Today Microsoft announced that they rebuilt MSN from the ground up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Microsoft will no longer produce content in-house, instead the new MSN brings together the world’s best media sources along with data and services to enable users to do more in News, Sports, Money, Travel, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, and more. Regarding the new design, At the top of the MSN homepage, users have quick access to what we call the Services Stripe. This allows easy access to personal services to stay on top of what’s happening in your life. With a quick hover, you can easily check your email, browse your OneDrive, or even access your OneNote notebooks. We’ve also integrated popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Office 365 and Skype. Additionally, the new MSN presents actionable information together with content and personal productivity tools like shopping lists, a savings calculator, a symptom ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced their partnership with Reliance’s GenNext Ventures to set up innovation hubs across the country. Read the full press release below. Mumbai, September 5, 2014: GenNext Ventures, the venture investment management arm of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), today signed a three-year partnership with Microsoft India, through Microsoft Ventures in India, to set up GenNext Innovation Hubs, a pan India initiative to catalyze the country’s technology startup ecosystem. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today by Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Chairman, GenNext Ventures and Board Member, RIL, and Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. The first hub will start operations in October in Mumbai, and will be subsequently emulated across multiple cities in India. The MoU allows GenNext Ventures and Microsoft Ventures to bring together key stakeholders—academia, students, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates–at the GenNext Innovation Hubs and offer some of the most critical resources that startups need ...

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Office Mix a new tool from Microsoft that offers an easier way to make your Microsoft PowerPoint lessons more engaging and share them online. It allows you to record your lectures while you write and draw on slides, and add video, assessments, and labs. It is connected to a online service, so you can store them in the cloud to share them with your students, who can play them on nearly any device. It also includes advanced features such as analytics for every student, quiz, and slide. The best part is, Office Mix Tool is free if you have PowerPoint 2013. Recently, Microsoft announced that a new contest by which you can win Surface Pro 3 devices for your favorite schools. You’ve told us how much you love using Office Mix to bring your lessons to life online, and we’ve been awed by the lessons and creativity of the mixes you’ve created. That’s why we’re ...

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Bing Rewards has now added a new option to redeem your Bing Reward credits. You can now win from amongst $15,000 worth of prizes in the new Scratch & Win game.  For 3 credits, you get a chance to ‘scratch’ and win an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia phone or over 5,000 other great prizes. New members receive 20 bonus credits just by signing up, enough for six chances to instantly scratch and win from amongst $15,000 worth of prizes, including: Xbox One + Kinect (6) Surface Pro 3 with Surface Pro Type Cover (3) Nokia Lumia Icon (3) 12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership (25) $50 Amazon.com Gift Card* (50) $50 Groupon Gift Card (50) 100 Bing Rewards credits (500) 50 Bing Rewards credits (1,500) 10 Bing Rewards credits (3,000) If you are not aware of Bing Rewards, Almost everyone is familiar with rewards, loyalty, and discount programs. ...

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer trailer was revealed last month. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes multiplayer gameplay to new heights. The core movement system is fundamentally changed with exoskeleton technology, creating the most dynamic, action-packed multiplayer experience in Call of Duty history. Today, a new video with a closer look at many of the game’s new mechanics, including the awesome exoskeleton and its accompanying abilities that offer a wide variety of offensive and defensive strategies was released. Combined with the Pick 13 system that’s explored in greater detail in the above video, the exoskeleton will fundamentally change the way players interact with the battlefield and each other. Speaking of battlefields, the video also breaks down some of the new maps, including many of the interactive elements that dynamically alter the flow of the game’s 12 multiplayer modes (including the all-new Uplink game type). You can pre-order the Call of ...

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European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Google’s proposed changes were not well received by the opposing ...

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Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Few weeks back, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing some lame reasons. Read about it here. There is a huge discussion going on regarding this removal of support from Chrome. In response to Google engineer’s argument, Microsoft’s engineer posted a statement, read it here. He reaffirmed that to help make this happen ...

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Earlier this year, Microsoft released a chatbot called Xiaoice (also known as Xiaobing) powered by Bing and their artificial intelligence technologies. This is different from Xiaona, the Chinese version of Cortana. Xiaoice is more like an emotional companion while Xiaona is expected to be an intelligent personal assistant. Microsoft believes that artificial intelligence could be the next boom in the mobile space. Even though Xiaoice is a new tool, it is already a hit among Chinese customers. Microsoft is seeing pretty consistent engagement and it carried on more than 500 million conversations on social networks like Weibo and Touchpal. Currently, Xiaoice’s monthly active users (MAU) is at more than 3 million users. Microsoft is planning to open this up for Xiaomi’s MiTalk chat app and JD.com’s N app in the future. Microsoft is expecting that this growing popularity of Xiaoice and Xiaona will increase consumers’ interest in Microsoft’s other products like Bing and Windows Phone. Microsoft today detailed this ...

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In the past of couple of years, Microsoft has improved Azure cloud services platform more than any other competitors in the space. As a result, they are now in the position where customers are looking to migrate their cloud solutions to Azure. To make the migration process easier, Microsoft has now announced the limited preview of  Migration Accelerator (MA), for Azure. It is designed to seamlessly migrate physical, VMware, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Hyper-V workloads into Azure.  It automates all aspects of migration including discovery of source workloads, remote agent installation and more. MA changes the cloud migration paradigm by offering: Heterogeneity:  With MA you can migrate workloads running on a broad range of platforms such as VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services and/or Physical servers within your environment. MA can support workloads running on Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems. Simple, ...

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Recently, Microsoft highlighted that JumpStart, a popular game developing company has become Azure customer and is moving their games to Azure platform to expand the reach and improve gameplay. In addition, there are releasing two new games in Windows Store. Those are two football games built on Microsoft Azure called NFL RUSH GameDay Heroes and NFL RUSH Heroes & Rivals. Both games are educational and fun, perfect for kids and their families. Microsoft jumped to Azure because they are in need of a cloud solution to quickly help them scale across many devices and support millions of user sessions simultaneously. Like all JumpStart games, School of Dragons and Madagascar Math Ops go beyond typical kids’ games, combining exciting gameplay with essential educational skills. Thanks to the increased popularity of multiple titles, JumpStart needed a more robust backend to support its growing demand and decided to migrate from Rackspace to Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 models are now available for lower prices for students from Microsoft Store. The entry level model is now available for just $649 and the savings increases up to $195 when you order the Intel Core i7 / 512GB model. Find the new pricing and Microsoft Store links below, Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $649 (Actual: $799) Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $849 (Actual: $999) Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,149 (Actual: $1,299) Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,394.10 (Actual: $1,549) Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,754.10 (Actual: $1,949) All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus multi-touch display with 2160 x 1440 resolution and stylus as well. You ...

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Microsoft today revealed information about Win2D API to expose the power of hardware accelerated Direct2D graphics to Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 Universal App developers. Currently, developers who want to use DirectX based Windows Store app requires native C++ and DirectX APIs that have been made available to the Windows Runtime and it is complex to develop. So, developers have been asking for they way access to DirectX through C#, graphics solutions similar to System.Drawing, XNA and SharpDX, Win2D is the answer from Microsoft for them. Win2D utilizes the power of Direct2D, and integrates seamlessly with XAML and ICoreWindow. Win2D’s design makes it easier for a C#/C++ developer to use the full capabilities of the Direct2D API without it feeling like a walled garden. These APIs can be used with XAML to produce beautiful graphics apps with rich UI. The API is in the early stages of development and we have a minimal ...

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Last month, Neowin reported that Microsoft is planning to release Windows 9 Technical Preview for Enterprise late this month. This report was in line with last week’s report from The Verge that Microsoft is planning to preview Windows 9 in a press event on September 30th. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration apart from revamped Modern UI experience. Today, Neowin revealed that Windows 9 also includes the much awaited notification center. Currently, Windows 8.1 users have no central location where they can see the list of notifications. In the internal builds, notification centers seems to be accessible from the system tray and it does not take the full screen as we have seen ...

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Destiny game is coming to Xbox One and PS4 next week. Since Sony has acquired the marketing rights to promote Destiny for PS4 platform, Microsoft can’t use it. Microsoft today released a new website to indirectly promote the game which is coming to Xbox One next week. They are mocking it as Destiny fragrance. Find the website here. Destiny is actually an epic new first-person shooter, available on Xbox. Thing is, we didn’t have permission to run adverts for the game.So we didn’t. Thanks for smelling that something was up. Now get the game and become a legend. Destiny game is now available for pre-order from Xbox Store. Like the latest Xbox One titles, this game is pre-loading enabled. So, you can download the game and install it on your Xbox One even before the release and start playing the game on the day it releases. There are two versions ...

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Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Few weeks back, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing some lame reasons. Read about it here. There is a huge discussion going on regarding this removal of support from Chrome. In response to Google engineer’s argument, Microsoft’s engineer posted the below statement. He reaffirmed that to help make this happen for web developers ...

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It was revealed today that Steve Ballmer himself wrote the famous Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error message. During this time period, Steve Ballmer was head of the Systems Division, and he paid a visit to the Windows team to see what they were up to, as is the wont of many executives.¹ When they showed him the Ctrl+Alt+Del feature, he nodded thoughtfully and added, “This is nice, but I don’t like the text of the message. It doesn’t sound right to me.” “Okay, Steve. If you think you can do a better job, then go for it.” Unlike some other executive, Steve took up the challenge, and a few days later, he emailed what he thought the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen should say. The text he came up with was actually quite good, and it went into the product pretty much word for word. via: Expert Reviews ...

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