When it comes to Online Services business which included Bing, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars over the years. Despite the loss. Microsoft was more focused on building the business and now Bing has turned to be platform that powers various Microsoft products such as Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, and many others. At earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that they are expecting Bing to be profitable on a standalone basis in FY15. I am pleased to see the progress with Bing now more than 19% U.S. query share and strong RPS Growth. Going forward we will drive our Bing related investments to contribute to the core digital work and life experiences such as Cortana, Smart Search, Delve, Power Q&A and many others. We expect Bing to be profitable, on a standalone basis, in FY16. Also, as you can notice in the slide above, Bing search advertising revenue ...

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Microsoft today announced couple of new feature in Bing that will allow students to find new content both online and offline. 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 are also rolling out a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Explore Free Online Courses We’re constantly adding more items to the billions of people, places and things that make up our Bing knowledge repository.  In this case we have indexed Khan Academy courses and charted their relationship with popular subjects (e.g. humanities, geometry, trigonometry.)    All you need to do is search for a subject, if there is a corresponding set of online courses we showcase them directly ...

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Microsoft today made a big announcement in the regarding Visual Studio Online. They have released a new  API is based on REST, OAUTH, Json and Service Hooks – all standard web technologies broadly supported in the industry. 3rd party tools and services can make use of this API to build on top of VS Online. Microsoft has already worked to provide specific integrations with 18 tools/services and will add more in the future. The reason for the new API is we wanted to make it dramatically easier to integrate VS Online with other web based tools and to access VS Online from any mobile device – whether they are 3rd party commercial tools or custom ones you are building.  Because we’ve used the standard technologies, many integrations can be done simply by wiring up simple connections with a service like Zapier.  And all connected devices – Android, iOS, Windows and ...

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Microsoft Store is offering a great on Call Of Duty: Ghosts both via its physical retail stores in the US and online store. You can get $20 off on Call Of Duty: Ghosts, so you can order one for just $29.99. This latest installment in the acclaimed Call of Duty series delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting, and cast, all powered by a new next-generation Call of Duty engine. Find the Microsoft Store links below. Call of Duty: Ghosts PC Game Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox One The newest chapter in the Call of Duty franchise features a fresh dynamic where players are on the side of a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive. Ten years after a devastating mass event, the nation’s borders and the balance of global ...

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FIDO Alliance today announced that Microsoft has joined the Alliance as a member of the Board of Directors. FIDO Alliance develops technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance on passwords to authenticate users. Microsoft is committed to working with the FIDO Alliance to produce open standards that will ensure interoperability among strong authentication methods and technologies. Open FIDO specifications will support a full range of authentication technologies for operating systems, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB Security Tokens, embedded Secure Elements (eSE), Smart Cards, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Near Field Communication (NFC). The open specifications are being designed to be extensible and to accommodate future innovation, as well as protect existing investments. FIDO specifications allow the interaction of technologies within ...

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Google launched its latest assault on Microsoft’s Office franchise called Cloud Connect through its acquisition of a company called Docverse. Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft Office experience. You can share, backup, and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents with coworkers. The problem arises because, the copy of the documents is stored in Google Docs and that is synchronises between the computers. Microsoft has made the below video which clearly describes what’s wrong with Google’s Cloud Connect. Via: Liveside ...

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