Few days back, we reported that Microsoft is running a great deal where consumers can now trade-in their old consoles including Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox 360S, etc, at Microsoft to store receive $100 Store credit on buying Xbox One. Microsoft is now expanding this program to smartphones and tablets as well. You can trade in your smartphone or tablet and receive up to $250 of store credit. Trade and save when you bring in your working* smartphone or tablet to your local Microsoft retail store. For a limited time, receive up to $250 of store credit. Looking to trade up to a new tablet?  Check out the Surface 2. At less than 1.5 pounds and just 8.9 mm thick, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. It runs Windows RT 8.1 and comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office 2013 RT, so you get Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ...

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Yesterday we posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows Store app is pinned to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. As you can see in the below screenshot, PC Settings page content is displayed in the taskbar preview. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 update 1 later this year in the coming months. May be, we will have a preview of that at BUILD conference in April. Source: Win8China ...

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Microsoft Bing team has today updated their Translator app for Windows devices in Store. The new update now brings in the same speech-to-speech functionality that Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 users already have. Also there are now some other new features and improvements. Read it below. Now users can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any Windows device. Simply speak into your device by using the microphone feature to place orders or ask for directions, and hear the translated words in a native speaker’s accent. In addition to speech input, this new release of the Translator app now offers users the option to use the camera feature in both portrait and landscape mode. Simply point your camera, scan and translate printed language using your tablet or PC to create subtitles for everyday life. Download the app here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering lots of great deals on Xbox 360 games in Microsoft Stores. Most of these games are now just about $10. If you missed any of those during its release time, now is a good time to buy and give them a try. Here is the list of few games that are under deal. Grand Theft Auto V Defiance – $6.99 (Originally $59.99) Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Borderlands 2- $4.99 (Originally $26.99) Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 – $10 (Originally $29.99) Major League Baseball 2K12 for Xbox 360 Far Cry 13 $19.99 (Originally $49.99) Find all the other game deals here. Check out other game bundle, console deals here. You can find big savings on great PCs too. ...

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Nokia MixRadio app for Windows 8 devices got updated in Windows Store. The most significant change in this update is the addition of Play Me button in the app. Nokia MixRadio is now even better, as it comes with the brand-spanking new Play Me button. It’s bright pink, it says ‘Play Me’ and it plays music you’ll love – what could be better than that, you lucky people? You can tweak the personalized music profile Play Me is based on by clicking the thumbs up and down buttons, favoriting artists and skipping songs. The other features includes the following, •Play Me: Your own personal radio station. Created just for you. •Mixes: Hundreds of hand-crafted playlists across every genre you’re interested in. From Pop to Country, Blues, Reggae, Indietronica, and loads more – we’ve got them all •Offline Mixes: Download your favorite mixes to listen when you’re not connected to the ...

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Microsoft today launched the Xbox Video on the web. https://video.xbox.com/ will let you browse through Xbox Video Store and search your favorite videos. You can both buy and rent movies and videos from the web interface. Not only you can buy them, you can stream directly within your web browser. The only drawback is that you won’t be able to stream the videos in HD. Microsoft is expected to release a Windows Phone app for Xbox Video service in the coming weeks. Check out Xbox video on the web here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that its retail stores will host midnight launch events for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in 10 cities across the country. And one winner and a guest in each city will attend ultimate concert experience with Pitbull performing at Microsoft’s retail store opening in Orlando at Mall at Millenia. Here is the press release. REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 9, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the Surface Challenge, offering contestants in each market a chance to go head-to-head in a series of fun, interactive and sometimes physical games for a chance to be whisked away to Orlando, Fla., the next morning for the ...

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Microsoft has quietly launched a new program where customers can trade in their Apple iPads for new Microsoft Surface purchases at Microsoft Stores. Microsoft is ready to offer a minimum of $200 Gift card for your old iPad. This deal is only available in select Microsoft retail stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store. Looking to upgrade your tablet?  Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro. Surface RT The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Starting at $349 Learn more Surface Pro The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365. Starting at $799 Learn more See store associate for ...

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This is not anything new, because we have already seen couple of reports about Microsoft allowing independent developers to publish their games by themselves in Xbox Store. Today Gameinformer reported that according to their sources, Microsoft will enable independent studios to access digital distribution without a publishing partner. Also Microsoft is drastically planning to overhaul the Xbox Games certification process. Also some news on Xbox debug console, We’ve also been told, but cannot confirm, that every Xbox One unit can be converted to a debug console. Instead of specific hardware units, Microsoft can authorize a console ID to play pre-release code. This is in line with information we’ve received about a new process for beta tests. They will be run via hardware provisioning on Xbox One, with the process reportedly to be enabled for up to 25,000 users per test at launch. Given the ability to provision for beta testing, the ...

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Last week we reported about Microsoft planning to cut the price of Surface RT tablet, and the new price is now live in Microsoft Store. Surface RT base model with 32GB storage is now available for just $349 down from its original price of $499. Surface RT with 64GB model costs $449. Both these models combined with Touch Cover/Type Cover costs $449 and $549 respectively. Check it out here. ...

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Microsoft yesterday released SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS devices. You need a Office 365 account to use this app and after signing in to your Office 365 account, you can access, view, and upload your documents from anywhere. You can use the SkyDrive Pro apps to view documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder, select specific content to take offline when you are traveling or have low bandwidth, organize your content by creating new folders, and upload new content and share with others. Download them from Windows Store and Apple Store. Source: Office 365 Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced about its expansion of retail presence in US with four new specialty stores. REDMOND, Wash. — May 8, 2013 — Consumers in Roseville, Calif.; Arlington, Texas; Novi, Mich.; and Seattle soon will have access to the same excellent choice, value, service and engaging experience that Microsoft Corp.’s products and services offer in other markets across the United States and Canada. The four Microsoft Specialty Store locations will open in the following markets: •  May 24: Westfield Galleria at Roseville (Roseville, Calif.) •  June 5: The Parks at Arlington (Arlington, Texas) •  June 5: Twelve Oaks (Novi, Mich.) •  June 21: Pacific Place (Seattle) Microsoft announced the opening of five new Specialty Stores in April, and the company is expanding on its existing retail footprint in the U.S. to deliver an assortment of products, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Office ...

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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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Windows blog today shared info about their latest Windows 8 customer, Toyota Racing Development. TRD has been developing racing software for teams to analyze information to improve performance and win races. Instead of old school Linux laptops,TRD worked with Microsoft to develop their apps based on Windows 8 which can be used on variety of form factors such as tablets, Ultrabooks, etc,. TRD’s Trackside App TRD’s Trackside app, running on Windows 8-powered tablets, helps deliver efficient trackside information exchanges at the track and improves the speed and accuracy of communications between the race car driver and racing team crew chief. Instead of fumbling around with a heavy laptop like most teams, drivers with teams such as RAB Racing with Brack Maggard are using TRD’s Trackside app to compare times and performance against the track layout with the tap of a finger, allowing them to immediately see where they have to ...

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Google released its search app for Windows 8 devices last month. But it didn’t support ARM based devices like Surface, now Google has updated its support for those kind of devices as well. Features: Google Search box – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search -  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword. Google Apps page – Access all your favorite Google products ...

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Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. new entertainment franchise collaboration Angry Birds Star Wars is now available in Windows Store. Game Description: JOIN THE ANGRY BIRDS IN THEIR BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers! Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help! Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll ...

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