Microsoft Windows team recently announced an upgrade to the official Windows blogs. As part of this upgrade, Microsoft has merged the Windows Experience Blog, Windows Phone Blog, and Extreme Windows Blog into Blogging Windows. This single blog will feature all Windows and Windows Phone news and will also be where they publish blog posts featuring tips and new apps and games for both Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft also said that they will continue to publish blog posts relevant to business customers on the Windows for your Business blog and Building Apps for Windows blog for developers building apps for Windows. Internet Explorer Team will continue to blog on the Exploring IE blog. Read more about it here. ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of July show growing OS market share for Windows 7 while Windows 8/8.1 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 51.22% marketshare, up from 50.55 percent in June. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.48% down from 12.54% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 24.821% down from 25.31% last month. Mac OSX currently holds a 6.64% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 3.05%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. via: TNW ...

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Last month, Google released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows for the first time. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability: Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance. Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense ...

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Indian retailer Croma has partnered with Intel to announce two new Windows 8.1 tablets in India. One is Croma 1179 8-inch tablet and the second one is Croma 1177 10.1-inch 2-in-1 device. The main selling point of these devices will be their pricing. Croma 1179 will go on sale at Rs 13,990 and while Croma 1177 will go on sale for Rs 21,990. Both these tablets will be available through Croma’s retail stores and Croma online store. Find the detailed specs of these tablets below, Croma 1179 Tablet: 8-inch 1280x800p display 1.33GHz Intel Atom Processor Z3735D 2GB RAM 2MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera 32GB Internal memory with microSD card support 5000mAh lithium polymer battery Support for 3G dongle Windows 8.1 OS Croma 1177 Tablet: 10.1-inch 1280x800p display 1.33GHz Intel Atom Processor Z3735D 2GB RAM 2MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera 32GB Internal memory with microSD ...

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Back in 2010, Apple launched iPad tablet following which number of companies including Microsoft released various tablets in the market. Everyone expected tablet sales to exceed PC sales in 2014, but it never happened. Tablet sales growth is now at a decent 45% YoY which is not a bad thing, but for a new product which is gaining adoption around the world, this growth story is not encouraging. The main reason for lack of explosive growth is the purpose to upgrade old tablets and their too restrictive use cases. If you own a tablet, you can use it for browsing, watching videos, playing games and few other things. When you are on the go, you prefer your smartphone to be with you. When you want to get some real work done, you will use your laptop. In such scenarios, a 2 year old tablet can still serve the same purpose ...

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We reported few hours back that popular display research firm DisplayMate rated Surface Pro 3 display as one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS. They came to the conclusion by analyzing various lab measurements in the following categories: Screen Reflections, Brightness and Contrast, Colors and Intensities, Viewing Angles, LCD Spectra, Display Power. They called it “an excellent top tier display for professionals that need a very accurate and high performance display for their work, and for consumers that want and appreciate a really nice and beautiful display.” Microsoft Surface Display team today highlighted this accolades in their blog post and offered a detailed look on how Microsoft improved the Surface Pro 3 display on various factors. Reflectivity and Ambient Contrast: For Surface Pro 3, the team wanted the images displayed to appear clear and with pure color, like the sky to ...

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Nokia today updated the HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 app with new features and the app is now available globally. Check out the list of new features in this release apart from under the hood improvements. Manual Positioning: You can now manually set your location under settings menu. You can switch between Automatic and Manual positioning modes. Nokia has redesigned the City pages to bring more relevant and more exploration to the foreground. You can explore cities in the new City page and see detailed weather forecast. You can now change your route plans by selecting/de-selecting modes of transport to avoid Ferries, etc,. You can also add waypoints to your route. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of the Kinect for Windows v2 public preview and also released SDK for it. Since the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview will run only on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 64-bit systems, Mac OS users won’t be able to develop Kinect based apps. However, Microsoft offers two different approaches for Mac OS users to use Kinect for Windows development. Install Windows to the Mac’s hard drive, or Install Windows to an external USB 3.0 drive. Due to the requirements for full USB 3.0 bandwidth and GPU Shader Model 5 (DirectX 11), virtualization products such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, or Oracle VirtualBox are not supported. The first option can be done through Apple’s Bootcamp option which is available on all Mac devices. The second one is done through the new Windows To Go feature in Windows 8.1. Read the detailed step by step instructions ...

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At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar System on a Chip (SoC) platforms. This will cost $299, along with the hardware, it also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. SharksCove.org is the site dedicated to the Sharks Cove board, where you’ll find specs and links to other content and MSDN forums. Pre-order the Sharks Cove direct link (via Mouser Electronics). Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft is not having a good time in China in the recent months. Following the ban of Windows 8 and Office in some government offices, Microsoft offices in China were raided today by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Microsoft provided the following statement to the media regarding these raids, “We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we’re happy to answer the government’s questions,” Recently, Chinese government agencies warned US tech companies to stop helping US government in stealing Chinese government data. One good news for Microsoft China is that JD.com has started taking pre-orders for Xbox One today. Source: Reuters ...

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Last September, Microsoft announced the second generation Surface devices. Microsoft announced thinner and lighter Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT 8.1 OS. Last month, Microsoft started selling the 3rd generation Surface Pro 3 device and all SKUs going on sale from next month. Now, the obvious thing from Microsoft is to announce the 3rd generation 10.6-inch Windows RT based tablet. As per Digitimes, Microsoft is expected to launch a 10.6-inch Surface 3 in October 2014, with production of components to begin in August and volume production of the tablet to kick off in September. As you expect, this upcoming Surface will be thinner and lighter than the previous version of Surface. Source: Digitimes ...

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Red Stripe deals for this is now available in Windows Store. It includes popular games like Asphalt, Plex, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and more. Find the list of apps and games available under deal and their Store links below. Embrace your fancy self and choose your ride from 60 different cars – including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins – in “Asphalt 7 Heat.” You’ll race on 15 tracks set in cities around the world, including Paris, London, Miami and Rio. It’s now $2.49 in the Windows Store. Plex (99 cents in the Windows Store), “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse” ($6.99 in the Windows Store), Chuggington Puzzle Stations ($1.99 in the Windows Store), “Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse (Full)” (99 cents in the Windows Store), Italian Cooking ($1.99 in the Windows Store). via: Microsoft ...

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If you own a Surface tablet or any recent Windows Phone devices with MicroSD card support, then you may be interested in these Amazon deals. You can get select PNY and SanDisk memory cards at great price today. Find the links below. PNY 16GB SDHC Elite Performance UHS-1 90MB/sec – $9.99 PNY 32GB SDHC Elite Performance UHS-1 90MB/sec – $17.49 PNY 64GB SDHC Elite Performance UHS-1 90MB/sec – $34.81 SanDisk Ultra 16GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS Memory Card - $11.08 SanDisk Ultra 32GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS Memory Card – $19.39 SanDisk Ultra 64GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS Memory Card – $36.99 Enjoy the extra memory by taking advantage of these deals! ...

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We have heard many piracy cases related to Microsoft products in the past. Today, a youth from Chennai India was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation. The Cyber Cell of CBU arrested this guy named Prabhu to produce him in Egmore court. Officials suspected that he might have hacked into government websites which use Microsoft’s software. CBI has seized hard disks and router that were used by the accused along with number of Microsoft Product Kits and other documents from his house. They have even freezed his bank account used by him. CBI has registered a case under different sections of the IT Act, 2000 on the allegations that Microsoft Volume License Service Centre (VLSC) agreements in respect of overseas and Indian customers of the Microsoft were being accessed to steal product keys and selling them online, said a press release. Source: TOI ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held last week, Microsoft highlighted their solutions on IoT platform. In fact, they even had a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) session by Barb Edson, general manager of marketing for Cloud and Enterprise. This session is is available for viewing online, The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a futuristic trend. It’s here today, involving the “things” that are most valuable to your enterprise customers—the devices, sensors, data and services they depend on the most. In this session, you will understand how to unleash the full potential of the IoT by creating intelligent systems solutions, focused on your customer’s things, and gain valuable customer insights from partners already deploying these solutions. Read more about it here. ...

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During the quarterly financial report, Microsoft revealed that Office 365 consumer subscriptions which includes Home and Personal editions increased to 5.6 million in total. In fact, Microsoft added 1 million subscribers in the last quarter. Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said they are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365. CFO Amy Hood commented the following on Office 365, Our commercial cloud revenue grew 147% this quarter, driven by both Office 365 and Azure. Our commercial cloud annual revenue run rate more than doubled this year, and now exceeds $4.4 billion.And, with this rapidly growing scale, we continue to expand our cloud gross margins. We saw strong commercial seat growth across Office 365, particularly with SMB customers. Additionally, we added over 1 million new subscribers to Office 365 Home and Personal, and we ended the quarter with 5.6 million users. I also found one interesting Q&A ...

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