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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft today announced the record sales of its Halo 4 game which was exclusively released on Xbox 360 last week. Halo 4 sales across the world was over $220 million in first 24 hours. It is on track to reach $300 million in first week. This is a record sales for a Halo franchise release. Here is the more stats and comparison on the same, In a year when Hollywood is rolling out its biggest blockbusters, one video game has eclipsed them all. “Halo 4” is on track to reach $300 million in global sales in the first week, making it the biggest “Halo” launch in history and the biggest entertainment launch of the year to date. In the first 24 hours of its release, “Halo 4” garnered more than $220 million worldwide, eclipsing the record for the biggest day-one opening in U.S. box office history, “Harry Potter and the ...

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Vimeo, one of the famous video sharing site on the web has released their Windows 8 app in Windows Store. One strange thing is that, there are several identical Vimeo apps differentiated only be their names. There are apps such as Vimeo for Samsung, Vimeo for Dell, etc,. Description: The Vimeo app for Windows 8 brings the incredible online video content from Vimeo to Microsoft’s fast and fluid Metro user experience. Upload and watch your videos on Vimeo, browse our expertly curated featured channels, watch user videos, share video links to other apps, and even project content to any connected external devices via our PlayTo integration. Features: •Upload your videos to Vimeo •Browse Vimeo featured channels •Search for your favorite videos Download the app for free from Windows Store here.  ...

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  Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commenting about initial Surface sales from a French news website. Many tech blogs reported about the same and Microsoft has now responded to this to Pocketnow which you can read below, “When asked about Surface, Steve’s use of the term “modest” was in relation to the company’s approach in ramping up supply and distribution of Surface with Windows RT, which has only been available via our online store and certain Microsoft retail stores in the U.S.  While our approach has been modest, Steve notes the reception to the device has been “fantastic” which is why he also stated that “soon, it will be available in more countries and in more stores.” I think we will come to know about the exact Surface sales after the next quarterly earnings announcement from Microsoft. What do you think? Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft CEO ...

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Last month Microsoft announced that a preview version of Internet Explorer 1o is coming to Windows 7 in November. In an event held at China, Roger Capriotti, Director of Product Marketing for Internet Explorer announced that preview version of Internet Explorer 1o for Windows 7  will be available for download tomorrow. This will be a huge boost for Internet Explorer market share which is on a downward spiral for sometime. Also the new IE10 will be the default and only browser for Metro mode in WIndows 8. Source: iFanr via: Liveside ...

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Microsoft Bing team today blogged about some stats regarding the traffic on Bing and MSN on Election Day in US. ComScore revealed that almost 32 million people visited Bing and MSN to say informed on Election Day, with over 308 million pages viewed. More on the Bing/MSN traffic from ComScore, While TV has long been the dominant medium for election coverage, our data also revealed that a significant audience was also looking for a second screen experience on election night.  In fact, almost 8 million people visited Bing and MSN during the primetime broadcast hours of 8-11 PM ET on election night, which matched CBS and beat Fox (4.9 million) and MSNBC (4.7 million)**. People visiting Bing peaked at 11 PM ET on Election Day followed by the second most visited time period of 12 PM ET the following day. Election related searches on Bing increased 300% on Election Day. ...

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Microsoft has posted two new Windows 8 ads on their YouTube page. In the above ad, Up and coming artist “Now, Now” shared a slice of their adventures through Windows 8. In the below ad, Microsoft is promoting Windows 8 through Angry Birds Star Wars. Angry Birds Star Wars now available on Windows 8. Download it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox 360 leads the US console market for 22nd consecutive month. It held 56% of the total console sales. Following are the highlights, · Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in October, more units than any other console, and held 56 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. This marks the 20th consecutive month that Xbox 360 has held more than a 40 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $315 million. Consumers spent more on Xbox 360 products in October than they spent on the other two current-generation consoles combined. · During the month of October, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: “NBA 2K13,” “Medal of Honor Warfighter,” “Resident Evil 6,” Dishonored,” “Madden NFL 13” and “Borderlands 2” Xbox ...

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SkyDrive team today announced the availability of the Surveys feature in Excel Web app in Microsoft SkyDrive. Click the Create button in SkyDrive, and then choose Excel survey. You can create questions and share the Survey with your target groups. The Survey creator can look into the items people entered and analyse them in Excel web app or even open it in desktop Excel for more powerful analysis. Are you going to start using Excel Surveys feature instead of Google Docs? Source: SkyDrive team blog ...

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Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer gave a demonstration in Tianjin, China at Microsoft Research Asia’s 21st Century Computing event. He discussed about the Speech recognition in computing and the recent breakthrough Microsoft has in it. Until recently though, even the best speech systems still had word error rates of 20-25% on arbitrary speech. Just over two years ago, researchers at Microsoft Research and the University of Toronto made another breakthrough. By using a technique called Deep Neural Networks, which is patterned after human brain behaviour, researchers were able to train more discriminative and better speech recognizers than previous methods. During my October 25 presentation in China, I had the opportunity to showcase the latest results of this work. We have been able to reduce the word error rate for speech by over 30% compared to previous methods. This means that rather than having one word in 4 or 5 ...

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Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. new entertainment franchise collaboration Angry Birds Star Wars is now available in Windows Store. Game Description: JOIN THE ANGRY BIRDS IN THEIR BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers! Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help! Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll ...

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Citrix has released its Receiver app for Windows 8 devices today. They released their preview version back in September and the final release is now in Windows Store today. Description: Specific configurations are required for this release; please ask your IT department how to get started. Citrix Receiver lets you access your enterprise files, applications, and desktops to help you be as productive on the go as you are in the office. If your company uses Citrix, you have the freedom to work on your favorite device from wherever you are. What you can do with Citrix Receiver : Experience simple, consistent, and delightful file and app access from all of your devices For more information about Citrix Receiver, visit http://citrix.com/receiver. Features: Securely deliver virtual desktops and enterprise apps Work anywhere, on any Windows 8 device Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Few days back, WMPoweruser reported about a mysterious ZTE Windows Phone device with 5.9inch screen. Many doubted whether Windows Phone 8 can scale to such high resolutions with app compatibility. Now, we have another rumor from @MS_Nerd about this matter. It seems Microsoft is working on two fronts in bringing Windows based device with screen sizes ranging from 5-inch to less than 10-inch. These 7-inch device is expected to have stylus support and include IE and Reader as well. @MS_Nerd: ZTE Blade 8: WP8 counts 3 pixels as 2. MSFT adding stylus support in OneNote, IE & Reader. Figuring out how to reach 7″ size with WP or RT. Another project with select members of Surface & Nook teams, using RT on a 8.4″ screen exploring it from the other side, no stylus yet. What do you think? You prefer Windows Phone OS on 7-inch or Windows RT on 7-inch? ...

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Office Depot retail store in US has released their official app for Windows Store. Description: Find a store near you and check out the weekly deals offered at that store, or scroll through a list of stores in your area and view weekly deal offers for each. Features: •Locate near stores. •Browse store weekly deals. •View deals and product descriptions. •Share deals and products with your friends. •Search for available deals. Source: Windows Store ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 7, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. announced today that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android tablets. The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality video-recording devices. exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between electronic devices. exFAT vastly improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by more than five times. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. “Today’s agreements demonstrate the continued success of our licensing program and highlight the adoption of exFAT across multiple industries ...

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We all know that Office for iOS and Android devices is coming next year, but Microsoft didn’t provide any details on it. Today, The Verge posted the above screenshots showing Microsoft Office experience on iOS device. Office Mobile for iOS and Android will come as free apps that allows you to view Microsoft Office documents. If you need edit functionality, you can enable it with an Office 365 subscription. Enterprise organizations can distribute codes to enable Office editing for users through Office 365 service. Source: The Verge ...

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Research firm Gartner yesterday released a report on consumerization of IT. Gartner predicted that 821 million smart devices (smartphones and tablets) will be purchased worldwide in 2012 and it will reach billion mark in 2013. Gartner said the following regarding Windows 8 in businesses by 2016, In the business market, Windows 8 will take the No. 3 position in the tablet market behind Apple and Android by 2016, with interest coming more from businesses than consumers. Tablets and convertibles will be the way into businesses for Windows 8. Gartner estimates that the share of Windows 8 tablets and ultramobiles in businesses will reach 39 percent in 2016. Even though 39% market share for Windows 8 is highly possible, I didn’t under their maths quite well. They are saying Windows 8 will take No.3 position in tablet market, but will hold 39% marketshare?? How it is possible? Source: Gartner ...

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