Microsoft is planning to offer Surface RT 32GB tablet for just $199 for schools and universities. Microsoft is planning to make this announcement official later this month and the offer details got leaked today. Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between June 17, 2013 and August 31, 2013. Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realize their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions. Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today. There are three SKUs available to make use of. Surface RT (32GB) – $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499) Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover – $249 ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today announced that they are discontinuing the Linked Accounts feature in Outlook.com. Linked Accounts provided a way to quickly switch between different accounts each with their own email address and this will be replaced by Mail forwarding and aliases support.   We believe that aliases provide a more robust and secure capability for managing multiple email addresses. You can send and receive email from different addresses and keep it all organized the way you like.  And all of this is tied to a single Microsoft account that has your latest and most up-to-date security info. A couple years ago, we began the process of delinking linked accounts and encouraging people to move to aliases. We got good feedback about some issues, and have been hard at work fixing these gaps. To give you a smoother transition, we’ve added two new features: Mail forwarding – you can now forward ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced that the video messaging feature which was in beta period so far has now graduated into final version. Skype video messaging is now a free feature in Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android and Skype for BlackBerry. Yes, not yet available for Windows Phone devices yet! With Skype video messaging, you can now record and share a personal video message when the other person is not available. They can be able to view your video message as soon as they sign into Skype. Recording a Skype Video Message is simple: •First, tap the “video message” button. •Next, tap the record button to capture your video message. •You can record a message of up to three minutes, which can be previewed prior to sending. If you’d like to, you can delete and re-record ...

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Microsoft today released one of the most awaited app on iOS platform, Microsoft Office. The new Office 365 app for iPhone consists of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. All three apps now offers light-weight editing similar to the Windows Phone counterparts. The only difference is that Windows Phone version of Office is a free app and comes pre-installed on all Windows Phone devices whereas Office 365 app for iPhone requires you to subscribe to Office 365 subscription.   App Description: Please note: An Office 365 subscription is required to use this app. Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, ...

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We have already seen in the past where Microsoft made fun of Apple iPad in ads by comparing it with Windows tablets. This time, Dell XPS 10 is compared to Apple iPad. The  above video ad shows the multitasking capabilities of  Windows RT in Dell XPS 10 which is absent in iPad, the ability to have microSD card inserted into Dell XPS 10, and the semantic zoom option available in Windows RT to have an overview of contents. At last, the main difference between them is the price. Apple iPad 32GB costs $599 whereas Dell XPS 10 32GB costs just $399. ...

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A Microsoft Engineer working at Studio A, 40th ave in Redmond, Wa has posted his arguments and views on Microsoft Xbox One’s 24 hours internet requirements, DRM policy and more. This is not a marketing guy’s reply to criticism on Microsoft’s decisions, this seems to be a honest argument/view on all these topics. Read the whole thing he posted below, >The thing is we suck at telling the story. The whole point of the DRM switch from disc based to cloud based is to kill disc swapping, scratched discs, bringing discs to friends house, trade-ins for shit value with nothign going back to developers, and high game costs. If you want games cheaper then 59.99, you have to limit used games somehow. Steam’s model requires a limited used game model.     >The thing is, the DRM is really really similar to steam… You can login anywhere and play your ...

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ISTE Announces Exclusive Offer for Registered Attendees to Get a Free Microsoft Surface Tablet Online Registration for ISTE Open Until June 18 WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 13, 2013 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today announced that Microsoft Corp. plans to give a Microsoft Surface RT to 10,000 ISTE 2013 conference attendees as part of the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project. Online ISTE conference registration is open until June 18 for the world’s premier education technology event slated for June 23-26 in San Antonio. “Access to meaningful technology for all learners is at the core of ISTE’s mission, so there’s tremendous synergy between our goals and Microsoft’s generous investment in our 2013 conference attendees,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “This bold move is illustrative of Microsoft’s commitment to the effective use of technology in education. It’ll be fantastic to watch attendees take their conference learning ...

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We yesterday reported about Sony PlayStation leading pre-order sales in several Amazon websites. We thought it was mainly due to poor PR info circulating around the internet about Xbox One’s DRM and used games policy. Microsoft reacted to this negative buzz today and the response shows that Microsoft still stands by its decisions. Xbox chief Don Mattrick responded in an conversation about the 24 hours online requirement that people who don’t have access to internet can buy Microsoft’s new re-desgined Xbox 360 console. He also said that Microsoft will continue to invest in Xbox 360 going forward making it the low cost Xbox console for the masses. MATTRICK: “Some of the advantages that you get, of having, a box that is designed to use an online state, so, that, uh, to me is the future-proof choice, and I think people, could have arguably gone the other way if we didn’t ...

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Microsoft has released a firmware update for the Surface Pro & RT every month.  Updates rolled out the for this month include: Surface Pro: Update includes driver and performance improvements including: LifeCam driver that enhances clarity for low light operation and improves reliability when switching between the integrated camera and an external camera. Surface RT Update includes these firmware and performance improvements: Surface Home Button driver update that improves the reliability of the devices waking up immediately on the first button press. Firmware update for Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover that improves functionality for both accessories. Includes the ability to toggle function keys, new shortcuts, and helpful keyboard navigation improvements.   ...

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Microsoft and Sony has finally revealed most of the details on their next generation gaming consoles. While both Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 has almost identical specs, they differ in many other ways. Sony PlayStation 4 is now leading the pre-order sales over Xbox One in many Amazon websites around the world. There are many reason behind it. For example, the recently revealed details on Xbox One’s DRM, pricing and other details has take a hit at their pre-order sales. There is a positive news for Microsoft, they can fix all the issues/misconceptions around the console right now. 1) 24 hours login requirement – Microsoft can easily change their decision to allow gamers to login once a week with other tweaks in policies. 2) Used games: Microsoft’s message that developers can opt-in/opt-out for used games restriction didn’t reach out to the consumers fully yet. Also Xbox One allows you ...

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Looks like the cool thing to do nowadays is to copy Microsoft.  First it was Apple with iOS7, now it is Sony with the PS4.  As the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Wonder why they decided not to show this at their original press conference to begin with.  Without any further rambling from me, here is the picture:     ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing desktop app with many new features. Microsoft also revealed that more than 10 million people are using Bing desktop app worldwide. Here are the list of features in the update. Searching Made Easier with Inline Search: Now you can search directly from a webpage, word document or PDF file simply by highlighting the word or phrase and clicking the Bing icon. With Inline Search, all you have to do is highlight what you want to search, hit the Bing icon and you will see a preview of search results in a convenient window without ever leaving what you were doing. Faster Ways to Explore via Bing Desktop Apps: We are announcing a new weather app and have overhauled the news and Facebook apps from the ground up with a new look that makes it easier to stay up to date at a glance. News at a Glance ...

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The National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document by the Washington Post.  The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” Dropbox, the cloud storage and synchronization service, is described as “coming soon.”  PRISM recruited its first partner, Microsoft, and began six years of rapidly growing collection beneath the surface of a roiling national debate on surveillance and privacy, according to the Post. There has been “continued exponential growth in tasking to Facebook ...

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One of the frequently requested feature to Microsoft regarding web browsing experience is a bookmarking feature. Microsoft has responded to it with the new Windows 8.1 Reading List feature. It allows you to save all the interesting things you find online or any other app to access it later. When you want to save it for later, go to Share button in the Charms Bar and select the Reading List option. These items will be synced across Windows devices including Windows Phones. It’s a beautiful app and you can see it action from the photos below. Source: WinChina ...

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With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 devices, Microsoft is giving users a choice on booting straight to desktop instead of Start Screen. Apart from this option, there are several other Start Screen settings that users can choose from. For example, you can now set your desktop background on the Start Screen, set to show the Apps view automatically whenever you go to Start, ability to list desktop apps first in the Apps view and more. via: Win8china ...

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Microsoft has posted details regarding the more precise and immersive next generation Xbox Controller. Impulse Triggers – Xbox One’s Wireless Controller sports four vibration motors – a small one behind each trigger that adds precise haptic feedback to the fingertips, and a larger in each grip for large scale rumbles.  This gives users a sense of in-game directionality and depth, creating rich, immersive experiences where gunshots, car crashes and explosions can come to life. For example, in “Forza Motorsport 5,” Turn 10 Studios is using impulse triggers to provide players with precise feedback that enhances the racing experience. If your tires break traction from over-acceleration or if you drift on the gas pedal, the triggers emit very distinct vibrations.  This is combined with the chassis rumble that conveys impacts, engine roar and driving over surface irregularities like cobblestone. Higher Quality Headset Audio – The data transfer rate between the controller and ...

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