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Microsoft Surface team today posted some of the pictures of its labs at Microsoft in which Surface tablet was developed. One of them showed various design concepts and iterations of Surface tablet(Surface ID labs), another one showed huge 3D printers(Surface Model Lab),  another one showing how reliability of Surface was tested (Surface Reliability Lab). Check more such photos from their Facebook page here.  ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today announced the improvements in IMAP support that will be part of upcoming Outlook 2013. Here are the new list of IMAP features supported in Outlook. Syncing/sending messages is done in the background, so you no longer have to wait for sync to complete in order to use Outlook.General comments about Outlook’s performance when using IMAP was the top issue we heard from all of you, and we believe this change will improve the experience quite a bit. New mail notifications are now supported. This was the second most common request we heard. Outlook now recognizes special folders in your mailbox like Trash (in techspeak, the IMAP extension XLIST is now supported) You can choose how much mail to sync and keep locally by telling Outlook to only sync mail that is newer than a certain number of months, such as 3, 6, or 12 months. You can ...

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Microsoft today announced that IE10 for Windows 7 release preview will be released in mid-November. And the final availability will follow as Microsoft collects developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities. IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for. We look forward to getting your feedback on IE10 on Windows 7, and will provide another update when the preview is available. At last, Microsoft has provided the info about the availability of IE10 on the most used OS in the world. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Surface team answered questions from various users on Reddit today. Here are some interesting info gathered from there, If you buy a 32GB Surface, after the OS, OfficeRT and a bunch of apps, you will still have about 20GB free space. You cannot install apps on the SD card you insert into Surface, but you can move your photos, music and videos. Why no 3G/4G models: “We made what we feel is World Class WiFi connectivity. For 3G/4G we looked at several elements when deciding on what features to include. We knew that the primary use was going to be in the home, we looked at tablet sales data 2/3 WiFi, 1/3 Mobile Broadband. Of the 1/3 sold, 1/2 were activated. Phone hotspot / tethering use was also a consideration.” Regarding usage of TouchCover and TypeCover: “Hey this is Stevie, yes absolutely. Both TouchCover and TypeCover have sensors that ...

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Along with the details about pricing, specs and availability of Surface tablet, Microsoft also posted a video on YouTube about the behind the scenes process that happened during the making of Surface. As you can see from the video above, Microsoft focused on every part of the tablet is of high quality and serves its purpose. Microsoft Surface is not same as anything in the current tablet market and has lots of unique features. Some of them are the Vapour Magnesium build, TouchCover, etc,. Enjoy the video above. You can pre-order Microsoft Surface here.  ...

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Microsoft today revealed the pricing and availability details of its upcoming Windows RT tablet Surface. Surface with Windows RT will initially be available in three SKUs: a 32GB version priced at US$499, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$599, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$699. It will be on sale online in eight markets including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. Pre-order was already started in few countries and in US it will start in few minutes from now.   ...

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Microsoft today announced the pricing of Surface tablets. Microsoft running Windows RT will priced starting from $499. The $499 version of Surface will include 32GB without Touch Cover and with TouchCover it will cost $599. 64GB model without Touch Cover will cost $599 and with Touch Cover it will cost $699. This pricing denotes that Microsoft has not planned to be disruptive and they are taking a safe bet. This pricing will allow OEMs to breath in WinRT ecosystem, it will also act as a design stand point and more importantly it will not burn Microsoft’s balance sheets. What do you think? via: The Verge ...

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  WSJ today reported that Microsoft is planning to sell 3-5 Million Surface Tablets this quarter alone. According to component suppliers in Asia with whom WSJ spoke with,  Microsoft has placed orders to produce 3 million to 5 million of these tablets in the fourth quarter. This number looks equal to what Amazon and Google placed orders for Kindle and Nexus. Can Microsoft beat their expectations? Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft kicked off its marketing campaign for its upcoming Windows 8 tablet Surface yesterday night. In case you missed it, you can watch it here. This ad was aired on TV during Monday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars in US. Now, Paul Thurrott of Winsupersite is reporting that pricing and availability announcement of Surface will be made on today(10/16). Will Microsoft begin the pre-orders for Microsoft Surface today along with pricing and availability announcement? I hope so! Source: Winsupersite ...

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Microsoft today started rolling out the dashboard update for Xbox 360 users. This new update brings in several new features to Xbox 360 such as the new Music app, SmartGlass support, Internet Explorer browser, etc,. New Features that will be part of this update are as follows, Internet Explorer for Xbox. We will bring the web browser to your TV with navigation supported by Kinect voice, Xbox SmartGlass and the Xbox 360 controller. We have also added autocomplete functionality to the address bar, making it easier than ever to get to the websites you love. Genre search will be an added option for voice search so you’ll be able to search by genres such as comedy, drama, action, etc. to quickly find movies and TV shows across your entertainment apps. Web video results. Bing voice search will be extended to include content in the YouTube app, which will be displayed ...

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Microsoft today started their marketing of Surface in TV with their new ad. Earlier today Microsoft posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. This is just start of the $400 million marketing campaign Microsoft has planned for the upcoming Surface. What do you think of this first TV ad? ...

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  Acer yesterday announced couple of new All-in-ones expanding its Windows 8 launch line-up.  A 23-inch Aspire 5600U and the 27-inch Aspire 7600U are the two models which will go on sale from $1150 and $1950 respectively. Both these models will come with a 1080p display, 8GB  RAM and 1TB of storage. The Aspire 7600U comes with a discrete NVIDIA GT640M GPU with 2GB of video memory and  Aspire 5600U comes with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. Both are powered by latest Intel Core i5 processors and will have array of ports such as HDMI, USB, etc,. Are you looking to buy one of these?         ...

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Microsoft started marketing its upcoming Surface tablet device months ago. The first medium they chose was the traditional street arts. These Surface street arts were spotted in several cities in US. You can see some of them here. Microsoft Surface team today posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. You can watch it above and let us know what do you think ? ...

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Xbox Music app will come pre-installed and is the default music player for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. This app will feature free, ad-supported streaming of the entire catalog of over 30 million tracks on PCs and tablets. Users can also make playlists, discover new music, and purchase and download music. However, this unlimited free streaming service will end in 6 months time followed by reduced hours of streaming and users can buy Xbox Music pass to enjoy Unlimited streaming after that. The service will cover 22 countries for subscription music, 15 for free streaming, and offer iOS and Android clients later next year. See the video above for more info. ...

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MetroTwit for Windows Desktop was one of the best looking and well thought out apps on the platform. The developers behind this app has now developed a Windows Store app which is optimized for touch devices. Similar to its desktop counter part, MetroTwit for Windows 8 is built on Metro design language. New features added: Twitter Streaming support (and Twitter API 1.1 support) Added Twitter lists support Added multiple accounts support (requires MetroTwit Pro or Plus) Added inline media previews Added support for Twitter profile banners Fixed portrait and snap view support for many pages Fixed multiple crashes and instabilities Fixed emoji unicode support Added geolocation support Many new features I used this app for couple of hours and found it really intuitive. Do try this out. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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Netflix has released their official app for Windows 8 PCs and you can download it from Windows Store now. Using this app if you have Netflix membership, you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies on your Windows 8 PC/tablet. App Description: Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies. Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies. If you are not a Netflix member sign up for Netflix and start enjoying immediately with our one-month free trial. How does Netflix work? – Netflix membership gives you access to unlimited TV shows and movies for one low monthly price. – With the Netflix app you can instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want. – You can browse a growing ...

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