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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Microsoft today announced three new updates related to Office apps. First, they are revamping Office Store with a major refresh. Second, they are expanding to multiple new international markets and third on the increased visibility of third-party Store apps to both customers and Office sales and deployment partners. Office Store: This week marks the formal go-live date for the new, beautiful storefront at its new web page, Store.Office.com, which you can see here: To help customers find relevant apps faster, the new Store home page features a sleek, modern interface with bold, wide-format app icons and a user-friendly Category browse experience down the left side. The free-text search tool has been improved, too. Repeat visitors will see the best and latest apps near the top of the home page, thanks to a new robust ranking service that can showcase a unique set of apps every day. The developer experience is better, too, with faster ...

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Getty Images has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for “massive infringement” of copyrighted images with the new Bing Image Widget. Bing Image Widget enhances a web site with the power of Bing Image Search and provides your users with beautiful, configurable image collages and slideshows. The webmaster can customize the Image Widget for his site, he can specify which query to show images for, what size it should be, and more. Below is an example, I’ve created Image Widget for the term Volcanos. According to Getty, this tool allows users to use billions of unlicensed images on the internet instead of choosing from a pool of licensed images. “In effect, defendant has turned the entirety of the world’s online images into little more than a vast, unlicensed ‘clip art’ collection for the benefit of those website publishers who implement the Bing Image Widget, all without seeking permission from the owners of copyrights ...

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Microsoft today released Skype for iPhone 5.4 update that brings the ability to do group audio calling, a first for Skype on smartphones. If you already have groups on Skype, you have a new call button in the bottom navigation bar to start the group audio call. For now, you can call up to four people on a group audio call. You can see the active people in the group call, add new people, and also remove some if you want. Now, you can turn any call (voice or video) into a group audio call, tap on the “add participant” button during a call, select a contact(s) from your people list and you’re done. If you’ve not yet downloaded the latest version of Skype for iPhone, you can get the update from the App Store – all you’ll need is iOS 7 or later. ...

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If you have any doubts whether Microsoft is focused on selling more Xbox One units, just check out this deal. From September 7 through September 13 next week, when buy an Xbox One in the U.S., you’ll get a free Xbox One game of your choice. To sweeten the deal further, you can take advantage of this offer even when buying Xbox One bundles like Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle or Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle, so you will end up with two free games. How cool is that? You can choose from the list of games like Destiny, Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Madden NFL 15 or NHL 15. This offer is valid for any retail Xbox One game, and the offer is good for our Xbox One system bundles, too – so if you want to pick up the  you’re getting another free game of your choice ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Skype for Xbox One which includes the ability to view photos from mobile devices, improved Snap functionality and more. It allows you to view photos sent from mobile phones on Skype for Xbox One. Skype users from Windows Phone, Android and iOS mobile devices can now share pictures with Skype for Xbox One users either in a 1:1 or group chat. If there are multiple photos being shared, you can start a slide show to view all the photos, right on your large screen. In addition to photo sharing, the following improvements are added to Skype in Snap mode, such as: You can now answer a call in Snap mode while using other apps using voice controls. This means, if you’re watching TV or playing a game and you get a Skype call, when you say “Xbox answer,” the call will automatically Snap, and won’t interrupt ...

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