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Windows 7 SP1 is expected to be released as beta in April 2010.

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A browser ballot screen displaying alternative browsers to choose from is Microsoft’s solution for the antitrust cases against them by the EU. The case has been closed, browser ballot screen has gone live, group wants it to go globe. They never rest do they?

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A quick roundup of some Windows Mobile aka Windows Phone news. HTC HD2 will not have an upgrade path to Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft showed LG’s prototype Windows Phone 7 Series handset and Microsoft made some comments about Windows Phone Starter Edition, a stripped down version of Windows Mobile 6.5. Phew!

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Microsoft Demos ‘Mobile Surface’ And On-The-Fly Phone Call Translation

Microsoft’s annual internal event – TechFest shows glimpse into the future with a mobile version of the Microsoft Surface and real time phone call translation.

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Google Chomre’s latest developer channel build brings back support for Windows 7 Jumplists, adds access to recently closed tabs.

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Mumbai users of popular community based art website deviantART are planning to have a deviantART Mumbai meet on the 24th of January. It is an open to all event for all art enthusiasts.

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Microsoft India has uvelied a new online store featuring the same design as the global store on a new address. The updated store is not completed and has some design glitches but a good move to make it easier for consumers to purchase original Microsoft products.

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Microsoft, Apple & Google are doing their bit to help the victims of the Haiti earth-quake by donating and encouraging their customers and employees to donate. Microsoft announced $1.25M & Google $1M worth of donations. Apple is encouraging users to donate via iTunes.

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With Zimbra’s purchase, VMware is expanding from virtualization solutions to offer a suite of collaboration tools for the enterprises. Microsoft and HP have a signed a deal to provide integrated solutions to business customers. Panasonic is migrating to the cloud, dumping Microsoft Exchange and opting for IBM LotusLive suite.

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Zune HD to soon support the popular video format – XviD. Also, expected in the next firmware update is Smart DJ feature for the Zune HD.

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Take aways from Nokia’s keynote at CES 2010, where they talked less about new products but more about their sales figures, target markets, how they plan to penetrate into the rural markets of India and Africa enabling the population to make better use of cell phones.

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Microsoft introduces Arc keyboard to complement the Microsoft Arc mouse, a no-frills slender looking wireless keyboard with basic functionality and a tiny wireless transceiver.

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Prices & gaming specifications for Xbox Live’s newly announced Game Room feature that allows you to play arcade classics on both the Xbox & Windows PC.

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Robbie Bach’s key announcements regarding Xbox 360 games, Project Natal & Xbox Live during Microsoft’s keynote at CES 2010.

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010 is slated to start on January 7th 2010. CES 2010 will see around 3000 companies launching more than 20,000 products. Here are our predictions for CES 2010 for Intel, HTC, Palm and Microsoft.

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