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[13 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft-Nokia Pact Takes Aim at RIM

Technology.am(Aug. 13, 2009) — Microsoft and Nokia announced an alliance aimed at challenging BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker has been losing market share to rivals, led by Research In Motion (RIM). This partnership would help buttress Nokia’s lead in the smartphone market.
Nokia is planning to use Microsoft’s Office Mobile suite of software on its smartphones – mobiles running the Symbian operating system.
RIM has established a strong position in supplying smartphones to business people, partly because RIM’s BlackBerry devices have user-friendly e-mail.
It appears the companies …

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[6 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft Hardware Unveils Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard

Technology.am (Aug. 7, 2009) — Microsoft Hardware has been working on a keyboard that has pressure-sensitive keys. This pressure-sensitive keyboard could change the way you type.
As you know, the keyboard has pressure-sensitive keys; it means each key is capable of recording pressure force, up to an 8-bit resolution. Each key would have up to 64 states.
Microsoft touts the uses for this type of keyboard as “limitless,” and has already tested applying more pressure to a letter key for capitalization or larger font size, pressing the backspace key lighter/harder to delete …

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[30 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft to launch internet TV service in the UK

Technology.am (July 30, 2009) — Microsoft has announced the launch of MSN Video Player, an online TV player which will go live within the next week, and marks the the BBC’s iPlayer, first foray into long form video.
Unlike the iPlayer, which is free of advertising and funded by the television licence, the MSN Video Player will be a commercial project.
At launch, the MSN Video Player will feature around 300 hours of programming drawn from the archives of BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and All3Media, one of the …

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[29 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft and Yahoo in 10-year Web Search Partnership

Technology.am (July 29, 2009) — Microsoft and Yahoo reached a long-awaited partnership Wednesday in a bid to challenge Google’s dominance in online search.
The focus of the deal is on sharing revenue between the two companies. Under the 10-year deal, Microsoft’s new Bing search engine will power Yahoo’s searches, while Yahoo will handle the advertising sales, using Microsoft technology. Microsoft and Yahoo will share revenue on traffic generated on Yahoo’s network.
The deal will allow Microsoft to “create more innovation in search, better value for advertisers and real consumer choice in a …

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[23 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
On August 31, 2009, MSN will no longer offer MSN Soapbox Video Service

Technology.am (July 23, 2009) —Microsoft plans to close MSN Soapbox at the end of August, pulling the plug on an online video-sharing service that competed with Google-owned YouTube.
Microsoft launched Soapbox publicly in early 2007. Microsoft has begun informing Soapbox users that the service will stop accepting video uploads on July 29 and that people have until August 31 to download videos they want to keep.
Microsoft is continuing its MSN Video online streaming service, which reports having 88 million users worldwide. “Online video will remain a key part …

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[8 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
New 3-D Sensors Coming, No-touch interface will replace keyboard and mouse

Technology.am (July 8, 2009) — Standard sensors see and record flat, two-dimensional pictures. But a new kind of image sensors is being developed that can “see” in three dimensions, recording not only the image, but its distance from the camera.
The first consumer use of these new sensors is likely to be in video games. Microsoft’s Project Natal technology allows consumers to play video games just by moving their hands or kicking their feet. At the heart of Project Natal is a 3-D camera.
Local startup Canesta has already …

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[28 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft Outlines Windows 7 Upgrade Program

Technology.am (June 28, 2009) — Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Option has been started on select SKUs. Microsoft has finally announced the pricing and upgrade option details of its next major operating system Windows 7.
Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Product communication manager, posted on the Official Windows Team Blog, that Windows 7 is headed towards General Availability (GA) on Oct. 22 in 14 languages. Following that, on Oct. 31, Microsoft will offer Windows 7 in 21 other languages.
Under Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, consumers buying a new PC today …

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[25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft Launches Home Energy Monitoring Tool

Technology.am (June 25, 2009) — Microsoft launched a free online home energy monitoring tool. Its latest program Microsoft Hohm, an application that lets people monitors their electricity and natural gas consumption while providing energy-efficient solutions.
The name “Hohm” is derived from the electrical measuring unit “ohm.” The program was developed using licensed data from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy, according to Microsoft. Microsoft Hohm is available as a beta, or test, version in the US at microsoft-hohm.com.
“Microsoft Hohm demonstrates how a combination …

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[1 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft Unveils Motion Control for Xbox 360

Technology.am (June 01, 2009) — Microsoft has developed a prototype camera that can be used as a controller for the Xbox 360. Its codenamed is “Project Natal,”. The Project Natal sensor tracks a player’s full body movement, recognize their face and voice, scan images of real items while responding to commands, directions and a shift of emotion in voice without the need for a controller.
Microsoft corporate vice president Shane Kim said, ‘Project Natal’ totally eliminates the need for a controller, and we believe it’s going to bring people together …