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It’s hard to beat Facebook Messenger for getting in touch with your Facebook friends on your Windows Phone device. Not only does the app let you quickly see who’s online for a private or group chat, it also makes it easy for you to send private messages.
The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum starts Wednesday in Barcelona, with more than 1,100 educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries attending to re-imagine and redesign the world of education for the 21st century.
With the increased role of technology and cloud services in the classroom, serious privacy-related questions about the use of student data are being raised worldwide. “Misleading, exploitative, or aggressive marketing practices simply don’t belong in the classroom,” writes Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president, worldwide education.
The Kinect for Windows team turned to James Ashley, a leader in developing with Kinect for Windows and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP,) for a Q&A on his experiences with the preview sensor. He has been in the Developer Preview program for three months and he had some advice for other Kinect for Windows developers.
If you need some help figuring out which Titan best suits you, you have to check out the “Titanfall” Personality Test. You can take the written portion of the Full Combat Certification exam to find the Titan that matches your style of play.
The latest installment of The Garage Series on the Office Blogs focuses on Oslo, a new search and discovery tool in Office 365 developed to make it easier for people to get their work done in a quicker and more informed way.
Taxes are due soon, but staying financially healthy is a year-round endeavor. Luckily, several Windows and Windows Phone apps that are both timely and timeless help keep your financial house in order.
When “Titanfall” debuted at SXSW in Austin Monday night, it made a big splash with the fans who had waited in line, who could barely contain their enthusiasm, and who posed for pictures with Major Nelson and helped the Xbox community ring in this much anticipated game.
Now that “Titanfall” has arrived on Xbox One, you might want to get some tips and tricks on how to become a master pilot.
Planning to attend the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference? Act quickly to take advantage of the discounted rate being offered March 12-13.
From Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. PT to Thursday at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can register for an all-access pass for WPC 2014 for the price of $1,895 -- a $100 discount off the current conference registration price.
The redesigned Yammer Customer Success Center is a one-stop hub for answers about activating Yammer, acquiring users, educating your coworkers and maximizing business value from your network.
Fashionistas, it’s time to work it!
Through Friday, Skype’s Boyfriend Jeans Challenge competitors can submit photos or videos on how to style this particular look, which involves more relaxed fitting, sometimes even baggy, denim and adding your own feminine flair with perfectly proportioned tops and accessories. The grand prize is a trip to London with Skype Photography Brand Ambassador, Chaucee Stillman, for a shopping trip with a personal stylist.
As the clock struck midnight on March 11, stores around the world began selling “Titanfall,” Microsoft’s new next-gen shooter that combines wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay.
Like other 8-year-olds, Mohamed Tariq Jaffar Ali plays soccer. His favorite part? Scoring goals, once popping three past the goalie in one game!
He also accomplished another goal off the field: creating an app, Kids Zone, that has been downloaded from the Windows Phone Store more than 1,200 times from people in many countries, including Portugal, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, India and Lebanon. The free app aggregates YouTube videos and clips from popular cartoons such as “Tom and Jerry,” “Curious George” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” and sorts them into channels easily accessible for kids – and their parents. Tariq, for instance, added Mickey Mouse as a channel for his 4-year-old sister.
“Frozen Free Fall” from Disney (free in the Windows Store) brings engaging puzzle play to the gorgeous world of Anna, Elsa and their friends from the Disney hit movie, “Frozen.” The game is newly updated, with 30 more delightfully icy puzzles, for a total of 120, so that there’s plenty of sliding and matching of colorful frozen crystals to be done.
You’ll unlock more characters as you go, and enjoy special power-ups with each one – including Sven and Olaf. Live Tiles display your completed levels, your score and the character who helped you achieve the points.
HereHere – a project that focuses on driving hyperlocal, real-world engagement to encourage civic discourse – makes its debut Monday in the Big Apple.
Celebrate the launch of “Titanfall” live from Austin, Texas on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. Pacific, with a special event on Twitch brought to you by Respawn Entertainment, EA and Xbox.
Xbox Wire writes that there will be prizes, special guests and developer walkthroughs of brand new “Titanfall” maps, answers to fan questions, and the announcement of a new collaboration in the “Titanfall” universe as part of the live-streaming event.
Bing Ads has released a new set of tools to help make the partnership between advertisers and Bing Ads more seamless.
The tools include Search Term Reporting, an evolution of the Search Query Report. “As you may know, that’s something we’ve dedicated to delivering,” writes Stephen Sirich on the Bing Ads blog. “The Search Query Report helps advertisers better manage their search traffic by listing search queries that trigger clicks for their campaigns.”
Beautiful anytime, but certainly welcome in time for St. Patrick’s Day, are some new Windows desktop themes from Ireland, and sound alerts based on traditional Celtic music. There’s also a new batch rainbows to choose from, shown shining over landscapes from Wales to Madagascar.
For those who want a single image, you can try dramatic new wallpaper in which a rainbow arcs over the lush green Irish landscape, from photographer Michael Poecki, shown above.
Rayman is off on a new fleet-footed adventure in “Rayman Fiesta Run.” It’s a party full of Rayman’s characteristic running, jumping and flying, with a few new powers such as swimming, sliding and the Super Punch.
Dell has announced a new member of its mobile workstation lineup: the Dell Precision M2800.
The 15-inch mobile workstation shares many mobile workstation attributes and capabilities with more expensive offerings, but starts at just $1,199 -- a lower price-point compared with other 15-inch mobile workstation PCs.
Travel blogger Monica Suma calls both New York City and Romania home. But really, she’s at home around the world, and says with the help of Skype video calling, she has shared priceless travel memories and “Skype Moments.”
Eight years ago, when she moved to New York City, she started using Skype as a way to stay in touch with family and friends in Romania. Skype, she says, became a “daily ritual” as a way to connect with people around the world, whether at home or on the road, including fellow travel writers.
Microsoft has been nominated in two categories of The Festival of Media Global Awards 2014, an international showcase of future trends in the advertising industry. Taking place from April 6-8 in Rome, the festival organization bestowed upon Microsoft a place in both the Best Entertainment Platform and Best Contribution to Campaign by a Media Owner categories.
The Lombardia region in northern Italy has recently earned a reputation as a leader in Europe’s open data movement, launching dati.lombardia.it. Powered by the Socrata Open Data Portal running on Windows Azure, it hosts more than 430 datasets and visualizations on a range of topics, from museum locations for visitors to government spending information.
“Devastation,” the second downloadable content pack for “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” debuts April 3, first on Xbox. It features four unique multiplayer maps, an all-new, tactical 2-in-1 weapon and “Episode 2: Mayday” – the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative.
That 2-in-1 weapon is known as The Ripper, and gives players two difference configurations, writes Jeff Rubenstein on Major Nelson’s blog: “Medium to short-range capability as a Sub Machine-Gun (SMG), and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle (AR), giving maximum flexibility to adjust to a variety of map types and tactics.”
Dell has announced the new classroom-ready Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, built to meet the needs of any student computing program.