Microsoft last month started selling a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU is now available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. If you have your old PS3, Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E consoles in your home, you can trade-in to get another $100 on your Xbox One purchase. Why Xbox One? Xbox One brings together the best exclusive games, the most advanced multiplayer, and entertainment experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Play games together with your friends on a network powered by over 300,000 servers for maximum performance. Find new challengers who fit your skill and style with Smart Match, which uses intelligent algorithms to bring the right players together. Conditions: Valid 7/14/2014 until 8/31/2014, or while supplies last. To be eligible for trade-in, product must power ...

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Microsoft has great social media policies for their employees and product groups. Most of the Microsoft products have their own Twitter account posting news and information about it. In fact, there are hundreds of official Microsoft Twitter accounts right now. Microsoft has now created the most up to date and comprehensive reference of active Microsoft Twitter Accounts on TechNet Wiki. Right now, this list has a categorized listing of 215 Microsoft Twitter Accounts representing official Microsoft products, teams, projects and initiatives along with widely recognized influential personal Twitter Accounts of individuals who work at Microsoft. The TechNet Wiki truly is a place where collaboration happens. This article is managed and maintained by the TechNet Wiki Community and is the result of efforts by community members at large, the TechNet Wiki Community Council and from contacts at Microsoft. A big thank you to everyone who contributed! You can check out the ...

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For the sixth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beat Xbox One in sales in the US. Even the doubling of console sales was not enough for Microsoft to catch up with PS4 which shows that Xbox One sales were really bad in the month of May. Despite having a solid platform for both games and entertainment apps, Microsoft’s console sales is not up to the mark due to unfocused marketing team. The total sales of consoles and portables combined was $736.4 million, up 24 percent from $593.5 million in sales during the same period last year. Also, combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 “Sales of launch titles in June 2014 did not compare favorably to those launched in June 2013, which included the PS3 exclusive The Last of Us, along with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf, ...

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If you are using Windows, you must be aware of the fact that Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiated Find operation. This works in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel and thousands of other programs. But there is one notable exception, Microsoft Outlook. When you use Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut inside Outlook, it forwards the current email instead of initiating the Find operation. Have you ever wondered why it was designed like that? Short answer is, Bill Gates. Read the below story to know why Ctrl+F differs in Outlook from rest of the Windows apps. It’s a widespread convention that the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiates a Find operation. Word does it, Excel does it, Wordpad does it, Notepad does it, Internet Explorer does it. But Outlook doesn’t. Why doesn’t Outlook get with the program? Rewind to 1995. The mail team was hard at work on their mail client, known as Exchange (code name Capone, ...

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The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act requires companies with 100 or more employees to notify affected workers 60 days prior to closures and layoffs. WARN data includes the name of the employer, business location, number of affected workers, type (layoff or closure) and effective date of layoff or closure. So, Microsoft has filed their listing with the detail that they are going to layoff 1351 employees with the process starting on September 15th. Microsoft Redmond 9/15/2014 1351 Layoff Permanent 7/17/2014 Microsoft today finally revealed their plans for their job cuts after Nokia acquisition. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 ...

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As part of the reorganizations and layoffs announced today, Microsoft has decided to stop developing the MixRadio service it acquired from Nokia. However, the good thing Microsoft is doing is to spin-off MixRadio from Microsoft so that it could operate as independent company. Currently, MixRadio depends on the revenue from the devices pre-loaded with MixRadio. If it becomes an independent company, it should find a new business model to survive in the highly competitive online music streaming industry. Microsoft will continue to focus on developing and maintaining the best operating system for consumers to use music and entertainment with their choice of third-party applications along with their own Xbox Music platform. Speaking to Musically, Jyrki Rosenberg of MixRadio team said that he has seen very strong interest from investors in the US, Europe and Asia. “For me personally it’s very exciting. I’ve been meeting with potential investors around the world in the last few weeks. We ...

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Earlier this year, Lenovo announced ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, with the ability to connect to a keyboard and display for a full PC experience. Or flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode. In addition, it allowed users to capture photos and videos intuitively and easily with the Quickshot cover. Users just peel back the tablet’s cover to expose the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the super bright 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is armed with the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro ...

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If you are experiencing poor battery life on Windows laptop, you should probably stop using Google Chrome for web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. Effect of the same? Indeed, in ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced today, Microsoft is going to shut down the recently formed Xbox Entertainment Studios which was responsible for creating original programming for Xbox platform. CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem was hired by Microsoft back in 2012 to lead these efforts and their recent production was “Every Street United” which was premiered on Xbox One during the world cup. There are about 12 projects currently in various stages of production. Few months back, this was the position inside Microsoft, Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted a slew of top Hollywood talent to develop its original programming slate, with names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise – but that’s only the beginning. Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary ...

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In the recently released Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Microsoft was named a leader along with SAP, Tibco software and others. Forrester said, “Microsoft received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and advanced data visualization functionality. Clients also gave Microsoft BI a high score for its product vision.” With their latest solutions, Microsoft is aiming to lower the barrier of entry for users and reduce the complexity of deploying business intelligence solutions for IT Microsoft elevates its leading Agile BI capabilities to the cloud with Power BI. Products Evaluated: Power BI for Office, SQL Server, SharePoint. Microsoft received top scores for the features technology professionals need to enable business user BI self-service, business user capabilities to provision their own BI applications and data, as well as effectiveness of the UI and its ADV functionality. Forrester also scored Microsoft highly for the business user capabilities to ...

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Apart from the 12,500 former Nokia employees who will leave Microsoft,  another 5,500 Microsoft employees will also be shown the door. As per the sources of Mary Jo Foley, every other team from legal to Xbox is affected by this move. It is also reported that the newly formed Operating Systems Group which is responsible for the development of Windows will be affected immediately. Also, Terry Myerson is now shaking up the functional structure of Windows team which was program management/development/software testing structure since Sinofsky’s days. Under the new structure, a number of Windows engineers, primarily dedicated testers, will no longer be needed. (I don’t know exactly how many testers will be layed off, but hearing it could be a “good chunk,” from sources close to the company.) Instead, program managers and development engineers will be taking on new responsibilities, such as testing hypotheses. The goal is to make the OS ...

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As you all know, Microsoft today announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is planning to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 will be professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. Microsoft is expecting these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Another important thing for investors is that, Microsoft expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and $350 million to $800 million of asset-related charges. Read more about it here. Read about Stephen Elop’s mail to Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today finally revealed their plans for their job cuts. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 months. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. CEO Satya Nadella provided the following statement regarding this, Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment. First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of ...

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European Union court ruled last month that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. Microsoft Bing last month revealed that they are working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names. Today, Microsoft has made it available to the general public. Here is the information Microsoft posted on their page, If you are a European resident and want to request that Microsoft block search results on Bing in response to searches on your name, please use this form. We encourage you to provide complete and relevant information for ...

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Few weeks back, Microsoft announced a new feature to find free online courses and books on Bing. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They also added a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Today they are expanding the features focused on education by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot. Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – Bing will showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  They also display how the community surrounding the schools rate. Check out New Port High School results page ...

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In May, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU at a lower price point that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU was made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Xbox Marketing Director Harvey Eagle recently said during a talk attended by TrustedReviews that they are seeing increasing sales momentum for Xbox One in the past weeks. Today, Microsoft confirmed the same by officially announcing that over the past month, they have seen a strong spike in interest in Xbox One console options, including the new $399 offering. In fact, since the new $399 Xbox One on June 9th, sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales. We’re excited to welcome so many fans to Xbox this summer and we can’t wait for them ...

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