Earlier last month, we reported about an interesting Microsoft Research project called SurroundWeb. This project news is now making news around the web again. So, I just want to post the same information again for those who have missed it last time. SurroundWeb is a 3D web browser that will allow web pages the ability to display content across multiple surfaces in a room. For example, if you are watching a car race on your TV, the current driver standings can be shown on the side next to your TV, or an Wikipedia entry of a place which you are looking on the screen and more. Microsoft is trying to project this plan with no.of use cases. Read the abstract below. We introduce SurroundWeb, the ?rst least-privilege platform for immersive room experiences. SurroundWeb is a “3D Browser” that gives web pages the ability to display across multiple surfaces in a room, adapt their appearance to objects present in that room, and interact using natural user input. SurroundWeb enables least privilege for these immersive web…
Read more at Microsoft News
Maybe you are user of one or have just heard about applications that allow to post images and receive opinions from others. Askyon comes into play when you are trying to decide between two options. Askyon allows you to post two images at once, describe what you are struggling with or simply ask which option would other people prefer. There can be many things in your life when you would like to hear from strangers what they think or what they would choose or do in your position. People are often deciding between two things and Askyon will try to help you.
In addition, three unique and interesting posts also called “askyons” can appear for a longer period on the homepage of the application so they catch more users and more opinions. All askyons are also immediately visible to everyone on askyon.com which is used as a presentation and as a place informing about coming features.
In Askyon you can ask or compare anything with images, receive feedback and meet new people. You can vote, leave comments and send personal messages.
Can’t decide? Download Free Askyon app for WP 7.5, 8 and 8.1 from Windows Phone Store and ask the people.
NPD today released their market research report for game console sales in the US. Sony announced that they have sold over 7 million PS4 units since launch and NPD numbers reveals that Microsoft has sold over 5 million Xbox One units. Despite the release of much hyped Titanfall game, Microsoft’s Xbox One has failed to get past Sony PS4 sales in the US. The good news for Microsoft is that the Titanfall is the No.1 selling game in March. Highlights…..
Read more at Microsoft News
Windows Phone 8.1 has removed much of the social network integration of the OS, but has also provided new hooks for apps to integrate directly with the OS.
Now Microsoft has released a beta of a Twitter app for Windows Phone which takes advantage of these new features and restores much of the earlier twitter integration found in WP8.
It also integrates with Cortana, allowing users to say “new tweet” or Search, and also makes good use of the Action Centre.
The new app can be downloaded by Windows Phone 8.1 owners here.
Update: That was quick! The app is no longer available, and has been unpublished.
Microsoft’s Office Remote, which allows desk jockeys to control presentations on their desktop from their Windows Phone, has been updated to version 126.96.36.199.
Besides the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, the update brings a number of small but significant new features,
New in version 1.1.30. is the ability, in PowerPoint, to view the current slide and laser point on it without changing phone orientation. Users will also be able to see a preview of the next slide and Play and pause embedded audio and video files.
Note the app needs Office 2013 (not RT) and a PC with Bluetooth, and also needs the desktop add-in for Office Remote installed.
The app, which can also control Excel and Word, can be downloaded for free from the Windows Phone Store here.
Microsoft and Nokia have sent a letter to Nokia’s customers informing them of the impending transfer of their data from Nokia to Microsoft.
In the letter Microsoft says they expect the deal to close in April, and promise to only collect user data for the same reasons Nokia would, and also promises to be good stewards of the existing user data.
Interestingly Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer at Microsoft also revealed that Nokia’s handset division will become part of a new subsidiary at Microsoft called Microsoft Mobile, a structure which suggests either this segment will expand in the future, or the potential for the subsidiary to eventually spin off.
Read the full letter after the break.
On their developer blog Microsoft has announced the start of trials of Developer Response to reviews left in the Windows Phone Store.
The ability will be built into the Dev Center, and will initially only be available to select developers, and to Windows Phone 8.1 users and Windows Phone 8 users in USA. When a developer responds to a review the user will receive an email from Microsoft with the comment.
To prevent abuse users will be able to report developers through the Report Concerns feature, and abusive developers will have their developer access revoked.
The service will initially be available as early as this week, and will roll out to more developers in May and beyond. Developers will be chosen based on the number of downloads their app receive. Developers do not need to otherwise apply.
Read more at the Windows Blog here.
You can now join XYZ, the popular Chinese TV cartoon star, in Disney’s latest physics-based game Where’s My Water? XYZ in Windows Store Description: Introducing the latest chapter from Disney’s most popular puzzle game franchise! Where’s My Water takes the brightest Chinese TV cartoon character XYY on a medieval adventure through China! Help XYY save his friends trapped in the underground city and play brand new elements such as fire and oil to defeat the clumsy Big Bad Wolf! Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test and enjoy all the fun physics-based gameplay you love in Where’s My Water!….
Read more at Microsoft News
Do any of our readers get the feeling Microsoft threw out many beloved babies with the Windows Phone 8 bathwater?
Bing Vision is a pretty useful app, not just being able to recognize barcodes and QRCodes, DVDs and books, and also scan and translate text.
Its replacement with Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 is therefore less than ideal, but it is still possible to launch the app as a Camera Lens.
Now Dream Team Mobile has made that one step easier, with their QR for Cortana app, which will launch the Camera Lens selection with one tap, rather than the two which would be needed if one were to go via the camera interface, making the process to launch Bing vision the same 2 tap affair it has always been.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
the survey by HR services firm Randstad, Microsoft is the ‘most attractive employer’ in India. This is not the first time for Microsoft in India as they have won it for the fourth year in a row. You will be surprised to know the second most attractive employer, its Sony India. And expected, more than 70% of the survey respondents found IT, communication, telecom and ITeS industry to be the most attractive sector to work. The survey, which covered more than 8,000 potential and employed workforce in India, found that competitive salary, employee benefits and long-term job security were the most important factors….
Read more at Microsoft News
HeroCraft has brought their racing sim Race Illegal: High Speed 3D to Windows Phone.
The game features 20 tracks to race, 9 cars to choose from and a whole host of customizations for the petrol-head to tinker and claims to offer the true street racing experience.
The game features:
- Amazing 3D graphics
- 130 tracks and 9 cars
- Car tuning and customization
- Engaging storyline
- Compete in online races
- Authentic street race atmosphere
- Personal stats and online records table
- Realistic driving physics.
The free game can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See the game trailer after the break.
Nimbuzz on Windows Phone client has received a major update to version 188.8.131.52.
The update now allows users to add other SIP accounts to the app, allowing them to make affordable VoIP calls, and make great international long distance savings.
The update also offers:
- SIP VOIP ACCOUNTS – Connect to any SIP provider and enjoy extremely low cost VOIP calls.
- Allows you to Record and share Videos with friends.
- Copy/Forward/Delete functionality for chat messages.
- Improved File transfer.
- Quick scrolling in chat window.
- Bug Fix and Overall performance optimization.
In a statement Nimbuzz said:
“Nimbuzz has always been about connecting people and binding relationships together. Communication extends beyond messaging and calling. Users now want to share their priceless emotions and moments with pictures and videos. Taking a cue from this evolving communication need, Nimbuzz on Windows Phone 8 now allows users to not only transfer images but also shoot videos and share them with others on the platform.”
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
The terribly poor Xbox Music app on Windows Phone 8.1 has been the main source of complaints for new Windows Phone 8.1 users, but it seems an update is coming soon to address these issues.
According to a post on Microsoft Answer the coming update, on the 22nd April, which will be the first of many, will offer::
- Numerous stability fixes, including many of the reported black screens
- Cortana integration is complete and now supports playing playlists by name
- UI polish to improve animations and transitions between UI views
- Improved messaging for encountered errors, such as unplayable content in collections
- Background initial sync of local and cloud content
There will then follow a bi-weekly release schedule which will address:
- Continued focus on Stability and Performance
- Live Tile integration
- Quickplay improvements, including “recent” lists
- Kids Corner Support
- UX improvements (Search result grouping, creating new Radio Stations, improved Network status messages, Blue UI language alignment, now playing improvements and more)
Do our readers think the proposed changes will be enough to fix the app, which appears to need a full redesign? Let us know below.