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Microsoft today detailed the Windows  update mechanism in Windows 8. Usually we will get notifications from Windows that an update is available, once we click to install it, it will ask for restart after some process. If we postpone it, it will remind us after some time, we have to deal with it every time. In Windows 8, Microsoft has streamlined the experience which will be less annoying and cumbersome. Here is the timeline of what will happen in Windows 8 for updates, 1. A message about the upcoming restart is shown in the login screen for three days or until the PC is restarted (whichever is sooner). This means you now have three days to restart the PC at your convenience. All you need to do is see the login screen once in 3 days to see the message about the upcoming restart and by default the lock screen ...

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Yes, you read it correct. Just today Google announced the launch of 24X7 Business support for its Google Apps Enterprise product. Even small stores and web services these days have 24X7 support through phone. But Google offered only email based support for all its enterprise customers including some governments so far. From their announcement, Since we launched Google Apps for Business in 2007, we’ve been working hard to build a global support offering that’s responsive to the needs of our business customers. In the early days, our customers reached us mainly through email, and our 24 x 7 phone support was limited to critical issues. To improve the experience of our customers, we now provide 24 x 7 phone support to small, medium, and large Google Apps for Business customers for all issues affecting the core services. They even claim that over 95% of the customers are satisfied with their ...

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Microsoft today revealed the information about v.Next of Windows Embedded Family of products. Windows Embedded family of products powers devices such as point of service (POS) terminals, in-car infotainment, medical equipment and even bar-top game machines. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will support the ARM architecture, and Windows Embedded Compact will continue to provide a proven, real-time operating system and a full tools suite for a streamlined development experience on small-footprint, specialized devices. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will deliver technologies for customized, rich user interfaces, enhanced always-on connectivity, and all of the management and security functionality provided by Windows 8. There are several versions of Windows in the Windows Embedded family, so you can check for more detailed information about each from Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft today launched a new website in tribute to 10th Anniversary of Halo franchise. Halo gamers can upload images featuring their favorite moments from Halo, and each picture will blend together to form an interactive, 3-D mosaic of Master Chief. You can visit the website here. Microsoft even released a reworked version Original Halo as Halo CE: Anniversary version game. You can find a review of this game from neowin here. ...

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Today Intel and MasterCard announced their new collaboration in providing simple & secured payment solution for consumers. Their new solution will replace our old way of making payment online by typing our 16 digit credit card number, expiry date, etc,. You just need to tap your credit card  on the ultrabook, after that payment can be done in few clicks. Its that easy ! !  ! The two companies are working together to optimize a variety of emerging payments technologies, including MasterCard’s PayPass® and Intel® Identity Protection Technology (IPT). Intel® Identity Protection Technology can enable consumers to use strong two-factor authentication and hardware-based display protection. This provides increased online security against malware. Additionally, when used with an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled reader, consumers will be able to pay for online purchases with a simple tap of their PayPass-enabled card, tag, or smart phone on an Ultrabook device. If all goes well, Windows ...

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Lenovo is planning to launch a new ThinkPad model called X1 Hybrid that can boot both Windows 7 and an instant media mode. Booting the ThinkPad in instant media mode allows you to instant-on, browse the internet or consume video with double the battery life of about 10 hours. Lenovo is planning to deliver this feature as an update to existing X1 owners as well. Also Lenovo is expecting Microsoft to complete Windows 8 by Fall 2012 and planning to introduce notebooks and tablets based on Windows 8 along with Intel’s new Chief River Processors / Ivy Bridge Platform. Source: Lenovo via: Engadget  ...

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We all know that Xbox platform is having great momentum in both hardware and games sales but there is an another service associated with it called Xbox LIVE which provides bunch of entertainment services right from gaming to video streaming. Robin Burrowes, Head of Marketing of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft has revealed some stats about Xbox LIVE service. Microsoft is now adding a new Xbox LIVE member every 2 seconds. It now has a total of 35 million users, with an astonishing 15 million joining in the last year alone. That’s a pretty impressive number ! ! ...

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Bing Weekly Ads is a new section under Bing Shopping that lets you find the local store’s weekly deals. For example, you can fix your location as Redmond, WA and you will have list of stores to choose from. If you click staples, you will be presented with the above screen where you can find the current weekly deals in the particular store. You already have Sears, Macy’s, Staples, Radioshack and Best buy in the current list. You can check it out here and for example Redmond, WA deals at Staples here. ...

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Bing Editor’s Picks is a new section of Bing where websites are listed under different categories by Bing Editor’s manually. Bing editors selected these sites to make it easier and faster to find what you’re looking for. And we’ll be adding more sites with information we think you’ll want and collecting them right here. So select one of the topics below and let us know what you think. Its US only, you can check it out here. Thanks to Kip from LiveSide for the help. Update: Bing has officially announced this feature today. How we choose sites The job of Bing editors is to enhance your experience on Bing. For example, when we know you’re looking for something really specific — like “How to use a semicolon” or “Free clip art”— we’ll provide a list of editorially selected sites on that specific topic (in addition to our algorithmic results) to help ...

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Steven Bathiche, Microsoft – Thinking Digital 2011 from Codeworks Ltd on Vimeo. Its a 6 month old video, but still it shows the whole summary of things Microsoft Research is working on to make their future vision happen in real world. We have seen the Future vision video from Office labs and even the new one from them. Microsoft is already working on number of concepts that were shown on the video and Steven shows some of them. Its a 30min long video, I think its worth watching it on this boring Sunday ! ! ! Video from http://www.thinkingdigital.co.uk/ ...

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Language labs is a new project from Microsoft Translator team where you can try out experimental new features and research prototypes. The site now has three new experiments, 1) Contextual Thesaurus: Translate from English to English to explore alternate ways of expressing the same idea. Try it now! 2) Translator Bookmarklet: Translate any page with the simple click of a bookmark. Translation happens in place without leaving the page with this light-weight, cross-browser plugin. Try it now! 3) Universal Text Input: Universal Text Input allows you to input any language using only the Roman characters. Use it here or on any website. Try it now! You can visit the labs website at http://labs.microsofttranslator.com/.   Source: Liveside.net, istartedsomething ...

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According to October Search market share results from ComScore, Bing-Yahoo Search market share fell 0.2% against Google. Its second month in a row where Bing market share almost fell flat. Bing and Yahoo dropped to 30% share of search engine market in America in October 2011, as per data provided by comScore.   The search alliance hit 30.2% shares for September, compared to exactly 31.0%shares in August. I think Bing should do something phenomenal to rekindle its market share growth. The momentum is so important in search engine business. Lets see how Microsoft plays it out. ...

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NPD Group released its monthly console market sales numbers which revealed that Xbox is continuing its lead in the console market. Its also important to note that Xbox 360 is doing this in the past 16 of 17 months. Its an incredible momentum that drives more and more sales. Holding 44 percent share of the overall current-generation console market, Xbox 360 sold 393,000 units in October, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for 2011. This marks the eighth consecutive month Xbox 360 had more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. · Xbox 360 unit sales grew 21 percent year over year in October, and it was the only current-generation console showing double-digit growth. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $490 million, the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of October, ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox LIVE Dashboard preview is available for all the beta testers. The new Xbox LIVE Dashboard update will bring the following new features, •    New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation •    New Beacons to play online with friends •    Deeper Facebook integration •    New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile Go to connect.microsoft.com for more details on how to register your console for beta test, etc. ...

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Microsoft Hardware today announced a new contest with a new website called Art of Touch which allows people to create their own digital art. Microsoft will be giving away prizes such as Microsoft Touch mice, laptops and other things like having a person’s artwork showcased somewhere in a weekly drawing. The person whose artwork has the most votes by December 31st will get the grand prize of being the “featured artists” and a prize package that includes becoming a featured artist on the site. About Art of Touch, The Art of Touch palette allows you to create artwork on an interactive digital canvas using the technology at your fingertips, and contribute to an evolving global masterpiece that is showcased on the main page of the Art of Touch website. Choose from three digital brushes combined with five digital effects to create one-of-a-kind designs and patterns. Once you have created your ...

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When we are excited about the official Kinect SDK beta release from Microsoft, a company called Evoluce which deals with large touchscreen PC’s, screens in releasing its own version of Kinect SDK. They even announced that commercial version of Kinect SDK is also coming. Press Release: Evoluce SDK for Kinect released The Evoluce SDK for Kinect and Windows 7 is now available and enables developers to create noncommercial applications with a natural user experience. The SDK uses depth sensing information like human motion tracking from devices like the Microsoft Kinect sensor and Asus Xtion Pro. Users will benefit from easy and intuitive applications in areas like events and exhibitions, education, digital signage and healthcare. The free Evoluce SDK for Kinect can be downloaded today at http://www.evoluce.com/_win-and-i/en/software/sdk-for-kinect/index.php The Evoluce SDK includes high-quality technical documentation and several samples like the demo application “Motor Sport”. This sample shows how users can navigate through ...

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