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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer gave a demonstration in Tianjin, China at Microsoft Research Asia’s 21st Century Computing event. He discussed about the Speech recognition in computing and the recent breakthrough Microsoft has in it. Until recently though, even the best speech systems still had word error rates of 20-25% on arbitrary speech. Just over two years ago, researchers at Microsoft Research and the University of Toronto made another breakthrough. By using a technique called Deep Neural Networks, which is patterned after human brain behaviour, researchers were able to train more discriminative and better speech recognizers than previous methods. During my October 25 presentation in China, I had the opportunity to showcase the latest results of this work. We have been able to reduce the word error rate for speech by over 30% compared to previous methods. This means that rather than having one word in 4 or 5 ...

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Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. new entertainment franchise collaboration Angry Birds Star Wars is now available in Windows Store. Game Description: JOIN THE ANGRY BIRDS IN THEIR BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers! Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help! Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll ...

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Citrix has released its Receiver app for Windows 8 devices today. They released their preview version back in September and the final release is now in Windows Store today. Description: Specific configurations are required for this release; please ask your IT department how to get started. Citrix Receiver lets you access your enterprise files, applications, and desktops to help you be as productive on the go as you are in the office. If your company uses Citrix, you have the freedom to work on your favorite device from wherever you are. What you can do with Citrix Receiver : Experience simple, consistent, and delightful file and app access from all of your devices For more information about Citrix Receiver, visit http://citrix.com/receiver. Features: Securely deliver virtual desktops and enterprise apps Work anywhere, on any Windows 8 device Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Few days back, WMPoweruser reported about a mysterious ZTE Windows Phone device with 5.9inch screen. Many doubted whether Windows Phone 8 can scale to such high resolutions with app compatibility. Now, we have another rumor from @MS_Nerd about this matter. It seems Microsoft is working on two fronts in bringing Windows based device with screen sizes ranging from 5-inch to less than 10-inch. These 7-inch device is expected to have stylus support and include IE and Reader as well. @MS_Nerd: ZTE Blade 8: WP8 counts 3 pixels as 2. MSFT adding stylus support in OneNote, IE & Reader. Figuring out how to reach 7″ size with WP or RT. Another project with select members of Surface & Nook teams, using RT on a 8.4″ screen exploring it from the other side, no stylus yet. What do you think? You prefer Windows Phone OS on 7-inch or Windows RT on 7-inch? ...

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Office Depot retail store in US has released their official app for Windows Store. Description: Find a store near you and check out the weekly deals offered at that store, or scroll through a list of stores in your area and view weekly deal offers for each. Features: •Locate near stores. •Browse store weekly deals. •View deals and product descriptions. •Share deals and products with your friends. •Search for available deals. Source: Windows Store ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 7, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. announced today that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android tablets. The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality video-recording devices. exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between electronic devices. exFAT vastly improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by more than five times. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. “Today’s agreements demonstrate the continued success of our licensing program and highlight the adoption of exFAT across multiple industries ...

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We all know that Office for iOS and Android devices is coming next year, but Microsoft didn’t provide any details on it. Today, The Verge posted the above screenshots showing Microsoft Office experience on iOS device. Office Mobile for iOS and Android will come as free apps that allows you to view Microsoft Office documents. If you need edit functionality, you can enable it with an Office 365 subscription. Enterprise organizations can distribute codes to enable Office editing for users through Office 365 service. Source: The Verge ...

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Research firm Gartner yesterday released a report on consumerization of IT. Gartner predicted that 821 million smart devices (smartphones and tablets) will be purchased worldwide in 2012 and it will reach billion mark in 2013. Gartner said the following regarding Windows 8 in businesses by 2016, In the business market, Windows 8 will take the No. 3 position in the tablet market behind Apple and Android by 2016, with interest coming more from businesses than consumers. Tablets and convertibles will be the way into businesses for Windows 8. Gartner estimates that the share of Windows 8 tablets and ultramobiles in businesses will reach 39 percent in 2016. Even though 39% market share for Windows 8 is highly possible, I didn’t under their maths quite well. They are saying Windows 8 will take No.3 position in tablet market, but will hold 39% marketshare?? How it is possible? Source: Gartner ...

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Microsoft Exchange team today detailed the upcoming Offline Access support in Outlook Web App 2013. Offline access will be supported in Internet Explorer 10, Safari 5 or greater and Google Chrome browsers. The following content will be available offline, Mail Users will be able to see all their folders, and content in all offline-supported folders. Offline-supported folders include: Inbox Drafts Any folder viewed from the browser in the last week For each offline-supported folder, users will have 3 days of content or 150 items, whichever is larger. Attachments are not available when offline. Calendar Reminders will pop-up for meetings and appointments Current month and upcoming year of calendar Multiple calendars are not available when offline People All Contacts Anyone the user emails often or has emailed recently The Auto-Complete cache (the list of matching names that appear as someone is added to a message) You can read about what user actions are ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that Skype will replace Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available). In order to focus the development efforts and create seamless experiences, Microsoft will be doing this operation. Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect: • Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets • Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place • Sharing screens • Video calling on mobile phones • Video calling with Facebook friends • Group video calling With Skype 6.0, users can already sign into Skype client using their Microsoft account and chat/video call with their Messenger and Facebook friends. Also Microsoft will be posting more information in the next few months to help you transition to Skype. Source: ...

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Last June, we reported about a specs of a device from Microsoft called Xbox Surface.  We thought it was just a fan made concept, but it seems that it may get real soon. According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft is working on  a 7-inch version of Xbox Surface tablet which will be focused on gaming. While the specs of the device was not yet finalized,  it will  likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM suitable for high performance gaming. It was also reported that Xbox Surface will run on custom Windows kernel and will have some tablet focused apps. Are you ready to own another gadget between your Windows Phone and Microsoft Surface ?? Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft is making big moves in media space in the recent days. First they announced number of TV content on Xbox through Xbox LIVE TV and then rebranded Zune service into Xbox Music and Xbox Videos. Now, according to a job post from Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, they are working on a new service called Cloud TV. While Xbox TV is around enjoying live TV content on Xbox with enhanced experiences, I guess Cloud TV is a service that spans across platforms just like Xbox Music. Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business is revolutionizing entertainment. IEB has a rich set of entertainment offerings from Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE to Zune Marketplace and Mediaroom. Our customer base is growing fast and our pace of innovation has been incredible with our latest product Kinect selling over 10 million units since its launch in November of 2010. We’re looking for a Software Engineering Manager who is ...

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After many customer queries, Microsoft has explained about the free space available for users in Microsoft Surface models. If you buy a 32GB model of Microsoft Surface, you won’t have 32GB to store your music, videos, etc,. Instead, you will only have 16-20 GB approx. What happened to the rest of the disk space? Check the image above to understand them. This is true for Apple iPad too. But since it does not come with Microsoft Office and many built-in apps, you many find more free space than Microsoft Surface. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is providing you with many choices to increase your storage capacity, Cloud storage using SkyDrive microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (adds up to 64 GB) USB flash drive or hard drive Read more about it here. ...

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You can now enjoy Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos on your Windows 8 machine using their new app. App Description: Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. Our Windows 8 is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in ...

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Microsoft Skype has launched two new pre-paid cards that will be available for £10 and £20 in UK through hundreds on retailers. Skype Prepaid Cards are the way to get access to a whole set of Skype premium features such as making affordable calls to mobiles and landlines around the world, Sending low cost text messages, Group video calling, Unlimited calls to a country of your choice, Access to to over one million global WiFi hotspots and more. Read the full press release after the break. Press Release: Skype Launches New Prepaid Card in UK Partners with Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys’ and WHSmith for launch of Skype Cards London, November 5th 2012. Skype today announced the availability of Skype Prepaid Cards, a new way for users in the UK to purchase Skype Credit and add premium features to the free software they already use. Skype is joined in this initiative by five ...

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According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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