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Autumn is my favorite time of year, and not because of all the pretty fall colors – unless by pretty fall colors you mean Seattle Seahawks blue or the rave green of the Seattle Sounders.
Yep, you guessed it, autumn is my favorite time of year because it’s just about the best time for sports fans. College football and the NFL seasons are just getting underway. Major League Baseball’s playoff races are about to kick into high gear. And the Major League Soccer playoffs and the NHL and NBA seasons are right around the corner.
Of course, like all sports fans, I want – no, I need – to be connected to the latest news from my favorite teams at all times across a range of devices. Here’s a list of my favorite apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8 because they keep me in the loop on the sports I love.
The first place I go in the morning to catch up on the latest sports news is the Bing Sports App for Windows Phone. It’s got a great mix of top scores, top stories, slideshows (the Serena Williams career in pictures slideshow is amazing) and videos and it’s highly customizable, so I can follow news, scores and stats from my favorite sports and my favorite teams. Plus, I can even pin my favorite team to my start screen, creating a tile for one touch access to all the latest team updates.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, the cloud-based customer relationship management platform, announced new features for customizing the Social Pane and simplifying Notes.
The information is shared on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog. The Social Pane was introduced last December, and is where you can see all business interactions related to a specific record, such as an account, contact or lead, explains Anshuman Ansu in a blog post about customizing the Social Pane.
Last June, Ted Dworkin, director of Program Management for Windows Store, took to the stage at Build to show off a more visual shopping experience that will put the spotlight where it belongs: on the apps and games that developers have created.
The following post is from Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft.
Today as we launch our fall wave of enterprise cloud products and services, I’ve been reflecting on how things change. A few years ago when I joined what was then the Server and Tools Business, I had the opportunity to talk to financial analysts about our business. Interestingly, after I covered the trends and trajectory of a $19 billion business – what would independently be one of the top three software companies in the world – there were no questions. Zero.
Well, recently that has changed. As of late, there has been a lot of interest in what I call the commercial business, which spans nearly every area of enterprise IT and represents about 58 percent of Microsoft’s total revenue. It’s a critical business for us, with great momentum and one to which we are incredibly committed.
When Andrew Kim was a third-year design student, one of his professors gave him this assignment: Reinvent the Popsicle. But Kim wasn’t that into it, so instead he handed in “The Next Microsoft” – a bold and comprehensive redesign of the entire Microsoft brand, from Office to Surface.
Kim also posted the work to his blog, immediately sparking interest among designers, tech press like the Verge, and, yep, even Microsoft, who quickly recognized his potential and hired him on as a designer at Xbox.
Kinect can be the bridge between folks who don’t speak the same language – and even those who can hear and those who can’t. A collaboration between Microsoft Research Asia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Union University has created a prototype that translates sign language into spoken language— and spoken language into sign language — in real time.
“There are more than 20 million people in China who are hard of hearing, and an estimated 360 million such people around the world, so this project has immense potential to generate positive social impact worldwide,” wrote Guobin Wu, program manager of the Kinect Sign Language Translator project for Microsoft Research Asia, on the Microsoft Research Connections Blog.
The system captures a conversation from both sides: the person who is deaf signs, with a written and spoken translation rendered in real-time, while the system takes a speaking person’s words and turns them into accurate, understandable signs. As you can see from the video, Dandan Yin, a Chinese 22-year-old computer science student born deaf, shows how this works by gesturing to a Kinect device connected to a sign language prototype – and words appear on the screen that translate what she just signed.
To see it is to be wowed by it. And for Yin, it’s the beginning of a childhood dream come true.
In case you missed it, Visual Studio 2013 became available for download on Thursday, bringing a load of new features for every developer, including editor enhancements, diagnostics tools for user interface responsiveness and energy consumption, major updates for ASP.NET Web development, and more. However, a few of those new and improved features will be especially welcomed by C++ developers.
In a post on the Visual C++ Team Blog, Eric Battalio, a senior program manager for Visual Studio, shares some of the top reasons C++ developers will want to download this latest release now. Here’s a peek.
Fans of the Visual Studio LightSwitch development environment appreciate how it makes it so much faster and easier to develop businesses apps and data services. As of Thursday, those fans have something new to cheer about: Alongside news that Visual Studio 2013 is available for download came word of several new LightSwitch features.
The Visual Studio team has been hard at work to improve Visual Studio performance and scalability. An area of particular focus has been initial solution load times.
Prior to Visual Studio 2012, solutions were loaded all at once, which wasn’t so bad if you were loading a small solution. However, it could halt productivity if you were loading a large, complex solution because it would block the entire integrated development environment while your solution was being prepared for use. With the introduction of asynchronous loading in Visual Studio 2012, users experienced substantially faster load times, according to this post on the Visual Studio Blog.
With Visual Studio 2013, the team aims to take the improvements of asynchronous loading to a new level by deferring initialization of document tabs until they are needed. Testing so far shows that this further reduces the amount of solution load time, enabling users to start working more quickly.
Way back in 1997, Nokia design engineer Taneli Armanto created “Snake,” a simple and addictive game that quickly became a hit. The object of the game? Easy. Feed the snake!
If you’re the nostalgic type that enjoys classic games, you’ll get a kick out of the remake available in the Windows Phone Store, which comes with both Classic and Challenge modes. The remake was created by AE Mobile.
In 2012 Microsoft launched YouthSpark with the commitment to empower 300 million young people through providing opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. Along with our nonprofit partners, we are pleased to share a few of our success stories from year one in the United States.
When Microsoft began working on the Mail app for Windows 8.1, the development team started with the recognition that people use email today in many different ways than they have in the past, lots of customer feedback, and the conviction that the email service you use can make all the difference.
“For us, that meant ensuring that the Mail app truly takes advantage of the Outlook.com service,” writes Kipling Knox, group program manager, Windows Communication Apps in a blog post on Thursday. “It also led us to optimize the Mail app in Windows 8.1 for a modern mail experience — one that is efficient on mobile devices, built for touch, integrated into your whole life and designed for the types of mail that matter most to you.”
Building for touch brings a wide range of improvements to the Mail app in Windows 8.1. For instance there are easier ways to select one or more messages, and to drag-and-drop messages into folders. Also, the app bar now has a visible preview, which makes it easier to access with either mouse or touch.
Two new game titles are available for free to Xbox Gold Live members for a limited time: “Might & Magic Clash of Heroes” from Oct. 1 – 15, and “Halo 3” from Oct. 16 – 31.
See the Xbox Wire blog post for more, including details on Games with Gold, which makes free games available for Xbox Live Gold members each month.
On Thursday, Lenovo announced the Miix2 8-inch tablet, which comes with a 16:10 widescreen, 10-point multi-touch WXGA display, 800x1280 resolution and a 178-degree viewing angle.
The Miix2, which will come with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, weighs just over 12 ounces and is only 8.35mm thick. There are two webcams on the device – a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front. The tablet is powered by Intel’s Bay Trail-T quad core processor.
There are loads of new features and capabilities coming with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ’13 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 releases. On Wednesday, the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog shone the spotlight on a few that are likely to make users’ “favorite features” list.
Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 have been getting a lot of attention in the press since their Oct. 21 launch. To give you more detail on what went into making the most productive tablets on the planet, each day this week the Surface Blog is posting a video from the Sept. 23 Surface 2 announce event in New York City.
On Monday it shared the first video, which you can view above. Stevie Bathiche, Microsoft distinguished scientist and head of the Applied Science team at Microsoft, talks about the refinements to Touch Cover 2 – the much-talked-about accessory for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. A protective cover that easily clicks into your Surface, Touch Cover 2 is more rigid than its predecessor, features a full QWERTY keyboard that is now easier to type on, and supports gestures that make you more productive.
Try one for yourself at a Microsoft retail store or other select retailer in your area. Find out where to buy, and stay tuned for more videos through the week.
In a new white paper, you can learn more about which Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 security features might be right for your company.
The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog shares details about the white paper, “Scalable Security Modeling with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013,” which can be downloaded here.
Line, line, everywhere a line. From baggage check-in to ticketing to security, air travelers must often languish in lines before they can jet off on their vacation or business trips. Now, with airlines striving to differentiate their services and passengers seeking a better travel experience, mobile apps, mobile devices and social networking sites are coming to the aid of both parties.
According to eMarketer, in 2013 nearly two-thirds of U.S. Internet users will research travel via online channels, and 40 percent of those will have planned their trips on a smartphone or tablet device.
Because it’s Halloween and you’re obliged to scare yourself silly, we recommend going over to the Bing home page, which pays homage to six well-known horror flicks through a fully interactive experience.
If you use dual monitors in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, you’re in for a treat: New, free animal themes are available to you, with subjects including blue-and-yellow macaws, penguins, cheetahs and monkeys. Single-screen users, you’re in luck, too. A series of new themes includes birds, beaches, sunny shoes, classic sports cars, muscle cars, Europe and color splashes.
Oh, and we can’t forget about the theme for “Ryse: Son of Rome,” the new Xbox One game due out Nov. 22.
The OneNote team recently had the chance to sit down with Chad and Carey Hayes, the writing duo who penned the script for the summer horror blockbuster “The Conjuring.”
In a post on the OneNote Blog on Thursday (Halloween), the two writers share five tips for beginning and aspiring writers.
New Sony devices are available just in time for holiday gift giving – and you’ll probably “flip” when you see how versatile they can be!
As the Windows Experience Blog reports, the aptly-named VAIO | Flip PC “maintains the full functionality of a conventional notebook PC with the ability to switch between laptop, tablet and viewer modes.”
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, the cloud-based customer relationship management platform, delivers an array of advancements, from an improved way to merge existing form layouts to new ways to customize Bing Maps.
Information about the changes was shared by the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog Wednesday. Visit the pages below to learn more about changes to these features:
Planning to watch the season premiere of AMC’s zombie-tastic drama “Walking Dead” tonight? Make sure to download the Walking Dead Story Sync companion app for Windows 8.
Whether you prefer using a keyboard, mouse or touch, all three are options for you in Windows 8.1. And there are a number of easy ways to switch among them, with tips shared on the Windows Experience Blog.
For example, if you’re going to use the keyboard to write a document, you press the Windows logo key on the keyboard to get to the Start screen, and open Word. But then, say mid-writing you remember: “Man, I meant to drag some photos into an album before the meeting in 30 minutes!” Just use the mouse to click on the Windows logo in the lower-left corner of the screen, the Windows Experience Blog says, to hop back to your Start screen and locate your albums.