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VirnetX, a company which uses IP to license to other companies has already won a $200 million patent settlement from Microsoft in 2010.  Yesterday, VirnetX filed another suit against Microsoft in the East Texas judicial district. This new lawsuit is related to six patents that are alleged to cover Skype, Lync, and other instant-messaging platform. Last time Microsoft settled the litigation for $200 million after the jury awarded a fine of $105.7 million. VirnetX now notes that the license “was explicitly limited in scope, and Microsoft is not licensed to practice VirnetX’s technology in certain excluded ways, particularly across non-Windows platforms.” Microsoft is yet to comment on this issue. Source: VirnetX via: Ars ...

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The New York Times today announced that they are removing their paywall for their video content which will now allow public to enjoy NYTimes videos without any limit. Microsoft is one of the primary sponsors for this move by NYT. Press Release: NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 23, 2013– The New York Times announced that beginning today it will offer unlimited access to video (NYTimes.com/video) on NYTimes.com, on the mobile Web site (m.nytimes.com) and on mobile applications, to all users regardless of their subscription status. Courtesy of Acura and Microsoft, video views will not count against the 10-article per month limit set for non-subscribers. Denise Warren, executive vice president, Digital Products and Services Group, The New York Times, said: “As we continue to tell stories through video and increase our offerings, we want to ensure NYTimes.com users can watch and explore our video content with ease. We are grateful to Acura and ...

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Microsoft Surface team today announced the expanded availability of Surface devices in several countries around the world. Surface RT and Surface Pro will be launching in May and June. in these new countries. Additional details on launch events, retail availability, and pricing will be provided in future Surface RT will launch in Malaysia on April 25th, in Mexico by the end of May and in Korea and Thailand in June.This expansion will result in Surface RT being available in 29 markets. For those that are counting, it’s already available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Surface Pro will launch before the end of May in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, ...

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Microsoft and Pizza Hut is releasing a new app that lets you order pizza from your Xbox 360. Xbox’s Larry Hyrb saying “Pizza Hut is a recognized brand that matches up well with the Xbox brand”. It’ll be available on your Xbox 360 on April 23rd, with Pizza Hut offering 15% off your first order using the app up until May 6th. At this stage it appears as though the app will only be available for Pizza Hut in the United States, but we hope it’ll eventually come to international customers as well. Source: Polygon ...

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Microsoft has updated the Trackpad Settings App for Surface devices. This update fixes a compatibility issue with Windows KB2822241, which results in the App not recognizing your Touch or Type Cover. Description: Touch and Type Covers for Surface have a trackpad built-in that functions like a mouse. Trackpad Settings lets you control functions such as tap and touch gestures on your Surface. If this app doesn’t detect the keyboard, do the following: 1. Make sure you have the latest updates: From the Start screen, type Update, tap Settings, then tap Check for updates. 2. From the Start screen, type Devices, tap Settings, then tap Devices and Printers. Then tap Refresh three times (circular arrow next to Search box). Try using the app again. Features: Control tap gestures Control scrolling Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Recently Windows Blue Build 9374 got leaked over the web. One of the new features it revealed was the new Kiosk mode in Windows 8. Under Users Settings menu, you will have option to lock down your device to a single immersive app experience. This will allow anyone to set a limited functionality for an user account or select an app to automatically launch  an app on login. Pretty neat feature for users who often use their device to demo or for public use. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced 6 new artist edition Wireless Mobile Mice. This device features a snap-in nano USB transceiver, BlueTrack Technology and a two-color battery light indicator. These new mice will be available soon for the estimated retail price of $29.95 at the Microsoft Store and various other retailers. Today we are announcing new Artist Editions of the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 featuring 6 unique designs by artists Dana McClure, Deanne Cheuk, Kustaa Saksi, Matt Lyon, Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Si Scott. These new mice are a great accessory for your Windows PC or tablet and allow you to further personalize and enhance your computing experience. Source: Windows Blog ...

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Microsoft is working on Windows 8.1 which will optimize the Windows 8 experience on 8 inch devices. It was earlier reported that Microsoft is working on no.of OEM partners on 8 inch Windows devices. Acer Iconia W3 is a new device which got leaked today comes with Windows 8 with 8-inch display. It will come with 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 CPU and 2GB of RAM, front and rear cameras and microSDHC slot. As you can see in the image above, it will come with accessories like a tiny keyboard dock and a cover that doubles as a kickstand. Source:  Minimachines.net  via: Engadget ...

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Recently a Windows Blue update build got leaked online. The leaked Windows 8 Build 9374 has revealed some new changes which we have not seen before. Also, a discovery on internal code by Windows4live has revealed that Microsoft is working on Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows RT 8.1 Preview and Windows Server 2012 r2. Microsoft is expected to release the preview versions of Windows 8.1 in June during BUILD conference and public release later this year during holiday season. via: Windows4live ...

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Microsoft today announced about a new campaign in US that will help consumers know about online privacy. Privacy is becoming more and more important these days as app developers and ad companies are now focusing on getting users data for ad targeting and other purposes with out user’s consent. To that end, today we are launching a new consumer awareness campaign focused on online privacy, with resources at www.Microsoft.com/YourPrivacy. We want to help people learn more about the tools and technologies Microsoft provides that give them have greater control over personal information as they browse the web and use their favorite Microsoft devices. As part of this, we’re also launching an advertising campaign to kick start awareness and conversation.   Source: Windows Blog ...

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Acer is planning to release a new laptop/convertible form factor on May 3rd. Acer’s is claiming to be a  new innovative notebook. They are promoting it along with the upcoming Star Trek  movie. This laptop/hybrid comes with a sliding hinge on the display lid allows the screen to be adjusted vertically, and in the end it looks like an all-in-one desktop.   ...

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We have already heard about this in the past that Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8/RT codenamed Blue which will bring back the Start Menu and boot to desktop option. Today, The Verge reported that their sources confirmed the same. The new Start Button will simply act as an shortcut which when clicked will display the new Start Menu. Also they confirmed the book to desktop option which will let users boot their PCs directly to old desktop screen. Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft maintained its position as No.1 game console in March with Xbox 360 U.S. Xbox 360 sold more units than any other console and emerged out as the best-selling console for 27th consecutive month. March highlights from The NPD Group include: · Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform reached $402 million, (hardware, software and accessories), the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of March, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “Bioshock Infinite,” “NBA 2K13,” “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Tomb Raider,” “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Source: Microsoft ...

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We have seen multiple reports in the past that Microsoft is working on optimizing Windows RT/8 for small screen devices with upcoming Blue update. Microsoft confirmed it today at Microsoft’s quarterly conference call with investors. Current CFO Peter Klein announced that Microsoft is working with PC OEMs to develop smaller Windows 8 touchscreens devices. And these devices are expected to be launched in the near future. Are you ready for 7-8inch Windows based e-reader/media consumption device? I think Microsoft badly need those category of devices to compete with Apple iPad Mini and other products. Source: Microsoft ...

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REDMOND, Wash. — Apr. 18, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced quarterly revenue of $20.49 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $7.61 billion, $6.06 billion, and $0.72 per share. These financial results reflect the net recognition of revenue related to the Windows Upgrade Offer, Office Upgrade Offer and Pre-Sales, and the Entertainment and Devices Division Video Game Deferral, partially offset by the European Commission fine. The following table reconciles these financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to non-GAAP financial results. We have provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company’s performance.           Download:          Web   “The bold bets we made on cloud services are paying off as people increasingly choose Microsoft services including Office 365, Windows Azure, Xbox LIVE, and Skype,” said Steve Ballmer, chief ...

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Few day back, a new Windows Blue build 9369 got leaked on the web. It revealed some interesting features such as improved web search experience, search suggestions from the web, modern UI file manager, etc,. Now, another hidden feature was revealed which can be enabled by tweaking the registry. The new Search experience powered by Bing reveals new UX which you can see in the video above. If you have Windows Blue Build running, read instructions to enable it manually: http://bit.ly/176iDoC or download .reg files, http://bit.ly/13qwxU0. via: youtube ...

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