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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft has today released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Microsoft will release this as part of update in the coming weeks. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs. Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support–with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers. Download it here from Microsoft. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie ...

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Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet is now available for order for Dell.com. Like Asus Transformer T00, Dell Venue 11 Pro offers great value for money. It just costs $499 for 64GB model, which I think is pretty great. The only model now available for order is Dell Venue Pro 11  with quad core Intel Atom  processor and 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage. It comes with  10.8″ Full HD display with active stylus support. It has NFC built-in as well. It has Integrated 2MP HD Webcam (front) / 8MP (back), swappable battery option and also comes with Office 2013 pre-installed. Dell is also selling optional keyboards along with the device. Dell Tablet Keyboard – Slim will cost $129.99, Dell Tablet Keyboard – Mobile will cost $159.99, and Dell Active Stylus will cost $34.99. Source: Dell ...

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Along with the announcement about real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps, Microsoft also announced set of new features of Word Web App and Excel Web App. Read about new Word Web App features here. Excel Web App has got new features such as status bar aggregates, ability to reorder sheets, drag and drop cells and more. Read them below. Real-time co-authoring and presence Excel Web App has supported multiple users editing the same workbook for years, but with this release things have gotten a lot better in two ways: the data flows between editors much faster (nearly instantly in most cases) and now you can see what cells other users are editing so that you don’t accidentally edit the same cell at the same time. This area is also exciting because we’ve added the same functionality to Word and PowerPoint Web Apps–read more about it here. Besides support for Freeze ...

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Along with the announcement about availability of real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps, Microsoft also announced bunch of new features on Word Web App. It includes some of the most requested features such as Header, footer support, Find and replace, Automatic document saving and more. Real Time Markers: When many people are simultaneously collaborating it can difficult to follow who’s changing what. To make real-time collaboration simpler, now your peers’ cursor location in the document is marked with small indicators so you can always see where others are working in the document. Save as you go: Life is full of worries. We’ve brought Auto-Save into the Word Web App because losing your work shouldn’t be one of them. With this update, the Word Web App automatically saves your documents when you make changes, so the next time you’re focusing on your report, remembering to hit save can be the last thing on your mind. Headers, ...

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Microsoft today announced that real-time co-authoring is now available in Office Web Apps. So, now you can contribute and edit documents simultaneously with your friends and family in the Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App or Excel Web App. You can now see the real-time presence which helps you see where your co-authors are working in the document. Also, there is a new ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen which will help you and your co-authors stay on the same page. For example, your whole team can choose to work in the Web Apps for a highly collaborative working meeting to get a shared project done. But what if somebody on your team isn’t available? That teammate can choose to make revisions when he’s able, even from the Office applications on his computer. His changes will sync up to the document stored in the cloud ...

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Yesterday, Major Nelson posted a Vine showing how you can scan a QR code using Xbox One and Kinect. Remember the old days of entering a 25 digit code to redeem it? Now, you have to simply say “Xbox, use a code” and show the Kinect your QR code printed on the back of your redeemable item. Kinect will instantly scan and recognize it. All this can be done within 6 seconds as Major Nelson does in the above Vine. Are you excited about Xbox One launch? Source: Major Nelson ...

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In an effort to appreciate their support for Xbox, Microsoft is giving away free Xbox One consoles, games and other items for its loyal Xbox customers. One guy received Killer Instinct game while the other received Xbox One console itself. They were informed via email. The email reads: “You’re a fan of us and we’re a fan of yours. Thank you for your dedication to Xbox. We want to show you our appreciation so we’re giving you Killer Instinct. “We’ve unlocked all characters so you can hit the ground running. Watch your inbox on 22 November for instructions on how to claim your free gift.” Great way to engage with the loyal community! Source: CVG ...

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Last week, Microsoft Skype team announced that they are ending the Skype Desktop APIs to focus on improving other experiences around Skype. However, Skype team today announced that Skype Desktop APIs for call recording and compatibility with hardware devices is not going away. The investments we’re making in Skype – to a highly mobile, cloud connected world – come with some key changes to our application and service architecture, and by extension – our support for the Desktop API used by 3rd party developers to extend Skype functionality.  Previously we shared that we would retire the Desktop API later this year. However, I’m happy to share that we will be extending support for two of the most widely used features – call recording and compatibility with hardware devices – until we determine alternative options or retire the current solution. Although chat via third party applications, will cease to work as previously ...

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Nokia today detailed the upcoming Video Director app for Lumia 2520 tablet. Nokia announced this app back at Nokia World and this app will be available for download when Lumia 2520 goes on sale. Video Director app allows you to create stylized videos in a matter of minutes, even if you have no prior video-editing experience. As opposed to Windows Phone 8 platform, Windows 8 has the ability to encode video. You can take user videos, open them up, apply filters and change them, and then re-encode the whole thing into a new video. Jason Davis, producer for the app from Nokia said that Windows 8 platform has all of the ingredients needed to make a really solid video editing app. Nokia Video Director uses what Jason describes as a three-step process. First, you pick the video clips and photos that you want to include. Next, you pick a Nokia “style” – ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofit community around the world. Yes, it is available for free. If you are an eligible nonprofit organization or part of public libraries, you can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program. If you’re ready to get started with Windows 8.1, here are a few steps you can take to learn more: Request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit. Or, if you’re already on Windows 8, you can simply upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1 through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Register for the Windows 8.1 webinar on Thursday, November 14, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, hosted by TechSoup. Todd Rutherford, senior product marketing manager–Windows Consumer, Microsoft, will provide a demo of Windows 8.1. Tell your favorite nonprofit about Microsoft’s software donation program and encourage them to visit www.Microsoft.com/nonprofit. Source: Microsoft ...

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Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners who are Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to free Xbox music streaming supported with ads. This is similar to free music streaming on Windows 8 PCs and music.xbox.com. But this differs from Xbox 360, where users must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) and an Xbox Music Pass ($10/month) to access the streaming service. We are not sure whether there will be a limit for users to 10 hours of free music streaming per month after six months, and you can pay a monthly fee to get unlimited access. Update: Albert today tweeted that he was wrong about the above information. Free ad supported streaming is not coming to Xbox One. I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. ...

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Often we come across comparisons of Microsoft Surface with Apple iPad. While both of them are meant to be tablets, Microsoft Surface running Windows RT is much more powerful than an Apple iPad. When you compare recently released Apple iPad Air and Microsoft Surface 2, I think Surface 2 offers lot more value to most of the consumers with full web browser support, USB port and kickstand built-in and more. This fan made video released yesterday shows the capabilities of Surface 2. In this video I show off my favorite features in the Microsoft Surface 2, with windows 8.1 RT. I show off voice control (windows speech recognition), multiple monitor support, and a variety of accessories via USB hub (including external hard drive, mouse, keyboard, and Xbox 360 controller integration). I show how I connect the Surface 2 to my HDTV as well as wireless casting of music and video! ...

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  The official Facebook app got updated in Windows Store with support for Notification Control Settings. Go to App Settings Charm in Facebook app, you will be able to find the new Notification Settings option. Once you go into that, you will have option to toggle notifications for the following list of items. Messages Wall Poke Friend Request Friend Confirmed Feed Confirmed Feed Comment Reply Share Comment Share Reply Photo Tag Photo Comment Photo Album Comment Photo Reply Photo Comment Tagged Photo Album Reply Event Invite Event Update Event Cancel Added to Group Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: WinObs ...

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Microsoft’s board is in search for the new CEO for Microsoft as current CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring next month. Microsoft previously announced that they are considering both internal and external candidates for this job. Today, Reuters reported that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally are now part of the shortlisted CEO candidates list. Reuters also revealed that the internal candidates under consideration includes former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief. Microsoft is expected to reveal its upcoming CEO in the coming months once this search process ends. Source: Reuters ...

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There are few custom themed Xbox One consoles that will go on auction from Nov-15th. If you are in the US, then take part in the Every 2 Minutes promotional campaign for the Xbox One. You should purchase specially labeled Mountain Dew or Doritos products with codes that can be entered into the Every 2 Minutes website. The codes turn into points that can be banked and used in auctions, including those for Xbox One consoles featuring the special case designs. Details on the Consoles available in auction are listed below. RYSE: SON OF ROME: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Ryse: Son of Rome 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content DEAD RISING 3: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Dead Rising 3 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content FORZA MOTORSPORT 5: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. ...

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Many are not aware of this fact. If you’re a Gmail user, Google scans all of your sent and received messages, extracts keywords that they think are relevant to you, and then uses that data to target you with ads. All email service providers protect your inbox by scanning for spam, phishing attempts and malware, but not all email providers use the words from your email to show you ads. Microsoft is focusing on this point with a new campaign titled “Keep Your Email Private” against Google’s Gmail to protect user’s privacy. Google goes through every Gmail that’s sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads. And there’s no way to opt out of this invasion of your privacy. Watch the video below. Visit Keep Your Email Private for more details. ...

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