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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Israel basedd software company MiniFrame Ltd. sued Microsoft in New York, claiming that Microsoft used its monopoly in the operating systems market to pressure potential clients not to buy MiniFrame’s PC-sharing software. MiniFrame’s PC-sharing software allows multiple users to access the same computer operating system from multiple locations, using only a monitor, keyboard and mouse, which the company said did not violate the terms of Microsoft’s original use licensing agreements. Those licenses only barred multiple computers from accessing the same Windows system, according to MiniFrame. But in 2007, recognizing the competitive threat that such software introduced, Microsoft added new terms to its licensing deals that restricted the use of its operating systems to a single user, MiniFrame’s complaint alleges. There was no technological reason behind this change, according to MiniFrame. “Microsoft’s ability to maintain its monopoly in the server operating system market against the competing PC-sharing software (e.g., MiniFrame’s SoftXpand product) is ...

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It was today reported that Microsoft will build its next billion dollar data center in southeast West Des Moines in Iowa. This upcoming data center will be one of the Microsoft’s largest centers in the U.S., according to plans unveiled today. This “Project Alluvion” is valued at $1.1 billion and will take 154 acres in West Des Moines’ southeast corner. Microsoft already has a data center in the region and the total investment in West Des Moines to just under $2 billion. Microsoft will get incentives from the state government by few millions, but Microsoft has promised to offer 84 jobs in this area. During its meeting Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved granting Microsoft a $20.3 million sales tax rebate for the project. That tax rebate would be available until 2021. Those state incentives come on top of the $18 million in incentives already promised by West Des Moines. To receive those incentives, Microsoft ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of public preview of Microsoft Azure Brazil Region. And the service will transition to general availability in the coming weeks. As Microsoft is looking to expand their service availability throughout the world, this expansion will provide a significant number of services in Brazil region and network availability that is on par with the industry in the local market. With today’s public preview, customers in the region will experience better performance through reduced latency, and have the option to maintain three copies of their data in country through Locally Redundant Storage (LRS). However, if customers prefer Geo Redundant Storage (GRS), which is the default option, their data will be replicated to our US South Central region for increased durability. The Microsoft Azure website has been updated to provide information on service availability and pricing in the Brazil South region.  During the preview period, Azure services including Compute, ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals is now available in Windows Store. It includes glƏƏk! Twitter app, games like Shark Dash, Roman Empire, Success Story, the Treasures of Montezuma 3, and Chuggington Puzzle Stations. Find the full list below, Shark Dash! by Gameloft is a fantastic physics puzzler that pits plastic shark toys against a flock of rubber duckies who’ve invaded their bathtub. Make your way through 96 levels in 4 splashy locations including Ancient Rome and Japan. Originally $1.99, get it now for $.99 in the Windows Store. glƏƏk! - A full-featured Twitter app for both Windows and Windows Phone, glƏƏk! is loaded with goodies like allowing you to have unlimited accounts, saving stuff to read later (integrated with Pocket), and a view of random Tweets from around the world. Of course, you also get all the stuff you’d expect like Twitter timelines, mentions, and retweets. Now on sale in ...

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Microsoft revealed the Cortana digital assistant platform at BUILD developer conference earlier this month. Behind the scenes, its Microsoft’s Bing platform that powers Cortana. Even though Cortana responds based on your intent and behavior now, MSR expects it to interact in an increasingly anticipatory, natural manner in the future. Microsoft Research detailed some of the technologies involved in building Cortana. Even though many of us would just categorize them under Artificial Intelligence label, Microsoft Research has detailed all of those technologies involved. Speech recognition, Semantic/natural language processing, Dialogue modeling between human and machines, Spoken-language generation, Microsoft Research has used all of the above base technologies for a creating a virtual personal assistant based on the work they have done in different areas of personal-assistant technology. Cortana’s design philosophy is therefore entrenched in state-of-the-art machine-learning and data-mining algorithms. Furthermore both developers and researchers are able to use Microsoft’s broad assets across ...

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Microsoft Research today revealed about their new project called Holograph. Holograph is an interactive, 3-D data-visualization research platform that can render static and dynamic data above or below the plane of the display using a variety of 3-D stereographic techniques. The platform enables rapid exploration, selection, and manipulation of complex, multidimensional data to create and refine natural user-interaction techniques and technologies, with the goal of empowering everyone to understand the growing tide of large, complex data sets. During Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair, Microsoft Research scientist Curtis Wong demonstrated this project. Watch the video above. Holograph enables users to examine various types of dynamic data sets—easily and naturally. “If you have 3-D data, you could move your head around and look at things as if they were physically there,” Wong suggests. “That’s a natural way of observing something. If you want to reach in and select something that’s interesting, you ...

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The future of computing interface is all about NUI, natural user interface (NUI) is the ability to interact with a computer using speech, gesture and touch, seamlessly and simultaneously. Microsoft’s Redmond campus has a Envisioning Center which showcases Microsoft’s devices and services strategy and what it could unlock in the future. It provides us a glimpse of the future on how our computing may get transformed in the next 5-10 years. Many of those futuristic scenarios are powered by two Microsoft technologies available today: Kinect for Windows and Perceptive Pixel (PPI) displays. The Envisioning Center team was halfway through designing scenarios when Microsoft acquired PPI. A light bulb went off, say Jonathan Cluts and Anton Andrews, who planned everything at the Center from the physical architecture to the code powering its innovative scenarios. “Immediately we put our heads together and started to think about how to put the two devices together because they ...

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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 first 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 ...

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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 from March 2014 NPD Group results include: Xbox One continues selling at a strong pace with 311,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of March, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by more than 60 percent at the same point in time. Xbox 360 continues to grow its install base with 111,000 units sold in March in the U.S., more than any other seventh generation console. Xbox One continues to ...

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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! KEY FEATURES: • Play through 80+ levels and earn as many bells as possible to test your skills! • Explore new fire and oil mechanics in the underground city! • Earn bells faster with fun power-ups! • Discover ancient collectibles to unlock bonus puzzles! • Stuck on a challenging level? Try ...

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Microsoft is fighting an uphill battle against Google in search advertising market. With Yahoo search deal, Microsoft is now providing the technology for both web search results and search advertising. According to the “State of Paid Search” report for the first quarter of the year, advertisers now spending more money on Bing than ever. In fact, Bing is now growing at a rate double that of Google. The increase in spend indicates that Bing is now becoming a more appealing network for advertisers to devote their marketing spend, in part because of its recent increases in click-through rate (CTR) combined with decreases in cost-per-clicks (CPCs). “Bing gains ground in overall search traffic and has proven to be an appealing alternative to Google,” said Delia Perez, SVP Marketing Strategy at the firm. “A number of factors are driving this growth as advertisers are drawn to Bing’s more flexible campaign management tools ...

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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 when choosing an employer. Other criterion included financial health of the company, good work-life balance, pleasant working atmosphere and career progression opportunities.  The survey said men preferred companies which offered competitive salary and job security, while women looked at better work atmosphere, accessibility and flexible working conditions. Source: NDTV   ...

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Nokia today halted the sales of Lumia 2520 Windows tablet over faulty charger issue. Read the press release from Nokia below for more details. Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced a product advisory for the European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and UK are strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice. Also, consumers who purchased the Lumia 2520 travel charger accessory in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, UK and the US are strongly advised to suspend use of the travel charger accessory. In total, approximately 30,000 chargers are impacted by this advisory. This includes approximately 600 travel charger accessories sold in the US. During an internal quality control process, Nokia identified a potential product quality issue that may potentially lead to a safety concern with certain ...

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Battle your way through 20 battlefields, three difficulty modes, and multiple gladiator and time challenges in the new Castle Raid 2 in Windows Store. Description: It’s the coming of the new age of war, Castle Raid 2 – New alliances is here. Are you prepared to do battle? Castle Raid is back, bigger and more challenging than ever before! In this unique tug-of-war you once again fight to defend your castle against the enemy’s hoard. Get ready to enter the magical world of noble knights and sage wizards, dragons and assassins, and set out on a new epic adventure. Fight your way through the snow covered lands of the Frozen Plains and the beautiful open fields of the Greenlands. Learn the ways of your new enemy, the Reavers – You’ll be seeing a lot of them. Castle Raid 2 features tons of new exhilarating content guaranteed to knock your socks ...

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Brazil based company Apek has announced MaxPad, world’s first Touch TV with Windows OS in it. It runs on Windows 8.1 and it comes with optic multipoint touchscreen. It also come with 100 degree wide angle camera which is perfect for video conferences in high resolution, allows 5MP capture, and Full HD video. It is powered by Quadcore AMD chip With 3.8Ghz, the processor A10 offers high performance graphics with an ATI Radeon HD7660. On storage side, it comes With a hybrid configuration that includes a SSD of 60 GB and 500 GB HD, you will have more speed and space. It comes with Universal remote control, Air Mouse and wireless keyboard. You can have everything under control with only one device. You can use this TV in various modes, assemble your Maxpad like Desktop, Flat Table, Inclined Table (45 °), Kiosk or straight in your wall. It starts with ...

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Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last week we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April. The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. ZDNet today reported that Microsoft has reduced the price of such custom support for Windows XP customers. ...

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