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REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital, a San Francisco-based investment firm with $12 billion in assets under management that beneficially owns approximately 0.8 percent of the outstanding shares of Microsoft common stock and is one of the company’s largest shareholders. The cooperation agreement provides for regular meetings between Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, and selected Microsoft directors and management to discuss a range of significant business issues. The agreement also gives ValueAct Capital the option of having Morfit join the Microsoft board of directors beginning at the first quarterly board meeting after the 2013 annual shareholders meeting. “Our board and management team are committed to enhancing growth and value for Microsoft shareholders, and we look forward to ValueAct Capital’s input,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “Mason has extensive experience as a public company ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft is in “advanced talks” to invest in location based startup Foursquare. Bloomberg said that Microsoft is vying to take an equity stake in Foursquare Labs. Microsoft may make this investment in Foursqaure similar to what they did with Facebook in 2007. A small investment in this location startup might give them access to data of over billions of check-ins. Microsoft may integrate Foursqaure data into products like Bing, Local Scout, etc, to provide more robust location data to users. Foursquare recently revealed few new features that will engage more users into their platform, The updates included a feature that lets people check their friends into locations in addition to themselves. It’s also unveiling a technology that will send users automatic recommendations when they visit a new restaurant or neighborhood, without having to open the application. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Jon Roskill, Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft today announced that Phil Sorgen, a 17-year veteran of Microsoft who previously led the company’s U.S. SMS&P group will become the new Channel Chief. Throughout my tenure we’ve unveiled new programs, tools, resources and sales incentives to help partners embrace the industry’s transformation to the cloud, and though we still have more work to do, I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made. Now, I’m excited to welcome Phil as the new corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group (WPG) and wish him much success in leading this important organization. Phil’s extensive experience working with U.S. and Canadian customers and partners will translate well into the role of Channel Chief, and I’m confident that he will continue to grow and diversify our partner ecosystem to meet the ever changing needs of our customers. The Microsoft Partner Network will continue to evolve, and not ...

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According to Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for Skype Mark Gillett, Skype team is already working on making 3D video calls possible. In fact, they already have a working version in the labs, but didn’t launch to the public due to lack of 3D Eco-system which includes 3D camera, 3D displays, etc,. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image. “But the capture devices are not yet there. As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle. “We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we’re looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about ...

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  Sony has published the above teaser on its YouTube account recently. As you can see, Sony is planning to reveal a Lenovo Yoga style Ultrabook hybrid. The device can act as a laptop, tablet when folded all together, and also as a viewer. Lenovo is yet to update its successful Yoga lineup with Intel’s latest Hasewell processor. If Sony reveals a product that is as good as Yoga both in terms of quality and value, they may have a winner in their hands. Sony is set to reveal this new device at IFA 2013 next week. What do you expect from Sony?   ...

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Along with Windows Phone 8 release, Disney has also released their Temple Run: Oz Game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Unlike, WP8 version, this version costs $4.99 with no free trial available. Description: THE MOST THRILLING RUNNING EXPERIENCE NOW COMES TO THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD! Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. Begin your exhilarating adventure now and see how far you can run! NEW FEATURES: • Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all. • Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins. • Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts! • The environment changes as you run – test your ...

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Microsoft today announced a new feature for SkyDrive photos. Today, in partnership with the Bing team, SkyDrive team released a feature that will make your SkyDrive photos smarter by using OCR (optical character recognition) to extract the text from photos in your camera roll when you view them on SkyDrive.com. Most of us can think of a time that we took a picture of something that we really just wanted the text from. It could have been a photo of a product label at a store, a picture of a magazine article or ad, or a snapshot of a sign with info you wanted to remember. When you take photos with your Windows Phone (with auto-upload turned on) today, we send them to your SkyDrive camera roll folder. With this new SkyDrive release, our OCR tool will automatically run on your camera roll photos so you can instantly see the ...

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Yesterday, Time Warner Cable released their new Xbox app that will allow you to watch over 300 live channels including ABC, FOX and Comedy Central. If you were concerned about this app that it will soon make you cross the data cap, you can forget that thought. TWC confirmed to GigaOM that subscribers can get access to live streams of up to 300 TV networks using this new Xbox 360 app without counting against their data caps. Last year, Comcast announced the same when launched their Xfinity app for Xbox 360 users. Do you think Net neutrality advocates will raise their voice again? Source: GigaOm ...

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Foursqaure today released a all new app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This is not a version which was ported from iOS or Android, instead Foursquare worked with Microsoft to create a stunning new visual experience to explore the local places. The new app is focused more on helping users find restaurants, bars, pubs, etc. The usual Foursquare’s activity feed is not available through this app. Foursqaure says it was designed that way, “This was a very conscious product decision–we wanted to put the attention on finding great places,”. Description: Foursquare for Windows 8 helps you make the most of where you are and where you are going. Keep up with your friends and discover great places and activities nearby, on all your Windows devices! Features: • Get instant suggestions when you open the app, even if you don’t have a Foursquare account • See places that are currently trending, ...

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Two months back, a landmark deal between Time Warner Cable and Microsoft was announced that will bring 300 Live TV channels to Xbox 360 console users with Xbox LIVE gold subscription. Xbox 360 users can now download this TWC app to enjoy their subscribed TVs on Xbox 360. This app gives the ability to watch users their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and more. And unlike any other platform, you’ll be able to control your entertainment using your voice via Kinect for Xbox 360. TWC is also planning to bring video-on-demand to Xbox 360 through the app later this year. ...

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pr Microsoft today announced the increase in storage space for users of SkyDrive Pro, A cloud storage service for business. SkyDrive Pro delivers the features in a file sync solution, and also provides content management, compliance, and content management controls. Following improvements to SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 business subscribers were announced today Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB). You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB. With the new Shared with Me view,you can easily find documents others have shared with you. Source: Office blog ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Day One Editions of 3 Xbox One games. These special game SKUs include exclusive content and are available only through retail pre-order while supplies last, or via download on Xbox Live the first two weeks after launch. “Forza Motorsport 5” Day One Car Pack  This three-car pack features amazing cars from Lamborghini, Audi, and Ford; each with a Day One-themed livery and custom tuning package created by the experts at Turn 10: 2010 Audi TT RS Coupe: Stuffed stem to stern with modern tech, the TT RS is the first TT model to carry Audi’s famed RS badge – a distinction that’s earned on the track from the moment you step on the gas. 2013 Ford Focus ST: Debuting with the same 247-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine from the much larger Ford Explorer SUV, the new Ford Focus ST packs a serious punch. 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 ...

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An internal Microsoft employee leaked the information regarding the special white edition Xbox One few days back. This special edition Xbox One will be given to all employees in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business who were working full time prior to July 12 of this year. Only the console and the new Xbox One controller comes in White, the Kinect comes in standard black color only. Apart from the unique console, employees will also get 1 year Xbox Live, first party games and Day one achievement. Microsoft’s Major Nelson revealed at Reddit that Microsoft may sell this version of console to general public in the future. Source: Reddit ...

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Microsoft today officially confirmed that both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 is now in RTM stage, so they have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to all their hardware partners. Microsoft also confirmed that we will be able to get the final bits of Windows 8.1 only on October 18th. In the past, the release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone traditionally meant that the software was ready for broader customer use. However, it’s clear that times have changed, with shifts to greater mobility and touch as well as the blurring of work and personal lives. As such, we’ve had to evolve the way we develop and the time in which we deliver to meet customers with the experience they need, want and expect. We’ve had to work closer to our hardware partners than ever before. Reaching this milestone is about optimizing the overall experience for our customers. Our ...

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As Sony has already revealed that PlayStation 4 will be launched in the US on November 15, Microsoft is yet to reveal the launch date of Xbox One. Based on previous reports, Microsoft was planning to release it before Sony. According to a report from Kotaku, Microsoft is planning a November 8 release for its latest Xbox One console. The source, who works for a marketing company that handles signage and product placement for retail giant Walmart, passed along what they say is an email for a company conference call that lists all the midnight openings the chain has planned. Have you placed your pre-orders for Xbox One? Source: Kotaku ...

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  Microsoft has released a new ad to promote its Bing for Schools campaign by comparing it to Google which serves all sorts of ads for students in schools. As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections Read more about the campaign here. Source: CNET ...

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