Two years back, we reported that Microsoft Research is working on gesture based search. Microsoft research was then working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Microsoft Research even claimed that the technological development of gesture search is almost complete and will be seen on mobile and PCs, but it didn’t materialize as expected. Today, a Microsoft’s patent titled “SEARCHING AT A USER DEVICE” describes the exact implementation on Windows tablets. This patent describes the technology how ...

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A new report from The Verge claims that Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox LIVE support to iOS and Android games. Currently, Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox games offers achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking. Microsoft is planning to expand it to other platforms as well. Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft’s plan for cross-platform games. Microsoft is claiming that they are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. Also, Microsoft is working on a  modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. In the coming wave of Windows product release, we are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. We are looking for strong Software Development Engineers who are passionate about game technologies to join our team. “New Devices and Gaming” is looking for passionate and experienced developers to join ...

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Samsung today announced their partnership with Microsoft that enables Samsung KNOX Android devices to support Microsoft’s Workplace Join to Active Directory and the Windows Intune cloud-based mobile device management. KNOX is an Android-based platform that addresses the many security shortcomings of Android. KNOX provides the hardware-level protection of both the Android operating system and applications running on it. The most comprehensive mobile device management (MDM) capabilities combined with its unique Application Container technology support both Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Corporate-Liable models without compromising corporate security or employee privacy. Microsoft’s enterprise support for this KNOX platform makes it an obvious choice for IT to choose Samsung’s Android device for their users. Read the full press release below, Barcelona, Spain – Samsung Electronics announced today that Samsung KNOX will now support Microsoft’s Workplace Join to Active Directory and the Windows Intune cloud-based mobile device management solution in addition to Samsung’s Cloud Printing solution, ...

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Along with the announcement about new OneDrive branding going live, Microsoft also released an updated OneDrive app for Android devices. This new update brings the much awaited automatic camera backup feature to Android devices. Also there is an improved Office Mobile integration for Office 365 customers. What’s new on Android 4.0+: • Automatically upload photos and videos to OneDrive using Camera backup • Improved support for working with Office Mobile for Android and OneNote, including editing Office documents • Larger thumbnails and nicer photo views • Bug fixes and performance improvements Download the app here from Google Play Store. ...

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  Microsoft today announced that they are expanding their Bing Rewards program to mobile in the US. Users can now start using Bing apps to earn rewards points. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. It is a great way to earn some perks for searching the web which you will do anyway everyday. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a new exclusive mobile-only search offer that gives you an opportunity to earn additional ...

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Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding company jointly owned by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony was formed when Nortel’s patents were open for bidding. Rockstar won the bidding and it is now in the process of striking licensing deals with other companies to give back the money to its founders. Last year, Rockstar Consortium and its MobileStar Technologies subsidiary sued Google, Huawei and other Android OEMs for violating its patents. Google even submitted their response to court regarding this patent case. Today, FOSS Patents reported that Huawei has settled with Rockstar Consortium and decided to drop the patent case in the court. While the motion to dismiss does not explicitly state that the parties have settled, it would be utterly unrealistic to believe that Rockstar would let Huawei use those patents without a royalty-bearing license. Whatever the basis of this settlement may be, a “freebie” it’s certainly not. This is ...

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  Similar to the Xbox Music for iOS update, Microsoft has today released an update for Xbox Music app for Android devices. This update brings in the support for offline music where you can make your playlists available online when you don’t have access to internet. What’s New? • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music on the metro, or in a plane! • Play your whole collection; play all by genre now available Xbox Music Pass on Android features: • Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music anywhere • Listen to radio stations based on your favorite artists • Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices • Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music ...

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Following the announcement from Intel regarding their official support for Dual OS device, AMD also confirmed their official support as well. In collaboration with BlueStacks, AMD is taking different approach to provide this Dual OS solution. Instead of switching between OS, AMDs solution is to run Andorid apps within Windows either in full screen or in Windowed mode. So, you can now pin Android apps among Windows Store apps in Start screen. Since AMD’s latest processors will include an ARM chips inside, Android apps will run natively as opposed to virtualized environment in Intel’s solution. Read full press release below. Las Vegas, Nev. —1/6/2014  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new milestone in their collaboration with BlueStacks, a joint solution that brings the complete Google™ Android OS experience to Microsoft® Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops. Optimizations for the fourth generation AMD APU in BlueStacks provide a complete, Android user ...

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At CES yesterday, Intel officially confirmed their Dual OS project where they will officially support both Windows and Android on a same device. Krzanich stated that Intel is the first microprocessor company to support devices that combine the best of Windows* and Android* operating systems in a single device. Also Intel is working to make the experience of switching between OS as a seamless one. With the push of a button, user will be able to switch to the other OS in few seconds. Asus even announced a new device called Transformer Duet that will have this functionality of running both the OS on the same device. Microsoft and Google should not be happy with this effort from Intel as this will create lots of confusion among consumers. Also Intel is expecting many such Dual OS devices throughout 2014 from various OEMs. ...

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As expected, Asus today launched 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. This Windows device runs on Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD graphics and 4G DDR3L 1600 RAM. Read all the details below. Las Vegas, NV (January 6th, 2014) – ASUS today announced Transformer Book Duet (TD300), the world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android in either laptop or tablet modes with just a single push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a powerful Intel® Core™ i7 processor at its heart, Transformer Book Duet runs up to twice as fast as existing tablets based on ARM® processors. ASUS SonicMaster technology and dual speakers ensure that Transformer Book Duet delivers incredible audio for immersive ...

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At CES, popular Indian OEM Micromax has announced a new tablet called Canvas LapTab. The device will dual-boot Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8.1 OS. The tablet will sport a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 2MP front and rear cameras, powered by Intel Celeron 1.46GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, 7400 mAh battery and 32GB of built-in storage. It also has Bluetooth v4.0 and expandable storage option. “The Intel-powered LapTab is the first dual-boot Windows and Android tablet. The device is aptly designed for multitasking across operating platforms and users would need to simply reboot the device and select the alternate option to switch from Windows to Android and vice versa,” Micromax said. The device is expected to go on sale early next month with a wireless keyboard. Micromax has not yet revealed the price of the device. via: Engadget ...

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Microsoft has updated their OneNote app for Android devices. There are lots of new features, such as the Share button support in your favorite browser, news aggregator or recipe application. Select Share and Add to OneNote, and OneNote will store the item for you and also make it available to you on all your devices. And OneNote works for a variety of content types–articles, webpages, images, videos, and files. There is also If you multi-window mode support. You can now add the OneNote Recent Widget on your Home screen and have quick access to your most recently accessed notes. Change log: • Share web content, articles, images, videos, and files with OneNote • Get to your most recent notes right from your phone’s Home screen with the OneNote Recent widget • Add your favorite page, section, or notebook to the Home screen for quick access • Multitask with OneNote in ...

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Two months back, we reported that Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Today, Google responded to this lawsuit in court that Google and Android OEM’s products does not infringe any of the patents cited in the lawsuit. They also mentioned about the Rockstar consortium’s status. Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies’ successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation. I’ve no idea how Google went on to claim directly that Android devices does not infringe any of the patents because ...

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Microsoft has updated the Bing app for Android users.  The update includes an overhauled UI and support for daily images.  WinBeta reports: Now Microsoft has pushed a major update of its Bing app for Android. Version 4.2.0.20131129, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and newer, brings a capability which was once exclusive to Windows Phone. Users can now choose to use the Bing Daily Image as the wallpaper on their device. The image will automatically update each day, providing an added interest to your phone or tablet. Bing for Android is more than just a search engine. It is more of a suite of Microsoft apps, including Maps and the like. Users can also directly share things via Facebook and even sync with SkyDrive. You can even add a Bing search widget to the Android home screen. The app is free. The app is available for free and is now much ...

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Xbox One SmartGlass app is now available for iOS and Android devices. Xbox SmartGlass app allows you to control and interact with your Xbox One console. You can search, browse through content or do web browsing on your TV through SmartGlass and more. “Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. Add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own. In the living room: Navigate your Xbox One console using your device’s keyboard and touch Control your media and set top box with the SmartGlass remote control Browse the web on your TV using your mobile device Enhance what you are watching or playing with SmartGlass companions Increase performance with faster connections and reliability In the ...

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Microsoft today announced that the total downloads of new Remote Desktop apps for iOS, Android and Mac OS X platforms have reached 1 million. Remote Desktop app will allow you to connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. It is built on top of the RemoteFX technology in Windows and the app is designed in a way to easily use your Windows device from anywhere. As of this morning, after just a few days of availability, the Remote Desktop app has been downloaded, 1 million times! Downloads have been steadily growing, and this is now the fastest growing Android app from Microsoft, ever. This kind of adoption is exciting; the Remote Desktop App brings the dynamic experience of Windows to devices around the world. Source: Microsoft Related: Microsoft Releases Remote Desktop App For iOS And Android Devices ...

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