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Microsoft yesterday launched a new site called Snaps where they will share their favorite photos from the world of Microsoft with the public. A few weeks ago, the Microsoft Stories team noticed something. With every amazing person we meet, and every epic moment we cover, our family photo album gets a little thicker. In fact, it’s pretty much bursting at the seams. So we’ve created a new place where we can share our favorite photos from the world of Microsoft with you. We’re calling it Snaps, and the photo above is just one of the images you’ll find there. Read below for the story behind it, then take a peek at the site to see more. Below is an example of kind of photos you can expect from the site, Xbox One designer Carl Ledbetter knows a thing or two about building from the ground up. More than a decade ago, ...

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Microsoft and 1776 last year announced a partnership agreement that will bring Microsoft’s industry, business, and technical resources to the world’s most promising startups in the heart of Washington, DC. Today, they announced the opening of Microsoft Innovation Lounge at 1776 in Washington. Judson Althoff, president of Microsoft North America, and Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776 helped in creating this new project. Microsoft expects that this new Innovation Lounge will be used and leveraged by the 1776 startups and community as a way to facilitate access to expertise and mentorship, and to provide a space for startups to create, innovate and collaborate. It has all the latest Microsoft products from 55-inch Perceptive Pixel touchscreen display to Windows Phone devices. Startups can also use this space to demonstrate their work to customers and investors. 1776 and its campus sit at the center of the D.C. community, serving as a hub of ...

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Mail, Calendar, and People app in Windows Store got updated today. There was no change log specified in the Store listing. It contains three apps Mail, Calendar and People which are powerful tools for keeping up-to-date on your email, managing your schedule, and staying in touch with people. Features: Mail helps organize your inbox, providing you quick views of messages from your favorite people, flagged messages, folders, newsletters, and social updates. Mail’s quick commands in the message list, drag-and-drop, and Sweep for Outlook.com help you breeze through messages. Mail lets you reply to email in place, or open new windows and work side-by-side with other apps. Calendar is optimized for Exchange, with rich support for arranging meetings and managing a busy schedule. Calendar provides helpful, powerful views of your schedule like day, week, and month. Calendar’s What’s next view provides a beautiful way to see your personal calendar. People organizes ...

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Along with the announcement about the new Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, Microsoft also revealed the new premium Surface Pen with pressure sensitivity enables a more natural writing experience. The pen does a lot more than take notes, and Microsoft has worked with some pretty amazing partners to bring this to life in a variety of apps. Today, Microsoft detailed the Surface Pro 3 Pen improvements. Microsoft was focused on Pressure Sensitivity, Accuracy and Latency in offering the best inking experience. Accuracy Let’s look at accuracy first – ink needs to flow out of the tip of the pen exactly where it touches the screen. Stevie Bathiche is our Distinguished Engineer on the Applied Sciences team – he’s the man behind many of the innovations in Surface. He and Chris Whitman, our Program Manager for the Surface Pen, perform a simple test to validate their work in this area: ...

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Since its launch few months back, Office for iPad apps was downloaded over 27 million times by users. It has got great reviews from both general consumers and the tech press. Today, Microsoft published a blog post talking about the design process of Office for iPad. They have given us the behind-the-scenes look at the design and creative journey as they created the reimagined Office from the ground up for iPad. The Office for iPad has Microsoft Office Ribbon UI designed specifically for iOS7 following Microsoft’s modern language design principles. While the mobile productivity scenarios above helped us define the “What,” we also wanted to nail the “How.” When we looked at how people were using existing productivity solutions on the iPad, we observed that many users found themselves being “perpetual beginners.” This means they found themselves spending more time learning the product than actually using it, which of course is contrary to the goal ...

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You already know that Microsoft Store has started taking pre-orders for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 device. Now, BestBuy has also started taking pre-orders of the device. It has listed all the SKUs Microsoft is now offering along with Type Covers. The blue colored Type Cover is exclusive to BestBuy while the red one is exclusive to Microsoft Store. Product Features: Larger screen, lighter form The thinnest and lightest of our Pro family, Surface Pro 3 has a larger screen that helps you be productive. Refined to its essential elements, Surface Pro 3 is as beautiful as it is functional. Slip it into your bag or backpack and go. Run your favorite programs and apps The 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor provides insanely fast performance. Since Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 Pro, you can install your favorite desktop software, including the full Microsoft Office Suite.1 A category of its own ...

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This is a great news for Minecraft fans. “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” is coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace this August. If you already own Minecraft on Xbox 360, the you can upgrade to Minecraft: Xbox One Edition for just $4.99. If not, “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” will cost you $19.99. Get ready for even bigger worlds (with scenic vistas), all of your favorite features from “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” and the option to import your saved game data and your beautiful, one-of-a-kind “Minecraft” world onto your Xbox One. That’s right: You don’t have to start from scratch. You can just keep going, right where you left off! That goes for most (but not all) of your downloadable skins and texture packs, though not all of them will make the jump. So, get pumped for the sure-to-be-awesome “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition,” coming your way this August. And if you’re not ...

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David Pogue, a well known NYT tech editor who was known for his hatred towards Microsoft products has now joined Yahoo editorial team. Today he posted a video and an article on the recently revealed Surface Pro 3 device. Surprisingly, he was well impressed with the Surface Pro 3 device. The video he posted comparing an iPad to a Surface Pro 3 is so great that even Microsoft can publish it as a promo video. I’m sure this video and his post will be an eye-opener for many consumers who really had no idea about what Surface can do. Here is the last few words from his post, But if you own or carry around both a tablet and a laptop, then the Surface is calling out your name. There’s nothing like it. It’s so much better than the sales figures would indicate. We, the buying public, are not giving ...

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  At BUILD developer conference last month, Microsoft announced 22tracks – a completely new, touch-first music discovery experience. The project was developed to showcase how Internet Explorer 11 adapts naturally across phone, laptop, tablets, and large-screen alike. Microsoft and 22tracks today announced that they are expanding this conceptual experience to all music fans that visit 22tracks.com on the Web across browsers and devices. Microsoft has also added Xbox Music support so that you can now listen, and buy or stream at one-click. The new 22tracks is a collaboration with Vincent and Gilles to combine the best of music, design, and HTML5 web standard technology together. With more users than ever before visiting on touch-optimized mobile devices, we knew we needed a site that was more than search, play, and share. The new experience adapts responsively to a wide range of devices. You can easily switch between a disc-view with controls ...

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Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device earlier this week at a press event. We have covered lots of information on the device, I’m sure you still might have lots of unanswered questions about the device. Ed Bott from ZDNet today posted some commonly asked questions and answers regarding the device. For example, a 64 GB Surface Pro 3 unit has more than 36 GB of available disk space, Windows scales up by the factor of 1.5 on Surface Pro 3′s 3:2 screen for better experience  and more. What’s the display resolution on the Surface Pro 3? The native resolution is 2160×1440. That’s a 3:2 aspect ratio, and the width is exactly enough to allow you to snap three apps at equal widths, side by side, in Windows 8.1. Because of the screen size, Windows scales the display by a factor of 1.5, which makes the effective resolution on the device ...

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Just in time for the Memorial Day on which people who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered, Microsoft is offering special discounts for service persons in the US Military. The can take advantage of the following deals from Microsoft Stores, Save 5% of the new Surface Pro 3 10% off all Office suites and apps 5% off all Windows PCs 10% off Windows software Get 10% off all additional software Save 10% on all PC games Check out the discounts page from Microsoft Store here. There 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. Check it out here. ...

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Speaking to Develop-Online, Carl Ledbetter, Sr. Principal Creative Director in Xbox team at Microsoft revealed that Microsoft once considered building Kinect directly into Xbox One console. As the man who designed the hardware, Carl Ledbetter, tells Develop, early on Microsoft even toyed with the idea of building the Kinect into the Xbox One itself. A permanent, non-removable feature. And one of the key reasons it decided against it were based on looks. “We actually built models of that,” he reveals. “We pushed ourselves, can we put it all in one? Is that going to work? And the technology just isn’t there yet. As soon as you have something much bigger than the Kinect sensor people don’t want to put it by the TV, it’s too big.” Microsoft’s recent decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One console package has led to lots of discussions around Kinect’s future. But, Carl claims that ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed that “Microsoft Cookbook” has won the third Gourmand World Cookbook award. It won this time in the Corporate category at the event held in Wednesday in Beijing. The cookbook, comprised of recipes from Microsoft employees around the world, also won for best Publisher/Printing, and tied for best Charity/Fundraising cookbook in 2013. The “Microsoft Cookbook” is as much an art book for the coffee table as it is a receptacle for recipes with eye-catching photography front and center. It also includes the stories behind the dishes, told by individual Microsoft employees: a lasagna recipe that took 30 years to perfect, the smell of apple pie and the indelible memory of a grandmother’s baking. “It’s as much about community and tradition as it is about food,” says Colin McCaig, who compiles the book along co-author with Erica Wadley. “The cookbook showcases the unique voice of the Microsoft employee base.” ...

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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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