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Kinect is moving at a faster pace

The new kid in the block of smart consumer durables, Microsoft Kinect has left I-Phone and I-Pad way behind to become the fastest selling consumer electronic device.

People can play games by using their gestures and verbal commands in the unique motion sensing system Kinect. Since its November launch, Kinect has already sold 10 million units with an average of 133,333 units selling per day during the first two months. This sales figure is higher in comparison to first two months sale of 120,000 iPhone and 50,000 iPAd sales.

Microsoft on a hiring mode

Microsoft is hiring people for setting up its Xbox Console Architecture Group. As many as three vacancies have come up. While one of them is for the post of graphics hardware architect there are others which are for senior architect and performance engineer and a senior hardware design verification engineer.

Microsoft unveils Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site

Microsoft is aiming to reduce the use of Internet Explorer 6 to one percent worldwide and for this aim it has unveiled the Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site.

The site has a map showing the IE6 has a 12 percent user share worldwide, according to the February data from Net Applications. According to blog update, the company will update the site every month until the user percentage reaches once percent worldwide.

Microsoft integrates local bargain offers in Bing results

Software giant, Microsoft has added local bargain deals to the search results in its Bing search engine’s mobile and desktop versions.

The search engine will incorporate offers by startups including Groupon and Living Social, which offers deals at shops, restaurants or other nearby businesses, said Andy Chu of the Bing team in a blog post.

"Calling all bargain hunters, deal lovers, Groupon groupies and Living Social fanatics! Things just got easier," Chu wrote.

Google, Microsoft join forces against GeoTag

Traditional rivals, Microsoft and Google has joined forces to file a law suit against a tiny geo-location patent based firm, GeoTag, which has sued more than 300 companies for basic uses of Bing Maps and Google Maps.

Google and Microsoft have urged the Delaware federal court in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday to invalidate GeoTag’s patent and are also seeking recovery of costs and fees.

The two companies said that the company accusing Bing and Google Maps customers of infringing on US patent 5,930,474 patent that involves using mapping services to create store locators.

Use Hotmail aliases to hide your real email address

Microsoft recently announced the addition of a new feature to its Hotmail service to users to create temporary e-mail addresses.

Hotmail aliases allows user to generate and sustain up to five temporary e-mail addresses per year from their main Hotmail account. A user can keep a maximum of fifteen aliases.

Messages from multiple Hotmail aliases can be read within one inbox of the existing primary address. But, one will not have to make hard efforts to avoid undesired messages.

900 million IE users exposed to hackers; Microsoft warns

Software giant Microsoft has warned Internet Explorer users of newly-discovered loophole in the programming that could be used by cyber criminals to steal personal information such as credit card details.

The loophole can allow hackers to create script that could spoof content and disclose personal information on the affected website on the behalf of the targeted user.

Microsoft warns that the security hole affects nearly 900 million users of the IE web browser.

Microsoft requests US ITC to bar TiVo US imports

Software giant Microsoft Corp. has requested the US International Trade Commission ban on imports and sales of TiVo set-top DVR boxes, accusing the TiVo of infringing four patents.

The complaint submitted to US ITC in Washington states that TiVo infringed technology patented by Microsoft in 1990s and 2000. The ITC is a quasi-judicial agency which has the right to bar imports of products found to violate US intellectual property rights.

TiVo imports the digital-video recorders from Mexico, where they are manufactured, to sell them in the United States.

Microsoft blames third party service for WP7 'phantom data' problem

Microsoft has blamed an unidentified "third party" service for mysterious cellular data usage, or "phantom data" problem.

The software giant had launched a probe into complaints that several handsets running on Windows Phone 7 operating system were automatically eating into monthly data plans without the knowledge of users.

The company said it believed that the unidentified third party service was responsible for most of the reported problems.

Mass exodus of Microsoft’s executives continues

Network technology firm Juniper Networks has announced that it had hired an eight year Microsoft veteran- Brad Brooks.

Brad Brooks, who had managed the marketing of Windows Vista & Windows 7 at Microsoft, will be the vice president of Worldwide Enterprise Marketing & Solutions at Juniper.

It may be noted here that Mr. Brooks is the first executive who left the software giant to joint a rival firm. Kevin Johnson, the former chief of Platform & Services business at Microsoft, left the company in 2008 to become chief executive of Juniper.

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