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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype experience in Windows 8.1. Skype app will come pre-installed in all Windows 8.1 devices and it allows users to have free text, audio and video chat among users. Apart from the Skpye’s own capabilities, Skype team has made the app to take advantage of all the new Windows 8.1 platform features. Skype team worked closely with Windows engineering team to make sure Skype was seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1. For example, new to Windows 8.1, users can answer an incoming Skype call from their lock screen, launch apps side-by-side with Skype and scale to the size of your device. Being part of Microsoft has opened up doors and increased collaboration and innovation across products. With Windows, we had a unique seat at the table to help inform the product from the ground up. One such example is the ability for users to answer Skype ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are selling their 50% stake in Ninemsn online venture which was formed back in 1997. As part of the agreement, Nine’s new venture Mi9 will continue to maintain the ninemsn site and whereby Mi9 will continue to represent Microsoft’s suite of advertising products on ninemsn. This is not a surprise move from Microsoft given that they are looking to offload media assets like MSN around the world. Last year in the US, Microsoft ended similar partnership with NBC for MSNBC website. Read full press release below. Sydney, Australia: Nine Entertainment Co (NEC) CEO David Gyngell today announced that terms had been agreed with Microsoft to acquire its 50% share of Mi9 (ninemsn Pty Ltd). “From 1 November, NEC will take control of Mi9. This agreement will see Mi9 continue to provide market leading digital solutions to Australian consumers and advertisers,” he said. As part of ...

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Microsoft has shared a form factor guide for Windows OEMs to make better Windows devices. This Form Factors guide is not related to the usual Windows Hardware Certification Requirements. Instead, this form factor guide focuses on providing guidance for OEMs on bezel size and weight, buttons, target resolutions, and aspect ratios for Windows devices. Here are some info in the document, 1) Device screen size and the recommended maximum weight. < 8.5” –  350 g 8.5” – 10” – 650 g 10.1”  – 650 g 2) All Windows devices should have at least 7mm bezel for optimal experience. 3) Windows is optimized for landscape orientation. Even though Windows supports both portrait and landscape, Microsoft recommends landscape as the primary orientation of the device which are tablets, convertibles and mobile All-in-one. 4) Microsoft recommends soft press buttons for Rotation lock, Volume Control, Power, etc,. OEMs can use capacitive button for Windows keys only if the device implements an optically ...

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When Microsoft revealed their next generation Surface devices last month, it was evident that Microsoft has changed the branding for Surface RT. Instead of ‘Surface RT’ and ‘Surface Pro’, it is now just ‘Surface 2′ and ‘Surface Pro 2′. It seems Microsoft has dropped the ‘RT’ branding from its second generation Surface to avoid consumer confusion. Microsoft’s product marketing manager for Surface, Jack Cowett revealed that one of the reasons for dropping the ‘RT’ branding was to avoid  consumer confusion. “We think that there was some confusion in the market last year on the difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro. We want to help make it easier for people, and these are two different products designed for two different people.” He also said that the new two stage kickstand feature is done as a result of direct customer feedback. Since people want to use their Surface as a laptop on their ...

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In August, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 has hit the RTM milestone. After RTM, while OEMs were preparing the OS for the device, Microsoft was busy fixing some bugs that were found later and also made some changes to IE11. According to reports, Microsoft has named the update as ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’. The update is supposed to be 200 MB for the x64 version and 100 MB for the x86 devices. Neowin claims the following improvements in the  ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’ update. The update is said to consist almost entirely of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, with one notable exception. After downloading and installing the GA Rollup A update, the article states that Internet Explorer 11 gains an app bar preview, which is a tiny black bar at the bottom of the browser that also feature three little dots, rather like on Windows Phone. It is also similar to the app ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced yet another partnership with Klout to make searching for person’s digital identity easier. Bing Snapshots on the right side of the search results will present the information about the person searched for. Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. To help people manage their presence online, we’ve teamed up with Klout to create Bing Personal Snapshots. An expansion of People Snapshots introduced this past March, Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. Basic information is drawn from a person’s connected LinkedIn profile, while also displaying links to their Twitter, Facebook and Klout profiles. Once a Snapshot has been claimed, a profile will include a ‘verified’ badge. As part of the update, we’ll also display Top Klout Moments, which show a person’s most influential posts from Twitter and Instagram inside the ...

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Just few hours back we reported that Lumia 2520 is coming to Verizon in 3rd week of November with the price tag of $499. The device will be available from Verizon in Red, Cyan, White and Black colors. We have already seen the device in red and now, @evleaks has posted the press render of the Lumia 2520 in Cyan. Key features of the tablet: It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles, ClearBlack tech for outdoor use. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back ...

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Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One was today honored by Popular Mechanics as one of the breakthrough products in 2013. Popular Mechanics each year gives this honors to year’s most innovative and transformative products. Here’s what they told about Xbox One, Some products are evolutionary, others are revolutionary. The Xbox One is both. The most notable improvement is the new Kinect sensor, which is integral to the operation of the console. It can see in total darkness, track the fine movements of your hands and muscles, and even sense your heartbeat. Gamers may have taken issue with the Xbox One’s price ($500) and paywall restrictions (some features require a $50 per year subscription), but technologically it’s a huge upgrade from its predecessor. The platform is so advanced that developers have barely begun to grasp all its possibilities. Well done, Microsoft Xbox team. Read more: The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013 ...

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We pretty much know every detail of Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet. They only thing we didn’t know was the availability time frame. Today, WPCentral reported that Lumia 2520 is coming to Verizon in 3rd week of November with the price tag of $499. The device will be available from Verizon in Red, Cyan, White and Black colors. Key features of the tablet: It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles, ClearBlack tech for outdoor use. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft quietly announced that Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android platforms coming later this month for Windows Server 2012 R2. This is a big news for many enterprise users. iTap is a mobile remote desktop app for iOS devices which was utilizing Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to give you complete control over and fast access to your Windows PC from anywhere. iTap mobile RDP was the only RDP client to support TS Gateway. Compared to other iPhone clients iTap mobile RDP was said to be more than twice as fast as the next best competitor. It seems Microsoft is aware of the app and has acquired some IP assets from the company to build its own Remote Desktop apps which is coming next month. Microsoft provided the following statement on this to Neowin, Microsoft acquired specific IP assets from HLW Software Development GmbH (HLW). This ...

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Best Buy is now offering a trade-in program for older generation Surface tablets just in time for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices later this month. You can trade in a Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet and get a gift card worth at least $200 and up to $350 which you can use to buy other stuff from Best Buy. You need to visit the nearest Best Buy Store to use this offer. The program will end on Oct. 21. Check the Best Buy page here. ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Outlook.com mail app for Android devices. This new update brings in some of the most requested features such as server side search, support for aliases and more. What’s new? This update includes over 150 improvements, along with some new features including: Server-side search: You can now search through all of your email, even if the messages aren’t on your phone.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on your phone, you have a new option to search Outlook.com to find your messages. Download all mail: Another popular request was to allow more choices for syncing your mail. We’ve added an option to let you download all your messages, regardless of how old they are (though keep in mind you can now search for messages even if they aren’t on your phone). Support for Aliases: People love using aliases, but they want to be ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Fresh Paint app for Windows 8.1 devices that is coming on Oct 18th. The new Fresh Paint features watercolor support, a new graphite pencil set, new ways to work with photos and a new modern user interface. Microsoft has also made improvements to stylus pressure, more realistic rendering for watercolor. The exciting part of the update is the ability to make high quality canvas prints. Microsoft has partnered with CanvasPop to print the paintings you make on FreshPaint. Fresh Paint is the first painting app to integrate CanvasPop’s new printing API. We believe in pushing the boundaries of what is possible with art in the digital age. We’re bringing that to life by helping you turn your digital paintings and drawings into amazing physical pieces that you can hang in your living room or give as gifts. This new functionality is a direct result of user feedback. And, we’re ...

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Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. Lenovo posted on its teaser page that “It’s time for a tablet that can hold its own.” Earlier Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet in Oct and the teaser site has confirmed the Oct 30th data. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the world’s slimmest tablet with the longest standby battery life. Source: Lenovo ...

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Microsoft’s board has officially appointed a committee to select the successor to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. According to the report from Bloomberg, Microsoft’s board is working toward selecting the successor by the end of this year. Also the board is narrowing its CEO choices after preliminary interviews. It also reports that some candidates like EBay CEO John Donahoe have declined to be considered for the post said two people. The board has also solicited advice from Silicon Valley veterans such as Charles Giancarlo, a former Cisco Systems Inc. executive and now a managing director at private-equity firm Silver Lake, said other people with knowledge of the matter. Board members have already spoken with candidates such as Ford Motor Co. (F) CEO Alan Mulally; former Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) CEO Stephen Elop, who will join Microsoft when its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit closes; former Microsoft No. 3 executive ...

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Synaptics, who provides touchpads and touchscreen technology to all leading OEMs has announced today that they have acquired Validity Sensors, Inc., a leading provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs. Read the full press release below. Synaptics Enters Fast Growing Fingerprint ID Market with Acquisition of Validity Reinforces Market Leadership in Human Interface Technology with Industry-Leading Fingerprint Sensor Technology | Provides Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Revenue Results | Will Host Conference Call Today at 2:30pm Pacific Time (5:30pm Eastern Time) SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 9, 2013 Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leader in human interface solutions, today announced it has signed a Definitive Agreement to acquire Validity Sensors, Inc., a leading provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs. With the acquisition of Validity, Synaptics expects to gain access to the fast growing biometrics market, significantly expanding its market ...

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