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Xplore Announces The Most Rugged Windows Tablet Starting At $5,299

Xplore Technologies yesterday announced the industry’s most rugged Windows tablet on the market, the XC6 DMSR. It is powered by a 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, the high-performance rugged tablet features a direct sunlight readable display, as well as an resisitive multi-touch interface to make running your toughest applications easier than ever- no matter how extreme the environment. Read the full press release below. AUSTIN, Texas – April 22, 2014 – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR), manufacturer of rugged and ultra-rugged tablets, has announced the XC6 series, the most….

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Microsoft Giving Free Swag to those Attending the Historic Atari Landfill Excavation

You may recall our reporting on the Atari documentary which is being exclusively produced by Microsoft for the Xbox.  The documentary team ran afoul of the New Mexico state government which put the planned excavation on hold.  But these issues how now been cleared up and the public is invited to see the dig. Major Nelson has announced that Microsoft will be giving away t-shirts to the first 250 people and canteens to the first 75 people at the dig site. There will also be a chance to win a free Xbox One: What’s going on: Prep for…..

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Bing Rewards Now Allows You To Redeem Your Credits As Points/Miles For Your Frequent Flyer Or Loyalty Program

Microsoft Bing Rewards has now added a new redeem option where you can get 100 points/miles for popular airline and hotel loyalty programs with 400 reward credits. Redeem your credits and get 100 points/miles for your favorite frequent flyer, hotel or retail loyalty program. Participating programs include American Airlines AAdvantage®, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns®, Hawaiian Airlines® HawaiianMiles®, Icelandair Saga Club, IHG® Rewards Club, LifeMiles, My BestBuy™ Rewards, SVM FuelCircle, US Airways® Dividend Miles® and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Once you receive the certificate,….

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Will Microsoft’s Windows Release Cadence Increase to Twice Per Year?

Yesterday we reported on new rumors regarding Windows 8.2 (or Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Autumn Update) and Windows 9. Russian leaker WZOR has asserted that Windows 8.2 is likely to be released this fall. Mary Jo Foley says she has independently heard it may be released as early as August (2014). Previous to Windows 8.1, Microsoft typically took three years to release the next version of Windows. The exception to this was Windows Vista. It took nearly 5 years after the initial release of Windows XP until Windows Vista came out. Of course the issue is slightly more nuanced, Windows XP SP2……

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Great Deal: Titanfall Game Now Available For $39.99 For Xbox One, Xbox 360 And PC

Titanfall for Xbox One and PC was released on March 11th and it was well received by the consumers. The Xbox 360 version of the game was released on April 8th and it is now available for download. All these editions were earlier available for $59.99 USD. Now, Amazon is selling these units under a great deal for just $36.99, a 38% off from its original price. Find the links below to order. Prepare for Titanfall. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise,….

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Deal: Microsoft Surface – 64GB With Black Touch Cover For $329

  If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet that will also serve you for your productivity, here is the answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface 64GB model with Black Touch Cover is now available for just $329 from Microsoft Store. This is a 2 day sale from Microsoft Store. That’s $30 off of current discounted price – but a whopping $170 savings from original price of $499!….

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Microsoft India Partners With HP To Offer Omni 10 Windows Tablet With Pre-loaded Content For Rs.29,999

Microsoft India has partnered with HP and Pearson to launch a tablet targeting higher educational students in engineering and management streams. HP Omni10 Windows 8.1 tablet will include content from Pearson and Microsoft Office. It is priced at Rs 29,999 and will be available for all technical and management institutes at an EMI plan of Rs 2,990 per month for 12 months (taxes additional). This offer will be available till June 15th. HP Omni 10 specs: Intel® Atom® Z3770 (1.46 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 4 cores),….

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Microsoft Talks About The Amazing Technology Behind Bing Image Search

Bing image search experience is one of my favorite web service that I use often. Microsoft today blogged about the Bing Image search quality providing us a behind the scenes look into how Bing is improving image search quality by exploring some additional techniques that they are employing to deliver high quality image results. Bing listed some of the techniques they use in deriving Bing Image search results, Understanding Image Quality Understanding,…

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Microsoft Is Working On Subset Of Windows With Footprint In The Order Megabytes Instead Of Gigabytes

The Windows OS we install on our tablets, PCs and servers takes several gigabytes of space to run. With the increasing adoption of mobile devices by consumers, it is necessary to make Windows run on a mobile device that will have less than 4GB of storage. For that, Microsoft has created a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows Client or Server. These smaller operating systems is in the order megabytes – not gigabytes. A recent job listing revealed that Windows Phone is the first product that was developed using this technology. Also, Microsoft is now pushing their Internet of Things strategy with Windows, this technology could be powering there too. Our team is working on a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows Client or Server. The derived subsets share core binaries with the regular Windows SKUs (kernel, drivers, networking stacks, graphic and…

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New Job Listing Confirms That Microsoft Will Offer Windows As A Service

We already have a cloud platform from Microsoft called Azure. Thousands of organizations and developers are already building and deploying their apps on this service. A new job listing has revealed that Microsoft is developing a new product in which they will offer Windows as a Service. 1st and 3rd party service providers can also build on this Windows as a Service. Even though this sounds similar to what Azure is offering right now, I guess this could be consumer version of Windows offered as a service….

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New Rumors About Windows 8.2 and Windows 9

Well known Russian leaker WZOR has made a number of claims regarding Windows 9 and Windows 8.1 Update 2 (or Windows 8.2). According to WZor, Windows 8.2 might be released later this year possibly in the Autumn.  Windows 8.2 is likely to be very similar to the Spring Update (Windows 8.1 Update) and may be called Windows 8.1 Update 2 (Autumn Update). This is still being debated internally at Microsoft. Part of the Autumn Update will include the Start Menu shown at Build and possibly “windowed” Metro apps. Windows 9 is likely to contain a revamped Metro interface. The new start menu and windowed Metro apps will also be included in this update.  In the classic form the start menu will be available on devices without a touchscreen and on server systems. On systems with a touchscreen, the start button should be a different concept. Microsoft is considering making a free version of Windows 9 but a final decision has not been made on this issue. In addition to these Microsoft…

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Microsoft Announces New Basic Pricing Tier For Azure Web Sites

Microsoft today announced a basic pricing tier for Azure Web Sites as part of the April update. Microsoft already has Free, Shared, or Standard mode for running websites and this Basic mode is a new one. This new Basic pricing tier includes all the core Azure Web Sites abilities which allows you to run production sites at a lower cost. Basic pricing tier offers up to three instances of dedicated Virtual Machine running your web sites, SSL support, Scheduled Jobs, Endpoint Monitoring and more. To make things simple,….

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Former Microsoft Developer Reveals How Microsoft Competed With AOL Instant Messaging In The 90?s

Back in the late 90?s, Instant Messaging was a big thing in the internet. AOL’s AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo, and ICQ were the big players in the market. In 1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail, one of the most popular e-mail service. By seeing the popularity of the instant messengers, Microsoft decided to enter the market with MSN Messenger by allowing every Hotmail user be able to log on to Messenger with a Hotmail address and password as seamlessly as possible. Along with that plan, Microsoft decided to include AIM log-in option to allow millions of users to instantly connect with each other….

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