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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Last week, we posted about a report from Paul on Winsupersite claiming that Windows 9 codenamed Threshold will be released in April 2015. He also added that Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released and Microsoft is thinking to move away from Windows 8 brand to market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Today, WZor on Twitter claimed that Microsoft will RTM Windows 9 in October this year which I think is too early. http://t.co/qCZy2Lzt7G hey men ~ Win 9 released in April 2015? No! No! No! ..WIN RTM-0 RELEASED SIGN-OFF DEALINE IN 21 OCTOBER 2014 — WZor (@WZorNET) January 15, 2014 He particularly claimed that Windows 9 RTM will be released on October 21st of this year. I hope this rumor becomes true! ! Microsoft might provide us a glimpse on Windows 9 at BUILD conference later this year. Source: ...

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Bill Gates has said this so many times in the past, he said it again today. What is that? He is not returning to Microsoft for a full-time job and he will continue to work for his foundation for rest of his life. He also said that Microsoft board which is pretty good is continuing its search to find the best possible CEO for Microsoft. Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates discussed about all these on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop” program. Watch the video above. Source: Bloomberg ...

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  Lots of information regarding NSA and its PRISM project got leaked last year raising voices from MNCs and general public. US government remained largely silent with concerned agencies making their statements. Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft yesterday blogged that Microsoft is not fully satisfied with the reforms Mr. President announced last week. Even though Microsoft agrees that those changes will makeU.S. citizens, Microsoft believes that there is more work to do to define some of the details and additional steps that are needed. Microsoft will continue to work with both the administration and Congress to advocate for reforms consistent with the principles technology industry outlined in December. This week, the World Economic Forum holds its annual meeting ...

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  Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet PC that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT.   Specs:   Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black   It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now.   Check out the deal here.   ...

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Earlier this month, we ran a story titled Forrester Research: Microsoft Trumps Apple And Samsung In Consumer Mindshare in which we reported that Microsoft trumped both Samsung and Apple in the consumer mindshare survey. Here is an another report from Forrester Research, Microsoft passed Apple in a 2014 measurement of customer opinions of what it was like to deal with the company. In last year’s report, Microsoft was trailing behind Apple and now they have improved their scores to beat them. The survey attempts to quantify the somewhat squishy and hard-to-define criteria of customer experience. Forrester assigns each company a customer-experience index score based on a survey of how 7,500 U.S. consumers responded to these three questions: How enjoyable were they to do business with? How easy were they to do business with? How effective were they at meeting your needs? How was your experience with Microsoft in the past year? Did ...

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A recent stealth promotional campaign to promote Microsoft Xbox by Machinima came to light few days back. As per the new promotions, Machinima video partners will get an additional $3 per thousand video views for posting videos featuring Xbox One content. Machinima’s UK community manager himself tweeted about this promotion. It was also revealed that there was similar campaign around Xbox One’s launch in November, which offered an additional $1 CPM for videos “promoting the Xbox One and its release games.” These videos should have at least 30 seconds of Xbox One game play video that mentioned the Xbox One by name and also includes tag “XB1M13″. Microsoft and Machinima have not yet commented on this stealth marketing campaign. This is not a entirely new kind of marketing strategy as lots of other companies does the same. We will come to know about more such campaigns in the near future ...

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Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 power user guide for business. This guide is more focused on a enterprise user and you can learn about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as updated File Explorer, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast support, and SkyDrive Pro. With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new Task Manager and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and fluid access to the world. And best of all, you can do it all feeling confident that your important data is secure. With the advanced features of Windows 8.1, you can get the most out of your device. Download it for free from Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft is often labelled as a packaged software vendor to Enterprises and OEMs in the media. They are largely ignored as an owner of various web properties that come in most visited lists. comScore recently released their monthly ranking of U.S. desktop web activity at the top online properties for December 2013 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Yahoo Sites came at top in the Top 50 Properties (Desktop Only) with over 195 million unique visitors followed by Google at No.2 with 192 million unique visitors. Microsoft came at No.3 position with 175 million unique visitors. Microsoft’s web properties includes MSN web portal, Bing search engine, Outlook/Hotmail, Skype and other official websites like Xbox.com, Microsoft.com, etc. To put Microsoft numbers in comparison, Facebook and AOL which are primarily web companies trails behind Microsoft in this list. Source: comScore ...

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  Following official Microsoft social media accounts and Xbox social media accounts, Syrian Electronic Army today gained access over official Microsoft Office blogs. As usual, they posted some illegal content to prove that they have hacked. However, Microsoft has now restored their blog. This hacking comes after few hours of re-design of Office blogs by Microsoft. It now has modern, more visual appeal to it. I think its time for Microsoft to revisit their official social media account usage policy. May be changing strong passwords often with knowledge social media managers should avoid this sort of embarrassing moments. Microsoft’s Office blog ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 for download. S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft made the following announcement on his blog regarding this release. This morning we made available the final version of Update 1 for Visual Studio 2013.  This is a targeted update, addressing some key areas of customer feedback since the Visual Studio 2013 release.  For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1.  Full details of the changes are available here.  Download the update now or wait to get it through Visual Studio update notification in the coming weeks. Microsoft also promised to deliver regular updates for VS 2013 with Update 2 is now on the way. Update 2 is their first major feature update which will be made available this spring. ...

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Few months back, Microsoft launched its microsoft.com/stories website profile some of the brightest minds inside Microsoft. It started with noted young and talented designer Andrew Kim and VP of cloud, Brad Anderson. The /stories editorial team is back with a bang collecting stories about Xbox One. They have spent hours together with the key people behind Xbox One to talk about their product they spent years painstakingly creating. Three three people profiled are as follows, Carl Ledbetter, Industrial designer Boyd Multerer, Director of development Alex Hebert, Creative producer I find all of them interesting, so try to read it when you find time. Click on their names in the above list to go to their profile. Btw, each profile is designed uniquely with beautiful photos. via: Microsoft.com/Next ...

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Dell today announced Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro Windows tablets in India. Both these tablets runs on full Windows 8.1 powered by Intel processors. Dell Venue 8 Pro: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC/64GB eMMC 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera Color: Black Dell Venue 11 Pro: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 10.8 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1920 x 1080) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC/64GB eMMC Color: Black The Venue 8 Pro will be available starting next month at Rs 26,499 and the pricing of Venue 11 Pro has not yet been announced. Both these devices ...

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Microsoft Board of Directors launched a search for a replacement for Steve Ballmer, looking both externally and internally from August 23rd last year. Since they’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company and in December revealed that the process is still going on. They identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused their energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals. According to various reports, the 20 individuals included Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner, Stephen Elop, Alan Mullaly, Steve Mollenkopf, Hans Vestberg and others. While the search process might end in the coming weeks/months, everyone believed that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer who are the largest shareholders of Microsoft might stay in the Microsoft’s board for years to come. According to latest report from Recode, despite owning about four percent of the company, people familiar with the situation revealed ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8 back in 2012, followed by major update Windows 8.1 in 2013. Microsoft has even ended the sales of Windows 7 as a standalone OS to general consumers. Most of the PCs from all the OEMs now comes with Windows 8/Windows 8.1 pre-installed. HP has recently started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs.With a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand”, HP is trying to sell a 5 year old OS to its customers. Even though other OEMs are also selling Windows 7 PCs, they are not promoting the way HP does. What do you think of HP’s marketing strategy? Will more people buy HP PCs because of Windows 7? Source: HP via: Neowin ...

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  Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2 users in December and then later pulled it due to issues caused by the update. Microsoft then said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. Today, there are reports that Microsoft Surface Pro 2 users are receiving firmware update dated 18/01/2014. Microsoft is yet to confirm whether this is the fix for the firmware update released last month or something different.   Source: Surfaceforums via: ZDNET Microsoft Releases Firmware Updates For Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 With Lots Of Improvements Surface Pro 2 Firmware Patch Pulled From Windows Update; Fix Will Come Next Year Microsoft Working Through The Holidays ...

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Microsoft’s Windows XP is nearing its end-of-life date. One of the most glaring bug Windows XP users experienced over their lifetime should be the one related to svchost.exe. The SVCHOST system process would eat up upto 100% of CPU during Windows updates. Because of this, overall system performance will do down significantly. Microsoft is aware of this bug and promised to fix it long back. Microsoft has finally delivered the fix to stop this svcehost issue. As we are just two more patch Tuesdays away from Windows XP’s end of life, it is good to see Microsoft fixing the issue.   In a statement, Dustin Childs, group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group said… “On Tuesday, Microsoft depreciated legacy security updates for Internet Explorer that had been replaced by more recent ones. We did this to improve customer experience, reducing the time Windows Update requires to check existing updates before ...

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