Yes, Cortana is coming to Android and iOS devices

May 26, 15 Yes, Cortana is coming to Android and iOS devices

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More multiplatform Microsoft News: The Redmond Giant just announced that it will bring its intelligent voice assistant as applications to other competing mobile operating systems Android and iOS. This comes with an announcement that that Microsoft is releasing its phone companion app for Windows 10, which the company shows on an early preview today. A real challenge people face is figuring out how to make everything work together. That’s why we’re announcing a ‘Phone Companion’ app built-in to Windows 10, which will help you connect your Windows PC to whatever phone you own– whether it’s a Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone. It may not be as powerful as the assistant integrated on the whole Windows ecosystem, but the company assures that the basics are still covered — You’ll be able to make the same queries and ask the same questions using Cortana, whatever mobile platform you may be using. Microsoft is still providing notification support, and you’ll get notifications for most of the Cortana features that currently exist in the Windows Phone and Windows 10 versions of the digital assistant. It looks like the new Windows 10 is shaping up to be a multi-platform universal system. We’re bound to see more of the new operating system when it becomes official and ready for consumer download in the next few months. Source Related posts: You can now use reworked Android and iOS apps on Windows...

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Here are the official Windows 10 editions you’ll see

May 14, 15 Here are the official Windows 10 editions you’ll see

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Can you guess how many? The impending launch of Microsoft’s newest operating system is near, and the Redmond Giant sure is a close step away from that big reveal by unveiling the official versions we can expect from Windows 10. In a Microsoft blog post, the company had detailed seven different versions that will round about the whole Windows 10 ecosystem, specifically tailored for specific target markets and uses.   The Redmond Giant will continue the legacy it created from Windows 8 by offering the new operating system in two versions for consumers, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, albeit with some slight changes. Windows 10 Home will now be the sole consumer-focused carrier of the current build seen on the Insider program, while the Pro version will aim to support Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and rapid, ongoing updates coming from Windows Update for Business. A Windows 10 Enterprise is also present, which adds advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations such as legacy support for the now-defunct Internet Explorer. The mobile version now has its official moniker, too. Dubbed as the Windows 10 Mobile, it touts to deliver the best experience on small-sized smartphones and tablets such as the ability to deliver a PC-like experience through Continuum for Phones. An version for organizations called Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is also present, and is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets with volume licensing options. For industry devices and robotics, there’s also a specially-designed version for them. Called Windows 10 for IoT, it offers low-cost, small-footprint Last but not the least, the Windows 10 Education offers features that meet the demands of  teachers, staff, administrators and students alike. This version is available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education. Which Windows 10 version is the one for you? Microsoft’s next-generation operating system is set to...

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Microsoft outs Office 2016 Public Preview

May 05, 15 Microsoft outs Office 2016 Public Preview

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Good news for those who are eager to try out the next-generation Microsoft Office: the Redmond Giant just announced that its 2016 version is now available for public preview. Among the improvements and added features users can see on the new Office 2016 are updated OneDrive storage, improved real-time collaboration over the cloud, smart applications that can run inside any Office App (Uber app for Outlook, anyone?), and easier and faster data analysis for forecasting and data modeling. Office 2016 will come in with a slew of new security features such as Data Management Protection for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; multi-factor authentication for Outlook, and an Information Rights Management for Visio. Those who get their hands first on Office 2016 will get an early look at the next release of Office on Windows desktop, and will  help to shape and improve the future of Office that will be released to consumers soon. Anyone who wishes to join in the preview may head over to this link. Source Related posts: No related...

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Continuum turns your Windows Phones into PCs

Apr 30, 15 Continuum turns your Windows Phones into PCs

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Microsoft’s Keynote speech in this year’s Build Conference has a ton of great announcements, and the Continuum feature for Phones might be changing the way you use your mobile devices. The Continuum feature will enable a user to use his phone in another way unimaginable: as a near-standalone PC experience. Once hooked up to a monitor and connected to a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, users can work on Sure, it’s not the full OS that will be present, but key elements will be present such as the nearly-identical taskbar, a task switcher, and Microsoft’s array of Universal apps present on your device will work as their full-sized desktop versions. “What we’re trying to show here today, is our unique vision for phones and enabling them to scale up to a full PC-like experience,” said Joe Belfiore. While it’s just a simulation that’s been presented at today’s keynote, Microsoft still hasn’t given any concrete roadmaps on availability on Windows 10 for mobile builds aside from the fact that it needs new hardware to fully function well, and they plan to share more of that feature soon.   Related posts: You can now use reworked Android and iOS apps on Windows 10 Windows 7 Philippine Pricing Cool, new features of Microsoft Office 2010 Windows 8 Upgrade only $14.99 for new PC owners Microsoft Windows 10: What to expect, Technical Preview and Windows Insider Program Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun brings FREE Internet to the masses via Internet.org app by...

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Microsoft’s five-inch Lumia 540 to arrive in PH next month

Apr 30, 15 Microsoft’s five-inch Lumia 540 to arrive in PH next month

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Along with the Lumia 640 XL 3G phablet, Microsoft Philippines has also announced that the Lumia 540, a five-inch HD device running on Windows Phone 8.1, will be available in the country. You can seamlessly integrate video calling with Skype and take high-quality selfies and snapshots with its 8MP and 5MP cameras, and it sports a Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Microsoft Lumia 540 specs 5-inch HD Laminated IPS LCD display with easy-clean surface, 1280×720, 294ppi 1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1GB RAM 8GB Internal Storage + 15GB OneDrive Storage expandable via microSD up to 128GB 8MP f/2.4 Af rear camera with LED Flash 5MP wide-angle FF Front camera Dual-SIM (micro), Dual Standby 3G HSPA+ WIFI 802.11(2.4GHz  b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS Windows Phone 8.1, upgradeable to Windows 10 2200mAh battery 144 x 73.69 x 9.35 mm, 152g The Microsoft Lumia 540, in Cyan, Orange, White, and Black colors, is priced at Php 7,990 and will be in stores starting June 2015. Related posts: Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual-SIM announced Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 3G lands for...

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 3G lands for Php12k

Apr 29, 15 Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 3G lands for Php12k

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The 3G version of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL phablet has finally arrived here in the country today! Sporting a 5.7-inch screen display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, and a 3000mAh battery, the Lumia 640 XL offers more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences, OneDrive storage and fast connectivity. Microsoft Lumia 640 XL (3G) specs 5.7-inch HD IPS LCD Glance screen, 1280×720, 258ppi 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM 8GB internal storage with free 15GB OneDrive expandable via microSD up to 128GB 13MP AF rear ZEISS optics camera with LED Flash, Lumia Camera 5MP FF front camera Dual-SIM (micro), Dual Standby 3G HSPA+ WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/, Bluetooth 4.0,  A-GPS+GLONASS, BeiDou, DLNA,  Miracast Windows Phone 8.1, upgradeable to Windows 10 3000mAh battery The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 3G is set to retail for Php 11,990 starting Friday, May 1 with a free one-year subscription to an Office 365 Personal plan if you buy until June 30. An LTE variant of the same device will be sold in June, with its pricing still under wraps. Related posts: No related...

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Microsoft launches Dynamics CRM 2013, focuses on mobile and social

Microsoft Philippines recently launched their Dynamics CRM 2013 to the country. This CRM upgrade touches on current trends in mobility and social that allows businesses to engage and build loyalty among an ever-connected and more mobile customer base. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 brings additional enhancements to the tables which includes a reimagined user experience, process excellence and agility, enterprise collaboration and CRM on-the-go. Vincent Poncet, Microsoft’s Technical Solution Specialist for Dynamics, shared the benefits of the new Dynamics that businesses in the country can leverage in order to deliver new forms of value to customers. An entirely new user experience is delivered through an improved interface that adapts to the way people work. CRM 2013 provides streamlined navigation, simplified data entry and even a clear customer summary that allows users to immediately view everything they need. Key business data, related activities and information are presented in a clean, consistent and easy-to-access manner. CRM 2013 gives users step-by-step visual guidance to navigate workflows making transactions easier to follow. Effectiveness is achieved with its ability to quickly create and modify processes allowing business to adapt to the changing needs of market. CRM 2013also enables the configuration of process flows from multiple entries and address different resolutions paths. With this, CRM 2013 transitions from a traditional transactional CRM to one that is more process and outcome-oriented. Enterprise collaboration is made possible through innovative and user-centric benefits that connect employees with each other and with customers. Microsoft Lync and Yammer have been incorporated into the system allowing users to quickly comment on posts or start conversations with colleagues and customers in real-time directly from the CRM tool. Communication capabilities have been embedded in the tool, allowing employees to easily engage with customers via email, phone and even Skype or Lync. To adapt to mobility and the ‘BYOD’ trend in the workplace, CRM 2013 offers a new mobile application that existing Dynamics CRM users can access for free. Employees remain productive as they are kept connected to customers and...

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Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2013 in the Philippines

Nov 26, 13 Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2013 in the Philippines

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Microsoft recently launched the newest version of its flagship integrated development platform, the Visual Studio 2013. Aside from an improved IDE, Microsoft also presented an advanced collection of developer cloud tools and services. Tracey Trewin, Corporate Director for Visual Studio ALM  A couple of pretty cool features of the new IDE were the Peek Definition and the Code Lens. The Peek Definition (Alt + F12) allows you to navigate thru objects within your code without having to leave the current window. Likewise, the Code Lens displays the References and Unit Tests associated with your code/method. Alt +F2 displays the Reference dialog and ALT +F3 displays the Unit Tests dialog which allows you to view the status of your unit tests as well as Run them. Code Lens also allows you to view change sets and code history when it is linked to the TFS. Furthermore, the new Visual Studio introduced new tools for team collaboration, planning and project tracking as well as tools for diagnostics, release management and automatic deployment, allowing teams to streamline their development processes. Below are some of the new features of the Visual Studio 2013: The XAML editor now provides advances in IntelliSense, which is now also available for data binding, template binding, and resources. It also enables a more productive transition between design markup and code behind; including support for finding references, going to definition, and switching to the view model. Browser Link connects Visual Studio to one or more open modern browsers in an interactive development experience to keep them in sync with your markup changes without needing manual browser refreshes to see the changes you’re making. Office 365 Cloud Business Apps run in the cloud, taking advantage of the rich platform capabilities exposed by Windows Azure and Office 365. As cloud-based apps, they are available to a myriad of devices to aggregate data and services from in and out of an enterprise, and integrate user identities and social graphs. Performance and Diagnostics hub in Visual Studio 2013...

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Microsoft to buy Nokia mobile business for $7 billion, is it the end of Asha?

Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. just entered an agreement whereby Microsoft will be acquiring Nokia’s Device & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use of Nokia’s mapping services. The acquisition is expected to cost Microsoft $7 billion and will close on the first quarter of 2014 pending the approval of Nokia’s shareholders and other conditions. The acquisition is an apparent acknowledgement that the once leader in mobile devices, Nokia, is still in a deteriorating position unable to catch up with Apple and Samsung despite its exclusive partnership with Microsoft which started in 2011. Nokia said this deal will improve its financial position and provide a solid basis for future investments in its continuing businesses. According to the terms of agreement, Microsoft will also acquire all of Nokia’s Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as their design team, operations, sales and marketing, and related support functions. That’s approximately 32,000 people who are expected to transfer to Microsoft. The software giant will also get Nokia’s Lumia brand and long-term patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm. Nokia, on the other hand, will be focusing now on enabling mobility through its leadership in networking, mapping and location, and advanced technologies. Microsoft expects the deal to accelerate the growth of its mobile market share and will build on the partnership it has with Nokia. What’s unknown here is the future of the Asha, or Nokia’s feature phones. Will Microsoft continue development on the Asha platform or just focus on Windows Phone devices? It’s a big question considering Nokia managed to sell 54 million feature phone units in Q2 of this year alone. Will Microsoft continue to battle with Apple and Samsung in the smartphone segment? Or use its massive cashflow to rule the feature phone market? [Microsoft, Nokia] Related posts: Microsoft to buy Nokia rumor… not true Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia is the number one brand in the Philippines Nokia Create 4 Millions...

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Microsoft to retire TechNet subscription service after August 31, 2013

Microsoft TechNet has been a staple subscription for IT companies that heavily rely on Microsoft products. It’s a relatively low-cost solution that would allow IT managers to deploy evaluation software copies that can be used as long as they’re subscribed, or peruse the support forum and resources to troubleshoot IT problems. All that will come to an end as Microsoft just announced that they will be retiring the TechNet subscription service. Last day to subscribe or renew a subscription would be on August 31, 2013 and you can activate it until September 30, 2013 only. Active subscribers will still have access to the program until their subscription period concludes. This means that the TechNet benefits portal and subscriber downloads page will be available until September 30, 2014 only. However, the pricier MSDN subscription is not affected and will still continue. According to Microsoft, they decided to retire the TechNet subscription service due to the evolution of IT trends and business dynamics. Usage in the recent years have shifted from paid to free evaluation experiences and resources. [Microsoft TechNet] Related posts: Windows 7 Philippine Pricing Microsoft offers WebsiteSpark to small web development companies Filipino students represent the country in the 8th Annual Imagine Cup in Poland Internet Explorer 9, Better and Faster Introducing the Microsoft Lync Microsoft will end support for Windows XP in exactly 1...

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