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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft today posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. This video shows how the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Dual-position Kickstand: The integrated Kickstand features two positions, so you can choose the one that works best for you. On your desk or in your lap, find the perfect viewing angle. Productive apps: Office 2013 RT2 is included with Surface 2. Get touch-optimized versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and take Surface from plaything to workhorse in an instant. Powerful ports, including USB 3.0: Take Surface to the big screen with the HD video out port.3 The microSD card reader lets you add up to 64GB of extra storage. Connect accessories with a full-size ...

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Microsoft released Office for iPad apps in App Store after much delay. It became an instant hit with over 12 million downloads within weeks after the launch. Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, “If it had been done earlier, it would’ve been better for Microsoft.” He however acknowledged that Microsoft’s Office is critical software for the iPad, especially in enterprises, and customers are responding well. He also whole heartedly welcomed Microsoft for their move. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise in the enterprise,” “I wholeheartedly welcome Microsoft to the App Store.” Source: Apple ...

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Microsoft today formalized their policy on materials used in packaging and hardware supply chain. Microsoft is also working to further improve the relevance and quality of the information provided about the content and source of materials used in our products. As the company moves forward as One Microsoft, we must do an extraordinary job of overcoming complex social and environmental challenges throughout our packaging and hardware supply chain. Recently, we formalized our values and approach around upstream responsible sourcing through “Microsoft’s Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials” policy. What’s changed in our thinking? We are extending our positive influence to the furthest reaches of our upstream supply chain – all the way to harvested and extracted materials. This is a natural evolution of our Supplier Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) program. In 2005, we began holding our contracted suppliers accountable to the ethical business, labor, environmental and worker safety practices outlined in ...

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Last year, Microsoft introduced the Bing for Schools program where schools participating in the search program will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections. Today, Microsoft renamed the project to Bing in the Classroom program, and is increasing the broad availability of ad-free, safer, more private search to all eligible K-12 public and private schools in the US. Along with providing educational enhancements, Bing in the Classroom removes ads and blocks searches from being used for personalized advertising for all Bing.com searches done through the school’s network, making Bing the only major search engine to provide a search offering tailored specifically for the classroom. As of today, any qualified school district or private school can go to bing.com/classroom and register for the completely free service, which is already being used by over 4.5 million students, including those in the five largest districts in ...

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Xplore Technologies yesterday announced the industry’s most rugged Windows tablet on the market, the XC6 DMSR. It is powered by a 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, the high-performance rugged tablet features a direct sunlight readable display, as well as an resisitive multi-touch interface to make running your toughest applications easier than ever- no matter how extreme the environment. Read the full press release below. AUSTIN, Texas – April 22, 2014 – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR), manufacturer of rugged and ultra-rugged tablets, has announced the XC6 series, the most rugged and highest performing tablet in the industry. The tablet significantly upgrades Xplore’s iX104 ultra-rugged tablet series, with double the performance speeds, a 30 percent increase in sunlight-readability, an innovative rugged multi-touch display and a full Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro operating system. “The XC6 is the toughest and highest performance product Xplore has ever developed. It will perform ...

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The official Reuters app is now available in Windows Store for download. It is a free app and all Windows RT/8.1 devices can download it. Description: Access professional-grade content from Reuters, the world’s leading source for reputable and trustworthy news and information for businesses professionals. Reuters’ app for Windows 8 provides the knowledge to act and gain competitive edge with access to the latest in international news, business, politics, entertainment, and technology. Features: •Free content for all users •Access to US and UK editions •Comprehensive coverage in sections including: Top News, World, Politics, Business, Money, Oddly Enough and more… •View interactive articles, cutting edge videos and eye-catching photos and slide shows •Tools to share content with friends Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft Bing Rewards has now added a new redeem option where you can get 100 points/miles for popular airline and hotel loyalty programs with 400 reward credits. Redeem your credits and get 100 points/miles for your favorite frequent flyer, hotel or retail loyalty program. Participating programs include American Airlines AAdvantage®, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns®, Hawaiian Airlines® HawaiianMiles®, Icelandair Saga Club, IHG® Rewards Club, LifeMiles, My BestBuy™ Rewards, SVM FuelCircle, US Airways® Dividend Miles® and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Once you receive the certificate, choose your preferred loyalty program, enter your member number and some info to make sure it’s you, and your points or miles will be deposited into your program account. Rack up your credits to get rewarded faster! Travel, stay or shop that much sooner. Find more details about this reward here. If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. ...

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Titanfall for Xbox One and PC was released on March 11th and it was well received by the consumers. The Xbox 360 version of the game was released on April 8th and it is now available for download. All these editions were earlier available for $59.99 USD. Now, Amazon is selling these units under a great deal for just $36.99, a 38% off from its original price. Find the links below to order. Prepare for Titanfall. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is an all-new universe juxtaposing small vs. giant, natural vs. industrial and man vs. machine. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experiences in first-person action and with Titanfall are focused on bringing something exciting the next generation of multiplayer gaming. Order Titanfall game from Amazon the following links, Order ...

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Microsoft India has partnered with HP and Pearson to launch a tablet targeting higher educational students in engineering and management streams. HP Omni10 Windows 8.1 tablet will include content from Pearson and Microsoft Office. It is priced at Rs 29,999 and will be available for all technical and management institutes at an EMI plan of Rs 2,990 per month for 12 months (taxes additional). This offer will be available till June 15th. HP Omni 10 specs: Intel® Atom® Z3770 (1.46 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 4 cores), 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory with MicroSD card support, Up to 8.5 hours of battery life 10″ diagonal WVA multitouch enable (With Corning Gorilla Glass 3) (1920 x 1200) 720p 2 MP (front-facing webcam); 8MP with Auto-Focus(rear-facing webcam) Stereo speakers; HP Premium Sound Accelerometer; Gyroscope; Ambient light sensor; Hall; eCompass Apart from the above specs, the following additional content ...

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  If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet that will also serve you for your productivity, here is the answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface 64GB model with Black Touch Cover is now available for just $329 from Microsoft Store. This is a 2 day sale from Microsoft Store. That’s $30 off of current discounted price – but a whopping $170 savings from original price of $499! Offer is valid now through Wednesday, 4/23, end of day 11:59 pm PST. Place the order for Microsoft Surface 64gb with black Touch Cover for on Microsoft Store for $359, use the Promo code AFF2DAY at checkout for the $329 deal price. You can order Surface 64GB Surface for $329 here. ...

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Bing image search experience is one of my favorite web service that I use often. Microsoft today blogged about the Bing Image search quality providing us a behind the scenes look into how Bing is improving image search quality by exploring some additional techniques that they are employing to deliver high quality image results. Bing listed some of the techniques they use in deriving Bing Image search results, Understanding Image Quality Understanding Objects Understanding Color Filtering Image Characteristics Faces, Shoulders and Bodies Understanding Image Style Better Image Quality by Smart Cropping Better Thumbnail Visual Quality Building Hero Image Experiences For comparison with Google, check the images above. First one is the Bing image search result and the below one is from Google. For example with a query like “photos of yunnan”, where Yunnan is a beautiful resort in China, users expect to not only see relevant but also beautiful images ...

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The Windows OS we install on our tablets, PCs and servers takes several gigabytes of space to run. With the increasing adoption of mobile devices by consumers, it is necessary to make Windows run on a mobile device that will have less than 4GB of storage. For that, Microsoft has created a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows Client or Server. These smaller operating systems is in the order megabytes – not gigabytes. A recent job listing revealed that Windows Phone is the first product that was developed using this technology. Also, Microsoft is now pushing their Internet of Things strategy with Windows, this technology could be powering there too. Our team is working on a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows ...

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We already have a cloud platform from Microsoft called Azure. Thousands of organizations and developers are already building and deploying their apps on this service. A new job listing has revealed that Microsoft is developing a new product in which they will offer Windows as a Service. 1st and 3rd party service providers can also build on this Windows as a Service. Even though this sounds similar to what Azure is offering right now, I guess this could be consumer version of Windows offered as a service. We are a team focused on developing services that will power Microsoft’s ability to offer Windows as a Service. You will help will build the software platform that allow 1st and 3rd party service providers to onboard their services on to the Microsoft’s new consumer membership program. You will prototype and develop services that connect partners with consumers to offer an integrated Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced a basic pricing tier for Azure Web Sites as part of the April update. Microsoft already has Free, Shared, or Standard mode for running websites and this Basic mode is a new one. This new Basic pricing tier includes all the core Azure Web Sites abilities which allows you to run production sites at a lower cost. Basic pricing tier offers up to three instances of dedicated Virtual Machine running your web sites, SSL support, Scheduled Jobs, Endpoint Monitoring and more. To make things simple, Microsoft has listed the the main differences and properties: Free web sites: These are primarily for evaluation purposes, enabling a free playground for anyone who wishes to experience Azure Web Sites at no cost. Free web sites have no SLA. Shared web sites: These reduce some of the restrictive quotas associated with Free, allowing you to run your web sites 24×7. However, shared web sites are ...

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Back in the late 90′s, Instant Messaging was a big thing in the internet. AOL’s AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo, and ICQ were the big players in the market. In 1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail, one of the most popular e-mail service. By seeing the popularity of the instant messengers, Microsoft decided to enter the market with MSN Messenger by allowing every Hotmail user be able to log on to Messenger with a Hotmail address and password as seamlessly as possible. Along with that plan, Microsoft decided to include AIM log-in option to allow millions of users to instantly connect with each other. Obviously, AOL didn’t allow Microsoft to get access to their system and Microsoft decided to break through it. Microsoft decided to reverse engineer AOL’s chat protocol and implemented the integration. A developer at MSN Messenger at that time has now shared his work on how everyday they used to decode AOL’s protocol ...

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Microsoft today announced a new feature for Bing.com where they will be posting the predictions of the events based on their ability to process trillions of signals to reflect what is happening in the real world. For instance, during the presidential elections, Bing experiences a surge of positive and negative queries about the presidential candidates from different parts of the U.S. Taking this model even further, teams within Bing have been experimenting with useful ways that we can harness the power of Bing to model outcomes of events. This could be anything from an election or sporting event to whether an actor will win the People’s Choice Award. Bing team is bringing these insights directly to our search results pages. Based on a variety of different signals including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter, they will be unveiling an experiment they have built to give you our prediction ...

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