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As Windows 8 launch is getting closer, we are going to be amazed by the different form factors PC OEMs are going to reveal. Microsoft showcased its Windows 8 product called Surface which will come in both ARM and x86 versions. Samsung teased us with a video and their products will be announced at IFA, Berlin. Now Pocketnow has posted photos of upcoming Windows 8 based Sony Convertible tabled called Viao Duo 11. The device looks sexy and but we have no details on the specs of the device. It supports stylus as well. Hopefully Sony will reveal their Windows 8 products soon! Source: Pocketnow ...

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Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing its new hardware series called Surface. Now, they surprised everyone by starting marketing of the device so early. Microsoft Surface graffiti was spotted in corner of North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue and other places in New York. It seems Microsoft is so serious about Surface family of PCs and a clear marketing message will definitely drive more sales. What do you think of these adverts? via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced “Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE,” a digital hub for Xbox 360 owners to watch and interact with live election coverage of the presidential debates, learn the facts about the candidates and issues from Face the Facts USA, register to vote through Rock the Vote, and participate in live daily polling from YouGov. Microsoft has also partnered with NBCNews.com to deliver daily election programming to keep users up-to-date on the latest news and analysis about the election and the candidates. Xbox LIVE uses will be able to experience this from Monday, Aug. 27. Source: Microsoft   ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Fresh Paint in Windows Store for Windows 8 devices. Fresh Paint is not just another painting app on a touch device, its a delightfully real and fun painting app! The real feel of drawing on a paper, mixing oil paints, using the color mix for painting, and many more truly unique to this app. This apps seems to be built from the Microsoft Research Project called Gustav. Features: Discover delightfully real paint that behaves like real paint where it should and better than real where you need it. Blend and mix colors to get just the look you want Help your kids be creative and explore their imagination Experience real painting and be creative without the mess and costly supplies Relax and enjoy yourself. There is nothing to learn because you already know how to use it Zoom in to see strikingly realistic details. Only Fresh Paint ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the integration of Quora data in Bing Social Search results. Since last spring, Microsoft has been adding more services to improve the social search results. Now with Quora, you’ll see top answers and posts on a variety of topics — from Movies to Politics. Bing users in the U.S. will begin to see top Quora contributors in the Bing sidebar. You can hover over their name to learn more, and click to go directly to the answers they have shared, bringing the wealth of shared knowledge on Quora to Bing users. Read more in the source link below. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced a permanent price drop on Kinect sensor for Xbox. The new reduced price will be $109.99 in US. There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold. On October 4, the Kinect sensor will be available for a permanently reduced price in Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft also specifically mentioned that there will be no price drops in EMEA and Japan regions. With the sales of the whole gaming industry in general is falling down, price drops of this kind should boost sales to some level. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Press Release: Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is working with Microsoft to create a Windows To Go-compatible USB Flash drive. Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that enables enterprises to provision a full corporate desktop on an external USB drive, enabling users to boot and operate from multiple PCs. This new drive is a unique external USB 3.0 device capable of SSD-like performance and achieves all Windows 8 certification requirements. “We are excited to have Kingston as an associate on Windows To Go. Our joint innovation will further enable mobile work styles. Kingston’s DataTraveler Workspace will give our customers the performance and endurance required to deliver a great experience when running Windows 8 Enterprise from a USB drive” The Kingston® DataTraveler® Workspace USB Flash drive, to be released ...

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Windows 8 will go on sale from Oct-26th through retail stores and OEM devices. According to The Verge, Windows 8 Pro will be priced at $199 after a promotional price of $69.99 expires on January 31st 2013 in retail stores. Previously Microsoft has announced that consumers will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 from their existing Windows Vista, Windows 7 PCs by buying Windows 8 on a price of $39.99. Are you going to buy Windows 8 in retail or buying a new Windows 8 PC? Source: The Verge ...

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At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the touchpad support that will be part of Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft worked with major PC OEMs to provide a new touchpad experience that incorporates new Windows 8 gestures. Microsoft collaborated with touchpad component vendors and have incorporated native support in firmware to deliver great gesture recognition. You can see the touch gestures that will be natively supported in Windows 8 PCs in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the work it has been doing with PC OEMs for building next generation Windows 8 and Windows RT based devices. Microsoft also announced that we can expect ARM-based PC designs from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung running Windows RT this year. Also Microsoft said that all of these Windows RT PCs will have consistent fast and fluidtouch interactions, long battery life, connected standby, and are beautiful, thin, and light designs. Microsoft also said that you can expect 8 hours to 13 hours of scenario run time of HD Video Playback on Windows RT machines. Also the new Connected Standby mode allows your Windows RT PCs to stay connected to network in low power mode. Read more at Windows 8 blog.   ...

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Microsoft Bing Fund team today announced the first two startups that will be part of this new program. The two startups are Buddy Platform and Pinion Tech. Buddy, based in Kirkland, Washington, provides a fully hosted and managed toolset of web services for application development, plus rich analytics about application usage. The Buddy Platform considerably reduces the amount of time mobile and web application developers spend writing, testing, and managing server-side code. Its cross-platform APIs support common scenarios such as user accounts, friends and group lists, messaging and chat, geo-location services, photo albums, metadata, gaming, push notifications and crash reporting. Located in Bellevue, Pinion originally hails from Australia. Pinion’s mission is to support the online gaming ecosystem, helping gaming communities worldwide generate revenue by placing gamer-targeted interactive advertising on their servers. More than 300 gaming communities are already part of the Pinion family, and major advertisers have included Sony, XBOX, McDonald’s, ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming commenting system in Office Web Apps. You can now share your document from your desktop on SkyDrive and allow anyone to add comments directly to the document. They just need a browser to do that and all the comments people make are stored along with the document. So when you download it to your desktop again and open it, all your comments will be right there. You can now even reply to any comments. Read more about it at the source link below. You can try  out this stuff by joining the preview.   Source: Office Blog   ...

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Pulse, one of the famous news reader apps available across multiple mobile platforms today launched their web version. Microsoft worked with the Pulse team to optimize their new web experience on IE10. The end result is kind of amazing that really showcases the power of the web. The whole site is hardware accelerated with support for touch gestures as well. Pinching the Pulse home screen will result in the entire page resizing fluidly to add content. A “stick-to-your-finger” experience with every swipe, loading the next news article in the queue. Additionally, on touch PCs and tablets, IE10 allows a two finger side-swipe to bring your reading pane into view, giving Pulse users an easy and fluid access to the content they care about (something their app doesn’t even do). Read more about it here and here.  Also check out their interview with Robert Scoble in which they share their experience about ...

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Press Release: Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 Debuts premier table built for professionals and designed for life RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AUGUST 9, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled its first tablet specifically designed for Windows 8, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The multi-use tablet boasts differentiators that matter, including an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, along with security features like a Fingerprint Reader, IT manageability technologies, and corporate-level service and support. “Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit. “Our new ThinkPad Tablet 2 marries incredible hardware and software to give consumers a great device for office, home or travel while also offering companies and IT managers the oversight they need ...

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Microsoft Word 2013 team today detailed the new Reading Mode experience in upcoming version of Office. The team had following in mind before designing this new experience, Incorporate the goodness from traditional paper reading Embrace technology where it improves the experience Keep a laser focus on the core scenario Several new features such as custom page colors, options for new layout, Resume Reading, Reading Indicator an more are added in this version of Word. Read more at Office blog. ...

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Microsoft today announced the new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are still part of the Windows Live Essentials suite which also included Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail and SkyDrive (Replaces Live Mesh). The new Movie Maker and Photo Gallery includes some key improvements which are described below. Movie Maker: Video Stabilization: Sometimes the video we take is just little too shaky; especially as we take more and more videos using our phones and smaller video cameras. Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out your wobbly videos. Just select the shaky video and choose from a variety Video stabilization options and Movie Maker will smooth it out. Music: The one thing that can really make a difference in a movie is the soundtrack. But it can be ...

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