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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

At WPC 2014, Microsoft today spoke about competing with Google Chromebooks. Chromebooks saw a great momentum in the lower price point laptops and in schools last year. Microsoft is now working with their partners to better compete with them. Acer Aspire ES1 which sells for $249 has 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and 15-inch screen. They also revealed that Toshiba 11-inch Windows device with 32GB SSD is coming for $249 this holiday season. Microsoft also listed 6 things that Chromebooks can’t do while a Windows laptop can, Run native and web apps Run full Office Desktop apps Works well offline with limited bandwidth Works with many peripherals. Printer support. Do you have any experience with Chromebooks? How do they compare with Windows devices? ...

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Project Siena is a new product that enables your business experts, analysts, and imagineers to create transformative business apps. With Siena, they can now build custom apps with rich visuals, filled with custom intelligence and functionality, with no programming skills required. Today, they announced the availability of the Beta3 release of Project Siena which makes it even easier for business experts, business analysts and other app imagineers to create powerful custom mobile apps that are connected to enterprise services, major SaaS, and popular web and social services. Since we released Project Siena to the public, we have seen an immense level of excitement and usage from our enterprise customers and solution partners. We have seen business people create powerful, custom mobile-first apps, often in hours, without any programming needed at all. We have also seen mobile apps that transform business processes by extending back-end services and SaaS with signal-rich and media-rich experiences ...

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Last month we reported that Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Glass project is under hold due to some reasons. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft has stopped working on wearable as a whole. Today, IBTimes reported that Microsoft has been conducting secret UK trials of a wearable computer. This wearable device is not a glass, instead it is a wearable band, which delivers information and instructions to the user through an earpiece. It is developed in partnership with Department of Business Innovation and Skills and Guide Dogs UK to help blind people “see”. Microsoft started the testing with a group of eight blind people in Reading, Berkshire. One of them commented that this wearable device enables him to find his way around cities “as easily as anybody else”. It helps the blind people to navigate around complex buildings and public spaces. Tesco, Barclays, Costa Coffee, First Great Western and First Group are among ...

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17 years ago, Chandrababu Naidu, then CM of Andhra Pradesh in which Hyderabad is located made a PowerPoint presentation to convince Bill Gates to open one of Microsoft’s biggest software development centres in Hyderabad. Indian government has now partitioned Andhra Pradesh into two states called Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad will become part of the state called Telengana in the coming years. Chandrababu Naidu has again become the CM of Andhra Pradesh and he is inviting current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to start a similar Microsoft development center in his new state and promising all the help he needs. He has chosen Anantapur to be the main technology centre because of the availability of land and infrastructure as well as its proximity to Bangalore. And Anantpur is also the home town of Staya Nadella. Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also invited Satya Nadella for a meeting to ...

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Edmodo is a “social learning platform” website for teachers, students, and parents. It is marketed as the Facebook for schools. The official Edmodo app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Edmodo takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect and collaborate—anytime, anywhere. Specifically designed for Windows 8.1, this app includes the full suite of features found on the Edmodo website as well as integrations with core Windows 8.1 tablet functionality, such as live tiles, split screen, and charms. Join the world’s largest K-12 social learning network. Features: Create secure groups that take learning beyond the classroom Connect and collaborate with students and fellow teachers Foster and continue discussions outside of school hours Post and turn in assignments, quizzes, polls, and more Gauge student progress on grades 3-12 Math and ELA Common Core with Snapshot, a micro-assessment ...

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Xbox Marketing Director Harvey Eagle recently spoke during an event about the Xbox business. Yesterday, we reported about Microsoft seeing increased momentum in sales after the price cut of Xbox One to $399 for the base unit. In the same event, Eagle revealed that Microsoft is ambitious and want to become No.1 in the gaming industry. Due to high pricing and few marketing issues, Microsoft let Sony achieve more sales success on this generation of consoles and they are now trying to reverse it. “There’s a few things I’d like us to achieve. If I take a long-term view, I want Xbox to play a role in bringing more people into gaming,” Eagle said. “I think it’s incumbent on those who make console platforms to ultimately grow the market. Otherwise we’re just trading the same customers amongst each other.” “There are other success measures, and market share is certainly a very important one. ...

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Bill Gates is a big supporter of Common Core education system in the US and his foundation spent millions in making the system accepted by lots of states after many years. In fact, this idea of Common Core came from Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman, an emerging evangelist for the standards movement. Washington Post journalist in an interview to Bill Gates accused him that his support for Common Core system is because of his business interests. Like any other technology company, Microsoft has signed a deal with Pearson for making Common Core education content on Microsoft platforms. I’m pretty sure, even if Bill Gates was not backing Common Core, Microsoft Education team would have done the same. Also, I think accusing people like Bill Gates who have pledged their wealth for public welfare is really cheap. Here is the excerpt from the interview, Layton: ...

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In May, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU at a lower price point that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU was made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Microsoft made the following statement regarding the new Xbox SKU, Our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch ...

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Microsoft Jigsaw puzzle game is now back in Windows Store. It includes tons of themes and puzzle images to choose from, and you can select the number of pieces in the puzzle to make it easier or more difficult. Game Description: Introducing the all new Microsoft Jigsaw – the perfect fit for your Windows 8 device! Play hundreds of puzzles in three exciting game modes: Classic Jigsaw, Jigsaw Jam, and Daily Challenges. Intuitive controls make Microsoft Jigsaw great on your mouse & keyboard and excellent on a touchscreen. With multiple game modes, downloadable puzzle packs, and the ability to create your own custom puzzles, you will never run out of things to do in Microsoft Jigsaw! Classic Jigsaw Mode Play a wide variety of traditional jigsaw puzzles in Classic Jigsaw mode. Microsoft Jigsaw includes tons of themes and puzzle images to choose from, and you can select the number of pieces ...

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Dropbox has yesterday released an updated Windows client with new streaming sync technology that will offer up to 2x faster transfer rate of files. The next time you need to sync a large video file (or any file over 16MB) from your computer to your connected devices or in a shared folder, Dropbox will make sure you get an extra sync speed boost. Streaming sync is just part of our latest version of the Dropbox desktop client. There’s a lot more here — including support for our four newest languages, and scrollable menu notifications to help you keep closer tabs on everything going on in your Dropbox. Plus, you can even create a shared link to files and accept shared folder invites right from the Dropbox menu! The updated desktop client is available here and you can read more about the update from the source link below. Source: Dropbox ...

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Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for the program. Today, Microsoft detailed the roll out of the program on their official blog. Microsoft has updated their website Windowsondevices.com withSDK document and examples.  Through this program we are introducing a new Windows Developer for IoT Portal, with documentation and examples to support the developer kits we are starting to ship in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program. If you have already signed-up for the program and didn’t receive any shipping information, you have to wait for your chance. We are rolling out this new program gradually to make sure that everything is working well and we’re ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Last week, Windows 9/Windows Threshold build 6.4.9788 was spotted in the Windows Store logs. This revealed us that Microsoft has already started testing Windows 9 in some form to run Window Store apps. Today, a screenshot of the build 9788 was leaked online which hints us that this Windows Build is already in the hands of the general public. Soon, we will know concrete info about whether this is a Windows 9 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 build. We reported about a rumor last month in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid ...

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Rich presentation taskbar buttons is nothing new, we have seen them from days of Windows XP. Windows Media Player, Windows Search, etc, has more than just buttons in the task bar. In Windows 7, Microsoft made it default to display only the icons of the currently opened or pinned applications in task bar. Also, developers didn’t really take advantage of this concept which Microsoft envisioned. Microsoft considered these rich taskbar buttons as a way to improve multi-tasking. For example, you can play/pause audio in the app that is running in the background without switching to its windows. Microsoft has recently patented this idea and I doubt that Microsoft might be bringing back this feature to cater mouse/keyboard users. Overview: The present invention provides a system or method for displaying rich presentation taskbar buttons for a corresponding application. In one example, the rich presentation taskbar button may receive content from an ...

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Microsoft today announced Windows Apportals for the enterprise which can organize and reveal only the data and apps needed for a specific role or task. Windows Apportals pull together all the essential Apps and data you need right from the fabric of Windows 8. As a result, they are adaptive to any mobile environment. Main Features: Tile Groupings: Windows Apportals are composed of Tile Groupings similar to the Windows 8 Start screen. This instantly familiar interface is incredibly easy to use. Grid Tiles: Tile Groupings are built with “Grid Tiles,” similar to Live Tiles in that they can display streaming information. Unlike Live Tiles, these Grid Tiles are not repositionable by the user. Desktop Applications: Any application designed to run in Desktop Mode on Windows 8 can also launch and run in any Windows Apportal. Modern Apps: Applications native the Metro UI in Windows 8—sometimes called Windows 8 apps—also launch and run in ...

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Microsoft is now helping developers in making decisions to succeed in Windows Store app development. To compete with tens of thousands of apps in the Windows Store, developers can make use of the real data to make good decisions to help their app succeed. When developers decide to develop for a platform, the first question that arises is which app should they build. Developers can use a service such as AppFeds to get some overall data and get some insights. Games is by far the most popular category followed by apps in in the Entertainment, Education, Books and Reference, and Music and Videos categories of equal numbers. AppFeds provided the following thoughts on current Windows Store apps, If you’re looking for areas with fewer competitors—where it might be easier to find opportunities—you might focus on the smallest categories such as Finance, Security, Photos, Government, and Health and Fitness. If you’re planning to ...

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During the 2014 Rooster Teeth Expo, 343 Industries shared some new info on the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. They revealed the new content for the Halo 2: Anniversary portion and a new trailer. In the panel organized there, Halo developers showed off the first of the six remade maps for Halo 2 Anniversary – Coagulation. They also revealed some of the new modes include: SWAT: The popular no-shields, no-motion-tracker mode had been expanded in Halo 3, and Halo 2 gets an upgrade. Ricochet: One of the newest modes from Halo 4, where players have to get a ball into the enemy’s goal. Think Halo basketball. Infection: The popular zombie mode from Halo 3 owes a Halo 2 custom game credit for its invention… and now, it’s coming to Halo 2 for real. Race: Straight from the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Get in a vehicle and hit all the checkpoints. And that’s barely scratching ...

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