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Microsoft acquired Skype

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Software giant Microsoft has acquired ‘Skype’, an Internet communication company in $8.5 billion and announced the acquisition on October 14, 2011. Microsoft acquired SkypeIt has been the largest ever acquisition deal for Microsoft to buy the amazing brand that is used extensively by millions of people around the world to stay connected with family, friends and clients. Skype has more than 600 million people as their registered users. It is expected that Skype CEO ‘Tony Bates’ will head the Skype Division in Microsoft for bringing together the best of Microsoft and of Skype.

In the future, it is expected that Skype will be integrated across different Microsoft products to broaden Skype’s reach and make it as a fundamental way for people to communicate online. So, may be in the next release of Windows Operating System, users will be able to use Skype and communicate using this great VoIP service.

Microsoft Xbox 360 games for kids and game addicts

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For game addicts and kids, who always love to stick with their game consoles, this list will be handy to find some of the best games for Xbox 360. Xbox 360 is a video game console produced by Microsoft that competes with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. It was unveiled by Microsoft in May 2005 and it still holds its market share very well with over 53 million Xbox 360 consoles sold worldwide.

This seventh generation video game console also allows users to compete online with other users using its integrated Xbox Live service. Xbox 360 comes packed with bunch of features that includes integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 5 USB 2.0 ports, 250 GB hard drive and a special AUX port. When Xbox was launched, ‘Call of Duty 2‘ was the best selling game, sold over a million copies.

Below are some of the best Xbox 360 games for kids:

• Cars – Racing Game; Single/Multi player game
• Spider Man – Action/Adventure; Single/Multi player game
• Lego Star Wars – Action/Adventure; Single/Multi player game
• Harry Potter Series –Adventure; Single player game
• Open Season – Adventure; Single/Multi player game
• Kung Fu Panda – Action/Adventure; Single/Multiplayer game
• Kinect Sports – Sports; Single/Multiplayer game
• Viva Pinata – Life Simulation; Single player game

Though, the above list of games is prefect for kids but they are not limited to just kids, even adults will also like playing these fun games and ease their stress level.

Microsoft shows off new Windows Phone-7 and Windows powered tablet computers

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Windows lovers have a reason to cheer up. Now, Microsoft has launched new operating system for smartphones named as ‘Windows Phone 7′. On 29th July 2010, Microsoft showed off Windows-powered tablet computers and smartphones designed to beat back advances by Apple Inc and Google Inc. The new platform is aimed at producing phones designed for users who are heavily into social networking and instant messaging.

Microsoft showed off the new phones running Windows Phone 7, made by handset makers Samsung Electronics and LG. Windows Phone 7The devices will incorporate large touch screens, integrated with Zune music player, e-mail programs and link up with content from Xbox Live, Facebook, and other networks. Microsoft is planning to release its first major update for Windows Phone 7 known as Mango or Windows Phone 7.5, which will bring more than 500 new features.

Microsoft’s new mobile OS is the software giant’s effort to regain its edge in the mobile space. With the launch of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android, Windows based Mobiles lost nearly a third of its smartphone market share. With the new smartphone OS, their challenge now is to execute, and begin to expand their market share as these devices come to market. All Windows mobile phones are expected to be designed to have three common hardware buttons: Start, Search and Back buttons along with two buttons for Camera and Power. So, manufacturers must include these five permanent buttons on the phone. The success of WP7 will depend largely on how Microsoft provides development tools to OEMs and ISVs. Windows Phone 7 has many interactive features that are supposed to be in a mobile phone. So, you may forget everything you knew about traditional Windows Mobile, it will be a new smartphone OS on the desk in the coming months.

Google and Bing turns musical

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It is all Entertainment; all major search engines realized that more than 10% of all Internet search queries are related to entertainment. So, why not create a separate channel for entertainment and music lovers. In June, Microsoft launched a separate vertical for entertainment search queries and integrated in Bing and promoted results for Zune. Google is also working on something similar and planning to build a music download service of its own.

Both Google and Bing provide links to stream full songs found in search results, but Bing provides additional details on lyrics and buy links. After launching this service, Google will integrate this service to its search engine and music searches on Google will link to full song streams provided by MySpace Music, as well as Twitter updates. This search giant still leads the pack with around 70% of market share for searches in US but when it comes to music, it is none other than Apple, which commands 70% of digital music download sales in the United States. This is the reason why both Microsoft and Google are trying to compete with Apple through their mobile platforms.

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