Earlier today, we reported that China Telecom, the third largest mobile operator in China has become the exclusive network operator in China to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One system. China Telecom will 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. Today, the pricing of Xbox One in China was leaked via promo material. It will cost 3499 RMB approximately equals $550 USD. What do you think of this pricing from Microsoft? Do you think Microsoft is repeating the same mistake of high pricing by bundling Kinect with Xbox One? via: WPDang ...

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Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia which serves about 100,000 students is a leader in digital education. Recently, they have built Jerry Falwell Library, a $50 million, state-of-the-art facility that opened to rave reviews. When you enter in to this library, you will be greeted by a huge visual display called Media Wall which measures 24 feet by 11 feet, composed of 198 interactive tiles that are controlled by three Kinect for Windows sensors. They are using this Media Wall to display animated visualizations of photos submitted, via social media, by Liberty students and staff. Since Kinect sensor can detect gestures, library visitors to use gestures to grab the photos and reveal details about what’s being depicted. In order to meet the challenge of providing interaction across the entire width of the wall, Liberty teamed up with InfoStrat, a Kinect for Windows partner located in Washington, D.C., to develop the visualizations and create a custom service that enables ...

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Recently Google announced that Google Docs users can now edit Office documents in the native format as opposed to converting them to Google format. With that ability, Google has solved the major problem in getting users from Office suite. Today, they announced that any tracked changes in a .docx file will be automatically carried over to Docs as Suggested Edits. Once done, users can collaborate with others. Docs makes working together easy by letting people edit files in real-time, rather than emailing multiple versions of the same document back and forth. But sometimes you want to control specific changes someone else makes in a document. Suggest Edits in Docs lets you do just that: your team can make suggestions that you can accept or reject with a single click. This feature is available for anyone with commenting access in Google Docs on the web, and is coming soon to our mobile apps.   Read more ...

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Recently, we covered a key patent Microsoft filed for its eye-wear represented in the patent application as before. According to leaked Xbox documents, Microsoft is expected to reveal their AR glasses for games this year. We didn’t hear anything from Microsoft on this front from E3, so there is a possibility that the project got delayed due to some reasons. Today, WPDang reported that Microsoft’s augmented reality project is currently put on hold. According to their sources, the issue is related to patent licensing. The key patents related to Kinect sensor are limited to their current purpose and cannot be used for these glasses. TechRadar recently reported that Microsoft is working on virtual reality, but it’s still in the “early stages” and “well behind” behind Oculus VR and Sony right now. Apart from the Microsoft is eyeing a Japanese VR headset company called FOVE. FOVE claims that they are the ...

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Back in May, Microsoft announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. This rendering and styling improvements are now live for Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible. Source: Bing Dev Center ...

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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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