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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

As July is upon us, Microsoft today reminded us that they will begin rolling out the next system update for Xbox One around the world in the coming days. This will bring lots of new and enhanced features like Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to Snap, and more voice control choices in select regions. Read about it in detail below. •Snap Mode for Achievements. As we showed at our E3 Green Carpet event before the show, we’re offering an easier way to track and view your achievements in the moment. With Achievement Snap, you can track your achievement progress in real time without ever leaving the game. You can also ‘Get Help’ on any Achievements you’re struggling with. Xbox will scan the web for you and deliver relevant tips and strategy content right to your TV. •Double-tap to Snap. Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller to bring up Snap Center, where ...

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Last month, Bing team rolled out a new feature in which when a user search for “World Cup Predictions”, or any group matches (both preliminary as well as later in the single elimination rounds) they will display the chances of each respective team to win. This feature became quite popular as Cortana team integrated the same into Windows Phone. With the power of Bing, Cortana got all its predictions correct till now in this world cup. Google also joined the prediction arena with their own prediction for all the matches. Recently, Google got Germany – France match result wrong as Germany won over France making their prediction wrong. Meanwhile, Corana got it correct. Today, Google explained why they got it wrong in their blog post, read it below. And so it went in the quarterfinals. We gave France a 69% chance, but we were wrong. Germany defeated France 1 to 0. ...

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This is getting crazy! After so many reports that Surface Mini project is put on hold at Microsoft, @evleaks today started the discussion again that Microsoft has resumed the production of Surface Mini tablet with the expected release in Summer. Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. There were reports that Surface Mini production was put on hold temporarily. While we were hoping to see Surface Mini as per @evleaks report in the morning, we have got a bad news again. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reports that Microsoft is unlikely to release Surface ...

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Eric Ligman, senior sales manager at Microsoft has posted a blog post containing the list of free e-books from Microsoft. There are over 150 free e-books on various Microsoft products like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more. Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think ...

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Gartner today released their report Worldwide Device Shipments in which they reported that the combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2 percent increase from 2013. Also, Android will continue to lead the pack by over 1 billion units and Windows devices will hold the No.2 position. Garner also feels PC market will see a relative revival this year. “2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. After declining 9.5 percent in 2013, the global PC market (desk-based, notebook and premium ultramobile) is on pace to contract only 2.9 percent in 2014. “Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe,” said Mr. Atwal. “This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in ...

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Last month, we reported that Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users in late July. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. Today, Activision announced that Destiny beta will launch on July 23rd for Xbox One and 360 owners. GAME OVERVIEW From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend. A Bold New World Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden Age. More Ways ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced that they will be offering Yammer Enterprise to all Office 365 Enterprise plans customers. Today they announced that Yammer Enterprise has been added to all Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plans. This addition should further increase the value which Office 365 brings to its customers. As part of this update, all existing Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plan customers will receive licenses for Yammer Enterprise. See Yammer Plans & Pricing for additional information. In addition, Midsize Business and Education customers are no longer required to purchase Yammer Enterprise licenses for external users within their external networks. This also applies to Enterprise customers, as we announced last November. This simple licensing change significantly reduces the friction in cross-organization collaboration and will enable your users to work with customers, partners, and parents and students without having to worry about additional costs. Source: Office blogs ...

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Microsoft Xbox users are experiencing issues is accessing content such as television seasons on Xbox Video. Some users also having issues with resuming playback on the Netflix application. Microsoft acknowledged the existing issue and confirmed that they are working to resolve it. “Xbox members, we know some of you are unable to watch television seasons that you’ve already purchased from Xbox Video, and we’re diligently working to correct this issue right away, We appreciate your patience during this process and will update you again when we have more information.” Read about the status here. ...

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Microsoft today announced their extended partnership with Perfecto Mobile for new mobile device testing features and more. Perfecto Mobile offers a cloud-based solution with thousands of physical devices running various platforms located securely around the world. This cloud-based approach provides an enterprise-grade solution that supports device governance, offshoring, security and scalability. Perfecto Mobile’s Visual Studio templates allows developers to do manual and automated testing to thousands of devices from their existing Team Foundation Server installations or Visual Studio Online accounts. Perfecto Mobile is also bringing support for C# test scripts to their platform. Microsoft also announced following offers, MSDN subscribers now have access to discounted offers for public cloud manual testing (up to 40% off), public cloud automated testing (up to 30% off) and private cloud automated testing (20% off). For Azure users who are not MSDN subscribers, Perfecto Mobile will soon be available through the Azure Store, along with ...

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Microsoft Skype team have been reading and listening to customer feedback ever since they launched the new redesigned Skype for iPhone and they have started incorporating many suggestions. Skype 5.1 update which was released last week included the ability to delete a conversation, edit a message and added a “Skype”-only contact filter, and more. Today, Skype 5.2 for iPhone was released with the following new features, •Voice message support: When you receive a new voice message from someone, it will show up in the conversation. To listen, just press play. •View contact profiles: Simply tap on any contact in your people list and then select profile from the “…” menu, and your contact’s mood message, Skype name, birthday, location and more will be available.  Additionally, if you are in a 1 to 1 conversation, you can just tap on the contact name in the header to bring up their profile. ...

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Microsoft has announced their plans to discontinue all of their offline mapping software products in favor of Bing Maps. It includes Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint. Since all these are traditional software products, the retirement of these products will not affect software already installed. Current users may continue to use Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint to plan their travel adventures and Microsoft will provide online support until at least July 2015. “The success of these products would never had happened were it not for the loyal and supportive fans who purchased the product and its various iterations over the years,” shares Larry Petersen, test lead for Microsoft Streets & Trips. “Speaking at RV rallies over the years, I’ve loved hearing about our avid customers’ experiences using the software to plan and enjoy road trips across North America. The feedback and enthusiasm from our ...

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Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. There were reports that Surface Mini production was put on hold temporarily. Today, @evleaks reported that Microsoft has resumed the production of Surface Mini and it is expected to be released this Summer. At the time of release, Microsoft is also expected to ship Office Gemini release which will include Touch based Office suite for Windows devices. So, we are just few months away from the device launch! Based on previous rumors, here are the details about the upcoming Surface Mini, No built in Kickstand An accessory ...

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  A Microsoft patent filed on December 31, 2012 became public today. In this patent, Microsoft describes a system in which the mood of a user or group of users are collected based on various bio-sensors such as a heart rate monitor, an electrocardiography monitor, or a galvanic skin response monitor and the microcontroller causes a mood-actuated device to react based on the emotional state of the user. Microsoft has described a robotic butterfly as the mood-actuated device which will include a mechanical component that is configured to react by moving based on the emotional state of the user. This patent idea can be applied to various situations. For example, a robot may start entertaining the user if his/her mood is bad or a robot may perform certain action if the person is in medical emergency and more. Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for implementing a mood-actuated device. ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Last month, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. Now, Microsoft Store listing reveals that Kinect for Windows sensor will ship on July 15th. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice- and ...

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ASUS VivoTab RT clearance sale is going on at Amazon. The 32B model is now available for just $175 while 64GB model is now available for $289. Asus VivoTab RT runs on Windows 8 RT and it has 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3.0 1.3 GHz Processor, 32 GB Flash Memory and 2 GB RAM Memory. You can also buy optional mobile docking station. Key Features 10.1″ HD (1366×768) Super IPS+, OGS Touch Panel, Outdoor Readable Mode Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor for best web experience with up to two times faster browsing, and console-quality gaming Ultra-slim and light (0.33″ thin and 1.16lbs light) with metallic finish design 2MP front camera and 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment Optional Docking station with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 7 hours of battery life, to instantly turn ...

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One of the cool things that Microsoft announced at BUILD is that they are joining the Internet of Things trend. Windows on Devices was announced which will enable developers to write apps for all kind of electronic items. Developers can build a smart coffee mug, talking bear, robots, etc, based on this platform. Intel’s Galileo platform will act as developmental hardware. Now, Microsoft is giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for the program. What will you create? Development hardware like the Intel Galileo board allows you to read temperature sensors, power robot servos, check for intruders, blink a bunch of LED lights, or even make a little music. Whether you are an experienced Windows developer looking to jump into the Internet of Things or you are new to Windows development and want to build the next big thing—we’re excited to see what you can do. Early and often ...

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