Yesterday is National Backpack Awareness Day in the US which was founded by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to raise awareness around how the total weight in your bag can have a negative impact on your health, including the type of bag you choose and how you wear it. It is shocking to hear that more than 22,000 people were treated for backpack-related injuries in the United States last year and it is recommended to carry backpack that weigh no more than 10% of your bodyweight. Official Surface blog highlighted this issue in their blog and suggested that Surface Pro 3 might solve this problem for many. Surface Pro 3 can replace your tablet, a laptop, notebook and pen, text books and more. Read the full post here on how Surface Pro 3 may lighten your back pack. In addition to this, they have announced a contest in the ...

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For the eighth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beat Xbox One in sales in the US. Even the increasing of console sales after the price cut was not enough for Microsoft to catch up with PS4. But the good news is that Xbox Ones sales are on the increasing month over month. In fact, Xbox One sales “nearly” doubled from July partially due to strong demand for the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle. Sony announced that they are leading the combined console sales in the US for three months in a row now. The good news for console industry is that, after nearly 10 months of launch in the retail, combined PS4 and Xbox One sales are up 70% than where combined PS3 and Xbox 360 sales over the same time period. Find the list of top games in sales for the month of August below, 1. Madden NFL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3) 2. Diablo ...

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Back in July, Microsoft released a preview version of “Catan Anytime,” a new social version of the beloved board game “The Settlers of Catan,” is available for free. This is game is developed to promote Internet Explorer, so it works in any modern browser with best experience on IE. Catan Anytime game developed to be fast, fluid and designed for touch making it easy to play the game from mobile browser to your TV screen with IE on XBOX. Catan Anytime game is now out of preview and available to play from any device. Thank you to all the registered users who signed up for beta and gave us valuable feedback. This feedback helped us prioritize what new functionality to develop for Catan Anytime. We understand that balanced gameplay is key to any Catan experience – whatever the platform. So to present the best online experience we welcome feedback as ...

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Microsoft Bing team is partnering with Microsoft Store team to offer free two-day shipping on orders over $75.  If you have a Bing Rewards account linked to your Microsoft Account, all you need to do is select the two-day shipping option at check-out. Starting today and running through November 1st, people who shop on the Microsoft Store can take advantage of this offer. Apart from this, you can also use Bing Rewards credits and redeem them for a 5% off coupon. If you are not aware of Bing Rewards, Almost everyone is familiar with rewards, loyalty, and discount programs. Credit cards offer rewards for spending, airlines offer rewards for flight miles, and many grocery stores and gas stations offer coupon and discount programs. Did you know you could also be earning rewards just by searching the web with Bing? By searching on Bing and joining Bing Rewards, not only will ...

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To promote the launch of Surface Pro 3 in the UK, Microsoft has asked popular British artist James Mylne to draw famous portraits on a Surface Pro 3 using Fresh Paint app and the stylus. James created the paintings of the Bronte Sisters, William Shakespeare and Dame Christabel Pankhurst. “After years of creating art with a ballpoint pen on paper, it’s remarkable how quickly I was able to adapt my working style to the Surface Pro 3,” the 33-year-old artist explained. “The Pen has many levels of pressure sensitivity, which enabled me to create smooth, precise lines and capture the depth and spirit of each painting.” The results were amazing, find them below. About the artist from Wikipedia, James Mylne is a British contemporary artist known for his drawings in ballpoint pen. His technical abilities with this unorthodox art medium have earned Mylne recognition in Europe and the UK, where ...

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During the announcement about expansion of Surface Pro 3 availability to 25 additional markets, Microsoft posted a new infographic to promote devices like Surface Pro 3. Check it out above. Take a look at research we recently conducted in the Asia Pacific region showing burgeoning demand for hybrid devices. People want the ability to do more. Surface Pro 3 delivers the productivity of a PC and the freedom of a tablet. Make no mistake, Surface Pro 3 packs the power of a high-end PC (you can read up on full device specs here) and when combined with the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, it goes from the “tablet that can replace your laptop” to the “tablet that can replace your laptop and your desktop PC.” And even with its capabilities to do all this, Surface Pro 3 is still 30 percent thinner and 26 percent lighter than an 11-inch MacBook ...

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To promote the launch of Surface Pro 3 among Australian schools, Microsoft has created a cardboard replica of the Surface Pro 3 device. As you can see in the video above, this cardboard version of Surface Pro 3 has a MP4 player built-in which shows promo material related to Surface Pro 3 when you open it. Microsoft has sent this cardboard Surface Pro 3 for many schools in Australia. via: The Verge ...

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Recently, Microsoft Skype marketing team brought pop duo MKTO face-to-face with some of their biggest fans with the help of group video calls(which was made free to all Skype users) and Skype on mobile phones(available on all popular mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone). We asked fans to add Ones_To_Watch on Skype and send MKTO a video message for a chance to be on a call with the band. Dreams came true for six super fans when they got the once in a lifetime opportunity to take video calls with MKTO’s Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller live from the Ones To Watch with Skype tour. The band talked directly with these lucky fans about life on tour, their favorite singles on the album and much more. Read more at Skype blog here. ...

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Early this year, Microsoft indirectly reduced the price of Xbox One in the available markets. They did it in the name of celebrating the launch of “Titanfall”, and they wanted more people to join on day one for “Titanfall” on Xbox One. So, based on this special, limited time offer, the Xbox One “Titanfall” Bundle was made available starting March 11 for $499.99 at select retailers. This bundle included the following, Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall” Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor Standard Xbox One wireless controller Standard Xbox One Chat Headset One month Xbox Live Gold membership Basically, you get the Titanfall game for free when you buy Xbox One console. Answering to a question on Twitter, Phil Spencer revealed that Microsoft is not planning to release any Xbox One Titanfall bundle without Kinect. @Shane_Stocks Titanfall bundle is done. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 19, 2014 You can ...

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Microsoft today posted a SMB customer video montage for its Office 365 product. The video shows why why businesses of all sizes rely on Microsoft Office 365. It features companies that is involved in manufacturing jet packs to making bubble tea in Los Angeles. These businesses everywhere are choosing Office 365 to deliver results and connect with customers in new ways. One of the customer even mentioned that they were using Google Apps and Dropbox before Office 365. For as low as $12.50 per/user/month, SMB customers can have full Office suite on different devices, email and calendars, online conferencing, instant messaging and Skype connectivity, public website, simple file sharing, and team sites. You are and your business are on the move. That means you need to be able to work from anywhere, across your devices, and have a consistent and fast experience. That freedom is what you get with Office 365. Whether you’re at your ...

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When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 few months back, they started to marketing it as ‘The tablet that can replace your laptop’. Even during the launch event, Microsoft compared Surface Pro 3 against MacBook Air. Surface Pro 3’s official webpage and Microsoft Store listing also compares MacBook against Surface Pro 3. Following them, Microsoft has now released three new videos comparing Surface Pro 3 with MacBook Air. Watch them below, Tablet or laptop? With the Surface Pro3, you get the best of both. The Surface Pro 3 has the power to run full Adobe Photoshop, Office and Windows. But unlike the Mac Book Air, it has a touchscreen, a pen and converts to a tablet. Don’t try that with the Mac. You can order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store from the links below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of ...

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Microsoft last week released a teaser trailer for the upcoming Gamescom event where Xbox will be there this year. You can watch the gamescom 2014 Xbox Briefing live at 1pm BST, Tuesday 12th August. You can Watch it at Xbox.com, on your Xbox or with the Windows Phone app. Today, the gave us a quick breakdown of what to expect from this event. Find it below, Gamescom 2014 Xbox Press Briefing Tuesday, August 12 2:00 PM CEST (8:00AM EDT), Twitch.tv/Xbox Next Tuesday, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will appear in the annual press briefing, where 343 will share some new announcements with you. The show will be streamed at Twitch.tv/Xbox so you’ve got no excuses. We’ll see you there. Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer Hands-On Halo 2: Anniversary will be playable for the first time on the gamescom show floor. There will be 4v4 multiplayer games on Ascension and a yet-to-be-announced ...

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Every now and then, we come up with some innovative and fun marketing campaigns from Windows OEMs. This one is from Acer and they are partnering with Microsoft Skype to bring prizes and adventure to the users. From July 30 through September 12, users can add AcerExplorer1 on Skype to begin their virtual quest for a chance to win Acer devices and more. One grand prize winner will take a real adventure (for two) in one of the most exciting cities in the world: New York City. To keep things interesting, everyone who takes on the scavenger hunt will win Skype credit. Those who add the Skype ID will receive a series of challenges that test wit, intellect and creativity. Some challenges will require adventurers to uncover information online: The Acer Aspire E 11 laptop is thin and light, so you can tuck it in your bag and have it with you wherever life’s adventures ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft is now taking orders for Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i3 based Surface Pro 3 to pre-ordered customers. Last month, Microsoft started selling Intel Core i5 based version alone and Microsoft announced during their earnings call that Surface Pro 3 is selling well. Making all SKUs available will further improve the sales of Surface Pro 3 units. You can order them from Microsoft Store from the links below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $799 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $999 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,299 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,549 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,949 If you are planning to order Surface Pro 3 Core i3 version, read the post from ...

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Microsoft OneNote team today posted a parody video to promote OneNote integration in the Microsoft Surface. This is a parody of “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, watch it above. It was recorded and produced by the OneNote Engineering Team. OneNote Engineering team celebrated the launch of OneNote for Mac early this year by creating a parody of One Day More song from the film Les Misérables. Watch it below. To get OneNote for free and learn more: http://www.onenote.com. ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video to promote Xbox One. This ad highlights that Xbox One is the only place to play the best exclusives and all of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The games include Halo, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive and more. This video is backed by a voice over with the words from the movie Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone speaks this inspiring dialogue in that movie. Full quote from the movie is below for your reference. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and ...

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