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Microsoft submitted their Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission today and it revealed some interesting information about Surface. Microsoft Surface totally generated a revenue of $853 million. This is not so encouraging number for Microsoft because it equates to poor sales of the Surface units. If you roughly calculate the $853 million for $500 per Surface unit, you end up with just 1.7 million Surface units sold number. Recently, Microsoft announced a $900 million charge to reflect a $150 price drop in the Surface RT device, attempting to clear inventory due to poor sales. Source: SEC via: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft today blogged about the upcoming next generation matchmaking technology called Smart Match in Xbox One. Microsoft highlights three main features of Smart Match. First, it matches players based on skill, language, age and more. Second, you can do other things while Xbox One is finding match using Smart Match. Third, Smart Match will notify you once the matching is done with a toast notification. Smart Match Finds the Perfect Players for the Perfect game Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew. Helping you discover and connect easily with players is ...

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We have seen many rumors and reports in the past that Microsoft will enable WinRT apps to run on Xbox One. It is almost confirmed today by the code leak by SuperDaE. The image above shows the supposedly leaked copy of Homefront 2 for Xbox One source code file list. As you can see, it has AppxManifest.xml file that indicates us that it is a WinRT app. Windows 8 apps in Windows Store has similar file arrangement. And DurangoConfig.xml and DurangoLauncher.exe could be the files used by Xbox One to launch these kind of new apps. Microsoft is still maintaining the silence about the details on the 3rd party app/games development in Xbox One. But they last week confirmed that self publishing is coming to Xbox One. Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage ...

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Microsoft today released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview for its enterprise customers. The new preview adds features around mobility, security, management and virtualization that satisfies the needs of today’s enterprise. Here are the features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition: Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security. Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company. DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely ...

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  Asus CEO Jonney Shih has told AllThingsD that they are not happy with the Windows RT growth so far. He told that “The result is not very promising,” referring to both Microsoft’s Surface and Asus VivoTab RT. However, Asus is not stopping the developement of new Windows RT products. But they are putting all of their time and energy into devices that use Intel chips, since lots of people still prefers them. He also noted that Microsoft also made their mistakes such as removing the Start button and menu completely, etc,. But Shih isn’t giving up on Windows products. The company recently introduced the Transformer Book Trio, which runs both Windows and Android, and the company is evaluating building smaller 10-inch and eight-inch Windows tablets. “My personal opinion is the 10-inch may make more sense,” Shih said. Read more from the link below. Source: ATD ...

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Microsoft today announced a bunch of new features for SkyDrive.com. The new features includes the support for new file formats like GIF, new sharing options, new shared view and more. File Format Support: So now, SkyDrive.com supports these high DPI displays by measuring the DPI scale of your device. When your screen supports it, we show higher resolution photos and thumbnails. So you see more of your real photo instead of a thumbnail that gets up-scaled (note: not all browsers support high DPI yet). If you’ve ever seen an animated GIF (pronounced “jif”) on the Interwebs (and probably laughed), you were probably disappointed to find out that when you saved and shared that same animated GIF on SkyDrive, it wasn’t animated. Well now you can view your favorite animated GIFs in all their glory! Sorting and management: You can now rotate photos on SkyDrive.com. A few months ago, we introduced ...

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According to Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 51.7 million units in the first quarter of 2013 with Windows having 4.5% of global share. Android almost doubled its market share to 67 percent while Apple iOS declined to 28 percent. Strategy Analytics expects that there may be growth in Windows tablets for Q3 due to the recent price cuts from OEMs like Microsoft. Microsoft captured a niche 4.5 percent global tablet share in Q2 2013. There may be an uptick in Windows RT shipments in Q3 following savage price cuts by all the partners still involved in the RT Market. Microsoft has reduced prices by $150 and other vendors even more; they are still not cheap, but are much more where they should be to compete. The shortage of apps continues to be a problem, with seemingly little incentive for developers to work on the platform. ...

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Take this post with a grain of salt, but CNET UK believes the Xbox One will be launched November 29th based on information obtained from retailer Toys R’ US.  Sony is releasing their console in mid-December, so an earlier release by Microsoft would be a blow to Sony and would help the Xbox One pick up some more momentum.  Amazon, which give estimated dates for pre-orders, has also pegged the Xbox One launching in November 2013.  The PS4 is currently priced a $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, but it does not include a bundled version of their equivalent Kinect technology. Source: CNET UK ...

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Microsoft’s Bing in UK has introduced a new way to reduce child abuse on the internet. Bing will show pop-up warnings on sites containing images of child abuse. When you do a search on child abuse, the Bing Notification Platform will inform you that the content you are trying to access is illegal with details of a counselling service. And when the user tries to access not so good images of children, they will be presented with a warning based on input compiled by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. “If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing Notification Platform which will produce an on-screen notification telling them that child abuse content is illegal. The notification will also contain a link to Stopitnow.org who will be able to ...

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Microsoft has announced a Day One 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership card pre-order. This Day-one pack will include 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play Killer Instinct: Round One, with the exclusive Shadow Jago character. Microsoft is also including commemorative card and case. You can pre-order now to get Xbox LIVE Card on the day it’s released. It costs $59.99 and it is available from various retailers. Source: Microsoft ...

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After taking pre-order for Xbox One console in the last two months, Microsoft is now taking pre-order for Xbox One accessories. Following accessories are now available for pre-order from Microsoft Store. Xbox One Wireless Controller with Play and Charge Kit – $74.99 -Experience the action like never before with the Xbox One Wireless Controller. New Impulse Triggers deliver fingertip vibration feedback, so you can feel every jolt and crash in high definition (in supported games). Redesigned thumbsticks and an all new D-pad provide greater precision. Plus, keep the action going with the Play and Charge Kit, with a battery that recharges while you play or afterwards, even when your Xbox is in standby. Xbox One Play and Charge Kit – $24.99 – Keep the action going with the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit. Recharge while you play or afterwards, even when your Xbox is in standby. The long-lasting rechargeable ...

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Corning Brings Gorilla® Glass NBT™ to Touch-Enabled Notebooks New cover glass helps prevent damage to touchscreen displays; extends Corning Gorilla Glass into new market CORNING, N.Y. – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today introduced its newest cover glass, Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™, designed to help protect touch notebook displays from scratches and other forms of damage that come from everyday handling and use. Gorilla Glass NBT is Corning’s unique glass solution for touch-enabled notebooks. Touch has become the primary way consumers are interacting with devices, which can cause the glass to scratch. Scratches, combined with flex applied to the display, can result in the glass breaking. Corning Gorilla Glass NBT provides enhanced scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility, and better retained strength once a scratch occurs, to help protect notebook displays from breakage that can occur with plain soda-lime glass. Corning Gorilla Glass NBT meets or exceeds the performance demands of touch-based ...

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  We all know that Microsoft faced a bad financial struggle related to Surface tablets with their $900 million write off related to current generation Surface models inventory. In an internal event held at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer expressed his concern that Windows devices are not selling well enough. He also revealed that Microsoft is currently testing next generation Surface that will feature ‘typical improvements’  and the internal response to the next gen Surface has been positive. Other tidbits from the address are that Microsoft is hoping to carry the third quarter momentum into Q4 and that, like many organizations, they will be investing heavily into professional services in the next fiscal quarter. Other obvious talking points included the fact that Windows 8.1 was heavily shaped by user telemetry and  was why Microsoft reintroduced the Start button back into Windows 8. Are you looking forward towards next generation Surface? Read more from the link below. ...

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Nancy Tellem is the president of Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios which is now creating original programming for Microsoft’s Xbox platform. During a panel on the future of content at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Nancy spoke about the future of TV and how the content will involve with the upcoming technologies. She also revealed that Microsoft is working on interactive original content that is different from what it exists today. “Unlike developing a show and adding interactivity after the fact,” she said, “we are going to start from the beginning.” ,”You can’t have interactivity for interactivity’s sake.” Microsoft also revealed that they are also working on a Halo based TV program for Xbox users directed by  director Steven Spielberg. Watch the video above and read about it from link below. Source: CNN ...

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Amazon has announced the AWS SDK support for Windows Store and Windows Phone applications. The developer preview of the next version of our AWS SDK for .NET will add two major enhancements for .NET developers. The first is support for the Microsoft Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.  With the new SDK, you can connect your Windows Phone or Windows Store apps to AWS services and you can build a cross-targeted application that’s backed by AWS. The other big enhancement is our support for the task-based asynchronous pattern.  This pattern uses the async and await keywords and makes programming asynchronous operations against AWS easy. Amazon already has AWS SDK for iOS and Android devices. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Amazon ...

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Microsoft Fresh Paint team announced a new preview of Fresh Paint app for Windows 8.1 devices. The new preview brings in support for watercolor medium. It is powered by an incredibly complex physics engine that mimics the behavior of real paint. Apart from the water color medium, they are also adding new brushes, new artistic photo filters and an updated UI. Read about in in detail below, For the new watercolor medium we tested hundreds of combinations of brush, paper and pigment levels with real watercolors on different papers, and mixed with different mediums. We then spent hours adjusting our algorithms to create a realistic digital painting experience. Our technology actually models how much water and pigment is deposited, and how watercolor will bleed into the paper. This bleed effect is fun to watch and true to life. But watercolor isn’t the only improvement to the Fresh Paint experience. In this ...

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