Microsoft today announced a new feature for SkyDrive called Photo Timeline. In the timeline view you can scroll down to navigate through all the images. They’re organized into groups by event and time. Photos will appear as two different groups in the timeline based on the time in which they were shot. The new view is convenient when you want to quickly get to a photo from June and you only have access to a web browser. Maybe the reason you only have access to a web browser is because your laptop was accidentally destroyed by a random camping accident. They have also improved the performance  for uploading photos via the SkyDrive desktop app. In the past few months we’ve also been hard at work addressing the feedback we’ve received about how long it sometimes takes to upload via the SkyDrive desktop app. To improve upload times, we worked on changes to both ...

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Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue which will be released as preview in June. Various Windows Blue update got leaked in the past few months and revealed number of improvements over Windows 8 UX. It includes improved PC Settings menu, Start screen, lockscreen, etc,. ZDNet reports the following changes too, In addition to the optional Start Button and boot-to-desktop options, there may be other interface adjustments in the works, according to one of my Blue tipsters. I hear the Windows team may also be tweaking the Charms to make them a bit easier to use with a mouse. There might be new built-in tutorials and in-context help coming to Blue. And word is there may be adjustments to the Start Screen designed to make Blue easier to use for Desktop users. One of my sources said some of these tweaks may not be in the ...

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Speaking at the earnings report conference, Rene Haas, Nvidia’s VP of computing products told that Nvidia is working on next-generation Tegra 4 processors that will run on Windows RT tablets. “Nvidia is very invested and very committed to Windows RT, and we feel it has a bright future,” said Haas said. “We feel this [platform] is where things are going.” He also revealed that next-generation Tegra 4 processors will run on “multiple” versions of upcoming Windows RT tablets without specifying which OEM will release it and when it will be on sale. Tegra 4 is Nvidia’s next gen chip which has a quad-core system-on-a-chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture that has been clocked at 1.9GHz. It also includes 72 custom graphics processor cores to support super-high-definition 4K resolution, console level graphics gaming and High Dynamic Range photography. Read more at the source link below. Source: CW ...

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Latest Windows 8.1 build has revealed some changes Microsoft is making to its Explorer window. The traditional ‘Computer’ name has been renamed as ‘This PC’, but the icon remains the same. Also the ‘libraries’ has now become ‘folders’. Also the new ‘Folders’ is now available for access right inside the ‘This PC’ explorer windows as opposed to the past where you will have shortcuts in the sidebar. It is good to see that Microsoft is improving the classic Explorer Windows experience along with the Modern UI experience. We should know about it more when Microsoft releases public preview of Windows 8.1 in June. via: Neowin via: WinBeta ...

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At this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 team presented a video for saying thanks to web developers  for everything they  have done. If you are an web developer/engineer, you need to watch this for sure. There are presentations that leave you daydreaming about a warm bed and a good book. Then there are presentations like this… www.modern.ie Filmed at this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), web developer Ted Knealey gets more than a little carried away as he explains the impact his profession has had on the world today. And why not? After all, it’s not the browser that makes the web brilliant. It’s you. via: istartedsomething Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft helped Nook Media split from the retail arm of B&N last October with its $300 million investment. It was valued by Microsoft for a 16.8 percent stake in the Nook Media LLC. At the time of the deal, the partnership was aimed at getting B&N content on Windows 8 tablets through Nook apps. There were various reports and rumors about Windows based Nook device, but it didn’t happen. Today, TechCrunch reports that Microsoft is planning to buy Nook Media business for about $1 billion. Microsoft is offering to pay $1 billion to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC, the digital book and college book joint venture with Barnes & Noble and other investors, according to internal documents we’ve obtained. In this plan, Microsoft would redeem preferred units in Nook Media, which also includes a college book division, leaving it with the digital operation — e-books, as well ...

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Microsoft YouTube account yesterday posted three strange Windows 8 ads that never really shows the actual product. All the above ads involves Japanese people doing some weird things on screen. Neowin posted an explanation of these ads which are considered to be metaphor for Windows 8 features. Aside from the fact that the content of each ad is very strange, the other thing that’s noticeable is that a Windows 8 PC is nowhere to be found in any of these commercials. Microsoft seems to be using the ad’s content as a metaphor for features in Windows 8. The watermelon ad is linked to the touchscreen experience and the piano-ping pong clip is meant to show that Windows 8 can do two things at once. The third commercial is supposed to show that Windows 8 can be both “beautiful and fast” but that’s reaching a bit for that metaphor to work. ...

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Klout today announced a new program called Klout Experts. With Klout Experts, our goal is to enable every person to share their passions and expertise with the world. Klout Experts will create a path to not only increasing your Klout Score, but also to helping others by sharing your insights and opinions. Here is how it works: During this preview period, we’ve made Klout Experts available to a small percentage of our users. If you’re one of the influencers we’ve tapped for early access, when you come to Klout you will have the opportunity to share your insights to questions about the topics you are most interested in. You can also request early access to Klout Experts by signing up for the waitlist. For example, a person building their influence in photography might be asked, “What’s the best digital SLR for beginners?” Someone who is an expert about fitness might ...

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Speaking to The Australian Mark Whittard, managing director of Toshiba Australia accused Microsoft for confusing the PC market with couple of different flavours of Windows. He said that the consumers bought Windows RT devices and discovered that they had to buy a different suite of apps which is because Microsoft’s marketing didn’t educate the consumers enough. He also cited the low Windows 8 device sales due to lots of Windows 7 devices that were already in channel  and high costs associated in producing touch panels. He said consumers also were wary at the price jump going from Windows 7 to Windows 8, a gap that increased further when Windows 7 computers were discounted to clear. “They were going even cheaper than the traditional RRP (recommended retail price), so the gap wasn’t just the $100 or $200 from non-touch to touch, it was $400 and the customer’s going: “Hang on a sec, ...

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Microsoft today announced about its expansion of retail presence in US with four new specialty stores. REDMOND, Wash. — May 8, 2013 — Consumers in Roseville, Calif.; Arlington, Texas; Novi, Mich.; and Seattle soon will have access to the same excellent choice, value, service and engaging experience that Microsoft Corp.’s products and services offer in other markets across the United States and Canada. The four Microsoft Specialty Store locations will open in the following markets: •  May 24: Westfield Galleria at Roseville (Roseville, Calif.) •  June 5: The Parks at Arlington (Arlington, Texas) •  June 5: Twelve Oaks (Novi, Mich.) •  June 21: Pacific Place (Seattle) Microsoft announced the opening of five new Specialty Stores in April, and the company is expanding on its existing retail footprint in the U.S. to deliver an assortment of products, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Office ...

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Microsoft today shared it vision for the future of computer technology involved in automotive industry. Microsoft called the “intelligent car” is a scenario in which telematics data can help improve both the driving experience and the design of the vehicle for the driver. Read the below description of their vision, It means a world in which the same information that is available to drivers today to improve fuel efficiency or vehicle maintenance – speed, braking, fuel consumption, tire pressure and environmental conditions – can be used by carmakers to evaluate day-to-day performance to improve design on next year’s model or even fine tune an engine “over the air” to improve fuel economy of the current model year. Carmakers will increasingly have the ability to provide iterative updates, much in the same way that computer software works today, that refresh the driving experience and extend compatibility to the latest consumer devices. ...

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Microsoft Office Web Apps team today made some announcements regarding the online service. First, they are improving the overall Office Web Apps experience by increasing performance, etc,. Second, they are adding support for Android tablets, with which you can edit documents from your Chrome browse. Third, they are added real-time co-authoring just like what Google Docs currently works. Online user experience We tend to see consistent customer feedback around the next must have features people consider essential to their Office experience. We’ve prioritized features that make it easier to work via the Web, including things as simple as adding find and replace in Word Web App to improving the general experience by speeding up launch times and making file management simpler. While we’ll continue to deliver a great Office experience on the desktop, Office Web Apps provide yet another option for Office customers to be more productive. With these changes, ...

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According to the recent SEC filings from Yahoo, Microsoft has extended the revenue guarantee for Yahoo search in the US for another year from April 1, 2013.  In 2009, Yahoo entered into the Search Agreement with Microsoft, which provides for Microsoft to be the exclusive algorithmic and paid search services provider on Yahoo! Properties and non-exclusive provider of such services on Affiliate sites. Here is the details provided in the SEC filing, Under the Search Agreement, for each market, Microsoft generally guarantees Yahoo!’s revenue per search (“RPS Guarantee”) on Yahoo! Properties only for 18 months after the transition of paid search services to Microsoft’s platform in that market. The RPS Guarantee is calculated based on the difference in revenue per search between the pre-transition and post-transition periods and certain other factors. The Company records the RPS Guarantee as search revenue in the quarter the amount becomes fixed, which would typically be ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature called Smart Motion Preview which allows you to preview a video before travelling to the site. This feature was already there on Bing before, but the video preview was playing within the thumbnail size as opposed to the current design. How does it work? Smart Motion Previews give you the equivalent of a movie trailer for video results. When we crawl videos, we create short previews (never more than 30 seconds, made up of a few very short clips) that reflect what our video crawling technology thinks are the most relevant parts. We look at the audio levels for instance to see a big play in a sports video (based on the applause from a monster dunk, for example). Check out the video above and read about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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Sony yesterday revealed a new series of laptops branded as ‘Fit’. The new ‘Fit’ series devices are inexpensive, mainstream laptops targeting consumers who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at lower price. Vaio Fit 14 $649 model comes with NFC, aluminum body, a touch screen with a display resolution of 1,600×900 pixels. You can get full 1080p display for $699. Also Vaio Fit E14 and E15 comes with 1,366×768 screen at $547 and $579 for the 14- and 15-inch models, respectively. The Vaio Fit 14 and 15, Fit E 14 and 15 will be available from mid-May. via: CNET ...

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Along with the announcement about sales of 100 million licenses of Windows 8, Microsoft also revealed some details about the upcoming Windows Blue update. One concrete answer from them is that the update will be available later this year. Other than that, they mentioned that the update will enable new form factors and incorporates feedback they got from Windows 8 customers. Brandon LeBlanc: There’s been a lot of speculation about Windows Blue. What can you tell me about it? Tami Reller: Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options ...

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