Microsoft recently announced that Julie Larson-Green who was the head of hardware division at Microsoft will move on to a new role as Chief Experience Officer as Stephen Elop will take over her old job. Speaking to Recode at MWC, Julie talked about her new role at Microsoft, future of Microsoft, and the criticisms on Windows 8. She revealed that her top hardware job was not quite as close to product design as she hoped for. And she thought that becoming CXO(Chief Experience Officer) was exciting and new and part of the strategic direction of where Satya (Nadella) is taking the company. Within a fairly short time Microsoft is going to be a maker of phones, tablets and wearables. What do you think of Microsoft’s prospects in those markets. I think the vision of a computer on every desk has just evolved to be in every hand, in every pocket and every surface ...

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Back in 2012, Microsoft announced a new programming language called TypeScript in order to get JavaScript development to scale. JavaScript was originally introduced as a client-side scripting language for web pages limited to its Document Object Model (DOM). TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. Microsoft is actively evolving this new language since its release and yesterday released TypeScript 1.0 RC to the general public. Today’s TypeScript 1.0 RC release marks an important step on the path to 1.0. We are also now adding TypeScript support into the Visual Studio 2013 product, starting with Update 2. TypeScript has been a hit with developers both inside and outside Microsoft as it’s developed toward 1.0 over the last 18 months. Optional static typing, rich IDE features, and support for classes and modules provide foundations for robust software development for ...

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Microsoft India today announced that they have established a Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chair at the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). Microsoft expects that this new IPR chair will foster continuous research, academic collaboration and capacity building in Intellectual Property laws and policies. Read more about it from the press release below. New Delhi – 26th February, 2014: For the first time, Microsoft India has established a dedicated Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chair at the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). The Microsoft Chair will consist of one full-time Professor, a Research Associate and an Administrative Secretariat along with an Administrative Assistant. The focus will be on capacity creation, development of policy research and thought leadership in IPR laws in India. Over the next five years, Microsoft and GNLU will develop suitable academic research projects; provide a framework for analyzing the impact of IPR Law and policy on development and growth ...

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During the major re-organization announced last year at Microsoft, Applications and Services Group was one of the major division. Applications and Services Group is now headed by Qi Lu who was formerly responsible for Bing and related services at Microsoft. Applications and Services Group now includes Microsoft Office, Skype, Bing, MSN and Advertising. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet today revealed the various teams behind ASG at Microsoft. It is interesting to see how Microsoft has formed the teams, take a look at it below. Information Platform - Led by David Ku Bing Experiences –  Led by Derrick Connell Advertising & Consumer Monetization - Led by Rik van der Kooi Information & Content Consumption Experiences - Led by Brian MacDonald Skype & Lync – Led by Gurdeep Singh Pall Office Client Services Office Server Services Microsoft Business Solutions (dotted-line responsibility) – Led by Kirill Tatarinov Read more about each of the team above from ...

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Microsoft detailed the March Xbox One system update that will start rolling out in early March. This update will include multiplayer and party improvements out in time for the March 11 launch of “Titanfall”. Major Nelson talks with Xbox’s Richard Irving for an exclusive first look at the changes to the Party and Friends features in the upcoming March update for Xbox One. •Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party. •Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default. •Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing ...

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Last November, Microsoft announced that they will be releasing Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange, SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1. As expected, Microsoft today released Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 customers. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 64-Bit and 32-Bit Editions contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability.  Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates. Download them from the link below. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition ...

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  Microsoft was today awarded with design patent for Xbox One console by USPTO. Patent number D700,246 describes the ornamental design of the Xbox One console. During the Xbox One launch, Microsoft described the design of console as the following, “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” Xbox One is developed to be the ultimate gaming and entertainment system, so the design team at Microsoft had to make every aspect of the experience —ranging from its appearance, to how users interact with its software —modern and sophisticated. It was designed to be simple and inviting, all while being attuned to the console’s ...

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Microsoft announced Windows Azure services for Japan last year, today Microsoft announced that Windows Azure in Japan East (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture), will be generally available later Tuesday. Microsoft highlighted that fact that storage usage for Windows Azure has grown 10x in the last 15 months in Japan along and this Azure Services availability in Japan will serve the purpose well for these customers. Japan’s cloud market has grown considerably in the last few years and this growth is only expected to increase, with the projected 2014 forecast estimated at around $1.6 billion, according to IDC. These new regions will help fulfill the current and future needs of our cloud customers with secure and highly available services that help them grow their business. In addition, they provide local customers the ability to achieve data residency and realize data recovery scenarios, as data will be replicated between the ...

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a cooperative third-person shooter and tower defense video game from Plants vs. Zombies series, developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is now available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. The ultimate battle for brainz! Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare digs into the trenches with an explosive new action experience. Blast zombies, plants and new characters across a mine-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plant vs. Zombies. Take on Co-op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory! Buy Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare from Amazon. Buy Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare from Microsoft Store. If you don’t own a Xbox One, pre-order this super value bundle from Microsoft, Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition- Amazon Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition ...

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Many Xbox One users were disappointed to hear that Twitch integration in Xbox One was excluded from the launch time frame. But it is coming early next month, just in time for Titanfall launch. This integration will enable users to share gameplay via Twitch.tv from Xbox One. “It’s complete integration,” said Emmett Shear, co-founder and CEO of Twitch. “It’s exciting because we’ve never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters’ party is really cool, and it’s another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters.” The upcoming Twitch.tv integration is not just the same in Sony’s PS4. It includes lots of other innovative features such as the ability to join in on games with broadcasters, initiate game broadcasts with voice commands, archive game clips and watch Twitch streams broadcast ...

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Orange SA Chief Executive Stephane Richard said in an interview with French television channel BFM TV that Dailymotion is in talks with Microsoft for a partnership. Dailymotion is one of the largest video portals in the world but trails Google’s YouTube significantly. “Talks continue…with Microsoft,” Mr. Richard said, according to a transcript of the BFM interview provided by Orange, who confirmed the comments. “This doesn’t mean that we will reach an agreement.” He also confirmed that this is not an acquisition, the partnership with Microsoft would be foremost “industrial” and Orange would likely maintain a majority stake in Dailymotion. Last year, Yahoo tried to acquire Dailymotion and the deal got rejected by French government which has some stake in it. The potential partnership with Microsoft for Dailymotion may be involved with making it as the default video upload option in Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox platform. Microsoft already tried online ...

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As Microsoft and Nokia are close to completing the acquisition deal, both the companies are aligning themselves to start working on respective companies from Day 1 once the deal is completed. Nokia has already started reporting Devices and Services division under separate category in its financial reports. Nokia’s HERE team, CTO office has moved to different campus in Finland. Microsoft is also making some changes to accommodate the incoming Nokia group. The main change is that Stephen Elop will become the EVP of Devices division at Microsoft. Currently, Julie Larson-Green is looking after that job at Microsoft, and since the deal is close to completion, she is now moving on to new role at Microsoft. Larson-Green will become chief experience officer for products including Bing, Office and Skype, among others products. She’ll report to Qi Lu, the executive vice president who leads the Applications and Services Group. Read more about her role ...

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Nokia today announced a new range of entry level smartphones called Nokia X series. The first batch of devices will be Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and all these devices will be running on Android AOSP platform. Instead of relying on Google, Nokia is integrating Microsoft’s services into Android platform. It includes Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com and more. Skype team today detailed their Skype experience on all these devices. For the Nokia X family, we’ve specifically customized the Skype for Android app to bring you the same, great experience you get on existing Android devices. This means you’ll: Reach anyone, anywhere: Skype for Android complements the family of platforms on which you can enjoy Skype. Android users can connect with people they care about most on any device with Skype installed – PCs, Surface, Windows Phone, iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, Xbox Ones, Androids, Macs and even TVs. Always be ...

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Microsoft today indirectly reduced the price of Xbox One in the available markets. In the name of celebrating the launch of “Titanfall”, Microsoft wants more people to join on day one for “Titanfall” on Xbox One. So, based on this special, limited time offer, the Xbox One “Titanfall” Bundle will be available starting March 11 for $499.99* at select retailers. Now available for pre-order, the bundle includes: Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall” Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor Standard Xbox One wireless controller Standard Xbox One Chat Headset One month Xbox Live Gold membership Basically, you get the Titanfall game for free when you buy Xbox One console. Microsoft expects these special bundles will sell out quickly. Pre-order this bundle from the following links. Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition- Amazon Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition – Microsoft Store You can learn more about this special offer here. ...

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After taking over his new job of overseeing both Windows and Windows Phone user experience, Joe Belfiore today met the press at MWC during Microsoft’s press event. He said that Microsoft is committed to making Windows the best place for our partners to build great devices. Windows now supports different screen sizes, input methods, connectivity needs, and usage scenarios, but Microsoft wants it to run beautifully on hardware made by partners around the world. With Windows 8, there’s no doubt that we made a big bet and took a first step toward that future. We bet on touch and on mobility in a big way, and included a fresh take on what a touch-based interface could be for customers. We believe deeply in this direction and the future will continue to build on Windows 8. We shipped Windows 8.1 in under a year in response to customer and partner feedback, and we’ll ...

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At MWC event in Spain, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1 update that is coming in Spring. This upcoming update is mainly focused on keyboard and mouse users. Main Features: - Improvements to non-touch experience - More hardware options (including at low end) - Improvements for government and education markets via IE8 compatibility mode in IE11. Improvements to non-touch experience includes discoverable search, power and settings on Start. New Mouse UI for right-click(Start) and close (apps). Also easy app launching and switching via task bar. More hardware options is enabled by lowering hardware requirements. It includes 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage as opposed to 2GB RAM and 32GB storage that exists now. Joe Belfiore said, “we love touch, but we do want to make things better for people who don’t have touchscreens.”   ...

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