Xbox One November System Update: New TV, Personalization and SmartGlass features now in Preview

Posted 6 hours ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 2 recent echos

Lol at pipe down. Im not a software developer, Im a consumer and the consumers have voiced in huge numbers that this is a feature they want. I think its the #1 request on the feedback site and has been for quite some time. Consumers arent ever going to pipe down because it is their money that is being spent that gives these people their jobs. Im the biggest fan of Microsoft and Xbox there is, but that doesnt mean Im going to shut up about things that need to happen regarding the brand. The whole...

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Skype's new drawing feature debuts first on Windows Phone

Posted 16 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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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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Bush launches a low-cost Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 tablet at Argos

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

Posted 17 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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ASP.NET vNext in Visual Studio “14” CTP 4

Posted 14 days ago ago at ASP.NET Team with 1 recent echos

This CTP includes our alpha4 runtime packages for ASP.NET vNext. You can find details on the specific enhancements added and issues fixed in the published release notes on GitHub. For information on how to get started with ASP.NET vNext using Visual Studio “14” check out the article Getting Started with ASP.NET vNext and Visual Studio 14. The MVC Music Store and Bug Tracker sample projects have been updated for this release. You can find instructions on how to open, build, run, and...

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Microsoft Ideally Situated to Own Mobile Device Management

Posted 7 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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Windows 10: the top 10 most requested features

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

Microsoft made some good progress with its audio management as part of Windows Vista, allowing you to individually control the volume of applications, but people want more. Some Windows users with headsets are calling for Microsoft to allow them to map a certain application to a specific audio output. The scenario could allow an app with essential notifications to output over the speakers, while music could play on the headphones. Its a niche scenario, but there are environments, particularly in...

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