Microsoft Studios Developer Turn 10 today released an impressive video ad to promote Forza 5. Forza 5 is an upcoming racing game coming to Xbox One on 11/22/2013. Watch the video above and read the description below. Video Description: Two Worlds Come Together, One Frame at a Time No other racing game approaches the realistic physics and handling and graphic fidelity of Forza Motorsport 5, and all those things in combination are why Forza best delivers the feeling of racing. We’ve captured game footage the only way a game like Forza Motorsport deserves to be captured … with a camera bolted into the engine block of a McLaren 12C supercar as it blasts past 680 frames printed on aluminum panels at a maximum filming speed of 120mph. Though this may look like it was computed generated, what you’re watching was shot entirely in-camera. Check out the behind the scenes features for ...

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Microsoft and AT&T today announced their partnership where the new AT&T solution will integrate pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform. Read about it in detail below. DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* and Microsoft Corp. today announced they will deliver a security-enhanced and reliable cloud solution that will allow enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The new solution will use breakthrough cloud integration technology from AT&T to pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s industry-leading Windows Azure cloud platform. Customers of the solution are expected to benefit from the enterprise-grade security of virtual private networking, with as much as 50% lower latency than the public Internet, and access to cloud resources from any site using almost any wired or wireless device. “This is a game changer for businesses that have been seeking a more secure way to reap the benefits ...

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Microsoft’s upcoming entertainment console Xbox One has become the exclusive video game console on the Toys “R” Us 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List and one of the Fabulous 15 Hot Toys for Holiday 2013. The Toys “R” Us Holiday Hot Toy List provides parents a guidance on the toys which should appear on children’s wish lists as the holiday shopping season gets underway.  ”Identifying the toys that will make the Holiday Hot Toy List is no easy feat. It’s something we take great pride in – ensuring that the toys named with this distinction are truly the toys that kids from all corners of the country will be most excited about,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys “R” Us, U.S. “All 36 playthings named to this year’s list were chosen because they’re undoubtedly HOT, from Cra-Z-Loom, one of the most buzzed-about items this season, to Xbox One and ...

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Microsoft today released updates for Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad. This v4.12 update brings better call quality, accessibility improvements, and the new ‘Join Call’ button for group voice calls. Latest improvements: ✓ Join ongoing group voice calls right from your iPhone or iPad, as requested by many of you in the iTunes app store. ✓ Voice and video call quality improvements. ✓ Accessibility improvements. ✓Dialpad improvements. ✓Get help by accessing FAQs from the app. ✓ General fixes and speed improvements. Download Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad applications from the Apple App Store. Source: Skype blog ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on lots of original content for Xbox One and Microsoft today teased us that there is much more information to be revealed. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios told that “They have literally hundreds of ideas that they are incubating right now,”. “We will have some new announcement for TV shows coming pretty soon.” Microsoft already revealed that they are producing a live-action “Halo” show which involves world famous film director Steven Spielberg. He also  said that sports programming will be an important element of the new console. “We believe sports is a very interesting category globally,” he said. “We’ll be expanding what we do in sports to bring more international sports into the mix. ” Have you made your pre-order for Xbox One? Source: Bloomberg ...

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Enterprise customers now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM.  There will probably be no deployments as of now, but at least they can start testing the OS for their environment. This is especially important as Windows XP hits end-of-life in seven months. Beginning today, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM. This also includes access for Volume License (VL) customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement, as you receive a TechNet subscription as part of SA. Preparing Your Organization to Migrate to Windows 8.1 Enterprise As we mentioned when we originally announced RTM back in late August, we talked about how we are moving forward with a rapid release cycle for Windows. If you have not started, begin your Windows 8.1 planning today. We encourage you to evaluate Windows 8.1 RTM bits to get a jump start on your deployment planning, using it ...

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Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you. Feature name Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition User experience Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x Four tile sizes (new) x x x x Microsoft account login x x x x Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x                 Open up to four ...

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Microsoft today revealed information about the pricing and packaging for Windows 8.1. Existing consumers with Windows 8 devices today can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free via an easy download from the Windows Store. If you do not own a Windows 8 device, then you will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at your local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 ERP (U.S.) and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99 ERP (U.S.). The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what we have today for Windows 8. Also this Windows 8.1 SKU is a full version of Windows, not similar to Windows 8 upgrade which was available last year. And it does not require a previous version of Windows in order to be installed. There ...

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Intel, Microsoft and OEMs are really looking to push touch based Windows laptops and devices this holiday season in the market. Asus earlier announced that their Windows 8.1 detachable touchscreen laptop T100 that will go on sale this holiday season for $349. ASUS Transformer Book T100 has a detachable 10.1-inch HD IPS display with an Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor. The lightweight keyboard dock features well-engineered keyboard and a multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8.1 gesture support and USB 3.0. Asus claims it can last up to 11 hours on battery power. Even Toshiba and Lenovo are planning to release products on this range. Similar to Asus, Dell today announced that they will be releasing a Inspiron 11-inch touch screen laptop running Windows 8.1 starting at just $349. The $349 model runs on AMD processors and the Inspiron 11 with Intel processors will start at $379. Dell claims that this laptop will run for eight hours ...

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Breaking: Microsoft announces quarterly dividend increase of 22% and up to $40 billion share repurchase program. Story is still developing, we’ll update accordingly. Stock is up about 1% currently. This sounds similar to a program Microsoft had in 2008. Update: Microsoft Corp. announced on Tuesday that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.28 per share, reflecting a 5 cent or 22 percent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable Dec. 12, 2013, to shareholders of record on Nov. 21, 2013. The ex-dividend date will be Nov. 19, 2013. The board of directors also approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to $40 billion in share repurchases. The new share repurchase program, which has no expiration date, replaces the previous $40 billion share repurchase program that was set to expire Sept. 30, 2013. “These actions reflect a continued commitment to returning cash to our ...

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Along with the announcement about new logo, Microsoft also announced a new modern interface for the Bing search experience. Microsoft redesigned Bing.com with a beautiful new, modern design focused on simplicity, speed and visual appeal to give people a better search experience regardless of the device customers will be using. With this release we’ve created a modern Bing.com experience – one that is faster, cleaner and more visually appealing. We believe that search can be beautiful as well as functional and efficient. With that as our goal, we evaluated fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box and even the underlying code.   Last year, Bing introduced Snapshot and Sidebar to improve the search experience with factual information and human perspective. In their new design, they have combined these two sources of knowledge to provide people with all the supporting context they’ll need for any given query. This combined ...

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Microsoft Bing.com today announced their partnership with Fox News Channel once again to bring real-time online polling during various news programs. REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Bing.com and FOX News Channel (FNC) are teaming up on the Bing Pulse online voting tool, enabling viewers to share their opinions and reactions to news commentary in real time online at http://Bing.com/politics. With the new feature, viewers will have the opportunity to interact with the panel segment on FNC’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” (weeknights at 6 p.m. ET) to offer their feedback instantaneously. “This is a first for evening news,” said Josh Gottheimer, general manager of Strategic and Special Projects at Microsoft Corp. “With the Bing Pulse, viewers get a seat at the table to weigh in on the discussion. It’s the perfect marriage of the Internet, Bing’s big data technology and television news programming.” Earlier this year, Bing and ...

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Microsoft released updated OneNote app for Android devices back in July 1st. Today they expanded the experience to people in 60 additional markets. These are the new markets: Albania Angola Antigua &Barbuda Armenia Aruba Azerbaijan Bahamas Bangladesh Belarus Belize Benin Bosnia and Her. Botswana Bulgaria Burkina Faso Cambodia Cameroon Cape Verde Cote D’Ivoire Croatia Estonia Fiji Gabon Ghana Guinea-Bissau Haiti Iceland Kazakhstan Kenya Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Malaysia Mali Malta Mauritius Rep. of Moldova Mozambique Namibia Netherlands Antilles Nigeria Papua New Guinea Romania Rwanda Senegal Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Sri Lanka Tajikistan Tanzania Togo Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine Uzbekistan Zambia Zimbabwe   You can download OneNote via Google Play or download it directly here: OneNote for Android. Source: Office blog ...

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New reports emerged today saying that Microsoft is cutting the number of contractors who work at MSN. The move was as a result of the reorganization within Microsoft which was announced in July. Microsoft confirmed that MSN full-time employees are not affected and in fact they are planning to increase the FTE count at MSN. There are “lots of increased investments going on,” said Brian MacDonald, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Apps, Media and Publishing group, which includes MSN and Bing Apps. “We are increasing the full time staffing and permanent spend by converting some vendor dollars. “Total dollars spent in the Puget Sound area is increasing on MSN and the Bing apps,” he said. “This is a line item budget shift but absolutely not a spend reduction for cost savings.” There is no clear information on how many full-time employees are to be recruited and how many contractors who worked at MSN ...

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When Windows 8 was launched last year by Microsoft, there were very few touch PCs in retail for customers to try and buy. Also the sales of non-touch devices lead to poor customer adoption of Windows 8′s modern UI and Windows Store. Microsoft and Intel are now looking to change the situation this holiday season with number of touch based and 2in1 Windows 8 form factors hitting the market. At IDF, Intel executive Kirk Skaugen revealed that 70% of the current Ultrabooks on sale are touch enabled. And Intel is focusing on increasing the number to 100% by making touch screen as a mandatory spec to be a next generation Ultrabook. Though ultrabooks are still a minor share of total Windows PC sales, there has been a recent jump in the growth of touch laptops, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at the NPD Group. “Touch has been doing much ...

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Microsoft today announced their next version of PlayReady digital rights management system. PlayReady is the most widely deployed DRM technology in the world, and this new version will enable content companies to make their content available across devices in a secured way. Microsoft is also releasing client SDK for iOS and Android platforms. More details and specifications on PlayReady and its support for MPEG-DASH and HTML5 can be found in Microsoft’s new white paper at http://www.microsoft.com/playready. Read full press release below. AMSTERDAM, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — At the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC) today, Microsoft Corp. announced a host of new features to be included in the next version of its digital rights management system, PlayReady, when it is released later this year. This new version of PlayReady will support industry standards including HTML5, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) and the MPEG-DASH streaming format as well as provide software development kits ...

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