Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

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company-crowd

Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs announced the release of CompanyCrowd yesterday. CompanyCrowd automatically collects stories, media, and social content to create a living newspaper about the companies that are most important to you and your business.

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Windows 7

At the annual Worldwide Partner Conference today, Steve Ballmer announced that more than 400 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold in less than two years and Office 2010, shipped in June 2010, has sold over 100 million copies.

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bing

Bing team at Microsoft released a slick Bing for iPad app in April 2011 as the first official iPad app from Microsoft. The app has been very well received. The v1.1 of the app released today introduces a new feature called Lasso.

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History of Hotmail Logo

Hotmail, world’s largest free email service with 360 million unique users per month, completed 15 years on July 4, 2011. It was one of the first web-based email services on the internet. Hotmail was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, two colleagues at FirePower Systems Inc. in Silicon Valley. The service was commercially launched […]

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ie9-pinned-site

If you are on Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 allows you to pin a website to the Windows taskbar, and access the website pages directly without having to open Internet Explorer first. Microsoft has now launched a new service – Pin My Website to encourage website owners to add the pinned site functionality to their websites.

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games-for-windows-live

Microsoft has announced that Games for Windows Marketplace will be fully transitioning to Xbox.com. This move would be the first step to bring Xbox LIVE on the third screen, PC, after TV and phone.

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Foursquare - Venue

Just about when Gowalla was stealing the thunder in the space, Foursquare released v2.0 yesterday. The latest refresh is a vibrant looking complete overhaul of their Windows Phone 7 app.

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Office 2010

Microsoft is celebrating one-year anniversary of the release of Office 2010 this month. Also, Microsoft has now released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2010 that provides the latest updates for Office 2010.

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Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7

Angry Birds is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. After the initial announcement by the game developers, Rovio, in February and Microsoft in May, and later pushing the announced date in June to June 29, Angry Birds has finally landed.

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Microsoft Office 365

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer, Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Office 365 today. Office 365 is Microsoft’s next generation productivity service that brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync in an always-up-to-date cloud service.

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avatar-kinect-for-healthcare

While the developers are diving into the recently released Kinect SDK for PC after a slew of Kinect hacks since its launch, Microsoft Research has developed a great adaptation of Avatar Kinect for healthcare implementations. The concept prototype was demoed by Craig Mundie at Pacific Health Summit in Seattle last week.

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Hotmail

Hotmail has been releasing updates all through the month of June. While some of these have been feature addition, others have been nice user interface tweaks.

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social-networking

The need to integrate social networking activity scenarios is a key design point in Windows Phone 7. Does stronger social network integration within Windows, maybe in Windows 8, make sense?

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kinect-education

KinectEDucation is a community-driven initiative to promote the use of Kinect for Xbox360 for gesture-based applications for teaching in classrooms. The project aims to pioneer this new dimension of learning in education.

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SkyDrive - Files

The new SkyDrive brings together all photos, docs, and files into one view and the layout is consistent with Hotmail’s Quick views feature while the navigational elements are borrowed from Windows. Also, this release adds a useful information pane in place of ads. Yes, SkyDrive is ad-free now.

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