At  Blackhat 2013 conference, Microsoft discussed about improved security capabilities in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 now features the ability to enable devices to be fully locked down by IT, remote security options for BYOD devices and more. Group Program Manager for Windows Security & Identity summarized the whole thing as below. #1 Trustworthy Hardware Trusted hardware is a key investment area for Microsoft in Windows 8.1. Often in a BYOD scenario, if an employee buys a new computer, it can be hit-or-miss as to whether the device will have all the tools baked in that an IT department needs to make sure any data on that device is secure. With Windows 8.1 we take away the guesswork. The Trusted Platform Module: TPM is a hardware security device or chip that provides a number of crypto functions, including securely storing keys and performing cryptographic measurements. It’s a great tool for the enterprise, ...

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  Microsoft Skype yesterday announced the free WiFi availability for Skype Premium users in over 1 million hotspots around the world. If you are a frequent traveler, then this is a great deal for you. Read more about it below. It doesn’t have to be this way. With Skype WiFi, you can buy just as much WiFi as you need. You don’t have to drag out your credit cards when you’re on the move, you can just pay for it right out of your Skype Credit. Plus, it’s available at over 1 million hotspots worldwide.** But it gets even better. Throughout the month of August, if you’re a Skype Premium subscriber, you get Skype WiFi for free! If you’re headed to the beach or have a business trip, you can email, check the news, make your family jealous with awesome vacation photos, laugh at LOLcats, and yes, even chat on Skype ...

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A patent about head-mounted display for multi-player gaming from Microsoft went public today. This is not so surprising as we already know that Microsoft is working on similar glass display system. An internal document on Microsoft Xbox which got leaked last year revealed that Microsoft is planning to release some fortaleza glasses in 2014. I think this patent might be related to that Fortaleza glasses. These Fortaleza glasses will also have 4G/LTE connectivity as well. Abstract: A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates ...

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Microsoft Security Research & Defense blog today revealed about the new Xbox Live Avatar awards for security experts. These custom Xbox Live avatar items will be awarded to anyone who completes any track of the BlueHat Challenge. You can win all three avatar items “hacker” T-shirt, “MSRC” T-shirt, “hacker” blue hat. The challenges are all about fun and trying new things. To sign up for any of the three tracks (reverse engineering, vulnerability discovery, design-level web browser manipulation tricks), just email us at bhchall@microsoft.com. In the subject line or in the body of the message, include either [reverse], [vulns], or [web] (or click on any of those three links). Signing up for any of the three tracks will also include instructions on participating in all tracks so you can send just one email to get started. The Challenge is designed to appeal to a wide range of people, so if the first ...

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Xbox VP Marc Whitten today revealed some information about the progress in Xbox One development during Major Nelson’s this week podcast. He revealed that Microsoft has begun the internal beta for Xbox One console. And Xbox One’s GPU clock speed was increased from 800MHz to 853MHz. And Microsoft has released its “mono driver” to developers, these mono drive is a DirectX graphics driver “100% optimized for Xbox One” that will allow game developers to build games with great performance taking advantage of the underlying hardware. Microsoft is planning to reveal more information about Xbox One at Gamescom in the coming weeks. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft submitted their Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission today and it revealed some interesting information about Surface. Microsoft Surface totally generated a revenue of $853 million. This is not so encouraging number for Microsoft because it equates to poor sales of the Surface units. If you roughly calculate the $853 million for $500 per Surface unit, you end up with just 1.7 million Surface units sold number. Recently, Microsoft announced a $900 million charge to reflect a $150 price drop in the Surface RT device, attempting to clear inventory due to poor sales. Source: SEC via: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft today blogged about the upcoming next generation matchmaking technology called Smart Match in Xbox One. Microsoft highlights three main features of Smart Match. First, it matches players based on skill, language, age and more. Second, you can do other things while Xbox One is finding match using Smart Match. Third, Smart Match will notify you once the matching is done with a toast notification. Smart Match Finds the Perfect Players for the Perfect game Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew. Helping you discover and connect easily with players is ...

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We have seen many rumors and reports in the past that Microsoft will enable WinRT apps to run on Xbox One. It is almost confirmed today by the code leak by SuperDaE. The image above shows the supposedly leaked copy of Homefront 2 for Xbox One source code file list. As you can see, it has AppxManifest.xml file that indicates us that it is a WinRT app. Windows 8 apps in Windows Store has similar file arrangement. And DurangoConfig.xml and DurangoLauncher.exe could be the files used by Xbox One to launch these kind of new apps. Microsoft is still maintaining the silence about the details on the 3rd party app/games development in Xbox One. But they last week confirmed that self publishing is coming to Xbox One. Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage ...

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Microsoft today released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview for its enterprise customers. The new preview adds features around mobility, security, management and virtualization that satisfies the needs of today’s enterprise. Here are the features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition: Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security. Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company. DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely ...

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Microsoft today announced a bunch of new features for SkyDrive.com. The new features includes the support for new file formats like GIF, new sharing options, new shared view and more. File Format Support: So now, SkyDrive.com supports these high DPI displays by measuring the DPI scale of your device. When your screen supports it, we show higher resolution photos and thumbnails. So you see more of your real photo instead of a thumbnail that gets up-scaled (note: not all browsers support high DPI yet). If you’ve ever seen an animated GIF (pronounced “jif”) on the Interwebs (and probably laughed), you were probably disappointed to find out that when you saved and shared that same animated GIF on SkyDrive, it wasn’t animated. Well now you can view your favorite animated GIFs in all their glory! Sorting and management: You can now rotate photos on SkyDrive.com. A few months ago, we introduced ...

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According to Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 51.7 million units in the first quarter of 2013 with Windows having 4.5% of global share. Android almost doubled its market share to 67 percent while Apple iOS declined to 28 percent. Strategy Analytics expects that there may be growth in Windows tablets for Q3 due to the recent price cuts from OEMs like Microsoft. Microsoft captured a niche 4.5 percent global tablet share in Q2 2013. There may be an uptick in Windows RT shipments in Q3 following savage price cuts by all the partners still involved in the RT Market. Microsoft has reduced prices by $150 and other vendors even more; they are still not cheap, but are much more where they should be to compete. The shortage of apps continues to be a problem, with seemingly little incentive for developers to work on the platform. ...

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Microsoft’s Bing in UK has introduced a new way to reduce child abuse on the internet. Bing will show pop-up warnings on sites containing images of child abuse. When you do a search on child abuse, the Bing Notification Platform will inform you that the content you are trying to access is illegal with details of a counselling service. And when the user tries to access not so good images of children, they will be presented with a warning based on input compiled by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. “If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing Notification Platform which will produce an on-screen notification telling them that child abuse content is illegal. The notification will also contain a link to Stopitnow.org who will be able to ...

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Microsoft has announced a Day One 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership card pre-order. This Day-one pack will include 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play Killer Instinct: Round One, with the exclusive Shadow Jago character. Microsoft is also including commemorative card and case. You can pre-order now to get Xbox LIVE Card on the day it’s released. It costs $59.99 and it is available from various retailers. Source: Microsoft ...

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After taking pre-order for Xbox One console in the last two months, Microsoft is now taking pre-order for Xbox One accessories. Following accessories are now available for pre-order from Microsoft Store. Xbox One Wireless Controller with Play and Charge Kit – $74.99 -Experience the action like never before with the Xbox One Wireless Controller. New Impulse Triggers deliver fingertip vibration feedback, so you can feel every jolt and crash in high definition (in supported games). Redesigned thumbsticks and an all new D-pad provide greater precision. Plus, keep the action going with the Play and Charge Kit, with a battery that recharges while you play or afterwards, even when your Xbox is in standby. Xbox One Play and Charge Kit – $24.99 - Keep the action going with the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit. Recharge while you play or afterwards, even when your Xbox is in standby. The long-lasting rechargeable ...

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  We all know that Microsoft faced a bad financial struggle related to Surface tablets with their $900 million write off related to current generation Surface models inventory. In an internal event held at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer expressed his concern that Windows devices are not selling well enough. He also revealed that Microsoft is currently testing next generation Surface that will feature ‘typical improvements’  and the internal response to the next gen Surface has been positive. Other tidbits from the address are that Microsoft is hoping to carry the third quarter momentum into Q4 and that, like many organizations, they will be investing heavily into professional services in the next fiscal quarter. Other obvious talking points included the fact that Windows 8.1 was heavily shaped by user telemetry and  was why Microsoft reintroduced the Start button back into Windows 8. Are you looking forward towards next generation Surface? Read more from the link below. ...

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Nancy Tellem is the president of Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios which is now creating original programming for Microsoft’s Xbox platform. During a panel on the future of content at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Nancy spoke about the future of TV and how the content will involve with the upcoming technologies. She also revealed that Microsoft is working on interactive original content that is different from what it exists today. “Unlike developing a show and adding interactivity after the fact,” she said, “we are going to start from the beginning.” ,”You can’t have interactivity for interactivity’s sake.” Microsoft also revealed that they are also working on a Halo based TV program for Xbox users directed by  director Steven Spielberg. Watch the video above and read about it from link below. Source: CNN ...

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