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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Here is a cool way to say thanks to U.S. troops on Memorial Day, Microsoft Xbox Video now allows you to gift them with a copy of “Lone Survivor,” which is available now on Xbox Video, two weeks before it’s out on DVD. From May 20-27, Xbox is running a special promotion around the hit film “Lone Survivor,” when you purchase the film on Xbox Video, Microsoft will match it by gifting a digital copy to an active duty military service member or veteran. You have to purchase “Lone Survivor” on Xbox Video from May 20-27 to take advantage of this limited-time offer. Military personnel can visit any Microsoft Retail Stores to pick up a free copy of the movie while supplies last. Additionally, active duty military personnel and veterans who present a military ID in a Microsoft Retail Store will receive a free digital copy of the movie**. We’re ...

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  If you are a music lover and love to create your own music collaborating with your friends, then this Liquid MyConnect Studio is a must have app for you. Liquid MyConnect Studio is a virtual music studio that allows you to connect with a friend and record, remix, and edit music together in real-time. Once you’ve got a song ready to go – you can share your originally created music over the Internet. It features Collaborative Music Studio, Skype Integration, record vocals, basic edit features, skype integration, upload any mp3 or wav file, import and post to soundcloud, share on facebook and many more App Description: Be the next pioneer in Music! Liquid MyConnect Studio is a patented collaborative virtual studio that allows two users to connect, record, remix, and edit music together in REAL-TIME, and share their originally created music over the Internet from anywhere in the world. ...

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Earlier this week, we saw reports that Microsoft Mobile division is continuing the development of Nokia X series devices. Microsoft was also reported to be fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices.Currently, Nokia X devices only has back button in the front and most of the users who are used to having home screen button are finding it difficult to use the device. So, Microsoft Mobile division is expected to release new Nokia X series devices with home button on the front of the device. Today, a new leak has revealed the upcoming Nokia X series device called ‘Nokia X2′. This device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The image below shows that the device scores a AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. The image posted above was found on the same page, I guess it could be a concept image to ...

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Microsoft’s Surface event got over yesterday. While everyone of us were expecting Microsoft to reveal a 7-8 inch Windows RT tablet based on Qualcomm processor, Microsoft revealed Surface Pro 3 device based on Intel Core CPUs. So, What happened to much rumored Surface Mini. Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft didn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Today Neowin reported some more information on Surface Mini,  In fact, as we previously reported, it was scheduled to be released around that time as well, but a ‘business decision’ was made to hold off on the device and push the launch out until this Spring. The report earlier that it was an executive decision is accurate; we were told it ...

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Microsoft today announced a new way for businesses to license Microsoft Azure through partners. This new licensing program will enable partners to gain  benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities. Previously, there were two options for purchasing Microsoft Azure, either on www.azure.microsoft.com or as part of an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft. Through the Open Licensing program, Azure will now be available through another familiar licensing option that offers the benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities for you to grow margins and deepen customer relationships. When you resell Azure in Open Licensing, you purchase tokens from your preferred Distributor and apply the credit to the customer’s Azure Portal in increments of $100. The credits can be used for any consumption-based service available in Azure. To add more credit, you simply purchase new tokens and add them to the account. This gives ...

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The BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2014 was released today. The top 100 brands  added $310 billion to reach $2.9 trillion in brand value, a 12 percent increase. Prior to the BrandZ™ Global 2014 results, the Top 100 had increased an average of about 6 percent, $125 billion, annually since the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Google for the first time came on top of the results replacing Apple which was in the top spot for past 3 years. Microsoft was ranked No.4 behind IBM. The market research firm estimates that Google’s brand value jumped 40% over the previous year to $158.8 billion, while Apple’s fell 20% to $147.9 billion. Microsoft’s brand value saw a strong growth to $90.1 billion with over 29% increase. ...

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Wolfenstein: The New Order game is now available on Xbox One. It includes beta access code to the much awaited Doom game. Game Description: Europe, 1960. The tide of World War II has been turned using a new kind of mysterious, advanced technology. Using unrelenting force and intimidation, a ruthless world power has brought even the most powerful of nations to their knees. The regime now dominates the globe with an iron fist. You are the only man capable of rewriting history. In Wolfenstein: The New Order, assume the role of super soldier B.J. Blazkowicz as he uses elite combat tactics and an arsenal of uber advanced weaponry to take down the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Join forces with a band of dedicated resistance fighters and launch an offensive battle that spans the globe and beyond, as you seek to uncover the truth behind how this regime ...

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A new rumor emerged online today reveals some information about the Microsoft’s future product roadmap. The information is believed to be from a Microsoft employee who worked on these projects. It reveals that the next major version of Windows called Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 will be released in preview during Q2-Q3 time frame in 2015. Also, this update will include the following improvements/features, One User Experience Cloud Services Metro UI System protection(Windows Defender) Validation Improved(Windows activation) OneDrive Cortana While we have no information on what the above list means, we can probably guess Microsoft is working on improving them. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Myce Read previous rumor about Windows 9 here, New Rumors About Windows 8.2 and Windows 9. ...

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As we reported last week, Microsoft today confirmed that external storage support is coming to Xbox One next month. Microsoft today revealed the Xbox One system update coming in the month of June. This update will allow users to connect external storage devices which are higher than 256GB to their Xbox One and install apps, games and others on it. Also, Microsoft has added support for real names in Xbox profile which will help users identify people better. Microsoft has also made tons of improvements in the SmartGlass apps for Xbox One. Microsoft is expanding the availability of OneGuide and TV features in lots of markets. Read about it in detail below. External Storage: It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives ...

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Lenovo today announced its results for fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014. Lenovo maintained its number one position in PCs, adding 2.1% of market share to post a record 17.7 percent total share for the full-year, while the industry saw a decline of 8 percent during this same period. Lenovo’s laptop PC business worldwide in the Q4 increased 16% year-over-year to US$4.8 billion and Lenovo’s desktop PC shipment grew 6.8 percent worldwide year-over-year, against an industry decline of 3.1 percent worldwide. Another important milestone for Lenovo is that they have surpassed Apple to take the number three position in PC shipments in the fourth quarter in the US for the first time. Lenovo’s PC shipments in the Americas in the fourth fiscal quarter increased 18 percent year-over-year, in a market that fell by about 8 percent. In this environment, the Company gained 2.5 share points to a record high ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. “The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support,” it reported. It is not yet clear on what exactly is the cause of Windows 8 ban. Just like everyone of us, Microsoft is also surprised by the move and will push Windows 7 for now to these government agencies. “We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8 in this notice. “Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Centre and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement ...

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Today, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) announced a large scale cloud education partnership with Microsoft. As part of this partnership, they are going to provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout the country with free access to the Microsoft Office 365 for Education. This initiative will allow students and teachers throughout Thailand to create, connect and collaborate on a safe and secure platform. Microsoft claims that this is the largest cloud education initiative ever, and one that promises to foster sustainable growth and raise Thailand’s overall standard of living for generations to come. The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with free access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning ...

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Microsoft Store is now taking the pre-orders for the new Surface Pro 3 device. While you can pre-order all the SKUs, only few SKUs will be shipping next month (6/20/2014). Other SKUs will be shipping by 8/31/2014. Pre-order before it goes out of stock. Find the links below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $799 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $999 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,299 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,549 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,949 All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus Display with 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display as well. You can find the detailed specs and other things here at Microsoft Store. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Microsoft’s Surface event got over few hours back. While everyone of us were expecting Microsoft to reveal a 7-8 inch Windows RT tablet based on Qualcomm processor, Microsoft revealed Surface Pro 3 device based on Intel Core CPUs. So, What happened to much rumored Surface Mini. Microsoft decided to delay it for now due to couple of reasons. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft doesn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop decided that the product in development wasn’t different enough from rivals and probably wouldn’t be a hit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans weren’t public. Engineers had been working on the device and had planned to unveil it as ...

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On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. introduced Surface Pro 3 — the lightweight tablet that packs the power and performance you expect from a laptop. Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 8 GB of RAM. With up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life, Surface Pro 3 has all the power, performance and mobility of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form. You can watch the event now from Microsoft. Watch an on-demand presentation of the Tuesday, May 20, Surface Pro 3 announcement in New York City below. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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If you saw the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 announcement, you should have realized that Microsoft has moved away from the consumer focused Surface Pro pitch. During that announcement, Microsoft revealed that lots of businesses are showing lots of interest in Surface Pro 3. While we’ve kept Surface Pro 3 largely under wraps ahead of this announcement, we did show it to a few companies who wanted a tablet that could take the place of laptops. We were blown away by the interest, and are excited to have BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton seeing it as a core device for them. They’ll all be deploying Surface Pro 3 devices in the future – in some cases planning to use it as a laptop replacement and in others looking at innovative ways to leverage its unique capabilities as a powerful tablet too. Microsoft also highlighted that ...

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