Few days back, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is in late stages talks with Mojang, the developer of popular video game Minecraft. They reported that deal’s value is worth more than $2 Billion and may be concluded as soon as this week, though next week is more likely. Minecraft game is already available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and many other platforms and have sold over 50 million copies to date. Microsoft is looking to expand the game’s reach on all the platforms and also planning to expand the licensing deals with other companies. Today, Reuters reported that Microsoft may announce the acquisition of Mojang on Monday. The price was mentioned as $2.5 billion, which is about 8 times of Mojang’s sales last year. Even though it is a costly acquisition, Microsoft can afford it because of the huge overseas cash they have, which is about $86 billion in cash and short-term ...

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Recently, Microsoft Skype marketing team brought pop duo MKTO face-to-face with some of their biggest fans with the help of group video calls(which was made free to all Skype users) and Skype on mobile phones(available on all popular mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone). We asked fans to add Ones_To_Watch on Skype and send MKTO a video message for a chance to be on a call with the band. Dreams came true for six super fans when they got the once in a lifetime opportunity to take video calls with MKTO’s Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller live from the Ones To Watch with Skype tour. The band talked directly with these lucky fans about life on tour, their favorite singles on the album and much more. Read more at Skype blog here. ...

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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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I recently came across this interesting patent from Microsoft related to gaming on mobile devices. Usually in console gaming, you have controller in your hands with display few meters away. In the case of mobile gaming, you hold both the controller and the display unit on your hands. In this patent, Microsoft is trying to propose a controller system for mobile devices that will be rendered during games. If Microsoft implements it, we can start enjoying on games on mobile devices with standard controller interface as opposed to various types controllers we see in mobile games. Also, this may allow Microsoft to port Xbox games easily to mobile devices. Last year, during annual company meeting, Microsoft demoed Halo game being streamed from internet on a Lumia 520 device. Patent Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling a game with a mobile touch-enabled device. A thumbstick and a mode selection button can ...

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Earlier this week, we saw reports that Microsoft Mobile division is continuing the development of Nokia X series devices. Microsoft was also reported to be fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices.Currently, Nokia X devices only has back button in the front and most of the users who are used to having home screen button are finding it difficult to use the device. So, Microsoft Mobile division is expected to release new Nokia X series devices with home button on the front of the device. Today, a new leak has revealed the upcoming Nokia X series device called ‘Nokia X2′. This device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The image below shows that the device scores a AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. The image posted above was found on the same page, I guess it could be a concept image to ...

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At TechEd conference today, General manager of Microsoft’s Office Division Julia White announced that Office for iPad Apps has been downloaded about 27 million times since its launch. Microsoft released Office for iPad apps just six weeks ago, and it is turning out to be a runaway success. Microsoft previously announced that Office for iPad apps saw 12 million downloads in the first week after the launch, and since then the numbers have been doubled. Office for iPad apps are apps that follow freemium model. User can download the apps to read the Office documents and they are required to buy Office 365 subscription for editing and more. Related posts: Microsoft Updates Office For iPad With Printing Support, The Most Requested Feature By Its Users Microsoft Office For iPad Product Guide Now Available For Download Apple CEO Tim Cook On Office For iPad: “I Wholeheartedly Welcome Microsoft To The App ...

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  Microsoft today announced that they are expanding their Bing Rewards program to mobile in the US. Users can now start using Bing apps to earn rewards points. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. It is a great way to earn some perks for searching the web which you will do anyway everyday. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a new exclusive mobile-only search offer that gives you an opportunity to earn additional ...

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Gartner today released their latest projections on worldwide devices market. Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014, a 7.6 percent increase from 2013. As expected, Android will dominate with more than a billion devices. Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 278 million units in 2014, a seven percent decline from 2013. Driven by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, the PC market is estimated to remain flat in 2014 (0.2 percent), after a decline of 9.9 percent in 2013. The Gartner consumer survey showed that less than eight per cent of users would replace their laptop with a tablet, while a transfer to an Ultrabook is almost twice this figure. Apple is expected to narrow the devices number with Microsoft in 2014. See the table below. The projected numbers are not so encouraging for Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Microsoft Tag service will terminate in two years, on August 19, 2015 and licensing it technology to Scanbuy. Read more about it below. Scanbuy, Inc., the leading mobile engagement solutions provider, has been chosen by Microsoft as a licensee of the software giant’s mobile barcode technology, Microsoft Tag. Microsoft also announced that it will shut down the Microsoft Tag Service in two years, on Aug. 19, 2015. For current Microsoft Tag customers, for the next two years the Microsoft Tag Service will continue running as it has been. All Microsoft Tags in the market will continue to work, new codes can be generated, and scan reports will be available as usual through the Microsoft Tag Service until Aug. 19, 2015. Scanbuy plans to support Microsoft Tag Technology on the ScanLife platform beginning no later than Sept. 18, 2013, and to offer transition and migration services to ...

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