Microsoft’s 90′s ‘Smart Home’ concept (Video)

Published by on Jun 9th, 2014, 3 Comments

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We all know that nowadays, everything is ‘smart’. Smartphones, smart cars and lately, smart homes, are the order of the day. With devices like Nest, it is becoming more and more popular for homes to be integrated into a ‘smart’ network.

With Google acquiring Nest and Apple filing patents for smart home tech that connects everything in your home to your iPhone, the trend of making your home smart is clearly alive and well.

But where did this idea come from? Well, apparently from Microsoft – back in 1999.

15 years ago, Microsoft produced a segment for the ‘Retirement Living TV’ show that showcased their vision for a ‘smart home’. (more…)

Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 3

Published by on May 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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The Microsoft Surface tablet is becoming a more compelling buy with every iteration. Microsoft is definitely pitching this as a device that will replace your laptop. This means that it is priced like some laptops, as well, and not as a tablet. The Core i7 Surface Pro 3 is now available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store in both 256GB and 512GB variants, starting at $1,549. It is expected to ship at the end of August.

The $799/£639 64GB Core i3 model will ship at around the same time as its higher-spec brother, although the Core i5 versions of the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover, Surface Pen and Pen Loop will make their way to you a little earlier, shipping by June 20th. (more…)

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

Published by on May 15th, 2014, No Comments

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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

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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


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


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


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


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…)