Microsoft today announced a new program called Student Advantage that will allow students in schools to enjoy full Office 365 ProPlus for free. From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the following, Office suite included Always have the latest versions of: Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen. Open PDFs and edit paragraphs, lists, and tables just as you do in familiar Word documents. Keep track of comments in Word documents and mark them as done with the new reply button. Convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less so you can analyze it faster, and then preview it with different formatting. Embed Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, photos, and almost any other kind of computer ...

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SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for organizations and their employees. With SkyDrive Pro, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. Microsoft released SkyDrive Pro app for iOS devices back in June and now the app got updated to v1.1. SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 brings the mobile editing experience for Office 365 for business users. You can open document on SharePoint Online in Office 365, and edit it using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote on iOS device. Microsoft has made a connection between SkyDrive Pro for iOS and other Office apps (Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Web Apps, and OneNote for iPhone/iPad). Download SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 from App Store. ...

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Microsoft has shared a form factor guide for Windows OEMs to make better Windows devices. This Form Factors guide is not related to the usual Windows Hardware Certification Requirements. Instead, this form factor guide focuses on providing guidance for OEMs on bezel size and weight, buttons, target resolutions, and aspect ratios for Windows devices. Here are some info in the document, 1) Device screen size and the recommended maximum weight. < 8.5” –  350 g 8.5” – 10” – 650 g 10.1”  – 650 g 2) All Windows devices should have at least 7mm bezel for optimal experience. 3) Windows is optimized for landscape orientation. Even though Windows supports both portrait and landscape, Microsoft recommends landscape as the primary orientation of the device which are tablets, convertibles and mobile All-in-one. 4) Microsoft recommends soft press buttons for Rotation lock, Volume Control, Power, etc,. OEMs can use capacitive button for Windows keys only if the device implements an optically ...

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Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. Lenovo posted on its teaser page that “It’s time for a tablet that can hold its own.” Earlier Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet in Oct and the teaser site has confirmed the Oct 30th data. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the world’s slimmest tablet with the longest standby battery life. Source: Lenovo ...

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Fujitsu has announced couple of wate rproof and dust proof Windows 8.1 tablets yesterday. QH77/M and QH55/M are the two devices. QH55/M: It is an Intel Bay Trail based tablet. Display – 2560 x 1600 (299ppi) with Stylus support 4GB RAM Upto 128GB storage 267.0×180.8×9.9mm profile 650g weight fanless tablet. 15 hours battery life QH77/M: Intel Core i5-4200U processor 12.5inch display with Stylus support 4GB RAM Mobile broadband support Fan for cooling the device Dust-and water-resistant ( the fan will stop when the device is immersed in water) The Arrows Tab QH77/M will be available on 28 November and the Arrows Tab QH55/M will be available on 21 November. via: Engadget ...

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In a blog post talking about technological improvements that were made in Skype to improve the overall experience over the last year, Skype team revealed that they are bringing synchronized chat message status across all of your devices. I assume with this new feature, you will be able to continue your conversation with someone exactly the same way across the devices at any points. Your unread messages, past conversations, etc, will all be synced. Along with introducing support for Microsoft account in October last year, the Skype cloud also added the ability to queue and deliver chat messages even if the intended recipient is offline – so you can be ‘always reachable’ to the people who matter most. With Windows Phone 8 (and soon across other Skype mobile clients), this technology enables you to receive notifications when new messages arrive regardless of whether the Skype app is running. We also ...

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Acer has announced some new all-in-ones coming for the new holiday season.  We do not have all the details at this point in time.  Acer owns Gateway, but they are still keeping the brand alive. Acer Aspire ZC-605 Series This Acer features a 19.5” screen ideal for games, USB 3.0 ideal for connecting to peripheral devices, and a 1 terabyte hard drive.  The chassis tilts from 10-30 degrees. The Acer Aspire ZC-605 Series will be priced starting at $599.99. Gateway One ZX4270 Priced very affordably starting at $399. This Gateway boasts a 19.5” screen in a compact body.  The Gateway will be available this month starting at $399. Source: Windows Blog ...

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Microsoft’s current CEO Steve Ballmer got only 79% of his total eligible bonus set for him by the board due to the slow growth in Windows 8 and Surface RT write off. The information was revealed in the proxy statement filed by Microsoft yesterday. The fiscal 2013 proxy statement gave the following reason on Ballmer’s bonus: “The company faced challenges due to weakness in the consumer PC market. While the launch of Windows 8 in October 2012 resulted in over 100 million licenses sold, the challenging PC market coupled with the significant product launch costs for Windows 8 and Surface resulted in an 18% decline in Windows Division operating income. Slower than anticipated sales of Surface RT devices and the decision to reduce prices to accelerate sales resulted in a $900 million inventory charge.” Steve Ballmer received a total of $1.26 million in fiscal 2013 which includes a base salary ...

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Dell today officially announced the new Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows tablets. The new 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, Dell’s enterprise support and more makes it a compelling device for everyone. The Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet will be available from November 19th and the Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet will be available from November 7th on www.dell.co.uk. Starting prices for the new tablets are as follows: · Venue 8 Pro: pricing available in the coming weeks · Venue 11 Pro: £349 excluding VAT & freight Update: The Venue 8 Pro will be available on October 18 via Dell.com in the U.S. and select countries around the world starting at $299.99 (U.S.). The Venue 11 Pro will be available in November starting at $499.99 (U.S.). · The lightweight Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 8.1, has a bright HD IPS ...

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A new report from Telegraph claimed that 3 top investors in Microsoft is now pressurizing Bill Gates to step down from his position as chairman of Microsoft. They feel that Microsoft is now spending more time in his philanthropic foundation and less time on Microsoft as a chainman. Also it is not that easy to replace Bill as the chairman as he still owns about 4.5 percent of the $277 billion company and is its largest individual shareholder. Again, these investors can only suggest the board to make a change. But there is no indication that Microsoft’s board will accept the wishes of the three investors, who collectively hold more than 5 percent of the company’s stock. The three investors are concerned that Gates’ role as chairman effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they ...

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According to a new study by consulting firm Performance Inspired, Microsoft has become the most-inspiring company in the US. Performance Inspired surveyed nearly 5,000 consumers about five companies they find inspirational and why they think so. This is not the first time for Microsoft, they came in first place three years ago. Performance Inspired believes that people who are inspired by certain company tend to spend more with those companies, encourage others to do so as well, and they will be loyal as well. Other tech companies in the list were Apple, Google, Amazon and others. Apple, which topped the last two year results returned has dropped to 12th position this year. The top 25 most-inspiring companies: 1. Microsoft 2. Disney 3. Walmart 4. Chick-fil-A 5. Target 6. McDonald’s 7. Google 8. Amazon 9. Johnson & Johnson 10. Toms Shoes 11. The Coca-Cola Company 12. Apple 13. Starbucks 14. Costco 15. Ford 16. ...

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Surface chief Panos Panay and Windows hardware scientist Stevie Bathiche yesterday previewed the upcoming Surface devices at Microsoft Store in Seattle’s University Village. Both of them together spent almost more than an hour to preview these devices. When asked about the 8-inch version of Surface, Panos said that “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Surface are in the works. “We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface,” he said. “That’s the best answer I have for you.” Panos also revealed that the 4G LTE version of Surface 2 will be available initially on AT&T in the U.S. and Vodafone in Europe. He also confirmed that here won’t be a 4G version of Surface Pro 2. According to previous reports, Surface Mini is expected to be released in early 2014. The ...

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Few weeks back, Dell announced that they are going to release Windows 8 tablets with Venue brand soon. We already know that one of the Venue branded tablet will be a 8-inch model.The 8-inch tablet will be just 8.9mm thick, will sport a high-definition 1080p IPS display and runs on Windows 8.1. It will be powered by latest Intel Atom quad-core processor with enterprise features such as embedded Trusted Platform Module and full Dell Enterprise Solutions support for organizations, etc,. The device will have a mini USB port, optional HSPA+ for mobile connectivity, Wi-Fi connectivity and Miracast functionality. The Venue Pro 8 will also come with some sort of bluetooth keyboard. Dell is also planning to release a Venue 11 Pro tablet that will come with 10.6-inch 1080 display running Windows 8.1 Pro. Unlike the 8-inch model, Venue 11 Pro can be configured from Intel quad-core Atom CPU to 4th ...

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Following the success of Yoga Windows 8 Ultrabooks, Lenovo is expanding their Yoga brand to tablets. Yes, Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. This “leg” like stands can somehow stand itself up, I guess we will understand how exactly it works when we see it in action. Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet next month. Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the world’s slimmest tablet with the longest standby battery life. We have to wait till next month to see whether Yoga tablet will “revolutionize” the tablet market or not. via: Ubergizmo, Sina Weibo (1), (2) ...

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Back in January, Microsoft announced the purchase of home automation startup R2 Studios and they absorbed some of the talent of the startup into their management. R2 Studios had several important home automation patents, and their technology was expected to be integrated into products at Microsoft’s Xbox Division at that time. Earlier this month, lots of information on Microsoft’s upcoming Cortana personal assistant leaked online. First, it was reported that Cortana will be the personal AI agent on Windows Phone devices that will come with Windows Phone Blue. Later, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that Cortana is more than a Windows Phone app. Cortana will be a shell that will be found on future Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One operating systems. Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire “shell” — the core services ...

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The official 500px app is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. 500px is becoming a popular photo-sharing service meant for aspiring photographers as well as the professional ones competing with Flickr. This 500px app is just beautiful and works great. Description: 500px for Windows 8 brings inspiring photography to your desktop or tablet. Explore the incredible community-selected galleries and our editors’ curated selections, and stay up to date on your friend’s activity. Features •• Explore Popular, Editors’ Choice, and other feeds of amazing photography •• Browse through full-screen photos with the swipe of a finger or the click of a mouse •• Interact with the community by commenting on photos, liking them, or adding them to your favorites for later viewing •• Stay up to date on your friends’ activity using Flow •• Receive notifications when the community members interact with you and your photos •• Browse photographer profiles and follow them to see all ...

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