Microsoft recently confirmed the availability of new Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU for OEMs. At BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to their hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size. This free Windows for OEMs will be the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Also with the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft is enabling the hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We can expect devices from OEMs running this new Windows SKU at COMPUTEX event next month. Today, this Windows with Bing build got leaked on the web and you can see it from the screenshot above. Source: CentrumWindows  via: Neowin ...

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  Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft didn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Now, information from supply chain of component manufacturers hints us that the device might be coming later this year. CNET today reported this information, “From the supply side of it, we continue to see activity from them on the [smaller] Surface product,” said Rhoda Alexander, who directs IHS Technology’s monitor and tablet research, referring to displays. (Alexander correctly predicted the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 before it launched.) But “as it currently stands, it ...

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Microsoft Studios has acquired the “Rise of Nations” franchise and has announced “Rise of Nations: Extended Edition” is coming to Steam Store next month. Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy game that spans all history.  Start with a single city in the Ancient Age; gather resources; build an infrastructure; research technologies; construct Wonders of the World such as the Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower; and expand your military might across the world, conquering hostile nations with bombers, battleships, and tanks—all over your lunch hour! In Rise of Nations there are: 18 Nations—each with special abilities and unique military units. Over a hundred military units operating on the ground, sea, and air— from Hoplites to Frigates to Helicopters. Over two dozen buildings with upgrades and technologies that will take your nation from a small City to an Information Age society. 14 Wonders of the World—the Terra Cotta Army, the Taj Mahal, the ...

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Microsoft OEM Twitter account today revealed that new Windows devices will be announced at the Computex conference next week in Taiwan. COMPUTEX Taipei is a computer expo held annually in Taipei, Taiwan and lots of ODMs, component suppliers, etc, from around the world meet to share their latest work. Microsoft used these events in the past focused on hardware specific announcements related to OEMs. This year, Microsoft has revealed that there will be new Windows devices being announced at this event. I expect OEMs like Dell will announce their next gen Windows tablets. How about a Dell Venue 8 Pro 2? Acer W5? Post your wish in the comments section below. Source: Microsoft ...

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According to market research firm Canalys, Microsoft is now at 4th place in the UK tablet market with their Surface devices. Apple, Samsung and Amazon are above them and Google Nexus devices is following them in sales. Microsoft sold 71,540 units in the quarter, up 27.1 per cent on a year earlier, to grab a 3.3 per cent market share. Out of which, 58 per cent of these units were of the ARM-powered RT version with the Surface Pro devices comprising the rest. Canalys senior analyst Tim Coulling reckons channel partners helped Microsoft shift more devices, but added that weakness in consumer spending was hitting the Surface less dramatically than others. “There is more of a commercial opportunity for Surface,” he told The Channel, “plus Microsoft has a channel programme and is putting units into Authorised Device Resellers (ADRs)”. Relegated to fifth spot by Microsoft, Google struggled to gain traction, ...

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Add this to the list of really interesting projects from Microsoft Research. Project Ripple is a foot-controlled and gesture based infotainment platform. At the Augmented World Expo, Microsoft demoed this Project Ripple which can be used in various ways. While most of the mall projector games will have one screen projected from the above, Project Ripple will have an additional screen before the user. User will be able to control the second screen using his gestures detected by Microsoft Kinect. Microsoft believes this system can deliver information, create interactive ads or could be used to give presentations at special events. The real beauty is that Microsoft is making this platform open source and free to use. Also there are releasing a free drag-and-drop editor to create new custom experiences and menus, with support for Flash, HTML, PPT and video content. Read more from the link below. via: Engadget ...

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“Forza Motorsport 5” from Turn 10 Studios has released the Bondurant Car Pack, which includes the highly requested cars like 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, is available for download beginning Friday. It also has exciting cars such as 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Cup  and more. The Bondurant Car Pack includes a brilliant mix of luxurious beauties, refined classics and functional speedsters. Between the highly requested 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (featuring a Bondurant-branded livery), the lavish 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Cup, or the quirky 1980 Abarth Fiat 131, the Bondurant Car Pack’s well-rounded selection will make you want to practice your skills, just as if you were actually at the legendary Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. On that note, Turn 10 Studios is also excited to announce The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona will be unveiling a new ...

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Gartner has named Microsoft as a Leader in its 2014 Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant report. Gartner has also named Microsoft as a Leader in the Enterprise Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) market in its 2014 Enterprise aPaaS Magic Quadrant. It is worth noting that Microsoft is the only player who are leaders in both aPaaS and IaaS market. Scott Guthrie commented the following on Gartner’s report, We have long maintained that customers need choice and flexibility to navigate this mobile-first, cloud-first world and that Microsoft is uniquely equipped to deliver on that by enabling customers to use public, hybrid or private clouds for maximum flexibility and business benefit. For example, they can instantly provision Virtual Machines, apps and services within Microsoft-managed datacenters around the world. Or, they can develop apps using the languages and frameworks they already use without giving a second thought to the ...

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Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch : Shed weight instead of features with the VAIO Pro 13 touchscreen Ultrabook. It weighs only 2.3 pounds and is wrapped in thin, durable carbon fiber to keep it light and protected from the bumps and knocks of daily use. Under the lid, picture quality shines with Sony’s Triluminos Display for Mobile technology for true, natural shades of color. 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 6.5 hours battery life Now on sale for just $829.00, down from  $1,249.99. You save $420.99 (33% off). Find the listing here from Microsoft. Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Touchscreen: Ultrabook or tablet? How about both? With its flexible flip-hinge design, the Dell XPS Duo 12 lets you transition from a high-performance laptop to a fully connected and media-savvy tablet. The 12.5-inch Full HD display delivers bright and clear images while also bringing the touch-enabled features ...

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International Data Corporation (IDC) yesterday lowered its 2014 worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast to 245.4 million units. The main cause of the slow down are customers are using the older devices longer than expected and phablets are trying to replace the low-end of the tablet market as consumers are trying to own a single device that can serve both as tablet and a phone. “Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors, far longer than originally anticipated. And when they do buy a new one they are often passing their existing tablet off to another member of the family,” said Tom Mainelli, Program Vice President, Devices & Displays at IDC. “Second, the rise of phablets – smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens – are causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens ...

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Twitter is already making using of Bing Translator in their Windows Phone app to allow users to translate tweets from other languages to English. Now, Twitter is trying to expand this feature to their Android app. CNET today reported that some users are already starting to see this feature in their Android app. As you can see in the image above, a Tweet from Dutch language was presented in English using Bing. It is a cool feature that will break down the language barrier in the Twitter world. I hope Twitter expands this feature to all their clients including the web. Twitter declined to comment for this story. ...

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Xbox Fitness helps people with new content and features to get your summer preparations started on the right foot. This $9.99 program will help make your swimsuit goals a reality with three quick, fun workouts that deliver visible results fast. “Jillian Michaels Killer Abs” Coming to Xbox Fitness Looking for the ultimate summer abs? We’re excited to announce a new ab program from Jillian Michaels, creator of “Extreme Shed and Shred” and “Hard Body.” “Jillian Michaels Killer Abs” will help you make your goals a reality with three quick, fun workouts that deliver visible results fast. The new program is available today for $9.99 in the Xbox Fitness workout library. Work Out with Friends through Skype Sticking to your workout routine is always easier when you have someone else to motivate you. With the recent Skype* for Xbox One Snap upgrade, you and your workout buddy can train together with Jillian Michaels, ...

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Last week, Toshiba announced two new Windows tablets Encore 2 8-inch ($199) and Encore 2 10-inch($269). Today Microsoft has released promo videos to promote them. Convenient for home and away, the Toshiba Encore 2 (8 inch) with Windows 8.1 is ideal for surfing, games, and entertainment, anywhere. Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin Gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback, Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio, ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support, On software side, Encore 2 devices also include TruCapture™, an app that works in conjunction with ...

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Last week we reported that Shirley Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss the sale of the Clippers (a professional American Basketball team). The NBA (National Basketball Association) is forcing the Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team after racist remarks were leaked by his girlfriend V Stiviano. Mr. Sterling handed control of the sale over to his ex-wife Shirley Sterling. Today, Forbes reports that Steve Ballmer has offered $1.8 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person familiar with Ballmer’s interest in the NBA team. Also, Steve Ballmer if wins the bidding will keep the team in Los Angeles as opposed to the fear among Clippers fans that Mr. Ballmer will move the team to Seattle. Another source, with intimate knowledge of the bids that Rochelle Sterling has thus far received for the basketball team, said offers have come in between $1 billion and $2 billion ...

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Microsoft today announced that Seattle Children’s Hospital have committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 inside their organization. Apart from it, Avanade, BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have already committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro 3 allows these organizations the complete laptop experience with the power to run all the Windows software they need, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud. The above video provides a quick glance at how the clinicians and staff at Seattle Children’s plan to put Surface Pro 3 to use in their facilities to enable greater efficiency and improved patient care. Pre-order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store today. Source: Surface blog ...

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Microsoft today revealed that big businesses are already choosing Surface Pro 3 even before its release. During the launch event, Microsoft announced that companies such as BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have already committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 as one of the choices inside their organizations. Today, they revealed that Avanade and Seattle Children’s Hospital have also committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 inside their organizations. It is no big surprise on why Surface Pro 3 appeals to businesses, because Surface Pro 3 can effectively replace a laptop and tablet for their employees as a one device. Since it runs on Windows 8.1, they can effectively manage them with ease. When we unveiled Surface Pro 3, we talked about how lots of pro-sumers want a tablet, but need a laptop. We’ve found that businesses are no different. Surface Pro 3 appeals ...

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