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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…)

Microsoft announces Skype TX – studio quality for broadcasters

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Off all the things Microsoft has announced lately, this is the only one that completely caught us off guard. The company from Redmond unveiled Skype TX, a new version of its VoIP service geared toward broadcasters.

The technology used was developed by an acquired company – Cat and Mouse – and offers higher-quality audio and video output for media professionals. (more…)

Windows Phone coming to cars with co-pilot Cortana

Published by on Apr 7th, 2014, No Comments

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Major moves from Google and Apple to bring their software to the automobile industry has inevitably led to Microsoft also having to push in that direction. Windows have no equivalent to Apple’s CarPlay at the moment, but that might change real soon.

In a presentation at the Build conference, the software giant showed off Windows in the Car. It is still a conceptual platform, but with massive potential it seems. It would adapt Windows Phone’s apps and basic functions to in-vehicle interfaces. (more…)

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment

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Microsoft’s annual Build conference is underway and have wasted no time talking about some big announcements. The first major announcement is that of Windows Phone 8.1, of course.

With Windows Phone 8.1 will come a couple of new hardware partners, namely Micromax and Prestigio. They aren’t that well known to the most of us, but are already hard at work on some prototype devices that will launch soon.

There are some interesting new features of the mobile OS show off by Joe Belfoire, the first being the Action Centre. It behaves very much like notification centres we’ve seen on other operating systems and it was sorely needed in Microsoft’s offering. The lock screen is now also fully customisable for third-party alternatives. (more…)

Microsoft name new Xbox head Phil Spencer

Published by on Apr 1st, 2014, No Comments

Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing

The new leader for Microsoft’s Xbox team was announced yesterday by CEO Satya Nadella, longtime Microsoft Studios leader Phil Spencer.

One of the first things Spencer was asked was what would be the immediate focus of the Xbox team, as there is so much to oversee within the world of Microsoft gaming. “I’m gonna lead with a gaming focus and making sure that’s where we’re led. That’s the North Star for the organization,” he said. “Winning with the gamer first is gonna be something that drives the organization.” (more…)

Samsung Galaxy PRO ad does it again – trashing the competition

Published by on Mar 24th, 2014, No Comments

 GALAXY PRO AD

Surprise, surprise. Samsung has released their latest ad for the Galaxy PRO range of tablets, and, in a (un)surprising move, turned to trashing their competitors, again.

This time around, however, Samsung brings some other companies to the party. In the past, it seemed to have just been their biggest rival, Apple, that got caught in Samsung’s line of advertising fire.

Surface, Microsoft’s tablet, as well as the popular Kindle also get mocked in this latest offering from Samsung. And, of course, the iPad. (more…)

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