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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft today detailed the Bing apps that will be available for users to install on their new Office 2013 suite. In new Office, Microsoft has introduced a way for 3rd party developers to create apps for Office suite using web technologies. Microsoft’s Bing has released five Bing Apps for Office including: Bing Finance for Excel, Bing Maps for Excel, Bing Image Search for Word, Bing News Search for Word and Bing Dictionary for Excel and Word. Bing Maps for Office helps people plot location data on a Bing Map. It a data visualization tool for Excel that lets you use location names and map controls so you can zoom in and out of the map using touch or your mouse. You can adjust the map view to road or birds eye. Imagine overlaying census data on a state map Bing Finance (Beta) for Office helps you take control of your finances ...

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Vringo, an IP firm and also a partner of Nokia has filed a patent complaint against Microsoft. Nokia sold over 500 wireless related patents to IP firm Vringo. The portfolio encompasses a broad range of technologies relating to cellular infrastructure, including communication management, data and signal transmission, mobility management, radio resources management and services. Nokia receives a cash payment from Vringo in addition to the revenues it will get as part of the  ongoing rights generated from the patent portfolio. I think Vringo should note that Nokia and Microsoft are close partners and this case may lead to rift in their relation. NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vringo, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VRNG), a company engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of mobile technologies and intellectual property, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, I/P Engine, Inc., filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation in the Southern District of New York. “Information Filter System and Method ...

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Microsoft today released a free set of tools and resources designed to make it easier for developers to make their website render beautifully on Internet Explorer  and other leading browsers. Microsoft partnered with BrowserStack which allows developers to test their website for IE from any browser on any platform. You can now use BrowserStack via modern.IE for free upto three months this year. Visit Modern.ie for more details. Read more about it in the link below. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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In interview to Bloomberg, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commented about Dropbox, Yammer acquisition, future of Office and more. When asked about Microsoft competing with Dropbox which already has 100 million users, Steve Ballmer said that Dropbox is a little startup when compared to Office franchise and it is comparable to Microsoft’s Cloud Storage service SkyDrive which has 200 million users already. Well, you’ve got to remember, 100 million sounds like a pretty small number to me, actually. We’ve got a lot more Office users. And actually if you even want to go to the cloud, we have a lot of Hotmail and SkyDrive users. I’m not beating on Dropbox. They’re a fine little startup and that’s great. We first did our HTML versions of Office, the so-called Web Apps, two releases ago. I think probably six years. We enhanced them three years ago. And this is just another logical step ...

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Microsoft yesterday released their next version of Office Productivity Suite both as a subscription service and as a standalone software package. The Office 365 Home Premium Service for consumers which will cost $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. This version of Office will run only on x86 version and now Microsoft has listed the same in its Windows Store. Users can find the Microsoft Office listing and click the link available there to download the Office suite from Microsoft. You can buy Office 365 Home Premium here. ...

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Today several tech blogs reported about the out-of-the box storage space available to Microsoft Surface Pro users. Just like any other device, Surface Pro models will offer less GBs than the marketed storage sizes. For example, a 64GB model Surface won’t have 64GB  free available space for the end users. According to Microsoft, The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. “The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Office 365 Home Premium Service for consumers which will cost $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. The service will feature the following, Features: The latest Office applications Always have the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access for your Mac or PC. Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen. Do more with your Word docs: pop in an online video, open a PDF and edit the content, and align pictures and diagrams with minimal fuss. Excel templates do most of the setup and design for you, so you can focus on your information. Create stunning presentations with the new alignment, color-matching, and other design tools in PowerPoint. Draw, handwrite, type, click, or swipe your notes in OneNote. Your notes are saved, searchable, and synced to OneNote apps on your other devices. Outlook is ...

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iStoryBooks app is now available in Windows Store for free. Description: FREE STORY BOOKS WITH FUN PICTURES, TEXT & AUDIO FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES. Free Interactive Childrens Books for the new generation! Free books that read itself to your little ones! Yes the books include text and audio. We publish a new book every 2 weeks. Kids can enjoy these books on their own or you can read to them. When we publish new books they will appear automatically in the App. All books we publish are picture books with audio. We welcome your valuable comments and suggests. Please post your comments and suggestions, play games, puzzles and download coloring pages at facebook.com/iStoryBooks. Type of books include childrens books, story books, bedtime stories, classic stories, folk stories, toddler books, preschool books, nursery school books, kindergarten books, fairy tales and picture books with accompanying audio of the text in each page. ...

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Acer President Jim Wong said in an interview to Bloomberg at the company headquarters that Google Chrome-based PCs accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer’s U.S. shipments since being released there in November. He also told that Windows 8 is not successful which is evident from the decreased PC sales. “Windows 8 itself is still not successful,” said Wong, whose company posted a 28 percent drop in fourth-quarter shipments from a year earlier. “The whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8 launch, that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or not.” “You saw that all the marketing and promotions were not as broad as Windows 8, so to reach this success is encouraging,” I really don’t understand the Chromebook market because for the same price as a Chromebook, you can buy a Windows 7/Windows 8 based PC. What do you think? Read ...

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Microsoft has launched a teaser website to promote the launch of Office 2013 on January 29th. The next version of Office will be available for purchase by consumers as a service called Office 365 in addition to regular package version. Office 365 Home Premium A single subscription to Office 365 Home Premium covers the entire household.  While you use a laptop, your daughter can use the PC in the den, and your son can use a tablet.  You can each sign-in with your individual Microsoft accounts using your settings and accessing your documents, but you still need just one subscription to get: All the Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.* Ability to use Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs shared among all users in the home. Subscribers also have flexibility to change their 5 devices at any time, and full featured Office applications are ...

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VMware has released their View Client app preview for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: This is a preview of the VMware View Client for Windows Store. This application allows you to connect to a VMware View virtual desktop from your Windows RT device. VMware View Client for Windows Store makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your Windows RT system over RDP. Connect on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN). Features: •On-the-go access – Work on your Windows-based VMware View virtual desktop right from your Windows RT tablet, laptop or computer. •Best of both worlds – Feel right at home with support for gestures for quick and easy navigation around your desktop. Need to do something more complex? Call up the touch pointer for better mouse tap •Secure from any location – At your desk or away from the ...

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DuckDuckGo search app is now available in Windows Store for free. This app allows you to do web searches, Water Cooler stories, etc,. Description: We believe in better search and real privacy at the same time. That’s why: • We don’t track you. • We have tons of goodies. • We drop the clutter. • We don’t filter bubble you. Goodies are special queries give you instant answers. They’re great on the go since you have to visit less sites or apps to get what you want. In fact, in this app, you get everything you can get from our Web site plus: • Auto-suggestion of topics when searching • Auto-suggestion of phone apps when searching • Access to your recent searches • Water Cooler stories Water Cooler is a stream of interesting stories you won’t find in the news apps. All of the stories come from special feeds like ...

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In an interview to CNBC, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates commented about Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface sales that they are doing well. He discussed about his work at Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, how they tackle various diseases, etc,. He was also speaking on Internet wave bringing revolution in education and so. When asked about whether he will return to Microsoft, he said the obvious answer ‘No’. Watch the video above. Source: CNBC  ...

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When Microsoft introduced Windows RT, they announced that Windows RT devices will come Office Home & Student 2013 RT. This version of Office included Word 2013 RT, Excel 2013 RT, PowerPoint 2013 RT and OneNote 2013 RT. One important member of Office family that was missing was Outlook. According to a report from ZDNet, Microsoft is now testing a Windows RT version of Outlook that may or may not get released to public soon. Windows RT comes pre-installed with a mail client, but it is not even comparable to desktop version of Outlook. Should Microsoft release an Outlook version for Windows RT devices? Do you miss Outlook on your Surface?  Source: ZDNET ...

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Yesterday, there were reports that Microsoft is closing its R&D unit in South Korea. It was reported that the 21 R&D employees in Seoul were ordered to relocate and among them 10 R&D workers got call from Microsoft Redmond to move there. Microsoft today responded to the report that there was no real R&D lab at South Korea as they have at other locations around the world.  The unit dissolved was a regular Office team workforce and it was due to work completion in some product area. The phrase R&D has been misinterpreted and Microsoft’s R&D is not moving from South Korea. Last month, after evaluations that the company regularly does, Microsoft made adjustments to its Office workforce in South Korea. With work completed in a particular product area, some roles have been redeployed to Office in their Redmond headquarters, consolidating with the Office team there.  Some roles moved to ...

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