In the past few years, Microsoft is making the testing on Internet Explorer a little easier by offering developers with the virtual machines, tools and offers available on modern.IE. Based on developers feedback, yesterday they announced few more additions to their offering. Microsoft has made available the VirtualBox versions of modern.IE’s test VM’s for Vagrant users in beta form so that they can automatically download and layout those images for development and testing purposes. This helps developers using Vagrant to automate the setup and configuration of their development environments to ensure consistency and repeatability standing up their project machines. Microsoft has partnered with Parallels to make the modern.IE VMs accessible from within their new VM wizard directly. Developers need not separately download the VM archive pieces to put them together. This handy access path provides the EULA and choice of IE/Windows versions directly in the product. As a special offer ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of the Kinect for Windows v2 public preview and also released SDK for it. Since the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview will run only on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 64-bit systems, Mac OS users won’t be able to develop Kinect based apps. However, Microsoft offers two different approaches for Mac OS users to use Kinect for Windows development. Install Windows to the Mac’s hard drive, or Install Windows to an external USB 3.0 drive. Due to the requirements for full USB 3.0 bandwidth and GPU Shader Model 5 (DirectX 11), virtualization products such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, or Oracle VirtualBox are not supported. The first option can be done through Apple’s Bootcamp option which is available on all Mac devices. The second one is done through the new Windows To Go feature in Windows 8.1. Read the detailed step by step instructions ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Lync for Mac 14.0.9. Microsoft listed the following issues fixed in this v14.0.9. •             Substantial improvement in Desktop Sharing (~10x throughput improvement) •             Top few Watson crashes fixed •             Location Awareness (LIS server for location) implemented •             E-911 support implemented •             Ability to select video camera for calls (can change camera while in a call/meeting) •             Warn users that contact list can’t be edited for UCS contacts •             File transfer now works •             Audio stutter fix when using 44100 sampling rate devices •             Fix QOE blob so that QOE metrics are captured correctly at server •             Bridge ACP calls so that Lync for Mac meeting experience will see ACP users in roster •             Anonymous join now works •             CVC version now has consistent numbering in Lync for Mac Update your Lync today. ...

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Tim Cook recently made a visit to Apple’s factory in the USA where they are producing few Mac models. During inspection, Tim Cook tweeted the above photo showing a worker doing his job at the factory. You can see from the iMac behind that it is running Windows. So ironically, Apple Mac production line uses Windows in their factories. ...

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OneNote Engineering team celebrated the launch of OneNote for Mac app by creating a parody of One Day More song from the film Les Misérables. This is a parody of One Day More from Les Misérables celebrating our recent OneNote Mac launch on 3/17/2014. It was recorded and produced by the OneNote Engineering Team. Big shout out to Nicole Steinbok (@nicolesteinbok) and Scott Snyder too for all their work on this! OneNote for Mac is a free note taking app in Apple App Store. Similar to other Office for Mac applications, OneNote for Mac has the Ribbon user interface with a variety of options for formatting and styling your notes. Your notes can be styled however you like. You can choose that special font and color you like to use for your notes, or emphasize important content with bold, underline or highlights. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we make ...

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The Office for iPad team held an IAmA (as me anything) on Reddit earlier today.  The team is actually rather small and is the same group that writes the Office for Mac applications.  While there was not anything groundbreaking revealed, there were some interesting questions answered. Q: Hi! Where there any unforeseen complications in the making of these apps? How did you handle it? A: Yes, we ran into a number of complications, most of them involving resource constraints. For example, if you opened a document in Word with a lot of comment bubbles, Word would run out of memory. Fixing some of these required re-architecting some features, which is one of the reasons it took us so long.  –Rick To pile on to what Rick said, PowerPoint ran into similar resource constraints for SlideShow. We wanted to make sure that everything worked as you would expect (transitions, animations, etc.) and as you can ...

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Microsoft today posted another ad in the Honestly series. This ad focuses on touchscreen portable All-in-ones from Windows OEMs. There are lots of great portable All-in-One’s like Sony, VAIO Tap 21, Dell XPS 18, Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon and HP Envy Rove 20. In the above ad, Microsoft also highlighted the fact that none of the Apple Macs come with touchscreens. Whether it’s watching the best wedding band, finding the perfect dress on Pinterest or getting stuff done with Microsoft OneNote and Excel, Windows all-in-ones  give you the best of work and play. The New Windows: One experience for everything in your life. Watch the ad above, it makes a good point. ...

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Microsoft today released Skype for Mac 6.14 update. Microsoft has made some changes to improve compatibility with OS X Mavericks and has included some new features too improve the overall experience. Read the new features below. Do Disturb Did you know that you can turn off all notifications, such as new message sounds, by setting your status to Do Not Disturb? This feature has been in Skype for years, but sometimes it can be easy to forget that you’re in this mode and have muted the notifications. That’s why we’ve added a warning to the Notifications preference pane to remind you why you aren’t getting notifications in this state. Too busy to chat? If you are busy and have to decline an incoming call, the caller normally gets a busy signal. But if you have Voice messages set up, you now have the option to let declined callers leave you ...

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