The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft Research today released Socl apps for iOS and Android devices along with Windows Phone devices. Socl offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks. Description: Socl — pronounced social — lets you create, collect and share stuff you love. From rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, express yourself through posts that take seconds to create, collect and share on Socl, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Features • Create beautiful collages and funny memes in seconds. • Share your creations on Socl, as well as your other favorite social networks. • Create visual responses (“riffs”) to existing content. • Snap a ...

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  Microsoft today confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox One on Dec 24th. Halo: Spartan Assault was originally released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year and it was well received by consumers. Microsoft is now brining the experience to Xbox One users with native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on. It will be available on Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Best of all, fans that have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99. And don’t worry, Xbox 360 owners: “Halo: Spartan Assault” will be available on ...

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Starting today, Microsoft will be running a promotional campaign called “12 Days Of Deals” in which they will be selling 12 different products at discounted prices. Today’s product was Dell Venue 8 Pro and it is already sold out. You can read the upcoming products on this deal list. You have got products like Garmin Fitness Watch, HP Envy 15, HP Pavillion X2, Fitbit Flex and more in these upcoming 11 days. Stop by your local Microsoft retail store or check out the holiday deals online to enjoy 12 Days of Deals on Windows PCs and tablets, Windows Phone devices, and accessories this December. Tomorrows deal:   ...

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Kodu is a free game development tool originally released by Microsoft Research team targeting kids to learn game development and programming. Now, Microsoft Studios has released this app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. If you have kids at home, then this is a must have game for them. Description: Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills. Features: Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect Kodu ...

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  Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet 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 Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Check out the deal here. ...

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Today Microsoft has started delivering the delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to the programs thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview includes a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Microsoft is making the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK available early to qualifying developers and designers so they can prepare to have their new-generation applications ready in time for general availability next summer.  The new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor will feature the core capabilities of the new Kinect for Xbox One sensor. Real Vision Kinect Real Vision technology dramatically expands its field of view for greater line of sight. An all-new active IR camera enables it ...

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Microsoft has posted a new ad on their Windows youtube page.  The ad features a number of devices including an 8-inch Toshiba Encore tablet, the HP Split X2, a Surface 2, a Dell XPS 18, and the Nokia 2520.  A few features are highlighted with text with each of the devices.  Microsoft is clearly trying to emphasize the variety of devices for your particular lifestyle along with a consistent experience. The song featured in the ad is called “Universal” by Eighty (http://soundcloud.com/joshone/eighty-universal) What do you think of the ad?  Let us know in the comments below ...

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TripAdvisor today announced their partnership with Microsoft to integrate their Hotel reviews, photos, ratings in Bing web search results and Smart Search results. Read about it below. NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, today announced two new experiences with Microsoft, through which TripAdvisor’s reviews, ratings, photos and other content will be embedded into both the search engine results display on Bing.com and Bing Smart Search results on Windows 8.1 devices. These experiences will make it easy for people to move from thinking about where they want to travel to being ready to book in a matter of seconds. As a result of the partnership, TripAdvisor’s price comparison tools, traveler reviews and photos are now embedded into the search engine results display on Bing.com for the first time. This allows people to quickly and easily compare hotel prices and availability via Bing’s search results ...

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Acer’s updated Aspire R7 2-in-1 notebook with latest Intel Haswell processors and Active Pen support is now on sale from BestBuy. Apart from latest CPU and updated display, Acer has also updated the machine with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD. The device will go on sale for $899 from BestBuy. Aspire R7 – A touch more apps with active pen support With four modes of operation, the R7 can easily be used as a traditional notebook, a table top pad, a display, or switched into “Ezel” mode, allowing the screen to float over the keyboard at various angles. Whether sitting or standing, at a desk or outdoors, users can always find the most suitable and comfortable way to use the R7, seamlessly transitioning from one mode to the other, from touching to typing, then from writing to drawing. The Ezel Hinge makes it easy to flip the 15.6-inch full HD ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. It is basically Microsoftstore.com within eBay. Microsoft is expanding their online retail presence with this move. As you can expect, all Microsoft products from Xbox to Surface are available. Our customers continue to tell us they want more choice, value and service and appreciate how our stores connect them to the best of Microsoft. This delights us to no end. By working with eBay, a top global shopping destination with more than 124 million active users globally, even more customers can now purchase their favorite Microsoft first-party products including Surface and Xbox, as well as accessories. Our customers can expect the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they’ve come to expect on microsoftstore.com. Visit Microsoft Store on eBay. ...

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AT&T has announced their plans for launching Nokia Lumia 2520 last week. It seems Verizon is also launching Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet this week. According to the information we received, Verizon will make the announcement on Wednesday. Nokia Lumia 2520 will cost $399.99 on 2 year contract from Verizon. If you buy it along with Nokia Lumia 929 Windows Phone 8 device, you can get this for $199. I think this bundle deal offers great value for customers. As opposed to various colors of Lumia 2520 tablet on AT&T, Verizon will sell only Black and Red devices.   ...

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Intel yesterday posted 2013 Intel Holiday Buying Guide for consumers. With the release of 4th generation Intel Core processors, there are lots of cool 2-in1s, convertibles, Ultrabooks in the market. All the PCs and tablets deliver a 50 percent improvement in battery life as well. Thanks to Intel, your personal compute devices just got sweeter this holiday season. Now there are computing devices with Intel Inside® to match every appetite and pocket book – from traditional laptops to tablets to 2 in 1 devices to portable All-in-Ones. There’s a lot to choose from (and salivate over) this holiday season. Take a look inside the 2013 Intel Holiday Gift Guide to see the latest tech eye candy. The buying guide has 10 Windows devices which are listed below. 2in1s and convertibles: ASUS Transformer Book T100 Dell Venue 11 Pro Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Sony VAIO Tap 11 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S ...

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During the Visual Studio 2013 launch event in New York, Microsoft revealed its upcoming compiler technology that will compile .Net code directly to native code. Mary Jo Foley reported that this project is codenamed Project N. Microsoft Project Manager Orville McDonald demonstrated this technology with FreshPaint app. One version of FreshPaint app was compiled using this upcoming compiler technology while the other one was a normal current FreshPaint app. It was shown that the optimized FreshPaint loaded very quickly. “We don’t do JIT (just-in-time compile) and use optimization that we use for C++ code,” ZDNet reported the following on this upcoming project from Microsoft, I’ve gotten a few tips in recent months about “Project N,” which, according to my contacts, is designed to make applications developed in .Net/C# work better on Windows 8 and Windows RT via new compiler technology under development at the company. My tipsters have said Microsoft is planning to go ...

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Microsoft has a separate unit called Digital Crimes Unit which focuses on finding criminals who are running botnets, piracy centers, etc,. Reuters today reported that Microsoft has formed a new expanded  Digital Crimes Unit called Cybercrime Center. This new center brings together security engineers, digital forensics experts and lawyers under one roof to fight against cyber crime. The center features a lab for dissecting malicious software samples that is accessible only with fingerprint authorization. In another room, a monitor tracks the countries and Internet service providers with the greatest number of machines belonging to some of the worst botnets. Next to a situation room with a wall-sized, touch-screen monitor sit rows of empty offices for visiting police, Microsoft customers or other allies expected to join specific missions for days or weeks at a time. Microsoft is not new to these kind of work. At least half of the major, significant ...

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After the reports which came online yesterday, Joe Belfiore himslef confirmed on Twitter that he is taking over the work involving user experience for Windows and Internet Explorer in addition to Windows Phone UX which he is already responsible for. I think this is a great news for ‘One Microsoft’ strategy as Joe will be responsible for the Windows, Windows Phone and IE UX. Congrats to Joe Belfiore for his new role at Microsoft! ...

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