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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

  Microsoft today announced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide group of more than 25 leading cloud service providers who will deliver hosted services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which includes Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. Many of the members were already Microsoft partners, but Microsoft is now giving them a brand new name to better target customers. The members of the Cloud OS Network are leading service providers who will offer hybrid services that give customers greater flexibility and choice. By making a substantial commitment to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, they are able to deliver tailored infrastructure and application services that meet diverse customer needs. Customers will have greater choice in customization, data sovereignty, security, privacy and service levels. For example, Cloud OS Network partner Outsourcery in the United Kingdom is driving an initiative to provide compliant cloud services for U.K. government ...

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Yesterday, Paul Thurrott reported that Microsoft is planning to bring back Start Menu is the upcoming update for Windows 8. This move from Microsoft is targeted towards power users who use keyboards and mice. It would be similar to the current Windows 7 Start Screen allowing users to access their apps, folders, etc,. Maary Jo Foley today confirmed that Start Menu is coming back and it is internally known as “mini-Start”. Since Thurrott’s initial December 10 report on the return of the Start Menu, I’ve heard from my own contacts that this is highly likely to happen. Microsoft is, indeed, highly likely to bring back Start Menu. Supposedly it’s being called internally “mini-Start,” (as it won’t be a full-screen Start Menu like in Windows 8), one of my contacts said. Are you really looking forward to this upcoming Start Menu? Source: ZDNet ...

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ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley had a chance to interview outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and she asked about his biggest regret during his CEO tenure. His answer was not surprising, it is Windows Vista. He admitted that Windows Vista was not a great product and also it took 5-6 years for Microsoft to release it. “When I look at it and I say, okay, what’s the thing that I did that I feel — that I regret the most, not just in my CEOship but my whole time here, it’s absolutely ‘Longhorn becomes Vista.’ That was the single biggest mistake I made,” Ballmer told me during a sit-down interview in his office in Redmond at the end of November 2013. “Why?” he continued. “Not only because the product wasn’t a great product, but remember it took us five or six years to ship it. Then we had to sort of ...

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Microsoft today announced a new option in Outlook.com that allows consumers to easily switch from Gmail to Outlook.com. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to connect your Gmail account to your Outlook.com account. This will import your Gmail emails into your Outlook.com inbox and, your Google contacts will automatically appear in Outlook.com. Also the new tool will even set up your Gmail address as a “send-only” account so you can continue to send email from your @gmail.com address, right from Outlook.com, if you still want to. How it works: To begin, simply start the process here and sign in with your Outlook.com account. If you want all your mail from Gmail to be copied into a new set of subfolders, click Options and select that option, otherwise click Start. You’ll then need to sign in to Gmail and grant the tool access to your account. Once ...

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  Microsoft today announced that more than 2 million consoles sold through to consumers worldwide, averaging over 111,111 units sold per day at a record-setting pace for Xbox. Xbox One was launched 18 days ago and it is sold out at most of the retailers around the world. Microsoft also revealed that Xbox One customers spent over 83 million hours in games, TV, and apps on Xbox One since the system launched on Nov. 22. “We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans. We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers.  We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with ...

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Mary Jo Foley’s special on Steve Ballmer to Fortune today went online. The special post includes words from Microsoft’s top executives on Steve Ballmer, Steve Ballmer himself talking about his work and a look at the legacy Steve Ballmer leaves on Microsoft. It revealed few interesting information on Steve Ballmer, here are some of them. Steve Ballmer was largely responsible for settling all the anti-trust issues Microsoft faced in the 1990s. When Ballmer took over as CEO, Microsoft was in the midst of fighting a bitter antitrust complaint brought against the company in 1998 by the U.S. government and 20 states. For several years, Gates’ attitude suggested that he would rather fight the claims than settle; upon replacing Gates, Ballmer made it a top priority for the company to put the cases behind it as quickly as possible. Steve Ballmer played a significant role in building Microsoft a dominant enterprise ...

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Almost two years ago now Microsoft gained approval from all governments, including the European Union, on its acquisition of Skype.  The European Commission allowed Microsoft to buy Skype without having to make any concessions. Cisco was not happy about this, as they have their own video conferencing solutions, and has been against Microsoft’s purchase from the beginning. Cisco along with Italian fixed-line and Internet telephone provider Messagenet SpA went to the EU’s second highest court, in Lexembourg, to appeal the European Commission’s decision to approve the deal. Cisco earlier argued that Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype created a monopoly and that the EC was wrong to approve the deal without demanding concessions from Microsoft. Today, European Union court rejected Cisco’s claims and upheld their decision to approve Microsoft/Skype deal. “Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is compatible with the internal market. The merger does not restrict competition either on the consumer video communications market ...

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Satya Nadella, is the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. He is also one of the few rumored CEO candidates inside Microsoft. Speaking at Le’Web, he said that “this meme of digitizing everything is well on its way.” “Over the next 10 years, we will reach a point where nearly everything will become digitized,” wrote Nadella. He added “an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data and intelligence from machine learning” will make it possible, and developers that leverage these technologies will lend a hand. He envisions that coders “will create new applications and services that help us transform what we do at work, and life, into digital equivalents.” The shift, already on its way, will have a big impact on how organizations conduct business. ...

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HP today announced two business focused laptops running Windows 8.1. The two new devices are EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 and EliteBook Revolve G2. EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 comes with machined aluminum body, 14-inch display that weighs 3.3 pounds 15.9mm thinner. It is powered by Intel 4th gen processor and offers upto 10 hours battery life. You can choose between 1,600 x 900 or 1,920 x 1,080 display with an optional touchscreen option. It comes with Synaptics’ ForcePad trackpad technology, military’s MIL-STD 810G specifications support, Intel vPro processors, fingerprint sensor and a Smart Card reader. It is already on sale with starting price of $1,299. Another new business Ultrabook convertiable announced is the new Revolve G2. The design is a traditional convertible with a touchscreen that can converted into tablet mode. All expected improvements like latest Intel processor, support for LTE and improved stylus are present. It will go on sale ...

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Microsoft today released December firmware updates for both its second generation Surface devices. The updates for Surface 2 and Surface Pro include improved trackpad experience and several other improvements. Surface 2 December update change log: Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved. Decreased charge time for batteries. Two-finger trackpad use optimized. Update to support additional external displays. Skype video quality improved. Resolved delay during restart when Bluetooth devices are connected. Surface Pro 2 December update change log: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality. Color fidelity improvements for all applications. Optimized two-finger trackpad use. Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device. Surface RT December update change log: Surface Home Button Driver update to optimize available system memory. Surface Type Cover audio device driver ...

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The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft Research today released Socl apps for iOS and Android devices along with Windows Phone devices. Socl offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks. Description: Socl — pronounced social — lets you create, collect and share stuff you love. From rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, express yourself through posts that take seconds to create, collect and share on Socl, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Features • Create beautiful collages and funny memes in seconds. • Share your creations on Socl, as well as your other favorite social networks. • Create visual responses (“riffs”) to existing content. • Snap a ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major OS update codenamed Threshold that will bring Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One OS experiences closer than ever before. And this update will come in different SKUs, one consumer focused, one traditional consumer focused based on x86 and a enterprise versions. Today, Winsupersite reported that Microsoft is planning to bring the following two features as part of the Threshold wave of updates. One is the ability to run multiple modern apps at once, and the other one is bringing back the Start Menu. Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop. Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next ...

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  Microsoft today confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox One on Dec 24th. Halo: Spartan Assault was originally released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year and it was well received by consumers. Microsoft is now brining the experience to Xbox One users with native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on. It will be available on Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Best of all, fans that have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99. And don’t worry, Xbox 360 owners: “Halo: Spartan Assault” will be available on ...

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Starting today, Microsoft will be running a promotional campaign called “12 Days Of Deals” in which they will be selling 12 different products at discounted prices. Today’s product was Dell Venue 8 Pro and it is already sold out. You can read the upcoming products on this deal list. You have got products like Garmin Fitness Watch, HP Envy 15, HP Pavillion X2, Fitbit Flex and more in these upcoming 11 days. Stop by your local Microsoft retail store or check out the holiday deals online to enjoy 12 Days of Deals on Windows PCs and tablets, Windows Phone devices, and accessories this December. Tomorrows deal:   ...

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