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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft reported its latest financial quarter results last week and it was better than what many analysts expected. As Microsoft is transforming into a Devices and Services unit, the results of the newly formed Devices unit is an important one. As per the recent SEC filing by Microsoft, Microsoft is still losing money on every Surface device sold. The sales of the tablet has not hit the volume to make it profitable. For the quarter ended on March 31st, Microsoft lost about $45 million in Surface sales and about $300 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2014. Three months ended March 31, 2014 compared with three months ended March 31, 2013: Surface revenue was $494 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014. Surface revenue increased due to a higher number of units sold. Surface cost of revenue was $539 million for the three months ended March ...

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In an interview to GigaOM, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth praised Microsoft’s Cloud service Azure for treating Linux as a first class citizen in the product. Also, he pointed out that Microsoft Azure might be the service that might give Amazon Web Services a run for its money in the future. “I have never had an experience engaging with the Microsoft cloud guys where I felt that they saw Linux as a second-class citizen. I think they have an undeniable institutional prerogative to make Windows a great experience and to convince people that it’s going to be the right platform for themselves. But I think the Azure team saw straightforwardly that if they wanted people to trust them in moving their data centers into Microsoft’s data center, then they had to be able to move everything — and a lot of that was going to be Linux.” And, he added, “The ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. Today marks a monumental day for Xbox, as together with our partner BesTV New Media Co., we announced we will bring Xbox One to China in September of this year. This is a historic moment in our partnership as we work toward the first official Xbox launch in China. Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. The culture of games and entertainment is rapidly growing in China, with nearly half a billion people playing games – roughly a third of the country’s population and more than the entire population of North America. The ...

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    Acer today announced Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series which comes in colorful notebooks to accentuate users’ personalities. These laptops offers outstanding productivity tools with 14- and 15.6-inch displays and options for 4th generation Intel Core processors, discrete graphics and up to 1 TB of storage and also come with precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience. Another good this is the Skype Certified(1) voice over IP (VoIP) experience. Read the full press release. Acer today announces the Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series built with time-tested technologies ideal for users who require everyday productivity and infotainment at an affordable price. In addition, a variety of fashionable colors are available to accentuate users’ personalities. A complete range of viewing options is available to satisfy differing customer needs with the choice of Touch/Non-Touch, Full HD/HD, and glare or matte display. ...

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Just after a month of its release, Microsoft has updated Office for iPad apps today with several new features. One of the most requested feature by users since its release was printing support, Microsoft has added that now. Also, they have added Smart Guides in PowerPoint and more. Your top request is here! You can now print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrintTM printer. In Word for iPad, you can choose to print a document with or without markup. In Excel, print a selected range, a single worksheet or an entire spreadsheet. Of course, you can select the pages or slides you want to print. SmartGuides in PowerPoint help you align pictures, shapes, and textboxes as you move them around on a slide. With very little effort, your presentations will look beautifully designed. AutoFit in Excel now lets you adjust the width of multiple rows or ...

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Acer today announced couple of 11.6-inch Windows laptops in the name of Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11. These laptops stand out from the crowd with new FlowCurve design – an external rear curve that continues through the interior to create a unique visual flow and also comes with a fan-less design for cool and quiet computing. Other highlights are the precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience and various color options to display users’ individual style. Read the full press release below. Acer today unveils two new 11.6-inch notebooks, the Acer Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11, which feature a distinctive FlowCurve and fan-less design for stylish, cool, and quiet computing. The thin and light notebooks are ideal for consumers who require technology that looks chic and fulfills all their infotainment needs on the go. The new thin and light 11.6-inch notebooks ...

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Acer today announced a new 2-in-1 Windows device called Aspire Switch 10. Just like Lenovo Yoga it can be used in various modes, the only difference is that the display can be detached.It allows users to use it in following 4 modes, Notebook mode–as a fully functional PC with spacious keyboard and Precision Touchpad for comfortable typing and productive work. Pad mode–as a tablet for browsing the Internet, viewing movies, and having everything in your hand. Display mode–switch the screen to show content, such as a presentation file in meetings or sharing photos with friends. Tent mode–for confined spaces while travelling such as an airplane cabin or on a side coffee table. It’s also the ideal mode for watching movies. Acer Aspire Switch 10 will have the standard Windows tablet spec with a HD screen, up to 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM is powered by an Intel® Atom™ (Bay ...

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CNBC today posted a list of people called CNBC’s First 25. They have ranked list of the 25 people we judge to have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, the year CNBC went live. They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was ranked 2nd among the list and Apple founder Steve Jobs topped the list. Even though the author claims that the ranks are arguable, they have chosen based on the inputs from the panelists. Jobs at No. 1 and Gates at No. 2? Or should it be the other way around? After all, there hardly would have been a personal computer revolution without Gates. Yes, you say, but if he hadn’t propagated an operating system, somebody else would have. True, but Gates did it. And even if IBM handed him the ball, ...

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Last month, OneNote launched the initial version of their API. The first set of features were focused on scenarios for creating pages in OneNote: mobile app scanners, hardware scanners, save-it-for-later for newsreaders, etc. The team listed of the capabilities and features that OneNote is planning to deliver over the next 3 to 6 months. Among them, PDF Rendering was on the top of the list. In the current API, you can create a page with a PDF attachment, but it cannot be rendered onto the page directly. This feature will enable a PDF to be rendered onto the page, making it usable directly on the OneNote page. Since PDF is by far the most popular scan format, this is particularly important to scanner scenarios. I’m happy to announce that we’re keeping up on our promise to deliver from our backlog as frequently as possible. Just a few weeks after releasing ...

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Microsoft Store US is now offering great discounts on Surface devices for students. Microsoft Stores have been offering 10% discount to students already. In addition to that, they are now offering $100 discounts on orders. Surface Pro 2 can be now ordered for as low as $709 for 64GB model. 64GB $709.10 128GB $799.10 256GB $1069.10 512GB $1519.10 How to get Surface Pro 2 for above prices? Go to this Microsoft Store education page and sign in by providing details on your school Go to Microsoft Surface Pro 2 page here and add to your cart. Use promo code GRADUATION to get $100 Off. Find the offers from Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft Store is now selling Surface devices in the UK on great discounts targeting students, Windows XP users and more. Here are the deals, Save £80 on a Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 when you shop from your Windows XP computer.* Free £10 Store Voucher if you buy the Surface Now Students now save 10% off student pricing on Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2. Surface Pro Bundle now for £399.90 includes everything you need: Surface Pro 64GB, Touch Cover (White) and Office 365 Home. Don’t miss the chance to save over £184! Buy Surface Pro and get Buy now and get a FREE Touch cover Find more details at Microsoft Store UK. ...

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The creators behind the super hit Halo series is now working on a new game called Destiny. Destiny will be releasing in September for on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Bungie is planning to release a beta of this game in the coming weeks and you can get access to the beta by pre-ordering the game from Amazon. Destiny 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 ...

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Last week, Microsoft posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. The video shown involved the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Today, Microsoft posted another marketing video. This time, Surface 2 is being used by a wedding planner. Ashlee is a wedding planner and someone who pretty much helps turn people’s dreams into reality. Being a wedding planner she plans and executes one of the most important days in a person’s life, and she’s using Surface 2 as her one device to fulfill her passion for helping people write their love stories. Ashlee spends a lot of time on the go and out on location. On a given afternoon she might be out testing cakes or ...

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Today, Microsoft released an update (2961887) for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT, and for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows RT 8.1. The update addresses the vulnerabilities described in Adobe Security bulletin APSB14-13. For more information about this update, including download links, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2961887. The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center: Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8.1 (KB2961887) Download the Windows8.1-KB2961887-x86.msu package now.  Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8.1 x64-based systems (KB2961887) Download the Windows8.1-KB2961887-x64.msu package now. Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 (KB2961887) Download the Windows8-RT-KB2961887-x86.msu package now. Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 x64-based systems (KB2961887) Download the Windows8-RT-KB2961887-x64.msu package now. Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2961887) Download ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to its Windows Intune service to add support for Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Knox devices. The previous update provided the ability to deploy and remove email profiles on mobile devices, data protection configuration settings for devices running iOS 7, and the ability to remotely lock or reset a device’s PIN. Today we are rolling out an update to Windows Intune which will provide support for Windows Phone 8.1 as well support for Samsung Galaxy devices supported with the KNOX platform. For Windows Phone 8.1, there are additional device configuration settings, software installation (sideloading) enhancements, selective wipe, support for Web Authentication Broker (WAB) enrollment, and automatic MDM certificate renewal. For Samsung devices which support KNOX, we now support device configuration settings directly through KNOX Standard (formerly Samsung SAFE) as well as through Exchange ActiveSync.   The configuration settings are the same today, and we’re working on releasing ...

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Microsoft today revealed more details about the Xbox Originals program in which they there are over 12 different projects are under production. We already know that Steven Spielberg is working with 343 Industries for Halo based interactive content, in addition to this, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner Ridley Scott is working a another Halo based Digital feature for Xbox. The project is expected to be released later this year along with new Halo game launch. When asked about whether Scott Free production is another Web series, like Forward Unto Dawn (a Halo live-action show from 2012), Levin said, “Similar, but higher budget. We’re biting off something a little bigger. We’ll be shooting in Ireland and Iceland. It’s not following Master Chief.” From Venture Beat, Halo embarked on a digital feature a couple of years ago. It was a risk at the time because we weren’t sure how the fans ...

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