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  Microsoft Research has released a new SDK/Framework called Lab of Things that supports their existing HomeOS project. Here is the description about HomeOS from Microsoft Research. To simplify the management of technology and to simplify the development of applications in the home, we are developing an “operating system” for the home. HomeOS provides a centralized, holistic control of devices in the home. It provides to users intuitive controls to manage their devices. It provided to developers high-level abstractions to orchestrate the devices in the home. HomeOS is coupled with a HomeStore through which users can easily add obtain applications that are compatible with devices in their homes and obtain any additional devices that are needed to enable desired applications. So what is Lab of Things (LoT) and how it is related to HomeOS? Lab of Things (LoT) is a flexible platform for experimental research that uses connected devices in homes. LoT enables easy interconnection ...

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Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten in an interview to IGN has admitted that Microsoft has failed to clearly communicate the original Xbox One story that led to consumer opposition and U-turn from Microsoft. We all know how it evolved, this poor communication from Microsoft led to cancelling the digital games future that they initially planned for Xbox One. He also revealed that Microsoft is working on bringing back some of the digital only features such as Family Sharing to the current system in some form over time. Here is an excerpt from the interview, “I think it’s pretty simple. We’ve got to just talk more, get people understanding what our system is,” Whitten told IGN. “The thing that’s really gratifying is that people are excited about the types of features that are possible, and it’s sort of shame on us that we haven’t done as good of a job ...

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Microsoft has released an update for OneNote app in Windows Store. This update brings in two new improvements, first is Office 365 account support and the second is the ability to minimize soft keyboard in editing mode. Opening notebooks on Office 365 Does your work or school have Office 365? It’s great to keep your work notes in the cloud with Office 365 and OneNote. With the update, now you can just sign in with your Office 365 and see all the notebooks you’ve used recently. Dismissing the on-screen keyboard One of the best things about OneNote is that you can just type anywhere. Want to jot something off to the side? Go ahead. OneNote gets out of your way and lets you focus on your notes. But sometimes you don’t want to type. Now you can dismiss the on-screen keyboard so you can see the whole screen for reading. Normally, in ...

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Microsoft today detailed the DPI scaling enhancements that will be coming as part of Windows 8.1. Windows 8 not scaling appropriately  to very high resolution displays was one of the most discussed issues in the reviews, and Microsoft has fixed it now. Windows 8.1 DPI scaling improvements are primarily focused on: Optimizing the usability and readability of high-DPI displays Providing a uniform experience multi-display systems Empowering developers to optimize app-specific scaling based on display DPI Here are the some challenges that we face when using Windows 8 on high resolution displays, While high-resolution displays are amazing they also present some practical challenges. When you increase resolution you inherently decrease the size of each pixel (assuming same display size). By decreasing the size of each pixel the content shown on the display appears smaller. When display Dots-Per-Inch (DPI) gets sufficiently dense this “shrinking effect” can make content hard to see and ...

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will be speaking at Microsoft today at Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. Last time, Bill Gates spoke at a Microsoft’s conference was almost 5 years ago. Join us for a broadcast of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit streamed live from Redmond on Monday, July 15, from 09:00 to 17:30 Pacific Daylight Time. This free online event offers highlights, such as the opening and closing keynotes, streamed on location from the Faculty Summit. Plus, you’ll hear from leading scientific and academic researchers who are making social and scientific advances—from prediction engines to quantum computing breakthroughs—with the help of technology. Watch this live stream here. ...

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  Three months back, we reported about couple of reports that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. One was by WSJ and another by The Verge. Now, there is a new round of reports from various sources that confirmed that Microsoft is indeed working on a smartwatch. The Verge then reported that Microsoft’s Xbox team is working on prototypes of Smart Watch. The Smart Watch is expected to have 1.5inch display with removable bands. Yesterday, AmongTech reported more details on it. The smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making variety of removable wrist bands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors for smartwatches. Also these prototypes are made of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive “translucent aluminum” that is said to be three times harder than glass. Some smartwatch prototype includes 6GB of storage, LTE support, phone notifications and music control and more. Read more at ...

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HP today announced that former Microsoft Chief Architect Ray Ozzie will join as a member to its board of directors. HP today announced that its board of directors has appointed three new members. Robert R. “Dob” Bennett, former president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Liberty Media Corporation; Raymond E. Ozzie, former chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation and founder of Talko Inc.; and James A. Skinner, former vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation and current chairman of Walgreen Co., will join HP’s board, effective today. The appointments increase the number of HP directors from nine to 12. Here is the info they posted about Ray Ozzie, About Raymond E. Ozzie Ray Ozzie, an industry visionary and pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work, left his role as Microsoft’s chief software architect in December 2010 and founded Talko Inc., a firm focused on a new generation of mobile communications applications and ...

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Over the weekend, we reported about the price cuts for Microsoft Surface RT in US. The new price is now live in various other countries where Microsoft Surface is available. In US, Surface RT base model with 32GB storage is now available for just $349 down from its original price of $499. Surface RT with 64GB model costs $449. Both these models combined with Touch Cover/Type Cover costs $449 and $549 respectively. In UK, Surface 32GB model now sells for £279 (down from £399) and the 64GB model sells for £359 (down from £479) and you can get touch/type covers for an additional £80. You can check your local Microsoft Store and retailers for the new price in your respective countries. ...

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We reported about some upcoming SkyDrive.com features that Microsoft is planning to deliver in coming months. Today, Liveside revealed some more new features that are coming to SkyDrive.com soon. Here are the features, Shared lists – This new feature allow users to select up to 100 files from different locations and bundle them to a customized list, and share this list with others.  This serves as an alternative sharing option so that users can find files shared by others easier. Folder mounting – This new feature will allow users to “mount” other user’s folders to your SkyDrive. By doing this, contents in these folders can sync to your PCs together with your own SkyDrive files. Device settings backup management – This new feature in SkyDrive will allow users to manage their backed up device settings. Read about them in detail from the link below. Source: Liveside ...

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Last week we reported about Microsoft planning to cut the price of Surface RT tablet, and the new price is now live in Microsoft Store. Surface RT base model with 32GB storage is now available for just $349 down from its original price of $499. Surface RT with 64GB model costs $449. Both these models combined with Touch Cover/Type Cover costs $449 and $549 respectively. Check it out here. ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held earlier this week, Microsoft revealed some new hardware requirements for Windows 8.1 certified devices. Windows 8.1 certified devices will have support for NFC and biometric authentication, “Precision Touchpads, portrait mode improvements and InstantGo ( new name for connected standby). During a session for Microsoft reseller partners entitled “How to talk to customers about Windows devices,” Microsoft officials talked about some of the new hardware features that Windows 8.1 and subsequent releases will support. As we’ve been hearing at vaious Microsoft conferences over the past couple months, Microsoft is working closely with OEMs on making sure new touch-enabled, lighter, thinner, faster devices with longer battery life, support for “modern” security, connectivity and new sensors will be coming to market. Starting later this year, these machines will make use of the new features Microsoft is building into Windows 8.1, including support for NFC and biometric authentication; new portrait-mode enhancements; ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have upgraded Windows.com and the personalization gallery to responsive web design. Have you ever had this kind of experience when browsing Windows.com on your phone or tablet, or trying to view it in Snap mode in Windows 8? If so, I am happy to announce that we just launched sitewide improvements that make Windows.com responsive to your browsing device and screen size, regardless of your device. Whether you are viewing Windows.com on a phone or a tablet, or viewing in Snap mode in Windows 8, the site resizes seamlessly in your browser. You can try visiting the site and experience it yourself from a tablet or mobile web browser. We made these sitewide improvements so it will be easier for you to take advantage of all the great info on Windows.com, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. Whether you want to ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced a major re0organization within the company. They are changing the way Microsoft works as a company to better create experience for people and compete with other companies in this new change. CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday wrote a long memo to both public and employees on how Microsoft sees its future. Read it from the links below, Steve Ballmer’s Memo To Employees On One Microsoft Strategy Microsoft Announces Major Re-organization Plan, New Leadership Team Also watch Steve talk about his vision for Microsoft with this major reorganization in place in the video above. ...

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Amazon.com, the largest online shopping site in US has revealed that it has sold out Xbox One Day One edition console. The Day One console includes a commemorative controller, token code to unlock an exclusive Day One achievement, and premium packaging at no additional cost. While Day One edition of Xbox One is sold out, you can still order Xbox One Standard edition, but shipping date is based on availability and it is not guaranteed at release date. Check out Xbox One listing page on Amazon here. ...

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With Xbox One, Microsoft is not only targeting consumers at home, but also small businesses around the world. You may wonder, how does it makes sense? Here is the argument from Microsoft, ”it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense. The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms”. Skype: Xbox One will allow people to not only use Skype on the console, but it will allow for multi-person chatting. Combine this with the wide-angle lens and 1080p view of the included Kinect and you have the means for collaborative meetings and presentations. As an example, Skype is being used in educational settings, everywhere, to bring together classrooms, cultures and learning. This can also apply to your business. Utilize ...

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Guardian today reported that Microsoft handed the NSA access to unencrypted Skype and Outlook.com messages. It said that Microsoft  collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users communications to be intercepted. Microsoft responded to the allegations saying that they comply with US laws. Here is Microsoft’s response, We have clear principles which guide the response across our entire company to government demands for customer information for both law enforcement and national security issues. First, we take our commitments to our customers and to compliance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide customer data only in response to legal processes. Second, our compliance team examines all demands very closely, and we reject them if we believe they aren’t valid. Third, we only ever comply with orders about specific accounts or identifiers, and we would not respond to the kind of blanket orders discussed in the press over the past ...

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