Microsoft today posted another ad in the Honestly series. This ad focuses on touchscreen portable All-in-ones from Windows OEMs. There are lots of great portable All-in-One’s like Sony, VAIO Tap 21, Dell XPS 18, Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon and HP Envy Rove 20. In the above ad, Microsoft also highlighted the fact that none of the Apple Macs come with touchscreens. Whether it’s watching the best wedding band, finding the perfect dress on Pinterest or getting stuff done with Microsoft OneNote and Excel, Windows all-in-ones  give you the best of work and play. The New Windows: One experience for everything in your life. Watch the ad above, it makes a good point. ...

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Last week we reported about Bloomberg claiming that Ford is planning to switch from Windows to Blackberry’s QNX OS for their next-generation Sync system. The report said that Ford is expecting that the QNX based SYNC system will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system. However, the real story seems to be different. Speaking to CNET at MWC, Ford managing director Pin van der Jagt revealed that Ford is always questioning and evaluating suppliers and in the same process they are re-evaluating the Microsoft deal as part of normal business. “Sync 1 and 2 was done with Microsoft but we are not married with them. For us, it’s a supplier, so every time we keep evaluating is it the right partner,” he said. This does not mean Microsoft is out and QNX is in. He commented the following ...

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Back in 2011, Facebook released a new app called Messenger for Windows which lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can chat and message with your friends on Facebook, see the latest updates from your friends in ticker, get quick notifications about what’s going on. Today, Facebook announced that they are discontinuing the product on March 3rd. Facebook didn’t provide any particular reason for this action, but we guess Facebook is now trying to focus on mobile platforms. Recently, Facebook announced that they will be releasing Messenger app for Windows Phone devices soon. ...

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Last year we reported that Microsoft is joining fido alliance to enable stronger and simpler authentication system for consumers. Dustin Ingalls, group program manager for Windows security and identity team spoke with Computerweekly on the problem of ineffective authentication that relies on usernames and passwords. Microsoft has joined other industry leaders to define standards for the next gen authentication system. “From a business objective standpoint, all the players are well aligned and agree that passwords have been problematic for a number of years and are well past their time,” The only way to solve this problem is to get all the major players at the same table and the Fido alliance has the potential of making that happen,” He highlighted the fact that usability is critical from the start according to the Fido Alliance principles, and Microsoft is looking to work with the alliance to achieve this objective along with all the ...

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During the commencement of Sochi Olympic games, Microsoft announced its partnership with NBC to stream thousands of hours of content to millions of users. Today, Microsoft highlighted the work they did with Sochi Olympics games. Various Microsoft technologies like Windows, Windows Azure, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft ERP, etc, were deployed to run this huge event successfully. “It is a great recognition and honor for Microsoft Russia to become a supplier of the Sochi Olympics. Microsoft technologies ensured that the innovative Olympic Games in Sochi were organized at the highest level and, in our view, contributed to the establishment of a new technological standard for large sports events organization in Russia and the whole world. The website sochi2014.com powered by Windows azure will give the opportunity to Organizing Commettes of the next Games to benefit from the experience and architectural solutions developed by Microsoft and other technology partners of the Organizing ...

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Microsoft recently announced that Julie Larson-Green who was the head of hardware division at Microsoft will move on to a new role as Chief Experience Officer as Stephen Elop will take over her old job. Speaking to Recode at MWC, Julie talked about her new role at Microsoft, future of Microsoft, and the criticisms on Windows 8. She revealed that her top hardware job was not quite as close to product design as she hoped for. And she thought that becoming CXO(Chief Experience Officer) was exciting and new and part of the strategic direction of where Satya (Nadella) is taking the company. Within a fairly short time Microsoft is going to be a maker of phones, tablets and wearables. What do you think of Microsoft’s prospects in those markets. I think the vision of a computer on every desk has just evolved to be in every hand, in every pocket and every surface ...

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 Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices just got updated in Windows Store. The key improvement included is the ability to drag and drop songs or albums to create or re-order playlists. Key updates include: Drag and drop songs or albums to create and re-order playlists, build your now playing queue and beef up your collection Large page headers now hide as you scroll, leaving more room for your content App Features: Manage your personal music collection Create and edit playlists of your favorite songs Import your playlists from iTunes Listen for free! Stream millions of songs from Xbox Music on your Windows 8/Windows RT device Play your music on any Windows 8/Windows RT device you sign into Get an Xbox Music Pass for ad-free streaming and downloading on multiple devices Buy songs and albums to add to your personal collection Radio instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists ...

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Everyone was expecting Microsoft to announce a 8-inch version of Surface Mini before Microsoft announced 2nd gen Surface devices. There were some reports claiming that Microsoft is planning to launch Surface Mini sometime in April 2014. Today, Digitimes reported that Microsoft might announce its 8-inch Windows RT device in June during Computex event in Taiwan. Microsoft is expected to unveil an array of new mobile devices with display sizes below 8.5-inch running on an integrated OS derived from Windows RT and Windows Phone in June, according to makers in Taiwan’s supply chain. The software vendor is expected to release the new devices at Computex Taipei 2014 to be held from June 3-7, but the information has not been confirmed by Microsoft. Initially, Microsoft will target the 8.5-inch and below segment in the smartphone and tablet markets since the boundaries of the two sectors have become blurred and the impact on ...

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When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, it came with Nokia exclusive apps such as Nokia Storyteller, Nokia HERE Maps and more. Nokia today announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. Nokia announced the following improvements over previous version of the app. First of all: speed. The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it’s a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions. City pages, for example, now load up to four times faster, thanks to the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimisations ...

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  Dell’s 2014 product roadmap for its PC division got leaked today. Tabtec posted the full product roadmap slides and it reveals lots of new information on upcoming products. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet codenamed Bellaire 2 coming in Q3 2014. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets, code-named Junction 2 and Midland 2 coming in Q3 2014. Dell Venue 11 Pro with 64-bit BayTrail CPU coming in Q2 2014. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with QHD Touch display option, Broadwell CPU coming in Q3 2014. Price will start at $999. Updated Dell XPS 18 portable desktop with FHD display, Haswell ULT CPU coming in April 2014 starting $999. Dell XPS 27 All-in-One with 27-inch QHD display and top of the line CPU, GPU options coming in April 2014 starting $1599. New Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 device with up to FHD touch screen display and touchscreen ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed is presenting its concept car of the future which is based on the fact that cars will become autonomous soon and people traveling in it will find more time spending in a meaningful way. Frank M. Rinderknecht describes the status quo like this: “So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver. After all, traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me to stare at the road, but will let me spend my time in a more meaningful way.“ And then he poses the key question: How will the interior of a vehicle have to be designed to let the now largely unburdened driver make optimal use of the gain in time? This future concept car features Windows tablets for its infotainment system. You can see them in the images below. Passengers will ...

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When Lenovo announced Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook last year, many of us got confused about the naming convention which added the ‘Pro’ word to it. Later we came to know about Lenovo’s plans as they announced the new Yoga 2 devices. Yoga 2 laptops are the real successors to previous year Yoga models and Yoga 2 Pro is model focusing on premium customers with QHD+ display, SSDs, etc,. There are two different Yoga 2 models, one with 13-inch display(3.5 pounds and 0.68 inch thick) and the other with 11-inch display(2.9 pounds). The Yoga 2 11 comes with quad-core Intel Bay Trail Pentium processor, screen with 1,366 x 768 IPS touch display, storage up to 500GB of storage and battery life of 6 hours. This is now available for $519.99 from BestBuy. Key Specs: Intel® Pentium® processor N3520 Features a 2.17GHz processor speed with bursts up to 2.42GHz. 4GB DDR3L memory For multitasking ...

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At MS-News, we are fans of Hal who writes a great blog entitled Hal2020. For those not familiar with Mr. Berenson, he is a former Microsoft distinguished engineer and worked at the company from 1994 – 2002 and spent decades at the Digital Equipment Corporation before that. He often writes about Microsoft’s products, people and policies. Today, he wrote a blog post titled “Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!” in which he criticized Windows platform’s “shut up and ship” policy as opposed to older ways of engaging with platform developers in advance. For example, Windows Azure is now following the rapid release cadence and public previews releasing every few weeks. On the contrary, Windows and Windows Phone releases are closely guarded till its release leaving little time for developers to jump in to the new platform. Let me contrast three strategic thrusts going on at Microsoft.  ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes 3 games and 3 utility apps under discounted prices. Apps: Plex ($2.49, regularly $4.99) organizes and streams videos, music, home movies, Recipe Keeper ($1.99, regularly $3.99), makes it easy to quickly enter and organize all your favorite recipes. Billminder ($1.99, regularly $2.99) gives you an efficient way to control expenses, with minimal fuss. Games: “Riptide GP2” ($1.49, regularly $2.99) delivers intense, dynamic hydro-jet racing with gorgeous graphics and dozens of heart-racing tricks. “Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden” ($1.49, regularly $6.99) sends you deep underwater to a mysterious world to find your missing fiancée through 40 unique locations with 14 hidden-object scenes. “Fishdom 3: Special Edition” ($2.49, regularly $4.99) also takes you into the water with a tankful of colorful finned friends that you feed, play with and challenge through 150 levels (an additional 50 bonus levels is ...

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After the release of a new OS version, Microsoft usually continues to sell the previous OS version for a particular period of time. For example, even after the release of Windows 7, Microsoft continued to sell Windows Vista for more than a year. After the release of Windows 8, Microsoft was expected to end the sales of Windows 7 by this year. According to the updated Windows product lifecycle page, Microsoft will end the sales of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate pre-installed machines by October 2014. However, Microsoft is not ending the sales of Windows 7 Professional this year. This means that Windows OEMs can continue to sell Windows 7 Pro devices to the enterprises even after Oct 2014. This will enable the enterprise customers who still want to buy devices running Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. What do you think? Read more about it here. ...

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