When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, 5 different SKUs with various configurations was revealed. However, only the Intel Core i5 models was made available for sale till now. Starting this August 1st, Surface Pro 3 versions with a Core i3-4020Y and Core i7-4650U will be available for customers. Intel Core i3 version starts at $799 whereas Intel Core i7 starts at $1549. AnandTech today posted a detailed post on the new low cost Intel Core i3 Surface Pro 3 version. As expected, the performance is below the Intel Core i5 version of Surface Pro 3, but how much? Does Intel Core i5 justify the extra $200 cost? Here is the conclusion from AnandTech, Subjectively, the entry level Surface Pro 3 feels pretty quick. Even running at only 1.5GHz, a pair of Haswell cores are plenty fast. The real question is whether or not the extra $200 is ...

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China Telecom, the third largest mobile operator in China yesterday revealed that it has become the exclusive network operator in China to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One system. China Telecom will also sell Xbox One through all its sales channels. Back in April, Microsoft announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. The culture of games and entertainment is rapidly growing in China, with nearly half a billion people playing games – roughly a third of the country’s population and more than the entire population of North America. The gaming industry saw massive growth in the last year – generating more than $13 billion in 2013, an increase of 38% in the ...

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Thank you to my current and former YamFamily for 6 great years and to Microsoft for the last two. I look forward to new adventures. — David Sacks (@DavidSacks) July 24, 2014 Microsoft and Yammer two years ago announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer joined the Microsoft Office Division, led by then division President Kurt DelBene, and the team continued to report to CEO David Sacks. Microsoft developed Yammer both as a standalone service, and enhancing the social capabilities in Microsoft’s communication and collaboration offerings under Office division. While the momentum around Yammer is still growing, Yammer co-founder David Sacks announced via Twitter that he is leaving Microsoft. Also, Microsoft is now moving Yammer under Office 365 organization in which Yammer organization will work together with Outlook and Office 365 ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held last week, Microsoft highlighted their solutions on IoT platform. In fact, they even had a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) session by Barb Edson, general manager of marketing for Cloud and Enterprise. This session is is available for viewing online, The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a futuristic trend. It’s here today, involving the “things” that are most valuable to your enterprise customers—the devices, sensors, data and services they depend on the most. In this session, you will understand how to unleash the full potential of the IoT by creating intelligent systems solutions, focused on your customer’s things, and gain valuable customer insights from partners already deploying these solutions. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.0 Beta 2. This is a free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich experience for working with Node.js apps, giving developers the power of the Visual Studio code editor including support for IntelliSense, the Visual Studio debugger, and for running Node.js apps on Microsoft Azure Web Sites or Cloud Services. New features in this release: Improved NPM UI. We updated the NPM management UI so it is easier to use. We’ve also added integrated support for invoking NPM inside of the REPL window with a new .npm command. New analysis and IntelliSense engine. We created a new IntelliSense engine which is capable of analyzing much larger code bases. Once processed the results of the analysis are cached and reused in subsequent sessions which leads to much better performance compared to our previous release. The new engine is also configurable so ...

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Respawn today announced on their blog about the new features coming to Titanfall game with Frontier update. The Black Market collects and sells the Frontier’s most sordid items like packs of random Burn Cards and Titan Insignias. Titan Insignias: The Black Market introduces a set of Titan Insignias that are themed as the official insignias of elite units on both the IMC and Militia. Once you unlock them in the Black Market, they will be available with the rest of your Titan Insignias in the Titan Custom Loadout screens. Burn Cards: Burn Card Packs contain a random Burn Cards each focused on a specific theme. They let you choose the type of Burn Cards you like to use. Need an XP boost? Buy the Time Boost Pack. Just need a few cards for the next match? Grab a Standard Pack which can contain any card in the game. The primary ...

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Microsoft announced the availability of OneNote app for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet and Fire phone devices. With this release, Microsoft is keeping up its promise of to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go. App Description: It’s time to harness the immense potential of your thoughts and discoveries by taking a note in OneNote, your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, that list of errands, or that plain old note that’s too important to forget. Whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices! Key Features: • Sync your notebooks ...

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@actionmahon @majornelson We've worked through the feature list through October. MUs will continue and features look good. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 23, 2014 When Xbox One was launched last year, the OS had lots of rough edges and lacked some key features such as external disk support, and more. But, Microsoft started delivering monthly system updates that has improved the system a lot better. Almost, all the missing key features are now added to the system in addition to the UX improvements. Microsoft at that time said that they will continue to push new features and other updates to these folks to explore and they’ll be trying new things with the UI, like notifications, different ways of discoverability, and a bunch of other ideas the team is working on. Through this process, some features will launch, others might not and all will be refined through feedback. Xbox team values ...

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Microsoft last week announced that they have acquired InMage, an emerging company in the cloud-based business continuity solutions. InImage appliance provides private and public cloud migration, unified backup and disaster recovery for today’s 24×7 enterprises. It’s self-contained and scalable architecture includes compute, network and storage resources that enable quick implementations. This significantly reduces the operational cost and time compared to competing products. With this acquisition, Microsoft is trying to make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. Brad Anderson, VP at Microsoft today detailed the acquisition like providing details like why they bought it, how they are going to use it, etc,. How they first noticed InMage, In the discussions my team and I have had with organizations all over the word, the most common request we’ve heard is a desire to add the ability to replicate and recover OS instances that ...

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Station Q is a Microsoft Research lab located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Topological quantum computing is the main research area over there. They are exploring theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the reliable quantum analog of the traditional bit—the qubit. If you don’t know anything about Quantum Computing, watch the short animated video above from the Microsoft Stories team. Station Q’s strategy, to build a quantum computer based on “topological degrees of freedom,” is theoretically harder to get off the ground initially, but if and when they get it working, it will be very scalable. “Our pursuit is not strictly academic in nature. We dream a dream this will one day inform our product strategy, and be of utilitarian and economic importance,” Mundie said. “Because of that we care about getting on a path that would give us the quickest ability to do something that ...

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Microsoft today 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 is a partnership with creators of Catan, Mayfair Games and Bontom Games. This preview release features the latest HTML5 web standards and real-time in-game social interaction. As part of the ongoing collaboration, we will be releasing the complete Catan ruleset: Development cards, Achievements, and Ports at GamesCon in August. This brings Catan Anytime to full parity in game rules with the board game.  We hope that the parity in rules, combined with the unique capabilities ...

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Developers can learn what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. In the above video, you can know about top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5 recent additions and enhancements to the apps for Office model. Recently, Microsoft has released Office 365 Preview APIs as well, Microsoft’s ...

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Comic Con conference is happening this week in San Diego and Microsoft’s Xbox team will be there with gamers lounge, developer panels and more. But what if you don’t have a badge? Microsoft is planning to allow gamers to experience everything we’ve got on offer at the Xbox Lounge. Microsoft was able to clear access for several dozen non-badged Xbox fans this Thursday night only. You can go there and play games that aren’t even out yet! Here’s what you need to know: When: Thursday, July 24th at 9:00 PM (open til Midnight) Where:Manchester Hyatt San Diego, 2nd Floor, Seaport Ballroom (look for the line labeled “Xbox Community/Major Nelson”) Who: Xbox fans 21 and older (ID will be checked!) What you can do: Play Sunset Overdrive, Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends, Ori and The Blind Forest, Madden NFL 15 and much more (!) Talk to the devs. See and ...

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Today, Venturebeat reported that Apple is working with the world’s largest Watch manufacturing group Swatch for to release a line of smartwatches in variety of branded styles and price points. Apple usually does not license their technology/OS to other companies, they do both the software and hardware as we have seen in the past with iPod, iPhone, Mac and iPad. If this report is true, then Apple is aiming to capture a significant share of smartwatch industry by licensing their technology to other watch manufacturers. Microsoft is not a new entrant to the world of smartwatches. Microsoft invented the smartwatch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers like Swatch, Casio, etc,. Those smartwatches used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about ...

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Nokia Corporation today reported their interim report for Q2 2014 and January-June 2014. Nokia ended Q2 2014 with a strong balance sheet and solid cash position with gross cash of EUR 9.0 billion and net cash of EUR 6.5 billion compared to EUR 6.9 billion and EUR 2.1 billion, respectively, at the end of Q1 2014. Among the three main divisions in the Nokia, Nokia Technologies group does research and development building on the strength of industry-leading patent portfolio. They license their technologies to other companies. In the financial report published today, Nokia revealed that Nokia Technologies net sales increased sequentially in Q2 2014, primarily due to Microsoft becoming a more significant intellectual property licensee in conjunction with the sale of substantially all of the Devices & Services business to Microsoft.   Nokia Technologies develops and licenses cutting-edge innovations that are powering the next revolution in computing and mobility: the “programmable ...

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During the quarterly financial report, Microsoft revealed that Office 365 consumer subscriptions which includes Home and Personal editions increased to 5.6 million in total. In fact, Microsoft added 1 million subscribers in the last quarter. Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said they are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365. CFO Amy Hood commented the following on Office 365, Our commercial cloud revenue grew 147% this quarter, driven by both Office 365 and Azure. Our commercial cloud annual revenue run rate more than doubled this year, and now exceeds $4.4 billion.And, with this rapidly growing scale, we continue to expand our cloud gross margins. We saw strong commercial seat growth across Office 365, particularly with SMB customers. Additionally, we added over 1 million new subscribers to Office 365 Home and Personal, and we ended the quarter with 5.6 million users. I also found one interesting Q&A ...

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