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  1. Bromium Labs today issued its "Endpoint Exploitation Trends" report that shows Internet Explorer set a record high for reported vulnerabilities in the first half of 2014, and also leads in publicly reported exploits. According to Bromium, "Internet Explorer took the cap for historic high number of security patches in over a decade, and that feat was accomplished in the first six months of 2014!" It's not all bad news for users of Internet Explorer though. While the browser was easily the most exploited tool, Microsoft has been reacting much quicker to plug vulnerabilities. The company took more than 90 days to release its first patch for IE9, yet IE11’s first critical patch emerged just five days after the new browser was generally available. Bromium says "In the first half of 2014, the growth in zero day exploitation continued unabated from 2013. Unsurprisingly, all of the zero day attacks targeted end-user applications such as browsers and productivity applications like Microsoft Office. Typically these attacks are launched leveraging users as bait using classic spear-phishing tactics. The notable aspect for this year thus far in 2014 is that Internet Explorer was the most patched and also one of the most exploited products, surpassing Oracle Java, Adobe Flash and others in the fray. Bromium Labs believes that the browser will likely continue to be the sweet spot for attackers". Adobe Flash joins Internet Explorer as one of the most targeted products, with Action Script Sprays among the new techniques used to exploit it. Java, despite its notorious reputation, had no reported zero day exploitations in the first half of 2014, although that might be partially down to users taking action and disabling it, forcing attackers to switch their attentions elsewhere. "End users remain a primary concern for information security professionals because they are the most targeted and most susceptible to attacks" said Rahul Kashyap, chief security architect, Bromium. "Web browsers have always been a favorite avenue of attack, but we are now seeing that hackers are not only getting better at attacking Internet Explorer, they are doing it more frequently". Full Report Here Source
  2. Today, Microsoft Mobile has taken the wraps off Lumia 530, long rumored to arrive on shelves as the cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 device in the Lumia series. Building on the success of Lumia 520 last year, the new mobile phone will arrive on shelves in August this year with entry-level hardware specs packed inside, as well as with a very affordable price tag attached to it. To be more precise, Microsoft has revealed that the new device will cost €85 ($114) before taxes and subsidies. One way or the other, users should be able to grab the phone for less than €100 ($135) when it goes up for purchase. The new Lumia 530 will be released in both single- and dual-SIM flavors, which should make it highly popular on emerging markets out there, where devices that can accommodate more SIM cards simultaneously are the most sought for. Both smartphone variants will arrive around the world in bright orange, bright green, white, and dark grey color versions, with support for 3G networks out there. Just as some of the latest reports on this phone have suggested, Lumia 530 sports a 4-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering an FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution, while being powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. The mobile phone features 512MB of RAM, along with 4GB of internal memory, but also packs a microSD memory card slot with support for up to 128GB of additional storage space. On the back, it has a 5-megapixel camera with a 1/4 inch sensor, but no front camera for video calling has been included in the package. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS receiver capabilities have been included in the phone as well, along with a battery that can deliver up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G networks. Running under Windows Phone 8.1, the new mobile phone will also provide users with the entire set of features and capabilities included in the OS, such as Action Center, Word Flow, Cortana (where available) and personalized Start screen backgrounds, Microsoft notes. Moreover, Lumia 530 arrives on the market with various specific applications loaded on top, such as Creative Studio, GlamMe, and Cinemagraph, as well as with sharing and social networking software, including Instagram, Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber. “We are moving quickly to help more people experience the uncompromised Lumia technologies, third party apps, and Microsoft services that we deliver on our flagship products,” says Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices Group, Jo Harlow. “Lumia 530 underscores our commitment to making affordable smartphones for everyone, and introducing more people to the best of Microsoft.”
  3. BlackBerry has released their BBM application for the Windows Phone platform. The app is beta for now, so you will need an invite to be able to use the app on your Windows Phone device. The app will be open for everyone but until then, this is only for those with an invite for the private beta. Download Link BBM for Windows beta Source
  4. Not too long ago, Microsoft-owned Nokia decided to try a new approach in order to be a bit more competitive in this app-driven market. With that, they released the Android-powered Nokia X and Nokia X2 models. While not “Google Android,” these emerging market devices allowed users to sideload standard Android apps, as well as connect to Nokia’s (and Opera’s) Android app store. This allowed users looking for a Nokia device to enjoy a much wider app catalog than what is available on Windows Phone. Now, this is likely to be coming to a close, as Microsoft refocuses its portfolio to better position Lumia in the affordable smartphone segment. This will be done by repurposing upcoming Nokia X devices as Windows Phone-powered Lumia smartphones. As stated by Executive VP of Microsoft Devices and Services Stephen Elop : We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products. At this point, it is unclear what “select future Nokia X designs” means exactly. Technically, there could be more Android-powered Nokia X devices in the future. But due to the product line’s precarious position in the first place, we wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the case and the X2 is the last Android-powered device we see from Nokia. Source
  5. Lumia Cyan is set to roll out for existing handsets all across the globe, and Nokia even updated its software update page for those who want to know about its progress for their region. For now, users enrolled in the free Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers program should keep checking as an update is rolling out for the preview with build 12400. The update doesn't appear to be a big one, and does not bring any feature that's a part of the Cyan update. The update will start rolling out starting 1PM ET, so make sure you check for the update if you're rocking the developers preview. We'll update you once we find out complete details about what the new update has to offer. Source
  6. Microsoft has created a new "How To" site that teaches you how to use your phone like an expert. Included on the site is a number of videos that reveal how to personalize your phone, how to use Cortana, how to play music and games, how to use the camera, and more. This is a timely move by Microsoft, since the software giant has just started rolling out the Lumia Blue update for Lumia phones. This includes Windows Phone 8.1, and thus, there might be some questions about new features such as Cortana. The virtual personal assistant is available in the U.S. for Windows Phone 8.1 users, and will soon be released world-wide. If you're new to the platform, or want to learn some of the things that you didn't know that your phone could do, check out the homepage. Easy to understand videos show you precisely how to get certain features to run on your Windows Phone handset. Homepage Source
  7. A tweet sent by Cortana's program manager, Marcus Ash, reveals that inside of two weeks, a developer preview for Cortana will be available. Keep in mind that the only Windows Phone 8.1 users in the U.K. that will be able to see and use Cortana, will be those who registered as developers with Microsoft. For the rest of you, the personal assistant will be unavailable for now, unless a hack is devised, of course. Right now, only those in the U.S. with Windows Phone 8.1 are able to use Cortana. In his conversations on Twitter, program manager Ash said that while developing Cortana, Microsoft learned a lot about scaling; that is certainly one of the issues that the company would have to face when rolling out a project as ambitious as a virtual personal manager, to a large number of countries world-wide. No word from Microsoft yet, as to when non-developers in the U.K. will be able to access Cortana. Source
  8. Microsoft has a new ad out and it pits Windows Phone 8.1′s virtual assistant Cortana against Apple’s own Siri in a fight to prove which is the best. The assistants battle on the grounds of a Lumia 635 and iPhone 5s. Microsoft naturally picks its strong suits asking Cortana for things it knows it can do like set up a reminder for the next time a contact calls. In this instance it’s “when my wife calls remind me to tell her happy anniversary” – smooth move letting her call first. Siri plainly says it cannot do that. However when Siri can’t do something the words will appear on screen – in the ad Siri just has What can I help you with on screen. And while Siri cannot remind you something when a call arrives it will store a reminder for you to wish happy anniversary to your wife. Have a feel at the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0pjD4qpIpg Source
  9. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 has taken the platform to new heights thanks to a range of improvements over previous versions, but the software giant isn’t ready to call it a day just yet. Already working on the next update to Windows Phone, dubbed as GDR1, and expected to release it soon, here are the upcoming features that consumers and phone makers can expect to begin shipping on new devices. One new feature is actually simply aimed at giving Windows Phone more parity with the competition of Android and iOS. Those with lots of apps will be pleased to hear that folders will soon be natively part of the Windows Phone experience, meaning users will be able to drag one Tile on top of another in a similar way to how folders are created on the aforementioned market leaders. It’s not going to make anyone ecstatic, but it’s a welcome feature nonetheless. Much more interesting to us is the news that Windows Phone will apparently gain support for interactive cases. The likes of HTC, LG and Samsung already offer such cases for their select flagship Android devices, and we have to say we really like the idea of having a case that automatically turns on a smartphone when it’s opened. Interactive accessories offer more than that though, with some cases having windows on them that allow the phone to display content such as notifications even when the case is closed. If Microsoft is looking to implement something similar with Windows Phone, then we’re all for it. Other features included in GDR1 update: Voice over LTE.Support for extra resolutions and more devices.A medium Live Tile for the native Microsoft Store app.Support for NTP (Network Time Protocol).Cortana can be added as phonebook entry to enable integration with car’s navigation system.Dual-SIM capability for both GSM+CDMA networks.“Auto scan for updates” entry can be hidden by OEMs.SD-card support no longer required for OEMs.OEMs can change the Start screen layout.Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 could be in the hands of developers as soon as next week. Source
  10. HTC has sent out press invites for an event scheduled for August 19th in New York City. There's no word about the announcements the company plans to make, but there's a lot of speculation going around. A plethora of rumors has popped up in the past few weeks, hinting at HTC working on a new Google Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis. It's been a while since the Taiwanese OEM collaborated with Google on a Nexus device, but leaks from several often-correct publications suggest we might see a tablet in a the coming weeks. Second in the rumor mill is a new Windows Phone 8.1 device. Last we heard, the Taiwanese OEM was rumored to launch a Windows Phone device which will make use of the Duo Cameras and BoomSound speakers, and will resemble to the HTC One handset. HTC is one of the hardware partners for Microsoft, but it's been almost two years since we saw a WP handset. Source
  11. Microsoft and BesTV today confirmed that the Xbox One console will launch in China on September 23rd. The companies also announced that Xbox One will be priced starting at ¥3,699 RMB ($600). The Xbox One will be the first gaming console to be launched in China in last 12 years. The local authority recently lifted a ban on gaming consoles, which they earlier thought had an adverse effect on mental health. Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Xbox group, announced the official pricing of the console. The Xbox One without the Kinect will cost 3,699 RMB ($600) whereas the bundle including the motion detection system (Kinect) will be made available for 4,299 RMB ($700). The Xbox launch has been approved by China’s government, said senior vice president at Shanghai Media Group, Zhang Dazhong. Microsoft is expected to launch the device despite the ongoing anti-monopoly investigations. Microsoft also announced the exclusive day one launch titles for the Xbox One. The company will launch Forza Motorsport 5 Racing Game of the Year – the highest-rated racing franchise of this console generation, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Golf, Zoo Tycoon, and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, among others. Furthermore, game developers Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and 2K are working to bring several titles to China. In addition, thirteen of China’s best game developers will also bring some titles, including Neverwinter Online. Several more games are under development right now. That’s not all. BesTV has promised to bring hundreds of thousands of hours of HD movies, sports, and documentaries to the console. Gamers in China will get access to the said content on top of their two free movies per month quota. BesTV has also said that it will bring English Premiere League (EPL) for free for the first year. In addition, all gamers will get Xbox Live Gold subscription for free through March 2015. Both the companies have committed on providing two-year warranty on the console. There will also be localized apps and ways to complete the transactions. Source
  12. Microsoft has released an updated Visual Studio Tools for Unity add-on, adding a few new features and bug fixes with the update. If you are a game developer, read on to find out more about this update. For those that did not know, Visual Studio Tools for Unity (VSTU) is Microsoft's free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich programming and debugging experience for working with the Unity gaming tools and platform. This is Microsoft's first release since the acquisition of SyntaxTree, and the company is excited that they can reach out to the Unity development community with Visual Studio. SyntaxTree was the original developer of the UnityVS Visual Studio add-on for developers building games on the Unity framework. Now known as Visual Studio Tools for Unity, this news is a major step forward for game developers who utilize Microsoft's Visual Studio software. Here are the key improvements to Visual Studio Tools for Unity v1.9:Faster debugger. Attaching and detaching the debugger as well as expanding local variables is now faster.Faster startup. Opening VSTU projects is now faster.Better handling of C# constructs. The local variables window is now properly populated when debugging iterators or when variables are accessed inside closures.Start your game and your debugging session in one click. You can now attach the debugger and start the game by simply changing the debug target. This is only available in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.Many more new features and bug fixesDownload Link Source
  13. Microsoft’s Project Adam looks to expand the use of image recognition, and has developed its software to some impressive lengths. Adam is allegedly 50 times faster and up to two times as accurate as previous image recognition software. For example, let’s say you’re trying to use image recognition on a car, Project Adam will be able to tell you the brand and make and model year of the vehicle. Pretty nifty. The folks behind Adam’s software are also looking to add text and speech recognition to help make Project Adam learn and adapt based on the different environments it is exposed to: “It automatically learns how to extract features from these images, so that when you show it an image that it has never seen before, it can accurately categorize it in one of the categories that you’ve already taught it,” says Partner Research Manager Trishul Chilimbi" Adam is also capable of taking a look at the food you’re eating and being able to give you the nutritional content, more or less, of the grub. What makes Adam unique is that the software doesn’t look at the picture as a whole, but examines sections of the image. This affords Adam the ability to be more accurate than other image recognition technologies. There hasn’t been any word yet as to when we can expect Adam in our devices, but it definitely sounds like a cool concept if it works as advertised. Source
  14. Several months after the launch on the last generation consoles, Rockstar is releasing the game on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. As you can expect, the game now runs at a higher resolution, with improved detail, greater draw distance and denser traffic. Despite the thoroughly outdated hardware of the last gen console, Rockstar managed to make the game look good so you can image how good it would look on the current gen and PC. Actually, you don’t have to imagine. There is a video for you to watch after the break. This version of the game will include all the additional content that was releasing since the game came out last year. On the PC, you will also get a video editor for making movies. Best of all, you can transfer your current online character progress over to these new platforms. GTA V for PC, PS4 and Xbox One will be out in Fall 2014. Source
  15. Windows Phone may be improving as a platform, however, its biggest flaw is its lack of apps. Microsoft has steadily been rectifying this, especially on the social network front. It looks like Pinterest is the latest social medium to give Windows Phone some love, as they have released a beta application for Microsoft’s platform. You can do pretty much anything on the beta app you would on the Pinterest site, and that’s mainly because the beta application is hardly a standalone application at all. As it stands, Pinterest for Windows Phone is currently a glorified shortcut to the mobile version of the site, with a few Windows Phone native features tacked on. As a result, don’t expect the integration with Windows Phone to be as good as on iOS or Android. Since it’s a beta build, Pinterest is going to rely significantly on feedback from its Windows Phone user base. Are you a Windows Phone lover, you can try the Pinterest BETA app from the Windows Phone marketplace. Download Link Pinterest BETA Source
  16. Most browsers have had an active developer channel for quite some time, but Internet Explorer was not a member of that select group until this week. Microsoft’s browser has now joined the developer channel elite with builds available for Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 systems! F12 Interface screenshot courtesy of MSDN Blogs. The builds are available in 32 and 64 bit flavors, and will not over-ride your current Internet Explorer installation as shown in the following quote: From the MSDN blog post: IE Developer Channel can run alongside and independently of IE11, and has all of the browser features that you love in IE11, as well as the latest platform features we’re working on. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who love testing cutting edge features in all browsers or want to keep abreast of possible new features in upcoming stable releases of Internet Explorer. Keep in mind that you will need (at a minimum) .NET 4.0 or higher and PowerShell 3.0 installed. You can learn more about the new developer channel and download the appropriate version for your systems via the links below. Announcing Internet Explorer Developer Channel [MSDN Blogs] Download the Internet Explorer Developer Channel for Windows 7 SP1 [Microsoft Download Center] Download the Internet Explorer Developer Channel for Windows 8.1 [Microsoft Download Center] For those who may need to install PowerShell 3.0, you can download the appropriate version as part of ‘Windows Management Framework 3.0′ for your system here: Download Windows Management Framework 3.0 [Microsoft Download Center] Source: How-To Geek
  17. Microsoft today announced the launch of a developer channel for Internet Explorer. While most popular browsers offer numerous release channels, Microsoft has always held back from this idea and instead launched preview versions of its upcoming releases a few weeks or months before the actual launch. That’s changing. Now, developers and early adopters can install a developer version of IE that can run alongside their existing IE11 installs on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. Microsoft says the idea here is to give developers a better understanding of the features the team is working on. The company first lifted some of the secrecy that has historically surrounded its browser development a few weeks ago by posting a list of features the team was working on, or at least considering, for inclusion into IE. Now, it’s following this up by actually shipping the bytes, too. Microsoft tells me the developer channel will get updates “when there are meaningful changes” the company wants to push out to developers for testing. To keep the developer channel separate from the existing IE11 installs on Windows 7 and 8.1, the browser will use Microsoft’s Application Virtualization technology to virtualize the install. This, however, means the app incurs a small performance penalty because it doesn’t have direct access to your hardware, so Microsoft recommends that this version shouldn’t be used to measure site performance. It also shouldn’t be installed in an enterprise environment. In this first release, Microsoft is shipping a couple of new tools for developers, including new tools for debugging, as well as better memory and user-interface responsiveness analytics. IE now also supports access to the Xbox controller for web-based gaming, and the team has improved WebGL performance and added support for a number of WebGL features like 16-bit textures and triangle fans. Clearly, Microsoft has understood that if it wants to keep IE relevant, it needs to open up the development process a bit more. This change will also allow Microsoft to get a bit more feedback from developers before it launches a new version (and maybe get some early feedback on security issues, too). What’s unclear, though, is whether Microsoft will also use this channel to test any user-interface changes. Source
  18. Today Nokia rolled out an update for the Store making it even easier to browse the app catalog and install new apps. The new Store comes with new fresh and easy to use user interface and navigation. There are now buttons for quick install/update apps right from within the app lists. There is a dedicated widget for your homescreen that displays some of the most popular apps of the week. The Nokia Store update is now available on Nokia X, X+ and XL and weighs about 1.5MB. You can get it by just opening the Store and agreeing to update. Source
  19. Microsoft released seven (7) bulletins. Two of the bulletins are identified as Critical with the remaining five as Important. The updates address 66 Common Vulnerability & Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Word, Office and Internet Explorer. Of those CVEs, the update to Internet Explorer addresses 59 items, including CVE-2014-1770. Note, however, that Microsoft is not aware of any impact to customers of the CVE's addressed in the updates. Critical: MS14-035 -- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2969262)MS14-036 -- Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2967487)Important: MS14-034 -- Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2969261)MS14-033 -- Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Information Disclosure (2966061)MS14-032 -- Vulnerability in Microsoft Lync Server Could Allow Information Disclosure (2969258)MS14-031 -- Vulnerability in TCP Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service (2962478)MS14-030 -- Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Could Allow Tampering (2969259) MSRT The W32/Necurs rootkit was added to detection. The Necurs rootkit components have drivers that try to block security products during every stage of Windows startup. For information about the Necurs rootkit see the MMPC blog post, MSRT June 2014 – Necurs. The updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center. Windows XP and Windows 8.1 As has been widely publicized, support for Windows XP and Office 2003 have ended. Thus, there will be no further security updates for those products. See Tim Rains article, The Countdown Begins: Support for Windows XP Ends on April 8, 2014. Although Microsoft has stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download, that definitions will be available until July 15, 2015. See Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Important note for Windows 8.1 users: Windows 8.1 Update Requirement Extended Source: Security Garden
  20. Have you been having difficulty updating your Windows 8 or RT device to 8.1? Well you’re not the only one, as this is a known glitch that has been affecting a significant number of Windows 8 users. Don’t give up hope, however, as Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and has a patch that they’ve been testing that’ll hopefully solve your problem. The patch should update all existing Windows 8 and RT machines to 8.1 that failed to do so initially. Just visit Windows Update, not the Windows Store, to get the update process underway. If you’re rocking a Windows RT device then you can download the patch that’ll give you some 8.1 love. You’ll find it in the source link below. Now this patch isn’t available to everyone, and it is worth mentioning that Microsoft is still testing the patch, so if it isn’t working for you, just hold tight and stick with Windows 8 for now. Not the most consoling piece of advice, but there really isn’t much else you can do. Source
  21. Microsoft's 'Patch Tuesday' is a big event for those who manage networks for a living; the updates are meant to patch security flaws and fix bugs in the company's many software platforms. While Microsoft does update its various blogs about the patches, one service they did offer was to send out an email alerting those who signed up about the patches. Unfortunately, thanks to a change in government regulation, that practice will be halted on July 1st. Below, you can find a copy of the email that Microsoft began sending out today that let readers know that the emails would be coming to a stop next week. The email does say that it is suspending the practice, which means that it could be turned back on in the future, but that's only speculation at this point. WindowsITPro points out that this could be because of Canada's Anti-Spam regulation that goes into affect on July 1, but Microsoft does not explicitly state that this is the reason. You can read the email below but if you need alternative ways to be notified about the changes, you can subscribe to these RSS feeds. ******************************************************************** Title: Microsoft Security Notifications Issued: June 27, 2014 ******************************************************************** Notice to IT professionals: As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the following: * Security bulletin advance notifications * Security bulletin summaries * New security advisories and bulletins * Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins In lieu of email notifications, you can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website. For more information, or to sign up for an RSS feed, visit the Microsoft Technical Security Notifications webpage at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/dd252948. Other Information ================= Follow us on Twitter for the latest information and updates: http://twitter.com/msftsecresponse Recognize and avoid fraudulent email to Microsoft customers: ============================================================= If you receive an email message that claims to be distributing a Microsoft security update, it is a hoax that may contain malware or pointers to malicious websites. Microsoft does not distribute security updates via email. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) uses PGP to digitally sign all security notifications. However, it is not required to read security notifications, security bulletins, security advisories, or install security updates. You can obtain the MSRC public PGP key at https://technet.microsoft.com/security/bulletin/pgp. To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins and Microsoft Security Advisories are issued or revised, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications on http://technet.microsoft.com/security/dd252948. ******************************************************************** THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS MICROSOFT COMMUNICATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. MICROSOFT DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL MICROSOFT CORPORATION OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF MICROSOFT CORPORATION OR ITS SUPPLIERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES SO THE FOREGOING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY. ******************************************************************** To manage or cancel your subscription to this newsletter, visit the Microsoft.com Profile Center at <http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=245953> and then click Manage Communications under My Subscriptions in the Quicklinks section. For more information, see the Communications Preferences section of the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement at: <http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=92781>. For the complete Microsoft Online Privacy Statement, see: <http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=81184>. For legal Information, see: <http://www.microsoft.com/info/legalinfo/default.mspx>. This newsletter was sent by: Microsoft Corporation 1 Microsoft Way Redmond, Washington, USA 98052 Source
  22. Windows Phone 8.1 hasn’t yet seen its official release, but many of us have already gotten a good taste of what this update will bring thanks to the WP8.1 Developer Preview. This update, which was originally announced at last month’s Build 2014 conference, brings quite a bit of added functionality such as Cortana Voice Assistant, a new Action Center notification handler, and improved device personalization options. Despite all of WP8.1′s improvements, it still misses some key functionality that many power users would enjoy–most notably, a robust, built-in file manager. Yes, there’s no shortage of aftermarket file management apps for WP8/8.1, but having a good first party option is never a bad thing. Now, Microsoft hopes to rectify this with the release of the new Windows Phone 8.1-exclusive app Files. Files is a free file manager app that is able to access files stored on both your WP8.1 phone’s internal storage and SD card. You are able to browse, search, launch, and share files. You’re also able to create folders and move, rename, copy, or delete files–basically, everything you’d expect from a traditional file manager. Finally, Windows 8/8.1 users will immediately feel at home, as the interface mirrors Microsoft’s file selection UI on the desktop, and given Microsoft’s ability to produce cohesive, high quality interface designs, that’s a good thing. If you’re a WP8.1 user and you wish to give Files a try, head over to its listing in the Windows Phone App Store. Just be aware that you need to be running the WP8.1 Developer Preview in order to play–but you’re already running it anyway. Source
  23. The first device to run the final Windows Phone 8.1 revision is out now – the Lumia 630. We’ve met with the little fella and already done a proper review. But as it seems we’ll be unveiling new features for days to come. The latest update we find in the Windows Phone 8.1 concerns the Store. In addition to the automatic updates feature and the easier Check for Updates functionality, the reviews section has also been updated. You can now see which device each reviewer was using to test a given app. This is surely a helpful option, especially for those running on a low-end WP smartphones with dual-core processors or with just half a gig of RAM. Source
  24. There have been murmurs and mumblings about Microsoft’s smartwatch which has reportedly been in development since last year, and a new report indicates that the Seattle-based tech giant may make their upcoming wearable play nice with multiple platforms. Big M’s smartwatch will purportedly work with Windows Phones, as well and Android and iOS devices and will also measure your heart rate and push the data to your handset of choice. Turns out that Microsoft even enlisted the help of some of their Kinect developers to work on the smartwatch, so that it cane “continuously measure heart rate through the day and night.” The battery is speculated to last for about two days of continuous usage before you need to juice it up again. The Kinect connection is actually a no-brainer when you consider that the creator of Kinect, Alex Kipman, has been working on making windows operate on small displays. Julie Larson-Green also intimated that wearables were in Microsoft’s future: “sensors are going to become a big part of how you think about things.” Now there is no set release date pinned on the calendar for when Microsoft’s wearable will be hitting shelves, but sources believe that it may arrive as early as this summer, but again, this is speculation. Source
  25. Microsoft Lumia DENIM​ Update Last night I decided to do an update to my Lumia 630, to my surprise the long awaited DENIM Update was finally here in preparation for the Windows 10 Upgrade... Many details are covered at the link mentioned above but one which I am quite happy about is the fact that now on Windows Phones.. We have the ability to create a personal WiFi Hotspot. This interests me a great deal as I will no longer have to buy another SIM Card and pay a data plan for my tablet.. Owning the phone for the first few months made me quite jealous and perturbed at the fact that iPhone users had this capability right on the phone natively and yet Microsoft did not. Many attempts at ​connecting virtual Wifi Routers.. Proxy connections and fake apps which did not do as advertised later I gave up with no hope.. Now I am a happy Wind​ows Phone owner.
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