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Microsoft Office Word team today detailed the features that will be part of the upcoming Word 2013. Microsoft focused on the following on developing Word 2013, Polished Core User Experiences – Much improved working with Figures, Headers & Footers, Tables, Themes and Styles and Document Layout. Best on Windows 8 - Optimized for Touch, Inking and will be part of Windows RT. Integrated into the Cloud - Save to SkyDrive, Roaming MRU, Resume Reading, Apps for Office. Friction-Free Collaboration -Simplified Sharing, Simple Markup, Comment Replies / Mark Comments “Done” , Lock Tracking, People everywhere, etc,. Great for Digital Consumption- Navigation Pane Improvements, Read Mode, Web Video Apart from the above, Office 2013 also have features such as the ability to edit PDF documents, etc,. Read more about it in detail here. ...

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At Office Next blog today, Microsoft detailed the SkyDrive integration in upcoming Office 2013 suite. One of the main integration is that, SkyDrive is now the default location to save documents. Saving to the cloud offers anywhere access to content through the new Office. This allows users to move from device to device without having to worry where their content (or Office app) resides. Also with SkyDrive for Windows client, you can keep your documents in Sync across devices. Anywhere, you can access the document and even edit it with Office Web Apps. Also Office 2013 will have a smart sync feature, Using Office and SkyDrive to sync your files has great benefits for bandwidth utilization and battery life. For example, if you are working on a 50 MB PowerPoint presentation and decide to insert a new bullet point, Office will only upload that single bullet point. The same goes for ...

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We have seen many interesting projects from Microsoft Research in the past, here is an another interesting now. Microsoft Research is working on creating large scale displays. If you want to create a giant HD display, it costs more and its complex to build. For example,  The 2,160-inch HD screen at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, cost $40 million and it has 30 million LED lights at 18 dots per inch involving multiple displays , each controlled by a separate PC. Microsoft’s vX solution involves 15 flatscreen displays with its own unique set of electronics and controlled by one PC. And it features 72 million pixels at 100 dots per inch so that you can enjoy the clarity of the picture even when you go near it. Microsoft Research is working on further scaling up this device tech. Here is the goal of the project, What would vX be used for? Blank and ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has completed the acquisition Of Perceptive Pixel, the manufacturer of high performance touch screen displays. At WPC, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft will acquire PPI and the deal has been completed now. Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager of Office Division at Microsoft wrote the following in the blog, I’m excited to share that all closing conditions for Microsoft’s acquisition of Perceptive Pixel (PPI) have been met, and the deal is completed. PPI Founder, President, and CTO Jeff Han joins Microsoft as a general manager and will report to Kurt DelBene. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome PPI to the Microsoft Office Division. PPI’s expertise in hardware, software and thought leadership will contribute to success in broad scenarios such as collaboration, meetings and presentations. Source: Microsoft ...

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At the time of Surface announcement months ago, Microsoft said that the Surface tablet will release along with Windows 8. Now that Windows 8 availability date has been confirmed as Oct-26th, everyone was waiting for Microsoft to confirm the Oct-26th date for Surface availability as well. As CNET noted in the recent SEC filings from Microsoft, Surface will be launched on Oct-26th along with Windows 8 as announced before. “The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices,” “In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8…Its success depends on a number of factors including the extent to which customers embrace its new user interface and functionality, successfully coordinating with our OEM partners in releasing a variety of hardware devices that take advantage of its features, ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — July 30, 2012 — For the past 30 years, Microsoft Corp. has introduced hardware that helps people interact better and more easily with Windows. Today, Microsoft Hardware continues the tradition with the introduction of new products that work beautifully with Windows 8. Wedge Touch Mouse Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into an ultracompact frame that’s great for a mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse is designed to complement your Windows experience in all its forms, providing four-way touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips. • Its artful and minimalist design also comes free of cables or USB transceivers — you simply turn it on and connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or tablet for a clutter-free experience. • It features BlueTrack Technology so you can use it on virtually any surface, whether you’re in a conference ...

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Microsoft is now allowing users to sign up for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta. As part of this program, 2012 Xbox LIVE update will be pushed out to your console that will include E3 announced dashboard features including: Internet Explorer on Xbox Recommendations Pins to customize your Xbox dashboard More details here. ...

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Microsoft is progressing on the way to incorporate Metro design language in all of its products, right from Xbox to Windows Server. Microsoft’s web properties such as SkyDrive, Hotmail, Messenger, etc, are also going to get Metro face lift soon. Liveside today posted a bunch of screenshots of SkyDrive and Web Messenger services in Metro design. Here are the new things they noticed, You can now select files and folders in thumbnail view. Before this you could only select files and folders and perform actions on them in details view. SkyDrive now shows thumbnail previews of Office documents. Windows Live Groups is now part of SkyDrive. Visiting http://groups.live.com will redirect you to SkyDrive.com’s Group page (as shown in screenshots below). SkyDrive options, such as managing storage, people tagging, and Office document formats, can now be found in one place. Previously all of these options are scattered across Windows Live options ...

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In Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the new improved printing experience in Windows 8. With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a new printer driver architecture v4. This new v4 architecture produces smaller, faster printer drivers, and it supports print class driver framework. In most cases, Print class driver framework allows people to install their printers without having to locate a driver for that device. Its almost like a driverless printing. Also Windows 8 allows Printer manufacturers to develop Windows RT apps that performs printing/imaging functions as you can see in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will be released on October 26th and the new devices running Windows 8 are expected to go on sale from November. Windows RT, Windows for ARM based devices is also expected to be on devices from Oct 26th. However, Microsoft has restricted Windows RT for few OEMs such as Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung, etc,. Other PC OEMs won’t be able to make Windows RT devices as they can do with Windows 8 (x86 version). According to the report from China Times, Dell may join other Windows RT OEMs replacing HP in the list and Microsoft will open Windows RT for other OEMs in January. Acer is expected to release Windows RT device in Q1 2013 and CES will showcase a new wave of Windows RT devices. Read more at  China Times.   ...

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Press Release: PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skype, a division of Microsoft, today announced it is adding Elisa Steele to its senior management team as Corporate Vice President to lead marketing for Skype. In this role, Elisa will oversee Skype’s global brand and marketing functions, as well as local go-to-market activities. Elisa will report to Skype President Tony Bates and will be based at Skype’s office in Palo Alto. “Skype is a global brand that has become part of the everyday lives of millions of people around the world,” said Tony Bates, Skype’s President. “Skype has always had a maniacal focus on building the best products in the world and now we are adding a world-class marketing leader to guide our brand’s development and growth. Following a broad global search, we’re excited to add Elisa Steele to our leadership ranks, as she possesses both the passion and experience to promote, protect and ...

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Microsoft Office team today revealed their work on Excel WebApp. In one word, its awesome. The new Excel WebApp has got new cleaner UI which is in line with the upcoming Office 2013 UI. Along with the new UI and features within the app, Microsoft also revealed the new Excel button and Survey features. Excel Button – Officially the Excel Interactive View, the Excel Button is similar to the Facebook Like button – when you see and click on an Excel Button, data on the page will automatically be presented in an interactive view complete with custom filters and charts, bringing the power of Excel to the Web. Learn more on ExcelMashup.com. Surveys – Ever wanted to collect data from a group of people directly into a spreadsheet? Now you can, easily, without them having to worry about where to enter the data because they are presented with a clean, simple, survey. Also ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. In Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the expanded capabilities of DirectX to provide a common hardware-accelerated graphics platform for a broader range of high performance applications. Microsoft developed the graphics platform for Windows 8 with the following in mind, 1.  Ensure that all Metro style experiences are rendered smoothly and quickly. 2.  Provide a hardware-accelerated platform for all Metro style apps. 3.  Add new capabilities to DirectX to enable stunning visual experiences. 4.  Support the widest diversity of graphics hardware ever. Apart from the improvements on the common graphics platform, Microsoft has also added support for immersive, 3D gaming, with great performance and new features such as stereoscopic 3D. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has completed the acquisition Of Yammer, the largest enterprise social network. Microsoft is looking forward to develop Yammer as a standalone service, and enhancing the social capabilities in Microsoft’s communication and collaboration offerings under Office division. Yammer provides a free service for employees to join a private social network that’s intuitive and easy to use. It also enables IT departments to easily transition an employee driven initiative into a managed, social-networking solution. I think the combination of Yammer, SharePoint and Office 365 will give Microsoft a clear position at Enterprise Social Networking space. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012. In the Microsoft’s annual sales meeting held today, Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky announced this specific data. So consumers will be able to download Windows 8 from the web or buy new PCs running Windows 8 from October 26th. Are you excited ? via: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps today announced that they have added about  215 TB Of Bird’s Eye Imagery to Bing Maps. Most of the data is from United States and also features certain areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo. You can try out some of the new release from the following links, Padre Island, Nueces County, Texas Little Spokane River, Washington Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach, California Orange County Airport, California Clearwater Harbor, Florida Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas Bing Maps Bird’s Eye view has a total of 1,388,593 square kilometers of imagery. Last month Bing Maps team announced a significant release of new Aerial and Satellite imagery for Bing Maps. Read about it here. Read more at Bing Maps blog.   ...

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