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As Microsoft board is nearing the announcement about its next CEO, there were multiple reports on the discussions going on between board and the likely CEO Satya Nadella. Recode and WSJ both reported that Satya Nadella has requested Microsoft’s board to ask Bill Gates to spend more time on technology and strategy by assisting him as CEO. After the board’s search committee recommended Mr. Nadella, he told the board that a bigger role for Mr. Gates as a close adviser is “what I need to be successful,” the person familiar with the matter said. Since Bill Gates is already focused on his Gates foundation work in addition to being Microsoft’s chairman, it is unlikely that he will accept this new role which Satya demands to board. Recode reports that Bill Gates would step down as chairman in favor of the director John Thompson, as part of the changes. Sources said that ...

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Based on various reports from Bloomberg, Recode, and many other news publications, Microsoft’s current executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise group is likely to become CEO of Microsoft. GigaOM’s Om Malik did an interview with Satya few months back and he published it yesterday. It is an very interesting interview in which Om asks questions like, “What does the future of Microsoft productivity apps and Microsoft’s Enterprise business look like, say in 2020?”, “What is your biggest challenge right now from a cloud and enterprise standpoint in the company?” and more. I find the answers from Satya to these questions are great. One of the highlights of the interview was when he was asked about the challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft, read his full response below. What do you think is the big challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft? I’d say our current challenge and our ...

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  Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. It was previously launched in the US with 1080p touchscreen display while rest of the world enjoyed the WQHD display. Now, Acer has made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499. Specs: 13.3″ WQHD IPS  widescreen LED-backlit display: (2560  x 1440) resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio Multi-touch screen, supporting 10 finger touch 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.6GHz Windows 8.1 Intel® HD Graphics 4400 with 128MB of dedicated system memory 8GB DDR3L-RS Memory 128GB SSD drive In RAID 0 configuration Digital Media ...

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Apart from the video related to the ad that Microsoft is going to air during Superbowl tomorrow, Microsoft has released several other videos themed “Empowering us all, Microsoft”. These videos include stories of woman whom got her hearing back, students across the world connecting with other students across the world, a 96 year old who uses paint program in PCs, surgeons who uses their gestures to interact with X-rays, and more. In all these stories, Microsoft technology is involved. Check out those videos below. Microsoft official blog has also provided us some information about each of these videos, read it below. Readers may be familiar with Sarah Churman from a 2011 viral video in which she activates a hearing implant and hears for the very first time. In the above video, you can learn more about Churman’s story and how Microsoft technology enabled her to receive an Esteem Hearing implant ...

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Microsoft is going to run its first Super Bowl ad on Sunday during Seahawks vs Broncos NFL match. I was surprised to know that Microsoft has never took part in the famous Super Bowl marketing ads. This time, Microsoft is going to show an ad for Surface Pro device and how it is empowering people with disabilities. Former football player Steve Gleason uses Microsoft Surface to communicate and inspire others diagnosed with ALS. Watch the video above to know more. Another ad might be just focused on Microsoft branding that it empowers people. Five year old Braylon O’Neill was born missing the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs. Now, he’s making strides, pushing limits, and playing sports because of Microsoft technology. It is good to see that Microsoft is taking efforts to remind people that they are still a key player in the technology world. Recently, Apple ...

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Recode today revealed that Microsoft’s Vice President of US Advertising Sales Keith Lorizio is leaving the company. Keith joined Microsoft in 2006 from Yahoo where he was heading Advertising sales team. For the past 8 years at Microsoft, Keith helped building a strong US sales team. Frank Holland, the CVP for Microsoft’s Advertising and Online businesses and Eric Dahlberg, the director of U.S. network & exchange sales for Microsoft Advertising sent internal memos regarding Keith’s departure. From: Frank Holland Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 2:45 PM To: A&O US Sales FTE Cc: Barry Dougan; Frank Holland Direct Reports Subject: A&O US Sales Leadership Announcement Team, I am writing to inform you that Keith Lorizio is no longer with Microsoft. I would like to thank Keith for his leadership and contribution to the US Sales team, and his role in building up a sales org with such extraordinary talent and potential over the last ...

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The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football franchise in the National Football League based in Seattle, Washington. They got qualified for the finals of NFL known as SuperBowl. The final game is taking place on Sunday and as Microsoft’s HQ is located in Seattle, there are lots of Seattle Seahawks fans among Microsoft employees. To showcase their support for Seahawks, around 7000 employees of Microsoft’s Operating Systems group gathered together Microsoft’s campus to form 12th man flag. Check out more photos below. Photos credits: Microsoft and its employees on Twitter. ...

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Microsoft is not just fixing and tweaking Windows 8.1 to better serve enterprise users, there is another important component for enterprise which is Internet Explorer. Lots of enterprises depend on IE everyday for their legacy and custom built internal apps. Since Windows 7 shipped with Internet Explorer 8, it became the de-facto standard for designing apps. Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 versions for Windows 7 after that. Often, these latest versions breaks compatibility with sites designed for Internet Explorer 8. ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley today reported that Microsoft is working on a new Enterprise Mode feature in IE11 that will allow enterprises to run their websites and custom apps in IE8 mode. There may be a Microsoft-made solution to this dilemma, however. Sources say it’s a new IE feature known as EMIE. Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it’s referred to internally, is supposedly going to ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are ending the development of InfoPath and SharePoint forms. Microsoft also announced that they will be revealing the next generation forms technology that will work across devices in March at SharePoint Conference. As per Microsoft’s lifecycle support policy, InfoPath will be supported through 2023. Industry trends and feedback from our customers and partners make it clear that today’s businesses demand an intelligent, integrated forms experience that spans devices. We are looking to make investments that allow you to easily design, deploy, and use intelligent, integrated forms across Office clients, servers, and services—forms that everyone can use on their PC, tablet, or phone. Our goal is to deliver tools that are flexible and agile, so you can quickly connect to your data and processes in new and exciting ways. So how are we evolving our forms technology? In an effort to streamline our investments and deliver ...

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Ahead of the re-branding of Office Web Apps to Office Online, Microsoft has recently revamped OneNote.com. OneNote.com has now become the home for all your OneNote notebooks, either created by you or shared by someone. Also there is a new header and left hand navigation bar in OneNote Online. Get started using OneNote Web App It’s really easy to get started using OneNote on the web: Go to onenote.com, then at the top of the page, click Sign In. On the sign-in screen, enter your Microsoft account email address and password. (Note: If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, you’ll be prompted to create one.) After you’ve signed in, you’ll see a list of your OneNote notebooks and notebooks that others have shared with you—just click them to open. (Note: If you have only one notebook, it will automatically open. If you don’t have any notebooks yet, OneNote will automatically create ...

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If you are looking for a portable 10-inch fully powered PC which costs very less, then this is the definitive answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface Pro is now on sale at BestBuy online stores and retail stores. The device with 128GB is now available for just $499. It is $400 off from its original price.  If you want more battery life, adjustable kickstand and Intel Haswell performance, check out Surface Pro 2. But it will cost you more! ! Key Features: Supports the full Office experience Run Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more. (Office applications sold separately.) 10.6″ ClearType HD touch-screen display 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio VaporMg casing Precision crafted to be tough yet elegant, without excessive bulk. With a watchlike finish that’s incredibly smooth and durable, Surface is a delight to hold and touch. Integrated Kickstand Provides uncompromised support and flexibility. Flip out the Kickstand for hands-free ...

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Microsoft recently got their patent for one of the most unique thing on Windows 8, its Start Screen. Yes, Live Tiles arranged on a background is now patented by Microsoft. In 2011, Microsoft got their patent on Windows Phone Start Screen UI. You can read about it here. You can find the two patents related to Windows Phone Start Screen UI here and here. Recently, Samsung announced a new Magazine UX for its tablets. It is basically a tweaked version of Windows 8 Start experience. Yes, you got large Live Tiles for different apps which you can arrange on your home screen similar to what Windows 8.1 provides to users now. I guess, patents like this might stop companies like Samsung from copying their designs. Source:USPTO via: Winbeta ...

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More screenshots of Windows 8.1 got leaked today and as previously rumored, there seems to be an option to enable minimize and close button for Metro apps. As you can see in the image below, there is a black bar on top of PC Settings page which has Close, Minimize and other Windows options buttons. Another bad news for Metro UI lovers is that Microsoft is now booting straight to desktop instead of Start screen in an effort to please keyboard and mouse users. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft added an option to select boot to desktop as an option, but with the upcoming update, Microsoft is planning to make it by default. What do you think of these changes? Source: WZOR ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft board may be announcing Indian born Satya Nadella as its next CEO. It also added that board is looking to replace Bill Gates from his position as chairman of Microsoft’s board. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s board is preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company’s enterprise and cloud chief, chief executive officer and is discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, according to people with knowledge of the process. One person the board is considering to take the place of co-founder Gates as chairman is Microsoft lead independent director John Thompson, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private. Even if Gates steps down as chairman, he may be more involved in the company, said two people familiar with the matter, particularly in areas like product development. As expected, Microsoft declined to comment on this story. Source: Bloomberg ...

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If you are a fan of Marvel and Marvel games, then this is a good news for you. Marvel Run Jump Smash! game is now available for download in the Windows Store. Description: Run, jump, and smash as Marvel Heroes in a brand new endless runner! Compete with friends and fight Super Villains and their henchmen! How far can you make it? Fly as Iron Man! Smash as The Incredible Hulk! Run and Jump as Cap! Run and Gun as Super Spy Black Widow! Unlock additional Super Heroes… Swing as Spider-man! Shoot arrows as Hawkeye! Unleash the Thunder as Thor! Binary Blast as Captain Marvel! Dodge obstacles and fight Super Villains like Loki to progress as far as you can. Increase your score by switching between characters and activating each Super Hero’s unique Special Attack. Collect coins and boosts on your run. Then buy special power-ups to boost your distance and score. ...

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Microsoft is now running a great deal for old generation console owners. They can now trade-in their old consoles including Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox 360S, etc, at Microsoft to store receive $100 Store credit on buying Xbox One. To be eligible for trade in, product must power on and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing or liquid damage, cannot be password protected, and include original chargers/accessories. Trade up and get your hands on the new Xbox One Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. ...

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