Back in 1994, World Wide Web was in the early stage supported by dial-up modems and there were only a few thousand websites and Microsoft was among them. In the 20 years since it has been on the Web, Microsoft revealed that Microsoft.com has remained in the top 10 most-visited websites worldwide. Actually, Microsoft started the website to mainly put its growing Knowledge Base online. “We had started to build up a community there; people would answer questions for each other,” recalls Mark Ingalls, a Microsoft engineer in 1994 who would become Microsoft.com’s first administrator. He was also the only website employee at that time, other than his boss. But the staff doubled early on, when Steve Heaney was hired to offer vacation relief, Ingalls says. In terms of “Web design,” the notion, much less the phrase, didn’t really exist. “There wasn’t much for authoring tools,” Ingalls says. “There was this thing called HTML that almost ...

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Microsoft Windows Store platform team has now started new user voice site named ‘Missing Platform APIs’. As the name suggests, Windows Store developers can post their ideas on APIs or vote of ideas by other developers. For example, Windows Phone platform does not provide any API to make a great voice call recorder app and similar. You can post any APIs that are missing on both Windows and Windows Phone platforms. As we continue to evolve and grow Windows, we want your feedback on the APIs you need to be successful. The most useful feedback will be in the form of requests for specific APIs or specific 3rd-party libraries, along with a general description of the scenario they help solve. These could be existing Windows APIs not currently permitted in Store Apps (Win32, COM, or .NET) or they could be APIs from other operating systems with no equivalents on Windows. In addition ...

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  At BUILD developer conference last month, Microsoft announced 22tracks – a completely new, touch-first music discovery experience. The project was developed to showcase how Internet Explorer 11 adapts naturally across phone, laptop, tablets, and large-screen alike. Microsoft and 22tracks today announced that they are expanding this conceptual experience to all music fans that visit 22tracks.com on the Web across browsers and devices. Microsoft has also added Xbox Music support so that you can now listen, and buy or stream at one-click. The new 22tracks is a collaboration with Vincent and Gilles to combine the best of music, design, and HTML5 web standard technology together. With more users than ever before visiting on touch-optimized mobile devices, we knew we needed a site that was more than search, play, and share. The new experience adapts responsively to a wide range of devices. You can easily switch between a disc-view with controls ...

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  India started the world’s largest election today (07th of April). There are over 814 million eligible voters and the election will continue in phases over next five weeks. The results from all 935,000 polling stations around are expected on May 16 determining the next ruling party and electing the Prime Minister. Microsoft India has now launched a Elections portal on its Bing website. This website allows you to access the results of past elections results of over 50 years, and you can do all the data crunching to know about which party when, where and more. There are also news section to read about the latest happenings. You can also know about each candidate on the same website. Visit http://www.bing.com/elections for more details. Apart from this, Microsoft is also partnering with CNN-IBN for their Elections coverage. You can visit Microsoft CNN-IBN Election Analytics Center at http://ibnlive.in.com/general-elections-2014/analytics/. ...

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