At Microsoft Project Conference 2014, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Project has steadily grown with more than 20 million people are using Project across businesses of all sizes right now. Microsoft also demoed no.of upcoming enhancements to Microsoft Project and revealed a new SKU called Project Lite which costs as low as $7 per user/month. We’re pleased to introduce Project Lite, a new cloud offering that will become available on May 1, 2014. Project Lite is designed specifically for project team members, with features to view/update Tasks, enter Issues/Risks and Timesheets. At just $7 per user/month, instead of the original $33 per user/month with an annual subscription, Project Lite will bring powerful cloud service to even more people and significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership for our customers. Read more from Office blog here. ...

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Few days back, we reported that Microsoft is running a great deal where consumers can now trade-in their old consoles including Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox 360S, etc, at Microsoft to store receive $100 Store credit on buying Xbox One. Microsoft is now expanding this program to smartphones and tablets as well. You can trade in your smartphone or tablet and receive up to $250 of store credit. Trade and save when you bring in your working* smartphone or tablet to your local Microsoft retail store. For a limited time, receive up to $250 of store credit. Looking to trade up to a new tablet?  Check out the Surface 2. At less than 1.5 pounds and just 8.9 mm thick, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. It runs Windows RT 8.1 and comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office 2013 RT, so you get Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ...

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Confirming the previous reports from WSJ and Recode, Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates may get involved in product development at Microsoft after the new CEO was announced. There were multiple reports in the past few days that Satya Nadella will be announced as the new CEO and Bill Gates will step down from his chairman position to get involved in product development. As the board prepares to appoint Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s next chief executive officer, it’s considering replacing Gates as board chairman, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Gates would remain a director and be involved in product development, focusing less on administration, the people said. He’s weighing going to work at Microsoft at least one day a week, a person briefed on the matter said. Related posts: Report: Microsoft May Name Satya Nadella As Its Next CEO, Gates Will Be Out As Chairman ...

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We have seen many different fields in which Microsoft’s revolutionary Kinect was being used, this one is quite different. Microsoft’s Kinect is now being used in Korean border by the military to monitor the demilitarized zone. If there was any human intrusion, Kinect will automatically notify the army men about it. Even though the current implementation uses first gen Kinect, they are now planning to upgrade to Xbox One Kinect which will able to detect heart rates and heat maps for more accurate tracking. Self-taught South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Ko developed a Kinect-based software system to monitor the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), which separates the two countries. It was deployed at the border last August, but its existence wasn’t made public until recently. According to news site Hankooki (via tipster Sang), the Kinect-based system identifies objects crossing the DMZ. It can discern the difference between animals and humans. If the ...

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In the last week, we saw information about Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaking on the web. We reported about features such as new context menu support in Start Screen, ability to pin metro apps in task bar, ability to close, minimize and maximize metro apps with new buttons on top right and more. One new feature that was noticed in this build was the new control panel link in PC Settings Metro app. This Windows 8.1 Update 1 build is now available for download from p2p sites. This is a leaked build with build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237. If you are ready to explore, download it and try it out! Microsoft will be officially releasing this update in March. ...

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Yesterday, we reported about Microsoft employees showcased their support for Seahawks, around 7000 employees of Microsoft’s Operating Systems group gathered together Microsoft’s campus to form 12th man flag. You can watch the timelapse video of around 7000 people gathering together above. The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football franchise in the National Football League based in Seattle, Washington. They got qualified for the finals of NFL known as SuperBowl. Check out more photos of this fun event at Microsoft here. ...

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As Microsoft board is nearing the announcement about its next CEO, there were multiple reports on the discussions going on between board and the likely CEO Satya Nadella. Recode and WSJ both reported that Satya Nadella has requested Microsoft’s board to ask Bill Gates to spend more time on technology and strategy by assisting him as CEO. After the board’s search committee recommended Mr. Nadella, he told the board that a bigger role for Mr. Gates as a close adviser is “what I need to be successful,” the person familiar with the matter said. Since Bill Gates is already focused on his Gates foundation work in addition to being Microsoft’s chairman, it is unlikely that he will accept this new role which Satya demands to board. Recode reports that Bill Gates would step down as chairman in favor of the director John Thompson, as part of the changes. Sources said that ...

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Based on various reports from Bloomberg, Recode, and many other news publications, Microsoft’s current executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise group is likely to become CEO of Microsoft. GigaOM’s Om Malik did an interview with Satya few months back and he published it yesterday. It is an very interesting interview in which Om asks questions like, “What does the future of Microsoft productivity apps and Microsoft’s Enterprise business look like, say in 2020?”, “What is your biggest challenge right now from a cloud and enterprise standpoint in the company?” and more. I find the answers from Satya to these questions are great. One of the highlights of the interview was when he was asked about the challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft, read his full response below. What do you think is the big challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft? I’d say our current challenge and our ...

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Apart from the video related to the ad that Microsoft is going to air during Superbowl tomorrow, Microsoft has released several other videos themed “Empowering us all, Microsoft”. These videos include stories of woman whom got her hearing back, students across the world connecting with other students across the world, a 96 year old who uses paint program in PCs, surgeons who uses their gestures to interact with X-rays, and more. In all these stories, Microsoft technology is involved. Check out those videos below. Microsoft official blog has also provided us some information about each of these videos, read it below. Readers may be familiar with Sarah Churman from a 2011 viral video in which she activates a hearing implant and hears for the very first time. In the above video, you can learn more about Churman’s story and how Microsoft technology enabled her to receive an Esteem Hearing implant ...

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Microsoft is going to run its first Super Bowl ad on Sunday during Seahawks vs Broncos NFL match. I was surprised to know that Microsoft has never took part in the famous Super Bowl marketing ads. This time, Microsoft is going to show an ad for Surface Pro device and how it is empowering people with disabilities. Former football player Steve Gleason uses Microsoft Surface to communicate and inspire others diagnosed with ALS. Watch the video above to know more. Another ad might be just focused on Microsoft branding that it empowers people. Five year old Braylon O’Neill was born missing the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs. Now, he’s making strides, pushing limits, and playing sports because of Microsoft technology. It is good to see that Microsoft is taking efforts to remind people that they are still a key player in the technology world. Recently, Apple ...

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Recode today revealed that Microsoft’s Vice President of US Advertising Sales Keith Lorizio is leaving the company. Keith joined Microsoft in 2006 from Yahoo where he was heading Advertising sales team. For the past 8 years at Microsoft, Keith helped building a strong US sales team. Frank Holland, the CVP for Microsoft’s Advertising and Online businesses and Eric Dahlberg, the director of U.S. network & exchange sales for Microsoft Advertising sent internal memos regarding Keith’s departure. From: Frank Holland Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 2:45 PM To: A&O US Sales FTE Cc: Barry Dougan; Frank Holland Direct Reports Subject: A&O US Sales Leadership Announcement Team, I am writing to inform you that Keith Lorizio is no longer with Microsoft. I would like to thank Keith for his leadership and contribution to the US Sales team, and his role in building up a sales org with such extraordinary talent and potential over the last ...

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The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football franchise in the National Football League based in Seattle, Washington. They got qualified for the finals of NFL known as SuperBowl. The final game is taking place on Sunday and as Microsoft’s HQ is located in Seattle, there are lots of Seattle Seahawks fans among Microsoft employees. To showcase their support for Seahawks, around 7000 employees of Microsoft’s Operating Systems group gathered together Microsoft’s campus to form 12th man flag. Check out more photos below. Photos credits: Microsoft and its employees on Twitter. ...

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Microsoft is not just fixing and tweaking Windows 8.1 to better serve enterprise users, there is another important component for enterprise which is Internet Explorer. Lots of enterprises depend on IE everyday for their legacy and custom built internal apps. Since Windows 7 shipped with Internet Explorer 8, it became the de-facto standard for designing apps. Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 versions for Windows 7 after that. Often, these latest versions breaks compatibility with sites designed for Internet Explorer 8. ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley today reported that Microsoft is working on a new Enterprise Mode feature in IE11 that will allow enterprises to run their websites and custom apps in IE8 mode. There may be a Microsoft-made solution to this dilemma, however. Sources say it’s a new IE feature known as EMIE. Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it’s referred to internally, is supposedly going to ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are ending the development of InfoPath and SharePoint forms. Microsoft also announced that they will be revealing the next generation forms technology that will work across devices in March at SharePoint Conference. As per Microsoft’s lifecycle support policy, InfoPath will be supported through 2023. Industry trends and feedback from our customers and partners make it clear that today’s businesses demand an intelligent, integrated forms experience that spans devices. We are looking to make investments that allow you to easily design, deploy, and use intelligent, integrated forms across Office clients, servers, and services—forms that everyone can use on their PC, tablet, or phone. Our goal is to deliver tools that are flexible and agile, so you can quickly connect to your data and processes in new and exciting ways. So how are we evolving our forms technology? In an effort to streamline our investments and deliver ...

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Ahead of the re-branding of Office Web Apps to Office Online, Microsoft has recently revamped OneNote.com. OneNote.com has now become the home for all your OneNote notebooks, either created by you or shared by someone. Also there is a new header and left hand navigation bar in OneNote Online. Get started using OneNote Web App It’s really easy to get started using OneNote on the web: Go to onenote.com, then at the top of the page, click Sign In. On the sign-in screen, enter your Microsoft account email address and password. (Note: If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, you’ll be prompted to create one.) After you’ve signed in, you’ll see a list of your OneNote notebooks and notebooks that others have shared with you—just click them to open. (Note: If you have only one notebook, it will automatically open. If you don’t have any notebooks yet, OneNote will automatically create ...

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If you are looking for a portable 10-inch fully powered PC which costs very less, then this is the definitive answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface Pro is now on sale at BestBuy online stores and retail stores. The device with 128GB is now available for just $499. It is $400 off from its original price.  If you want more battery life, adjustable kickstand and Intel Haswell performance, check out Surface Pro 2. But it will cost you more! ! Key Features: Supports the full Office experience Run Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more. (Office applications sold separately.) 10.6″ ClearType HD touch-screen display 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio VaporMg casing Precision crafted to be tough yet elegant, without excessive bulk. With a watchlike finish that’s incredibly smooth and durable, Surface is a delight to hold and touch. Integrated Kickstand Provides uncompromised support and flexibility. Flip out the Kickstand for hands-free ...

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