Besides improvements in Skype for Windows 8, the Microsoft subsidiary also announced  version 3.0 of Skype for Android. The latest version is optimized to scale to Android tablet’s bigger screen, so you can experience Skype at its best on both larger and smaller displays. Supported tablets include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, the Google Nexus 7, Acer Iconia, Asus Transformer Prime, Motorola Xoom and Sony S. Skype also announced  a boost in audio quality. Skype for Android 3.0 adds support for  Skype’s wideband audio codec, SILK, which was designed to capture the richness of human speech. It copes well with the often varying speeds of Internet connections, ensuring that the audio quality is always the best it can be. That way, Skype will deliver the best possible audio on your tablet, even with a shaky connection. To hear the improvements in audio quality for yourself, see the video below. You ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 7, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. announced today that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android tablets. The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality video-recording devices. exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between electronic devices. exFAT vastly improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by more than five times. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. “Today’s agreements demonstrate the continued success of our licensing program and highlight the adoption of exFAT across multiple industries ...

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We all know that Office for iOS and Android devices is coming next year, but Microsoft didn’t provide any details on it. Today, The Verge posted the above screenshots showing Microsoft Office experience on iOS device. Office Mobile for iOS and Android will come as free apps that allows you to view Microsoft Office documents. If you need edit functionality, you can enable it with an Office 365 subscription. Enterprise organizations can distribute codes to enable Office editing for users through Office 365 service. Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft has not released much Windows 8 sales figures, merely saying that they have sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in 3 days and tens of millions of licenses to businesses. There are however other places we can look to see how the OS is performing. Statcounter has handy daily stats on web traffic from their thousands of sensor sites on the internet, and from there we can plot the above graph, which shows the web presence of Windows 8 has more than doubled since its release on the 26th October, and that its web presence has decisively overtaken that of Android 3 days ago. While we know there are hundreds of million Android phones out there, the data clearly shows these phones are not being used for much more than phone calls and text messages, which developers should bear in mind when they are deciding which platform to support. ...

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Microsoft promised that Xbox SmartGlass would be cross platform, and they have delivered faster than I think anyone suspected. The Xbox SmartGlass app is now available for free for Android and seems to be getting pretty good reviews. The description reads as below. Use Xbox SmartGlass to enhance your entertainment on Xbox 360. Xbox SmartGlass lets your phone work with your Xbox 360 console to bring rich, interactive experiences and unique content about what you’re watching or playing, right to the device that’s already in your hand. Interact with your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports, and games, and bring remote control to a whole new level. You can also connect with your Xbox friends, track and compare your achievements, and change up your 3D avatar. The app can be found in the Google Play store here. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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A European Microsoft division had announced that Microsoft will be releasing Office of iOS and Android in 2013. This was quickly shot down by Microsoft however, with  Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw, head of corporate communications, tweeted on Wednesday that the "information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate," adding that "we do not have anything further to share at this time." A presentation however marked confidential on the new Office makes it clear that Microsoft will be offering Office as a Service, and that their per user and per household licensing will include mobile devices, including specifically iOS and Android. Clients for these devices have been rumoured for a long time, and I think given Microsoft’s role as across-platform productivity software publisher, and with more than 1 billion connected devices in 2011, many not running windows, remains inevitable. ...

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We have already seen BlueStacks for Windows which allows you to run Android apps on Windows platform. At CES, BlueStacks announced the compatibility of Android apps running through its app player on Windows 8. BlueStack says, every app built for Android will now run on Windows 8 without any porting. The software will support both standard desktop and Metro UI modes. They are also partnering with OEM’s on pre-installing this software on Windows 8 laptops/tablets/ultrabooks. Press Release: BlueStacks Announces Windows 8 Compatibility Apps-on-PC company will bring 350,000+ Android apps to Windows 8 in 2012. OEMs to release BlueStacks-enabled Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks. CAMPBELL, CA – January 10, 2012 – BlueStacks announced today that its “App Player” software, which runs mobile apps natively on PCs and tablets, is now compatible with Windows 8. The company demonstrated the technology on a Windows 8 Ultrabook at CES today with reporters. Windows 8 is ...

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BlueStacks is a downloadable program that allows people to use all their favorite Android apps in Windows. BlueStacks was built using a virtualization technology that allows even graphics-intensive games like Fruit Ninja to run full-screen . Along with the desktop they have also released a mobile app, BlueStacks Cloud Connect , which allows users push apps from their phone into BlueStacks on their PC via the cloud. It comes pre-loaded with apps like Bloomberg, LivingSocial, AOL’s Huffington Post,etc.. This app works with touch as well, so if you have a Windows 8 PC or Windows 7 PC that supports touch you can enjoy Android apps while Windows 8 developers jump on board. There is also pro version of this software coming and they haven’t decided on their pricing for that yet. You can download their alpha version here. Press Release: CAMPBELL, Calif. – October 11, 2011 – BlueStacks today announced the alpha version of BlueStacks App Player for Windows ...

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The Android Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is banned in Germany Samsung’s Android tablet ambitions took an other knock in Germany today when the court there banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Presiding judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann said there was a "clear impression of similarity" between the Apple and the Samsung products, citing the "minimalist, modern form" of the two firms’ products, with flat screens and rounded edges. Samsung, who is appealing, said "We are disappointed with this ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany." While the ban only extends to Germany Samsung has problems elsewhere in Europe also. In the Netherlands, a court in the Hague banned three Samsung telephone models on August 24 following an Apple suit. Samsung launched a counter-claim, due to be heard by the same court on September 26. Apple is currently asking the ITC to block imports to the United ...

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Microsoft today announced the newly updated m.bing.com mobile experience for HTML5 mobile devices such as iOS and Android. Microsoft noted that Windows Phone 7 devices can enjoy these services when Mobile IE9 gets updated later this year with HTML5. Take a look at the impressive list of features added today, From Bing Blog, Transit Directions and Real-Time Transit We just added transit directions to m.bing.com to make your daily commute and weekend trips easier. We give you the duration of the trip based on walking, transit and traffic information. In addition, real-time transit information is now available for Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles – making it that much easier to get around the city. The real-time updates allow commuters to see if public transit is on schedule, early or delayed, with predictions for arrival times. Image Search We’ve improved Image Search making it faster and smoother, allowing ...

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