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Microsoft yesterday announced a wave of new enterprise products and services to help enterprises realize their full potential. The updates are from Windows Azure to CRM Online. Satya Nadella, Cloud and Enterprise executive vice president at Microsoft said the following, “As enterprises move to the cloud they are going to bet on vendors that have best-in-class software as a service applications, operate a global public cloud that supports a broad ecosystem of third party services, and deliver multi-cloud mobility through true hybrid solutions. If you look across the vendor landscape, you can see that only Microsoft is truly delivering in all of those areas.” New updates that are coming, · Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the Windows Azure Pack will be generally available on October 18, 2013. · A new release of the Windows Intune service, along with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager on October ...

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Microsoft today released a short video showing the making of Surface 2. The next generation Surface devices are going on sale later this month and Microsoft has made some significant improvements in both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. This behind the scenes video shows the people behind the Surface 2 talking about key improvements made which building it. Surface 2 is now lighter, thinner and faster. Also Surface 2 comes with much improved Touch and Type covers which has pressure sensors all over it. Watch the video above.   ...

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Microsoft today announced a new streamlined way to redeem deals we find from various sites such as Groupon, etc,. Bing Offers gives you access to more than 200,000 unique offers in over 14,000 cities and towns across the U.S. We streamline the deal hunt by assembling leading offers from Groupon, Living Social and Restaurant.com (just to name a few), making it easier to discover, share and search for the best deals in your area – all from one place. The new testing a new program in Seattle called “Bing Offers Card-Linked” that solves the hassle of having to print up coupons or display QR codes to redeem savings. Bing has partnered with established leaders in transaction processing, First Data, and extends to payment networks like Visa and Master Card. Bing Offers Card-Linked availability in other US cities is expected to follow soon. Here’s how it works: “Bing Offers Card-Linked” works ...

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Microsoft has released their first Xbox game Wordament with Xbox Live Achievements support for Android devices. Similar to Windows Phone and iOS versions, this game can be downloaded for free. Game Description: “Why play against one person in a turn when you can play against thousands at once? Wordament® is a real-time continuous word tournament. Players compete on the same board with everyone at once. Rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter tiles, themed words, speed rounds and more. You can be a champion in many ways: find the most words possible, earn the best score, find the longest words, best your Frenemies, or beat your top score. How you win is up to you. Wordament tracks your progress by maintaining rich statistics about your gameplay including your best word found, total score, best word count, first place finishes and more. Xbox Leaderboards show you who’s rocking it for ...

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If you look at the above image, you may think it is a screenshot of Google’s Chrome OS. But the truth is, it is the new Google Chrome Web Browser for Windows 8 devices. Google has released an update for Chrome browser in the dev channel which brings the above UI. When you launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, you will be presented with the above UI. You will have Chrome OS like task bar with pinned apps, app list button, time, etc. Also you have Window management within this UI, you have close, minimize, maximize button as well. You can open two three windows and place then side by side if you want. Essentially, Google is trying to mimic Chrome OS inside Windows 8. Should Microsoft delist Chrome from Windows Store? What do you think? Source: Google Chrome ...

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CBS, a popular American commercial broadcast television network has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Watch FULL-LENGTH, HIGH DEFINITION EPISODES of some of your favorite CBS shows with the CBS app for Windows 8! Enjoy primetime, daytime and late night episodes, clips and photos from America’s Most Watched Network. When available, catch NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, How I Met Your Mother, Survivor, Elementary, The Young and the Restless, The Late Show with David Letterman and many more. Use the ‘My Shows’ feature to quickly access content from your favorite shows when they have been added to the app. With CBS Connect, you can join the conversation about CBS programs. Use the Primetime Schedule to learn what’s coming up on CBS and never miss a moment! The CBS app includes these features: * Full Episode Streaming in HD * Personalized Show List * Live Social ...

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  There were reports in the past few weeks that Microsoft could use the next generation Kinect in Xbox One to target ads. For example, Kinect can guess your age, sex, etc, by body recognition, etc,. Albert Penello , MS Director of Product Planning at Xbox clearly denied these reports. He told that no one at Microsoft is working on such things and if something like that ever happened, you can be sure it wouldn’t happen without the user having control over it. He also revealed that Microsoft is working on some cool things that make use of Kinect console. He also cited few examples of how Microsoft deals with privacy in Xbox One, Two examples of how we deal with similar things today: First, Kinect can recognize your face and log you in automatically. There could be some cool features we could enable if we stored that data in the cloud, like ...

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Windows Azure AD is the Microsoft’s Active Directory in the cloud. It offers enterprise class identity services in the cloud with support for multi-factor authentication and more. Microsoft yesterday announced no.of new features and stats about Azure AD yesterday. As of yesterday, we have processed over 430 Billion user authentications in Azure AD, up 43% from June. And last week was the first time that we processed more than 10 Billion authentications in a seven day period. This is a real testament to the level of scale we can handle! You might also be interested to learn that more than 1.4 million business, schools, government agencies and non-profits are now using Azure AD in conjunction with their Microsoft cloud service subscriptions, an increase of 100% since July. And maybe even more amazing is that we now have over 240 million user accounts in Azure AD from companies and organizations in ...

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Microsoft Bing was started as a search engine competitor against Google and it is no longer just a search engine from Microsoft. Bing is now powering no.of apps within Microsoft and some 3rd party apps as well. Bing has now become a platform on which different kinds of apps are built. Windows 8/Windows Phone apps like News, Weather, Finance, Sports, Cooking app, Health app are powered by Bing. Beyond these apps, Bing powers Translation apps with OCR functionality, and more. Microsoft posted the above video when the announced the new logo last month. If some of you missed it, do watch it. With Bing, search isn’t something that only happens in a box. It can happen whenever and wherever you need it.  Access the information you want from inside an app or on any device including your phone, tablet or even Xbox. ...

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In a blog post talking about technological improvements that were made in Skype to improve the overall experience over the last year, Skype team revealed that they are bringing synchronized chat message status across all of your devices. I assume with this new feature, you will be able to continue your conversation with someone exactly the same way across the devices at any points. Your unread messages, past conversations, etc, will all be synced. Along with introducing support for Microsoft account in October last year, the Skype cloud also added the ability to queue and deliver chat messages even if the intended recipient is offline – so you can be ‘always reachable’ to the people who matter most. With Windows Phone 8 (and soon across other Skype mobile clients), this technology enables you to receive notifications when new messages arrive regardless of whether the Skype app is running. We also ...

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Reuters today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and retiring Chief Executive Steve Ballmer are standing for re-election to Microsoft board of directors. Even though this is not a surprise news for lot of us, the investors who are trying to reduce the influence of Gates and Ballmer in the company won’t be happy to hear this news. Ballmer announced last August about his plan to retire within 12 months in August and Microsoft’s board is searching for a new CEO from both inside and external candidates. Reuters also reported that it is highly likely both Gates and Ballmer will be re-elected by shareholders at the annual meeting on November 19. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer still own a significant share of Microsoft. While Bill Gates remains the company’s largest individual shareholder, with a 4.5 percent stake, Steve Ballmer is not far behind with 4 percent. If Bill Gates continues to sell shares of ...

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The modern mail app that was shipped as part of Windows 8 was not up to the mark. It was experiencing performance issues until Microsoft delivered an update 6 months later. Even after all the updates, the mail app remained as one of the weak points. Microsoft was aware of it and they delivered an much improved Outlook Mail app for Windows 8.1 devices. All Windows 8.1 devices will have this mail app pre-installed and it is the best email experience on any tablet. In a world of mobile devices like tablets, there’s an increasingly narrow distinction between your “work computer” and your “personal computer.” More and more people are bringing their personal tablets to work, and their work laptops home. Windows 8.1 is designed for this world, equally suited for your work life and your personal life. The Mail app is no exception—it’s designed to be great for your ...

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Microsoft’s current CEO Steve Ballmer got only 79% of his total eligible bonus set for him by the board due to the slow growth in Windows 8 and Surface RT write off. The information was revealed in the proxy statement filed by Microsoft yesterday. The fiscal 2013 proxy statement gave the following reason on Ballmer’s bonus: “The company faced challenges due to weakness in the consumer PC market. While the launch of Windows 8 in October 2012 resulted in over 100 million licenses sold, the challenging PC market coupled with the significant product launch costs for Windows 8 and Surface resulted in an 18% decline in Windows Division operating income. Slower than anticipated sales of Surface RT devices and the decision to reduce prices to accelerate sales resulted in a $900 million inventory charge.” Steve Ballmer received a total of $1.26 million in fiscal 2013 which includes a base salary ...

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  Microsoft had a long tradition of delivering pre-show keynote at CES. Surprisingly, Microsoft last year said that it is not taking part in the CES with the following reason, We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing. It seems Microsoft has reversed their decision and returning to CES again this year. BBC reported today that Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association revealed this information at London. “Microsoft is officially back in the International CES,” “They are taking out significant space in meeting rooms – it’s actually a larger presence than I believe they have ever had. “Microsoft will have to make the decision who the rooms are open ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced a new feature in image search results UI by integrating Pinterest boards. Microsoft already integrated Pinterest in Bing image search results with the Pin to Pinterest feature, allowing you to pin and save results directly from Bing image search. Today, they announced Image collections for Bing image search, which brings together curated collections of images from around the web. Now, when you search for an image on Bing, you’ll notice related boards on Pinterest right alongside regular search results. Image collections are great for a search like Halloween decorating ideas, where we bring together cute pictures from around the web with creative collections by people who are passionate about decorating their house in the best way possible. Or try a search like updo hairstyles, where Image collections show you a variety of beautiful styles to get inspired from. Below are a few additional examples of how ...

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Dell today officially announced the new Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows tablets. The new 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, Dell’s enterprise support and more makes it a compelling device for everyone. The Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet will be available from November 19th and the Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet will be available from November 7th on www.dell.co.uk. Starting prices for the new tablets are as follows: · Venue 8 Pro: pricing available in the coming weeks · Venue 11 Pro: £349 excluding VAT & freight Update: The Venue 8 Pro will be available on October 18 via Dell.com in the U.S. and select countries around the world starting at $299.99 (U.S.). The Venue 11 Pro will be available in November starting at $499.99 (U.S.). · The lightweight Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 8.1, has a bright HD IPS ...

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