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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

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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Every July 4th on Independence Day, there will be a spike in people across the US who search for “fireworks” on Bing. Microsoft Bing team decided to study the data to get new insights about it. For that, they created a “firework index” which is the number of searches containing the phrase “fireworks” divided by the total number of searches (for a given location on a given day) and they take this index as correlating to the general level of interest in fireworks. Find the result below. The striking thing you can notice is that southern portion of the country has a relatively mild interest in the fireworks. The least interested fireworks enthusiasts call Louisiana and Mississippi home. The Northeast appears to be home to the most rabid firework fans.  The most fervent firework searchers can be found in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. On the west coast, Washington State stands out ...

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This week’s games and add-on Deals with Gold in now live in the Xbox Games Store. You can enjoy these discounts from now now through 7 July 2014. Find the list of games under this deal below, Xbox One: Content Title Content Type Discount % Thief Xbox One Game 40% Assassin’s Creed IV MP Character #1 Blackbeard’s Wrath* Add-on 30% Assassin’s Creed IV MP Multiplayer #2 Guild of Rogues* Add-on 30% Assassin’s Creed IV Season Pass* Add-on 30% Assassin’s Creed IV Freedom Cry* Add-on 30% Assassin’s Creed IV Illustrious Pirates* Add-on 30% Xbox 360: Content TitleContent TypeDiscount % Child of Light Arcade 33% Flashback Arcade 67% Cloudberry Kingdom Arcade 67% Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Arcade 75% I Am Alive Arcade 75% From Dust Arcade 75% Freefall Racer Arcade 75% Narco Terror Arcade 75% Pro Evolution Soccer* Games on Demand 67% Pro Evolution Soccer World Challenge Day* Add-on 50% Assassin’s Creed IV Add-ons* Assassin’s Creed IV MP Character #1 Blackbeard’s Wrath Add-on 30% Assassin’s ...

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In an email sent to customers in the European Union, Microsoft announced that they will no longer charge customers with VAT tax during their purchase of Skype Credits. So, customers can only pay for the amount of credit they require at the point-of-purchase. Previously, the Luxembourg VAT rate of 15% generally applies if you are located in the EU and Skype products are purchased and used within the EU although products purchased in Switzerland attracts a local 8% VAT rate. The changes below are effective from 28 July 2014: Pay As You Go, Skype Credit, and Auto-recharge: For Pay As You Go calls, VAT is charged when you make the call. Call rates will be exactly what you pay for your calls, inclusive of taxes.  This makes it easy for you to clearly see how much your calls made from Skype cost. More information on our PAYG rates can be ...

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Tyler Schrenk was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident two years ago, and since then his daily activities became a lot more challenging. Thanks to Microsoft software engineer Jose Blakeley whom he met in a Church last year, he became aware of Windows speech recognition. To make use of it, he bought Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 to use for his daily activities. Using his voice, Schrenk operates a variety of Microsoft products and services – Internet Explorer, Bing, Outlook, Word and Excel. Now, he uses his tablet for a growing number of tasks: an Excel spreadsheet to track his caloric intake; Outlook to send email; and Internet Explorer to keep track of his fantasy football league, and follow his favorite teams: the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies. Not just Surface, he also uses Xbox One with Kinect. Since the whole system is voice enabled, ...

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As Microsoft announced last year, Microsoft is today expanding encryption across their services in an effort to reinforce legal protections for their customers’ data. All Outlook.com emails are now encrypted like how Office 365 e-mail works already. This will provide even greater protection for user’s data across all the great Microsoft services that you depend on every day. First, Outlook.com is now further protected by Transport Layer Security, or TLS, encryption for both outbound and inbound email. This means that when you send an email to someone, your email is encrypted and thus better protected as it travels between Microsoft and other email providers. Of course, this requires their email service provider to also have TLS support. Over the past six months, we have been working across the industry to further protect and help ensure your mail remains protected. This includes working closely with several international providers throughout our implementation, ...

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Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser market share stats for the month of June. Internet Explorer market share is up 0.21%, from 58.17 percent to 58.38 percent. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a modest growth by increasing by 0.2% from 17.01 percent to 17.03 percent. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 20.89% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is now at 3.55%, we expect the number to go down in the coming months as Microsoft has ended the support for Windows XP in which it was the default browser. Among other browsers, Google Chrome gained nearly 2% to grab 19.34% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 15.54% of the market. ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of June show growing OS market for Windows 7 and Windows XP while Windows 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 50% marketshare (50.55 percent in June), up from 50.06 percent in May. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.54% down from 12.64% last month. Windows XP saw a slight increase to 25.31% down from 25.27% last month. Mac OSX 10.9 currently holds a 3.95% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 2.95%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. Source: ...

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Sony announced plans in February to sell its VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners. The new company will be called Vaio Corporation and it was launched today with new product announcements. Vaio Corporation will initially sell Vaio devices only in Japan. Today, they announced Vaio Pro 11 and Vaio Fit Windows laptops at an event in Japan. CEO Takayuki Sekitori said that his new company will maintain the VAIO DNA and attention to detail in the upcoming products. Visit for VAIO website more details on their products. Source: Engadget ...

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As per latest reports, Microsoft is planning to enter Korea’s search engine market in a full-fledged way in the second half of this year. When Microsoft launched Bing in 2009, Bing was launched in beta in Korea. Microsoft partnered with local technology company Daum Communications to improve its search results. Till now, the service remains almost the same from which was launched 5 years back. Microsoft is now looking to change this by entering the marketing with a aggressive push with strengthening its cooperation with Daum Communications while boosting its own Bing service. Microsoft is also planning to bring Bing News, Bing Images and more to Korean market by partnering with local companies. According to the industry, Microsoft Korea plans to strengthen its cooperation with Daum Communications while boosting its own Bing service. Microsoft has been preparing its crucial “News” category in cooperation with domestic journals, producing a new title ...

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Microsoft was awarded with Best Corporate Offset Programme by the Environmental Finance magazine which published the results of its fifth annual Voluntary Carbon Market survey. Voters were asked to make their selections from more than 720 companies which were nominated and it was voted on the basis of efficiency and speed of transaction, reliability, innovation, quality of service provided and influence on the market, not just the volume of transactions handled. Microsoft has consistently worked to develop its carbon offset program, and we have written about some of the work we’ve been able to accomplish across the globe, from ecosystem conservation and community development in Madagascar and Indonesia to health improvements and emissions reductions in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ghana. Our partnership with the CarbonNeutral Company has been a key part of the successful implementation of these projects, and they were voted in Environmental Finance’s survey as Best Offset Retailer for the fourth ...

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