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Microsoft today blogged about OneNote on the new Surface Pro 3 integration. People from Windows, Surface and OneNote teams worked together to create this instant note-taking experience that’s like taking notes on paper–but way better. In the video above, you’ll learn how to take a note whenever you want, have your notes with you all the time, clip and write on whatever you see on your screen, and how to customize your note-taking experience using OneNote. To take a note whenever you want, click the Surface Pen and then write your note. It doesn’t matter if your Surface Pro 3 is locked or unlocked, or if your screen is off or on. Clicking the pen will always let you take a note. To take a clip of whatever you see, double-click the Surface Pen, and then select the region you want to clip. The selection is placed in your Quick Notes in ...

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Yesterday, Sharp announced that they have developed the Free-Form Display, a revolutionary advance over the conventional display shape concept that enables the creation of new display designs to match a variety of applications. Even though Sharp was focusing on these kind of displays in car dash boards, this advanced display technologies can be used in wearable devices with elliptical displays too. The good news is that Sharp is planning to enter mass-production stage for the Free-Form Display at the earliest possible date. Hopefully, the upcoming Microsoft Smart Watch will use these displays for highly custom designs! LCDs have contributed to the emergence and spread of a range of application products by offering not just display-related functions such as high brightness, wide viewing angle, high resolution, and superb color purity, but also by providing added value through, for example, greater environmental performance and a superior user interface thanks to touch-panel functions. In ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to Office 365 Admin Center that will allow simple configuration and monitoring for admins. This simplification includes streamlining how you configure your environment, such as adding new domains, and providing you with more insight so that you can efficiently monitor your service. Find the new features below, Admins can now add domains with gTLDs directly from the Office 365 admin center. The process is the same as creating domains with common TLDs. Log in to your Office 365 admin center, click domains, and then add your domain. PowerShell is no longer required! As with domains using TLDs, your domains with gTLDs also have their DNS records proactively checked to find and fix any potential DNS issues. Two new reports have been released that enable you to monitor which operating systems and browsers are being used to access Office 365 online. These reports give you a ...

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Microsoft today announced an update for Skype for Linux with fresh UI and other new features. Skype for Linux version 4.3.0.37 will have the following list of new features, An updated UI Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support Lot of bug fixes Microsoft has also dropped support for direct Alsa support; You need to install PulseAudio 4.0 or greater for the best calling experience. Download the latest version ...

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At Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) held yesterday, Microsoft announced that Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio with the 2014 C.K. Prahalad Award. The award, presented at the Corporate Eco Forum’s fifth annual C.K. Prahalad Awards ceremony, recognized winners for demonstrating “globally significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world.” The two other recipients of the award included Robert Carter, executive vice president of information services and chief information officer at FedEx, and The Global Water Challenge. The award, given Tuesday, recognizes those who demonstrate “globally significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world.” Read more at Microsoft Green blog. ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the winners of the 2014 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards at the Drug Information Association’s (DIA) 50th annual meeting in San Diego. Microsoft is giving this award to recognize pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical resource organizations, and medical device companies that are leading the charge in scientific collaboration and innovation and they are doing it for past 9 years. We’re always excited about giving out these awards because it’s an opportunity to highlight the achievements of life sciences companies that have streamlined processes to help speed therapeutic breakthroughs for serious health ailments using Microsoft products and technologies. This year’s winners were selected by a panel of industry experts. They were chosen based on three criteria: how their innovation represents a breakthrough in the industry; whether it goes beyond incremental improvements on technologies that already exist; and how it improves the company’s ability to get safer, more efficacious products or services to market faster ...

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Adobe today released new version of Photoshop CC with many new features for designers and photographers like improved Layer Comps to enable you to sync changes across multiple comps, to new Blur Gallery motion effects like Spin Blur and Path Blur, to Focus Mask which automatically selects the area of an image that is in-focus, to improved type and font capabilities, and even more 3D printing enhancements. At the Surface Pro 3 launch event, Adobe said that they will be adding touch/stylus support to Photoshop, and they have done that now. We continue to adapt Photoshop to the latest hardware available as well. In this release, we are dramatically improving our stylus support under Windows 8.1, with out-of-the-box support for practically any stylus, and smoother strokes for drawing, painting and illustration. We are also introducing a new Experimental Features capability in Photoshop CC. By turning on one of these features, our customers ...

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TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington today received an e-mail from a social media company about a sponsored post program. The sponsored post should be for Internet Explorer browser and the mail was sent to him by the agency hired by Microsoft. The bloggers are required to write on the brand new Internet Explorer experience and the Rethink IE program. And you will be awarded with compensation and prizes. Even though sponsored posts are nothing new on the web, large companies like Microsoft generally avoid them. As soon as Microsoft came to know about this program by the vendor hired by them, they have suspended the program. Here is the statement from Microsoft, “This action by a vendor is not representative of the way Microsoft works with bloggers or other members of the media. The program has been suspended.” Source: Arrington ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with Japanese anime studio Production I.G to launch Gargantia: Sky Courier, a brand new game to showcase the power of modern web. As part of Microsoft’s Rethink Initiative, Sky Courier game works across all modern devices and browsers that support WebGL. The game is based on one of Japan’s top anime franchises, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Fans will get never-before-seen footage, cut-scene story featuring Gargantia’s original voice actors, and three different “choose your own adventure” endings. You can play it for free in both Japanese and English worldwide. Even though the game is open for everyone to enjoy, it is focused on developers.This game is built using Turbulenz open source 3D game engine. And Microsoft is releasing the source code of a packaged version of the Sky Courier game so that developers can build your own version of the game. The Turbulenz ...

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Microsoft today announced one of the largest Office 365 adoption customer story. Microsoft announced that Los Angeles County is moving more than 100,000 employees working in more than 30 departments to Microsoft Office 365 for Government. The county views Office 365 as a means to increase collaboration, provide a unified platform and help realize cost savings. With guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime, geo-redundancy, and built-in disaster recovery, Microsoft Office 365 for Government provides the robust security and reliability that all government bodies requires to help ensure the safe storage and availability of sensitive agency data, in compliance with ISO27001, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and other regulations. “The county is constantly looking at opportunities to manage cost and improve service,” said Richard Sanchez, chief information officer for Los Angeles County. “Office 365 enables us to best manage our licenses, provide greater services to all 30-plus departments and control cost. Each ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced another customer win in the enterprise for Windows 8.1 tablets. PHT Corporation, the leading provider of technologies used to collect patient-driven electronic data for clinical research, has selected Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets featuring Windows 8.1 to run its SitePad® System. PHT will deploy more than 2,000 Dell Venue 11 Pros that will be deployed at clinical trial sites around the globe. PHT selected the Dell Venue 11 Pro with Windows 8.1 for the SitePad platform because the device provides a superior user experience. The Venue has a high-resolution touch screen that supports greater ease of use for both clinicians and patients. In addition to providing a superior user experience, the Dell Venue provides multiple modes of data communications including Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an embedded 4G card. PHT chose the Windows 8.1 tablets because of the flexibility and security aspects of Microsoft technology and because the solution allows PHT ...

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In order to promote the upcoming Surface Pro 3 launch in Canada, Microsoft Canada is opening Surface Cafés. These events will have a collaborative communal environment that will also play host to a series of hands-on workshops with some of the brightest minds in music, photography, illustration and business. Join us to experience the all-new Surface Pro 3. Designed to fit your lifestyle, the Surface Pro 3 is powerful, portable, and can be personalized to meet all your creative desires and productivity needs. Step inside the café and let the fun begin. Following are the events organized, Mobile Design with Uri Minkoff : Explore the intersection of fashion and technology with one of the founders of the design company that brought us the Mini M.A.C. handbag! InstaLife with Caitlin Cronenberg : Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug or a seasoned pro, get up close and personal with acclaimed Canadian photographer Caitlin ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a security advisory to inform customers that an update to the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine addresses a security vulnerability that was reported to Microsoft.The vulnerability which was reported by Tavis Ormandy of Google Project Zero could allow denial of service if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine scans a specially crafted file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could prevent the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine from monitoring affected systems until the specially crafted file is manually removed and the service is restarted. The Microsoft Malware Protection Engine ships with several Microsoft antimalware products. Microsoft has now released an update to its Antimalware Engine 1.1.10701.0 and it was released to all Microsoft Security Essentials, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, Windows Intune Endpoint Protection, and System Center Endpoint Protection customers on 17 Jun 2014. Signature package 1.177.0.0 is the first that contains this engine. Typically, no action is ...

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Microsoft Corporation India is one of the fastest growing subsidiaries of Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft’s largest R&D center outside its headquarters in Redmond is in India. Microsoft India has a 54-acre Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) at Hyderabad in 1998. MSIDC is a part of Microsoft Corporation’s strategy of global shared development where teams across geographies collaborate to build great software and services. Our development teams are aligned to four engineering groups at Microsoft Corporation, namely Application & Services (A&S), Cloud & Enterprise (C&E), Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and Operating Systems (OS). The center was set up at Hyderabad in 1998 as a part of Microsoft Corporation’s strategy of global shared development. It has witnessed phenomenal growth over the last decade, winning several industry accolades. 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 ...

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Virtual or soft keyboards has now become a norm on touch screen systems as it is the primary way to type text on these systems. Today, an old Microsoft patent went public in which Microsoft is describing a virtual touchpad. Just like virtual keyboards, virtual touchpads will be displayed in the OS and the user interaction on the virtual touchpad will be processed by the OS similar to how they handle actual physical touchpads. Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to simultaneously presenting a virtual touchpad and a graphical user interface of an operating system on the same display. A user can interact with the OS using the virtual touchpad, and user touches are read by a touch-screen portion of the display assigned to the touchpad. Touch input software converts touch packets from user touches into data packets relevant to the screen and display resolution of either the display or ...

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Microsoft this month released an updated Xbox One SDK for developers which gave developers access to more GPU bandwidth, there by enabling more performance for their games. This new SDK update is making it possible for developers to access additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions. Microsoft today clarified few things regarding this XDK. They confirmed that system level voice commands such as Xbox On will continue to work during games even with this new update. Xbox Wire: What features are lost if developers use the extra GPU performance? Kareem: Kinect Depth and infrared sensors which enable biometric sign-in skeletal tracking, controller pairing, etc. will no longer work for these game titles.  Developers can choose to disable Kinect depth and infrared sensing in different parts of their titles.  The full Kinect experience including skeletal tracking is automatically re-enabled when the user switches back to Home (or other applications), even while in ...

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