We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Last week, Windows 9/Windows Threshold build 6.4.9788 was spotted in the Windows Store logs. This revealed us that Microsoft has already started testing Windows 9 in some form to run Window Store apps. Today, a screenshot of the build 9788 was leaked online which hints us that this Windows Build is already in the hands of the general public. Soon, we will know concrete info about whether this is a Windows 9 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 build. We reported about a rumor last month in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid ...

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Rich presentation taskbar buttons is nothing new, we have seen them from days of Windows XP. Windows Media Player, Windows Search, etc, has more than just buttons in the task bar. In Windows 7, Microsoft made it default to display only the icons of the currently opened or pinned applications in task bar. Also, developers didn’t really take advantage of this concept which Microsoft envisioned. Microsoft considered these rich taskbar buttons as a way to improve multi-tasking. For example, you can play/pause audio in the app that is running in the background without switching to its windows. Microsoft has recently patented this idea and I doubt that Microsoft might be bringing back this feature to cater mouse/keyboard users. Overview: The present invention provides a system or method for displaying rich presentation taskbar buttons for a corresponding application. In one example, the rich presentation taskbar button may receive content from an ...

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Microsoft today announced Windows Apportals for the enterprise which can organize and reveal only the data and apps needed for a specific role or task. Windows Apportals pull together all the essential Apps and data you need right from the fabric of Windows 8. As a result, they are adaptive to any mobile environment. Main Features: Tile Groupings: Windows Apportals are composed of Tile Groupings similar to the Windows 8 Start screen. This instantly familiar interface is incredibly easy to use. Grid Tiles: Tile Groupings are built with “Grid Tiles,” similar to Live Tiles in that they can display streaming information. Unlike Live Tiles, these Grid Tiles are not repositionable by the user. Desktop Applications: Any application designed to run in Desktop Mode on Windows 8 can also launch and run in any Windows Apportal. Modern Apps: Applications native the Metro UI in Windows 8—sometimes called Windows 8 apps—also launch and run in ...

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Microsoft is now helping developers in making decisions to succeed in Windows Store app development. To compete with tens of thousands of apps in the Windows Store, developers can make use of the real data to make good decisions to help their app succeed. When developers decide to develop for a platform, the first question that arises is which app should they build. Developers can use a service such as AppFeds to get some overall data and get some insights. Games is by far the most popular category followed by apps in in the Entertainment, Education, Books and Reference, and Music and Videos categories of equal numbers. AppFeds provided the following thoughts on current Windows Store apps, If you’re looking for areas with fewer competitors—where it might be easier to find opportunities—you might focus on the smallest categories such as Finance, Security, Photos, Government, and Health and Fitness. If you’re planning to ...

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During the 2014 Rooster Teeth Expo, 343 Industries shared some new info on the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. They revealed the new content for the Halo 2: Anniversary portion and a new trailer. In the panel organized there, Halo developers showed off the first of the six remade maps for Halo 2 Anniversary – Coagulation. They also revealed some of the new modes include: SWAT: The popular no-shields, no-motion-tracker mode had been expanded in Halo 3, and Halo 2 gets an upgrade. Ricochet: One of the newest modes from Halo 4, where players have to get a ball into the enemy’s goal. Think Halo basketball. Infection: The popular zombie mode from Halo 3 owes a Halo 2 custom game credit for its invention… and now, it’s coming to Halo 2 for real. Race: Straight from the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Get in a vehicle and hit all the checkpoints. And that’s barely scratching ...

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Microsoft Research has released Climatology app for Android mobile devices. This mobile application gives the user climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain, sunniness and frost. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. This app is based on MSR’s FetchClimate project which provides ready access to complex geographical information including, but not limited to, climatological information. App Description: Climatology gives you climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain and sunniness. Whether finding where are the warm, dry places to go on holiday in December, or avoiding rain for your wedding, to finding out what the climate is like in Kazakhstan in April, Climatology allows you to discover the information you want. Climatology is powered by Microsoft Research’s technology, developed by Microsoft’s environmental scientists for climate-related scientific research. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. Download it here from Google Play Store for free. ...

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Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsoft’s ID@Xbox boss Chris Charla revealed that Microsoft has now enabled developers to submit trial games in Xbox One. In Xbox One, you already have game demos, but you have to download the full game again when you want to purchase it. In lots of developing nations where Internet speed and limit is an issue, this was an annoying thing. But now, that ‘trial’ experience where you could download a demo and then convert it to a full version is back in Xbox One just like it was during Xbox 360 days. But then, game developers should make use of this feature as the games which are already in Xbox Store won’t work this way. “But now we do. In the same way that we update the Xbox One OS every month, they update the development system every month – or regularly, anyway. So that’s something that we recently turned ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have acquired InMage, an emerging company in the cloud-based business continuity solutions. InImage appliance provides private and public cloud migration, unified backup and disaster recovery for today’s 24×7 enterprises. It’s self-contained and scalable architecture includes compute, network and storage resources that enable quick implementations. This significantly reduces the operational cost and time compared to competing products. With this acquisition, Microsoft is trying to make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. As the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, Microsoft is committed to solving this challenge for customers. This acquisition will accelerate our strategy to provide hybrid cloud business continuity solutions for any customer IT environment, be it Windows or Linux, physical or virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or others. This will make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. ...

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Earlier this year, we reported about a job listing from Microsoft Xbox team that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking Reading app for Windows devices, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics. I recently came across three new patents from Microsoft related to Story Reading. Some of them could be part of the new Reading experience Microsoft Xbox team is building right now. These patent involves visual content modification for distributed Story Reading, speech modification for distributed Story Reading  and location based augmentation for Story Reading. Abstract: Various embodiments provide an interactive, shared, story-reading experience in which stories can be experienced from remote locations. Various embodiments enable augmentation or modification of audio and/or video associated with the story-reading experience. This can include augmentation and modification of a reader’s voice, face, and/or other content associated with the story as the story is read. Overview: Various embodiments provide an interactive, shared, story-reading experience ...

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Microsoft today announced a new website where OneNote users can share feedback and suggestions for improving OneNote. Currently, Microsoft relied on feedback from Microsoft Answers forum, social media, etc, for feedback from its users, this new feedback site should allow them to collect direct feedback from users. Also, they have separate sections for OneNote users and OneNote API developers. Today, we’re excited to announce a new and easier way to send us suggestions on how we can improve OneNote—the OneNote Feedback & Suggestions website. Our new site consists of two forums, one for OneNote users and one for software developers. In either forum, you can see suggestions submitted by other members of the OneNote community and vote for your favorites. You can also type a short description of your own idea into the “Enter your idea” box. If your suggestion matches an existing one, you can vote for it—you get ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Today, an old Microsoft Research video was discovered which shows an early prototype of a automated personal assistant called Louise built to work on Windows. Project Louise is an ongoing, multiyear prototyping effort to build an automated personal assistant. This demo highlights the Louise Personal Assistant serving as a conversational natural user interface (NUI): multi-modal ...

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Matt Reeves, the director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes movie has revealed to /Film that he directed few scenes of the movie over Skype. Not just one scene, this movie contains lots of scenes directed over Skype. In one case, the director wanted to change things that they already shot. As the actor Jason Clarke was in Rome shooting for another movie, he performed through Skype from his hotel. This is the first movie where I’ve ever directed scenes over Skype. And mo-cap enables you to do that. And actually that last shot, when I realized that that was not the right ending, I went to Weta and I said, okay, so we gotta do something different. And they’re like, well you’re gonna need a performance. So we did a thing where Andy was in London and he was at [his performance capture studio] the Imaginarium. And ...

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Emoji fonts became so popular after it was included in Apple’s iOS few year back. Apple implemented it using a proprietary, unpublished extension of the TrueType/OpenType specification to add PNG images to a font. These PNG images are then displayed within running text. Google also implemented similar thing, but it is not compatible with Apple’s solution. I recently came to know via Ralf Herrmann from OpenType.info about the interesting approach Microsoft has taken to implement Emojis in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Earlier, Microsoft supported unicode emoji characters with its Segoe UI with no colors. But with the latest OS, Microsoft is also supporting colored emojis. Instead of using PNGs like Apple and Google, Microsoft is using layered vector glyphs. Ralf explains how it works, By default, the new Segoe UI Emoji font behaves like a regular TrueType/OpenType font. It has Unicode-encoded, uncolored “base glyphs”. But there are two additional tables in the font: ...

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At Comic-Con International: San Diego happening from July 24-27, Microsoft Xbox has planned for lots of events to attend and games to play at the show. The events will offer first look of Halo: Nightfall live-action digital series, first glimpse at “Atari: Game Over,” and more. Major Nelson listed the following as the events planned, Halo: Nightfall First-Look (Thursday, July 24, 11:45AM – 12:45PM, Room 6BCF) : Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep-dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Join 343’s Kiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director)along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew, and be among the first to get the details of the story and production. The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive ( Thursday, July 24, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Room 5AB): Join Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to get an inside look ...

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Susan Hauser, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft speaks with Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research in the above video to discuss about the power of “Blue Sky” research, the insights it uncovers and how past initiatives. Peter Lee cited Worldwide Telescope as an example. Worldwide Telescope was a Blue Sky idea of a researcher at Microsoft in which he wants to explore all the telescopic data in one single window. The technology Microsoft developed to implement WWT is now used when people view geo-spatial data in Power BI today. He also cited how Microsoft Exchange team is using IoT platform to collect data from its data center to predict when the network will go down and act accordingly. Watch the video above! ...

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The final Halo 3 Easter Egg has been found seven years after the game was released. Back in 2012, Bungie confirmed the existence of this Easter Egg and revealed that it will work only on specific day.  “There is one Easter egg in Halo 3 that I don’t think anyone has found – I stumbled across it in code a while back. It only happens on a specific day … so good luck.” Today, Teambeyond.net revealed how to experience this Easter Egg. When you press down on both thumbsticks during the loading screen on December 25, you’ll be shown a wider view of the Halo ring with the words “Happy Birthday Lauren!” on the ring’s surface. This Easter Egg was done by programmer Adrian Perez dedicated to his wife as a birthday gift. Adrian Perez claimed his proudest moment at Bungie was “showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the halo 3 ...

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