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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Game pre-loading was one of the very few features that was available on Sony PS4 over Xbox One. Last, week Microsoft announced that game pre-loading starting this September. Xbox One pre-order and pre-loading will also be available for FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon in the coming months. This will allow gamers to buy their favorite games before their release and start playing the games the moment they are released. Today, Microsoft revealed that Madden NFL 15 is now available for pre-loading and you can download it today. XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 29/08/2014. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 AM BST ON THE RELEASE DATE. NO REFUNDS ON OR AFTER RELEASE DATE. Once purchase is complete, download this game by selecting the “Manage” button on the product details page on your console. To get 10% off your purchase ...

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Microsoft today announced previews of new Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. They also announced the general availability of Azure HDInsight, our Hadoop-based solution for the cloud, now supports Apache HBase clusters. Azure DocumentDB is the main announcement here. It’s a NoSQL document database-as-a-service that provides the benefits of a NoSQL document database but also adds the query processing and transaction semantics common to relational database systems. Built for the cloud, Azure DocumentDB natively supports JSON documents enabling easy object mapping and iteration of data models for application development. Azure DocumentDB offers programming libraries for several popular languages and platforms, including.Net, Node.js, JavaScript, and Python. We will be contributing the client libraries to the open source community, so they can incorporate improvements into the versions published on Azure.com. Second new thing announced today is ...

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Microsoft today released a major redesign and content overhaul for Office Dev Center, which is a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. Microsoft’s focus is to make this site speak to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. Also, both upcoming Microsoft and third party events as well as the previous events are now listed on the Events page. Developers also wanted easier access to key sample code and apps that would make the development process easier. Training resources are key components of ramping and engaging developers, which were scattered across various properties—but are now centralized on the Office Dev Center. Finally, nothing brings developers together and drives engagement and involvement than community resources, forums and discussions. The Office 365 developer community is a thriving and growing one—holding discussions on StackOverflow and the ...

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Apart from the lack of key apps, Microsoft’s Windows Store faces another key issue of having fake apps in the Store. For example, searching for VLC will give you the above search results page, out of which only one is the official app. Others are just spam apps with no real content and offers no value to the users downloading it. How-To Geek’s  did an investigation of this issue, “Within half an hour we managed to find fake paid versions of Adobe Flash Player, Firefox, Pandora, IMDB, Candy Crush Saga, Wechat, WhatsApp, uTorrent, Picasa, Bluestacks, Minecraft, Spotify, Google Hangouts, Picasa, Clash of Clans, Blender 3D, and a lot more.” These are all apps that are supposed to be free (and if you go to the Windows Store now you can try this experiment for yourself). Microsoft responded to this issue with the following statement, We strive to make the Windows Store ...

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Microsoft today released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview which includes more than 200 improvements to the core SDK. It also includes Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. The updated SDK also includes substantial improvements in the tooling, specifically around Visual Gesture Builder (VGB) and Kinect Studio, and it offers 10 new samples (such as Discrete Gestures Basics, Face, and HD Face Basics) to get you coding faster. All of this adds up to a substantially more stable, more feature-rich product that lets you to get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. As you already know the SDK is free and there will be no fees ...

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Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft is planning to preview Windows 9 in a press event on September 30th. Last week, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, •Charms bar will work differently ...

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Microsoft last month officially announced that Xbox One will go on sale in China on September 23rd. The launch lineup of games was also revealed. The console is priced at ¥3,699 RMB. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV revealed that more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles. Now, Chinese Government has approved the sale of 5 million Xbox One units, opening the way for Microsoft to make a big splash in the country’s emerging console sector. This number was revealed by BesTV in a Tuesday earnings statement. Although China often censors gaming content to weed out excessive violence, the approval of 5 million Xbox One units signals that the country’s government is still giving ample room for actual device sales. BesTV, a provider of Internet television services, is confident the Xbox ...

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With Xbox Live Gold subscription, you get free games every month, the multiplayer gaming, exclusive member discounts up to 75% on games in the Xbox Store and more. Microsoft is planning to add one more benefit to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Few Xbox beta testers noticed that this new feature named ‘Free Game Day’ allows users to try select games for 24 hours, giving them a chance to preview games before making a purchase. Read the full list of Xbox Live Gold features below. The most advanced multiplayer: Play games like Titanfall™ and Halo with your friends on a network powered by over 300,000 servers for maximum performance. Cloud-hosted multiplayer helps eliminate lag and cheating. And on Xbox One, find new challengers who fit your skill and style with Smart Match.* Find the perfect match: Smart Match on Xbox One finds you new challengers who fit your skill and style, ...

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Opera today announced that their Opera Mini will become the default web browser for Microsoft’s existing feature phones and Asha phones portfolio, Opera Software today announced. This includes mobile devices based on the Series 30+, Series 40 and Asha software platforms. Microsoft is planning to send notifications to existing Xpress browser users and they will be encouraged to upgrade to the latest Opera Mini browser. Factory-new devices will have Opera Mini pre-installed. “We continue to sell and support classic first and feature phones as well as the Asha range, which have performed well with millions of people who want new mobile experiences at lower price points,” said Rich Bernardo, head of legacy business, Phones, Microsoft. “The agreement with Opera will enable us to provide continuity of service as we transition from Xpress Browser to Opera Mini.” “This is a great opportunity to spread the benefits of Opera Mini to millions ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have crossed the 100-city mark for both their Streetside imagery and our 3D cities on Bing Maps. Find the list of new cities and their details below. You can see Streetside imagery in both Bing Maps and the Bing Maps Preview app exclusively available on Windows 8.1. With this release, Streetside passes 100 cities and the count of close-up views of your favorite places keeps growing. Also, over 125 highly detailed 3D cities viewable through the Bing Maps Preview app available exclusively on Windows 8.1. New high-resolution aerial imagery The world is a big place, and you can now get a fresh look at over five million square kilometers of it. New high-resolution imagery is available on Bing Maps in over 150 countries on every continent in the world. Using a variety of sources from aircraft-mounted UltraCam Osprey cameras to satellite imagery from our partner ...

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The WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe. WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. The WorldWide Telescope experience scales from a web browser all the way to multi-channel full dome in some of the world’s most advanced planetariums. About 10 months ago, China’s first planetarium driven by the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) was launched at the Shixinlu primary school which enabled students not only to see and study the stars and the universe in an immersive planetarium setting, but it also has allowed them to create their own tours of the heavens and have them displayed on the ...

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Early this year, Microsoft indirectly reduced the price of Xbox One in the available markets. They did it in the name of celebrating the launch of “Titanfall”, and they wanted more people to join on day one for “Titanfall” on Xbox One. So, based on this special, limited time offer, the Xbox One “Titanfall” Bundle was made available starting March 11 for $499.99 at select retailers. This bundle included the following, Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall” Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor Standard Xbox One wireless controller Standard Xbox One Chat Headset One month Xbox Live Gold membership Basically, you get the Titanfall game for free when you buy Xbox One console. Answering to a question on Twitter, Phil Spencer revealed that Microsoft is not planning to release any Xbox One Titanfall bundle without Kinect. @Shane_Stocks Titanfall bundle is done. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 19, 2014 You can ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual F# Tools 3.1.2 which includes updates to the Visual F# compiler and F# IDE tooling for Visual Studio. Microsoft is continuing to expand .NET portable library support in Visual F#, with this release you can find F# project templates, along with compiler and runtime support, for two additional portable profiles: Profile 78 (.NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8, Windows Phone Silverlight 8) Profile 259 (.NET Framework 4.5, Silverlight 5, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1) Some other new features in this release, Non-locking assembly references in FSI F# developers love the quick-iteration development workflow enabled by F# Interactive – “edit-compile-test” is more or less distilled to “edit-test” – and tend to dislike anything that slows them down. Those errors should no longer be an issue. F# Interactive now supports non-locking #r references via shadow copy. Support for Publish in web and Azure projects If you are using ...

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In a recent email promotion sent to consumers, HP is promoting its PCs with the line “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” Also, several Windows 7 PCs are still on sale at HP’s website. This is not the first time HP was found to be actively marketing 5 year old OS. Earlier this year, HP started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs with a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand.” At the time HP clarified that they are trying to give choice to the customers, Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that’s right for them. Do ...

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Following Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela took the ALS ice bucket challenge. Watch the videos below. Phil Spencer accepts Notch’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Shuhei Yoshida from Sony, Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo and Gabe Newell from Valve to participate and raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Thanks to a challenge from Rob Bennett I got to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness and find a cure for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). I now pass this challenge along to Jeff Raikes (mentor and former boss), Ted Donato (college roommate and Harvard Hockey coach) and Amy Hood (current CFO of Microsoft and great colleague). Please visit als.org for more information. ...

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Microsoft has announced that they are dropping their membership with ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) is a lobbying group that works to advance limited government, free markets, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public. But it was recently revealed that ALEC was involved in lobbying for measures to repeal renewable energy standards, block meaningful disclosure of chemicals used in fracking and more. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding ALEC, “In 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC, With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC…we are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind.” Greenpeace senior IT policy analyst Gary ...

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