.

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Microsoft Statement Supporting Marriage Equality

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageThe following statement was posted on the Microsoft blog by Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft, on behalf of the company.

Today, Microsoft is joining other Northwest employers Concur, Group Health, Nike, RealNetworks and Vulcan Inc. in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. We believe that passing this bill would be good for our business and good for the state’s economy. I wanted to take a few moments to explain why.

At Microsoft, we pride ourselves on our products and services, our brand, and our global reach. But unquestionably, our employees are our greatest asset.

To be successful, it’s critical that we have a workforce that is as diverse as our customers. Every day, the national and global economies are becoming more diverse. The lifeblood of a business is its ability to understand and connect with its customers. We’re no exception. Now more than ever, the most effective workforce is a diverse workforce.

While some of our employees literally grew up around the corner, others have come from every state and almost 150 countries around the world. They reflect virtually every background in the country and on the planet. They bring their creativity to work, and they put it to good use in developing new products and serving our customers. There simply is no substitute for their diverse backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experiences.

Inclusiveness is therefore a fundamental part of our values, and is integral to the company’s business success.

This means it’s important to go beyond simply forbidding discrimination; we strive to actively promote diversity, equality and inclusion in our workplace. In 1993, Microsoft became the first Fortune 500 company to provide same-sex domestic partnership benefits. For almost two decades, we’ve benefited from this support and the resulting contributions of our LGBT employees.

In addition to corporate policies supporting diversity and equality, we strive to engage in a thoughtful manner in public discussions on issues that have a significant impact on our employees and our business. For example, Microsoft supported legislation in Washington State prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as legislation expanding domestic partnership rights.

Our support today for Senate Bill 6239 and HB 2516, Washington’s marriage equality legislation, builds upon our previous work in this area.

As other states recognize marriage equality, Washington’s employers are at a disadvantage if we cannot offer a similar, inclusive environment to our talented employees, our top recruits and their families. Employers in the technology sector face an unprecedented national and global competition for top talent. Despite progress made in recent years with domestic partnership rights, same-sex couples in Washington still hold a different status from their neighbors. Marriage equality in Washington would put employers here on an equal footing with employers in the six other states that already recognize the committed relationships of same-sex couples – Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. This in turn will help us continue to compete for talent.

While Microsoft’s support for marriage equality is motivated by respect for our employees, we also respect the views of those who may not agree with our position. For example, we have many highly valued and highly successful employees who hold a wide range of views on this and many other issues. We’re not asking anyone to change their views to conform to the company’s position.

We also recognize that marriage has meaning as both a civil and a religious institution. Like the marriage equality bill passed last year in New York State with bipartisan and business support, this bill preserves religious freedom in Washington’s churches while ending discrimination in Washington law.

Like the New York bill, we believe Washington’s legislation should be passed into law. It will make our state and our economy stronger. 

 

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Microsoft Windows 7 license sales reached 400 million

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageDuring his Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the company has now sold 400 million Windows 7 licenses to date.

Microsoft’s current operating system was first launched in October 2009, and it was welcomed with open arms as customers were eager to dump Vista following its troubled introduction. Despite an impressive 20 months for Windows 7, it is still far from being the world’s most used operating system. Windows XP’s share was near double Windows 7′s in June, though Microsoft did confirm on Monday that it would stop supporting the operating system 1,000 days from now.
According to Net Applications, Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system was used on 27.13% of the world’s personal computing devices as of June 2011. Windows XP still ranked No. 1 with 51.13% and Vista occupied the No. 3 spot with 9.52%.

 

Sources: http://www.fun2friend.com/forum/37-windows-7-tips-windows-tips/

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Microsoft Releases WP7 HealthVault App

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageWindows Mobile, the current third place mobile OS, has been steadily gaining ground when it comes to the amount of apps that they have. Of course, we probably can’t expect them to get close to the other big boys as of now, but where they lack in sheer number – they make up for with depth. In any event, one of the newest apps to roll out of the Windows 7 Marketplace is the HealthVault app; an application that can help you access your personal medical platform.

And while that may sound a bit mundane for a few of you, it does contain some pretty decent features that is worth some closer examination.But first – let’s talk about the most extensive and significant features of this app. Those who have chronic conditions like asthma or high blood pressure can manage themselves without much of a hitch. Also, you have the ability here to create a “health card” of sorts, which displays all of your information. This information can include immunization records, allergies, or even some medications that you take. It’s actually pretty extensive, and even allows for you to enter information for the members in your family, allowing you to have all of their information in your pocket.

As far as the aesthetics of the app is concerned – it’s pretty slick. Every app in the Windows Marketplace is much that way, steeped in the Metro user interface that just makes everything look very polished, especially when it comes to navigation. You can easily slip from tile to tile, accessing any of the health information that you feel pertinent at the time. And if you’re keeping track of your fitness, you’ll find that there is much in the way of goal-setting and dietary information. Also, with it being a Microsoft released app, you can choose to use the cloud to keep track of an even wider range of health information, such as operations you’ve had or recent dietary changes.

All in all, this is a pretty decent app – one that’s free on the Windows Marketplace. Of course, there are litanies of others on the other mobile operating systems, but it is a pretty big testament to what Microsoft has been doing of late. The HealthVault application is definitely a pretty impressive effort on a smartphone operating system that may not be getting the credit that it deserves. But, a lot of critics will say that with the recent surge in apps and the release of Mango, Microsoft is finally starting to create a sufficient buzz.

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Microsoft previews IE10

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageFurther details have been revealed by Microsoft about its forthcoming IE10 web browser, which will be the default for Windows 8.

IE10 is already available for Windows 7 in a limited version, but two new versions will ship when Windows 8 launches later this year. One will be optimised for touchscreens and tablets, while the other will be a more conventional desktop version. Only the latter will run ‘plug-ins’ which add extra web functionality.

Writing on the Building Windows 8 blog, Steven Sinofsky said that “IE10 designed for a Metro style experience is a new and improved way of browsing, where you can truly focus on the information you want to browse rather than the task of browsing – a fully immersive experience.” He added that “At the same time it provides all of the safety and controls you are used to – tabs, keyboard shortcuts, InPrivate browsing, and more.”

Rob Mauceri, the group program manager for Internet Explorer, “We built that experience by extending IE’s underlying architecture to provide a fast, fully hardware accelerated browsing engine with strong security and support for HTML5 and other web standards.”

The so-called Metro version of IE10 will allow websites to be pinned to the homescreen, which looks like a Windows Phone homescreen, just as they can currently be pinned to the taskbar.

Windows 8, Mauceri said, will offer full-screen browsing that is augmented by the ‘charms’ for sharing and printing that swipe in from the side of the screen when required. “We designed the interface and controls to be there when you need them and out of view when you don’t,” he said.

Adopting a similar approach to Google’s popular Chrome browser, IE10 will use tiles for favourite websites and most used sites. Mauceri also said that “IE10 takes a clean, “low nag” approach to notifications. All alerts and user prompts come through a notification bar at the bottom of the screen. IE uses Windows 8 Metro style “fly-outs” when more interaction is needed.”
 

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Microsoft Windows 7 license sales reached 400 million

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageDuring his Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the company has now sold 400 million Windows 7 licenses to date.

Microsoft’s current operating system was first launched in October 2009, and it was welcomed with open arms as customers were eager to dump Vista following its troubled introduction. Despite an impressive 20 months for Windows 7, it is still far from being the world’s most used operating system. Windows XP’s share was near double Windows 7′s in June, though Microsoft did confirm on Monday that it would stop supporting the operating system 1,000 days from now.
According to Net Applications, Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system was used on 27.13% of the world’s personal computing devices as of June 2011. Windows XP still ranked No. 1 with 51.13% and Vista occupied the No. 3 spot with 9.52%.

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Microsoft defends the security in Windows 7 OS

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageMicrosoft has clarified that the defensive measures in Windows 7 OS are not meant to prevent from each and every attack forever. This came out because of the Pwn2Own hacking contest.  Various security experts circumvented the security measures in the Windows Operating System and in IE8(Internet Explorer 8), in Pwn2Own hacking contest. Various news reports were generated regarding this.

Pete LePage is the product manager in Internet Explorer’s developer division. He defended the data execution prevention (DEP) and the address space layout randomization (ASLR). LePage alluded in the blog post about the security technologies and the fire-proof safe’s fire rating and also how ASLR and DEP represents a strategy called “defense in depth”. It delays the inevitable instead of stopping it.

LePage also wrote that defense techniques are not designed to prevent the attack forever. Instead it is significantly harder for exploiting vulnerability. LePage also spelled out his belief that the defense in depth security features like ASLR and DEP continues to be the effective protection mechanism.Three-time winner of the Pwn2Own competition, Charlie Miller admitted to the computer world that exploiting the vulnerabilities are getting difficult.

Miller also said that last year it had been fine for any of the twenty bugs to win, but it is not so this year. This year the best-of-breed and the better bug wins. Really there is a need for a well-behaved special vulnerability.It has been easy for the experts to find out the  flaws in the operating systems but it is easy to allow the security debate to deteriorate into the argument of “my platform is the better one” . As noted in the editorial of last Friday, Users have to ensure that they follow the best practices for the security.

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Microsoft Windows Phone Platform Now has 40,000 Apps

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageMicrosoft’s Windows Phone operating system now reached 40,000 apps. This is just in time when Nokia began marketing its upcoming Lumia 800 phone that runs on Windows Phone. According to All About Windows Phone web site, 165 apps were being added to the Marketplace each day.
Microsoft Windows Phone

More than two thirds of the apps in Windows Phone Marketplace are free. Nine percent of the paid apps come with free trial. Compared to Apple’s App Store, the number of apps available for Windows Phone is small. At present, the App Store has more than 500,000 apps and users downloaded at least 18 billion apps. Google’s Android Marketplace has around 400,000 apps. To be fair to Microsoft, its Marketplace is just slightly a year old.

At present, 10,731 publishers are working on the Windows Phone operating system. If the current growth rate continues, then Microsoft’s mobile platform would surpass 50,000 apps in January. Some analysts say that the submission rate could spike up with the release of new phones from Nokia.

Out of the 40,000 plus apps currently published, at least 5,500 were removed or withdrawn from the Windows Phone operating system. Availability of apps varies according to the region with the United States having the most apps with 33,950. It is followed by the United Kingdom with 32,332 apps

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2012 Experiment of Microsoft And Nokia

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

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Microsoft Courier is a Digital Journal, Now on Video – Video Within

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageIf you remembered, I blogged about Microsoft Courier a while ago (September 2009). Then, it was just a proof of concept. Now, it seems that everything is in place. Microsoft is slowly showing off its capabilities via high res video. And it seems that it may be available in  Don’t jump in joy yet. It is not official but the videos are making me says “I WANT ONE Immediately!”. Video after the break.

It seems that the OS for this Microsoft Courier is based on Zune HD OS and built on Tegra 2. Initially, rumors were pointing Microsoft Courier with Windows 7. Now, it appears that it will be based on Windows Mobile 7 Series. It is smaller than what many had expected. It now seems so portable.

It has a pen input for writing like a Journal, Multi-touch and the OS is really nice (if the end product is same as those shown on video). I want one!

Judging from the video and the sales pitch, Microsoft Journal is great for people on the move and for creative people that would like to jot down their ideas, share them with anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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Android trade and Microsoft made $ 1 billion

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageWindows Phone has not yet reached an appropriate market share, but the Redmond company hopes to increase sales through a partnership with Nokia and the arrival of Mango , the next version of the operating system. Meanwhile, its major competitor, or Android , traveling at an average of 500,000 activations a day.

This figure could discourage any rival company, but not Microsoft , which, however, increased its profits thanks to Android devices sold and estimated the sum is enormous: a billion dollars a year. The platform, Google uses a number of patents for which manufacturers must pay royalties to Microsoft. So far, the company has succeeded in persuading five manufacturers (HTC, Itronix, Velocity Micro, Onkyo and Wistro), but the list still missing the big names in the industry, including Samsung , Acer, ASUS, Motorola, and Barnes & Noble. The last two did not want to come to terms and were brought to court, but Samsung will try to find an agreement on the basis of $ 10 for each product sold .

Considering the success of the Galaxy S and S Galaxy II , Samsung has sold about 20 million handsets in a quarter, for which the sum to be paid to Microsoft already amounted to 200 million dollars . HTC but instead pays $ 5 for each product for a total of about $ 150 million . Analysts have estimated that at the end of the year, Microsoft will collect nearly a billion dollars , the same amount of money earned by Google in 2010 with the licensing of Android.

Windows Phone is still “young”, but only by way of comparison, consider that a quarter were sold just 1.7 million smartphones. I wonder if users loyal to Google would be happy to know that a portion of their money ends up in the coffers of the hated Microsoft.
 

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Microsoft Arc Touch

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageThe company has just launched another version of the mouse called the Arc Touch. Instead of folding in half, this one straightens out its curves, enabling it to slide into any pocket. Using two pencil batteries this mouse also works on Microsoft’s Blue Track optical technology.

The Arc Touch is a mouse that needs a bit of getting used to. It needs to be held from the front. It cannot be held normally since it has cavities where the fingers would otherwise be. Ambidextrous in design, this mouse carries three buttons, the left and right clicks with the neat flat touch scroll. To scroll one just need to flick the finger and the screen will quickly scroll. Slide the finger slowly and scrolling becomes line by line. The mouse even produces a click wheel like feedback when scrolling. It comes with a tiny Snap-on transceiver that magnetically gets attached to the back of the mouse.

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Microsoft Releases Office Web apps for Facebook beta

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageOffice Web apps for Facebook or Docs as it’s called, might be the coolest “Facebook connect” app there is.  Microsoft released the web app beta for Facebook today, and it looks like it has some real potential.  It is a project created by the newly formed Microsoft FUSE Labs.Docs for Facebook beta

 Much like the original Microsoft Web Apps for Windows Live it enables users to create and store office documents in the clouds.  You can create documents just like you would if you had Microsoft Office installed on your PC or Mac.  But the neat thing is you don’t have to have anything installed on your computer.  Everything you create, edit or share is stored on your Windows Live account.  The integration with Facebook enables you to share any document you created, with all of your Facebook friends.  Which nowadaysis very important, being that Facebook is the biggest and most popular social networking service in the world today.  So if you are like me, most of your friends are on Facebook, so this could be a very handy app for most of us.

The Docs beta will be part of a larger Office Web Apps service which is built on top of Microsoft Office 2010.  There will be a few options for both consumers and businesses alike.  Consumers who want to use Office Web Apps for free will be able to get an ad-supported version from the upcoming Wave 4.  They will be able to access it via Windows Live Hotmail (wave 4) or Windows Live SkyDrive (wave 4), which will be released in the summer.  Businesses that want to run the Office Web app documents will have to pay a small subscription fee.  There has been no formal announcement on exactly what they will be.

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Microsoft to Pull Out of CES after 2012

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageThe Consumer Electronics Show that will be held in January 2012 will be the last one that Microsoft will be attending. The company said that CES no longer fits in its needs and the timing doesn’t mesh with its product announcements. CES

Microsoft is the latest company that pulled out of CES. Apple and other Silicon Valley giants have decided that they preferred more exclusive product launches instead of competing with thousands of companies for the spotlight in the annual event.

It looks like events such as CES are no longer attractive for companies wanting to show off new devices and meet partners. Tech companies now want to host their own events for product launches and use social media to promote them.

Consumer Electronics Association has run the annual show since 1967. It downplayed Microsoft’s departure from the event, which has participated in the last 14 years. The trade organization said that at least 150,000 people from across the globe would attend the event and the trade floor space would be larger than last year’s.

The area which Microsoft usually occupies would be picked up by another firm in around 30 seconds. Microsoft said that it would still send employees to the event as attendees.

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Windows 7 on the launch-pad

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageIt’s official. The final Windows 7 bits have been set in stone. With today’s Release to Manufacturing, Microsoft can finally close its sorry Windows Vista chapter. Along with the global consumer launch on 22nd October, Microsoft is planning a business launch for the new versions of both the Windows client and server operating systems on 9th November.

This will be the first time the new server software is launched at the same time as a new client, says Bill Laing, head of the Windows server division. Expect some heavy “better together” marketing later this year as Microsoft tries to convince IT departments of the cost savings and greater manageability from upgrading both client and server at the same time.

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It’s almost Official now! Windows 8 to Launch In 2012

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageWindows 7 isn’t out the door yet, but Microsoft seem to be making good progress with Windows 8.  It is interesting to note that Windows 7 has only been on general release for a month and yet many people are already eyeing up future iterations of the Windows operating system, including Microsoft itself. As it appears Mayan calamities aside, the next Windows should be here in just about three years!

A roadmap slide from Microsoft’s Italian subsidiary has Windows 8 penciled in for a 2012 release. According to Microsoft Kitchen, the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles last week saw Windows 8 mentioned in a slide detailing the future roadmap for Windows. It was mentioned by name and with a firm but flexible 2012 release date.

Apparently, Windows 8 will fit with Microsoft’s plans to keep significant OS releases four years apart. The previous major release seems to be not Windows 7, but Windows Server 2008, we’re supposed to believe. It is interesting to note here that Microsoft’s competitor Apple by contrast operates on a flexible schedule dictated by the scale of the releases themselves, such as the nearly two years between Leopard and Snow Leopard.

It will purportedly keep in step with a rhythm developed by Microsoft that has the software giant launching major releases four years apart, as Windows Server 2008 is considered a major release, but its R2 upgrade and even Windows 7 are both treated as “release updates.”

While the roadmap is almost certainly the genuine article, the fact that Windows Vista doesn’t even appear on the diagram suggests it’s aimed at the enterprise IT buyers and has a point to make in making Microsoft look reliable and punctual with its OS releases. If the next release goes according to plan we will have a new release of Windows client and server somewhere in 2012 codename “Windows 8”. Job offers at Microsoft already start mentioning Win 8.

So what would Microsoft want to do with Windows 8? That again depends on how popular Windows 7 proves to be. If it manages to kill XP off then expect only slight and probably under-the-surface changes; if not then some more wild and risky choices could be made. Whatever happens it looks as though it could be built on 128-bit architecture. Well it is still a long time, let’s enjoy Windows 7 and 2008 R2 for a while!

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Microsoft Dismisses Google’s Copying Accusation

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageSearch industry analysts stated that they find Google’s copying accusation against Microsoft silly. They said that even if Microsoft did copy Google’s search results, Bing engineers didn’t ape Google’s algorithms to produce their search results.

Microsoft wouldn’t want to have a search engine that acts just like their competition. Reverse-engineering Google’s algorithm through copied results is impossible.

This week Google announced that their internal investigations proved that Microsoft collected data about users’ Google search queries and results with the use of Bing toolbar and Internet Explorer browser. Google said that the said practice is cheating. Google is not pressing for any legal actions for now but they are asking Microsoft to stop the practice.

On the other hand, Microsoft answered that users allowed them to collect the data and that information is just one of the factors it uses to refine their search results. Microsoft downplayed the accusations as something silly.

Now search industry experts are saying that at the end of the day, Microsoft is the winner here as Google has a hard time getting the sympathy from industry executives and analysts. They find it inappropriate for Google to make the accusations and portray their competitor in a bad way.

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Microsoft® Windows Server 8 — Developer Preview

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

imageMicrosoft has released the Developer Preview version of its latest product, Windows Server 8. Like Windows 8, this new server OS too is being seen as yet another innovative breakthrough from Microsoft. The company has put remarkable efforts in the making of this product, which boasts of more than 300 new features. The Metro style tiles have replaced the conventional user interface. However, the use of the new interface is kept at minimal to suit to the server environment for various operations. The Developer Preview edition of Windows Server 8 also incorporates the Hyper-V feature (virtual machine manager from Microsoft) in its framework.

Microsoft Windows Server 8

At a time when the IT industry is witnessing a gradual shift towards the Cloud framework, Windows Server 8 is going to be one common choice for deployment of virtualization standards. Its capability to be used for both cloud-based infrastructures as well as the on-premises applications, gives it a clear advantage over its predecessors. It is designed to provide a cost-effective model of server systems and offers options essential to the efficient functioning of an enterprise, such as scalability, multi-tenancy, and many others.

Following are some more advantages of the Windows Server 8 Developer Preview version:

• Continuous availability as it renders high IT service uptime
• Recovery from disruption without impacting the services being channeled to the users
• Management efficiency as it helps automates even extensive tasks and eases the complicated process of deployment of large-scale workloads
• Features same languages and tools for both on premises and Cloud programs
• Supports a flexible and open web platform environment for IT developers and administrators
• Easy accessibility from any device and sturdy data security and compliance norms

As stated in its introductory blog, Microsoft has taken into account some significant focus areas while developing the Windows Sever 8, such as manageability, flexibility and serviceability. The developer version already proves a lot of points.

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Can Microsoft Hold Android Hostage Over Linux Use?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Microsoft | 0 comments

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If you’ve been paying attention to the developments recently between HTC and Apple, you’ll notice Apple has filed a lawsuit against HTC for alleged patent infringement relating to the user interface, architecture, and hardware used in Apple’s iPhone.

What does this have to do with Microsoft and Android? Android may be facing a similar lawsuit from Microsoft in the future. Since 2006, companies including Samsung, Amazon, and LG Electronics have made licensing deals with Microsoft for using Linux. Amazon is paying Microsoft to use Linux on its website and on the Kindle.

Android is a modified version of Linux, and since Microsoft has convinced other companies that they should have a licensing agreement in order to use Linux, it’s possible that a licensing agreement (or something more severe) might be coming our way.

Now, what does that mean to an Android user? If Microsoft does pressure for some sort of compensation for the use of the Linux OS in Android phones, then consumers would likely be the ones that the licensing fees are passed on to.

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Microsoft Office 2010

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Pending the sale open to all in June, companies worldwide have available by Tuesday evening the new 2010 Microsoft Office suite that has important innovations in the past.
The biggest news of Microsoft Office 2010 is the ability to share their documents online and also from any computer or mobile device.
Other additions / improvements of the Office 2010 suite are the ability to directly photo editing in Word and PowerPoint into video, the opportunity to group emails in Outlook to sequence in a single conversation with all the answers initial mail and especially the full integration with social networks through Social Outlook Connector that integrates the application with Windows Live, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn.
The interface of Microsoft Office 2010 is based on the ribbon across the top bar by which we visually group all the functions of programs to prevent dispersal, among the most interesting changes can also save documents in OpenOffice.
Office 2010 will be sold in three versions: Home and Student which will cost $ 149 and will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, Home and Business will cost $ 279 and will have more Outlook 2010 Professional will cost $ 499 and will integrate Microsoft Publisher and Access. The products will be purchased is in a package complete with digital-only version of the product key card that will save the standard version.
At these prices you add a special offer valid until September 30, 2010: buying Office 2007, you will be entitled to free download of Office 2010, resulting in two licenses to use the price of a single pack.
Since Microsoft has officially launched the challenge to Google, it has responded by posting on his blog a chart comparing Google Docs to older versions of Office 2003/2007 users to switch calling Google Docs.

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Microsoft Expands Zune Service Internationally to Spain, UK, France, and Italy

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Microsoft has finally announced that their Zune service will be expanding internationally, most likely to get ready for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Version 4.7 of the Zune software will allow you to sync via your desktop with your Windows Phone 4 devices and will be available to users in over 20 counties. However, the pricing and details of the service will vary from country to country as Microsoft makes region specific deals for the service.

The Zune Pass subscription will come to Spain, Italy, France, and the UK with pricing slated at  £8.99 / €9.99 per month for unlimited streaming and the ability to keep 10 songs per month.

Outright music purchases will come in the form of unencumbered MP3 format to Germany, Spain, France, and the UK, while video purchases will be available in Canada, Australia, Germany, UK, France, and New Zealand with playback support on Windows Phone 7, PC, and Xbox Live.

There will also be video rentals that can be viewed on Windows Phone 7 devices, PC, and Xbox Live coming to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

[via Engadget]

Full press release from Microsoft below, if you’re interested:

Zune to Expand Multiscreen Entertainment Services Into International Markets

Major entertainment companies provide music and movie catalog to the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

REDMOND, Wash. – Sep. 20, 2010 – Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass1 music subscription service and enhanced features on Zune.net to new markets, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience on Windows-based PCs, on the go with Windows Phone 7 and in your living room through Xbox LIVE.

“The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business Group at Microsoft. “Zune enables users to access the entertainment they want, wherever they want it – and now, more people than ever will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the Zune service offers.”

Zune software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client. The new software (version 4.7) will be available to download for free in more than 20 countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, to easily manage your personal collection of movies, music, podcasts and pictures. Zune software continues to set the standard for entertainment software, providing best-in-class experiences to organize, discover and enjoy digital media with a variety of exclusive features. For example, the Quickplay menu enables immediate access to recently played content and personal favorites, and Smart DJ 3 automatically creates playlists from your personal music collection and takes the extra step of mixing in suggested music from the Zune Marketplace. The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

Zune Marketplace online store is accessible from within the Zune software and offers the ability to purchase millions of individual songs or albums from its catalog, all in MP3 format. Here, consumers can also subscribe to Zune Pass,4 which provides unlimited downloads and music streaming capabilities from the Zune music library, including content from major music labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group, as well as thousands of independent labels. Zune Marketplace also has a large library of videos from major studios such as Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution for purchase or rental. Video purchases will be accessible through Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs, and can also be added to a Windows Phone 7. Simply buy your favorite video from Zune Marketplace and watch it on the screen of your choice.

Zune.net is the perfect resource for consumers as it allows them to download the software and set up a Zune account with a new or existing Windows Live ID.5 Zune.net will also provide Web access to Zune Marketplace so you can purchase music or use a Zune Pass to stream music directly through an Internet browser,6 as well as purchase video content.

Zune Expansion to New Markets
As Zune expands internationally, its music and video service will be tailored for each market. Genre experts will custom program Zune Marketplace and feature the top songs, videos, movies and unique promotions for each country.
The fall 2010 international expansion of the Zune music and video service includes the following:

• Zune Marketplace will extend services to several markets in Europe and beyond.
– Zune Pass (U.K., France, Italy and Spain). The monthly music subscription service will be available for 9.99 euros /8.99 pounds per month for unlimited download and streaming access to the Zune music catalog and will be accessible on Windows-based PCs, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE. The offer in the U.S. will remain at $14.99 per month for unlimited downloads and streaming access, with the ability to keep 10 MP3s per month.8
– Music purchase (U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany). Expansion to these markets will enable consumers to purchase MP3s and listen on their Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 or any other device that supports MP3 format. Users will also be able to purchase music videos to enjoy on Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Xbox LIVE.
– Video purchase (U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere – on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.9
– Movie rental (U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). In addition to Zune video on Xbox LIVE, consumers in these countries will now be able to rent movies for viewing on their Windows-based PC or choose to sync the rental to their Windows Phone 7.

The global expansion of the service is the latest step in a series of milestones for Zune, including powering Bing music search results, the added ability to purchase music and video on Zune.net, and the forthcoming integration with Xbox LIVE and Kinect for Xbox 360. By continuing to integrate Zune across the most important screens to consumers, Zune provides an all-in-one music and video service for users to discover, enjoy and experience their entertainment wherever they want.

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Xbox Live ‘Preview Program’ (beta) Taking Sign Ups Now

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

The next big update to Xbox Live is in beta right now, and Microsoft is now looking for a select group of individuals to try out the latest features Xbox Live dashboard.

Some of the new features included in the new Xbox Live include Netflix searching, ESPN on Xbox Live, and Zune music integration. Microsoft has officially begun accepting applications for the beta, which is dubbed the “Xbox Live update preview program”.

If you want to be one of the thousands of participants needed for the preview, you can go sign up here by singing in with Windows Live ID connected to your Xbox Live gamertag, From there you’ll have to fill out a short survey and hope for the best.

Apparently the preview program is available to all Xbox Live member worldwide, with Gold subscription members getting priority over silver members.

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Share Windows 7 Windows Experience Index with WEI Share

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Starting from Windows Vista Microsoft started rating hardware known as Windows Experience Index (WEI) and based on that rating certain feature of Vista like Aero effect was activated. Same feature is also in Windows 7. WEI might encourage users to have powerful hardware and achieve higher WEI. If you are owner of such power hardware then we are sure you will be eager to share WEI and showoff to the world.

Here is WEI Share, a freeware tool to fulfill your desire of sharing WEI with others. The WEI Share application was developed to be a small tool for sharing your Windows Experience Index (WEI) scores from Windows 7 with others in the community. The data can be explored so finding the best scoring driver for your hardware is fast and easy.

Features of WEI Share

1. See the score a specific model PC or driver gets.

2. Post your machine’s score to your Facebook wall for bragging rights.

3. Scores can change depending on driver efficiency. WEI Share can tell you the score that each driver gets in configurations closest to yours.

4. Find out how many touch points (min/max) a particular multi-touch PC can get (depending on driver).

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Microsoft Preparing for October 21st Windows Phone 7 Launch?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

We have heard many rumors about an October launch for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. However, not it seems we are getting some seemingly solid launch dates from the usually reliable Neowin. The site is reporting that anonymous sources are claiming a precise October 21st launch in Italy, France, UK, Spain, and Germany. There also seem to be a number of other reputable publications and blogs confirming this date.

Rumors are also stating that the mobile OS along with supported devices will officially be unveiled in New York City on October 11th. While there is no way to confirm any of these rumors with Microsoft being tight-lipped on the Windows Phone 7 launch, we will keep you updated as more information is made available.

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Microsoft Holding Press Conference October 11 for Windows Phone 7 Launch

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

We reported yesterday that multiple sources were confirming October 11 as the date for an official Windows Phone 7 launch. However, while most reports initially expected the device to be unveiled in New York City, it appears members of the media are being invited to press conference being held by Microsoft in London on October 11.

While the invites do not mention anything about what products will be shown off at the event, there will most likely be an unveiling of Windows Phone 7, as well as hands on time with some supported devices. The event will kick off at 2 PM London time (9AM ET) and last until 5:30 PM, giving more than enough time to allow the press to try out devices and ask questions.

We will of course be keeping you in the loop with live updates as the press conference is happening. Stay tuned to BlogsDNA.com for the latest updates.

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Office 2011 for Mac Gets Official Oct 26 Release Date- Preorder Now

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

We already heard rumors that Office 2011 for Mac would be released on October 26th, but today Microsoft has officially confirmed the release date. To accompany the announcement, they also released another “behind the scenes” video showing off some of the new features including full screen views for Word. It also shows UI improvements, faster application launch times, and other overall performance increases.

You can already preorder Office 2011 for Mac through Amazon, and soon enough many other retailers. You can check out the video below.

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Backup Windows Live Spaces Blogs on Local Disk with LSSaver

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Windows Live Spaces a blogging & social networking platform from Microsoft is all set to shutdown however the move has brighter side, all the blogs on live spaces will be migrated to wordpress.com easily on owners will and for that you will have six months of time. Also your old spaces urls will be redirected to new blogs, so that you don’t loss visitors.

Another feature which Live Spaces owner will get after migrating to WordPress.com is ability to share updates with their messenger friends. But in case you are not in favor of migrating to WordPress.com and want to just backup all your articles, Comments  & images then here is nifty tool, LSSaver.

LSSaver saves useful information such as, blog title, content and comments. In particular, without any banners, links which provide blog functionalities or eye candy (static html pages).

LSSaver – Backup Live Spaces Blog on Local Disk

Just enter you username and click on get button.

The tool is not just for Live Spaces blog owner, If you like some blog and fearing blog author might not migrate to WordPress then use to tool to make local copy on your hard disk.

Limits

Your blog must have Public access. Login with password is not supported. (You can grant Public access, save it with LSSaver, then reset the access). You cannot select blog comments, all comments of a post are saved together if the post is saved. Currently, only HTML format is support as saved file.

This free version does not support saving Albums. Album and photo comments will be supported in future version.

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Another Leak for Windows 8, Shows entire Installation Process

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Windows 8 desktop

The image right above is no-mockup. This is an actual screenshot of a  Windows 8 desktop just after a clean install courtesy Winreview.ru.

Today morning the rumors started that Windows 8 has made its way to Microsoft Connect. Just hours later, the entire installation process of Microsoft Windows 8 has been captured with screenshots. The entire installation process has a “Metro design” which is not a surprise anymore.

Windows 8 installation

Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8 OS by 2012 and the most possible retail availability looks to be somewhere around 2013. But rumors are going strong that a beta of Windows 8 OS may come as soon as this September. We have already posted about speculations of some Windows 8 features. To see the complete set of screenshots of entire Windows 8 installation process, you can headover to Neowin.

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Windows 8 build 7850 Milestone 1 Leaked

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

During Windows 7 beta days we had tried out best to report every Windows 7 build leaks and now since Windows 8 is under development and leaks are started coming we have once again focused our concentration on Windows 8 reporting.

Here is first milestone leak of Windows 8, Beta archive is reporting Windows 8 Milestone 1 leak which is available on their private FTP server with the complete build  number 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso Currently the build is not available as a public torrent but will be soon shared to public in a few hours. The various screenshots of Windows 8 displaying features are already leaked on internet. We highly doubt that the leaked build of Windows 8 will have any of these features.

The leaked Windows 7 milestone 1 build should be more or less like Windows 7 except that it’s part of Windows 8 development branch which will eventually evolve in to next generation Microsoft Windows i.e Windows 8

Stay tuned with us for more on Windows 8 and leaked builds.

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Internet Explorer 10 Technical Preview 1 Released

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Few weeks back we had posted story about Internet Explorer 10 upgrade dialogue box found in Internet Explorer 9 resource files. At that time it was difficult to believe Microsoft would have started working on next generation Internet Explorer but that’s the fact. Microsoft has unveiled Internet Explorer 10 at Mix 11. MIX is the annual event where Microsoft showcased Internet Explorer 9 technical preview for first time about year ago.

With the announcement of Internet Explorer 10 Microsoft has also made IE 0 technical preview available for download to the developer to show what IE 10 can do. In this release, Microsoft is showcasing support for CSS3 Flex-box, CSS3 Grid Alignment, CSS3 Multi-column, CSS3 Gradients on background-images and ECMAScript5 Strict Mode.

Internet Explorer 10 Technical Preview 1

At the moment technical preview is only available for Windows 7 32 & 64 bit. The enthusiastic web developers may head over to below link to download Internet Explorer 10 technical preview build.

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How to Get Windows 8 Video User Profile Picture on Taskbar Tiles on Windows 7

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

A recently leaked Windows 8 milestone 3 video showcased many new features of Windows 8 of which one interesting features of Windows 8 was ability to set video as user profile pictures in Taskbar tiles. On Windows 7 and Vista only images are supported.

If you want enjoy Windows 8 Taskbar Tiles Video profile feature on Windows 7 then here is how to get it. Please keep in mind that only video with wmv format is supported at the moment.

How to Get Windows 8 Video User Profile Picture on Taskbar Tiles on Windows 7

Step 1 : Download Taskbar UserTile Alpha 7.1

Step 2: Extract content of above downloaded zip file into folder

Step 3: Now Edit Config.ini file and change the AvatarPath to the video file (.wmv) path that you want to set as Taskbar user picture tile.

Step 4: That’s it execute UserTile.exe to make the changes into effect.

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Windows 8 Build 7959 Screenshots Leaked

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Winfuture has once again got hands on new Windows 8 Build 7959 and they have published screenshots of modern taskmanager running on Windows 8 Build 7959. Nothing more can be seen from screen. It should be noted that Microsoft is much ahead in Windows 8 development than what you may conclude from leaked screenshot which are from much older Windows 8 builds.

Let us take you to Windows 8 Build 7959 screenshot glare

Windows 8 Build 7959 Screenshots

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Windows 7 Running on iPod Touch 3G / 4G

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

We know it’s hard to believe the title of the post and not many Apple fan boys will ever appreciate it but it looks this could become reality very soon. The ModMyI forum member LaGGaH has posted alleged screenshots of what he says is Windows 7 running on iPod Touch & he is planning to upload full Windows 7 Ultimate Soon! At the moment following features seems to be working.

Working Features
Working Start Menu
Internet Explorer
Windows Media Player
New icons
Folders
Gadgets
Windows 7 sounds

Windows 7 on iPod Touch 4G & 3G

We do have reasons for not to believe in these screenshots, it could be VNC viewer running on iPod Touch or this is just Windows 7 look alike theme for iPod Touch. But possibilities can’t be discarded as Android is already ported to iPhone & iPod Touch and several other smartphones in past like Sony Ericsson Xperia was hacked to run Ubuntu, Nokia N900 booted with Ubuntu Mobile.

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Watch Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Preview Event Live Online

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Event

Microsoft has scheduled a press conference in NYC on May 24, 7.00 a.m PDT/ 10 a.m EDT. The event will be all about next major release of Windows Phone OS. It is expected that Microsoft will unveil Windows Phone 7.5 aka Mango Update which is long due after Windows Phone 7 NoDO Update. The event is invitation based and only few selected Medias & blogs are invited for the event.

The event will be mainly on Mango Update and new features of Windows Phone 7.5, multiple sources have confirmed that event will be mostly on software updates and there won’t be any hardware related announcements at the event. Steve Ballmer speaking at Japanese Microsoft Developer Forum 2011 said that Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Update will introduce about 500 new features and new development tools for Mango should be released by end of the week.

Internet Explorer 9 mobile, better instant messaging and Twitter integration, turn by turn navigation, fast-app-switching and third party multitasking are some of the best guesses which will make into Mango update.

Windows Phone enthusiasts definitely don’t want to miss this press conferences updates. If you are one of those who are looking to watch Microsoft Windows Phone Mango Preview event live online then here is the link for you. (We are unsure whether Microsoft will live broadcast Window Phone Mango event or not).

Windows Phone Mango VIP Preview Event Live Streaming

Keep checking Microsoft Windows Phone 7 VIP Preview Press Conference Page during the event.

You can always follow below blogs for live updates from Windows Phone Mango Preview event .

Live Blogging Links

Engadget

Thisismynext.com

BeingManan

BGR

Mymicrosoftlife.com

CNET News

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Preview Event Timings

04:00 – Hawaii
07:00 – Pacific
08:00 – Mountain
09:00 – Central
10:00 – Eastern
15:00 – London
16:00 – Paris
18:00 – Moscow
22:00 – Perth
22:00 – Shenzhen
23:00 – Tokyo
00:00 – Sydney (May 25th)

Stay tuned with us for more on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Preview event.

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Often Microsoft name is widely associated with software and Operating System and many doesn’t know Microsoft also manufactures some of the cool hardware products for PC such as keyboard, mice, webcam, headsets and Microsoft LifeCam HD webcam is quite popular amongst podcasters. In wireless keyboard and mouse category Microsoft has some of the best ergonomic and travel friendly products & Microsoft Arc Touch mouse is one of them.

Packaging

Microsoft Arc Touch Packaging

Today we got the chance to review Microsoft Arc Touch mouse. To start with review, Microsoft Arc Touch mouse comes in nice small red box package. The box contains Arc touch mouse, two alkaline AAA size batteries, USB transceiver and a product guide. Unfortunately Product guide isn’t useful in describing Arc mouse usage or even providing any definitive steps of installation. The USB based nano transceiver was tuck to the back of mouse with the help of magnet; we must say it is quite innovative and creative idea to keep transceivers handy while travelling.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

Flattern Arc Touch Mouse

First time when you take out Arc Touch mouse out of the box you will be surprised with its flatness and compact design. It has nice soft rubbery material at the second half which provides nice gripe for hands and has regular mouse design at the front however one change, instead of roller for scrolling Arc Touch mouse has flat touch scroll pad.

Microsoft Arc Mouse uses Microsoft Blue Track technology which offers same performance and experience on any type of surface including rough wood surface or your living room carpet except clear glass or mirrored surfaces.

Nano Transceiver

Arc Touch mouse has pretty good range support, you can use mouse up to 30 feet away from nano transceiver. You can turn on Arc Touch mouse by just bending mouse in to curve. As soon as Arc Touch mouse is turned on a green LED light will turn on for brief moment at top of Arc touch mouse which is good indicator of mouse is on.

Installation

The installation of Microsoft Arc Touch mouse looked complicated initially but it wasn’t at all. You just need to insert batteries and connect transceivers to PC or Laptop and you are good to go, though you do need Internet connection for Windows to download required drivers for Arc Touch mouse operation. Being Microsoft product you really don’t need to research on drivers as Windows will automatically start downloading drivers as soon as you connect transceiver to PC/Laptop and Arc Touch is on.

Usage

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Unfortunately apart from scroll pad there is no substantial difference between Arc Touch mouse and any regular mouse. Scroll pad does offers handy way of scrolling & has slight vibration feedback every time you glide your finger up or down the scroll pad. Arc mouse has left and right click button like regular mouse but in order to properly hit mouse button you figures should reach to the rear end of arc mouse buttons.

Pro –

1. Compact design

2. Flatten body makes it easy to carry

3. Nano transceiver takes very less space

4. Blue track technology makes it easy to use on any surface

5. Scroll pad for easy navigation

Cons –

1. Less ergonomic

2. USB based Nano transceiver blocks your USB port, your one USB port will be always in use which could be issue for the owners of those netbooks which comes with just one or two USB ports.

3. Arc Touch Mouse attracts dirt and is smudges pron

4. Dependency on alkaline batteries

Conclusion

Arc touch mouse is definitely innovative product from Microsoft but it can not replace your good old regular mouse when you need to work on PC for long hours and productivity is the matter and the price of $59.95 at which Arc touch mouse comes you can get much better ergonomic mouse for your day to day use. That said Arc Touch Mouse is best if mobility is what you are looking for.

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