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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Doubloon Dash is the second Facebook game designed and developed by Microsoft Research. The aim of the project is  to study how people participate in all-pay auctions. All-pay auctions are a particular kind of bidding mechanism in which all the participants have to pay the amount they bid no matter if they win the auction or not. The first Facebook game by MSR called Project Waterloo is already available for public. Read more on the games here and here. via: All About Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today blogged a followup post to the file management features in Windows 8. Based on the feedback from consumers on blog post, developer preview, etc, Microsoft has made few changes to improve the file management experience. For example, the Ribbon UI in explorer windows will be minimized by default, you now have the ability to pin folders in start screen and much more. You can read them in detail here. My favorite change that Microsoft made in the beta release is that Explorer settings attributes can be roamed to your other Windows 8 PCs. In the “Sync your settings” UI, this shows up under “Other Windows settings.” ( See the image above) Source: Microsoft ...

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Today RIM announced the general availability of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. The service which was announced some months ago is now available for usage. This service will extend Microsoft Exchange services to Blackberry smartphone customers. This will feature the following, Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure An intuitive web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere Online access to employee self-service smartphone security functions, allowing users to easily reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft Read more on it from RIM. ...

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Today Microsoft announced the release of Office 15 technical preview to its select partners & customers. Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services that will hit public beta this summer. Microsoft  is touting this as the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. Also this is the first time Microsoft will simultaneously update its cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Sounds great, lets wait to see some of it in action. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft is working to integrate Kinect into portable computers. According to The Daily, Microsoft currently even has a prototype from Asus which has Kinect sensors over the top. The Daily had a chance to check out a pair of prototypes incorporating Kinect sensors over the last few days. The devices, which at first glance appear to be Asus netbooks running Windows 8, feature an array of small sensors stretching over the top of the screen where the webcam would normally be. At the bottom of the display is a set of what appear to be LEDs. Kinect in PCs will enable tons of new scenarios right from new form of gaming to other fancy stuff such as gesture based Windows control, etc,. Read more at Daily.  ...

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Windows 8 Metro mode won’t allow you to choose your own background image. This is not surprising at all since we are used to it from Windows Phone design style. According to an interview with Tech Radar, Windows 8 director of communications Chris Flores pointed out that “Not only would a photo not stretch and scale as you add more tiles and groups and zoom in and out of the Start screen, it would also be covered up so much by the tiles that you’d never see it.” But Windows 8 will provide a theme picker page as seen in the image above where you can choose between 8 different styles and colors. Improving from the developer preview, Windows 8 now includes more options to navigate and use Metro mode using mouse and key board. One such example is the new semantic zoom option which will allow you to move ...

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Usually we post on interesting patents applied by Microsoft. For a change, I thought of publishing some recent interesting patent filings from Microsoft’s arch rivals Apple & Google. From Google, Live Wallpaper: (Android stuff) Display of on-screen elements is coordinated, which includes generating a graphical wallpaper representation in a first process on a first visual layer on a display of a computing device, generating one or more graphical objects in a second process on a second visual layer of the display, wherein the second visual layer is positioned visually on top of the first visual layer, receiving user interactions with the one or more graphical objects and generating information that reflects the user interactions, and communicating the generated information to the first process. Social Messaging User Interface (Android stuff) Hubs for social interaction via electronic devices are described. In one aspect, a data processing device includes a display screen displaying ...

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Video: Introducing the brand new MSN iPad app Microsoft yesterday released a new app for Apple iPad platform. The app is from MSN UK team and the app is available for free in Apple app store. The MSN UK app will feature stories that are split into six main channels: News, Sport, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Cars and Video. You’ll also find pick of the day’s best features in Editor’s Picks. The app looks fresh and performs well. Give it a try if you own an iPad. Download the MSN iPad app now ...

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According to various sources compiled by IGN, Xbox vNext will feature graphics power 6 times than that of the current generation Xbox 360. The system will feature AMD Radeon 6000 series that will support DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output. The next version of Xbox will be launched in 2013 with developers receiving development kits based on the system’s final configuration in August. Still these are not official info, so don’t get excited soon! Source: IGN ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Kindle Fire application for Hotmail. The new app will bring regular Hotmail features based on Exchange ActiveSync to Kindle Fire. Microsoft also released some stats on the other Hotmail apps on iOS and Android.  There are over 12 million active Hotmail users on iOS and over 3 million active users of our Android application. Read more at Hotmail team blog. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 As our PCs are becoming more and more mobile, sensors are becoming essential parts of our computing experience. Today Microsoft detailed the sensors support that’s coming in Windows 8. Windows 8 will support wide range of sensors that our modern smartphones support such as Gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, etc,. Microsoft designed sensor support such that Windows 8 should use them at the system level, to adapt the PC to the environment while preserving battery life. Read more about it in detail here. ...

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Read some of the interesting recent patent applications from Microsoft that became public. 3D vision on a chip: A 3D camera for determining distances to regions in a scene comprising: a photosurface having a plurality of pixels each of which comprises a circuit having a light sensitive element that provides a current responsive to light incident thereon, wherein the circuit comprises, at least one amplifier inside the pixel, having an input and an output; at least one feedback capacitor separate from the light sensitive element and connected between the input and output of each of the at least one amplifier; at least one controllable connection through which current flows from the light sensitive element into the input of the at least one amplifier; a light source; and, a controller that, controls the light source to illuminate the scene with light, opens and closes the at least one controllable connection to ...

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Microsoft today announced that there will be no MIX Developer conference this year. MIX was started in 2006 focusing on web developers for Microsoft Web platform and continued till 2011. Microsoft today blogged the following, As part of that reflection, we have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year. I know a number of folks were wondering about MIX, given the time of year, so we wanted to make sure there’s no ambiguity, and be very clear… there will be no MIX 2012. So BUILD, which was a PDC replacement will be combined with MIX to make a single event that will be announced later this year. Read more at Microsoft Blog.  ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  Last weekend Microsoft detailed how is desgined the new Windows Store in upcoming Windows 8. The new Windows Store was desgined to ensure that people could easily discover and quickly acquire apps. Microsoft detailed the major parts of the Windows Store design such as the landing page, editorial topic pages, data-generated lists, app listing pages, and the search, browse, install, and update experiences. You can read them in detail here or watch it in action in the video above. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  Microsoft today detailed the mobile network connection setup in Windows 8. Microsoft has re-engineered the wireless networking stack to optimize it for both mobile broadband and Wi-Fi networks. Windows 8 will provide the best mobile broadband experience across devices. The new Windows 8 network settings allow you to turn individual radios on and off (Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, or Bluetooth), as well as disable all radios at once with the new “airplane mode”.  Another notable improvement in Windows 8 is, You can reconnect your PC to a Wi-Fi network from standby in about a second . Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the 2Q financial results. The posted quarterly revenue of $20.89 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, net income of $6.62 billion, and diluted earnings per share as $0.78 per share. These strong results were backed by Business Division and Server and Tools Division high growth. Windows Division revenue fell 6% whereas the Entertainment and Devices division revenue grew over 15%. You can read the full results here. ...

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