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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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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Evernote for Windows Phone 7

While Evernote always had great apps across all mobile platforms, including Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 users had to satiate the need with the mobile site or alternative third-party apps like Fasternote. Finally, Evernote has launched their Windows Phone 7 app.

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windows-8-start

Yes, yes, I know, there are a zillion leaked screenshots already and a small peek by Microsoft at the recent D9 conference. However, I’m not really dissecting them or adding my few cents to the reams of paper and megs of bytes already devoted to the same.

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