Sometimes, timezones are awesome. While people in New York City are still awaiting the release of Xbox One , the console is already in the hands of gamers in New Zealand and Australia. At midnight in Sydney, Xbox One launched at the heart of Sydney with light projections around the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower and Luna Park
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Xbox One Australian launch video
Preface: This impression was based on a retail hardware unit with pre-release operating system software (build 6.2.10210.0). The Xbox One has a lot to live up to: the competition, PC gaming, and even its own market-leading predecessor. With all the advancements and trends in gaming graphics, controls, cinematic storytelling and DRM, there is tremendous pressure on consoles of the “next generation” to be better at, well, everything
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Xbox One impressions: good things come to those who wait
As iOS app developers embrace the new flat UI conventions of iOS 7, many popular apps got a flat-design makeover. At the same time many of these apps also have a sibling Windows Phone app. As the two platforms have a slightly different interpretation of “flat design”, I’ve been meaning to compare the similarities and differences of third party apps trying to conform to the respective UX guidelines.
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Flat vs flat: a comparison of Windows Phone and iOS 7 app designs
Eric Horvitz is the co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond and is a distinguished scientist in the field of artificial intelligence. This past Feburary he gave a TEDxAustin talk about his passion for designing automated systems that can not only do tasks well but actually understand people’s needs. Distinguished Scientist and co-director at Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz, shares the human side of advancing machine intelligence.
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Microsoft Research shows off AI receptionist, personal assistant and elevators at TEDx
At Microsoft TechEd Australia 2013 a couple of weeks ago, my good friend Alan Burchill told me about a sneaky new feature in Windows 8.1 that should make a lot of business users very happy. Built in to every Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is “ Work Folders “, a free and managed synced-storage alternative to Dropbox or SkyDrive that any business can self-host for their staff. Soon it’ll also work with Windows 7, iOS and even possibly Android
I avoid writing about or interacting with enterprise software because I thought they were boring and looked like legacy document systems a decade behind. Today at Microsoft TechEd Australia 2013 , the press was invited to have a hands-on demo of the “Orion” release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 featuring a whole new “Metro”/Modern user interface
Hands on with Metro-fied “Orion” Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
Within the next 12 to 18 months, the much anticipated and necessary (for latency) Windows Azure Australian datacenters will finally launch in 2014. But even without local availability of the Azure compute and database services, major Australian companies are still pushing forward with their adoption of Azure for their cloud platforms. Canon Australia, Cash Converters and MYOB announced this morning at Microsoft’s TechEd Australia 2013 their respective Azure cloud-powered services and infrastructure
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Australian companies move to the cloud with Windows Azure: Canon, Cash Converters, MYOB
If you can look past the irony of a Microsoft competition about connecting people all around the world open only to US residents, you could win a $10,000 United Airlines travel voucher for simply using Skype.
I’m a big fan of emojis , especially colored ones. At Microsoft BUILD 2013 , the Windows graphics rendering team announced that Microsoft is proposing a practical and efficient addition to the OpenType font standard for multi-colored fonts support which they’ve implemented as a preview in Windows 8.1
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Microsoft adds multi-color fonts in Windows 8.1, proposes OpenType standard
If you’ve installed the Windows 8.1 Preview build 9431 on the Surface or any other touch computer, you might have noticed touch scrolling is really buggy if not completely broken in XAML Windows Store apps such as the official Twitter app or MetroTwit. This is a known bug