In the last couple of weeks, we have been reporting about leaked Windows 9/Threshold builds with their build numbers. Today, screenshots of the Windows Threshold build got leaked on the web. It includes the much awaited Start Menu which doesn’t differ much from what we have seen in the past. Also present in the new build is the Windowed modern apps that will act as a boon to Desktop users who wants use Modern apps with ease. Myce.com claims that these are UIP team labs, The build pictured in the screenshots, build 9795, was compiled on July 13th and is part of the uip_dev feature build lab (FBL). UIP stands for User Interface & Platform so it is basically just the team responsible for UX changes like the start menu and windowed apps plus some under the hood kernel changes. Source: Myce ...

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Microsoft vision of one Windows for all devices started few years back. First, they started their work on unifying the core of the OS and it became evident from the release of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 is based on the same NT core on which Windows 8 is built. It enabled OEMs to write one driver for both their phones and other devices running Windows. With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft enabled Universal apps that shares most of the underlying APIs in all the devices. With the upcoming Windows9/Threshold  release, Microsoft is looking to further unify the development process. They are building a new UI framework at the core of the “One Microsoft” OS. This will enable developers to create UI that works well across all of our devices: phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox. A recent job posting revealed that Microsoft is ...

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With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft released a touch based IE to work well with touch devices. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft improved the user experience of the touch browser with lots of UI changes and new features such as browser sync across Windows devices. With all the releases, the UI of desktop version of IE remained the same. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looks like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser. The user suggestion, It would be brilliant if the favourites bar on future versions of IE could be the same colour as the windows 8 window colour – this would finally unify all aspects of IE, and make it all link together as on programme – rather than the favourites and menu bar looking like a crude add-on. To finally be able to use IE as a whole ...

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I recently came across this interesting patent from Microsoft related to gaming on mobile devices. Usually in console gaming, you have controller in your hands with display few meters away. In the case of mobile gaming, you hold both the controller and the display unit on your hands. In this patent, Microsoft is trying to propose a controller system for mobile devices that will be rendered during games. If Microsoft implements it, we can start enjoying on games on mobile devices with standard controller interface as opposed to various types controllers we see in mobile games. Also, this may allow Microsoft to port Xbox games easily to mobile devices. Last year, during annual company meeting, Microsoft demoed Halo game being streamed from internet on a Lumia 520 device. Patent Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling a game with a mobile touch-enabled device. A thumbstick and a mode selection button can ...

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At Build, Microsoft announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. The upcoming Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts as seen above. It was expected to be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in late 2014. But today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft has changed their plans and this new Start Menu will not be released to the public in Windows 8.1 Update 2 in 2014. Microsoft’s operating systems group has decided to hold off on delivering a Microsoft-developed Start Menu until Threshold, the next “major” release of Windows. Threshold, which may or may not ultimately be called Windows 9, is expected to be released in April 2015. I’m not clear whether the postponement is because the ...

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Bing has been supporting mathematical queries for a long time. For example, you can search for 100*9 and get 900 directly on the top of the page. Google also has similar feature but with interactive calculator which lets you to do mathematical queries with a calculator like UI. Now, Bing has added the same feature where you can do your own queries within your search results page with the calculator like UI. See the image above. For example, try this out yourself here. via: WPC ...

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Robbert Doelwijt likes Windows 8, but he thinks there could be some improvements to the user interface. He writes: A few days ago at Microsoft’s BUILD event, a developer preview of Windows 8 was released. I installed it as soon as I could, and played around with it. Their touch-first mentality was noticable at first glance. In the videos I saw on the web Windows 8 seemed to be a breeze to use on tablet-like devices, but Microsoft kept saying that it would still be usable with your mouse and keyboard setups. While you can use the operating system with your keyboard and mouse, to me the controls suck. Windows 8 has a lot of potential, but some of the features just don’t work on desktops. I’ve made a video showcasing some of the improvements I would make to Windows 8, in order for it to work both on tablet-like ...

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SOCIAL NETWORK NOTIFICATIONS FOR EXTERNAL UPDATES In embodiments, various technologies for notifying users of a social network service of updates to services external to the social network service by members of the social network are described. An indication that a member of a social network service made an update to an external service can be received. Then, at least one additional member associated with the member in the social network service can be notified of the update to the external service. The external service may include typical web services, such as a blogging service, a video sharing service, or a photo sharing service. SOCIAL NETWORK REWARDS Social network reward techniques are described. In an implementation, a method implemented by at least one computing device includes obtaining data that describes users’ interaction with a social network service and determining influence of one or more said users on other said users via ...

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