Last August, Microsoft announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital which owns approximately 0.8 percent of the outstanding shares of Microsoft common stock and is one of the company’s largest shareholders. The cooperation agreement provided for regular meetings between Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, and selected Microsoft directors and management to discuss a range of significant business issues. The agreement also gave ValueAct Capital the option of having Morfit join the Microsoft board of directors beginning at the first quarterly board meeting after the 2013 annual shareholders meeting. As a result, Microsoft yesterday announced that Mason Morfit has joined Microsoft’s board of directors and its audit committee. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — March 11, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors and its audit committee. ...

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Microsoft Office for Mac is the No.1 selling productivity suite on Apple’s Mac platform. The last release of Office for Mac by Microsoft is in 2011 and since then Microsoft has not released any major updates. Speaking to Computerwoche, Microsoft Office group head at Germany revealed that Microsoft is planning to release new suite of Office apps for Mac by end of this year(2014). The team is already hard at work on this upcoming product and Office 365 customers will get this update for free when it releases. You can expect more more news in the second quarter of this year and Microsoft is already talking to large customers about the new Office for Mac suite behind closed doors. Source: MacWorld ...

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Microsoft had a bad a today as Xbox Live core service went down making thousands of Xbox Live users who tried to play online only Titanfall game were disappointed. Microsoft quickly acknowledged the issue and started fixing it. Microsoft has now announced that Xbox Live service is now up and running. Just reboot your Xbox One console and start enjoying your online games. Xbox Live Core Services: Were you experiencing issues signing in to Xbox Live? We are very happy to say that our team has fixed the problem and the Live service is ready and waiting. If you are experiencing any lingering issues, try a cold reboot of your Xbox by powering down, unplugging, waiting 10 seconds, plugging back in and powering back on. Thanks for all your patience while our team was working. Have fun! Source: Xbox ...

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Microsoft recently posted a great story discussing on how Microsoft started SDL(Security Development Lifecycle) in the Windows XP era and how it was adopted by software industry. After Windows XP was affected by various worm and virus attacks, Microsoft even stopped the development of Windows and focused on improving the security of the OS. Thus, in February 2002 the entire Windows division shut down and diverted all of its developers to security. Everyone was given training to outline expectations and priorities — threat modeling, code reviews, available tools, penetration testing — all designed to modify the default behavior of the system to make it more secure. Their room at the Microsoft Briefing Center was filled to its 950-person capacity twice a day for five days as Lipner and his team worked their way through. Bill Gates’ trustworthy computing memo was the turning point in Microsoft’s history to focus on software security. ...

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Microsoft Exchange team today new features that will be coming to Outlook Web App users. This feature update focuses on the enhanced text editor that is easy to use  and provides many new capabilities. Microsoft said that both Office 365 and Exchange Server 2013 SP1 customers will benefit from this enhancement.  You now have enhanced pasting options just like we enjoy in Office apps on Windows. Also, you can now add tablets, edit them within the browser. You have got link previews for website links as well. Read about it below.   More pasting options When you compose a new message in Outlook Web App, it displays a paste menu that allows you to switch between different paste modes for your content. Sometimes you want to maintain the source formatting as closely as possible. Use Paste As Is (P) for a high fidelity rendering of the copied content from Office applications like Word or ...

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Just few hours back we reported that Microsoft Surface with LTE will be available soon to customers as the devices are being shipped to Microsoft Stores. WPCentral has now revealed the pricing of one of the LTE SKUs. Microsoft Surface 2 with AT&T LTE will go on sale for $679 for 64GB.It will support 850/900/1800/1900 2G, 3G UMTS (bands 1,2, 5) and LTE (bands 4, 7, 17). I think the price you pay for LTE which is about $130 more than the Wi-Fi model of same storage is high. Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet which has same specs as Surface 2 LTE starts at $499. Do you think Microsoft is making mistake by pricing it higher? Source: WPCentral ...

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Microsoft Research’s Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE Labs) today announced their latest project called HereHere. This project focuses on driving hyperlocal, real-world engagement to encourage civic discourse. HereHere’s goals are to study how characterization can be a tool for data engagement. At the same time, researchers want to understand what sort of light, daily rituals are effective for connecting people to hyperlocal issues, as well as how to create compelling stories with data that can engage larger communities. “HereHere NYC introduces daily neighborhood engagement with a light touch,” London says. “It takes neighborhood-specific public data, and it enables the neighborhoods to communicate how they’re doing—expressed through text and cartoonlike icons. People can receive the information via a daily email digest, neighborhood-specific Twitter feeds, or status updates on an online map. We want to understand how it changes or impacts the way people relate to their community when they can interact with data in ...

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Microsoft Game Studios’ chief Phil Spencer spoke at SXSW Gaming panel yesterday. He said that his company’s new senior leadership is in great support for Xbox despite rumors that Microsoft might sell off Xbox division. He even revealed that he had explicit conversations with Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and upcoming Devices and Studios division president Stephen Elop about Microsoft’s commitment to Xbox and they’re extremely committed to Xbox. He highlighted the fact that Xbox is a really an important consumer brand for them as a company as Microsoft. Xbox is one of the most beloved brands that Microsoft has. “In a funny way, our job is to create great games on Xbox, on Windows, on Windows Phone, and the stuff that happens above the studios is kind of just ‘stuff’ to a lot of the studios, which I think is the right way,” Spencer said. “They’re still driven by the creative ...

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Despite its strong product lineup and services, marketing is still one of the areas where Microsoft lags behind its rivals. In the past, each of Microsoft’s division was responsible for their own marketing. Windows team will spend their marketing budget on creating commercials that focuses on Windows OS alone whereas Office team will target Office specific features. As part of “One Microsoft” strategy, Microsoft recently unified the marketing team across the company. Today, Adweek reported that Microsoft is planning to overhaul its approach to marketing by shifting from product-specific ads to broader consumer and business-oriented campaigns. Adweek obtained this information from Microsoft’s RFP shared to ad agencies. Microsoft is searching for an agency team that “optimizes talent, creates process and execution efficiencies, and gives Microsoft the best leverage in the marketplace,” the RFP stresses. Particularly revealing, the document states that Microsoft “believes a holding company model consolidating most of its ...

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Last week, Microsoft confirmed that they are revealing DirectX 12 at GDC on March 20, 10AM. All leading GPU makers AMD, Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm are on board. The event page had only Windows logo at the bottom leading to speculation about whether Xbox One platform will be supported. Microsoft ended all those reports by adding Xbox One logo at the bottom as you can see in the image above. The last major version of Microsoft’s graphics platform DirectX 11 was announced about 6 years back. Since then the desktop graphics API development has stagnated. During this time, AMD has developed their own set of APIs called Mantle. OpenGL/OpenCL has come a long way since then. Last week we reported that Microsoft is making some announcement about their next generation DirectX platform at Game Developers Conference in March. Microsoft is promising better tools that will allow developers to squeeze every last drop ...

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Microsoft yesterday released bunch of new themes and wallpapers for your Windows device. All these themes and wallpapers are free to download from Microsoft. Our Ireland theme contains gorgeous landscapes from the Emerald Isle – and a sound-scheme based on traditional Celtic music. As legend has it, if you can find the end of the rainbow, you might discover a leprechaun’s secret hoard of gold. The golden coins remain hidden in our Rainbows theme, but all the vivid colors of the spectrum are on full display in rainbows shining over landscapes from Wales to Madagascar.   For those interested in a single-image experience, try this dramatic new wallpaper in which a rainbow arcs over the lush green Irish landscape, from photographer Michael Poecki. I think it looks great as a Windows 8.1 lock screen. Check out the Personalization Gallery for more new themes and wallpapers to keep your Windows PC ...

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Penny Arcade’s Gabriel was quite vocal about his opinion that he prefer Sony’s PS4 in this current generation gaming consoles. However, he had a change of mind after looking into the latest developments regarding Xbox One. He tried out the Twitch app integration in Xbox One and came away impressed. He compared his Twitch experience to the one with Sony’s PS4. He preferred Xbox One’s Twitch integration UI, video quality options and other neat little stuff. Read his full experience from the source link below. I’ve been pretty vocal about preferring the PS4 so far this generation. I have to say the Twitch app is a point where I can say the Xbox One is just way beyond what the PS4 is doing right now. Combine that with Tianfall and I think you’ll have a hard time getting me off my Xbox for a while. Source: Penny Arcade ...

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Samsung has today announced a new Windows touch Ultrabook called Samsung ATIV Book 9 Style. As you can easily guess, it is just a modified version of Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultrabook. It now has an elegant leather look on the top and comes in white black colors. It comes with 12 hours of battery life and 1.95 kg weight, 17.5 mm slim body. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Style Specifications: •Display Size 15,6” FHD (1920 x 1080) •Battery Life up to 12 hours •Size: 374,3 x 249,9 x 17,5 mm •Weight: 1.95 kg •Colours: Jet Black, Classic White •OS: Windows 8.1 •Processor: Intel Core i5 (up to 2.6 GHz) •Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400 •RAM 4 GB DDR3 – 1.600 MHz •Storage: 128 GB SSD •Cam: 720p HD Webcam •Wireless: W-LAN / BT 802.11 ac (2×2); •Bluetooth V4.0 •LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbit/s LAN •Connectivity: 1 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0, 1 ...

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Following the success of M3800 Mobile Workstation, Dell today announced an affordable alternative to it called M2800. Dell M2800 is a 15” mobile workstation with no compromises, but starts at just $1199. Specs of Dell Precision M2800: Processors: 4th-generaion Intel Core i5 and i7 processors Graphics: AMD FirePro W4170M (2GB GDDR5 memory) RAM: up to 16GB Storage: up to 1TB Display: 15.6” UltraSharp, HD or Full-HD resolution The Dell Precision will be available in the next few months. The M2800 has the same rugged reliability, powerful workstation graphics capabilities, and ISV certification for many of the popular creative and design apps. M2800 also comes with Dell Precision Performance Optimizer, which automatically adjusts system settings in order to optimize system performance depending on which application you are using at the moment. As @GavinGear commented, If you are looking for an affordable entry-level Workstation, be sure to check out the M2800! ...

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This is not really a surprise information. Washington Post today reported that Microsoft handed out promotional materials Thursday at CPAC, the annual conference for conservatives to promote its advertising system for targeting political ads. Microsoft runs some key web based properties like  Xbox Live, Skype, MSN and other which can be used for advertising. Microsoft is building a profile based on you and the selected ads specific to demographic categories, or to specific congressional districts will be targeted towards with the help of your profile.  The ads, which would appear on the Xbox Live dashboard and other Microsoft products, combine Microsoft user IDs and other public data to build a profile of Xbox users. Campaigns can then blast ads to selected demographic categories, or to specific congressional districts. And if the campaign brings its own list of voter e-mail addresses, Microsoft can match the additional data with individual customer accounts ...

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While everyone around the world are waiting for the Titanfall game launch in the next few days, Titanfall customers in South Africa have got bad news. EA’s Redspawn has decided to cancel the launch of Titanfall in South Africa due to poor network performance. “EA, Respawn and Microsoft have been testing Titanfall all over the world, including South Africa, and we’re confident that players worldwide will have a great experience when the game launches in March. Of course, we’ll always be looking to improve that experience over time – whether that’s through local resources or other enhancements – but we have no other news on that today.” Source:mp1st ...

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