A new video got leaked today which shows off Xbox One dashboard in action. Even though Microsoft showed off Xbox One dashboard couple of times during press events, they didn’t fully reveal it. This video shows some of the new dashboard’s feature such as the ability to switch between games and the dashboard home without any delay. According to the guy who posted the above video, Microsoft is internally testing this dashboard with its employees and there are lots of bugs that exist in the build he tried out. Microsoft has almost two months time, from now till their launch, hopefully they will fix all those bugs and provide a great user experience. ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed that they are going to stop offering TV, Movie and Music content on Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores. Q.What’s changing with Zune Marketplace? A.Starting as early as August 22nd Microsoft Points will be retired. As a result you will no longer be able to rent or buy TV, movie, or music content on Zune Marketplace. We encourage you to spend your points balance prior to this change. Q.Will I still be able to use Zune to enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows in my personal collection? A.Yes, you will still be able to stream unlimited music with your Xbox Music Pass and enjoy playback of the music, movies, and TV shows in your personal collection. Q.Where will I be able to rent or purchase movies and TV shows? ...

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Microsoft Research has had a long history of looking at bringing static images to life.  A few months back MSR released an app called BLINK for WP8 and recently Cliplets for Windows 8.  Cliplets reanimates a portion of a scene based on user-specified regions and time intervals. The emphasis is on creative control—creating contrasting juxtapositions of frozen and dynamic content.  Think of the dynamic (animated) images in the newspapers shown in the Harry Potter films.  Or the Nokia Cinemagraph the app, same basic concept.  All these apps output .gif files. With today’s mobile devices, users can find shooting high-definition video as easy as snapping a photograph. That should mean, before long, that preserving and sharing bursts of video might become as commonplace as the current practice of exchanging still images.  The MSR research project aims to captures a spectrum of looping videos with varying levels of dynamism, ranging from a static image to ...

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The Windows Blue update to Windows 8 is expected some time in the middle to the end of this year, and Stephen Chapman from MSFTkitchen has managed to dig up this video presentation of an updated version of the Fresh Paint app built for the OS. New in this version is the interaction of watercolor with other medias (oil, pencil, etc.), wet or dry and the the ability to import an image from anywhere, then transpose it to a watercolor painting you can interact with. In the video chief technical strategy officer, Eric Rudder says: "We’re really excited to work, now that the next version of Windows is coming, to make sure that we extend touch in even more dramatic fashion.If you look at a company like HP now that’s kind of struggling and cut their R&D budget, I think they may have wished there’s some stuff in the factory ...

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro ad has quite a catchy tune, but musician Stay Classy felt it was a bit too short, and decided to extend it into this two minute version above. He writes: The Surface Pro song is so amazing, that I was able to make it longer and a lot cooler I know that a lot of us fans would appreciate having a version that we can listen to on the train or on our way to work See his site here for more. ...

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The reason one choses a Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet over an iPad or Android tablet is pretty simple – the power of a full Windows PC with the portability of a tablet. In the above video we have Martin giving a demo of that power, by playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on his tablet. He notes the game works pretty well, but is somewhat limited by the keyboard – maybe next time he should drag his Xbox 360 controller with him Have any of our readers managed to get their hands on the short-supply tablet yet? Let us know your experience below. Thanks Martin for the tip. ...

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WPArea.de reports the Surface RT tablet is coming to Germany on the 14th February and will likely be carried by Saturn and Media Markt. The news was announced by Microsoft already last week, but WPArea reports that television and other media ads, such as the one above and below, have now started appearing, suggesting a real push is underway. Analysts suggest Microsoft has only sold around 1 million or less Surface tablets so far, with Microsoft blaming this on limited distribution. Hopefully this issue will soon be reversed in the next few weeks. There is at present no release date for the Surface Pro in Europe. ...

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Microsoft has posted this retrospective of the company’s achievements in 2012, ranging from releasing the new Office to catching cyber-criminals to releasing the Microsoft Surface. While Microsoft has not quite convinced the technorati that they are relevant again, they have certainly shown that they will not go going down fighting. What are our reader’s opinion of Microsoft’s 2012? Let us know below. Via Gearlive.com ...

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Microsoft’s premier racing game, Forza, is getting a new expansion pack next week. The Forza Horizons Rally expansion pack will bring 5 new rally-tuned cars, new stages and a new co-driver system for rally races. Cars included in the Forza Horizon Rally pack include the ’92 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185, the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR, the 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and lastly the 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale. Rally races are not just limited to the new cars, as Turn 10 Forza Horizon design director Ralph Fulton explained to IGN: “You can take the same rally upgrades that are featured in the cars that are packed in with the expansion pack and apply them to any car in your Forza Horizon garage,” Fulton explains. “These upgrades include rally tires for improved grip on loose dirt and gravel, springs and dampers that ...

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eReader Guides have reviewed Sony’s massive All in One PC with its 20 inch screen, which can also do double duty as a tablet in a pinch. What the review does remind one off most is that, no matter what your niche, there is a Windows PC for you – something which has always been a strength of the Windows ecosystem, and still is today, even if it is a 20 inch tablet. Read their full review here. ...

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Gottabemobile have posted a review of the Dell XPS 12 hybrid Windows 8 laptop. The Windows 8 Core i5 laptop (also available in Core i7)  has a 12.5 inch Gorilla Glass  display and an aluminium and carbon fibre construction. The capacitive touchscreen was felt to be  responsive with good viewing angles, but it is very reflective. It features an excellent backlit keyboard and was noted to have a somewhat high price at $1.199 and only moderate battery life as negatives. The hinges were felt to be sturdy and the touch screen remains in place while in notebook mode, even when tapping on the top section of the screen. The laptop has  two USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort connection and a headphone/microphone jack. Unfortunately, there’s no SD card slot, which means users will have to bring their own adapters or USB cables to move photos over from their cameras. The screen ...

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Microsoft has continued its offensive on Google Shopping over the Christmas season. The charge centres around Google Shopping being based solely around paid placements, while Bing is based on natural search, meaning consumers can never be clear if there are not cheaper deals available which were simply not included because they did not pay the Google tax. While the Google-friendly anti-Microsoft media have laughed off the accusation, I certainly did not know before that Google Shopping was paid ads, and would trust it a lot less than before, suggesting to me that this is an important piece of information to pass on. Via Neowin.net ...

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HP may be slow off the mark, but it seems they will eventually deliver some touch-centric Windows 8-based devices to the market. They latest device they demonstrated is the HP Elitebook Revolve, which is a familiar design for many years now, somewhat updated for Windows 8, and also somewhat more business-focussed. The device is constructed of Magnesium Alloy covered in soft-touch paint, weights 3 pounds,  has an 11.6 inch 1366×768 screen, 256 GB Flash storage, 4GB RAM which is user upgradable and either a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. Lastly it sports NFC, TPM and a SIM slot supporting LTE in the US and HSPA+ everywhere else. An optional stylus can be purchased separately. The laptop is rugged up to MIL-STD 810G standard. The price has not been announced, but the laptop is not expected before March 2013. Via Engadget.com ...

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Microsoft have posted a new promotional video for Windows 8, which, while it is titled all about Apps, seems to be focussing on OS features such as Search across apps, IE10 and the People Hub. When an app does actually gets show it is Kayak, which is not the highest profile app in the store. What do our readers think of this new video? Let us know below. ...

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Microsoft has released a trailer for their new exclusive game for Windows 8 tablets and PCs’ The auto-running shooter developed by Other Ocean has a story mode and 3 endless runnier stages and will be free to play and funded by in-app purchases. The game is expected to arrive soon. Keep an eye on its facebook fanpage for news on its progress. Via PlayXBLA.com and Joystiq.com ...

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