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Looking for a VPN service with a UK focus? S4UVPNSurfer is the VPN provider for you.

Based in the United Kingdom, S4UVPNSurfer is the best option for UK streamers living abroad trying to watch their favorite programs. Wishing you could watch ITV, BBC Sport, or 4oD from the Middle East or Asia? Spending a few months in the United States but want to take advantage of your SkyTV or NowTV subscription? S4UVPN Surfer can solve these issues and more.

S4UVPNSurfer Subscription Options

S4UVPNSurfer provides several subscription options for their service. The “UK VPN” option  is available for £3.99 a month and provides access to UK VPN servers. This plan also comes with S4UVPNSurfer’s Smart Streaming DNS service. Smart Streaming DNS is an alternative to VPN that functions as more of a “trick”, unblocking specific sites and services as opposed to connecting and disconnecting to VPN servers. It is available with all S4UVPNSurfer subscriptions. As services like Hulu have been cracking down on VPN services by blocking IP addresses, using Smart Streaming DNS is a great way to guarantee continual access to your favorite streaming media. With UK VPN access and Smart Streaming DNS for less than £4 a month, streamers looking to watch their favorite UK programs have found a very promising option.

Looking to do more than watch your favorite UK channels? S4UVPNSurfer provides a £5.99 a month “US & UK VPN Plan” that includes access to 3 US servers alongside 8 UK servers. This plan is a definite for anyone trying to take advantage of the differences in programming offered by US and UK streaming services.

For a monthly fee of £6, you can purchase a subscription to the “Multi-VPN Plan”, which includes more than 48 servers in over 28 countries, including Germany, France, Sweden,  Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Australia, Poland, Chile, Ireland, Switzerland, and of course, the United Kingdom. Whether you are trying to secure your IP address, watch your favorite programs from abroad, or take advantage of Smart Streaming DNS, S4UVPNSurfer has you covered.

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Best S4UVPNSurfer DD-WRT Routers

Looking to use S4UVPNSurfer to watch your favorite UK media on your Xbox One, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, Ps4, or AppleTV?

Adding a DD-WRT router configured for S4UVPNSurfer service will allow you to use your VPN account on all of your devices with one account. No need to get rid of your current router, either. Utilize the popular Dual Router Setup to use your current router as a connection to the IP address provided to you by your Internet Service Provider while creating a second network for VPN use with a S4UVPNSurfer DD-WRT FlashRouter. This setup not only allows you to keep your current router, but creates two networks.

The advantage of having two networks is that you will not have to flood for your VPN connection with wireless devices that will work just fine without a VPN connection, as they can be connected to your local network. Let’s take at some of the best S4UVPNSurfer Routers

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  1. S4USurferVPN Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT Router – A high-powered Wireless-AC router perfect for streaming football matches on BBC Sport in high definition.
  2. S4USurferVPN Netgear WNDR3700 DD-WRT Router – An affordable router with a powerful 680 MHz processor, the WNDR3700 is one of the top selling FlashRouters, and for good reason.
  3. S4USurferVPN Netgear R6300 V2 DD-WRT Router – Armed with a 800 MHz processor, Wireless-AC, and high-end DD-WRT ARM firmware, the R6300 is a fantastic networking centerpiece.
  4. S4USurferVPN Linksys E1200 DD-WRT Router – The most popular economy line FlashRouter. Looking for consistent performance at an accessible price range? The E1200 is a great entry level router.

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postheadericon Tired of Netflix Throttling by Verizon FiOS and Other ISPs?

Net neutrality has been a hot topic in the mainstream press for several months, and for good reason. In a post-Snowden world of increasing awareness towards the protection of privacy and the maintaining of a Free and Open Internet, users worldwide have looked for resources on how to keep their connections clean, safe, and void of outside intrusion.

However, as time moves on, this has become more and more difficult. With snooping governments are one thing and massive data mining by websites and advertisers, the massive attention towards privacy as brought on by Edward Snowden’s revelations have caused at least some changes in the United States’ government’s relationship with Internet security. This is a step in the right direction, but a fix-all this is certainly not.

How Does Net Neutrality & Banwidth Throttling Work?

“Throttling” is defined as “the deliberate regulation of the data transfer rate in a communications system.” As Verizon FiOS and other ISPs attempt to divide the Web into a highway-like structure of “fast” and “slow” lanes, companies like Google and Netflix find themselves at the mercy of ISPs, who provide two options: pay up or find yourself in the slow lane.

The way that the major US Internet Service Providers- AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, and especially Verizon Fios – have handled their grip on Internet connections can only be described as “Mob-like”, to reference comedian Jon Oliver’s now infamous 13 minute rant on Net Neutrality. Oliver’s speech on his HBO series Last Week Tonight offered an extremely entertaining yet well-researched perspective on this important topic. It is definitely a recommended watch…

How Can I Fix Netflix Throttling as Caused by Verizon and Other ISPs?

What does this bandwidth management mean to you? If Netflix throttling continues, you can bet to expect very slow buffering speeds. Already feeling the tension from watching House of Cards? Well, the saga of Frank Underwood is going to get much more intense, as you spend every episode at the edge of your seat praying that the shows twists and turns aren’t interrupted by a spinning red circle.

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Netflix Throttling: Turning your re-watch of “How I Met Your Mother” into an Endless Buffer

However, besides signing petitions or just hoping for the best, it would appear to your average Internet user that there is not much one can do about preventing Netflix throttling, and that bowing down to the Great Cable Gods of Verizon and Comcast is simply unavoidable. But you are not the average Internet user, and you know this is not the case.

Using a VPN- or Virtual Private Network -provider is an incredibly useful way to encrypt one’s online presence, hiding from both the behemoth-like ISP providers and peeping United States Government. VPN service providers such IPVanish or CyberGhost provide users with access to servers all around the world, “tunneling” their connection to make it appear to outside sources they are located at a different IP address, be it in California or Singapore.

Using a VPN will prevent an ISP from being able to actually deeply monitoring your service, making Verizon FioS or Comcast unaware of what services you are using whether it is streaming video, downloading torrents, hosting a web server. Encrypting your activity disables these pathway operators the ability to target specific services and users to slow them down for that reason.

Top VPN Services to Prevent Bandwidth Throttling

If Verizon cannot see you are using a specific streaming video or music service, then how can they throttle Netflix or Pandora or Hulu or WatchESPN. will hopefully not occur. When changing your IP and encrypting your connection to avoid monitoring by cable companies, it would be best to keep the new IP address close to your current location, to prevent the VPN from slowing down. Most providers have a large amount of US addresses but certain providers have a large amount of locations you can connect to enabling you to encrypt your connection and activity with limited loss of speed from doing it.

The VPN providers with the most abundant high speed servers in the US include HideMyAss (300+ servers in 34 states) IPVanish (40+ servers in 11 states) & Proxy.sh (50+ Servers in 18 states).

Best Routers for Preventing Netflix Throttling

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Are you planning to use Netflix on a streaming media player like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, or PS4? Unfortunately, these devices have no native VPN support. However, there is a way you can use your VPN provider account alongside your streaming media player, preventing Netflix throttling. What is this way, you ask? Using a FlashRouter.

A FlashRouter is an advanced router with upgraded DD-WRT or TomatoUSB firmware. Due to the nature of this upgraded firmware, VPN service provider integration becomes a very rewarding option. With a FlashRouter, you can use one VPN account on any number of streaming media devices.

Looking to stop Netflix throttling and provide added security to a network that includes multiple laptops, iPads, a SmartTV, and other streaming players? The powerhouse Netgear Nighthawk R7000, with its 1 GHz processor, three external antennas, and high-end DD-WRT ARM firmware will shine in any busy setup. Feel like you need a less intense router? The Netgear WNDR3700 provides simultaneous dual band at the affordable price of $ 149.95.

Have a current router or modem/router setup you don’t want or can’t replace? Use our popular Dual Router Setup.

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How To Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup

In a Dual Router Setup, use a FlashRouter as a VPN account connection, while using your current router to maintain a basic ISP network. This setup enables you to create two wireless networks, and selecting a VPN connection for any device is as simple as selecting which network the device connects. The Dual Router Setup also allows you to get the most out of your VPN, segmenting your network and not overriding the device maximum on a VPN account with a myriad of devices.

Popular routers for the Dual Router Setup include our best TomatoUSB router, the Asus RT-AC66U, and the excellently performing economy dual band Linksys E3200 .

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postheadericon Microsoft Devices Group expands affordable smartphone portfolio with the Nokia X2

REDMOND, Wash. — June 24, 2014 On Tuesday, Microsoft Devices Group unveiled the Nokia X2, the newest addition to the expanding Nokia X family of affordable smartphones designed to introduce the “next billion” people to the mobile Internet and cloud services. The Nokia X2 represents the rapid evolution of the Nokia X family, delivering an enhanced experience across apps, hardware and the user interface. The Nokia X2 offers stunning design, a more visually striking Fastlane, more Microsoft services, and upgraded specifications including a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display and 5MP rear camera with autofocus and flash. At a suggested retail price of just 99 euros,[1] the Nokia X2 is a compelling choice for a new generation of smartphone buyers.


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Like the Nokia X, the new Nokia X2 provides access to a world of Android apps and popular Microsoft services, while allowing people to switch between their favorite apps with the Fastlane feature. The Nokia X2 delivers an even more intuitive, smoother user experience powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor featuring a dual core 1.2Ghz CPU and 1 GB of RAM. The Nokia X2 debuts the next-generation Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 and major enhancements to the user interface. People can choose between three types of screens to facilitate navigation: the colorful “home” with resizable tiles; Fastlane to access recent apps and future calendar items; and a new Lumia-inspired apps list, from which people can pin items to the home screen. A pull-down notifications tab also allows people to glance at connectivity options as well as actionable items, such as software updates available for download. A new home key and visual multitasking complete the experience.

Microsoft continues to invest in services for the Nokia X family

As a gateway to Microsoft services, the Nokia X family is driving strong uptake of services such as Skype and OneDrive, while complementing the Lumia family of smartphones. The Nokia X2 will debut with Outlook.com, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded, with more available from the Nokia Store, including the Bing Search app.

New-to-the-lineup services including OneNote and Yammer are also available to download free[2] from the Nokia Store. OneNote allows people to create notes and save them to the cloud through OneDrive, while Yammer makes collaborating with people online as easy as posting to a social network. The option to automatically back up the camera roll to OneDrive takes full advantage of 15 GB of free cloud storage now available through the service, for safeguarding photos, videos, documents and more.

The Nokia X2 will also introduce new third-party titles such as LINE Ranger, Brewster and Findery. Instagram, WeChat, Skype, Benji Bananas Adventures and many more are already available on the redesigned, easy-to-navigate Nokia Store — the place for finding the highest-quality Android apps for the Nokia X family.

Stunning , distinctive design

The Nokia X2 features a seamless monobody and showcases a new approach to the design of the exchangeable back covers that fuses a brightly colored core with a translucent outer layer. The overall result is a durable device that appears lit from within.

The Nokia X2 will be available at launch in glossy orange, black and green, with glossy yellow, white and matte dark grey coming later to the lineup.

“The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength, with the Nokia X smartphone achieving top-selling status in Pakistan, Russia, Kenya and Nigeria,[3] while earning the third-best-selling smartphone spot in India,” said Timo Toikkanen, head of Mobile Phones, Microsoft Devices Group. “The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences. We’re proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points.”

The Nokia X2 will be available initially as a dual-SIM device and will begin rolling out globally in July 2014 for 99 euros.[4]

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About Microsoft Devices

Microsoft Devices Group is responsible for the company’s devices strategy, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

[1] Suggested retail price before local taxes and subsidies.

[2] Carrier fees may apply.

[3] No. 1 in its price point in Russia, Kenya, Nigeria; No.1 overall in Pakistan (all rankings Gfk).

[4] Suggested retail price before local taxes and subsidies.

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postheadericon PHT streamlines clinical trials with Windows 8.1 tablets

REDMOND, Wash. — June 17, 2014 — PHT Corporation, the leading provider of technologies used to collect patient-driven electronic data for clinical research, has selected Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets featuring Windows 8.1 to run its SitePad® System. The SitePad System replaces traditional paper data collection methods in clinical research with electronic methods, providing better-quality data, real-time access to that data and, ultimately, faster time to data analysis for pharmaceutical trial sponsors. The SitePad System is used in clinical trials to collect clinician- and patient-reported outcomes for supporting label claims of new therapies.

PHT selected the Dell Venue 11 Pro with Windows 8.1 for the SitePad platform because the device provides a superior user experience. The Venue has a high-resolution touch screen that supports greater ease of use for both clinicians and patients. In addition to providing a superior user experience, the Dell Venue provides multiple modes of data communications including Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an embedded 4G card.

PHT chose the Windows 8.1 tablets because of the flexibility and security aspects of Microsoft technology and because the solution allows PHT to increase the quality of real-time site-based data capture for trial participants and clinicians. It also allows PHT to run custom software that helps decrease clinical trial costs for sponsors by reducing time spent downstream resolving missing and inconsistent data. The superior end-user experience helps provide additional convenience and comfort for end users, enabling rapid entry of electronic source clinical data.

“Paper is no longer the gold standard, and clinical trial sponsors are rapidly abandoning paper methods for collecting critical information about how patients feel and function in addition to key clinician observations and assessments,” said Sheila Rocchio, vice president of Marketing & Product Management at PHT. “PHT is helping to lead the electronic transformation in clinical research by providing reliable, easy-to-use and regulatory-compliant systems that increase data quality and protocol compliance and reduce costs in monitoring and data management. In one recent trial, the SitePad System saved the sponsor more than 30 percent over the cost of paper.”

PHT has purchased more than 2,000 Dell Venue 11 Pros, which will be deployed at clinical trial sites around the globe. Each SitePad is configured for a specific study protocol and used by clinicians and patients participating in the trial to collect study-specific assessments. Data collected on the SitePad device are sent to StudyWorksTM, the PHT online portal that provides real-time information about compliance as well as key measures used for study operations and patient safety monitoring. Each tablet is preconfigured with study-specific schedules, assessments and questionnaires. Patient and clinician compliance with SitePad on average exceeds 98.5 percent.

“The Dell Venue 11 Pro with Windows 8.1 is a modern and sleek device that both patients and clinicians enjoy using — the usability testing feedback has been excellent,” Rocchio said. “Sponsors are also very excited about the embedded 4G modem in the Dell Venue 11 Pro, which eliminates the need for an additional wireless hotspot, making setup much easier.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

About PHT Corporation

PHT Corporation is the eClinical innovator leading the adoption of patient-driven mobile apps for better clinical research. The PHT electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA) system collects and reports secure real-time patient data from the latest mobile devices. PHT scientific, regulatory and technological expertise combined with quality outcomes data enable clients to make decisions with confidence. Sponsors and CROs have leveraged the PHT Patient Suite in 650+ trials resulting in 16+ regulatory approvals. Visit phtcorp.com for more information on PHT. Follow PHT on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

About Microsoft

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postheadericon Microsoft Dynamics spring wave updates now available globally, helping businesses deliver amazing customer experiences

REDMOND, Wash. — June 2 , 2014 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Monday announced that significant new capabilities in marketing, customer care and social listening are now globally available as part of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM spring wave of updates in 54 markets and 42 languages. This new release delivers a comprehensive solution that provides businesses with marketing, sales and customer care capabilities that are seamlessly integrated with leading productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SharePoint and Power BI for Office 365. These available capabilities help businesses meet the needs of their customers today.

In addition to the availability of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing and Microsoft Social Listening, Microsoft also released updates to Microsoft Dynamics CRM that include a new Unified Service Desk. For on-premises customers, the company delivered these new capabilities as part of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1. Microsoft further announced it plans to expand the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service to additional markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and South America in the third quarter of calendar year 2014.[1]

“Microsoft Dynamics CRM has made unbelievable progress over the last few years, and the amazing capabilities in this release deliver significant value to our customers as an important component of the Microsoft Cloud for business,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corp. “Through innovative business applications in the cloud, businesses can better meet their customers’ needs and thrive in a changing world.”

Microsoft on Monday reinforced that its contractual commitments for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online meet the requirements of the European Union’s “model clauses and the high standards of European Union (EU) privacy law as acknowledged by the “Article 29 Working Party,” making Microsoft the first — and so far the only — company to receive this recognition.

“In addition to enjoying the benefits of these new capabilities across marketing, sales and service, customers can be comfortable doing business with Microsoft when it comes to their data,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “We focused our development efforts on understanding what our customers need to deliver amazing customer experiences. We redesigned our user interface, implemented a six-month rapid release cycle, made three acquisitions and built many new features — all culminating in the wave of releases we are bringing to market today.”

Global e xpansion

The expanded availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and South America begins this month with the availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in Turkey. This global expansion gives customers a new and comprehensive online CRM solution in their market.

Market smarter, sell effectively and provide care everywhere

Early Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 customers are already benefiting from the new capabilities that enabled them to sell more effectively than before to meet the challenges of a mobile and social world, become smarter marketers, and provide world-class care to their customers.

With Microsoft Social Listening, sales, marketing and service professionals tap into social conversations to get real-time feedback on their brand, products, competitors, campaigns and issues that might be relevant to their business. For instance, Sealord, a global sustainable fishing enterprise, uses Microsoft Social Listening to better understand its stakeholders — from their beliefs about key industry and sustainability issues to the global network of organizations and individuals influencing opinions in this area. When the topic of shark-finning sparked social media outrage, Sealord took the opportunity to make its stance known, resulting in global acknowledgement and a reach that could be easily measured, understood and communicated internally with Microsoft Social Listening.

“Without Microsoft Social Listening, we would not have had the opportunity to hear what was top-of-mind for our stakeholders and the community we serve, and ensure Sealord’s work to be sustainable in these areas was understood,” said Alison Sykora, public affairs and communications manager, Sealord.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing gives marketers one solution that allows them to carefully plan their campaigns, deliver qualified leads to their sales teams and subsequently measure the return on their marketing investment.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing customer the PGA TOUR uses the new marketing automation solution to better organize its creative, media and trafficking activities and to provide improved reporting information to its sponsors. A video of how the PGA TOUR uses Microsoft Dynamics Marketing to run marketing promotions across a wide array of media types year-round can be seen at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/customer-success-stories-detail.aspx?casestudyid=710000003750.

Microsoft is also enabling a complete range of functionality for customer service professionals. This includes the powerful self-service capabilities in the recently acquired Microsoft Parature offering to the multichannel capabilities coming in the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online update and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 for on-premises customers, including the Unified Service Desk. Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables companies to provide relevant, responsive and personalized customer service.

New research from Gartner Research also positions Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s April 24, 2014 Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center,[2] based on the product’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

More capabilities and features of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM spring wave of updates, including Microsoft Social Listening and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, are detailed in the Release Preview Guide. A blog post series by Bob Stutz is available on CRM Connection. In addition, all can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community @MSDynamicsCRM at http://www.twitter.com/msdynamicscrm, #MSDYNCRM.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

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[1] Microsoft will disclose the specific market availability at a later date, to be determined.

[2] Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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postheadericon Microsoft demonstrates new ecosystem opportunity and unveils the latest partner devices at Computex 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan June 4, 2014 Wednesday during a keynote address at Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for Microsoft Corp.’s device partnerships, demonstrated the breadth of innovation happening across Windows and the Windows device ecosystem. He was joined during his keynote by Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia and distinguished scientist at Microsoft, who provided evidence of how Microsoft is innovating to deliver opportunity for partners and value to customers in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Parker opened the keynote talking about Microsoft’s vision for devices in a rapidly changing market and how Microsoft is innovating across its products, partnerships and business model to create opportunity for partners. Parker also talked about Microsoft’s device partner strategy to drive scale and innovation with Windows, through new partnerships and new technology that delight customers.

To talk about how the Windows team is operating with new speed and agility to deliver enhancements to customers and partners, and how Microsoft and its partners can build the next 1 billion devices together, Parker invited Tony Prophet to the stage. Prophet talked about how recent Windows enhancements including $ 0 Windows for devices smaller than 9 inches, relaxed certification requirements, the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows universal apps all make building incredible Windows devices easier for a broader ecosystems of hardware partners and ultimately more valuable and affordable for customers. He talked about the value of Microsoft cloud services across devices and shared the latest momentum:

  • 2 billion Skype minutes per day

  • 4.4 million Office 365 Home subscribers

  • 400 million active Outlook.com users

  • 250 million OneDrive users

  • 48 million Xbox Live members

  • 18 percent share of U.S. search market for Bing

He also shared momentum on apps and announced that Kabam, a leader in free-to-play games, will deliver its lineup of hit games to Windows tablets and phones over the next year, including “Fast & Furious 6: The Game,” “Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon” and “The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth.” Moving forward, Kabam games will be available for Windows in the same timeframe as for other platforms.

Prophet was joined on stage by Nick Hedderman, group manager in the Windows Product Management team. Hedderman demonstrated the latest capabilities in Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, showing a number of new experiences that were built based on customer and partner feedback, including improved mouse and keyboard navigation in Windows and enhanced notification, personalization and file management options in Windows Phone. He finished the demo with a look at Cortana, Microsoft’s new personal assistant on Windows Phone, and spoke about its upcoming availability in both China and the U.K.

Microsoft and its hardware partners announced new designs, price points and markets for Windows devices. Parker had nearly 40 brand-new devices on stage, including all-in-ones, laptops, 2-in-1s, tablets and smartphones. He gave the first sneak peek of Toshiba’s 7-inch tablet that will be available in the coming months at a value-driven price point that is very competitive to any other 7-inch-class device and unveiled the HP Pro x2 612 2-in-1 that is packed with business-ready capabilities including security features, a Wacom stylus, and dual batteries in the tablet and the power keyboard. He demonstrated an expanding ecosystem with new partner devices including numerous tablets from partners in the China technology ecosystem in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai, including Haier, VIDO and Luckystar. Parker also showcased a breadth of smartphones from value to premium from new partners including BLU, InFocus Corp., Prestigio and Yezz. These new devices are the result of Microsoft’s expanded collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. on its reference design program, which enables device manufacturers to quickly and efficiently broaden their portfolio with Windows Phones.

Dr. Hon joined Parker on stage for a discussion about the future of computing and key areas of investment for Microsoft Research that include big data, machine learning, datacenter, sensors, computer vision and natural user interface. Dr. Hon talked about advancements in computer science and provided examples of how technology coming out of Microsoft Research ends up in products such as Xbox, Bing and Skype. He concluded by sharing his thoughts on how computing is evolving to become more human-centric, which provides a more personal and contextual user experience for people to do more, know more and be more.

Computex is the second-largest computer exhibition in the world, drawing a range of manufacturers and developers each year for a look at the latest upcoming devices and technologies. Microsoft products and partner devices can be seen on display in the Microsoft booth in Nangang Exhibition Hall, L Area-#0110. More information is available at http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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