Destiny game is now available for download from Xbox Store for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Destiny is an incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure. Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay that redefines the genre and breaks traditional conventions of story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. GAME OVERVIEW: From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend. A Bold New World Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden ...

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Microsoft launched its CityNext initiative more than a year ago and since then they have partnered to work with number of cities in various countries around the world. Today, Microsoft highlighted their work in China regarding their CityNext initiative. The Microsoft CityNext initiative enables Microsoft to offer deeper and better service to Chinese cities by engaging our vast ecosystem of partners to enable cities to do both “more with less” and “New with Less.” By transforming their existing infrastructure and investments, connecting and streamlining operations across many city functions, and engaging citizens and businesses in solving their toughest challenges, Microsoft CityNext is accelerating innovation and opportunities for cities globally. Based on local understandings of Chinese urbanization, Microsoft is working closely with several Chinese cities to solve immediate challenges while laying the foundation for the future. For example, in December 2013, the administrative committee of the Xi Xian New District of ...

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As Microsoft expanding the availability of Xbox One to new countries this month, today they announced another massive update for Xbox One. There are features for  better multitasking while gaming, more ways to stay connected with friends, new options for accessing your media, and more. This October system update preview is rolling out to Xbox Live preview members starting today, and over the next week or so, in two major themes. New Snap and Friends functions o    Snap Updates – We’ve updated the Snap Center to include quick access to many of the things our fans wanted faster access to when playing a game – Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator – as well as making it easier to close and open new snap apps when playing a game. A double tap of the Xbox button on your controller will bring up a menu that allows you to open a new app ...

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Based on the recent reports, Chinese search giant Baidu has hired Microsoft veteran Zhang Yaqin in China. Zhang Yaqin is the Corporate Vice President, and chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group. He is currently leading thousands of engineers and scientists involved in research and development. Zhang has published more than 500 refereed papers in leading international conferences and journals and has been granted over 50 U.S. patents in digital video, Internet, multimedia, wireless and satellite communications. Many of the technologies he and his team developed have become the basis for start-up ventures, commercial products, and international standards. As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, and Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD), Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang is responsible for driving Microsoft’s overall research and development efforts in the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring success for the company in this growing market. Under Zhang’s leadership, ARD has become Microsoft’s largest R&D center outside of ...

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Microsoft today announced the updates to the Office Mix portal and PowerPoint add-in that should make it even easier to use Office Mix. Find the list of new features and improvements below, Easy Contest Integration: Now, when you view your Mix Details or the list of mixes in the My Mixes tab, you’ll see a new button Submit to Contest. This button makes it easy to submit your mix to the Lessons to Life contest, where you can win up to 15 Surface Pro 3’s to donate to your favorite K-12 school. When you click the Submit to Contest button, you’ll automatically be taken to the Contest site with your name, address and address of your mix prepopulated for entry. This contest is open to most adults in the US (See here for full eligibility). Residents outside the US should stay tuned for more offers in the future! Export Analytics ...

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Microsoft has signed a $400 million deal with NFL for various marketing activities. In fact, Microsoft is the “The Official Sideline Technology Sponsor of the NFL,” and the Surface is “the official tablet” of NFL. You could have even spotted Surface and Microsoft branding in sidelines during NFL games. Despite all these, a commentator was not aware of the fact that players were given a Surface Pro 2 devices to analyze their games instead of physical photos which they used all these years. The commentator mentioned it as “iPad like tool” when he was trying to mention Microsoft Surface. I guess Microsoft marketing team should better educate the people involved in NFL about Surface devices. via: The Verge ...

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Microsoft today announced a new offer for people buying Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Stores. Consumers will get free 1-year subscription to the New York Times Crossword App (a $39.99 value) with each Surface Pro 3 purchase. 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. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience.  Find the links below to order, 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 ...

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To serve the business customers in Brazil and Latin America better, Microsoft has agreed to have fiber optic network capacity on Seaborn’s US-Brazil submarine cable system. BOSTON, MA – September 5, 2014 – Seaborn Networks announced today they have entered into an agreement with Microsoft Corp. for fiber optic network capacity on Seaborn’s US-Brazil submarine cable system. “We are extremely pleased to have Microsoft on board as the foundational customer for Seabras-1. With their full participation in the system, it is clear that Microsoft is highly committed to delivering the best cloud experience and infrastructure in Brazil and all of Latin America. We are delighted that Seabras-1 will play a major role in further enabling their cutting edge consumer and enterprise services in region,” said Larry Schwartz, CEO, Seaborn. Microsoft’s commitment assures the deployment of Seabras-1, a system that will be built with next generation coherent technology to deliver high ...

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At SharePoint conference which was held earlier this year, Microsoft spoke about the future of Enterprise Social and revealed no.of new features that will be part of Office 365 in the coming months. In that, Microsoft revealed something called Office Graph, which leverages insights from Office 365 and maps the relationships between people, groups, files and conversations through machine learning, and Microsoft intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content to users. They demoed a product which uses Office Graph Codenamed Oslo. Today they announced that the official name of codename Oslo is Delve. Today, they announced that they have started roll-out of Office Delve to Office 365 business customers from today. Office Delve is a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life. Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are ...

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Microsoft today announced their partnership with Pearson VUE to take advantage of Pearson VUE’s extensive network of testing centers in training centers, academic institutions, corporations, U.S. military installations, and many other locations around the globe. Microsoft also announced that, beginning at the start of 2015, Pearson VUE will become our sole test provider(previously, prometric has this partnership). Microsoft is making this changes to make it convenient for people to learn how to make the most of our products and gain valuable certifications. We’re also introducing a personalized candidate experience to make it easier to schedule and take exams. On our web site, you’ll find one-stop scheduling, recommendations on relevant training courses and study resources, and customized offers for continuing on to your next stage of Microsoft certification. Another benefit of the change is that Pearson VUE’s test centers provide security measures that ensure skills testing integrity. Candidates are photographed and ...

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Back in July, Microsoft 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 game is now out of preview and available to play from any device. Thank you to all the registered users who signed up for beta and gave us valuable feedback. This feedback helped us prioritize what new functionality to develop for Catan Anytime. We understand that balanced gameplay is key to any Catan experience – whatever the platform. So to present the best online experience we welcome feedback as ...

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Getty Images last week filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for “massive infringement” of copyrighted images with the new Bing Image Widget. Bing Image Widget enhances a web site with the power of Bing Image Search and provides your users with beautiful, configurable image collages and slideshows. The webmaster can customize the Image Widget for his site, he can specify which query to show images for, what size it should be, and more. Below is an example, I’ve created Image Widget for the term Volcanos. According to Getty, this tool allows users to use billions of unlicensed images on the internet instead of choosing from a pool of licensed images. “In effect, defendant has turned the entirety of the world’s online images into little more than a vast, unlicensed ‘clip art’ collection for the benefit of those website publishers who implement the Bing Image Widget, all without seeking permission from the owners of ...

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Today Microsoft announced that they rebuilt MSN from the ground up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Microsoft will no longer produce content in-house, instead the new MSN brings together the world’s best media sources along with data and services to enable users to do more in News, Sports, Money, Travel, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, and more. Regarding the new design, At the top of the MSN homepage, users have quick access to what we call the Services Stripe. This allows easy access to personal services to stay on top of what’s happening in your life. With a quick hover, you can easily check your email, browse your OneDrive, or even access your OneNote notebooks. We’ve also integrated popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Office 365 and Skype. Additionally, the new MSN presents actionable information together with content and personal productivity tools like shopping lists, a savings calculator, a symptom ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced their partnership with Reliance’s GenNext Ventures to set up innovation hubs across the country. Read the full press release below. Mumbai, September 5, 2014: GenNext Ventures, the venture investment management arm of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), today signed a three-year partnership with Microsoft India, through Microsoft Ventures in India, to set up GenNext Innovation Hubs, a pan India initiative to catalyze the country’s technology startup ecosystem. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today by Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Chairman, GenNext Ventures and Board Member, RIL, and Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. The first hub will start operations in October in Mumbai, and will be subsequently emulated across multiple cities in India. The MoU allows GenNext Ventures and Microsoft Ventures to bring together key stakeholders—academia, students, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates–at the GenNext Innovation Hubs and offer some of the most critical resources that startups need ...

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Office Mix a new tool from Microsoft that offers an easier way to make your Microsoft PowerPoint lessons more engaging and share them online. It allows you to record your lectures while you write and draw on slides, and add video, assessments, and labs. It is connected to a online service, so you can store them in the cloud to share them with your students, who can play them on nearly any device. It also includes advanced features such as analytics for every student, quiz, and slide. The best part is, Office Mix Tool is free if you have PowerPoint 2013. Recently, Microsoft announced that a new contest by which you can win Surface Pro 3 devices for your favorite schools. You’ve told us how much you love using Office Mix to bring your lessons to life online, and we’ve been awed by the lessons and creativity of the mixes you’ve created. That’s why we’re ...

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Bing Rewards has now added a new option to redeem your Bing Reward credits. You can now win from amongst $15,000 worth of prizes in the new Scratch & Win game.  For 3 credits, you get a chance to ‘scratch’ and win an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia phone or over 5,000 other great prizes. New members receive 20 bonus credits just by signing up, enough for six chances to instantly scratch and win from amongst $15,000 worth of prizes, including: Xbox One + Kinect (6) Surface Pro 3 with Surface Pro Type Cover (3) Nokia Lumia Icon (3) 12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership (25) $50 Amazon.com Gift Card* (50) $50 Groupon Gift Card (50) 100 Bing Rewards credits (500) 50 Bing Rewards credits (1,500) 10 Bing Rewards credits (3,000) If you are not aware of Bing Rewards, Almost everyone is familiar with rewards, loyalty, and discount programs. ...

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