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Microsoft Office 2016

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Microsoft Corp said it began the worldwide roll-out of Office 2016, the latest addition to its cloud-based subscription service Office 365, on Tuesday.

Microsoft said Office 2016 brings new versions of desktop apps for Windows including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Access and allows people to collaborate and work together. (more…)

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How to Use Your Xbox One Controller With a PC

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The Xbox One controller is a step up from the Xbox 360 controller, refining an already fantastic gamepad. The 360 controller is the de facto standard for many a PC gamer who prefers to play games without a keyboard and mouse, and thanks to rubberised analogue sticks that give it much needed grip, and a directional pad that’s actually usable in fighting games, the Xbox One controller is well worth the price of entry.

While Microsoft is taking its own sweet time in making it usable on the PC without wires, you can easily game on your computer with an Xbox One controller that’s wired in.

In addition to a computer with Windows, all you need is a Micro-USB cable (used for charging most Windows and Android smartphones), an Internet connection to download the required drivers, and, of course, an Xbox One controller.

    1. Install drivers
      Boot up your PC, connect to the Internet. Download and install one of these driver packages depending on your version of Windows:

PC drivers for 32-bit Windows

PC drivers for 64-bit Windows

  1. Connect the controller
    With the drivers installed, plug in the Micro-USB end of the cable to the controller and the USB end of it into your computer’s USB port. If it works, the controller will vibrate. If it does not vibrate, try another Micro-USB cable and/ or a different USB port.

That’s all you need to do to get your Xbox One controller working on the PC.

Please note:

If you plan on using the same controller with an Xbox One, you will need to re-sync the controller to the console. You can do this by holding the wireless sync buttons on the console and controller at the same time or attaching it to the console via Micro-USB cable.

Windows 10 Store to Offer Apps, Music, and Video in One Place

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Microsoft, carrying on with its unification plan for Windows 10, on Thursday announced that a new unified Store is now rolling out to Windows Insiders using the new operating system. This store will not only feature ‘universal’ Windows apps that work across devices like laptops and phones, will also offer music, movie, and TV show content in one place.

Formerly, with the Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps, users had two separate libraries and stores for their audio and visual content. These will be unified in Windows 10 – if you recall, the company had announced the Xbox Music and Video apps were being rebranded as Music and Video apps in the new OS, and preview versions of the apps were released last month.

While the unified Store Beta already featured a Movies & TV section with last month’s Windows 10 Technical Preview release, the section was empty. Now, forwarding the unified Store experience, the section has been activated for Windows Insiders running the latest build of the preview. Users will now be able to browse and search for videos, rent or purchase movies & TV shows, and play them in the Video Preview app. Users of the Xbox Video app will also see their entire collections in the Video Preview app as well.

With the new Store beta app that includes the updated Movies & TV section, users will be able to purchase and access content across their Windows 10-based devices.

Microsoft in its blog post introducing the revamped Store beta app, said, “The experience you will see today is unfinished and we have a lot more work to do. For example – you won’t see movie or TV details like cast and crew and you’ll only be able to stream video content right now. But don’t worry – offline download capability will be coming!”

The new Movies & TV section of the Store beta can be accessed by US, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Belgium (only movies – no TV content), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand users.

While the video section has gone live, Microsoft promises the Music page will go live in the coming weeks.

Best Xbox One Games

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At Rs. 29,990 the Xbox One is the most affordable next-generation console available in the country at the moment. And while it has a host of games like Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed: Unity, these are titles that you can find on other consoles as well.

This list focuses on the best games exclusive to the Xbox One – or in some cases, Xbox One and PC – to help you get the most out of your new purchase. (more…)

How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

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When Microsoft stock was at a record high in 1999, and its market capitalization was nearly $620 billion (roughly Rs. 38,31,445 crores), the notion that Apple Computer would ever be bigger – let alone twice as big – was laughable. Apple was teetering on bankruptcy. And Microsoft was so dominant in personal computers, then the center of the technology universe, that the government deemed it an unlawful monopoly.

This week, both Microsoft and Apple unveiled their latest earnings, and the once unthinkable became reality: Apple’s market capitalization hit $683 billion (roughly Rs. 42,20,769 crores), more than double Microsoft’s current value of $338 billion (roughly Rs. 20,88,755 crores). (more…)

Microsoft Lumia 435

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Microsoft has quietly launched the budget Lumia 435 Dual SIM in India, priced at Rs. 5,999.

The Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM is now available to buy from the company’s online store and is currently listed in just Black and White colours. The official listingpromises delivery in four business days. Microsoft’s new handset comes with bundled data offers from Airtel, with 500MB of free 2G/3G data for the first two months. (more…)

Android-Compatible Smartwatch That Will Not Require Charging

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Swatch, one of the world’s biggest watchmakers, is planning to take on the upcoming Apple Watch launching its own smartwatch in roughly the same time-frame – within the next 90 days. The Apple Watch will begin shipping in April.

Speaking with Bloomberg, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek said the smartwatch would rely on NFC to connect with smartphones, and that it would be compatible with Android and Windows software. For now, there is no indication of whether the smartwatch would be compatible with iPhones.

While the specifications of the Swatch’s smartwatch are still a mystery, its Chief Executive Officer Nick Hayek stated that the Internet-connected wearable would not have to be charged. This might be a huge plus point for the company, as all smartwatches from major manufacturers till date, including the upcoming Apple Watch, need to be charged separately. Some, like the Apple Watch, need to be charged daily.

Bloomberg says Swatch has much experience with smartwatch-related technology, which includes long-lasting batteries. Swatch’s sub-brand Tissot has been making touchscreen watches since 1999.

Swatch is also said to be competing with Apple on the grounds of mobile payment system, Apple Pay. As per the report, Swatch is in talks with Switzerland’s two largest retailers, named Migros and Coop, for its mobile payment system. However, the Cupertino firm seems to be strides ahead of its Swiss competitor, with Apple Pay having seen much adoption across retailers and banks already since its launch in September.

Rest assured, with both the tech giant and a major watchmaker releasing their smartwatches, the months of April and May will definitely be the most important months this year in the wearable-tech industry.

Dropbox App Available for Windows Phone Users

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Dropbox has released the much-awaited Dropbox app for Windows Phones and tablets, soon after Microsoft further detailed its flagship Windows 10 operating system. The company announced the app for the platform back in November last year, following the partnership Microsoft announced with the cloud storage and file-sharing service for its Office suite. (more…)

Microsoft Office 2016 Scheduled to Release in Second-Half of 2015

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Microsoft’s next version of Office for desktop will be called Office 2016, and is scheduled for general availability “in the second half of 2015.”During the Windows 10 preview on Wednesday, when Microsoft unveiled the touch-optimised version of Office for Windows 10 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook – for mobiles and tablets, it didn’t say anything about Office for desktop.

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Microsoft Announces Wider Rollout of Lumia Denim Update

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Microsoft on Friday announced the wider rollout of its Lumia Denim update to a limited number of Lumia handsets to start this month. Additionally, a report claims that the Lumia 930 has started receiving the Lumia Denim update in select markets.

The company is a blog post titled “The Lumia Denim Update is coming your way” said, “A wider rollout of Lumia Denim to all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to begin this month following partner testing and approvals.” (more…)