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In the recent SEC filing, Microsoft has revealed that it has awarded 418,361 shares (about 14 million in current value) to former Windows president Steven Sinofsky. It also revealed that Microsoft has also signed a non-compete agreement with Steven to prevent him landing in other companies, “accepting employment at certain competitors or encouraging certain customers of Microsoft to choose a competing offering to Microsoft products,” until December 31st 2013. Here is Microsoft’s official response, Given Steven’s 23 years of strong service at Microsoft, which included leading teams that produced six versions of Office and two versions of Windows, the company will continue to provide him with the economic value of the stock awards he earned during his employment, similar to the retirement benefits we provide employees who work at least 15 years and retire at 55 or older. This agreement provides a number of important considerations for Microsoft, including a commitment ...

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  Microsoft today announced updates to their entertainment apps and all of them got some neat new features. You need Windows 8.1 Release Preview to try these updates. Microsoft also revealed that they are still working on more features that will be released along with Windows 8.1 release later this year. Xbox Games Improvements to Search: Search from directly within the Xbox Games app using the new Search bar, access game extras in search results and view your achievements by date. User Interface Updates: Browse your friends list or receive content notifications in easy-to-view tiles, and use Snap to access other apps while gaming. Xbox Video Streamlined Search: Through new and improved Windows search, access everything from your local drive to the web with the power of Bing, and easily find content from within the Xbox Video app. Continuous Engagement: Continue to download your video, while you use other apps on ...

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Microsoft Research has released their Network Speed Test app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. They have already released the same app in Windows Phone Store last month. Description: How fast is your Internet connection? Network Speed Test measures your network delay, download speed and upload speed. Using servers all over the world, Network Speed Test measures your network connection’s latency and throughput. Based on your connection’s speed, Network Speed Test will tell you what activities you might be able to do, such as stream music or video calls. Slide to the right to see a history of your previous tests for easy comparisons. When you test your network using the Network Speed Test, certain characteristics of your device and the network connection will be sent to Microsoft to help improve our understanding of network quality and availability. If you consent, we may also collect information about your location ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Bing Ads platform will be available in Windows 8.1 Smart Search which was announced last week as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. With Windows 8.1 Smart Search, consumers can look for information across the web, device, apps and cloud. They can play, launch, view or browse items in a single tap. It is a modern search experience to allow consumers to find the information they are looking for quickly and accomplish a broad range of tasks – giving people a faster way to find, discover and do. Just like in Bing web search results, Smart Search results in Windows 8.1 will also feature Bing Ads. Bing Ads will be an integral part of this new Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. Now, with a single campaign setup, advertisers can connect with consumers across Bing, Yahoo! and the new Windows Search with highly relevant ads ...

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Game Critics Awards 2013 was announced that today. Of all the games that were awarded by the 30 media outlets that vote on the Game Critics Awards, one game stood out high. It’s Titanfall from EA/Respawn which will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms (PC, Xbox 360 And Xbox One). It won best of the show, best original game, best console game and so much more. Take a look at the list below. Check out the trailer after the list. Best of Show Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Original Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, XBox 360, Xbox One) Best Console Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Handheld/Mobile Game Tearaway (Media Molecule/SCEA for PSVita) Best PC Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Hardware/Peripheral Oculus Rift (Oculus VR) Best Action Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Action/Adventure ...

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As announced last week, The Xbox LIVE “Ultimate Game Sale” has begins today. Each day between today and July 5th, there will be a new set of titles on sale – in addition to the persistent offers at the bottom of this post. The special prices will be available to all Xbox Live Members (Gold and Free.) July 2nd Offers Regular  Sale Price Save Savings Assassin’s Creed 3 $39.99 $14.99 $25.00 63% Borderlands 2 $39.99 $9.99 $30.00 75% Far Cry 3 $59.99 $19.99 $40.00 67% Max Payne 3 $39.99 $9.99 $30.00 75% In addition to the daily deals, Microsoft has got the following offers available until July 8th,  2013. Games on Sale now through July 8, 2013 Regular  Sale Price Save Savings Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway $29.99 $4.99 $25.00 83% Far Cry Instincts Predator $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75% Crysis $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75% Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 ...

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Microsoft’s Windows Store has reached an important milestone of 100,000 apps yesterday. This is a impressive feat because it took just over 7 months to reach this point. For comparison, Windows Phone Store took 18 months to have 100,000 apps, so did the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store took 16 months for the same number of apps. Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store. — Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013 Other than numbers, Microsoft is also focusing on bringing high quality apps such as Facebook, Foursquare, etc,. ...

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Microsoft so far had only two versions of Surface Pro devices, one with 64GB storage and another with 128GB. It seems Microsoft is planning to sell one another version of Surface with 256GB storage. Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel Core i5 3317U processor, 4 GB RAM,  256 GB SSD, Windows 8 Pro, Multi-Touch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity with 1 YR limited warranty will go one sale from Surface authorized retailer CDW for $1,199.99. Do you think this is a good deal? I think Microsoft should release a Surface Pro with Intel Hasewell processors with great battery life. via : WPCentral  Source : CDW ...

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Microsoft had its own newsfeed feature back in Windows Live days which aggregated social activity from various services such as Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, etc,. Later it was discontinued as Microsoft started to focus on the basics, Mail, Storage, Chat/Skype, etc,. Liveside today reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back newsfeed in a different form. A recent activity newsfeed for your SkyDrive. Here’s how Liveside explains the upcoming feature, Microsoft added recent activity feeds to its Windows 8 SkyDrive app’s Live Tile back in January this year (as shown above), showing notifications about what’s going on in your SkyDrive. However, this feature was limited to the Windows 8 SkyDrive app only, and you cannot see this feed anywhere else. This is set to change as LiveSide understands that the SkyDrive.com web service will also get a recent activity feed. Clicking on the new “Recent” menu item on the left-hand side ...

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Microsoft today launched their web-based Xbox Music service. Xbox Music Pass subscription allows you to stream millions of songs on your Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet and PC, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and the Web. You can even download your favorite songs so you can listen offline. It also features Smart DJ/Radio, just type in an artist and Smart DJ/Radio creates a playlist from similar artists. You can see everything in your playlist, and with unlimited skipping, skip to any song you want as many times as you want. Your Xbox Music Pass collection automatically syncs across all your Xbox Music devices so you can easily access songs, albums, and playlists no matter where you are. All these were available only in Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone 8 apps, now they are accessible via music.xbox,com Source: Xbox Music ...

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During a developer session over Xbox Smartglass platform at BUILD last week, Microsoft revealed that their Xbox SmartGlass platform had over 17 million downloads across Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Xbox SmartGlass is a cross-platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android) application that allows for easy connection to an Xbox consoles, discovery of content, and control of the Xbox. Developers can make use of SmartGlass SDK to develop a corresponding second-screen experience for their Xbox apps and games. With the upcoming release of Xbox One, Microsoft will enable more SmartGlass experiences through new SDKs for developers. Source: Channel9 ...

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At BUILD conference held last week, Microsoft announced that Bing Maps 3D is coming back along with the release of Windows 8.1. They even gave a brief demo of the same. 3D Maps is not new to Bing Maps as they had in the name of Virtual Maps 3D few years back before discontinuing it in 2010. Liveside today reported that the new upcoming version of Bing Maps 3D will be enabled by WebGL in IE11. So, users won’t be needed to install any plug-ins to experience the 3D maps. And also they are building Photosynth 2 viewer based on WebGL. First, Bing Director Stefan Weitz told me that the new version was almost entirely built from the ground up, using, among other technologies, Microsoft’s UltraCam.  There’s simply not much left from the old Bing Maps 3D, Silverlight or otherwise.  Then I had a chance to talk a bit about ...

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Adobe has updated their Reader Touch app for Windows 8 devices. The new update now added the ability to add notes to your document, save and save as option and more. Change log: - Add Notes to your document - Add Highlight, Strikeout, and Underline to text - View Notes attached to text markup - Added Save and Save As functionality - Added Go To Page for quicker navigation Full list of features of this app:  •Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or anywhere on your device •Easily find your most recently read documents •View password-protected PDFs, annotations, and drawing markups •View and Add Notes to your document •Highlight, Strikeout, and Underline text •Search text to find specific information •Select single page or continuous scroll modes •Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view •Go to any page quickly by tapping on the Page Number ...

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Landmark deal between Time Warner Cable and Microsoft has brought 300 Live TV channels to Xbox 360 console users with Xbox LIVE gold subscription. TWC TV app which will launch as early as next month, gives the TWC subscribers access to live TV through Xbox 360 console. TWC is also planning to bring video-on-demand to Xbox 360 through the app later this year. Press Release: In a landmark deal announcement for Xbox 360 and Time Warner Cable customers, we’re excited to share a new partnership that will deliver up to 300 of the most popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. This deal, which will bring more live channels than any other experience on Xbox 360, will offer Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership  the ability to watch their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like ...

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AppFlow app discovery app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Similar to its Windows Phone app, AppFlow allows you to browse Windows Store apps in a different engaging style. Description: Browse and discover apps in a new, engaging and beautiful way. AppFlow presents a unique way to explore the Windows Store via its daily updated applists. Get AppFlow now and you’ll never want to explore apps the traditional way again. Features: Hundreds of app lists Daily updated content Live tile support Stunning images and beautiful animations Discovering apps that are similar to what you like Integrated RSS reader Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft yesterday released SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS devices. You need a Office 365 account to use this app and after signing in to your Office 365 account, you can access, view, and upload your documents from anywhere. You can use the SkyDrive Pro apps to view documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder, select specific content to take offline when you are traveling or have low bandwidth, organize your content by creating new folders, and upload new content and share with others. Download them from Windows Store and Apple Store. Source: Office 365 Blog ...

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