Recently, Citizens for Tax Justice published a report on American Fortune 500 corporations are likely saving about $550 billion by holding nearly $2 trillion of “permanently reinvested” profits offshore. All these US companies are using Tax Havens outside the US to have their cash reserves. Microsoft has now over $92.9 billion outside the US which if brought inside would cost them about $29 billion. Microsoft is not alone in this case, Apple has over 138 billion, Cisco has over $48 billion, Google has over $39 billion. In the recent regulatory filing, Microsoft noted the following cash reserves, As of June 30, 2014, we have not provided deferred U.S. income taxes or foreign withholding taxes on temporary differences of approximately $92.9 billion resulting from earnings for certain non-U.S. subsidiaries which are permanently reinvested outside the U.S. The unrecognized deferred tax liability associated with these temporary differences was approximately $29.6 billion at June ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference this year, Microsoft claimed that 785 customers have switched from Google Apps to Office 365 in the past 18 months. Microsoft highlighted this stat to show that they are winning back customers from Google. Google recently responded to these claims that 5,000+ companies sign up for Google Apps every day and that “thousands of those customers switch from Microsoft”. In fact, they responded to Microsoft’s slide with the following detailed statement, Google’s claims regarding the above slide from Microsoft, Smithfield: Smithfield is definitely still using Google Apps – they just renewed in March 2014. City of Edmonton: The City of Edmonton is definitely still using Google Apps. In fact, the CIO recently declared that they are staying with Google Apps after an exhaustive analysis by IBM and Deloitte University of Colorado Health: The University of Colorado Health — the teaching hospital for the University of Colorado ...

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We already saw few reports that Microsoft is planning to release Windows RT without desktop experience. Today, another report from Myce.com claims the same that Microsoft will release Windows RT devices that only contain Metro user experience. If this happens to be true, then Microsoft may position Windows RT as a touch only OS targeted for tablets alone. The current desktop experience in Windows RT is confusing to average consumers. Even though it looks like any other Windows desktop, you can’t install any classic Windows apps other than Microsoft Office. Also, when this desktop-less Windows RT OS ships, the Office Gemini (touch based Office) will be available for the general public. What do you think of Microsoft’s decision to ship Windows RT without desktop experience? Source: Myce ...

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Recently, Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from Microsoft’s board. He said in his letter to Satya, “I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time.  So, where is he going to teach? SAI recently reported that Steve Ballmer will teach an MBA class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in the fall, and a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business in the spring. Helen Chang, assistant director of communications at Stanford’s Business School, told us Ballmer will be working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called “TRAMGT588: Leading organizations.” “We pair practitioners with academics scholars in teaching the MBA program, so Steve Ballmer and Susan Athey ...

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Back in March, we reported that Microsoft has formed Leap Experience Pioneers (LXP), an in-house games developer working on Kinect games. Recently, the studio revealed its website http://www.lxpstudio.com/ and even posted a video about hiring new people. The are looking for “the most talented and most creative people in the world” with the aim of creating “far future experiences, for inventive hardware”. Both the video and the website is now offline for some reason. On March 6, 2014, Microsoft filed a trademark via the USPTO for “LXP”. It entered the Trademark Reporting and Monitoring System (TRAM) yesterday, on March 10. It’s a basic 1(b) Intent-to-Use filing for game software, and reads as following: Word Mark LXP Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Game software Mark Drawing Code (0) UNKNOWN Serial Number 86213555 Filing Date March 6, 2014 Current Basis 1B Original Filing Basis 1B Owner (APPLICANT) ...

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Microsoft has already revealed that number of ID@Xbox titles coming in the next 12 months to Xbox Store for Xbox One. Since Microsoft couldn’t feature all these titles in the Xbox booth in various events. they have give them their own event and anyone can attend it. This event is planned at the Microsoft Campus where people can play all the new indie games. Here’s what you need to know: When: Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM) Where: Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 (directions here) Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian) What you can do: Play over 25 upcoming ID@Xbox titles. Talk to the devs. See the beautiful Xbox campus. Admission cost: FREE We know many of you will be in town for PAX Prime, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve commandeered the Sunset Overdrive bus to get you here – ...

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  Few weeks back, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that include the following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. While many of us had no issues after downloading and ...

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Neowin today reported some new information on the upcoming Windows 9 preview release. First of all, Microsoft is planning to call it  as ‘Windows 9 Technical Preview’. And the current internal builds of Windows 9 Technical Preview includes a new feature that will allow you to upgrade your OS with a single click. This new feature is built into Windows Update section where you can go from build 9xxx to 9yyy without complete reinstallation of the OS. Neowin commented the following on this feature, We must stress that this feature is built into internal releases of the Technical Preview and could be pulled before it is released to the public… but the feature is fully built out, meaning that it is integrated into the UI and it is a native part of Windows. So, knowing this, it seems logical that it will make its way into the public preview. The best part, per ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on a cloud based gaming service. Last year, they even demoed it during company meeting with a Lumia 520 Windows Phone device running Halo game from the cloud. Recently, Microsoft Research revealed their project DeLorean, which uses speculation to enable low-latency continuous interaction for cloud gaming. Gaming is very popular. Cloud gaming – where remote servers perform game execution and rendering on behalf of thin clients that simply send input and display output frames – promises any device the ability to play any game any time. Unfortunately, the reality is that wide-area network latencies are often prohibitive; cellular, Wi-Fi and even wired residential end host round trip times (RTTs) can exceed 100ms, a threshold above which many gamers tend to deem responsiveness unacceptable. In this paper, we present DeLorean, a speculative execution system for mobile cloud gaming that is able to mask up ...

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  Following Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer, Melinda Gates , Bill Gates, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela, Joe Belfiore today took the ALS ice bucket challenge. As you can watch in the video above, Joe did the challenge while surfing as opposed to most others who took the challenge on land! Joe Belfiore nominated the following people, Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone – Marcus Ash Stephen Elop EVP, Microsoft Devices Group Chee Chew:  From Google+ hangouts & Chrome team ...

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Fibbage party game is now available for download from Xbox One Store. Game description: Fibbage is the lying, bluffing, fib-till-you-win multiplayer trivia party game from the makers of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK! Play with 2-8 players! Fool your friends with your lies, avoid theirs, and find the (usually outrageous) truth. And get this: your phone or tablet is your controller! “The mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky is a _____.” Baby? Rabbit? Ham sandwich? It’s up to you! Fool your opponents into thinking your bluff is true and you’ll rack up the points! But be careful, if you pick an opponent’s bluff, they’ll be doing a Fibbage fancy dance. Hosted by YOU DON’T KNOW JACK’s very own, and very lonely, Cookie Masterson! Key Features: • Players use only their phone, tablet, or even laptop as a controller. No additional controllers needed. • Play with up to 8 players in one room. ...

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Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It’s suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science. How to use Mystery Skype? 1. Find a class: Join the list and message or tweet teachers you’d like to connect with. Our community is full of teachers who want to arrange Mystery Skype lessons with other classes. 2. Arrange a time: When you’ve found a class you’d like to Mystery Skype with, agree on a date and time for your lesson. Make sure you add each other as Skype contacts before your call too. 3. Share your story: We love to see your Mystery Skype stories, photos and videos. Share them on Twitter by mentioning @SkypeClassroom ...

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Game pre-loading was one of the very few features that was available on Sony PS4 over Xbox One. Last, week Microsoft announced that game pre-loading starting this September. Xbox One pre-order and pre-loading will also be available for FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon in the coming months. This will allow gamers to buy their favorite games before their release and start playing the games the moment they are released. Today, Microsoft revealed that Madden NFL 15 is now available for pre-loading and you can download it today. XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 29/08/2014. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 AM BST ON THE RELEASE DATE. NO REFUNDS ON OR AFTER RELEASE DATE. Once purchase is complete, download this game by selecting the “Manage” button on the product details page on your console. To get 10% off your purchase ...

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Microsoft today announced previews of new Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. They also announced the general availability of Azure HDInsight, our Hadoop-based solution for the cloud, now supports Apache HBase clusters. Azure DocumentDB is the main announcement here. It’s a NoSQL document database-as-a-service that provides the benefits of a NoSQL document database but also adds the query processing and transaction semantics common to relational database systems. Built for the cloud, Azure DocumentDB natively supports JSON documents enabling easy object mapping and iteration of data models for application development. Azure DocumentDB offers programming libraries for several popular languages and platforms, including.Net, Node.js, JavaScript, and Python. We will be contributing the client libraries to the open source community, so they can incorporate improvements into the versions published on Azure.com. Second new thing announced today is ...

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Microsoft today released a major redesign and content overhaul for Office Dev Center, which is a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. Microsoft’s focus is to make this site speak to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. Also, both upcoming Microsoft and third party events as well as the previous events are now listed on the Events page. Developers also wanted easier access to key sample code and apps that would make the development process easier. Training resources are key components of ramping and engaging developers, which were scattered across various properties—but are now centralized on the Office Dev Center. Finally, nothing brings developers together and drives engagement and involvement than community resources, forums and discussions. The Office 365 developer community is a thriving and growing one—holding discussions on StackOverflow and the ...

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Apart from the lack of key apps, Microsoft’s Windows Store faces another key issue of having fake apps in the Store. For example, searching for VLC will give you the above search results page, out of which only one is the official app. Others are just spam apps with no real content and offers no value to the users downloading it. How-To Geek’s  did an investigation of this issue, “Within half an hour we managed to find fake paid versions of Adobe Flash Player, Firefox, Pandora, IMDB, Candy Crush Saga, Wechat, WhatsApp, uTorrent, Picasa, Bluestacks, Minecraft, Spotify, Google Hangouts, Picasa, Clash of Clans, Blender 3D, and a lot more.” These are all apps that are supposed to be free (and if you go to the Windows Store now you can try this experiment for yourself). Microsoft responded to this issue with the following statement, We strive to make the Windows Store ...

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