You can now be the “captain” of your Skype emoticons – “Captain America,” that is, as well as four other limited-edition emoticons: the mysterious Winter Soldier, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Bucky, all featured in the upcoming film, “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
While you can find most emoticons in Skype’s gallery, these emoticons are “hiding” within Skype, like the spies of SHIELD. To find out how to activate them, visit the Hero Hub.
Personal trainer and fitness expert Gabe Aguilar-Gamez uses his Surface device to help him teach outdoor classes, train with his clients one-on-one, and to be mobile and productive from anywhere.
In a Q-and-A on the Surface Blog, Aguilar-Gamez says he uses the Surface video camera to let clients “see themselves workout much like if they were to work out in front of a mirror” to make sure they’re doing their exercises correctly. “This allows me and the client to analyze their video so we can work together to find the appropriate solution for a better overall experience,” he says.
Searching for images can be tough, especially when you’re trying to nail down one with high resolution and the right dimensions. Bing has introduced a new feature that can match an image in a few clicks – without having to go back and scroll through the results pages.
Microsoft Advertising has launched a brand new ad unit, Connection Hub ads, which increase the scale of the Skype for Windows desktop offering to advertisers by five-fold, and is placed in the “grand central” of Skype for Windows: The Connection Hub. The Connection Hub is the starting point for all Skype users for voice calls, video calls, chat and messaging activity.
Skype Connection Hub ads were tested in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and Turkey. As with any new ad unit, Microsoft Advertising is continuing to monitor the user experience closely to make sure it maintains the company’s commitment to quality for both consumers and advertisers in every market.
A study comparing the total cost of ownership between Lync and its competition shows that once a business puts Lync 2013 into place, the break-even point for recovering the costs of doing so is 14 months, and in some cases, even faster.
Forrester Consulting’s Lync 2013 Total Economic Impact (TEI) study, commissioned by Microsoft, built total cost of ownership comparisons between Lync and the competition, and also gave Lync customers a platform to share their experiences through written case studies and in-person customer sessions.
In only three months, the French studio Magma Mobile has ported 14 games to Windows Phone and accrued 2.5 million downloads. The Windows Phone Developer Blog shares a Q&A with Magma’s CEO, Nicolas Sorel, which reveals his story and successful strategies.
At the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, there’s a lot of buzz about the rise of mobile computing and new apps that make math fun, bring reading and storytelling to life and that make collaborating with students in distant classrooms as easy as a quick swipe of the screen.
This is Part 2 in a series of articles focused on understanding the threat landscape in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Part 1 of the series examined the relatively high malware infection rates of numerous locations in the region. This article examines whether these relatively high malware infection rates are a result of people in the region encountering malware more frequently than average.
The “encounter rate” is the percentage of computers running Microsoft real-time security software that report detecting malware or potentially unwanted software during a quarter. Most of these encounters are from systems running Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender (on Windows 8) reporting that they blocked malware from installing on them. The worldwide average encounter rate was 17% in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), while the average of all the locations in Figure 1 was 28.5%. Of these locations only Israel, with an encounter rate of 15.74%, had an encounter rate below the worldwide average. Read more
On Thursday, Microsoft revealed a new way to enjoy Office 365 called Office 365 Personal.
Coming this spring, Office 365 Personal is a new option designed for an individual. It allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available for $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month.
Now that the team over at Xbox Wire has unlocked all the weapons in “Titanfall,” they’re sharing a guide to the tools of the Titan trade, from the Sidewinder to Quad Rocket and many, many more.
You’ll want to take note of the anti-Titan weapon, the Mag Launcher. “Titanfall” creator Respawn has “proven that they know how magnets work with fun little toy, which fires magnetic grenades that, perhaps not surprisingly, work really well against giant metal Titans,” Xbox Wire notes.