Microsoft is expecting a spike in app purchases by the public this holiday season due to increased Windows and Windows Phone devices and the availability of new Microsoft Gift Cards. Gift cards will be available from several different sources, consumers may purchase gift cards in retail stores or electronically, select retailers will include gift cards in their holiday sales promotions or Microsoft and its partners will distribute promotional gift cards with device promotions in select markets. Also Microsoft has some big expectations around the amount to be spent on Windows Store due to gift cards, As a result of consumer gift card purchases and promotional programs for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 devices, we expect consumers to have over $100 million dollars (USD) available in their Microsoft accounts to spend on app and in-app purchases this holiday season. Read more from the link below. Source: Windows blog ...

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Speaking to Shackernews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft lost its focus on PC gaming over the years and he promised they will be back again. He reminded us that Windows still remains as an incredibly important part of the ‘One Microsoft’ strategy and Microsoft Studios need to focus on Windows to truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices. He revealed that they are working on more Windows projects which are bigger and core gamers focused. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.” “At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited ...

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You must be aware of the fact that Zappos.com’s official app is now available in Windows Store. Using this app, you can search, browse, and find great products from a brand selection that Zappos.com carries. You can save your favorites for later and checkout from inside the app. In order to promote the usage of the app, Zaapos is making all shipping FREE for all orders placed within.  That means next business day shipping for customers located in areas UPS delivers next day to! Download the Zappos app for Windows today and start shopping! ...

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Microsoft’s market share of Operating Systems in the personal computing space is fast declining due to Android and iOS devices. Microsoft is aware of this scenario and they have formulated a plan to execute this holiday season to reverse the trend. Paul from Winsupersite has posted a long list of action items from Microsoft’s plan. First, Microsoft has plans to sell about 16 million Windows tablets to make touch Windows devices mainstream. Microsoft will spend about $405 million this year for direct marketing, offers, incentives, etc,. Microsoft will focus on new Windows 8.1 features running on new tablets and devices that are coming this holiday season. Microsoft is aware of the fact that consumers are confused with several OS versions in the market such as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows 7, etc,. Low end Android tablets are winning customers since they are confused because of fragmented strategies with PC makers, the ...

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Microsoft announced its company wide reorganization to transform into a devices and services company few months back. Since then, there are lots of changes happening within the company. Mary Jo Foley today reported three such changes today, 1) Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. 2) The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Mary Jo Foley also reported that Windows Mail and Calendar apps might get replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. 3) Perceptive Pixel software team is now part of the unified operating system group under Terry Myerson. Microsoft also has some Perceptive Pixel software updates planned in April 2014. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Disney’s popular game Stack Rabbit is now available as free download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Stack Rabbit is here! Hop in and play a wild new puzzle adventure from Disney and the creators of Where’s My Water! Download now and stack your way to puzzle success! Ben the Rabbit’s peaceful, veggie-thieving life is turned upside down when his sister goes on vacation leaving him to babysit her restless bunny children. With a bounty of bouncing bunnies to feed, Ben must sneak into the nearby farm and steal enough veggies to feed the kids! But watch out – Max the guard dog is always keeping a watchful eye on the farm’s veggies! Features: •Hop, stack, and match veggies through 65 head-scratching levels for FREE! •Play as Ben the Rabbit on living puzzles, where veggies grow back as you match them! •Challenge yourself to create recipes, match stacks, ...

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Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox games division. Eurogamer today revealed that Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox Studios in the UK. Phil Harrison revealed this information in a meeting yesterday and he commented that Jonathan was hired to help Microsoft “change its thinking”. “We wanted to bring in new talent that would challenge the way we build games and the way we think about what an audience is and what is entertainment,” “We want to broaden the concept of gaming to maybe blur the distinctions about what is a traditional game and what is a traditional television programme and what is a traditional linear media. These devices and boxes now allow us to do that in a really meaningful way.” Jonathan Ross is working with Microsoft Studio ‘Lift London’ ...

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Lenovo started teasing about its upcoming tablet last month. Few months back, there were reports that Ashton Kutcher had signed a $10 million deal to become a spokesperson for Lenovo and the latest teaser images on Facebook for its upcoming tablet have confirmed them. The above image is one such example. Lenovo has also posted few video teasers. 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 date. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the ...

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Dell has started selling their first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet Venue 8 Pro from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro starts at $299. It comes with Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, dual cameras and an optional keyboard. Processor Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D with 32GB storage (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Operating System Windows 8.1 (32Bit) English Productivity Software Office Home and Student 2013 Tablet Memory 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Video Card Intel® HD Graphics Display 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Wireless Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi  + Bluetooth® 4.0 Case Color Black Mobile Broadband Not Selected in this configuration Webcam Integrated 1.2MP HD Webcam (front) / 5MP (back) Power Supply 10 Watt AC Adapter Support 1 Yr Rapid Return for Repair after Remote Diagnosis – Americas ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part-1 as well, you can read it here. Regarding Password Management in Windows 8.1: Hi oshindx – we overhauled the password detection logic in IE11. With Win 8.1 you should see a dramatic improvement in your sites being recognized and passwords saved. You can also see all of your stored sites in the Settings/Accounts, and you can choose to have these credentials roamed across your Win8.1 devices so you don’t have to remember a password once you enter it on one of your PCs. Regarding Storage Spaces error ” The Specified Size Is Not Valid”: Well you’ve wound up the whole StorageSpaces team. They’re working on reproing your issue right now to debug. I might not have info right away, but it’s being actively investigated. Regarding Notification Center and Battery ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part -2 as well, you can read it here. Default zoom has been changed from 100% in windows 8, to 125% in windows 8.1. IE selects a default zoom based on the DPI and expected viewing distance of the device to optimize for consistent readability across form factors and display densities. The net zoom level depends on your device. You can change the IE zoom level on the desktop under the “gear” menu. Regarding poor quality apps creeping into the store. WRT to your Store questions: 1. We’re constantly improving the Store certification process in order to make it a first-class experience. With 8.1 there’s tons of work on the back-end that will surface over time. I’ll answer the second part with your 3rd Store question. 2. A lot ...

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The new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is now available for order from Lenovo. The new Yoga 2 Pro is thinner(15mm thick) and lighter (1.39kg) than the previous models. The Yoga 2 Pro will come up to Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 U series processors. The main highlight is the 13.3-inch IPS 178° wide angle, 16:9 QHD+ 10 point touchscreen, that has a screen resolution of 3200 x 1800. You can configure up to a 512GB SSD for storage and will come in signature Grey or Clementine Orange colors. Lenovo has also addressed the biggest complaint, the new Yoga 2 Pro comes with backlit keyboard. Currently, Lenovo is selling the 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Core i5 model for $1149 for a limited time. I think it is a great deal! Check out the listing here. And find the full tech specs below. Description Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro Processor 4th Gen Intel® ...

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Microsoft yesterday released an video showing the power of Kinect for Windows by a demo which shows the future of retail we could experience. The scenario video shows how a Kinect for Windows application attracts new customers by providing them with a good understanding of a resort thru an enjoyable and easy-to-use experience, while also providing customers with an offer to receive a discount on future stays. Watch the video above. The Kinect for Windows SDK and toolkit contain drivers, tools, APIs, device interfaces, and code samples to simplify development of applications for commercial deployment. Microsoft frequently update the SDK, adding improvements for more control and deeper access to sensor data; new tools, such as Kinect Fusion; and samples, such as best-in-class user interfaces, to feed the creativity and needs of Microsoft’s customers. ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the new features that are coming to Windows 8.1 Photos and Camera apps. Both these apps together allows you to go from capturing images to making edits to sharing within a matter of moments. There are two interesting new features. First is the dual capture feature which can find in modern smartphones, you can take a photo while a video is recording. Second, the new Photo Loop feature which allows you to capture a series of pictures one second before and one second after you press the shutter button, allowing you to always select the best picture from a series of rapid shots. Read the full list of features below. Easy Controls: With the built-in Camera app, you have easy-to-use controls to help you capture photos and videos. You can even quickly access the camera from the lock screen. Video and Photo – yes, at the same ...

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If you noticed it right, SkyDrive is now an integral part of Windows. With the upcoming Windows 8.1 release, SkyDrive is baked into the OS and it has become one of the best cloud storage service available right now. Adam Czeisler, Development Manager at SkyDrive team today discussed in detail about how Microsoft built the modern SkyDrive experience for Windows 8.1 devices. Microsoft combined the advantages of JSON API design pattern of building apps and proprietary sync protocol supporting ‘CRUD’ operations into a one single solution. In Windows 8 we tackled these problems by releasing both a SkyDrive modern app and a SkyDrive sync client. We had all the pros and all the cons of both engineering designs. In addition the app and the sync client couldn’t communicate with each other which led to some temporary inconsistencies that could be confusing to people who used both. When we started planning ...

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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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