This week’s games and add-on Deals with Gold are live on the Xbox Games Store. These deals are valid now through 25 August 2014. This week’s deals include Trials Fusion for Xbox One, Call of Duty add-ons on Xbox One, Call of Duty Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2, Grand Theft Auto V and more on Xbox 360. Find the deals below. Xbox One: Content Title Content Type Discount % Call of Duty Ghosts Season Pass Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Snoop Dogg VO Pack Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Makarov Legend Pack Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Squad Pack Extinction Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Captain Price Legend Pack Add-on 50% Trials Fusion Xbox One Game 33% Xbox 360: Content TitleContent TypeDiscount % Call of Duty Black Ops Games on Demand 50% Call of Duty Black Ops II Games on Demand 50% Call of Duty Black Ops II Season Pass Add-on 50% Modern ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new larger Xbox 360 500GB Media Hard Drive. With this new hard drive, you’ll get more space for games, HD movies, and demos. As you already know, you can even install game discs to your hard drive. This will cost $109.99 when made available. Microsoft’s official website says pre-order is coming soon. Currently, Microsoft is selling Xbox 360 320GB Media Hard Drive for $129.99 at Microsoft Stores. So, this upcoming Hard Drive is a great deal. Find the official page here. Find out more about Xbox 360 storage devices here ...

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Today, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from the Microsoft board. Since leaving Microsoft, Ballmer has been busy with his commitments related to Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Steve for all his contributions and  wished him success on his future endeavors. Read his full response below. Satya Nadella’s response to Steve Ballmer: Steve, First, thank you for all of your support during my transition this year and for the past 34 years. It’s been a great privilege to have worked with you and learned from you. Under your leadership, we created an incredible foundation that we continue to build on — and Microsoft will thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision. As you ...

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Steve Ballmer today posted the following letter on the internet to reveal that he is leaving Microsoft’s board to focus on other things in his life (hint: Clipper’s owner). Read the full letter below. Dear Satya, As I approach the six month mark of my retirement and your appointment as CEO, I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company. I have reached some conclusions and wanted to share them with you. I know August is the key month during which the company starts to prepare the proxy statement for the next shareholders’ meeting, and so these thoughts are probably timely for that too. First, Microsoft has been my life’s work and I am proud of that and excited by what I see in front of the company and this leadership team. There are challenges ahead but the opportunities are ...

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Microsoft today revealed that Twitch app on Xbox One is getting a new update that brings new features such as auto zoom, audio capture from headsets and “watch with friends”. The “watch with friends” feature is an interesting one, which lets you see the Twitch channels your friends on Xbox are watching and check out the same broadcasts. Also, now the home screen of the “watch with friends” section showcases what up to six friends are watching, and becomes hidden if none of your friends are viewing Twitch channels. Just like Skype app on Xbox One, Twitch app is adding a new optional feature that allows Kinect to follow and zoom to your face while broadcasting, and when the Kinect is not plugged into the console, audio can be captured from the player’s attached headset. Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft today updated the OneNote for Android app in Play Store with which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes. This is major update and I’m sure all OneNote for Android users will be happy to use it. One of the most requested feature added in this release is the new handwriting support, you can now draw with your stylus and even with your finger. Your notes will sync across all your devices, helping you access them easily and stay organized. Handwriting and drawing is even easier on Android devices, which come with an active digitizer. Just bring your pen to the screen and start writing. To add text or an image all you need to do is tap the page with your finger and bring up the cursor. Once done, just bring your pen back to the screen and start ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are opening Windows store-within-a-store at Best Buy in 24 new Chicago area Best Buy locations. Last year, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership to create the Windows Store only at Best Buy, a comprehensive store-within-a-store in 500 Best Buy locations across the United States and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada. In addition to these 24 new stores, there are already 13 Windows Stores at Best Buy in Chicago. With this, Chicago consumers will have more places than ever to see, try, compare and purchase a range of products and accessories related to Windows. These comprehensive store-within-a-store experiences range in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet. The stores will feature a dedicated Surface area where people can check out the new the new Surface Pro 3. On central showcase tables, shoppers can get hands-on experience with the latest PCs, ...

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Lionel Raynaud, VP of creative at Ubisoft said that Ubisoft isn’t abandoning the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 anytime soon few months back. But now, Ubisoft Chief Executive Officer Yves Guillemot has revealed that Ubisoft will stop developing games for Xbox 360 and PS3 after 2015. “What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360. But next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware. After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems,” Guillemot explains. I think it is too early to dismiss the market value of last generation consoles that includes Xbox 360 and PS3. With a huge install base of over 150 million units, developing games for these platforms should be profitable enough. Also, Ubisoft is planning to capitalize only on the next generation gaming platforms Xbox One and PS4 which ...

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Major Nelson today revealed ReddX, the first app built for reddit for consoles, and it’s exclusively available on Xbox One, available in the United States and Canada. Since ReddX is designed for the big screen on Xbox One, it can be Snapped to the side of your TV while you’re gaming or using another app to help you monitor and join in threads on the site while you’re doing anything else. Also you can interact with each other in similar ways to the reddit.com experience, and in addition unlock unique media achievements named after some of the Internet’s favorite memes. It also allows you to upvote or downvote a thread with just the touch of a button, as well as easily add your comments using your Xbox One controller, media remote or Xbox SmartGlass on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Features: Browse your favorite subreddits Vote, comment, and save Snap ...

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Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Last week, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing the following reasons. Issue 162757 Very briefly, pointer events has 3 main drawbacks relative to the alternative: 1) Mobile-first web: Pointer events would likely never supplant touch events on the web (especially without support from Safari). Since touch events are here to stay, supporting ...

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Microsoft was giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for their new Windows on Devices program. Last month, Microsoft detailed the roll out of the program on their official blog. Microsoft has updated their website Windowsondevices.com with SDK document and examples. Through this program we are introducing a new Windows Developer for IoT Portal, with documentation and examples to support the developer kits we are starting to ship in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program. If you received received one through the Windows Developer Program for IoT or If you have bought your own Intel Galileo, now you can update it to run Windows. The version of Microsoft Windows released for the Windows Developer Program ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 that helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Today, Microsoft announced the new Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio combines the functionality of two popular Visual Studio extensions into one: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search. What’s new with Bing Developer Assistant? New Visual Studio IntelliSense experience to find code samples for API – Bing Developer Assistant delivers a major enhancement in Visual Studio IntelliSense. While coding, a relevant code snippet related to your current API will be automatically displayed in the IntelliSense window which is powered by Bing Code Search. Code snippets are short piece of code ...

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Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft has filed a legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. The reason behind was that Samsung has stopped paying patent royalties as per the contract it signed in 2011 pointing out reasons like Microsoft has now acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services business. We all know that Microsoft and Samsung need each other. While Microsoft is a leader on software front, Samsung leads in the hardware. Today, Korea Times reported that Microsoft and Samsung has now resumed talks to resolve this contract issue. “The key point is that Microsoft wants to settle the lawsuit and it’s no surprise to see that the two technology giants have resumed ‘working-level’ discussions on how to dismiss lawsuits filed by Microsoft to a New York court,” said an industry official by telephone, Sunday. The official added the settlement would not take long because the main issue ...

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Microsoft Azure users around the globe are now facing service interruption to cloud services, virtual machines, backup service, websites, and more in multiple regions. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and they are working to restore the services. They also noted that Azure core components are working fine. Starting at 18 Aug 2014 17:49 UTC we are experiencing an interruption to Azure Services, may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile Services and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions. We are currently evaluating options to restore service. The next update will be provided in 15 minutes. You can check this page for live status. ...

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Microsoft today started the roll-out of August system update for Xbox One which includes several new features like 3D Blu-ray support, ability to purchase games from mobile and more. To support these new features, Microsoft today updated the SmartGlass app in Windows Store, Android Play Store and Apple App Store with the following new features. New in this release: Rate your favorite game clips and activity feed entries Buy things on your phone or tablet and they’ll start installing on your Xbox Browse new and popular games, add-ons, and bundles Receive and view shared Activity Feed and Game Clips General stability and polish improvements Bug fixes Download it here from Google Play Store, here from Windows Store and here from Apple Play Store. ...

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Microsoft’s marketing team loves to compare their products with competing products. In that series, we now have an infographic that shows a side-by-side comparison of OWA, Outlook and Gmail. According to me, these are the more credible players in the email and collaboration market. Microsoft’s argument is that Google’s Gmail is good enough, but why do you want to settle for a ‘good enough’ product when you Outlook and Outlook Web App (OWA) can not only increase your productivity, but also ensure you can collaborate with others, right within your email, in a highly secure environment. They highlighted some features on the blog post, Granting a delegate access to your calendar Busy people sometimes need help managing their lives. For executives, managers or other people who must constantly juggle competing priorities and demands, the ability to choose a delegate and give that person access to your calendar can be a godsend. ...

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