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Quick tips for promoting your apps and increasing downloads in the Windows Phone Store
Windows Phone Store and Windows Store download badges After all the hard work you put into developing a great app and publishing it, promoting it in the Windows Phone Store will help get it the attention it deserves. The Windows Phone Developer Blog gives several recommendations for promoting...
30 Jan 2014
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online monthly webcasts start Jan. 30 to help you maximize what you do
You’re invited to join Microsoft’s US SMB (small- and medium-sized business) team and partners with cloud and CRM expertise for a series of one-hour webcasts about Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, each month through May. The first webcast is Jan. 30, and is an overview of what Microsoft...
29 Jan 2014
Yammer’s Working Social Tour expands to Tokyo, Amsterdam and São Paulo
The second leg of Yammer’s Working Social Tour moves outside the U.S. and to Tokyo, Amsterdam and São Paulo on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25. The Working Social Tour – co-hosted with Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics – invites business leaders to all-day, free events...
17 Jan 2014
Play ‘NFL Connect’ on Windows PCs and tablets with your friends while you’re watching live football
Hey, it’s Blue Friday! It’s a very exciting time to be in Seattle, with the NFC championship Sunday. (For fans of the AFC teams that title is up for grabs too.) But “NFL Connect” makes you a part of any live NFL action by challenging you to predict key plays for the game happening...
17 Jan 2014
Concerned about privacy? Take this Path BETA to control what you share on social media
Unless you’re comfortable living your life as an open book, you’ve probably got some privacy concerns about what you post on social networks. With Path BETA, now available for Windows Phone 8 devices, you can control what you share, and with whom, on those networks. Not only can you choose...
17 Jan 2014
LinkedIn update for Windows Phone gives you more ways to edit and grow your network on-the-go
In our hyper-networked world, LinkedIn has become the go-to place for professionals to connect with one another, with more than 259 million members around the world. And now, with its latest update for Windows Phone devices, you can add and edit your profile picture and draw from your address book to...
10 Dec 2013
Make and share collages and memes with Socl Windows Phone app
Socl is the free Windows Phone 8 companion app to the new social networking service from Microsoft Research FUSE Labs that gives you the ability to quickly create image collages, animated memes and so much more – and share them with your friends and family. Socl (pronounced social) gives you...
9 Dec 2013
Preview Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and see how it serves customers better
On Tuesday, users got a sneak peek at Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, planned for release in April 2014. As the Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX blog reports , new features and tools available through this release will give businesses the ability “to engage with customers on their terms, run agile operations...
5 Nov 2013
Developer for ReddHub talks about updating app for Windows 8.1
Redditors who use the Reddit on ReddHub reader on Windows 8 and 8.1 might be interested in hearing from its creator, Feras Moussa, a former Microsoft employee who now works for a new startup. In his spare time he’s been developing apps, like ReddHub. Moussa sat down with Windows Program Manager...
1 Nov 2013
Yammer kicks off the Working Social Tour in San Francisco
Yammer kicked off the Working Social Tour in San Francisco on Oct. 15 -- hundreds of Yammer users and industry experts contributed their experiences and discussed ways to transform their workplace into a collaborative social environment. As The Yammer Blog reports , the tour began with a pre-conference...
28 Oct 2013
Triple whammy coming soon to Windows Phone: Instagram, Vine and Xbox Video
The big announcements at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday included the unveiling of several top new apps and games – including a triple whammy of much-anticipated titles coming soon to the Windows Phone Store: the official Instagram, Vine and Xbox Video apps. As you can read on the round...
22 Oct 2013
Video: Discover what’s possible with Yammer’s enterprise social network
This new video from the Yammer team illustrates how social tools can transform your workplace , empowering employees to collaborate and communicate like never before. You can see the full video above, and if you have a Yammer story of your own, share it on Twitter with the hashtag #yammermoments to...
15 Oct 2013
Bing and Klout team up to help you control your digital identity
To help you manage your online presence, Bing has teamed up with Klout to create Bing Personal Snapshots, which expands upon the People Snapshots introduced in March . As the Bing Search Blog reports, Bing Personal Snapshots allow individuals to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on...
11 Oct 2013
Microsoft researcher tunes into social media metrics by interviewing musicians
In a paper published Monday, Microsoft Research’s Nancy Baym focuses on musicians and the “big difference between massive amounts of data being available, thanks to new media, and being well-equipped to manage and interpret data. It’s important because, these days, people are putting...
9 Oct 2013
Twitter update on Windows Phone not just skin deep: Quicker access to tweets that matter to you
Good news to all you tweet-happy folk: A new Twitter update on Tuesday adds more options for your backdrop, so you can choose between a dark or light theme. But the changes are more than just skin deep. You can now select your favorite Twitter accounts and receive notifications when they tweet. You can...
8 Oct 2013
You can now attach photos to Facebook messages for Windows Phone 8, and much more in major update
How’s this for your next Facebook status update on your Windows Phone 8 device: “Hey, I can attach photos to my messages now! And save and share photos!” Maybe you won’t gush so much on your status update, but the major update to this free app may have you using Facebook more...
4 Oct 2013
Explore Pinterest boards on Bing
Back in April, we introduced the Pin to Pinterest feature, allowing you to pin and save results directly from Bing image search. And now, you’ll see related Pinterest boards in Bing image search results. These image collections bring you curated collections of images from around the Web –...
2 Oct 2013
Translation tech powers automatic subtitles for everyday life
The world is a big place, but advancements in language translation are making it a little smaller every day. A shared understanding emphasizes what we have in common, rather than the chasms that keep us apart. While we’re not living with “Star Trek”-like universal translators yet, we...
30 Sep 2013
Make Yammer’s Working Social Tour the first stop on your company’s interactive Social Journey
Find out how you can enhance your business using in-house social networking through the free Working Social Tour: Transform Your Business with Yammer event series. The Yammer Blog invites you to join in San Francisco on Oct. 15 or New York on Nov. 5 for an informative and inspiring afternoon full...
24 Sep 2013
Vote for a photo finalist and choose the Bing Hometown Homepage contest winner
On Aug.19 , we told you about the Bing Hometown Homepage Contest, and photos came in from all over the country. With the submission period over, we’ve narrowed it down to the top ten photos that capture the beauty of cities across America. Now, you can vote for your favorite photo using the Bing...
10 Sep 2013
Bing News makeover delivers real-time trends -- and looks better on every device
Bing News has a new layout that is built for touch devices and showcases top trending topics from Facebook, Twitter and Bing. You can see the new look in the screenshot above. The old layout is below: As the Bing Search Blog points out, the new Bing News automatically adapts to fit your browser...
5 Sep 2013
Twitter app for Windows 8 updated with support for multiple accounts, new list features
The Twitter app for Windows 8 is freshly updated with a handful of bug fixes as well as several welcome new features. The new version lets you manage multiple accounts, pin lists or user profiles to your start screen, and view lists from another user’s profile. You can see screens of the new features...
1 Aug 2013
Keek captures and shares video updates on Windows Phone 8
Seems like everywhere you look, someone is taking a video of something – and then sharing it online. Now, there’s a new star rising in the video update world: Keek , a free app now on Windows Phone 8 that already has a 50-million user following across all mobile platforms. Keek lets you...
2 Jul 2013
Tap into your inner creator with Socl and BLINK
Two big pieces of news out of Microsoft Research today. First, FUSE Labs, creator of Socl (pronounced “social”), has today released four new ways for people to express and share ideas on the Web. Here’s a quick backgrounder on Socl: Initially created as an experimental research project...
18 Jun 2013
Media and telecom industries lead the way using social media
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
In many industries you’ll find substantial reluctance to embrace social networking tools and explore the productivity gains they can bring. That’s not so true in the media and telecom industries, according to new research Microsoft published on May 27 . Publishing and media employees embrace...
31 May 2013
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