Microsoft released an update for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8.1 devices couple of days back. This new update brings several new features and improvements in all three apps. Microsoft has provided the detailed change log which you can read them below. What’s new in Mail • See all messages from your favorite people in one place. • See a more organized Outlook.com inbox with social updates and newsletters filed away automatically. • Use Sweep to clean up your Outlook.com inbox. • Delete, flag, and mark messages from the message list. • Drag and drop messages into folders. • Select multiple messages at once with checkboxes. • Write new messages without leaving your inbox. • Open a message, draft, or attachment in a separate window. • Search across all mail in all folders. • Create automatic replies for when you’re away. • Choose the default font and color ...

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Lync is a unified communications platform for the enterprise from Microsoft. Lync 2013 desktop client recently got a November 2013 update which includes new features and fixes of bugs. Features included in the November Update: Photos of Sender/Receiver – View photos of sender/receiver inline with IM conversation URL Photo Experience – Set your own photo from a public web site instead of using the corporate image pChat Escalation – Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Lync Meeting with one click Login Trace Files – Easily access Lync client login logs New Recording Options –Choose preferred resolution for client-side recordings Read more about it from the link below. Source: Lync blog via: Neowin ...

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NOOK for Windows 8 just got updated to v1.7 with support for Windows 8.1 and many new features. Find the full list of new features below.  Features: · New Large and Small Live Tile sizes · Import ePub and PDF files from your PC or SkyDrive to access your favorite content in one place · Type anywhere in the app to search your Library or search within the NOOK Shop to find new books, magazines, newspapers and comics. · Send feedback feature allows for enhanced customer support · Improved support for use in portrait orientation and a range of window sizes · Navigation and usability enhancements · Bug fix to address missing content: existing users should sign out and sign back in following upgrade Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today released firmware updates for Surface devices which includes Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro. Surface 2 received the most significant update which includes lots of improvements across the system like wireless performance, system performances, audio performance, battery life improvements, etc. Surface 2: •Performance improvements for all Type Cover and Touch Cover versions. •Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates to improve wireless display performance. •Camera improvements. •Audio improvements including switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset. •System performance and stability improvements. •Battery life improvements. Surface Pro: Windows 8.0 •Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2. Windows 8.1 •Update to the LifeCam driver to increase TrueColor fidelity. •Update to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers to enable improved wireless display performance and to further enhance Wi-Fi network performance and stability. Surface RT: Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type ...

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Facebook is moving in a rapid pace updating its official app in Windows Store. Last week, they added support for controlling notifications. In the recent update, they have added a bunch of welcome improvements. The most notable ones are the support for Share Charm to share content on Facebook, IM-only snap mode support and picture messaging. There is also an option to download a photo to set as your profile photo or lockscreen photo. I wish Facebook can also take Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 under its development to release frequent updates. Download the update from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft recently updated their Xbox Music and Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1 devices. Both these apps has got new features and improved experience with this update. Xbox Music: It’s now simpler to buy the albums and songs you want to keep forever. You can redeem Microsoft gift cards, too! A brand new user experience makes it easier and more fun to find music in your collection, listen to radio, and explore the Xbox Music catalog Search is always accessible – just start typing! A new way of showing results makes it easier to find what you’re looking for Pause and play with a single tap from the new always-visible playback controls Snap the app and have fun multi-tasking while you listen For quick access, find your playlists the now playing list in the left-hand menu Use the Share Charm in Windows 8.1 to share any webpage to Xbox Music ...

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After the release of Windows 8.1, there were reports that Windows 8.1 adding watermark to the desktop wallpaper about Secureboot even though it was configured correctly. Microsoft has released an update that removes the following watermark from the desktop wallpaper in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly. Build 9600 Download the fix from the links below. Operating system Update All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Download the package now. via: Winbeta ...

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Microsoft has finally released the Surface RT Recovery Image for Surface RT users. Just few days back, Microsoft pulled Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store since some users reported issues while updating. I think this recovery image should be useful for those who bricked their devices. Microsoft has also provided a reference  document for instructions regarding creation of the recovery USB drive and the use of this Surface RT recovery image. Download it here from Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft has removed Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store temporarily. There seems to be some issues affecting users while they updating their devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue and already investigating it. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1,” “As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.  We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.  We will provide updates as they become available.” Expect the update back in store soon! I myself updated my Surface RT and the update process for smooth and now, I’m enjoying the Windows 8.1. ...

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Along with the release of Windows 8.1 update to all Windows 8 customers, Microsoft has also released Windows 8.1 Enterprise ealuation edition for download. The Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation is available in 32 and 64-bit ISO versions. You can register, then download and install full-featured software for a 90-day trial. Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. A clean installation is required. Windows 8.1 brings following benefits to the enterprise. Best business tablets and PCs – Enhanced user experience (improved multi-tasking, multi-monitor support, and mouse and keyboard navigation), boot to desktop, new Search experience, support for latest hardware innovation (processors, InstantGo, displays, smaller tablets, NFC, biometrics) Windows apps for business – Develop, deploy, and manage new mobile ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft detailed the improvements around Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1 You can now have Live Tiles for your favorite websites. Windows 8.1 with IE 11 introduces support for live tile notifications when you pin your favorite web sites. Your pinned sites can now be alive with activity, pulling data directly from the websites so your Start screen is updated with the latest posts, scores or stocks – information from the Web right on your Start screen. Together with the Start screen team in Windows, we designed the live tile support for sites to enable all the same tile sizes and layouts that apps enjoy. We set out to make it as easy as possible for developers to build live tile notifications using the existing RSS feeds for their sites, and we built BuildMyPinnedsite.com to help developers to create beautiful tiles and live notification support with just a few ...

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As expected, Microsoft today released their first major update for Windows 8 named Windows 8.1. The Windows 8.1 update is now available for download from Windows Store. The update is free for anyone with Windows 8 OS installed and it is applicable for Windows RT users too. Apart from the under the hood and UX improvements, Windows 8.1 will have the following features. Bing Smart Search: A single search now brings you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. See results in a clean, graphic view that lets you take immediate action and launch apps. Search, click, do. Find a song and start playing it, or find a video and watch it right away. Powered by Bing. New Apps in Windows Store:  You’ll notice that the Windows Store has a new look which makes it easier to discover and download new apps. And the apps that are included ...

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Google today announced that they are extending the support for Chrome browser on Windows XP till April 2015. Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 which means that it will no longer receive updates and security patches. Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, Google is extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015. We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating. Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks. If ...

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Alex Garden, General manager for Xbox MVR ( MVR – Music, Video and Reading) today blogged about their experience of building the updated Music app for Windows 8.1 devices. Xbox Music app got completely re-designed from its previous version and it has got some new UX which everyone demanded. It packs Xbox Music service features like ad-supported free streaming, custom internet radio stations and the ability to take their music and playlists to different devices, ability to import from SD card, etc,. As you can see, we have condensed what were 3 layers of the app into a simple, single page with clear callouts of our major app features – collection, streaming radio, the store and playlists. Moving between the features is as simple as clicking the title. In addition, playback controls are always visible on screen making it simple to pause the song you are listening to or skipping ...

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Along with the update about the upcoming Photos and Camera app for Windows 8.1, Microsoft also revealed some information about the Movie Moments app for Windows 8.1 devices. This Movie Moment app allows you to trim the videos, add some texts and music which can be shared to various services. You can think it as a Microsoft Movie Maker lite! Real life moments can be unpredictable, so when taking videos we often take a bunch of extra footage. Sometimes these videos sit dormant on our devices – when just a few edits would make the video instantly shareable!  Movie Moments is a simple app that helps tell the story of the interesting moment in your video. Within moments, trim the video, add short captions, and put in some music and now you’ll have a short clip that you’ll want to share!   Source: Microsoft ...

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In August, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 has hit the RTM milestone. After RTM, while OEMs were preparing the OS for the device, Microsoft was busy fixing some bugs that were found later and also made some changes to IE11. According to reports, Microsoft has named the update as ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’. The update is supposed to be 200 MB for the x64 version and 100 MB for the x86 devices. Neowin claims the following improvements in the  ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’ update. The update is said to consist almost entirely of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, with one notable exception. After downloading and installing the GA Rollup A update, the article states that Internet Explorer 11 gains an app bar preview, which is a tiny black bar at the bottom of the browser that also feature three little dots, rather like on Windows Phone. It is also similar to the app ...

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