In an interview to GigaOM, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth praised Microsoft’s Cloud service Azure for treating Linux as a first class citizen in the product. Also, he pointed out that Microsoft Azure might be the service that might give Amazon Web Services a run for its money in the future. “I have never had an experience engaging with the Microsoft cloud guys where I felt that they saw Linux as a second-class citizen. I think they have an undeniable institutional prerogative to make Windows a great experience and to convince people that it’s going to be the right platform for themselves. But I think the Azure team saw straightforwardly that if they wanted people to trust them in moving their data centers into Microsoft’s data center, then they had to be able to move everything — and a lot of that was going to be Linux.” And, he added, “The ...

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    Acer today announced Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series which comes in colorful notebooks to accentuate users’ personalities. These laptops offers outstanding productivity tools with 14- and 15.6-inch displays and options for 4th generation Intel Core processors, discrete graphics and up to 1 TB of storage and also come with precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience. Another good this is the Skype Certified(1) voice over IP (VoIP) experience. Read the full press release. Acer today announces the Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series built with time-tested technologies ideal for users who require everyday productivity and infotainment at an affordable price. In addition, a variety of fashionable colors are available to accentuate users’ personalities. A complete range of viewing options is available to satisfy differing customer needs with the choice of Touch/Non-Touch, Full HD/HD, and glare or matte display. ...

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Acer today announced couple of 11.6-inch Windows laptops in the name of Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11. These laptops stand out from the crowd with new FlowCurve design – an external rear curve that continues through the interior to create a unique visual flow and also comes with a fan-less design for cool and quiet computing. Other highlights are the precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience and various color options to display users’ individual style. Read the full press release below. Acer today unveils two new 11.6-inch notebooks, the Acer Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11, which feature a distinctive FlowCurve and fan-less design for stylish, cool, and quiet computing. The thin and light notebooks are ideal for consumers who require technology that looks chic and fulfills all their infotainment needs on the go. The new thin and light 11.6-inch notebooks ...

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Acer today announced a new 2-in-1 Windows device called Aspire Switch 10. Just like Lenovo Yoga it can be used in various modes, the only difference is that the display can be detached.It allows users to use it in following 4 modes, Notebook mode–as a fully functional PC with spacious keyboard and Precision Touchpad for comfortable typing and productive work. Pad mode–as a tablet for browsing the Internet, viewing movies, and having everything in your hand. Display mode–switch the screen to show content, such as a presentation file in meetings or sharing photos with friends. Tent mode–for confined spaces while travelling such as an airplane cabin or on a side coffee table. It’s also the ideal mode for watching movies. Acer Aspire Switch 10 will have the standard Windows tablet spec with a HD screen, up to 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM is powered by an Intel® Atom™ (Bay ...

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Last week, Microsoft posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. The video shown involved the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Today, Microsoft posted another marketing video. This time, Surface 2 is being used by a wedding planner. Ashlee is a wedding planner and someone who pretty much helps turn people’s dreams into reality. Being a wedding planner she plans and executes one of the most important days in a person’s life, and she’s using Surface 2 as her one device to fulfill her passion for helping people write their love stories. Ashlee spends a lot of time on the go and out on location. On a given afternoon she might be out testing cakes or ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling free group video calling to everyone. For the last few years, Skype offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, they are making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And also, in the future, they’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost. When not in the office at Skype, I’m part of a cycling team with a group of four local friends. We’re training for a coast-to-coast charity cycling event but spend our weeks in separate parts of the world on business. As planning for our training days is a challenge, we often rely on Skype group video calls to stay connected. Now that Skype group video calling is available to everyone, free of charge, it makes our group ...

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The ConnectED initiative will, within five years, connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon are already providing their support, collectively pledging to connect more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students by the end of 2015. As part of this program, Microsoft will launch a substantial affordability program open to all U.S. public schools by deeply discounting the price of its Windows operating system, which will decrease the price of Windows-based devices. Microsoft and its partners that includes Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Toshiba will offer school districts to buy Windows-based devices for their students at sharp discounts. Microsoft is donating over $1 billion for this program. Read more about it here. ...

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Last year, Lenovo announced a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum called ThinkPad 8. Lenovo Australia website has revealed that the there is an 10- inch version in the name of ThinkPad 10 which is expected to be announced soon. This upcoming ThinkPad 10 will be powered by 1.6GHz quad-core  Intel Atom processor and can be configured up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It will sport the same full HD 1,920 x 1,200 screen as ThinkPad 8 and will come with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front cam. And as you can expect from a business class tablet, it will support Stylus input and you will have LTE version SKUs as well. There will be variety of accessories like keyboard case, dock, and keyboard dock for this tablet as well. We expect the basic SKU of this tablet to start at $499 and will go ...

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In addition to the news that they are completing the deal to acquire devices and services division of Nokia, Microsoft today announced that they have appointed two new leaders to its regional marketing team – Justin Spelhaug has been appointed the new APAC Marketing & Operations (M&O) Leader, while Corinne Monty is the new Central Marketing Organization (CMO) Director for the region. As the APAC M&O Leader, Justin will lead all marketing activities and operations for Microsoft across Asia-Pacific. He will execute the company’s renewed vision across the region, with a focus on delivering “mobile first, cloud first” solutions, through Microsoft’s unmatched breadth of devices and services for both consumers and businesses. Corinne will report directly to Justin and be responsible for marketing communications strategy and execution in Asia Pacific, as well as driving marketing innovation and operational excellence. Prior to these new roles, Justin held positions such as the Senior Director of ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Bing Wikipedia Browser  for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. It allows you to search and browse through the Wikipedia content with the power of Bing. Description: Bing Wikipedia Browser by Microsoft combines the content from Wikipedia — the free encyclopedia — with enhanced search, browse, and content recommendations based on the Bing Knowledge repository. Features: •search & browse articles with comfort •explore related topics with the bottom recommendation bar •flip through all images in an article in high resolution •share interesting topics with your friends Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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We have heard many rumors about the upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. One of the main thing was, it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as opposed to Nvdia Tegra processor in Surface 2. Also, the device was rumored to have a 8-inch device. Another report claimed that the device will be marketed a “consumption-class” device that is also ideal for note taking.  As with the current Surface 2, the Surface Mini is expected to ship with Office.  The Surface Mini will also support an an active digitizer and theoretically could support a Wacom digitizer with the correct drivers.  It may be a pen/stylus similar to that found on the Surface Pro devices. Today, couple of listing of accessories related to Surface Mini was spotted by TechCrunch. VSTN® Microsoft Surface Mini Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case – DETACHABLE Bluetooth Keyboard Stand Case / Cover, only fit Microsoft Surface Mini (For Surface Mini, Black) VSTN ® Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. This video shows how the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Dual-position Kickstand: The integrated Kickstand features two positions, so you can choose the one that works best for you. On your desk or in your lap, find the perfect viewing angle. Productive apps: Office 2013 RT2 is included with Surface 2. Get touch-optimized versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and take Surface from plaything to workhorse in an instant. Powerful ports, including USB 3.0: Take Surface to the big screen with the HD video out port.3 The microSD card reader lets you add up to 64GB of extra storage. Connect accessories with a full-size ...

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Xplore Technologies yesterday announced the industry’s most rugged Windows tablet on the market, the XC6 DMSR. It is powered by a 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, the high-performance rugged tablet features a direct sunlight readable display, as well as an resisitive multi-touch interface to make running your toughest applications easier than ever- no matter how extreme the environment. Read the full press release below. AUSTIN, Texas – April 22, 2014 – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR), manufacturer of rugged and ultra-rugged tablets, has announced the XC6 series, the most rugged and highest performing tablet in the industry. The tablet significantly upgrades Xplore’s iX104 ultra-rugged tablet series, with double the performance speeds, a 30 percent increase in sunlight-readability, an innovative rugged multi-touch display and a full Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro operating system. “The XC6 is the toughest and highest performance product Xplore has ever developed. It will perform ...

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Microsoft India has partnered with HP and Pearson to launch a tablet targeting higher educational students in engineering and management streams. HP Omni10 Windows 8.1 tablet will include content from Pearson and Microsoft Office. It is priced at Rs 29,999 and will be available for all technical and management institutes at an EMI plan of Rs 2,990 per month for 12 months (taxes additional). This offer will be available till June 15th. HP Omni 10 specs: Intel® Atom® Z3770 (1.46 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 4 cores), 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory with MicroSD card support, Up to 8.5 hours of battery life 10″ diagonal WVA multitouch enable (With Corning Gorilla Glass 3) (1920 x 1200) 720p 2 MP (front-facing webcam); 8MP with Auto-Focus(rear-facing webcam) Stereo speakers; HP Premium Sound Accelerometer; Gyroscope; Ambient light sensor; Hall; eCompass Apart from the above specs, the following additional content ...

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  If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet that will also serve you for your productivity, here is the answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface 64GB model with Black Touch Cover is now available for just $329 from Microsoft Store. This is a 2 day sale from Microsoft Store. That’s $30 off of current discounted price – but a whopping $170 savings from original price of $499! Offer is valid now through Wednesday, 4/23, end of day 11:59 pm PST. Place the order for Microsoft Surface 64gb with black Touch Cover for on Microsoft Store for $359, use the Promo code AFF2DAY at checkout for the $329 deal price. You can order Surface 64GB Surface for $329 here. ...

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The Windows OS we install on our tablets, PCs and servers takes several gigabytes of space to run. With the increasing adoption of mobile devices by consumers, it is necessary to make Windows run on a mobile device that will have less than 4GB of storage. For that, Microsoft has created a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows Client or Server. These smaller operating systems is in the order megabytes – not gigabytes. A recent job listing revealed that Windows Phone is the first product that was developed using this technology. Also, Microsoft is now pushing their Internet of Things strategy with Windows, this technology could be powering there too. Our team is working on a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows ...

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