Microsoft today announced that the the Basic, Standard, and Premium tiers which were available on preview are now generally available to everyone. These tiers address the needs of today’s demanding cloud applications by providing predictable performance for your light- to heavy-weight transactional applications while also ensuring the performance of your apps are no longer affected by other customer workloads. Additionally, the new tiers provide you with the following new capabilities: Higher uptime SLA, previously at 99.9%, uptime is now 99.99%–one of the highest in the database-as-a-service industry Point-in-time-restore, with built-in backups and up to 35 days of data retention Active geo-replication and standard geo-replication options for continuous data replication to geographically dispersed secondaries Larger database sizes, previously at 150 GB, database max size is now up to 500 GB Auditing for added security confidence (remains in preview) Since the preview release in April, Microsoft has decided on the following key changes since the preview ...

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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 can find the detailed ...

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Microsoft earlier this week announced the new Nokia 130, the most affordable mobile phone with FM Radio, video and music player. It comes with a beautiful design with a 1.8” colour display, inherent colouring, and built-in flashlight on the back with talk time of up to 13 hours. The Nokia 130 is available in both Single and Dual SIM offering standby times of up to 36 days and 26 days respectively. It supports SD cards up to 32GB. Today, Microsoft released the above infographic touting the features of Nokia 130, This week we launched the Nokia 130, an ultra-affordable phone packed with features. But what can you get for just 19€? via: Conversations ...

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Acer today surprised everyone by announcing the new Aspire V Nitro notebook series Windows laptops. These laptops comes with cutting-edge specs and great looks. Aspire V Nitro notebook series will include 15-inch and 17-inch models with a stylish and sophisticated design characterized by sharp angles, slim profiles and intricately patterned covers made with soft touch NIL technology. Acer has also announced Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition that will offer blazing fast performance, gaming-grade graphics, and exclusive cooling technologies. These devices will be powered by 4th or 5th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and 2×2 wireless connection technology, advanced cooling technology, Full-HD displays with IPS technology. To help reduce eye fatigue and enhance visual comfort, Aspire V Nitro series notebooks feature Acer ComfyView non-glare technology. It comes with spacious backlit keyboard with edgy red lighting. An exclusive “Black Edition” logo on the touchpad of the Aspire V Nitro-Black series distinguishes the device as the top-of-the-line model. On the ...

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Microsoft is now offering great discounts for students on Surface Pro 3. Students can now take advantage of this offer to save up to $195 on Surface Pro 3 models. For example, the entry level Surface Pro 3 costs only $649 for students as opposed to $799 for others. Find the new pricing list below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $649 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $849 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,149 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,394 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,754 Students, Order it from Microsoft Store soon before it runs out of stock. ...

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Earlier today, we reported that China Telecom, the third largest mobile operator in China has become the exclusive network operator in China to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One system. China Telecom will sell Xbox One through all its sales channels. Back in April, Microsoft announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. Today, the pricing of Xbox One in China was leaked via promo material. It will cost 3499 RMB approximately equals $550 USD. What do you think of this pricing from Microsoft? Do you think Microsoft is repeating the same mistake of high pricing by bundling Kinect with Xbox One? via: WPDang ...

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In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about Microsoft developing its own smart watch. WSJ reported that Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers as per an executive at a component supplier. Another report claimed that Microsoft’s smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making variety of removable wrist bands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors for smartwatches. Also these prototypes were reported to be made of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive “translucent aluminum” that is said to be three times harder than glass. This reported smartwatch will work not only with Windows Phone devices, but with other Android and iOS devices as well. Recently, Tom’s Hardware reported some new information about Microsoft’s Smartwatch(they claim it to be smart band). The device is cross-platform compatible and the display of the device will be on the inside of the wrist as opposed to ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone for both Microsoft and for the industry. Today, Chinese online electronics site Zol.com posted an image showing that Xbox One will cost around 4500 RMB in China. 4999 RMB is about $800! Yes, China will have to pay more the console even though it was manufactured locally due to their taxing structure. Kotaku claims that this is just the expect price of the unit, Zol and the rest of Chinese media are citing one webpage, a webpage that Kotaku’s been unable to access, as the source of the 4999 RMB price point. Looking at the screen capture, the 4999 RMB price tag might just be the ...

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Holland based OEM Point of View announced three new affordable Windows tablets which will start at just €169. All these tablets are powered by Intel’s Atom Z3735 quad-core Bay Trail processor, so you can run all your classic Windows apps on it. Also all these tablets comes with 1 year Microsoft Office 365 personal subscription for free. Find the tablets and their specs below. Mobii WinTab 800W: Mobii WinTab 800W comes with 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. The device will have 2MP camera on the front and back. It also has bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity options. It weighs 400g and with dimensions of 133 x 210.3 x 8.75 mm it packs a 4500 mAh battery. It also includes Micro SD card reader, mini HDMI and Micro USB ports. The device will cost €169. Mobii WinTab 1000BW: Mobii WinTab 1000BW ...

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Microsoft originally launched Xbox One for $499 that included Kinect sensor. Due the price advantage Sony had with PS4, Microsoft last month announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU is now available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Microsoft also made it clear that Kinect remains an important part of their vision. They revealed a stat that more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. Microsoft will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Just Dance 2014,” “Project Spark” and more. Also, Microsoft will make Kinect ...

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Along with the announcement about the availability of Surface Pro 3 in additional 26 markets, Microsoft today confirmed that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 will be shipping from August 15th. Docking Station is available for pre-order from Microsoft Store today. Docking Station features: Instant office Just click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock and go from tablet to full desktop PC in an instant. With an Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort, and five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) you can easily connect an HD monitor, wired network connection, audio system, full-size keyboard, mouse, printer, and more. Video output Extend your display to a larger screen. The mini DisplayPort connection delivers high-definition video resolution of up to 3840 x 2600 DPI. Five USB ports Boasting five USB ports (three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0), you can transfer large files to an external drive, plug in a ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new Surface Pro 3 device at the press event in the NYC. Microsoft also announced the pricing and availability details of the device. Check them below, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will start at $799 for the base model. You can configure various Intel CPUs, storage options and RAM. The Core i7, 8GB RAM and 512 GB SSD model costs $1949. Pre-order for Surface Pro 3 will start tomorrow. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. It is not live yet. The device will start shipping on June 20th in the US and Canada. Availability of the device will be expanded to 26 other countries including Australia, France, Germany, Spain and UK by end of August. Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen will be available for pre-order starting May 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT through Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers. Commercial ...

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Meet #SurfacePro3, the tablet that can replace your laptop. #SurfacePro3 features a gorgeous 12″ ClearType display with a 2160 x 1440 screen resolution. Try to look away. At only 800 grams, the #SurfacePro3 is heavyweight performance in a featherweight form. With @intel i3, i5, and i7 processors, the #SurfacePro3 is our fastest, most powerful device yet. The multi-position kickstand on #SurfacePro3 is gorgeous and productive at any angle. Type in your comfort zone with the redesigned #SurfacePro3 Type Cover. We’ve completely redesigned the #SurfacePro3’s touch pad. Tap and scroll to your heart’s content. Open @MSOneNote instantly with the Surface Pen on #SurfacePro3. With Dolby sound and a gorgeous 12” display, #SurfacePro 3 is an entertainment powerhouse. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Nokia’s flagship device in its X series platform Nokia XL is on sale in India. It comes with a great 5″ display and a 5MP autofocus camera, complete with flash. Also, it comes with in an array of eye-catching colours, with the Nokia build quality you know and love. The device is priced at Rs.11, 489. Since this is based on AOSP, you can access the world of Android apps and flow between your favourites faster and smoother with Fastlane UI. Key Specs: Dimensions Height: 141.4 mm Width: 77.7 mm Thickness: 10.9 mm Weight: 190 g Display Display size: 12.7 cm Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Nokia Glance screen, Screen double tap, Wide viewing angle Photography Main camera sensor: 5 MP Camera resolution: 2592 x 1944 pixels Main camera focus type: Auto focus Power management Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 30 days Maximum standby time: 37 days Maximum talk time (2G): 16 h Processor name: ...

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Just few hours back we reported that Microsoft Surface with LTE will be available soon to customers as the devices are being shipped to Microsoft Stores. WPCentral has now revealed the pricing of one of the LTE SKUs. Microsoft Surface 2 with AT&T LTE will go on sale for $679 for 64GB.It will support 850/900/1800/1900 2G, 3G UMTS (bands 1,2, 5) and LTE (bands 4, 7, 17). I think the price you pay for LTE which is about $130 more than the Wi-Fi model of same storage is high. Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet which has same specs as Surface 2 LTE starts at $499. Do you think Microsoft is making mistake by pricing it higher? Source: WPCentral ...

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Microsoft is competing with market leader Amazon in providing cloud services. They are already in price war and delivering reliable and top notch performance is a must have in this business. The cloud pricing scheme differs on performance levels and the new patent from Microsoft researchers revealed a new pricing approach where customers can either bid a price they’re willing to pay or to be quoted a price based on the system’s estimate of the resources needed to deliver that performance. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft delivers this pricing scheme to its customers. Abstract: Described are performance-based pricing models for pricing execution of a client job in a cloud service. Client-provided performance-related parameters are used to determine a price. The price may be a minimum bid price that is evaluated against a bid received from client bidder to accept or reject the bid. Alternatively, the price may be returned ...

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