The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. Popular internet services like Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger and many others are affected by this bug. Microsoft today confirmed that Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160) has received a significant amount of attention recently.  While the discovered issue is specific to OpenSSL, many customers are wondering whether this affects Microsoft’s offerings, specifically Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. Windows’ implementation of SSL/TLS was also not impacted. Microsoft Azure Web Sites, Microsoft Azure Pack Web Sites and Microsoft Azure Web Roles do not use OpenSSL to terminate SSL ...

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IDC today reported that worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a decline of -4.4% year on year as a result of continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments. Windows XP was one of the main reasons for growth in commercial market segments as Microsoft is ending the support for OS. Lenovo maintained its lead in total worldwide PC shipments, followed by HP and Dell. Acer and Asus are the biggest losers in this segment as they are transitioning towards tablets and mobile devices. “Worldwide PC shipments have now declined for eight consecutive quarters as a result of shifting technology usage and competition (notably with tablets & smartphones) as well as economic pressures (including high unemployment, slow growth & investment, tight credit, and currency fluctuations) related to the Great Recession, sovereign debt crises, and their related impact on international trade,” said Loren Loverde, Vice ...

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Asus VivoTab Note 8, which is the only Windows tablet that includes support for Wacom Digital Stylus with over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, the stylus delivers pinpoint control and makes writing and drawing on the screen feel as natural as on paper. When not in use, you can store it in a holder at the tablet’s bottom edge. This Windows tablet is now available for just $299 from Microsoft Store. Find the deal here. Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon and Microsoft Store. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet PC that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. Specs:  Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB ...

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Microsoft today announced the expansion of Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem with new alliances with BT and Verizon. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem already includes AT&T, Equinix and Level 3 in the US. With these new partnerships, Microsoft is reducing barriers for adoption of cloud computing and accelerating the growth of Microsoft Azure by providing a more secure and reliable connectivity option for enterprise customers. BT announcement: BT and Microsoft announced today a global agreement to provide customers with high performance and more secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform, with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. Customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility and agility offered by cloud resources, with the assurance of a dedicated, more secure connection to their data and applications. Azure ExpressRoute allows customers to bypass the public Internet when connecting to Azure through a private connection based on BT’s IP Connect VPN service. As a result, ...

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NOOK app from Barnes & Noble, one of the world’s largest booksellers is already available from Windows Store from last year. B&N Nook has a rich history of bookselling, and their reading experts help you choose from a vast selection of NOOK books— many FREE —as well as magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC, now supporting Windows 8.1. You can get sample NOOK Books FREE and try any newspaper or magazine for 14 days. Apart from that, there is new offer going in which you can get 4 magazines for free. Get 4 FREE magazines and a sneak peek at 4 upcoming books when you install the NOOK app and register with a new NOOK account. These pre-selected titles will automatically appear in your library when you sign in for the first time. † Download NOOK today from the Windows Store. via: Microsoft ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced that 25 games from the ID@Xbox program are launching in Xbox One Store soon. “Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut,” the first of 25 games from the ID@Xbox program for indie developers got launched in the Xbox Store today. In a Q-and-A with Xbox Wire, James Brooksby, CEO of Born Ready Games told the following about this new game, “Strike Suit Zero” is a space combat game that harkens back to the golden age of space combat games. The team here are huge fans of the genre, and have been influenced by the likes of “Wing Commander,” “X-Wing vs TIE Fighter,” “Elite,” “Homeworld,” “Colony Wars” and “Freelancer” to name a few. The biggest difference between those games and ours (other than a serious next-gen lick of paint) is the fact that we have a mech at the heart of the game. Bringing in our other influences we ...

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Israel-based TabTale is a world leader in children’s mobile entertainment and education and has repeatedly been featured among the Top 10 on Apple’s iOS global publisher rankings has released its Paint Sparkle Draw app for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Free For a Limited Time! Come enjoy the beloved Paint Sparkle Draw app with beautiful graphics and exciting features! With 20+ vibrant colors and a whimsical magic coloring tool your little one is guaranteed hours of fun. Paint Sparkles Draw offers more than 10 fun filled categories of drawing pages to spark your kids imagination! What’s Inside: ✔ 20+ vibrant colors ✔ A magic brush tool ✔ Multiple brush sizes ✔ Area fill bucket ✔ Multi-Touch finger coloring which enables a unique painting experience ✔ 230+ vivid coloring pages, in 12 amazing categories Features: •Use the Magic want to paint will all the colors of the rainbow •Tap on your coloring ...

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In March, we did an editorial on the current infotainment systems in Automobiles and how Microsoft is losing yet another opportunity/market even though it came too earlier than others. It seems, Microsoft is working on the same and they showed some of their concepts at BUILD developer conference last week. Microsoft’s current strategy is similar to that of Apple’s iOS in the Car and Google’s projected mode. It is based on MirrorLink which will allow you to use your smartphone to power your car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink is a device interoperability standard that offers integration between a smartphone and a car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink transforms smartphones into automotive application platforms where apps are hosted and run on the smartphone while drivers and passengers interact with them through the steering wheel controls, dashboard buttons and touch screens of their car’s In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. Windows in the Car will adapt apps ...

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During BUILD keynote, Joe Belfiore demoed a glimpse of the upcoming Windows Store makeover for Windows 8.1 users. The upcoming update will put focus more on Apps all the way. When you open the Windows Store, you will be welcomed with featured apps on the left along with collections, then there is Top Free, New & Rising category of apps on the right. There is now always shown navigation bar on the top with the search box as well. Also, Windows Store will now highlight price drops of the apps to the users as well. The original prices are crossed out with the new, dropped, price highlighted in red. Overall, its a pretty neat update that will allow keyboard and mouse users to enjoy Windows Store content more than ever. via: McAkins ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering great deal on couple of Quad HD+ touchscreen display Windows laptops. Find the details about the devices below. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K03US Touchscreen Ultrabook: 13.3-inch Quad HD+ touchscreen - With a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, it squeezes 275 pixels per inch into its SuperBright display to make it 75% brighter than standard laptop screens. Intel Core i5-4200U – Fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor delivers faster system performance, uses less power, and enables sharper graphics. 4GB memory/128GB SSD – The 128GB solid state drive gets you booted up in just 5.9 seconds and wakes the ATIV Book 9 Plus in under a second. And since SSD has no moving parts, it’s more reliable than a standard hard drive. Up to 7.5 hours battery life 12.60 x 8.80 x 0.50 in (320.04 x 223.52 x 12.70 mm) Weight: 3.06 lbs (1.38 kg) It ...

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  Microsoft today announced that they are revamping the Azure Management Portal with a whole new UX that will delight developers and IT admins. It now offersa fully integrated experience that will enable customers to develop and manage an application in one place, using the platform and tools of their choice. The new portal combines all the components of a cloud application into a single development and management experience. New components include the following: Simplified Resource Management. Rather than managing standalone resources such as Microsoft Azure Web Sites, Visual Studio Projects or databases, customers can now create, manage and analyze their entire application as a single resource group in a unified, customized experience, greatly reducing complexity while enabling scale. Today, the new Azure Manager is also being released through the latest Azure SDK for customers to automate their deployment and management from any client or device. Integrated billing. A new ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the first release of .NET Native. It is a next generation compiler technology that is making popular Windows Store apps start up to 60% faster and use 15-20% less memory when compiled with .NET Native. .NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. This first release is a Developer Preview that allows you to develop and test apps with this new compiler. This preview release of .NET Native offers you the performance of C++ with the productivity of C#. .NET Native continues to provide a first-class .NET developer experience in Visual Studio. You still get a great edit/compile/debug environment with productivity enhancers like Edit and Continue and code refactoring. You continue to upload MSIL app packages to the Windows Store. Our compiler in the cloud compiles the app using .NET Native in the Store, creating a self-contained app package that’s customized to the ...

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As announced yesterday, Microsoft has now released Xbox One SmartGlass beta app for Windows and Android devices. Description This is a Public Beta of Xbox One SmartGlass that provides an early peek at new capabilities. Use the feedback button in the app to let us know what you think. Features OneGuide support built into SmartGlass View what’s on TV without interrupting what you’re doing on your Xbox One Change TV channels on your Xbox One through OneGuide on SmartGlass Find and favorite TV Channels TV Universal Remote Control to control your Cable Box and TV Known Issues • A few buttons in the Cable/TV remote may not work. • Some strings are out-of-date or missing. • In International countries, there may be issues with the OneGuide and unlocalized strings Scenarios to Try • Browse OneGuide on your SmartGlass device • Tune to a show from OneGuide in SmartGlass. • Get ...

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With only a week of support left Windows XP usage is starting to decline but still maintains 27% of OS marketshare.  Data from Net Applications for March shows Windows XP usage declined 1.84% (from 29.53% percent to 27.69%).  Likely many businesses are transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Windows Vista also fell 0.11% (from 3.10% to 2.99%).  Windows 8.1 & Windows 8 continue to grow have a combined marketshare over 11% for the first time.   Specifically, the combined operating systems gained 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68% to 11.30%).  Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38% to 6.41%), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59% (from 4.30% to 4.89 %). Windows 7 made the biggest gain of 1.46% (from 47.31% to 48.77%).  The large gain is most likely businesses moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. Source: Net Applications via tnw ...

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Samsung has announced a new 28-Inch Ultra High Definition LED monitor that has a staggering 8 million pixels. Its a 28-inch screen with 3,840 x 2,160 display resolution targeted towards professionals. It has lots of great features as well. Ultra-high resolution that’s 4 times greater than Full HD, delivering stunning images that use a staggering 8 million pixels Handle all the excitement of action movies, games and sports easily thanks to a faster response time of 1-millisecond 1 billion colors give you each and every color richly detailed and truly brilliant Picture-in-Picture 2.0 technology lets you multi-task and watch videos that maintain 100% of the source resolution With Picture-by-Picture, you can connect two PCs to the same monitor and see the desktops of both simultaneously on one screen that’s divided into two. Pre-order Samsung 28-Inch Ultra High Definition LED Monitor (U28D590D) from Amazon.com Samsung has also announced couple of 27-Inch ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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