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Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, who has been on the road, traveling around the country to promote Xbox One, will end the year’s tour Friday, Dec. 20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a visit to the Microsoft Store at the Plaza Las Americas.
On site, he and his team will have the “Killer Instinct” cabinet, with the Mad Catz “Killer Instinct” Arcade FightStick, on hand for visitors to play, as well as “FIFA 14,” “Peggle 2” and more Xbox One titles, he writes on his blog.
If you’ve got any devices that are still running Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview, you’ll want to update them to final release versions through the Windows Store before Jan. 15. That’s when the preview versions expire, writes Ben Hunter on the Springboard Series Blog.
“If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here,” he writes. “Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this.”
Designed to encourage and support female college students pursing computer sciences, the second annual International Women’s Hackathon is set for April 24 – 27, 2014 on university campuses around the world.
More than 200 million Viber users can now enjoy free calling, texting and photo sharing with a new free version of the app designed specifically for Windows 8.
You might have noticed that in the past year, Bing has broken out of the search box like Kool-Aid Man smashing through your wall to bring you refreshments. (Don’t worry, he’ll fix that later.) Sure, people still prefer Bing over Google for the world’s top searches, but in 2013 Bing also evolved to power a wider range of services and devices than ever, from voice search in Xbox One to Siri’s Web search results.
Here are a few of our favorite ways Bing is helping you do more.
Smart Search in Windows 8.1
You’ll now find the best of the Bing search experience in Windows 8.1, where you can use the Search Charm to explore your files, Web results and more with a single query.
Yes, there are 3D printers, but there are also 3D scanners, and Gavin Gear – who we think is having way too much fun – shows how he uses MakerBot’s recently released Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner to create his lovable monster head, using Windows 8.1.
On the Extreme Windows Blog, Gear notes that the Digitizer makes it easy to upload scanned 3D models to MakerBot’s Thingiverse website, and to print them with your 3D printer.
With Bing’s new Windows 8.1 apps, it’s easy to do research on topics that interest you, and with the new OneNote for Windows Store app, it’s just as effortless to share information from those apps with others.
Superhero alert! Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and other honorable characters in Marvel’s Avengers Skin Pack are coming to the world of “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.”
Xbox Wire reports on the partnership among Microsoft, Mojang and Marvel that will bring the 35-character pack to the game.
Now available in the Windows Store, “Riptide GP2” takes racing up a notch with futuristic and upgradeable hydro-jets and riders, a new stunt system with dozens of new tricks and 50 races in career mode.
Starting immediately, Xbox Live Gold members in the U.S. who are also Time Warner Cable subscribers can get On Demand content on their Xbox 360.
“When we launched the TWC TV app on Xbox 360 in August, we promised we were hard at work with our partners at Time Warner Cable to bring you Video On Demand and just in time for the holidays, we’re delivering,” Xbox Wire reports.
Windows Phone users who are movie, TV and song buffs can watch and listen to their hearts’ delight on-the-go with the all new Xbox Video and Xbox Music apps, now in the Windows Phone Store.
The following post is from Dr. Dennis Schmuland, Chief Health Strategy Officer, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft. It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues.
On Wednesday, University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), one of the state’s largest healthcare providers, announced its migration to Microsoft Office 365, a decision that was made in large part due to Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to data security and privacy and because the company supports HIPAA requirements beyond what other vendors provide.
Such cloud adoption within the healthcare industry is gaining momentum because the economic, clinician productivity and care team collaboration advantages of the cloud are undeniable. However, as was the case for UCHealth, there’s one fundamental concern that continues to weigh heavily on the minds of providers: Is patient data safe, secure and private in the cloud.
The wait for Santa Claus is a holiday tradition for children all around the world, and NORAD Tracks Santa keeps them updated on Rudolph and the gang’s sleigh ride worldwide starting Christmas Eve.
Up until then, it gives a countdown to Christmas that includes details about NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) and its mission. Oh, and there are lots of fun holiday extras too, including videos, music and games.
If you’re not one of the millions who will be traveling home for the holidays, you can still be there for a visit – using Skype, writes Jason Zone Fisher on the Skype Play Blog.
Over the next few weeks, Fisher will be in Los Angeles, far from family members in Ohio. But he plans to stay connected with them using Skype Group Video Calls during the holidays “because there’s no better way to feel like we’re actually together.”
In the never-ending war against the undead, “Plants vs. Zombies” has one of the more imaginative defenses: using various vegetation to combat hordes trying to attack a houseful of humans. And now, “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” producer Brian Lindley uses the video above to give you a first look at “Gardens & Graveyards" mode, how “Garden Warfare” stacks up to other shooters and where the idea first came from.
Once you’ve taken the wrapping paper off your new Windows 8.1 device, be it a tablet or PC, there are just a few steps to follow when you sign in for the very first time using a Microsoft account.
That account is the “key that unlocks your whole world of apps and services,” writes Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Experience Blog.
Along with a new update, the magazine app Zinio is giving new Windows 8 subscribers another incentive to try it out: six free digital magazines for three months, which would otherwise cost $50.
Comedian Taran Killam of “Saturday Night Live” is the co-author of a new comic book, “The Illegitimates,” that debuts Dec. 18, but he’s also a passionate gamer. In an exclusive interview with Xbox Wire, Killam says growing up and watching James Bond movies inspired his love for both.
“I think at some point I realized that every movie stopped with him left alone with a girl, either on a beach or in a hotel or on a destroyed train,” Killam tells Xbox Wire. “It just felt like the theory of ratios led me to believe that he wasn't always using protection.”
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, which wants to transform accessibility into a globally recognized profession, will launch in March, reports Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer.
“So far, accessibility has developed at a grassroots level, hindered by an inconsistent approach to training as well as the absence of certifications and an established career path for engineers to follow from higher education into the workplace,” he writes on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.
By the end of 2013, if you’ve been a good boy or girl, you might be hooking up a new game console or enjoying new games and if the console happens to be an Xbox One, then you can also find and watch your favorite shows and movies using the Verizon FiOS TV app.
In October, Microsoft Virtualization Certification became available to help VMWare experts “future-proof” their careers. On Dec. 17, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Windows Server & System Center, said the course is now available for no charge.
“We are now making the course available for free, on-demand and we are also offering the free exam voucher to IT pros who take this on-demand version of the training,” Anderson writes on the In the Cloud blog.
The following post is from John W. Thompson, a member of Microsoft’s board of directors. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog.
On Aug. 23, we announced that Steve Ballmer would be retiring from Microsoft within 12 months, and the Board of Directors was launching a search for a replacement, looking both externally and internally. Since then, we’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company. As we approach the end of the calendar year, there has been natural interest in getting an update on where we are in the process. I’m writing to share this with you here.
As the chair of the Board’s search committee, I’m pleased with our progress. The Board has taken the thoughtful approach that our shareholders, customers, partners and employees expect and deserve. After defining our criteria, we initially cast a wide net across a number of different industries and skill sets. We identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals, all extremely impressive in their own right. As you would expect, as this group has narrowed, we’ve done deeper research and investigation, including with the full Board. We’re moving ahead well, and I expect we’ll complete our work in the early part of 2014.
Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive, has been named senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and will lead and manage HealthCare.gov, the federal government’s health insurance website, in his new role.
DelBene recently retired from Microsoft after two decades of leading large, technical teams at the company, including being president of the Microsoft Business Division, general manager of Microsoft Outlook and group manager of Microsoft Exchange.
Now that Nemo is safe and sound at home, he’s got a new class project with “Nemo’s Reef”: helping his dad build the most amazing underwater paradise they can, using rare plant seeds, other decorations and more than 50 kinds of fish. They also get help from friends familiar to fans of the Disney movie that made the little clownfish famous.
In “Subway Surfers” you get to ride the rails – from on top of the train! Dash with Jake, Tricky and Fresh from rooftop to rooftop of moving train cars, collecting as many coins as you can – while avoiding a grumpy inspector and his dog.