Microsoft today announced the new Universal Tablet Keyboard that works with iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets. Yes, it supports all different devices running different operating systems. The Universal Mobile Keyboard has an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard. And with the physical “chiclet” style keyset on this keyboard, you’ll feel like you’re typing on your laptop. It is also easy to use. Simply open the protective cover and the keyboard automatically turns on, and connects using Bluetooth. Shut the cover, and it instantly turns off. Another nice touch from Microsoft hardware team is that the cover has an integrated stand that can easily be detached, so you can position your tablet in the most comfortable position. The Universal Mobile Keyboard will be generally available in October 2014 for the estimated retail price of $79.95 at the ...

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As you already know, Microsoft today announced that they are planning to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft franchise for about $2.5 billion. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox today commented the following regarding the acquisition. Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world. Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working ...

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Microsoft today released Skype for iPhone 5.4 update that brings the ability to do group audio calling, a first for Skype on smartphones. If you already have groups on Skype, you have a new call button in the bottom navigation bar to start the group audio call. For now, you can call up to four people on a group audio call. You can see the active people in the group call, add new people, and also remove some if you want. Now, you can turn any call (voice or video) into a group audio call, tap on the “add participant” button during a call, select a contact(s) from your people list and you’re done. If you’ve not yet downloaded the latest version of Skype for iPhone, you can get the update from the App Store – all you’ll need is iOS 7 or later. ...

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Microsoft today updated the Xbox One SmartGlass app for Android, iOS and Windows devices. With this new update, you can share and post activity feed items, display messages in conversations view, record game clips and more. Find the full list of new features below, What’s new: • Share and post activity feed items • Post status updates to your activity feed • See your activity feed on your profile • Display messages in a new conversations view • Record game clips • In-app display of release and feature notes • Expanding to new markets • TV and OneGuide available in new markets Download it from the below links, Xbox One SmartGlass – iOS Xbox One SmartGlass – Android Xbox One SmartGlass – Windows Store ...

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Over the weekend, Microsoft Bing team released the new SNIPP3T, a new iOS app powered by Bing that lets users stay up-to-date on their favorite celebrities. Today, Next At Microsoft profiled the launch of this app talking to the people behind this new app. Here is the summary of it, The idea of this app came from Donald Soon, Program Manager for Microsoft when he was came to know that Bing exceled in celebrity news searches over Google. To take advantage of this, they came up with this idea of building an app based on Bing data. Why a mobile app instead of new celebrity news section on Bing? According to Emma Williams, General Manager of Bing Studios, it’s because apps are how the vast majority of smartphone users prefer to get their information. “Users spend 86 percent of their time in apps on mobile devices, and only 14 percent in web browsers,” ...

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Ever since Steve Jobs coined the term Post PC era, it became the buzz word and many analysts claimed that tablets will dwarf the sales of notebooks in couple of years. We are in 2014 now, notebook shipments are still more than that of tablets. With 49.1 million units shipped in the quarter, notebook shipments surpassed those of tablets for the first time since Q3 2013. Shipments in North America and EMEA were up 13% and 8% year on year, helped by good growth in Western Europe and the US. Customers who have bought a tablet already are finding it unnecessary to upgrade their tablet because there is very little innovation happened in the space. On the notebook side, the growth is supported by improving economic conditions, end of Windows XP support, low cost touch screen devices and more. ‘A slowdown in the pace of innovation is creating an issue for ...

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Microsoft has updated their OneDrive app for iOS devices with new improvements. The new features included are the option to exclude video uploads from Camera Backup, improved sharing experience including AirDrop support, enhancements to video streaming for smoother playback, bug fixes and performance improvements. In our June update, we made it even easier to get your photos and videos backed up to OneDrive. As a result, both photos and videos were automatically backed up. But we heard from some of you that you really liked being able to back up just your photos and not your videos. Your feedback came in loud and clear, and we’ve brought that option back. We also made video playback better – when you put your videos into OneDrive, you want the best possible experience for viewing them or showing them to your friends and family without waiting for them to download and without buffering. We added HLS ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Azure Active Directory SDKs for iOS and Android have reached General Availability and available for download. In addition to that, Microsoft has added support for OS X for Mountain Lion and above. All these SDKs are also open source, so you can participate in the development process as we build these libraries. A few months ago we released previews of these SDKs. They allowed you to easily add Work Accounts support to your existing Android and iOS apps. A Work Account is an identity you use to get work done no matter if at your business or on a college campus. Anywhere you need to get access to your work life you’ll use a Work Account. The Work Account can be tied to an Active Directory server running in your datacenter or live completely in the cloud like when you use Office365. A Work Account will be how your users know ...

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As part of the reorganizations and layoffs announced today, Microsoft has decided to stop developing the MixRadio service it acquired from Nokia. However, the good thing Microsoft is doing is to spin-off MixRadio from Microsoft so that it could operate as independent company. Currently, MixRadio depends on the revenue from the devices pre-loaded with MixRadio. If it becomes an independent company, it should find a new business model to survive in the highly competitive online music streaming industry. Microsoft will continue to focus on developing and maintaining the best operating system for consumers to use music and entertainment with their choice of third-party applications along with their own Xbox Music platform. Speaking to Musically, Jyrki Rosenberg of MixRadio team said that he has seen very strong interest from investors in the US, Europe and Asia. “For me personally it’s very exciting. I’ve been meeting with potential investors around the world in the last few weeks. We ...

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Gartner today released their report Worldwide Device Shipments in which they reported that the combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2 percent increase from 2013. Also, Android will continue to lead the pack by over 1 billion units and Windows devices will hold the No.2 position. Garner also feels PC market will see a relative revival this year. “2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. After declining 9.5 percent in 2013, the global PC market (desk-based, notebook and premium ultramobile) is on pace to contract only 2.9 percent in 2014. “Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe,” said Mr. Atwal. “This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in ...

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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 announced the newest member of the Wordament franchise: Wordament® Snap Attack® – the constant word tournament for Windows devices few months back. Today, they have released the game for iOS devices and since it is an universal app, both iPad and iPhone users can enjoy the game. It is available in four puzzle languages: English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Like Wordament on iOS, we support Xbox sign-in with 10 achievements and 50 Gamescore. We also support Facebook and Guest sign-in, although when playing as a Guest you will not collect personal statistics or appear in our persistent leaderboards Game Description: Wordament ® Snap Attack ™ is a brand-new, fast-paced word-building tournament that challenges your brain in 2 1/2-minute rounds. Players from around the world compete on the same board, using the same clock, making as many Snaps as possible. At the end of each round, a real-time leaderboard shows ...

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Microsoft today announced updates to OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices. In Android devices, OneDrive will now automatically upload your videos by default. Also they have updated the UI to make it feel more native to Android. It comes with an in-app navigation drawer that works just how you expect it to. Also, you have a new, dedicated search button means your important files are only a quick search away. For iOS, And on iOS, we’ve made uploads more reliable (so you should see fewer pesky notifications), enabled camera backup to occur in the background, and made it easier to work on your documents by opening them directly in Office Mobile on your iPhone or Office for iPad. Updates will be rolled out in the coming days. ...

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Hot on the heels of releasing a major update for Skype for iPhone app, Microsoft today released an update in App Store. Skype 5.1 for iPhone is the result of Skype team listening to user feedback and immediately addressing those comments. Skype 5.1 for iPhone introduces some of the features you wanted most: You can now delete a conversation from the recent list with a long press on recents. You can also edit messages you’ve recently sent with a long press on the message. (Just as you can long press on an individual message to delete it.) Tap the “add favorites” link to easily fill your favorites screen with the people you contact the most. The People list now matches the desktop better: we have added the “Skype” filter; the “online” filter now includes users set to online, away and do not disturb; and best of all your filter settings ...

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As announced this week, Microsoft has released the redesigned Skype app for iPhone users. This update brings Skype app for iOS to the same UI which Windows Phone and Android users already enjoy. We’re excited for you to see how the new app has been redesigned to put your conversations first, providing you with a smoother, leaner and more integrated experience. Skype for iPhone is up to five times faster and it is also more stable and more reliable. Navigating through the new UI is easier and more fluid. Whether it’s creating a group chat, sending a photo or starting a video call, the new Skype for iPhone has been rethought to be simple and intuitive. New changes: Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version. Smoother: ...

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Microsoft Yammer today announced key localization updates across the web client, mobile apps and the Yammer Success Center. This will break the language barrier that will improve communication at organizations. Yammer web client and Yammer Success center now supports 28 languages.You can easily select your preferred primary language from the language picker in the bottom of the right pane. The 28 supported languages are: Arabic; Chinese Simplified; Chinese Traditional; Czech; Danish; Dutch; English (US); Finnish; French; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hungarian; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese (Portugal); Portuguese (Brazil); Russian; Turkish; Romanian; Ukrainian; Spanish; Swedish; Thai. Microsoft has also released localized mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. The 12 supported languages are: Chinese Traditional; Chinese Simplified; Dutch; English (US); French; German; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish. Another important update is the message translation in both the iOS and Android Yammer apps, thanks to Microsoft Translator®. Whenever a Yammer conversation in these ...

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