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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

If you are running any of the preview versions of Windows 8, its time to upgrade. Microsoft released Windows 8 first as a Developer preview, followed by Consumer Preview and then Release Preview. All these versions will expire today (Jan-15th), after which you need to upgrade final versions of Windows 8.  You receive the following message on the Activate Windows screen in Control Panel: The license for this pre-released version of Windows has expired. You’ll need to enter a new product key to activate Windows. Until you activate, Windows will restart every 1 hour, so you should back up your data. Install the latest version of Windows •You receive the following message on the Windows Activation screen: This pre-release version of Windows has expired. Your computer will restart every 2 hours and you might lose any unsaved data. •You receive the following message on the Personalize pane in Control Panel: You need to Activate ...

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Few weeks back Microsoft announced that it will discontinue its once ambitious project Live Mesh in favor of SkyDrive. Yesterday, Microsoft sent out reminder email to Live Mesh users about the future of Live Mesh service. Here is the email, Dear Mesh customer, Recently we released the latest version of SkyDrive,   which you can use to: Choose the files and folders on your SkyDrive that        sync on each computer. Access your SkyDrive using a brand new app for        Android v2.3 or the updated apps for Windows Phone, iPhone, and iPad. Collaborate online with the new Office Web apps,        including Excel forms, co-authoring in PowerPoint and embeddable Word        documents. Currently 40% of   Mesh customers are actively using SkyDrive and based on the positive response   and our increasing focus on improving personal cloud storage, it makes sense   to merge SkyDrive and Mesh into a ...

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Facebook today announced a new search service called “Graph Search” which will allow you to search the content and connections you have shared on Facebook and also allows you to discover new people, places and things. Facebook has also partnered with Microsoft Bing to provide web search results for the queries which Facebook Graph Search cannot answer. To the Facebook user, they will not only see useful results, but we think have serendipitous experiences. Imagine searching for Jay-Z concerts on Facebook, and not only finding Facebook content, but also web results from Bing including concert tickets, news about the tour and other web results—annotated with Facebook Likes and Shares. We think this is a powerful combination. Now when you do a web search on Facebook, the new search results page features a two-column layout with Bing-powered web results appearing on the left-hand side overlaid with social information from Facebook including how many ...

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UBS analyst Brent Thrill estimates that Microsoft sold 1 million Surface RT tablets in the last quarter. He halved his previous Surface sales estimate of 2 million units. He says that people prefer iPads over Microsoft Surface and also lack of enough distribution affected Surface sales. Microsoft is selling Surface through its physical retail store and its online store alone. Thrill was also cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Intel based Surface Pro devices which will attract enterprise over iPads. via: SAI ...

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As part of public testing, Bing home page and search results page usually feature lots of new tweaks and features for limited set of people. Yesterday, I noticed a new feature in Bing home page that allows you to know more information about the Bing home page image of that day. As you can see above, there is an information icon just before download button. When you click it, you are provided with more info about the photo as shown above. Did you find this feature on your Bing page? ...

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comScore released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace few days back. In December, 69.1% of searches carried results from Google, while 25.6% of searches were powered by Bing. It is important to note that Bing powered searches were up 0.2% percentage points. Of the total 17.6 billion core searches in December, Google dominated with 11.8 billion and Microsoft came second with 2.9 billion searches, and Yahoo! came third with 2.2 billion searches. Source: Comscore   ...

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This is a really bad news for Windows RT Eco-system. Samsung has decided not to release its only Windows RT tablet Ativ Tab in US. Samsung indicated that modest response from retail for such products and a lot of investment needed to inform consumers about the benefits of Windows RT are the reason behind their decision. There wasn’t really a very clear positioning of what Windows RT meant in the marketplace, what it stood for relative to Windows 8, that was being done in an effective manner to the consumer. When we did some tests and studies on how we could go to market with a Windows RT device, we determined there was a lot of heavy lifting we still needed to do to educate the customer on what Windows RT was. And that heavy lifting was going to require pretty heavy investment. When we added those two things up, ...

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Microsoft recently got a patent related to mobile phone behavior under special circumstances. Microsoft describes it as “inconspicuous mode” of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. Read the full abstract below. A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox 360 lead the console sales for 24 consecutive months in US. According to the NPD Group, Xbox 360 ended this year as the best-selling console in the U.S. in 2013, selling 1.4 million units in December. NPD data also shows that in December, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles, including “Halo 4,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Just Dance 4,” “NBA 2K13,” “Far Cry 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and “Madden NFL 13.” Microsoft also hinted that even more offerings are coming to the Xbox platform and as a result expects 2013 to be another big year for Xbox 360. via: Microsoft blog ...

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Microsoft Skype today released an update for its Windows Desktop client. The new v6.1 includes Microsoft Outlook integration and a visual update to the toolbar. It’s easy to get in touch. We have integrated Skype and Outlook to display contacts’ online status, contact information and mood message within the Outlook contact card. Call any phone. When you want to call someone on their mobile or landline from Outlook, Skype will initiate the call for you. You can call anyone as long as you have their contact information in Outlook, but you don’t need to be friends on Skype. You can use your existing Skype credit or subscription to reach them. Stay in touch with your Skype contacts. When you want to contact anyone in your Outlook contact list who is already on Skype, you can instant message, audio or video call them. To do so they need to be in ...

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According to the report from research firm IFI, Microsoft was ranked among top 10 US patent winners. IBM topped the list for 20th consecutive year with 6, 478 patents in 2012 alone. IBM generates more than $1 billion a year in licensing revenue from its patents and invests around $6 Billion in R&D each year. Microsoft won 2,613 patents in 2012 with R&D costs around $9 Billion. The Top 10 U.S. Patent Winners of 2012: 1) IBM 6,478 2) Samsung 5,081 3) Canon 3,174 4) Sony Corp. 3,032 5) Panasonic Corp. 2,769 6) Microsoft Corp. 2,613 7) Toshiba Corp. 2,447 8) Hon Hai Precision 2,013 9) General Electric Co. 1,652 10) LG Electronics Inc. 1,624   ...

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During Samsung keynote at CES today, Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s Chief Technical Strategy Officer made an surprise appearance and shared Microsoft’s vision for extending computing interactions to any surface such as room walls. He revealed a Microsoft Research’s project called Illumiroom which augments the area around your screen with visualizations that will make an more immersive experience for the user. IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience. IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences. Our system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room ...

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    Dell today announced a new low cost Windows 8 tablet called Latitude 10 Essentials. This new tablet will go on sale at starting price of $499 for the base configuration. This is basically the stripped down version of previously announced Latitude 10 tablet. Here is the difference between the both, Features Latitude 10 Latitude 10 essentials configuration  Wacom Active Stylus support Yes  No, Passive stylus support only  Swappable Battery  Yes  No  Max Storage  64GB  64GB  Camera  2MP front and 8MP rear with rear LED flash.  2MP front and 8MP rear  Ports USB, combo audio port, lock slot, dock connector, mUSB (charge only), mHDMI  USB, combo audio port, lock slot & dock connector  Slots  Full size SecureDigital card slot and micro SIM slot  Full size SecureDigital card slot  Dimensions  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm / 658g (2-cell)                                       820g (4-cell)  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm/649g  Security  Hardware TPM 1.2 & Software ...

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Microsoft today announced via email to Messenger users that the Windows Live Messenger service will be discontinued on March 15th. You need to upgrade to Skype to continue using the IM service. The old service will retire globally except for mainland China. So, what’s happening between now and 15th March? Messenger will continue to work as you know it today. If you are signed in with Messenger on your desktop** you will see a banner notification to upgrade. When you click on the banner, an installer window will open with the request to upgrade. This will take you through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger. So, what’s happening after 15th March? Messenger users on desktops** will not be able to sign in and will only be able to upgrade to Skype. If you attempt to sign in, a notification will appear, and if you continue, you ...

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Motion to Terminate re H.264 Patents Motorola, the wholly owned subsidiary of Google today decided to drop its standard related patent claims against Microsoft. They filed with the U.S. ITC to terminate its attempt to stop Microsoft from using video compression technology on the Xbox. Earlier Motorola demanded huge licensing money from Microsoft to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 that is used in Xbox, Windows Media players, etc,. Microsoft and Motorola were fighting over these patents in various courts and now it has come to an end. Last week, Federal Trade Commission announced that Google had to license patents used in standards to willing parties as part of the settlement with them. Source: ATD ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive.com team today announced the new improved sharing, drap-and-drop support and more. You now have a single, unified view into how each of your files is shared so you can more easily control who has access to your files. We’ve also added more HTML5 features for touch devices making the SkyDrive experience faster and more fluid across devices And we’ve introduced more drag-and-drop capabilities to make it easier to manage your files, photos and documents. Along with the above features, SkyDrive.com is now made even faster and more reliable and these features are releasing today and should be available in your SkyDrive soon. Read more about it in detail from source link below.   Source: Windows Blog ...

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