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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Along with the announcement about the launch of Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium service in April 2014. Azure AD Premium is an identity and access management service designed to meet the demanding requirements of large enterprises. With Azure AD Premium customers can reset forgotten passwords, manage their groups and set up company branded portals for launching these SaaS applications with a single set of corporate credentials. Azure AD Premium provides identity and access management capabilities in the cloud with a 99.9% SLA, and no limitation on the number of resources in your directory. Application access management. Azure AD provides employees with single sign-on access to their cloud applications from many different browsers and mobile devices. With recent additions there over 1200 cloud applications in the AD Application Gallery. Azure AD Premium lets you assign application access ...

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Last year, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft is in talks to buy Osterhout Design Group for $200 million. While ODG’s current product lineup might not be a great fit within Microsoft’s overall company strategy, we then reported that their technology will help Microsoft to build new products like Fortaleza glasses. Osterhout Design Group also owns 140 patents related to wearable computing, so Microsoft can also benefit from it. Today, TechCrunch reported more information about this Microsoft’s deal with ODG. Microsoft has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group. “In terms of what we’re doing [at ODG], we don’t meake weapons. We make things that can help people do their jobs,” he says. “The real focus are features that are applicable in the consumer space, too.” In other words, ODG may already be talking to other companies ...

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Microsoft has scheduled a press event in San Francisco this week on Thursday. As per previous reports, Satya Nadella will reveal Office for iPad at the event. Mary Jo Foley today reported that along with Office for iPad, Microsoft will also reveal  Enterprise Mobility Suite that will allow corporate IT to manage all the devices of their employees through Microsoft’s services. That suite, a licensing bundle known as the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), is for large enterprise customers who need to manage centrally iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices and more, according to sources of mine who’ve requested anonymity. EMS will provide a way for enterprises to acquire several Microsoft technologies for bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios, my tipsters say. Included in the suite are Windows Intune, a new Microsoft Azure Active Directory ‘Premium’ offering and Azure Rights Management Services. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft announced Project Siena (code name) technology back in December last year. This Windows Store app allowed users without any programming can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services. Some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building are Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits and Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input. Today, they have released beta 2  version of the app in Windows Store. It now allows you to connect apps to powerful web services – from popular consumer services to enterprise SaaS to services created by IT. Change log: • Quick start: create an app by merely selecting a folder full of images • Add translate, search, speak, and social network connections to any app • Easily and securely ...

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