Last month we reported about UK government’s plans for switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF). UK government believes that they can cut costs by doing this way. Microsoft is opposing this proposal related to sharing and collaborating with government documents. The government proposes to mandate Open Document format (ODF) and exclude the most widely supported and used open standard for document formats, Open XML (OOXML). We believe this will cause problems for citizens and businesses who use office suites which don’t support ODF, including many people who do not use a recent version of Microsoft Office or, for example, Pages on iOS and even Google Docs. Microsoft Office has supported ODF since 2007, but adoption of OOXML has been more widespread amongst other products than ODF. This move has the potential to impact businesses selling to government, who may be forced to ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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Microsoft today released Skype for Mac 6.14 update. Microsoft has made some changes to improve compatibility with OS X Mavericks and has included some new features too improve the overall experience. Read the new features below. Do Disturb Did you know that you can turn off all notifications, such as new message sounds, by setting your status to Do Not Disturb? This feature has been in Skype for years, but sometimes it can be easy to forget that you’re in this mode and have muted the notifications. That’s why we’ve added a warning to the Notifications preference pane to remind you why you aren’t getting notifications in this state. Too busy to chat? If you are busy and have to decline an incoming call, the caller normally gets a busy signal. But if you have Voice messages set up, you now have the option to let declined callers leave you ...

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During a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices back in September 2013, Surface team confirmed that they are working on LTE version of Surface devices. Why was LTE not included on neither Surface nor Surface Pro? We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year! Looks like the time has come. A Surface device with AT&T LTE has now passed through the FCC which again confirms that we are closer to launch. We can expect the device either in March or April. FCC published the Surface with LTE documents just today and since it comes with confidentiality request, we have very less details on the device. Neowin noted in the testing report that the device is running Windows RT OS. “EUT driver software installed during testing was Windows RT8.1 Preview Build 943”. I guess the device should be identical to current Surface 2 with an added option for cellular. What do ...

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If you missed out the 100GB OneDrive Storage giveaway offer from Microsoft, Microsoft is giving a chance to get another 20GB. Microsoft sent the following mail to OneDrive users after the 100,000 people signed up for 100GB giveaway. As you may have seen earlier today, we gave away 10 petabytes of storage to celebrate the launch of OneDrive. That’s enough space to store a selfie of every man, woman, and child on the planet and we’re thrilled that it went so quickly! Did you miss out? Don’t worry. Because of your interest in OneDrive before it launched, we want to make sure you can get started with some extra storage too. You can click the link in your mail to get an extra 20 GB for one year, and after you redeem your storage, tell a friend about OneDrive by forwarding this email and they too can get extra storage by ...

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Microsoft today made the announcement about the rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive and also announced updated Android apps, new storage plans, etc. Apart from Windows, iOS and Android, OneDrive is also available on Xbox One. You can save your recorded game videos to OneDrive directly and share it with your community. Or you can sit back and relax your OneDrive photos albums and videos as slideshows. Xbox One team also announced that you can now earn Xbox Live Achievements for using OneDrive on Xbox One. Here’s a few of the achievements you can earn: Week one winner – Open OneDrive on Xbox One in the first week Week one wizard – Play 20 photos in a slideshow from your camera roll in the first week Hope those aren’t all selfies… – View 10 photos from your camera roll Long exposure – View 100,000 photos On a roll – Watch five ...

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Last week we reported that Amazon Canada’s listing has revealed that Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One Media Remote accessory in March. It will cost around $25USD and will ship on March 4th. Xbox One Media Remote looks simple with minimal design with essential control buttons. You also have a button to switch between apps in Xbox One with Xbox One logo on its top. Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft will officially announce the remote this week(Feb 20th). We understand the Media Remote will allow Xbox One users to navigate, launch, and control media apps, and it will also work as an infrared remote to control TV or AV receiver volume. The remote also has a button to launch the OneGuide TV feature, but we’re told the channel up and down buttons will only work in the US within the TV app, largely because this feature has not yet rolled out ...

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Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft is planning to give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year on OneDrive. OneDrive’s Twitter account will give clues about other details on how to take part in this giveaway, etc,. Now, OneDrive Twitter account has tweeted the above puzzle with following information. You need to solve the puzzle for details. To celebrate the official launch of OneDrive, today we will also give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year. That’s 10 PB of free storage—enough storage space for a photo of everyone on the planet. If you want to be one of those 100,000, keep an eye on @OneDrive for clues. #OneDrive is here, as is your chance to win 100 GB FREE storage. Solve the puzzle for details http://bit.ly/O5Yqex pic.twitter.com/ciNyiyp4gd Update: Use http://OneDrive.com  now and get 100GB bonus storage for a year for free   ...

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Along with the announcement about the launch of OneDrive, Microsoft also announced a huge giveaway that will happen today. Microsoft is planning to give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year on OneDrive. OneDrive’s Twitter account will give clues about other details on how to take part in this giveaway, etc,. To celebrate the official launch of OneDrive, today we will also give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year. That’s 10 PB of free storage—enough storage space for a photo of everyone on the planet. If you want to be one of those 100,000, keep an eye on @OneDrive for clues. Update: Use http://OneDrive.com  now and get 100GB bonus storage for a year for free Source: OneDrive Blog ...

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Along with the announcement about new OneDrive branding going live, Microsoft also released an updated OneDrive app for Android devices. This new update brings the much awaited automatic camera backup feature to Android devices. Also there is an improved Office Mobile integration for Office 365 customers. What’s new on Android 4.0+: • Automatically upload photos and videos to OneDrive using Camera backup • Improved support for working with Office Mobile for Android and OneNote, including editing Office documents • Larger thumbnails and nicer photo views • Bug fixes and performance improvements Download the app here from Google Play Store. ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft today launched OneDrive to the general public. OneDrive is the same service which you enjoyed as SkyDrive in the past few years, now it has been rebranded due to legal issues. It offers 7GB of free storage space for everyone who signs up. You will also get 3 GB when you connect your camera rolls, 500 MB for users who refer their friends. You can also get extra storage as part of an Office 365 subscription. 20 GB per person or up to 100 GB per household when you share your subscription benefits. If you want more storage, you can additional 50GB for $25, 100GB for $50 and 200GB for $100. Microsoft also announecd new monthly plans for OneDrive storage. Starting at $4.49 a month for 50GB and going up to $11.49 a month for 200GB. Go to OneDrive.com for more details. ...

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One year ago today, Microsoft’s redesigned Outlook.com came out of preview and rolled out to Hotmail users worldwide. Throughout the year, Microsoft delivered both major and minor updates improving the over all user experience. Microsoft commented the following on Outlook.com’s anniversary, It’s been a great year. We’ve learned a lot, heard great feedback from customers and continue to work every day to deliver the most personal and productive email service. We believe more than ever that Outlook.com is the best email choice for people around the world. We thought the best way to mark our one-year anniversary would be to say thanks to you, our customers, and share a few of our reflections from the past year. Microsoft is celebrating this day with customers on Twitter using the hashtag #OutlookTurnsOne. Tweet your experiences, they will be randomly selecting participants throughout the day to receive Outlook.com celebration packages. Source: Outlook ...

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Microsoft last week announced that they have started the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. Some Xbox One users are reporting on both the Xbox One support forums and Reddit’s Xbox thread that they are facing weird black screen issues. Their screens now go black when they press the Xbox Button on their controllers even though the audio remains alive. This is not like Red Ring of Death, you can bring up your Xbox One by unplugging and replugging your consoles or by doing reset(holding down the power button to reset the machine). Microsoft’s Xbox support confirmed the issue and said that it is aware of the problem and suggested the rebooting of console as the temporary fix. Hopefully, Microsoft ...

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At Lync Conference 2014 held at Las Vegas, Microsoft made few announcement regarding its communications platform. Microsoft’s communications platform mainly comprises of two parts, Skype on consumer side and Lync on enterprise side. Microsoft is making progress in both these sides individually and also trying to bring them together. For example, Microsoft demonstrated video calling between Skype and Lync, making it possible for consumers and businesses everywhere to use video for nearly every conversation. “The coming years will bring an even more dramatic transformation as we enable people everywhere to take advantage of rich communications for all the important relationships in their work and personal lives,” he said. “Consumers that already enjoy Skype will be able to easily reach businesses from the devices and services of their choice, and to take advantage of chat, voice, video and content sharing as they see fit. Professionals will be able to connect in ...

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Microsoft today revealed that its employees have raised a record $113 million for non-profits in 2013. This is a $8 million increase from their last year numbers. Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft said, “Amidst Microsoft’s transformation, the value of community involvement continues to define us as employees.” The $113 million total includes our employees’ cash donations, the company’s matching contributions, and $7.8 million from Microsoft to match volunteer hours logged by our employees. Our volunteer program provides a Microsoft contribution of $17 for every hour spent by our employees. Last year, more than 7,400 employees participated, logging almost 460,000 volunteer hours to help nonprofit groups. This has been growing – enough so that 2014 may well see Microsoft employees contribute half a million hours of volunteer time to help nonprofits thrive. Read more about Microsoft’s contribution to the community here. ...

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  Jacob Miller, a UX designer for Microsoft who worked on Windows 8 has responded in a Reddit thread with his personal views about Windows 8 design decisions. He even talked about how Microsoft classifies users as Casual and Power. As we all know already, Microsoft created Metro UI for consumers who are more into consumption of content than creation. Microsoft’s Windows should satisfy both power users and casual users. Microsoft decided not to confuse casual users with too many options, as a result Metro UI was made the default UI for everyone. He also defended that their decision will look better in the years to come. Read the full reply below. UX designer for Microsoft here. I want to talk about why we chose Metro as the default instead of the desktop, and why this is good in the long run – especially for power users. …but not in ...

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