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Microsoft revealed that it would sell a commercial version of a Kinect for Windows SDK to businesses from early in 2012 in an interview to FT.  Dennis Durkin, Xbox chief financial officer said that, “Once you bring down that price point, all of a sudden it opens up a bunch of new developer opportunities,” he said. As well as academic interest, Microsoft has been working on a pilot programme with more than 200 companies for use of the Kinect across 25 industries, from healthcare to education, advertising and the automotive industry. “It’s likely that many ‘killer apps’ will be developed within their respective fields,”. Kinect developer community is very active and already there are numerous commercial application available for sale without Microsoft’s permission. So the release of official SDK will further ignite Kinect development. via: Financial Times ...

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You may wonder they already did this, but this is new stuff. You can read about the new simple task manager for our PC’s here. At Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft detailed the feature in task manager of upcoming Windows 8 that server admins and people with access to mega-PC setups with lots and lots of logical processors can use it for their analysis. Its full of heat maps and percentage numbers presented in a neat way as shown in the image above. You can read more on that at B8 blog. ...

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Just a month after reporting that HP will spin-off its Personal Systems Group into a separate company, now they are announcing that it won’t happen. Their plans have changed so as their CEO’s. Their new CEO Whitman said that, ” HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.” That’s a good decision. Press Release: Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company. “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees” “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning ...

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GRASP SIMULATION OF A VIRTUAL OBJECT The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method for simulating grasping of a virtual object. Virtual 3D objects receive simulated user input forces via a 2D input surface adjacent to them. An exemplary method comprises receiving a user input corresponding to a grasping gesture that includes at least two simulated contacts with the virtual object. The grasping gesture is modeled as a simulation of frictional forces on the virtual object. A simulated physical effect on the virtual object by the frictional forces is determined. At least one microprocessor is used to display a visual image of the virtual object moving according to the simulated physical effect. RECOGNIZING MULTIPLE INPUT POINT GESTURES The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for recognizing multiple input point gestures. A recognition module receives an ordered set of points indicating that contacts have been ...

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As a continuation to series of future computing videos, Microsoft today released a new concept video showing the future of productivity. As Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division notes in Microsoft blog, All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology. Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration and data visualization already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies. Watch this video to see how we see technology moving from a passive tool to a more active assistant, helping us get things done, and strengthening our interactions with one another. You’ll see how people can stay productive using a variety of devices from slates and PCs to mobile devices where they can access their information regardless of their location or the device they are using. ...

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Dell today announced its new enterprise tablet called Latitude ST. It features, Intel Atom processor 10-inch multi-touch display with stylus, WiFi, mobile broadband (optional) , Front and rear webcams and a mic. Gorilla Glass, USB, HDMI  Ports, SD card reader,etc,.   This laptop will go on sale from Nov-1st. Press Release: Dell Launches Latitude ST Tablet for Business, Healthcare and Education We’re living in an exciting time as mobile computing continues to take significant evolutionary strides. Many organizations are embracing the productivity benefits of enabling their workers to be more mobile but with that freedom, they often face hurdles like security, device management and support for critical applications. At Dell, we strive to design products, services and solutions that maximize workforce efficiency without making IT sacrifices. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the availability of the Dell Latitude ST, a tablet PC built for both mobile professionals and the IT ...

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Yesterday Bing announced the partnership between Mozilla Foundation and Microsoft to release a customized version of Firefox. The new custom version of Firefox comes with Bing as the default search engine and many other things.  Firefox with Bing offers the latest version of Firefox with Bing set as your home page and the default setting in the search box and AwesomeBar (where you can also type in queries as well as Web addresses). If you already have the latest version of Firefox, then you just need to download the Bing Search for Firefox Add-on to set the same preferences. You can download Firefox with Bing at Firefoxwithbing.com ...

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  Three new exciting games got released for Xbox 360 today. First one is Battlefield 3, the much anticipated shooter game which won over 60 awards around the world. Second one is Dance Central 2, which is also a critically acclaimed game which worked perfect in its first version using Kinect for Xbox 360. The last game is the season 2 version of the most selling Kinect game franchise, Kinect Sports. You can buy them and find more details on it in the following links. Battlefield 3, Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports Season 2. ...

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Windows XP, one of the most used Operating Systems in the world just turned 10 years old. So far over 450 millions copies of Windows XP have been sold across the globe in hundreds of countries. Windows XP was too good as it even resisted the adoption of Windows Vista when it was launched in 2006. Whatever the history may be, the world has changed since its launch. So its time for you to upgrade to Windows 7 if you have any Windows XP machine to have better computing experience. ...

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Press Release : WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Oct. 25, 2011) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM – News; TSX:RIM – News) today announced BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 – a new RIM-hosted online service for midsized businesses and enterprises that extends Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry® smartphones, and allows organizations to self-manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud. An open beta for the service is launching today in over 30 countries. "BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is an easy and cost-effective way for businesses and government agencies to extend Microsoft Office 365 to BlackBerry smartphones and manage the deployment in the cloud," said Alan Panezic, Vice President at Research In Motion. "We have been working together with Microsoft and select customers through an early access program and we are pleased to now launch an open beta for the service." "BlackBerry Business Cloud Services will help accelerate how BlackBerry customers ...

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According to Digitimes sources, Windows 8 device ODM’s and Brand vendors are concerned about the new Windows 8 verification process for installing on a system. They said that their earlier procedure of installing Windows on PC’s were a easy process and pasting COA label onto a PC will help technicians identify the machines that have already been installed with an operating system. But according to the new process designed by Microsoft ODMs claim that their cost and time consumption will go up. For the OA 3.0, Microsoft plans to pre-install the Windows 8 operating system into PC’s BIOS and will have consumers key-in the authorization key to activate the software through an Internet connection and will completely abandon its previous method of using a COA label. They are also blaming Microsoft for  playing a two-faced game with ODMs and Brand Vendors.. Source: Digitimes ...

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IDG’s Computerworld today released a report on Top Green IT users and vendors across the world. Microsoft was placed 4th among the top 12 Green IT vendors which shows Microsoft’s responsibility for protecting environment. HP, Fujitsu, Accenture are the others who topped this list. Microsoft is reducing its carbon footprint by following things, Efficient Buildings Waste Reduction Travel Data Center & IT Efficiency   You can read more on that at Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship blog. ...

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As Steve Jobs biography went on sale from today, Fortune magazine has got an exclusive reprint rights of  part of the biography where the relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was discussed. In that, following is the situation when Steve Jobs came to know that Bill Gates at Microsoft is developing a competing OS and Bill Gates visits Apple’s campus to talk with Steve as per his request. Their meeting was in Jobs’s conference room, where Gates found himself surrounded by ten Apple employees who were eager to watch their boss assail him. Jobs didn’t disappoint his troops. “You’re ripping us off!” he shouted. “I trusted you, and now you’re stealing from us!” Gates just sat there coolly, looking Steve in the eye, before hurling back, in his squeaky voice, what became a classic zinger. “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I ...

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Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang was the last speaker at AsiaD conference. In a question on Windows 8 on ARM chips, he said that Windows 8 should be on tablets first and they should not be considered PC’s. He added that Microsoft Office alone should be able to run on Windows 8 ARM tablets which will be a killer App.. From Engadget, “It’s important for [Microsoft] not to position these as PCs. From a finesse perspective — I can’t speak on their behalf — but I would come out with tablets first with Windows on ARM. It helps to establish that this isn’t a PC. Will yesterday’s Office run on tomorrow’s Windows on ARM PC? Will a new version of Office run on tomorrow’s Windows on ARM tablets? Both questions are about legacy, and both are about Office. The actual implementation of it is radically different. I see no reason to make ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Today at Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the portrait mode support in Windows 8. So far most of the time we have seen Windows 8 in action only in landscape mode , but it also supports portrait mode very well. Windows is also designed to work great in portrait mode. We studied extensively scenarios like reading news in the web browser, looking at portrait photos, and scrolling through long lists of email messages, and we folded what we learned into designing a system that works seamlessly across orientations. We tuned the system experiences like the keyboard, file picker, and charms to work great in portrait as well as landscape. We wanted to make it so you don’t need to relearn the system when you switch to ...

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