Along with the improvements related to technical search terms in Bing, Microsoft today announced improvements to searches related to software download. As we all know, people rely on search engines to download the software they need. When people try to download software from the web, the look at the following factors, Cost: Free or paid? Download Site: Official or verified site to download Reviews : Rating of the software Related: Are there any similar products which might be better? Safety: Risk of malicious software Based on these factors, Bing team has developed a search results page which will look like the above. In the example above, we were searching for “Audacity” which is a sound recording and editing tool. As you can see, the entity pane provides pertinent information like: Quick description about the product including the official logo. Cost information is provided right at the top Official as well as trusted download ...

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In 2013, Microsoft started running a program called Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state which provides software development training to eligible U.S. active duty service members who will be transitioning out of the service in the near future. Today, Microsoft announced that they are expanding the program to Camp Pendleton in California and Fort Hood in Texas. With the expansion, nearly 90 service members are enrolled in or have already graduated from the MSSA. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Sarmiento-Louttit’s United States Marine Corps missions have taken her all over the world: from Okinawa, Japan, to the Red Sea to off the coast of Africa, where she was part of a crew involved in a high-profile operation: rescuing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. But her latest mission brought her back to base to participate in a rigorous 16-week program learning software ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the new Nokia X2 Android based device which comes with enhanced specs compared to the first generation Nokia X, with a larger 4.3” ClearBlack display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1800mAh battery. The other significant news is the release of Nokia X software platform 2.0 along with Nokia X2. The latest software platform release includes the following improvements, The home screen experience has really evolved with extra room for additional tiles;  There’s also the new home button; you can long-press the back button for easier multitasking;  The new apps list view; Fastlane has gotten richer, with more app detail exposed. The new camera UI Improvements in the control panel and more. The bad news is that this software update won’t be made available for first gen Nokia X devices like Nokia X, X+ and XL. This is again the WP7 story ...

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Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide to produce more stem cells. Stem cells can be used to repair damaged tissue and even grow into new organs. Even though Stem cells are used in come medical therapies, it is limited due to the highly complex web of genetic and environmental interactions based on which Stem cells can do either self-renewal or differentiation. Researchers are finding the way to determine the fate of any particular stem cell. A computational biologist at Microsoft Research in Cambridge has found a more deterministic, reliable method to do that. His method uses Microsoft’s Windows bug testing software which uses the technique called Formal Verification. Researchers have found they could use the software to predict with about 70 per cent accuracy how the cells would respond to genetic changes. They used a technique pioneered at Smith’s lab that ...

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Gartner today reported that worldwide software revenue totaled $407.3 billion in 2013, a 4.8 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $388.5 billion. Microsoft retained its spot as the No.1 software vendor with a revenue of 65.7 Billion on a growth rate of 6%. Oracle surpassed IBM to became No.2 software vendor worldwide. “Investors continue to focus on revenue growth and market share gains as the primary criteria when evaluating vendors,” said John Rizzuto, research vice president and Invest analyst at Gartner. “At this point, the new and emerging technology markets in software, such as digital marketing and public cloud computing, are so nascent that investors are favoring those companies that are early and aggressive in grabbing both market and mind share — in many cases dismissing progress on earnings and cash flow in hopes that they will one day follow.” The software industry is in the middle of a multiyear ...

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Piktr is now available on the Windows Store. What is Piktr? Piktr is a third party Instagram client for the Windows Store. When I was deciding on what my next project I should be; I took a look at the state of the Windows Store and decided that a well written Instagram client was sorely lacking. What makes Piktr so special? Attention to detail. Piktr does not compromise. I took special care to keep performance, design, and thoughtful features are the core of Piktr. I’ve made it extremely simple to connect with others and stay up to date with your feeds. Piktr is now available for all to download on the Windows Store. Download by clicking here (Windows 8/RT users only): Whats next for Piktr? I will be providing a set of updates for Piktr over the next few weeks to add additional functionality and act on feedback from users. ...

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I guess being a proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Microsoft has made Skype a bit more eager to serve their new masters. The company has released an update for their VOIP client with the changelog featuring only the addition of Windows 8 support, an OS still a year from release. If you are a Windows 8 Developer Preview user and suffering from Skype issues you can download 5.5.0.117 from Skype here. Via ZDNet.com ...

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