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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Intel recently previewed its upcoming energy-efficient versions of the Y-series Core processors that will consume as little as 4.5W power. These chips are expected to power fanless tablets and Intel so far has not revealed any upcoming tablet designs that will be using this chip. I expect Microsoft to refresh its Surface Pro device with this new chips for better battery performance. The 4.5W chips will have same 11.5W thermal design power rating as their 6W counter parts. There are obvious implications for the next-generation of Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It’s unclear whether Microsoft will wait until Broadwell to reduce the thickness of Surface Pro, or if it’ll go with a Y-series Haswell ULX part this year and release something that’s much thinner immediately. The challenges Microsoft would face there are similar to those Apple faced with the 2013 MacBook Air, namely Microsoft would have to be accepting of a CPU ...

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After releasing their Windows Phone 8 app, Redbox has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: The official Redbox app takes your rental experience to a whole new level. Find a box near you, then look inside to see what’s for rent. Find a movie or game you want? Click “Reserve” and check out, and we’ll save you a copy to pick up later that day. Search by release date, genre and rating, and watch trailers. See a list of the closest Redbox locations, and get driving directions to any box in the country Features: Find your closest Redbox Browse hundreds of DVD, Blu-ray and game titles Watch trailers for the latest new releases Reserve movies and games, and pick them up later that day Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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SkyDrive is the consumer cloud storage solution from Microsoft that offers great ways to manage your files in the cloud. One of the best advantages of using SkyDrive is that it is deeply integrated into Windows. All your files are available to you on your phone, tablet, desktop PC, and via SkyDrive.com and opening and saving files to SkyDrive is now as easy as saving to your hard drive. With all the existing features, Microsoft has further improved the SkyDrive experience in Windows 8.1. Today, they detailed some of them. Place holder files and Smart Thumbnails: Because people’s data storage needs will continue to grow faster than storage capacity on their mobile devices, we asked ourselves how we could provide you with access to all your SkyDrive files without actually downloading them, using precious local disk space and Internet bandwidth. Our answer is what we often refer to as “placeholder ...

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Speaking at San Diego Comic Con event, various Microsoft executives discussed about Xbox One and its capabilities in a panel moderated by Major Nelson. Here are some info they discussed at the panel. Xbox One will be able to detect who is holding the controller automatically. More impressively, the controllers automatically recognize who is holding the controller through the camera. When the controller is passed from player to player, the games automatically load individual controller profiles for that player. Now passing controllers around during a game won’t require you to back out to the options menu and change look inversion. Xbox One’s video recording feature automatically records and stores locally the last five minutes of every game you play. You can simply say “Xbox record” and it saves out the last 30 seconds of gameplay for uploading and sharing. Next gen Kinect can scan player’s faces to use it in ...

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Dean Hachamovitch, the head of Internet Explorer team at Microsoft had an interview with TechRadar in which he discussed about including WebGL support in the upcoming Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft announced few years back that they will not include WebGL in IE due to security reasons, but Microsoft now believes that most of the security issues have been fixed. “There is a very interesting security exploit that involved WebGL and Firefox for Mac; basically you went to a malicious site and it could read everything on your screen. It reads the Word document you have in another window. That’s a great example of the kind of security vulnerability we were concerned about.” It wasn’t until the standard changed that he would consider it. “The WebGL specification now includes technology called CORS that effectively prevents image stealing attacks.” The IE team also put in a lot of extra work to improve ...

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According to report from Reuters, members of Microsoft board have held talks with ValueAct Capital Management in the last week over the activist shareholder’s demands to have a seat on the Microsoft’s board. ValueAct owns 33 million Microsoft shares as of March, which is 0.4 percent of total outstanding shares of Microsoft in NASDAQ. ValueAct wants to have control over Microsoft to make changes on how they adapt to the new world of mobile computing by having a board member. Microsoft’s huge stock drop on Friday, prompted by its financial results and a $900 million write-down on the value of unsold Surface tablets, provoked fresh skepticism of Ballmer’s new plan to reshape Microsoft around devices and services. “The recent reorganization does not fix the tablet or smartphone problem,” Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund said in a note to clients on Friday. “The devices opportunity just received a $900 million hardware write-off ...

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Microsoft detailed the features of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1. IE11 delivers a browsing experience that feels fast, fluid and perfect for touch with many tabs, richer suggestions, organized favorites and side-by-side experiences for comparing sites and using sites with Windows Store apps together. They now support up to 100 open tabs and tabs that haven’t been used recently won’t use your system resources or drain your battery. The tabs are synced across Windows 8.1 devices, favorites are synced as well. Read all the new features from the link below. Source: IE blog   ...

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Microsoft’s stock price fell more than 11 percent on Friday, their biggest plunge in more than 11 years. Microsoft reported their quarterly financial results yesterday of $19.90 billion in revenue and a net profit of $4.97 billion. But the stock value down is due to whopping $900 million write-off of Microsoft’s Surface RT inventory. Microsoft recently reduced $150 off the price of the Surface RT tablet to further increase the sales. Steve Ballmer said the following statement on Surface and Windows based tablets, “We are working hard to deliver compelling new devices and high value experiences from Microsoft and our partners in the coming months, including new Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs,”   ...

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Microsoft announced Xbox One few months back and started taking pre-orders via various retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, etc,. Xbox One, the next generation console from Microsoft which will launch this November, has already seen impressive pre-order sales. Microsoft revealed the fact that Xbox One pre-sales are trending ahead of Xbox 360 during the same time period. And they even announced that Xbox One Day One edition is sold out at most U.S. retailers. This is good news for Microsoft because Xbox platform revenue declined in the last quarter due to poor sales of the current generation console Xbox 360 across the globe. ...

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According to new data from The NPD Group, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 maintained its position as the the best-selling console in the U.S. for 30th consecutive month. About 140,000 units of Xbox 360 were sold in June. June highlights from NPD include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in June (hardware, software and accessories) reached $197 million, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of June, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles including: “Minecraft,” “NBA 2K13,” “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” “Deadpool,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Grand Theft Auto IV” and “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft has launched a new program for web developers called userAgents.IE. The Internet Explorer userAgent community is a developer formed community supported by the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. This community aims to recognize, support, and connect passionate web developers to raise awareness of web standards IE userAgents are part of a community composed of like-minded individuals who have experience with Internet Explorer, but — more importantly — have experience servicing all users regardless of the device or browser they may choose to use. One of our main objectives in this community is to raise awareness of cross-browser coding best practices that will help developers create interoperable web experiences that work great across all platforms and browsers, including old and modern versions of Internet Explorer. The userAgent community is open to anyone passionate, but currently the participation in the program is by invitation only. You can apply, click on the “apply” button on the About page and complete the online ...

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Speaking at analyst conference call today, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that OEMs have over 50 designs of hybrid Windows laptop/tablet PCs in the works that is powered by Intel’s latest Haswell processors. All these new devices does not require fans and which leads to them to be thinner and smaller than in the past.  Along with Intel, Microsoft also hopes that these 2-in-1 hybrids will begin to dominate in the overall PC market which is on decline in the past two years. Microsoft is not completely dependent on Intel for its Windows based device processors, they have ported Windows to ARM which is now being called as Windows RT. Windows RT devices will be powered by processors from Qualcomm, Nvidia, etc,. Source: Venture Beat ...

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Microsoft has so far been quiet about the role of indie game developers in Xbox One. There were reports that Microsoft might announce that there will be a self-publishing option for independent developers as opposed to the current closed system. Speaking to OXM UK, Lionhead Studios creative director Gary Carr told that Microsoft will soon reveal more about its indie games/developers strategy around Xbox One. He told that we will hear more “very soon” from Phil Harrison, former Sony Worldwide Studios president, who’s now in charge of Microsoft’s European developer relations. “I certainly know that Microsoft want to talk at future press events about their relationships with indies. I can’t really talk about that, but they’re very passionate about building a strong relationship with indie development – indie development is the future. Read more from the link below. Source: OXM ...

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Microsoft is now offering a great deal for people who are planning to buy Office 365 subscription. You can get 12 months of Xbox Live Gold with your Office 365 subscription. You can either buy Office 365 Home Premium annual subscription or Office 365 University to enjoy this offer. Activate Office 365 Purchase and activate an Office 365 Home Premium annual or Office 365 University subscription between July 18, 2013 and September 28, 2013. Get your Xbox code Get your code by October 31, 2013 by signing in with the Microsoft account email and password you used to set up your Office 365 subscription. Redeem your Xbox code Redeem your code at Xbox.com or on your Xbox 360 console to begin your 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership. Check out the deal here. ...

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Lenovo has stopped selling its only Windows RT device Yoga 11 from its website Lenovo.com. Yoga 11 was one of the few Windows RT tablets that was made available since announcement of Windows RT OS. After Samsung stopped selling their Ativ Tab Windows RT tablet, now Lenovo has done it with their Yoga 11 convertible. This leaves us with Dell XPS 10 and Microsoft Surface RT as the only other devices running Windows RT which is now available for sale. Source: Lenovo via PCWorld, Neowin ...

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Microsoft Kinect is creating quite a revolution in the field of Natural User Interface. The low cost 3D depth camera like Kinect opens up infinite possibilities in our computing world. Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people, but currently it is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Microsoft Research Asia has developed a system using Kinect which can detect sign languages used by these people and it works well. Here are some info on the project, Kinect, with its ability to provide depth information and color data simultaneously, makes it easier to track hand and body actions more accurately—and quickly. In this project—which is being shown during the DemoFest portion of Faculty Summit 2013, which brings more than 400 academic researchers to Microsoft headquarters to share insight into impactful research—the hand tracking leads to a process of 3-D motion-trajectory ...

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