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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft today announced their partnership with Pearson VUE to take advantage of Pearson VUE’s extensive network of testing centers in training centers, academic institutions, corporations, U.S. military installations, and many other locations around the globe. Microsoft also announced that, beginning at the start of 2015, Pearson VUE will become our sole test provider(previously, prometric has this partnership). Microsoft is making this changes to make it convenient for people to learn how to make the most of our products and gain valuable certifications. We’re also introducing a personalized candidate experience to make it easier to schedule and take exams. On our web site, you’ll find one-stop scheduling, recommendations on relevant training courses and study resources, and customized offers for continuing on to your next stage of Microsoft certification. Another benefit of the change is that Pearson VUE’s test centers provide security measures that ensure skills testing integrity. Candidates are photographed and ...

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Back in July, Microsoft released a preview version of “Catan Anytime,” a new social version of the beloved board game “The Settlers of Catan,” is available for free. This is game is developed to promote Internet Explorer, so it works in any modern browser with best experience on IE. Catan Anytime game developed to be fast, fluid and designed for touch making it easy to play the game from mobile browser to your TV screen with IE on XBOX. Catan Anytime game is now out of preview and available to play from any device. Thank you to all the registered users who signed up for beta and gave us valuable feedback. This feedback helped us prioritize what new functionality to develop for Catan Anytime. We understand that balanced gameplay is key to any Catan experience – whatever the platform. So to present the best online experience we welcome feedback as ...

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Getty Images last week filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for “massive infringement” of copyrighted images with the new Bing Image Widget. Bing Image Widget enhances a web site with the power of Bing Image Search and provides your users with beautiful, configurable image collages and slideshows. The webmaster can customize the Image Widget for his site, he can specify which query to show images for, what size it should be, and more. Below is an example, I’ve created Image Widget for the term Volcanos. According to Getty, this tool allows users to use billions of unlicensed images on the internet instead of choosing from a pool of licensed images. “In effect, defendant has turned the entirety of the world’s online images into little more than a vast, unlicensed ‘clip art’ collection for the benefit of those website publishers who implement the Bing Image Widget, all without seeking permission from the owners of ...

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ASUS has quietly announced VivoTab 8 (M81C) 8-inch Windows Tablet. This is designed especially slim to enable one-handed use for writing notes, and at just 330g it’s light enough to use for hours. It has slim bezels, IPS high-definition display and elegant aesthetic design. It is powered by Intel Atom™ Z3745 processor, supports up to 32GB of solid-state storage plus up to 64GB MicroSD, rear and front facing cameras, Miracast support, dual speakers, optional accessories including MagSmart Cover, Carry Me Cover and folio cover. It also includes Microsoft Office 365 Personal (for 1 year) subscription. The device is expected to be priced below $200 and go on sale before end of this year. Microsoft Store is already selling Asus VivoTab Note 8 Windows tablet. VivoTab Note 8 comes with 8-inch HD touchscreen powered by Intel Atom Z3740 CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. Also, it offers up to 8 ...

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Along with the announcement about the new revamped MSN.com preview portal, Microsoft today announced that they are rebranding Bing suite of apps to MSN. Also, they will be releasing Bing suite of apps for Android and iOS devices before end of this year. As all of these apps across devices, MSN.com portal, Bing.com are connected via Microsoft account, users can get a personalized experience roaming everywhere. One of our goals was to make it simple to personalize what you want to see regardless of which device you use. In the coming months, we will release a suite of MSN apps across iOS and Android to complement our corresponding Windows and Windows Phone apps. You only need to set your favorites once, and your preferences will be connected across MSN, Cortana, Bing and other Microsoft experiences. Whether it is your watchlist of stocks in MSN Money, your favorite sports teams in ...

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Today Microsoft announced that they rebuilt MSN from the ground up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Microsoft will no longer produce content in-house, instead the new MSN brings together the world’s best media sources along with data and services to enable users to do more in News, Sports, Money, Travel, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, and more. Regarding the new design, At the top of the MSN homepage, users have quick access to what we call the Services Stripe. This allows easy access to personal services to stay on top of what’s happening in your life. With a quick hover, you can easily check your email, browse your OneDrive, or even access your OneNote notebooks. We’ve also integrated popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Office 365 and Skype. Additionally, the new MSN presents actionable information together with content and personal productivity tools like shopping lists, a savings calculator, a symptom ...

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The New York Times Crossword is one of the best crossword in the world and now you can enjoy the same puzzles printed in the daily newspaper on the only mobile crossword app built by The New York Times. Users will get unlimited access to daily puzzle and calendar archive for 7 days. If you want full access all the time, you can subscribe for it. Game Description: PLAY ANYWHERE Your subscription now gives you access to The Crossword on NYTimes.com at no additional charge! Just connect or create an account in your account settings and Play Anywhere. Your Windows puzzle progress will be saved and available on the web and vice versa! DAILY PUZZLE It’s the same puzzle that’s printed every day in The New York Times newspaper. All daily puzzles are available the previous day at 10p EST with a subscription, so enjoy Tuesday’s puzzle on Monday at ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced their partnership with Reliance’s GenNext Ventures to set up innovation hubs across the country. Read the full press release below. Mumbai, September 5, 2014: GenNext Ventures, the venture investment management arm of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), today signed a three-year partnership with Microsoft India, through Microsoft Ventures in India, to set up GenNext Innovation Hubs, a pan India initiative to catalyze the country’s technology startup ecosystem. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today by Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Chairman, GenNext Ventures and Board Member, RIL, and Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. The first hub will start operations in October in Mumbai, and will be subsequently emulated across multiple cities in India. The MoU allows GenNext Ventures and Microsoft Ventures to bring together key stakeholders—academia, students, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates–at the GenNext Innovation Hubs and offer some of the most critical resources that startups need ...

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Office Mix a new tool from Microsoft that offers an easier way to make your Microsoft PowerPoint lessons more engaging and share them online. It allows you to record your lectures while you write and draw on slides, and add video, assessments, and labs. It is connected to a online service, so you can store them in the cloud to share them with your students, who can play them on nearly any device. It also includes advanced features such as analytics for every student, quiz, and slide. The best part is, Office Mix Tool is free if you have PowerPoint 2013. Recently, Microsoft announced that a new contest by which you can win Surface Pro 3 devices for your favorite schools. You’ve told us how much you love using Office Mix to bring your lessons to life online, and we’ve been awed by the lessons and creativity of the mixes you’ve created. That’s why we’re ...

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Dell recently added a new device to its rugged devices portfolio, it is Latitude 14 Rugged. This notebook can take some serious punishment, thanks to its rigid magnesium alloy backbone and shock-absorbent ultra-polymer materials. It is water, dust and sand proof, all entry points are sealed by compression gaskets and a dual-knife-edge design that’s certified for IP-65 protection from sand, dust and liquid. Also, it’s built to last in extreme temperatures with fourth-generation QuadCool™ thermal management. Dell is the only Tier 1 vendor in the world with a fully rugged portfolio, and Latitude rugged devices are backed by Dell’s security, manageability and enterprise-level support. The latest addition to Dell’s rugged portfolio, the Latitude 14 Rugged, is built for durability to survive wherever the job takes it. Data is protected from the elements, while enabling performance at high temperatures with fourth generation QuadCool™ thermal management. With an expansive 14” outdoor-readable display, ...

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Bing Rewards has now added a new option to redeem your Bing Reward credits. You can now win from amongst $15,000 worth of prizes in the new Scratch & Win game.  For 3 credits, you get a chance to ‘scratch’ and win an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia phone or over 5,000 other great prizes. New members receive 20 bonus credits just by signing up, enough for six chances to instantly scratch and win from amongst $15,000 worth of prizes, including: Xbox One + Kinect (6) Surface Pro 3 with Surface Pro Type Cover (3) Nokia Lumia Icon (3) 12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership (25) $50 Amazon.com Gift Card* (50) $50 Groupon Gift Card (50) 100 Bing Rewards credits (500) 50 Bing Rewards credits (1,500) 10 Bing Rewards credits (3,000) If you are not aware of Bing Rewards, Almost everyone is familiar with rewards, loyalty, and discount programs. ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals in Windows Store includes puzzle game 4 Elements II Special Edition, Shiny the Firefly and more. Find the list of games and apps on deals below. “4 Elements II Special Edition” ($1.49, usually $2.99) takes you into a version of the puzzle and hidden object game exclusive to Windows 8. Your mission is to restore magic to four fairies representing the elements of earth, air, fire and water. You’ll find this world bursting with color, music and animation. For more eye candy, check out “Shiny the Firefly” ($1.49 in the Windows Store, usually $2.99), set in the middle of a picturesque garden. To help Shiny find his babies, you’re up against mosquitoes, toads, plants, wasps, centipedes and many other obstacles. Ladybird: I’m Ready to Spell! ($1.49 in the Windows Store), “Voodoo Whisperer (Full)” ($1.49), Back to the Drawing Board ($8.99, usually $18.99), “Roman Empire” ($1.49). ...

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer trailer was revealed last month. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes multiplayer gameplay to new heights. The core movement system is fundamentally changed with exoskeleton technology, creating the most dynamic, action-packed multiplayer experience in Call of Duty history. Today, a new video with a closer look at many of the game’s new mechanics, including the awesome exoskeleton and its accompanying abilities that offer a wide variety of offensive and defensive strategies was released. Combined with the Pick 13 system that’s explored in greater detail in the above video, the exoskeleton will fundamentally change the way players interact with the battlefield and each other. Speaking of battlefields, the video also breaks down some of the new maps, including many of the interactive elements that dynamically alter the flow of the game’s 12 multiplayer modes (including the all-new Uplink game type). You can pre-order the Call of ...

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European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Google’s proposed changes were not well received by the opposing ...

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If you are planning to buy Destiny game on Xbox 360, you have some great news! For a limited time, whenever you buy a digital copy of Destiny, you will be able to download the next-gen version within the same console family for free. Yes, buy a Xbox 360 version and get Xbox One version for free. When you buy/redeem the Destiny Digital Base Game or Expansion Pass for Xbox 360 on or before January 15th, 2015, you can download the Xbox One copy from the Xbox Store for free by doing the following: – Log into your Xbox One using the same Microsoft Account (Xbox Live Account) used to buy/redeem the Destiny Digital Base Game or Expansion Pass on Xbox 360. – Navigate to the digital content’s location in the Xbox Store. – Add the item to your download queue and wait for the download to complete. Also, when you buy ...

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Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Few weeks back, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing some lame reasons. Read about it here. There is a huge discussion going on regarding this removal of support from Chrome. In response to Google engineer’s argument, Microsoft’s engineer posted a statement, read it here. He reaffirmed that to help make this happen ...

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