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Microsoft Bing today announced the new improved Image search experience. Microsoft updated its Bing Image search experience with new look few months back and now they are improving it even further. The new design brings a new image viewer that allows you to browse images with fast and ease in a clean UI. We completely redesigned the image viewer, putting the spotlight on the picture and stripping out anything that got in the way. We “dimmed the lights” around the photo, adding a darker look that makes it easier on the eyes and lets your results shine in high definition. We even introduced full-screen mode: just click “View larger” to give it a try. We know that one picture isn’t always enough. With the new design, we’ve made it easier than ever to browse through your results, with the introduction of larger filmstrip at the bottom of the screen. You ...

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In post-trial filings that was made public after the final arguments between Microsoft and Motorola in the Western District of Washington federal court, the license amount Microsoft is willing to pay Motorola got revealed. Both Microsoft and Motorola argued on court regarding how much Microsoft must pay Motorola for use of two of its standard, essential patents used in its products. Microsoft argued that it should pay no more than $502,000 per year for Motorola’s H.264 video compression patent, and no more than $736,000 per year for Motorola’s 802.11 wi-fi technology. Motorola on the other hand is arguing that Microsoft should pay 2.25 percent of the end product pricing which will lead to $100-  $125 million per year as license fees. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Xbox LIVE app and SmartGlass experience called Sports Picks. Sports Picks app will let you make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for the leaderboard, etc,. With the Sports Picks SmartGlass experience, you can enjoy all these on your tablet or smartphone. Now on Xbox, sports fans have a whole new way to connect with fellow fans and compete on Xbox LIVE with the new Sports Picks app. You can make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for domination of the leaderboard. With the Sports Picks app, we’ve also added a new experience for Xbox SmartGlass, so you can do all of this on your tablet or phone without missing a beat of the game on your TV through Xbox 360. For those of you planning to take in a live sporting event from ESPN or catch the replay of last night’s ...

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Windows blog today shared info about their latest Windows 8 customer, Toyota Racing Development. TRD has been developing racing software for teams to analyze information to improve performance and win races. Instead of old school Linux laptops,TRD worked with Microsoft to develop their apps based on Windows 8 which can be used on variety of form factors such as tablets, Ultrabooks, etc,. TRD’s Trackside App TRD’s Trackside app, running on Windows 8-powered tablets, helps deliver efficient trackside information exchanges at the track and improves the speed and accuracy of communications between the race car driver and racing team crew chief. Instead of fumbling around with a heavy laptop like most teams, drivers with teams such as RAB Racing with Brack Maggard are using TRD’s Trackside app to compare times and performance against the track layout with the tap of a finger, allowing them to immediately see where they have to ...

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According to Australian Financial Review, Dell’s vice chairman and president of its PC business, Jeffrey Clarke have told Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer not to name Windows on ARM as Windows RT. Clarke’s argument was an obvious one, he thought the name Windows RT would confuse consumers. Consumers will think that Windows RT supports their traditional Windows applications but it is not the case. Steve Ballmer responded to him that Windows brand was too important not to be used in the new name. Neil Hand, the vice president in charge of Dell’s tablet business was more optimistic about Microsoft’s naming strategy. He said the following, “Making sure we educate the market place on the differences was going to be a necessary action no matter what,” Hand said. “Just calling it something different is not going to solve the problem. Source: Financial Review via: CNET ...

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Microsoft today posted a guide for businesses to choose their right Windows 8 devices. Windows 8 devices ranges from highly powered Intel Corei series processors to ARM based devices. Microsoft recommends each of those device for certain categories. Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors.These are typically higher-powered tablets offering notebook-like performance and larger amounts of memory, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise operating systems using familiar x86/x64 processors from Intel and AMD. These can run existing desktop apps, as well as new Windows Store apps and new Windows line-of-business apps. These tablets can be a full PC replacement for business customers as they are able to run any workload that people require. Windows 8 tablets with Intel Atom processors. These use system-on-chip (SoC) designs to achieve greater mobility through their lightweight design and long battery life. They support 32-bit Windows 8 Pro and ...

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Microsoft and Motorola are fighting against each other on patent cases in various courts. Microsoft and Motorola have asked the federal court judge in Western District of Washington to keep certain parts of their post-trial submissions as private. Since the submission details involves Motorola’s licenses with third parties and Microsoft’s business and marketing plans for future products, those details will be kept as secret. “For the same compelling reasons that the court sealed this evidence for purposes of trial, it would be consistent and appropriate to take the same approach in connection with the parties’ post-trial submissions,” the two companies argued in the court filing. Source: Reuters ...

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Some Hotmail/Outlook.com users are experiencing difficulties in syncing their accounts with Outlook 2013. When they try to sync their account using Exchange ActiveSync, “There are too many devices syncing with this account.  To sync using Outlook, try removing another device that is connected with this account such as a phone or another computer.” error message is shown to them. Microsoft is taking individual account holders information and fixing this issue. Read their complete response below. If you are experiencing the device limit error when connecting Outlook 2013 to your Hotmail, Outlook.com, or Windows Live accounts, please respond on this thread requesting assistance. Let us know the affected email account (Hotmail/ Outlook.com/ Microsoft account) as well. Once we have your email account, we would be deleting the deltasych relationship of your email account with the devices you’ve attached to it. This would be done in the backend, however you will need ...

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Few days back Microsoft responded to the vulnerability that will allow your browsing activity on IE be recorded even if you are not on the particular website saying that they are investigating the issue. They also told that there are no reports of active exploits or customers that have been adversely affected. Spider.io has responded to Microsoft’s response as follows, Two clarifications There are two other points in Microsoft’s post which we believe are important to clarify. Firstly, the post includes an ambiguous sentence: “There are similar capabilities available in other browsers.” It is important to clarify that other browsers do not leak mouse-cursor position outside of the browser window in the way that Internet Explorer does. Secondly, it has been suggested that exploitation of the vulnerability to compromise login details and other confidential information is “theoretical”, “hard to imagine” and would require “serving an ad to a site that asks for ...

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Today Microsoft Bing team announced that the social sidebar feature will be made available to iPad users soon. A new streamlined design for our social sidebar feature making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, blogged or tweeted about. In a glance you can now see what friends, experts and enthusiasts have shared on leading networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Klout related to what you’re searching for. The new sidebar will start appearing on search pages from Bing and the design will adapt to landscape or portrait modes automatically. Read more about it here.       ...

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Microsoft has updated a set of Bing powered apps that are coming pre-installed in Windows 8 machines. Bing apps that got updated today includes News, Weather, Sports, Finance and Travel. All these apps has got new features and several performance improvements. Here is the change log for all of them, Travel New destination content from Lonely Planet Points of interest reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor Saved flight and hotel searches for easy access Faster display of flight and hotel search results Easier filtering of flight results for departure and arrival times Enhancements to destination weather and currency information, with linking to Weather and Finance apps Sports New Soccer Leagues UK League 1 UK League 2 Bundesliga 2 FR Ligue 2 Dutch Eredivisie Argentina Primera División Portugal Primeira League Australian A league Content from additional partners Finance Improved navigation Content from additional partners Featured partner content Additional exchanges enabled Videos Improved ...

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In her first interview to MIT Technology Review after becoming the head of Windows Product group at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green discussed about Windows 8, iPad, Steven Sinofsky and more. On iPad and Android, Did you take that approach in Windows 8 as a response to the popularity of mobile devices running iOS and Android? We started planning Windows 8 in June of 2009, before we shipped Windows 7, and the iPad was only a rumor at that point. I only saw the iPad after we had this design ready to go. We were excited. A lot of things they were doing about mobile and touch were similar to what we’d been thinking. We [also] had differences. We wanted not just static icons on the desktop but Live Tiles to be a dashboard for your life; we wanted you to be able to do things in context and share across apps; ...

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  Microsoft today announced that Windows Live Mesh will be officially retired on Feb 13, 2013. Live Mesh was started as an ambitious project by Microsoft as their cloud desktop under the guidance of former executive Ray Ozzie. However it lost its way competing with internal teams such as Windows. Later, Microsoft rebranded Live Mesh as Windows Live Mesh and removed some features to integrate it with SkyDrive. And now Microsoft has announced the end of this project. With the significant investments in bringing the DNA of Mesh together with SkyDrive, there are now over 200 million people that have used SkyDrive, and more and more are making the move every day. So while Windows Live Mesh was at one point used by a few million people, most have made the move and there are now less than 25,000 active users of Windows Live Mesh. As a result, we’re announcing today ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the new v1.1 of Bing Desktop app. This new app brings support for Windows 8 devices and support for 4 additional languages such as French, German, Chinese and Japanese. Along with the above, Bing Desktop v1.1 brings features such as the below, With Bing Desktop v1.1, you can also go back through the prior 9 days of images to set a favorite image as the Windows Desktop Background again, or view images from days you were away from the computer. Bing Desktop also provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon, or the Bing tile on your Windows 8 Start screen, and the search bar will automatically appear at the front of the screen. Type in a search term or phrase using the autosuggest keywords or your search history, and the search results will appear in ...

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Few Microsoft Surface units which were sold initially came with faulty Touch keyboards and Microsoft replaced them for their customers. It seems few other devices are now facing faulty magnetic systems. As you can see in the video above, when keyboard is attached to the tablet, the tape along with magnets on the tablet gets attached to the keyboard due to the weak tape/strong magnet in the Surface unit. As expected, Microsoft Support is replacing the faulty devices with new ones. So if your Surface faced similar issue, its time to call the Microsoft Support team. Thanks Steve for the heads up. Source: Microsoft Surface forums ...

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According to a Microsoft Security researcher, a newly discovered  vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer compromises the security of virtual keyboards and virtual keypads. This vulnerability will allow your browsing activity on IE be recorded even if you are not on the particular website. Microsoft responded to this issue to TNW as follows, “We are currently investigating this issue, but to date there are no reports of active exploits or customers that have been adversely affected,”. “We will provide additional information as it becomes available and will take the appropriate action to protect our customers.” Hopefully, Microsoft will fix this flaw soon. via: TNW  ...

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