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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Almost two years ago now Microsoft gained approval from all governments, including the European Union, on its acquisition of Skype.  The European Commission allowed Microsoft to buy Skype without having to make any concessions. Cisco was not happy about this, as they have their own video conferencing solutions, and has been against Microsoft’s purchase from the beginning. Cisco along with Italian fixed-line and Internet telephone provider Messagenet SpA went to the EU’s second highest court, in Lexembourg, to appeal the European Commission’s decision to approve the deal. Cisco earlier argued that Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype created a monopoly and that the EC was wrong to approve the deal without demanding concessions from Microsoft. Today, European Union court rejected Cisco’s claims and upheld their decision to approve Microsoft/Skype deal. “Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is compatible with the internal market. The merger does not restrict competition either on the consumer video communications market ...

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Satya Nadella, is the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. He is also one of the few rumored CEO candidates inside Microsoft. Speaking at Le’Web, he said that “this meme of digitizing everything is well on its way.” “Over the next 10 years, we will reach a point where nearly everything will become digitized,” wrote Nadella. He added “an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data and intelligence from machine learning” will make it possible, and developers that leverage these technologies will lend a hand. He envisions that coders “will create new applications and services that help us transform what we do at work, and life, into digital equivalents.” The shift, already on its way, will have a big impact on how organizations conduct business. ...

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HP today announced two business focused laptops running Windows 8.1. The two new devices are EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 and EliteBook Revolve G2. EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 comes with machined aluminum body, 14-inch display that weighs 3.3 pounds 15.9mm thinner. It is powered by Intel 4th gen processor and offers upto 10 hours battery life. You can choose between 1,600 x 900 or 1,920 x 1,080 display with an optional touchscreen option. It comes with Synaptics’ ForcePad trackpad technology, military’s MIL-STD 810G specifications support, Intel vPro processors, fingerprint sensor and a Smart Card reader. It is already on sale with starting price of $1,299. Another new business Ultrabook convertiable announced is the new Revolve G2. The design is a traditional convertible with a touchscreen that can converted into tablet mode. All expected improvements like latest Intel processor, support for LTE and improved stylus are present. It will go on sale ...

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Microsoft today released December firmware updates for both its second generation Surface devices. The updates for Surface 2 and Surface Pro include improved trackpad experience and several other improvements. Surface 2 December update change log: Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved. Decreased charge time for batteries. Two-finger trackpad use optimized. Update to support additional external displays. Skype video quality improved. Resolved delay during restart when Bluetooth devices are connected. Surface Pro 2 December update change log: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality. Color fidelity improvements for all applications. Optimized two-finger trackpad use. Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device. Surface RT December update change log: Surface Home Button Driver update to optimize available system memory. Surface Type Cover audio device driver ...

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The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft Research today released Socl apps for iOS and Android devices along with Windows Phone devices. Socl offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks. Description: Socl — pronounced social — lets you create, collect and share stuff you love. From rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, express yourself through posts that take seconds to create, collect and share on Socl, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Features • Create beautiful collages and funny memes in seconds. • Share your creations on Socl, as well as your other favorite social networks. • Create visual responses (“riffs”) to existing content. • Snap a ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major OS update codenamed Threshold that will bring Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One OS experiences closer than ever before. And this update will come in different SKUs, one consumer focused, one traditional consumer focused based on x86 and a enterprise versions. Today, Winsupersite reported that Microsoft is planning to bring the following two features as part of the Threshold wave of updates. One is the ability to run multiple modern apps at once, and the other one is bringing back the Start Menu. Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop. Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next ...

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  Microsoft today confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox One on Dec 24th. Halo: Spartan Assault was originally released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year and it was well received by consumers. Microsoft is now brining the experience to Xbox One users with native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on. It will be available on Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Best of all, fans that have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99. And don’t worry, Xbox 360 owners: “Halo: Spartan Assault” will be available on ...

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Starting today, Microsoft will be running a promotional campaign called “12 Days Of Deals” in which they will be selling 12 different products at discounted prices. Today’s product was Dell Venue 8 Pro and it is already sold out. You can read the upcoming products on this deal list. You have got products like Garmin Fitness Watch, HP Envy 15, HP Pavillion X2, Fitbit Flex and more in these upcoming 11 days. Stop by your local Microsoft retail store or check out the holiday deals online to enjoy 12 Days of Deals on Windows PCs and tablets, Windows Phone devices, and accessories this December. Tomorrows deal:   ...

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   Microsoft is getting aggressive with their marketing these days and I highly appreciate their move. When you have better product than the competition and consumers are still buying the competitors crappy ones, you got to teach them the right thing and Microsoft is trying to do it. In the recently published ad on YouTube, Ben the PC Guy hits the streets of Venice, CA asking people which they would rather have — a Chromebook or a Windows laptop. The ad highlights the lack of real apps on Chromebook and their mandatory online nature making them effectively useless most of the time. The ad ends with Asus Windows 8 hybrid that offers great value and experience for almost same price. What do you think of this ad? ...

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VGX 2013, the Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards was announced recently. About 12 awards were given to games that are available on Xbox platforms. Below is the list of winners! Most Anticipated Game – “Titanfall” (Electronic Arts/Respawn Entertainment) Game of the Year – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Sports Game – “NBA 2K14” (2K Sports/Visual Concepts) Best Xbox Game – “Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons” (Starbreeze Studios) Best Driving Game – “Forza Motorsport 5″ (Microsoft Studios/Turn 10 Studios) Best Action/Adventure Game – “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal) Best Fighting Game – “Injustice: Gods Among Us” (Warner Bros Interactive/NetherRealm Studios) Best Shooter – “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Character – The Lutece Twins from “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Soundtrack – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Song in a Game – “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from “BioShock ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they are joining AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo in calling for reforms of government surveillance. Their main principle is that government access to personal information must be governed by law. Here are their principles, The Principles: 1) Limiting Governments’ Authority to Collect Users’ Information Governments should codify sensible limitations on their ability to compel service providers to disclose user data that balance their need for the data in limited circumstances, users’ reasonable privacy interests, and the impact on trust in the Internet. In addition, governments should limit surveillance to specific, known users for lawful purposes, and should not undertake bulk data collection of Internet communications. 2) Oversight and Accountability Intelligence agencies seeking to collect or compel the production of information should do so under a clear legal framework in which executive powers are subject to strong checks and balances. Reviewing courts should be ...

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Kodu is a free game development tool originally released by Microsoft Research team targeting kids to learn game development and programming. Now, Microsoft Studios has released this app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. If you have kids at home, then this is a must have game for them. Description: Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills. Features: Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect Kodu ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 devices got updated today with many new features and improvements. It now features improved Live Tiles, ability to send and download picture messages, ability to add photos to specific albums and more. New features: - Tagging - Improved Live Tiles - Set windows profile pic when you upload a new profile pic - Download and upload files from messages - Download and upload photos from messages - Upload photos to a specific album - Choose and set your cover photo - Choose and set your profile picture - Use your profile picture as your Windows account picture - Add a secondary tile to go directly to messages (choose this from the app bar in messages view) This release also includes many bug fixes. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Nokia today announced the Lumia 2520 Windows tablet in the UK. The device will go on sale exclusively from John Lewis for 399.99 pounds. Press Release: Nokia today announced that the Nokia Lumia 2520, the companys first Windows tablet, will be available exclusively through The John Lewis Partnership from December 4th. Priced at only 399.99, the Lumia 2520 features 4G connectivity, a stunning 10.1 full HD display, quad core chipset, multiple colour choices, 11 hours of battery life and super-fast-charging capabilities. In a market of me-too products, the Nokia Lumia 2520 stands out from the crowd with its unique Lumia design, great hardware and exclusive software experiences, said Conor Pierce, Nokias General Manager for the UK & Ireland. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first truly connected tablet and we look forward to working with John Lewis to bring this amazing connected experience to their customers. Premium Design Meets Maximum ...

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