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Rockmelt news discovery app is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows RT/8 devices for free. Description: Rockmelt puts the best of the web at your fingertips, now designed specifically for Windows 8. You’ll depend on Rockmelt to discover and share the most viral, newsworthy, cute, interesting, and otherwise awesome stuff on the web. On Rockmelt, you’ll find new stories faster and more sites to love. Before you know it, you’ll run faster, jump higher, be cooler, and internet better! Rockmelt is your personalized newsfeed, aggregating everything on the web that you want to see. It’s a fast, fun, and easy way to get the pulse on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, blogs, magazines, videos, YouTube and RSS Reader feeds. Plus, you can share your opinions with your friends by using our addictive emoticon buttons for Like, LOL, Want, WTF, Aww, and Hmm. The web will never be the ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Preview yesterday for the public. The preview was available as download from Windows Store, today Microsoft has released ISO files which can also be used to install Windows 8.1 preview offline. Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files (.iso) are provided as an alternative to downloading Windows 8.1 Preview through Windows Store. You should only use the ISO files if you are an advanced user and want to install the preview on another partition, another PC, or a virtual machine. Otherwise, we strongly recommend that you download Windows 8.1 Preview from Windows Store. You can download them here. To install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file, you must first convert the ISO file into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. If you’re using Windows 8, follow these steps to install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file: Download the ISO (.iso) file. Double-tap or double-click the ISO file.                 Double-tap or double-click setup.exe ...

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Xbox 360 gaming platform is completely different from the popular mobile platforms like Windows Phone or Apple App Store. Developers has to pay a hefty sum of $40,000 to Microsoft to submit a patch for their game. According to a report from Eurogamer, Microsoft no longer charges developers for Xbox 360 title updates. Microsoft has always charged a fee when developers first submit their games to Microsoft’s certification process so they can be approved for release, and the company normally grants developers one title update free of charge. This remains the case, but sources have told Eurogamer that subsequent re-certification as a result of a title update is now free. This applies to Xbox Live Arcade games and full retail games. There are caveats, we understand. If a developer is deemed to be making an excessive number of re-submissions due to an update failing certification, for example, Microsoft reserves the ...

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Microsoft has updated their Excel Web App with mainly two new features that we always use in Excel desktop app. They are freeze panes and data validation support. Freeze Panes: Freeze Panes has been our most requested feature for quite a while, and we now support viewing workbooks that contain freeze panes. That means you can see all of those column headings at the top of your sheet all the time, as opposed to scrolling up and down as you’ve done in the past. Header Row Snapping is similar to freeze panes, in that it allows you to more easily work with tabular data. With it, if you create a Table out of your data (on the Home ribbon, choose “Sort and Filter as Table”), and then scroll down, the Table headers and the ability to Sort/Filter will move up into the sheet headers, so you always know what’s going ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a new updated Bing Maps app for Windows 8.1 with many new features. Bing Maps app now features Windows Phone like Local Scout feature that helps you find local information around you with ease. The new version includes improvements that give you personalized recommendations, makes finding local information quicker and easier, helps you make the choices and even helps with tasks like restaurant reservations. From Bing blog, Quick local category search Window’s Phone Local Scout makes it quick and easy to search for the most important categories and get personalized picks. We’ve brought that capability to Windows, so you can do a local category search with one click for the most common categories like eat and drink, shopping, parking and banks. Explore what’s around you now, or explore where you’re going. You can also tailor the search to your needs, for example to only find restaurants that ...

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Netflix today announced that consumers will be able to enjoy their Netflix video on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 without installing any plugins. Netflix previously announced that they are ready to use HTML5 video with the proposed “Premium Video Extensions” in any browser which implements them. And now they have done it with Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to implement these extensions in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1. If you install the Windows 8.1 Preview from Microsoft, you can visit Netflix.com today in Internet Explorer 11 and watch your favorite movies and TV shows using HTML5! Microsoft implemented the Media Source Extensions (MSE) using the Media Foundation APIs within Windows. Since Media Foundation supports hardware acceleration using the GPU, this means that we can achieve high quality 1080p video playback with minimal CPU and battery ...

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During BUILD keynote yesterday, Microsoft announced that each of the BUILD attendees will get a Surface Pro and 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet. To go along with the keynote announcement about the Windows 8.1 Preview, developers were told they’re getting the first 8-inch Windows tablet — the Intel AtomTM Z2760 processor-based Acer Iconia W3. And then, as if that wasn’t enough, they found out they’re also getting a Microsoft Surface Pro, which leverages the 3rd generation Intel Core processor. These devices offer developers the chance to jump right into building Windows 8.1 apps for a variety of devices. Build attendees will also receive 100 GB of extra storage for one year on SkyDrive, which makes it easy to store and access their files from anywhere. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of new Kinect for Windows developer kit program that costs just $399. It’s a limited program for developers, so apply soon to get into this awesome dev kit program. Can’t wait for the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor? You can apply to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program. This program, which begins in November 2013, will provide developers with tools and a pre-release sensor as soon as possible so they can start building new applications before general availability in 2014. The program fee will be US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits: Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and exclusive webcasts Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release) Private access to all API and sample documentation A pre-release/alpha sensor A final, released sensor at launch ...

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Microsoft today announced Bing as a platform for developers. Microsoft has created a platform that unites the intelligent services that power Bing.com and by making these capabilities available to 3rdparty developers via new APIs and controls. Microsoft internally uses the Bing services across the breadth of their devices and applications including Windows 8.1′s new search capabilities, Windows Phone with features like Local Scout, Translations, Xbox One with voice command and gesture integration, and more. Microsoft is now announcing that these intelligent services/APIs will be available to third party developers to create more engaging customer experiences. Bringing the World’s Knowledge to Your Apps Understanding the World: We think knowledge is more than just a “graph”. It requires combining the web’s deep sets of information with insights derived from understanding the people, places, things, and actions in the real world. The Bing Entity API allows developers to create applications using this understanding to build scenarios that augment users’ ...

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At BUILD keynote today, Microsoft made number of announcements. They announced that Windows 8.1 Preview and Visual Studio 2013 Preview are available for download today. Both of them are a great news for developers. Windows 8.1 also brings in over 5000 new APIs and features to developers for building powerful apps for consumers and enterprises. The Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide for Developers provides you a high-level overview of what’s new. Then check out the feature guide to get feature-by-feature overview with pointers to the new how-to documentation so you can dig in. Go to the Windows Dev Center Downloads page to get new SDKs, tools, and code samples. Here are some of the new features highlighted on Windows team blog, We’ve enhanced many of the existing features you may have used in Windows 8 and we’ve also introduced some brand new ones that help you complete new scenarios within your app. For ...

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Windows 8.1 product guide and FAQ pages are now live. You can download the product guide here. To download Windows 8.1, go to Windows 8.1 Preview page on Windows.com. The Windows 8.1 Preview will be installed through the Windows Store. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ for the minimum requirements needed to install the Windows 8.1 Preview. Microsoft notes that, If you are on Windows RT and have installed a language pack, please don’t install the Windows RT 8.1 Preview at this time. A fix is coming so check back soon.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8.1 will add native support for 3D printing. Even though not all of us will get excited about this news, this is a step in right direction for Microsoft. This will please many industrial designers and other people who work with 3D printers everyday. a built-in API will let developers weave 3D printing into their own apps. While the experience will be slightly more complicated than firing up an old-fashioned inkjet, it should include familiar-looking printing dialogs and persistent settings. via: Engadget ...

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If you are a fan of Microsoft Research work, then this is a great app for you. Microsoft Research Video Library app allows you to watch no.of videos of MSR which includes lectures, keynotes, presentations from researchers, academics, and scientists. Description: The Microsoft Research Video Library app for Windows 8 enables you to watch selected videos from Microsoft Research. These videos comprise a unique set of lectures in the fields of science, computer science, education, and scholarly communication. The lectures present noteworthy — and often provocative — work by leading researchers, academics, and scientists. They also present seminal work by some of the foremost thinkers in their respective fields, such as Richard Feynman, whose Messenger Lectures are available exclusively in this app. Features: Browse or search the collections of videos Add videos to your watchlist Smooth Streaming technology ensures the video plays at the best quality possible at the available ...

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According to Liveside, Microsoft is working on a web-based text file editor for SkyDrive.com on “Monaco” – a web-based Visual Studio code editor. Here is the description about upcoming editor from Liveside, LiveSide has learnt that the online text file editor on SkyDrive.com is based on “Monaco” – a web-based Visual Studio code editor. The “Monaco” editor was first used by Microsoft on the TypeScript Playground – which allowed developers to test their code within the web browser. The editor featured line count, contextual syntax highlighting, as well as find and replace functionality with regular expression, and we understand some of these may make its way to SkyDrive.com’s text editor. We also understand that SkyDrive.com’s text editor will enable versioning, including the ability to compare changes between versions of text files, as well as the ability to revert to an older version. It is also rumored that Monaco is the ...

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Microsoft has updated their Xbox Music app for Windows Store with the ability to give free listening a try without having to sign-in ,access search from within the app, bug fixes and other UI enhancements. Today’s update to the Music app brings an in-app search button at the top right that allows you to search directly within the app for music on your PC, or in the Xbox Music catalog. The Music app will also now let you try Xbox Music’s free ad-supported streaming service by allowing you to listen to up to 15 songs without having to sign in. Remember, after you sign in to the Music app on your Windows PC or tablet, you can stream millions of songs for free* (with ads) with Xbox Music. You can search for any artist, song, or full album and instantly play whatever you want. And with Radio, previously known as SmartDJ, you can ...

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