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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

If you are more into Windows Phone 8.1 leaks in the past couple of days, time to move to Windows 8.1 Update 1. We already saw the changes that are coming in Windows 8.1 Update 1 in which Microsoft is trying to address the concerns of keyboard/mouse users of Windows 8.1. Some of the most notable changes include the ability to pin Windows Store apps in taskbar, ability to close/minimize/close Windows Store apps via black bar on the top, search and power buttons and Start screen and more. Today, a new Win 8.1 2014 Update build  got leaked with build string. 6.3.9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003. This 9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003 is a Escrow build and you can expect Microsoft to sign-off RTM build of Windows 8.1 update 1 soon. It was reported that this update will be rolled out to consumers in April via Windows Store. via: WZor ...

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Microsoft has partnered with Sony Pictures to showcase the future of search from Microsoft’s perspective in the Robocop movie. Sony Pictures asked Microsoft to come up with a concept for search in the not-too-distant future to showcase in the upcoming Robocop film. The film is set in 2028 and Microsoft didn’t go too far like dreaming up holographic 3d search results, instead they focused on what is really possible in 2028 with search technology. Here’s a peak at what you will see in the movie, Building off the voice recognition work we have released for Bing on Xbox and Windows Phone, in this vision of search, a character can speak in natural language and instantly receive accurate and relevant results. We also needed to convey millions of results without overwhelming the display with a barrage of links. The solution was to have elements continuously scrolling in and search results updating in ...

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If you are using Skype on multiple devices, then you would have faced the difficulty of keeping conversations in sync, or they’ve missed messages and seen “read” messages on one device that are still marked as “unread” on another, etc. Microsoft was working on fixing this and has finally rolled out the fix to public users. Now, push notifications make sure you know when you have a new message in chat, and Skype chats are synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. You can scroll back on your mobile phone to see the conversation you had on your laptop just as easily as the chat you had with your best friend on your smartphone about a recipe. Also there is a no ‘read’ notification system that will make sure that your message was read at the other end. We also understand the importance of knowing that messages you send have ...

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Microsoft revealed ID@Xbox program last year which allowed independent developers to self-publish games to Xbox Store. Phil Spencer from Microsoft few days back revealed that NinjaBee’s Nutjitsu and a mystery Team17 Worms game will be among the first ID@Xbox titles released. Indie developer No Goblin has revealed that its racer game Roundabout, is making its way to the Xbox One. Roundabout will be developed for the Xbox One using the ID@Xbox independent developers publishing program.The developer even praised ID@Program, read it below. Alongside the Windows, Mac and Linux versions that you can pre-order right now, we’re also going to be releasing Roundabout on Xbox One. We have dev kits in house, and we’re really excited to be shipping our debut game on next gen hardware. To answer the question on everyone’s lips: Yes, we will investigate yelling “Xbox, HONK HONK” to activate the limo’s horn. A huge thanks has to ...

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Lenovo Group today announced their record financial results for its Q3 ended December 31, 2013. The quarterly revenue was US$10.8 billion, a 15 percent increase year-over-year, passing the US$10 billion milestone for the first time ever. Despite the slow down in the PC industry, Lenovo has shown strong growth in the PC segment. It continued to expand lead as number one PC maker with 18.5% market share. Lenovo’s PC shipments for the third fiscal quarter were 15.3 million units. This is a great example for other Windows OEMs who blames Windows for their declining sales. Strong product portfolio and great execution will drive growth as you can see from the Lenovo’s results. From Lenovo’s press release, For the third straight quarter, Lenovo was the world’s largest PC vendor*, with its highest-ever quarterly market share of 18.5 percent, up 2.4 points year-over-year. Record high share in EMEA, Asia Pacific and China ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter accessories for Xbox One. According to Amazon Canada’s listing, Microsoft is also planning to release Xbox One Media Remote accessory in March. It will cost around $25USD and will ship on March 4th. As you can see in the image above, Xbox One Media Remote looks simple with minimal design with essential control buttons. You also have a button to switch between apps in Xbox One with Xbox One logo on its top. You can control Xbox One using various ways including Xbox One controller, through voice and gestures via Kinect and Xbox One Smartglass apps. Source: Amazon.ca (Google Cache)  via: Engadget ...

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Microsoft and Rare yesterday announced that “Kinect Sports Rivals” will be available exclusively on Xbox One on April 8, 2014 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and on April 11, 2014 in Europe.Kinect Sports Rivals will include lots of new sports like climbing, wake racing and target shooting – or experience the re-imagined fan favorites – soccer, tennis and bowling. “Kinect Sports Rivals” is the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, and is beautifully rendered 1080p HD. “Kinect Sports Rivals” is built entirely from the ground up to take advantage of all that Xbox One has to offer to create a more tailored and immersive experience than was never possible before. For the first time in motion-based games, subtle movements and timing are tracked with precision – now every move you make matters and ...

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Yesterday, we reported about the article on The Guardian claiming that Microsoft is censoring Chinese language searches in Chine and in the US. Today, Stefan from Bing team did a quick blog post to dismiss those claims. Read it below. There has been discussion over the past day or so that Bing results for Chinese language queries done outside of China are somehow intentionally edited or incomplete for political censoring purposes. We can emphatically confirm that they are not. The only time Bing adjusts search results is to comply with local law or for quality or safety reasons such as child abuse or malware. Bing search results outside of China are not subject to and are not modified in any way based on Chinese law. The error we referenced yesterday was one where we incorrectly showed a Chinese ‘removal notification’ message outside of China to users who have selected to view ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter which will allow Xbox One users to enjoy their experience in the way they would like to. Both these will be available in early March. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will retail for $79.99 MSRP and the Stereo Headset Adapter will be available for $24.99 MSRP. You can pre-order these units now from Amazon and Microsoft Store. Find the links below. The Xbox One Stereo Headset delivers a premium audio experience for both game and chat audio.* Its full-range audio spectrum provides deep bass and crystal-clear high frequencies, while its unidirectional microphone ensures clear communication. The over-the-ear design gives you a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions, and its easy to set up with no wiring to your TV or console. Plug your favorite compatible headset into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter and hear the action ...

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Microsoft Xbox team today posted the behind-the-scenes look at the Titanfall beta, including exclusive gameplay video. From concept to creation, Xbox Wire goes behind-the-scenes with Respawn Entertainment to explore the genesis of Titanfall. Watch the video below. Redspawn studios has opened up the beta of Titanfall for PC and Xbox One today. How To Apply? Please select the platform you would like play on for the Titanfall Beta. Completing this registration does not guarantee access into the Titanfall Beta as seats are limited. If you have been selected you will be emailed directly by EA with instructions on how to access the game no later than 11:59 PM PST on Feb 17th. Origin Account required for PC Beta. Completing this registration does not guarantee access into the Titanfall Beta as seats are limited. If you have been selected you will be emailed directly by EA with instructions on how to access ...

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Yesterday, 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”. Apart from the improvements Microsoft listed below, Microsoft will also improve the accuracy of Xbox One controller. Speaking to The Verge, Titanfall design lead Justin Hendry revealed that the upcoming software patch will make the analog sticks more precise than before. “It’s just fixing the controller input, really,” he tells The Verge, adding that the team worked with Microsoft on the solution. “It wasn’t really where we felt it should be; it was a little overly twitchy with the current controls. Now it’s fixed. We’re happy with it.” Update features: 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 ...

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The comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien is extending his work to LinkedIn in entertaining people. In a post on LinkedIn, he explained why he turned down the job offer of becoming CEO of Microsoft and congratulated Satya Nadella for his new job. Read the post below to have some fun time. LinkedIn Influencer Conan O’Brien here, and I’d like to belatedly congratulate Satya Nadella, the veteran executive who will be replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. You’ll do a great job, Satya. It is my informed opinion that you were the right second choice. The right first choice, of course, being the current host of CONAN on TBS. Sure, the Microsoft board never technically asked me to be their CEO. I did, however, get a tweet from Bill Gates once. So, you do the math. That is why I was proactive, as business visionaries often are, and ...

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Microsoft Research today revealed their new project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. You can try it yourself online at http://codesnippet.research.microsoft.com/. Write your question as a special comment starting with three slashes ///. Your question may mention variables. Press the Tab key on the same line to get answers; press Enter to insert selected snippet This is a great tool for developers to speed up their coding process. What do you think? via: @h0x0d                  ...

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Google today announced their partnership with Google to bring traditional Windows apps to Chromebooks. Current range of Chromebooks are just a glorified web browser machines and without Internet/web apps, they are useless items. Under the current partnership, customers can fully embrace the cloud with Chromebooks using VMware Horizon™ DaaS®. VMware and Google are working together to make the migration of legacy applications even easier, by using the HTML5/Blast experience from Chromebooks. Read the full press release below.   SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Feb 12, 2014) -  Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2014, VMware announced that it is joining forces with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) to modernize corporate desktops for the Mobile Cloud Era by providing businesses with secure, cloud access to Windows applications, data and Desktops on Google Chromebooks. This expanded relationship between Google and VMware enables enterprise customers to achieve greater security and lower Total Cost of Ownership of Google Chromebooks ...

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Microsoft today announced a minor update for Skype for Windows devices in Windows Store. This new v2.5 includes improved UI for contacts, ability to mute IM sounds, etc,. Find the full change log below, New add people option– we’ve added the ability to add contacts from the people page. To add someone, just select the icon below, type in a name, email address, Microsoft account or SkypeID. Additionally, just like before, you can add people directly from search or when swiping the command bar. Who’s available? – if you wish to sort your people list just by those who are online, you can always see who’s available by selecting people and then toggling between the options for all and available (hint: most icons and menus are selectable in Windows 8.1). With this release, we also made this view accessible for people who have less than 20 contacts. A little silence ...

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Last year, Microsoft Research released a new SDK/Framework called Lab of Things that supports their existing HomeOS project. 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 seems Microsoft is planning to enter the Internet of Things market with HomeOS from MSR and Internet of Things (IoT) team that is part of its unified Windows division. Mary Jo Foley yesterday reported that Microsoft is expanding its staff in its Internet of Things (IoT) team. Up until now, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded team has focused primarily on enterprise/industrial customers, not consumers. Its charter has been to convince retail, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive shops to embed various flavors of Windows in their devices. But the IoT team may ...

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