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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft’s board has decided on Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally and internal executive Satya Nadella as the likely candidates who might become the next Microsoft CEO. Even though the previously reported internal candidate Tony Bates and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop remain in the possible candidates list, Bloomberg reports that they are currently considered less likely to be offered the top job. Preferences remain fluid and other people are being considered and could emerge as front-runners, said one of the people, without identifying any. According to Microsoft board, an ideal CEO for Microsoft was described as below, A document prepared by the board for the CEO search describes the ideal candidate as one who has an “extensive track record in managing complex, global organizations within a fast-paced and highly competitive market sector; track record of delivering top and bottom line results. Proven ability to lead a ...

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Similar to what Microsoft did during the Xbox One launch, Microsoft now allows you to customize a letter to your girl friend/wife to buy an Xbox One. Message from Microsoft, You’re about as excited as a puppy with a new chew toy to get your very own, but there’s a little snag. Someone in your life hasn’t heard about the new generation in games and entertainment. Don’t worry. We got your back. Simply make your case and fill in the blanks below. With your explanation (and a little sucking up), they’re bound to agree Xbox One will be a great addition to both your lives. Here is the letter,   Source: Xbox ...

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After releasing couple of ads for Surface devices on comparing with Apple iPad, Microsoft today posted the above video ad today. In the new ad, Microsoft focuses on the built-in USB port of Surface devices. The port can be used to charge other devices, connect external drives, accessories, etc,. It compares this feature with Samsung Galaxy Tab which sports only one Micro USB port that will be required during charging. And you need additional accessories to use USB devices in Samsung Galaxy Tab. Watch the video ad above.  Check out more at http://www.surface.com/compare. ...

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Microsoft today announced that the next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in December will be Gears of War* and Shoot Many Robots. Starting Sunday (December 1st)  Gears of War (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th. Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Shoot Many Robots (Normally US $9.99) for free. Microsoft’s “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. Microsoft also revealed that this plan might come to Xbox One users in the future. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft today announced a neat deal for Bing Rewards users. For just 2 credits, you will get a 5% discount coupon to shop at online Microsoft Stores. The online Microsoft Store offers the latest technology products, with free ground shipping and free returns. Bing Rewards launched just over three years ago to deliver a premium experience and help users discover all the ways Bing can provide insight and help get things done. It’s also a way we reward loyal Bing users with some perks as a way of saying thanks for choosing Bing, searching with us consistently and being brand ambassadors. To take advantage of this offer, follow these steps: 1. Pick up the Microsoft Store discount code in the Bing Rewards redemption center. 2. Go to the US online Microsoft Store at http://www.microsoftstore.com. Browse for the products you wish to purchase and add them to your cart. 3. At ...

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Microsoft today launched the Xbox Video on the web. https://video.xbox.com/ will let you browse through Xbox Video Store and search your favorite videos. You can both buy and rent movies and videos from the web interface. Not only you can buy them, you can stream directly within your web browser. The only drawback is that you won’t be able to stream the videos in HD. Microsoft is expected to release a Windows Phone app for Xbox Video service in the coming weeks. Check out Xbox video on the web here. ...

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There were reports in the past that National Security Agency(NSA) may have broken into its global communications links of leading Internet companies including Microsoft. According to the latest report from Washington Post, Microsoft is well aware of this issue and has planned for a high profile meeting within the company to discuss about their plans to prevent possible NSA snooping. Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith recently said that they are focused on engineering improvements that will further strengthen security, including strengthening security against snooping by governments. Washington Post also reported that Microsoft is engaged in a series of high-level meetings to pursue encryption initiatives “across the full range of consumer and business services.” key decisions will be made at a meeting of top executives this week in Redmond. NSA released the following statement in response to questions about Microsoft, “NSA’s focus is on targeting the communications of valid foreign intelligence ...

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Microsoft today released couple of ads to promote Surface devices by comparing them with the competing Apple iPad. The first ad shows the usage of tablets in the cooking scenario. If you want to use a tablet while cooking, Surface is a perfect device for you. Why? Surface comes with built-in Kickstand while you need to purchase separate case for iPad to make it stand straight. Also, the cooking app in the Surface works with gestures allowing you to turn your recipe pages with a wave of your hand. In iPad, you should shout at your tablet with voice commands which often fails. The second ad shows the scenario where a single tablet is shared among the family. In the case of Surface, you can create multiple user accounts with separate login and personalized environment. In Apple iPad, you always have one account and one home screen for all. What ...

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    AT&T today announced that they are ending support for Xbox 360 as a supported U-verse receiver after December 31, 2013. AT&T also announced that they will issue a $60 bill credit to cover that cost of these changes. Dear Valued U-verse® member, We are writing to share important information regarding your Xbox 360®. We will be discontinuing the Xbox 360 as a supported U-verse receiver after December 31, 2013. A previous communication referenced that you would need to purchase an Xbox 360 Gold membership for your Xbox 360 to work with U-verse service. We were planning to issue a $60 bill credit to cover that cost. We will now be issuing a $99 bill credit, which includes the $60, on your U-verse bill within one to two billing cycles. If you would like to order an additional receiver to replace your Xbox please visit att.com/myatt or call us at ...

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Microsoft today posted the full list of items that will be on sale in Xbox 360 Game Store for the upcoming Black Friday week. The deals has already started in Xbox Store and Microsoft will also have more deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can buy games as much as 80% of their original price in the next few days. Find the full list below.  Persistent Week-long Offers (26, Nov. – 2, Dec.) Content Type % off The Bureau XCOM Declassified GonD 67% Deadpool GonD 40% God Mode XBLA 50% Skyrim GOND 50% Skyrim: Dragonborn Add-on 50% Skyrim: Dawnguard Add-on 50% Fallout 3 GOND 50% Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Point Lookout Add-on 66% Fallout 3: The Pitt Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Broken Steel Add-on 66% Wolfenstein 3D XBLA 75% The Cave XBLA 75% Rockstar Table Tennis GonD 66% Tomb ...

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Microsoft started the Scroogled campaign in an effort to teach consumers about how Google invades their privacy and sells their data to advertisers. The latest ad in the series is aimed at consumers who might buy Google Chromebook for its cheap price tags. In the above ad, Microsoft points out the main drawback of Chromebook becoming essentially useless when you don’t have Internet. And they also points out the ways in which Google sells their data to make money.  At Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, it’s all about separating the real deal from the imitation—and the Google Chromebook sticks out like a sore thumb. Rick and his crew are leery of the Chromebook—and you should be, too. See for yourself in this video.  Of course, there is a message at the bottom of the video that Windows laptops are different. A Windows PC delivers everything you need a computer to ...

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According to the report from research firm IHS, Microsoft’s Xbox One costs $471 to build. Microsoft is now selling the console for $499, which leaves very less margin up front when the console is sold. Microsoft expects to earn more money via selling games and services in the future. In comparison, Sony’s PS4 costs $381 to build and it is being sold for $399 in the market. Microsoft’s inclusion of Kinect sensor which costs $75 is the main reason for Xbox One to cost more than Sony PS4.   Rick Sherlund, an analyst with Nomura Securities, has estimated that Microsoft is likely to lose as much as $1 billion this year on the Xbox One, after accounting for research and development plus sales and marketing costs. Typically with videogame systems such as this, the cost of the components does come down, and newer and less-costly components get swapped in over the ...

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After ending their previous partnership with TOM few months back, Microsoft today announced a new partner in China to deliver Skype experiences. Guangming Founder (GMF) will be now operating Skype for Microsoft in China from now on. We are excited to share that an updated version of Skype is now available for users in China through a new relationship. Today, Skype and Guangming Founder (GMF) announced a strategic partnership to deliver Skype across multiple platforms, including PCs and mobile devices. Skype has been at the forefront of changing the way people communicate and GMF is a strong partner with a deep and rich understanding of mobile technology. Our shared excitement about communications and vision for the future will pave the way for us to enrich real communications in China. The beta period starts today, as we migrate users and update the Skype software in China. Users in China will receive ...

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Few days back, we reported about the hardware issue affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. Microsoft responded that they are working directly with those affected to send a replacement console to them as soon as possible through their advance exchange program. In addition to that, Microsoft also announced that these customers will receive free games from Microsoft for the inconvenience caused. While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios. Source: Microsoft ...

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Today, there were lots of reports that Microsoft is banning users for using excessive profanity during private Skype calls and Xbox Live Upload Studio videos. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this issue which confirms that Microsoft does not monitor Skype calls for excessive profanity and few user’s accounts got banned due to some bug. However, they have confirmed that excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations in Xbox Live Upload Studio videos will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon ...

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Lenovo today announced the 10-inch version of Flex 14/Flex 15 laptop convertible. Flex 10 can be used in the classic laptop mode for maximum productivity, when you’re focusing on touch applications, web chatting, or enjoying a film or video, flip the screen 300 degrees to enter stand mode. It comes with 10-Point Multitouch Display running Windows 8.1. Find the detailed specs below. Processor Intel® Quad Core™ Pentium™ N3510 processor Intel® Quad Core™ Celeron® N2910 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2810 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2805 processor Operating System Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Display / Resolution 10.1″ HD (1366 x 768) resolution Graphics Integrated graphics Memory Up to 2GB DDR3L memory (Celeron® model) Up to 4GB DDR3L memory (Pentium™ model) Hard Disk Drive Up to 500GB storage Connectors USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI, Audio combo jack Sound Stereo speakers Integrated Communications Bluetooth® 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Weight (Net) 1.2 ...

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