Xbox Fitness is a fitness training program available on Xbox One platform. It used Kinect 2.0 to deliver personalized program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance. While Xbox 360 used used a library of 200 captured moves to track performance, Xbox Fitness uses a catalog of more than 2,000 moves. It is more accurate than ever. It can even measure user’s pulse using micro-fluctuations in the blood coursing through their face. Speaking to Polygon, Dave McCarthy, general manager for Lifestyle Entertainment at Microsoft Studios revealed that Microsoft may be expanding the Xbox fitness to other devices in the Microsoft eco-system. You could see Windows Phone as a potential device that could have Xbox Fitness and if Microsoft is working on some smartwatch, that could be even better device for Xbox Fitness. “We realize people don’t just do stuff inside the home,” he said. “We’re starting to, articulate ...

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Microsoft today announced a new online tool called Office 365 Partner admin center. This online tool allows Office 365 partners to manage their Office 365 customers.  So far, there was  Partner tools in the Office 365 admin center, which allows you to do delegated administration tasks on behalf of customers and create trial invitations, purchase offers, and offers for delegated administration. But with the new tool, you can do more. You are now also able to: •View the customers for which you have delegated admin privileges—all in one place. •Easily find, select, and perform administrative tasks on behalf of your customers. •View your customers’ Office 365 service health status and details. •Create, edit, and view service requests on behalf of your customers. Microsoft is rolling out this new Office 365 Partner admin center to partners worldwide over the next few weeks. Read more from the link below. Source: Office blogs ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are joining Open Compute Project (OCP) founded by Facebook. OCP is a community focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing via open collaboration. Microsoft also announced that they are contributing Microsoft cloud server specification to the OCP. Microsoft cloud server specifications are the designs for the most advanced server hardware in Microsoft datacenters delivering global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing and others. The Microsoft cloud server specification essentially provides the blueprints for the datacenter servers we have designed to deliver the world’s most diverse portfolio of cloud services. These servers are optimized for Windows Server software and built to handle the enormous availability, scalability and efficiency requirements of Windows Azure, our global cloud platform. Microsoft hopes that these specs will improve overall cloud computing efficiency across the industry. Source: Microsoft ...

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  For the second year in a row, Microsoft Bing teams is partnering with Fox News for delivering real-time opinions of the State of the Union address. Bing Pulse allows people to share their opinion of the State of the Union by “voting” every five seconds on their reactions to the content of the speech. You can go to Bing.com/politics from a computer, tablet or mobile device to connect with the poll while watching the president’s address or Republican response on television or through a live feed on the Bing.com/politics hub. Find full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 27, 2014 — Bing.com and FOX News Channel (FNC) are teaming up again on the Bing Pulse online voting tool for the State of the Union address and Republican response on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 9 p.m. EST. The first-of-its-kind technology, which was introduced during the 2013 State of the Union, ...

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Microsoft Bing announced the launch of Bing.com/awards, an awards season resource guide for consumers last month. It offers an interactive look at the 2014 award season including Golden Globes, the Grammy’s and the Oscars. Microsoft then said that the site will be updated periodically as the award season progresses. As Grammys 2014 got over yesterday, Bing.com/awards has now highlighted some performances from the event. The night was kicked off by a glamorous red carpet and one of the biggest color trends of the night was metallic. Taylor Swift’s silver Gucci gown captured 70% of the searches followed by Chrissy Teigen, Ciara, and Rita Ora who rocked the gold and silver look as well. The searches continued throughout the night as the audience was treated to performances that ranged from heavy metal to old-school country and everything in between. No surprise though, it was Katy Perry’s dark and magical performance of “Dark Horses” ...

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Hot on the heels of rebranding SkyDrive to OneDrive, Microsoft is also planning to re-brand its online productivity suite Office Web Apps as Office Online. Individual apps in the suite would be rebranded as Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online. ZDNET also reported that Microsoft is planning to Office Online templates to users. There is no information on when Microsoft will make these changes public, but expect it to happen soon. Office Web Apps are 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. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNET ...

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. This deal includes rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft. There is more good news for Microsoft, Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward. Why did Microsoft purchase the “Gears of War” franchise? Phil Spencer: It all comes back to our commitment to Xbox fans. The “Gears of War” franchise has a very strong, passionate and valued fan base on Xbox. Over twenty-two million units have been sold across all “Gears of War” titles worldwide, grossing over $1B dollars ...

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Microsoft today officially confirmed the renaming of SkyDrive brand to OneDrive. Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life. Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more. The users of SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro won’t see any interruption on the services, but the name of the services will move to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as ...

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Today, Samsung and Google announced their cross-license patent agreement that will cover both existing patents and patents that will be filed over next 10 years. As we all know, Samsung is known for its imitation/copying of others innovation and it was evident after various courts asked Samsung to pay Apple for violating their patents. Google with their Android OS violates no.of patents owned by Microsoft and many other companies is already under fire in various courts across the world. Now since they both have partnered on patents. will it save them from patent cases? I don’t think so. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Google Inc. today furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas. The mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years. “We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license ...

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Gamers  are always passionate about their consoles. Whether its an Xbox or PS, they just love them. A man in Kansas city in the US found that his house was on fire on Friday morning an he was engulfed in flames. He rushed out of the house and then later again ran into his home. Guess, why he went inside? He went back in to grab his Xbox! Yes, he was ready to risk his life to save his gaming console. Fortunately, he is safe now as he suffered only from smoke inhalation as he rescued the gaming system from his home. The fire caused $80,000 dollars in damages and hopefully his Xbox is working now. If not, I won’t be surprised if Microsoft gifts him a new Xbox One. Source: ABC15 ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced few changes and improvements in the Windows Store onboarding and publishing process to make things easier for app developers. For example, you can now set exact date, time with time zone on when you app should go live in Windows Store, you can now relist the app at anytime to fix some critical issues, you can now end support for Windows 8 without disturbing the latest app in the store and more. From Windows team blog, Setting your app’s release date and time First off, we’ve added more control to choosing the release date for your app. Previously, when you submitted an app, it went live in the Store as soon as certification and the process of publishing the app was completed, or you could select a future date to publish your app. Now you have more control over when publishing begins. Rather than only choosing the date, ...

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  Recently, Syrian Electronic Army hacked no.of social media accounts of Microsoft. These social media and email accounts of Microsoft employees were subjected to targeted phishing attacks. Microsoft today acknowledged these events together on its Trustworthy Computing blog and revealed another important thing. Along with this social media account hacking activity, Microsoft suspects that some documents associated with law enforcement inquiries were stolen. Microsoft is continuing to investigate about the same. While our investigation continues, we have learned that there was unauthorized access to certain employee email accounts, and information contained in those accounts could be disclosed.  It appears that documents associated with law enforcement inquiries were stolen.  If we find that customer information related to those requests has been compromised, we will take appropriate action.  Out of regard for the privacy of our employees and customers – as well as the sensitivity of law enforcement inquiries – we will not comment on the ...

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  You may recall some months back we reported on VLC’s kickstarter to raise $75,000 in an effort to create a free Metro Win8 App. The project has been behind schedule and we reported on their progress in June. In October the team finally got the video portion of the app working, but not the audio. Later they finished the audio implementation and submitted it for certification from Microsoft. Unfortunately, it was rejected by Microsoft due to audio crashing issue. VideoLan team is now working on to fix the audio related issue and they are expected to re-submit the app sometime next week. Mean while, VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf sent these screenshots to Neowin to show off their new UI they have been working on in the past weeks. As you can see, the UI looks almost similar to Zune Desktop. One more screenshot from VLC, Source: Neowin ...

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Microsoft Research has announced its latest project called Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom in which you can explore Seattle and its art in a never before seen view. It uses well known Microsoft technologies Photosynth and ICE(Image Composite Editor) to deliver this experience. You can read the process in which this project was built below, We first sought out the perfect rooftop location from which to shoot such a panorama. We were lucky enough to find the Bay Vista condominium building, and thanks to the gracious owners, get access to amazing 360-degree views that include the Seattle Center, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and Seattle’s stadiums, as well Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and Lake Union. We also discussed the project with John Boylan, who has deep roots in the Seattle art scene. He helped us attract great interest from the arts community to come out and help create this celebration of the arts ...

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Similar to Lync for Windows Phone app, Microsoft has updated its iPhone and iPad app on iOS platform to v5.3. This new version of Lync mobile brings the capability to view shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync Meeting and iOS7 support. What’s New in Version 5.3 for iPhone & iPad View shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync Meeting Full support of the new iOS 7 Key Features: •View shared meeting content during a conference, on your mobile device •Initiate a group conversation (IM or Video) or invite additional participants •Join, rejoin and initiate a Lync Meeting to communicate and collaborate amazing ideas •Control the meeting (mute or remove attendees) and know more about participants’ modalities •Transfer your calls to another phone-number or another contact •Pick-up your conversations from the point you ended them •Join (and enjoy) a Lync Meeting even if you don’t have a Lync account •Enhanced Security with ...

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It seems Google/Gmail’s bad day continues. Following hour long outage causing millions of people without access to their email accounts, a glitch in Google Search and Gmail caused thousands of email to be sent to single Hotmail user. The particular user’s Hotmail account was indexed by Google and linked to top search result when someone searches for Gmail in Google. As you can see in the image above, when someone clicks the Email link, a Gmail compose window opens with this particular Hotmail address in the To field. Due to this case, thousands of people who had their compose window opened started sending blank emails to his account. TechCrunch spoke to this poor guy, Another Google search surfaces who this address belongs to: one David S. Peck of Fresno, California. We even found his resume. We spoke to Mr. Peck on the phone just now, and he says he’s been ...

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