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Microsoft today announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone. Power BI empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration. With this release, we are delivering completely new experiences to customers. For example, Power Query in Excel allows you to easily search and access data within your organization or from publically available sources. In addition once you upload your Excel workbooks to Power BI, you can ask questions of your data using natural language search and instantly receive answers in the form of interactive charts or graphs. Power BI will be added to the list of features that Google Apps and other productivity suite customers will never experience in the near future. Office ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have added Bitcoin rate conversion support in Bing. Just like how you do for country to country currency conversion, you can covert to Bitcoin using btc keyword. For years, you have been able to convert currencies in Bing. Whether you’re looking to compare dollars to pounds, euros to pesos or yuan to rupee, we’ve got over 50 currencies in our index that we’ll display following a few quick keystrokes. As Bitcoin (the peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency) makes headlines and captures the world’s attention, we thought it was only natural to give you an easy way to track real-time fluctuations. Starting today, you will find instant Bitcoin conversions at the top of your Bing results.* How many Bitcoins do you need for that $71,000 Tesla? To check it out for yourself, head over to www.bing.com and try a search. ...

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Apart from the OneDrive rebranding, Microsoft is also planning to rebrand its Office Web Apps service to Office Online. Office Online will offer online light-weight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be accessed from a browser where you want. Office Online will offer full compatibility with your Office documents. Office Web Apps are free touch-friendly web applications that let you create, edit and share your Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote files from any browser. You can share and simultaneously work on your documents with classmates, friends and co-workers. No need to merge different versions later. From the chart above, it’s clear Microsoft is going to try to make Office Online more discoverable and understandable by the general public. It also seems that Microsoft considers this Office Online rebranding part of Microsoft’s next Office wave (codenamed Office 16), give that “O16″ is part of the URL path for ...

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  Last month, Microsoft announced the re-branding of SkyDrive to OneDrive. Microsoft is yet to start with the usage of the new name in general public and they are planning to launch it with a marketing campaign. LiveSide today revealed that Microsoft is planning to offer up to 8GB free storage to OneDrive users if they complete certain tasks. For example, users will be able to earn 3 GB of extra storage by simply choosing to sync photos from their camera roll to OneDrive using the OneDrive app for iOS, Android, or the built-in Windows Phone function. Users can also earn up to 5GB of free storage on referring their friends to OneDrive. Referral bonus – Users will be able to earn up to a maximum of 5 GB of extra storage by referring their friends to join OneDrive. For every friend you invite and actually joins OneDrive, both you ...

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A new Microsoft career listing for the job of Software Development Engineer on the Music, Video, Reading (MVR) team has revealed that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking Reading app for Windows devices. This is also a category where Microsoft jumped in before anyone else, but left the market after years. Microsoft Reader is a Microsoft program for the reading of e-books, originally released in August 2000. Soon, we may see Microsoft entering this e-books market again. Microsoft also has an investment in Barnes and Noble which they can use for securing content for their reading platform. The Music, Video, and Reading team has been brought together in Devices & Studios (DnS) as THE Microsoft team laser-focused to deliver the next generation of media content experiences across devices powered by the services and magic of Xbox LIVE. Our Mission: We will build amazing experiences that consumers and partners love and ...

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Microsoft Store has now started selling Asus VivoTab Note 8 Windows tablet. VivoTab Note 8 comes with 8-inch HD touchscreen powered by Intel Atom Z3740 CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. Also, it offers up to 8 hours battery life. The main advantage of VivoTab Note 8 over its competitors is its support for Wacom digital stylus. With over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, the stylus delivers pinpoint control and makes writing and drawing on the screen feel as natural as on paper. When not in use, you can store it in a holder at the tablet’s bottom edge. The VivoTab Note 8 also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 (a $139 value) Microsoft is selling the 32GB version for just $329. Find the listing here. You can find other competing devices of this tablet below, Dell Venue 8 Pro -  $299 Toshiba Encore – $299 Lenovo ...

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New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting revealed every other day. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Today, McAkins revealed that pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. Check out the screenshot below. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,. Source: McAkins ...

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Microsoft Bing team is always exploring new features in Bing to small set of thousands of users to study their behavior, usage, etc,. We previously reported back in September last year about a feature, when you search something on Bing, you will now find a small icon along the sides of each of the search result. You just need to click it once to save it to your personal collection. This feature never made it to the public. Today, Neowin reported a variation of this feature called Bing Saves. Again, Microsoft is just testing this Bing Saves feature to a set of people. But, you can access it at bing.com/saves. The other image shows how each page looks after it has been saved to the Microsoft account. There’s a Modern-style UI on the right side of the Bing page, showing specific categories such as “Trending” and “Public Feed”. The page ...

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Microsoft last month announced the re-branding of SkyDrive service to OneDrive. The OneDrive service is yet to be launched and it will include new features when it gets announced. Today, Liveside posted few screenshots of the upcoming OneDrive.com and its new features. Microsoft is planning to introduce a new feature called “Co-owners” which will become a new sharing mode for files. “Co-owners” can be selected when you share a folder and create a new one, and the recipient will be able to view, add, edit, and delete files, as well as invite others to access the folder. The “co-owners” permission also appears works a little differently from the existing permissions. Whilst “view only” and “view and edit” access is applicable to both files and folders, it appears that “co-owners” is applicable to folders only. In addition, “co-owners” cannot be granted to a folder if that folder is located inside a ...

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Microsoft is always looking for various types for content to bring it to its Xbox audience. Today, Microsoft announced their partnership with  Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Yes, Microsoft is bringing this music festival experience right into your living room through your Xbox. Various HD streams from the festival will be available for viewing. This new partnership will give Xbox users unprecedented access to the live Bonnaroo experience through an exclusive, interactive television event that will be streaming in high-definition where available. Enjoy live music like never before, with multiple streams featuring the best performances, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams. Explore this year’s lineup to see the best of Bonnaroo’s past with exclusive performances.  Join the conversation with fellow virtual-Bonnaroovians and get connected to your friends and the festival. Wil Mozell, general manager of Xbox Entertainment Studios said, “This is an amazing event to bring to Xbox, to showcase our unique capabilities for ...

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Microsoft India has partnered with Acer, MBD Group and Tata Teleservices for offering special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12). They will be offering Acer W4 8-inch Windows tablet for Rs.24,999 for all these schools. It has got the standard hardware spec and it comes with Office Home and Student as well as Office 365. Microsoft has also included the Office 365 Education A2 and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification for students. Read the full press release below. New Delhi – 6th February, 2014: Microsoft India today announced the availability of special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12) in partnership with Acer, MBD Group & Tata Teleservices. This consortium envisions a future of education where content, technology and connectivity come together seamlessly to make learning more immersive. Priced at Rs. 24,999 per device, the bundle is available to all private schools (K6-12) in India. The specially created bundle comprises a ...

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Lots of information regarding Windows 8.1 Update 1 started leaking on the web in the last few weeks. Wzor today posted new screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1 build 6.3.9600.16608.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140130- 2030. The new build still boots to desktop directly instead of Start screen in the case of PCs with no touch screens. I think Microsoft is trying to please mouse and keyboard desktop users with this move. Also, this build includes the Internet Explorer Enterprise mode which will allow organizations to run IE in older versions mode to have better compatibility with internal apps. Also, Neowin reported that the new title bar on the metro apps which includes close, minimize, maximize buttons might be transparent instead of black as in the previously leaked builds. Source: Wzor ...

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Following the release of Windows Phone version, NBC Sports Live Extra app is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It allows you to watch thousands of hours of Live coverage of 2014 winter Olympics. Microsoft’s Windows Azure is powering the whole streaming thing. Read about it here. Description: NBC Olympics: Watch more than 1,000 hours LIVE for FREE with the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Coming in February, watch live coverage of the 2014 Winter Games: All 15 sports. All 98 medal events. All streamed LIVE! Download now on your Windows 8 device. The vast majority of live streaming content on NBC Sports Live Extra will only be available to authenticated cable, satellite and telco customers via TV Everywhere. Further instructions are provided in the app settings section. NBC Olympics video is only accessible in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories. The application requires a 3G, 4G ...

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Mozilla has finally released its beta version of Firefox for Windows 8 touch devices. Mozilla claims that this Firefox version is designed to ensure users get the best Firefox browsing experience possible on their Windows 8 tablets, touch-screen laptops and other compatible devices. It has a new tile-based Firefox start screen with one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks, and History. It even includes the Awesome bar and support for swipe gestures such as ‘pinch to zoom’ and one-touch swipe transitions. Full, Snapped and Fill views: These options let you chose if you want to view an app full-screen, or ‘snapped’ to a narrow region of the screen (typically to the left of the screen like a sidebar), or if you’d like your app to ‘fill’ the remaining screen area not already occupied by an app in ‘snapped’ state. Visual Navigation: The big tiles on the start screen make browsing a ...

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Microsoft launched modern.IE website for web developers last year in an effort to make the job for web developers easier when it comes to testing in different browsers. It was a nightmare to test in different Internet Explorer versions since you can’t have more than one version installed on a Windows machine. Also, developers on Mac and Linux platforms were not able to test on IE. To solve this issue, Microsoft launched modern.IE, One of the best ways to easily test across multiple versions of Internet Explorer is through virtualization technology. Since launching last year, over 750,000 developers have used the virtualization tools on modern.ie, saving an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes by using pre-configured VMs and 2 hours and 48 minutes using Browserstack, when compared to building a VM from scratch. Collectively, those developers have saved over one million hours, freeing them to focus on building innovative ...

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NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group today announced that Microsoft’s Windows Azure Media Services is chosen to use to publish and stream all 98 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, through Feb. 23. This involves managing more than 1,000 hours of streaming coverage across devices. Millions of users can access live and on-demand content by using NBCOlympics.com, free NBC Sports Live Extra app, available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. To meet those demands, Windows Azure will be “leading the way by providing end-to-end live streaming of the Winter Olympics entirely in the cloud, including encoding, transcoding and streaming, for the first time in history,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft corporate vice president, in a press release announcing the partnership with NBC. “We know the country will be watching, so we think it’s a great testament that NBC Olympics has chosen Microsoft as its partner for ...

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