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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

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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Next Generation Kinect from Microsoft will be able to read lips of the consumers and even detect emotions of the gamers, according to report from Eurogamers. Kinect 2 can track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states. Kinect 2, however, can feed the next Xbox more information, and thus a higher resolution CCD [charge-coupled device]. “It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?” our source said. According to a Digital Foundry report on GamesIndustry.biz, the first is a “pared down machine” to be released as cheaply as possible. It is likened to a set-top box, and will act as a Kinect-themed gaming portal. The second is a “more fully-featured machine” with optical drive, ...

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here. Today Bing team released its summary for search data of 2011. You can see about the search trends in detail at Bing blog. For example Justin Bieber is the most searched celebrity and The high profile trials of Casey Anthony (#1) and Conrad Murray (#7) were followed closely by Americans this year was the most search news story of the year. The boys got served by Maria Sharapova in sports-related queries, beating Tiger Woods by 4 percent and Brett Favre by 117 percent. Most Notable Changes in Bing’s Most Searched Celebrity in 2011 versus 2010: Bieber fever just got hotter: Justin Bieber moved from #6 in 2010 to #1 in 2011. The fascination in Kim Kardashian remains strong in 2011, with her moving slightly from #1 in 2010 to #2 in 2011. Six out of the top ten most searched people on Bing in 2010 fell out of the ...

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Today Microsoft detailed some of the upcoming platform storage enhancements coming in Windows 8. Microsoft has introduced several new features that will make Windows 8 a cost-effective platform for scalable and continuously available data access. From Windows 8 Server blog, Improved NTFS metadata integrity on commodity storage – Beginning with Windows 8, NTFS has been enhanced to solely rely on the “flush” command in lieu of “forced unit access” (akawrite-through) for all operations that require write ordering to ensure file system metadata integrity. This enhancement decreases the possibility of metadata inconsistency due to unexpected power loss on commodity hard disk drives while enabling the disk to cache associated data as long as safely possible. Cost-effective industry standard SATA drives can, therefore, be more reliably utilized. Maximized NTFS availability through online file system scan and repair – very large volumes (e.g. 64TB) can now be confidently deployed without fear of service downtime associated with ...

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Microsoft announced its black Friday deals few days ago with heavily discounted laptops, Xbox 360 bundles, games, etc. As black Friday is over now and many items are sold out at Microsoft Store, they have updated their deals page with some new items for Cyber Monday deals. There are new laptops to pickup at low prices ! ! Check out them here. ...

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A woman used pepper spray against other shoppers to get Xbox 360 under Black Friday deal. This incident happened yesterday at Walmart in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Matthew Lopez, 18, told the Los Angeles Times he heard screaming and yelling. “Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up,” he said. He was not the only one, 19 others got injured too. Walmart is working with local police to take necessary action  to find the women. You can read more on this incident at the source link. Source: Washington Post ...

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Windows 8 Bootkit Demo from Peter Kleissner on Vimeo. Austrian security researcher Peter Kleissner has exposed a bootkit running on Windows 8. The bootkit named Stoned Lite bootkit passes through both User Access Control and Windows bootloader security to perform its action. Hope Microsoft fixes this hole soon. Source: ZDNet ...

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Everybody knows that Microsoft is working on next generation Xbox console. Designer Joseph Dumary (no way related to Microsoft) has created a new Xbox concept design which looks pretty good. More than its physical appearance, his functionality details is more futuristic ! ! The 100% digital Xbox Prestige uses the foundations of the previous 360 Kinect to form this completely controller-less gaming console that’s even smaller than the Xbox Slim. A combination of motion sensor technology, including not one but two cameras built into the console, and integrated voice recognition make it a super responsive and hands-free gaming powerhouse. The KinectIN feature allows the user to purchase a game and simply scan the chip to the console. Once scanned to the user’s profile, play can begin in Microsoft Xbox Cloud or from the internal 2TB hard drive. The console has an 8-core processor for super-speed performance up to 20 times ...

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