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Skype Translator does speech to speech translation in near real time

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Microsoft presented a cool upcoming update to Skype called Translator – it breaks down the language barrier by serving as an interpreter. It listens to what you say and then speaks it to the other side in a language they understand, then does the same for them.

Most impressive is the speed – not quite real-time, but the translation is spoken almost as soon as you’re done talking. Read more »

Microsoft outs April 2014 app store statistics for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has published its Windows and Windows Phone Store statistics for the month of April 2014 on the Most downloaded apps by category, country and markets. The stats aim to give developers a better idea what the “app ecosystem” needs developed and what consumers are more likely to purchase.

The statistics show that the US is still Microsoft’s largest market for Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps with the former boasting more downloads. Read more »

Lower cost version of Windows 8.1 available…for a price

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There was some news a while back that Microsoft would be releasing two versions of Windows 8.1: a standard-priced one and another offered at a discount.

However, there were intimations that the cheaper version would come with some stipulations. It turns out there are, indeed some special conditions for anyone who wants to buy Windows 8.1 at a discount. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 available for pre-order in the US and the UK

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Microsoft unveiled the next generation of Surface Pro yesterday and it’s already available for pre-order in the US and the UK.

Here are the prices and shipping dates for the various models of Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Read more »

Microsoft announces Surface Pro 3 – the 12″ tablet that aims to replace your laptop

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At an event in New York City, Microsoft took the wraps off the Surface Pro 3 tablet. The slate features a 12” display with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio.

Unsurprisingly, the Surface Pro 3 features the same design language as its older siblings. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets a couple of official promo videos

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was unveiled today and as tradition goes the announcement is accompanied by a couple of videos, showing the key points of the company’s latest hybrid.

The first promotional effort runs for about three minutes and shows the convenience of carrying the tablet around. It also focuses on the multi-tasking ability of the slate and brings the all new Surface Pro 3′s pen into the limelight. Read more »

Watch the Microsoft Surface event live here

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Microsoft is holding a press event today, dedicated to its Surface tablet lineup.

Update: The event is now over, but you can still see the replay if you missed the chance to watch it live. Read more »

Specs and pricing details of Surface Pro 3 emerge

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Microsoft has already sent out press invites for a “small” Surface event in New York on May 20. The Redmond giant is more than likely to announce the Surface Mini tablet there and it looks like we might also see the unveiling of the Surface Pro 3. Better yet we have some details regarding the hardware specs and pricing of the alleged tablet right now.

According to a report, the Surface Pro 3 will be up for grabs in five different versions with varying hardware configurations and pricing. Read more »

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad 10 Windows 8 Pro tablet and accessories

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In January this year Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad 8, a Windows 8-powered tablet. Now it revealed the ThinkPad 10, you guessed it a 10″ version of the tablet. It has a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Atom processor (Bay Trail) and 64-128GB of built-in storage (plus what you put in the microSD card slot).

The ThinkPad 10 body is made of aluminum, while its face is protected by Gorilla Glass. Read more »

Microsoft will hold a Surface event on May 20

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Microsoft sent out invitations for a “small” Surface event in New York City on May 20. The Redmond giant is more than likely to take the wraps off a Surface Mini tablet.

Compact Microsoft Surface tablet has been circulating for quite some time. Read more »

Acer Iconia W4 3G slate with Windows 8.1 goes official in India

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Acer took the wraps off the Iconia W4 3G Windows 8.1 tablet in India. The slate will hit the shelves in a couple of days, on May 3 for Rs. 29,999 (about $498).

Impatient users can already pre-order the Iconia W4 3G by going to Acer India’s official Facebook page. Early birds will receive a free Crunch Cover worth Rs. 2,999. Read more »

Start menu allegedly returning to Windows 8.1 in August

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After releasing the first Windows 8.1 update earlier this month, Microsoft is now working on the second update that is expected to arrive in August with some much requested features.

One of the key features is actually an old feature of Windows that will be making a comeback: the Start menu. Read more »

Microsoft pulls support plug on Windows XP and Office 2003

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Dating from way back in October of 2001 Windows XP has been Redmond’s most highly regarded OS until Windows 7 hit in October 2009 and for many traditionalists even after that.

And now after 13 years of service the OS is finally getting dropped by Microsoft, which has issued its last security update to the OS yesterday and will not issue more. In its statement Microsoft urges users to either upgrade their current PCs with a more recent Windows install or altogether buy a new machine (the company even has a link to latest Windows 8 machines readily awaiting your click). Read more »

Halo: Spartan Assault costs $1.99 until April 9

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Halo: Spartan Assault is a Microsoft-exclusive game available only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It was released in July last year and has already made it to millions of devices out there.

We have some good news if you’re still deciding on whether the $6.99/€6.99 pricetag is worth it or not. Microsoft has slashed 70% off the price and you can now download the game for just $1.99/€1.99 from the Windows Phone Store. Read more »

Skype details new Windows Phone 8.1 app

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Skype has shed some more light on the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1-comaptible Skype app. Microsoft announced the major OS update yesterday and it even spilled the beans on the Skype’s voice command support. But there is more to the story.

Skype has issued a press release with videos and changelog detailing all new features the updated WP8.1 Skype app is going to bring. Read more »