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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

On its official Office blog, Microsoft highlighted the fact that Office 2003 support is ending and users need to move to Office 365 for latest features and security enhancements. Microsoft released Office 2003 ten years ago and at the time it was on the cutting edge of productivity. It sported a new Office logo, came with OneNote and had a new look and feel.  Now after 10 years, Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work and Microsoft is saying farewell to Office 2003. it urges its users to embrace the productivity solution of today – Office 365. The days of editing documents via multiple attachments, iterations and printouts are behind us. Office 365 harnesses the power of the cloud to make getting things done easier and faster, regardless of your location or device. With Office 365, creating files is just the tip of the iceberg. You can now share and ...

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Microsoft Xbox yesterday announced the kick-off of the “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship,” the first ever global motion-sports competition. The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” is a competition for players from around the world who mastered “Kinect Sports Rivals” gameplay skills. Prize Details:  The grand prize winner will get $10,000 in cash and a trip of a lifetime for two to one of four amazing destinations. The grand prize winner will choose one (1) trip, from one of the following vacation packages: a water sports adventure in Bora Bora, walking the Great Wall of China, trekking to Machu Picchu or skiing the Swiss Alps. Additional prizes include: 2nd Place: USD $5,000 3rd Place: USD $2,500 4th Place: USD $1,000 5th – 11th Place: USD $500 each The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” will begin online on April 8 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil, and on April 11 in the U.K., ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering a limited time deal for Surface family of devices. When you get any Surface device that includes Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, you will get a Touch Cover for free. Touch Cover is now available in 5 different colors and it costs $79.99 from Microsoft Store. Touch Cover: Slim. Sleek. The cover you can type on. Designed for Surface, Touch Cover is a revolutionary dual-purpose pressure-response keyboard and protective cover. The bright, smooth surface lets you type up to 2x faster than onscreen. Email, chat, work, and connect with friends in style. Built-in trackpad and Windows shortcut keys give you quick, easy ways to navigate Surface. Brighter. Bolder. Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colors (Black, White, Cyan, Magenta, and Red), so you can express your personal style. Super-smooth, spill-resistant exterior is easy to clean. Click. Done. Need to chat, quickly? ...

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Steve Ballmer stepped down Microsoft’s CEO last month. In a new interview he gave to WSJ, Ballmer has said that he’s not sure how long he’ll stay as a Microsoft director. He said, “It really as much as anything depends on how I see rest of my life playing out,” in an interview last week. Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft board should surprise everyone given the fact that Steve Ballmer owns about 4% of Microsoft and he calls Microsoft his “child.” He also revealed that he felt “different” to be just a director, and not CEO, during Microsoft’s board meeting as he was quieter in the boardroom than previously. Ballmer, who turns 58 on Monday, said in the interview he is relishing his first break after more than 33 years at Microsoft. “I have a chance to really think” about what to do next, Ballmer said. That jibes with his first post-CEO public appearance earlier this ...

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Microsoft announced Project Siena (code name) technology back in December last year. This Windows Store app allowed users without any programming can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services. Some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building are Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits and Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input. Today, they have released beta 2  version of the app in Windows Store. It now allows you to connect apps to powerful web services – from popular consumer services to enterprise SaaS to services created by IT. Change log: • Quick start: create an app by merely selecting a folder full of images • Add translate, search, speak, and social network connections to any app • Easily and securely ...

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Few days back, we reported that Walmart is now offering Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449, a $50 off from the original price of $499. Also, the largest online retailer Amazon is now offering the same deal of selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449 and it includes free shipping as well. Microsoft Store has joined this new $449 Xbox One deal club with even more incentives. Find the deals below. Xbox One Titanfall Edition: Buy the Xbox One bundle. Get Titanfall. Celebrate the future of multiplayer gaming with the Xbox One Titanfall bundle. It includes Xbox One, Titanfall, and a month of Xbox Live Gold, all for the same price as a standard Xbox One.* Limited quantities, get yours now.  Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership Card Save $20 when you buy an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership Card with an Xbox One console. Add $39.99, regularly $59.99 Order it ...

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ZDNet today reported that Microsoft is planning to rebrand its “Windows Azure” services to ”Microsoft Azure”. It was also reported that Microsoft will make this rebranding announcement this week, specifically tomorrow (March 25). The rebranding will go live on April 3, on the 2nd day of Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference in San Francisco. I guess this rebranding effort is to symbolize Azure as a cross-platform/heterogeneous cloud solution rather than just a Windows based Cloud service. The rebranding makes sense, given Windows Azure isn’t all about Windows. Azure customers can run Linux in virtual machines on the operating system. Azure users also can run Oracle databases and middleware, and use non-Windows-specific development tools, including Java, Ruby, PHP and Python. Are you happy with Microsoft Azure name? Source: ZDNet ...

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Every now and then we come across interesting design concepts by independent designers around the world. Andrewz is also one such designer and he today sent us his latest Windows 9 concept. Supplemental showcase video briefly demonstrates highlights of Windows 9 design concept. Don’t forget to read the article http://goo.gl/B59YWC – the main part of the project – and view still pictures gallery http://goo.gl/LxXCnN . I didn’t intend to amaze audience with reworked and refined graphics. I tried to use current assets and reorganize them in my way. My primary focus was usability. I respected some things Windows 8 came with and haven’t changed them at all. 1/5 Installation 0:04 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6FxN… 2/5 Modern Taskbar with Mouse 00:40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMaOIu… 3/5 Modern Taskbar with Touch 2:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCNOaV… 4/5 Modern UI Improvements 3:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUZcnL… 5/5 Start Screen Improvements 3:50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLe80k… He is interested to hear about your feedback. Let him know via the comments ...

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Ubisoft has announced the next iteration of Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. This game is coming to Xbox One and PC this coming holiday season. Ubisoft has also released a trailer which you can seen above. Qu’ils mangent de la brioche [Let them eat cake]! We have been working on the new Assassin’s Creed for more than three years and although we weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC, it seems Abstergo are trying to force our hand!  So here’s a true first look at in-game footage from Assassin’s Creed Unity. Stay tuned – we’ll have many more exciting details for you in the months ahead! Pre-order this game from Amazon from the below links, Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity – PC     ...

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, an ex-Microsoft employee was arrested for leaking trade secrets and internal Windows related software builds to a blogger. Court documents revealed that Microsoft snooped into Outlook/Hotmail accounts of the blogger to crack down this case. Some news sites accused Microsoft for snooping customer’s (in this case blogger’s) email account. Electronic Frontier Foundation today raised the same issue criticizing Microsoft for searching blogger’s Outlook/Hotmail contents without court warrant. To the contrary, if Microsoft’s independent legal team concluded that there was probable cause, it could have passed the tipster’s information to the FBI to obtain a warrant and conduct the search under the auspices of the criminal justice system. The warrant protections enshrined in the Constitution would be preserved, ECPA would be satisfied, and Microsoft could have claimed the high moral ground. Instead, Microsoft has opted for an internal corporate shadow court. To be sure, the process described in Microsoft’s statement ...

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Microsoft Surface digital marketing team has done this cool job of convincing a 12 year old girl to buy a Surface 2 instead of Apple iPad mini which she preferred. Recently a father tweeted Surface team a presentation that his 12 year old daughter created describing why she should get an iPad mini. He challenged both Surface and Samsung to take turns in a rebuttal, we gladly accepted the challenge. Microsoft in response created a presentation for that girl to convince her to buy Surface 2 and they won the challenge by selling a Surface 2 to her. Find the pictures from the below link to see what happened next. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Yesterday we reported that Walmart is now offering Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449, a $50 off from the original price of $499. Now, the largest online retailer Amazon is now offering the same deal of selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449 and it includes free shipping as well. This bundle includes: The Xbox One Console, the Xbox One Wireless Controller, the Xbox One Kinect Sensor, the Xbox One Headset, a one month Xbox Live token card, and a Titanfall full game token code Titanfall requires an internet connection and Xbox Live Gold Membership to play. The console is driven by a powerful combination of CPU, GPU and 8GB of RAM, governed by an innovative OS architecture, to deliver power, speed and agility Kinect is included with every Xbox One. Completely reengineered to be more precise, responsive and intuitive with unparalleled voice, vision and motion technology 720p or higher ...

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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available leaving your PC go unprotected against all security vulnerabilities. Last week, we reported that Microsoft Store is now offering few things that will attract Windows XP customers to upgrade to new PCs. That included a $50 gift card which you can use in Microsoft Store. Microsoft has now updated their offer to include $100 savings instead of $50 gift card. $100 Off – Save $100 when you buy any Surface Pro 2 or select PCs over $599. Excludes Surface 2 and some PCs. 90 days of free support – Receive free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days. Free data transfer – We’ve partnered with Laplink, a data migration service to help you transfer your personal photos, videos, music, and files for free. ...

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Titanfall is one of the biggest game launch this year and it is already creating waves in the gaming industry. Xbox One sales are increasing because of this single game. The developers of the game are hard at working on the fixes for the server and other general improvements. The first set of updates are now rolling out to servers.  Not every server will have these changes right now.  but by some time tomorrow Respawn expects all of them to have it. Find the full change log below. 3/21/2014 Server Changelog: Balancing adjustments and general changes - The damage indicator from Electric Smoke is now much more noticeable - Search Drones will now show up in Classic Modes of Angel City - Arc grenade/mine effects no longer draw on friendly Pilots and Titans - Lowered the point value of defensive actions in Hardpoint mode and CTF. - Increased the score limit ...

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Microsoft has finalized Windows 8.1 Update and already sharing the update images with OEMs to install in the new PCs. Microsoft itself has leaked the update via its own servers quite a few times now. Read about how to download it yourself here. In a leaked document about Windows 8.1 update Microsoft sent to OEMs, we have come to know about a new information. Microsoft is now encouraging OEMs to pre-install OneNote app. Microsoft will also pin OneNote app in the Start screen. If OEMs is not installing OneNote app, then there will be blank space in the Start screen due to the absence of the OneNote tile. Recently, Microsoft announced series of big announcements related to OneNote, read about them below. Download Now: Microsoft Releases OneNote 2013 App For Free To Windows Users Microsoft Releases Free OneNote App For Mac OS X Microsoft Announces OneNote Clipper, Easiest Way To Save ...

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Microsoft had its first Windows Azure conference in India for the past two days. During the conference, Microsoft shared many details about the Windows Azure business in India and their momentum. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, “We are adding over 2000 commercial cloud customers every month in India and these are customers across all industry sectors – banking, manufacturing, healthcare and media, and across large, mid-sized and small companies.” Microsoft said that scalability, reduced costs, flexibility, business agility and speed in new service roll-out are some of the reasons Windows Azure is chosen Enterprise customers.  Microsoft has 10,000 partners and engages with an ecosystem of 1.6 million developers in the country. Windows Azure Enterprise Customers in India include Three leading private banks Five leading auto manufacturers Four leading healthcare organizations Three leading media houses Five leading Indian SIs are also building solutions on Windows Azure for global consumption “Our ...

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