visual-studio-logoIn December, Microsoft offered Visual Studio 2013 owners a release candidate version of Update 1. Today, the company released the final version of that patch, which offers a number of bug fixes to the software development tools.

As with the RC build, the final version of Update 1 does not offer anything in the way of major new features. However, S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, states in a blog post today that it does incorporate improvements based on feedback from current users. He states, "For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1."

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Microsoft has announced a new partnership with popular domain name and website provider GoDaddy that's designed to expand the use of Office 365. Today, the two companies announced that GoDaddy will offer Microsoft's productivity software service to its small business customers.

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microsoft-office-logoMicrosoft has announced on the Office blog that the Office 2013 productivity suite will be getting its first Service Pack early next year.

Chris Schneider, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, has written that the service pack will bring performance enhancements, feature updates and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1 to the Office 2013 productivity suite which includes Office, Sharepoint and Exchange. He also mentions that Office 365 users are updated regularly, hinting that they don't need to do anything different in order to acquire SP1.

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visual-studio-logoMicrosoft launched Visual Studio 2013 to the general public in mid-October but decided to keep the software development tools away from its student oriented DreamSpark subscription service. Friday, that changed as Microsoft is now offering the Visual Studio 2013 Professional SDK on DreamSpark.

The release means that the students who have signed up to use the service can download the full version of Visual Studio 2013 for free. In addition, DreamSpark users can download the version of Visual Studio Express 2013 made for Windows along with the web-based port.

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ms-office-logo2While Microsoft already sells a version of Office 365 to college students, called Office 365 University, for $79.99 for four years, today the company announced a new program that could allow students to gain access to a more advanced version of its productivity software for free.
The new program is called Student Advantage, and Microsoft's press release states that it will let students access Office 365 ProPlus for free if their educational institution has already signed up to use it or or Office Professional Plus for its faculty and staff. The program will officially begin on December 1st and Microsoft says that over 35,000 institutions are already set up to offer the free version of Office to their students.

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windowsBugs10 years ago this month, Microsoft made a commitment to offer better security for its various software products, including Windows. That included setting up a regularly scheduled time of the month where Microsoft would release new security bulletins. The decision was made to establish the second Tuesday of the month as the date for these software updates.
The event has come to be known informally as "Patch Tuesday" in IT circles and since then the date has come to be recognized as a positive move for Microsoft, helping to get rid of its previous reputation for not keeping in touch with customers on software updates. Today, Microsoft released the October 2013 "Patch Tuesday" security bulletins, although it made no specific effort to mention the 10th anniversary of its software update schedule.

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outlook logoMicrosoft's Outlook.com service has been live for over a year now, but it looks like people who don't sign into their Microsoft Account in a timely fashion could find that their email addresses are freed up after a period of nearly a year.
According to PCWorld, Microsoft's service agreement does day that users must sign onto their Microsoft Account at least once every 270 days. If they don't, the agreement says their access could be canceled and their online data might be deleted. However, that same public agreement says nothing of Microsoft allowing others to access that now unused email address again.

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We've been waiting to hear from Microsoft about a launch date for Visual Studio 2013 for some time and this week we finally got an answer. The company has revealed it will hold a virtual launch event for the software development tool on November 13th.

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While Microsoft is promoting that date as the official release for the software, ZDNet.com reports that MSDN subscribers can download the RTM version on October 18th, the same day Windows 8.1 launches. Visual Studio 2013 will go on sale via volume licensing customers on November 1st and from retail resellers sometime soon after that date, though nothing specific was announced.

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gmail logoA few months ago, Google began to put in messages in the Promotions section of Gmail web accounts that looked very much like email spam. Now it looks like Google is getting ready to put in some kind of advertisements inside the official Gmail app for Android devices.
  As reported by Android Police, an examination of the code inside the recently released 4.6 version of the Gmail Android app showed multiple references to ads.

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Word and Powerpoint LogoMicrosoft has been expanding its Bing Translator software to more and more of the company's products, including apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Today, Microsoft announced that a new Translator app for Word and PowerPoint 2013 users will be launched in the Office store later in the day.
  In a post on the Next at Microsoft blog, it states:

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