Microsoft today announced Windows Apportals for the enterprise which can organize and reveal only the data and apps needed for a specific role or task. Windows Apportals pull together all the essential Apps and data you need right from the fabric of Windows 8. As a result, they are adaptive to any mobile environment. Main Features: Tile Groupings: Windows Apportals are composed of Tile Groupings similar to the Windows 8 Start screen. This instantly familiar interface is incredibly easy to use. Grid Tiles: Tile Groupings are built with “Grid Tiles,” similar to Live Tiles in that they can display streaming information. Unlike Live Tiles, these Grid Tiles are not repositionable by the user. Desktop Applications: Any application designed to run in Desktop Mode on Windows 8 can also launch and run in any Windows Apportal. Modern Apps: Applications native the Metro UI in Windows 8—sometimes called Windows 8 apps—also launch and run in ...

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Microsoft Research has released Climatology app for Android mobile devices. This mobile application gives the user climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain, sunniness and frost. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. This app is based on MSR’s FetchClimate project which provides ready access to complex geographical information including, but not limited to, climatological information. App Description: Climatology gives you climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain and sunniness. Whether finding where are the warm, dry places to go on holiday in December, or avoiding rain for your wedding, to finding out what the climate is like in Kazakhstan in April, Climatology allows you to discover the information you want. Climatology is powered by Microsoft Research’s technology, developed by Microsoft’s environmental scientists for climate-related scientific research. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. Download it here from Google Play Store for free. ...

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Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsoft’s ID@Xbox boss Chris Charla revealed that Microsoft has now enabled developers to submit trial games in Xbox One. In Xbox One, you already have game demos, but you have to download the full game again when you want to purchase it. In lots of developing nations where Internet speed and limit is an issue, this was an annoying thing. But now, that ‘trial’ experience where you could download a demo and then convert it to a full version is back in Xbox One just like it was during Xbox 360 days. But then, game developers should make use of this feature as the games which are already in Xbox Store won’t work this way. “But now we do. In the same way that we update the Xbox One OS every month, they update the development system every month – or regularly, anyway. So that’s something that we recently turned ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Skype for Windows Desktop. This Skype 6.18 for Windows Desktop release includes lots of bug fixes and improvements. Find the change log below. Fixed bugs: - Import contacts from Facebook showing empty for some users - Further sign in screen improvements to prevent empty - Messages showing wrong timestamp - There was a confusing message about group video being enabled because a participant has Skype Premium. We removed this as group video calls are free for everyone for a while now. - More stability improvements based on the feedback and reports from you here on the Community You can download latest Skype from www.skype.com/go/getskype.   ...

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Great news for Microsoft Flight Simulator fans. Microsoft has licensed Flight Simulator franchise to Dovetail Games, creator of the Train Simulator franchise. Dovetail games will now develop games for this franchise and the first game is expected to be released in 2015. Dovetail will also bring 2006′s Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition to Steam. This will include all of the content from the Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration expansion pack and will release later this year. ACES Studio, which was responsible for the Flight Simulator franchise inside Microsoft was shut down by Microsoft during its layoffs in 2009. After few years, Microsoft released Microsoft Flight for Windows uses and later it was also discontinued. Licensing this to 3rd party studio is a great move by Microsoft that should please gamers of this franchise. ...

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Nokia is continuing their tradition of rewarding free games to their low-end mobile owners, Gameloft and Nokia today announced that they have special edition games worth over 40€ (or equivalent value in local country)available for free, until August 31. So, starting starting July 1 until August 31, all Nokia X device owners can download these games with bonus in game content at no charge. The games available includes Real Football 2014, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dungeon Hunter 4 and more. So how do you get your hands on these special edition games? Launch the Nokia Store from the Menu. Select the “Exclusive Free Offer” category from the Collections section and tap next to the game you want to download. Follow the steps on-screen to download and install the app. Alternatively, you can also search for each game in the Nokia Store. From the main menu, tap Search, enter the name of ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are releasing Project Spark for Xbox One and Windows 8.1 on October 7th. Project Spark offers a supreme gaming experience by making unique and instantly playable levels, games, and worlds, and then share them with a global community. Purchase content packs using Spark Tokens for new gameplay and building blocks for creation. Unlock new content using Creation Credits, earned by creating, playing, and sharing games. All content is available across all platforms, so games created on one platform are available to play and remix on any other. At that time, we’ll also be making an Xbox One disc edition of Project Spark available at retail for $39.99 USD. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” is loaded with great content, including starter packs filled with sounds, effects, animations, and props, plus advanced creator features, offline content, and experience boosts which allow players to unlock new content that much faster. ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of CTP 2 of Visual Studio “14”, the upcoming version of Visual Studio. In addition to the new features that were included in CTP 1, this CTP 2 includes the following new features and improvements, Save and Apply Custom IDE Layouts. You can now save and apply custom layouts for tool windows in the IDE. The Save Window Layout and Apply Window Layout commands are under the Window Menu and you can also rename, reorder, and delete layouts from Manage Window Layouts. Light Bulb Editor Adornment. Light Bulbs are an extensible editor adornment to identify and help you fix issues in your code. To use them, place the caret on a line with an issue or hover over an issue and you’ll see a light bulb that lists actions you can take to resolve the problem and even a preview of proposed solutions. Editor Touch Support. The ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the the Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3. Find update details below. Surface Pro 2: The following updates will be listed as “System Hardware Update – 7/8/2014” within the Windows Update History. Wireless Network Controller (v 14.69.24054.176) enables functionality on wireless networks utilizing hidden SSIDs. Surface Pro: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 7/8/2014” within the Windows Update History. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.84.0350) improves battery management when a Surface Cover is attached. Surface Pro UEFI (v1.6.350) provides support for PXE boot with the new Surface Ethernet Adapter. Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 (v10.18.10.3496) improves Miracast wireless display experience and enhances display stability. Intel(R) Display Audio (v6.16.00.3135) enhances compatibility and improves the display experience for DisplayPort monitors. Surface Accessory Device (v1.0.338.0) improves the experience when using ...

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Respawn today announced Frontier’s Edge, the second DLC pack for Titanfall that introduces three exciting new maps including the isolated mining outpost of Dig Site, the exclusive beach resort of Haven and the mining hub on the side of a mountain known as Export. If you have Titanfall Season Pass, you can get this content pack for free. Otherwise, you can buy it for $9.99. Set in the near future on a distant frontier torn apart by war, Titanfall drops players in the middle of a conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) and the Militia. The action is rapid and varied – featuring parkour-style wall running, massive double jumps and the ability to hijack titans. The freedom to shift back and forth between pilot and titan allows players to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation and extending the action vertically to new heights. ...

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As July is upon us, Microsoft today reminded us that they will begin rolling out the next system update for Xbox One around the world in the coming days. This will bring lots of new and enhanced features like Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to Snap, and more voice control choices in select regions. Read about it in detail below. •Snap Mode for Achievements. As we showed at our E3 Green Carpet event before the show, we’re offering an easier way to track and view your achievements in the moment. With Achievement Snap, you can track your achievement progress in real time without ever leaving the game. You can also ‘Get Help’ on any Achievements you’re struggling with. Xbox will scan the web for you and deliver relevant tips and strategy content right to your TV. •Double-tap to Snap. Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller to bring up Snap Center, where ...

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Microsoft Skype team have been reading and listening to customer feedback ever since they launched the new redesigned Skype for iPhone and they have started incorporating many suggestions. Skype 5.1 update which was released last week included the ability to delete a conversation, edit a message and added a “Skype”-only contact filter, and more. Today, Skype 5.2 for iPhone was released with the following new features, •Voice message support: When you receive a new voice message from someone, it will show up in the conversation. To listen, just press play. •View contact profiles: Simply tap on any contact in your people list and then select profile from the “…” menu, and your contact’s mood message, Skype name, birthday, location and more will be available.  Additionally, if you are in a 1 to 1 conversation, you can just tap on the contact name in the header to bring up their profile. ...

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Microsoft has announced their plans to discontinue all of their offline mapping software products in favor of Bing Maps. It includes Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint. Since all these are traditional software products, the retirement of these products will not affect software already installed. Current users may continue to use Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint to plan their travel adventures and Microsoft will provide online support until at least July 2015. “The success of these products would never had happened were it not for the loyal and supportive fans who purchased the product and its various iterations over the years,” shares Larry Petersen, test lead for Microsoft Streets & Trips. “Speaking at RV rallies over the years, I’ve loved hearing about our avid customers’ experiences using the software to plan and enjoy road trips across North America. The feedback and enthusiasm from our ...

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Microsoft Studios released this game called Microsoft Jackpot two days ago in Windows Store. At that time, this game was not available in in key markets like USA, etc. We checked today, still it is available only in certain markets. Try your luck today to enjoy this game. Description: Become a high roller with Microsoft Jackpot! Experience the excitement of modern video slots with Microsoft Jackpot! Featuring uniquely themed slot machines, huge payouts, and a wide variety of bonuses. Beautiful Sound and Graphics! Explore the secrets of a hidden temple, dive into the ocean depths, track down an international jewel thief, and much more! Each slot machine features an incredible theme to bring your spins to life. Exciting Bonus Games Featuring unique interactive bonus games with massive payouts and multipliers to send your score soaring! Play for Free! Play Microsoft Jackpot daily for increasing coin bonuses! Find scatter symbols to play ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes popular games like “Bejeweled LIVE”, GRIDD 2 and more. Find the list of games and apps below. Classic Bejeweled for cascades of puzzle fun, Diamond Mine for a jeweled gem-blasting challenge, or save Butterflies from a hungry spider. Now it’s only $1.99 in the Windows Phone Store and $2.49 in the Windows Store (usually it is $4.99 in both). “Tennis in the Face” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store), “Where Angels Cry (Full)” ($2.99 in the Windows Store), “Cribbage” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and $1.49 in the Windows Store), “GRIDD 2” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store) glƏƏk! Twitter app (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and $4.99 from the Windows Store). Source: Microsoft ...

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Few Xbox One users were recently charges for a demo game download from Xbox Store. EA acknowledged the issue and informed that some users were charged while downloading demos for FIFA 14 and EA Sports UFC due to an “error in the system.” They also informed that these game demos should be available for free free again within the next 24 hours. One of the NeoGAF user reported that FIFA 14 on Xbox One was listed as $4.99 while EA Sports UFC was listed as $6.65. The EA Sports UFC game was released June 17 on PS4 and Xbox One with a cameo by Bruce Lee. Source: NeoGAF user WarpathDC via: Polygon ...

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