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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft Japan has announced that Resona Holdings Inc. has migrated approximately 30,000 client terminals to Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013. Resona Holdings, which had been running on group client terminals, completed the migration in February 2014, well before Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 on April 9. This 30,000-unit deployment of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 is one of the largest ever made. Resona Holdings, which oversees the operations of Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, Kinki Osaka Bank and other group companies, intends to become a “true retail bank that is highly trusted by our customers and the local community.” Its business revitalization plan prioritizes leveraging “All Resona” comprehensive capabilities, promoting cross-selling and reducing operational costs. The key features of Resona Holdings’ migration to Windows 8 and Office 2013 include the following: Significant cost savings by replacing approximately half the group’s client PCs, and ...

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Bing just released a new app-linking feature that allows you to link your Windows and Windows Phone apps to web search results.  By surfacing app links alongside web search results, app linking helps boost discoverability and engagement of your apps.  If you’re a travel provider, for example, and on-board your Windows Phone app to the Bing app-linking feature, anyone who looks up “paris hotels” on Windows Phone would also see your app link alongside relevant search results for your website. With one click, users can then deep link to the content about Paris hotels in your app or, if the app isn’t installed on the device, users can easily install it. Over a dozen apps have already on-boarded, including Hulu, Foursquare, and TripAdvisor. Look up “Modern Family” in Windows 8.1 Smart Search and, with one click, you can deep link into the Hulu app and start watching the show. App ...

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Many businesses have built internal web applications that rely on Internet Explorer 8.  This was perfectly fine for many years as Windows XP was still being supported.  But as end-of-life for XP is only days away they are upgrading their operating systems and web browsers.  To ease the pain of having to rewrite their web applications, Microsoft has introduced a “Enterprise Mode” within IE11 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.  As Microsoft describes it “A modern, up-to-date browser that helps customers extend their existing investments in older Web apps.” Some of the areas targeted by Enterprise Mode include: User agent string differences. Many legacy Web apps use browser detection, not today’s best practice of feature detection. By replicating the original Internet Explorer 8 user agent string, Enterprise Mode works for sites that fail if they can’t recognize IE8 as the browser. ActiveX controls and other binaries. Some ActiveX controls silently ...

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Today Microsoft has open sourced the code of the Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS).  It is being released under the Apache 2.0 license as an Open Source project by Microsoft Open Technologies (MS Open Tech). The source code is available now on GitHub where developers provide feedback, and submit contributions. Additionally, WinJS is taking its first steps to becoming cross-platform by supporting browsers and other devices. For those unfamiliar with WinJS here is some background from Microsoft program manager Maria Kang: WinJS is a JavaScript library that was first created for Windows 8 to enable first class, native-quality experiences in Windows Runtime apps using familiar web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The first version of WinJS provided high-quality infrastructure including page controls, promises, and data-binding. It also offered polished UI capabilities like virtualized collections and high performance controls such as ListView, FlipView, and semantic zoom. WinJS 2.0 was introduced with Windows 8.1 and added new UX patterns like ...

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Windows 8 was the first major operating system with native support for 3D printing.  Microsoft is even selling 3D printers within retail Microsoft Stores, did partnership with MakerBot, and built a 3D Builder app.  Microsoft has seen a good response from 3D printer manufacturers supporting Windows 8.  For example, Beijing TierTime announced Windows plug-and-pay drivers for their consumer 3D Printers at CES and Autodesk delivered Meshmixer, an easy to use consumer application, with a 3D File->Print experience. Microsoft has made a number of announcements regarding 3D printing at the Build conference. 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) published The 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) is available for download on MSDN (http://aka.ms/3dquickstart). 3MF is a file format that makes it possible to File->Print from an app to any supported 3D Printer on Windows. It is a file format specifically tailored for 3D Printing and Windows. 3MF supports colors, textures, scale, a print ticket containing recommended print ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Windows 8.1 Update is available on MSDN and TechNet. For consumers, it will be made available via Windows Update (WU) beginning on April 8th and for Volume Licensing customers later this month. This Windows 8.1 update delivers important capabilities designed for the enterprise that includes updated Internet Explorer 11 with new Enterprise Mode, extended Mobile Device Management and more. Read about it in detail below. Better Internet Explorer Compatibility – Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer improves Internet Explorer 8 compatibility on Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Meaning that IE11, the most secure and enterprise-ready browser, can now run legacy IE8 web-based applications and modern sites seamlessly side-by-side. Companies can standardize on the latest version of Internet Explorer across all Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices, experiencing increased performance, improved security, better backward compatibility, and support for modern web standards. UI Improvements – ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the first release of .NET Native. It is a next generation compiler technology that is making popular Windows Store apps start up to 60% faster and use 15-20% less memory when compiled with .NET Native. .NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. This first release is a Developer Preview that allows you to develop and test apps with this new compiler. This preview release of .NET Native offers you the performance of C++ with the productivity of C#. .NET Native continues to provide a first-class .NET developer experience in Visual Studio. You still get a great edit/compile/debug environment with productivity enhancers like Edit and Continue and code refactoring. You continue to upload MSIL app packages to the Windows Store. Our compiler in the cloud compiles the app using .NET Native in the Store, creating a self-contained app package that’s customized to the ...

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In a blog post, Microsoft explained the technology behind Cortana, Bing.com and other Microsoft products that is making use of a platform that combines Bing’s massive investments towards indexing the real world, with speech recognition, language and entity understanding, and stream processing that, taken together, make Bing more personal, helpful and intelligent. Apart from Cortana, Microsoft is also planning to deliver a more Personal Bing.com for users. In the coming days, we are unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that capture things that matter to you. You can also experience Cortana like personalized and helpful approach on Bing.com. Now Bing can automatically help you keep track of the interests you care about. Just tag a topic in your Bing settingsand we will do the rest. Tag things you care about, and start seeing personalized news, weather, flights, stocks with more to come – all as part ...

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Microsoft’s Build developer conference Day 1 keynote is now available online. You can enjoy them if you missed the live streaming. Various Microsoft executives like David Treadwell, Joe Belfiore, Stephen Elop, Terry Myerson and CEO Satya Nadella took stage to make various announcements and discuss on Microsoft’s strategy. Today was an important day for Windows and Xbox at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. I encourage you to check out blogs on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, to get the details of the work we are delivering for developers, consumers and business customers. I wanted to use this post to share some thoughts from what I said in the keynote: 1. We believe in our ecosystem of device manufacturers and devs (developers, developers, developers!), and that their creativity has incredible potential to change the world – and we want to help them do that. 2. We believe in ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. Microsoft is changing it back to Start Menu. The new Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts. Another feature Microsoft announced was the ability to run Modern Apps as separate Windows, just like you use all desktop apps. You can minimize, maximize and resize them the way you want. These features will be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in the future. ...

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Microsoft today announced that the ability to run Modern Apps as separate Windows, just like you use all desktop apps. You can minimize, maximize and resize them the way you want. These features will be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in the future. Another feature Microsoft today announced was that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. Microsoft is changing it back to Start Menu. The new Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts. You will have two column layout where you will have program list on the left and live tiles on the right. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they will be making Windows available for free to devices with less than 9-inch devices. That includes all the tablets and even Windows Phone devices. Microsoft is making this move to drive more volume of devices in consumers hand that will drive more reach for developers. Microsoft also announced that Windows on the Internet of Things will be available for free. With the Windows 8.1 Update, we have enabled our hardware partners to build lower cost devices for Windows such as devices with only 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the experience they expect from a Windows device without sacrificing performance. ...

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  As expected, Microsoft talked about the touch based Office apps that are coming to Windows. Microsoft announced Office for iPad last week and it became an instant hit. Microsoft used the next generation Office for Windows devices to demo the power of Universal Windows apps. They demoed PowerPoint app for Windows touch devices. As you can in the screenshot above, it features the similar Office Ribbon now optimized for touch with large touch targets. They were written on DirectX and XAML and works across devices. Microsoft even demoed PowerPoint for Windows Phone devices. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing Windows Universal apps to Xbox. Terry Myerson announced that they will be bringing this to developers in coming months. You can create one app on Visual Studio project, and use it across devices. Microsoft demoed Khan Academy app which is working with Microsoft for Xbox One app. The business logic, all the assets remain the same and the app just works across all the devices. ...

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As reported previously, Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update to users via Windows Update on April 8th. MSDN users will get it earlier. This update will bring improvements to keyboard and mouse users to experience Windows 8 better on non-touch device. Read about features below. New Windows 8.1 Update 1 Screenshots Reveal Jumplists And Media Controls Support For Modern Apps In Taskbar Windows 8.1 Update 1 To Include New Disk Space Manager Check Out All The New Features In Windows 8.1 Update 1 (Video) New Leaked Screenshots Reveal Minimize, Close Button For Metro Apps In Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows 8.1 Update 1 Leak Continues: New Search And Power Buttons, Traditional Context Menu Support In Start Screen More Screenshots Of Windows 8.1 Update 1 Reveals Taskbar Preview Support For Store Apps Windows 8.1 2014 Update Leaked Screenshots Reveals A New Feature, You Can Now Pin Windows Store Apps To Taskbar ...

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Microsoft Advertising’s pubCenter is a publisher platform that enables App developers to deliver targeted advertisements to Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications. The feedback from the community using pubCenter was mostly negative because of its poor UI and ad filling rate. Microsoft has now fixed the former issue with a completely revamped website with all new design. This site now works great and looks beautiful as well. Visit https://beta.pubcenter.microsoft.com/. ...

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