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Skype Makes Group Video Calling Free on Windows, Mac, Xbox One

Skype Makes Group Video Calling Free on Windows, Mac, Xbox One | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Skype today announced it is making group video calling (GVC) available free of charge on Windows desktop, OS X, and the Xbox One.
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And yet, we still have it blocked in Oman. 

And yet, we still use Lync at work

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Microsoft Research Special Projects group tipped to take on Google X | ZDNet

Microsoft Research Special Projects group tipped to take on Google X | ZDNet | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft is building a Special Projects team expected to be headed by former DARPA innovation boss Norman Whitaker, which will focus on 'disruptive next-generation technologies.'
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This just could get the sleeping giant up on it's feet. Let's hope for the best

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Xbox Originals: Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

Xbox Originals: Coming Soon to a Screen Near You | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Starting this June, you’ll have more reasons to love your Xbox: Xbox Originals – premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events. Available only on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, every Xbox Originals show will offer interactive capabilities, as well as unique interactive features customized on a per-show basis, making it a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience you won’t find anywhere else.
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After playing Need for Speed on my @CaesarMoussalli's Xbox One yesterday. I can say, it is awesome

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The FCC changed course on network neutrality. Here is why you should care.

The FCC changed course on network neutrality. Here is why you should care. | Microsoft | Scoop.it
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If this were in place 10 years ago, it would have killed VoIP, WhatsApp and half the applications that eat out of ISP margins. 

This is evil, this must not be approved. Please use all means necessary to affect it.

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Microsoft ready to test new Office 'Mix' interactive presentation application | ZDNet

Microsoft ready to test new Office 'Mix' interactive presentation application  | ZDNet | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft is signing up testers for a soon-to-be-released preview of "Office Mix," which is a new, interactive presentation application.
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Microsoft by the Numbers

Microsoft by the Numbers | Microsoft | Scoop.it
A collection of visual statistics about Microsoft products and services.
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If you haven't seen this, you definitely should take 5min to. Microsoft in numbers

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Buy once, play anywhere: First universal Windows apps hit Microsoft app stores | PCWorld

Buy once, play anywhere: First universal Windows apps hit Microsoft app stores | PCWorld | Microsoft | Scoop.it
"Buy once, play anywhere" comes to Microsoft's ecosystem.
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This has some serious ramifications from a licensing perspective. Because if kids start to expect this when they grow up, companies will be building app versions to the power of x, and sell them for the price of one.

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Microsoft Bing rolls out personalized cards, integrated with Cortana, competing with Google Now and Siri - GeekWire

Microsoft Bing rolls out personalized cards, integrated with Cortana, competing with Google Now and Siri - GeekWire | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Bing's new 'personalized cards' on the bottom of the Bing home page. They're not calling it "Bing Now," but a new service just announced by Microsoft will
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Here we go, this is getting creepy again

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Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal Subscription

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal Subscription | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft today launched its Office 365 Personal subscription, a cheaper alternative that is limited to just two devices: one PC or Mac and one tablet. Ins
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Interesting...I still wouldn't get on board

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Did Microsoft just kill its anti-Google 'Scroogled' campaign? | ZDNet

Did Microsoft just kill its anti-Google 'Scroogled' campaign? | ZDNet | Microsoft | Scoop.it
A Microsoft Corporate Vice President claims Microsoft is 'done' with its 'Scroogled' campaign. But is the company really Scroogled out?
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Finally...I hate negative marketing, it fits perfectly with the fact the guy in charge of it has a background in politics

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Microsoft Accepts Universal Windows Apps, Windows Phone 8.1 Apps

Microsoft Accepts Universal Windows Apps, Windows Phone 8.1 Apps | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft today announced major updates to the Windows Dev Center and Windows Phone Dev Center, with the former rolling out "later this week" and the latte
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Wow, so many implications, the end of Silverlight? Will the Apps bring it all together after all? 

I have my doubts, but who knows. Maybe it makes sense financially

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Dell Chromebook 11 review

Dell Chromebook 11 review | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Chromebooks are the simplest computers you can buy today, but they’ve proven a tricky formula for manufacturers to get right. The perfect Chromebook is cheap, fast enough, well-built, and lasts...
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This is the competition, get to know then well

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Microsoft OS chief Myerson talks turkey on transparency, cadence and cross platform | ZDNet

Microsoft OS chief Myerson talks turkey on transparency, cadence and cross platform | ZDNet | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft Executive Vice President of operating systems Terry Myerson talks about Windows' value proposition for a more cross-platform-committed Microsoft.
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Do you think Microsoft will be able to create the best User Experience across all platforms? Read the interview to see how they plan on getting it done then share your opinions.

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Microsoft Won’t Brand Its Own Phones ‘Microsoft Mobile’ — Nor Use Nokia’s Name For Long | TechCrunch

Microsoft Won’t Brand Its Own Phones ‘Microsoft Mobile’ — Nor Use Nokia’s Name For Long | TechCrunch | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Now that Nokiasoft is (un)officially a thing, following the completion on Friday of Microsoft's multi-billion dollar purchase of Nokia's devices division, the..
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Nokia has been there for the past 20+ years, removing the brand from the phones would be idiotic imo. Just use it like 'Microsoft Nokia'

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Microsoft Increases OneDrive for Business Storage to 1TB Per User

Microsoft Increases OneDrive for Business Storage to 1TB Per User | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft today announced it is increasing OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB per user. This also affects all Office 365 ProPlus customers: the
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Can anyone say "Whoah"!

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Microsoft warns Internet Explorer 6 – 11 vulnerable to zero-day spotted in the wild

FireEye researchers spotted a new zero-day in the wild, with all versions of IE vulnerable, but with IE 9 -11 being targeted for 'Operation Clandestine Fox.'
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Someone please put IE's misery to an end, this is painfully annoying.

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Windows 8 Start Menu set to return in August

Windows 8 Start Menu set to return in August | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the Start Menu will return to Windows 8. While Microsoft is keeping the timing for its return vague, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The...
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It needs to be back, it misses us too

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Office 365 is Now Generally Available in China

Office 365 is Now Generally Available in China | Microsoft | Scoop.it
The software has launched in full, some 18 months after becoming available in preview in China.
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This is a major revenue stream for MS

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Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs | Microsoft | Scoop.it
News and perspectives covering the top stories, events and activities from Microsoft. The content for this blog includes the official information and stories from all of Microsoft's primary businesses.
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And now we know where all those Licensing dollars are heading.

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Microsoft slashes Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches

Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported today.
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So XP support prices have been lowered. But the question is, why does Microsoft charge? They have such loyal users?

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Microsoft Announces New Tools Bringing The Cloud To The Internet Of Things, Uniting Hadoop And SQL | TechCrunch

Microsoft Announces New Tools Bringing The Cloud To The Internet Of Things, Uniting Hadoop And SQL | TechCrunch | Microsoft | Scoop.it
This morning in San Francisco, Microsoft announced several new data-focused tools in front of a cadre of customers and partners, not to mention a decent-sized..
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Hello Hadoop

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Microsoft makes Office Online available in Chrome Web Store | ZDNet

Microsoft makes Office Online available in Chrome Web Store | ZDNet | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.
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Brilliant, but Google Docs still kills it imo

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Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: An early look at how Cortana stacks up (hands-on) - CNET

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: An early look at how Cortana stacks up (hands-on) - CNET | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Can Windows Phone’s new voice-activated assistant stand up to Siri and Google Now? We put an early version to the test.
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We're gonna look silly talking to our phones all the time won't we?

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IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches

The IRS acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches.
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Attention all Account Manager in Microsoft Partner companies :) Share at will

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Microsoft experiments with making Windows Live Tiles interactive | ZDNet

Microsoft experiments with making Windows Live Tiles interactive | ZDNet | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft researchers are looking at ways to allow Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox users able to interact directly with Live Tiles.
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Very cool in my opinion, check out the vids. Would you like to get interactive tiles?

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