Apple would introduce Xbox-like 3D sensing technology in its future devices

 3D (Credit: Bart/Flickr)

Apple has recently agreed to acquire Israel’s PrimeSense Ltd., in a deal of about $350 Million after months of speculation indicating the company’s thinking of use of PrimeSense’s technology in its devices. PrimeSense is the manufacturer of chips enabling 3D machine sensing, so that it could detect movements and objects in space, and then translates that into depth and color. Read More …

Outlook.com crossed 60 million users in 6 months and will soon take place of Hotmail.com

Microsoft has recently announced that Outlook.com, webmail service from Microsoft, has gone beyond the mark of 60 million users in just six months. Moreover, the company has also removed the “preview” tag from the service and beginning to switch the Hotmail users to the updated Outlook.com, a process that would be completed by the summer this year. The company planned last year to end the Hotmail service. The users after moving to the new service will retain their hotmail.com email address.

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Microsoft’s Kinect game controller could save $30 billion of U.S. healthcare annually

Kinect for Xbox

Researchers have estimated that the Microsoft Kinect game controller could save $30 billion of U.S. healthcare annually by increasing the remote interaction of the physicians and other healthcare staff with the patients.

This report has been published in the International Journal of Electronic Finance.

In the study, researchers noted that the patients’ transport costs living at considerable distances from suitable hospitals and health centers could be reduced by using their proposed Kinect system. Moreover, the chances of hospital-acquired infections could also be reduced. Read More …

Microsoft is planning to release a Linux version of Office in 2014

Office for Linux (Credit: ExtremeTech)

Microsoft is planning to launch a full Linux Version of Office in 2014 as reported by ExtremeTech. According to ExtremeTech, the rumors of the Linux version of Office started last weekend at FOSDEM, the open source conference held annually in Brussels.

This sudden plan to work on Linux platform has been thought to be due to “commercial viability” of Linux. Microsoft has also planned to launch a version of Office for Android, which is a Linux-based operating system, to work on mobile devices. Read More …

Apple is still leading the Tablet market with a good position in the world

iPad sale is still on top (Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Apple’s iPad (in all forms), although has lost some of the market share, but remained on top in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to IDC.

Apple showed 43.6% of market share for that quarter, shipping 22.9 million tablets. Although, it is a good percentage but still the company found the loss of 6.8% of market share in the case of iOS tablets. Samsung is on second position with the shipment of 7.9 million units of tablets, in all its forms, accounting for 15.1% of market share. Samsung found 263% of year-on-year growth.

Considering other companies; Amazon shipped 6 million tablets and got 11.5% of market share, ASUS got 5.8% of market share, Barnes and Noble got 1.9% of market share in the top five positions while 22.1% of total tablet sales are attributed to the other manufacturers including Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

You can see that even the combined market share of Samsung, Amazon, ASUS and Barnes & Noble is less than the Apple’s market share. Read More …

Microsoft has launched new Office Suite of applications

A Microsoft Office logo is shown on display at a Microsoft retail store in San Diego (Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake)Microsoft Corp. has launched the new Office Suite of applications including desktop staples Outlook email, Excel charts, Word and PowerPoint for the consumers after spending two and a half years in its making.

“The notion of an always up-to-date streaming version of Office comes directly from how people are using devices today,” Kurt DelBene, head of Microsoft’s Office unit, said to Reuters.

Consumers, after downloading the basic programs online, can use all Office applications with five devices on a subscription of $100 a year. This new office has been launched to work in competition with the popular online-only Office style applications by Google, which are available free for home users but for businesses, available for $50 per year.

Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage system and the company’s OneNote note-taking software are now present as iPad apps and iPad users can use limited Web versions of some Office applications. Although iPad availability of the Office applications is a demanded thing but it would decrease the market of the company’s own Surface tablet. The Office 365 works only with Windows 7 and Windows 8 but not with Windows XP. It has several new productivity features including editing PDFs in Word: Excel tweaks for faster chart making, and enhanced presented mode in PowerPoint. Read More …

Microsoft would launch the next generation Xbox at E3 video games show

Microsoft would launch the new gaming console, i.e. Xbox 720, at the E3 video games show that will take place in Los Angeles in June. Although the actual name for the new games console is not clear but the fans are considering the next generation of Xbox 360 to be Xbox 720.

Rumors about the new games console started when Lawrence Hryb, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live, posted a timer on his blog counting down to E3 2013.

Xbox 720 demo footage from Square Enix
Xbox 720 demo footage from Square Enix

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Microsoft is our company, why to invest in Apple?

Melinda Gates, wife of the Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the philanthropist, said that her children, two daughters and a son, are not allowed to use Apple products.

She guest edited the Today program on Radio 4 this morning and when she was asked whether the children asked for products such as iPod, she said “of course they ask”.

“But they get Windows technology,” she added.

“The wealth from our family came from Microsoft so why would we invest in a competitor?”

Melinda Gates (Credit: Stuart Isett/Polaris)

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Microsoft acquires Yammer, enterprise social networking startup

Microsoft acquires Yammer

Microsoft has announced on Monday that it will pay $1.2 billion to buy Yammer, a startup that specializes in social networks for businesses. Yammer will become part of the Microsoft’s Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, while the team will report to current CEO David Sacks. Read More …