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At the press event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced Office for iPad apps. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint to be specific. OneNote is already available for iPad. The download link will be available in few hours from now. Office for iPad requires Office 365  subscription. If you don’t have, you can still download the app and enjoy reading and presenting documents. Microsoft is working on bringing similar apps for in Windows Store and Google Play store as well. A familiar Microsoft Office experience •It’s easy to pick up the app and get started, because it’s like the Excel, Word and PowerPoint experience you already know. •The familiar navigation and menu options are built for a touch experience. No keyboard required. Requirements: A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to edit and create Excel spreadsheets. Qualifying plans include: •Office 365 Home •Office 365 Small Business Premium •Office 365 Midsize ...

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 You can now watch the live webcast of Microsoft’s CEO discussing the intersection of cloud and mobile at an event in San Francisco. Microsoft announced this event few weeks back with no specific information regarding the announcements to be made. According to various reports, Microsoft is going to announce Office for iPad. Office for iPad is one of the most expected product by consumers, industry watchers and investors. It benefits the whole industry except the fact that Microsoft Windows platform is losing the exclusivity. Also, Microsoft is expected to make announcement regarding Enterprise Mobility Suite that will allow corporate IT to manage all the devices of their employees through Microsoft’s services. Watch the event live here. ...

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Recently, we reported that Microsoft has patented the idea of gesture initiated keyboard accessory which is already on sale in the name of Touch Cover 2. Gesture-initiated keyboard operations are described. In one or more implementations, one or more touch inputs that involve interaction with a key of a keyboard are identified. Touch inputs can be identified using touchscreen functionality of a display device or using one or more pressure-sensitive touch sensors. Based on this touch input(s), a gesture is recognized. The gesture is configured to initiate an operation that corresponds to at least one key that is not included in the keys of the keyboard. In one or more implementations, the operation is a shift, caps lock, backspace, enter, tab, or control operation. Patently Apple today reported about a new Apple patent which described exactly the same idea. See the images below.   Patently Apple claims that Apple’s keyboard ...

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Last year, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft is in talks to buy Osterhout Design Group for $200 million. While ODG’s current product lineup might not be a great fit within Microsoft’s overall company strategy, we then reported that their technology will help Microsoft to build new products like Fortaleza glasses. Osterhout Design Group also owns 140 patents related to wearable computing, so Microsoft can also benefit from it. Today, TechCrunch reported more information about this Microsoft’s deal with ODG. Microsoft has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group. “In terms of what we’re doing [at ODG], we don’t meake weapons. We make things that can help people do their jobs,” he says. “The real focus are features that are applicable in the consumer space, too.” In other words, ODG may already be talking to other companies ...

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Electronic Arts, Inc. has released FIFA 14, one of the most authentic soccer games around on your Windows PC or tablet in Windows Store. The game is available for free and you can download it here from Windows Store. Description: This app offers in-app purchases. You may disable in-app purchasing from the Kids Corner section of your device settings. REAL PLAYERS. REAL TEAMS. REAL LEAGUES. Welcome to the most authentic football game on Windows 8. Feel the excitement of every pass, shot, and tackle with new touch controls. Plus, live every moment of real-world football mastery with EA SPORTS™ Football Club Match Day. FEEL THE PASSION Featuring 34 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players. From the English Premier League to La Liga and beyond. Plus, for the first time on mobile, listen to commentaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish! BUILD YOUR ULTIMATE TEAM Earn ...

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During Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 launch, Microsoft revealed a wireless adapter for the Surface Type Covers, which transform the keyboard into a Bluetooth enabled device for wireless typing. Connect any Surface Typing Cover to Surface using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Type emails from the couch while Surface is plugged into your TV, or work collaboratively in the conference room. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers: The Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers connects magnetically to any Touch or Type Cover, letting you type from anywhere in the room using Bluetooth technology, so it is even easier to connect Surface to a TV or monitor and type from another location, such as the couch. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers will have an estimated retail price of $59.99. Microsoft has now quietly discontinued the product due to poor response. Microsoft said, “Due to a number of factors, we are no longer manufacturing the Surface Wireless ...

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  Microsoft today announced a patent licensing agreement with Dell for its Chrome and Android based devices. REDMOND, Wash. — March 26, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and Dell announced a patent licensing agreement allowing the companies to share technology and build on each other’s innovations. It is the continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell to deliver world-class technologies to consumers. “Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We have been partnering with technology manufacturers and vendors for many years to craft licensing deals, instead of litigation strategies.” “Today’s announcement builds on our history of collaborating to bring new technologies to market. The relationship between Dell and Microsoft continues to help Dell deliver choice and flexibility to customers looking for ...

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Microsoft has scheduled a press event in San Francisco this week on Thursday. As per previous reports, Satya Nadella will reveal Office for iPad at the event. Mary Jo Foley today reported that along with Office for iPad, Microsoft will also reveal  Enterprise Mobility Suite that will allow corporate IT to manage all the devices of their employees through Microsoft’s services. That suite, a licensing bundle known as the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), is for large enterprise customers who need to manage centrally iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices and more, according to sources of mine who’ve requested anonymity. EMS will provide a way for enterprises to acquire several Microsoft technologies for bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios, my tipsters say. Included in the suite are Windows Intune, a new Microsoft Azure Active Directory ‘Premium’ offering and Azure Rights Management Services. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft today officially announced the general availability of Windows Azure in China, with that Microsoft becomes the first global public cloud provider in China. Last year, Microsoft launched a public preview of Windows Azure in China to meet the demands of local cloud needs. 21Vianet will be operating Windows Azure for Microsoft in China. In May of last year, we announced that Microsoft Azure would be coming to China, launching a public preview to support the growing appetite for cloud services in this important region. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet, is now generally available for our customers in China. This significant milestone makes us the first global company to make onshore public cloud services available to customers in China, through 21Vianet. To ensure a compliant, enterprise-grade public cloud experience, Microsoft has partnered with 21Vianet within China to deliver Microsoft Azure to our customers ...

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While many of us were expecting Microsoft to make some announcements regarding Virtual Reality at GDC, Sony revealed their prototype called Project Morpheus. It is similar to Oculus Rift where gamers will be wearing the device on their heads to experience the immersive experience. Today, Facebook shocked and surprised the tech industry by acquiring Oculus. Read the full press release below, MENLO PARK, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading days preceding March 21, 2014 of $69.35 per share).  The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on ...

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As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has officially announced that they are rebranding Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft did this re-branding to highlight the fact that Microsoft Azure supports broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud not just Windows. Today we are announcing that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, beginning April 3, 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. Our commitment to deliver an enterprise-grade cloud platform for the world’s applications is greater than ever. Today we support one of  the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first, data-powered world, customers want a ...

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On its official Office blog, Microsoft highlighted the fact that Office 2003 support is ending and users need to move to Office 365 for latest features and security enhancements. Microsoft released Office 2003 ten years ago and at the time it was on the cutting edge of productivity. It sported a new Office logo, came with OneNote and had a new look and feel.  Now after 10 years, Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work and Microsoft is saying farewell to Office 2003. it urges its users to embrace the productivity solution of today – Office 365. The days of editing documents via multiple attachments, iterations and printouts are behind us. Office 365 harnesses the power of the cloud to make getting things done easier and faster, regardless of your location or device. With Office 365, creating files is just the tip of the iceberg. You can now share and ...

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Microsoft Xbox yesterday announced the kick-off of the “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship,” the first ever global motion-sports competition. The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” is a competition for players from around the world who mastered “Kinect Sports Rivals” gameplay skills. Prize Details:  The grand prize winner will get $10,000 in cash and a trip of a lifetime for two to one of four amazing destinations. The grand prize winner will choose one (1) trip, from one of the following vacation packages: a water sports adventure in Bora Bora, walking the Great Wall of China, trekking to Machu Picchu or skiing the Swiss Alps. Additional prizes include: 2nd Place: USD $5,000 3rd Place: USD $2,500 4th Place: USD $1,000 5th – 11th Place: USD $500 each The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” will begin online on April 8 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil, and on April 11 in the U.K., ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering a limited time deal for Surface family of devices. When you get any Surface device that includes Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, you will get a Touch Cover for free. Touch Cover is now available in 5 different colors and it costs $79.99 from Microsoft Store. Touch Cover: Slim. Sleek. The cover you can type on. Designed for Surface, Touch Cover is a revolutionary dual-purpose pressure-response keyboard and protective cover. The bright, smooth surface lets you type up to 2x faster than onscreen. Email, chat, work, and connect with friends in style. Built-in trackpad and Windows shortcut keys give you quick, easy ways to navigate Surface. Brighter. Bolder. Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colors (Black, White, Cyan, Magenta, and Red), so you can express your personal style. Super-smooth, spill-resistant exterior is easy to clean. Click. Done. Need to chat, quickly? ...

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Steve Ballmer stepped down Microsoft’s CEO last month. In a new interview he gave to WSJ, Ballmer has said that he’s not sure how long he’ll stay as a Microsoft director. He said, “It really as much as anything depends on how I see rest of my life playing out,” in an interview last week. Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft board should surprise everyone given the fact that Steve Ballmer owns about 4% of Microsoft and he calls Microsoft his “child.” He also revealed that he felt “different” to be just a director, and not CEO, during Microsoft’s board meeting as he was quieter in the boardroom than previously. Ballmer, who turns 58 on Monday, said in the interview he is relishing his first break after more than 33 years at Microsoft. “I have a chance to really think” about what to do next, Ballmer said. That jibes with his first post-CEO public appearance earlier this ...

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Microsoft announced Project Siena (code name) technology back in December last year. This Windows Store app allowed users without any programming can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services. Some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building are Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits and Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input. Today, they have released beta 2  version of the app in Windows Store. It now allows you to connect apps to powerful web services – from popular consumer services to enterprise SaaS to services created by IT. Change log: • Quick start: create an app by merely selecting a folder full of images • Add translate, search, speak, and social network connections to any app • Easily and securely ...

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