Microsoft CEO today revealed his plans to retire from Microsoft within 12 months from now. Steve wrote a letter to all the employees of Microsoft, read it here. In an interview to Seattle Times, Steve spoke on few things that are interesting. On why he retired before his youngest son went to college - “so we have a successor in place so we can lead a multi-year journey, or  I would have to sign up long enough so I don’t leave mid-stream.” His biggest accomplishment - “giving birth to the notion that people are going to use intelligent devices for their own personal usage.” “When I joined Microsoft, my parents asked me two questions,” he said. “My dad asked: ‘What’s software?’ My mom asked me: ‘Why would a personal ever need a computer?’” Microsoft played “an incredible role in making personal intelligent devices happen,” while also returning profits and cash ...

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  SAN DIEGO, Aug 22, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — SweetLabs(R), an app distribution company, today announced an agreement with Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, to preload SweetLabs’ Pokki software on new Lenovo PCs shipped worldwide, starting with consumer devices. These devices will include Pokki’s modern Start menu, app store, and game arcade out-of-the-box, all powered by SweetLabs’ dynamic app recommendation and distribution platform. “Our collaboration with SweetLabs strikes the perfect balance between providing our customers great apps, and growing Lenovo’s business around app distribution,” said Peter Gaucher, executive director, Software and Content Services, Lenovo. “The Pokki software suite complements the Windows experience, and we’re excited to work with SweetLabs to open up new distribution opportunities for app developers across our devices worldwide.” Pokki has been downloaded by tens of millions of Windows users looking to launch and access their favorite apps directly from the desktop, much like a home ...

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A new partner build of Windows 8.1 got leaked today on internet. This build 9477 is of  X64 and zh-CN version. There is no significant change spotted from the previously leaked builds. From October 18th in New Zealand, Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers with Windows 8 or Windows RT devices through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. The leaked build is available from the usual p2p sites. via: Neowin ...

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After a series of ads that compared Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets to Apple iPad, Microsoft today posted a new video ad in which Lenovo Yoga takes on Apple iPad. The ad shows the situation in a college where a student who owns Lenovo Yoga was able to take notes, play games, etc,. at a same time with a single device while the students Apple iPad struggle to keep up with the class with no real keyboard, real multi-tasking, etc,. Have fun and get work done on the Lenovo Yoga with Windows 8. See more at http://windows.com/compare     ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed that they are going to stop offering TV, Movie and Music content on Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores. Q.What’s changing with Zune Marketplace? A.Starting as early as August 22nd Microsoft Points will be retired. As a result you will no longer be able to rent or buy TV, movie, or music content on Zune Marketplace. We encourage you to spend your points balance prior to this change. Q.Will I still be able to use Zune to enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows in my personal collection? A.Yes, you will still be able to stream unlimited music with your Xbox Music Pass and enjoy playback of the music, movies, and TV shows in your personal collection. Q.Where will I be able to rent or purchase movies and TV shows? ...

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Asus is planning to release a Windows 8 based touch screen laptop called Vivobook X102BA soon. The details of the laptop along with images got leaked yesterday. This device will have a 10.1-inch touchscreen with 1366×768 resolution, powered by AMD A4-1200 processor at 1.0 Ghz and AMD Radeon HD 8180 graphics. It will come in either 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM options with 320 GB or 500 GB HDD option. Asus is also planning to include  free copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student with the device. The price is expected to be around $440 USD. Source: Sweclockers ...

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Patrick Wirtz, an innovation manager for The Walsh Group, spends most of his time implementing technology that will enhance Walsh’s ability to work with clients. In the construction industry, building information modeling (BIM) is a critical component of presentations to clients. BIM allows construction companies like The Walsh Group to represent the functional characteristics of a facility digitally. While this is mostly effective, Wirtz wanted something that would really “wow” his clients. He wanted a way for them to not only see the drawings, but to bring the buildings to life by allowing clients to explore the blueprints themselves Wirtz found the solution he had been seeking when he stumbled upon an article about Ubi. At Ubi Interactive, we provide the technology to transform any surface into an interactive touch screen. All the user needs is a computer running our software, a projector, and the Kinect for Windows sensor. Immediately, ...

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Microsoft today announced their expansion of commercial distribution for Surface in 17 new markets. These resellers in all the countries will offer variety of additional value-added services to the Surface device, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. Also all these devices will come with Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage. Today we’re kicking off the next phase in this plan – the first international channel availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro for our commercial, education and public sector customers in 17 new markets. In addition to the U.S. commercial channel, the markets that will begin to sell Surface today via a commercial channel include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Microsoft posted a short Q&A on their blog. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Which specific resellers are authorized in ...

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Former Valve’s Steam business executive Jason Holtman who left the company after 8 years has now joined Microsoft. As expected, he is now part of Microsoft’s PC/Windows gaming division where he will focus on making Windows a great platform for gaming and entertainment. Here is the response from him about his new job. “Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” he said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.” Source: Gameindustrybiz ...

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After couple of reports, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will be available for download for consumers starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond).  It will be rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. Windows 8.1 included lots of improvements and new features over Windows 8. Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more).   ...

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  Along with the release of Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop which consists of Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, Microsoft announced another desktop set called Sculpt Comfort Desktop which will cost $79.95. It also features modern design with great ergonomics. Contoured for comfort Contoured design promotes a natural wrist position and puts keys within easy reach. Detachable palm rest Detachable palm rest can be removed for a sleek, compact look.Work in the position that’s most comfortable for you with detachable palm rest and adjustable keyboard legs. Split spacebar with backspace functionality Split spacebar with backspace functionality is designed to improve typing efficiency. Four-Way Scrolling Scroll left, right, front and back. Quickly navigate all of your projects with speed and efficiency. Windows touch tab Optimized for Windows 8, press the center of the blue strip to switch between your current app and the start screen. Swipe up on the blue strip to ...

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Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 got leaked on the web few days back and this new build has got several improvements over the past builds that got leaked. We previously listed some of them here. Some of them are updated People hub with some new UI, updated Xbox Video app, apps now has hint to show users about availability of Apps bar, etc,. There are some more improvements spotted in the build. When you install Windows 8.1 RTM version from the Windows 8.1 preview, you will lose all the Metro/modern apps and desktop applications. Mail app has the ability to pin folders Calendar app has got new UI with “What’s next,” screen. Photos app now allows you to import photos from other devices. Skype app comes per-installed which replaces the old messaging app. Source: Winsupersite ...

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Microsoft is set to deliver the final bits of Windows 8.1 to OEMs this month (August). According to various sources, Microsoft is on the schedule to deliver the RTM. What matters most is the time frame in which consumers will be able to enjoy Windows 8.1 on their devices. According to the report from ZDNet, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 for consumers only in October. Microsoft is going to hold off on making available the final Windows 8.1 bits until mid-October 2013 or so. That will be both the general availability date, as well as the “launch” date when new hardware running those bits will be available. Also, usually Microsoft delivers final versions to MSDN or TechNet subscribers shortly after they release RTMs, but this time Microsoft is planning to hold off Windows 8.1 until October. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Yesterday, Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 got leaked on the web. As expected, this new build has got several improvements over the past builds we saw. Motion accents/animated start screen backgrounds now available. Updated mail app with drag and drop support and more. Updated People hub with some new UI. Updated Xbox Video app Apps now has hint to show users about availability of Apps bar. New Helps+Tips app Assigned Access feature is back. SkyDrive storage location can be changed on your PC.     ...

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Microsoft Skype today updated their Skype app for iOS devices which brings in new improvements such as HD video call support in iPad 4. Enjoy free voice and video calls to anyone else who is on Skype and make HD  quality video calls from your iPad 4. Message friends and send photos in an instant, send Video messaging, etc,. Change log: Call quality improvements - Make HD quality video calls from your iPad 4. - General improvements to call quality and stability. General fixes and improvements - A redesigned country code picker on the dial pad. Download it here from App Store for free. ...

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Sony yesterday announced a special edition of VAIO Duo, Pro And Fit Notebooks which will come in signature red finish. Read below for more details. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, August 8, 2013 – Sony is raising the status of its VAIO® Duo, Pro and Fit models by releasing a limited number in a lustrous, rich, glossy red. The VAIO® | red edition is distinctly Sony featuring exquisite details, extreme portability and speedy performance. The signature red finish is achieved by a variety of painting techniques on different materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum. Multiple paint layers are individually applied and hand-polished, building layer upon layer of rich, lustrous color. To give it that extra glossy finish, a durable protective UV coating creates an extra vibrant sheen with gorgeous depth and richness. In addition to premium luxury design, the new VAIO | red edition is fused with the power of Sony’s display ...

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