Microsoft today announced the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service that lets you send encrypted emails to people outside your company. You can now send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access. Office 365 Message Encryption is the new version of Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) which includes all of the capabilities of EHE plus new features, such as the ability to apply your company’s branding to encrypted messages. Office 365 Message Encryption works with both Office 365 mailboxes and on-premises mailboxes. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available as part of Windows Azure Rights Management. Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 users will get Office 365 Message Encryption at no extra cost. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2014, and customers who are currently using Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) will be upgraded to ...

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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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This is a new ad from Microsoft to promote Windows convertible Lenovo Yoga 11s. Helena Stone, Editor-in-Chief of Chip Chick and Chip Chicklets shares her story and how she uses her Lenovo Yoga 11s with the new Windows. Lenovo Yoga 11s comes with a 11.6″ high-definition touch screen display. The 2-in-1 design enables you to use in laptop, stand, tent and tablet modes for versatility. Full Specs: 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3339Y processor Features a 3MB L3 cache and 1.5GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 2.0GHz. Intel® Core™ i5 processor Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don’t. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it. 4GB DDR3 memory For multitasking power. Note: Optical drive not included Compatible with optional external recordable CD/DVD drives (not included). ...

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Toshiba last year announced its premium notebook series called Kirabook with impressive screen resolutions and build quality. They are yet to announced the next generation Kirabooks this year. However, Toshiba Japanese has announced two new Dynabook KIRA V654 and Dynabook Kira V834. Both these devices are powered by Intel’s new Haswell processors, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, IEEE 801.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and DTS Studio sound. These Ultrabooks come pre-installed with Windows 8.1, Office Home and business 2013 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Dynabook KIRA V654: Dynabook KIRA V654 does not have touch screen, but it has 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution screen and weighs at just 1.12kg. There is also an optional high-resolution model 2,560 x 1,440. What’s so impressive about this Ultrabook? The 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution model will give you 22 hours of battery life and the 2,560 x 1,440 will give you 14 hours battery life. ...

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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is one of the best Windows Ultrabook convertible available right now in the market. However, the first batch of devices seems to be affecting with Yellow screen issues. The yellow pixels on the display turned out to be more of a blue/green shade of yellow instead of pure yellow. Lenovo forums had lots people complaining about the same and Lenovo quickly acknowledged the issue. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro utilizes a Samsung LCD panel with a Pentile Red-Green-Blue-White (RGBW) pixel matrix, as opposed to a standard Red-Green-Blue (RGB) matrix on more conventional LCD panels.  The Pentile matrix uses a modified physical layout of the pixels, taking advantage of white sub-pixels to deliver a brighter display at lower power consumption level. A drawback of this modified matrix is a lower color luminance than a standard RGB matrix.  This is most noticeable when viewing yellows.  Some yellows may appear greenish ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Internet Explorer experience for Xbox One. Internet Explorer for Xbox One comes with support for modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3, so all your websites should look the same as in desktop. With Xbox One you can navigate the web with your voice, use gesture input with Kinect, grab an Xbox One controller, or pick up a companion device with the Xbox SmartGlass app. Finally, any pinned sites or favorites you saved in Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 will be pulled forward to your Xbox One. Apart from web standards support, Microsoft has also added feature like website pinning, multiple tabs, inPrivate browsing, SmartScreen, Cookie blocking, and Do Not Track. As you expect, IE supports snap mode in Xbox One as well. As it is a Xbox One app, it supports voice and gesture as well. Hands off Xbox One features brand new support for ...

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Dell today announced the availability of the XPS 11 2-in-1 and the updated XPS 13 Ultrabooks which will be available starting $999. Apart from these consumer devices, Dell also announced the availability of the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation and introduction of the new OptiPlex 3020 desktop. Dell XPS 11: With the highest resolution display (Quad HD, 2560 x 1440) on an 11.6-inch 2-in1, the acrobatic XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today.  Featuring a 360-degree rotating hinge design, the 2-in-1 is sure to turn heads as it transitions from tablet to laptop with ease. The XPS 11 starts at $999.99 USD. New Dell XPS 13: The award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook has a 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge display that innovatively fits into a footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop, is razor thin and light, and weighs less than 3lbs. It is built for mobility and ...

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Facebook is moving in a rapid pace updating its official app in Windows Store. Last week, they added support for controlling notifications. In the recent update, they have added a bunch of welcome improvements. The most notable ones are the support for Share Charm to share content on Facebook, IM-only snap mode support and picture messaging. There is also an option to download a photo to set as your profile photo or lockscreen photo. I wish Facebook can also take Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 under its development to release frequent updates. Download the update from Windows Store for free. ...

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After the release of Windows 8.1, there were lots of reports from gamers that mouse pointer freezes or stutters while playing games in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has released a fix for this issue and also has provided steps for “How to extend the update to other games”. This fix will work only for following games, This update resolves this issue in the following games: Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops – Multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops II Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Zombies Call of Duty: Ghosts – Multiplayer Call of Duty: MW2 Call of Duty: MW2 – Multiplayer Call of Duty: MW3 Call of Duty: MW3 – Multiplayer Call of Duty: MW Call of Duty: MW – Multiplayer Counter Strike: Global Offensive Counter Strike: Source Deus Ex : Human Revolution Deus Ex : Human ...

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Microsoft is expecting a spike in app purchases by the public this holiday season due to increased Windows and Windows Phone devices and the availability of new Microsoft Gift Cards. Gift cards will be available from several different sources, consumers may purchase gift cards in retail stores or electronically, select retailers will include gift cards in their holiday sales promotions or Microsoft and its partners will distribute promotional gift cards with device promotions in select markets. Also Microsoft has some big expectations around the amount to be spent on Windows Store due to gift cards, As a result of consumer gift card purchases and promotional programs for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 devices, we expect consumers to have over $100 million dollars (USD) available in their Microsoft accounts to spend on app and in-app purchases this holiday season. Read more from the link below. Source: Windows blog ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofit community around the world. Yes, it is available for free. If you are an eligible nonprofit organization or part of public libraries, you can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program. If you’re ready to get started with Windows 8.1, here are a few steps you can take to learn more: Request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit. Or, if you’re already on Windows 8, you can simply upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1 through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Register for the Windows 8.1 webinar on Thursday, November 14, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, hosted by TechSoup. Todd Rutherford, senior product marketing manager–Windows Consumer, Microsoft, will provide a demo of Windows 8.1. Tell your favorite nonprofit about Microsoft’s software donation program and encourage them to visit www.Microsoft.com/nonprofit. Source: Microsoft ...

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Along with the new Surface ad, Microsoft has also posted this new Windows ad as part of the new ‘Honestly’ series of ads. It focuses on Windows 2-in-1 PCs. Windows 2-in-1 PCs give you the best of work and play. Either it’s watching movies on Xbox Video or getting work done with Microsoft Office, Windows 2-in-1 PCs will serve the purpose.   It’s new but, you know it Work the way you always have with the familiar desktop and the Start button, but now with the magic of touch. It works with what you have Your new tablet or PC will work with most printers, cameras and software. It’s easy to get around With touch or mouse and keyboard, you can quickly and easily get it all done. It’s flexible With the new 2-in-1s, you can get a tablet and laptop in one. Power of Office Get things done with ...

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Anandtech today reported that an upcoming firmware update for Surface Pro 2 will update battery life significantly. AnandTech re-ran its battery benchmarking tests to measure the difference in battery life of Surface Pro 2 before and after the firmware update. Here are the results, Web Browsing Battery Life - 8.3 hours (6.6 hours before update) Video Playback Battery Life – 7.73 (6.65 hours before update) Microsoft also confirmed that the litany of sensors included in Surface Pro 2, as well as the higher resolution display, active digitizer and capacitive touch all of which increase power draw over other similar sized Windows Ultrabooks and MacBook Air. Anyhow, 8.3 hours of web browsing battery life on a Core i5, full HD touch display machine is impressive. What do you think? Source: AnandTech   ...

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The Start Screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allows you to pin your favorite apps downloaded from Windows Store as Live Tiles. If you want to add particular program to Start Screen or create a shortcut for a Modern app downloaded from Windows Store on desktop, it is not possible. There is a simple program called OblyTile which allows you to do so. You can now pin your favorite modern app to your taskbar. OblyTile is a simple-to-use program that allows you to create new titles for the Windows 8 Start screen. It can be handled by users of any level of experience. After a brief installation procedure, you are greeted by a stylish window with a well-defined layout. You can get started by writing a tile name (optionally hide it from the screen) and by specifying the path to the corresponding program. It is possible to apply an ...

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According to the latest Net Applications data, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 now holds 1.72% of the desktop OS market share. Windows 8.1 preview was available since June and the final version was launched officially in mid-October. The official launch has boosted its market share from 0.87% in September to 1.72% in October. Windows XP’s market share is now down to 31.24 and Windows 7′s market share is now down to 46.42% in October. Overall, Windows dominated the table with 90.66% market share while Mac OS X held 7.73%. Source: Net Applications ...

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Microsoft’s market share of Operating Systems in the personal computing space is fast declining due to Android and iOS devices. Microsoft is aware of this scenario and they have formulated a plan to execute this holiday season to reverse the trend. Paul from Winsupersite has posted a long list of action items from Microsoft’s plan. First, Microsoft has plans to sell about 16 million Windows tablets to make touch Windows devices mainstream. Microsoft will spend about $405 million this year for direct marketing, offers, incentives, etc,. Microsoft will focus on new Windows 8.1 features running on new tablets and devices that are coming this holiday season. Microsoft is aware of the fact that consumers are confused with several OS versions in the market such as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows 7, etc,. Low end Android tablets are winning customers since they are confused because of fragmented strategies with PC makers, the ...

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