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Microsoft today updated both their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview apps on Windows Store. This update allows you to explore the world in glorious 3D, more personal features and a streamlined design for your local search activities. Find list of new features below, The Bing Platform Makes Personalized Recommendations Have you ever found yourself entering an address that you’ve looked up before? Have you ever wished your “favorites” on your work device were available on your home device? With the new auto-suggest feature, both apps leverage the intelligence of the Bing platform to provide you with a personalized experience which in turn helps you get more done. Now when you type into the search box, Bing displays your past searches for places and addresses as well as places you may have already saved as favorites. It also packs in recommendations for popular searches nearby and inline insights. Your Favorites ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring mobile push analytics provider Capptain. The Capptain solution is a Response Marketing tool that allows Marketers and CRMers of Mobile and Web apps to engage their users and enter a constant customer interaction by Analyzing in details their users behavior, finely Segment their users based on how they interact with the application, and respond by Pushing very targeted messages, announcements, information or offers. Microsoft is trying to bundle Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services. Capptain will bring a vital new element to our end-to-end story for mobile app development – real-time user and push analytics.  With Capptain’s solution, organizations can analyze customer and employee behavior in real-time, and respond by pushing targeted messages, announcements, information or offers.  This information empowers organizations to provide personalized, specific content to their customers in order to maximize business opportunities. We are hard at ...

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Microsoft has already given out Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review units to the press. Some of the review units of Surface Pro 3 are facing a battery charging issue in which the device won’t turn on even when connected to the charger. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and confirmed that Microsoft is working on the fix that will be delivered via update soon. The issue was first revealed by Neowin’s own editor-in-chief Brad Sams, who tweeted late on Monday that his Surface Pro 3 review unit would not turn on, even though the tablet was connected to its battery charger. It emerged that the same issue had apparently been encountered by ZDNet’s Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley. Hopefully, the end consumers who have ordered the product will have a great experience when they receive the product starting next month.Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today Source: Neowin ...

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During Build developer conference last month, Microsoft announced the launch of beta version of status.modern.ie which included a first peek at features in development for the next version of Internet Explorer. Today, they announced the launch of final version of Status.ie with new features. Also, they have open sourced the status.ie development, Open Sourced – the data in status.modern.IE is useful for many purposes and many developers have expressed an interest in contributing to the project. Starting today, the entire site (including the data that backs it) is available on GitHub under the Apache V2 license. We also expose the IE support data as a service, provided under the Creative Commons Attribution v2 license. Check out our Readme for more. Improved Search & Filter – we heard the feedback that the Web platform is vast and finding the features you care about was a bit tricky in the original beta ...

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With the upcoming Surface Pro 3 device, Microsoft wants to clear the Surface Pro 2 stock. In the US, they have already stopped selling them on Microsoft Store. In the UK, they have reduced the price of Surface Pro 2 devices by £150. Find the new prices of each model below, 64 GB variant- £569 (down from £719) 128 GB – £659 (down from £799) 256GB – £899 (down from £1049) 512GB version – £1,289 (down from £1,439) Surface Pro 2 is a solid device for those who need a full PC in a 10-inch form factor. There is no other device in its class. Weighing in at 900 grams, with longer battery life than the original Surface Pro with up to 7 hours of battery life for video playback 7 and up to 8GB of RAM, it goes with you anywhere. The next-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor provides incredibly ...

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Microsoft Skype team has added two new chat commands for Skype. These new commands can be entered into the message box of Skype from any client. The new /remotelogout and /showplaces commands allows you to control your Skype account login activity from anywhere. Read about it below. Controlling Skype across all your devices with /remotelogout:  The first of the two new chat commands that I want to discuss is /remotelogout. If you’re signed into your Skype account on multiple devices, this new command signs you out on all of them except for the device you enter the command on. When you type /remotelogout in the chat window and press send, you won’t get a confirmation of the command but you will notice its effect on other devices. You can even use it on your mobile if, for example, you exit the office in a hurry and forget to sign out. ...

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In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Istanbul, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson spoke about the new CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and the company’s progress in the recent days. He said, “Satya is still defining and tuning what he wants the ultimate strategy of the company to be, and over the course of the next three to six months, that will clearly become more visible to the marketplace at large.” He said that the situation is lot different from when Steve Ballmer took over from Bill Gates as the CEO of Microsoft in 2000, “You would find it to be a very different environment today than it might have been a year or two ago,” Mr. Thompson said. “The employee base in Microsoft, particularly the tens of thousands of engineers we have, are ecstatic that we have someone with Satya’s background leading and guiding and managing our company. Bill ...

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  At Scripps National Spelling Bee competition yesterday, Microsoft made finalist kids scream in joy. Senior Director of U.S. Education for Microsoft Lydia Smyers took stage to talk about Microsoft’s collaboration with National Spelling Bee competition. She also showed a video of Microsoft Surface which students can use for collaborating and having fun with their friends. Later, Microsoft revealed to the students that they all will be getting a Surface RT from Microsoft. Communications and Public Relations Manager Chris Kemper told the kids they were in for a surprise. “This has never been done in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!” Kemper exclaimed as he invited spellers to come forward and take a gift bag. “Do not look in the bag, do not shake the bag, do not open the bag, and for Pete’s sake do not taste the bag,” Kemper instructed. All 281 spellers gathered onstage with ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store. Bing Maps offers regular 2D maps while Bing Maps Preview offers 3D maps of the locations. Find the new features in these apps below. Bing Maps: • Search box and map controls always visible in the app along with other improvements to the app look and feel. • Improved search experience with autosuggest and improved results. • Integration of ratings and reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and other providers. • Favorites now available across PCs and Windows Phone 8.1 • Transit and driving directions availability in additional markets Download it for free here from Windows Store. Bing Maps Preview: • Get Yelp and TripAdvisor ratings and reviews for restaurants, hotels and other businesses • Easily find 3D cities with the new Explore 3D experience • Search more quickly and easily with inline suggestions ...

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At the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation, there were lots of things discussed. When Kara questioned whether Microsoft has plans to spin off Xbox business, Satya Nadella replied that he has no plans to do anything different on Xbox than we are doing today. Kara: Will you spin off Xbox? Nadella: I have no intent to do anything different on Xbox than we are doing today. He notes that prior to Nokia, Xbox is where all of Microsoft’s hardware know-how came from. This should put an end to all the reports that stated that Microsoft may spin off Xbox businesses soon. “It is the thing that is really going to power all the experiences on all the devices today and tomorrow,” Nadella said. “In order to be in the hunt for those experiences, and get ...

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At the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation, there were lots of things discussed. When Kara asked whether they are going to sell Bing business to Yahoo in the future, he declined that Microsoft has no plans to sell Bing business to Yahoo. Kara on search: Are you still going to compete heavily against Google, and how? Nadella says the core value of Bing is a lot more than Bing.com. But, he says, Bing has 18 percent market share on its own, 30 percent with the Yahoo traffic it serves — about the market share of the iPhone. No plans to sell search business to Yahoo. “We are very happy to partner with Yahoo serving the search results.” Source: Recode ...

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At the Recode Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took stage to talk about Microsoft. During the interview, Microsoft demonstrated a breakthrough technology called Skype Translator. Nadella conducted a conversation with Skype chief Gurdeep Singh Pall, who was speaking German, while Skype provided real-time translation of the German into English and vice versa. Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Skype Translator is a great example of why Microsoft invests in basic research. We’ve invested in speech recognition, automatic translation and machine learning technologies for more than a decade, and now they’re emerging as important components in ...

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During the Reddit AmA by Surface team from Microsoft, Stevie Bathiche from Surface team did a long reply on Reddit explaining the Stylus technologies available on the market and why Microsoft chose N-Trig over Wacom. Read his full response below. Hi.. this is StevieB. I anticipated the pen digitizer question.. so I have been thinking about how to talk about it over the weekend. I hope you and other folks find it useful. I will try to answer the rest of your questions preceding. Below is about your Wacom and Pressure question. There are 3 main types of pen digitizer technologies: Electromagnetic, passive capacitive (those conductive rubber tipped pens that trick the digitizer into looking like a finger), and active capacitive. Electromagnetic works by putting a printed circuit board across the entire device, typically situated underneath the display and its backlight. This is a completely separate system from the touch ...

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Microsoft has today announced the Work Wonders Project, a video series that explores the power of technology and collaboration powered by Office 365. You’ll be able to watch two very bright minds as they work together to achieve positive results in a YouTube series that launches June 2. The challenge is on: “Pencils of Promise” founder Adam Braun believes schools are the future, and education reformer Sugata Mitra thinks they’re obsolete. But the two are joining together in The Work Wonders Project to collaborate on ways to revolutionize education, including using Office 365 to do it. Braun, whose nonprofit program has built 200 “Pencil of Promise” schools in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana, will work with Mitra, a TED prize winner and a professor of educational technology, who will bring his cloud-based, elementary education approach to Braun’s schools in Ghana.   To learn more, head over to http://www.microsoft.com/office/workwonders/ww. ...

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Microsoft Surface team along with Panos Panay today did a Reddit AmA answering user questions. Here is a summary of the answers from the team. Read the part 1 here, Why Type Cover 3 Was Not Bundled With SP3 And More Questions Answered, Summary Of Surface Pro 3 AmA On Reddit – Part 1. Graphics Support in Surface Pro 3, Hi, the i7 has Intel HD graphics 5000, the i5 has Intel HD Graphics 4400, and the i3 has Intel HD Graphics 4200 Will there be any way to quickly enable/disable the functionality of the Windows button on the Surface Pro 3 so it does not get accidentally pressed while using the stylus? Hey guys. When we made Surface Pro 3, we wanted a device that worked not only in landscape mode, but worked beautifully in portrait mode. This is super important for things like reading, annotating docs, etc. Putting ...

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Microsoft Surface team along with Panos Panay today did a Reddit AmA answering user questions. Here is a summary of the answers from the team. How much display resolution can Surface Pro 3 mini display port drive? Hi, this is Pete from the Surface Team. The mDP port on the device can drive a 4K display – this is true for the i7, i5, and i3 – while still running the Surface Pro 3 display. Why Surface Pro 3, not some other tablet or laptop? Great question- high level, our statement says it all. It is the tablet that can replace the laptop. This is the one product you need to do it all. It acts as a tablet, and can be used as a laptop. It is great in both scenarios. There is no product out there that compares. Too many times folks are stuck in the middle, have ...

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