If you look at the above image, you may think it is a screenshot of Google’s Chrome OS. But the truth is, it is the new Google Chrome Web Browser for Windows 8 devices. Google has released an update for Chrome browser in the dev channel which brings the above UI. When you launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, you will be presented with the above UI. You will have Chrome OS like task bar with pinned apps, app list button, time, etc. Also you have Window management within this UI, you have close, minimize, maximize button as well. You can open two three windows and place then side by side if you want. Essentially, Google is trying to mimic Chrome OS inside Windows 8. Should Microsoft delist Chrome from Windows Store? What do you think? Source: Google Chrome ...

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Microsoft has been a longtime advocate of unregulated spectrum and white spaces.  It appears the company will now get its chance to show what it can do with them.  UK regulator Ofcom has named Microsoft to test WiFi-like services to underserved Glasgow, while Click4internet will assess rural broadband in remote or tricky locations.  Google has signed on as a potential database provider.  Ofcom hope  to have everything running by next year. How White Spaces work: These new services will utilise the gaps, or ‘white spaces’, that sit in the frequency band used to broadcast digital terrestrial TV. Some of these gaps may be used by other applications, such as wireless microphones, but only at certain times. White space devices would access the spaces at times when they are vacant, by communicating their locations to a database designed to minimise the risk of interference with any existing users. This is a ...

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According to a new study by consulting firm Performance Inspired, Microsoft has become the most-inspiring company in the US. Performance Inspired surveyed nearly 5,000 consumers about five companies they find inspirational and why they think so. This is not the first time for Microsoft, they came in first place three years ago. Performance Inspired believes that people who are inspired by certain company tend to spend more with those companies, encourage others to do so as well, and they will be loyal as well. Other tech companies in the list were Apple, Google, Amazon and others. Apple, which topped the last two year results returned has dropped to 12th position this year. The top 25 most-inspiring companies: 1. Microsoft 2. Disney 3. Walmart 4. Chick-fil-A 5. Target 6. McDonald’s 7. Google 8. Amazon 9. Johnson & Johnson 10. Toms Shoes 11. The Coca-Cola Company 12. Apple 13. Starbucks 14. Costco 15. Ford 16. ...

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Microsoft today announced their participation in a cross-industry coalition dedicated to the creation of an effective European unitary patent system. This coalition includes 14 companies and users of the European patent system. Find the list of signatories below. adidas AG Apple Inc. BlackBerry Limited Bull SAS Cisco Systems Inc. Deutsche Post DHL Deutsche Telekom AG European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) Google Inc. Hewlett-Packard Company Intel Corporation Microsoft Corporation Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Syndicat de l’Industrie des Technologies de l’Information (SFIB) Telecom Italia S.p.A. Yahoo! Inc. Microsoft along with all the above member companies have been working collaboratively for several months to suggest solutions that support the creation of an effective, balanced and harmonized Europe-wide patent system. You can read the letter sent by this group to European policy makers on recommendations to those solutions. Read about it in detail here. ...

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  Microsoft has released a new ad to promote its Bing for Schools campaign by comparing it to Google which serves all sorts of ads for students in schools. As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections Read more about the campaign here. Source: CNET ...

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Microsoft started Scroogled campaign last year to educate consumers about how Google crosses the privacy line to target and deliver ads. They scan your email content to deliver ads related to it. For example, if you and your doctor are exchanging some information about the problem you have, Google will deliver ads on the problem you had. Recently, they have stepped up their efforts to deliver ads to consumers in a more direct way. They will send ad emails to your Inbox. Yes, for the first time ever, an email provider spams their own users with ads. You can watch the above video to see how it works. Please sign the petition to stop Google from going through personal email to sell ads. Try Outlook.com. Source: Microsoft   ...

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Yesterday interns from the IE team took to the road to bring free treats to the developers of San Francisco. With help from the great team at Kara’s Cupcakes, the interns drove through the city, handing out free cupcakes and spreading the word that with the free tools available at modern.IE. The idea being developing for IE is now a piece of cake. The interns held discussions with developers about the challenges that developers face in building for the modern web and how modern.IE can help. There was a lot of developer enthusiasm for the new F12 developer tools in IE11. The interns even visited Mozilla and Google. There could be more #CakeOut visits to come from the IE team in the future. Source: Exploring IE ...

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Microsoft has released “Office Mobile for Office 365″ for Android 4.0 and up, excluding tablets. The Android version of the Office Suite is similar to its counterpart on iOS. You will need an Office 365 subscription to edit and view documents. Microsoft currently recommends using the Office Web Apps on android tablets. Source: Google Play store via The Verge ...

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Yammer, which was bought by Microsoft a year ago for $1 billion, has released a browser extension which adds a Yammer tab to your browser menu, and lets you quickly share any web page you’re viewing  – just click on the Yammer icon, choose which Group you’d like to post your message into, and share your own comments with a link to the page.  In addition, as you’re browsing the web, the browser extension will notify you if there’s an existing Yammer conversation about the page. If you see a red notification number on the Yammer icon, that means that your coworkers are already having a discussion on Yammer about that page – simply click on the Yammer icon to pull out a separate viewing pane where you can view the conversation, all while remaining on the web page. You can  join in the discussion and post from within this pane. ...

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An internal video of Microsoft’s “Don’t Get Scroogled” campaign got leaked to the web today. We have seen Microsoft targeting Gmail, Google search, etc,. This new internal video takes on Google Chrome, targeting the tracking nature of Google. Watch the video above, you will learn about Google Chrome! I find this ad more interesting and attractive than previous “Don’t Get Scroogled” campaign videos. What do you think? Share this among your friends! ...

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Few days back, Microsoft along with EMC and NetApp has filed a petition in support for Oracle to US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Oracle lost the case against Google involving usage of Java APIs with out any licensing agreements. Microsoft’s main arguments are as follows, PLATFORM WAS NOT COPYRIGHTABLE AT ALL WAS FLAWED AS A MATTER OF COPYRIGHT LAW AND POLICY, AND WOULD DESTABILIZE THE SOFTWARE INDUSTRY COPYRIGHT LAW ACCOUNTS FOR THE FREEDOM TO INNOVATE WITH FOLLOW ON CREATIONS THROUGH DOCTRINES THAT ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AND OR NOTHING APPROACH TO THE COPYRIGHTABILITY OF SOFTWARE PLATFORMS Microsoft is concerned that this ruling will affect other software related copyrights cases in the future and has now shown its support. Read the full filing here. via: Ars ...

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A new survey by the Ponomon institute has found that consumers are increasingly distrusting Apple and Google and are in fact turning to Microsoft.   According to their survey, neither Apple nor Google are currently ranking among the top 20 most trusted companies in America, while Microsoft has made a new appearance on the ranking; for the first time hitting the number 17 spot.   Apple was ranked 14th last year, and has now dropped off the list; showing an increasing distrust in the company whose autocratic modus operandi is increasingly disturbing consumers and who has been involved in a number of serious tracking issues.  Products such as Apple maps have also not inspired confidence.  Similarly, Google who ranked 10th in 2008, 13th in 2010 and 19th in 2011 has also fallen off the list.  That company of course whole business model is based on invading consumers privacy, thus making the result ...

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Google is dropping support for ActiveSync for all new accounts, switching to “open” protocols which are not supported on Windows and Windows Phone. Their announcement reads as follows: Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won’t be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement. The synching service will continue to work for existing accounts, but will mean when users connect their new Windows Phone or Windows tablet their Google ...

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Microsoft scored a small victory by displacing Google Maps in NORAD’s seasonal Santa tracker, which has been tracking the crimson present distributor for the the last 50 years. For the last 4 years Google has been providing the maps for the service, but this year Bing and Windows Azure will be powering NORAD’s tracking service. This may explain the presence of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps specifically to keep an eye on Santa’s movement. NORAD declined to give a reason for the change, but one suspects it may have something to do with Google increasing API fees for their mapping products. One suspects their falling profits has been making the company a lot more Scrooge-like recently. Via SeattleTimes.com ...

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Microsoft has continued its offensive on Google Shopping over the Christmas season. The charge centres around Google Shopping being based solely around paid placements, while Bing is based on natural search, meaning consumers can never be clear if there are not cheaper deals available which were simply not included because they did not pay the Google tax. While the Google-friendly anti-Microsoft media have laughed off the accusation, I certainly did not know before that Google Shopping was paid ads, and would trust it a lot less than before, suggesting to me that this is an important piece of information to pass on. Via Neowin.net ...

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According to Bloomberg the FTC may not bring Google to trial for the most serious allegations of abuse of their dominant search position. The issue is apparently that the FTC is unsure that they have enough evidence to successfully prosecute Google for giving its own services top billing and pushing down the offerings of rivals. The FTC is also apparently  looking at whether the ranking system’s benefits to consumers outweigh any harm suffered by rivals including NexTag Inc. and Kayak Software Corp, an argument Eric Schmidt put forward to defend surfacing information without directing browsers to the source of the information. The FTC may still extract concessions from Google to resolve their concerns, but it seems main thrust of the investigation, which was threatened to break up Google, has been lost. The European Union has however not shown any indication to be flagging in their pursuit of Google. A final ...

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