The Bing Team announced today that the latest version of its search platform is now available to any and all users in the U.S.
Microsoft announced the update a few weeks ago, and promised to roll it out across the U.S. in due time.
The new Bing is a noticeable departure from its old look.
Now, users will find a three-column layout, with the leftmost pane included search results.
The center column, which Microsoft is calling “Snapshot,” is designed to offer users relevant information and services related to their Web results.
The right column, called “Sidebar,” adds a dose of social features to the mix, including an activity feed to see Facebook updates, the ability to ask friends questions, and more.
Today, Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download in 14 languages.
This is Microsoft’s final pre-release, and includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store.
Since first preview release last September, millions of people now use the pre-release product on a daily basis and millions more have been taking it through its paces, totaling hundreds of millions of hours of testing.
Next milestone is traditionally called RTM, Release to Manufacturing, and from today until RTM, Microsoft will still be changing Windows 8, as they have done in past releases of Windows.
Microsoft focus from now until RTM is on continuing to maintain a quality level higher than Windows 7 in all the measures we focus on, including reliability over time; security to the core; PC, software, and peripheral compatibility; and resource utilization.
You can download Windows 8 Release Preview from here: Link
Source: Building Windows 8 Blog
Microsoft Photosynth app has landed in Windows Phone Marketplace.
Photosynth for Windows Phone is the panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events that are important to you.
Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation.
It is the only app available on any mobile platform that allows you to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect “sphere.”
Once you’ve created a Photosynth, you can share it as an interactive panorama experience on Facebook and Twitter (using the free Photosynth.net service) or as a simple image.
You can also publish your panoramas to Bing where millions of people will see your panoramas, on Bing Maps and in Bing search results for the places you’ve captured.
Photosynth won’t run on Tango hardware like the Lumia 610 as it needs at least 512MB of RAM for processing.
You can download the app here from the marketplace: Link
Windows Phone Marketplace crossed the 90,000 apps mark as of today.
The Marketplace has surpassed 90,000 published apps and is adding new applications at a rate of 340 apps per day.
That’s compared to 30,000 applications in the store in August 2011.
Entertainment remains the the single biggest category (17,079 items), followed by tools + productivity (13,605), games (11,509) and books + reference (10,821 items).
Even tough always quality counts and not quantity, but nevertheless this is a steady growth.
With over 90,000 apps in marketplace it’s safe to say that most of the important apps are either already here in marketplace for Windows Phone users or coming soon.
Aviary released its image editing SDK to Windows Phone developers today.
For developers new SDK is a perfect tool to add to their Windows Phone 7 apps.
Here are new features:
- Redesigned SDK from the ground-up to take advantage of the Metro design principles of Windows Phone
- The same, easy integration process: add our editor to your project in as little as 15 minutes, with just a few lines of code
- Customizable color theme
- Controllable output size based upon developer preferences — you decide what makes the most sense for your app or service
Aviary for Windows Phone has all the standard features as the rest of their mobile SDKs.
With the new Aviary SDK for Windows Phone 7, developers can create ground breaking applications that take advantage of the unique features of some of Windows Phone devices like Nokia Lumia devices, like the Lumia’s Carl Zeiss lens, as well as to bring their existing imaging apps to Windows Phones consumers around the world.
Get Aviary SDK from here: Link
Discover great entertainment with the power and convenience of your Windows Phone!
Search for your favorite movies, TV shows, music, and games, and play them on your Xbox from your phone.
Using the Xbox Companion app you can control video playing on the console, search for new content and more.
Microsoft has just pushed out an update for the software, which brings the app to version 1.2.
Xbox 360 console and Xbox LIVE membership required.
You can find this app in in Marketplace here: Link
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LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network released its app in Windows Phone Marketplace.
Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for Windows Phone.
Find and connect with more than 150M members worldwide, read the latest industry news, keep up-to-date with your groups, explore jobs you might be interested in, and share content with your network from anywhere.
The app looks beautiful and it works smooth as well.
You can download it here from the marketplace: Link