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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ZDNet today reported that Microsoft is planning to rebrand its “Windows Azure” services to ”Microsoft Azure”. It was also reported that Microsoft will make this rebranding announcement this week, specifically tomorrow (March 25). The rebranding will go live on April 3, on the 2nd day of Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference in San Francisco. I guess this rebranding effort is to symbolize Azure as a cross-platform/heterogeneous cloud solution rather than just a Windows based Cloud service. The rebranding makes sense, given Windows Azure isn’t all about Windows. Azure customers can run Linux in virtual machines on the operating system. Azure users also can run Oracle databases and middleware, and use non-Windows-specific development tools, including Java, Ruby, PHP and Python. Are you happy with Microsoft Azure name? Source: ZDNet ...

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Every now and then we come across interesting design concepts by independent designers around the world. Andrewz is also one such designer and he today sent us his latest Windows 9 concept. Supplemental showcase video briefly demonstrates highlights of Windows 9 design concept. Don’t forget to read the article http://goo.gl/B59YWC – the main part of the project – and view still pictures gallery http://goo.gl/LxXCnN . I didn’t intend to amaze audience with reworked and refined graphics. I tried to use current assets and reorganize them in my way. My primary focus was usability. I respected some things Windows 8 came with and haven’t changed them at all. 1/5 Installation 0:04 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6FxN… 2/5 Modern Taskbar with Mouse 00:40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMaOIu… 3/5 Modern Taskbar with Touch 2:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCNOaV… 4/5 Modern UI Improvements 3:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUZcnL… 5/5 Start Screen Improvements 3:50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLe80k… He is interested to hear about your feedback. Let him know via the comments ...

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, an ex-Microsoft employee was arrested for leaking trade secrets and internal Windows related software builds to a blogger. Court documents revealed that Microsoft snooped into Outlook/Hotmail accounts of the blogger to crack down this case. Some news sites accused Microsoft for snooping customer’s (in this case blogger’s) email account. Electronic Frontier Foundation today raised the same issue criticizing Microsoft for searching blogger’s Outlook/Hotmail contents without court warrant. To the contrary, if Microsoft’s independent legal team concluded that there was probable cause, it could have passed the tipster’s information to the FBI to obtain a warrant and conduct the search under the auspices of the criminal justice system. The warrant protections enshrined in the Constitution would be preserved, ECPA would be satisfied, and Microsoft could have claimed the high moral ground. Instead, Microsoft has opted for an internal corporate shadow court. To be sure, the process described in Microsoft’s statement ...

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Microsoft Surface digital marketing team has done this cool job of convincing a 12 year old girl to buy a Surface 2 instead of Apple iPad mini which she preferred. Recently a father tweeted Surface team a presentation that his 12 year old daughter created describing why she should get an iPad mini. He challenged both Surface and Samsung to take turns in a rebuttal, we gladly accepted the challenge. Microsoft in response created a presentation for that girl to convince her to buy Surface 2 and they won the challenge by selling a Surface 2 to her. Find the pictures from the below link to see what happened next. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft has finalized Windows 8.1 Update and already sharing the update images with OEMs to install in the new PCs. Microsoft itself has leaked the update via its own servers quite a few times now. Read about how to download it yourself here. In a leaked document about Windows 8.1 update Microsoft sent to OEMs, we have come to know about a new information. Microsoft is now encouraging OEMs to pre-install OneNote app. Microsoft will also pin OneNote app in the Start screen. If OEMs is not installing OneNote app, then there will be blank space in the Start screen due to the absence of the OneNote tile. Recently, Microsoft announced series of big announcements related to OneNote, read about them below. Download Now: Microsoft Releases OneNote 2013 App For Free To Windows Users Microsoft Releases Free OneNote App For Mac OS X Microsoft Announces OneNote Clipper, Easiest Way To Save ...

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Microsoft had its first Windows Azure conference in India for the past two days. During the conference, Microsoft shared many details about the Windows Azure business in India and their momentum. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, “We are adding over 2000 commercial cloud customers every month in India and these are customers across all industry sectors – banking, manufacturing, healthcare and media, and across large, mid-sized and small companies.” Microsoft said that scalability, reduced costs, flexibility, business agility and speed in new service roll-out are some of the reasons Windows Azure is chosen Enterprise customers.  Microsoft has 10,000 partners and engages with an ecosystem of 1.6 million developers in the country. Windows Azure Enterprise Customers in India include Three leading private banks Five leading auto manufacturers Four leading healthcare organizations Three leading media houses Five leading Indian SIs are also building solutions on Windows Azure for global consumption “Our ...

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Microsoft is known for their marketing videos of Surface which directly compares other competing tablets. Now, Samsung has released a video to promote its Galaxy Tab Pro tablet. It directly criticizes other competing tablets like Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad, etc,. When comparing with Apple iPad, the ad highlights that the iPad can only task, not multitask. And the display resolution of Galaxy Tab Pro is higher than that of iPad. As for Surface, it was criticized for having a keyboard like a laptop, a battery dock like a laptop, and a mouse like a laptop! I really don’t get the point Samsung is trying to make against Surface. Surface can be used just like a Galaxy Tab Pro without any keyboard covers, mouse, etc,. Anyway, enjoy these commercials. ...

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Sony Vaio PCs are known for their great quality and with the release of Windows 8/Windows 8.1, Sony has released different form factors allowing users to enjoy touch screens on their PCs. Sony announced few months back that they are leaving the PC business by selling the VAIO unit to a Japan based company. But that doesn’t stop Intel which is powering all these new Sony PCs from promoting them on their versatile nature. Watch the videos below. Meet Lisa. She wants to write complex storylines and create beautiful illustrations too. Like most of us, Lisa has two sides. Luckily, her Sony VAIO® Tap 2-in-1 PC powered by the Intel® Core™ processor changes from a laptop to a tablet, allowing her to be at her best. Whatever she puts her mind to. Meet Robert. He wants to push himself to accomplish great things. He also wants to watch TV from his ...

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Toshiba today detailed its upcoming Windows laptop that comes with stunning 3840 x 2160 4k screen. It comes with 4th generation Intel Quad-Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M265X with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM graphics card and 1 TB HDD 5400rpm HDD. You can get RAM up to 16GB DDR3L. Read more about it below. London, UK, 19th March 2014 – Toshiba UK today announces the new Satellite P50t – ideal for visual creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts, it offers outstanding levels of portable picture quality, delivering true-to-life image production alongside a premium mobile entertainment experience. With the option of a 3840 x 2160 4k screen, the P50t is Toshiba’s first laptop with an Ultra HD display. Alternatively, a Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen is available. The Satellite P50t was built to take on the most intensive computing demands and turn heads at the same time. With a rare blend of power and ...

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Xamarin is a startup that is doing the job what Microsoft should have done with their .Net/C# platform. With Xamarin, you write your apps entirely in C#, sharing the same code on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. You can reuse your favorite .NET libraries, and still easily incorporate platform-specific libraries and frameworks when you want to. Xamarin delivers high performance compiled code with full access to all the native APIs so you can create native apps with device-specific experiences. Anything you can do in Objective-C or Java, you can do in C# with Xamarin. Today, CRN reported that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Xamarin. Microsoft is in the final stages of negotiations that could lead to either an acquisition or major investment in Xamarin, a mobile startup whose tools make it possible to code iOS and Android apps using Microsoft development tools, sources with knowledge of the discussions told ...

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After months of announcement of the original Surface 2 WiFi models, Microsoft is releasing its Surface 2 LTE model. You only have one choice to buy a Surface LTE model, it comes with 64GB storage and all the features of Surface 2. And now you can use it anywhere you’ve got cell service on the super-fast AT&T 4G LTE network. You don’t have to be near a Wi-Fi connection to be able to get the most out of your Surface. Now anywhere you can get a cell signal, you can get online. Surface 64GB LTE comes with a SIM card and all you need to do is follow instuctions on the AT&T AllAccess app to setup a data plan.9 It costs $679 and comes with free 200GB storage for two years, get calling to landlines in over 60 destinations worldwide and Skype Wi-Fi which allows you to connect to over 2 million ...

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Along with the announcement about release of free version of OneNote app for Windows and Mac users, Microsoft also announced a new service called OneNote clipper. OneNote Clipper is the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote with just one click. To get started, use any major browser to visit www.onenote.com/clipper and follow the instructions to add the purple Clip to OneNote button to your Favorites bar. Congratulations, now you’re all set to start clipping the web to OneNote! To clip, just browse to any webpage and click the Clip to OneNote button. Once signed in, you’ll see the actual OneNote Clipper. The Clipper will let you know that it’s sending the page to OneNote, and when it’s finished, you can click the OneNote logo to immediately view your clip in OneNote Online. All of your clips are saved to the Quick Notes section of your default ...

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NCAA tournament is starting next week and if you are one of the basketball fans who is eagerly waiting for the tournament to start, here is some good news for you. NCAA® March Madness® LIVE is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It allows you to live streaming of all the NCAA March Madness 2014 games, get real time scores, team and player stats, latest news and video highlights throughout the tournament and more. Description: Watch every game of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament on your Windows 8.1 Tablet/PC! Download NCAA® March Madness® Live to check scores, fill out and follow your bracket, get game alerts, and track social activity around all the games. Log in with your TV provider to enjoy unlimited access to live streaming video of all 67 games, across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. A three hour live ...

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Fujitsu has announced a new Windows All-in-One machine called ESPRIMO X923 and ESPRIMO X923-T. ESPRIMO X923-T will have touchscreen in addition to all the features of ESPRIMO X923. Both these comes with 23-inch display, DeskView and Intel® vPro™ technology, CPU up to Intel® Core™ i7-4785T processor, 8 MB, 2.20 GHz, up to 3.2 GHz, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB HDD or SSD options. It has one innovative feature called The Low Power Active Mode that supports a wide range of new usage scenarios. This is similar to Connected Standby mode in Windows Ultrabooks. The ESPRIMO X923 can be switched to Low Power Active Mode (LPAM). With this innovative feature activated, the PC will shut down power-hungry applications (e.g. browsers and office programs) when they are idle, so that they’re practically turned off. The network connection remains in an active state. At the same time, the PC draws just ...

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At CeBIT 2014, MSI has revealed their latest gaming laptop called GS60 Ghost Pro. It is the world’s thinnest and lightest 15.6″ gaming notebook measuring at less than 0.86 inch and weighing in at a mere 6 lbs. GS60 features the latest 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. Boost your performance and processing speed from 2.4 – 3.4GHz with Intel Boost 2.0. The main highlight is that it includes the upcoming Nvidia flagship graphics card. It has an optional 3K 2,880 x 1,620 display in addition to 1080p base model. It comes with the exclusive Matrix Display feature which lets you connect up to 3 independent external monitors to work, watch and play at the same time. It has SteelSeries gaming keyboard which features a full range of color options that can be customized to your liking. Source: Engadget ...

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