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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Video: Search with friends Today, Microsoft Bing announced a new Social search feature that allows you to perform web searches along with the input from your friends. You can just connect with your Facebook friends to perform this kind of search experience. It combines the traditional way of searching with a social experience to it. More info coming soon. You can watch the Bing webcast that will go live soon here. Try it at http://www.bing.com/explore/new   ...

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Today Mozilla and Google made some arguments regarding upcoming version of Windows RT ( Windows on ARM). Both Mozilla and Google wants access to special API’s on which Microsoft’s Metro IE browser is built on so that they will build their own browsers for Windows RT users. Mozilla’s view, It’s reported that Windows RT (the name Microsoft has given to Windows running on the ARM processor)  will have two environments, a Windows Classic environment and a Metro environment for apps. However, Windows on ARM prohibits any browser except for Internet Explorer from running in the privileged “Windows Classic” environment. In practice, this means that only Internet Explorer will be able to perform many of the advanced computing functions vital to modern browsers in terms of speed, stability, and security to which users have grown accustomed. Given that IE can run in Windows on ARM, there is no technical reason to ...

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We have seen many interesting projects from Microsoft Research in the past and now you can add this project to the list as well. This is an interesting project which enables dual views in our normal LCD displays which we use everyday. This will enable new kind of scenarios where two person can share the same screen and enjoy different content. For example, two players can play games with their own views on the same screen. Read more on it from the link below. via: Microsoft.com/next ...

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The reports about Microsoft offering Xbox 360 under contract seems to be true. You can now buy a Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 under two year contract. The contract for two year would require you to pay $14.99 for Xbox LIVE gold subscription. This is a great deal for a family looking for an entertainment hub. The offer so far appears to be only at Microsoft brick and mortar stores, but you can expect them soon via other stores as well. Find it here from Microsoft Store website.  ...

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Last year during its earnings call, Dolby Labs doubted whether Microsoft might exclude their technology in Windows 8. But during this year’s earnings call yesterday, Dolby Labs announced that Microsoft will include Dolby Digital Plus technology in both x86 and ARM versions of Windows 8. SAN FRANCISCO –(Business Wire)– Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (News – Alert) (NYSE:DLB) today announced that Microsoft® has selected Dolby® Digital Plus to create the most realistic and immersive audio experiences for Windows® 8 on tablets and PCs. The addition of Dolby Digital Plus enables the playback of Dolby-encoded content across a growing number of devices. Today’s announcement underscores the essential role that Dolby Digital Plus plays in delivering high-quality sound for online entertainment services and personal media applications. “Dolby’s goal is to deliver the best possible entertainment experience, wherever content is delivered through broadcast, broadband, or wireless networks,” said Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ...

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Microsoft previously said that Windows Media Center program will be available in Windows 8. Today, Microsoft detailed how the Windows Media Center will be included in Windows 8. As in Windows 7, Media Center won’t be packaged with Windows OS itself since it added codec licensing costs for all the customers. From Microsoft, Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions ...

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Microsoft Research today announced the creation of its new Research Lab in New York City. This new lab will increase the research labs count to 13 at Microsoft. The new lab will be led by Jennifer Chayes, who becomes the managing director of both Microsoft Research New England, which she founded in July 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City. The lab will start with 15 researchers initially with 3 following founding members who are from Yahoo Research, David Pennock, who conducts research at the intersection of computer science and economics, is past chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce, the academic organization dedicated to topics in that area. Pennock will serve as assistant managing director of the new lab. Duncan Watts, a former full professor of sociology at Columbia University and a pioneer of modern network science, focuses on computational and experimental social ...

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Today Bing announced the redesign of its search results page in US. The new look offers  fresh, de-cluttered experience and more modern look. There is no “left rail” in the new design and the related searches content is moved to the right. Microsoft has also improved the page-load times and relevance under the hood. I think this design is just the beginning of something big that will come soon. As Bing team mentions in their blog, “This refreshed design helps you do more with search—and gives us a canvas for bringing future innovation to you.” What do you think of this design ? Source: Bing   ...

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Windows 8 will have a whole new app platform called WinRT which is designed for touch interaction. The whole WinRT platform is based out of Metro Design and Microsoft is even trying to apply the same design concept for our classic desktop UI. Last month we saw that Microsoft is tweaking the Explorer window in Windows 8 to be more flat and modern. Now, Win8China has revealed that the Mouse Pointer and the busy cursor in Windows 8 has been tweaked to look flat and modern which is the core of Metro design. What do you think of this ? Source: Win8china ...

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When Windows 8  gets released later this year, we can expect different types of PC form factors from various PC OEMs. The tablet form factor will become more common design and PC OEM’s like HP, Dell, etc, are already working to release a Windows 8 based tablet later this year. Recently HP’s Windows 8 tablet Elitebook details got leaked in Internet. As you can see in the above image, the device will provide 8-10 hours battery life, 9 mm thickness and .68kg weight. Also the device will have full enterprise security features as well. Hopefully, the OEMs will deliver impressive hardware for the impressive OS Windows 8. via: ZDnet Source: Neowin ...

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The free security program from Microsoft called Security Essentials protects our PCs from virus, trojans and other malwares. Microsoft has been updating the software constantly and now its on v4. Soon you will be getting notification in Windows Update program where you can update the MSE. Here is the response from Microsoft on this v4 update, This update to Microsoft Security Essentials is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas. If you are not using MSE, give it a try here. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Windows 8 RC otherwise called as Release Preview of Windows 8 is coming in June first week. Microsoft released the consumer preview version of Windows 8 back in February. With Release preview coming in June, we can expect Windows 8 based Ultrabooks, tablets starting October this Holiday season. Microsoft is right on track on delivering Windows 8 to customers, I hope OEMs will also do the same. ...

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Just few weeks after winning the bid to acquire $1 Billion worth patent and patent applications owned by AOL, Microsoft today announced an agreement to sell 650 patents it won from AOL to Facebook. As part of the deal, Microsoft will retain ownership of approximately 275 AOL patents and applications; a license to the approximately 650 AOL patents and applications that will now be owned by Facebook; and a license to approximately 300 patents that AOL did not sell in its auction. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. and MENLO PARK, Calif.  —  April 23, 2012  — Microsoft Corp. and Facebook announced today a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will assign to Facebook the right to purchase a portion of the patent portfolio it recently agreed to acquire from AOL Inc. Facebook has agreed to purchase this portion for $550 million in cash. In the initial AOL auction, Microsoft secured the ability to own ...

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Microsoft today detailed the support for Enterprise management in Windows On ARM devices. Windows on ARM or Windows RT based PCs/tablets won’t be able to run native code apps written by 3rd party vendors, instead it will rely on Windows Store or WinRT-based applications. But Microsoft has built Windows RT with industry-leading management capabilities that support BYO or company-deployed WOA PCs. Also you can allows WOA PC’s to join the management infrastructure and also configure a set of policies for the following, Allow Convenience Logon Maximum Failed Password Attempts Maximum Inactivity Time Lock Minimum Device Password Complex Characters Minimum Password Length Password Enabled Read more on it here.  Password Expiration Password History ...

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Today Microsoft announced that they are expanding the Windows 8 Store availability to 33 new markets. In the next significant preview release of the Windows Store service, we will significantly expand our global coverage. We will add 33 additional app submission locales for developers, bringing our total to 38 supported markets for submitting Metro style apps for Windows 8. We will also expand the number of market-specific app catalogs, from 5 to 26. In addition we will expand the localization coverage of the pre-release developer portal as well, adding 7 new languages. When we release the next update to the Store service, you’ll be able to submit Metro style pre-release apps in any of 109 languages, as long as the app also includes a version in one of 12 app certification languages (an increase of 7 languages from the Consumer Preview). Microsoft also said that they will soon detail the changes in ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft yesterday detailed the memory management of Metro Style apps in Windows 8. Windows 8 will more effectively manage resource utilization than in any of the previous versions of Windows. In Metro Style apps, an important attribute  is that apps are suspended when they are no longer visible to the user and also it conserves CPU for other apps and ensures that background apps don’t cause activity that can consume resources, thereby improving the battery life and increasing responsiveness. You can read how Microsoft is doing the same at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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