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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft last week launched a program where it will be paying developers upto $2000 for developing Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps. This program raised some voice in the industry saying that such programs will lead to poor quality of apps filling up the Windows Store. Microsoft responded to this complaints with the following statement to ATD, “We believe the best apps come from those partners who are invested in the platform and own their experience now and in the future,” Microsoft said. ” Of course, we are always working to spark creativity with new developer audiences and sometimes try limited incentives or contests, like Keep The Cash. However, it is not representative of an ongoing program.”   ...

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The Weather Channel app just got updated in Windows Store with whole new interface. It helps you find detailed Weather Forecasts, Severe Weather Alerts, Maps & Radar, etc,. Recently Updated and Completely Revamped.  The NEW Weather Channel desktop weather app brings together over 200 meteorologists and our ultra-local TruPoint(sm) forecasting technology, you can trust us to help you plan the best day possible, with the most accurate weather forecast available. Get current weather with rich-image tiles on your desktop and click-into our app when you need more weather details, forecasts, and severe weather info. No one compares to The Weather Channel’s desktop weather app for providing severe weather alerts delivered to your desktop, while allowing you to see local area radar to stay abreast of storms, as well as watch videos produced by the industry leader, The Weather Channel. The Weather Channel = The World’s Best Weather. Download it from ...

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We have seen so many leaks about Xbox vNext codenamed Durango. The latest leak published by VGLeaks involves Xbox vNext XDK help documents. It confirms many things about various other leaks we had it in the past. The Xbox vNext will be based on x64 architecture with DirectX3D 11 support and dedicated audio chip to process it separately. The interesting thing it reveals is the “Always On, Always Connected” mode. In this mode, the console will remain on with minimum power draw and will uses can enjoy the entertainment experience whenever they want with out any delay. You need not wait for the system to update or you need not restart it. It also comes with a high fidelity Kinect 2.0 with HD video support, more accurate skeletal tracking using new depth sensor. The new controller will have less wireless latency and improved ergonomics. Also the console with have Blu-ray disc support, however you ...

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Speaking to financial analysts at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang has expressed his concerns over Windows RT. He is not pleased with the Windows RT device sales so far and it is didn’t meet his expectations. “We expected to have sold more than we did,” he said Tuesday. “I think everybody expected to have sold more than we did.” “They have to find a way to get into that ecosystem because it’s so disruptive. I think it’s of some importance to Microsoft to continue to invest in RT,” He also expected Microsoft to release Outlook for Windows RT devices. “If Outlook were to show up on RT, my life would be complete,” he said. “I am one Outlook away from computing nirvana. Outlook god, please…” “They own the source code and I know there are smart people up there. What do you ...

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  Microsoft today revealed its future plans for integrating Enterprise social network Yammer with SharePoint. So far, Microsoft has enabled single sign-on service for Yammer users with their SharePoint login credentials and in the future Microsoft is planning to have deeper connections between Yammer and SharePoint leading to more integrated connected experiences. Here is the plan from their blog post, Basic Integration. This summer we’ll update the Office 365 service and allow customers to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer. Many customers are worried about confusing their users with two different feeds, and this update will allow them to simply replace the “Newsfeed” link on the Office 365 global navigation bar with a link to Yammer.com. We’ll also ship a Yammer app in the SharePoint Store so that end users can easily embed a Yammer group feed into a SharePoint site, creating a connection between groups and sites that will ...

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After the launch of Microsoft Surface for consumers in various countries around the world, now Microsoft is beginning to focus on enterprise customers. Microsoft has now launched a new website which takes volume orders for Microsoft RT and Microsoft Surface Pro devices. Welcome to the Surface commercial customer ordering site. Using the link for your country below, you can order Surface devices, accessories, and after-market service plans (availability varies by market). To learn more about how to protect your investment please click here. Some important notes: A valid Purchase Order (PO) is required for each order form submission Lead times for delivery and order requirements may vary depending on inventory. If you do not currently have a volume licensing agreement with Microsoft, there may be additional processing time to setup account and credit terms If you have pre-purchase questions, please contact your local Microsoft account representative and learn more on ...

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WSJ today reports that US Federal regulators are investigating Microsoft and its business partners over bribery claims. It was reported that Microsoft with its business partners allegedly bribed foreign government officials in return for software contracts. Lawyers from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are examining kickback allegations made by a former Microsoft representative in China, as well as the company’s relationship with certain resellers and consultants in Romania and Italy, these people said. Since the investigation is in a preliminary phase, so far the government hasn’t accused Microsoft or any of its business associates of wrongdoing. Microsoft is yet to respond this report and according to people familiar with these matters, such investigations takes place regularly over time on large companies like Microsoft dealing with governments. Update: Microsoft responded to the allegations with a long blog post, you can read it here. The matters raised in the Wall Street Journal ...

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SHANGHAI — March 18, 2013 Following the successful debut of the Microsoft Online Store  (MicrosoftStore.com.cn) in China, which opened its doors in October 2012, Microsoft officially launched its flagship online store on Tmall.com in China  today, extending its product and service offering availability on China’s  largest consumer e-commerce platform. Chinese consumers can now discover,  learn, and buy a wider range of products from Microsoft and its key OEM  partners via the new flagship store on Tmall.com (MicrosoftStore.Tmall.com). Microsoft will also continue to operate Microsoft.Tmall.com, an e-store  dedicated to offering consumers with computer accessories such as keyboards  and mice through Microsoft resellers. “We are excited to be working with Tmall.com for the official launch of  Microsoft’s Flagship Store,” said Kevin Eagan, VP, E-commerce of Microsoft  Retail Stores. “Microsoft sees great potential in China’s e-commerce market,  to offer customers across the country choice, value and service through our  online store. Through our joint ...

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Aviary today launched its Photo Editor SDK for Windows 8 designed for apps on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. Aviary team worked with AMD and Microsoft to build this SDK optimized for AMD APU architectural advantages. We’ve achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP. Computations are performed on the highly parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) cores inside the AMD APU instead of the more serial central processing unit (CPU) cores. Applying CAMP allows for processing of our complete range of filters and effects instantaneously – on average 16x faster than comparable processors. Aviary Windows 8 SDK will be used by partners like Rowi, Myframes, Memorylage, etc,. Developers can download and use Aviary’s SDK here: http://aviary.com/w8 ...

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Microsoft today released its Kinect for Windows SDK for v1.7. The updated SDK brings in support for Kinect Fusion and many updated APIs, Samples, and DLL Details. Regarding Kinect Fusion, KinectFusion provides 3D object scanning and model creation using a Kinect for Windows sensor. The user can paint a scene with the Kinect camera and simultaneously see, and interact with, a detailed 3D model of the scene. Kinect Fusion can be run at interactive rates on supported GPUs, and can run at non-interactive rates on a variety of hardware. Running at non-interactive rates may allow larger volume reconstructions. Download it here from Microsoft. ...

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Last week Microsoft partnered with Vyclone to bring social video editing to modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 10. Such products help  developers unlock the full potential of HTML5. In the guest blog post in Internet Explorer blog, Anton Molleda of Plain Concepts shared about his experience and learnings while developing Vcylone, a social video editing experience built on HTML5 and many of the new features in next generation browsers like Internet Explorer 10. Vcyclone builds on capabilities like pointer events, multi-touch gestures, and hardware accelerated canvas and CSS3 to make this Web site feel more like an app. Read more at source link below. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 led the US console market for 26th consecutive month as the No.1 selling console. According to data released today by The NPD Group, Xbox 360 sold 302,000 units in February. Highlights of the sales, · Holding 41 percent share of current-generation console sales, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in February (hardware, software and accessories) was the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of February, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles including: “Crysis 3,” “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” “Dead Space 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and “NBA 2K13.” Microsoft also announced Spring Value Bundle which includes a 250GB Xbox 360, wireless controller, wired headset, “Darksiders II” and “Batman: Arkham City” for $299. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft started to sell their first Windows hardware Surface RT back in October last year. Initially the device was available only in Microsoft retail locations in US and then later expanded its availability to other retail stores and countries. Three months after that, Microsoft announced the availability of Surface Pro which is based on Intel Core i5 processor which is available in US alone for now. Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft has sold about a little more than million Surface RT units and 400,000 Surface Pro units since launch. Will the broader availability and adoption of Windows 8 further drive Surface family of device sales? Only time will tell. Source: Bloomberg ...

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The Gunstringer Xbox Game which features 15 story levels with boss battles along with 3 infinite worlds in Endless Runner mode just got updated with many new features and improvements. Update Features:  >New power-up!  The Lucky Horeshoe automatically grabs coins as you run past! > New power-ups!  The 5 and 10 second Boosts gives the Gunstringer super speed for a short time! > New obstacle! Watch out for pits! > Completely redesigned Store allowing for easy browsing. > Extra Lives can now be bought in packs of 5, 10 and 20. > General bug fixes and improvements to gameplay have been implemented. This game costs $1.49 and you can download it from Windows Store for free here. ...

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A small number of users of Microsoft’s webmail service Hotmail/Outlook.com yesterday experienced a long service outage. The services was fully restored after nearly 15 hours. Microsoft VP Arthur de Haan today blogged in detail about the root cause of the service and how they restored it. Read it below. Root cause analysis At 13:35 PM PDT on March 12th, 2013 there was a service interruption that affected some people’s access to a small part of the SkyDrive service, but primarily Hotmail.com and Outlook.com. Availability was restored over the course of the afternoon and evening, and fully restored by 5:43 AM PDT on March 13th, 2013. On the afternoon of the 12th, in one physical region of one of our datacenters, we performed our regular process of updating the firmware on a core part of our physical plant. This is an update that had been done successfully previously, but failed in this ...

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comScore yesterday released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. In explicit core search share, Microsoft Sites had 16.7 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) from the previous month where Google still leads with 67.5%. On the search count, Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3 billion searches. Overall in February, 69.7 percent of searches carried search results from Google (up 0.4 percentage points), while 25.9 percent of searches were powered by Bing (up 0.3 percentage points). Yahoo is considering to revamp its search deal with Microsoft in an effort to monetize it effectively as they are in a downward spiral. Read more at source link below. Source: comScore ...

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