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Microsoft Bing team has released an update to Bing Weather app for Windows 8/RT devices. The new update brings in new features like Ski resort weather forecasts, improved Start screen tile, etc,. Key updates to this release of the Weather app include: • New immersive weather maps for temperature, radar, precipitation and satellite. • New ski resort weather provides snow forecasts, ski trail maps, ski deals & news, web cams and 360 degree panoramas. • Pin and save your favorite ski area and get up-to-date weather information on current snow and base depth. • Improved Start screen tile. • Bug fixes and performance improvements. • Note: Some features and enhancements may not be available in all markets Find the update here from Windows Store for free. Source: Bing ...

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In a recent presentation for the Norwegian Design , Albert Shum, Windows Phone Design Studio General Manager, and Todd Simmons, Executive Creative Director at Wolff Olins, spoke about the work and challenges involved in Re-Imagining Microsoft: Inside and Out. In the 45 min video posted above, they reveal some concepts they are working on re-imagining some of the Microsoft brands like Bing, Skype, Xbox, etc,. Bing logo looks flat and trendy as opposed to the ‘b’ letter design now. We will come to know about Xbox re-design next month at Xbox vNext reveal event. via: WMPU ...

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Microsoft China is offering a great deal for Surface RT devices through Microsoft China online store, the Tmall store, JD.com, Suning etc. When you buy a Surface RT device before May 31st, you can get a Touch Cover or Type Cover for free. This is a limited time offer. Surface RT (cover not included): one free Touch Cover (originally $119.99) Surface RT (black Touch Cover included): one free Touch Cover or Type Cover (originally $129.99) This offer is available currently only for Surface RT devices. via: Liveside ...

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has joined many other silicon valley executives in FWD.us project. FWD.us is an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform and education reform. “We’re thrilled that Bill Gates, Brad Smith, Steve Ballmer, and Sean Parker — longtime advocates for vital policies like comprehensive immigration reform that will grow our economy — are joining FWD.us’ efforts to organize and engage the tech community,” Joe Green, president of FWD.us, said in a statement. “We’ve been excited by the momentum we continue to see as more members of the tech community contribute to the national debate to improve our economic future, and support the bipartisan policies that will boost economic growth and continue to grow the knowledge economy,” he said. Source: ATD ...

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Windows 8.1 build leaks continues. Yesterday, a new Windows 8.2 build 9385 got leaked on the web. So far only images of the build running on a PC is public, and expect the ISO on P2P networks in next few days. Windows 8.1 is expected to have Start Button back in the task bar and so far we have not seen any references about it in the leaked builds. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 preview at BUILD conference which is scheduled to happen in late June. via: PCBeta ...

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RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced it will expand the ATIV brand to include all of its Windows® based PCs. ATIV, previously the brand for the company’s Windows based convertible PC devices, now unites all of Samsung’s Windows devices under one cohesive brand, representing the convergence of PC and mobile technologies. The new product names under the ATIV brand will provide customers an easy way to understand the product segments across Samsung’s PC portfolio. Samsung ATIV will also offer users a consistent and seamless computing experience across Samsung’s diverse PC line. “Samsung has been the fastest growing PC brand for the past three years1, in part because of our commitment to developing solutions that meet and exceed the ever-evolving needs of our customers,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “Our expanded ATIV brand and the introduction of solutions ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed that they will be announcing a new generation Xbox on May 21st. We have seen lots of reports and rumor about the Xbox vNext in the past. It has always-online requirement, Cable TV integration, Next generation graphics, Kinect 2.0 and more. Winsupersite today reported about some more details about the next gen Xbox. Pricing: Microsoft will initially offer two pricing models for the console, offering a standalone version for $499 and then a $299 version that requires a two-year Xbox LIVE Gold commitment at an expected price of $10 per month. No Xbox Lite version as planned. But they may reveal another version of Xbox 360. Xbox vNext will have Blu-ray player. Source: Winsupersite ...

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Microsoft today launched Bing Offers, a new place to discover various deals that are spread across the web. Bing Offers is available only in the US for now and it has one of the largest collection of local deals on the web. All your favorite deals in one place: You no longer need to browse through different websites, manage multiple sign-ups or sift-through your inbox. Bing Offers aggregates popular deals across the US to help you discover great deals at the right time and place. Quickly find the deals you are looking for:Search for your favorite deals by using any business name, category or keyword. Not looking for a specific deal? Then filter out irrelevant offers by location or category including: food, activities, health & fitness, beauty, travel, retail & services. Available on any device: The Bing Offers experience works seamlessly across tablets, mobile devices, and PCs, so you can use access great deals ...

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Microsoft is working on some cool telepresence projects which was revealed by their latest job listings. Microsoft was always criticized for not utilizing their R&D well enough to make them into marketable products. Microsoft is trying to change this scenario with the new startup labs which will be productizing ideas and code from Microsoft Research. Recently two new job listings revealed that a team is working on creating immersive telepresence products based on MSR inputs and current Microsoft communication products like Skype, Lync, etc, The Microsoft Mesa project is creating immersive telepresence products that will change the way remote workers experience and are experienced in meetings. Mesa offers an equal blend of software and hardware challenges so you will get a chance to work on unique technologies that are unlike any other part of Microsoft. We build on top of proven technologies like Lync and Skype, but also use new ...

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  Strategy Analytics today posted their global tablet shipments numbers. As expected, Apple and Android dominated the market like last year. But there is a new 3rd player in the race, Microsoft. Microsoft released Windows 8 which has a radical new UI optimized for touch last October. OEM partners started shipping Windows 8 based tablets last October and the sales was limited by poor retail availability. In 2013, many Windows 8 touch devices went on sale across the globe and we can see the results in the above chart. Microsoft has got 7.5% of the market with 3 million Windows tablets shipping in Q1 2013. Not a bad start at all.  Microsoft captured a niche 7.5 percent global tablet share in Q1 2013. Very limited distribution, a shortage of top tier apps, and confusion in     the market, are all holding back shipments. Source: SA ...

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Microsoft today announced that they will be revealing their next generation on Xbox on May 21st. The Xbox vNext is expected to feature Kinect 2.0, advanced graphics in equivalent to Sony PS4 and some Live TV integration and more. The event will be held at 10 AM PDT on http://xbox.com ,  Xbox Live, and Spike TV. On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada. On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue ...

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Seton Hall University has decided to hand over Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook Convertibles to newcomers starting this June. The unit will  come with Window 8 Pro, Intel i5-3317U processor, 4GB RAM, 256 GB solid state drive (SSD), 11.6 inch multitouch screen with full high-definition (1920 by 1080) resolution, a docking keyboard, dual internal batteries (one on the slate and one in the keyboard) for five hours each of battery life, a digitizer pen and a three-year warranty and asset damage protection insurance. You can find the reason why the university chose ThinkPad Helix over other Ultrabooks and devices. “The tablets cost more than the Ultrabooks, which I would assume made some students uncomfortable,” Holden said. “Further, I think that moving to a hybrid computer gives students the flexibility of a tablet, the utility of an Ultrabook and avoids the pitfalls of each machine.” He said unlike the current tablets, the Helix snaps into ...

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Today, Microsoft announced the availability of the CW app on Xbox 360. This new app lets you watch your favorite CW shows, from full episodes to previews and interviews,. It also offers next-day episodes free with your Xbox LIVE Gold subscription. The episodes includes “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural,” “Arrow” and “Beauty & the Beast.” It also comes with a support for Xbox SmartGlass to offer a content-rich, interactive and integrated experience. As viewers tune into The CW app on Xbox this Friday for the latest episode titled “The Originals,” they can access an exclusive Xbox SmartGlass experience that will provide exciting new content via their smartphone or tablet not available to any other viewers. Experiences and content that can only be discovered using the Xbox SmartGlass experience includes: A map that follows the characters through town, revealing events throughout the town’s history Biographies of each character Legends and lore of New Orleans and ...

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Microsoft Advertising today announced a new ad format called versaTiles which will be used in Outlook.com web mail service. Check out the video above to see how versaTiles behave. The new advertising format – currently being sold in Brazil and the US, with availability in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, and the UK coming soon – consists of flexible sized tile strips that give brands the opportunity to engage in deep storytelling. They’re built with the same modern design philosophy to ensure people using Outlook.com have a great experience and see ads in places that can enrich their mail experience, not deter from it. versaTiles also provide a valuable surface area for advertisers to deliver relevant content in scenarios where people expect and look for commercial content. Currently, versaTiles offers advertisers three customizable templates to choose from to help tailor ads to meet specific campaign objectives. Microsoft ...

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Last weekend, a new Windows Blue update build got leaked over online. The new Windows 8.1 build 9374 revealed no.of new features such as Kiosk mode, new Start screen customization features, etc. It also revealed Windows 8/RT 8.1 Preview which is expected to release in June during Build conference. Also read about Windows 8 Kiosk Mode Revealed In Windows Blue Build 9374. via: Winbeta ...

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VirnetX, a company which uses IP to license to other companies has already won a $200 million patent settlement from Microsoft in 2010.  Yesterday, VirnetX filed another suit against Microsoft in the East Texas judicial district. This new lawsuit is related to six patents that are alleged to cover Skype, Lync, and other instant-messaging platform. Last time Microsoft settled the litigation for $200 million after the jury awarded a fine of $105.7 million. VirnetX now notes that the license “was explicitly limited in scope, and Microsoft is not licensed to practice VirnetX’s technology in certain excluded ways, particularly across non-Windows platforms.” Microsoft is yet to comment on this issue. Source: VirnetX via: Ars ...

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