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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

It seems Microsoft is working on Voice-Enabled Text Advertisements. From the recent patent publications by USPTO, Microsoft has got 3 patents related to Voice-Enabled Text Advertisements. Read their abstract below, VOICE-ENABLED TEXT ADVERTISEMENTS Voice-enabled text advertisements are delivered for presentation to users within electronic advertising environments. When an advertiser provides an advertisement to an advertisement delivery system, the advertiser may specify whether the advertisement is to be voice-enabled. The advertisement delivery system stores advertisements with an indication regarding whether each advertisement is voice-enabled. When an advertisement is selected for presentation to a user, the advertisement delivery system determines if the advertisement is voice-enabled. If a selected advertisement is voice-enabled, audio is generated from the text of the advertisement or audio previously generated from the text of the advertisement is retrieved from storage. The audio comprises voice generated by applying text-to-speech functionality to the advertisement text. When the advertisement text and ...

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At last Bing launches HTML5 video powered home page. Announcement from Bing blog, Here at the Bing homepage team, we’re always looking for ways to bring you a little something special. Today we’re really excited to announce the first ever video homepage. If you have an HTML-5 enabled browser, you now get all the beauty and intrigue of the Bing homepage with a little breath of life added. Users without a modern browser will continue to see the gorgeous still photography that we’re known for. Not getting the video and want to see what the fuss is about? Try downloading IE9 and going towww.bing.com. We won’t be programming a video every day, just when the mood strikes us. While this first video is US-only, we’ll begin rolling the video homepage out to international markets in the next few months – so stay tuned. If you’re interested in learning more about the evolution ...

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Yesterday Bing team announced a new feature for Bing web search called Bing Action Buttons. When you search across 7 popular categories – including airlines, couriers (e.g. FedEx), restaurants, banks, rental cars, software downloads and hotels – you will be presented with buttons for top actions on the site, that directly take you to the page where you can complete your task. You can see how it will look like the above two images. This is not a ground breaking feature, but these simple little things helps you to get your job done easily when compared to Google. More on this feature on Bing blog.   ...

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Similar to top image search trends, Bing has a page for top search trends. Bing Trends page allows you to visually explore the top search trends in Bing on the current day and even for the 5 previous days from the current day. Again this feature may be new or old, available/unavailable to some countries (It works in US for sure).  On the other note, I think Bing should globalize their product soon to counter Google effectively. You can try it out here. ...

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According to reports from Businessweek, Microsoft has filed a complaint against Google to FTC regarding unfair advertising rates. Google is already under scanner by senate regarding unfair business practices and adding Microsoft’s complaint will further make the case stronger against Google. Microsoft’s complaint as follows, Microsoft first complained in September 2007 that Google drastically raised the rate for an ad for Windows Live, a predecessor to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, one of the main rivals to Google’s Internet search, according to the person familiar with the matter. The cost increased to $5 per mouse click from 10 cents a click for placing a Windows Live ad next to search results for the word “hotmail,” Microsoft’s e-mail product, according to the person. Google told Microsoft at the time that the rate increased because users who clicked on the ad were directed to a low- quality website, according to the person. The ...

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Microsoft is investing and partnering with Adchemy, an advertising technology company. Techcrunch today reported that Microsoft has joined August Capital and the Mayfield Fund to invest $61 million in Adchemy series-E funding. Along with investment, Microsoft is also extending its partnership with Adchemy to provide ad technology to its Microsoft adCenter customers. Adchemy’s IntentMap technology allows advertisers improve their paid search campaigns and expand keyword coverage by using consumer intent instead of individual keywords. Another good move that would help Microsoft to better serve its advertising customers. ...

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1) User interface reading email conversations :   Conversation view in email allows us to read an email conversation in a convenient manner. Based on context, emails are grouped to form this view. Conversation views is now part of several web based services such as Hotmail, Gmail and desktop clients such as Outlook and even mobile mail clients such as iOS mail client, Windows Phone mail client. Abstract: Emails modeled as conversations are displayed in a user interface that enables users to read and interact with the emails within a conversation intuitively. Conversation breaks, such as those in an in-reply-to relationship between messages, are presented utilizing extra spaces between displayed message parts, excerpts of parent messages displayed above the message following the break, and/or graphical elements like broken connectors. Relationships between a user selected message and its parent within the conversation defined relationship are illustrated using graphical elements or schemes that ...

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On September-8, Microsoft enterprise services such as Office 365, etc and Windows Live services such as Hotmail and SkyDrive suffered from outage for many users. The service was restored to normal in less than 4 hours. Microsoft then told that service interruption was caused to due to DNS problems and they are investigating the root cause of the system. Today they explained the reason behind the outage, We determined the cause to be a corrupted file in Microsoft’s DNS service.  The file corruption was a result of two rare conditions occurring at the same time.  The first condition is related to how the load balancing devices in the DNS service respond to a malformed input string (i.e., the software was unable to parse an incorrectly constructed line in the configuration file). The second condition was related to how the configuration is synchronized across the DNS service to ensure all client requests ...

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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 When Microsoft took the wraps off Windows 8 at last week’s BUILD conference, one thing amazed us all, Its Windows 8 Boot experience. Windows 8 started in just 8 seconds ! ! Today at Building Windows 8 blog, Steven Sinofsky posted on the behind the scenes of this amazing boot experience. Billie Sue Chafins, program manager at Microsoft detailed how they built this boot experience using various technologies such as UEFI. Read more on it here. ...

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Following the release of Bing powered Yahoo algorithmic search in some European countries like UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy last month, yesterday Yahoo announced that Yahoo Asia which includes Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are now powered by Bing algorithmic search. In addition to that, more European countries like Greece, Poland, Romania and Switzerland were added to that list. As a result, advertisers can target much more wider audience using single platform and consumers may see much better results. ...

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Spanish anti-competition commission announced today that it has opened an anti-trust probe on Microsoft that the company allegedly blocked the sale by third parties of personal computer software licenses. The commission also added that the investigation and ruling must be completed within 18 months. Antitrust complaints are nothing new to Microsoft as it have faced number of cases in the past. Hope Microsoft clears this case. Source: Marketwatch ...

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Microsoft today announced a multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement with Casio computers. The patents signed are related to Linux OS which Casio uses in its devices. Casio joins the long of list of  Linux customers such as Fuji Xerox, Samsung and Melco/Buffalo, etc. who pay  patent royalties for Microsoft. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO, Japan — Sept. 20, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. and Casio Computer Co. Ltd. have entered into a broad, multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement that, among other things, will provide Casio’s customers with patent coverage for their use of Linux in certain Casio devices. This licensing agreement is an extension of the long-standing relationship between the two companies; Casio utilizes a wide variety of Microsoft software for its products, including its industrial handheld terminals and business information systems. Although the details of the licensing agreement are confidential, the parties acknowledge that Microsoft is being compensated by Casio. “We’re ...

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Microsoft last week at BUILD conference revealed some information about upcoming Windows Store in Windows 8. Here is the list of information what we know on Windows Store so far, Microsoft only detailed Store capabilities and preparing apps and not about specific Store policies or business terms. Developers can submit their apps to Microsoft along with required meta data to Windows Store. Microsoft will list the apps in marketplace according to the category along with screenshots and reviews. Microsoft will provide Windows App Certification Kit for developers that will act as an self-assessment to ensure technical compliance. Microsoft will accept both Metro Style and old Win32 apps for Windows Store. Only Developers and enterprise customers can sideload Metro Style and Win32 apps from Windows Store. Microsoft removed the 70/30 revenue application sharing reference soon after it was discovered by public from its documents. Developers can offer free trial periods for their apps. Trial period ...

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“Gears of War 3” the dramatic, action-packed and much-anticipated blockbuster on Xbox 360 was released yesterday in some countries and launch parties are going on still in some countries. This will be the conclusion to the triology. Gears of War 3 pre-order surpassed even the Halo series with 1.3 million in number. The game which costs from $60 is flying of shelves since hardcore gamers have been waiting for this game for a long time. Chris Wynn, lead producer for “Gears of War” at Microsoft Studios on this game, “We, too, couldn’t be more excited about this launch. The story is epic, and the game is stunning. The visuals are better than any game you’re going to find on Xbox or any other console.” It’s also by far the longest “Gears of War” campaign, literally giving players more bang for their buck. Typically, role-playing games (RPGs) offer eight hours of ...

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We all know its too early to compare performance of a developer preview build OS to a matured OS. Still, Windows 8 Developer Preview build beats in almost every speedtest lifehacker did in comparison with Windows 7. Boot time is a significant  area where Windows 8 preview leaves Windows 7 in dust. Just look at the results below, Microsoft still has lots of time to juice more performance out of Windows 8. Lets see how it plays out. More details on comparison over at Lifehacker. ...

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Microsoft first announced its plans for Xbox TV service back at CES while hiding most of the details. Microsoft continued to spread the fact that TV service is coming to Xbox this fall whenever it found chances. Now According to sources of Digiday, Microsoft is set to partner with Comcast and Verizon, perhaps within a month so as to push Xbox holiday sales. Consumers can subscribe to Comcast or FiOS TV packages directly through Xbox instead of buying or installing another set-top box. Microsoft already has similar deal with AT&T U-Verse, so this rumored Verizon & Comcast deal may be imminent. Anyway, Xbox users are the winners. ...

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