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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Last week, Microsoft Skype team announced that they are ending the Skype Desktop APIs to focus on improving other experiences around Skype. However, Skype team today announced that Skype Desktop APIs for call recording and compatibility with hardware devices is not going away. The investments we’re making in Skype – to a highly mobile, cloud connected world – come with some key changes to our application and service architecture, and by extension – our support for the Desktop API used by 3rd party developers to extend Skype functionality.  Previously we shared that we would retire the Desktop API later this year. However, I’m happy to share that we will be extending support for two of the most widely used features – call recording and compatibility with hardware devices – until we determine alternative options or retire the current solution. Although chat via third party applications, will cease to work as previously ...

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Nokia today detailed the upcoming Video Director app for Lumia 2520 tablet. Nokia announced this app back at Nokia World and this app will be available for download when Lumia 2520 goes on sale. Video Director app allows you to create stylized videos in a matter of minutes, even if you have no prior video-editing experience. As opposed to Windows Phone 8 platform, Windows 8 has the ability to encode video. You can take user videos, open them up, apply filters and change them, and then re-encode the whole thing into a new video. Jason Davis, producer for the app from Nokia said that Windows 8 platform has all of the ingredients needed to make a really solid video editing app. Nokia Video Director uses what Jason describes as a three-step process. First, you pick the video clips and photos that you want to include. Next, you pick a Nokia “style” – ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofit community around the world. Yes, it is available for free. If you are an eligible nonprofit organization or part of public libraries, you can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program. If you’re ready to get started with Windows 8.1, here are a few steps you can take to learn more: Request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit. Or, if you’re already on Windows 8, you can simply upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1 through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Register for the Windows 8.1 webinar on Thursday, November 14, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, hosted by TechSoup. Todd Rutherford, senior product marketing manager–Windows Consumer, Microsoft, will provide a demo of Windows 8.1. Tell your favorite nonprofit about Microsoft’s software donation program and encourage them to visit www.Microsoft.com/nonprofit. Source: Microsoft ...

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Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners who are Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to free Xbox music streaming supported with ads. This is similar to free music streaming on Windows 8 PCs and music.xbox.com. But this differs from Xbox 360, where users must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) and an Xbox Music Pass ($10/month) to access the streaming service. We are not sure whether there will be a limit for users to 10 hours of free music streaming per month after six months, and you can pay a monthly fee to get unlimited access. Update: Albert today tweeted that he was wrong about the above information. Free ad supported streaming is not coming to Xbox One. I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. ...

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Often we come across comparisons of Microsoft Surface with Apple iPad. While both of them are meant to be tablets, Microsoft Surface running Windows RT is much more powerful than an Apple iPad. When you compare recently released Apple iPad Air and Microsoft Surface 2, I think Surface 2 offers lot more value to most of the consumers with full web browser support, USB port and kickstand built-in and more. This fan made video released yesterday shows the capabilities of Surface 2. In this video I show off my favorite features in the Microsoft Surface 2, with windows 8.1 RT. I show off voice control (windows speech recognition), multiple monitor support, and a variety of accessories via USB hub (including external hard drive, mouse, keyboard, and Xbox 360 controller integration). I show how I connect the Surface 2 to my HDTV as well as wireless casting of music and video! ...

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  The official Facebook app got updated in Windows Store with support for Notification Control Settings. Go to App Settings Charm in Facebook app, you will be able to find the new Notification Settings option. Once you go into that, you will have option to toggle notifications for the following list of items. Messages Wall Poke Friend Request Friend Confirmed Feed Confirmed Feed Comment Reply Share Comment Share Reply Photo Tag Photo Comment Photo Album Comment Photo Reply Photo Comment Tagged Photo Album Reply Event Invite Event Update Event Cancel Added to Group Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: WinObs ...

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Microsoft’s board is in search for the new CEO for Microsoft as current CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring next month. Microsoft previously announced that they are considering both internal and external candidates for this job. Today, Reuters reported that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally are now part of the shortlisted CEO candidates list. Reuters also revealed that the internal candidates under consideration includes former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief. Microsoft is expected to reveal its upcoming CEO in the coming months once this search process ends. Source: Reuters ...

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There are few custom themed Xbox One consoles that will go on auction from Nov-15th. If you are in the US, then take part in the Every 2 Minutes promotional campaign for the Xbox One. You should purchase specially labeled Mountain Dew or Doritos products with codes that can be entered into the Every 2 Minutes website. The codes turn into points that can be banked and used in auctions, including those for Xbox One consoles featuring the special case designs. Details on the Consoles available in auction are listed below. RYSE: SON OF ROME: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Ryse: Son of Rome 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content DEAD RISING 3: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Dead Rising 3 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content FORZA MOTORSPORT 5: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. ...

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Many are not aware of this fact. If you’re a Gmail user, Google scans all of your sent and received messages, extracts keywords that they think are relevant to you, and then uses that data to target you with ads. All email service providers protect your inbox by scanning for spam, phishing attempts and malware, but not all email providers use the words from your email to show you ads. Microsoft is focusing on this point with a new campaign titled “Keep Your Email Private” against Google’s Gmail to protect user’s privacy. Google goes through every Gmail that’s sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads. And there’s no way to opt out of this invasion of your privacy. Watch the video below. Visit Keep Your Email Private for more details. ...

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Microsoft Bing team started indexing the apps installed on the device to serve you contextually when you search for related queries. With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced a way to surface apps within search results giving a deeper entryway into what you might be trying to accomplish. For example, if you search for  “Angry Birds”, there will be an option to download that app directly from the results. Or when you search for some hotels, there might be some relevant local search apps listed on the search results. In Windows 8.1 Bing Smart Search, Microsoft is moving to another level. With the launch of Windows 8.1 we are expanding this notion with Bing Smart Search. Now when you search we also display deep links of information that might be available in a given app. For example, if you’re searching for New York City we’ll not only show you beautiful full bleed images and top web ...

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Microsoft today announced that ID@Xbox developers will get free license of Xbox One Add-on for Unity. This is a great news for indie developers who won’t be able to afford Unity licenses. To us, ID@Xbox is about providing a level playing field for all developers. So, we worked with Unity and we’re pleased to announce that, when released in 2014, the Xbox One add-on for Unity will be available at no cost to all developers in the ID@Xbox program, as will special Xbox One-only Unity Pro seat licenses for Xbox One developers in the ID@Xbox program. The Unity add-on for Xbox One supports every element of Xbox One, from Kinect to SmartGlass to the impulse triggers of the new controller. So, an indie developer can make use of this Unity add-on take advantage of all aspects of Xbox One just like every other developer. Also Unity is available for Windows and Windows ...

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Along with the new Surface ad, Microsoft has also posted this new Windows ad as part of the new ‘Honestly’ series of ads. It focuses on Windows 2-in-1 PCs. Windows 2-in-1 PCs give you the best of work and play. Either it’s watching movies on Xbox Video or getting work done with Microsoft Office, Windows 2-in-1 PCs will serve the purpose.   It’s new but, you know it Work the way you always have with the familiar desktop and the Start button, but now with the magic of touch. It works with what you have Your new tablet or PC will work with most printers, cameras and software. It’s easy to get around With touch or mouse and keyboard, you can quickly and easily get it all done. It’s flexible With the new 2-in-1s, you can get a tablet and laptop in one. Power of Office Get things done with ...

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You must be aware of the fact that Zappos.com’s official app is now available in Windows Store. Using this app, you can search, browse, and find great products from a brand selection that Zappos.com carries. You can save your favorites for later and checkout from inside the app. In order to promote the usage of the app, Zaapos is making all shipping FREE for all orders placed within.  That means next business day shipping for customers located in areas UPS delivers next day to! Download the Zappos app for Windows today and start shopping! ...

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If you are a snow-sports enthusiasts, Winter Sports is a must have app for your Surface tablets and any Windows PC and Windows Phone. If you like skiing, snowboarding or any winter activity, Winter Sports is an official app of Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America. Winter Ski & Ride for Windows Phone is the companion app for Winter Sports is already popular with skiers and snowboarders around the world, overall quarter of a million users. Description: Winter Sports is the official app of Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), a companion to our Windows Phone app. Beautiful ski run analytics, snow reports for thousands of resorts, zoomable resort maps, activity tracking, customizable goals, a social network, leaderboards and ski lessons by snow pros. The app includes many innovations, including speech, especially designed glove-friendly user interface for cold conditions and more. Features: •Snow Reports ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a new commercial to promote the new Surface 2 tablet among schools. The video ad shows a school teacher telling how the new Surface 2 enables students to do both work and play with a single device. I personally think Surface 2 will be lot more useful for students than an Apple iPad. The new Surface comes with Microsoft Office, has a keyboard to do real work and great apps like Bing Smart Search and Xbox for having fun. See how the new Surface with Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life. Watch the video above. ...

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  When Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run only in 720p mode natively on Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One, there were lots of criticism and comments on the web about the capabilities of Xbox One against Sony PS4. Microsoft downplayed the whole resolution thing, but the media was not ready to leave it. In an interview with Eurogamer, Mark Rubin from Infinity Ward commented the following, What everyone will ask is whether this is the result of the Xbox One simply not being as powerful as the PS4, and you’re doing your best with the hardware you have, or whether for future versions you may be able to get the Xbox One version running natively at 1080p? Mark Rubin: It’s very possible we can get it to native 1080p. I mean I’ve seen it working at 1080p native. It’s just we couldn’t get the frame ...

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