Microsoft’s Windows Store has reached an important milestone of 100,000 apps yesterday. This is a impressive feat because it took just over 7 months to reach this point. For comparison, Windows Phone Store took 18 months to have 100,000 apps, so did the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store took 16 months for the same number of apps. Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store. — Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013 Other than numbers, Microsoft is also focusing on bringing high quality apps such as Facebook, Foursquare, etc,. ...

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Microsoft so far had only two versions of Surface Pro devices, one with 64GB storage and another with 128GB. It seems Microsoft is planning to sell one another version of Surface with 256GB storage. Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel Core i5 3317U processor, 4 GB RAM,  256 GB SSD, Windows 8 Pro, Multi-Touch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity with 1 YR limited warranty will go one sale from Surface authorized retailer CDW for $1,199.99. Do you think this is a good deal? I think Microsoft should release a Surface Pro with Intel Hasewell processors with great battery life. via : WPCentral  Source : CDW ...

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Microsoft had its own newsfeed feature back in Windows Live days which aggregated social activity from various services such as Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, etc,. Later it was discontinued as Microsoft started to focus on the basics, Mail, Storage, Chat/Skype, etc,. Liveside today reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back newsfeed in a different form. A recent activity newsfeed for your SkyDrive. Here’s how Liveside explains the upcoming feature, Microsoft added recent activity feeds to its Windows 8 SkyDrive app’s Live Tile back in January this year (as shown above), showing notifications about what’s going on in your SkyDrive. However, this feature was limited to the Windows 8 SkyDrive app only, and you cannot see this feed anywhere else. This is set to change as LiveSide understands that the SkyDrive.com web service will also get a recent activity feed. Clicking on the new “Recent” menu item on the left-hand side ...

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Microsoft today launched their web-based Xbox Music service. Xbox Music Pass subscription allows you to stream millions of songs on your Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet and PC, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and the Web. You can even download your favorite songs so you can listen offline. It also features Smart DJ/Radio, just type in an artist and Smart DJ/Radio creates a playlist from similar artists. You can see everything in your playlist, and with unlimited skipping, skip to any song you want as many times as you want. Your Xbox Music Pass collection automatically syncs across all your Xbox Music devices so you can easily access songs, albums, and playlists no matter where you are. All these were available only in Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone 8 apps, now they are accessible via music.xbox,com Source: Xbox Music ...

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During a developer session over Xbox Smartglass platform at BUILD last week, Microsoft revealed that their Xbox SmartGlass platform had over 17 million downloads across Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Xbox SmartGlass is a cross-platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android) application that allows for easy connection to an Xbox consoles, discovery of content, and control of the Xbox. Developers can make use of SmartGlass SDK to develop a corresponding second-screen experience for their Xbox apps and games. With the upcoming release of Xbox One, Microsoft will enable more SmartGlass experiences through new SDKs for developers. Source: Channel9 ...

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At BUILD conference held last week, Microsoft announced that Bing Maps 3D is coming back along with the release of Windows 8.1. They even gave a brief demo of the same. 3D Maps is not new to Bing Maps as they had in the name of Virtual Maps 3D few years back before discontinuing it in 2010. Liveside today reported that the new upcoming version of Bing Maps 3D will be enabled by WebGL in IE11. So, users won’t be needed to install any plug-ins to experience the 3D maps. And also they are building Photosynth 2 viewer based on WebGL. First, Bing Director Stefan Weitz told me that the new version was almost entirely built from the ground up, using, among other technologies, Microsoft’s UltraCam.  There’s simply not much left from the old Bing Maps 3D, Silverlight or otherwise.  Then I had a chance to talk a bit about ...

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Adobe has updated their Reader Touch app for Windows 8 devices. The new update now added the ability to add notes to your document, save and save as option and more. Change log: - Add Notes to your document - Add Highlight, Strikeout, and Underline to text - View Notes attached to text markup - Added Save and Save As functionality - Added Go To Page for quicker navigation Full list of features of this app:  •Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or anywhere on your device •Easily find your most recently read documents •View password-protected PDFs, annotations, and drawing markups •View and Add Notes to your document •Highlight, Strikeout, and Underline text •Search text to find specific information •Select single page or continuous scroll modes •Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view •Go to any page quickly by tapping on the Page Number ...

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Landmark deal between Time Warner Cable and Microsoft has brought 300 Live TV channels to Xbox 360 console users with Xbox LIVE gold subscription. TWC TV app which will launch as early as next month, gives the TWC subscribers access to live TV through Xbox 360 console. TWC is also planning to bring video-on-demand to Xbox 360 through the app later this year. Press Release: In a landmark deal announcement for Xbox 360 and Time Warner Cable customers, we’re excited to share a new partnership that will deliver up to 300 of the most popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. This deal, which will bring more live channels than any other experience on Xbox 360, will offer Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership  the ability to watch their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like ...

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Today at Microsoft’s annual Build conference, a strategic partnership was announced between Unity and Microsoft. As a result, Unity will be committed to support Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox One and Xbox 360 which allow developers to unleash their creativity. From Unity and Microsoft, Windows Store Pro publishing add-on will be free when released (soon). So all current and future Unity Pro 4 customers stand to get $3000 worth of tech at half price! You’ll be able to port your games, ads, training and educational apps―any kind of Unity-authored content―to both the Windows Store Apps and Windows Phone 8 platforms with a Unity Pro 4 license. Developers who build games published by Microsoft Studios now have access to Unity tools for Xbox 360 and Xbox One free of charge and can create interactive 3D and 2D experiences. Unity will develop tools for Xbox One, including support for features like multiplayer matchmaking, SmartGlass, ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Preview yesterday for the public. The preview was available as download from Windows Store, today Microsoft has released ISO files which can also be used to install Windows 8.1 preview offline. Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files (.iso) are provided as an alternative to downloading Windows 8.1 Preview through Windows Store. You should only use the ISO files if you are an advanced user and want to install the preview on another partition, another PC, or a virtual machine. Otherwise, we strongly recommend that you download Windows 8.1 Preview from Windows Store. You can download them here. To install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file, you must first convert the ISO file into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. If you’re using Windows 8, follow these steps to install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file: Download the ISO (.iso) file. Double-tap or double-click the ISO file.                 Double-tap or double-click setup.exe ...

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Xbox 360 gaming platform is completely different from the popular mobile platforms like Windows Phone or Apple App Store. Developers has to pay a hefty sum of $40,000 to Microsoft to submit a patch for their game. According to a report from Eurogamer, Microsoft no longer charges developers for Xbox 360 title updates. Microsoft has always charged a fee when developers first submit their games to Microsoft’s certification process so they can be approved for release, and the company normally grants developers one title update free of charge. This remains the case, but sources have told Eurogamer that subsequent re-certification as a result of a title update is now free. This applies to Xbox Live Arcade games and full retail games. There are caveats, we understand. If a developer is deemed to be making an excessive number of re-submissions due to an update failing certification, for example, Microsoft reserves the ...

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Microsoft has updated their Excel Web App with mainly two new features that we always use in Excel desktop app. They are freeze panes and data validation support. Freeze Panes: Freeze Panes has been our most requested feature for quite a while, and we now support viewing workbooks that contain freeze panes. That means you can see all of those column headings at the top of your sheet all the time, as opposed to scrolling up and down as you’ve done in the past. Header Row Snapping is similar to freeze panes, in that it allows you to more easily work with tabular data. With it, if you create a Table out of your data (on the Home ribbon, choose “Sort and Filter as Table”), and then scroll down, the Table headers and the ability to Sort/Filter will move up into the sheet headers, so you always know what’s going ...

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Larry Ellison hates Microsoft, but former HP CEO Mark Hurd has helped patch things up a little bit and today Oracle & Microsoft announced a partnership.  As part of this partnership, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers. Java developers, IT professionals and businesses will benefit from the flexibility to deploy fully supported Oracle software to Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. “Microsoft is deeply committed to giving businesses what they need, and clearly that is the ability to run enterprise workloads in private clouds, public clouds and, increasingly, across both,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Now our customers will be able to ...

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The Xbox One reverses its course on DRM, great news, right? Wrong.  While part of the developer story still remains to be seen at the BUILD conference, what we have now is a console that is not too much different than the Xbox 360 (Xbox 361?) or the PS4 for that matter.  Earlier today a Microsoft spokesman confirmed that Your entire games collection will no longer be available from the cloud. Playing disc based games will requite will require the disc for playback. Also, we will no longer offer family game sharing from the cloud. The sharing of games will work as it does on Xbox 360, you’ll simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold The Xbox One originally saw itself as an authentically digital device, and now we take a step backwards where people are stuck with their discs.  When is the last time you ...

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Microsoft Research today released a new app called BLINK Cliplets for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new BLINK Cliplets app  lets you combine and loop static and dynamic elements from short video clips. The resulting Cliplets can range from artistic to ingenious to outlandish. Description: BLINK Cliplets lets you exercise your creative talents by layering static and dynamic visual elements. Create fun and surprising results that you can share with friends or the world. Import or record short videos, and choose which parts to animate and which parts to freeze. You can then share your cliplet on Facebook, Twitter, or BLINK.so.cl, or simply save it as an animated GIF or video file. Features: •- Record or import a video •- Use touch or mouse to create animated layers •- Share your cliplet on Facebook, Twitter, or BLINK.so.cl •- Export your cliplet as an animated GIF, MP4 video, or ...

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Microsoft FUSE labs today announced a significant update for So.cl social network. It has got cool new features which you can try right away. Socl now offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks. Picotale Part “meme-generator,” part game, Picotales are little stories made by overlaying text on an image. BLINK Currently available for Windows devices, BLINK apps provide ways to capture, create and share short dynamic media using Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. Collage - now with upload! Collage, Socl’s “go to” create experience now includes image upload…collages are comprised of images, links and videos found on the web or uploaded to Socl. Video Party ...

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