Microsoft announced partnership with Barnes and Noble back in 2012 and even created a new joint venture company called Nook Media LLC. Since then, the only thing that came of out partnership was Barnes & Noble’s Windows 8 app. Recently it was rumored that B&N has stopped developing apps for Windows platform since Microsoft is developing its own Xbox branded reader with content powered by Barnes & Noble in the backend. Earlier this month, we reported that in an interview to GeekWire, Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby said that they are in a very, very good relationship with Microsoft despite the recent partnership with Samsung. B&N is in contact with Microsoft on an ongoing basis about things that they doing together. Mike also reminded us that Microsoft is a partial owner, about 17 percent, of the Nook Media entity. Today, B&N announced that their board has approved to separate the Barnes & Noble ...

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Two days back we reported Bing would make predictions of the events based on their ability to process trillions of signals to reflect what is happening in the real world. Popular reality tv show “The Voice,” was among the tv shows Bing is making predictions for: How do we make the predictions for The Voice? The central idea behind the direct approach is that winners and losers correspond to popularity. In broad strokes, we define popularity as the frequency and sentiment of searches combined with social signals and keywords. Placing these signals into our model, we can predict the outcome an event with high confidence. For The Voice, our model is tuned to account for biases, such asregional preferences, and other measurable and observable trends. We have also learned how to combine the prior popularity of a contestant with the contribution due to his or her performance. Although we might believe that the outcome of ...

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Why it is unlikely that most enterprises are updating to Windows 8.1 Update, the update is now available for volume license customers. Microsoft has released the following: Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.1 Update integrated Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update integrated Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update This is the final part of the release cycle that included  the release via MSDN on the 2nd and Windows Update on the 8th. Additional updates can be found through Windows Update and WSUS. A separate issue was found that impacted customers utilizing WSUS configured in the very specific, non-default way.  If affected, the devices will not receive future updates released by Microsoft.  Customers should read  KB2959977 for remediation guidance. Source: Springboard Series Blog ...

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Blair Westlake, Microsoft’s longtime VP of media and entertainment, is leaving the company after a decade. He joined in 2004 to head the media licensing and other entertainment stuff at Microsoft. He himself stated that the recent re-organization within Microsoft is the reason he is leaving the company. “As the reorganization has unfolded, it has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or skill sets,” Westlake said in a statement. “Therefore, I have made the decision to leave Microsoft.” “I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people,” Westlake said of his tenure at Microsoft. “While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe that this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned.” Westlake was in charge of the group within Microsoft that licensed movies and television shows for Microsoft products and the ...

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