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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft announced a realignment of its organizational structure as part of its transformation to a devices and services company back in July. There are new divisions like Operating Systems group, Application and Services group, and more. But the financial reporting structure will not be same as a operating organizational structure.  Beginning in fiscal year 2014, the Microsoft will report its financial performance based on the five reportable segments described below. Devices and Consumer Devices and Consumer (“D&C”) develops and markets products and services designed to entertain and connect people, increase personal productivity, help people simplify tasks and make more informed decisions online, and help advertisers connect with audiences. D&C revenue is generated from three segments: * D&C Licensing, comprising: Windows, including OEM and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system and related software (“Consumer Windows”); non-volume licensing of Microsoft Office for consumers (“Consumer Office”); Windows Phone, including related patent ...

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At Financial Analyst Meeting held yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke with financial analysts for the last time. While he spoke about number of things, he was proud of what Microsoft achieved so far leaving out few missed opportunities like mobile. “We have been very successful,” he said. “We make a ton of money. We’re very proud of that…I’m proud that we’ve made more money than anybody on this list in the last 10 years.” He posted a chart where he compared Microsoft’s financials with all its competitors that includes Apple, Google, IBM and others. As you can see, Microsoft made the most profit in the last 10 years than any other technology company. And also, Microsoft paid the most dividend than any other company in the last 10 years. Read his full transcript below. ...

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Microsoft Studios Developer Turn 10 today released an impressive video ad to promote Forza 5. Forza 5 is an upcoming racing game coming to Xbox One on 11/22/2013. Watch the video above and read the description below. Video Description: Two Worlds Come Together, One Frame at a Time No other racing game approaches the realistic physics and handling and graphic fidelity of Forza Motorsport 5, and all those things in combination are why Forza best delivers the feeling of racing. We’ve captured game footage the only way a game like Forza Motorsport deserves to be captured … with a camera bolted into the engine block of a McLaren 12C supercar as it blasts past 680 frames printed on aluminum panels at a maximum filming speed of 120mph. Though this may look like it was computed generated, what you’re watching was shot entirely in-camera. Check out the behind the scenes features for ...

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Along with the announcement about Spectre13 x2, First Fanless, Detachable Ultrabook, HP also announced a regular HP Spectre13 touchscreen ultrabook. This Spectre 13 ultrabook will sport latest Intel Haswell processors, upto 8GB of RAM, 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display, 1080p webcam and will weigh just 3.25 pounds. Artistry through engineering-HP Spectre13 shatters perceptions of what an Ultrabook™ can be by packing unbelievable performance into unprecedented design. An incredible thin aluminum construction houses high-speed hardware, backlit keyboard, and an HP Vivid HD touchscreen1,2 that you can tap or swipe, or drive from the extra wide HP Control Zone™ trackpad. With up to 9 hours of battery life, you can create, stay in touch, and entertain without having to recharge3. HP Control Zone track pad, available for the first time in the new HP Spectre13 Ultrabook, enables an enhanced Windows® 8 experience by adding an extended area to the left and ...

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  HP today announced its first 10-inch Windows 8.1 tablet powered by latest Intel Bay Trail processors to deliver improved performance and graphics. HP is yet to reveal the price, but it is expected to be available by November 2013 in the US. It will also come with full HD display, Office 2013 pre-installed and will offer upto nine hours of battery life. The HP Omni10tablet provides robust performance with an Intel Atom Z3000 processor and Windows 8(2)Equipped with Microsoft®Windows Office 2013, side-by-side app viewing and up to nine hours of battery life,(3)the HP Omni10can keep up with even the busiest work schedules. I expect the price to be around $399 – $499. ...

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HP today announced two mainstream touch notebooks, Pavilion 11 x2 and HP Pavilion 13 x2. Both the models are detachable PCs running on Intel Atom processors, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of flash storage, 1,366 x 768 IPS display. The HP Pavilion 11 x2 is available in Pearl White, Flyer Red and Sparkling Black. The HP Pavilion 11 x2 features dual 1,080p HD webcams that allow users to create and enjoy video. The HP Pavilion 13 x2 will offer upto full-size HD touchscreen display with in-plane switching technology or use built-in Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) in select models to easily connect to a WiDi-enabled TV or monitor to share images and videos. Equipped with either the latest-generation accelerated AMD A6 processor or new Intel Core processors, SSD storage and 4GB of RAM. HP Pavilion13 x2: HP Pavilion13 x2 brings together a powerful notebook and versatile tablet to double the ...

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HP today announced the first fan less detachable Ultrabook. The new HP Spectre 13 x2 detachable Ultrabook runs on Intel’s 4th generation processor. It will come with Beats Audio, a full Radiance 1,080 high-definition display, which offers computing experiences without compromising productivity or portability. True flexibility, true innovation, truly powerful. The sleek, precision-crafted HP Spectre13 x2 offers the benefits of an UltrabookTM that does it all and a convenient tablet in a single, sophisticated design. No more juggling separate devices. The detachable screen and cutting-edge technology deliver a no-compromise combination that will meet – and exceed — your every need and your system can run quietly, with no noisy hardware or unsightly vents, thanks to an innovative design that eliminates the fan. The device will be available starting at $1099.99 from October 2013. ...

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HP today announced their holiday line-up of PCs and tablets. The most interesting device is the new HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE notebook. This is the world’s first laptop with leap motion built-in. It senses your natural, in-air movements for fast and accurate navigation and control. The HP ENVY17Leap Motion Special Edition (SE) is the world’s first notebook with integrated Leap Motion technology. HP is shaping the way people engage with technology with this innovative PC that senses natural hand and finger movements in the air for easy navigation and control, offering pinpoint accuracy to make games, modeling and presentations come to life. With a vivid 17.3-inch diagonal optional full HD display, movies and videos are sharp and clear. The latest Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics provide a faster and more responsive experience. This device will be available starting at $1049.99 in October 2013. ...

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Microsoft and AT&T today announced their partnership where the new AT&T solution will integrate pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform. Read about it in detail below. DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* and Microsoft Corp. today announced they will deliver a security-enhanced and reliable cloud solution that will allow enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The new solution will use breakthrough cloud integration technology from AT&T to pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s industry-leading Windows Azure cloud platform. Customers of the solution are expected to benefit from the enterprise-grade security of virtual private networking, with as much as 50% lower latency than the public Internet, and access to cloud resources from any site using almost any wired or wireless device. “This is a game changer for businesses that have been seeking a more secure way to reap the benefits ...

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Microsoft’s upcoming entertainment console Xbox One has become the exclusive video game console on the Toys “R” Us 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List and one of the Fabulous 15 Hot Toys for Holiday 2013. The Toys “R” Us Holiday Hot Toy List provides parents a guidance on the toys which should appear on children’s wish lists as the holiday shopping season gets underway.  “Identifying the toys that will make the Holiday Hot Toy List is no easy feat. It’s something we take great pride in – ensuring that the toys named with this distinction are truly the toys that kids from all corners of the country will be most excited about,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys “R” Us, U.S. “All 36 playthings named to this year’s list were chosen because they’re undoubtedly HOT, from Cra-Z-Loom, one of the most buzzed-about items this season, to Xbox One and ...

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Microsoft today released updates for Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad. This v4.12 update brings better call quality, accessibility improvements, and the new ‘Join Call’ button for group voice calls. Latest improvements: ✓ Join ongoing group voice calls right from your iPhone or iPad, as requested by many of you in the iTunes app store. ✓ Voice and video call quality improvements. ✓ Accessibility improvements. ✓Dialpad improvements. ✓Get help by accessing FAQs from the app. ✓ General fixes and speed improvements. Download Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad applications from the Apple App Store. Source: Skype blog ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on lots of original content for Xbox One and Microsoft today teased us that there is much more information to be revealed. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios told that “They have literally hundreds of ideas that they are incubating right now,”. “We will have some new announcement for TV shows coming pretty soon.” Microsoft already revealed that they are producing a live-action “Halo” show which involves world famous film director Steven Spielberg. He also  said that sports programming will be an important element of the new console. “We believe sports is a very interesting category globally,” he said. “We’ll be expanding what we do in sports to bring more international sports into the mix. ” Have you made your pre-order for Xbox One? Source: Bloomberg ...

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Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you. Feature name Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition User experience Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x Four tile sizes (new) x x x x Microsoft account login x x x x Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x                 Open up to four ...

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Microsoft today revealed information about the pricing and packaging for Windows 8.1. Existing consumers with Windows 8 devices today can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free via an easy download from the Windows Store. If you do not own a Windows 8 device, then you will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at your local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 ERP (U.S.) and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99 ERP (U.S.). The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what we have today for Windows 8. Also this Windows 8.1 SKU is a full version of Windows, not similar to Windows 8 upgrade which was available last year. And it does not require a previous version of Windows in order to be installed. There ...

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Intel, Microsoft and OEMs are really looking to push touch based Windows laptops and devices this holiday season in the market. Asus earlier announced that their Windows 8.1 detachable touchscreen laptop T100 that will go on sale this holiday season for $349. ASUS Transformer Book T100 has a detachable 10.1-inch HD IPS display with an Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor. The lightweight keyboard dock features well-engineered keyboard and a multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8.1 gesture support and USB 3.0. Asus claims it can last up to 11 hours on battery power. Even Toshiba and Lenovo are planning to release products on this range. Similar to Asus, Dell today announced that they will be releasing a Inspiron 11-inch touch screen laptop running Windows 8.1 starting at just $349. The $349 model runs on AMD processors and the Inspiron 11 with Intel processors will start at $379. Dell claims that this laptop will run for eight hours ...

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Along with the announcement about new logo, Microsoft also announced a new modern interface for the Bing search experience. Microsoft redesigned Bing.com with a beautiful new, modern design focused on simplicity, speed and visual appeal to give people a better search experience regardless of the device customers will be using. With this release we’ve created a modern Bing.com experience – one that is faster, cleaner and more visually appealing. We believe that search can be beautiful as well as functional and efficient. With that as our goal, we evaluated fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box and even the underlying code.   Last year, Bing introduced Snapshot and Sidebar to improve the search experience with factual information and human perspective. In their new design, they have combined these two sources of knowledge to provide people with all the supporting context they’ll need for any given query. This combined ...

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