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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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It was announced earlier that Verizon FiOS customers can connect their service with Xbox 360 to enjoy their service with Kinect and other stuff. Its now time for customers to signup for this service and enjoy the new experience. The offer is now ready to order, says Verizon, which has just launched the sign-up form here for new FiOS customers. Existing customers can just call Verizon to add an Xbox to their current service. (Note that in addition to Xbox Live Gold, you’ll also need to subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet in order for this service to work). To encourage new sign-ups, Verizon is offering an $89.99 “triple-play” package with TV, 35/35 Mbps Internet and Verizon voice service. They’ll even throw in a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and the “Xbox Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” game. The offer is good through January 21st. Read more on ...

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Today Microsoft announced its update to its online service suite Office 365. The service is also expanding to 22 new countries around the world. Here are some of the key updates, Support for SharePoint Business Connectivity Services – Businesses can now connect critical line-of-business applications, such as CRM or SAP software, in a familiar SharePoint interface. Windows Phone 7.5 Support – End users can access and update documents in SharePoint Online from anywhere using their Windows Phone. Self-Serve Password Reset – IT Admins gain easier security resets with our a Password Reset Tool. Lync for Mac – Mac users continue to gain features including full Lync client for instant messaging chats, and presence information in Office applications. They can now also host voice and video conferences with just like their PC based counterparts. Office Web App Preview in Outlook Web Access (OWA) – Users can now display Office document attachments ...

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Microsoft today announced load of new features to its SkyDrive online storage service. The updates are around new file management, HTML5 file uploading, simple sharing, support for new file types and more. Performance improvements were also done with this update, Many actions now happen inline (such as upload, delete, copy, move, rename, share, and create). We preload more resources when you’re typing your username and password before logging in. This makes it faster to view and edit Office docs. Signing in to SkyDrive is about 50% faster. On pdf support, In this release, when you click a PDF, we load it using whatever available PDF viewer your browser supports. This means that on IE, Firefox and Safari, PDFs will load in the browser if you have Adobe Acrobat installed. On Chrome, PDFs will load using Chrome’s native PDF viewer. You can read more on this here. ...

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Windows 8 is expected to hit beta early next year followed by Windows on ARM tablets release in late 2012. Now there are reports from Digitimes that Windows 8 ARM based laptops will arrive only in mid-2013. Since players such as Nvidia and Qualcomm have been enhancing their ARM-based processors’ power consumption and performance, if their processors can successfully pair up with Windows 8 and receive Windows software support, the WoA platform may soon be able to compete against Intel and AMD. The ARM CPU players are already aggressively cooperating with notebook players such as Asustek Computer and Lenovo and are set to launch WoA-based notebooks to test the water in mid-2013 with expectations to see the platform take off in 2014 and further grab share from Wintel in 2015 to become the second platform of the notebook market. It will be interesting to see the race between Windows 8 ...

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Today Microsoft announced the agreement with AgreeYa mobility to license protocol to interoperate with select Microsoft enterprise applications and services from various devices like iOS, Android and RIM platforms. Press Release:  At a joint customer and partner forum today in Beijing, Microsoft Corp. and AgreeYa Mobility announced a protocol licensing agreement that allows AgreeYa Mobility solutions to interoperate with select Microsoft enterprise applications and services. This licensing agreement will enable AgreeYa Mobility to create solutions for non-Microsoft mobile platforms (including iOS, Android, RIM and WebOS) that connect with Microsoft enterprise back-end systems. The goal of the agreement is to expand the reach of Microsoft’s enterprise applications and cloud services across a broad range of heterogeneous mobile devices and tablets. “We use Microsoft applications to support critical functions of our business including email, server management and maintenance of the company website,” said Doug Eney, chief technical officer and vice president I/S Engineering at ...

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Few days back Microsoft detailed few improvements coming to Windows 8 storage platform. You can find it here. Today Microsoft revealed more new features that are coming to Windows 8. From Building Windows 8 blog, Data Deduplication – Windows Server 8 implements state of the art (sub-file) data chunking and compression to deliver optimal data deduplication, and thereby maximize storage capacity utilization for a variety of workloads. Windows Storage Management API – a comprehensive and extensible WMI v2 based storage management API enables easier “single point” administration and management of heterogeneous storage infrastructure (including Storage Spaces). Offloaded Data Transfer – joint innovation with major external storage array vendors has resulted in Windows Server 8 providing an incredibly efficient mechanism to perform cross-application and cross-machine data transfers. Awareness and utilization of thinly provisioned disks – beginning with Windows Server 8, NTFS identifies thinly provisioned disks and enables transparent capacity reclamation (e.g. when files are deleted) for ...

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Reports emerged today that Silver Lake consortium backed by Microsoft is looking to acquire a minority stake in Yahoo. There are also other bidders on this financial proposal. NYT says, A consortium of investors led by the private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft is one of several parties that will be submitting a plan to take a minority stake in Yahoo, according to people briefed on the matter. TPG Capital, another private equity firm, is also expected to submit a proposal, these people said. Both plans involve taking as much as a 20 percent stake in Yahoo. Silver Lake, Microsoft and its consortium, which will most likely include the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, may be particularly attractive to Yahoo, which is seeking to bolster its leadership on the product and finance side. There are lots of others trying to bid for Yahoo’s stake. Alibaba group from China in which Yahoo has 40% stake is also ...

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