VLC team member today updated about their progress in Windows Store app development. First of all, they have now redesigned the app to be a universal Windows app. They are planning to drop the support for Windows 8 users, they need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 to continue receiving updates. They are designing the app that adapts itself depending on the device you’re using, while keeping the same user experience. Instead of fixing bugs in the existing codebase, they rebuilt it again from the scratch to have improved performance. Should I rebuild the app from scratch, again? Or should I try to fix bugs one by one and improve the current design? - The first possibility is the faster but also the most dangerous one. So I decided to take my time, and build a great universal app based on the work we have done so far. I cleaned the ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals are now live in Windows Store. It includes many popular games like Dragon’s Lair, Spectral Soul and more. Find the list of games and Windows Store links from the list below. “Dragon’s Lair” ($4.99 in the Windows Store, usually $9.99) brings the arcade classic to your living room, including Don Bluth’s distinctive animation. It includes all of the original scenes of a valiant knight’s quest to rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. But it also has a new global high scores list so you can show how well you wield Dirk the Daring’s sword. Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. “Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish” (99 cents in the Windows Store), ($1.49 in the Windows Store), “Spectral Souls” ($5.99 in the Windows Store – usually  $15.99 “Red Crow ...

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Microsoft has recently published the list of the products reaching end of support in the next 6 months. This list includes Windows Phone 7.8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and more. Along with these, Microsoft has also listed Service Packs that will retire in the next 6 months Key Products Transitioning from Mainstream Support to Extended Support: The following products will be moving into Extended Support in the next 6 months. Extended Support lasts for 5 years and includes security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support. Additionally, Microsoft will not accept requests for design changes or new features during the Extended Support phase. Products Moving to Extended Support Effective Date Dynamics C5 2010 Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Dynamics NAV 2009 Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Exchange Server 2010 Standard Windows 7 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Windows ...

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At the Develop conference in Brighton, Microsoft today announced that Zoo Tycoon Friends game is coming to Windows and Windows Phone devices. In “Zoo Tycoon Friends,” players will join Arthur and his daughter Simone on a journey around the globe to tackle 15 missions and more than 100 quests to save exotic animals. “Zoo Tycoon Friends” is free to download, and will include advertising and the option of buying in-game virtual items. This game will feature the following, - Adopt and care for over 40 unique species - Construct gorgeous habitats, concessions, roads and decorations to please your visitors and express your style - Experience intuitive, natural touch, stylus and keyboard / mouse controls. The game adapts instantly based on your input - Feed, heal and play with animals to discover their unique personalities and behaviors - Nurture adorable babies and help them grow into powerful adults - Player progress ...

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Today, Microsoft announced a new way to track all your Xbox game achievements you earned on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone in once place. In the browser, you have to visit this URL to know the list of games and the achievements you have earned through them. The webpage looks like the above image. You can now track your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone achievements on http://t.co/CCciWRcOOLhttp://t.co/567kL5XkIP — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 16, 2014 Visit https://account.xbox.com/en-US/Achievements/ for your details. ...

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Microsoft today updated their Lync Room System with June system update. This new update includes all the usual fixes and minor updates, but contains one major new feature called Room PC View. Microsoft says this feature will improve the content capture experience for a computer that is always connected in the Lync Room System. Currently, the LRS content capture feature was originally designed to activate and share the screen when the content capture cable was connected to a laptop, and then deactivate when detached. As some users wanted to hard-wire the content capture cable connection to an in-room, always connected PC, Microsoft created this new feature, Our solution? We created a Room PC View button on the console that controls the display of the in-room PC screen share. If you want the screen share to display in the room, you can turn the button on; if you want to keep the screen share ...

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At this year’s E3, Microsoft’s focus was all about games, just games. For the full 90 minutes of press briefing, Microsoft talked about all the first party and 3rd party games coming to Xbox platform. The surprising part was that Microsoft didn’t even talk about games on Windows and Windows Phone platforms. Phil Spencer is the head of gaming at Microsoft, which includes games on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone platforms. He responded to the lack of any information on PC and mobile gaming at E3 to Polygon, “I’m head of gaming at Microsoft,” Spencer said. “When we’re doing gaming strategy, gaming focus inside the company, that’s my job. I think in a lot of ways, you could argue gaming on Windows has never been more healthy in that the biggest of the big franchises, League of Legends, World of Tanks, those things dwarf a lot of what we’re doing ...

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Microsoft announced Cortana digital assistant with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview. Lots of users are already using it in beta form around the world even though Microsoft has officially restricted the launch to the US. How about Cortana experience on Windows or Xbox? Microsoft has not revealed any info about it so far, but it is as obvious thing for Microsoft to expand this personalized service to all their platforms. Recently, WPC forum member claiming to be a Microsoft employee revealed the following, Cortana on Xbox One and Windows 8 PC’s Yes, it’s coming, no, no ETA but I have been testing it on XB1 and it’s very neat, especially when playing a Halo game. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) was at SMX Advanced conference talking about Cortana hinted the same, Will Cortana jump ...

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As announced this week, Microsoft has released the redesigned Skype app for iPhone users. This update brings Skype app for iOS to the same UI which Windows Phone and Android users already enjoy. We’re excited for you to see how the new app has been redesigned to put your conversations first, providing you with a smoother, leaner and more integrated experience. Skype for iPhone is up to five times faster and it is also more stable and more reliable. Navigating through the new UI is easier and more fluid. Whether it’s creating a group chat, sending a photo or starting a video call, the new Skype for iPhone has been rethought to be simple and intuitive. New changes: Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version. Smoother: ...

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On Wednesday, June 4th, Nick Parker, corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, delivered a keynote at Computex, Asia’s largest tech event. His keynote covered Microsoft’s view of computing, how they are delivering on this today, a view into the future, the business opportunities the Windows platform creates for partners and unveil the latest Windows and Windows Phone devices. The new Windows devices revealed are Toshina 7-inch Windows tablet, HP Pro x612 targeting enterprise, Windows Phone devices from Prestigio and more. Nick was joined on stage by Tony Prophet, Corporate Vice President of Windows Marketing, Nick Hedderman, Group Manager in the Windows Product Management team, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia & Distinguished Scientist of Microsoft. ...

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Albert Shum was previously working at Nike before joining Microsoft. He was responsible for the design team when Windows Phone 7 was originally launched. The Metro design language from his team inspired every other division at Microsoft leading to the current Modern design language that spans across product groups. Albert Shum got promoted last year as the lead for Operating System Group Design + Content team at Microsoft. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, brand designers, plus content creator along with user researchers, design program managers & design integrators creating end to end experiences for Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and Cloud Services. The design team collaborates with engineering & business partners to create integrated hardware, software & service products. USA today last night published a profile on Albert in which Albert himself and other people at his team at Microsoft spoke about the rising design culture at Microsoft. Albert is excited about the ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Xbox One SmartGlass apps with new features for iOS, Android And Windows Devices. The new SmartGlass app provides access to full OneGuide and universal remote control, pin reordering and more. We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories ...

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Bing turns 5 today. Microsoft is celebrating this occasion by announcing Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack. The Bing Reward members can get up to 5 times the credits searching (on June 3) and for each day you sign in and search between now and June 9thyou’ll get an automatic entry into our biggest Bing Rewards prize pack yet. 5 winners will get an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia Lumia Icon, $500 to spend on apps and entertainment for Xbox, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, and more. Bing is 5! To celebrate, we’ve created the Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack, and you could be 1 of 5 grand prize winners. Between now and June 9, each day you search with Bing you’ll automatically get a free entry to win the prize pack or 1 of 500 Bing t-shirts.* If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Find ...

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Microsoft and 1776 last year announced a partnership agreement that will bring Microsoft’s industry, business, and technical resources to the world’s most promising startups in the heart of Washington, DC. Today, they announced the opening of Microsoft Innovation Lounge at 1776 in Washington. Judson Althoff, president of Microsoft North America, and Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776 helped in creating this new project. Microsoft expects that this new Innovation Lounge will be used and leveraged by the 1776 startups and community as a way to facilitate access to expertise and mentorship, and to provide a space for startups to create, innovate and collaborate. It has all the latest Microsoft products from 55-inch Perceptive Pixel touchscreen display to Windows Phone devices. Startups can also use this space to demonstrate their work to customers and investors. 1776 and its campus sit at the center of the D.C. community, serving as a hub of ...

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Redspawn has released a Titanfall companion app for iOS and Android devices. This app will provide youlatest info and updates to Titanfall, also you can find your stats from anywhere including total kills, favorite weapons, time spent playing and more. App Description: Enhance your Titanfall™ experience with the Titanfall™ Companion App. Provides you with notifications for all of the latest info and updates to Titanfall™. Features rich intel about the history of the Titanfall™ universe, characters, weapons, maps, modes and controls. Now review your stats from anywhere including total kills, favorite weapons, time spent playing and more. Includes exciting features available when connected with your Xbox One Console. With the second-screen map feature, you have at your fingertips a full screen, real-time interactive mini-map of the game you’re playing. See and track your teammates and where the action is happening live and with the ability to zoom in and out to focus ...

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Microsoft revealed Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone devices at BUILD developer conference. During a Reddit session, Joe hinted that Cortana may come to Windows devices too. As Microsoft has intentionally built Cortana to scale out to all the different domains, the goal is to support all types of human interaction—whether it’s speech, text, or gestures—across domains of information and function and make it as easy as a natural conversation. So, we can expect Cortana on Windows in the future. A recent Microsoft job listing has confirmed the same. It says that they need people to help them redefine the personalization experience on Windows using Cortana. Do you want to be part of the team that is building the next generation of Cortana? We are looking for strong and motivated developers to help shape the Evolution of the next generation of Microsoft’s Digital Assistant – Cortana! The landscape of digital ...

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