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Microsoft has kicked off an open beta of a new multiplayer game called Neosaurs, which it is attempting to propogate virally via Twitter and Facebook.

The open beta commenced on December 9, according to the Web site for the game.

“Neosaurs is a new massively multiplayer RPG (MMORPG) adventure that you can play, right here in your browser for free! No downloads, no wait times. Click ‘Play Now’ to jump in the game and start playing right away with your existing Facebook or Windows Live account,” according to the Web page.

Read More: ZDNet

 

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Steve Ballmer will once again be making his appearance at CES 2011 and is rumored to be announcing new slate devices with a new interface and may be demoing Windows 8. The rumors speculate that Ballmer will unveil several devices that are supposed to compete with the iPad.

According to the New York Times, Balmer will unveil several devices made from Dell, Samsung and several others onstage. Most interesting in the rumors is the information about a new layered interface to the Windows 7 platform. The insider states, “people familiar with this device said it will run the Windows 7 operating system when in landscape mode, but will also have a layered interface that will appear when the keyboard is hidden and the device is held in a portrait mode. ”

Read More: Neowin

At LeWeb yesterday, Microsoft demonstrated a pretty, new way to curate the web’s information: Montage.

Montage looks and feels a lot like a glossy magazine web or tablet app. It works by allowing the user to pick a keyword or two; the application then pulls data and content from a variety of media-rich and real-time sources, including YouTubeYouTube, RSS feeds, Twitter and Bing News. The content is then arranged on the page in a grid format — you get to choose the exact layout — for your own consumption and for sharing with others.

For example, we used the term “Christmas trees” to create a Montage of our own. We picked a fairly standard web-magazine format, then we were able to customize each “widget” or compartment of the layout with a WYSIWYG editor. We added images, a Twitter term trend chart, news articles and more.

Read More: Mashable

 

Rovio Mobile, creator of Angry Birds, confirmed it is close to releasing a PC version of its popular mobile game. During a Helsinki press event, Rovio briefly showcased the PC game in action. The desktop version duplicates the game play of the mobile game, but incudes high resolution graphics for the big screen. The official launch date was not announced but Rovio hints that it will be coming soon.

The press event included a few salient details about this success story. Rovio released its first version of Angry Birds on December 11, 2009 and the game has exploded on to the scene. Since its launch, Angry Birds has moved from iOS, to Android, and a variety of other platforms including webOS, Symbian, and even the Nintendo DS.

Read More: Neowin

 

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer platform is hurting; it is facing stiff competition from Google, Mozilla, and a host of other vendors who want their piece of the consumer pie. While Microsoft has been publicly pushing IE 9, internally, Microsoft knows that if this version of IE doesn’t make waves with the consumers, it will give up the title as the most used platform for browsing the web.

Microsoft has been busy posting new job openings all around the world while it gears up for the IE 9 launch and one recent job opening states:

Beyond setting the agenda for our IE plan for consumers, you will help drive the most important launch of Internet Explorer in the history of Microsoft. You will work closely with your counterparts across the Windows Businessgroup, field and engineering teams to prepare the team for a rapidly approaching worldwide launch.

Read More: Neowin

 

The head of a company that develops mobile apps is expecting a significant update to Windows Phone 7 in February. Among the changes: easing restrictions for third-party developers, which could increase the number of “long-tail” apps available for the phone.

The update will almost certainly add copy and paste, which has already appeared in an update pushed out to some developer-only handsets. It may also offer a better way for corporations to deploy homegrown apps–today they have to distribute them through the public marketplace.

Equally important, said this person, it will loosen some of the odd restrictions on what apps can and cannot do.

Read More: Business Insider

 

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