Update: Microsoft has released its first "Law Enforcement Requests Report," which the company says will apparently be released every six months from now on--revealing, that in 2012, the company received 75,378 law enforcement requests (including Skype).
Microsoft said the requests would have affected about 137,424 customer accounts or other identifiers. Microsoft added the number of requests impacted less than two one-hundredths of one percent of all of the accounts that are recorded by the company.
Adding, it said that 18% of the requests (again, excluding Skype) resulted in the disclosure of no information being given to law enforcement authorities, "either because Microsoft rejected the request or because no customer information was found."
Microsoft did disclose what it called "non content information" for 79.8 percent of the law enforcement requests in 2012. Actual content disclosures were given to authorities for 1,558 requests, which comprised 2.1 percent of the total law enforcement requests.
Check the full report at the Microsoft's Transparency site.
FUSE Labs, a home of Kodu game announced a new version of the games along with the Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge.
For those new, "Kodu is a complete 3D game development environment designed to let kids create their own 3D games. Kodu is built around a custom visual programming language that makes it easy for everyone to learn how to program."
Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge, giving a chance for game developers ages 9 to 18 to compete in a world wide competition.
Highlights of the features in this release:
- "Touch is now supported as an input method. You can also build games that use touch to control your characters.
- We have a bunch of new characters all focused on making water games. Heading the list is Octo. Like a real octopus he can squirt ink and camouflage himself.
- Programmable control for some of the world settings: you can now change the sky color and lighting effects via programming. The transitions can either be instant or you can have them happen over time. Whatever works best for your game.
- Programmable control of some character settings: you can change a character's size or max speed on the fly now. Like the world settings you can control how quickly this change happens," informs Microsoft.
You can get the new Kodu here.
We already knew, Microsoft is working on the "Windows Blue" operating system for Windows Client and Windows Phone. Now, according to a report, there's also going to be a Windows Server Blue release.
Stephen Chapman of MSFTkitchen in a blog post mentions that a former Senior User Experience Lead for Windows Server on his resume mentions--"he has been since August 2012 working on "design and user experience delivery of Windows Server and System Center Datacenter Management Portals for Windows Blue"."
Also, refrence to another Microsoft employee who has been working on the Workflow Manager Azure Service mentions on his resume he work on shipping MSDTC (Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator) features in Windows 8 and Windows Blue.
That's not all, Chapman also found (via) a video clip of a TechFest 2013 employee-only session, briefly demostrating next version of FreshPaint app, which is expected to be available for Windows Blue and Windows Phone Blue.
Windows Blue and Windows Server Blue are supposedly will be optimized to run on smaller screen sizes and coming late this summer. While, Windows Phone Blue is expected early 2014.