Microsoft Surface blog today detailed how they are improving the overall Surface experience using Windows update. Every month, Microsoft delivers a product firmware update that improves the device experience for users. For example, they have done the following through updates so far. Improving your connected experiences with more robust connections to more network types Improving the visual experience with better color rendering, wireless displays and better graphics performance Making your keyboard smarter in more positions and more precise at capturing your commands Improving the sound of your Surface Providing the Windows 8.1 Update and its new improvements for free. How to get Windows Updates? If you didn’t opt in to Windows Updates when you set up your Surface you can turn them on at any time (Swipe from the right. Tap Settings. Tap Change PC Settings. Select Update and Recovery, then Windows Update). We generally release updates on a monthly ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to the Skype app on Xbox One. This version 1.3 available today includes two main improvements including the ability to set your Skype profile picture using Kinect and improved auto-zoon feature.  We know that your Skype profile picture says a lot about you, so with this release you’ll now be able to take a Skype profile picture using Kinect on your Xbox One. Or, if you prefer your Xbox One gamerpic, you can now also use that in your Skype profile.  We’ve also worked with the Xbox and Kinect team to bring enhancements to auto zoom so the people on the other end of the video call are getting the best possible picture experience. We found ways to better identify people in the picture, especially when there are multiple people in the room. The camera can adjust and see the entire family, even the little ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update to users via Windows Update. This update will bring improvements to keyboard and mouse users to experience Windows 8 better on non-touch device. Microsoft today reported that some enterprise users are facing issues while updating their Windows 8.1 devices. There is a known issue which causes some PCs updated with the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) to stop scanning against Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2) servers which are configured to use SSL and have not enabled TLS 1.2. So, Microsoft is halting the roll-out of Windows 8.1 update until the fix is done. Microsoft plans to issue an update as soon as possible that will correct the issue and restore the proper behavior for Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 scanning against all supported WSUS configurations. Until that time, we are delaying ...

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Microsoft today released Windows 8.1 Update for Windows 8.1 users. This Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update include improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for devices that use keyboard and mouse input. Also this update includes security and performance updates, and they must be installed for your PC to receive any future security updates for Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1. You can find details on how to download here. Also, Microsoft posted the change log for consumers in this update along with tutorial videos. Find them below. Power and Search buttons on the Start screen. These buttons appear in the upper-right corner of the Start screen next to your account picture. You’ll be able to quickly and easily shut down your PC or search for things right from Start. (Some types of PCs don’t have the Power button on Start. You can shut down your PC using the Power button in the Settings ...

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Last week, Microsoft released an update for Xbox One to beta testers that includes number of improvements to the Xbox One system. Today, Microsoft released another preview update pushing a few more features to the members previewing new system updates. Here are a few details on those features, Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements. Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity. Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. After this update, if your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available ...

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As reported previously, Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update to users via Windows Update. This update will bring improvements to keyboard and mouse users to experience Windows 8 better on non-touch device. Read about features the features in the links provided at the end of this post. Update: Just go to the below link and you can easily download all the required updates. Windows 8.1 Update for x86 (KB2919355) Windows 8.1 Update for x64 (KB2919355 Download it from the following links: Windows 8.1 x86 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows 8.1 x64 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows RT 8.1  ARM kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 The Updates must be installed in the following order: KB2919442  (you may already have this installed). KB2919355 KB2932046 KB2937592 KB2938439 KB2939087 These updates may ...

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Microsoft Xbox One team has not yet settled down since their launch last year. They are still delivering significant updates every other month which includes lots of improvements and new features as well. Today, the previewed the upcoming Xbox One update that is being released to Xbox One Update preview users. Here are the new features, You can rent (or buy) a movie on Xbox Video, begin watching on one screen, then pick-up right where you left off on another.* Perfect for movie junkies or anyone who loves marathon-watching TV shows, Xbox Video makes it easier than ever to watch whatever you like on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or even online at XboxVideo.com. We added a range of new SmartGlass features recently to make it easier for anyone around the world to navigate Xbox One experiences. With SmartGlass you can now: Easily navigate game options ...

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At this week’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft is previewing features that will be coming to Outlook Web App in Office 365 later this year. The three new features detailed are “Clutter,” enhanced document collaboration, and groups. Clutter: This is the core goal of “clutter,” the codename for a new feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365. At its heart, it intends to remove as much unimportant mail, or clutter, from a user’s inbox as possible so that a user’s inbox can, well, become their inbox again. At a high level, clutter is pretty simple. We know that in most businesses, people spend a great deal of time just trying to keep up with the volume of email coming into their inboxes throughout the day. How they manage that email can then serve as a blueprint for what is important to them. Enhanced Document Collaboration: Outlook Web App now includes ...

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Microsoft has updated the Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. The update is mainly focused on Lync Meeting presenters which brings most common features that are available in the desktop app. As a result, you can now manage your meeting participants from the modern Lync app. For most users of Windows 8.1, Lync will upgrade automatically within 24 hours. To get the update sooner, search for Lync and click Install. In addition to new features, we also continue to improve the ease of use for Lync.  We think you’ll like what we’ve done in this update.  Here’s an overview of what’s new: This update includes: Manage meeting participants individually or as a group. You can mute a participant, send a private IM, view their contact card, promote to presenter or demote to an attendee. You can also invite more participants, mute all audience, and admit people to the meeting who are waiting in ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype for Android to v4.7 with a significant improvements in power efficiency. You can now leave Skype running all day on your phone without affecting your battery life. This update will offer aggressive battery savings that will allow most of the users to leave Skype running without noticeably affecting battery life. To achieve these amazing battery savings, we’ve temporarily turned off instant notification of messages in group chats. We realize group chats are important to those who rely on Skype for them, so we’d like you to know: •In the near future, you will be able to receive group chat messages instantly without additional battery impact. •If you can’t wait for that to happen, we’ve added a new setting to let you keep group chat notifications. Go to Settings > Notifications > check the “Sync group messages in the background” box. This version also includes the following ...

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VLC for Windows 8  beta was released in the Windows Store last week.  The initial release had number of bugs including one that crash the app on startup.  An update to fix this issue along with improving the stability of the app is now available for download from Windows Store.  President of VideoLan Jean-Baptise Kempf gave us an update on his blog: After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification. It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too! We’d like to thank the new contributors that helped. It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store. Next release, next week! Source: Jean-Baptise Kempf ...

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Last year, Microsoft revealed the third generation Photosynth technology. This preview version of Photosynth is dramatic step forward in smoothness and simplicity and it supports four basic experiences: spin, panorama, walk, and wall. Today, Photosynth team has released another update to its Technology Preview.  Also you no longer need to sign up to the Tech Preview separately from the Photosynth website. New Features: New ways to explore synths: To help you discover other users’ synths, we now provide you with different views. From all recent synths to all-time favorites to your own my feed – you’ll quickly get addicted to browsing new synths. Synth comments: You can now not only like synths in the Tech Preview but comment on them.  Let other synth creators know how awesome their synths are. My feed and following users: You can follow another user’s account.  Once you follow a user, their synths will appear ...

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We already know about the changes that are coming in Windows 8.1 Update 1 in which Microsoft is trying to address the concerns of keyboard/mouse users of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. WZor today reported that Microsoft has finalzied the Windows 8.1 Spring update build and the Gold RTM build string is 6.3.9600.17031.WINBLUE_GDR.140221-1952. New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1: Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it. You can keep taskbar visible while using modern apps Control Panel item in metro PC Settings 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show ...

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  The official Facebook for Windows app just got updated with lots of new features. It now supports Smileys sticker pack, editing posts, adding photos to particular album and more. Read the full list of features below. New features: - 320 snap view for the whole app - Smileys sticker pack - Profile pic sync - New Stories indicator - Create albums from photos page - Add photos directly into an album - Search thread names when choosing conversation members - Refresh in Nearby - Improved toast notifications to remove already seen messages, old stories, etc. - Edit Posts - Edit post privacy - Edit Comments - Copy link to post - Add/Remove people from groups - Add friends to lists - Delete photos Great to see Facebook actively developing this app with steady stream of updates every month. Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: mackins   ...

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As per previous reports, Microsoft is set to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to users sometime in April. Paul Thurrott has today confirmed that Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. The timing seems to be interesting as Microsoft is planning to release them on the last day of Build developer conference. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Also pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Bing app for iPhone devices. This is a pretty major update with lots of new features and UX elements. You now have a optional pervasive widget that allows you to navigate with this app. You can now do multiple searches at a time without losing the original search. You can explore the current trends in Live tiles like UI and more. Read about it in detail below. Search Anywhere To streamline navigation, we are introducing a pervasive widget that is always available within the app. With a simple tap, you have 4 finger friendly buttons that allow you to return to the homepage, conduct a voice search, conduct a text search or see your Recent searches. If you don’t feel like using the widget – turn it off in the settings and it’ll be out of your way. Multi-taskers Rejoice! Manage Multiple Searches When ...

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