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Original Video- More videos at TinyPic When Microsoft previewed Windows 8 at BUILD, they showed us how to switch between Metro Apps most of the time. You have to just swipe from left side of the screen. But Microsoft didn’t provide any way to close the opened Metro apps manually other that the old school task manager approach. In the recent builds of Windows 8 as shown by Winunleaked.tk, Microsoft has added a new gesture to close Metro apps. You have to swipe the app to the bottom of the screen to close it. You can see it in action the video above. Source: winunleaked.tk  ...

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Digitimes reports that according to Acer President Jim Wong, Ultrabooks prices will drop  from $1,000 currently to $799-899 in the second quarter of 2012. He also added that the prices of Ultrabooks will further drop to $499 in 2013 as a result of mass production from laptop OEM’s. Acer currently ships 100,000 ultrabooks each month and is expected to achieve its goal of shipping 250,000-300,000 units by the end of 2011. Read more about Acer’s strategy at source link. Source: Digitimes ...

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Last month Microsoft Flight team detailed their ongoing work on developing Microsoft Flight game. Now they are accepting beta applications for trying out this game earlier before it gets released to public. They will sort out the beta applications and send invitations in January next year. You can sign up for beta here. Microsoft Flight is under development for a long time and it is expected to get released early next year. ...

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In an interview to The Vancouver Sun, Microsoft revealed that its going to open a new game studio in Victoria early next year. The work is already going on in setting up the studio. The technical director of the project Chris Robertson  said, Victoria was chosen for its strategic proximity to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and for its “livability,” which will help attract the best and brightest in creative, production and design in the global gaming industry. The studio will be called Microsoft Studios Victoria and in an email statement Don Mattrick has said that, Victoria offers proximity to world-class universities, a thriving, advanced technology industry with a highly educated and skilled workforce, located in one of Canada’s best communities to live in,” he said. Hope we see more first party games for Xbox, Windows Phone and Windows ! ! via: VS ...

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There were lots of Windows 8 news circulated yesterday right from Windows 8 beta availability to whether Windows 8 on ARM will run legacy apps or not. 1) Microsoft To Reveal More Details About Windows Store Next Week: Microsoft has sent out invitations to some bloggers and local press to detail Windows Store on Windows 8. The event will happen on the same day when Xbox LIVE Dashboard will go live. So far Microsoft has given most of the details on Windows 8 store, I don’t know what’s new they will preview. You can read more on that here. 2) Will Windows 8 on ARM run legacy apps? This discussion still continues. Mary Jo Foley did a blog post just discussing this stuff, If Microsoft does do away with the Desktop App on ARM, it also would mean — unless Microsoft also changes its strategy for x86/x64-based Windows 8 tablets — ...

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Today Bing team announced a new program called Bing Magical Holiday Calendar. The website will offer eligible visitors a month of free offers, sweepstakes, etc,. The prizes include a trip around the world, free concerts for a year, free cars, ultimate fashion experiences and more from partners including Complex Media, Derek Lam, Fiat, Hulu Plus, Live Nation Entertainment, Lonely Planet and Spotify. Check Bing.com/holiday daily for details and official rules. Read the official press release from Microsoft here. FYI, Its US only. ...

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The growth of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 continues worldwide on Windows 7. IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide is now higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox – second only to IE8. Even in US, the growth of IE9 is great. This is a great news for web developers who can develop more standard supported rich web applications. You can download IE9 at beautyoftheweb.com via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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Microsoft today announced a sweepstakes in United States to win a chance for a trip to CES 2012, Las Vegas. You can win a round trip airfare to Las Vegas, passes to CES Keynote and Show floors, Hotel accomodations at  The Palazzo, a digital camera and $500 money to spend. How cool is that ? Visit Microsoft Facebook page for entering the competition. ...

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  Microsoft Hardware is celebrating the Chinese New Year with new limited edition mice. These are dragon themed to indicate Chinese Culture. Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 with traditional Chinese red or gold color and dragon design by premier artist, Nod Young. Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse featuring art from Designer Lin Xu Pan. You can order these mice from Microsoft Store and retail stores soon. Source: Next at Microsoft ...

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  Today Microsoft was rated listed in the “Top Dividend Stock Of The Nasdaq 100″ by  Dividend Channel. In the latest report of DividendRank, they noted that MSFT shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong profitability . Microsoft is one of the most underrated tech stocks and it has returned nearly  $170 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases over the past 10 years. As Forbes cites,  For example, the recent MSFT share price of $24.47 represents a price-to-book ratio of 3.5 and an annual dividend yield of 3.3% — by comparison, the average dividend paying stock in the Nasdaq 100 yields 2.0% and trades at a  price-to-book ratio of 3.9. The report also cited the strong quarterly dividend history at Microsoft Corporation, and favorable long-term multi-year growth rates in key fundamental data points. You can read the full report on Top Ranked Nasdaq 100 Components here. Source: Forbes ...

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In Credit Suisse technology conference 2011 Intel CEO Paul  Otellini gave a statement that will make Redmondians more happy. He said, ” I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company.”. Paul is confident that Intel’s unique advantage over ARM based Windows 8 machines on running legacy applications will drive Intel forward. He also said that Windows 8 will take tablet computing to the mainstream and also allows IT admins of enterprises to manage tablet devices of their employees. Here is the full statement from him, We are very excited about Windows 8. I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company. And it’s a very good operating system, not just for PCs, but we think also will allow tablets to really get a legitimacy into mainstream computing, particularly in enterprises that they don’t have today. A lot of the enterprise managers ...

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Agari is a startup that is working on providing global brands with the tools needed to proactively guard brand reputation, eliminate email threats, protect customers, and prevent the loss of sensitive data. Generally they work to prevent phishing emails from internet. They get metadata from messages of all major email service providers including Microsoft Hotmail and indicate phishing attacks to its partners. From CNET, “Facebook can go into the Agari console and see charts and graphs of all the activity going on in their e-mail channel (on their domains and third-party solutions) and see when an attack is going on in a bar chart of spam hitting Yahoo,” for instance, Daniel Raskin, vice president of marketing for Agari, told CNET in an interview. “They receive a real-time alert and they can construct a policy to push out to carriers (that says) when you see this thing happening don’t deliver it, ...

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According to sources of The Daily, Microsoft is working on Office suite for Apple’s iPad. It is expected that Microsoft will have its Office suite as  single big exclusive app for its Windows 8 tablets that will release later next year. If these reports are true, then Microsoft may have tough time in handling iPad platform. According to sources, the tech giant is actively working on adapting its popular software suite for Apple’s tablet. With the iPad making up over 80 percent of the tablet market and millions of people worldwide using Office, that could mean big bucks for the tech giant based in Redmond, Wash. In addition to an iPad-ready version, a new edition of Office is expected for OS X Lion sometime next year. The current version of the desktop package, Office 2011, officially supports iOS versions up to Snow Leopard. A Lion version, likely available via the Mac ...

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Today Microsoft released a new platform preview build of Internet Explorer 10. You can view hardware acceleration of technologies like SVG, CSS3 transforms and animations in the new IE10 build in the video above. The new build will feature the following in support for development, Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) for safe use of XMLHttpRequest across domains. File API Writer support for blobBuilder allowing manipulation of large binary objects  in script in the browser. Support for JavaScript typed arrays for efficient storage and manipulation of typed  data. CSS user-select property to control how end-users select elements in a Web page or application. Support for HTML5 video text captioning, including time-code, placement, and captioning  file formats. You can find more details on this release at IE blog. You can download the new preview here.    ...

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As we reported last week that Microsoft is readying its beta of next version of its consumer security suite, today they released their beta to public. The new beta will feature the following, Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction. Enhanced performance: The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use. New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance. You can download the program from Microsoft Connect site. ...

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According to Forrester Research report that was released earlier today, consumer demand for Windows 8 tablets in reducing at a rapid rate. Its down more than 21% since last quarter according to the report. The report says, Microsoft faces challenges in the tablet market due to its late entry. While Windows 8 looks like a promising product for tablet computing, its release won’t come until sometime next year. Though Microsoft’s OEM partners are embracing the platform, consumer interest has plummeted during the past nine months. Windows product strategists will have to overcome several disadvantages associated with being a fifth mover in the tablet market. Product strategists in any industry have to evaluate their potential to be “fast followers”: Waiting too long to follow raises the bar your product must meet to compete. Even though Analysts provide some guidance to follow, they are not accurate predictors of technology. Few years ago they said ...

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