A few weeks back we reported of the RTM version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaking via Microsoft.  Microsoft quickly pulled the links down, but as we are now much closer to the official release date, it appears they are back online. Windows 8.1 x86 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows 8.1 x64 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows RT 8.1  ARM kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 The Updates must be installed in the following order: KB2919442  (you may already have this installed). KB2919355 KB2932046 KB2937592 KB2938439 KB2939087 These are the exact same update that were available on the servers a few weeks back.  If were lucky enough to already install them, no need to do it again. via Neowin ...

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Microsoft Bing team is known for testing new features and tweaks to a small group of users to analyze the usage before rolling it out to millions of users. We have come across many such features in the past, today we spotted one such feature. This new feature is called Bing Story timeline and it will be displayed in Bing web search results. When you search for people like ‘Jessie James’, there will be series of news incidents related to that person.  A picture of this can be seen above. How we currently see news results on search results are displayed as below: For certain individuals Microsoft has provided a timeline in the right most ‘knowledge’ column.  For example if you search Phil Jackson on Bing you will see a timeline of major events in his life and career. This new “story timeline” shown at the top is different from ...

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Microsoft Research has announced a special Climate Data award program, which offers scientists and decision-makers 12 months of free Windows Azure cloud-computing resources.This program was launched as en effort to support White House’s Climate Action Plan to help predict and address the impacts of climate change. Microsoft will be awarding this grants to 40 awardees selected from proposals submitted by June 15, 2014. Each award provides up to 180,000 hours of cloud-computing time and 20 terabytes of cloud storage. Apart from this, Microsoft will also be helping the Climate Action Plan by providing FetchClimate and other Microsoft Business Intelligence tools to researchers around the world. To further promote resilience to the impacts of climate change, Microsoft commits to make FetchClimate available for adoption. FetchClimate is available to all researchers—not just the award recipients—as a fast, free, intelligent environmental information-retrieval service that provides past and present observational data and climate prediction ...

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Microsoft is known for their marketing videos of Surface which directly compares other competing tablets. Now, Samsung has released a video to promote its Galaxy Tab Pro tablet. It directly criticizes other competing tablets like Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad, etc,. When comparing with Apple iPad, the ad highlights that the iPad can only task, not multitask. And the display resolution of Galaxy Tab Pro is higher than that of iPad. As for Surface, it was criticized for having a keyboard like a laptop, a battery dock like a laptop, and a mouse like a laptop! I really don’t get the point Samsung is trying to make against Surface. Surface can be used just like a Galaxy Tab Pro without any keyboard covers, mouse, etc,. Anyway, enjoy these commercials. ...

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Alex Kibkalo was arrested by FBI recently. He is an ex-Microsoft employee and the reason he was arrested was pretty simple, he was the one who leaked pre-release Windows 8 builds to a blogger in 2012. He is now facing federal criminal charges following a allegations that he stole trade secrets. He was also the person who leaked “Activation Server Software Development Kit,” a propriety system that is used by Microsoft and its OEN partners to prevent the unauthorized copying of Microsoft programs. Here’s how they caught him, According to charging papers, the blogger posted screenshots of a pre-release version of Windows 8, presumably due to Kibkalo’s leak. On Sept. 3, 2012, the blogger sent the stolen software development kit code to a Microsoft employee asking that he or she verify it, the FBI agent said in court papers. The worker went to a Microsoft executive instead. The code was later confirmed to be authentic, prompting corporate investigators to ...

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Many developers descending on the Game Developers Conference (GDC) are expected to come toting prototype videogames, movies and virtual-reality goggles—updates of offerings that ignited a short-lived technology craze in the early 1990s.  Three-dimensional simulations enabled by special eyewear are expected to be a key in the this week in San Francisco. While Microsoft is expected to unveil DirectX 12 a new report suggests the Redmond software giant may have something to unveil in the ’3-D’ space as well.  The Wall Street Journal reports: Microsoft has also developed 3-D virtual-reality devices, people familiar with the project say, and it has filed at least one patent for it so far. The software company has been developing the technology concurrently with a project known as “Fortaleza,” or “fortress” in Portuguese. The effort has been discussed as an attempt at creating a suite of experiences unique to Microsoft’s Xbox products, people who have been privy ...

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Microsoft Research is always known for exploring new possibilities. Here is an another interesting thing they did at this year’s TED conference. They are using Oculus Rift virtual reality viewer for exploring large imagery in World Wide Telescope. Worldwide Telescope is for Sky like how Bing Maps is for our own Earth. You can explore the Sky using Worldwide Telescope, for example you can locate tiny craters in Mercury, etc. At this year’s TED conference, currently taking place in Vancouver, B.C., the results of Eyewire are on display in spectacular fashion via a virtual reality tour that uses Oculus Rift. It is the result of a months-long collaboration between Eyewire and Microsoft Research’s Worldwide Telescope (WWT), and it allows users to experience 3D models like never before. The below video demonstrates what TED attendees are seeing this week, albeit in 2D form. How was this collaboration born? Initially, Robinson wanted to display ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released OneNote app in Mac App Store as a free app. With that release, OneNote is now available on all the platforms: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. Even though OneNote for Mac app is not powerful as OneNote 2013, it is well received by the consumers. It has become the most popular free Mac app in the App Store in a single day. Surprisingly, Mac OS X update Mavericks which was released in October is now trailing behind OneNote. Also, the app has received about 600 reviews in a day and most of them are rated 4+. Its a pretty good start for Microsoft and they are “very pleased” with the customers response. Microsoft also has two more apps in the Top 10 list, they are OneDrive and Remote Desktop Connection. Source: Techcrunch ...

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Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that “Project Spark” beta program is extending onto Xbox One. Microsoft launched “Project Spark” Beta on Windows 8.1 devices in December 2013 and since then people are creating their old game worlds using this game’s revolutionary toolset. Since it is available both on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, with cross-platform capabilities and through the power of Cloud Saving, “Project Spark” creators can build on a Windows 8.1 device, and then pick-up a controller to continue playing on Xbox One or vice versa. Today, Microsoft announced that Project Spark is now in open beta on Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of Project Spark players and creators without needing a beta code. To get started, just search for “Project Spark” in the Xbox One store and install the game. Once the installation is complete, launch the game and start creating!   ...

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Microsoft’s stock reached its highest price of $39.90 per share since 2000 yesterday. Thanks to the news regarding Office for iPad release. Office for the iPad has been rumored for many years now, but it appears Microsoft is finally ready to unveil the product later this month.  According to reports, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will himself demo the product marking his first major public appearance since becoming CEO. Yesterday, Microsoft sent out press invites for an event in San Fransisco on March 27th and Microsoft is expected to unveil Office for iPad on that day. It seems investors are too excited about this news that Microsoft is releasing Office for iPad. Office is already generating significant revenue for Microsoft and investors hope that releasing Office on new platforms should further increase Microsoft’s revenue. Rick Sherlund of Nomura Equity Research has a “Buy” rating on MSFT stock and has set a ...

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The Brand Finance US 500 2014 list was released today. It lists the value of Billion Dollar Brands in the US. Microsoft was ranked No.3 in the list with the brand value of 62,783 USD millions. Apple and Google are the No.1 and No.2 brands with brand value of 104,680 USD millions and 68,620 USD millions respectively. All these three companies saw great growth in brand value compared to last year. And Microsoft’s brand rating improved from being AAA- to AAA. You can find the full list from the link below. Source: Brand Directory ...

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Microsoft announced ID@Xbox program last year allowing independent developers to publish their games on Xbox One game store. Even though games from this program is yet to be released to general public, this program is gaining momentum among developers. Microsoft said that over 200 developers are already creating games using dev kits provided by ID@Xbox right now and even released a long list revealing few names. Today, Microsoft released a long list of games that will be released in coming weeks in Xbox Store. 1001 Spikes by Nicalis Calibre 10 Racing Series by Bongfish GmbH CastleStorm by Zen Studios Chariot by Frima Chuck’s Challenge 3D by Niffler Contrast by Compulsion Games Divekick Addition Edition + by Iron Galaxy Studios Forced by BetaDwarf ApS FRU by Through Games Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition by DrinkBox Studios Gunscape by Blowfish Studios Habitat by 4gency Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine It Draws a Red Box by ...

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Along with the major announcements about OneNote, Microsoft yesterday announced a cool new feature in OneNote service. This new feature allows you to add notes to your OneNote via email. Now, you can use any ‘Email this’ button you find online everywhere to send content to OneNote. Just use me@onenote.com as To address and your linked email address as From address. Email to OneNote is a great way to forward receipts, travel itineraries or documents that you want to keep track of from your mailbox. If you’re on the run and want to send yourself a quick to do, it’s hard to get faster than writing up a quick mail. Or, if you’re in an app, and want to remember what you’re seeing, you can do so quickly by sharing via email. To get set up just visit the email settings page and select the addresses from which you would like OneNote ...

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Microsoft today announced an update on Bing Search experience that will allow you to know directions and distance between two places easier than ever. You don’t need to go Bing Maps to find directions and distances, just type in Bing Search box, you will get it. Recently, we rolled out a faster way for you to get directions between two places on Bing*. Now, when you search for driving directions from say, Los Angeles to San Diego, we’ll surface the estimated travel time, mileage and map at the top of the search results page on Bing. When you click on the map or the “turn by turn directions” link, we’ll launch the Bing Maps experience where you will see a detailed set of turn-by-turn directions. Because we know directions are most useful when you’re on the go, we’ve enabled this mobile browse experience across the top smart phones including Windows ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype for Android to v4.7 with a significant improvements in power efficiency. You can now leave Skype running all day on your phone without affecting your battery life. This update will offer aggressive battery savings that will allow most of the users to leave Skype running without noticeably affecting battery life. To achieve these amazing battery savings, we’ve temporarily turned off instant notification of messages in group chats. We realize group chats are important to those who rely on Skype for them, so we’d like you to know: •In the near future, you will be able to receive group chat messages instantly without additional battery impact. •If you can’t wait for that to happen, we’ve added a new setting to let you keep group chat notifications. Go to Settings > Notifications > check the “Sync group messages in the background” box. This version also includes the following ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 for users who need on-the-go solutions. This mouse will come in five sharp colors: Coal Black, Flame Red, Orchid Pink, Pantone Purple, and Wool Blue. And it costs just $14.95 and will go on sale this month. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is designed for life on the go, offering wireless freedom and built-in transceiver storage for ultimate mobility. Comfortable to use with either hand and a scroll wheel for easy navigation makes this mouse the ideal device for your modern, mobile lifestyle. Its a super lightweight mouse designed for people who live life on-the-go that costs less than 15 bucks. I’ve been using the mouse for a few days and really appreciate how light this mouse is. And it fits perfect in my hand. It is actually designed to feel good being used by both righties and lefties.   ...

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