Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft will reveal a new Surface device with large screen size than the current models. The device will come with lots of internal spec options starting from Core i3 which will cost $799 to Core i7/512GB model which will cost $1949. Today, Winsupersite also reported that Microsoft will reveal a bigger display size Surface device at Tuesday’s event. Sources tell me that Microsoft plans to launch a new Surface Pro model on Tuesday that is both bigger and thinner than the current Surface Pro 2. Beyond that, I don’t have too many new details, but I’m wondering whether the new device is an additional model and not a replacement for Surface Pro 2. Along with the new Surface Pro device, Microsoft will also reveal the rumored Surface Mini: No built in Kickstand An accessory cover will work as a kickstand Likely to be available in Silver, similar to ...

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Along with the March system update for Xbox One, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the gamers on Xbox One. Microsoft also shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Twitch on Xbox One has played a big role in the increase in Xbox One usage since the app added broadcasting on March 10. In fact, nearly 23 million minutes have been broadcast from Twitch on Xbox One since launch. This includes more than 2.7 million minutes broadcast from Xbox One March 10-11, the most ever for a Twitch console app in its first day. Additionally, 30 percent of all Twitch unique broadcasters were broadcasting from Xbox One during the app’s first day. Given this ...

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Natural Resources Defense Council has recently released a report on energy consumption in latest generation gaming consoles including Xbox One, Sony PS4, etc,. The Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One consume two to three times more annual energy than the most recent models of the previous generation. Some of the key findings of the report, The new consoles consume more energy each year playing video or in standby mode than playing games. The Xbox One and PS4 consume two to three times more annual energy than the latest models of their predecessors, the Xbox 360 and PS3. While the new versions are more powerful, the two- to three-fold increase in energy use is due to higher power demand in standby and on modes and, in the case of the Xbox One, more time switched on due to its TV viewing mode. In this mode, the console is used in addition to ...

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Microsoft to release a Xbox 360 Special Edition Arctic Camouflage Wireless Controller soon. Microsoft has published information about this upcoming accessory on their website. It is a standard Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with different paint job. It will cost you $54.99. Surprise your opponents With colors that mimic snow-covered environments, the Xbox 360 Special Edition Arctic Camouflage Wireless Controller is designed for covert operations. The D-pad transforms from a plus to a disc for greater precision in both directional and sweeping movements. Features: Camouflage design inspired by snow-covered environments Transforming D-pad that switches from plus to disc for better control Special edition wireless controller with 30-foot range Find more about it here. We recently reported that Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controller, available in gold color chrome is now on sale at Amazon. It also comes in your choice of blue, red, and silver chrome. Plus, this controller ...

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As announced earlier this month, Xbox One system update that includes new audio controls, opt-in setting for improving voice recognition is now rolling out to all Xbox One users. Find the full change log below. Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat. Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want ...

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  Microsoft has recently formed a cross-group Inking team between Office, Surface, and Windows groups. This team is now exploring a possibility of creating a unified Inking experience that will offer a great experience for Microsoft eco-system users. When you read the whole presentation embedded below, you will come to know that there is a possibility that Microsoft’s Courier UI vision may become true at least. You can select an area in a website, drag and drop it to Office apps, edit them and all these using your inking pen. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking ...

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A Microsoft Research project titled ‘Great Inking’ became public on the web recently. It reveals that Microsoft has formed a cross-division inking team that will devise a unified inking strategy for Microsoft. The project has revealed no.of upcoming Office touch UI for Windows. You can see the Excel UI in the image above. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking features. Check out Outlook and Word Touch UI below. Source: WalkingCat ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that the next installment in the Halo saga: Halo 5: Guardians, coming in fall 2015 for Xbox One. Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries revealed some more details about the upcoming game at their official blog. In addition to developing the game, they have developed an advanced game engine to support it. Also, Microsoft and 343 Industries will reveal more information at E3 and beyond. But we’re not just making a new game in that three year span, we’re also making a new engine. During the development of Halo 4, we pushed the Xbox 360 and the engine to its limits, and we were happy with the way we were able to make the Halo universe look. The Xbox 360 still has a few tricks up its sleeve, even now. We are moving to a whole new platform with the Xbox One – a new ...

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Engadget today reported that Microsoft is working on bringing ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ for Xbox One which will be released later this year. This Halo collection is expected to include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 and are being collected in a Master Chief-focused HD remaster coming from Microsoft. Engadget also reports that Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST  won’t be part of this collection. Our sources say that the set will zero in on Halo‘s most famous soldier to refresh audience’s memories ahead of Halo 5: Guardians‘ release, so curiosities like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach likely won’t be a part of the package. The game’s developer is unknown at this point, but considering that Saber Interactive handled Combat Evolved Anniversary and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project, the team is a likely suspect. Also unclear are plans for digital distribution, resolution and ...

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Google has today released the Hangouts plugin for Microsoft Outlook. With this plugin, you can now schedule meetings and join Hangouts video calls from Microsoft Outlook. Schedule a Hangouts video call with other Outlook users in your company with a single click. Join a scheduled Hangouts video call by opening the meeting in Outlook and clicking the Hangouts video call link. Google Apps for Business users can schedule Hangouts video calls with other Outlook users in their company with the Hangouts Plugin for Microsoft Outlook®. This plugin is also used by Chromebox for meetings organizations that do not have Google Apps for Business. The plugin adds a video call name to the Microsoft Outlook event, and participants join the video call from a Chromebox for meetings device by entering the video call name using the remote control. Learn more about it and download the plugin here. ...

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My new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. — Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) May 16, 2014 Aaron Greenberg, who was the chief of staff at Xbox team in Microsoft announced via Twitter that he is now leaving the role for new one. After 3.5 years in his previous role, he is now joining the Xbox marketing team. His new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox division is under a pressure these days as their top leadership team has changed and also Sony PS4 posted higher sales than Xbox One for 4 consecutive months. In response, Microsoft has recently announced a cheaper Xbox One SKU that will go on sale at $399 without Kinect sensor. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition ...

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Microsoft is continuing to enrich the Bing knowledge repository with the addition more new entity types. Recently they added 150 million doctors, lawyers and professionals to Snapshot on the Bing results page. Today they are taking it a step further with the addition of glance-able information on food and drugs. Drugs Who discovered aspirin? What are the risks associated with aspirin? What is the chemical formula? Now in a quick search you can explore more about a given drug directly within the Snapshot frame. Food How many calories are in a banana? How about Vitamin C and Magnesium? Similar to how you can consult the side of a box in the grocery aisle, Bing now showcases nutritional information for common foods directly in the Snapshot experience. Source: Bing blog ...

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UK based developer Rare which is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Talking to TotalXbox, Phil Spencer said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. “[Rare has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals,” said Spencer. “I think I’ve heard a few times from people asking about Rare – they’re in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we’re working closely with them to see what their new project will be. “And I’ve also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I “force” them to do – if you’re around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that’s ...

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INSTEON, one of the best-selling home automation and control technology, yesterday announced that an enhanced version of its INSTEON app will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices as of June 1, 2014. The upcoming INSTEON app for Windows 8.1 will feature the following, Visitor Mode – provides restricted access to children or guests in your home Live Tiles – get status on multiple devices directly on your Windows 8.1 Start screen (not currently available on Windows Phone 8) Enhanced Camera Support – view multiple cameras at once, view full-screen, and camera support without the need of an INSTEON Hub Multi-House Support – enables you to control multiple homes or businesses from a single account Dashboard View – a quick and organized view of the status of your home Also, starting June 1, 2014, INSTEON connected home products will be available for purchase on MicrosoftStore.com and by early ...

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Microsoft Research has recently released Code Hunt, a browser-based game for anyone who is interested in coding. It is based on the fact that people can be more effective and sustainable when coding is fun. Codehunt uses puzzles, which players explore by means of clues presented as test cases. Players iteratively modify their code to match the functional behavior of secret solutions. Once their code matches, lights flash and sounds play, letting players know that they have “captured” the code. Players then get a score, which depends on how elegant their solution is, and are encouraged to move on to the next puzzle or level. Players can use either C# or Java to play this game. Code Hunt was developed by a team in Microsoft Research led by Principal Development Lead Nikolai Tillmann and Principal Research Software Engineer Peli de Halleux. It is based on Pex, Microsoft Research’s state-of-the-art implementation ...

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Microsoft 343 Industries today confirmed the they are moving forward with the popular Halo franchise with the upcoming “Halo 5: Guardians” title. “Halo” isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play “Halo.” And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers. So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with “Halo” on Xbox One? In the past, “Halo” games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a “Halo” game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial. It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very ...

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