Microsoft today announced a minor update for Skype for Windows devices in Windows Store. This new v2.5 includes improved UI for contacts, ability to mute IM sounds, etc,. Find the full change log below, New add people option– we’ve added the ability to add contacts from the people page. To add someone, just select the icon below, type in a name, email address, Microsoft account or SkypeID. Additionally, just like before, you can add people directly from search or when swiping the command bar. Who’s available? – if you wish to sort your people list just by those who are online, you can always see who’s available by selecting people and then toggling between the options for all and available (hint: most icons and menus are selectable in Windows 8.1). With this release, we also made this view accessible for people who have less than 20 contacts. A little silence ...

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Microsoft today announced that their first Xbox One system update will be rolled out later this week that will include lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice, so commands become more fluid and responsive over time. Microsoft also detailed the March Xbox One system update will start rolling out in early March. This update will include multiplayer and party improvements out in time for the March 11 launch of “Titanfall”. Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a ...

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In the last week, we saw information about Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaking on the web. We reported about features such as new context menu support in Start Screen, ability to pin metro apps in task bar, ability to close, minimize and maximize metro apps with new buttons on top right and more. One new feature that was noticed in this build was the new control panel link in PC Settings Metro app. This Windows 8.1 Update 1 build is now available for download from p2p sites. This is a leaked build with build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237. If you are ready to explore, download it and try it out! Microsoft will be officially releasing this update in March. ...

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Last week, we reported about VLC Player for Windows 8‘s upcoming Zune like UI. Yesterday, VideoLAN team shared more screenshots of the current UI they are working on. Also he provided a shot update on the progress of the work, they are going to submit in to Windows Store in next couple of days. We’ve worked a lot on the audio crashes, and finally decided to rewrote the audio stack for Windows Metro platforms. Hopefully, this will allow us to finally pass the Store validation. This kept us busy during the holidays. See more screenshots below. Source: VLC ...

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Microsoft has quietly updated their Office Web Apps suite with a new flatter UI that is more optimized for touch screens. The new look has UI controls spaced apart than before and also offers completely flat buttons. Microsoft has also given a new header with a prominent share button on the right end. There is also a new search box in the ribbon that allows you to search “Tell me what you want to do” kind of queries. You can type bold, find & replace and more to get suggestions and select appropriate choices. There is also a new feature to add footnotes & endnotes. Tell Me We all have that Word moment when we know what we want to do, but don’t quite remember how to do it. ‘How do I apply double spacing?’ ‘How do I make this page horizontal?’ Do these questions seem familiar? Nothing to be ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of v6.13 of Skype for Windows desktop. This updated version fixes the issue which caused high CPU usage when Skype for Windows desktop is running with Chrome as your default browser. Also Skype team has fixed few other bugs including enhanced stability during both group video call and in High DPI mode. Skype Desktop features the following, Calling: Stay in touch. Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Video: Seeing is believing. Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call. Messaging: At your fingertips. You’re always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts. Sharing: Share your world. Send photos, videos and files of any size. Get that secret recipe off grandma in seconds. Download Skype for Windows desktop 6.13 for free. Source: Skype ...

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Microsoft has updated the Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices in the Windows Store. This update does not include any new features, instead it has general bug fixes. Using this app,  you can share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. Connect with anyone on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more. Features: Snap Skype alongside other apps. Chat, share files and photos. Make free voice and video calls. Send video messages every day. Call anyone, even if they’re not online. Messages are delivered to your lock screen, start screen, wherever you are. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Similar to the Xbox Music for iOS update, Microsoft has today released an update for Xbox Music app for Android devices. This update brings in the support for offline music where you can make your playlists available online when you don’t have access to internet. What’s New? • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music on the metro, or in a plane! • Play your whole collection; play all by genre now available Xbox Music Pass on Android features: • Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music anywhere • Listen to radio stations based on your favorite artists • Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices • Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music ...

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Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten spoke with Engadget at CES on Xbox One sales, updates on game streaming functionality and more. First of all, Microsoft is happy about the reception of Xbox One among consumers and working to bring it to more markets. Marc also acknowledged that consumers are finding it difficult to fully explore the social side of the gaming in Xbox One than that of Xbox 360. Microsoft is already working to fix that experience and expect an update soon. “The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things. As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s ...

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Microsoft releases December 2013 update for Surface Pro 2 devices with no.of improvements. Since its release, many Surface Pro 2 device owners faced problems with the update and resulted in poor battery life. Microsoft pulled the update and reported that they are working on a fix. Now, Microsoft Support team has confirmed that a new firmware update is coming to Surface Pro 2 owners on Jan 14th. “Just got off a call with Surface support team and they confirmed that the new firmware will be released January 14th. Interesting the support team have been told by Microsoft that the botched December firmware only affected 3 in 1000 devices, needless to say I nearly fell off my chair when they said that!” December 2013 update: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction ...

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Few days back Microsoft said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. It seems, Microsoft has changed their minds and decided to deliver the fix earlier than expected. Here is the info from the Support forums, We are working through the holidays to deliver a fix for the small number of customers that have experience decreased battery life and booting/sleeping problems as a result of the December update.  We took the update down to prevent additional customers from ending up in this state. All hardware failures, none of which are known to be caused by the December update, are being handled promptly through our warranty exchange policy. The UEFI firmware ...

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Microsoft has released an update for the Xbox One.  The update process works a little differently than on the Xbox 360. A. If you are using the Xbox One “Instant On” your console automatically checks for updates when it you turn it off. Once the update is found the following will happen: The console will automatically download the update after it is turned off. Once the update has been downloaded in the background, the console will power completely down. Please note: It will be necessary to manually power the console back on after the update has been downloaded. Because the update will power your console completely down, the “Xbox On” voice command won’t be available until after the update is fully installed. When the console is turned on, the user will see the update being applied. After that, the Xbox One will reboot. The update is installing when the user sees ...

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Microsoft today released December firmware updates for both its second generation Surface devices. The updates for Surface 2 and Surface Pro include improved trackpad experience and several other improvements. Surface 2 December update change log: Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved. Decreased charge time for batteries. Two-finger trackpad use optimized. Update to support additional external displays. Skype video quality improved. Resolved delay during restart when Bluetooth devices are connected. Surface Pro 2 December update change log: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality. Color fidelity improvements for all applications. Optimized two-finger trackpad use. Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device. Surface RT December update change log: Surface Home Button Driver update to optimize available system memory. Surface Type Cover audio device driver ...

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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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