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Microsoft today announced the release of Visual Studio Update 3 RC, which you can now download. Update 3 brings in new features as well as reliability fixes and bug fixes. It has added support for multi-device development with Apache Cordova, improvements to our diagnostics experience, and general improvements to the user experience including a new setting that enables you to turn off the ALL CAPS menus. You can read the full detailed release notes here. CodeLens support for Git – In Update 3, we’ve added CodeLens support for projects using Git, in addition to those using Team Foundation Version Control.  CodeLens for Git works against the local Git repo and, as such, works whether you are using an onprem TFS server, VS Online, another Git service (like GitHub) or are offline completely.  Next up on the CodeLens slate (not in Update 3 though), is support for CodeLens with TFVC on VS Online.  Read more ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have acquired SyntaxTree, the developers of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio. UnityVS enables Unity developers to take advantage of the productivity of Visual Studio to author, browse and debug the code for their Unity applications. Already today, dozens of the biggest names in game development rely on Visual Studio and the UnityVS plugin. With the acquisition, Microsoft will integrate Unity development inside Visual Studio and also making the plug-in available for free to developers from today. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, Visual Studio provides a great development environment for game developers targeting the breadth of mobile devices, and connecting to the rich services platforms in Azure. I am excited about our opportunity to continue to push game development with Visual Studio forward with the help of the SyntaxTree team. Source: VS blog ...

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Today morning, we reported that Microsoft is joining AllSeen Alliance to participate in the industry discussions around Internet of Things platform. Actually, Microsoft is also joining  Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Microsoft believes that Internet of Things (IoT) represents an undeniable opportunity across a range of industries, and they want to make sure they deliver the right set of platforms and services to realize the IoT opportunity. · Microsoft has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and its founding members AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel in a collaboration that extends across industry, academia and government. The IIC’s goal is to reduce customers’ required time and complexity for building intelligent systems through open interoperability standards and common architectures to connect smart devices, machines, people, processes and data. · Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, which was established in December 2013 to address a major challenge facing IoT, enabling smart, connected devices and objects to work ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have signed patent licensing agreement with Canon and the deal deal will enable further collaboration on R&D. This is a cross licensing agreement as opposed to what Microsoft usually signs with Android device OEMs. Microsoft also highlighted that the deal involves certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO —July2, 2014 —Microsoft Corp. and Canon Inc. on Wednesday broadened their strategic alliance with the announcement of a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. With this agreement, Microsoft and Canon gain licenses to each other’s highly valued and growing patent portfolios. “This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while ...

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Contextually-appropriate task reminders are nothing new in 2014 as digital assitants like Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana already does that. Even though Cortana was released just few months back, Microsoft had this idea of context aware notifications years ago, for example this particular patent was filed back in 2011. The task reminders will be modified based on user’s time, location, tasks ahead, and several other factors. Abstract: A computing device learns over time how to identify task reminders that are most likely to be helpful to a user in different contexts. The task reminders can remind the user of activities that the user needs to do. The computing device displays a graphical user interface (GUI) that contains the task reminders identified as being most likely to be helpful to the user in the user’s current context. The computing device updates the task reminders in the GUI as the user’s context ...

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Microsoft is now delivering a new dashboard app for users to get the latest news about the Xbox Preview program, report problems, and send feedback. You will have quick poll from the Xbox team which you can answer, try out specific new feature and provide feedback and more. From Xbox forums, • Go to Registration to register your console for the Preview program. And if you ever want to opt-out of the program or change your console’s preview settings, you can do that here too. • In Announcements, you’ll find info about what’s changed in each update, what’s new in this preview wave, and which known issues we’re already working on. • Quick poll is a single question from the Xbox team – questions might range from how you’d feel about a feature change to what your favorite Halo game is. And once you answer, you’ll see realtime results from ...

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  We have previously reported about lots of patents related to augmented reality glasses from Microsoft. Today, another interesting patent was published. In this, the method of automatic scrolling of text is described for a see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device. This will allow users to enjoy text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application without any user input to scroll through the content. User’s eye gaze is used as the input to enable this technology. Abstract: A see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device, e.g., in the form of glasses, provides view an augmented reality image including text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application. The presentation of text and/or graphics can be adjusted based on sensor inputs indicating a gaze direction, focal distance and/or biological ...

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Today, Microsoft announced that they are joining Qulcomm backed AllSeen Alliance to support the AllJoyn IoT platform. AllSeen’s mission is to to enable widespread adoption and help accelerate the development and evolution of an interoperable peer connectivity and communications framework based on AllJoyn for devices and applications in the Internet of Everything. Microsoft is joining 50 other members in the AllSeen Alliance, including major consumer electronics players Panasonic, LG Electronics and Sharp, etc,. Source: Recode ...

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Forza Motorsport 5’s much awaited add-on ‘The Hot Wheels Car Pack’ is now available for download. It includes 10 news cars like Lamborghini Veneno, the Lotus Type 49, and the Audi Auto Union Type D. Players can experience Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary car, the dramatic 2013 Lamborghini Veneno – a “First in Forza” exclusive — or travel back in time with the 1939 Audi Union Type D, the pinnacle of pre-war racing, or the 1952 Ferrari 375, the car that started Enzo Ferrari’s post-war racing dynasty. And if you’re craving something brand new, try Audi’s latest offering for the everyday enthusiast, the all-new 2015 Audi S3 Sedan. The rest of the pack includes additional appearances of your favorite cars from Toyota, Mazda, Ford, and more. This new add-on costs $9.99 in the Xbox Live Marketplace. If you are a “Forza Motorsport 5” Car Pass owner, then you can get it for free. One of the cars ...

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A free add-on called “Tactical Taco Pack” is now available for “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” game in Xbox Store. In this game, you need to battle your way through one of the most peculiar gardens you’ll ever see while blasting countless, far from garden-variety zombies with an arsenal of zany weapons that include a garlic drone and the bonkchoy punch. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, offers an in-depth look at all the Tactical Taco madness in “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare’s” upcoming free add-on, available July 1. The “Tactical Taco Party Pack” includes a brand new game mode, Vanquish Confirmed, along with a new map, additional character variants, and a whole lot more. If you don’t own the game, you can order it from Amazon or Microsoft Store from the links below, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One – Microsoft Store. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox ...

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The ‘FutureBrand Index’ is a from brand consultancy FutureBrand, sanctioned by Global Top 100 Companies creator PwC, measures perceptions of brand strength through in-depth quantitative research among thousands of consumers worldwide. FutureBrand Index 2014 list was released today and Microsoft was ranked No.2 in it. Google toped the list with Walt Disney and Apple taking No.3 and No.4 positions respectively. Some key findings in the report include financial value and past performance are no guarantee of future brand strength, being global makes a difference to brand strength, the value-perception gap for brands varies by sector, brand awareness is not enough to drive strong perceptions, Chinese companies and brands are not yet future proof and more. A ‘future brand’ is a brand that is more likely to succeed in the future, not just one that is strong now. This is because it perfectly balances strong perceptions of its purpose in the world ...

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Horacio Gutierrez who is a corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft has left the Worldwide IP group at Microsoft to take a new job within the company. As per his LinkedIn profile, he was previously responsible for Microsoft’s Worldwide Intellectual Property and Innovation Groups, including the legal teams supporting the following functions: Advanced Strategies and Research, Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, Licensing, Standards, as well as Regulatory Counseling and Compliance. Under his new job, he will be in charge of the Products and Services division in Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs department. Horacio Gutierrez is corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Products and Services Group in Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs department. As the head of LCA’s Products and Services Group, he leads the work of over 200 attorneys and legal professionals who provide front-line legal support to all of Microsoft’s business and products teams, including the Operating ...

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When Microsoft released Windows 8.1 last year, consumers were asked to update through Windows Store for the first time. Windows users usually use the built-in Windows update to receive any major updates or bug fixes, Windows RT to Windows RT 8.1 update was not allowed to be done the same way. Because of that, many users didn’t update their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. To fix this, Microsoft has released an update that enables Windows RT to update to Windows RT 8.1. If you have enabled Automatic Updates on a computer that is running Windows RT and that has update 2871389 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2871389)  installed, this update can automatically start the update process to Windows RT 8.1. This update is available from Windows Update (http://update.microsoft.com) It is better for Microsoft to keep everyone updated to the latest OS release. Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft is enabling this option to deliver more frequent ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. We recently reported about a rumor 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 Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing of Modern UI apps. Today, Winsupersite reported that our understanding on this feature is wrong. The new Start Screen will actually replace Start Screen and it is not an option which users can disable. You will be able to maximize the Start menu so ...

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Along with the release of Windows Phone version, Gameloft has released Rivals Knights game for Windows 8/RT devices as well. You can enjoy stunning 3D graphics, dynamic camera angles and lifelike graphics. Unlock over 120 mounts, lances, armor, helms and many more items. Game Description: A TALE OF STRENGTH AND STEEL Live the fantasy of being a knight jousting his way to victory! Compete with thousands of other players in games of glory and adventure! This is the most intuitive, action-packed & visually stunning knight combat game on touch screens!JOUST LIKE A KNIGHT! √ Experience the thrill of fast-paced and highly addictive jousting, for free √ Sharpen your war skills with precision timing and aim √ Battle ruthless foes and rival clans across 5 leagues to seize their castle and thrones √ Embark on an adventure across the kingdom, become a champion and etch your name in history! BONE-BREAKING ACTION √ ...

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