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. We recently reported about a rumor in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Today, Neowin reported the same as per information from their sources. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing ...

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Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users late next month. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. But the Destiny beta will be landing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-July for fans who have pre-ordered the game. You can Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. Bungie today revealed the list of Xbox Live achievements that you can earn via Destiny on Xbox. Find the list below.   Source: Bungie ...

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Cinemark is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry. They have released a preview release version of their official app in Windows Store. With this Cinemark Theatres app, you get easy access to any domestic Cinemark theatre. Keep the Best Seat In Town at your fingertips to access showtimes, movie info and Cinemark theatre locations on the go. Download the FREE Cinemark Theatres app now! Features: •Find Cinemark theatre locations near you •Access your My Cinemark favorite theatres •View movie information and trailers •Purchase tickets securely •View your Purchases, Rewards and Gift Cards You can send them feedback at sitesupport@cinemark.com. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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GameStop is now running a limited time campaign over this weekend for Xbox One fans. The gamers will get exclusive saving, demos and more. For example, you save $10 on an Xbox One controller and $20 on Xbox Live Gold Membership when you buy a Xbox One. Similarly, you can save $20 on an Xbox One stereo headset and $30 on a Turtle Beach Ear Force X07 headset. On the game front, GameStop’s sale is offering Wolfenstein: The New Order, NBA2K14, and Zumba Fitness World Party for $20 off the regular price. The retailer is also juicing up its trade-in deals to try to convince gamers to give up their current systems in exchange for an Xbox One. In a deal good until July 13, consumers can score an extra 50 percent credit by trading in any system toward an Xbox One. Read more from the link below. via: CNET ...

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Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users late next month. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. With its seamless blend of single-player, cooperative, and multiplayer action, Bungie’sDestiny is one of the most intriguing Xbox One games of 2014. When we had a chance to check out the game at E3 a few weeks ago, we had an absolute blast with the head-to-head multiplayer mode – known as Crucible in Destiny’s parlance – and couldn’t wait to play more. This made today’s big news that much sweeter, as the folks at Bungie have announced that the Destiny beta will be landing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-July for fans that pre-order the game. Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing Xbox One achievements and more to Xbox.com. Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox One profile, game clips, etc, to the web as well. One of the most requested community features we’ve seen as of late is the ability to view your Xbox One data on Xbox.com. We’re happy to announce that the first of these elements – your Xbox One profile, Achievements, friends, followers, and game clips – will be viewable on Xbox.com beginning next week. Here’s a preview of what to expect: More enhancements, like your Activity feed, are on the way. But in the meantime put these new features through their paces next week, and keep your suggestions coming! Source: Major Nelson ...

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Disney’s Checkout Challenge is now available in Windows Store for download. Gamers can complete objectives to “level up” and unlock unique groceries with greater value, scan quickly to activate “Frenzy” and use tapping to scan items lightning fast and more. Description: Do you have what it takes to climb the ranks from “Checker-in-Training” to “Checkout Chairman”?!? Test out your grocery scanning skills in this fast-paced, deceptively simple supermarket challenge! GRAB groceries, SCAN barcodes, COMPETE for the highest score! Key Features: • Complete objectives to “level up” and unlock unique groceries with greater value! • Scan quickly to activate “Frenzy” and use tapping to scan items lightning fast! • Sign the high score list with your signature – for that extra personal touch! • Look out for unique Disney items featuring your favorite characters! Download it here from Windows Store for $4.99. ...

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Microsoft has recently released an update to the Microsoft update/Windows update client with security enhancements. It also include further hardening of infrastructure used by WU/MU client and a more secure communication channel between WU/MU Client and Service. You can read more about the changes in WU/MU at KB 2887535. The update is applicable to Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012 and the rollout will begin today. Similar to past updates, this update will be automatically installed if Automatic Updates is turned ON, either set to automatically install updates or notify to download/install updates. As with past updates, this update will not change your current Windows Update or Automatic Updates settings. Anytime Windows Update (or Automatic Updates) is turned ON, either set to automatically install updates or notify to download/install updates, Windows Update will take care of updating itself. ...

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  Microsoft has released their Sudoku game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. It includes 5 classic Sudoku difficulty levels to choose from and you can earn Xbox achievements, view leaderboards, and save your games in the cloud! There is also hints or optional guide functions that block duplicates, show mistakes, or enter notes for you. If you are stuck, you can ask for hints, show incorrect answers or block duplicates to get back in the game faster. Description: Introducing the new Microsoft Sudoku, the #1 logic puzzle game that makes the most of your Windows 8 device. Microsoft Sudoku is the classic game you love, with a modern look and feel and exciting new features. With five difficulty levels, fresh daily challenges, achievements and leaderboards, Microsoft Sudoku provides hundreds of brain training puzzles for players of all ages. New to Sudoku? Microsoft Sudoku is great for beginners, too ...

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The official Roku player app is now available for download from Windows Store. With this Roku app, you can control your Roku streaming player on your Windows 8 device. Download it here from Windows Store for free. Features: - Automatically detect all Roku players on the local network - View installed Roku channels and launch the channel with a tap - Control your Roku player with an on-screen remote control via: WinBeta ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they quietly included improvements and advancements in vertical writing mode layout with Internet Explorer 11 June 2014 update. This update brings in features such as constant center baseline and ruby positioning preserving line height. This will allow web developers to enable rich, interactive textbooks and publications for locales supporting vertical writing mode, such as Japanese locale. With those updates, content creators can tap into Internet Explorer powerful vertical layout features in their Web sites, Web applications and modern Windows apps. We look forward your feedback through Connect. You can try out yourself at Vertical Writing Mode Improvements Test Drive. ...

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Microsoft today released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.4.3 Update. Office for Mac 2011 is now available as a subscription offering in addition to the application improvements that are mentioned below. This update provides the latest fixes for Office for Mac 2011. These include the following: Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to automatically detect and connect to the connection settings for the Exchange server. Instead Outlook for Mac prompts for manual settings when you use certain proxy auto-configurations. Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to delete shared folders that are added by using the Open Other User’s Folder feature when certain errors occur on the server. Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to continuously ...

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Microsoft today announced a great news for Office developers. They are open sourcing the Open XML SDK on GitHub. Microsoft is looking forward to work with community to make improvements to the SDK’s functionality and scalability. Microsoft also highlighted that they will explore new platforms and technologies to support developer platforms such as Mono, an open source implementation of .NET Framework.  It’s been over seven years since we released the initial preview of the Open XML SDK, and over that time it’s been one of the key tools developers have used for building solutions that consume, create, and modify Office documents. The Open XML SDK is a key piece of our overall developer platform. The trends around mobile apps connected to the cloud have expanded the role that Office documents can play in solutions. Many of our Fortune 100 customers have built solutions leveraging the SDK, especially in the banking and ...

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This week’s Deals with Gold in Xbox Store includes a discount on “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and 50 percent off the game’s season pass add-on. For Xbox 360 gamers, there is discount on Fable II, Fable III, Diablo III and more. Ryse Xbox One game is now available on 17% discount and Ryse Season Pass Add-on on 50% discount. This week’s Deals with Gold are good through June 30. For Xbox 360, there’s a ton of savings on games on demand, from “Diablo III” (50 percent off the regular price of $59.99), to “Fable II” and “Fable III,” each $4.99, and each 75 percent off the regular $19.99 prices, as well as big savings on game add-ons.   Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the new Nokia X2 Android based device which comes with enhanced specs compared to the first generation Nokia X, with a larger 4.3” ClearBlack display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1800mAh battery. The other significant news is the release of Nokia X software platform 2.0 along with Nokia X2. The latest software platform release includes the following improvements, The home screen experience has really evolved with extra room for additional tiles;  There’s also the new home button; you can long-press the back button for easier multitasking;  The new apps list view; Fastlane has gotten richer, with more app detail exposed. The new camera UI Improvements in the control panel and more. The bad news is that this software update won’t be made available for first gen Nokia X devices like Nokia X, X+ and XL. This is again the WP7 story ...

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Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition is now available for download from Xbox Store. It is the most polished and feature rich version of Zombie Driver that has ever been released. Game Description: New and specially improved version of the zombie smashing hit, exclusively for the Xbox One. Insane mix of cars, speed, explosions, blood and zombies! Fight through an epic narrative campaign or test yourself in the Slaughter and Blood Race modes. Engage huge bosses, save survivors, drive crazy vehicles such as a bulldozer, fire truck or even a tank and smash everything in your way. Take part in the Blood Race tournament – chase other cars and take them down without mercy on brutal racing tracks. Jump into the Slaughter mode and survive as long as possible on specially crafted arenas. Experience super smooth gameplay at 60 frames per second and extra crisp visuals. Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition includes all ...

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