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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Last week Microsoft detailed the Windows Store on Windows 8 at an event held in USA. There are more left in Windows Store to be revealed such as the app download management, app search in Windows Store, etc,. Winunleaked today posted two images showing app download page and best apps page. They also revealed that Windows Store now works with public Windows Live ID and doesn’t require internal domain anymore. More images at winunleaked. ...

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Microsoft recently updated their Windows Azure portal. The new redesigned website is clean, simple and easy to navigate. For example, under pricing tab you can now calculate total Windows Azure pricing including storage db, data transfer,etc, by dragging the sliders of various services. Give the new website a try at Windowsazure.com. ...

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Microsoft has introduced a new web service called Excel Mashup where you can embed a Excel file from Microsoft Skydrive and mash it up with Excel Services JavaScript library  to create rich interactive data visuals. Its a great tool for web developers to create many useful Excel based web apps. You can see an example of how a mashup will be here. Find more info on it at http://www.excelmashup.com/ ...

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At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today. New in Silverlight 5: Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives. While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! ! Download links: Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link Silverlight ...

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Xbox 360 and Disney-Pixar are joining together to make a new Kinect title called ‘Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure‘ . The game will launch on the 12th March, 2012 for $49.99 in the US. Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure brings five beloved Disney-Pixar films to life like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up!,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to race against time and solve time-based challenges without ever leaving your living room. Given the popularity of Disney-Pixar characters, I’m sure this game will gain traction among kids for sure when it gets released. Thanks Michael Gillett for the tweet. ...

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Microsoft was testing a tool called Standalone System Sweeper Beta, a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC. Now the product has crossed the testing phase and entered into beta phase with new branding. Its now called Windows Defender Offline. It almost does the same job with new UI and branding. You can download it here. ...

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Bing team has a habit of testing its UI tweaks among the public. The latest one was spotted yesterday by few users where Bing web search results page gets a new clean look with no blue header as the current one. The new UI has only one common header at the top as opposed to two headers in the old one. Hope Bing adopts this UI in the future, its looks cool. via: liveside ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched a new service called Answer Desk. Answer Desk is a premium service provided by Microsoft to give you the most convenient, friendly and easy way to get the most out of your PC. Answer Desk Answer Techs are trained to diagnose and troubleshoot your Microsoft software related issues. Answer Techs are also knowledgeable to train you in Microsoft’s latest software, such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. Our Answer Techs will take care of your technology needs as quickly and easily as possible, so you can get back to our life. The charges for the premium support seems to be very high. For example for one hour personal training on software,  you need to pay $49. For advanced PC Tune up you have to pay $99. For virus removal, you have to pay $99. For more details visit, http://www.answerdesk.com. via: Fusible, The Next Web ...

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 Microsoft today announced that it will be launching a joint venture along with GE Healthcare. The new company will develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and innovative clinical applications focused on enabling better population health management to improve outcomes and the overall economics of health and wellness. The new company will be located in Redmond near Microsoft’s campus and will open only in 2012. Until then both the divisions of the companies will continue to operate separately. More details here and here. ...

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Today Microsoft released its technical preview version advertising SDK  for Windows 8 Metro apps. Yesterday, Microsoft detailed its Windows Store plans and discussed about app monetization in Windows Store. Ad-based apps are one of the business models that Microsoft is promoting and assured that it will support not only its Microsoft Advertising network but also other ad networks. Microsoft Advertising will be working with the top advertisers in the industry to ensure not only beautiful immersive experiences as you can see above in the image but also demand for traditional IAB standard display and Text ad formats. You can download and install the SDK from here. Source: Microsoft Advertising ...

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Microsoft today released its Xbox LIVE app for iOS platform. The app is similar in functionality to Xbox LIVE hub in Windows Phones. This free app will allow you to say connected to the Xbox LIVE community when you are away from you console. Some of the features include: Read and send messages to friends Manage your friends list, invite new friends Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto) Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet View and compare your achievement progress with friends You can download the app here from the Apple App Store.   I think Microsoft is giving away one of its exclusive apps on Windows Phone platform. May be Microsoft has a different strategy in mind  ! ! via: Major Nelson ...

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 Today Microsoft posted a blog post highlighting some stuff that will promote Xbox LIVE Indie games in new Xbox dashboard. Rating from the game library: There is a rating button for every game where a gamer can rate your game. Indie exposure in the game marketplace carousel: Navigating into the game marketplace in the games section, You can see Kotaku’s Favorites and Contest Finalists lists, as well as Indie Game specific New Releases and Most Popular lists. Bing search: Indie games are also included in Bing search results. Recommendations:Customers viewing a piece of content can now find recommendations for related games and content that might interest them. You can find more on this here. ...

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In an interview to Slate,  former Microsoft CTO and Founder of Intellectual Ventures Nathan Myhrvold made comments about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. He disagreed with Steve Jobs view on Bill Gates as unimaginative and having never invented anything. He also commented that Steve Jobs is not a technical guy and he wasn’t a creator of any technology. Jobs’ role, Mhyrvold said, was to refine how Apple and the world thought about products. But “he was never a technical guy, he was never a programmer,” Mhyrvold said. “He was a user of technology but he wasn’t a creator of technology.” Gates, on the other hand, Mhyrvold said, “I think, is actually very innovative. He’s innovative in a technologist’s way. He was a programmer. Bill’s understanding of technology and what is possible was absolutely part and parcel of what Microsoft successful.” On talking about Microsoft Office on Mac, “essentially on every Macintosh ...

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 Today Microsoft started a new blog dedicated to Windows Store developers. In the first post of the blog, Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store detailed the Windows Store design, business model, app discovery, etc,. Summary of his information on Windows Store: Discovery and Design: Windows Store provided a series of way-finding and promotion mechanisms—search, category browse, ranking lists, editorial curation — to help people find great apps. Windows Store in Metro Styled with no chrome that lets apps shine in the marketplace. The Store app catalog will be indexed by search engines. We also support direct linking to app webpages. There will web version of the app listing, which Microsoft will publish based on the same content provided for the Store app listing.  With just a line of markup, developers can promote their apps on Websites. Reach and Internationalization: There are number of market-specific catalogs, tailored for those customers, and ...

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  After the initial delay for few hours, Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 Dashboard update is now rolling out to all the eligible customers. Some customers may experience network error message, Microsoft is aware of this and is already working to resolve it. If update goes fine for you, you can enjoy the new Metro Styled dashboard with new Kinect enabled apps like Netflix, etc,. Update:  You can force your Xbox to get this new update by going to System Settings-> Network Settings-> Wired Network->Test Xbox LIVE Connection in your Xbox. You will be prompted to update your console.  If you have problem signing it, try to log in to Xbox.com on your PC and accept new terms and conditions (EULA) , then try on your console again. Hope it works ! ! Thanks David for the tip.. ...

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Microsoft today announced a contest for developers building Windows 8 Metro Apps. The First Apps contest will select eight winning apps to be the very first apps in the Windows Store when it opens. This is your chance to show off your great app and to be part of an exclusive group of developers invited to participate in the Store when it first opens. The winning developers will also get some goodies to help them build even better apps: A Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC from the BUILD conference, so you can test your apps with touch and sensors One year of Windows Azure, so you can build apps that feel connected and alive A two-year subscription to the Store, so you can continue to update and improve your app You can find more details about this contest at http://www.buildwindowscontest.com/  ...

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