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Microsoft today announced that it has issued proceedings against Comet Group UK for involving in Windows Operating System piracy operation. According to Microsoft, Comet has sold more 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs to its customers. Microsoft’s statement on this issue, Microsoft Corp. today issued proceedings against Comet Group PLC for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs. The alleged counterfeits were sold to customers who had purchased Windows-loaded PCs and laptops. “As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom,” said David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft. “Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products — and our customers deserve better, too.” Read more on this here. ...

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Yesterday we saw the information about Internet Explorer 9 becoming the most used browser in US. Along with those stats, another important thing happened for developers. Internet Explorer 6 usage has now dropped to less than 1% in US. E6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away. In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1% usage of IE6. In addition, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal and the Philippines are also entering the Champions’ Circle.  We hope this means more developers and IT Pros can consider IE6 a “low-priority” at this point and stop spending their time having ...

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Windows 7 worldwide marketshare showed its continous growth this month according to netmarketshare stats. Windows 7 captured 36.99% of the total PC market with Windows XP still leading the pack with almost 46.52%. I guess Windows 7 will overtake Windows XP by this time next year to become the most used OS in the world. Read more stats at Netmarketshare. ...

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Acer and Lenovo is set to launch Windows 8 tablets based on Intel Clover Trail platform in 3Q 2012, according to supply chain sources of Digitimes. Intel’s current low power processor efforts with “midfield” seems to have very hard competition from ARM based chips and so PC makers are waiting for Intel’s Clover Trail platfrom to make Windows 8 tablets which will be targeted at Enterprise customers where they can run their legacy apps without any changes. Source: Digitimes ...

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According to the December month data from netmarketshare, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 continues to gain popularity in the expense of Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox. In US, IE9 became the most used browser on Windows 7 PC’s while in worldwide data IE9 is still behind IE8. Good news for web developers ! ! Source: Windows team blog ...

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 Today Facebook released a beta version of its Official chat client for Windows. Messenger is a Windows is a new, trial application that lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can: Chat and message with your friends on Facebook See the latest updates from your friends in ticker Get quick notifications about what’s going on We’re testing out a first version of the app with a small group of people. During this trial period, we plan on rolling out changes to the app and expect outages and periods of instability as we make improvements. You can download the app here.  If you want full fledged Facebook chat client, try out Windows Live Messenger which works great. ...

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The War Horse Journey is a war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and released in the United States on 25 December 2011 and in the United Kingdom releasing on 13 January. The film creators have done a beautiful website to promote their film.  The site has two parts, a gallery and the TimeMap. The Gallery uses Deep Zoom technology to let the user explore a patchwork of historical images, maps and shots from the film. It’s an interactive exploration of the world of War Horse. The TimeMap uses Bing Maps and Map Cruncher to overlay today’s map of the WWI battle area with historical maps and photos. You can scroll a viewer around to see, for example, where the front line ran and the pockmarked landscape. It’s a powerful use of Microsoft technology to bring history to life and add depth and context to the film. In both regards, ...

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Microsoft is expanding its street-side imagery in Germany. They are adding 360 deg images to the following cities from today. The new cities added are, Augsburg, Berlin, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Ingolstadt, Mainz, Munich, Nuremberg, Offenbach am Main, Regensburg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Würzburg. You can check out at Bing Maps to explore it. ...

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    Hybrid maps with embedded street-side images: The claimed subject matter relates to a computer-implemented architecture that can generate a map. The map can be a hybrid between an orthographic projection map and street-side images, thus including useful aspects from both types of representations. For example, an orthographic projection map is very effective at presenting global relationships among the features of the map but not effective at presenting local detail. In contrast, street -side images show excellent detail but do not convey the global information of an orthographic projection map. The hybrid map can thus provide a richer set of information than conventional maps and can also display objects/features of the hybrid map in multiple perspectives simultaneously on a single representation that is printable. Recording media on gaming consoles Abstract An integrated gaming and media experience is disclosed, including recording of content on a gaming console. A digital video ...

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According to a post by Epic Games community manager Will Kinsler, Microsoft is planning to remove gun-like avatar items from the Xbox Avatar Marketplace. So far gun-like avatar items were in sale from the marketplace for a long time and Microsoft has not responded to this issue so far. From the forums, Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace,” “If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.” via: PCM ...

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Microsoft today announced that it won’t be presenting at CES from this year. Microsoft has a long tradition of having big presence at Consumer Electronics show. Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman had a tradition of pre-show keynote at CES every year until he left his full time job at Microsoft. Steve Ballmer continues Bill’s tradition for past couple of years. Now since Microsoft has decided to pull out of CES, we should wait till next year to see what Microsoft will be doing for showcasing its products and annoucements. From Microsoft’s blog post, After thinking about questions like these, we have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES. We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our ...

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Everyday we are seeing new screenshots of newer builds of Windows 8. Today PCBeta.com has posted few screenshots of Windows 8 Build 8172. The screenshots indicate that the Windows 8 beta is nearing and the product is looking more polished than ever. Also it seems Microsoft has made the decision to keep ribbon in Windows Explorer to be folded by default. Check out more info at PCBeta.com ...

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Microsoft today sold its online property Ciao to Leguide.com. Ciao is a shopping guide website in Europe which lets consumers to compare their product across different stores with their reviews, price, etc,. Microsoft bought Ciao few years back for $486 million which attracted about 25 million visits a month. Ciao is so far and still powering the Bing shopping vertical in Europe. Since Microsoft has sold it, still we don’t know about Microsoft’s future plans for shopping vertical in UK. You can visit ciao at ciao.co.uk or Bing UK Shopping. More on this at Techcrunch. ...

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Microsoft today announced that the next wave of Xbox apps are now available for download. Following are the list of apps that are made available in marketplace today. · 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom · ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia · Dailymotion. Available in 34 countries globally** · Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom · M6. France · MSN Video. France · UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States · VUDU (Wal-Mart). United States Source:  Major Nelson ...

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We all know the success story of Microsoft Kinect selling millions of units since its launch. But the real potential of Kinect is still to be explored. Microsoft on its part released the Kinect SDK for Windows to ramp up the development around Kinect. Yesterday, Microsoft posted a featured story showcasing how Microsoft Kinect helps doctors in hospitals to make stroke patients regain their movement. Doctors are using Kinect to help stroke patients regain movement. Surgeons are using it to access information without leaving the operating room and in the process sacrificing sterility. Healthcare workers are even using it to help with physical therapy and children with developmental disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). “Honestly, what we know about here at Microsoft is but a tiny fraction of what is actually going on,” said Bill Crounse, a medical doctor and Microsoft’s senior director of worldwide health, referring to medical ...

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