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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

A new job posting from Sales, Marketing & Services Group (SMSG) Incubation sales team at Microsoft has listed a list of next billion dollar businesses for Microsoft. The Incubation team’s mission is to take these new business and build, accelerate, and mainstream these businesses for Microsoft. Here is the list compiled by ZDnet, Windows Azure: Microsoft’s public cloud business. Windows Intune: Microsoft’s device management/security service, which is now key to managing Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 devices Bing Maps: Microsoft’s maps, which got a lot more pricey for developers to license as of last year StorSimple: The cloud-storage appliance vendor Microsoft bought last year Perceptive Pixel: Those “Big-ass displays” from the PPI acquisition Microsoft made in 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse: Microsoft’s parallel-processing data warehousing appliance, which integrates directly with Hadoop. Read more about it from the via link below. Source: Microsoft via: All About Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling Adobe Flash content to run by default in Internet Explorer both in Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. Microsoft believes that the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. Also the existing Compatibility View (CV) list now takes the opposite role, it now blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience. Windows 8 Windows RT Immersive IE Enabled unless on CV list Enabled unless on CV list Desktop IE Enabled for all sites Enabled unless on CV list Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft today revealed their new promotional offer for Office 365 University for US students. With this new offer, students will be able to get upto 6 months of  Office 365 University through simple steps. Microsoft is also bundling SkyDrive with the new Office to promote the service. Here’s what you get: - 3 free months of Office 365 University ( hare the offer on Facebook and get an extra 3 months free of Office.) - An extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage Find the offer here and make use of it. ...

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One of the main unique selling point for Microsoft Surface is its Touch Cover and Type Cover keyboards. Touch Cover is the one of the thinnest keyboards available on the market right now. Microsoft recently detailed the earlier design process and the technology behind it. Touch Cover is a pressure sensitive keyboard + trackpad that acts as a cover for your Surface and also comes with spill resistant technology. The pressure sensing input technology used in the Touch Covers allows you to type more fluidly and faster than you would be able to on an on screen keyboard. A technology that’s never been used like this before, these keyboards can sense weighted pressure as keys are selected. Simply align your fingers on the keys as you would on any other keyboard and apply pressure with your fingers to the letters or symbols you desire. See those letters and icons appear ...

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Yahoo! has released a significant update for its mail app on Windows RT/8 devices. This v1.2 update brings in folder management, integration with Yahoo! Address book, etc,. The 1.2 release includes: - Folder management support: ability to add, edit, rename and delete folders - Integration with Yahoo! Address Book: ability to select, search and browse contacts - New languages support: Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, German, Greek, Traditional Chinese, British English, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesian and Swedish - Ability to invoke search from within the app - Overall performance enhancements and bug fixes Download it from Windows Store here.   ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Desktop app with Facebook feeds support. Bing Desktop brings the beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop each day. Also you can do Bing searches via the desktop search bar or from the Windows taskbar without having to first open a browser. Bing Desktop automatically updates daily the Windows desktop background image to the beautiful image that is on the Bing.com homepage. The user may override the image of the day by manually selecting a different image from the prior eight days. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easily accessible yet unobtrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.  There are several search box options including a new way to minimize Bing Desktop as a toolbar in the Windows taskbar. Beyond search, Bing Desktop offers direct access to the latest news, trending topics, video and picture highlights without having to launch a browser. ...

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I think its time for Google to rethink their IP strategy as one of their core web property Google Maps is on the verge of getting banned in Germany due to the patent lawsuit with Microsoft. FOSS Patents reports that MMI’s German subsidiary is liable for infringement of a key Microsoft patent, EP0845124 on a “computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor”, which is the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 6,240,360. Microsoft is seeking, and now very likely to obtain, a German patent injunction against the Google Maps service, the Google Maps Android client app, and web browsers providing access to Google Maps. In order to comply with the injunction that looms large, Google would have to disable access to Google Maps from computers using a German IP address, discontinue shipping the Google Maps Android app in the German market, and distribute web browsers in Germany only ...

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  Microsoft today acknowledged that it is one of the brain behind the Massachusetts legislation against companies that use data collected from computers at schools. Microsoft said that the bill is aimed at Google Apps business practices. The bill is aiming to restrict the commercial use of data gathered for ad targeting, etc, while children use computers at public schools. Microsoft commented about this matter with the below statement,  ”We believe that student data should not be used for commercial purposes; that cloud-service providers should be transparent in how they use student data; and that service providers should obtain clear consent for the way they use data. We expect that students, parents and educators will judge any proposed legislation on its merits.” Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft today released an updated version of Skype app for iOS devices with a new calling experience and bug fixes. Skype allows you to make free video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype, share photos, files and of course instant message others. What’s New in Version 4.6 ✓ Beautiful new calling experience ✓ Mark all your recent chats as read with just a few taps. ✓ General fixes and improvements ✓ One-to-one chats now appear in the correct order. Previous release: ✓ Skype automatically reconnects a dropped call when your WiFi or mobile network reception is poor ✓ General fixes Download it from App Store here. ...

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In a new video ad released on YouTube, Microsoft’s new webmail service Outlook.com revealed the upcoming Skype video call integration inside the browser. The ad which shows off lots of Outlook.com features, finally showed the ability to make Skype video calls while having conversation with your friends on Outlook.com’s Skype IM. It also states at the end that Skype experience is coming soon. Check out the video above. Sign up for free web mail service at Outlook.com. ...

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Stardock has released a new Windows 8 program called ModernMix which allows you to run Windows 8 Modern/MetroStyle apps in a windows similar to the way other classic programs operates. You can run multiple modern apps, minimize & maximize it, pin them to task bar, etc,. Run modern apps in windows: ModernMix enables you to run multiple Modern apps in individual separate windows on the desktop as well as launch them from the desktop. Apply custom settings: Modern app window sizes are remembered the next time you launch them. Pin modern apps to the taskbar: Active Modern apps will also appear on your taskbar where they can be pinned for quick access later. Bring back the familiar Windows look: Standard Windows 8 title bar is enabled for Modern apps. Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button Download it from Stardock here. It comes with 30 day free trial ...

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Microsoft has released its HealthVault app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. HealthVault app allows you to access your health information stored in your HealthVault account. Description: HealthVault for Windows helps you take control of your health and keep your most important health information at your fingertips. Set health goals, track progress, and discover trends. Features: Track progress towards your health goals. Manage your weight, track your exercise, steps, and diet. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. View and edit details of your family’s most important health information. Discover trends in your health and fitness. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Microsoft today responded to customer feedback on Office licensing terms. Microsoft today announced that they have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another which now means users can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Updated transferability provision to the Retail License Terms of the Software License Agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application Software: Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.” You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if ...

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According to the reports from couple of websites, Samsung has stopped selling Windows RT based tablets in Germany, one of the Europe’s biggest market. They added that Samsung  “sees no market for RT in Germany and other European countries.” and so far Windows RT based devices from Samsung have experienced very poor sales due to which Samsung is taking this action. Samsung is yet to respond to this reports. Source: MobileGeeks , Heise.de via: Engadget ...

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Next Issue magazine reader app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. You can get access to up to 80 magazines in categories such as news, science, technology, entertainment, fashion, home and garden, food and special interests. Features: •All the magazines you love. Next Issue includes more than 80 of the most popular magazine titles in the U.S. •One, convenient app. Browse, manage and read all of your favorite magazines from one easy-to-use app. It’s an entire newsstand at your fingertips. •Unlimited access. Read as many magazines as you want with our Unlimited Plans. Immerse yourself and discover the breadth of great stories, writing and photography within our catalog. •Enhanced digital editions, optimized for tablets. Many magazines include enhancements such as videos, bonus photography and interactive features. •Smart download features. Tap any magazine and it will start downloading immediately. When enough of the magazine has been downloaded, ...

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At sixth annual TechForum event, Microsoft demoed some of the advanced Kinect capabilities like accurate hand gesture recognition, etc,. Microsoft Kinect is already capable of detecting body movements and now Microsoft has improved them to make it recognize hand gestures such as opening and closing the palm. You can now use Windows 8 fully controlled by Kinect and it looks cool. Check out the video above. I guess these features will be part of  Kinect 2.0 which will be released along with Xbox vNext. Source: Microsoft Research   ...

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