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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

The last major version of Microsoft’s graphics platform DirectX 11 was announced about 6 years back. Since then the desktop graphics API development has stagnated. During this time, AMD has developed their own set of APIs called Mantle. OpenGL/OpenCL has come a long way since then. Finally, Microsoft is making some announcement about their next generation DirectX platform at Game Developers Conference in March. Microsoft is promising better tools that will allow developers to squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console. Find the session info below. DirectX: Evolving Microsoft’s Graphics Platform For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet. However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. ...

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Microsoft has updated their SkyDrive Pro apps in Windows Store and iTunes App Store with OneDrive for business branding. Description: OneDrive for Business, formerly SkyDrive Pro, is cloud storage for employees as part of Office 365 or SharePoint Online business subscriptions. You need to already have a OneDrive for Business account to use this app. This app does not support on-premises deployments of OneDrive for Business. If you’re storing your files on OneDrive for Business, they are just a tap away with this app. Easily view and share your files in a modern, touch-friendly Windows 8 experience. Upload your documents and access them across all of your devices. You will get all of the security and tools that SharePoint offers to help you be more productive at work. If you are not sure whether you have a OneDrive for Business site speak with your organization admin or IT department. You ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced its Visual Studio Online “Monaco”, a coding environment in the cloud.  It is not the replacement for desktop IDE, instead it complements the desktop IDE and it is integrated with Visual Studio Online. Microsoft is released a preview of “Monaco”  that allowed Azure Websites developers to edit their sites directly from the web, from any modern browser, on any device. Today, GitHub launched their public beta of Atom, a new text editor for web developers which works in a browser. Also, they have open-sourced over 80 of the libraries and packages used in the editor. One key difference between Microsoft’s offering and Atom is that Monaco runs on all modern browsers while Atom can only run on specialized version of Chromium alone. Web browsers are great for browsing web pages, but writing code is a specialized activity that warrants dedicated tools. More importantly, the browser severely restricts access to ...

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Microsoft Surface is the official tablet for NFL sports event in the US. There were lots of marketing going around NFL for Surface in the past few months. The Surface logo and visuals have been a visible addition to all the games this past season, showing up on the sidelines on the communication carts and instant replay hoods. But it goes well beyond that, Surface has also been used in trials with many teams across the NFL, as a tool to help assist medical personnel in the area of player health and in front office operations as a powerful tablet that can go from the desktop to the field. Team use and integration into the operations of managing a NFL franchise will only increase in future seasons. Microsoft assisted NFL in releasing all its official app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. They recently detailed the NFL Combined Dashboard app ...

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Microsoft today announced that one finalist team in its Imagine Cup global student technology competition will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates. This will allow the winning team of students to interact with Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation chairman in person to share their dreams and excitement for a brighter future. Imagine cup is scheduled to happen in Redmond, Wash., from July 29 – Aug. 1. And so I’m very pleased to announce that one Imagine Cup World Finalist team will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That team of students will get the chance to share their dreams and their excitement for a brighter future in person with this entrepreneur, innovator, and humanitarian. We’re very grateful to share this opportunity with the students of Imagine Cup. And if it sounds like something you’ve ...

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Microsoft Store is offering a great on Call Of Duty: Ghosts both via its physical retail stores in the US and online store. You can get $20 off on Call Of Duty: Ghosts, so you can order one for just $29.99. This latest installment in the acclaimed Call of Duty series delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting, and cast, all powered by a new next-generation Call of Duty engine. Find the Microsoft Store links below. Call of Duty: Ghosts PC Game Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox One The newest chapter in the Call of Duty franchise features a fresh dynamic where players are on the side of a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive. Ten years after a devastating mass event, the nation’s borders and the balance of global ...

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During the commencement of Sochi Olympic games, Microsoft announced its partnership with NBC to stream thousands of hours of content to millions of users. Today, Microsoft highlighted the work they did with Sochi Olympics games. Various Microsoft technologies like Windows, Windows Azure, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft ERP, etc, were deployed to run this huge event successfully. “It is a great recognition and honor for Microsoft Russia to become a supplier of the Sochi Olympics. Microsoft technologies ensured that the innovative Olympic Games in Sochi were organized at the highest level and, in our view, contributed to the establishment of a new technological standard for large sports events organization in Russia and the whole world. The website sochi2014.com powered by Windows azure will give the opportunity to Organizing Commettes of the next Games to benefit from the experience and architectural solutions developed by Microsoft and other technology partners of the Organizing ...

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If you missed the 100GB of free OneDrive storage deal from Microsoft last week, here is your chance to redeem yourself.  Microsoft is now offering 100 GB of OneDrive storage for 100 Bing Rewards credits. Redeem today for 100 GB of OneDrive storage for year in addition to the 7 GB of free OneDrive storage that all customers receive at sign up. 100 GB for a year on OneDrive, has a $50 value, this is another perk for Microsoft’s most consistent and loyal Bing users. If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Bing Rewards was designed to help you discover ways Bing can help you do the things that are most important to you. Just like a frequent flyer program, you can earn credits by searching the web every day with Bing and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands or donate your credits to a local school ...

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Redspawn announced Titanfall Collector’s Edition bundle some time back. Collector’s Edition bundle includes few collectibles which the developers think you will love. •Exclusive collectible individually numbered Titan statue, standing over 18″ tall, handcrafted from over 300 individual parts and featuring battery-powered LED lighting •Full-size, hardcover art book featuring over 190 pages of rare concept art •Exclusive full-size schematic poster of the Atlas Titan •Titanfall Game – Introducing the experience that combines fast-paced multiplayer action with dramatic, cinematic moments lets you enjoy the fiction of the universe without having to leave your favorite game mode The only bad thing is its price which is expected to be around $250. However, these Collector’s Edition bundle will be released in limited numbers, so you have to spend a bit more to get one of these. Pre order from the links below. Titanfall Collector’s Edition – Amazon If you don’t own a Xbox One, ...

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Microsoft recently announced that Julie Larson-Green who was the head of hardware division at Microsoft will move on to a new role as Chief Experience Officer as Stephen Elop will take over her old job. Speaking to Recode at MWC, Julie talked about her new role at Microsoft, future of Microsoft, and the criticisms on Windows 8. She revealed that her top hardware job was not quite as close to product design as she hoped for. And she thought that becoming CXO(Chief Experience Officer) was exciting and new and part of the strategic direction of where Satya (Nadella) is taking the company. Within a fairly short time Microsoft is going to be a maker of phones, tablets and wearables. What do you think of Microsoft’s prospects in those markets. I think the vision of a computer on every desk has just evolved to be in every hand, in every pocket and every surface ...

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Back in 2012, Microsoft announced a new programming language called TypeScript in order to get JavaScript development to scale. JavaScript was originally introduced as a client-side scripting language for web pages limited to its Document Object Model (DOM). TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. Microsoft is actively evolving this new language since its release and yesterday released TypeScript 1.0 RC to the general public. Today’s TypeScript 1.0 RC release marks an important step on the path to 1.0. We are also now adding TypeScript support into the Visual Studio 2013 product, starting with Update 2. TypeScript has been a hit with developers both inside and outside Microsoft as it’s developed toward 1.0 over the last 18 months. Optional static typing, rich IDE features, and support for classes and modules provide foundations for robust software development for ...

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Microsoft India today announced that they have established a Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chair at the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). Microsoft expects that this new IPR chair will foster continuous research, academic collaboration and capacity building in Intellectual Property laws and policies. Read more about it from the press release below. New Delhi – 26th February, 2014: For the first time, Microsoft India has established a dedicated Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chair at the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). The Microsoft Chair will consist of one full-time Professor, a Research Associate and an Administrative Secretariat along with an Administrative Assistant. The focus will be on capacity creation, development of policy research and thought leadership in IPR laws in India. Over the next five years, Microsoft and GNLU will develop suitable academic research projects; provide a framework for analyzing the impact of IPR Law and policy on development and growth ...

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During the major re-organization announced last year at Microsoft, Applications and Services Group was one of the major division. Applications and Services Group is now headed by Qi Lu who was formerly responsible for Bing and related services at Microsoft. Applications and Services Group now includes Microsoft Office, Skype, Bing, MSN and Advertising. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet today revealed the various teams behind ASG at Microsoft. It is interesting to see how Microsoft has formed the teams, take a look at it below. Information Platform - Led by David Ku Bing Experiences –  Led by Derrick Connell Advertising & Consumer Monetization - Led by Rik van der Kooi Information & Content Consumption Experiences - Led by Brian MacDonald Skype & Lync – Led by Gurdeep Singh Pall Office Client Services Office Server Services Microsoft Business Solutions (dotted-line responsibility) – Led by Kirill Tatarinov Read more about each of the team above from ...

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Microsoft detailed the March Xbox One system update that will start rolling out in early March. This update will include multiplayer and party improvements out in time for the March 11 launch of “Titanfall”. Major Nelson talks with Xbox’s Richard Irving for an exclusive first look at the changes to the Party and Friends features in the upcoming March update for Xbox One. •Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party. •Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default. •Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing ...

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Last November, Microsoft announced that they will be releasing Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange, SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1. As expected, Microsoft today released Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 customers. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 64-Bit and 32-Bit Editions contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability.  Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates. Download them from the link below. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition ...

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  Microsoft was today awarded with design patent for Xbox One console by USPTO. Patent number D700,246 describes the ornamental design of the Xbox One console. During the Xbox One launch, Microsoft described the design of console as the following, “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” Xbox One is developed to be the ultimate gaming and entertainment system, so the design team at Microsoft had to make every aspect of the experience —ranging from its appearance, to how users interact with its software —modern and sophisticated. It was designed to be simple and inviting, all while being attuned to the console’s ...

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