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Microsoft has registered the domain name so.cl which will most probably act as the URL shortening domain for its upcoming social network research project Socl.com. Socl.com is a new internal project from Microsoft Fuse Labs which blends Search and Social. The Verge revealed some screenshots of the project few months ago and Microsoft then announced that the service may launch as a private invite only beta. via: Fusible ...

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Today Microsoft released the OneNote app for iPad and an updated app for other iOS devices like iPhone, iPod Touch, etc,. Following are the new features in OneNote for iOS v1.3, Support for iPad and iPad 2 Localization into several new languages and markets Tabbed user interface Quick note creation in the Unfiled Notes section Table rendering Improved Windows Live sign-in experience Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection Integrated upgrade option Microsoft also said that OneNote 1.3 is free to download and use for up to 500 notes (the total of newly or previously created notes). When you’ve reached the limit, you can upgrade OneNote 1.3 as follows: $4.99 for unlimited use on your iPhone $14.99 for unlimited use on your iPad You can download the app here.  Source: Office Blog   ...

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Today, Microsoft released the YouTube app for new Xbox Dashboard. The new YouTube app can be controlled by Kinect and it lets you to watch later, Subscriptions,  Playlists and Favorites. Even you can like / dislike a video in the new dashboard and can enable captions. Also description of the video can be read. More info soon. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the SQL Azure Q4 Service Release. This new service release offers greater flexibility for scaling on demand, and simplifies database monitoring and management. Also Microsoft reduced the maximum price per SQL Azure DB is $499.95. Microsoft also released a new Metro-Style SQL  Azure Management Portal. The new portal has a Metro-style user interface with new features including new workspaces with the ability to more easily monitor databases, drill-down into schemas, query plans, spatial data, indexes/keys, and query performance statistics (see screen shot above). The new portal also supports SQL Azure Federation. You can find more about what’s new in this release here.  ...

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Nokia sold its Qt commercial business to a Finish company called Digia. Digia is now developing and selling Qt commercial license to companies around the world. Even though the existing Qt apps works fine on Windows 8 Desktop mode, Digia is now working on bringing Qt dev framework to develop Windows 8 Metro Style apps. The upcoming Windows 8 release is expected to bring a large amount of different kinds of tablet devices into the market. These devices are typically equipped with desktop-like capabilities, and can basically run all today’s existing Windows applications. Digia has been testing Qt Commercial with the Windows 8 Developer Preview, and both Qt C++ and Qt Quick applications work nicely. There were no modifications needed to make them run just like they do on Windows 7. However, in order to maximally benefit from the new things in Windows 8, the Metro style needs to be ...

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Last week Microsoft detailed the Windows Store on Windows 8 at an event held in USA. There are more left in Windows Store to be revealed such as the app download management, app search in Windows Store, etc,. Winunleaked today posted two images showing app download page and best apps page. They also revealed that Windows Store now works with public Windows Live ID and doesn’t require internal domain anymore. More images at winunleaked. ...

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Microsoft recently updated their Windows Azure portal. The new redesigned website is clean, simple and easy to navigate. For example, under pricing tab you can now calculate total Windows Azure pricing including storage db, data transfer,etc, by dragging the sliders of various services. Give the new website a try at Windowsazure.com. ...

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Microsoft has introduced a new web service called Excel Mashup where you can embed a Excel file from Microsoft Skydrive and mash it up with Excel Services JavaScript library  to create rich interactive data visuals. Its a great tool for web developers to create many useful Excel based web apps. You can see an example of how a mashup will be here. Find more info on it at http://www.excelmashup.com/ ...

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At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today. New in Silverlight 5: Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives. While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! ! Download links: Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link Silverlight ...

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Xbox 360 and Disney-Pixar are joining together to make a new Kinect title called ‘Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure‘ . The game will launch on the 12th March, 2012 for $49.99 in the US. Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure brings five beloved Disney-Pixar films to life like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up!,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to race against time and solve time-based challenges without ever leaving your living room. Given the popularity of Disney-Pixar characters, I’m sure this game will gain traction among kids for sure when it gets released. Thanks Michael Gillett for the tweet. ...

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Microsoft was testing a tool called Standalone System Sweeper Beta, a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC. Now the product has crossed the testing phase and entered into beta phase with new branding. Its now called Windows Defender Offline. It almost does the same job with new UI and branding. You can download it here. ...

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Bing team has a habit of testing its UI tweaks among the public. The latest one was spotted yesterday by few users where Bing web search results page gets a new clean look with no blue header as the current one. The new UI has only one common header at the top as opposed to two headers in the old one. Hope Bing adopts this UI in the future, its looks cool. via: liveside ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched a new service called Answer Desk. Answer Desk is a premium service provided by Microsoft to give you the most convenient, friendly and easy way to get the most out of your PC. Answer Desk Answer Techs are trained to diagnose and troubleshoot your Microsoft software related issues. Answer Techs are also knowledgeable to train you in Microsoft’s latest software, such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. Our Answer Techs will take care of your technology needs as quickly and easily as possible, so you can get back to our life. The charges for the premium support seems to be very high. For example for one hour personal training on software,  you need to pay $49. For advanced PC Tune up you have to pay $99. For virus removal, you have to pay $99. For more details visit, http://www.answerdesk.com. via: Fusible, The Next Web ...

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 Microsoft today announced that it will be launching a joint venture along with GE Healthcare. The new company will develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and innovative clinical applications focused on enabling better population health management to improve outcomes and the overall economics of health and wellness. The new company will be located in Redmond near Microsoft’s campus and will open only in 2012. Until then both the divisions of the companies will continue to operate separately. More details here and here. ...

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Today Microsoft released its technical preview version advertising SDK  for Windows 8 Metro apps. Yesterday, Microsoft detailed its Windows Store plans and discussed about app monetization in Windows Store. Ad-based apps are one of the business models that Microsoft is promoting and assured that it will support not only its Microsoft Advertising network but also other ad networks. Microsoft Advertising will be working with the top advertisers in the industry to ensure not only beautiful immersive experiences as you can see above in the image but also demand for traditional IAB standard display and Text ad formats. You can download and install the SDK from here. Source: Microsoft Advertising ...

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Microsoft today released its Xbox LIVE app for iOS platform. The app is similar in functionality to Xbox LIVE hub in Windows Phones. This free app will allow you to say connected to the Xbox LIVE community when you are away from you console. Some of the features include: Read and send messages to friends Manage your friends list, invite new friends Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto) Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet View and compare your achievement progress with friends You can download the app here from the Apple App Store.   I think Microsoft is giving away one of its exclusive apps on Windows Phone platform. May be Microsoft has a different strategy in mind  ! ! via: Major Nelson ...

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