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According to a report from Digitimes based on its sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft has finished the preparation for its integrated development program (IDP) for the upcoming version of Windows. It was also reported that several OEMs including Acer, Asus and Lenovo have joined the project. Acer is also working on a device powered by Nvidia processor. Acer reportedly will also cooperate with Nvidia to develop a device using the new operating system. Instead of having its chip making partners choosing the participants of the IDP, Microsoft decided to pick the candidates itself and has welcomed most first-tier brand vendors to participate in the project. Source: Digitimes ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming Build 2013 conference. In the Build 2013 conference, Microsoft will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I’m pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference, Build 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gathering. Save the date and mark your calendar for the opening of registration next week, at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, April 2 at www.buildwindows.com. Read more about it here. ...

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Today, Reuters reported that a Spanish group called Hispalinux  is filing a case against Microsoft for making Windows 8 more secure for consumers. Hispalinux represents 8000 member open-source software users that has made a complaint against Microsoft to the European Commission. Their concern is that Microsoft’s UEFI Secure Boot system in Windows 8 is not allowing them to install Linux distros. Reuters reported the following about their complaint, In its 14-page complaint, Hispalinux said Windows 8 contained an “obstruction mechanism” called UEFI Secure Boot that controls the start-up of the computer and means users must seek keys from Microsoft to install another operating system. The group said it was “a de facto technological jail for computer booting systems … making Microsoft’s Windows platform less neutral than ever”. Now, I expect them to file a case against Apple for not allowing them to install custom Android ROM on iPhones. LOL. If you want to read about advantages of using ...

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Along with the updates for Xbox Music, People, Calendar and Mail apps, Microsoft has also released an update for Xbox Video app for Windows 8/RT devices. This update is now available for download from Windows Store. This update brings in various performance enhancements and feature updates, including the addition of Closed Captioning for most movies and TV shows. Find the update in Windows Store. ...

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Along with the updates for Mail, People and Calendar apps, Microsoft has also released an update for Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices. The new update which is now available in Windows Store has many improvements and bug fixes. Along with the performance improvements, Neowin noted the following features in the update. There’s now a separate volume control for Xbox Music, which allows users to turn down the volume of music playing on your device independently of other system volumes. The app has also received a few more settings, such as the option to have all songs added to Xbox Music available across your devices, as well as the option to add matched songs to your cloud collection. Finally, there is also a new now playing interface to have fun with. Find the update in the Windows Store. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that Judson Althoff who was previously at Oracle will now take over as its North America Sales & Marketing, and corporate vice president. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — March 25, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the appointment of Judson Althoff to the role of president, North America Sales & Marketing, and corporate vice president. Althoff will manage a team of sales, marketing and services professionals across the United States and Canada, within a division that was a significant contributor to Microsoft’s US$73 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2013. A business technology leader with more than 18 years of experience, Althoff previously served as senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels and embedded sales at Oracle Corp., where he led worldwide indirect and embedded sales. During his 14 years at Oracle, Althoff held a number of senior positions, including group vice president for worldwide alliances, ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the updates for Mail, People and Calendar apps for Windows 8/RT devices. The new update is now available in Windows Store. The new updates brings the following improvements, Mail App: Improvements has been made throughout the app. Right from performance to composing email messages. You can now add, edit, and delete hyperlinks and edit bulleted or numbered lists more easily in email messages. smart contact suggestions, support for flagging, search in server, etc,. People App: You can now navigate the People app more easily by swiping from the top (or right-clicking) to bring up the app commands. There is new navigation at the top that allows you to quickly move between your profile where you can post status updates and Tweets or see what your friends are posting on the “What’s new” feed. You can also now post to your friends’ Facebook wall. Calendar: The Calendar app got the ...

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As part of the upcoming Windows Blue update, Microsoft is working on a Modern UI version of File Manager. Windows File Manager is one of the most used desktop app to date and Microsoft is working to port it to Modern UI. The File Manager is touch friendly, with options for SkyDrive files offline access. It also lets you perform basic file operations such as rename, create folder, delete, etc, through App Bar in the bottom. via: MDL, @Angelwzr ...

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Yesterday, Windows Blue, the upcoming update for Windows 8 got leaked online. The build revealed no.of improvements and new features that will be part of this upcoming update. According to information revealed by MSFTKitchen, the Windows Blue update is coming to PCs, Tablets and Servers as well. Windows Blue (Client) Windows Server Blue Windows RT Blue Following new features are spotted in the leaked build, Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs New personalization features such as choosing from various accent colors Ability to move group of Live Tiles together Improved PC Settings Page with search and recently/most used settings SkyDrive is now part of PC Settings page where you can manage device backup, etc,. Ability to automatically upload Pictures and videos to SkyDrive based on quality. New apps – Movie Moments, Calculator, Alarm and Voice Recorder Improved Multitasking – New side-by-side snapping of upto 3 apps New Live Tile sizes ...

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Microsoft today announced the update for  Mail, Calendar, and People apps in Windows 8. These updates will be available in Windows Store starting tomorrow. Mail App: Improvements has been made throughout the app. Right from performance to composing email messages. You can now add, edit, and delete hyperlinks and edit bulleted or numbered lists more easily in email messages. smart contact suggestions, support for flagging, search in server, etc,. People App: You can now navigate the People app more easily by swiping from the top (or right-clicking) to bring up the app commands. There is new navigation at the top that allows you to quickly move between your profile where you can post status updates and Tweets or see what your friends are posting on the “What’s new” feed. You can also now post to your friends’ Facebook wall. Calendar: The Calendar app got the most visual update with easier to read UI, ...

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Samsung today updated their flagship laptop Series 9 with full HD 1080p display. They also announced ATIV Smart PC Pro With AT&T LTE. Both these laptops comes with Intel Core i5 processors, 8 hours battery life, 4GB RAM and Windows 8 Pro. Read all the details below.   Ridgefield Park, NJ – March 25, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and the 2012 market leader in tablet PCs running Windows 7 or 8 according to IDC,[1] today announced the availability of AT&T 4G LTE capability with its ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T, its latest portable Windows 8 PC. In addition, the ultra-sleek Series 9 Premium Ultrabook features a sharper, clearer screen with its LED-backlit 1920×1080 full HD display, presenting up to forty percent more content than a 1600×900 HD+ display. “With the introduction of the new professional ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T and the full HD resolution ...

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According to Metrostorescanner, a 3rd party site tracking Windows Store apps, Windows Store has now exceeded 50,000 app mark. According to that site, Windows Store has exactly 50,341 apps. Windows Store was opened last October and since then the numbers increased constantly every month to reach this level. For a comparison, Apple AppStore has about 300,000 apps optimized for iPad with all leading app names available on the platform. Windows Store has a long way to catch up with Apple AppStore both in terms of app quality and quantity. Microsoft is working to improve developer experience of Windows 8/RT with upcoming update codenamed Blue which will include no.of improvements on WinRT. Source: Metrostorescanner ...

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Another video, An early build of upcoming update for Windows 8/RT codenamed Windows Blue got leaked online today. The build revealed no.of improvements and new features that will be part of this upcoming update. Following new features are spotted in the leaked build, Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs New personalization features such as choosing from various accent colors Ability to move group of Live Tiles together Improved PC Settings Page with search and recently/most used settings SkyDrive is now part of PC Settings page where you can manage device backup, etc,. Ability to automatically upload Pictures and videos to SkyDrive based on quality. New apps – Movie Moments, Calculator, Alarm and Voice Recorder Improved Multitasking – New side-by-side snapping of upto 3 apps New Live Tile sizes – Small, Large, etc,. Ability to share your Start screen screenshot through share charm. We will update the list as it gets revealed. ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on the next release of  Windows 8 codenames Windows Blue. While a public preview of this release is expected in June, internal and partner builds of Windows Blue has started to leak online. Here are some of the screenshots leaked online which reveals new features like small live tiles, new way of personalization, improved UI, improved multi-tasking, etc,. via: Winforum ...

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Microsoft secured another win in the preliminary ruling against Google Motorola in the ongoing patent battle. An Administrative Law Judge at the United States ITC announced that Microsoft’s Xbox console doesn’t infringe Google Motorola’s U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862. The patent titled  “sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device” is the only non-standard-essential patent that Google has in this case against Microsoft. So far, Google’s purchase of Motorola for its patents for about $12.5 billion has not paid off in any way. And now Google is in a position to pay royalties to Microsoft for Android patent infringement in exchange of small royalties from Microsoft for standard essential patents related to H.264 and others. Source: FOSS Patents ...

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Microsoft Windows 8 team has released a new Avatar Prop for US Xbox consumers. This new Avatar Prop is a Microsoft Surface device running Windows 8. When enabled with this prop, your avatar will enjoy music in tablet mode and shows attaching a detachable keyboard. It also demos the kickstand available at the back of the tablet. Overall, a nice marketing stuff from Windows unit to attract Xbox consumers. I think Microsoft may enable this prop for users outside US soon. Download this exclusive Avatar prop from Windows 8 here. via: mobilitydigest ...

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