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Microsoft Socl: A sneak peek at Microsoft's very own Social Network

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Remember how we told you earlier that Microsoft was quietly developing its own social network named Tulalip. Well the name has been changed but the story remains true. Yes now we have more pics and a sneak peek arranged for you, of this very secret project by Microsoft.

Microsoft Socl news feed

Screenshot credit: The Verge

Luckily Thomas Houston, the community Manager at The Verge got a hands-on chance to try out this new social network. He further said Microsoft Socl basically is a social network which is built on HTML5 and works on the idea known as Tagging. When you post a status update, your friends will have the ability to like, comment or tag it. All the topics you tag can be categorised in a box known as Tagged Interests.

Apart from doing a status update, you can also perform a search from the Social Search box which is visible to your followers. The search is obviously powered by Bing. Your friends can also choose to respond to your search by giving answers.

Microsoft Socl social search box

The social network is similar to Twitter’s Following/Follower idea. If you want a particular friend’s updates you can follow him and all his activities

can be then seen in your feed. Multiple feeds can be created just like the idea behind Google+ Circles.

Microsoft Socl also includes a Video Party feature just like Google+’s Hangouts. It includes a chat option as well and you can watch videos with your family and friends.

Microsoft Socl video party feature

The social network is still under development and has not been released to the public yet. As soon as there are invites available we will be the first one to report it. Subscribe to Chaaps now for further updates on this topic.

I don’t think Microsoft Socl will pose as a challenge to Facebook or Google+ because it still has a long way to go but i bet i want to try it out first before it gets shut down (pun intended). Share your thoughts with us. What do you think the future of Microsoft Socl will be, can it stand against the major social networks like Facebook and Google+?

Source: The Verge

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Microsoft reveals the biggest windows phone ever

Have you seen "the biggest Windows Phone ever"?

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Microsoft has just launched its new set of Windows Phones and to promote these classy smartphones, the company has unveiled us by building “the Biggest Windows Phone ever” in the New York City.

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Yes Microsoft has recently released a new line of Windows phones namely Samsung Focus S, Samsung Focus Flash, HTC Titan and HTC Radar 4G. To promote these phones, Microsoft decided why not build the biggest Windows Phone tower in the most popular city in the world, i.e. New York. The tower is 6 story and 55 foot high and is located in the most

busiest place at Herald Square. It is just opposite the world’s largest Macy’s store and is as huge as it can get.

Many musicians and bands are live performing in the Windows phone. Don’t believe it then check out this video uploaded by Microsoft itself on Youtube and tell us you aren’t amazed!

 

Microsoft is sure creative and a little crazy too, by the way don’t you think you should buy a Windows phone now? LOL.

Comment and share us your thoughts about this biggest Windows Phone ever to be built by Microsoft!

Source: TNW

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Microsoft Social Network

Microsoft Tulalip: A rumored to be Social Network

Microsoft is planning to take down Facebook and the very latest social network by Google, Google+ by starting its own social network which goes by the name Tulalip.

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Fusible was the first to report this news. Shocking as it came we noticed a welcome screen hung upon on the site socl.com which is short for Social. The welcome screen reads,

“With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever”

Reports suggests that, Microsoft purchased the domain socl.com recently just two weeks ago, exactly when Google launched its social network. Obviously Microsoft was planning this way before. From what we know, the Search box where it reads OPEN is currently non functional. The Facebook Sign in feature too does not work.

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The Twitter Sign in feature is where we have been able to gather more information about what this new service is going to be all about. As soon as you click it, you will see Twitter’s authorization page. In here glance over the application control features:

Read Tweets, Follow others, Update Profile and Post Tweets automatically

Now what impression does this give to you? That its some kind of social network right! Yes as nice as that news maybe to you, you will bummed to hear that its just a experimental app for now.

If you look at it closely, you can see that it says

Tulalip, By Microsoft Research, Experimental App.

Well it speaks for itself, we don’t think we will hear of Tulalip in a while as the service is currently under development. If you like you can check out SOCL.com yourself. Presently the page reads,

“Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest.”

I think Microsoft heard about its possible leak and posted that message. We certainly don’t think it was a mistake. DO YOU?

Speak with us by a comment. If we are the first one to get in, maybe who knows you would be the first one to get invited!

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Xbox 360 now absolutely free from Microsoft

Yes this is a genuine news. Its not a hoax or a rumor. Microsoft has already announced it on its official blog. Microsoft is giving college students free XBOX 360 console with no charge whatsoever.

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Microsoft said that if a student buys any Windows 7 PC from well known retailers such as Dell, HP or the Microsoft Store, which is above the price tag of $699, he/she will get a free XBOX 360 4GB console, from the Microsoft Store itself. I think this is a great deal because at just 31,413 INR, Indian people can get a sweet slick-looking XBOX 360 console absolutely free. All you have to do is go to a DELL or a HP retailer, choose any PC above $699 price, and present your .edu email address, in case you dont have a .edu email id, just present them your student ID. Thats it, nice and simple!

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The free XBOX 360 that you get from the MICROSOFT is a 4GB console and features a built-in WiFi and comes with a black XBOX 360 wireless controller as stated in an article at the CNET. This console is currently priced at $200.

This is a very good time to buy your kids a PC because already he/she will start going to college or school soon and has a chance to learn many things and get interactive. A PC will always help them in doing their homeworks and a XBOX will always keep them connected with their family and friends. Surfing the web, streaming videos and gaming just got a lot more easy and fun with the new XBOX.

Hurry now!!! This offer has just started today, the 22nd May. Offer valid till stocks last.

Its time now for your superb comment. Tell us, whether you like this giant frenzy offer or not? Isn’t it cool?

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Breaking News: Microsoft owns Skype

Okay its everywhere, its official and its big! Microsoft has acquired Skype for $8.5 billion. CEO Steve Ballmer has released his press statement. Redirect here to view the official Press Release.

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Facebook and Google were to purchase Skype, but out of nowhere Microsoft dashed in and gained hands on it. This is looking as a massive blow on Apple’s face. Steve Jobs has integrated the Facetime in all of his devices making it available on a wider platform. Microsoft has done the same, but just a bit better. Microsoft will implement its Skype services in the XBOX gaming console, Kinect motion-sensing device and also on the Windows phone platform. It will interconnect Skype users with Xbox Live, Outlook and Lync as well. Of course, Microsoft will not harm non-microsoft platforms and will continue to support them too.

As of Skype’s history, the Luxembourg based company was launched in 2003 and annexed by eBay in 2005. After Skype lost a whopping $99 million in 2009, eBay decided to finally trash the deal and eventually dropped Skype to a company called Silver Lake in 2009. Skype lasted for 18 months on its own and the company did pretty well in its years. Profiting $13.2 million in the first six months of 2010 Skype was making some heavy bucks. According to an article at MASHABLE, Skype is recorded to have 170 million regular users of which 8.8 million are paying customers.

The deal was successfully closed just yesterday Monday, the 9th. Microsoft is claiming this to be the most expensive deal they have ever made. This is a very good news for the investors down at the Silver Lake as they now have copious amount of money pouring in. Tony Bates had recently joined Skype as a CEO and now will be heading the Microsoft Skype division as the President.

Please drop a comment as to what you think of Microsoft sealing the deal with Skype. Will it promise to be a profitable one and pose as a serious threat to Apple or will it turn out to be another shitty deal? This latest news is brought straight to you at Chaaps. Please subscribe to our feed to receive more of the latest stories and updates!

How to Install and Run Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu/Linux

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Linux is a free open source operating system which is used by thousand across the world. The one thing i didn’t like about linux was you weren’t able to install and run Microsoft Office (e.g word, excel, powerpoint, onenote ect..). After heavy research and try and error for many hours i have finally managed to install and run Microsoft Office on my laptop which uses Ubuntu Linux 10.04 (LTS).


Today i am going to share with you all how i managed to install and run the software! But before hand i must warn you that some of the code in this tutorial which you have to use to run Microsoft office may corrupt your computer if inputted incorrectly! We do not take any responsibility if your computer/laptop/notebook ect.. gets harmed!

Step 1:
Go to  your application tab and select Ubuntu Software Centre. Then search and install “Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility layer”. Once installed close the Ubuntu Software Centre by clicking the X

Step 2:
Now you have to install a plugin called “Wine Tricks”. To install this go to “Applications > Accessories  > Terminal”. When the terminal appears type in the below command , then press enter on your keyboard

wget www.kegal.com/wine/winetricks

This process of installing may take a couple of minutes. So be patient!

Step 3:
You know have to active the plugin. So type in the command below wait a couple of minutes and then resume to step 4

sh winetricks msxml13 dotnet20 gdiplus riched20 riched30 vcrun2005sp1

A whole lot of text will appear which means the plugin is now running as it should.

Step 4:
We know how to edit a sentence of linux’s coding. Please MAKE SURE you do the following below correctly or you may corrupt your system. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

To edit the code now go back into terminal and this time type the command

gksu gedit /usr/share/applications/wine.desktop

Now a text document should appear. Now look for the code “xec=cautious-launcher %f wine start /unix” and delete it and replace it with “ Exec=wine start /unix %f ” don’t include the “.

Step 5:
Now restart your computer. You can proceed without restarting, this just makes sure that changes do take affect.

Step 6:
Now you need to edit a settings. Now go to  Applications > Wine > Configure Wine

Under Windows Settings click on the arrow on the drop down menu and select “Windows XP”. Only the Windows XP settings will work! Now click apply and close the window

Step 7:
Now insert your Microsoft office 2007 disc, open the disc and RIGHT click “Setup.exe” and than select “Open with Wine”

Then install office 2007 like you would with windows. But when you get prompted to install windows updates say “No, Never”. This may cause ubuntu to go funny if you say yes.

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Thats all you have to do now Office should work. Please keep in mind this may contain a number of bugs as Wine is still in developing stages!

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Microsoft Office goes Online – A Move to beat Google Docs?

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Any business needs word processing . From word-star to fox pro to lotus and then word. After microsoft office launched word, it almost crushed all competition for ages. After years google came up with google docs. An online version of word processing which in any man’s opinion is a nice alternative. Google docs can definitely do almost all common operation that a word processor can. I personally was impressed by how efficiently google docs works. Well did google doc take off well ? Companies were not happy in using a cloud based third party sever to hold their important information and google hasn’t done much in offering alternatives . Recently google bought docverse a company that specializes in document processing. This move may be to gain experience and infrastructure to monopolize the domain .

Free is not a part of Microsoft Office’s history. The Business Division, whose chief product is Office, brought in $19 billion in sales in fiscal 2009, more than a third of Microsoft’s $58 billion in sales for the year. It generated more than half of the company’s operating profit — $12 billion of the overall $20 billion. I mean WHOA!!!!!!!!

But Microsoft’s ability to sustain these numbers is being challenged by the new way people use technology.

To counter Google Docs, Office will also take the cloud way but with a little different prespective .Office Web Apps will offer more features and what the company claims is a better visual presentation than its competitor. But Office Web Apps will not have all the features of Office 2010, which is being priced from $119 to $499, depending on the version.

Observers say an Office that embraces the cloud is just the beginning for Microsoft. As Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has said, “we’re all in” when it comes to the cloud. Microsoft has built large data centers in Houston, Chicago, Ireland and other locations to launch cloud services.

I guess time has come where a different way of e-earning has to be figured out. One can’t just survive with ads for a long time . If a new way of earning through web appear . I’d expect more apps to come . Well,will microsoft office web app beat google docs. For once i think the microsoft has the experience and technology in this domain. Only time shall tell the success story .

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Introducing Microsoft Docs for Facebook – Share MS Office files With Facebook Friends

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On the Facebook developers conference f8, Mark Zuckerburg announced that Facebook will be launching a collaborative document-editing tool with Microsoft. Over 1500 software developers and FB app developers were present in the conference. You can watch f8 live on Facebook.

Docs.com is a join collaboration of Facebook and microsoft. Built on Microsoft Office 2010, the Docs app enables Facebook users for the first time to create and share Microsoft Office documents directly with their Facebook friends, using the Office tools they already know.

Documents can be created directly within the app, or can be uploaded from your PC. You can share the document with your selected friends or all the friends or with the whole world. Documents can be viewed and edited directly within a web browser – or, with a single click, you can edit them more richly and powerfully through the Microsoft Office software on your PC or Mac.

Docs is currently in limited beta. You can sign up to be notified when it’s available for you to use by connecting your Facebook account.

Docs – Homepage

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Download Free Ebook from Microsoft : Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

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Microsoft press has released a free downloadable ebook entitled ” Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 ” by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner!. This ebook consist of 10 chapters with 216 pages.

It covers many of the new features of MS SQL Server 2008 R2 along with information around upgrading, consolidation and monitoring and business intelligence maintenance.

If you study or deal with MS SQL server, this ebook will be very useful for reference and keep yourself uptodate.

Topics which are covered –

PART I – Database Administration

CHAPTER 1 SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements
CHAPTER 2 Multi-Server Administration
CHAPTER 3 Data-Tier Applications
CHAPTER 4 High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements
CHAPTER 5 Consolidation and Monitoring

PART II – Business Intelligence Development

CHAPTER 6 Scalable Data Warehousing
CHAPTER 7 Master Data Services
CHAPTER 8 Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight
CHAPTER 9 Reporting Services Enhancements
CHAPTER 10 Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot

Direct download and no registration required.

You can download the ebook in XPS format here and in PDF format here.

Feel free to follow the authors and ask quesitons on Twitter.

@RossMistry and @StaciaMisner
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Download Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition for Free

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Yesterday, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition and it is free to download. These express editions are simple and easy-to-learn tools for non-professional developers like hobbyists, students and novice developers who want to build dynamic Windows applications, Web sites, and Web services.

They are useful for someone who needs to write a small piece of code and don’t want to buy the full software and there are no licensing restrictions for applications built using Visual Studio Express Editions.

Visual Studio 2010 comes with .NET Framework 4 and supports developing applications targeting Windows 7. It has integrated support for developing Microsoft Silverlight applications.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition – Download | FAQ | Homepage

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