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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Last week Microsoft announced that over 25 million Hotmail users have upgraded to the new Outlook.com experience. Along with the announcement, they also announced few new features that will come to Outlook.com users soon. One such feature is the new Archive button that will allow you to archive emails. This is a new feature in Outlook.com rolling out now and is designed to make it super easy to archive email into whatever folder you want or have Outlook.com create an Archive folder for you. All you need to do is click on any message and then click the “Archive” button at the top (alternatively you can right-click on a message and choose “Archive” too). I like a clean inbox so whenever I receive an email I want to keep, I just archive it! Way better than having to manually drag-and-drop an email into a folder. Read more about the features ...

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Few days back we reported about the poor Microsoft Surface sales due to lack of distribution. It seems Microsoft is aware of the issue and looking to solve this problem by increasing the retail availability. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning a two phase roll out to increase the distribution of Surface. Microsoft plans to allow retail chains to sell the Surface RT devices in many countries other than US, Canada and Puerto Rico. In the 2nd phase roll out slated for January 2013, Microsoft is planning to sell Surface RT and Surface Pro through major retailers such as BestBuy, Staples, etc,. Read more about it in the source link below. Source: ZDNet   ...

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Microsoft recently pulled the plug on its Silverlight.net website. Silverlight.net served as an one stop resource for Silverlight cross-platform plugin development. It offered sample codes, showcased Silverlight developer works, offered Silverlight developer tools download, etc,. As part of its strategy to sideline Silverlight brand, Microsoft has took down the Silverlight.net website and has moved the contents to MSDN website. This migration lead to many dead links which many Silverlight developers complained on social media sites today. Microsoft commented the following regarding Silverlight.net retirement, “In order to streamline access to online resources for the Silverlight community, we’ve consolidated our Silverlight content with the library of information on MSDN. On October 2nd, we communicated to our customers that we would be merging Silverlight.net with MSDN, and completed this migration on October 31st. “We realize that some of our customers may have experienced challenges accessing links to content that had resided on the ...

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Gizmodo yesterday posted a blog post about the 10 most important tablets of 2012. Microsoft’s Surface took the No.1 spot leaving Apple’s iPad and Google Nexus 10 behind. Here is what Gizmodo said on the new Microsoft Surface RT, A new operating system. An entirely new product category. A new keyboard cover technology. Microsoft Surface RT may not be the PC-tablet bridge we’d all been dreaming of—we’re still hoping Surface Pro manages that trick—but it was without a doubt the most important demonstration of how far tablets can take us, and how much Microsoft is willing to risk to get us there. Even I think Microsoft Surface was the most innovative tablet that got released this year. What do you think? Source: Gizmodo ...

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We have seen many reports since the general availability of Windows 8 that PC OEMs failed to deliver Windows 8 PCs on time. Even among the Windows 8 PCs that got released, there were only few touch enabled PCs. OEMs didn’t prepare for large touch screen panel and its associated components demand. In an interview to CNET, Lenovo executive Gerry Smith revealed that the industry did underestimate touchscreen demand. He said the following on Lenovo’s position in the PC industry right now, “Lenovo’s a little different from other companies,” Smith said. “We’re still seeing strong growth and a strong premium to the market overall…And this quarter, we’re seeing strong growth across all product segments.” Being No. 4 in the U.S. is a solid position, but it’s not acceptable long-term for us…We will be No. 1 in the U.S. That’s absolutely a focus. I’m not going to give you a time ...

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Microsoft Skype recently confirmed its upcoming video messaging feature via its updated legal terms. Unlimited video messaging feature will be offered to Skype Premium subscribers who pay about $9 per month. “If you are a Skype Premium subscriber you can … send and receive an unlimited number of Video Messages and any Video Messages you send and/or receive shall have no expiry date,” Even if you are not a Skype Premium subscriber, you can send limited video messages and receive unlimited video messages. Also the video messages sent received by non-premium subscribers will expire after 90 days. “As a non-Skype Premium subscriber any Video Message you send or receive will expire within 90 days, except for Video Messages received from a Skype Premium subscriber or where you upgrade to a Skype Premium subscription before the 90 day expiry period ends, and in either case the Video Message shall cease to ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced a new special Xbox 360 bundle aimed at more casual audience. . The new Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training bundle it includes the Xbox 360 4GB console, a Kinect sensor, free 1 month Xbox Live Gold subscription and Nike+ Kinect Training. This whole bundle costs just $249.99. If you are an existing Xbox 360 customer, you can download Nike+ Kinect Training  via Xbox Live on December 25th. There is also an add-on for Nike+ Kinect Training game called Fast and Focused: Upper Body and Core Pack which will go on sale for $4.99 or 400 Microsoft points. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Plex media streaming app is now available for Windows 8 devices from Windows Store. It allows you to play video, music, photos from your network and other multimedia content from online channels. App Description: This application brings the power of Plex to your Windows 8 desktop or tablet. With Plex, you can stream your music, videos and photos from your home computers running Plex Media Server and access content from a wide range of channels. Channels are available for iTunes, and for online services like YouTube, Vimeo and Revision3. Additionally, you can sign up for the myPlex service, which lets you connect to servers shared with you by your friends, queue videos from your web browser to watch later, and connect to your Plex Media Server at home wherever you are in the world via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, with no configuration necessary! Plex Media Server streams your media directly ...

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LIVESTRONG.COM has released their Calorie Tracker app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This is a companion tool for members of MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM which is also a free service online. The LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. Lose weight easily by setting your weight goals and track your calories and progress with our comprehensive online food journal containing over 1 Million food and fitness items. Tracking works. You will lose weight like millions of other members. The Calorie Tracker tracks your daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate and protein intake with the click of a button. You will have access to MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM, which offers a comprehensive nutrition database of more than 1.3 million food and restaurant items. Most major competitors only have 7,000 items in their database. Features:   Easy to use interface for tracking The largest ...

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Few analysts predicted that Microsoft may sell few million Surface tablets in Q4 2012. Now, IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander have told CNET that Microsoft may sell only over 1.3 million Surface units this quarter. She said “I would be surprised to see it much above that,”. Boston-based brokerage firm, Detwiler Fenton released their research report on Surface sales and told that the number will be below 1 Million. Do you think Microsoft can reach the million units number by selling the device through online stores alone in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and in ~90 retail stores from US? I think this numbers will go up if Microsoft makes Surface available among 3rd party physical and online retailers. Source: CNET   ...

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  Last month SAP announced that they will be bringing their 6 Enterprise apps to Windows Store soon. Among them, SAP Manager Insight is an employee profile app that is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: With the SAP Manager Insight mobile app for Windows tablets, you can access mobile reports and employee profiles anywhere and anytime. This app accesses the SAP ERP application and supports HR business partners, HR specialists, and managers in preparing and holding meetings with line managers and employees and in making quick and meaningful decisions. Note: To use SAP Manager Insight with your business data, you must be a user of SAP ERP that has mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try out the app first using sample data. Features: •Drive quick and substantial decisions and answer ad hoc requests •Access relevant reports and KPIs •Drill down to display employee ...

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  Netflix today announced that Sony PS3 has emerged as their top platform for streaming videos. This comes as a surprise for many because Microsoft Xbox is always known for its entertainment hub nature and still PS3 beats Xbox in Netflix streaming hours. “PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our No. 1 platform overall,” said Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings. “PS3 is a natural fit for Netflix in terms of developing and first deploying our most advanced features. We can transparently update our application with new features on a daily basis, and through the free PlayStation Network, people around the world can sign up for Netflix directly from their PS3.” But does it matter? I think the reason Netflix streaming hours on PS3 is higher than Xbox 360 because ...

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Microsoft FUSE labs today announced that they are opening up their information social network Socl for the public. It was in public beta for months and now it got graduated with new UI refresh and following features. Posts. Viewing the rapid feed on Socl is faster and, well, just better. The home screen is all about the beautiful posts you create (often in just seconds, using the new post creator!). You can choose to see the posts two-columned or three, so it’s less likely you’ll miss out on anything. And now you can see the posts even if you are not signed in or are new to Socl. Interests. The crowd-sourced interest gallery is more discoverable, helping you socialize with like-minded people over topics you care about. People/Me. People finding and following can be done via posts, the new people gallery, or from a person’s page. Everyone on Socl has ...

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Microsoft today released its next version of productivity suite for its enterprise customers. On-premises versions of the new Office products including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013 are now available through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Office 2013 for general customers will be available in retail and online channels in Q1 2013. Microsoft highlighted the following new scenarios in Office 2013, The new Office works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard to give you the ultimate productivity experience. It brings the familiar Office experience to a wide range of new devices and gives you the best experience on Windows.* The new Office is inherently social with real-time news feeds for people, documents and discussions, high-definition video conferencing**, shared notebooks and virtual whiteboards. The new Office provides security features without compromise, includes data loss prevention, compliance management, built-in malware protection, and flexible deployment ...

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We have covered the Tweetro saga before, which basically amounts to no third party twitter clients being able to have more than 100,000 users. This forced the developer, LazyWormApps, to pull their well-regarded twitter client Tweetro from the Windows 8 Store, as a free, ad-supported client would just not be financially viable with such a small user base. The app has now returned in a premium form for a rather pricy $9.99. Times this by a potential 100,000 users and the total ends up close to $1 million, which should keep LazyWormApps in pizza for some time. Due to Twitter’s policies there will actually come a point when the Tweetro + app is sold out, and no new copies can be generate, so if you were looking to pick this app up it is a good idea to get it sooner rather than later. The App Features: Real-time streaming of tweets ...

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Asus Taichi Touch Ultrabook was one of the unique Windows 8 device we saw from PC OEMs in the recent times. However, the release date of the device got delayed several times and it was priced around $1300. Now, Digitimes reports that Asus Taichi will be released in IT Month trade show in Taiwan in December. And the pricing of the device was increased to US$1,992. Asustek’s Taichi is manufactured by Pegatron Technology and adopts panels supplied by Innolux Corporation, (renamed from Chimei Innolux (CMI) recently), according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek originally hoped to price Taichi at below US$1,600, but due to yield rate and cost problems, the company is only able to offer the product at above US$1,900. I hope Asus works out some other designs to reduce the price of the device to somewhere around $1500 and less. What do you think? Are you ...

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