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Destiny game was made available from Xbox Store for Xbox 360, Xbox One and other platforms last week. Today, Activision reported that Destiny sold-through more than $325 million worldwide in its first five days. Also, Destiny players logged more than 100 million hours of online play by the end of the first week and participated in 137 million activities. “Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That’s on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty® games, which obviously is an industry leader,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing. “Millions of gamers are having a great time playing Destiny and can’t put down their controllers. And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with our partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences ...

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Back in March, Microsoft announced the OneNote Dev Center along with the release the new OneNote API. After listening to the feedback from developers, Microsoft today announce a refreshed OneNote Dev Center with new interactive documentation and improved site design to better find resources. In this update, you find a simple UI that lays out all the key development resources right on the homepage. We have made these resources much more discoverable and accessible. The other big change is the new interactive documentation, accessible via the api reference link. We have partnered with the nice folks from Apiary to roll out the new interactive reference documentation. Not only does the documentation has a modern look-and-feel, it also has a console built right into it so you can call the APIs from the documentation to try it out for yourself. In addition, the new interactive docs also have the ability to generate ...

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Age of Empires: Castle Siege game is now finally available for download from Windows Store for Windows tablets and PCs. Description: Age of Empires®: Castle Siege invites you to guide your empire through the Medieval Era on your Windows PC or touch screen device. Choose from one of several civilizations, including the Britons, Teutons, and Kievan Rus. Upgrade your keep, fortify your walls, and garrison defensive troops to protect yourself from marauders. Then, train an army to raid other cities, and command them in battle to dismantle your opponents’ defenses. Over the ages, you’ll research technology, live through famous battles, and recruit a variety of heroes to your side, including Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and Joan of Arc. Outsmart your attackers and outplay your victims to earn achievements and climb to the top of the leaderboards. Features: Develop your fortress through the ages, from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. ...

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of WinJS 3.0 which was announced earlier this year at BUILD developer conference. WinJS 3.0 now runs seamlessly across platforms and browsers so that developers can now use WinJS not only for Universal Windows Apps, but also for the web sites, and when building HTML-based mobile apps across various platforms using technologies like Apache Cordova. Major items we addressed in the 3.0 release includecross-platform infrastructure improvements for layout, keyboarding, string localization, and support for right-to-left languages; a comprehensive unit test suite that runs on our components for major operating systems and browsers; and design updates to the custom WinJS controls and intrinsic HTML controls ensure a consistent user experience on many platforms and browsers. WinJS offers the following, Cross-browser/cross-platform support spanning the most popular desktop and mobile browsers, as well as HTML-based app environments like Apache Cordova JavaScript modularization giving developers the control to optimize ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the general availability of Azure AD Basic and Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync). AAD Basic is targeted towards deskless employees of organizations and it provides essential features like company branding, group-based application access and self-service password reset. Azure AAD sync simplifies the process of connecting Azure AD to Windows Server AD, including making it simple to connect complex, multi-forest deployments. It also enhances the single forest capabilities. The features included in Active Directory Basic are: Company branding – This feature enables you to add your company logo and color schemes to your organization’s Sign In and Access Panel pages. You also have the option to add localized versions of the logo for different languages and locales. For more information, see Add Company branding to your Sign In and Access Panel pages. Group-based application access – Easily manage user access to thousands of SaaS applications based ...

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Microsoft revamped their Xbox Live Rewards program last year. With Xbox Live Rewards, it’s easy to get rewarded for being loyal to Xbox Live. The more you use Xbox Live services, the more rewards you get. You get rewards for playing games, watching movies and more. For example, renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership  gets you 3,000 Rewards Credits, take monthly surveys (250 Credits) and more. Microsoft recently highlighted few information about the program, read it below. 1) It’s easy to use (you’re practically doing it already!) One of the nice things about the Xbox Live Rewards Program is that it rewards you for doing the stuff you’re already doing on your Xbox One and Xbox 360. Namely: playing games, watching movies, and using apps. It’s the easiest and most fun way to earn credit for games! 2) Payouts are automatic When your Xbox Live Rewards account reaches 5,000 Rewards Credits, ...

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Carlsberg group is now the fourth-largest brewer of beer in the world with a roster of 500 different brands. As they are expanding globally more than ever, they have chosen cutting-edge technology from Microsoft to centrally manage their operations around the world. They have selected Microsoft Office 365 as their complete productivity and collaboration solution that employees can use to connect with each other. “One way we are helping our employees work better together is by deploying Office 365,” said Etienne Dock, vice president of IT architecture and sourcing at Carlsberg. “No matter what device or distance, the cloud is breaking down traditional barriers so we’re better able to focus on brewing the best beer in the world.” Employees use Microsoft Exchange Online for email and calendaring; they take advantage of Microsoft Lync Online to connect via webconferencing and instant messaging; virtual teams are collaborating on projects using Microsoft SharePoint ...

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Microsoft already has a cloud platform called Azure. Thousands of organizations are already building and deploying their apps on this enterprise service. Back in April, a job listing revealed that Microsoft is developing a new product in which they will offer Windows as a Service. 1st and 3rd party service providers can also build on this Windows as a Service. Job description had the following information, We are a team focused on developing services that will power Microsoft’s ability to offer Windows as a Service. You will help will build the software platform that allow 1st and 3rd party service providers to onboard their services on to the Microsoft’s new consumer membership program. You will prototype and develop services that connect partners with consumers to offer an integrated Microsoft membership experience. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with multiple teams within Microsoft to strive toward the common goal ...

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In the past few years, Microsoft is making the testing on Internet Explorer a little easier by offering developers with the virtual machines, tools and offers available on modern.IE. Based on developers feedback, yesterday they announced few more additions to their offering. Microsoft has made available the VirtualBox versions of modern.IE’s test VM’s for Vagrant users in beta form so that they can automatically download and layout those images for development and testing purposes. This helps developers using Vagrant to automate the setup and configuration of their development environments to ensure consistency and repeatability standing up their project machines. Microsoft has partnered with Parallels to make the modern.IE VMs accessible from within their new VM wizard directly. Developers need not separately download the VM archive pieces to put them together. This handy access path provides the EULA and choice of IE/Windows versions directly in the product. As a special offer ...

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3D Builder app is an easy to use, free app for Windows 8.1 from Microsoft that helps you turn digital objects into physical ones. It also includes a library of example 3D objects to get you started. Today, this app received a major update with several new features. In the R5 version of 3D Builder, the following new features and enhancements are introduced: Cloud Print (buy a print online from 3D Systems) Overhauled main control, new selection control New trophy parts 3D models Windows RT support Save as STL Cloud Print option in an interesting one. Now you can print 3D models from the 3D Builder app without having to own a 3D printer, Microsoft partnered with 3D Systems to provide a cloud printing service that anyone can use. By clicking on the “Buy Print” button on the advanced options bar, you can seamlessly order a 3D print and have ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that  its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share, reflecting a 3-cent, or 11 percent, increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable Dec. 11, 2014, to shareholders of record on Nov. 20, 2014. In addition to that, they announced changes to its board. Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group Inc., and Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer of Visa Inc., will join the board effective Oct. 1, 2014. Also Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon have decided not to seek reelection to the board of directors and will retire from the board at the expiration of their current term following the annual shareholders meeting in December. Scharf, 49, has served as CEO of Visa since November 2012. Before joining Visa, Scharf spent nine years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the chief executive officer ...

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Back in July, Microsoft announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is announced their plans to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 were from professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft expected these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported that second round of layoffs will be announced on Sep 15th this week. She reported, I am not sure how many will be cut in this week’s round, which I’ve heard will be announced internally this Thursday, September 18. But I do hear that ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are updating OneNote iOS app which adds support for iOS 8 extensions. With Extensions support, users can now save web pages to OneNote directly from Safari, save photos from iOS Photos app to OneNote. OneNote will be available from Share throughout iOS. One you select the content to share, you can choose the location inside OneNote where you need to save it as well. Since OneNote is powered by Microsoft account, you can access the added content across various devices. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are opening up ad inventory for Windows Phone and Windows 8 Ads-in-Apps on Microsoft Advertising Exchange in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. This allows advertisers to tell their story across a multitude of Microsoft platforms including Skype, Outlook.com, MSN and now Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. We saw popular automobile company Toyota using this for their recent campaign. Buyers who are familiar with RTB now have even more Microsoft screens than ever, bringing campaigns together is as easy as the way they’re purchased. For developers and publishers, the availability of Windows 8 and Windows Phone Ads-in-Apps inventory on MAX means that ad inventory is now connected to a new and scaled source of advertiser demand. This announcement delivers on the strategy that Microsoft Advertising announced last spring at Build to help improve ad fill rates for developers.  To ...

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This week’s Deals With Gold in Xbox Store includes Valiant Hearts for Xbox One and Tales of Vesperia for Xbox 360. Find the full list of games available on deals below. These discounts are valid now through 22 September 2014. Xbox One: Content Title Content Type Discount % Valiant Hearts Xbox One Game 33% Killer Instinct Season 1 Retro Costume Pack Add-on 50% Battlefield 4 Engineer Shortcut Kit* Add-on 33% Xbox 360: Content Title Content Type Discount % Valiant Hearts Arcade 50% Eternal Sonata Games on Demand 67% Tales of Vesperia Games on Demand 67% Pac Man & the Ghostly Adventures Games on Demand 75% Soul Calibur II HD Online Arcade 67% Metro Last Light Games on Demand 67% Metro 2033 Games on Demand 75% Monkey Island 2: Special Edition Le Chuck’s Revenge Arcade 75% The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Arcade 75% LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Games on Demand 50% Disney Universe Neverland level ...

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Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games recently revealed the launch trailer of Forza Horizon 2 showcasing the game’s massive wide-open world racing experience and ultimate celebration of speed, style and action-packed driving. The trailer highlighted the game’s beautiful southern European setting and thrilling, action-packed racing with more than 200 cars that are available at launch. Today, 3 versions of Forza Horizon 2 are made available for digital pre-order, the Day One Edition, the Day One Deluxe Edition and the Day One Ultimate Edition. You can download it today and start playing on the day game gets released. Forza Horizon 2 Day One Edition – This edition includes the full game of Forza Horizon 2, along with the Day One Car Pack. The Day One car Pack features three amazing cars: the 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T, 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG. Forza Horizon 2 Day One Deluxe Edition – This edition includes the full version of Forza Horizon ...

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