Microsoft Releases Bing Desktop Beta

While not as cool as “Bing Automatic”, Microsoft’s Bing Desktop delivers the beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop each day. Plus, get easy access to the Bing search box right from your desktop. Turn your searching into doing with Bing.

Download –> Bing Desktop Beta

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Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft has released their Windows 8 Consumer PreviewIt’s Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It’s an all-new touch interface. It’s a new Windows for new devices.

Available in:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese

 

BLAH BLAH BLAH: “Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you’ll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.”

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Microsoft Releases Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook

Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. To use this tool, the Outlook calendar must reside on a Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool does not work with IMAP, with POP3, or with other non-Exchange mail servers.

The tool opens an Outlook profile, opens the Outlook Calendar, and then checks several things such as permissions, free/busy publishing, and auto booking. Then, the tool checks each item in the calendar folder for problems that can cause items to seem to be missing or that might otherwise cause problems in the Calendar.

 

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Microsoft Research Releases Excel 2010 Cloud Data Analytics Add-on

Excel Cloud Data Analytics is a Microsoft Excel add-in that enables users to execute a variety of data-centric tasks on Windows Azure through a custom Ribbon in Excel. This add-in can be used to connect to data stored in the Windows Azure cloud and can be extended to connect to a variety of other data sources. It also provides a general framework in which the user can create data-analytics methods and run them in Windows Azure. The current code base supports the execution in Windows Azure via built-in access to Daytona, an iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure. Using Excel Cloud Data Analytics, users can upload data to Windows Azure, select and run registered data-analysis algorithms in the cloud through Windows Azure, monitor the execution of the data analysis, and retrieve results for display or further processing.

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BestBuy’s Shameful Sales Pressure on Seniors

While I wish my 80 year old Father-in-Law would ask me for technical assistance, he’s proudly independent and still prefers doing things himself.

He was tired of his old (analog) TV, and wanted to purchase a 40″ HDTV – should be no problem, and inexpensive for a senior with a fixed budget.

It’s been years since he bought a TV, and brands like RCA, Zenith & Phillips are long gone. But he knew he wanted a name brand, so he went to BestBuy to shop

So what did BestBuy recommend, and ultimately coerce him into purchasing?

$329.99 – 40” Dynex HDTV at 60Hz (Who’s Dynex?)
$19.99 – TV Screen Cleaning Kit
$39.99 – Fancy PowerStrip
$24.99 – Network Cable
$49.99 – Delivery (How heavy is this thing?)
$249.97 – Total Assurance Insurance
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$714.92 – Insane Grand Total for an average 40” HDTV

Really BestBuy? You should be ashamed … we cancelled the order for him, and will pick-out a nice TV anywhere except for BestBuy!

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Microsoft Updates Kinect SDK for Windows 7 & Windows 8

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.0 Beta 2 includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. Developers can create rich experiences by using Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 Developer Preview.

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Rose Parade Float from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect

Microsoft had a float representing their Xbox Kinect on this morning’s 2012 New Year’s Rose Parade!

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