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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

During BUILD keynote, Joe Belfiore demoed a glimpse of the upcoming Windows Store makeover for Windows 8.1 users. The upcoming update will put focus more on Apps all the way. When you open the Windows Store, you will be welcomed with featured apps on the left along with collections, then there is Top Free, New & Rising category of apps on the right. There is now always shown navigation bar on the top with the search box as well. Also, Windows Store will now highlight price drops of the apps to the users as well. The original prices are crossed out with the new, dropped, price highlighted in red. Overall, its a pretty neat update that will allow keyboard and mouse users to enjoy Windows Store content more than ever. via: McAkins ...

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Plex gives you one simple interface to organize all of your media: your movie and TV collection, your music library, and all of your photos and home videos. Plex enriches your media library by adding descriptions, plot summaries, posters, and album covers. Enjoy your media on every TV in the house or on any mobile device on the go. One independent developer has announced via forums that he is working on a plex client for Xbox One. Microsoft has approved this app via ID@Xbox program. I would like to make you all aware of some very exciting news… Microsoft has approved the development of a Plex Client for Xbox One. That is correct, we have been granted membership into ID@Xbox specifically for the development and eventual release of Plex for Xbox One. This is in no way saying that it will be coming next week, or even next month, but ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering great deal on couple of Quad HD+ touchscreen display Windows laptops. Find the details about the devices below. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K03US Touchscreen Ultrabook: 13.3-inch Quad HD+ touchscreen - With a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, it squeezes 275 pixels per inch into its SuperBright display to make it 75% brighter than standard laptop screens. Intel Core i5-4200U – Fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor delivers faster system performance, uses less power, and enables sharper graphics. 4GB memory/128GB SSD – The 128GB solid state drive gets you booted up in just 5.9 seconds and wakes the ATIV Book 9 Plus in under a second. And since SSD has no moving parts, it’s more reliable than a standard hard drive. Up to 7.5 hours battery life 12.60 x 8.80 x 0.50 in (320.04 x 223.52 x 12.70 mm) Weight: 3.06 lbs (1.38 kg) It ...

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In December of 2013 we reported on Microsoft’s plans for an exclusive documentary for Xbox Live users. The documentary will investigate the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983 that the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”  Millions of unsold game cartridges were buried in the middle of the night in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Two companies, Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive planned on digging up portions of an old Alamogordo landfill located near First Street and White Sands Boulevard to search for Atari “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” game cartridges purportedly buried there in the 1980s. The documentary has run afoul of typical government bureaucracy.  The New Mexico Environment Depart halted a planned excavation of an old city landfill so two companies can look for old video game cartridges. “No one is allowed to dig until the WEP is approved ...

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Last week, Satya Nadella announced some changes in the senior leadership team at Microsoft. Following Marc Whitten’s resignation, Phil Spencer has been promoted to take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson spoke with Phil Spencer about his new role as Head of Xbox. They discussed about E3, fan feedback, and his plans to help lead Xbox going forward. Phil Spencer answered that he is looking into all the feedback he is getting from people around, and his focus is mainly on gaming for Xbox. He really wants Gaming and Xbox to be a main strategy for Microsoft going forward. Watch the video above to know more.   ...

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Microsoft revealed Cortana for the first time at BUILD developer conference earlier this week. Bing information platform is the brain behind Cortana and if you want to know how it works to deliver answers to queries in near-realtime, watch this video above. Bing has built a scalable, distributed, and reliable functional reactive computing platform to efficiently evaluate standing queries over the world’s information streams in near-realtime. It is one of the major components of the Bing Information Platform that powers Cortana. There is also a smaller version of the stream processing engine that runs on all Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Bing engineers can easily write standing queries against the world’s information streams using LINQ. The set of functional operators that are supported is a core subset of those offered by Rx (Reactive Framework). Source: Microsoft ...

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A 5-year-old finding a critical security bug in Xbox One. Yes, it’s so hard to believe. 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel from the San Diego did it recently by logging into his dad’s Xbox Live account on Xbox One. His father was curious to know how he initially got access to games which were on his password-protected Xbox One profile. Later he found that hid kid was spamming the password verification screen with space bar and it allowed him to enter into his dad’s account. His father reported this bug to Microsoft and Microsoft rewarded Kristoffer with a year of Xbox Live, four games and $50. ...

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Microsoft launched Windows Phone App Studio Beta eight months ago and since then over 400,000 people have made use of it. Lots of novice developers have built and published their first Windows Phone app with ease. But it didn’t allow you to develop apps for Windows Store targeting PCs and tablets. Microsoft yesterday relaunched the tool as Windows App Studio Beta with which now you can build a universal Windows app project that results in an app for Windows Phone and Windows, all in a single session. Read how to create an app in minutes here. f you are planning to publish to the Store, you’ll first need to register for a Dev Center account ($19 USD annual registration fee). You will need to reserve a name for your app—just go to Dev Center to reserve the App Name, and then place the App Identity, App Display Name, Publisher ID, ...

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At BUILD developer conference, Microsoft Advertising team shared their details about their recent work to help developers better monetize their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. They released the following, New Advertising SDK for Windows 8.1 2 New Advertising SDKs for Windows Phone A New, modernized pubCenter A New Program to promote your Windows Phone app! The new Ad SDK for Windows 8.1 is designed to improve ad-funded monetization for app developers: The new SDK will unlock advertiser demand by enabling 3rd party ad serving (i.e., ads served by mobile rich media ad servers vs. ad served by Microsoft), aligning with MRAID v1.0 mobile rich media ad industry standards, and connecting to the Microsoft Ad Exchange Over the next few months, as more developers adopt the new ad SDK and we reach critical mass of inventory on the new ad SDK to offer to advertisers, we expect that fill rates ...

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Microsoft Store is now running a great deal for Surface Pro 2. When you get a Surface Pro 2, you get an Xbox Wireless Controller for Windows and two free downloadable PC games for free. Microsoft has partnered with Geek & Sundry to include these two free downloadable PC games – War Thunder Mustang Advanced Pack and Farming Simulator 2013. This deal is Available exclusively at MicrosoftStore.com. Find the deal here and save over $104. Surface Pro 2: Choose the version of Surface Pro 2 that’s best for you. Surface Pro 2 has 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920 x1080 screen resolution ideal for gaming. Surface Pro 2 also has the connections you need for work or play: USB 3.0, microSD card slot, mini DisplayPort, and Bluetooth 4.0. Xbox Wireless Controller for Windows: With this wireless controller, the gamer gains flexibility, precision control, quality and convenience at their fingertips. The Wireless ...

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At Microsoft BUILD 2014, Microsoft made it official that the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK are coming this summer. Also another important announcement was that they are adding Windows Store app development support. With it, developers will be able to start creating Windows Store apps with Kinect for the first time. Kinect for Windows v2 sensor: The Kinect for Windows v2 has been re-engineered with major enhancements in color fidelity, video definition, field of view, depth perception, and skeletal tracking. In other words, the v2 sensor offers greater overall precision, improved responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities that will accelerate your development of voice and gesture experiences. Specifically, the Kinect for Windows v2 includes 1080p HD video, which allows for crisp, high-quality augmented scenarios; a wider field of view, which means that users can stand closer to the sensor—making it possible to use the sensor in smaller rooms; improved skeletal ...

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Microsoft along with other industry-leading companies announced a new partnership for American innovation. Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer is partnering with Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos to highlight the value of intellectual property and patents to U.S. jobs and the economy. Read the full press release below. NEW YORK, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A diverse group of industry-leading companies — Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer — which have staked their businesses on innovation, have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America’s position as a global innovation leader. Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos, now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is a senior advisor to the group. PAI members represent a diverse cross section of the economy; they have different business models, use their patent portfolios in very different ways, and are frequently ...

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At a press event in San Francisco last month, Microsoft announced Office for iPad suite. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to be specific. OneNote for iPad is already available in App Store and Microsoft released an updated OneNote version for iPad with new design. Reviews of the new Office for iPad suite were on the positive side and even the consumer reaction was great. Consumer response was evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranked No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad was rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. Today, Microsoft announced that there were over 12 million downloads of Office apps for iPad. @Office: More than 12m downloads of Word, Excel, PPT & OneNote for #iPad from the @AppStore pic.twitter.com/8MtGTGykZz ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the updated Skype app for Windows Store devices. With Windows 8.1, you can now pin Skype app to your taskbar. Microsoft also announced a new update for Skype app with Windows Phone 8.1  As with Windows Phone 8.1, we’ve made integration a priority to make sure our users have a great next generation experience. We know Skype users feel most connected to their friends and family when they can see their faces.  For the first time on mobile, you can easily upgrade your regular phone calls to Skype video calls. You can preview the feature in the current Store app, with more to come in the next few months. As part of Build, we also announced improvements to make your Windows 8.1 experience more accessible and familiar. Skype for Windows Modern is built for touch devices, but we know that many users use 2-in-1 devices and often ...

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At the Build 2014 conference today, Microsoft announced it is creating an independent .NET Foundation to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET. Scott Guthrie was joined onstage by Miguel de Icaza of Xamarin to announce the .NET Foundation. It will serve as a forum for commercial and community developers alike to strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem by promoting openness, community participation and rapid innovation. The preview of the .NET Compiler Platform codenamed Roslyn is one of the first projects at .NET Foundation.  The .NET Foundation will be the steward of a growing collection of open source technologies for.NET, Microsoft’s comprehensive development framework. Come back soon to watch community reactions from community members including Xamarin CTO Miguel de Icaza and others. More info from the website, Community leaders such as Miguel de Icaza (Xamarin), Laurent Bugnion (IdentityMine), Niels Hartvig (Umbraco), Nigel Sampson ...

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At Build 2014 day 2 keynote, Microsoft shared a number of new innovations for .NET developers. They announced the preview of the .NET Compiler Platform codenamed Roslyn. It provides open-source C# and Visual Basic compilers with rich code analysis APIs. You can build code analysis tools with the same APIs that Microsoft is using to implement Visual Studio. This is also available as open source, enabling new scenarios for .NET and Visual Studio developers. What is Roslyn? Traditionally, compilers are black boxes — source code goes in one end, magic happens in the middle, and object files or assemblies come out the other end. As compilers perform their magic, they build up deep understanding of the code they are processing, but that knowledge is unavailable to anyone but the compiler implementation wizards. The information is promptly forgotten after the translated output is produced. For decades, this world view has served ...

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