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On Monday, we announced the availability of the Microsoft Dynamics 2013 Release Preview Guide.
The Preview Guide is designed to help customers get the most out of Microsoft Dynamics 2013, which will be available in October. The Guide covers topics such as the reimagined user experience in Dynamics 2013, process excellence and agility, CRM on the go, enterprise collaboration and platform enhancements.
Whether you’re a daily news reporter working on deadline, a local blogger out in the field or a freelance copywriter working from home, there are apps that can help you do your work faster and better.
Back in the day, when I was a print journalist in Baltimore and in Seattle, I took notes using pens and reporter’s notebooks, then came back to the office to crank out stories on Microsoft Word. But as I started covering more tech stories (including for Microsoft itself), I discovered all kinds of products and programs that helped me do my job.
On Monday, Microsoft added two new members to the Surface family of tablets – the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2.
Surface 2 (pictured left) and Surface Pro 2 (pictured right) will each have significant updates, including improvements to processing power and battery life, display and camera resolution and the Kickstand, which now has dual angles, so it’s more comfortable for you to use on your lap or at your desk. Enhancements in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro will make Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 even more powerful and customizable.
In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon is in New York City for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices. She talks to Brian Hall, the general manager of marketing for the Surface team, and gets the inside scoop on the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
Panasonic announced on Thursday that the world’s first 20-inch, 4K tablet, the Panasonic Toughpad 4K, will be available in Europe, Japan, the U.S. and Canada starting Saturday.
The Panasonic Toughpad 4K will enable creative professionals such as photographers, architects and cinematographers to experience cutting-edge, high-resolution tablet technology.
Not only does this tablet have a 3,840 x 2,560 (beyond 4K Ultra HD) screen resolution, 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5 vPro CPU, it comes equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M video card and is pen enabled.
Get an upgrade in mobility with Toshiba’s new fun and versatile Encore tablet. The Encore boasts an 8-inch 1280x800 HFFS display with 5-point multi-touch support and Windows 8.1.
Use the 8.0MP rear camera for capturing photos and videos on the fly, and the 2.0MP front-facing camera to place Skype calls from anywhere. Another boon for Skype users (and music and video fans), the Encore has stereo speakers and dual, beam-forming microphones that help reduce extraneous noise.
Beginning Tuesday, TechNet and MSDN subscribers now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM (release to manufacturing build). This also includes access for Volume License customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement, as you receive a TechNet subscription as part of SA.
As Erwin Visser notes in the latest Windows for Your Business blog post, there’s no time like the present to start your company’s planning for Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 Enterprise is designed with businesses in mind, Visser says, pointing to a host of new capabilities only available in the Enterprise edition, as well as new industry-leading security features.
Starting Friday and going through the entire weekend, iHeartRadio is heating up Las Vegas stages with the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
It’s two days of live concerts with music stars from Katy Perry to Keith Urban, Elton John to Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney to Maroon 5 and more. Can’t make it to Las Vegas? No worries – just stream the festival live on your Windows Phone with the iHeartRadio app for Windows Phone.
Earlier this month, Lync 2013 added a new accreditation to the fold by achieving JITC certification for Voice, Video, and Instant Message & Presence (IM&P) at the Joint Interoperability Testing Center in Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this certification, that’s a fancy way of saying it enables Department of Defense (DoD) organizations to connect software, like Microsoft Lync 2013, to the DoD’s information network. Becoming JITC certified is one of the primary ways of validating software’s ability to work and interoperate on the DoD’s Defense Information Switched Network (DISN).
At last, it’s football season again, and thanks to Microsoft’s game-changing partnership with the NFL, you have more ways than ever to follow the action from your TV, phone, tablet or desktop.
Companies that use social tools in the workplace get benefits including increased employee engagement, more productive teams, better-connected organizations and greater customer loyalty, according to a recent Microsoft survey. If you’re ready to start your company’s social journey, the Yammer team now has a new interactive toolkit designed to help you put benefits like these to work for you.
Great River Medical Center, a 378-bed health system in southeast Iowa, was finding it difficult to deliver medication to patients in a safe and timely way. The hospital pharmacy’s manual processes for ordering, verification and distribution were cumbersome; the average time from order to dosing was 90 minutes — an unacceptable length of time for a hospitalized patient in need of a new medication. Pharmacy managers requested more staff, but were told to find other ways to streamline their systems due to budgets constraints.
“Consultants recommended that we needed to increase automation,” says Darwin Cooley, pharmacy director, Great River Medical Center. “We were doing too much manually, which wastes both pharmacy and nursing time and decreases accuracy. We were overwhelmed by the number of calls from nurses and physicians who were waiting for medication.”
Great River had been using Omnicell automated medication cabinets since 2000 to manage inventory and verification of orders at the nursing station, but the rest of the hospital’s medication management system was manual. Three members of the pharmacy staff would walk through the storage shelves — often getting in one another’s way — to pull medications listed on printed restock lists, and then a pharmacist would hand-check each dose before technicians finally delivered them to automated dispensing cabinets at 28 nursing stations. Calls from nursing staff for missing or late medications led to further delays, as pharmacists were wasting time on scores of daily interruptions.
Time Warner Cable subscribers can now watch up to 300 TV channels live using the new TWC TV app for Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Gold membership required).
The latest News Center App of the Week features all your favorite shows from stations like HBO, AMC, MTV and Food Network, and offers Kinect voice and gesture controls for effortless browsing. On-demand viewing will also be available within the app later this year, wrote Yusuf Medhi in an Xbox Wire post last week.
Current Microsoft Students to Business participants interning at Microsoft.
Longtime partners NetHope and Microsoft are collaborating once again to address rising youth unemployment in South Africa. Through the company’s Microsoft Students to Business program, Microsoft is helping curb joblessness that affects half of the country’s young people.
“We want to be locally relevant,” said Charlene Verzmoter, human capital development manager for Microsoft South Africa. “We want to see how we at Microsoft can address some of the unemployment issues facing South Africa.”
Ever try to make a Skype video call to a friend, and it didn’t go through? The problem may well be that your friend never accepted the contact request you sent them.
Matthew de Beer, author of Skype’s Tips & Tricks blog, reveals that and more in his Wednesday post about contact issues. Head on over to get details on the video call issue above, how to change who can contact you, how privacy settings work with group calls and chats, and more.
The following is a post from Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft.
After only a decade, Partners in Learning (PiL) has reached millions of teachers and students, empowering them with technology and resources. The goal in 2003, when the program was first introduced, has not changed dramatically – we set out to provide educators with the resources for teaching 21st century skills and to effectively prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Our focus is true to Bill Gates’ vision in that the program continually tackles complex issues with creative problem solving.
No one says you have to leave fashion behind when you work on an Ultrabook, and you won’t have to with the new Zenbook UX301 and UX302 from ASUS. These next-generation beauties deliver not only the distinctive Zenbook hallmark metallic ‘spun’ metal design, but also a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that provides protection from scratches.
These Zenbooks also deliver from the inside out, too, with a 13.3-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 WQHD resolution – which will give words some eye popping crispness on these screens. You might also want to stay in with these Zenbooks, with its 178-degree viewing angle and IPS (In-Plane Switching) display technology that make watching movies a memorable experience.
In a move that surprised very few people, the Oxford English Dictionary in August officially added a number of buzzworthy words to their online dictionary, including, yes, “buzzworthy,” but also “Internet of things,” which is defined as “a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.”
We’ve been talking about the Internet of things for some time here at Microsoft. For instance, a little over two years ago, we introduced intelligent systems, which is how enterprises take advantage of the Internet of things. Companies are bringing intelligent systems powered by Microsoft into healthcare facilities, the factory floor and even onto the streets of Paris.
Here’s a new way to browse your social feeds. The Alphega app for Windows Phone projects aggregated social updates as an augmented reality layer based on your location, so you can see what people have posted at nearby places.
Developers, if you need to create a SharePoint 2013 development environment quickly or want to build apps for SharePoint, you’ll need a machine with SharePoint 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 installed on it.
Luckily for you, we have released a Windows Azure developer image that comes with SharePoint 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate RC pre-installed. The image also contains scripts to provision and configure SharePoint 2013 with or without an Active directory running on a different machine.
Watch as Microsoft reveals the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 in New York on Monday. An expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories is also announced.
The Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and Surface accessories will be available at Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers in 22 initial markets, with more announced in the coming months. Pre-orders begin on Tuesday.
Xbox One will be available on Nov. 22 in 13 launch markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, U.K., and U.S. – announced Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Marketing, Xbox Strategy and Business, on Wednesday.
“We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere,” Mehdi said. “We have sold out of our pre-order supply in the U.S. faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever. We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday.”
Mehdi also shared that a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles are now available for pre-order. Reserve yours now.
Disney’s new physics-based puzzler “Where’s My Water? 2” reunites your favorite gator buddies from the original hit to romp around in three new locations (a sewer, a beach and a soap factory) and through over 100 levels and challenges. It’s big fun, and you can download it now free for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
Fans of Slurpees, Big Bite hot dogs and every snack you can imagine can now snap up the free 7-Eleven app for Windows Phone 8 devices.
Xbox 360 maintained its lead in the U.S. console market during August, marking the thirty-second consecutive month it took the number one spot.
According to The NPD Group, a market research firm, Xbox 360 sold 96,000 units, more than any other console in the U.S. during August.