Windows 10: A few bits about the next Technical Preview release

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

According to the feedback that Microsoft has been getting, anyone who suggested that Microsoft should include more animations in Windows 10, you will be happy. The current builds of Windows 10 have a more polished UI no surprise there which includes new animations as well. The notification center has also appeared in more recent builds but we are not sure if the feature will be part of the upcoming technical preview release. Now this next bit should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it a bit...

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Over the past few months we have seen several new USB dongles offerings different features, including the ability to run Android apps, beam video content from your phone and other mobile devices to a big screen and more. Intel has something cooler up its sleeves. The company has launched a Bay Trail Atom powered dongle that is a full blown x86 PC. Priced at $125 shipping expenditure included, the device comes with a quad core Bay Train processor a 32 bit Z3735F paired with 1GB of RAM, 16 gigs of...

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Skype's new drawing feature debuts first on Windows Phone

Posted 4 hours ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

Microsoft is updating its Skype for Windows Phone app today and its introducing an entirely new feature: drawing. The addition allows Windows Phone owners to draw on a canvas, add ink to photos, or annotate maps and send the results to contacts over Skype. While other rival messaging clients have already supported drawing, its unusual to see Microsoft add this support to just the Windows Phone client. Microsoft makes no mention of future drawing support for its Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows...

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Bush launches a low-cost Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 tablet at Argos

Posted 15 hours ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Argos is now selling two new devices under the Bush brand running Microsoft’s operating systems. Spec details on the handset are somewhat incomplete on the Argos site – there is no indication of how large the display is, for example, and the camera resolution is given as 0.3MP, which is more likely the front facing camera resolution, rather than that of the rear. The display has 800x480px resolution and the device includes 4GB of onboard storage plus microSD support up to 64GB, and...

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Outlook.com is testing a new drop down menu

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Microsoft has started to test an update for its many web properties that changes the header bar. The update improves the drop down experience from a large black bar to a cleaner white box that lays on top of the existing content. The update is a minor tweak but for those of you who are heavy users of Microsoft many online products that utilize this header, it a modest change that you will notice once if the update hits your account. The new layout is posted below and you can see the down arrow...

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Xbox Store Week in Review

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 1 recent echos

Its been another a busy week on the New Release Calendar. In the last few days, the following Xbox One titles arrived on the Xbox Games Store.        Additionally, these titles become available for pre order and pre download on Xbox One this week. Only 25 days until Halo: The Master Chief Collection ! Marketplace, Pre order, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One

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Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android patent-licensing royalties in 2013

Posted 16 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 1 recent echos

A newly unsealed legal document indicates that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android patent licensing royalties in 2013 alone. Follow @maryjofoley Thanks to a filing unsealed on October 3 in theMicrosoft vs. Samsung U.S. District Court patent royalty casefiled in early August 2014, we now know that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in 2013 for a single year worth of patent licensing royalties. Samsungagreed in 2011 to pay Microsoft a then undisclosed amountfor licensing...

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Microsoft Ideally Situated to Own Mobile Device Management

Posted 6 days ago ago at Windows IT Pro with 1 recent echos

While Microsoft mobile first, cloud first strategy is controversial in some circles, there little doubt that the client computing market is moving away from powerful but complex PCs and towards simpler and highly mobile devices. As such, traditional PC management solutions will likewise give way to more Mobile Device Management solutions that are better suited to a wide range of business types. And guess which software giant is ideally positioned to take advantage of that change? OK, right. It...

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