Bloomberg today reported that Ericsson’s president and CEO Hans Vestberg is now in the possible candidates list which Microsoft board is evaluating for past few months. As expected, both Microsoft and Ericsson’s spokespersons declined to comment on this matter. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner are already in the race to become the next Microsoft CEO. Bloomberg reports that many candidates were concerned about Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer sitting in Microsoft’s board with about 8% of the stock will influence the decisions made by the CEO. Microsoft board gave us the following update on the new CEO search last month, On Aug. 23, we announced that Steve Ballmer would be retiring from Microsoft within 12 months, and the Board of Directors was launching a search for a replacement, looking both externally and internally. Since then, we’ve been focused on finding the best possible person ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft opened up the registration process for Build 2014 developer conference. Build 2014 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2 – 4. The conference got sold out today. I think the steep registration amount of over $2000 is the reason Build 2014 took about 24 hours for selling out all its tickets. Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows 9 and the developer story behind the future of Windows. Build is our premier developer event, targeted at people who want to create experiences that span PC, tablet, phone, console, server, and cloud, and at this year’s event we will share what is coming for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Xbox, Visual Studio and more. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll be talking about what Microsoft is doing to protect your technology investments, regardless of their form: tools, skills, language preferences, code, and apps, ...

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Microsoft has now opened up the registrations for Build 2014 developers conference. Build 2014 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2 – 4. Build is our premier developer event, targeted at people who want to create experiences that span PC, tablet, phone, console, server, and cloud, and at this year’s event we will share what is coming for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Xbox, Visual Studio and more. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll be talking about what Microsoft is doing to protect your technology investments, regardless of their form: tools, skills, language preferences, code, and apps, to name a few.  One of the key ways we’ll do this is through client platform convergence around a common core – spanning the application platform, browser platform, apps, and APIs – in a way that makes it easy to reuse your skills and existing code.  This means ...

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  We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. Some screenshots of the build got leaked recently, you can take a loot at them here. Today, Winsupersite reported few more new information regarding Windows ‘Threshold’. Read the summary below. Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released. Microsoft thinks moving away from Windows 8 brand might help them market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Windows 9 is expected to release in April 2015. Windows 9 will have three other milestone releases like beta, RC before hitting RTM. Microsoft is planning to provide some sort of vision statement regarding the future of Windows and may provide a glimpse of Windows Threshold at BUILD ...

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OpenTable is the only app that helps you book a table at more than 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico. Plus, members can earn dining points to pay for meals at any OpenTable restaurant. Features include: See available restaurants in real-time, in a list and on a map Narrow your search by cuisine, price, or neighborhood Browse menus and reviews Make out-of-town reservations when you travel Download: Windows Store ...

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During the Build conference today, Rhapsody released its Windows 8 App. Features include: Dive into a catalog of millions of songs Play full-length albums and top tracks Create playlists for any occasion Save all your favorites to your library to play whenever, wherever Discover new music with Rhapsody radio – listen by Artist or Genre Hear it first with New Releases every Tuesday Enjoy rich-album imagery and intuitive navigation throughout the app Special Windows 8 features include Snap Mode for simple multitasking and an option that allows tracks to be pinned to the Metro-style home screen. Download: Windows Store ...

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Microsoft has finally posted the Build Session list over at Channel 9. Go check it out! Interestingly there is only 1 session listed for Xbox (on Smart Glass), I’m guessing we will not see too much new stuff regarding Xbox at BUILD. There are 7 sessions listed for IE11.  Should be lots of great IE stuff shown at BUILD.  Will IE11 come to Windows 7? Session Title Summary 2-066 New IE Developer Tools. F12 developer tools have been completely re-imagined for IE11. 2-067 New Platform Capabilities for Advancing Web Development Learn how to take advantage of the latest Web technologies, interoperably. 3-068 Web run-time performance Learn new techniques for analyzing and improving site performance. 3-069 Web Compatibility and Same Markup Build sites that provide great experiences across modern browsers. 3-071 Lighting up your site on Windows 8.1 Leverage the power of the Windows platform to create amazing sites. 4-072 Hyper-fast ...

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Microsoft announced the upcoming Build 2013 conference last week. In the Build 2013 conference, Microsoft will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I’m pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference, Build 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gathering. The registration is now open, register before it gets over. Register yourself at http://www.buildwindows.com/ ...

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In the above video we have Microsoft’s Avi Ben-Menahem demonstrating the Xbox Live features of Windows 8. Xbox Live on Windows 8 will support cross-platform multiplayer and will be more open to developers than on Windows Phone 7, meaning more games will be Xbox Live enabled. According to Ben-Menahem, Xbox Live on Windows 8 will bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows." Via GeekWire and Engadget.com ...

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Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer preview available for download some time last night.  Today, around 12 hours later, Steve Ballmer has revealed at BUILD that more than 500,000 copies of the 3 GB operating system has been downloaded.  Noting that Microsoft expected to ship 350 million copies of Windows 7, and that at least 500 million Windows 7 PCs will be upgradable to Windows 8, he said: “There is no phone, there is nothing on the tablet, there is no operating system on the planet that will ship 350 million units of anything other than Windows,” he said. “To me this all adds up to an unprecedented time of opportunity for developers.” Windows 8 presents a great opportunity for developers to sell updated Metro versions of apps which already exist for Windows 7 and below, creating (for developers) the fortunate environment of a massive installed base with few apps ...

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Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com have deciphered some of the “Few things we did’nt get to show” Sinofsky flashing at the BUILD keynote yesterday. They include: Integrated load balancing – if you have multiple active network connections, Windows 8 will intelligently balance the network traffic between them for performance Stereo 3D video and gaming – would suggest native support for stereoscopic display output too Easy discover apps that support a language – would suggest Windows Store will allow browsing by language Filter apps that are accessible – similar to above, for applications that are accessible Start background – there will be the ability to change the Start background (not possible in developer preview) Create Live ID in Windows OOBE – users without Live IDs will be able to create one at the Windows setup Phone as Smartcard – the ability to use Windows Phone as an authenticator for login? Communication over SMS on my PC – the ability to send and ...

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Major Nelson has posted this screen shot of the Xbox Live user interface on Windows 8. It appears to be near identical to the UI on the Xbox 360, and given the power of the processors and GPU on the tablets there is at least some potential for the blockbuster titles on the console to come to the tablet also. Major Nelson also posted that ”Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices” suggesting it will form the centre of the entertainment experience on Windows 8 tablets. Read more at MajorNelson.com here. Via Winrumors.com ...

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webOS users must be furious at Microsoft for stealing their Tap to Share trademark and functionality, but I am sure everything will be worked out in the end. In the above clip from today’s BUILD Windows 8 keynote we have a demo of Near Field Communication (NFC) on Windows 8, where a tap with a NFC-enabled card transfers a URL to Windows 8, which is then able to act on it. The technology is expected to find more use in when NFC-enabled phones become available, possible even running Windows Phone 7 ...

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According to the folks at the My Digital Life forum Microsoft will be handing out Build 81xx of Windows 8 to developers at BUILD in Anaheim tomorrow. Unlike previously however it is also believed this software will also be made more widely available, with the official BuildWindows8 account tweeting: “… getting the pre-release bits …. will be easy and not a secret” Hopefully what will be released will also be pretty fully featured, to give us a clear idea of what to expect when the OS is released towards the end of next year. Via Neowin.net. ...

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