Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. 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. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to ...

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Earlier this month, Microsoft rolled out the July Xbox One system update. It included new features such as Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to snap, ability to choose spoken language, ability to kike Game DVR clips in SmartGlass and more. Today, Microsoft has started rolling out August 1408 system update preview to beta testers. This update includes the following improvements, The ability to purchase from Xbox.com or SmartGlass app: Your Xbox One console will wake up and download the content automatically. You just need to set the console to Instant On to enjoy this feature. Low battery notification: When your controller is running out of battery, you will get on-screen notification about it. Vibration when holding Xbox button: You will now have vibration feedback when you press and hold Xbox button in the controller. via: WPC ...

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Microsoft is now delivering a new dashboard app for users to get the latest news about the Xbox Preview program, report problems, and send feedback. You will have quick poll from the Xbox team which you can answer, try out specific new feature and provide feedback and more. From Xbox forums, • Go to Registration to register your console for the Preview program. And if you ever want to opt-out of the program or change your console’s preview settings, you can do that here too. • In Announcements, you’ll find info about what’s changed in each update, what’s new in this preview wave, and which known issues we’re already working on. • Quick poll is a single question from the Xbox team – questions might range from how you’d feel about a feature change to what your favorite Halo game is. And once you answer, you’ll see realtime results from ...

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A free add-on called “Tactical Taco Pack” is now available for “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” game in Xbox Store. In this game, you need to battle your way through one of the most peculiar gardens you’ll ever see while blasting countless, far from garden-variety zombies with an arsenal of zany weapons that include a garlic drone and the bonkchoy punch. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, offers an in-depth look at all the Tactical Taco madness in “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare’s” upcoming free add-on, available July 1. The “Tactical Taco Party Pack” includes a brand new game mode, Vanquish Confirmed, along with a new map, additional character variants, and a whole lot more. If you don’t own the game, you can order it from Amazon or Microsoft Store from the links below, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One – Microsoft Store. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox ...

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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP 1). Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 includes the latest software updates, feature additions, and bug fixes. VisualStudio Magazine reported the following updates/improvements in this preview, Profiler, with an expanded Performance and Diagnostics hub. IntelliTrace, which is now more tightly integrated with Application Insights. Testing tools, which now allows custom fields and custom work flows for test plans and test suites. The Visual Studio IDE, with numerous enhancements to CodeLens, Code Map, Debugger Map and binary functionality. The Debugger has one interesting upgrade: debugging is now supported for x86 applications built in .NET Native. .NET Native, released as a developer preview in April, is a compiler that strikes a compromise between the performance of C++ native code and the efficiency of C# managed code. The first release of .NET Native only supported x64 architecture. Read more ...

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Microsoft today launched the public preview of Office Mix, a new tool that will allow users to create interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. You can add whatever content you want into the Mix. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. You need Office 2013 and the free Office Mix add-in to do this. Features: Record. Write. Draw. Record audio or video of yourself giving a lecture. Write and draw directly in PowerPoint, just like you would on the whiteboard. Work in PowerPoint. Creating a mix is as simple as making a PowerPoint document. Just install our PowerPoint add-in, and then create lessons from your existing PowerPoint presentations or new ones. Save Time. Everything you need to create a mix is included in the PowerPoint add-in, so you don’t have ...

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Along with the announcements about big data and insights, Microsoft today released the preview of a powerful new Azure service: Microsoft Azure Automation. With Azure Automation, Microoft has combined the scalability, reliability, and availability of the Azure platform with the management capabilities of System Center. Azure Automation looks and functions similarly online in Azure as SMA does on-prem in the Windows Azure Pack – but it has been built specifically for cloud-based app/workload management. This means that you can automate the management of your public cloud resources using PowerShell, without an on-prem connection at any point in the process. And because Azure Automation operates as a service, there’s no installation, configuration, or maintenance of the service necessary to get (and stay) up and running. Azure Automation allows for powerful integration, automation, and orchestration that has until now been nearly impossible to do at scale: Integrate: Build new and import existing Windows ...

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Last week, Microsoft released an update for Xbox One to beta testers that includes number of improvements to the Xbox One system. Today, Microsoft released another preview update pushing a few more features to the members previewing new system updates. Here are a few details on those features, Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements. Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity. Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. After this update, if your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available ...

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Just few hours of after the announcement from Nokia that HERE Maps will be released for all Windows 8 devices, Bing team has announced that they have added 15 new 3D cities to Bing Maps preview app in Windows Store.  We’ve been flying, driving and processing since then and have just added 15 more 3D cities to the list we launched with. With the help of world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive data pipeline crunching petabytes of imagery, we are delivering a more natural way to experience our planet.  Touch it, tilt it, tap it or turn it to immerse yourself and experience maps in new ways. Taking advantage of our advanced geometry engine, street labels and markers dynamically adapt to your vantage point.  So as you traverse the landscape the map adapts to how your eye sees the 3D space. ...

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Microsoft is nowadays planning to deliver updates to Xbox One every other month. Following the release of February system update, Microsoft is on the way to release March system update which will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experiences on Xbox One. Microsoft today announced that they will be sending out invitations to select Xbox One customers to preview upcoming Xbox One system updates and provide feedback. Beginning today, Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register. The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features. Once registered, participants will be able to test the ...

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New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting revealed every other day. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Today, McAkins revealed that pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. Check out the screenshot below. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,. Source: McAkins ...

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