Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Mouse Troubleshooting

Just an FYI for those of you with a Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Mouse. I encountered a bug where clicking the buttons of the mouth would register on the computer it’s paired with, but moving the mouse didn’t translate into the cursor moving. There was also no blue light indicating the mouse was on / off or able to track.

Removing / unpairing the mouse and then pairing it again with the Surface Pro 3 also didn’t fix the problem.

Solution: Remove the battery from the mouse and then put it back in. Voila, fixed!

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

A year and a half ago or so I got Microsoft’s first attempt at a tablet + laptop device. It was their first version of the Surface Pro and overall I quite enjoyed it. I thought about upgrading to the Surface Pro 2 but figured it wasn’t substantially different than what I had so I should be a good boy save my pennies for another day. Then the Surface Pro 3 was announced and it was improved enough that I thought it would make for a worthwhile upgrade (and I can use the previous Surface Pro at one of my restaurants). Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 comes with a bigger screen, new type keyboard, improved hardware, changes to the pen input as well as a host of other new features.

I’ll write more thoughts on it as my usage increases, but for now Mashable has a well-written review on the device. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, I’d urge you to take a look at the Surface Pro 3.


Project Emporia Mobile for Windows Phone 7

Interesting application from Microsoft Research FUSE Labs called Project Emporia Mobile. A “personalized mobile news reader.”

In their words…



Every day we face information overflow: News is coming at us through so many channels that it is difficult to weed out the gems that are important to us from all the noise. Project Emporia offers a solution to this by introducing feedback into the news reading experience. When users read stories through Project Emporia, they can vote “more like this” or “less like this” to instantly personalize their news reading experience.

Our goal with Project Emporia is to create the most personalized content-based news reading experience for the real-time web based on the Matchbox recommender technology developed at Microsoft Research. The key features are that Project Emporia

  • Learns relevance of news stories based on explicit more/less feedback by users.
  • Predicts relevance of news stories to filter down all news from the last 24 hours.
  • Provides a quick news overview across categories in the Top Stories view.
  • Personalizes the news reading experience with custom channels.

Project Emporia is available for free on any Windows Phone 7 through the app store here. Please share the app with your friends and rate it. We would love to hear your feedback here!

Microsoft layoffs

Layoff.  What an ugly word.  I’m not sure which sounds worse to the ears… retrenchment or layoff.  I guess retrenchment is worse.  Good thing that Microsoft is an American company and we use the word layoff instead of retrenchment.

It was just announced that Microsoft is laying off 5,000 employees over the next 18 months. 1,400 of those positions will be eliminated today.

They will be offering the affected employees severance pay.  (Follow the link for a good resource regarding severance).

These sad, sad economic times…

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer

At the recent D6 conference, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer were interviewed onstage about their time together at Microsoft, how they started out, transitional periods, and also their recent efforts in the online Search space.

See 2 great videos of the two of them. One thing that stands out is their camaraderie.

Microsoft will pay you to search

Looks like Microsoft is trying to win users over to its Windows Live Search by giving them financial incentive.

Cash rebates for purchases that are found using Live Search.

Can this guy save Microsoft’s image?

I certainly hope so.

FastCompany talks to Alex Bogusky about getting people to like Microsoft.

Icahn be insane

This man is reviving the idea of an unholy union between Microsoft and Yahoo.

He must be stopped!
It looks like he is saying, “I am old and I want more money.”

Message for charity

We all instant message. It has become a routine part of life. Wake up in the morning, log onto messenger. Get into the office, log onto messenger. Come home at night, log into messenger. (Though not always appearing online – I like the appear offline feature quite a lot).

Did you know that Microsoft donates money to charity when you use Windows Live Messenger? Set up your messenger name to contribute to a cause. Next time your parents yell at you to get off the computer and stop wasting time chatting with friends, you can tell them that you’re busy saving the world and can’t believe they would be so inconsiderate!

I was reading about the experience this woman went through when she learned she has an 87% chance of getting cancer.

One of the causes that you can donate Microsoft’s money to is the Susan G. Komen For The Cure, a leader in the fight against breast cancer. Other organizations include, Unicef, and

Update for Mac Office 2008 available

Update available for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. (12.0.1)

Increases stability and fixes some syncing problems with Entourage.