I came across an interesting rumor about the possible retirement of Windows Live Messenger and having Skype take over. If that is true, then Windows Live Messenger might be no more in a few months time.
I use both Windows Live Messenger and Skype, so it would be nice to have them consolidated into 1 account, 1 service. I’ve also tried Skype on Windows 8 and it’s fantastic.
If you haven’t tried Skype, then you should.
Microsoft has completed Office 2013 and made it available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
If you have a subscription, go get it!
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If your currently subscribe to the Zune Music Pass, this has now changed to Xbox Music. As depicted below, you should have got an email from Xbox with a gift of 1000 Microsoft Points to use on any of the music, video or game content on Xbox Live.
I look forward to using the new Xbox Music service and the new functionality it brings.
Yesterday Microsoft revealed pricing and availability for the Microsoft Surface RT tablet. http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us
Since the announcement, their cheapest Surface RT model without the touch case has sold out and there is now a minimum 3 week back order.
Canadian Pricing and Availability
It looks like your order will ship by October 26 and arrive by October 30. If you want to try to get it sooner, then try visiting a Microsoft "Popup Holiday” Store. I know I will to checkout the device first hand and probably buy one.
Further Reading: Everything you need to know
Checkout this amazing blog post on Neowin for more details on everything you need to know about Microsoft Surface RT.
Three new sets of storyboarding shapes are now available for iOS, iPhone and iPad.
These shape libraries are available with the Storyboarding functionality that is included with Visual Studio 2012 Premium, Ultimate and Test Professional products.
Here are a sample of the icons included with these shape libraries…
You can read more about Storyboarding functionality in my blog post an introduction to PowerPoint storyboarding.
Downloading the Shapes
You can download these shape from the Visual Studio Gallery.
Here’s a good overview of and introduction to TypeScript by Anders Hejlsberg: