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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Nokia has released their Music app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Nokia Music app is one of the best designed apps available in Windows Store and it gives you a whole new Music experience similar to Xbox Music app. It supports Nokia Music+ subscription also which lets you enjoy time-sync’d lyrics, HQ audio and much more. Features: Mixes: Hundreds of hand-crafted playlists across every genre you’re interested in. From Pop to Dub, Blues legends, Ragga, Indietronica, and loads more – we’ve got the lot Offline Mixes: Download hours’ worth of your favorite mixes to listen when you’re not connected to the internet MP3 Playback: Listen and queue your own music. Put them in your Music library and we’ll pick them up. Get Mix recommendations and artist information Artist Mix: Tell us up to three of your favorite artists and we’ll make you a mix featuring those and other ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on Outlook for Windows RT devices. But the real question is, when is it going to come? Two prominent Microsoft bloggers from Winsupersite and ZDNet today revealed some info on Outlook RT based on their information from sources. Paul’s info, It’s perhaps more interesting that Outlook RT has made its way outside of Microsoft as well. This suggests that it’s much closer to an actual release, though I have no information about when that might happen. I was told, however, that Outlook RT didn’t make the cut for the initial release of Windows RT because of a firmware bug in the ARM chipset that would cause the application to hang or crash over time. This is different from what a source had told me previously—something about battery life issues—but neither Outlook RT user professed to notice anything like that. Interesting. Mary’s info, This same source said all ...

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Research group Gartner today published their forecast about Operating Systems and it was reported by Guardian. They reported that Microsoft may become irrelevant in the next 4 years unless they can make progress in the smartphone and tablet markets. Since shipments of Android devices will dwarf Windows PCs and phones by 2017, they think Microsoft is doomed. Also Apple powered devices will match Microsoft platform devices in terms of no.of units. For Microsoft, this poses an important inflexion point in its history, warns Milanesi. “Winning in the tablet and phone space is critical for them to remain relevant in this shift,” she told the Guardian. “We’re talking about hardware displacement here – but this shift also has wider implications for operating systems and apps. What happens, for instance, when [Microsoft] Office isn’t the best way to be productive in your work?” You make your own conclusions about this report. The ...

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Microsoft today revealed that during the last presidential election campaign in US, Obama for America campaign selected Microsoft Lync as their communications platform for hundreds of campaign staff in its Chicago headquarters and in some states for the 2012 elections. The campaign needed to upgrade from a private branch exchange (PBX) system to a more flexible cloud-based solution that could scale and adapt to support thousands of mission-critical calls in multiple locations at any given time. It is a usual thing that Microsoft uses its customers to showcase its software and services capabilities, but this is the first time they showcased a political party for promoting its software services. “It was really useful to see how Lync could adapt to the way our multilocation operation works,” Chopra said. “We didn’t start with Lync in every office, but we deployed it in our Chicago headquarters, and those employees were able to ...

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Few hours ago, we reported about Microsoft Store offering great deals on few Windows 8 touch devices. HP ENVY x2, Acer Iconia W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Toshiba Satellite U925t are available at discounted price. Now, it seems Windows RT devices are also available at discounted prices. Dell’s XPS 10 is now US$449 for a 32GB model, down $50 off the original launch price. The 64GB model is $499, down from the original $599 price. Asus VivoTab RT is available at Amazon.com for $382 with 32GB of storage, which is down from its $599 launch price. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is now available for $599 , which is down from the original $799 price and Amazon is selling a model for $499.99. Read more about it from the link below. via: Computerworld ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced some stats about the service used by millions of people around the world. People are spending more than 2 billion minutes connecting with each other on Skype in a day. To put that in a perspective, That’s enough time to travel to the moon and back over 225 thousand times, walk around Earth more than 845 times or travel to Mars more than 5,400 times. 2 billion minutes is more than 33 million hours of people singing, laughing, joking and staying in touch. That means 1,388,000 days of togetherness which make up more than 3,805 years of sharing or nearly 38 centuries of time spent on Skype in one day. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Skype ...

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Microsoft today released an update for its SkyDrive app for iOS devices. The new v3.0 brings in several improvements and new features. Here are the updates in v3.0 of the SkyDrive app for iOS: Support for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini Updated app icons and user experience Works better with your photos: Download full resolution photos to your iPhone or iPad Control the size of photos you upload and download Photo metadata is retained when you upload to SkyDrive Opening and saving files to SkyDrive works better with other apps on your iOS devices Many other small changes, bug fixes and performance improvements Install or update the SkyDrive app now via iTunes. ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering some great deals on Windows 8/RT based hybrid devices. HP ENVY x2, Acer Iconia W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Toshiba Satellite U925t are available at discounted price. Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: Cut to $799 from $1,149. 12.5-inch screen, Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet: reduced to $399 from $499. 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 32GB SSD. HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen: Now $599, was $849. 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 64GB SSD. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Tablet: Cut to $999 from $1,199. 11.6-inch screen (1,920×1080), Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB SSD. Check them out at Microsoft Store. via: CNET ...

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MLB.TV has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This app lets you watch LIVE or on demand Major League Baseball game through their subscription. Description: Watch every out-of-market Major League Baseball game LIVE or on demand in HD with an MLB.TV Premium subscription. Blackout restrictions apply. Features: HD Quality LIVE Video Full Game Video Archives Home and Away Broadcasts (where available) LIVE Game DVR Controls (pause/play, rewind, fast forward) LIVE and Archive Radio Broadcasts Daily MLB Scoreboard 2013 Team Schedules Closed Captioning (where available) Full Screen Video Favorite Team Support Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today revealed the upcoming new re-designed calendar experience for Outlook.com users. This new calendar experience will be rolling out this week to all the users. The new calendar service is faster than ever, helps you focus on the events and appointments and tasks you’ve added, and lets you take your calendar with you on any device. It features the new modern design with the philosophy of contents over chrome. You can add or edit events with a single click, enter an event by simply dragging your mouse across the time or date range you need, add tasks without opening a new page, and jump to a particular day simply by clicking the date. Outlook.com uses Exchange ActiveSync to sync your mail, calendar, and address book on your smartphone, tablet, in the new Outlook 2013 and with the Mail, Calendar and People apps on your new PC or tablet running Windows 8. ...

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Microsoft announced the upcoming Build 2013 conference last week. In the Build 2013 conference, Microsoft will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I’m pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference, Build 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gathering. The registration is now open, register before it gets over. Register yourself at http://www.buildwindows.com/ ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Surface Pro variant for Chinese customers. This new Surface Chinese variant comes in two SKUs, a 64Gb version and a 128GB version. The 64GB costs ¥6588 and the 128GB costs¥7388 which is same as the regular Surface Pro variant available in China. And the new variant will be available only in China for now. Surface China Surface Pro OS Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro New Office Office Home & Student 2013 full version 1-month trial of Office 365 Multilingual Simplified Chinese only All Windows 8 languages Hardware Same Same Source: Tmall via: WPDang ...

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Videolan team today provided their update on the progress on development of VLC For Windows 8 Modern UI. There is a working version of the app now and they even released few screenshots of the same. Technical update If you followed closely, our main work, in addition to the UI, was to fight and replace the forbidden symbols not allowed on Windows App Store mode. We’ve been quite efficient at that, working closely with Mingw-w64 project and GCC developers. The biggest result is that we have now cut down 90% of our symbols, that are forbidden on Metro Mode. We mostly did this by: replacing our forbidden calls with newer authorized equivalent calls, modifying gcc and Mingw-w64, writing new code in a special library of ours, writing dummy functions, disabling VLC code that would not work on the Metro platform, moving VLC to MSVCRT 11.0, moving all the VLC codebase to ...

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Microsoft Internet Explorer team today announced this great deal to woo web developers based on Mac OS platform. You can get a Windows QuickStart for iOS Developers for a small donation to charity. The $25 donation is to Watsi.org, Kahn Academy or Code.org and $8 for shipping. Windows QuickStart for iOS Developers includes Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and a licensed copy of Windows 8. We heard that the most common way you test across browsers is through virtualization of browser and operating system combinations using your favorite virtualization platform, such as Hyper-V, VMWare, VirtualBox, or Parallels. However, costs to purchase software and licensing can be difficult if you’re that startup looking for your first big breakthrough. Today we’re making it just a little easier with a new combo offer: We’ll ship you a copy of Windows 8 and Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac virtualization on a USB stick for ...

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According to CNET, the upcoming significant update for Window 8/RT devices to codenamed ‘Blue’ could be marketed under the name of ‘Windows 8.1′. Lots of upcoming new features of Windows Blue got leaked a week ago which included new personalization features, improved PC settings page, Internet Explorer 11, etc,. Even Windows RT Blue update will be branded as Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 naming is simple and an obvious one which denotes the nature of the update to Windows 8. What do you think? Source: CNET ...

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According to the recent report from Net Applications,  Internet Explorer had 55.83% of the overall web browser market in March. Within Internet Explorer versions, IE10 had 2.93% market share worldwide compared to 1.57% in February. Internet Explorer 8 still remains the most used browser worldwide with 23.23% down from its market share of 23.38% in February. Internet Explorer 9 came 2nd with 20.62% of the web browser market share down from its marker share of 21.67 percent in February. With more Windows 8 adoption and new marketing activities around IE10, I guess Internet Explorer may gain more market share. Source: NetApplications ...

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