At TechEd, Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. The final build is now is ready to download. VS2013 Update 2 includes the following new features and bug fixes that address bugs, customer feedback, performance, and reliability improvements. Here are some new capabilities that are part of this and related Updates and links to where you can find more info. Universal Apps. With this release you can now build universal apps that can run on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 while sharing code and assets through shared projects. TypeScript. The TypeScript language is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. As a typed language you can define classes, modules and interfaces that compiles to JavaScript and runs in any browser. Web Tool. Our web development tools have many new features like SCSS support, a new JSON editor, updated ASP.NET templates, and an improved ...

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Based on the source code on the Microsoft’s OneDrive website, Livesino has discovered that Microsoft may allow users to stream their own personal music collection from OneDrive. Users need to upload their music collection to OneDrive Music folder and they can enjoy their music via Xbox Music app on any of the devices. Xbox Music app is available on Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS, etc,. To get the full Xbox Music experience, move your music files into the Music folder on your OneDrive. Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app for your computer. This will be more useful for users who have GBs of their own music collection that cannot be found on Xbox Music’s online catalog. What do ...

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Microsoft’s today made no.of announcements at TechEd North America event conference in Houston, which will help enterprises realize the speed, scale and economics of a mobile-first, cloud-first world. From the general availability Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, announcement of Azure Files preview, Microsoft Azure Site Recovery preview for disaster recovery and Microsoft Azure Antimalware to protect your VMs and services running Azure, there are lots more. Read the full press release below. Press Release: HOUSTON — May 12, 2014 — Monday at TechEd North America 2014, Microsoft Corp. announced new services, products and partnerships that remove the barriers to cloud adoption for IT professionals, developers and technology users. “Mobility and cloud are the future of business, and the future is now,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division. “Our differentiated cloud innovations, comprehensive mobile productivity solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of ...

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Microsoft previously announced that Windows 8.1 users need to update to Windows 8.1 update by to further receive security updates. Microsoft has now extended the deadline to June 10th, so customers will continue to receive security updates even though they are in Windows 8.1. While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognize that not all have. Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we’re committed to helping ensure their safety. As a result, we’ve decided to extend the requirement for our consumer customers to update their devices to the Windows 8.1 Update in order to receive security updates another 30 days to June 10th. As noted previously, consumer customers who do not update their Windows 8.1 devices to the Windows 8.1 Update by this new deadline will no longer receive updates. We’re confident that within the ...

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  According to the recent data from Synergy Research Group, Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure grew by over 154% YoY which is almost 2.3 times faster than Amazon Web Services which recorded 67% growth. Amazon is still the cloud infrastructure business leader with 27% market share which is more than all the next 5 five competitors combined. IBM, Salesforce and Google are trailing behind Microsoft(8%) in which IBM, Salesforce, and Google, have 6.5%, 6%, and 4.5% share of the market, respectively. AWS has been forcing the cloud market to slash their margin every other quarter. Microsoft has been forced to reduce the price of their services in an effort to match the prices of Amazon. Given Microsoft’s strong brand among the enterprise, Microsoft is positioned better to compete against Amazon than anyone else. Microsoft Azure made price cuts that matched AWS’ cuts in many categories, and exceeded it in several others. The software giant chopped computing prices by ...

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International Data Corporation (IDC) research firm recently released their forecast on the new packaged video game and entertainment console systems. They reported that Sony’s PS4 will emerge with the largest global installed base of any console by the end of 2016. They also predicted that Microsoft will unbundle Kinect from Xbox One to reduce the price in the market and thereby increasing the sales against Sony’s PS4. This seems to be a strange prediction given the fact that Microsoft has openly said that they have no plans to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. There was a bright spot for Microsoft in the report, they suggested that China remains the biggest global wild card. Microsoft recently announced that Xbox One will be available in China from this September. “If Microsoft unbundles the Kinect sensor from the Xbox One console as we expect in 2015, this should lead to rough price parity with ...

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According to the survey by Netcraft which includes responses from over 975,262,468 sites, Microsoft is threatening the position of Apache as the top web server. Microsoft gained about 9 million additional sites this month, increasing its market share by a further 0.37 percentage points. So, Apache still leads with 37.6% of all sites, while Microsoft is now just 4.1 percentage points behind. If the trend continues, Microsoft may become the No.1 in the web server market in the coming months. Nearly seven million of this month’s new websites are using Microsoft IIS. Around 11 thousand of these new sites are hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform (including a few phishing sites), helping to maintain Microsoft’s position as the largest Windows hosting company in terms on web-facing computers. Most of the new IIS sites at Azure are hosted in the US, with more than a third of the total being hosted in ...

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If you are looking for a portable laptop which will allow you to blast away on the latest shooter games or multitasking through your work day, then this new Razer Blade touch laptop is a great choice for you. It’s powered by latest Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of memory, and its 14-inch touch Quad HD+ resolution display that delivers intensely realistic visuals no matter what’s onscreen display. And all this is packaged in a razor-thin 0.7 inches thick and weighs only 4.5 pounds. Key Specs: Display: 14 in QHD+ LED-backlit (3200 x 1800), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.20 GHz Memory: 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz Hard drive size:512GB SSD/ 256GB SSD Operating system: Windows 8.1, 64-bit Audio: Stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition Video: Intel HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB graphics memory Ports: 3 USB 3.0 • ...

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Back in February, Microsoft celebrated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) alongside UNESCO by announcing that the Welsh language has now joined a growing list of languages to benefit from translation services provided by Microsoft Translator. Developed by the National Assembly for Wales in partnership with Microsoft, the system will consist of tools, services and applications which will provide support across the suite of Microsoft products and services, including Word and Outlook, along with Bing Translator applications for Windows, Windows Phone and online at www.bing.com/translator. The National Assembly for Wales is a bilingual institution. Our Official Languages Scheme sets out our ambition to be recognised as a truly bilingual institution where Assembly Members, staff and the public can choose to work or communicate in either or both of our official languages and where the use of both languages is encouraged and facilitated. The introduction of Welsh in Microsoft Translator is a great step ...

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Bing Desktop is a small program that brings together the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage images with quick and convenient ways to search from your desktop for over 10 million people worldwide. Microsoft Bing team has released an update for it that allows you to customize and share your favorite homepage images. To that end this week, we rolled out an update that makes it easier to customize and share your favorite homepage images. Now instead of having your wallpaper automatically synched to the Bing homepage-of-the-day, you have the option to set the categories you want to synch and the frequency with which they change. Also, if you see a homepage image that you love now, with a simple click you can share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Existing users will get the changes via Microsoft Update (if they have updates enabled), people who don’t yet have ...

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More than anyone else at Microsoft, Internet Explorer marketing team gets it right often is creating great promotional videos for the most used web browser. The latest ad they posted on YouTube is on the touch capabilities of the browser. We grow up experiencing the world through touch, so we built a browser to do the same. Discover the new Internet Explorer: http://bit.ly/touchtheweb Internet Explorer 11 is now built on the concept of touch with following capabilities, Internet Explorer is the browser built for touch, now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures. Search the web right from the address bar. Just enter a search term or URL to start browsing. Quickly flip through content on your favorite sites. Switch between sites quickly with large, touch–friendly tabs. Show other apps side–by–side with the browser for easy multitasking. Pin your favorite sites for one–touch access right from the Start screen. Internet Explorer beats ...

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Dell has recently announced that they will be offering Dell Venue 8 Pro with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry  for key vertical markets including healthcare, retail, and telecommunications. The devices running Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry can gain access to additional enterprise-specific features not available through OEMs. These enterprise features, which include DirectAccess, BrancheCache, Enterprise Sideloading, and AppLocker, empower enterprises to gain greater manageability and control over their devices and enable new scenarios. Dell OEM Solutions is the only tier-one hardware manufacturer to deliver this operating system on a tablet. Dell’s Venue Pro tablets are both flexible and versatile, offering incredible features like an 8” HD IPS screen, wide-angle viewing for video watching, advanced connectivity options, and now – Microsoft Embedded 8.1 Industry technology. For more than 15 years, the Dell OEM Solutions team has helped customers in key vertical markets accelerate time to market with their intellectual property through customizable technologies. ...

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Microsoft has announced that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is now part of the jury team for the Imagine Cup student competition finals. Along with Satya, Reddit GB Erik, and Code.org founder Hadi will be their three VIP judges who will welcome Imagine Cup students from around the world on their visit to Seattle. Microsoft has partnered with University of Washington, where the students will be staying in the school’s latest high-tech living spaces during World Finals 2014. Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, will be at World Finals to judge the best student projects. Satya was just 25 years old when he first joined Microsoft, two years after completing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he’s now risen all the way to CEO. With his forward-thinking, cloud-first approach Satya is already making waves in the technology industry as he drives Microsoft towards a bold future. ...

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  Microsoft has today released its Bing app for Firefox OS devices. Firefox OS is an open source OS developed by the team at Mozilla targeting low-end mass volume devices. Similar to the Bing apps on other platforms, Bing app on Firefox OS brings their daily stunning homepage images in the app. Bing app allows you to search the web for links, images, videos and more. The search results are presented in a beautiful way as you expect. Also, since it is just an extended version of their mobile website, you can now enjoy Bing Rewards as well. Download it here from Firefox Marketplace. ...

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Microsoft has released the successor the popular Kinectimals game for Windows devices. You can download the game for free from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. The world of Kinectimals just got a whole lot bigger! With more cute pets than ever before, a host of fun activities and a plethora of toys, there’s never been so much to do with your furry friends! Description: Breaking news – Kinectimals has gone to the dogs! From the makers of the wildly successful Kinectimals franchise comes Kinectimals Unleashed! Have you ever wanted to grab your favorite canine pal and explore the exciting dog island of Villeria? How about embarking on an adventure to a mysterious tropical island with your best Bengal Tiger friend? We’ve got you covered! Kinectimals Unleashed delivers more than 85 furry four legged friends to play with and care for. Think you can collect them all? We’ve included all ...

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I came across few interesting patents from Microsoft that got published by the USPTO recently. Below are the some of them with their abstract content. BATTERY WITH COMPUTING, SENSING AND COMMUNICATION CAPABILTIES Electrical battery apparatus embodiments are presented that generally involve incorporating sensing, computing, and communication capabilities into the one common component that a vast number of electronic devices employ–namely batteries. By integrating these capabilities into disposable and/or rechargeable batteries, new functionality and intelligence can be provided to otherwise stand-alone devices. POWER SAVING WI-FI TETHERING The techniques discussed herein reduce the power consumption of a Wi-Fi tethering device by switching the Wi-Fi functionality of the Wi-Fi tethering device from a normal operational mode to a sleep mode during idle intervals. The techniques implement a sleep protocol where a Wi-Fi tethering device and the Wi-Fi client device coordinate and establish a sleep schedule. Moreover, the techniques describe a sleep interval adaptation ...

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