At WPC keynote held today, Microsoft spoke about the app momentum in Windows Store. The number of apps in Windows Store has increased by over 100% over the last year. During the presentation, Microsoft marketing executive highlighted that Windows Store now includes consumer apps like WhatsApp, Spotify and WeChat. We all know that these apps are not available in Windows Store yet. I guess the person who made the presentation got confused between Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. The mentions of WhatsApp, Spotify, WeChat and Pandora are a mistake. WhatsApp business head Neeraj Arora confirmed that it was a mistake from Microsoft. video via @tomwarren. ...

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Based on previous reports, we all know that Microsoft is working on a fitness oriented wearable device that will be compatible with iOS and Android devices in addition to Windows Phone devices. Today, IBTimes reported that this upcoming fitness band will feature a blood-glucose monitor and a UV sensor. The device will feature a UV Index sensor to help warn the user of harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight in order to better protect against the risk of skin cancer. The blood-glucose monitor will be used to help track users’ fitness levels and assist people who suffer from diabetes. As we already know, Microsoft is planning to launch this smartband before the end of this year. What’s your expectations from Microsoft’s upcoming wearable? Source: IB Times ...

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Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Cisco announced that they have signed a multi-year sales and go-to-market deal with Microsoft. This deal is focused on modernizing data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Microsoft and Cisco will collaborate through sales, marketing and engineering departments on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System” (UCS), Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure. Go-to-Market: Cisco and Microsoft agree to a three-year go-to-market plan focused on transforming data centers through the delivery of integrated solutions for enterprise customers and service providers. In year one, the companies will focus on six countries — the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Australia — with expansion to additional countries in the following years. Cisco and Microsoft will align partner incentive programs to accelerate solutions selling via mutual channel partners. ...

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Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. Acer made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499 during the launch. Now, the device price has come down and it is available starting $918! Microsoft Store is now selling this at huge discounts. You can get the Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD model along with Office 365 for just $918. You can get the Intel Core i7-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD for $1049. Find the Microsoft Store listings below, Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD + Office 365 – Microsoft Store for $918 Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD ...

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I love personalizing my desktop to suite by needs and themes are also a big part of it. Windows Personalization Gallery offers variety of themes, wallpapers for your Windows desktop free and they update it regularly with new content. Today, Windows team blog highlighted few of the recently added items. Do people still read the Iliad? I studied it in school, mumble years ago, and one of the few things I remember about it is that every single time sunrise is mentioned, it is described as “rosy-fingered dawn” or “dawn’s rosy fingers.” I don’t know about you, but I have never once looked at the brightening eastern sky and thought, “Yep, that looks like a pink hand.” But dawn certainly can be beautiful, so I’ve curated a luminous set of misty morning images that I hope will bring a touch of quiet serenity to your desktop. Now you don’t even have to ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held today, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner made some bold statements regarding Microsoft. First of all, he said that Microsoft is aware of the fact that they own only 14% of the total devices shipped. But, it also represents a big opportunity for Microsoft. To grab that opportunity, a new mindset is required and he revealed that Microsoft has the Challenger mind set now. “and this 14% presents a great opportunity for us to embrace that. And in this new world of 14% share, we have to have a new mindset. Because when you’re in a 90+ percent share world, you have a ‘protect and preserve’ mindset. When you have a 14% share, you have to have a ‘challenger’ mindset.” Kevin also said that Microsoft will be a great challenger driven by disruption, differentiation and speed. Even if Microsoft fails, he said Microsoft need to fail fast, learn and fix ...

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Fujitsu today announced FUJITSU Tablet ARROWS Tab Q335/K, an 8-inch Windows tablet for enterprise customers that will be made available worldwide from October 2014.Atom processor Z3735F and the latest Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. Enterprise can also buy it with Microsoft Office as an option. Product Features: Compact and lightweight ARROWS Tab Q335/K fits in one hand and is easy to use The compact tablet is equipped with the newest Intel® Atom™ processor Z3735F and an 8-inch wide-angle LCD display. By reducing the unit weight to less than 400 grams and limiting the width to 126 mm and the thickness to 9.9 mm, the tablet can be held with a single hand, therefore reducing fatigue after extended use. Digitizing paper forms, thick manuals and catalogues so that they can easily be carried around, this tablet is ideal for a variety of work in different fields. Can run Windows 8.1 Pro and ...

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Speaking at WPC, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced that they are already working on the next major release of Windows while listening to feedback from all sections of the users.  he also revealed that the upcoming Windows version will have a game changing features for the enterprise. We have no idea what he is specifically talking about, but it could be related to app compatibility story. Microsoft might allow enterprise to run any legacy app without any special virtualization software in the Windows. Again, this is my guess based on few of their patents in the recent time related to running different OS at the same time on a device while another hypervisor OS managing it. Windows Threshold is also expected to have updated Modern UI framework. Do you have any guesses for what that game changing feature might be? ...

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At WPC 2014, Microsoft today spoke about competing with Google Chromebooks. Chromebooks saw a great momentum in the lower price point laptops and in schools last year. Microsoft is now working with their partners to better compete with them. Acer Aspire ES1 which sells for $249 has 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and 15-inch screen. They also revealed that Toshiba 11-inch Windows device with 32GB SSD is coming for $249 this holiday season. Microsoft also listed 6 things that Chromebooks can’t do while a Windows laptop can, Run native and web apps Run full Office Desktop apps Works well offline with limited bandwidth Works with many peripherals. Printer support. Do you have any experience with Chromebooks? How do they compare with Windows devices? ...

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Project Siena is a new product that enables your business experts, analysts, and imagineers to create transformative business apps. With Siena, they can now build custom apps with rich visuals, filled with custom intelligence and functionality, with no programming skills required. Today, they announced the availability of the Beta3 release of Project Siena which makes it even easier for business experts, business analysts and other app imagineers to create powerful custom mobile apps that are connected to enterprise services, major SaaS, and popular web and social services. Since we released Project Siena to the public, we have seen an immense level of excitement and usage from our enterprise customers and solution partners. We have seen business people create powerful, custom mobile-first apps, often in hours, without any programming needed at all. We have also seen mobile apps that transform business processes by extending back-end services and SaaS with signal-rich and media-rich experiences ...

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Dropbox has yesterday released an updated Windows client with new streaming sync technology that will offer up to 2x faster transfer rate of files. The next time you need to sync a large video file (or any file over 16MB) from your computer to your connected devices or in a shared folder, Dropbox will make sure you get an extra sync speed boost. Streaming sync is just part of our latest version of the Dropbox desktop client. There’s a lot more here — including support for our four newest languages, and scrollable menu notifications to help you keep closer tabs on everything going on in your Dropbox. Plus, you can even create a shared link to files and accept shared folder invites right from the Dropbox menu! The updated desktop client is available here and you can read more about the update from the source link below. Source: Dropbox ...

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Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for the program. Today, Microsoft detailed the roll out of the program on their official blog. Microsoft has updated their website Windowsondevices.com withSDK document and examples.  Through this program we are introducing a new Windows Developer for IoT Portal, with documentation and examples to support the developer kits we are starting to ship in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program. If you have already signed-up for the program and didn’t receive any shipping information, you have to wait for your chance. We are rolling out this new program gradually to make sure that everything is working well and we’re ...

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Microsoft is now helping developers in making decisions to succeed in Windows Store app development. To compete with tens of thousands of apps in the Windows Store, developers can make use of the real data to make good decisions to help their app succeed. When developers decide to develop for a platform, the first question that arises is which app should they build. Developers can use a service such as AppFeds to get some overall data and get some insights. Games is by far the most popular category followed by apps in in the Entertainment, Education, Books and Reference, and Music and Videos categories of equal numbers. AppFeds provided the following thoughts on current Windows Store apps, If you’re looking for areas with fewer competitors—where it might be easier to find opportunities—you might focus on the smallest categories such as Finance, Security, Photos, Government, and Health and Fitness. If you’re planning to ...

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Emoji fonts became so popular after it was included in Apple’s iOS few year back. Apple implemented it using a proprietary, unpublished extension of the TrueType/OpenType specification to add PNG images to a font. These PNG images are then displayed within running text. Google also implemented similar thing, but it is not compatible with Apple’s solution. I recently came to know via Ralf Herrmann from OpenType.info about the interesting approach Microsoft has taken to implement Emojis in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Earlier, Microsoft supported unicode emoji characters with its Segoe UI with no colors. But with the latest OS, Microsoft is also supporting colored emojis. Instead of using PNGs like Apple and Google, Microsoft is using layered vector glyphs. Ralf explains how it works, By default, the new Segoe UI Emoji font behaves like a regular TrueType/OpenType font. It has Unicode-encoded, uncolored “base glyphs”. But there are two additional tables in the font: ...

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Gartner today released their Worldwide PC shipments report which revealed that total shipments were 75.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, a 0.1 percent increase from the second quarter of 2013. This should be a good news for OEMs as PC shipments have increased after eight quarters of declining shipments. This is due to the stabilization in developed markets was offset by a decline in emerging markets. “The PC market’s installed based has been declining as buyers switched to tablets and smartphones for entertainment and social media consumption. The 2Q14 results suggest that the consumer installed base restructuring peaked during 2013. We are seeing a slowdown in premium tablet sales, which have already penetrated a large number of households. PCs are now growing off a smaller installed base of newer devices, with more engaged users. Therefore, we expect to see slow, but consistent, PC growth. While the end ...

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If you liked playing the awesome Borderlands series of games, then we have a good news for you. Gearbox Software, the developers behind Borderlands series is creating a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game called Battleborn. Gearbox describes Battleborn as a “hero-shooter,” it is a mixture of first-person arena gameplay, and the fast-paced minion-destroying mechanics that the MOBA genre is known for. “As a genre-fused, hobby-grade, cooperative and competitive FPS exploding with eye-popping style and an imaginative universe, Battleborn is the most ambitious video game that Gearbox has ever created,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. Much like how “Borderlands” combined the FPS genre with role-playing game mechanics, Battleborn is injecting multiple gameplay styles into one larger package. One of the noteworthy challenges to the form is the single-player campaign, unique in a genre mostly known for its multiplayer model. The game’s plot centers around a battle for the last remaining ...

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