Nokia Teaser – Apple TV Like Product

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While many of us expected Nokia to come back to handset business, it seems Nokia is thinking something different, some ahead and it looks like a box, very close to a setup-box and even closer to what Apple TV looks like. This is the second teaser they did, the first came with all hands up, which we thought has to do something with wearable, but this looks totally different.

 

Microsoft set to announce its first Windows Phone next week

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WANT TO SEE #MORELUMIA ?

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Microsoft has posted a teaser on Facebook which hints at a new Lumia announcement coming on November 11.

The post includes a close up of a front-facing camera and the date 11.11.2014. Along with the image, the Nokia Facebook page cryptically states the motto “Big on experiences” and the hashtag #MoreLumia’.

This might be the youth-oriented midranger that has leaked before with Microsoft Lumia branding. This one is supposed to sport a 5″ HD screen, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon chipset, 1 GB RAM, and a 5 MP camera. In any case, the date given is 11.11, so not much more to wait before all is revealed.

Furthermore, on Microsoft’s website it adds, “Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone”, suggesting that we’re in store for a mid-range device.

Be sure to remain tuned for the announcement next week.

Source: Conversations.

WhatsApp Goes Free in India

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WhatsApp will continue to offer its service for free to users in developing countries like India. Vice-president for business development Neeraj Arora stated that low debit and credit card penetration was the main reason for not collecting the $1 annual fee the service charges users in North America and Europe.

While it’s not too much to pay $1 for using something like WhatsApp which has 600 million subscribers, Neeraj Arora, Vice-President of WhatsApp, said that WhatsApp is not enforcing the fee in India as it is still not easy to pay for it due to multiple ecosystem and low penetration of payment models.

“Monetization is on the cards. It will happen over the next few years. We believe in the subscription model and not in advertising as people do not like to have ads as they converse.”

One way WhatsApp could charge users in the subcontinent is by tying up with carriers and collecting subscription charges from offline channels. WhatsApp already works with carriers in bundling data plans that do not charge users for the service, which has a user base of 70 million in the country

On cutting into the SMS business of telecom operators, he said the company has asked them to tie up with WhatsApp as they could sell more data with more and more people getting onto WhatsApp.

“They understood the point. We have tied up with five telcos in India,” he said.

WhatsApp does not have advertising tie-ups. “We believe in the subscription model and not in advertising as people do not like to have ads as they converse,” he explained.

Courtesy :  The Hindu

SAY HELLO TO MICROSOFT LUMIA

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Microsoft Branding

Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company’s Windows Phones. The software giant is “looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon,” and, Nokia’s existing phone websites and social network accounts will now be transitioned over to the Microsoft Lumia branding in the coming days. Microsoft has also revealed that it will use the company’s name on the front and rear of future Lumia devices in a simple replacement of the Nokia branding.

Microsoft Branding

While Lumia phones will drop the Nokia brand entirely, Microsoft still has a 10-year license to use the Nokia brand on basic phones. “Microsoft will continue to sell Nokia-branded, entry-level category of phones, such as the Nokia 130,” explains Tuula Rytilä, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones at Microsoft. “We have licensed the Nokia brand for such devices.” It’s not clear how many of these types of devices Microsoft will continue to focus on. Microsoft is killing off the majority of Nokia’s feature phones in favor of Windows Phone, with only the very basic mobile phones still likely to be produced in future

SOURCE : – NOKIA CONVERSATION

Microsoft’s ‘Project Spark’ Launches & now ready to download. What will You Create?

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Project Spark is an experience like no other that aims to democratize game making by giving everyone easy-to-use tools to create, play and share their own creations with others. You can instantly play tens of thousands of user-made games, remix a pre-made game, or hop right in and make your own game with tools including 3D sculpting and a visual programming language similar to what the pros use, made accessible to all.

Project Spark is free-to-play and is available for download now via the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 stores. Add-on content can be unlocked by using in-game credits earned during play, or by purchasing tokens to buy add-ons immediately. Fans will see a host of new content available on launch day including sci-fi skin, adventure mode, champion features, creation enhancements, and multiplayer mode to inspire all new gameplay.

 Keys to the Kingdom is an impeccably designed microsite that uses a choose-your-own-adventure format to relay the story of Project Spark’s development, and news about its most recent updates.

Newcomers can also pick up the $39.99 retail disc, which provides $85 in downloadable content. The package includes an adventure called Champion’s Quest: Void Storm, a sci-fi theme pack, a playable champion, a builder’s pack expansion, and a month’s subscription to Spark Premium.

Source  : –Xbox

Website  : –Project Spark

 

Happy Gaming !! 🙂

Announcing Windows 10

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It’s a humbling and amazing thing to work on Windows, which is used by over 1.5 billion people in every country of the world. From kids playing with computers for the first time, to writers and journalists, to engineers, to gamers, to CEOs, at some point Windows has empowered all of us.

In the Windows team, we’re proud of this – but we also know that the world today is very different from the one in which Windows grew up. Today, devices outnumber people. Connectivity is like oxygen. The tension between the desire for agility versus stability poses a huge challenge for IT Pros. Experiences – no matter what device you’re on – just need to work. The only thing that hasn’t really changed is the situation for developers – still too much to do, and not enough time.

One way to look at it is that Windows is at a threshold :-). It’s time for a new Windows. This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life. This new Windows must empower people and organizations to do great things.

 That new Windows is Windows 10.

Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.

We are excited to announce the Windows Insider Program, where PC experts and IT Pros can get access to a technical preview of Windows 10 for desktops and laptops. Soon after, we’ll also be releasing technical previews of Windows Server and our management tools.

With the Insider program, we’re inviting our most enthusiastic Windows customers to shape Windows 10 with us. We know they’re a vocal bunch – and we’re looking forward to hearing from them.

The Windows Insider Program is intended for PC experts and IT pros who are comfortable using pre-release software with variable quality. Insiders will receive a steady stream of early builds from us with the latest features we’re experimenting with.

I encourage everyone reading this to sign up for the Windows Insider Program, download the technical preview, and let me know what you think

Download Windows Technical Preview

 

Source :- Windows Blog

Windows 9: Microsoft to offer first look at new Windows on September 30

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win9Seattle: Microsoft will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system.

September just continues to be a huge month for tech news: Not only are we seeing the launches of the iPhone 6, the Galaxy Note 4, the new Moto X and the BlackBerry Passport but we’re also going to get out first look at Windows 9 as well. Per Re/code, Microsoft has just sent out an invitation to media and analysts that invites them to “join us to hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.” Given previous rumors, we can only assume this means that Microsoft will use this event to show off Windows 9 for the first time as well.

According to Re/code’s sources, Microsoft will be giving out early test code for developers and businesses so they can start their preparations for the shift to the new platform. Windows 9 is going to offer several key new features including the long-awaited return of the Start menu as well as the integration of Microsoft’s Cortana personal digital assistant, which has won praise so far from Windows Phone users.

The project, known for the past few years as “Threshold” inside the software company and “Windows 9” outside it, will likely get an entirely new brand, or just be called Windows, analysts said, ahead of its full release early next year.

The name change is symbolic of a new direction and style for Microsoft, which is veering away from an aggressive focus on Windows and PCs, the hallmark of previous Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. The new, quieter emphasis is on selling services across all devices and is championed by new boss Satya Nadella.

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“Windows 8 was not a shining moment for Microsoft,” said Michael Silver, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner. “Probably the biggest issue that lingers is the negative brand equity in the name.”

So let’s wait for Tuesday for the big moment for Microsoft.  Proud for Microsoft.

So stay tuned for the updates.

 

What is Build (Conference)

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Build is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone and Windows Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a successor for Microsoft’s previous developer events, the Professional Developers Conference (an infrequent event which covered development of software for the Windows operating system) and MIX (which covered web development centering on Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and ASP.net).

Build 2014

Build 2014 to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from April 2 to April 4, 2014. The date and venue of Build 2014 were prematurely published by Microsoft’s website on December 12, 2013, but was subsequently pulled. Microsoft ultimately made an official announcement on the next day.

 2013

Build 2013 was held from June 26 to June 28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The conference was primarily used to unveil the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8. Each attendee received a Surface Pro with a Touch Cover, Acer Iconia W3 (the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet) with a Bluetooth keyboard and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.

2012

Held on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond from October 30 to November 2, 2012, the 2012 edition of Build focused on the recently released Windows 8, along with Windows Azure and Windows Phone 8. Attendees received a Surface RT tablet with Touch Cover, a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.

2011

Build 2011 was held from September 13 to September 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The conference heavily focused on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012; their Developer Preview versions were also released during the conference. Attendees also received a Samsung tablet shipping with the Windows 8 “Developer Preview” build.

Official Website : – Build

Visual Studio 2013 Launch – Visual Studio Online Tools

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Visual Studio 2013

Microsoft on 13th November had launched the latest version of its Visual Studio tools for developers at an event in New York City. The new version includes a number of user interface improvements, smarter tools for inspecting existing code in its context and support for Windows 8.1 application development. All of these were previously announced and available in the VS 2013 RTM release.

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Today, I’m very excited to launch Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1.  I am also thrilled to announce Visual Studio Online, a collection of developer services that runs on Windows Azure and extends the development experience in the cloud.  Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio Online represent the beginning of a new era for Visual Studio, combining a powerful desktop IDE with rich developer services in the cloud.

As a part of our Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 enable developers to build modern applications.  At a time when the devices and services transformation is changing software development across the industry, the developer is at the center of this transformation.  Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio Online, MSDN and Azure offer the most complete experience for modern application development for the cloud.

Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s latest platforms.  From Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows 8.1 and Office 365, Visual Studio 2013 provides development tools that help developers build great applications.  Support for live debugging Azure sites from Visual Studio means you can set a breakpoint in a running service in the cloud, and step through it directly from Visual Studio.  The new Cloud Business Application project type lets you build next-generation business applications leveraging Office 365 and Azure.  And features like Energy Profiling and UI Responsiveness diagnostics make it easier than ever to build 5-star applications for the Windows Store.

Visual Studio Online

Today marks the beginning of a new era for Visual Studio with the availability of Visual Studio Online.

Visual Studio has evolved over the years.  Starting with an integrated developer environment for the desktop, Visual Studio expanded to also include team development capabilities on the server with Team Foundation Server.  We are now taking the next step, extending the Visual Studio IDE with a collection of developer services, hosted in Azure, which offers the best integrated end-to-end development experience for modern applications.

 

Conclusion

Today begins a new era for Visual Studio, extending the desktop IDE with a collection of rich developer services in the cloud.  The combination of Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio Online, MSDN and Windows Azure provides the most complete experience for modern application development for the cloud in the era of devices and services.  Welcome to Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio Online!

 

Courtsey – Somasegar’s blog

 

Happy Developing!!! Cheers…

 

Internet Explorer 11 Launches On Windows 7

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On Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Internet Explorer 11, the default browser of Windows 8.1, is now also available on Windows 7. Microsoft previously launched a number of beta versions and always said that IE11 would arrive on its older operating system shortly after the launch of Windows 8.1, so today’s launch isn’t exactly a major surprise.

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support–with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers.

Microsoft says this new version is about 30 percent faster than its nearest competitive browser on Windows 7 and in terms of raw JavaScript performance, it’s 9 percent faster than IE10. To demonstrate IE’s performance, Microsoft launched EtchMark and Popcorn, two new graphical benchmarks, today.

With this launch, Microsoft is also highlighting IE11′s security features. According to a study by NSS Labs, IE blocks 99 percent of socially engineered malware, while Chrome only blocks 70 percent and Firefox and Safari block 4 percent. The numbers for phishing attacks are similar, with IE blocking 92 percent, Chrome 71 percent, and Safari and Firefox around 35 percent. Those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, of course. – Tech Crunch

30% faster for real world Web sites

With IE11 we continue delivering the best performance for real world Web sites on your Windows device. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs.

You can experience IE11’s leading performance first hand with demos on the IE Test Drive site where you’ll find examples of hardware accelerated rendering, interactivity, touch, and real world site patterns. EtchMark is a new test drive demo that’s an entertaining HTML5 retro-drawing experience, one that also enables you measure your browser’s performance.

Other Key points

·         Leading JavaScript performance

·         Fast, world-ready Web applications

·         Faster development with 25 new and improved modern Web standards

·         Best experience of your sites and apps together

You can find all the details about the Windows 7 launch here.

So head down and download IE 11 for your Windows 7 powered machine.