Sep 24

Carnegie Mellon expects to cut energy use with Azure Machine Learning solution

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) uses Microsoft Azure and the PI System from OSIsoft to reduce building maintenance and energy costs. CMU has added Azure Machine Learning for better fault detection, diagnosis and more efficient operations. With these capabilities, CMU gain advanced analytics for improved operational insights and decisions. Based on experimental results, CMU researchers estimate the solution could cut energy costs by 20 percent.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mspowerutilities/archive/2014/09/23/carnegie-mellon-sees-a-way-to-cut-energy-use-by-20-percent-with-cloud-machine-learning-solution.aspx.

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Sep 24

Microsoft announces the Wireless Display Adapter

Microsoft has announced the Wireless Display Adapter, which connects to an HDTV, monitor or projector and enables content to be shared from any Miracast-enabled device – including many PCs and Tablets running Windows 8.1. The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada and will be generally available in October 2014.

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/09/23/announcing-the-microsoft-wireless-display-adapter.

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Sep 23

Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2

Microsoft has made Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2 available. The release includes a few features (e.g. performance improvements for the Visual C++ browsing experience) and some bug fixes.

In addition, the company also released a CTP for Team Foundation Server, Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 Update 2 as well as Visual Studio Tools for Unity (VSTU) 1.9.1.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2014/09/22/visual-studio-2013-update-4-ctp-2-now-available.aspx.

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Sep 19

Microsoft announces HDInsight public preview for China

Microsoft has announced that Azure HDInsight (Hadoop-as-a-service) is now available for all customers in China as a public preview. Hadoop is an open-source platform for storing and processing massive amounts of data.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2014/09/18/microsoft-azure-offers-hdinsight-hadoop-as-a-service-to-china.aspx.

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Sep 18

Microsoft announces single Dev Center registration fee for permanent membership

Microsoft has announced that the Windows Dev Center now requires only a one-time registration payment, which grants developers the ability to submit apps to both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, with no annual renewal fee.

This change is effective immediately and currently registered developers will no longer need to pay any additional fees to maintain their account.

http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/09/17/new-dev-center-lifetime-registration-benefits-program.

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Sep 18

Microsoft releases Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS) 3.0

Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS) 3.0. The release includes cross-browser/cross-platform support spanning the most popular desktop and mobile browsers, JavaScript modularisation and improved universal control designs for Phone, Tablet and PC device form factors of various screen sizes and input types.

http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/09/17/winjs-everywhere.

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Sep 18

Microsoft announces board changes

Microsoft has announced that Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group, and Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer of Visa, have been appointed to the company’s board of directors and will join the board effective 1 Oct. 2014.

The company also announced that Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon have decided not to seek re-election to the board of directors and will retire from the board at the expiration of their current term following the annual shareholders meeting in December.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sep14/09-16corpnews.aspx.

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