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Microsoft’s iconic MSN Messenger is closing down in China, the last market where it remains

Farewell MSN Messenger. The iconic Microsoft instant messaging service for desktops will finally be laid to rest after its closure was announced in China, the last market where it remains active. Microsoft began migrating Messenger users to Skype in January 2013, before the service was retired in March that year. It was left open in China, mainly because it is operated by local partner TOM and not the US company itself, but the ax will fall on the Chinese service when it closes on October 31, as Technode reports. Users in China are also being encouraged to switch over to Skype with the offer…

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Microsoft rolls out Xbox One updates to SmartGlass, Media Player and Party app

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Microsoft sure does like to update the Xbox One. Fortunately those updates make the console just that much cooler. Today, Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced that the company would be rolling out the new features and updates. The updates include: wider support for media playback, enhanced Party App features, SmartGlass message posting, a bandwidth usage gauge and host of other new and updated features. The Media Player will now play media from an attached USB drive. In the future, it will be getting DLNA support and playback dozens more file types than the Xbox 360, including  Mpeg 2 TS, animated GIF and MKV….

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Microsoft Azure Now Supports Google’s Kubernetes For Managing Docker Containers

containers Back in June, Microsoft announced that it would bring support for managing Docker containers with the help of Google’s open-source Kubernetes tool to Azure and today, it is making good on this promise. Most of the work on this integration was done by Microsoft Open Technologies, the company’s subsidiary for working on open-source technologies and interfacing with the open-source… Read More

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Bing Maps has been updated with detailed maps of Korea

If you live in Korea or happen to be venturing there in the near future, Bing Maps wants to be your go-to service for maps and navigation. Today, the team announced that a major revamp of its Korean maps experience has finally been completed. Much of this has been deployed slowly over the last 18 months, but today is the culmination of its efforts. So what does that mean? Well, in October 2012, navigating to Seoul revealed a rather sparse-looking area in Bing Maps: Today, there’s a little more detail: The new maps, which include road, hybrid aerial and high…

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Microsoft integrates OneDrive for Business into main OneDrive for Android app, iOS app gets native search

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Microsoft today announced updates to its OneDrive apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The biggest changes are being made on Google’s mobile platform, but users of the other two platforms are also getting notable improvements. First and foremost, Microsoft is planning to finally merge OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Back in the SkyDrive days, the business app was known as SkyDrive Pro, and instead of taking the opportunity to merge the two when it rebranded, Microsoft did what it does best: it took its sweet old time. Android Android is getting the treatment first: the OneDrive app now lets…

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EventRegist’s founder didn’t let a successful career stop him from starting up

EventRegist – co-founded by former Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google employees – is a one-stop-shop for event planning.

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Microsoft purges over 1,500 ‘misleading’ apps from the Windows Store

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There’s much work to be done to improve the Windows app ecosystem, and not only in terms of adding more apps. Microsoft said today that it is stepping up efforts to make sure apps are named and described in a way that doesn’t mislead users, as people have been trying to “game the system with misleading titles or descriptions.” The Windows Store app certification requirements have therefore been updated to include policies that state an app should be named to “clearly and accurately reflect the functionality,” apps should be categorized according to their function and purpose, and icons must be…

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Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 3 To 25 New Markets

 In keeping with prior expectations, Microsoft is currently in the process of rolling out its Surface Pro 3 tablet-hybrid to 25 new markets over the next 24 hours. With the 25 new markets all live, Surface Pro 3 will be available in a total of 28 …

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