Microsoft today announced that they have hired former Yahoo and Google executive Preston McAfee as their new chief economist. Preston, was most recently director of Google strategic technologies and previously Vice President and Research Fellow at Yahoo. In his new role at Microsoft, Preston McAfee will be responsible for leading a team of economists who will work closely with Amy Hood, chief financial officer, and business and engineering groups across the company on developing new business models and metrics, designing marketplaces for advertising and apps, assisting with government relations and policy, and developing an economic strategy for the company. Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, at Microsoft commented the following on McAfee, This isn’t the first time Preston will be a chief economist. For five years, from 2007 to 2012, Preston was chief economist and research fellow for our search partner, Yahoo!, where he captured our attention by ...

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Mail, Calendar, and People app in Windows Store got updated today. There was no change log specified in the Store listing. It contains three apps Mail, Calendar and People which are powerful tools for keeping up-to-date on your email, managing your schedule, and staying in touch with people. Features: Mail helps organize your inbox, providing you quick views of messages from your favorite people, flagged messages, folders, newsletters, and social updates. Mail’s quick commands in the message list, drag-and-drop, and Sweep for Outlook.com help you breeze through messages. Mail lets you reply to email in place, or open new windows and work side-by-side with other apps. Calendar is optimized for Exchange, with rich support for arranging meetings and managing a busy schedule. Calendar provides helpful, powerful views of your schedule like day, week, and month. Calendar’s What’s next view provides a beautiful way to see your personal calendar. People organizes ...

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Microsoft last year launched The Skype Collaboration Project, an online destination that focuses on the intersection between technology and creative industries. This project shines a spotlight on creative talent, including celebrated British fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Fashion designer, entrepreneur and style icon Victoria Beckham has shared the story of her remarkable journey through a collaboration with Skype. In just five short years, Victoria Beckham and her team have built a hugely successful international fashion brand and Skype has played a part in enabling them to achieve this. “I had been waking up every morning and feeling like I was juggling glass balls. I lived in LA, my business was run out of London, and most evenings I was in front of Skype speaking to my studio in London.” – Victoria Beckham. In the above video, you can watch Bag Snob’s Tina Craig in a Skype group video call with Victoria Beckham, joined ...

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Last week, Nate Silver posted a blog from the survey data collected from people in the US showing how much major US cities differ in terms of when they arrive at work. Inspired by this experiment, Microsoft Bing team today posted an infographic by using Bing usage as a proxy for when people get online, start work or otherwise wake up. Check out out below. How did we come up this? We calculated the time at which we receive 50% of daily peak traffic from each metro area in their local time zones. The 25 cities follow the same general curve across all seven days of the week. While the patterns are the same, we did see a 43 minute shift between the earliest risers and the late risers. Based on this, the metro area that wakes up earliest is San Francisco, reaching 50% of traffic at 6:43AM and on ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced a new feature called Timeline that will appear to the right of the search results page along with other Snapshot contents. This new feature called “Timeline” allows you to know the important events in the timeline of influential or famous people’s lives. In the case of Henry Ford, we highlight several events of Henry’s life including his marriage and early career of farming and running a saw-mill in 1888, incorporating the Ford Motor Company in 1903, and his retirement from the company in 1918. Another timely example of this can be found around Olympic athletes. In the case of Ashley Wagner, who is skating in the Sochi games, a simple search of her name yields a chronology of her career leading to this year’s Olympics. So far, Bing has indexed and generated timelines for about half of a million famous people and is adding more ...

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Few months back, Microsoft launched its microsoft.com/stories website profile some of the brightest minds inside Microsoft. It started with noted young and talented designer Andrew Kim and VP of cloud, Brad Anderson. The /stories editorial team is back with a bang collecting stories about Xbox One. They have spent hours together with the key people behind Xbox One to talk about their product they spent years painstakingly creating. Three three people profiled are as follows, Carl Ledbetter, Industrial designer Boyd Multerer, Director of development Alex Hebert, Creative producer I find all of them interesting, so try to read it when you find time. Click on their names in the above list to go to their profile. Btw, each profile is designed uniquely with beautiful photos. via: Microsoft.com/Next ...

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Microsoft released an update for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8.1 devices couple of days back. This new update brings several new features and improvements in all three apps. Microsoft has provided the detailed change log which you can read them below. What’s new in Mail • See all messages from your favorite people in one place. • See a more organized Outlook.com inbox with social updates and newsletters filed away automatically. • Use Sweep to clean up your Outlook.com inbox. • Delete, flag, and mark messages from the message list. • Drag and drop messages into folders. • Select multiple messages at once with checkboxes. • Write new messages without leaving your inbox. • Open a message, draft, or attachment in a separate window. • Search across all mail in all folders. • Create automatic replies for when you’re away. • Choose the default font and color ...

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We all know that Microsoft has some of the most brilliant minds in the industry working on its products. Microsoft is trying to showcase that via a new website that will profile people at Microsoft. Steve Clayton, the storyteller at Microsoft blogged about this website launch with the following message, Microsoft is a curious collection of brilliant minds – many of whom you’ve never heard of and I’d like to change that. My role has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people and simple as it sounds, that’s what keeps me here – chance to work with people who come here every day to change the world. Today, my team is launching a new site at microsoft.com/stories/people that takes our profiles to another level. We’re starting with Andrew Kim, the acclaimed designer and owned of Minimally Minimal whose brave rebranding of Microsoft led him to a job on the ...

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Microsoft released an update today to the Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Apps in Windows 8.  Unfortunately the release notes are still the same from the last update.  If you did not get the update notification, while in the Windows Store open the charms bar –> hit Settings –> App Updates –> Check for Updates Notice significant performance improvements or anything new? Let us know in the comments below ...

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