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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft today won a major public sector contract in the US for its subscription based productivity suite Office 365. The U.S. Army PEO EIS has awarded 50,000 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to Microsoft and Dell for Cloud Services, including e-mail and calendaring, Office Web Apps, unified capabilities like Microsoft Lync, and collaboration tools like SharePoint. Public sector enterprise mainly demands enterprise and security-ready solutions in which Microsoft clearly has advantage over other cloud players like Google. The Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is available to any Department of Defense (DoD) Service, agency and mission partner without additional competitive process. This opportunity gives Microsoft the ability to work with civilian agencies and federal entities at all levels to provide commercial cloud services, opening up new mobile opportunities. Adopting Office 365 is a significant step forward for the Department of Defense in fulfilling the DoD Cloud Computing Strategy of leveraging commercial cloud services. ...

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Microsoft today sent out an updated statement to the media regarding the Surface RT 8.1 update issue. Microsoft pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store after few users raised concerns about their device getting bricked after the update. Microsoft then acknowledged the update situation and confirmed that they are working on a fix for the issue. According to Microsoft’s statement today, they are still fixing the issue and trying to release the update as soon as possible. “Based on our investigations of a situation customers have encountered updating to Windows RT 8.1, we can confirm that as of now this is a Windows update issue only affecting Surface RT customers. While only less than 1 out of every 1,000 (or less than 0.1 percent) Surface RT customers who have installed Windows RT 8.1 have been impacted, improving their experience and ensuring their systems are fully operable as quickly ...

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Microsoft has finally released the Surface RT Recovery Image for Surface RT users. Just few days back, Microsoft pulled Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store since some users reported issues while updating. I think this recovery image should be useful for those who bricked their devices. Microsoft has also provided a reference  document for instructions regarding creation of the recovery USB drive and the use of this Surface RT recovery image. Download it here from Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. While many of these reviews are not so convinced with Microsoft’s argument that Surface Pro 2 can replace both your Ultrabook and tablet, they are happy over the improved battery life with Haswell processor.  Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below. AnandTech: Surface Pro 2 is a good improvement over its predecessor. The platform is quicker, quieter and boasts longer battery life as well. The new kickstand is awesome, as are the new touch/type covers, and the new display is a big step in the right direction. If you were tempted by the original Surface Pro, its successor is a solid evolution and that much more tempting. I really like using Surface Pro 2 and Windows 8.1 in general as a productivity focused tablet OS. When Surface ...

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Microsoft Surface 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. Mostly, the hardware received positive reviews with the exception that it is not pushing the boundaries. And the lack of apps in Windows Store was the most popular negative thoughts of Surface 2. Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below. AnandTech: Surface 2 is a big step forward compared to Surface RT. The chassis looks awesome, the device is significantly quicker and battery life is appreciably better. The new display is much better than its predecessor (and so much better than what you get from most $449 PCs). The new touch/type covers see similarly major improvements. Surface 2 also benefits from the update to Windows RT 8.1, giving it a far more polished OS than what launched a year ago. The overall package is just a lot better ...

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Usually, whenever a new OS or OS update release happens, Microsoft will allow users to download it from the installer or download it as ISO to install them whenever we want using DVD/USB media. When Windows 8.1 was released this week, Microsoft made it available through Windows Store. However, there are ways to download Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft. Neowin posted the below steps which you can follow to download the ISO and install it from USB stick. Head over to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only Scroll down and click Install Windows 8 (This will trigger the installer assistant). Enter your Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Upgrade product key, confirm that you will be downloading the bits for the version you paid for. As soon as it starts downloading, close the installer assistant from the (X) in the top-right corner. Go back to the Microsoft Windows upgrade page, click Install Windows 8.1, and download the newer installer assistant. Run the ...

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Microsoft is beginning the sales of next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 from Oct 22nd. Since the launch is few days away, retailers in launch countries has already been receiving units from Microsoft to put on sale on Oct 22nd. However, retailer Argos listed the Surface 2 tablets on its own website allowing customers to purchase them online and pick them up in store. People were able to buy the device yesterday even though the device is launch in on Oct 22nd. After realizing their mistake, Argos has now removed Surface from the sales listings. Their response on this incident,  ”We fully comply with embargos issued by our suppliers and have withdrawn the Microsoft Surface 2 from sale with immediate effect. We are working with Microsoft to investigate this error as a matter of urgency.” Source: The Verge ...

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Even though Microsoft has talked about literally everything on Xbox One, from its design decisions to marketing stuff, we are yet to know about the apps running on Xbox One. Xbox One is a powerful gaming PC that runs 3 operating systems simultaneously. One of these operating systems is based on the Windows NT kernel and will help runs apps such as Netflix, Skype, YouTube, Twitter, etc.  The second is dedicated solely to games.  The third is the OS is the most important and allows the other two OSes to communicate with each other and it also allows for the fast switching between game mode and app mode. The will give Xbox user the benefit of being able to instantly switch between apps. Even though game developers can now submit their games to Xbox Store, Microsoft has not yet detailed the apps submission process. What kind of apps can Xbox One ...

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Microsoft has removed Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store temporarily. There seems to be some issues affecting users while they updating their devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue and already investigating it. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1,” “As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.  We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.  We will provide updates as they become available.” Expect the update back in store soon! I myself updated my Surface RT and the update process for smooth and now, I’m enjoying the Windows 8.1. ...

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Microsoft released Bing Apps for Windows 8.0 including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps and Travel last year and they released to two new members of the app family as part of Windows 8.1 Release Preview – Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. As Windows 8.1 was released to public yesterday, Bing team has updated all the Bing Apps and has also released the final versions of Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. They detailed all the new changes and features in each of these app on their blog. Bing Food & Drink:  Learn from the Best We think if you’re going to learn to cook, you should learn from the best. That’s why we’ve enlisted help from world renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Jacques Pepin, Joel Robuchon, Marcus Samuelsson and Vikas Khanna (just to name a few.) We work closely with them to ...

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Even though Microsoft’s stranglehold in Operating Systems for computing devices has faded over the past few years, Microsoft continues to have a stranglehold on Office productivity suite in the enterprise. According to a recent report from Forrester, more than 85% of respondents continues to use Microsoft Office in their enterprise and the only notable competitor is Google Apps which is few percentage points. One in five firms uses email in the cloud. Another quarter plans to move at some point. More are using Office 365 (14%) than Google Apps (9%). Just 22% of respondents are on Office 2013. Another 36% have plans to be on it. Office 2013′s uptake will be slower than Office 2010 because fewer firms plan to combine the rollout of Office 2013 with Windows 8 as they combined Office 2010 with Windows 7. Alternatives to Microsoft Office show little traction. In 2011, 13% of respondents supported ...

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Dell has started selling their first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet Venue 8 Pro from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro starts at $299. It comes with Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, dual cameras and an optional keyboard. Processor Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D with 32GB storage (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Operating System Windows 8.1 (32Bit) English Productivity Software Office Home and Student 2013 Tablet Memory 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Video Card Intel® HD Graphics Display 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Wireless Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi  + Bluetooth® 4.0 Case Color Black Mobile Broadband Not Selected in this configuration Webcam Integrated 1.2MP HD Webcam (front) / 5MP (back) Power Supply 10 Watt AC Adapter Support 1 Yr Rapid Return for Repair after Remote Diagnosis – Americas ...

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Derrick Connell, CVP at Bing today demoed the new Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1 in a new video. He has given a walk-through of how to search all of your documents, pictures, the web and more right from the Windows Start screen with Bing Smart Search. Watch the video demo above. Here’s the features of  Bing Smart Search: Search Just Got Faster and Easier:From the Start screen, just start typing and Smart Search will begin showing you results. When in desktop mode, press the Windows key (or the dedicated search button that will begin to appear on some devices) and start typing to begin a search, or swipe to engage the charm from the right screen edge. It’s the fastest way to search on any device. A New Way to Experience Search: An intelligent summary of results pulled from the most relevant information across the web and related apps, all organized ...

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Microsoft has released a new video ad to promote Windows 8.1. This new ad mainly focuses on the different kind of PC form factors running Windows 8.1 that is available on market.It shows devices like Surface which has detachable keyboards, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, hybrids, 8-inch tablets, etc,. It also shows Windows 8.1 platform features such as Live Tiles, Snap view modes, support for 3D printing, etc,. Watch the ad above.   ...

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Along with the release of Windows 8.1 update to all Windows 8 customers, Microsoft has also released Windows 8.1 Enterprise ealuation edition for download. The Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation is available in 32 and 64-bit ISO versions. You can register, then download and install full-featured software for a 90-day trial. Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. A clean installation is required. Windows 8.1 brings following benefits to the enterprise. Best business tablets and PCs – Enhanced user experience (improved multi-tasking, multi-monitor support, and mouse and keyboard navigation), boot to desktop, new Search experience, support for latest hardware innovation (processors, InstantGo, displays, smaller tablets, NFC, biometrics) Windows apps for business – Develop, deploy, and manage new mobile ...

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A great news for developers got buried inside the Windows 8.1 release news yesterday. Microsoft has released the final releases of Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013. All the three are now available for download. Somasegar,  corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft blogged about the new VS 2013 as below, Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s platforms.  From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft’s developer platforms. As part of the Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to build modern business applications that take advantage of the cloud and target a variety of devices and end-user experiences, all delivered within today’s rapid and dynamic application lifecycles. There are great new features and ...

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