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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Bloomberg today reported that Ericsson’s president and CEO Hans Vestberg is now in the possible candidates list which Microsoft board is evaluating for past few months. As expected, both Microsoft and Ericsson’s spokespersons declined to comment on this matter. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner are already in the race to become the next Microsoft CEO. Bloomberg reports that many candidates were concerned about Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer sitting in Microsoft’s board with about 8% of the stock will influence the decisions made by the CEO. Microsoft board gave us the following update on the new CEO search last month, On Aug. 23, we announced that Steve Ballmer would be retiring from Microsoft within 12 months, and the Board of Directors was launching a search for a replacement, looking both externally and internally. Since then, we’ve been focused on finding the best possible person ...

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Blair Westlake, Microsoft’s longtime VP of media and entertainment, is leaving the company after a decade. He joined in 2004 to head the media licensing and other entertainment stuff at Microsoft. He himself stated that the recent re-organization within Microsoft is the reason he is leaving the company. “As the reorganization has unfolded, it has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or skill sets,” Westlake said in a statement. “Therefore, I have made the decision to leave Microsoft.” “I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people,” Westlake said of his tenure at Microsoft. “While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe that this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned.” Westlake was in charge of the group within Microsoft that licensed movies and television shows for Microsoft products and the ...

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Microsoft is ending the extended support for Windows XP from April 2014. It was expected that Microsoft will also stop delivering security updates via Security Essentials at the same time. But, Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the extended anti-malware signature support for Windows XP users through July 2015. Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures. For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows ...

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Syrian Electronic Army which recently hacked some of the Microsoft’s social media accounts threatened Microsoft on Twitter that they are not yet done with Microsoft and there will be more attacks in the future. We didn’t finish our attack on @Microsoft yet, stay tuned for more! #SEA — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 15, 2014 The worst part is that SEA has got access to Microsoft employee emails as well. You can see the communication between Microsoft Story Teller Steve’s mail to his boss on recent attacks by SEA. See the screenshot below,   What @Microsoft staff are doing – Part 2 #SEA pic.twitter.com/H7sV91VvJW — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 12, 2014   SEA even tweeted that a Microsoft employee changed his password from Microsoft1 to Microsoft2 to make it stronger. I guess, Microsoft will come up with more stronger internal policies when it comes to passwords to prevent such attacks in the future. ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft opened up the registration process for Build 2014 developer conference. Build 2014 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2 – 4. The conference got sold out today. I think the steep registration amount of over $2000 is the reason Build 2014 took about 24 hours for selling out all its tickets. Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows 9 and the developer story behind the future of Windows. Build is our premier developer event, targeted at people who want to create experiences that span PC, tablet, phone, console, server, and cloud, and at this year’s event we will share what is coming for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Xbox, Visual Studio and more. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll be talking about what Microsoft is doing to protect your technology investments, regardless of their form: tools, skills, language preferences, code, and apps, ...

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  Google today announced the release of Chrome 32 web browser for Windows devices. This stable release will include some neat features such as tracking down noisy tags, safe browsing feature, etc,. One of the most important changes is the inclusion of Chrome OS interface within Windows 8 Metro mode. In full screen mode, the whole UX will be like Chrome OS with support for multiple windows, app launchers and more. You can now track down noisy tabs: You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You’ll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV. Safe Browsing’s malware warning has gotten stronger: If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing that Chrome is working to ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition wireless controller. You can pre-order the unit for $64.99 from Microsoft Store today. It will be released on 3/11/2014. Own a piece of gaming history and fight in style with the Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller. Designed in partnership with Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, it’s inspired by the C-101 carbine, used by the elite IMC Titan Pilots of the Frontier. Crafted in striking detail for maximum authenticity in color and graphics, the controller looks and feels like an artifact from the world of Titanfall. Microsoft revealed that these will be available in limited quantities, so order it soon! You can pre-order Titanfall game from Amazon here and  here. Source: Microsoft Store ...

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Microsoft has updated the Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices in the Windows Store. This update does not include any new features, instead it has general bug fixes. Using this app,  you can share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. Connect with anyone on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more. Features: Snap Skype alongside other apps. Chat, share files and photos. Make free voice and video calls. Send video messages every day. Call anyone, even if they’re not online. Messages are delivered to your lock screen, start screen, wherever you are. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge where it was asking us to help them re-imagine the classroom. What would it look like if every student had a Surface as a learning tool? How would Teachers teach with a Surface? What kind of furniture, and accessories would they need? How can we make using Surface in the Classroom even better? As a result, Microsoft ended up with lots of designs from people – like Surface desks, binders, backpacks, RC blades, solar powered chargers, and more. Now, you need to just vote for your favorite idea. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite idea. Spend some time browsing the Gallery, pick your favorite ideas, register, and vote (limit 1 vote per day). You could win a Surface 2 just for voting. But better hurry – the voting ends January 17th. http://www.SurfaceClassroomChallenge.com/ via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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Microsoft today announced their partnership with GW Micro to provide people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely functional and free license of GW Micro’s Window-Eyes screen reader. If you own a licensed version of Office 2010 or later, Microsoft gives you the ability to download Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs, free of charge. At Microsoft we are committed to provide everyone access to our technology. A fundamental consideration during product design, development and testing of Office is the level of accessibility of our applications. The Office team works closely with a variety of groups to improve the accessibility of our software including standards bodies, regulators, advocacy groups and an ecosystem of assistive technology (AT) vendors including the Narrator team in Microsoft. Our goal of this work is to provide our customers with solutions that give them choice, meets a variety of accessibility needs and is ...

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Digital Video Enterprises (DVE) today revealed their Immersion Room product which is a Holographic Presentation Room for the enterprises. It offers the next generation of collaboration over video. You can see Microsoft bring projected in the air and people can even interact with it. They are making use of Lync, Kinect and DVE’s patented technology to offer this kind of experience. Immersion Room is just one of the many solutions that DVE is offering on Lync, there are several other impressive solutions as well. Watch the video above, you will be amazed. Read the full press release below. Press Release: IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ – Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) announced today it has launched the DVE Immersion Room™, the first-of-its kind Holographic Presentation Room, powered by Microsoft®.  Microsoft Windows® is now seen floating in the middle of the room and people are able to interact with video ...

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  Similar to the Xbox Music for iOS update, Microsoft has today released an update for Xbox Music app for Android devices. This update brings in the support for offline music where you can make your playlists available online when you don’t have access to internet. What’s New? • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music on the metro, or in a plane! • Play your whole collection; play all by genre now available Xbox Music Pass on Android features: • Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music anywhere • Listen to radio stations based on your favorite artists • Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices • Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music ...

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Microsoft Bing team has today updated their Translator app for Windows devices in Store. The new update now brings in the same speech-to-speech functionality that Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 users already have. Also there are now some other new features and improvements. Read it below. Now users can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any Windows device. Simply speak into your device by using the microphone feature to place orders or ask for directions, and hear the translated words in a native speaker’s accent. In addition to speech input, this new release of the Translator app now offers users the option to use the camera feature in both portrait and landscape mode. Simply point your camera, scan and translate printed language using your tablet or PC to create subtitles for everyday life. Download the app here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft has now opened up the registrations for Build 2014 developers conference. Build 2014 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2 – 4. Build is our premier developer event, targeted at people who want to create experiences that span PC, tablet, phone, console, server, and cloud, and at this year’s event we will share what is coming for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Xbox, Visual Studio and more. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll be talking about what Microsoft is doing to protect your technology investments, regardless of their form: tools, skills, language preferences, code, and apps, to name a few.  One of the key ways we’ll do this is through client platform convergence around a common core – spanning the application platform, browser platform, apps, and APIs – in a way that makes it easy to reuse your skills and existing code.  This means ...

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Microsoft was ranked 5th among the top 10 US patent winners of 2013. Microsoft totally was awarded with 2,660 patents. IBM was once again leading the list with 6,809 patents for 21st year, followed by Samsung, Canon and Sony. Surprisingly, there are only three US companies in the list which are Microsoft, IBM and Qualcomm. Microsoft is the only company on the top 10 list which primarily does software business while the other 9 companies deal mostly with hardware and services which are easily patentable. The Top 10 U.S. Patent Winners of 2013: 1)  IBM             6,809 2)  Samsung         4,676 3)  Canon           3,825 4)  Sony            3,098 5)  Microsoft       2,660 6)  Panasonic       2,601 7)  Toshiba         2,416 8)  Hon Hai         2,279 9)  Qualcomm        2,103 10) LG Electronics  1,947 Press Release: MADISON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, ...

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AMD today announced the availability of its next generation APUs codenamed Kaveri from today. This is the first time AMD has included heterogeneous system architecture support in its APU. The chip is based on new generation of Steamroller CPU which offers great efficiency. AMD A10-7000 Series APU, codenamed “Kaveri”. These new processors pack an all-new architecture, including HSA features, Radeon™ R7 graphics and AMD TrueAudio technology. AMD is also claiming that this new APU offer better performance over comparable Intel counterparts. Also, the top end AMD APU costs about $180 while Intel Core i5 processor costs around $240, so there is a significant price advantage for AMD too. Read the full review of this CPUs from AnandTech.   ...

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