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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Currently, there is no way you can buy Windows Enterprise Edition SKU without Software Assurance agreements. It is changing now as Microsoft has confirmed that they are selling Windows Enterprise as a standalone upgrade option. Mary Jo Foley reported about this change and received the official confirmation from Microsoft about their new policy. Read it below. “We have heard from customers of all sizes who could benefit from being able to use Windows Enterprise and we have responded to that feedback with the availability of Windows Enterprise as a standalone upgrade option. Additionally some customers per internal policy are unable to enter annuity agreements. This change expands the availability of the Enterprise edition to now include these customers. Windows Enterprise will be available as a standalone upgrade SKU in the Open and Select/Select Plus programs beginning March 1, 2014. “Besides the new set of options to obtain Windows Enterprise, for most ...

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Back in 2011, Facebook released a new app called Messenger for Windows which lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can chat and message with your friends on Facebook, see the latest updates from your friends in ticker, get quick notifications about what’s going on. Today, Facebook announced that they are discontinuing the product on March 3rd. Facebook didn’t provide any particular reason for this action, but we guess Facebook is now trying to focus on mobile platforms. Recently, Facebook announced that they will be releasing Messenger app for Windows Phone devices soon. ...

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Last year we reported that Microsoft is joining fido alliance to enable stronger and simpler authentication system for consumers. Dustin Ingalls, group program manager for Windows security and identity team spoke with Computerweekly on the problem of ineffective authentication that relies on usernames and passwords. Microsoft has joined other industry leaders to define standards for the next gen authentication system. “From a business objective standpoint, all the players are well aligned and agree that passwords have been problematic for a number of years and are well past their time,” The only way to solve this problem is to get all the major players at the same table and the Fido alliance has the potential of making that happen,” He highlighted the fact that usability is critical from the start according to the Fido Alliance principles, and Microsoft is looking to work with the alliance to achieve this objective along with all the ...

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Zoo Tycoon is a business simulation developed from Microsoft Game Studios in which the player must run a zoo and try to make a profit. It became popular among gamers in the last decade and Microsoft is bringing it back. The popular Zoo Tycoon franchise has been reinvented from the ground up for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Microsoft today posted a video showing how Microsoft and Frontier worked with real-life zoo keepers to create a truly authentic zoo experience in gaming. Zoo Tycoon 2013 features the following, With tons of beautiful species, reactive gameplay and real calendar tie-in, this zoo simulation will charm Tycoon fans and new players alike. Perform intuitive face to face interactions with your animals. Adopt, care, and release animals into the wild! Design, build and manage your zoo. Keeping your animals happy will keep your guests happy, and happy guests means more money flowing into ...

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Netcraft today reported that Microsoft has passed Amazon to become the largest Windows hosting company. The report was measured by the number of web-facing Windows computers. It reported that Microsoft now has 23,400 web-facing Windows computers against Amazon’s 22,600. Netcraft cited Windows Azure as the main reason behind this growth. They also speculated that Windows Azure’s new Web Sites service could also be the reason. Microsoft’s growth is predominantly a result of the growth of Windows Azure: Azure now accounts for close to 90% of all web-facing computers at Microsoft. Windows Azure has grown by almost 50% since May 2013, during the February 2014 Web Server survey Netcraft found 27,000 web-facing computers (both Windows and Linux) using the cloud computing platform.  Many of Microsoft’s own services are powered by Windows Azure including Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, and OneDrive. Windows Azure Web Sites service — available to the general public since June ...

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Last week we reported about a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that got leaked which seemed to be a new SKU from Microsoft. This Windows 8.1 build: 9600.17024.winblue_gdr_s14sku_partner.140214-1700 was named Windows 8.1 with Bing. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has started integrating Bing directly into the OS which might raise anti-trust issues in EU. We guess it then that this new SKU might be targeted towards EU where Microsoft might be selling Windows 8.1 with Bing instead of just Windows 8.1 branding. Today, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that this Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU might be the way Microsoft will offer OS for free to OEMs. This new SKU, from what my contacts are saying, is key to Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization. I hear this SKU has only minor differences from the current Windows 8.1 SKUs, but that it may be a kind of placeholder for the future when consumer operating ...

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Microsoft announced ID@Xbox program last year allowing independent developers to publish their games on Xbox One game store. Even though games from this program is yet to be released to general public, this program is gaining momentum among developers. Microsoft said that over 200 developers are already creating games using dev kits provided by ID@Xbox right now and even released a long list revealing few names. Find it below. Honestly when I look at this list, all I can say is “wow.” It’s incredibly humbling to see so many fantastic studios there supporting Xbox One, from XBLIG and XBLA alumni like Ska Studios and Humble Hearts, to new studios like Glass Bottom Games and Heart Machine, and veterans including Robomodo, Zoë Mode and Playdead. We could not be more excited! ID@Xbox is a global program and we’re committed to bringing the best from around the world to Xbox One. The first ...

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The last major version of Microsoft’s graphics platform DirectX 11 was announced about 6 years back. Since then the desktop graphics API development has stagnated. During this time, AMD has developed their own set of APIs called Mantle. OpenGL/OpenCL has come a long way since then. Finally, Microsoft is making some announcement about their next generation DirectX platform at Game Developers Conference in March. Microsoft is promising better tools that will allow developers to squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console. Find the session info below. DirectX: Evolving Microsoft’s Graphics Platform For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet. However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. ...

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Microsoft has updated their SkyDrive Pro apps in Windows Store and iTunes App Store with OneDrive for business branding. Description: OneDrive for Business, formerly SkyDrive Pro, is cloud storage for employees as part of Office 365 or SharePoint Online business subscriptions. You need to already have a OneDrive for Business account to use this app. This app does not support on-premises deployments of OneDrive for Business. If you’re storing your files on OneDrive for Business, they are just a tap away with this app. Easily view and share your files in a modern, touch-friendly Windows 8 experience. Upload your documents and access them across all of your devices. You will get all of the security and tools that SharePoint offers to help you be more productive at work. If you are not sure whether you have a OneDrive for Business site speak with your organization admin or IT department. You ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced its Visual Studio Online “Monaco”, a coding environment in the cloud.  It is not the replacement for desktop IDE, instead it complements the desktop IDE and it is integrated with Visual Studio Online. Microsoft is released a preview of “Monaco”  that allowed Azure Websites developers to edit their sites directly from the web, from any modern browser, on any device. Today, GitHub launched their public beta of Atom, a new text editor for web developers which works in a browser. Also, they have open-sourced over 80 of the libraries and packages used in the editor. One key difference between Microsoft’s offering and Atom is that Monaco runs on all modern browsers while Atom can only run on specialized version of Chromium alone. Web browsers are great for browsing web pages, but writing code is a specialized activity that warrants dedicated tools. More importantly, the browser severely restricts access to ...

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Microsoft Surface is the official tablet for NFL sports event in the US. There were lots of marketing going around NFL for Surface in the past few months. The Surface logo and visuals have been a visible addition to all the games this past season, showing up on the sidelines on the communication carts and instant replay hoods. But it goes well beyond that, Surface has also been used in trials with many teams across the NFL, as a tool to help assist medical personnel in the area of player health and in front office operations as a powerful tablet that can go from the desktop to the field. Team use and integration into the operations of managing a NFL franchise will only increase in future seasons. Microsoft assisted NFL in releasing all its official app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. They recently detailed the NFL Combined Dashboard app ...

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Microsoft today announced that one finalist team in its Imagine Cup global student technology competition will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates. This will allow the winning team of students to interact with Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation chairman in person to share their dreams and excitement for a brighter future. Imagine cup is scheduled to happen in Redmond, Wash., from July 29 – Aug. 1. And so I’m very pleased to announce that one Imagine Cup World Finalist team will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That team of students will get the chance to share their dreams and their excitement for a brighter future in person with this entrepreneur, innovator, and humanitarian. We’re very grateful to share this opportunity with the students of Imagine Cup. And if it sounds like something you’ve ...

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Microsoft Store is offering a great on Call Of Duty: Ghosts both via its physical retail stores in the US and online store. You can get $20 off on Call Of Duty: Ghosts, so you can order one for just $29.99. This latest installment in the acclaimed Call of Duty series delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting, and cast, all powered by a new next-generation Call of Duty engine. Find the Microsoft Store links below. Call of Duty: Ghosts PC Game Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox One The newest chapter in the Call of Duty franchise features a fresh dynamic where players are on the side of a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive. Ten years after a devastating mass event, the nation’s borders and the balance of global ...

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During the commencement of Sochi Olympic games, Microsoft announced its partnership with NBC to stream thousands of hours of content to millions of users. Today, Microsoft highlighted the work they did with Sochi Olympics games. Various Microsoft technologies like Windows, Windows Azure, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft ERP, etc, were deployed to run this huge event successfully. “It is a great recognition and honor for Microsoft Russia to become a supplier of the Sochi Olympics. Microsoft technologies ensured that the innovative Olympic Games in Sochi were organized at the highest level and, in our view, contributed to the establishment of a new technological standard for large sports events organization in Russia and the whole world. The website sochi2014.com powered by Windows azure will give the opportunity to Organizing Commettes of the next Games to benefit from the experience and architectural solutions developed by Microsoft and other technology partners of the Organizing ...

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If you missed the 100GB of free OneDrive storage deal from Microsoft last week, here is your chance to redeem yourself.  Microsoft is now offering 100 GB of OneDrive storage for 100 Bing Rewards credits. Redeem today for 100 GB of OneDrive storage for year in addition to the 7 GB of free OneDrive storage that all customers receive at sign up. 100 GB for a year on OneDrive, has a $50 value, this is another perk for Microsoft’s most consistent and loyal Bing users. If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Bing Rewards was designed to help you discover ways Bing can help you do the things that are most important to you. Just like a frequent flyer program, you can earn credits by searching the web every day with Bing and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands or donate your credits to a local school ...

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Redspawn announced Titanfall Collector’s Edition bundle some time back. Collector’s Edition bundle includes few collectibles which the developers think you will love. •Exclusive collectible individually numbered Titan statue, standing over 18″ tall, handcrafted from over 300 individual parts and featuring battery-powered LED lighting •Full-size, hardcover art book featuring over 190 pages of rare concept art •Exclusive full-size schematic poster of the Atlas Titan •Titanfall Game – Introducing the experience that combines fast-paced multiplayer action with dramatic, cinematic moments lets you enjoy the fiction of the universe without having to leave your favorite game mode The only bad thing is its price which is expected to be around $250. However, these Collector’s Edition bundle will be released in limited numbers, so you have to spend a bit more to get one of these. Pre order from the links below. Titanfall Collector’s Edition – Amazon If you don’t own a Xbox One, ...

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