SkyDrive is now OneDrive

The tech giant Microsoft has rebranded its cloud storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive. This has happened 6 months after a trademark dispute with the British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB).

Microsoft has registered onedrive.com and has also made a promo video. You can watch the video below.

Microsoft has informed users that some new features will debut soon to accompany the rebranding.

Windows phone will be a serious contender by 2015

Windows phone is in the smartphone market for quite some time now but has not been able to get a significant market share until now.

The low end windows phone have shown silver linings but the high end phones are just not selling.

But that is not the end of the story. Windows and especially Nokia have been taking the phone quite seriously. Nokia has been constantly looking to improve the hardware and Microsoft is working on the software and apps.

Recently, some great apps including Vine, Instagram, FIFA 14 have arrived on the windows phone platform. Windows phone store now has more than 200,000 apps.

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on an iOS style notification centre and a virtual voice assistant code named Cortana.

Nokia’a take over by Microsoft will help integrating hardware and software in a way like never before. This blend will only boost the Windows phone ecosystem.

All Microsoft has to do now is improve the OS continuously and make developers improve their apps.
Windows phone has all the popular apps but these apps are of poor quality when compared with their android or iOS counterparts.

For now Windows phone is NO for me but I believe it could be the phone I want to own in 2016.

Windows 9 mockups

Windows 8 was a massive revamp by Microsoft and it was completely different from its predecessor – Windows 7. Designed for touch screens, this new Windows did not appeal to the masses. Microsoft came out with Windows 8.1 to sort some issues but there is still a lot that needs to be sorted.

Ajambrosino.com has some mockup’s of Windows 9. Let us have a look.

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Windows looks absolutely gorgeous in these mockup’s. Hey, Microsoft if you are reading this – THIS IS THE WINDOWS WE WANT.

What are your views about these mockup’s? Do let us know your opinions via comments.

Dell loses the plot, goes private

The world”s third biggest computer manufacturer, Dell is now going private in a $24.4 billion deal that also gives $13.65 per share in cash to shareholders.  regarded the company”s move as “the biggest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis.”

The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash and equity contributed by Michael Dell and other investment funds, as well as a $2 billion loan from Microsoft.

“Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private,” explained Microsoft in a statement on Tuesday. “We”re in an industry that is constantly evolving. As always, we will continue to look for opportunities to support partners who are committed to innovating and driving business for their devices and services built on the Microsoft platform.”

Via 9to5mac

 

Microsoft Surface Pro coming in jan-starts at $899

According to a blog post by Microsoft the much-awaited Surface Pro will be shipping in January 2013 and will start with a price tag of $899.

The Microsoft surface Pro has a Intel Core i5 chip, 10.6-inch display, resolution of 1920-by-1080.
The 64 GB model comes for $899 while the 128GB model comes for $999.
This price is inclusive of a digital pen which comes with the tablet but the touch/type covers need to be purchased separately.

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 Powered Surface Phone Concept [Exclusive Pic]

When Microsoft unveiled its awe-inspiring Surface tablet, the whole world went gaga over it. It was as if a real tablet was finally born to compete with the Apple iPad. And continuing that banter is a DeviantArt artist known publicly with the name YrOnimus, who has come up with a concept design for a Surface Phone running on Microsoft’s new Windows 8 platform, leaving us drooling and wanting for more. Too bad it ain’t gonna be real. But at least that’s worth a try, MS!

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Via DeviantArt

Microsoft Research demos HomeOS, gets ready to capture your home, sweet home

Microsoft”s Research team has been working on something innovative since the past few months and today it is finally ready to go public with it.. and it”s called: HomeOS.

What is HomeOS?

Ever wanted to control your house”s climate, security, and appliances — along with your PCs and peripherals — using just one, singular software? Now you can, using Microsoft”s HomeOS. The budding system views smartphones, printers and air conditioners as network peripherals, controlled by a dedicated gateway computer. The project even has a handful of apps in play, which perform functions like energy monitoring, remote surveillance and face-recognition. This growing list of applications, available through a portal called “HomeStore”, will allow users to easily expand their system”s capabilities.

To help you understand the software better and give you an idea how it will work out in the real world, Microsoft has posted an explanatory video. Have a look:

Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 released. Download now!

There’s a software update coming in from Redmond!

Microsoft have released Service Pack 2 for Office for Mac 2011, packing in several bug fixes and also a couple of new features in the update.

We appreciated your feedback! As the newest member of the Office for Mac family, Outlook 2011 continues to get the most requests from consumers and businesses alike; therefore, our top priority for this release was Outlook, and this service pack resolves many of the most common requests. The more notable Outlook enhancements include:
• Sync performance with Exchange server,
• Performance improvements while deleting multiple items,
• Displaying email message content, and sending email.

Outlook performance is also improved in IMAP account sync and the database rebuild utility. New capabilities include:
• Scheduling resources in the calendar,
• Distribution list expansion,
• Day number display in the calendar.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have improved performance with additional modest improvements. For example, we updated PowerPoint to take advantage of full screen view in Lion, and we improved grammar checkers for Italian and German languages. We also made it easier to work with Office documents on SkyDrive and addressed several smaller issues in response to your feedback.

So what are you waiting for? Get downloading quickly from Microsoft’s website or from Office for Mac’s built-in updater.

 

Microkia takes on iPhone, Android with new set of mocking commercials (videos)

When the latest Nielsen survey revealed just last week that over 90% of US Smartphones purchased in the last 3 months are either iOS or Android, no one, including yours truly, could ever imagine Nokia and Microsoft will come up with this: Smartphonebetatest.com. The venture’s latest campaign, starring former Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell, features a string of questionable videos which make fun of iPhone and Android devices, getting too dirty with their rivals that they forgot to market their own product: Nokia handsets running Windows Phone OS. Anyway, take a look at all the videos (below) to understand Microkia’s ‘promotional’ thinking (they even bought the antennagate issue back!):

Spotted: MS Office for iPad [Exclusive Pic]

Exactly two years and a week ago we speculated whether or not Apple’s iPad will get Microsoft’s popular Office suite or no. Today, we can gleefully answer – yes.

Rupert Murdoch’s tablet-only magazine The Daily featured a glimpse of Microsoft’s Office app for iPad, still lacking some finishing touches as yet, indicating a release in the near future is imminent. Buzz is also that work on the Android app is nearing completion too and it won’t be long after the submission to the App Store that MS Office will enter the Android world. From The Daily:

The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online.

When Office for iPad finally arrives, it will compete with the likes of Documents to Go, Quickoffice and Apple’s own Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps, which at $9.99 each might meet some good competition from their age-old rivals from Redmond.

Via The Daily