Microsoft today released three new videos to promote the new Surface Pro 3. Of course, the theme of the main video was “The tablet that can replace your laptop”. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. Another video was on the new Surface Pen. Watch it below, Behold the most natural writing and drawing experience on a tablet thanks to the new Surface Pen. Use the Pen to mark up presentations, sign documents, or enjoy art apps. You can also open a blank OneNote document with a click of the Surface Pen to instantly capture your next idea–even if your device is in sleep mode. Another video was on the accolades Surface Pro 3 received from the press like being recognized as “the best everything device ever made.” ...

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The ‘FutureBrand Index’ is a from brand consultancy FutureBrand, sanctioned by Global Top 100 Companies creator PwC, measures perceptions of brand strength through in-depth quantitative research among thousands of consumers worldwide. FutureBrand Index 2014 list was released today and Microsoft was ranked No.2 in it. Google toped the list with Walt Disney and Apple taking No.3 and No.4 positions respectively. Some key findings in the report include financial value and past performance are no guarantee of future brand strength, being global makes a difference to brand strength, the value-perception gap for brands varies by sector, brand awareness is not enough to drive strong perceptions, Chinese companies and brands are not yet future proof and more. A ‘future brand’ is a brand that is more likely to succeed in the future, not just one that is strong now. This is because it perfectly balances strong perceptions of its purpose in the world ...

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Tyler Schrenk was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident two years ago, and since then his daily activities became a lot more challenging. Thanks to Microsoft software engineer Jose Blakeley whom he met in a Church last year, he became aware of Windows speech recognition. To make use of it, he bought Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 to use for his daily activities. Using his voice, Schrenk operates a variety of Microsoft products and services – Internet Explorer, Bing, Outlook, Word and Excel. Now, he uses his tablet for a growing number of tasks: an Excel spreadsheet to track his caloric intake; Outlook to send email; and Internet Explorer to keep track of his fantasy football league, and follow his favorite teams: the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies. Not just Surface, he also uses Xbox One with Kinect. Since the whole system is voice enabled, ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One is lagging behind Sony’s PS4 in sales. Lots of factors can be said to justify the same, but many analysts believe that Xbox One’s pricing was the significant one. Microsoft realized this and announced a new SKU for a cheaper price last month. Another factor could be around marketing of the console. Microsoft positioned Xbox One as the all-in-one entertainment console whereas Sony marketed it as the pure gaming console. A recent report from WSJ reveals that Sony is now out-spending Microsoft in TV ads for promoting their consoles. According to numbers from January 2014 through May via research firm iSpot, Sony had spent $59M to Microsoft’s $34.7M. Sony spent the most on networks like FOX, FOX Sports, Comedy Central, ESPN and TNT. Microsoft spent a lot on the two FOX channels and Comedy Central, AMC and TBS. The brand’s most digitally effective ad year-to-date is its ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing how St. Thomas School in the US has adopted. Surface tablets for their students and teachers. Students are using these devices to take notes, learn new things from various content, and more. This digital transition is not just happening in the U.S., but also in schools around the world where technology is empowering students. Watch more about it from the video above. A recognized leader in early childhood through eighth grade education, St. Thomas School has adopted both Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro tablets as their 1:1 student computing device in their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. “The one-to-one program has given the school more than we ever anticipated,” says Kimberly Mecham, Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School. “It’s really allowed us to personalize learning in second grade through innovative and differentiated ways, and to enhance project-learning in third grade ...

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GameStop is now running a limited time campaign over this weekend for Xbox One fans. The gamers will get exclusive saving, demos and more. For example, you save $10 on an Xbox One controller and $20 on Xbox Live Gold Membership when you buy a Xbox One. Similarly, you can save $20 on an Xbox One stereo headset and $30 on a Turtle Beach Ear Force X07 headset. On the game front, GameStop’s sale is offering Wolfenstein: The New Order, NBA2K14, and Zumba Fitness World Party for $20 off the regular price. The retailer is also juicing up its trade-in deals to try to convince gamers to give up their current systems in exchange for an Xbox One. In a deal good until July 13, consumers can score an extra 50 percent credit by trading in any system toward an Xbox One. Read more from the link below. via: CNET ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with Japanese anime studio Production I.G to launch Gargantia: Sky Courier, a brand new game to showcase the power of modern web. As part of Microsoft’s Rethink Initiative, Sky Courier game works across all modern devices and browsers that support WebGL. The game is based on one of Japan’s top anime franchises, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Fans will get never-before-seen footage, cut-scene story featuring Gargantia’s original voice actors, and three different “choose your own adventure” endings. You can play it for free in both Japanese and English worldwide. Even though the game is open for everyone to enjoy, it is focused on developers.This game is built using Turbulenz open source 3D game engine. And Microsoft is releasing the source code of a packaged version of the Sky Courier game so that developers can build your own version of the game. The Turbulenz ...

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With Xbox One, customers can make use of the Kinect sensor to control their Xbox One console with voice. One of the basic command available for users is “Xbox On”. If an user tells “Xbox On”, Xbox One will wake up from sleep. Microsoft has recently released a new TV ad featuring Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul in which the actor will be using this command to switch on his console. The strange thing now is that Kinect sensor recognizes Aaron Paul’s “Xbox On” from TV ad as a genuine command from its owner and getting switched on by itself. Lots of users experienced this case yesterday and tweeted about it. OMG AN XBOX TV AD JUST TURNED MY XBOX ON! THE MACHINES HAVE BECOME SELF-AWARE!! SAVE YO-SELVES!!! — Leighboi (@leighboi) June 12, 2014 Read more about it below. via: Neowin ...

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With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft released a touch based IE to work well with touch devices. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft improved the user experience of the touch browser with lots of UI changes and new features such as browser sync across Windows devices. With all the releases, the UI of desktop version of IE remained the same. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looks like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser. The user suggestion, It would be brilliant if the favourites bar on future versions of IE could be the same colour as the windows 8 window colour – this would finally unify all aspects of IE, and make it all link together as on programme – rather than the favourites and menu bar looking like a crude add-on. To finally be able to use IE as a whole ...

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Big Brother is a popular reality television show in the UK. The show follows a number of contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom built House. Each week, one of the housemates is evicted by a public vote, with the last housemate remaining winning a cash prize. Channel 5 which airs the show has agreed on a product placement deal with Microsoft for Big Brother 2014: Power Trip. Microsoft Surface will be seen throughout the show as housemates will be making their nominations on Surface tablets. Also, the contestants will also complete its weekly shopping lists on the Microsoft’s flagship mobile devices as part this deal. BBSpy reports that further details about how the tablet nominations will work have yet to be confirmed. Read more at bbspy.   ...

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Microsoft today posted a new ad to highlight the power of Surface Pro and how it is empowering people. senseFLY is a drone company which develops civilian drone technology to create amazing maps and models for humanitarian and conservation efforts. They are using Surface Pro along with it to process data whenever needed. Whenever the drone comes back with GBs of mapping data, you need a powerful machine to process it. senseFLY uses Surface Pro as provides the computing power necessary to process data virtually anywhere in a small, lightweight package. With up to 8GB RAM, Intel Core i7 processor, SSD, touch screen and full Windows, Surface Pro 3 is the best available device for senseFLY and many others. Microsoft has now announced the next generation Surface Pro 3 device. You can pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Microsoft today released their first ad for Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The ad shows various modes in which you can use the device. It even shows the ability to launch OneNote app directly using the pen. It’s good to see Microsoft is directly talking about what you can do with the device rather than the Surface brand. What do you think of this ad? Pre-order before it goes out of stock. Find 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 All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus ...

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Microsoft has released few marketing videos to promote Internet Explorer browser. These videos highlight various Internet Explorer features such as Reading view, full screen browsing, multi-tasking support and more. Watch them below. Breakfast Table: Reading View on Internet Explorer- making ads and clutter a thing of the past. Calm: Remove the clutter and enjoy the web in full screen with Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch Trivia Night: Don’t be slowed down by navigation buttons. Get the answers faster with Flip Ahead on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Sick Day: Accomplish more with side by side browsing on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Learn how Internet Explorer is pushing the web forward: http://bit.ly/1fZYvKB ...

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Last week we reported that Shirley Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss the sale of the Clippers (a professional American Basketball team). The NBA (National Basketball Association) is forcing the Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team after racist remarks were leaked by his girlfriend V Stiviano. Mr. Sterling handed control of the sale over to his ex-wife Shirley Sterling. Today, Forbes reports that Steve Ballmer has offered $1.8 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person familiar with Ballmer’s interest in the NBA team. Also, Steve Ballmer if wins the bidding will keep the team in Los Angeles as opposed to the fear among Clippers fans that Mr. Ballmer will move the team to Seattle. Another source, with intimate knowledge of the bids that Rochelle Sterling has thus far received for the basketball team, said offers have come in between $1 billion and $2 billion ...

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  At Scripps National Spelling Bee competition yesterday, Microsoft made finalist kids scream in joy. Senior Director of U.S. Education for Microsoft Lydia Smyers took stage to talk about Microsoft’s collaboration with National Spelling Bee competition. She also showed a video of Microsoft Surface which students can use for collaborating and having fun with their friends. Later, Microsoft revealed to the students that they all will be getting a Surface RT from Microsoft. Communications and Public Relations Manager Chris Kemper told the kids they were in for a surprise. “This has never been done in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!” Kemper exclaimed as he invited spellers to come forward and take a gift bag. “Do not look in the bag, do not shake the bag, do not open the bag, and for Pete’s sake do not taste the bag,” Kemper instructed. All 281 spellers gathered onstage with ...

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Microsoft has today announced the Work Wonders Project, a video series that explores the power of technology and collaboration powered by Office 365. You’ll be able to watch two very bright minds as they work together to achieve positive results in a YouTube series that launches June 2. The challenge is on: “Pencils of Promise” founder Adam Braun believes schools are the future, and education reformer Sugata Mitra thinks they’re obsolete. But the two are joining together in The Work Wonders Project to collaborate on ways to revolutionize education, including using Office 365 to do it. Braun, whose nonprofit program has built 200 “Pencil of Promise” schools in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana, will work with Mitra, a TED prize winner and a professor of educational technology, who will bring his cloud-based, elementary education approach to Braun’s schools in Ghana.   To learn more, head over to http://www.microsoft.com/office/workwonders/ww. ...

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