It was today reported that Microsoft will build its next billion dollar data center in southeast West Des Moines in Iowa. This upcoming data center will be one of the Microsoft’s largest centers in the U.S., according to plans unveiled today. This “Project Alluvion” is valued at $1.1 billion and will take 154 acres in West Des Moines’ southeast corner. Microsoft already has a data center in the region and the total investment in West Des Moines to just under $2 billion. Microsoft will get incentives from the state government by few millions, but Microsoft has promised to offer 84 jobs in this area. During its meeting Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved granting Microsoft a $20.3 million sales tax rebate for the project. That tax rebate would be available until 2021. Those state incentives come on top of the $18 million in incentives already promised by West Des Moines. To receive those incentives, Microsoft ...

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If you missed the 100GB of free OneDrive storage deal from Microsoft last week, here is your chance to redeem yourself.  Microsoft is now offering 100 GB of OneDrive storage for 100 Bing Rewards credits. Redeem today for 100 GB of OneDrive storage for year in addition to the 7 GB of free OneDrive storage that all customers receive at sign up. 100 GB for a year on OneDrive, has a $50 value, this is another perk for Microsoft’s most consistent and loyal Bing users. If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Bing Rewards was designed to help you discover ways Bing can help you do the things that are most important to you. Just like a frequent flyer program, you can earn credits by searching the web every day with Bing and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands or donate your credits to a local school ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft today launched OneDrive to the general public. OneDrive is the same service which you enjoyed as SkyDrive in the past few years, now it has been rebranded due to legal issues. It offers 7GB of free storage space for everyone who signs up. You will also get 3 GB when you connect your camera rolls, 500 MB for users who refer their friends. You can also get extra storage as part of an Office 365 subscription. 20 GB per person or up to 100 GB per household when you share your subscription benefits. If you want more storage, you can additional 50GB for $25, 100GB for $50 and 200GB for $100. Microsoft also announecd new monthly plans for OneDrive storage. Starting at $4.49 a month for 50GB and going up to $11.49 a month for 200GB. Go to OneDrive.com for more details. ...

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  All new Xbox One comes with 500GB internal storage which is not removable and upgradable too. Microsoft also revealed that the support for external storage won’t be available at launch. From the reviews of Xbox One, each big next generation game after installation takes about 50GB of storage. So, basically you can install about 10 huge games at a time on your Xbox One. One of the glaring omissions on Xbox One OS seems to be the storage management. There is no overview page where you can look at the storage space remaining, which game is taking more storage, etc,. It seems Xbox One OS itself will do the storage management somehow. Neowin spoke with Microsoft and got the following response, Xbox One was designed to make storage management automatic. For saved games, settings, and other information that Xbox One customers save to the cloud, space is virtually unlimited. On the ...

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More than two years ago Microsoft started allowing users to expand their device storage using a USB Flash drive. This was limited to 16 GB per drive however, irrespective of the size of the drive. Now in the latest Fall Dashboard update Microsoft has quietly enabled support for up to 32 GB of flash drive storage, with Microsoft saying: "Yes. The more our customers use their profile and download digital content, the larger the file size necessary to store that content and move it between consoles gets. Therefore we increased the size of the memory to enable our customers to take more of their Xbox profile with them on the go." Other features brought by the update was Internet Explorer, Smartglass support and enhanced search functionality. Via JoyStiq.com ...

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