InstantGo is one of the smart features in Windows 8.1 that replaces the sleep/standby features. It was previously called Connected Standby in Windows 8 and Windows RT. InstantGo is not just a software feature, it works in conjunction with  System on Chip (SoC) designs from both Intel and ARM. Microsoft today blogged about the InstantGo feature and the popular misconceptions about it. You can check whether your system supports InstantGo by typing powercfg /a in Commands prompt and press Enter, you’ll see the Standby (Connected) option only if you have InstantGo: What is InstantGo? InstantGo maintains network connectivity when your screen is off in standby mode, allowing the system to update things in the background, and keeping it ready to instantly resume. For example, it can sync your email while your screen is off so new mail is ready and waiting as soon as you come back. Or if you want ...

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Microsoft’s consumer online storage service OneDrive had a neat feature called OneDrive Groups. OneDrive Groups allowed users to create a central store that can be accessed and co-owned by multiple people. When a OneDrive Group is created, 1GB of storage is allocated for a Group apart from your personal OneDrive Storage. Microsoft has now removed this feature from OneDrive and instead asks users to use Shared Folders to get similar functionality. Also, Microsoft confirmed that existing OneDrive groups will continue to function as they did in the past. I understand that you can no longer create a new OneDrive group due to the error message you received. Please be inform that the creation of new OneDrive group is already discontinued. However, you can still invite new contacts to existing OneDrive groups. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Along with the major announcements about OneNote, Microsoft yesterday announced a cool new feature in OneNote service. This new feature allows you to add notes to your OneNote via email. Now, you can use any ‘Email this’ button you find online everywhere to send content to OneNote. Just use me@onenote.com as To address and your linked email address as From address. Email to OneNote is a great way to forward receipts, travel itineraries or documents that you want to keep track of from your mailbox. If you’re on the run and want to send yourself a quick to do, it’s hard to get faster than writing up a quick mail. Or, if you’re in an app, and want to remember what you’re seeing, you can do so quickly by sharing via email. To get set up just visit the email settings page and select the addresses from which you would like OneNote ...

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Microsoft today announced a cool feature on Bing Image search. It was a long awaited feature and users should be happy that it is finally here. You can now search by image on Bing. Upload your image or provide an URL of an image to Bing, Bing will search for similar images on the web. Searching for the right image can be tough. After sorting through hundreds of images, you finally find a picture you like but unfortunately it’s low resolution or an odd dimension leaving you to go back to scrolling through the results pages. To take the hassle out of this process we’re introducing a new feature that allows you to match an image in a few simple clicks. How does it work? Now when you’re browsing images you will see a button at the bottom of the page that reads “Image Match.” When you click on the ...

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