Microsoft today made a big announcement in the regarding Visual Studio Online. They have released a new  API is based on REST, OAUTH, Json and Service Hooks – all standard web technologies broadly supported in the industry. 3rd party tools and services can make use of this API to build on top of VS Online. Microsoft has already worked to provide specific integrations with 18 tools/services and will add more in the future. The reason for the new API is we wanted to make it dramatically easier to integrate VS Online with other web based tools and to access VS Online from any mobile device – whether they are 3rd party commercial tools or custom ones you are building.  Because we’ve used the standard technologies, many integrations can be done simply by wiring up simple connections with a service like Zapier.  And all connected devices – Android, iOS, Windows and ...

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The Bing team took a look back at Bing’s growth in 2013: The Best Video Selection on the Web Because we know that video on the web is more than YouTube, Bing Video showcases leading web video services such as Vevo, Hulu, Daily Motion, CBS, MSN, MTV, Vimeo, and more (and yes, YouTube also!) Looks like you agree with us, as your activity on Bing Video more than doubled in 2013 year over year. Now That’s A Lot of Data If you were to line up pixels from all of the aerial imagery that make up Bing Maps, you could make four round trips to Venus with pixels to spare. Drinking from the Social Fire Hose For every search, we believe there’s someone out there who can help. So, whether you want to see what your colleagues Facebooked for lunch, or you need to know what Lady Gaga just tweeted, ...

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As winter -storms hit across the United States I’m sure many are thinking of warmer places they would rather be at.  We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.   When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most searched travel destinations: USA’s most searched destinations of 2013 Hawaii captured the heart of Americans this year, even topping searches for mainland USA destinations. London ruled the pack among European destinations, holding onto its #1 spot for the second year in a row. Hawaii Bahamas (pictured) London ...

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We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.  In this post we will look at the most searched electronic devices in the US, UK, and Canada.  When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular electronic devices by country. Most Searched Entertainment Electronics US With the upcoming launch of Xbox One, Xbox came in as the most searched entertainment electronic over iPhone #2 and Android #3. 1 Xbox 2 iPhone 3 Android 4 iPad 5 Windows Phone 6 Surface 7 Playstation 8 Nintendo ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular movies by country.  These movies are not that great, I keep an independent analysis of movies so I’ll provide a rank and percentage rating for select movies.  For example (#1, 100%). USA’s most searched movies of 2013 Where Hollywood leads, the rest of the world follows. The top movies in the US unsurprisingly appear in most of the top tens around the world. Iron Man 3 (#32, 75%) Fast and Furious 6 (#29, 76.75%) Despicable Me 2 (#30, 76%) The Conjuring (#22, 80%) The ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular songs by country. Our condolences from Microsoft-News to those of you mourning Nelson Mandela, may music set your soul free. USA’s most searched songs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also scored number one position in the USA with their hit Thrift Shop. 1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop 2. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines 3.  Rihanna – Stay 4.  Imagine Dragons – Radioactive 5.  Jason Derulo – The Other Side 6.  Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man 7.  Justin Timberlake – ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular social networks by country. USA’s most searched social networks of 2013 A new entry on several of Bing’s most searched lists, pinboard-based image-sharing site Pinterest has rocketed to number two in the US. From wedding ideas, to recipes and much more, Americans couldn’t get enough of Pinterest this year. Facebook Pinterest Twitter LinkedIn Instagram tumblr Reddit Vimeo Vine Google+ The UK’s most searched social networks of 2013 The high popularity of professional networking is also evident, with career-focused site Linkedin finding a ...

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Today Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2013 R2 for download.  MDOP is a suite of virtualization, management and security technologies available for enterprise customers. In addition to support for Windows 8.1 and virtualization of Office 2013, today’s release includes the: Launch of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 R2 Launch of User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 Enhancements to the Microsoft BitLocker Administration Enhancements to Monitoring tool (MBAM 2.0 SP1), including multi language support In addition to these key feature updates, MDOP 2013 R2 offers Windows 8.1 compatibility for Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 4.0 SP2, Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8.1, and Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0 SP1, which also offers multi-language support. Microsoft also announced the availability of App-V 4.6 SP3. This release provides support for Windows 8.1 for customers as they make the transition to App-V 5.0 SP2. For additional detail on ...

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Surface Mini Concept Render Just few hours ago, we reported some new information regarding the upcoming Surface ‘mini’ tablet from Microsoft. There is a new information from ZDNet that Surface Mini won’t be released until Sprint 2014. According to Mary Jo Foley, the Surface Mini is coming, but not in calendar 2013 and she expects Surface Mini in early 2014. She also reported that the Surface Mini is going to come preloaded with a Windows 8.1 update, that is codenamed “Spring 2014 GDR.” The Spring 2014 GDR for Windows 8.1 will align with Windows Phone “Blue,” which may or may not be called Windows Phone 8.1 when it ships, according to my sources. Whatever it’s called, it will be the first “major” update for Windows Phone since Microsoft rolled out Windows Phone 8 in fall 2012. If the new cross-divisional operating system division at Microsoft can pull this off, Microsoft will ...

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