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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft Xbox team today revealed their plans to celebrate the launch of Xbox One with Xbox fans around the world, when it launches next Friday, Nov. 22. Microsoft has planned more than 10,000 retail locations for mid-night launches. More than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 22 to welcome fans amidst great fanfare. Festivities will kick off in major cities around the world, starting in Auckland, NZ and continuing through Sydney, London, New York City and Los Angeles, uniting fans who have come together to celebrate the availability of Xbox One. The celebrations will be showcased in a live broadcast airing on Spike TV, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, also on Xbox.com and on Xbox Live. “Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we ...

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After the reports which came online yesterday, Joe Belfiore himslef confirmed on Twitter that he is taking over the work involving user experience for Windows and Internet Explorer in addition to Windows Phone UX which he is already responsible for. I think this is a great news for ‘One Microsoft’ strategy as Joe will be responsible for the Windows, Windows Phone and IE UX. Congrats to Joe Belfiore for his new role at Microsoft! ...

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We are just few weeks away from Black Friday deals. Many retailers in the US have started publishing their deal information online. BesyBuy yesterday revealed their upcoming Black Friday deals. It includes Surface tablet (previously known as Surface RT) as well. Surface 32GB will go on sale for $199, down from its original price of $349.99. The deal will be valid from November 28-30, 2013. Get ready for the Black Friday shopping! Source: BestBuy ...

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There is a limited time deal going on at Microsoftstore.com. When you buy a Surface 2 64GB model and a Type Cover 2 bundle, you can get a free Touch Cover. Touch Cover comes in various colors and it costs $79.99. Another deal was with Surface Pro 2, you can save over $75 by buying the bundle which includes Office 365 Home Premium, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, Touch Cover (Cyan), and Surface Pro Screen Protector. You can buy this bundle for $269.00 instead of the regular price of $348.97. Find the deal here. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced the expanded availability of Office 365 to 17 new countries and 4 new languages. With this expansion, Office 365 is now available in 123 markets, additionally 120-day trials are available in 18 markets where paid subscriptions may become available in the future. The new languages are Indonesian, Kazakh, Hindi, and Hebrew, bringing the number of Office 365 languages to 40, including English. New trial markets include: Palestinian Territories, Congo (DRC), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Botswana, Namibia, Curaçao, Faroe Islands, Monaco, St. Kitts and Nevis, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Afghanistan, and Tanzania. New markets with paid subscriptions include: Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Lebanon, Jamaica, Bolivia, Brunei, Nicaragua, Honduras, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Georgia, Ghana, Mauritius, Iraq, Bermuda, Rwanda, Belize, Cameroon, Moldova, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Angola, and Libya. You can find the full list of countries available here. Source: Office Blog ...

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NOOK for Windows 8 just got updated to v1.7 with support for Windows 8.1 and many new features. Find the full list of new features below.  Features: · New Large and Small Live Tile sizes · Import ePub and PDF files from your PC or SkyDrive to access your favorite content in one place · Type anywhere in the app to search your Library or search within the NOOK Shop to find new books, magazines, newspapers and comics. · Send feedback feature allows for enhanced customer support · Improved support for use in portrait orientation and a range of window sizes · Navigation and usability enhancements · Bug fix to address missing content: existing users should sign out and sign back in following upgrade Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Microsoft today revealed their limited edition white Xbox One console, Kinect and controller. First of all, don’t get excited. These limited edition console is not for public sale and it is limited to Microsoft’s IEB employees. Microsoft is auctioning one of these console for the good. Read about it below. In honor of Veteran’s Day here in the US I was able to snag one of the super limited edition white Xbox One Consoles and will be auctioning it off to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This is the same limited edition console that will be given to Microsoft IEB employees and isn’t for sale anywhere else. The winning bid will not only receive the extremely limited edition white Xbox One (console, Kinect and controller) but will also receive one year of Xbox Live, and a copy of each of our first party launch titles including Forza Motorsport 5, ...

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Many Microsoft employees expressed their happiness about the e-mail they got from Lisa Brummel, head of HR at Microsoft today. The mail states that Microsoft is ending the highly criticized stack ranking system among employees. Lisa mentioned in her mail that “no more curve,” , and there “will no longer be a pre-determined targeted distribution.” In the management system known as “stack ranking”, every team must rate a certain percentage of employees as top performers, good performers, average and poor. It was reported that this system lead to lots of unhappy employees and created a bad environment among the team. This should surprise everyone because companies like Amazon, Facebook and Yahoo has recently started their own versions of stack ranking for employees and Microsoft is ending it completely. There is no information on the upcoming review system at Microsoft. Lisa’s email to her employees, To Global Employees, I am pleased to announce that we ...

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Microsoft today released firmware updates for Surface devices which includes Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro. Surface 2 received the most significant update which includes lots of improvements across the system like wireless performance, system performances, audio performance, battery life improvements, etc. Surface 2: •Performance improvements for all Type Cover and Touch Cover versions. •Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates to improve wireless display performance. •Camera improvements. •Audio improvements including switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset. •System performance and stability improvements. •Battery life improvements. Surface Pro: Windows 8.0 •Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2. Windows 8.1 •Update to the LifeCam driver to increase TrueColor fidelity. •Update to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers to enable improved wireless display performance and to further enhance Wi-Fi network performance and stability. Surface RT: Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type ...

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Microsoft today posted couple of videos to demonstrate two main features of Xbox One. One is the new snap view which allows you to multitask on Xbox One. You can snap two apps at the same time on your TV screen. For example, Live TV and game at the same time, or IE and a video. Another video shows off the new personalization features on Xbox One. Watch them below. Yusuf Mehdi demonstrates how to use the new Snap feature to multitask on Xbox One We built Xbox One to be your Xbox One.  Major Nelson talks with Emily and Zach from the Xbox team about choice and personalization on Xbox One. ...

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Nokia has recently released getting started support videos for Nokia Lumia 2520 on its YouTube channel. The videos shows off the key parts of the device, etc,. Nokia Lumia 2520 is going on sale in the US from November 22nd. It will cost $499 for the 32GB model and it has LTE support as well. Display: Display size: 10.1 ” Display technology: ClearBlack, IPS LCD Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch Photography: Primary camera sensor size: 6.7 MP ZEISS optics: Yes Power management: Maximum standby time: 25 days Battery capacity: 8000 mAh LTE max data speed DL: 150 Mbps Processor: Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Processor type: Quad-core 2.2 GHz   via: MNB ...

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Microsoft has started releasing TV commercials to promote its upcoming Xbox One entertainment console. The latest commercial is titled “Xbox One: Retirement Home”. It features former NFL stars Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher discussing about their lives after retirement through Xbox One. This ad shows off the new snap mode functionality in Xbox One where they both play Madden NFL 25 and at the same time having a chat using Kinect. Watch the ad above. You can watch the previous ad here. ...

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Windows Store was launched along with Windows 8 almost one year ago. Windows Store allows users to download apps developed on modern UI on their Windows 8/Windows 8.1 machines. According to latest data from Microsoft, Windows Store racked up roughly 1.7 million daily downloads, both free and paid, in October(around 51.2 million applications totally). This is a 38.56% increase in numbers since June. While this numbers may look good when you look at it independently, it pales in comparison with Apple App Store and Google Play Store. According to recent Apple numbers, App Store reached almost 74 million app downloads daily. I’m not drawing any conclusions from these numbers since Windows Store is an year old entity while Apple App Store has been over there for almost 5 years. With the launch of Windows 8.1 and many touch screen devices in the market, I hope Windows Store downloads accelerates over ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new SkyDrive experience on Xbox One. SkyDrive on Xbox One allows you to enjoy your photos and videos, or those shared with you, on the big screen. Yes, you can view SkyDrive albums shared with you along with your own content. Microsoft downloads a 1080p thumbnail of the photo you view, but when you want to zoom and pan, Microsoft downloads the full version of the photo. There is also a cool slideshow feature that will enhance the viewing experience. SkyDrive app also takes advantage of exclusive Xbox One features such as OneGuide, Snap view, voice and gesture support and more. The Xbox is an all-in-one entertainment device. To help you find content, the Xbox OneGuide is the single source to browse and find live TV, on-demand streaming video from apps, or even your own SkyDrive photos or videos. Apps can plug into the OneGuide platform and show content in the ...

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  Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer at Microsoft today announced that he moving to work on different project within Microsoft. He was there in the IE team for almost 9 years. He assured that Microsoft with its capable leaders will continue to invest in web standards, tooling, etc,. Here is the message from his blog post, Moving the Web forward continues to be important. The Web and the IE team have come a long way from our first posts here. This blog will continue to cover advances and issues of interest to people who care about the Web, like HTML5, performance, touch, security, and the like. I’m changing roles at Microsoft, and excited to start a new team to take on something new. Microsoft will of course continue to invest in the browser, in Web standards, in developer tooling for the Web, in privacy, and in even more ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced a new music video search experience which allows you to explore, discover and browse music videos on Bing. Microsoft has indexed about 1.7 million songs, 70,000 artists and a half a million albums. The home page of the search experience looks like the above. How Does it Work? When you search for a song, say Tighten Up by the Black Keys. You will see the most popular video showcased in the top-left of the screen. Microsoft is using Bing’s machine learning capabilities to show the most relevant and popular music video for an artist, album or song in the upper right of the screen. The videos are from YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more. You just need to hover over the video to see a preview and click play button to watch the full version. More information from Bing blog, Find the Song You’re Looking For We’re not just about ...

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