Microsoft originally announced Kinect as Project Natal at E3 few years back. It was an add-on accessory for Xbox 360 that allowed users to enjoy motion sensing games. It went on to become a smash hit by becoming the fastest selling electronic accessory ever. Later, Microsoft released Kinect for Windows to allow community and other developers take advantage of this amazing sensor and the Kinect SDK for purposes other than gaming. With Xbox One, Microsoft announced Kinect v2 with greatly improved accuracy and speed than the first gen product. At first, it was bundled with Xbox One and later became an add-on that can be purchased later. Yesterday, Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor becomes available for all developers to preorder in advance of its SDK beta. What about the future? Microsoft revealed that to make Kinect work for everybody, in their natural environment, hundreds of people are working everyday to improve  it. At ...

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Big Brother is a popular reality television show in the UK. The show follows a number of contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom built House. Each week, one of the housemates is evicted by a public vote, with the last housemate remaining winning a cash prize. Channel 5 which airs the show has agreed on a product placement deal with Microsoft for Big Brother 2014: Power Trip. Microsoft Surface will be seen throughout the show as housemates will be making their nominations on Surface tablets. Also, the contestants will also complete its weekly shopping lists on the Microsoft’s flagship mobile devices as part this deal. BBSpy reports that further details about how the tablet nominations will work have yet to be confirmed. Read more at bbspy.   ...

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On Wednesday, June 4th, Nick Parker, corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, delivered a keynote at Computex, Asia’s largest tech event. His keynote covered Microsoft’s view of computing, how they are delivering on this today, a view into the future, the business opportunities the Windows platform creates for partners and unveil the latest Windows and Windows Phone devices. The new Windows devices revealed are Toshina 7-inch Windows tablet, HP Pro x612 targeting enterprise, Windows Phone devices from Prestigio and more. Nick was joined on stage by Tony Prophet, Corporate Vice President of Windows Marketing, Nick Hedderman, Group Manager in the Windows Product Management team, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia & Distinguished Scientist of Microsoft. ...

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Albert Shum was previously working at Nike before joining Microsoft. He was responsible for the design team when Windows Phone 7 was originally launched. The Metro design language from his team inspired every other division at Microsoft leading to the current Modern design language that spans across product groups. Albert Shum got promoted last year as the lead for Operating System Group Design + Content team at Microsoft. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, brand designers, plus content creator along with user researchers, design program managers & design integrators creating end to end experiences for Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and Cloud Services. The design team collaborates with engineering & business partners to create integrated hardware, software & service products. USA today last night published a profile on Albert in which Albert himself and other people at his team at Microsoft spoke about the rising design culture at Microsoft. Albert is excited about the ...

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Cincinnati Country Day School in the US has chosen Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as the device of choice for their students. Even though there are other organizations committed to buying Surface Pro 3, CCDS will be the first school to adopt Surface Pro 3 as their 1:1 student computing device. Their IT director said the following when asked about why he chose the Surface Pro 3 for CCDS, he told me that it was the first no-compromise device that met all 3 of his  following criteria: Reading & Writing – “With the 3:2 aspect ratio and the big beautiful screen, the Surface Pro 3 is the first tablet PC that has a useable portrait mode for students to read and annotate naturally like they would a textbook or a piece of paper.” He also added, that he’s tried many different digital inking solutions across different devices and that the Surface Pro 3 has one of ...

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At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet that will hit the market with price point below $200.  A Chinese OEM called Emdoor has announced EM-i8080 Windows tablet. This Emdoor EM-i8080 will cost just $100. Speaking to the press after the keynote, Nick revealed that Microsoft will reach price points that are very industry competitive for 7, 8, 10-inch devices. “They will really surprise you. Last year, we were in the 3s, 4s, 500 dollars. This year, we’ll be 1s, 2s, 3s.” So, expect lots of Windows based tablets in the price range of $100 – $300 from various OEMs around the world. He also said some Windows Phone smartphones will sell for under $200 in certain markets this year. Source: WSJ ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included 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. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Today, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. The pre-order offer is limited to the number of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors on hand, so pre-order them before it becomes sold out. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor does not ship with any software. It is intended for ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has released PC Drivers for Xbox One controllers. This will allow games to connect their Xbox One Controllers to their Windows PCs and enjoy the games. These drivers will be delivered as part of Windows update in the future, but you can download and install them manually today. Download links: PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x86) PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x64) Microsoft’s announcement, We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new ...

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The official VH1 app is now available in Windows Store, it allows you to get the latest pop culture news and info, fashion updates and musician interviews. If you have a TV provider login, you can also watch bonus content from your favorite shows and full episodes on your Windows device. Description: Welcome to the ultimate VH1 video experience for your Windows phone or tablet. Check out full episodes (included with your TV subscription from participating providers), get bonus content from your favorite shows, and see all the additional video VH1 creates – the latest in pop culture news and info, fashion from VH1 Celebrity, musician interviews from VH1 Tuner and much more! You can also check the TV schedule to see what’s on VH1 right now. Features: Authenticate through a cable or satellite provider to watch a full episode Browse through the list of broadcast series See all videos ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Xbox One SmartGlass apps with new features for iOS, Android And Windows Devices. The new SmartGlass app provides access to full OneGuide and universal remote control, pin reordering and more. We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories ...

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When Microsoft announced that they will be giving away Windows OS for free to OEMs developing devices with less than 9-inches, we realized that they are serious about getting tablet market share. Microsoft aimed to decrease the Windows tablet price by removing the Windows licensing for OEMs. At COMPUTEX, a Chinese OEM called Emdoor has announced EM-i8080 Windows tablet. This Emdoor EM-i8080 will cost just $100! Yes, $100 for a full Windows tablet. Here is the spec of the device, 8-inch display 1280 x 800 IPS technology 1GB RAM 16GB SSD Intel’s 1.33GHz – 1.8GHz Bay Trail SoC(Intel Atom Z3735G)  A microSD slot, Micro USB and Mini HDMI Stereo speakers, Camera 18.5Wh battery Weight – 355 gms. Great start from Intel and Microsoft to bring down the costs of Windows tablets. Hopefully, more OEMS will join the race. Source: MobileGeeks ...

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At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet. This will be one of the first 7-inch Windows device that will come to market. The tablet is being co-developed by Microsoft and Toshiba and in close collaboration with Intel, Goodix and AMI. It will be available in the coming months at a value-driven price point. Microsoft also highlighted that the pricing will be very competitive with any other 7” class device. My prediction is that it will be around $150. Microsoft also talked about how recent Windows enhancements including $0 Windows for devices smaller than 9 inches, relaxed certification requirements, are enabling new class of devices in various markets. ...

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Ar COMPUTEX, HP today announced HP Pro x2 612, a detachable two-in-one notebook PC for business users. The HP Pro x2 612 is HP’s first commercial detachable PC, designed for enterprise users. It will compete against Surface Pro 3 in the enterprise. It has a 12.5-inch diagonal display, Intel Core i3/i5 processors including a vPro option, HP BIOS, HP Client Security, HP Sure Start, Smart Card Reader, HP TPM and an optional fingerprint reader. Businesses can either buy HP Pro Tablet 612 as a standalone tablet  or buy a full-size HP Pro x2 612 Power Keyboard with embedded battery to use it as a laptop. The keyboard also features VGA, RJ-45, DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports and side docking connector for optional HP UltraSlim dock. As far as battery life is concerned, the device can provide eight hours and 15 minutes of battery life for the tablet and up to ...

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Microsoft released Office Touch version for Apple iPad few months back. The Office for iPad was a successful product with millions of downloads and users loved it. The most surprising part was that Microsoft released Office Touch version for iPad before Windows. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella then said that Office for iPad release was done as part of the new Cloud first, Mobile first strategy. In the code conference last week, he revealed that market share was also the reason it was released on iPad first. As per the reports from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Office for Android may also come before Office Touch for Windows. Office Touch for Windows will get released in spring 2015 than fall 2014. But now, it’s sounding like the new priority is getting the promised Android versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to market. Microsoft officials said in March 2014 that the timing for the Android version of these touch-first ...

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Microsoft today announced that Houston Independent School District has selected Office 365 and Windows devices to support students, faculty and others. This was done as part of the districtwide initiative called PowerUp, and it will transform how teachers teach and how students learn at HISD schools. PowerUp will empower HISD students with these latest tools to become drivers of their own learning and will connect them with resources, people, ideas, and opportunities far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Read the full press below. REDMOND, Wash.— June 3, 2014 — Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas — seventh largest in the U.S. — has purchased Microsoft solutions to help prepare students for the digital world. With a large majority of students from low-income families, HISD is making strides in improving the broader community by transforming each student’s learning experience and providing technology to students who otherwise ...

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Google today released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows users. 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 features like heap partitioning. ...

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