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After resolving the Outlook.com web and mobile services, Microsoft today detailed the cause of the outage and how they are going to avoid it in the future. Here is their full response from service status website, Update and Resolution of Recent Outlook.com Outage We want to apologize to our customers who were affected by the outage on Outlook.com this week. We have restored access to all accounts and have made changes so that the service will be more resilient in the future.  We realize that we have a responsibility to the customers who use our services to communicate and share with the people they care most about, and we apologize for letting those customers down this week. Our first priority is to the health of the services, and we will learn from this incident and work to improve the experience of all our customers. As part of that, we would ...

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Xbox Music app in Windows 8.1 preview today got a significant update with new features and many improvements. There is now a better welcome page, better performance and more. Find the full change log below. Pause, play, and scrub with a single tap from the new always-visible playback controls. Manage the folders in your Windows music library directly from the app. See a new welcome page on first launch of the app. View the full discography of an artist by popularity or year released. Simplified Now Playing works better in portrait and in 50:50 views. See which songs you already have in your collection when looking at an album in Explore. More smoothly open the Xbox Music app after selecting to ‘Play top songs’ or ‘Explore album’ from a Windows Search result. Improved performance loading and panning your collection. Download/Update Music app from Windows Store here. via: Windowsobserver ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed that they are going to stop offering TV, Movie and Music content on Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores. Q.What’s changing with Zune Marketplace? A.Starting as early as August 22nd Microsoft Points will be retired. As a result you will no longer be able to rent or buy TV, movie, or music content on Zune Marketplace. We encourage you to spend your points balance prior to this change. Q.Will I still be able to use Zune to enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows in my personal collection? A.Yes, you will still be able to stream unlimited music with your Xbox Music Pass and enjoy playback of the music, movies, and TV shows in your personal collection. Q.Where will I be able to rent or purchase movies and TV shows? ...

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According to latest NPD numbers, Microsoft Xbox 360 has maintained its position as #1 console in the U.S for the 31 consecutive months. Xbox 360 sold 107,000 units which is less than half of what Microsoft sold same time last year. The high anticipation around Xbox One among consumers which is releasing later this year is affecting the sales of Xbox 360. July 2013 NPD highlights: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in July (hardware, software and accessories) reached $178 million, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, July 2013) During the month of July, Xbox 360 held eight of the top 10 console game titles including: “NCAA Football 14,” “Minecraft,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” “Far Cry 3,” “Borderlands 2,” “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” and “Grand Theft Auto IV” (Source: NPD Group, July 2013) Source: Microsoft ...

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Asus is planning to release a Windows 8 based touch screen laptop called Vivobook X102BA soon. The details of the laptop along with images got leaked yesterday. This device will have a 10.1-inch touchscreen with 1366×768 resolution, powered by AMD A4-1200 processor at 1.0 Ghz and AMD Radeon HD 8180 graphics. It will come in either 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM options with 320 GB or 500 GB HDD option. Asus is also planning to include  free copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student with the device. The price is expected to be around $440 USD. Source: Sweclockers ...

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  Microsoft has recently revealed that they are closing down the Xbox.com PC Marketplace. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to play previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual. Also the the Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate as usual. As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013. We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. This is not a surprise move from Microsoft as they continue to focus on Xbox for games and entertainment. Source: Microsoft ...

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Yesterday, we posted some information about the upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. We reported that the device is coming to AT&T in Cyan color. Today, images of red colored Nokia Windows RT tablet for Verizon got leaked on to the web. Windows RT branding confirms that it is a Windows RT device as opposed to x86 based Windows 8 device. Also it confirms that it will have LTE connectivity  built-in which is evident from the Verizon 4G LTE branding. As per our previous reports, Nokia is planning to announce their Windows RT tablet next month in US with the following spec, Nokia is working on a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it ...

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Microsoft Skype team today confirmed that modern Skype app will come pre-installed in Windows 8.1. So, hundreds of millions of Windows and Skype users will be able to enjoy text, audio and video messaging experience out of the box on their Windows PCs. This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users. Now you don’t have to download your favorite app to stay in touch whenever you’re apart. With Windows 8.1, simply log in and you’re ready to go. This means not only will you be able to reach over 300 million Skype users across many different devices but also everyone with a Windows 8.1 PC. By simply searching and adding contacts to your People list in Skype – the people you care about are at your fingertips, and you are in control of who those contacts are. Communicating, connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience, and Skype for ...

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Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios today announced the details about “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition and Day One Edition which are now available for pre-order from participating retailers. “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition: With multiple car packs, VIP membership privileges, and packed-in content, the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition is the ultimate package for “Forza Motorsport 5″ fans. The “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition features the all-new 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback on the cover and includes the following digital content: Limited Edition Car Pack – This five-car pack features new cars that are already destined for legendary status. Each car in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack will feature a Limited Edition livery and will be tuned to the top of its respective class. The cars in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack include 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback and more. VIP Membership – “Forza ...

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Microsoft today announced their expansion of commercial distribution for Surface in 17 new markets. These resellers in all the countries will offer variety of additional value-added services to the Surface device, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. Also all these devices will come with Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage. Today we’re kicking off the next phase in this plan – the first international channel availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro for our commercial, education and public sector customers in 17 new markets. In addition to the U.S. commercial channel, the markets that will begin to sell Surface today via a commercial channel include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Microsoft posted a short Q&A on their blog. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Which specific resellers are authorized in ...

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We have seen lots of reports on Nokia Windows tablet in the past few months. We got some info on it from one our tipster. Nokia is working on a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support Will also come in Cyan matte color Device manufactured by Compal The device is rumored to be revealed by Nokia in September and will also be launched in US with AT&T support. Are you looking forward to it?   ...

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Former Valve’s Steam business executive Jason Holtman who left the company after 8 years has now joined Microsoft. As expected, he is now part of Microsoft’s PC/Windows gaming division where he will focus on making Windows a great platform for gaming and entertainment. Here is the response from him about his new job. “Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” he said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.” Source: Gameindustrybiz ...

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Microsoft today provided an update on their launch plans for Xbox One. It is not a great news for lot of fans in various countries as Microsoft announced that they are scaling back on Xbox One launch to 13 markets instead of 21 as announced at E3. At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible. Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November. ...

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After couple of reports, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will be available for download for consumers starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond).  It will be rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. Windows 8.1 included lots of improvements and new features over Windows 8. Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more).   ...

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To celebrate its one year anniversary, Microsoft Outlook.com is giving away some free SkyDrive storage and Skype video calling to its early adopters. Microsoft sent out promo codes for 3GB of extra free space on SkyDrive for 1 year. And the other promo code is offers one free month of Skype group video calling. However, video calling is limited to 100 hours for this free month with a strange a limit of 4 hours per session. You can signup for Outlook.com for free to get modern web email experience. ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced no.of new features and improvements in SkyDrive web experience and it seems that they have lots more in the pipeline. Liveside today reported that Microsoft is planning to introduce a new feature called “Co-owners” which will become a new sharing mode for files. “Co-owners” can be selected when you share a folder and create a new one, and the recipient will be able to view, add, edit, and delete files, as well as invite others to access the folder. The “co-owners” permission also appears works a little differently from the existing permissions. Whilst “view only” and “view and edit” access is applicable to both files and folders, it appears that “co-owners” is applicable to folders only. In addition, “co-owners” cannot be granted to a folder if that folder is located inside a shared folder. This new “co-owner” permission level, when combined with the folder mounting feature ...

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