As Sony has already revealed that PlayStation 4 will be launched in the US on November 15, Microsoft is yet to reveal the launch date of Xbox One. Based on previous reports, Microsoft was planning to release it before Sony. According to a report from Kotaku, Microsoft is planning a November 8 release for its latest Xbox One console. The source, who works for a marketing company that handles signage and product placement for retail giant Walmart, passed along what they say is an email for a company conference call that lists all the midnight openings the chain has planned. Have you placed your pre-orders for Xbox One? Source: Kotaku ...

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My third favorite Australian (behind Rupert Murdoch & Michelle Jeneke) and well known technology enthusiast Long Zheng had an interesting set of tweets shortly after Ballmer’s retirement announcement. In his typical humorous fashion, using the hashtag #IfIWereMSFTCEO on twitter, Zheng pondered a number of things he would immediately do if Microsoft named him CEO. What would you do as Microsoft CEO? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.  We’ll do a follow-up post with the best ideas.   What would you do as Microsoft CEO? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.  We’ll do a follow-up post with the best ideas. Please follow Long Zheng on twitter and his startup 121cast (SoundGecko) ...

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  Microsoft has released a new ad to promote its Bing for Schools campaign by comparing it to Google which serves all sorts of ads for students in schools. As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections Read more about the campaign here. Source: CNET ...

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Microsoft begun discussing about technology and design thought behind Xbox One console and controller in the recent few weeks. This week they posted a video in which Xbox’s Graeme Boyd talks with Senior Product Designer Quintin Morris on how that technology makes the new Xbox One controller our best controller yet. This is a must watch video to know the inner parts of Xbox One controller. As you can see in the video above, Microsoft really focused on improving the existing Xbox 360 controller to a whole new level that will serve the new Xbox One console.   ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced an improved product search experience that will be coming to all customers in coming months. One main change is that, Bing will now show you relevant products directly in the main results page. You no longer need to navigate to a dedicated “shopping” experience to find what you’re looking for. For example, if you are in the market for a new camera. Simply enter “dslr camera” and you will see a category snapshot with the top dslr cameras. You might have heard about a specific Canon model, you click on the <Canon EOS 6D> and you will see our new Carousel so you can quickly browse other related products that might be of interest and then narrow down the selection that best meets your needs. We’re also bringing the power of our industry leading Snapshottechnology to expose more of the details you need for a specific ...

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Microsoft CEO today revealed his plans to retire from Microsoft within 12 months from now. Steve wrote a letter to all the employees of Microsoft, read it here. In an interview to Seattle Times, Steve spoke on few things that are interesting. On why he retired before his youngest son went to college - “so we have a successor in place so we can lead a multi-year journey, or  I would have to sign up long enough so I don’t leave mid-stream.” His biggest accomplishment - “giving birth to the notion that people are going to use intelligent devices for their own personal usage.” “When I joined Microsoft, my parents asked me two questions,” he said. “My dad asked: ‘What’s software?’ My mom asked me: ‘Why would a personal ever need a computer?’” Microsoft played “an incredible role in making personal intelligent devices happen,” while also returning profits and cash ...

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Microsoft has started displaying its next-generation console Xbox One at its retail stores across the US. This is the first time Microsoft is revealing the console hardware for the general public. However, the console, Kinect and the controller are locked behind the glass. So, still there is no way to experience the console by playing it. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One in November in 13 countries. Consumers can pre-order their units now from various retailers around the world.   ...

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Microsoft has been releasing a lot of information regarding the Xbox One at Gamescom 2013 in Germany. Speaking to CVG at Gamescom, Microsoft VP Phil Harrison confirmed that every Xbox One will come with Kinect and they are not going to sell cheaper Xbox One SKU by dropping Kinect from the bundle. However, Xbox One will be able to function without Kinect connected to it. Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem. Source ...

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  Microsoft today announced a better way to manage aliases and primary account for Microsoft Account.  Microsoft gave us the ability to rename or to add aliases to your account few years back and they are streamlining the process with few changes. Read it below. Several years ago we launched the ability to rename or to add aliases to your account, which gave important flexibility to manage these changes. But we found that these tasks were a little too monolithic. For example, sometimes you wanted to sign in with one alias but use another to send mail or display on your Xbox. So we started working to break these tasks down to give you more flexibility. In April, we added the ability to sign in with any alias on your account. At that time, Rename was left unchanged; and it walked you through an experience to add a new alias ...

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A new partner build of Windows 8.1 got leaked today on internet. This build 9477 is of  X64 and zh-CN version. There is no significant change spotted from the previously leaked builds. From October 18th in New Zealand, Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers with Windows 8 or Windows RT devices through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. The leaked build is available from the usual p2p sites. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft Surface Team has announced a new contest where you will be able to win a Surface Pro device. It is a special Surface Pro unit, Halo: Spartan Assault skinned 128 GB Surface Pro. You have to tweet Surface team on why you think Surface is an awesome gaming experience between August 21 & 22 and you will have a chance to win 1 of 10 Surface Pro devices. Halo: Spartan Assault Surface Twitter Contest: We will be posting a question on the @Surface Twitter page at 10:00 am PT on August 21, 2013 and will be taking your responses to our question until 11:59 pm PT on August 22, 2013. Your reply to our question should be no longer than 130 characters and must include @Surface and the hashtags #WinSurface and #Ad. To help maximize your character space, you can get super creative and post a video, picture, or ...

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Microsoft has released couple of new ads for Office 365 to promote it among consumers targeting the back to school season. In one ad, a dad gives his son a laptop with Office 365 University installed, and in another a mother presents her daughter a laptop with Office 365 University installed. Even though both the ads involves Office 365, they don’t show any new features and capabilities of the Office 365. Instead, they focus on what parents and children really think about at that moment. Check out the both the videos. ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced their updated Bing for Schools program. It will have the following advantages, The new Bing for Schools program will offer daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections. This program is not open for all schools right now. However school districts can register for these search enhancements now and a limited number will be accepted into the initial pilot, with other schools being notified by Microsoft about future eligibility. You can read more about it at http://www.bing.com/schools Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced that there will be 23 game titles on launch for Xbox in November. Check out the impressive list of games that you can enjoy this November on your brand new Xbox One console. It includes Battlefield 4, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and others. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft) FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft) Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios) Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft) Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive) Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios) Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports) NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Need for Speed: ...

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