Along with the announcements about big data and insights, Microsoft today released the preview of a powerful new Azure service: Microsoft Azure Automation. With Azure Automation, Microoft has combined the scalability, reliability, and availability of the Azure platform with the management capabilities of System Center. Azure Automation looks and functions similarly online in Azure as SMA does on-prem in the Windows Azure Pack – but it has been built specifically for cloud-based app/workload management. This means that you can automate the management of your public cloud resources using PowerShell, without an on-prem connection at any point in the process. And because Azure Automation operates as a service, there’s no installation, configuration, or maintenance of the service necessary to get (and stay) up and running. Azure Automation allows for powerful integration, automation, and orchestration that has until now been nearly impossible to do at scale: Integrate: Build new and import existing Windows ...

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Microsoft announced today that Gotham-themed games and add-on are this week’s deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 21 April 2014. Content Title Content Type Discount % Injustice: Gods Among Us Games on Demand 50% Injustice: Gods Among Us Season Pass Add-On 50% Batman Arkham City Games on Demand 75% Gotham City Impostors  Arcade 75% Batman Arkham Asylum Games on Demand 75% Lego Batman 2 Games on Demand 67% Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass Add-On 50% Batman AO: Initiation Add-On 50% Batman AO: Infinite Earths Skins Pack Add-On 50% Batman AO: New Millennium Skins Pack Add-On 50% Batman AO: Deathstroke Challenge Pack Add-On 50% Batman Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge Add-On 75% Batman Arkham City: Arkham City Skins Pack Add-On 75% Apart from this, Xbox Live Spring Sale offers are valid for everyone on Xbox Live now through 21 April 2014. Find the games that are part of Spring sale below. Content Title Content Type Discount % Assassin’s ...

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The Internet of Things promises vast opportunities, but it also poses challenges for businesses that seek to take action and realize tangible results, as it can seem overwhelming, complicated and expensive. With its latest announcements, Microsoft is trying to help enterprises drive business value while building on existing technology assets, devices and data. Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service helps enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) by securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from a variety of sensors and devices. You can watch this video to see how IoT built on Microsoft’s platform is transforming the world’s first underground railway in London. The Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service marks a critical expansion of the comprehensive Microsoft cloud-first data platform. This includes addressing challenges enterprises face securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from industry devices, sensors and other line-of-business (LoB) assets across a range of OS platforms. Enterprises ...

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  When is comes to tablet market, Apple still remains the top vendor both in terms of unit volume and eco-system growth. Microsoft jumped into this market with Windows 8, and followed by Windows 8.1 last year. Microsoft Windows is competing with Apple iPad in the high-end and white box Android tablets in the low end. Digitimes today reported a good news for Microsoft regarding its sales in Japan. The sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising since October 2013 as a result in February 2014, 15.7% of Japan’s tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models. For a comparison, Windows just had a share of 2% in the worldwide tablet market. With Windows tablets gaining market share, Japan’s tablet market is expected to see a more balanced development, but competition between iOS, Android and Windows will remain keen in 2014, Digitimes Research believes. In 2013, Apple still dominated ...

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On March 13, Microsoft revealed that a new Office subscription offering, Office 365 Personal will be in the coming months. Today Microsoft announced that it’s available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP). You can buy it online at Office365.com, at Microsoft Stores and through online and retail partners. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households–whether it’s an individual or a family of five. Amazon is selling 1 year subscription of Office 365 Home for just $63! Find the deal here from Amazon. If you prefer to buy from Microsoft, you can order Office 365 from Microsoft Online ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are beginning the roll-out of latest Xbox One system update to end users. This update was released as a preview last month and now Microsoft has released it to the general consumers. Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days: Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently. Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. Kinect ...

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India’s largest local search provider JustDial has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Search Anything, Anytime ,Anywhere ! using the JD App by Justdial , India’s No.1 Local Search Engine This app works as a one stop solution for all your daily needs whether its info about movies in your area , Restaurant next door , Hotels , Airlines , Resorts , Real Estate or as simple as the nearest ATM , it has it all . Above all , you get access to millions of ratings & reviews by Justdial users which helps you to make an informed decision . You can enjoy some of the amazing features listed below when you download the JD App : * Auto Detection of your current location with the help of GPS * Close proximity search through ‘NEAR ME’ * Get popular choices for RESTAURANTS, MOVIES, ...

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Most of you might now know about Microsoft Bob, Bob was intended to be a friendly user interface on top of Windows 3.1. It was received very poorly by both consumer and critics. Some media even claimed that Bob is named one of the worst technology products of all time. Internally, Bob’s internal code name was “Utopia” and it was discontinued by Microsoft in 1998. Even though you think that Bob is dead right now, its legacy still lives on in the form of code. It turns out Bob was actually more useful dead than alive. When you intend to distribute your software on a CD, one thing you have to worry about is making sure your product actually fits on a single CD. Fortunately, it so happened that even after taking into account the disk space required for translations, support tools, and the other stuff that has to go onto the Windows XP CD, there was ...

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Microsoft is now one among the 3 companies in the US that have AAA rating from S&P. The AAA rating is awarded for those companies with the utmost financial strength and discipline in meeting all obligations. As Automatic Data Processing was stripped of AAA credit rating, Microsoft and two other U.S. companies is now holding the coveted AAA rating from S&P. The other two companies on this list are Johnson & Johnson and Exxon-Mobil. The number of companies with the top-credit rating has been dwindling for years. Back in 1980, there were more than 60 U.S. companies rated AAA by S&P. That fell to six in 2008. Since then, industrial company General Electric, drugmaker Pfizer and now ADP have been downgraded. Some companies find ways to pull themselves back into the top credit level. Food company Kellogg, was downgraded to AA+ on Dec. 12, 1984, but managed to work its way ...

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  Microsoft India has launched a new hotline number for Indian startups and entrepreneurs to clarify their business and technical questions. Press Release: Microsoft Ventures in India announced the launch of “JumpStart,” a hotline to provide startups and entrepreneurs with a resource to ask business and technical questions. Open during business hours Monday-Friday (9am to 5pm IST), a team of dedicated professionals will be available to answer questions at 1 (800) 200-2114, a toll free number across India. “Microsoft Ventures supports startups at every stage of maturity by providing them with the tools, resources and expertise they need to succeed,” said Joseph Landes, General Manager, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India. “Our experience has shown that a major pain point for startups across the ecosystem in India, irrespective of their stage of maturity, is the lack of real-time support for various critical queries they face. JumpStart fills a major gap ...

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Microsoft shareholder Kim Barovic has sued Microsoft board in federal court in Seattle on Friday. He accused Microsoft board for mishandling the error in EU antitrust compliance related to Internet Explorer. Even though Microsoft accounted that non-compliance is due to technical error, Kim needs more explanation on this. In March last year, the European Union levied its largest ever antitrust fine against Microsoft for breaking a legally binding commitment made in 2009 to ensure that consumers in Europe had a choice of how they access the internet, rather than defaulting to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Its investigation found that updated software issued between May 2011 and July 2012 meant that 15 million users were not given a choice. It was the first time the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust authority, handed down a fine to a company for failing to meet its obligations. In her lawsuit, Barovic says she asked ...

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Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.  The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. “Now we find out that you’ve been struggling to come up with $30 million to finish migrating ...

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It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube: Few hours back we reported about the video from Microsoft Research on their Interactive Live Tiles project. There is another video of the same project in which Microsoft Research is making use of Interactive Live Tiles for improving multi-tasking with modern Windows apps. In the video above, they show a scenario where OneDrive app’s interactive Live Tile is placed on the left bar on the screen while the main content on the screen is the Mail app. You can still browse through your files on your OneDrive app without leaving the Mail app. This project features an Interactive-Tile UI system that enables users to access and manipulate Live Tiles in an interactive way with touch gestures. Interactive Tile’s UI is responsive and flexible to an app’s content and function. Users can provide quick input to the ...

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It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube: Live tiles are a key part of the Start screen and the modern experience of Windows. They provide up-to-date content and notifications. Live tiles embody the Microsoft design principle of being fast and fluid. Users can see updates and real-time information from their apps all from their Start Screen, enabling them to quickly review new information and engage with apps even before they open the apps. A tile is an app’s representation on the Start screen and it can be either static or live. A static tile displays the default content, which is generally a full-tile logo image. A live tile, however, can present new and valuable content that invites the user to re-engage with your app. You can implement either a simple badge or live tile notifications to draw in your users. Even ...

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  Microsoft today revealed a new installation process in which Windows can be installed to save storage on the disk. This new instillation process was added with Windows 8.1 Update and it allows devices with 16GB or 32GB SSDs or eMMC storage to have plenty of storage left for apps and data after Windows is installed. This new deployment option is called Windows Image Boot (or WIMBoot). Instead of extracting all the individual Windows files from an image (WIM) file, they remain compressed in the WIM. But from the user’s perspective, nothing looks any different: You still see a C: volume containing Windows, your apps, and all of your data. How much does this process save on storage? So let’s assume the WIM file (INSTALL.WIM) is around 3GB and you are using a 16GB SSD. In that configuration, you’ll still be left with over 12GB of free disk space (after ...

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Microsoft today released the updated Bing Translator widgets for webmasters. The Translator web page widget allows you to bring real-time, in-place translation to your web site. Users can see your pages in their own language without having to go to a separate translation web site. The current widget design was replaced by a new simple one. You can watch video demo of how it works in the video above. Also, you can customize the widget for your needs. Allow your visitors to translate any page with the simple click of a bookmark. Translation happens in place without leaving the page with this light-weight, cross-browser plugin. Configuration Options: Translation Settings – Set when to translate (Manual or Automatic). Pick a Color – Select a Dark or Light version of the widget to fit your site. Community Translations -  Allow visitors to suggest alternate translations. Adding Bing Translator to Web Pages: There ...

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