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If you are going to buy Surface Pro 3 as portable workstation replacement, then you might care about the multiple monitor support in Surface Pro 3. Similar to previous Surface Pro devices, you can use Surface Pro 3 to drive multiple monitors simultaneously. But the resolution depends of the Surface Pro 3 SKU you are going to buy. Read about the Surface Pro 3 SKUs here. Only Core i5 and Core i7 models can drive displays up to 2880×1800 resolution each. For those concerned about multiple monitor support, Microsoft engineers tell me they’ve tested these scenarios thoroughly. The i3-based model can comfortably drive two Full HD (1920×1200 at 60 Hz) displays, while the i5 and i7 models can power two external displays at a maximum resolution of 2880×1800 each at 60 Hz. In all cases, you need to make the connection to the external monitors using the mini-DisplayPort adapter on ...

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Microsoft revealed the new Surface Pro 3 device earlier this week. As announced by Microsoft, Surface Pro 3 will come in various SKUs. You can buy Surface Pro 3 ranging from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7 processor, 64GB to 512GB SSD, 4GB to 8GB RAM. All these devices come with the same display with active pen digitizer support. While there are various versions of Intel Core ix processors, you can know the specific versions that will come in Surface Pro 3 from the list below (Thanks to Ed Bott), The lowest configured Surface Pro 3 comes with Intel Core i3-4020Y processor, running at 1.5 GHz, with Intel HD4200 graphics. The Intel Core i5-4300U processor runs at a clock speed of 1.9 GHz and Turbo boost up to 2.9 GHz, with Intel HD4400 graphics. The Intel Core i7-4650U processor, runs at a clock speed of 1.7 GHz with Turbo frequency of 3.3 GHz ...

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Earlier this year, there were some reports that Xbox One controllers will not work with Windows PCs, but Microsoft’s then director of product management Albert Penello ended those reports that Xbox One controller will work with Windows PCs for games. Last year Microsoft confirmed that the new wireless protocol, combined with the ability to work in ‘wired’ mode, and the addition of features like Impulse triggers, means that new software has to be written and optimized for the PC and there is also some work that they need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work with the Xbox One controller. Larry Hryb, director of Xbox programming, in a post on the forum NeoGAF earlier this week once confirmed that PC gaming compatibility is coming to Xbox One controller very soon. Source: NeoGAF   ...

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Microsoft today announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. Gradient Land Color We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible. Localized Landmark Icons We also added new, culturally-accurate symbols for landmarks. Instead of using the same icons for landmarks like banks or pharmacies globally, we introduced new symbols that are relevant no matter where you are. Transit Icon Consolidation Additionally, we removed some instances where public transit icons were duplicated on the map in the United States. Park Trails and Pathways New styling helps clearly differentiate park ...

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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP 1). Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 includes the latest software updates, feature additions, and bug fixes. VisualStudio Magazine reported the following updates/improvements in this preview, Profiler, with an expanded Performance and Diagnostics hub. IntelliTrace, which is now more tightly integrated with Application Insights. Testing tools, which now allows custom fields and custom work flows for test plans and test suites. The Visual Studio IDE, with numerous enhancements to CodeLens, Code Map, Debugger Map and binary functionality. The Debugger has one interesting upgrade: debugging is now supported for x86 applications built in .NET Native. .NET Native, released as a developer preview in April, is a compiler that strikes a compromise between the performance of C++ native code and the efficiency of C# managed code. The first release of .NET Native only supported x64 architecture. Read more ...

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Microsoft today confirmed the availability of new Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU for OEMs. At BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to our hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size. This free Windows for OEMs will be the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Also with the Windows 8.1 Update, we are enabling our hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We also announced that As we move forward, many of these lower cost devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing provides all the same great experiences that Windows 8.1 offers with the Windows 8.1 Update, and comes with Bing as the default search ...

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Microsoft today announced the extension of the life of the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Car Pass to include two more monthly car packs. This will enable Forza users to enjoy a total of 90 different cars to collect, customize and race within this game. As a thank you to all of our loyal fans, we are extending the life of the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Car Pass to include two more monthly car packs. If you are a Car Pass owner, that means you’ll be getting the next two monthly DLC car packs – the “June” pack, which is scheduled for release next Friday (more on that below), as well as our “July” car pack – at no additional charge. That’s 20 additional cars for you to collect, customize, and race, bringing the total to 90 DLC cars for “Forza 5″ Car Pass owners! Now, about that “June” pack. As you might know, ...

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Acer today announced the new Acer XB280HK 28-inch display monitor which offers 4k2k display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for a vivid and responsive gaming experience. The G-SYNC technology eliminates screen tearing and minimizes stutter and input lag. Also it offers flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView technologies help reduce strain on eyes for heavy users. Read the full press release below. Acer announces the new Acer XB280HK gaming monitor as the world’s first 4k2k display featuring NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology to provide stunning, ultra-smooth, tear-free imagery and rich colors for outstanding gaming experiences. It features Acer’s flicker-less, low-dimming and ComfyView technologies that reduce strain on the eyes for smooth and comfortable extensive viewing. Part of the new XB0 line of large gaming monitors, the Acer XB280HK is intended to be paired with enthusiast PCs for immersive, ultra high-end gaming. It features a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with 4k2k Ultra HD (3840 ...

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Microsoft’s consumer online storage service OneDrive had a neat feature called OneDrive Groups. OneDrive Groups allowed users to create a central store that can be accessed and co-owned by multiple people. When a OneDrive Group is created, 1GB of storage is allocated for a Group apart from your personal OneDrive Storage. Microsoft has now removed this feature from OneDrive and instead asks users to use Shared Folders to get similar functionality. Also, Microsoft confirmed that existing OneDrive groups will continue to function as they did in the past. I understand that you can no longer create a new OneDrive group due to the error message you received. Please be inform that the creation of new OneDrive group is already discontinued. However, you can still invite new contacts to existing OneDrive groups. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 3 at an press event in New York earlier this week. You can even pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. If you have got any questions on Surface Pro 3 or want to know about the design decisions of Surface Pro 3 products, here is a chance for you. Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President of Surface team at Microsoft is doing a Reddit AmA session. It is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 1PM EDT / 10AM PDT. Surface team previously did a Reddit AmA after the original Surface RT and Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 launch. You can read about it from the links below. Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Surface 2 LTE Version Coming And More Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Part-2 Some Interesting Info On Microsoft Surface From Reddit AMAA Session Source: Reddit ...

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Last week, we reported that Sony’s PS4 dominated the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. New numbers from NPD revealed that Microsoft only sold 115,000 units of their Xbox One console for the month of April. Also, Microsoft announced a new cheaper SKU for Xbox One that will not include Kinect sensor and will cost $399 which is same as that of Sony’s PS4. Microsoft’s this move was to directly compete with Sony on price and it seems that it may work out as expected. GameStop during their earnings meet revealed that they are seeing strong demand for Xbox One after the price drop. “I definitely think we’re already seeing in our stores with our reservation program as well as dialogue with PowerUp Rewards [members that] there’s a stronger demand as a result of the price drop,” Bartel said. “The good news for us is… we’ll sell ...

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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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