MSN Messenger to end after 15 years

Posted 3 days ago ago at BBC with 2 recent echos

Microsofts Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15 year old service. Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype. Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by 31 October. Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009. But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to...

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Microsoft teases its Lumia 730 ‘selfie phone’ with a selfie

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

Images of the Lumia 730 leaked early last month, showing a device with a 4.7 inch display and 5 megapixel front facing camera. New images also leaked last week and appear to show that there will be a Lumia 730 dual SIM version and a Lumia 735 with LTE connectivity. While Microsoft selfie teaser photo looks impressive if it came from the front facing camera of the Lumia 730, it not clear if this is simply a marketing photo. However, we may have already witnessed what Microsoft upcoming selfie...

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Samsung licenses HERE maps, still trying to escape the Google ecosystem

Posted 2 days ago ago at Arstechnica with 1 recent echos

Samsung and Nokia have signed an agreement to bring Nokia HERE mapping service to just about every Samsung device imaginable. Nokia announced that HERE for Android will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphone line, and it will also be bringing a mini version of HERE to Samsung Tizen based smartwatches, including the newly announced Samsung Gear S. Nokia HERE origins lie in Nokia Ovi mapping service and the company 2007 purchase of Navteq. HERE data is one of the main competitors to Google...

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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails to US Government

Posted 1 day ago ago at Windows IT Pro with 1 recent echos

Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5. Let there be no doubt that Microsoft actions in this controversial case are customer centric. The firm isn't just standing up...

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How to run Background Tasks in ASP.NET

Posted 6 days ago ago at ASP.NET Team with 1 recent echos

If you think you can just write a background task yourself, it likely youll get it wrong. Im not impugning your skills, Im just saying it . Plus, why should you have to? There LOT of great ways for you to do things in the background and a lot of libraries and choices available. Some ASP.NET apps will be hosted in IIS in your data center and others will be hosted in the Azure cloud. The spectrum of usage is roughly this, in my opinion:

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Microsoft built a 'working' Surface Pro 3 out of cardboard

Posted 5 days ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

Microsoft has created a cardboard replica of its Surface Pro 3 tablet. It might not be as impressive as the giant Surface tablet the company erected in London last year, but the cardboard version has its very own working display. A small section lights up to show off the specs of Microsoft latest tablet, powered by a low res MP4 player. The software maker has been sending its cardboard Surfaces to various schools in Australia as part of a marketing effort to mark the launch of the Surface Pro 3...

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MSN Messenger is finally shutting down after 15 years

Posted 3 days ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

MSN Messenger started off life as a basic instant messenger without much bloat and just text communications. Microsoft gradually started improving Messenger with calling capabilities for Windows XP users. Video and audio calling was a big step for Messenger as Skype started to get popular image credit: Winsupersite. The many emoticons of MSN Messenger from back in the day image credit: Ggftw.

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Microsoft's new Lumia 730 and 735 revealed in leaked images

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Earlier this month, images were leaked that gave us our first good look at the upcoming Lumia 730. Known alsoby its internal development codename, 'Superman', the 730 has also come to be referredto as Microsoft selfie phone, as the device is said to feature a high quality 5 megapixel front facing camera. Today, more images have surfaced of the new handset via Tieba Baidu, giving us a much clearer look at its design. But the mid range device is expected to feature some pretty decent specs...

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