Microsoft today released February firmware updates for Surface family of devices. Except for Surface RT, all the other Surface devices got updates. Surface Pro 2 had the most significant update which resolves various issues that was reported by users in the past. Find the full change log for all these devices below. Surface Pro 2: Surface Display Panel (v1.0.2.0) provides tuning to the Surface display calibration. Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.00.50) Resolves issue where Surface would not go into hibernation. Resolves issue where available battery percentage was reported incorrectly. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.04.0150) Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach. Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached. Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.228.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use. Surface Type ...

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Lenovo’s Miix 2 10-inch tablet is now available for as low as $429 from Lenovo. Lenovo Miix 2 is powered by Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10.1″ FHD IPS LED Backlit Multi-touch (1920×1080) display and comes with Detachable AccuType Keyboard-dock. It runs on Windows 8.1 and comes pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 as well. The 64GB model costs $499 and 128GB model costs $599 from Lenovo.com, however there is a way you can get them for even less. Slickdeals revealed that placing your order through Lenovo’s B&N link will allow you to buy these devices $70 less, you can get 64GB model for just $429. Microsoft Store is also running a great deal on Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook. Dell XPS 12 with 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD and over 8 hours battery life now costs just $1299. Find the listing here ...

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Along with the announcement about the upcoming Xbox One system update in March, Microsoft also announced the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter which will allow Xbox One users to enjoy their experience in the way they would like to. Both these will be available in early March. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will retail for $79.99 MSRP and the Stereo Headset Adapter will be available for $24.99 MSRP. Releasing across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, the Stereo Headset will offer a premium audio experience for both game and chat audio. Offering a full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio spectrum to ensure fans can enjoy the deepest bass and the clearest high frequencies, the Stereo Headset will also feature a unidirectional microphone for clear voice capture and over-the-ear speakers to keep you comfortable during long sessions with your Xbox One. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will ...

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Microsoft today announced that their first Xbox One system update will be rolled out later this week that will include lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice, so commands become more fluid and responsive over time. Microsoft also detailed the March Xbox One system update 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”. 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 ...

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Microsoft is not ignoring its huge Xbox 360 user base. Yesterday, they announced two new Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers: black and purple which will go on sale next month for $54.99. Today we are announcing additional colors to the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers: black and purple. The controllers feature a transforming D-pad and colored chrome design for $54.99 USD (MSRP) – available worldwide beginning in March. The black controller will be available in the U.S. exclusively at Walmart and the Microsoft Store and purple controller will be available in the U.S. exclusively at Best Buy and the Microsoft Store. Source: MajorNelson ...

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Very few launch games on Xbox One supported 1080p 60fps support. Many critics pointed out that the lack of enough hardware power was the reason behind the less frame rate games. Microsoft always denied this fact and it seems they are correct. In an interview to gamingbolt, Rebellion Games’ Jean-Baptiste Bolcato revealed that their upcoming game WWII shooter Sniper Elite 3 will run comfortably at 1080p. He revealed that the upcoming SDK update from Microsoft has improved the frame rate situation. Will the process become easier over time as understanding of the hardware improves? “Definitely, yeah. They are releasing a new SDK that’s much faster and we will be comfortably running at 1080p on Xbox One. We were worried six months ago and we are not anymore, it’s got better and they are quite comparable machines. The Xbox One is a bit more multimedia, a bit more hub-centric so its ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they will be at the Singapore Airshow, talking with leaders across the commercial airline industry about how they have removed the barriers to adopting Electronic Flight Bags (EFB’s) and going paperless in the cockpit. Microsoft also announced that Surface 2 tablets have achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization for Class 1 or 2 EFB needs for all phases of flight. This FAA authorization will allow airlines to use Surface for their actual work anytime. Through this authorization process, we’ve completed rigorous environmental and situational testing of the Surface 2 tablet, streamlining the approval process when airline operators want to use Surface 2 tablets as a Class 1 EFB during flight operations. While airlines are still obligated to define their specific use requirements with the FAA and request specific device approval, our completion of these tests for Surface 2 satisfies a lengthy and important part of that ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of multi-factor authentication for Office 365 to Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise plans, Academic plans, Nonprofit plans, and standalone Office 365 plans, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online customers. This will enable organizations with these subscriptions to enable multi-factor authentication for their Office 365 users without requiring any additional purchase or subscription. Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to protect Office 365 customers. Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user logins for cloud services above and beyond just a password. With Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification on their smartphone after correctly entering their password. Only after this second authentication factor has been satisfied can a user sign in. Any of the following may be used for the second factor of authentication. Call my mobile phone. The user receives a phone ...

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Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft did a AmA on Reddit. Here are some his answers. Hey Bill, if you didn’t go into computers and later found Microsoft, what do you think you would be doing? I considered law and math. My Dad was a lawyer. I think though I would have ended up in physics if I didn’t end up in computer science. My question to you is, What’s your biggest fear? Kids getting hurt or sick. Who is your role model? People who devote their lives to working in poor countries are doing amazing work with very little visibility. I have gotten to meet some of them. How do you deal with the anti-vaccination sentiment that seems to be growing in our society? Have you ever found yourself justifying your efforts to reduce polio? In all countries vaccine rumors seem to always get ahead of vaccine facts. This ...

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Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft did a AmA on Reddit. Here are some his answers. Hi Bill, So awesome for you to do an AMA! University student here with an entrepreneurial mindset. What role would you say higher education (university and beyond) played in your success? What is your current opinion of the higher education system? What is the best advice you can give to someone looking to create successful startup ventures? I would be honored if you could answer these questions! I love college courses. I still watch a lot of them. I read a lot about people who had been successful. College was fun for me. So the part of the higher education system I got to experience was amazing – unfortunately most people don’t get to go to Harvard or the equivalent. It is strange to call me a college drop out in all but the ...

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Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft did a AmA on Reddit. He spoke about his new role at Microsoft, role of NSA and more. I had a lot of fun doing last year’s AMA and am excited to come back for another round of questions about everything from philanthropy to technology to how to lose a chess match in less than 90 seconds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84NwnSltHFo). (Step 1: Play the world champion. There is no step 2.) I hope you’ll read my annual letter (http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/). Melinda and I talk about three myths that block progress for the poor. I’ll be answering your questions live from my office, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Proof: http://i.imgur.com/iqvPs7N.jpg UPDATE: I’ve responded to a few myths ahead of time, including one that involves me and a $100 bill. Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZnmpDrjtDc Read some of his answers below, How do you feel about the NSA and ...

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Microsoft revealed ID@Xbox program last year which allowed independent developers to self-publish Xbox One games to Xbox Store. Even though Microsoft announced this program months back, we are yet to indie titles on Xbox One Store. Phil Spencer from Microsoft today revealed that NinjaBee’s Nutjitsu and a mystery Team17 Worms game will be among the first ID@Xbox titles released. Nutjitsu is a free-to-play Windows 8 puzzle game from Ninja Bee, the studio behind A World of Keflings. Team 17 has confirmed to Eurogamer its plan to self-publish Worms Battlegrounds on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Apart from this, Microsoft is expecting several other indie developers releasing their games on Xbox One platform. Games should have an exciting 2014 ahead! via: Eurogamer ...

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone. Power BI empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration. With this release, we are delivering completely new experiences to customers. For example, Power Query in Excel allows you to easily search and access data within your organization or from publically available sources. In addition once you upload your Excel workbooks to Power BI, you can ask questions of your data using natural language search and instantly receive answers in the form of interactive charts or graphs. Power BI will be added to the list of features that Google Apps and other productivity suite customers will never experience in the near future. Office ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have added Bitcoin rate conversion support in Bing. Just like how you do for country to country currency conversion, you can covert to Bitcoin using btc keyword. For years, you have been able to convert currencies in Bing. Whether you’re looking to compare dollars to pounds, euros to pesos or yuan to rupee, we’ve got over 50 currencies in our index that we’ll display following a few quick keystrokes. As Bitcoin (the peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency) makes headlines and captures the world’s attention, we thought it was only natural to give you an easy way to track real-time fluctuations. Starting today, you will find instant Bitcoin conversions at the top of your Bing results.* How many Bitcoins do you need for that $71,000 Tesla? To check it out for yourself, head over to www.bing.com and try a search. ...

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Apart from the OneDrive rebranding, Microsoft is also planning to rebrand its Office Web Apps service to Office Online. Office Online will offer online light-weight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be accessed from a browser where you want. Office Online will offer full compatibility with your Office documents. Office Web Apps are free touch-friendly web applications that let you create, edit and share your Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote files from any browser. You can share and simultaneously work on your documents with classmates, friends and co-workers. No need to merge different versions later. From the chart above, it’s clear Microsoft is going to try to make Office Online more discoverable and understandable by the general public. It also seems that Microsoft considers this Office Online rebranding part of Microsoft’s next Office wave (codenamed Office 16), give that “O16″ is part of the URL path for ...

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  Last month, Microsoft announced the re-branding of SkyDrive to OneDrive. Microsoft is yet to start with the usage of the new name in general public and they are planning to launch it with a marketing campaign. LiveSide today revealed that Microsoft is planning to offer up to 8GB free storage to OneDrive users if they complete certain tasks. For example, users will be able to earn 3 GB of extra storage by simply choosing to sync photos from their camera roll to OneDrive using the OneDrive app for iOS, Android, or the built-in Windows Phone function. Users can also earn up to 5GB of free storage on referring their friends to OneDrive. Referral bonus – Users will be able to earn up to a maximum of 5 GB of extra storage by referring their friends to join OneDrive. For every friend you invite and actually joins OneDrive, both you ...

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