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Microsoft today announced that OneNote 2013 app will be available for free to all Windows 8/Windows 7 customers. Earlier, you have to buy it as part of Office 2013 suite or buy it separately for $69. OneNote is now free everywhere including the Windows PC desktop and Mac version. There are some premium features that are available to paid customers, but most of the features are available to everyone. People love OneNote 2013 on Windows. We want this awesome experience to be available to anybody, so we’ve created a free version! It’s designed for personal and school use, it’s totally ad-free and there’s no limit on how long you can use it because it’s not just a trial. For Office 365 and Office 2013 customers, we have premium features like SharePoint support, version history, Outlook integration and so on, but all the core OneNote application capabilities are available in the ...

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As rumored last week, Microsoft has today released OneNote for Mac app for free to everyone. With this, OneNote is now available on all the platforms you care about: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. Similar to other Office for Mac applications, OneNote for Mac has the Ribbon user interface with a variety of options for formatting and styling your notes. Your notes can be styled however you like. You can choose that special font and color you like to use for your notes, or emphasize important content with bold, underline or highlights. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we make it easy for you to insert pictures in your notes and place them anywhere on your page. And when your notes are best organized in a table, you can easily do so with a variety of table formatting options, such as ...

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VLC for Windows 8  beta was released in the Windows Store last week.  The initial release had number of bugs including one that crash the app on startup.  An update to fix this issue along with improving the stability of the app is now available for download from Windows Store.  President of VideoLan Jean-Baptise Kempf gave us an update on his blog: After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification. It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too! We’d like to thank the new contributors that helped. It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store. Next release, next week! Source: Jean-Baptise Kempf ...

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There were some reports that Xbox One controllers will not work with Windows PCs, but Microsoft’s director of product management Albert Penello ended those reports that Xbox One controller will work with Windows PCs for games. Penello commented the following on NeoGAF forums to answer the wrong reports, “This is 100% wrong,” “When the drivers become available, they will work with the existing controllers. There is no plan to do a new, separate controller that only works on Windows. It will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 – the Xbox One controller you have today will work. “That’s not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360.” “No more updates on the timeframe beyond what’s been publicly stated,” said Penello. “The plan is this year. When the update comes out and we have ...

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If you are running Windows 8 at your home and want to get the full Windows 8 experience, you need to have a touch screen. I came across this good deal for Dell S2340T 23-inch display with 10-point multi-touch Full HD resolution from Microsoft Store and Amazon. Check out the details below. Features: •Stellar view: Images come to life with color-boosting Image Enhance, ultrawide viewing, Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 max.) and elegant edge-to-edge glass. •10-point multi-touch capability: Scroll, tap, touch and drag tiles — even stretch images with your fingers and turn a multitude of applications into exciting interactive experiences. Play simulated piano keys with each finger on interactive music apps and watch touch games become more thrilling. •Flexible design: Multiple users can stay comfortable from a variety of positions. Adjust the articulating stand for multitasking, playing interactive games or drawing. Tilt it 10° forward, lean it backward or fold it ...

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Every year, Microsoft gives Technical Recognition Awards to Microsoft’s technical leaders and innovators. All honorees are nominated and judged by their peers within the Microsoft Technical Community Network (TCN), a community of senior leaders and contributors representing Microsoft’s technical core. Harry Shum who headed Microsoft’s search efforts was awarded with 2014 Outstanding Technical Leadership. This award recognizes an individual responsible for creating or directly influencing a visionary initiative through collaboration and technical leadership, creating a breakthrough in the technology industry. With the presentation of the Outstanding Technical Leadership Award, the Microsoft Technical Community Network recognizes Harry Shum for his transformative impact on Search Development at Bing in OSD. When Steve Ballmer handpicked Harry Shum to lead the then-struggling Bing search quality team in 2007, Shum considered himself a “surprising choice.” As we shall see, this faith in Shum was well founded: In relatively short order, Shum righted the ship and ...

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Congrats to the "Metro" designers who were honored with Microsoft's Outstanding Tech Achievement tonight! pic.twitter.com/7IS4mujRLI — joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) March 16, 2014 Every year, Microsoft gives Technical Recognition Awards to Microsoft’s technical leaders and innovators. All honorees are nominated and judged by their peers within the Microsoft Technical Community Network (TCN), a community of senior leaders and contributors representing Microsoft’s technical core. This year, Outstanding Technical Achievement 2014 was awarded to Microsoft Design team. This team award recognizes an outstanding and innovative technical achievement that has profoundly transformed the world of software and addressed some of the most urgent technological challenges facing the world today. This is not a single team, but design leaders from Windows, Office, Xbox, etc. The award was given to the people in the above below. Top row: Alan Urdan(Windows team), Samuel Moreau(Windows team leader), Joseph McLaughlin(Office team), Ralf Groene9Surface team), Ramiro Torres(Xbox team), Front row: Albert ...

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Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $206 from Amazon. Actual price of 64GB model is $349 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro are great tablet PCs 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)/10.8 inch IPS Display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 64GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Amazon is now selling 32GB model for $207, find 32GB model deal here. Amazon is selling 64GB model for $319, check out the 64GB model deal here. Find Dell Venue ...

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Microsoft continues to bring significant updates to the Xbox One and today announced their first update for Skype for Xbox One since its launch in November. This list of improvements includes chat history sync, new Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Emoticons, contact filtering based on their online status, tutorial for first time users, and lots of bug fixes. #1 Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype on their PC to their phone and now to their living room. So we’ve been focused on enhancing this experience, keeping conversations in sync and reducing the number of missed messages to make your chat experience even better. Improved chat is now synchronized and comes with push notifications, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer chat history – up to 1,000 messages, rather than just the past 7 days. #2 Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ...

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According to the report from WSJ, Asus has dropped its plans to sell its first Dual OS device Transformer Book Duet TD300 due the pressure from both Microsoft and Google. Early this year, Asus announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, first convertible device that runs both Android and Windows 8.1. You can switch between them with push of a single button. The patented ASUS technology powered Instant Switch offers many performance and productivity benefits over other dual-OS solutions, such as fast, smooth and seamless switching and the ability to resume each OS from where the user left off. As it does not use OS virtualization, Instant Switch also allows each OS to harness the full power of Intel’s latest processor technology. Both the OS companies have ways to exert pressure to deter the propagation of dual-OS products such as Asus Transformer Book Duet. Asustek will also  stop selling the dual-OS ...

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Age of Ascent is a Massively Multiplayer Online game that will be released in early 2015. The first of which is a public alpha test of the PvP dogfighting component is going to be done today. The game developers are using Windows Azure for their game backend and attempting for a Guinness World Record on having the greatest number of concurrent players in the same battlezone at the same time. Age of Ascent will soon be attempting to earn a Guinness World Record. Can you tell us more about that? Yes. During the public alpha of AoA’s PvP dogfighting module we’re hoping to break the current world record for Largest Videogame PvP Battle. What does the record currently look like? Don’t other games have millions of players? The current holders are the excellent folk (and players) at CCP Games for Eve Online, with 4,070 players in a single system; a ...

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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available leaving your PC go unprotected against all security vulnerabilities. Microsoft Store is now offering few things that will attract Windows XP customers to upgrade to new PCs. $50 gift card – Buy a PC from the assortment below and get a $50 digital gift card towards any future purchase at Microsoft Store, like Office or PC accessories. 90 days of free support – Receive free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days. Free data transfer – We’ve partnered with Laplink, a data migration service to help you transfer your personal photos, videos, music, and files for free. Find the deals for new PCs at Microsoft Store. ...

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NPD Group today released their February gaming industry report. Xbox One continues selling at a record-breaking pace with 258,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of February, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by over 61 percent at the same point in time. But the bad news is that Sony’s PS4 still leads Xbox One sales by about 10% in the US. Microsoft is expecting the launch of Titanfall in the March to boost their numbers. “PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales,” said Liam Callahan, an NPD analyst. “With Xbox One’s higher price point it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.” With Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined, the Xbox platform sold more hardware than any other home console platform and held 43 percent of the ...

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NCAA tournament is starting next week and if you are one of the basketball fans who is eagerly waiting for the tournament to start, here is some good news for you. NCAA® March Madness® LIVE is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It allows you to live streaming of all the NCAA March Madness 2014 games, get real time scores, team and player stats, latest news and video highlights throughout the tournament and more. Description: Watch every game of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament on your Windows 8.1 Tablet/PC! Download NCAA® March Madness® Live to check scores, fill out and follow your bracket, get game alerts, and track social activity around all the games. Log in with your TV provider to enjoy unlimited access to live streaming video of all 67 games, across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. A three hour live ...

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Microsoft today announced  the Xbox 360 Spring Value Bundle that will be available soon at US retailers. Find the details about three different bundles that will be on sale and the cheapest bundle starts at just $249 (includes limited time $50 off from Microsoft). Click the name of the bundles below to order them from Microsoft Store. Xbox 360 250GB Spring Value Bundle – $249: This bundle includes an Xbox 360 E console with 250GB hard drive, the games Forza Horizon and Borderlands 2, a one-month Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox 360 wireless controller, and Xbox 360 headset. Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle – $299: The Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle includes the Xbox 360 E console, Kinect sensor, two Kinect games including Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Adventures, and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle: The Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle includes ...

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Microsoft today announced a cool feature on Bing Image search. It was a long awaited feature and users should be happy that it is finally here. You can now search by image on Bing. Upload your image or provide an URL of an image to Bing, Bing will search for similar images on the web. Searching for the right image can be tough. After sorting through hundreds of images, you finally find a picture you like but unfortunately it’s low resolution or an odd dimension leaving you to go back to scrolling through the results pages. To take the hassle out of this process we’re introducing a new feature that allows you to match an image in a few simple clicks. How does it work? Now when you’re browsing images you will see a button at the bottom of the page that reads “Image Match.” When you click on the ...

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