Contextually-appropriate task reminders are nothing new in 2014 as digital assitants like Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana already does that. Even though Cortana was released just few months back, Microsoft had this idea of context aware notifications years ago, for example this particular patent was filed back in 2011. The task reminders will be modified based on user’s time, location, tasks ahead, and several other factors. Abstract: A computing device learns over time how to identify task reminders that are most likely to be helpful to a user in different contexts. The task reminders can remind the user of activities that the user needs to do. The computing device displays a graphical user interface (GUI) that contains the task reminders identified as being most likely to be helpful to the user in the user’s current context. The computing device updates the task reminders in the GUI as the user’s context ...

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Microsoft is now delivering a new dashboard app for users to get the latest news about the Xbox Preview program, report problems, and send feedback. You will have quick poll from the Xbox team which you can answer, try out specific new feature and provide feedback and more. From Xbox forums, • Go to Registration to register your console for the Preview program. And if you ever want to opt-out of the program or change your console’s preview settings, you can do that here too. • In Announcements, you’ll find info about what’s changed in each update, what’s new in this preview wave, and which known issues we’re already working on. • Quick poll is a single question from the Xbox team – questions might range from how you’d feel about a feature change to what your favorite Halo game is. And once you answer, you’ll see realtime results from ...

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Just last week Microsoft announced that they are bringing Xbox One achievements and more to Xbox.com. Microsoft said that they are planning to bring Xbox One profile, game clips, etc, to the web as well. One of the most requested community features we’ve seen as of late is the ability to view your Xbox One data on Xbox.com. We’re happy to announce that the first of these elements – your Xbox One profile, Achievements, friends, followers, and game clips – will be viewable on Xbox.com beginning next week. This new update to Xbox.com with Xbox One profile, Achievements, friends and more support is now already rolling out to users. In fact, I gave it a try few minutes back and it is a neat addition to Xbox gaming experience. Check it out your profile at Xbox.com. ...

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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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