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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

According to the market research firm Forrester, 32% of the enterprise users wants Windows tablet as their next work device. This data was compiled from the sample size of 9,766 information workers that Forrester polled. Even though Apple now leads the enterprise tablet numbers with 26% market share, it’s a encouraging news for Microsoft that more than 30% of the workers prefer Windows tablets. In the smartphone side, Microsoft has more work to do. About 33% of workers want their next phone as iPhone while 22% want an Android device, 10% of the people want a Windows phone device. Source: Readwrite ...

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Microsoft today announced five new retail store locations in the US. These new stores will be opened by summer. Microsoft is found to be happy with the success of their retail stores so far. Our customers continue to tell us that they value our stores for connecting them to the best of Microsoft. This delights us to no end. From the newest touchscreen laptops, desktops, and tablets running Windows 8, to Windows Phones, to Xbox and Kinect consoles and accessories, to a wide array of first and third-party software titles, our goal is to introduce you to the best choice, value and service we have to offer. The following are the 5 new locations that will have Microsoft Stores, Natick Mall, Natick, Massachusetts Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, Hawaii Pioneer Place, Portland, Oregon The Somerset Collection, Troy, Michigan Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced the support for operator billing service for buying Skype credits in Russia and soon in the US and Canada as well. Operator Billing service is supported by MACH Direct Operator Billing, the world leader in direct operator billing. With this new payment option, Skype users can now purchase Skype Credit from their mobile devices through a browser-based transaction that is secure, seamless and convenient. They can pay for this transaction either as part of their monthly cell phone bill or using their mobile carrier’s pre-paid account balance. Full press Release after the break. ...

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Three months back Barnes & Noble released its Nook Reading app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. All x86, x64, ARM based devices were supported for this app. Nook app got updated today to v 1.2 which adds the ability to sign in using your Microsoft account. Since hundreds of millions of people are already having Microsoft Account, this new Nook app integration will dramatically simplify users reading and shopping experience. Download it for free from Windows Store here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications and Kenyan Internet Service Provider Indigo Telecom Ltd. to deliver low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband across Kenya. This  low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband is done using solar-powered base stations together with TV white spaces, a technology partially developed by Microsoft Research. Microsoft is testing and researching about the the White Space approach for a long time and they are looking to deploy it in Kenya. See related blog and video. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Bing today launched a new campaign that targets young people who consider the upcoming Valentine’s day. According to a recent survey from Bing and Impulse Research Corp., one in 10 people have ended a relationship on Valentine’s day and this year Bing is challenging people to reconsider their search habit and break up with Google. Read about it below, Bing treats you right. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for your sweetheart, looking to plan a singles night out or finding tips for a great date night, try Bing this Valentine’s Day and avoid getting burned. •  Not all is fair in love and search. Whether you’re searching for a cuddly teddy bear or a diamond bracelet for your sweetheart, Google Shopping displays ads only from merchants that pay for ranking. Bing offers honest results so you get the best deals from across the Web. •  Bing takes the initiative. Bing’s Snapshot ...

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Two weeks back Xbox vNext’s CPU details got leaked and now the GPU block in the device got leaked today. The CPU will have x64 Architecture, 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) with custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor which is detailed below. It will come with the following GPU specs, Stat Value Clock rate 800 MHz Compute Shader cores 12 Instruction issue rate 12 SCs * 4 SIMDs * 16 threads/clock = 768 ops/clock FLOPs 768 ops/clock * (1 mul + 1 add) * 800 MHz = 1.2 TFLOPS Interpolation ( 768 ops/clock / 2 ops ) * 800 MHz = 307.2 Gfloat/sec Geometry Triangle rate 2 tri/clock * 800 MHz = 1.6 Gtri/sec Vertex rate 2 vert/clock * 800 MHz = 1.6 Gvert/sec Vertex/buffer fetch rate (4 bytes) 4 elements/clock * 12 SCs * 800 MHz = 38.4 Gelement/sec Vertex/Buffer data rate from cache 38.4 Gelements/sec * ...

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We all know that Microsoft is no longer actively developing XNA game development framework. Support for XNA in Windows Phone 7 platform was the last significant announcement and XNA support was removed in Windows Phone 8 platform. In an email sent to XNA/DirectX MVPs few days back, Microsoft has officially confirmed the end of further development of these technologies. Here is the email, Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise. The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, ...

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Microsoft Game Studios has released a new Xbox game called Gunpowder for Windows 8/RT devices. It costs $3.99 with free trial available, so give it a try. Description: Play as Incendio, our hero, armed with your wits and a keg of gunpowder to liberate the town’s gold from the evil Boss Grimshaw in this explosive new puzzle game! 100 levels of puzzles and mind-bending mayhem await as you blaze a gunpowder trail across the Wild West. Save the day using flaming wagons, Gatling guns, chandeliers, cannons, mine carts, and more! Burn your way through each puzzle and crack the safe with a cleverly placed powder keg! Blow up all of Boss Grimshaw’s piggy banks and race the clock to compete with friends as you work your way toward freeing the people’s money from his greedy paws. But don’t underestimate Grimshaw’s trickery. He isn’t going to make this easy! Download Gunpowder ...

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Microsoft has released a new app called My Server for Windows 8/RT devices which allows you to manage Windows Server 2012. Description: My Server for Windows 8 is an application designed to help you keep seamlessly connected to your server resources through devices running Windows 8. With My Server, you can manage users, devices, alerts, and access shared files in Windows Server 2012 Essentials. In addition, files that you have recently accessed with My Server files continue to be available to you even when offline. Features: •Browse, edit and search files stored on your server •Manage users, devices, and alerts •Share local resources to server or save server resources locally •Access files that you opened recently even without an Internet connection. The changes made offline will be automatically synchronized to the server when online •Playback of media files stored on server Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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Wordament word game which was released on Windows Phone first and then later to Windows Store is now available to play on the web at Xbox.com. Wordament on the web (in Beta) will allow you to have the same experience as Windows Phone or Windows 8/RT device in your web browser. And now you can earn achievements too. Wordament Web Beta, like our other versions of Wordament, allows everyone to play together in one continuous, world-wide tournament. We support the same 12 puzzle languages in the Web version, just the same as on Windows 8 PCs and phones. And, like other versions of Wordament, the Web beta lets you sign-in to your Xbox account and earn ten achievements worth 50 Gamerscore. Even though this is a beta, this is a screen-for-screen match to our existing versions. You can view your stats, manage frenemies, check the leaderboards and of course play! ...

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Futuremark has announced that Windows version of new 3DMark is finally complete and will be released on Monday February 4. 3DMark uses a combination of in-app features and online web services to help you understand the performance of your hardware In these screenshots from the Windows version you can see the new performance graphs that accompany each test score. For components that support it, 3DMark records frames per second (FPS), GPU and CPU temperatures as well as CPU power and clock speed during the benchmark run. These graphs are interactive too. You can zoom in, change the scale and pan the chart to focus on a specific part of the benchmark run. You can click on the lines to get the numbers for that point in time, which is a useful way to check peak temperatures during the benchmark run, for example. Read more at source link below. Source: Futuremark ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Bing apps that will be available for users to install on their new Office 2013 suite. In new Office, Microsoft has introduced a way for 3rd party developers to create apps for Office suite using web technologies. Microsoft’s Bing has released five Bing Apps for Office including: Bing Finance for Excel, Bing Maps for Excel, Bing Image Search for Word, Bing News Search for Word and Bing Dictionary for Excel and Word. Bing Maps for Office helps people plot location data on a Bing Map. It a data visualization tool for Excel that lets you use location names and map controls so you can zoom in and out of the map using touch or your mouse. You can adjust the map view to road or birds eye. Imagine overlaying census data on a state map Bing Finance (Beta) for Office helps you take control of your finances ...

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Vringo, an IP firm and also a partner of Nokia has filed a patent complaint against Microsoft. Nokia sold over 500 wireless related patents to IP firm Vringo. The portfolio encompasses a broad range of technologies relating to cellular infrastructure, including communication management, data and signal transmission, mobility management, radio resources management and services. Nokia receives a cash payment from Vringo in addition to the revenues it will get as part of the  ongoing rights generated from the patent portfolio. I think Vringo should note that Nokia and Microsoft are close partners and this case may lead to rift in their relation. NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vringo, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VRNG), a company engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of mobile technologies and intellectual property, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, I/P Engine, Inc., filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation in the Southern District of New York. “Information Filter System and Method ...

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Microsoft today released a free set of tools and resources designed to make it easier for developers to make their website render beautifully on Internet Explorer  and other leading browsers. Microsoft partnered with BrowserStack which allows developers to test their website for IE from any browser on any platform. You can now use BrowserStack via modern.IE for free upto three months this year. Visit Modern.ie for more details. Read more about it in the link below. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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