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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At MWC event in Spain, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1 update that is coming in Spring. This upcoming update is mainly focused on keyboard and mouse users. Main Features: - Improvements to non-touch experience – More hardware options (including at low end) – Improvements for government and education markets via IE8 compatibility mode in IE11. Improvements to non-touch experience includes discoverable search, power and settings on Start. New Mouse UI for right-click(Start) and close (apps). Also easy app launching and switching via task bar. More hardware options is enabled by lowering hardware requirements. It includes 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage as opposed to 2GB RAM and 32GB storage that exists now. Joe Belfiore said, “we love touch, but we do want to make things better for people who don’t have touchscreens.”   ...

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Microsoft today released an update for OneNote app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. To celebrate and begin their transition to OneDrive in their products, they are releasing a small update to the OneNote Windows Store App for Windows 8.1 users. First of all, they have added support for over 66 new languages. Support for the OneDrive service. Rule line heights have been increased to accommodate larger handwriting.   To enable Rule Lines, bring up the page app bar (right-click the page, or swipe from the top or bottom of the screen), then select Paper.  Now you can choose between Rule Lines or Grid Lines. Now you can easily go to a note’s location from Recent Notes.  To go a note’s location, bring up the page preview app bar (right-click the page preview or swipe up), then select Go to Note’s Location. We also made accessibility improvements. Now it’s easier ...

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Microsoft is nowadays planning to deliver updates to Xbox One every other month. Following the release of February system update, Microsoft is on the way to release March system update which will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experiences on Xbox One. Microsoft today announced that they will be sending out invitations to select Xbox One customers to preview upcoming Xbox One system updates and provide feedback. Beginning today, Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register. The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features. Once registered, participants will be able to test the ...

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Microsoft today released Skype for Mac 6.14 update. Microsoft has made some changes to improve compatibility with OS X Mavericks and has included some new features too improve the overall experience. Read the new features below. Do Disturb Did you know that you can turn off all notifications, such as new message sounds, by setting your status to Do Not Disturb? This feature has been in Skype for years, but sometimes it can be easy to forget that you’re in this mode and have muted the notifications. That’s why we’ve added a warning to the Notifications preference pane to remind you why you aren’t getting notifications in this state. Too busy to chat? If you are busy and have to decline an incoming call, the caller normally gets a busy signal. But if you have Voice messages set up, you now have the option to let declined callers leave you ...

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Microsoft last week announced that they have started the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. Some Xbox One users are reporting on both the Xbox One support forums and Reddit’s Xbox thread that they are facing weird black screen issues. Their screens now go black when they press the Xbox Button on their controllers even though the audio remains alive. This is not like Red Ring of Death, you can bring up your Xbox One by unplugging and replugging your consoles or by doing reset(holding down the power button to reset the machine). Microsoft’s Xbox support confirmed the issue and said that it is aware of the problem and suggested the rebooting of console as the temporary fix. Hopefully, Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Dynamics CRM release which includes new marketing, customer care and social listening capabilities, thanks to  acquisitions Microsoft made last year. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 18, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive set of new Microsoft Dynamics CRM capabilities to help organizations match their customers to the right products and services, engage with them in the right way at the right time, and nurture their relationships. The new release is expected in the second quarter of 2014. Delivering on its promise of rapid innovation, the release adds new functionality to help marketers be smarter, enabling them to efficiently drive and manage their marketing campaigns; help businesses engage with and care for customers in a personalized manner on virtually any device, anywhere; and enhance capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 to help businesses sell more effectively. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are starting the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means now that we’ve made the February update available, the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. All that to say, never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend. As a reminder, here are some of the features you’ll see in this update: The ability to see and manage your ...

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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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