Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith recently blogged about his views on recent ruling regarding consumer privacy by the US supreme court. It was the case of Riley v. California in which court ruled that warrantless searches cannot be extended to mobile devices and government agencies should get a warrant to search a device of the accused. To know about how the public feels about these issues, Microsoft commissioned a survey. Microsoft revealed that full 83 percent of American voters believe police should get a warrant before searching personal information on someone’s cell phone. The poll also found that: · 75 percent agree with Chief Justice Roberts’ statement that “privacy comes at a cost” and there needs to be a balance between fighting crime and our Constitutional right to privacy; and · 86 percent believe police should have to follow the same legal requirements for obtaining personal information stored in the cloud as they do for ...

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Microsoft shares surged more than 4% on Wednesday to their highest price since mid-2000. The current stock price is at 44.07,  up 1.62 from yesterday, a 3.82% increase from the morning. Yesterday, Intel announced their quarterly results which showed a modest growth in PC market. I guess, that was the reason investors are going behind Microsoft shares. Intel’s PC Client Group saw a revenue of $8.7 billion, up 9 percent sequentially and up 6 percent year-over-year. Similarly, Microsoft’s Windows division revenue decline should have stopped this quarter. However, I expect Microsoft to post less than expected earnings because of the Nokia Devices and Services division acquisition. Microsoft bought a loss making venture, so it should affect Microsoft’s bottom line. Also, Microsoft is planning to layoff thousands of employees which will result in lots of costs associated with their compensation and severance packages. If you are a Microsoft investor, are you happy with their performance these days? ...

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As announced last month, Microsoft has doubled the free storage for OneDrive users to 15GB from 7GB, and Office 365 subscribers will get 1 TB of OneDrive storage up from 20GB. To support this change, Microsoft has added another 10 petabytes of capacity to OneDrive via Microsoft Azure. New and existing personal OneDrive accounts will come with: 15 GB of free storage (up from 7 GB) 1 TB of additional OneDrive storage with an Office 365 Home/Personal/University subscription (up from 20 GB) The option to buy additional storage at much lower prices, starting at 100 GB for $1.99 per month. People who use OneDrive for Business now have a 1 TB quota (up from 25 GB). Also, if you just want more storage instead of Office 365 subscription, the new dramatically reduced monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). If you haven’t ...

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Zen Studios today announced that “Pinball FX2” game is coming for Xbox One on July 31, and it will be available for free. The game will feature all new graphics running at 60 frames per second and in stunning 1080p. There will be playable demos of each table so you can try before you buy. This version will also include the Sorcerer’s Lair table absolutely free! Our launch day table library includes the following: Deadpool Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within: Episode IV A New Hope, Han Solo, Droids, Masters of the Force Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Starfighter Assault, Darth Vader Star Wars Pinball Original pack: Episode V, Boba Fett, The Clone Wars Doctor Strange Zen Classics: Shaman, El Dorado, Tesla and V12 Pinball FX2 Core pack: Biolab, Pasha, Rome, Secrets of the Deep Marvel Civil War Plants VS. Zombies Marvel Pinball pack: Spider-Man, ...

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At the Recode Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated a breakthrough technology called Skype Translator. Skype chief Gurdeep Singh Pall was speaking German, while Skype provided real-time translation of the German into English and vice versa. Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Today at WPC, Microsoft demonstrated this Skype translator functionality to thousands of its partners. As usual, it was impressive. Watch the video demo and the Skype demo starts at 1 hour 50 minute mark. Watch the old demo videos below. Your browser does not support iframes. ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of the Ad Controls creative solution in the UK. These ad controls are a rich and engaging video, image and content solution running across the Windows 8 advertising platform. For the first time, Microsoft partnered with the 7stars to collaborate with the brand team at Nominet to find the best way market  launch of the new .uk domain. This high-impact creative solution will be running across PC & tablet users from 14th July through to the 11th August. Focussed around the concept of ‘Shorter is Sweeter’ the final ad execution seamlessly combines video, imagery and editorial content to engage and educate consumers on some of the most commonly used abbreviations that have become engrained into everyday language. Gabi Sillars, Digital Account Director at the7stars had the following to say about the campaign  “When planning this launch campaign we were focused on reaching digital natives to drive awareness and understanding of the new ...

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As promised, Microsoft today released the System Firmware Update – 7/16/2014 for Surface Pro 3 users to fix the WiFi performance issues.  This update will further improve Wi-Fi connection and throughput scenarios. Surface Integration (v.2.0.1038.0) further enhances system stability. Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v. 15.68.3042.85) further improving WiFi connection and throughput scenarios. Check for updates on your device. You can order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store starting $799. ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held today, Microsoft highlighted their IoT platform, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, and Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. These services will allow enterprises to use devices and sensors with the Intelligent Systems Service, to harness, analyze and utilize data. Microsoft CEO spoke about their partner CGI which is changing the way elevators are maintained around the world. For example, in his keynote address today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted the work of partner CGI that’s dramatically changing the way more than 1 million of the world’s elevators will be maintained. CGI’s service puts Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and the Intelligent Systems Service to work, illustrating the deep insight that is possible when nontraditional and unorthodox data sources are centralized in the cloud service and accessible through a simple interface. The service harnesses data from sensors within each elevator, fueling rich data visualization enabled by Power BI for ...

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Based on previous reports, we all know that Microsoft is working on a fitness oriented wearable device that will be compatible with iOS and Android devices in addition to Windows Phone devices. Today, IBTimes reported that this upcoming fitness band will feature a blood-glucose monitor and a UV sensor. The device will feature a UV Index sensor to help warn the user of harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight in order to better protect against the risk of skin cancer. The blood-glucose monitor will be used to help track users’ fitness levels and assist people who suffer from diabetes. As we already know, Microsoft is planning to launch this smartband before the end of this year. What’s your expectations from Microsoft’s upcoming wearable? Source: IB Times ...

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Based on the source code on the Microsoft’s OneDrive website, Livesino discovered few months that Microsoft is creating a Music Locker service that will allow users to stream their own personal music collection from OneDrive. Users need to upload their music collection to OneDrive Music folder and they can enjoy their music via Xbox Music app on any of the devices. Xbox Music app is available on Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS, etc,. To get the full Xbox Music experience, move your music files into the Music folder on your OneDrive. Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app for your computer. Today, they revealed that Microsoft will offer free 20GB of OneDrive storage to people who upload music on ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. Recently, in the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, we reported that they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. Later, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, and they may announce it as soon as this week. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said. Bloomberg also speculated that some of the job cuts will be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox ...

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This week’s Deals with Gold is now live in Xbox Store. For Xbox One, you’ll save 40 percent off “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” (regularly $39.99) through July 21, and 33 percent off “Wolfenstein: The New Order” (regularly $59.99), through July 20. Xbox Live Gold members can get the following titles on deals, BIOSHOCK INFINITE Games on Demand 57% Discount BIOSHOCK INFINITE- BURIAL AT SEA EP 1 Add-on 33% Discount BIOSHOCK INFINITE- BURIAL AT SEA EP 2 Add-on 33% Discount BIOSHOCK INFINITE- CLASH IN CLOUDS Add-on 50% Discount BIOSHOCK INFINITE- COLUMBIA’S FINEST Add-on 50% Discount BIOSHOCK Games on Demand 75% Discount BIOSHOCK 2 Games on Demand 75% Discount Quake Arena* Arcade 50% Discount Wolfenstein 3D* Arcade 50% Discount Doom* Arcade 50% Discount Doom 2* Arcade 50% Discount Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft yesterday highlighted yet another customer win for Office 365. Gamestop, which is a rapidly growing Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company with more than 6,000 stores has adopted Office 365 for communicating with their employees from thousands of stores. The GameStop retail portal is built on Microsoft SharePoint Online. GameStop plans to provide targeted views of the portal so that employees in different job roles can quickly see the information that specifically applies to them. GameStop adopted a retail portal that runs using Microsoft SharePoint Online in Microsoft Office 365. The company’s corporate employees use the portal to share daily updates with more than 6,000 retail stores, and its deskless store associates receive at-a-glance information through graphics and videos rather than waiting for their managers to wade through email to find the latest product information and share it with them. The company plans to adopt Microsoft Lync Online for ...

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Microsoft Research yesterday spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. You can watch the whole keynote video above which includes Project Adam demo. Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Technology and Research group, opens the Faculty Summit by highlighting ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. Microsoft was testing Kinect for Windows v2 sensor with no.of developers in private preview for months, one of them is Disney Entertainment. Disney has created a virtual reality game based on Kinect to promote their upcoming animated comedy-adventure feature film Planes 2: Fire & Rescue which is releasing in August. The game lets fans of all ages take on the role of the film’s firefighting planes, Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect Piston Peak National Park. The Kinect-powered experience does more than just control Dusty and Dipper—it lets players virtually become Dusty and Dipper, using body gestures to control the planes. Players’ arms become wings, and as they swoop and sway, their firefighting avatars execute aerial ...

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  As per the latest report from eMarketer, Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. Yahoo’s push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer. Though Yahoo’s ad revenues will be back in the black this year, increasing its global digital ad revenues by 2.7% after a decline of 2.1% in 2013 to reach $3.53 billion, the company’s share of the $140.15 billion digital advertising market will fall from 2.86% to 2.52%. At the same time, Microsoft will grow its net worldwide ad revenues by ...

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