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Microsoft Talk

Microsoft Talk

A room for discussion of all things Microsoft.
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"Microsoft today unveiled Xbox SmartGlass, which will tie together Xbox content with devices on iOS and Android, as well as other platforms." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"I certainly do think this is Microsoft’s time – and the more people I talk with, the more root for a company that has made strides in products that you want to own and use because they make life simple." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
I did also, a much better computer-tablet, meant to get some work accomplished. - scottnewell
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"It was discovered on Thursday that famed hacker and former Microsoft employee Kristin Paget is now working for Apple as a core operating system security researcher, suggesting the Cupertino company is beefing up OS X safeguards amid recent Mac-directed malware attacks." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"MetroStore Scanner is a third party website that makes available the full store on the Internet. It lists all apps available, which at the time of writing is more than 25500 apps. What’s interesting in this regard is that you get access to all apps released worldwide or only to select regions of the world. A country filter is available should you want to browse only apps available in a specific country." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"In addition to our latest release for Android, Skitch for Windows 8 received some new features that make it an even more powerful app for tablet users. The new Skitch for Windows 8 lets you work on the move and quickly capture the world around you. Let’s walk through some of the new features." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Some of the features include: * Add radio stations via the search charm * Search for Genre, Album, Artist and Songs * Delete radio stations via the app bar * Pin radio stations to start menu * Play/Pause/Skip songs * Multimedia Keyboard Support * Support for snapped view and portrait layout. * History of Songs Played * Share Song Information with other applications via share charm * Provide feedback for a song * Background Streaming * Support for touch and tablets" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"TouchDevelopAre you looking for a little extra cash for the upcoming holidays? Then you might be interested in creating some cool apps to sell in the Windows Store. Or maybe you’re simply curious and want to try your hand at developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. In either case, the newly released TouchDevelop Web App is for you." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Xbox Music is the complete package: Spotify-like music streaming (free or paid), Pandora-like Internet radio, and a full-fledged music store (like iTunes or Amazon) where you can buy music. It's something not even Apple has been able to pull off, despite reports it's been trying to do so for awhile." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
LANjackal
"Windows 8 is a bigger and more signification upgrade over Windows 7 than was Windows 7 over the unfairly maligned Windows Vista." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"The game is an outreach vehicle, McCuistion added, an attempt to raise awareness of Curiosity's mission and NASA's planetary exploration endeavors in a more general sense." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Nielsen's newest report shows that as smartphone adoption continues to grow in the US, Android and Apple's iOS are rising in popularity, with Android holding a slight edge over its competitor." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Windows 8 will be released in October, Microsoft announced at a conference today. Microsoft showed off some of the devices that will run Windows 8, and also announced its acquisition of touchscreen company Perceptive Pixel." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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It's official: Windows 8 to be generally available in late October - http://www.zdnet.com/its-off...
It's official: Windows 8 to be generally available in late October
"Tami Reller, Corporate Vice President of Windows, told partners attending Microsoft's worldwide partner conference in Tortonto that Windows 8 is on track to be released to manufacturing the first week of August, and to be generally available by late October 2012." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Browser performance is also notably better, and it's encouraging that Geekbench showed a little improvement and PCMark 7 a significant one. Yes, this is not even the RTM, or final release of Windows 8, but the early test results are encouraging. New hardware will, of course, make the new OS scream, particularly if you opt for SSD storage." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"So, how do you handle user accounts in Windows 8? You can add a new user from the Metro interface by swiping from the right side of the display to open the Charms bar, and choosing Settings. By default, Windows 8 only shows a handful of the settings choices, so you have to click (or tap) on the link at the bottom labeled “Change PC settings”." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"17 year old Nive Jayaseker won $10,500 in a hackathon that took place in San Francisco earlier this month. Besides winning the money with her Windows Phone flavored app for Home Depot, the teenager also ended up with an offer to work as an intern at Facebook. Her app was designed to help both novice and experienced gardeners to find supplies needed for a landscaping project." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Opera is the most memory efficient browser, followed by Firefox Opera needs 150 MB less of memory than Chrome for the ten websites Firefox needs 100 MB less of memory than Chrome to display the ten sample websites When it comes to virtual memory, both browsers use only half of what Chrome needs." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Microsoft's Surface is More Than Just an iPad Competitor - http://www.tested.com/news...
Microsoft's Surface is More Than Just an iPad Competitor
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"This is a fully-functional computer that runs Windows 8 (with full Desktop and legacy program support) and has the same internal hardware as the latest ultrabooks. The unit shown on stage yesterday was running an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU--the same family of chips powering the new MacBook Airs. Like other Ivy Bridge computers, you'll be able to play Diablo III on this machine (what a killer demo that would've been yesterday). It has a USB 3.0 port and DisplayPort video out. It's lighter than the MacBook Air and potentially thinner when the Type Cover keyboard is attached. Its 10.6" screen has a native resolution of 1920x1080, while the 11" MacBook Air has a 1366x768 display." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Hours before Microsoft is set to make its huge, mysterious announcement in Los Angeles, a researcher has delivered some good news for the company: It’s having some success wooing developers to Windows Phone." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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The People app: the complete, cloud-powered address book for Windows 8 - http://blogs.msdn.com/b...
The People app: the complete, cloud-powered address book for Windows 8
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"Managing "contacts" has been a bit of a challenge for many, especially as the number of places that contacts can be stored and the number of PCs and devices we use to access those contacts has increased. Storing contacts in the cloud for easy roaming and connectivity is a part of the solution. With Windows 8 and the new People app, we are taking cloud storage a step further by optionally connecting it to other services you already use. This brings together email contacts and contacts from your service / social accounts in one easy to access and use place that roams across your Windows 8 PCs and phone." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"On Android, the My Xbox LIVE app is new. It lets you read and send messages to friends, manage your friends list and invite new friends, read and edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto), change your avatar features and items with the avatar closet, and view and compare your achievement progress with friends, Microsoft says." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"But everyone likes a winner, so we've kept this section at the end for those of you handing out trophies, and the scores are: Firefox: 75% Chrome and Opera: 66% Internet Explorer: 45%" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"But everyone likes a winner, so we've kept this section at the end for those of you handing out trophies, and the scores are: Firefox: 75% Chrome and Opera: 66% Internet Explorer: 45%" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Malcolm Gladwell says Steve Jobs will be forgotten, Bill Gates remembered - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...
Malcolm Gladwell says Steve Jobs will be forgotten, Bill Gates remembered
"In 50 years will you remember Steve Jobs? According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of "The Tipping Point," no one will. In a recent talk at the Toronto Public Library's Appel Salon, Gladwell said that Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, will likely be forgotten for his contributions to the technology industry. The author suggests that entrepreneurs, like Jobs, aren't worth being idolized. Gladwell does, however, think that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be remembered, but for his philanthropy not entrepreneurship." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
I really don't like Gladwell. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
My guess is neither will be remembered. - Todd Hoff
I'm guessing he'll be forgotten the same way Edison was. He'll always be a figure of conversation, and it is difficult to genuinely discuss the early careers of either without the other, especially when you're talking the business side of what they did. - Jennifer Dittrich
I guess it depends on your definition of remembering. We remember Ford and other early titans of industry, I don't see how some segment of the population will not remember both. Jobs for the first apple computers and Gates for Windows and his philanthropy. - Dario Gomez
Gates also shock his pants for Jerry Seinfeld.... - Johnny
Also "The author suggests that entrepreneurs, like Jobs, aren't worth being idolized."...... Edison, bitch - Johnny
LANjackal
"Remote desktop vendor Splashtop is keen for everyone to get an early feel of Windows 8, and so has added to its testbed app for Apple’s iPad with a version for Android tablets too." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Move over Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica has come to Bing. In a new partnership, the search engine will be linking to query results from one of the world's most trusted encyclopedias." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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New Windows Azure goes all-SSD to one-up Amazon in the cloud - http://gigaom.com/cloud...
New Windows Azure goes all-SSD to one-up Amazon in the cloud
"On Wednesday, Microsoft hopes to prove Windows Azure a worthy adversary to Amazon with new solid-state storage cloud, dramatically revamped REST API, and a console to meld management of on-premises and Azure-based applications on one screen." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"The Charms may be curiously named, but they provide a very important interface between the otherwise separate Metro and desktop experiences in Windows 8. Available from any interface—the Start screen, PC Settings, any Metro-style app, and even the desktop—the Charms consolidate many important system-level capabilities and often-needed features into an easily remembered and accessed user interface that otherwise isn’t taking up any valuable onscreen real estate. As such, it’s a great Metro user interface, and the embodiment of what this design style is trying to achieve." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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