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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft recently updated their Xbox Music and Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1 devices. Both these apps has got new features and improved experience with this update. Xbox Music: It’s now simpler to buy the albums and songs you want to keep forever. You can redeem Microsoft gift cards, too! A brand new user experience makes it easier and more fun to find music in your collection, listen to radio, and explore the Xbox Music catalog Search is always accessible – just start typing! A new way of showing results makes it easier to find what you’re looking for Pause and play with a single tap from the new always-visible playback controls Snap the app and have fun multi-tasking while you listen For quick access, find your playlists the now playing list in the left-hand menu Use the Share Charm in Windows 8.1 to share any webpage to Xbox Music ...

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Microsoft’s ads to promote Internet Explorer in the recent few years were appreciated by many. Microsoft is trying to make the ‘IE’ brand cool again which lost its mojo in the IE6 days. Even though Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 are the fastest browsers, most of the people’s views on it are still on the negative side. Microsoft released a new ad featuring Inori Aizawa, a feisty anime few days back to promote IE. Read the following message and watch the video, you will understand Microsoft’s message. Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and ...

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  Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature that will help programmers to search API documentations on MSDN. Read about it below. For programmers looking up API reference information is a critical part of their daily routine. Whether they’re looking for syntax, availability, support versions or guidelines, being able to quickly reference API information is essential to getting the job done. In the example below, you can see that we have surfaced relevant information directly on the results page so people don’t have to click through to MSDN to see if they have the right reference material. At a glance you can see: 1. Find the .Net versions supported. 2. View Code snippets explaining the syntax of this particular class. 3. Navigate to the appropriate version directly from the results page. 4. View syntax in the supported languages. Source: Bing ...

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Speaking to Shackernews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft lost its focus on PC gaming over the years and he promised they will be back again. He reminded us that Windows still remains as an incredibly important part of the ‘One Microsoft’ strategy and Microsoft Studios need to focus on Windows to truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices. He revealed that they are working on more Windows projects which are bigger and core gamers focused. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.” “At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited ...

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Microsoft has today released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Microsoft will release this as part of update in the coming weeks. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs. Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support–with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers. Download it here from Microsoft. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie ...

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Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet is now available for order for Dell.com. Like Asus Transformer T00, Dell Venue 11 Pro offers great value for money. It just costs $499 for 64GB model, which I think is pretty great. The only model now available for order is Dell Venue Pro 11  with quad core Intel Atom  processor and 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage. It comes with  10.8″ Full HD display with active stylus support. It has NFC built-in as well. It has Integrated 2MP HD Webcam (front) / 8MP (back), swappable battery option and also comes with Office 2013 pre-installed. Dell is also selling optional keyboards along with the device. Dell Tablet Keyboard – Slim will cost $129.99, Dell Tablet Keyboard – Mobile will cost $159.99, and Dell Active Stylus will cost $34.99. Source: Dell ...

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Along with the announcement about real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps, Microsoft also announced set of new features of Word Web App and Excel Web App. Read about new Word Web App features here. Excel Web App has got new features such as status bar aggregates, ability to reorder sheets, drag and drop cells and more. Read them below. Real-time co-authoring and presence Excel Web App has supported multiple users editing the same workbook for years, but with this release things have gotten a lot better in two ways: the data flows between editors much faster (nearly instantly in most cases) and now you can see what cells other users are editing so that you don’t accidentally edit the same cell at the same time. This area is also exciting because we’ve added the same functionality to Word and PowerPoint Web Apps–read more about it here. Besides support for Freeze ...

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Along with the announcement about availability of real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps, Microsoft also announced bunch of new features on Word Web App. It includes some of the most requested features such as Header, footer support, Find and replace, Automatic document saving and more. Real Time Markers: When many people are simultaneously collaborating it can difficult to follow who’s changing what. To make real-time collaboration simpler, now your peers’ cursor location in the document is marked with small indicators so you can always see where others are working in the document. Save as you go: Life is full of worries. We’ve brought Auto-Save into the Word Web App because losing your work shouldn’t be one of them. With this update, the Word Web App automatically saves your documents when you make changes, so the next time you’re focusing on your report, remembering to hit save can be the last thing on your mind. Headers, ...

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Microsoft today announced that real-time co-authoring is now available in Office Web Apps. So, now you can contribute and edit documents simultaneously with your friends and family in the Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App or Excel Web App. You can now see the real-time presence which helps you see where your co-authors are working in the document. Also, there is a new ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen which will help you and your co-authors stay on the same page. For example, your whole team can choose to work in the Web Apps for a highly collaborative working meeting to get a shared project done. But what if somebody on your team isn’t available? That teammate can choose to make revisions when he’s able, even from the Office applications on his computer. His changes will sync up to the document stored in the cloud ...

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Yesterday, Major Nelson posted a Vine showing how you can scan a QR code using Xbox One and Kinect. Remember the old days of entering a 25 digit code to redeem it? Now, you have to simply say “Xbox, use a code” and show the Kinect your QR code printed on the back of your redeemable item. Kinect will instantly scan and recognize it. All this can be done within 6 seconds as Major Nelson does in the above Vine. Are you excited about Xbox One launch? Source: Major Nelson ...

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In an effort to appreciate their support for Xbox, Microsoft is giving away free Xbox One consoles, games and other items for its loyal Xbox customers. One guy received Killer Instinct game while the other received Xbox One console itself. They were informed via email. The email reads: “You’re a fan of us and we’re a fan of yours. Thank you for your dedication to Xbox. We want to show you our appreciation so we’re giving you Killer Instinct. “We’ve unlocked all characters so you can hit the ground running. Watch your inbox on 22 November for instructions on how to claim your free gift.” Great way to engage with the loyal community! Source: CVG ...

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Last week, Microsoft Skype team announced that they are ending the Skype Desktop APIs to focus on improving other experiences around Skype. However, Skype team today announced that Skype Desktop APIs for call recording and compatibility with hardware devices is not going away. The investments we’re making in Skype – to a highly mobile, cloud connected world – come with some key changes to our application and service architecture, and by extension – our support for the Desktop API used by 3rd party developers to extend Skype functionality.  Previously we shared that we would retire the Desktop API later this year. However, I’m happy to share that we will be extending support for two of the most widely used features – call recording and compatibility with hardware devices – until we determine alternative options or retire the current solution. Although chat via third party applications, will cease to work as previously ...

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Nokia today detailed the upcoming Video Director app for Lumia 2520 tablet. Nokia announced this app back at Nokia World and this app will be available for download when Lumia 2520 goes on sale. Video Director app allows you to create stylized videos in a matter of minutes, even if you have no prior video-editing experience. As opposed to Windows Phone 8 platform, Windows 8 has the ability to encode video. You can take user videos, open them up, apply filters and change them, and then re-encode the whole thing into a new video. Jason Davis, producer for the app from Nokia said that Windows 8 platform has all of the ingredients needed to make a really solid video editing app. Nokia Video Director uses what Jason describes as a three-step process. First, you pick the video clips and photos that you want to include. Next, you pick a Nokia “style” – ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofit community around the world. Yes, it is available for free. If you are an eligible nonprofit organization or part of public libraries, you can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program. If you’re ready to get started with Windows 8.1, here are a few steps you can take to learn more: Request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit. Or, if you’re already on Windows 8, you can simply upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1 through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Register for the Windows 8.1 webinar on Thursday, November 14, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, hosted by TechSoup. Todd Rutherford, senior product marketing manager–Windows Consumer, Microsoft, will provide a demo of Windows 8.1. Tell your favorite nonprofit about Microsoft’s software donation program and encourage them to visit www.Microsoft.com/nonprofit. Source: Microsoft ...

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Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners who are Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to free Xbox music streaming supported with ads. This is similar to free music streaming on Windows 8 PCs and music.xbox.com. But this differs from Xbox 360, where users must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) and an Xbox Music Pass ($10/month) to access the streaming service. We are not sure whether there will be a limit for users to 10 hours of free music streaming per month after six months, and you can pay a monthly fee to get unlimited access. Update: Albert today tweeted that he was wrong about the above information. Free ad supported streaming is not coming to Xbox One. I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. ...

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Often we come across comparisons of Microsoft Surface with Apple iPad. While both of them are meant to be tablets, Microsoft Surface running Windows RT is much more powerful than an Apple iPad. When you compare recently released Apple iPad Air and Microsoft Surface 2, I think Surface 2 offers lot more value to most of the consumers with full web browser support, USB port and kickstand built-in and more. This fan made video released yesterday shows the capabilities of Surface 2. In this video I show off my favorite features in the Microsoft Surface 2, with windows 8.1 RT. I show off voice control (windows speech recognition), multiple monitor support, and a variety of accessories via USB hub (including external hard drive, mouse, keyboard, and Xbox 360 controller integration). I show how I connect the Surface 2 to my HDTV as well as wireless casting of music and video! ...

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