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Microsoft today released a firmware update for Surface RT devices as part of July 2013 updates. It is now available for users around the world. According to Microsoft, this July 9 firmware update enhances system performance and reliability. Microsoft also noted that Surface Pro is not receiving any update this month. You can update your device through Windows update. Source: Microsoft  ...

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  At Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday, Microsoft announced a new service called Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that enables customers to easily gain insights from their data, working within Excel to analyze and visualize the data in a self-service way. Power BI for Office 365 includes the following, Power Query, enabling customers to easily search and access public data and their organization’s data, all within Excel (formerly known as “Data Explorer“). Power Map, a 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data (formerly known as product codename “Geoflow“). Power Pivot for creating and customizing flexible data models within Excel. Power View for creating interactive charts, graphs and other visual representations of data. Read more about it in detail from link below. Source: Office Blog ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are expanding Office and SharePoint Store availability to 22 new countries. Also  the Office and SharePoint store fronts will be localized with French, German, Spanish and Japanese language apps. The Office and SharePoint Store is available to all users of the new Office and can be accessed directly within Office applications and at Office.com. We have hundreds of business and productivity apps in the Store right now, from well-known ISVs to individual developers and start-ups. In fact, Office users have already downloaded nearly 1 million apps from the US Office and SharePoint Store. Apps for Office and SharePoint scenarios extend across Microsoft products, as well as interacting with external data. It is a great opportunity for business developers to target the huge base of Office users which includes both consumers and enterprise users. Source: Office Blog     ...

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According to a report from Bloomberg, former VP of IEB unit at Microsoft Don Mattrick looked to buy Zynga while he was at Microsoft. Don Mattrick is now no longer working for Microsoft because he went to become the CEO of online gaming company Zynga. It was reported today that Don has been hankering to run all or part of the social-gaming company for at least three years. In fact, Mattrick even negotiated with Zynga founder Mark Pincus about buying the maker of such popular games as “FarmVille,”. He was planning to bloster Xbox LIVE community with Zynga’s social games. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft added the ‘All photos’ view in SkyDrive.com few months back which lets you browser through all your photos via timeline. SkyDrive will automatically group the photos based on their timestamp for easy viewing. For example, all your photos taken at workplace while leaving office will be a separate group and the photos you took at late night party on the same night will be of another group. According to Liveside, Microsoft is planning to improve this timeline feature with folder filters, read about it below. Unfortunately, the “All photos” view literally displays, well, all of your photos on SkyDrive. Whilst you can quickly jump between dates, one of the biggest complaint is that you cannot filter the photos to show only those from a particular folder (such as your “SkyDrive camera roll”). This is about to change. LiveSide understands that in an upcoming update, Microsoft will add a folder filter ...

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Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced that they are launching the “User Experience Design Competency” for Windows will launch through the Microsoft Partner Network by January 2014. The competency will provide a way to train your designers and be recognized for your expertise in the Microsoft Design Language and App User Experience on Windows devices. It will ensure that all of our partners have access to the user experience and design foundation necessary to create innovative experiences that engage millions of users on the Windows platform. Microsoft is the recent years have been focused on improving the user experience and design across their platforms with common Microsoft design language. So this new User Experience Design Competency is yet another great effort from Microsoft. To find out more about User Experience and Design on Windows, please visit design.windows.com. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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At the Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference(WPC) in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August. Windows team is planning this time frame because, this will allow OEMs to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays. They also announced that they will have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1. Jensen Harris joined Tami Reller on stage to show off Windows 8.1 and some important features such as the new search experience, support for Miracast, new Start screen customizations, improved multitasking and more. Read more about it here.   ...

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Few months back, Liveside reported about this feature in SkyDrive.com that allows you to explore panorama’s in a special viewer. This feature is now live for public users. Windows 8.1 Camera app now supports panoramas within the app, so you can shoot a panorama using your PC’s camera and upload it to SkyDrive. When you view that panorama in SkyDrive.com, the new panorama viewer will appear. Check out the screenshot  above showing the panorama viewer in action. Source: Liveside ...

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  Microsoft has announced that they are ending the MSN TV service by September 30th. MSN TV (formerly WebTV) is the name of both a thin client which uses a television for display (rather than a computer monitor), and the online service that supports it. Microsoft ended sales of the hardware long back and the service is also going to end in September. Here is the email sent to MSN TV subscribers, Dear MSN TV Subscriber, For the past decade, we have been excited to build products that provided our customers with easy access to the Internet on TV. Unfortunately, all good things must eventually come to an end. Today we are announcing that we will be closing the MSN TV service. The last day of the MSN TV service will be September 30, 2013. We want this transition to be as smooth as possible for you. This letter explains what ...

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Windows Experience Index was introduced by Microsoft with the release of Windows Vista to have a common measure of PC’s performance. It was there in Windows 7 and later in Windows 8 too. It seems Microsoft has removed this feature with the release of Windows 8.1 preview. Microsoft is yet to confirm the removal of this feature officially, but you can see it by yourself in Windows 8.1 preview. The Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer’s hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks. Each hardware component receives an individual subscore. Your computer’s base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of an individual hardware ...

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Evernote Touch app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store got a major update few days back. This update brings in activity feed for your shared notes, new hub where you can have an overview of your account and more. Release notes: New hub page gives you an overview of your account Activity feed notifies you about updates in shared notebooks Shortcuts gives you quick access to important notes, notebooks and tags Improved note editing with Make Plaintext and Simplified formatting Supports two step verification for login Numerous bug fixes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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In an interview to Guardian, Sam Burd, Dell’s global vice-president of personal computing revealed that Dell has so far only sold “hundreds of thousands” of its XPS-10 and Latitude 10 tablets Windows 8 tablets. As sales of tablets and “hybrid” devices like Microsoft’s Surface are expected to outsell laptops this year, Dell is yet to find a hero device that sells well. He also revealed that Windows 8 on tablets had not done well so far with the large companies as businesses are slow to adopt a new operating system. But he said that Windows 8 situation is improving, “I think that’s pretty exciting when we look at the ramp [in purchasing] that we expect from corporate customers.” “But tablets really need Windows 8 to sell well. Still, it is encouraging to see some businesses deploying Windows 8 and tablets. It’s going to take some time, and the jury is still out. IDC’s numbers says ...

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Microsoft launched a new program called Small Screen Touch (SST) program which offered licensing discounts on Windows touch devices with a display size of 11.6-inch or below. Based on a report from Digitimes, this new program is struggling to attract notebook brand vendors to develop tablets according to their sources from the upstream supply chain. While you may question their reliability of sources, it is somewhat evident from the fact that Acer’s 8.1-inch Iconia W3 is the only tablet in the retail channel that was part of the SST program. Even after subsidizing, the cost of $500 is not attracting consumers away from cheap Android tablets of same/similar specs. Also the inclusion of Microsoft Office in small screen devices as part of SST program is not helping much to boost sales according to the supply chain sources. What do you think? Source: Digitimes ...

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When Microsoft revealed Xbox One months back, there was a huge uproar for mandatory internet connection. Microsoft later changed their minds later, but they made internet connection mandatory for lots of reasons. It is not just about DRM, there are lots of other cloud related developer stuff associated with that policy. Microsoft is expecting more and more game developers to take advantage of their Xbox Live Cloud which will allows creators to do stuff that was not possible on a single standalone console. Titanfall is an upcoming game from Respawn that will take advantage of Xbox Live Cloud. Jon Shiring, an engineer working with the Cloud technology at Respawn blogged about the power of Xbox Live cloud today. So what is this Xbox Live Cloud stuff then? Microsoft has a cloud service called Azure (it’s a real thing – you can go on their website right now and pay for servers ...

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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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