At this week’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft is previewing features that will be coming to Outlook Web App in Office 365 later this year. The three new features detailed are “Clutter,” enhanced document collaboration, and groups. Clutter: This is the core goal of “clutter,” the codename for a new feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365. At its heart, it intends to remove as much unimportant mail, or clutter, from a user’s inbox as possible so that a user’s inbox can, well, become their inbox again. At a high level, clutter is pretty simple. We know that in most businesses, people spend a great deal of time just trying to keep up with the volume of email coming into their inboxes throughout the day. How they manage that email can then serve as a blueprint for what is important to them. Enhanced Document Collaboration: Outlook Web App now includes ...

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Microsoft’s Bing.com includes a feature called Snapshot which brings together information that you need at a glance, with rich connections to deeper information on the people, places, and things you care about made possible by our deep understanding of the real world. Bing.com has now added an additional 150 million entities encompassing web actives, doctors, dentists, lawyers, and individual real estate properties. Now when you search for a medical professional, e.g., {dr rhonda newton sammamish}, Bing returns the Snapshot of the professional that includes their specialty, experience, education as well as address and phone number. Searching for new home or heading to a friend’s house for dinner? Now you can get detailed information about an address directly from the Snapshot. Because Bing marries its understanding about entities with web search, you often don’t even need to type in the complete address. E.g., instead of {2700 point dr highland park il 60035}, you can ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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Somewhat unexpectedly Microsoft has confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault will launch on Steam’s digital distribution service on April 5th.   Halo: Spartan Assault was an exclusive to Windows Phone originally but later debuted on the Windows 8 Store.  It has also come out on the Xbox One and 360. Steam and confirms that it will include 30 missions that not only deliver intense gameplay, but also explore the Spartan Ops program seen in Halo 4.  Special features include Steam achievements, leaderboards, and Steam trading cards, and Steam Cloud save games.  The cooperative mode has been stripped from this version of the game. Features: Epic campaign featuring 30 action packed levels with a brand new Halo story set just before the events of Halo 4. Command many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities, and customize your Spartan to create the perfect Spartan warrior. Complete weekly challenges for XP and ...

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Before Microsoft Qi Lu was best known for leading Yahoo’s search efforts.  After his departure from the company in 2008, Lu was personally recruited by Ballmer to join the Redmond software giant. Lu was instrumental in creating the search alliance partnership with Yahoo and the launch of the rebranded Bing.   Lu is known as an atypical executive often found wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and sandals with socks. With Ballmer’s reorganization plan Lu was promoted from President of the online services division to executive vice president of Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group.   This expanded Lu’s responsibilities, in addition to Bing & Advertising he now oversees Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype. With the recent announcement of Office for the iPad, Recode interviewed Qi Lu. When asked about the top problems they are facing right now, Lu replied that their main focus is now on  deliver experiences and scenarios that ...

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Microsoft announced Office for iPad two days back and it is already a hit among consumers. While the free download only allows you to view or present the documents, Office 365 subscription allows you to create and edit documents on the go. Office 365 subscription costs around $99 per year (Amazon is now offering for a deal price of $67). According to Office 365 licensing terms, you can use Office on 5 PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Windows tablets. CNET has now discovered that Microsoft is now enforcing the 5 tablets limit on Office 365 accounts. This loophole will allow any iPad user to use a single Office 365 subscription ID to unlock editing features on Office for iPad apps. Microsoft provided the following statement on this loophole, “Similar to our commercial use rights, we do not strictly enforce the limit on tablet installations, but trust that our users ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft Video Network, a new offering that enables advertisers to buy user-initiated, non-skippable pre-roll video ads on brand-safe sites across 350 publishers. The Microsoft Video Network will help advertisers to reach for their campaigns outside of Microsoft’s owned and operated properties. Microsoft claims that Microsoft Video Network is hugely competitive when it comes to audience targeting, using a combination of Microsoft’s unique first party data along with leading third-party data providers. Over the past six years advertising budgets have moved away from traditional TV and into online video –accelerated by changes in traditional media consumption such as multiscreen and on-demand viewing, alongside technological advances that have led to digital media buying becoming less and less complex. These factors have led to video advertising spend rising approximately 85 per cent year on year according to the IAB, with the current supply and demand models ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. The deal included rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft. Speaking to Gamespot, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has explained why the studio sold the Gears of War franchise. In short, they got bored with this franchise and had more exciting plans for the games of future. Even though they loved the franchise, they wanted to move in a new direction. “We’ve gone through a long process of figuring out the games we’re going to build at Epic worldwide in the future and we concluded that we weren’t going to be building any more Gears of War,” “The core Gears values are really tied ...

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Microsoft created quite a buzz yesterday by releasing Office for iPad suite in App Store. Consumer response is great and it is evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranks No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad is rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. If you are planning to buy a Office 365 subscription which is required to use editing/creating features on Office for iPad, Amazon is running a great deal. Amazon is selling 1 year subscription for just $67! Find the deal here from Amazon. Office 365 Home Premium subscription for $67 (usually costs $99 per year) will offer following apps/services, 1 year subscription includes the latest full Microsoft Office applications1 Share your subscription with up to four members of your household4 Office on 5 PCs ...

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At the press event in San Francisco yesterday, Microsoft announced Office for iPad suite. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to be specific. OneNote for iPad is already available in App Store. Microsoft yesterday released an updated version of iPad with new design. Reviews of the new Office for iPad suite are on the positive side and even the consumer reaction has been great. Consumer response is evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranks No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad is rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. So far, it’s a great news for Microsoft. Also, Apple App Store is now promoting Office for iPad in its Featured category list giving these apps a much needed promotion. Apple CEO Tim Cook ...

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  Microsoft is working on the upcoming launch of Kinect for Windows v2. Yesterday, they shared the hardware’s final look. Sensor The sensor closely resembles the Kinect for Xbox One, except that it says “Kinect” on the top panel, and the Xbox Nexus—the stylized green “x”—has been changed to a simple, more understated power indicator. Hub and power supply The sensor requires a couple other components to work: the hub and the power supply. Tying everything together is the hub (top item pictured below), which accepts three connections: the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power. The power supply (bottom item pictured below) does just what its name implies: it supplies all the power the sensor requires to operate. The power cables will vary by country or region, but the power supply itself supports voltages from 100–240 volts. Source: Kinect blog ...

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Hot on the heels of releasing Office for iPad suite comprising of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Microsoft has quietly updated the OneNote for iPad app. This app now features redesigned UI for iOS 7 and other several improvements. Photos of whiteboards and documents are now auto-cropped and enhanced. What’s New in Version 2.2: •Beautifully redesigned for iOS 7 •Photos of whiteboards and documents are now auto-cropped and enhanced •Bug fixes Key Features: • Sync your notebooks across computers and devices • Your notes look the same on all your devices including formatting and ink notes from pen enabled devices. • Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, increase indent, decrease indent – format notes the way you want • Search your notes and files for anything you’ve captured by just typing a keyword or phrase. Sync your work notes stored on SharePoint or on Office 365 with your iPad. Here are some more ...

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Other than consumers and investors, even Apple CEO seems to be excited about Office for iPad launch. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple today posted a welcome message to the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for the launch of Office for iPad. Microsoft CEO Satya in turn thanked Tim Cook for his message and tweeted that he is excited to bring the magic of Office to iPad customers. It’s good to see two CEOs of leading technology company having a nice little conversation on public forum. You can check out the tweets here and here. Relates posts, Microsoft Announces Office For iPad, Available For Download In Few Hours Microsoft Office Suite Apps Word, Excel And PowerPoint Now Available As Free Download From Apple AppStore Microsoft Releases Office Mobile Apps For Free For iPhone And Android Devices   ...

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As expected, Microsoft announced Enterprise Mobility Suite at the press event today. EMS is the comprehensive cloud solution to address consumerization of IT, BYOD, and SaaS challenges for the Enterprise IT. The EMS is the most complete platform for organizations to embrace these mobility and cloud trends. Microsoft claims that EMS is simply the only solution that has combined all of the capabilities needed to fully enable users in this new, mobile, cloud-enabled world. The suite is the most cost effective way to acquire all of the included cloud services: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium Windows Intune Microsoft Azure Rights Management The capabilities packaged in the EMS are a giant step beyond simple MDM. The EMS is a people-first approach to identity, devices, apps, and data – and it allows you to actively build upon what you already have in place while proactively empowering your workforce well into the future. The EMS ...

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Along with the announcement about the availability of Office for iPad, Microsoft quietly released free Office Mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Previously, you require Office 365 subscription to use Office Mobile apps on these platforms, now Microsoft is offering them under freemium model. You can download the apps for free and use it for viewing and presenting. If you want to create or edit the documents, you need to have a Office 365 subscription. Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play. ...

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As expected, Office for iPad suite is now available for download from iTunes AppStore. It’s easy to pick up these apps and get started, because it’s like the Word, Excel and PowerPoint experience you already know. It features the familiar ribbon navigation and menu options are built for a touch experience and no keyboard is required. Microsoft Word app: The real Microsoft Word app designed for iPad. Now your Word documents look great on the iPad. When you edit or create documents, you can be confident they will look exactly how you want across PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word for iPad has the familiar Office look and feel along with an intuitive touch experience, so you’ll be up and running in no time. Word for iPad is part of Microsoft Office. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word ...

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