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Microsoft’s Infinity Room explains big data on a grand scale

Published by on May 15th, 2014, No Comments

Microsoft Infinity Room

Data is all around us, and almost everything has an direct or indirect effect on something else. However, sometimes it’s quite hard to grasp ‘big’ data or the analysis thereof. This is why Microsoft created the Infinity Room – a beautiful, breathtaking way of explaining ‘big’ data.

Last month, while Microsoft was in San Francisco for the SQL Server 2014 launch party, they turned one room into a vast, never-ending hub of data in an effort to explain big data and how Microsoft’s new data analyzing tools can help dissect the information.

Called an ‘immersive data narrative experience’, the special mirrored room mixed LED animations and pixel spheres along with an audio narrative to create a space which will help anyone understand the immensity of big data and how it can be analyzed.  (more…)

Microsoft’s first ad for Nokia is actually beautiful

Published by on Apr 29th, 2014, 3 Comments

 Nokia Ad

So on Friday, Nokia officially became part of Microsoft and the journey to rebranding has begun.

While yesterday was the first day of work for former Nokia employees at Microsoft, it was also the first chance for Microsoft to release a Nokia ad. And it’s actually very well done.

The ad, that was released on YouTube yesterday, has a different feel to most smartphone ads.

While other smartphone advertisements seem to focus on the phone’s impressive features, the new Nokia ad makes it clear that their different to other smartphones – and that they like it that way. (more…)

Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile come April 25th

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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It may have come as a bit of a surprise to some when Microsoft acquired Nokia towards the end of last year. However, people soon got used to the idea. The question on everyone’s mind though, was whether or not Nokia would change their name and undergo a re-brand.

Well, today it has been confirmed that the company formerly known as Nokia, will now set sail under a new name.

According to a leaked memo between Nokia and Microsoft, the company will officially re-brand as Microsoft Mobile.  (more…)

Microsoft’s All-in-One Media Keyboard

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Can you believe that Microsoft has been making their own keyboards for 20 years this week? Now they have a new wireless keyboard with integrated trackpad, the All-in-One Media Keyboard, targeted at living room users, smart TVs, Xbox One, and tablets.

According to Microsoft, the All-in-One Media Keyboard will work with Windows 8.1, 8, and 7; Windows RT; Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.9; and Android 4.03, 4.12, and 4.2. It goes on sale this month for about US$40, which is not that bad considering its functionality. (more…)

Office 365 Personal now available for $7 p/m

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft has announced that their leaner version of the subscription based Office 365 is now available for $7 per month or $70 per year.

The new package lets you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Mac or Windows computer and one tablet. There is also the possibility of mobile access. This comes in the form of Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. (more…)

This is where Windows XP’s famous wallpaper comes from

Published by on Apr 11th, 2014, No Comments

 XP BLISS

Most of us will recognize the Windows XP default background wallpaper in a heartbeat. Considering that Windows XP was one of Microsoft’s best selling operating systems, that iconic wallpaper has gotten a lot of screen time all across the world.

The wallpaper is actually entitled “Bliss” – a name that very accurately describes the photo, lush green valley, blue skies et al.

Contrary to popular belief, the photo is not a fake and is, in actual fact, a real photograph. What’s even more amazing is that the photo has not been edited or Photoshopped in anyway. It’s the real deal. (more…)

Microsoft’s Les Miserables parody by team OneNote

Published by on Apr 11th, 2014, No Comments

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What can we say, we’re a sucker for these kinds of random techy geeky fun. Microsoft’s OneNote engineering team have a message to share with you – this time around not through a monotonous media release.

The team have parodied a famous piece from the hit Broadway and Box Office musical, Les Miserables. Take a look in the video below, we definitely think its noteworthy: (more…)

Windows XP support officially dead, but 25% of PCs still run it

Published by on Apr 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

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How long until an operating system ages beyond all hope? Well, according to Microsoft, it is 12 years. That is how long Windows XP has been around, and support for the grandpa of the Microsoft shed has officially been retired. That’s right, the age of XP is officially over, folks.

That means no more security updates and no more customer service calls. The only people who will still be getting support (and at great extra costs) are governments and large corporations. It will offer critical patches and support, but nothing more. (more…)

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