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Windows Experience Index was introduced by Microsoft with the release of Windows Vista to have a common measure of PC’s performance. It was there in Windows 7 and later in Windows 8 too. It seems Microsoft has removed this feature with the release of Windows 8.1 preview. Microsoft is yet to confirm the removal of this feature officially, but you can see it by yourself in Windows 8.1 preview. The Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer’s hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks. Each hardware component receives an individual subscore. Your computer’s base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of an individual hardware ...

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Evernote Touch app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store got a major update few days back. This update brings in activity feed for your shared notes, new hub where you can have an overview of your account and more. Release notes: New hub page gives you an overview of your account Activity feed notifies you about updates in shared notebooks Shortcuts gives you quick access to important notes, notebooks and tags Improved note editing with Make Plaintext and Simplified formatting Supports two step verification for login Numerous bug fixes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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In an interview to Guardian, Sam Burd, Dell’s global vice-president of personal computing revealed that Dell has so far only sold “hundreds of thousands” of its XPS-10 and Latitude 10 tablets Windows 8 tablets. As sales of tablets and “hybrid” devices like Microsoft’s Surface are expected to outsell laptops this year, Dell is yet to find a hero device that sells well. He also revealed that Windows 8 on tablets had not done well so far with the large companies as businesses are slow to adopt a new operating system. But he said that Windows 8 situation is improving, “I think that’s pretty exciting when we look at the ramp [in purchasing] that we expect from corporate customers.” “But tablets really need Windows 8 to sell well. Still, it is encouraging to see some businesses deploying Windows 8 and tablets. It’s going to take some time, and the jury is still out. IDC’s numbers says ...

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Microsoft launched a new program called Small Screen Touch (SST) program which offered licensing discounts on Windows touch devices with a display size of 11.6-inch or below. Based on a report from Digitimes, this new program is struggling to attract notebook brand vendors to develop tablets according to their sources from the upstream supply chain. While you may question their reliability of sources, it is somewhat evident from the fact that Acer’s 8.1-inch Iconia W3 is the only tablet in the retail channel that was part of the SST program. Even after subsidizing, the cost of $500 is not attracting consumers away from cheap Android tablets of same/similar specs. Also the inclusion of Microsoft Office in small screen devices as part of SST program is not helping much to boost sales according to the supply chain sources. What do you think? Source: Digitimes ...

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When Microsoft revealed Xbox One months back, there was a huge uproar for mandatory internet connection. Microsoft later changed their minds later, but they made internet connection mandatory for lots of reasons. It is not just about DRM, there are lots of other cloud related developer stuff associated with that policy. Microsoft is expecting more and more game developers to take advantage of their Xbox Live Cloud which will allows creators to do stuff that was not possible on a single standalone console. Titanfall is an upcoming game from Respawn that will take advantage of Xbox Live Cloud. Jon Shiring, an engineer working with the Cloud technology at Respawn blogged about the power of Xbox Live cloud today. So what is this Xbox Live Cloud stuff then? Microsoft has a cloud service called Azure (it’s a real thing – you can go on their website right now and pay for servers ...

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In the recent SEC filing, Microsoft has revealed that it has awarded 418,361 shares (about 14 million in current value) to former Windows president Steven Sinofsky. It also revealed that Microsoft has also signed a non-compete agreement with Steven to prevent him landing in other companies, “accepting employment at certain competitors or encouraging certain customers of Microsoft to choose a competing offering to Microsoft products,” until December 31st 2013. Here is Microsoft’s official response, Given Steven’s 23 years of strong service at Microsoft, which included leading teams that produced six versions of Office and two versions of Windows, the company will continue to provide him with the economic value of the stock awards he earned during his employment, similar to the retirement benefits we provide employees who work at least 15 years and retire at 55 or older. This agreement provides a number of important considerations for Microsoft, including a commitment ...

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  Microsoft today announced updates to their entertainment apps and all of them got some neat new features. You need Windows 8.1 Release Preview to try these updates. Microsoft also revealed that they are still working on more features that will be released along with Windows 8.1 release later this year. Xbox Games Improvements to Search: Search from directly within the Xbox Games app using the new Search bar, access game extras in search results and view your achievements by date. User Interface Updates: Browse your friends list or receive content notifications in easy-to-view tiles, and use Snap to access other apps while gaming. Xbox Video Streamlined Search: Through new and improved Windows search, access everything from your local drive to the web with the power of Bing, and easily find content from within the Xbox Video app. Continuous Engagement: Continue to download your video, while you use other apps on ...

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Microsoft Research has released their Network Speed Test app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. They have already released the same app in Windows Phone Store last month. Description: How fast is your Internet connection? Network Speed Test measures your network delay, download speed and upload speed. Using servers all over the world, Network Speed Test measures your network connection’s latency and throughput. Based on your connection’s speed, Network Speed Test will tell you what activities you might be able to do, such as stream music or video calls. Slide to the right to see a history of your previous tests for easy comparisons. When you test your network using the Network Speed Test, certain characteristics of your device and the network connection will be sent to Microsoft to help improve our understanding of network quality and availability. If you consent, we may also collect information about your location ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Bing Ads platform will be available in Windows 8.1 Smart Search which was announced last week as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. With Windows 8.1 Smart Search, consumers can look for information across the web, device, apps and cloud. They can play, launch, view or browse items in a single tap. It is a modern search experience to allow consumers to find the information they are looking for quickly and accomplish a broad range of tasks – giving people a faster way to find, discover and do. Just like in Bing web search results, Smart Search results in Windows 8.1 will also feature Bing Ads. Bing Ads will be an integral part of this new Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. Now, with a single campaign setup, advertisers can connect with consumers across Bing, Yahoo! and the new Windows Search with highly relevant ads ...

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Game Critics Awards 2013 was announced that today. Of all the games that were awarded by the 30 media outlets that vote on the Game Critics Awards, one game stood out high. It’s Titanfall from EA/Respawn which will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms (PC, Xbox 360 And Xbox One). It won best of the show, best original game, best console game and so much more. Take a look at the list below. Check out the trailer after the list. Best of Show Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Original Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, XBox 360, Xbox One) Best Console Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Handheld/Mobile Game Tearaway (Media Molecule/SCEA for PSVita) Best PC Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Hardware/Peripheral Oculus Rift (Oculus VR) Best Action Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Action/Adventure ...

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As announced last week, The Xbox LIVE “Ultimate Game Sale” has begins today. Each day between today and July 5th, there will be a new set of titles on sale – in addition to the persistent offers at the bottom of this post. The special prices will be available to all Xbox Live Members (Gold and Free.) July 2nd Offers Regular  Sale Price Save Savings Assassin’s Creed 3 $39.99 $14.99 $25.00 63% Borderlands 2 $39.99 $9.99 $30.00 75% Far Cry 3 $59.99 $19.99 $40.00 67% Max Payne 3 $39.99 $9.99 $30.00 75% In addition to the daily deals, Microsoft has got the following offers available until July 8th,  2013. Games on Sale now through July 8, 2013 Regular  Sale Price Save Savings Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway $29.99 $4.99 $25.00 83% Far Cry Instincts Predator $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75% Crysis $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75% Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 ...

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Microsoft’s Windows Store has reached an important milestone of 100,000 apps yesterday. This is a impressive feat because it took just over 7 months to reach this point. For comparison, Windows Phone Store took 18 months to have 100,000 apps, so did the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store took 16 months for the same number of apps. Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store. — Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013 Other than numbers, Microsoft is also focusing on bringing high quality apps such as Facebook, Foursquare, etc,. ...

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Microsoft so far had only two versions of Surface Pro devices, one with 64GB storage and another with 128GB. It seems Microsoft is planning to sell one another version of Surface with 256GB storage. Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel Core i5 3317U processor, 4 GB RAM,  256 GB SSD, Windows 8 Pro, Multi-Touch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity with 1 YR limited warranty will go one sale from Surface authorized retailer CDW for $1,199.99. Do you think this is a good deal? I think Microsoft should release a Surface Pro with Intel Hasewell processors with great battery life. via : WPCentral  Source : CDW ...

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Microsoft had its own newsfeed feature back in Windows Live days which aggregated social activity from various services such as Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, etc,. Later it was discontinued as Microsoft started to focus on the basics, Mail, Storage, Chat/Skype, etc,. Liveside today reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back newsfeed in a different form. A recent activity newsfeed for your SkyDrive. Here’s how Liveside explains the upcoming feature, Microsoft added recent activity feeds to its Windows 8 SkyDrive app’s Live Tile back in January this year (as shown above), showing notifications about what’s going on in your SkyDrive. However, this feature was limited to the Windows 8 SkyDrive app only, and you cannot see this feed anywhere else. This is set to change as LiveSide understands that the SkyDrive.com web service will also get a recent activity feed. Clicking on the new “Recent” menu item on the left-hand side ...

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Microsoft today launched their web-based Xbox Music service. Xbox Music Pass subscription allows you to stream millions of songs on your Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet and PC, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and the Web. You can even download your favorite songs so you can listen offline. It also features Smart DJ/Radio, just type in an artist and Smart DJ/Radio creates a playlist from similar artists. You can see everything in your playlist, and with unlimited skipping, skip to any song you want as many times as you want. Your Xbox Music Pass collection automatically syncs across all your Xbox Music devices so you can easily access songs, albums, and playlists no matter where you are. All these were available only in Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone 8 apps, now they are accessible via music.xbox,com Source: Xbox Music ...

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During a developer session over Xbox Smartglass platform at BUILD last week, Microsoft revealed that their Xbox SmartGlass platform had over 17 million downloads across Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Xbox SmartGlass is a cross-platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android) application that allows for easy connection to an Xbox consoles, discovery of content, and control of the Xbox. Developers can make use of SmartGlass SDK to develop a corresponding second-screen experience for their Xbox apps and games. With the upcoming release of Xbox One, Microsoft will enable more SmartGlass experiences through new SDKs for developers. Source: Channel9 ...

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