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Windows 8 will go on sale from Oct-26th through retail stores and OEM devices. According to The Verge, Windows 8 Pro will be priced at $199 after a promotional price of $69.99 expires on January 31st 2013 in retail stores. Previously Microsoft has announced that consumers will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 from their existing Windows Vista, Windows 7 PCs by buying Windows 8 on a price of $39.99. Are you going to buy Windows 8 in retail or buying a new Windows 8 PC? Source: The Verge ...

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At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the touchpad support that will be part of Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft worked with major PC OEMs to provide a new touchpad experience that incorporates new Windows 8 gestures. Microsoft collaborated with touchpad component vendors and have incorporated native support in firmware to deliver great gesture recognition. You can see the touch gestures that will be natively supported in Windows 8 PCs in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the work it has been doing with PC OEMs for building next generation Windows 8 and Windows RT based devices. Microsoft also announced that we can expect ARM-based PC designs from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung running Windows RT this year. Also Microsoft said that all of these Windows RT PCs will have consistent fast and fluidtouch interactions, long battery life, connected standby, and are beautiful, thin, and light designs. Microsoft also said that you can expect 8 hours to 13 hours of scenario run time of HD Video Playback on Windows RT machines. Also the new Connected Standby mode allows your Windows RT PCs to stay connected to network in low power mode. Read more at Windows 8 blog.   ...

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Microsoft Bing Fund team today announced the first two startups that will be part of this new program. The two startups are Buddy Platform and Pinion Tech. Buddy, based in Kirkland, Washington, provides a fully hosted and managed toolset of web services for application development, plus rich analytics about application usage. The Buddy Platform considerably reduces the amount of time mobile and web application developers spend writing, testing, and managing server-side code. Its cross-platform APIs support common scenarios such as user accounts, friends and group lists, messaging and chat, geo-location services, photo albums, metadata, gaming, push notifications and crash reporting. Located in Bellevue, Pinion originally hails from Australia. Pinion’s mission is to support the online gaming ecosystem, helping gaming communities worldwide generate revenue by placing gamer-targeted interactive advertising on their servers. More than 300 gaming communities are already part of the Pinion family, and major advertisers have included Sony, XBOX, McDonald’s, ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming commenting system in Office Web Apps. You can now share your document from your desktop on SkyDrive and allow anyone to add comments directly to the document. They just need a browser to do that and all the comments people make are stored along with the document. So when you download it to your desktop again and open it, all your comments will be right there. You can now even reply to any comments. Read more about it at the source link below. You can try  out this stuff by joining the preview.   Source: Office Blog   ...

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Pulse, one of the famous news reader apps available across multiple mobile platforms today launched their web version. Microsoft worked with the Pulse team to optimize their new web experience on IE10. The end result is kind of amazing that really showcases the power of the web. The whole site is hardware accelerated with support for touch gestures as well. Pinching the Pulse home screen will result in the entire page resizing fluidly to add content. A “stick-to-your-finger” experience with every swipe, loading the next news article in the queue. Additionally, on touch PCs and tablets, IE10 allows a two finger side-swipe to bring your reading pane into view, giving Pulse users an easy and fluid access to the content they care about (something their app doesn’t even do). Read more about it here and here.  Also check out their interview with Robert Scoble in which they share their experience about ...

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Press Release: Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 Debuts premier table built for professionals and designed for life RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AUGUST 9, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled its first tablet specifically designed for Windows 8, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The multi-use tablet boasts differentiators that matter, including an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, along with security features like a Fingerprint Reader, IT manageability technologies, and corporate-level service and support. “Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit. “Our new ThinkPad Tablet 2 marries incredible hardware and software to give consumers a great device for office, home or travel while also offering companies and IT managers the oversight they need ...

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Microsoft Word 2013 team today detailed the new Reading Mode experience in upcoming version of Office. The team had following in mind before designing this new experience, Incorporate the goodness from traditional paper reading Embrace technology where it improves the experience Keep a laser focus on the core scenario Several new features such as custom page colors, options for new layout, Resume Reading, Reading Indicator an more are added in this version of Word. Read more at Office blog. ...

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Microsoft today announced the new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are still part of the Windows Live Essentials suite which also included Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail and SkyDrive (Replaces Live Mesh). The new Movie Maker and Photo Gallery includes some key improvements which are described below. Movie Maker: Video Stabilization: Sometimes the video we take is just little too shaky; especially as we take more and more videos using our phones and smaller video cameras. Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out your wobbly videos. Just select the shaky video and choose from a variety Video stabilization options and Movie Maker will smooth it out. Music: The one thing that can really make a difference in a movie is the soundtrack. But it can be ...

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Just like Windows Phone Marketplace has Xbox LIVE games, Windows Store in Windows 8 will have “Xbox Windows” branded games with Achievements support. Windows 8 will come with classic games such as Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper and Microsoft Mahjong that will offer up to 50 Gamerscores. Even 3rd party games like Wordament will come with “Xbox Windows” branding. Apart from Achievements support, Windows 8 will also have Xbox Smart Glass App, Xbox Avatar support, etc,. Source: Xbox 360 Achievements via: Eurogamer ...

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Microsoft still plans to sell Windows 8 via retail stores in boxed packages. Along with Windows, Windows Retail packaging also evolved over time. With Windows 8, Microsoft has designed a simple and beautiful retail packaging as you can see above. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro can be clearly distinguished with different colors. Do you like this new design? Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft today opened up its Office Store for developers and consumers. Office Apps are web based tools that will become part of Office and will enhance your experience. Users will be able to install apps from Office Store as follows, In the Insert tab of the ribbon choose “Apps for Office” and you’ll see apps from the Office Store. Users can learn more about apps in the store (and read reviews), acquire (or buy) them, and start using them straight away. All apps that are listed on the Store get extensively validated so users can trust them. Developers can learn how to build an app on the new developer center (http://dev.office.com) and consumers can browse Office Apps catalog from the following link (http://officepreview.microsoft.com/store). Read more about it in detail here. ...

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Until last week, the “Outlook” brand denoted the desktop e-mail/calendaring client from Microsoft. Outlook for desktop was available both for Windows and Mac. Outlook Web Access(OWA) is a web based client for Exchange server users who can access their mail boxes through browsers instead of desktop clients. Yesterday, Microsoft announced Outlook.com, a consumer focused  e-mail/calendaring service. Some of you may got confused on what Outlook is all about now? Here is the description from Microsoft, Outlook is a family of products and services from Microsoft that are designed to help you manage your communications and calendar; all from one place. We think of it as a communications hub that can bring many of your different information sources together in one place. Our set of Outlook branded experiences are designed to help you easily stay in touch with those people you most care about, collaborate with those you need to get ...

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Microsoft today detailed the next version of Outlook Web App (OWA) for its business customers. Outlook Web App allows Microsoft Exchange users to access their mailboxes anywhere from a browser without Outlook desktop client installed. You can try out Outlook Web App by signing up for the Office 365 Customer Preview Small Business Premium or Enterprise plans. The new OWA is as awesome as the Outlook.com which was announced few days back. But there are some powerful features that are exclusive to OWA users such as Offline access, Inline editing, Office Apps, Enhanced calendar capabilities and more. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of MapPoint 2013 for US and Canada. Microsoft MapPoint is a powerful mapping software that makes it easy to combine business data with mapping and location. Using MapPoint, you can turn complex business information stored in spreadsheets and data tables into easy-to-understand maps. You can even use MapPoint with your compatible GPS locator to add real-time routing and directions. MapPoint can also be used for travel planning, etc, along with Business Intelligence. Following are the improvements over the previous version of MapPoint, New: Updated maps of the United States and Canada, new look and 2.5M points of interest New: Hotel and restaurant reviews and ratings Demographic Data: Combine business data with demographics to find and target potential customers, and focus your business decisions Integration: Insert maps into the work you do in Microsoft Office GPS Ready: Create routes and share to your navigation devices1 Create Sales ...

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Along with the Windows 8 RTM announcement, Microsoft today opened up the Windows Store for paid apps. From today, a company can in a supported market can now submit a Metro style app for Windows 8 (Companies qualify through account registration, which includes an account verification process). Also on August 15, Microsoft will be making the build available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. Also Microsoft is expanding the Store catalog to many new countries and also supporting more languages for developers. Read more at Windows Store blog. ...

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