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PowerPoint 2013 ‘Resume Reading’ & Windows Phone 8 Kid’s Corner Explained; Office 2013 Coming Mar 31st; Latest Windows Intune Released

Microsoft highlights the new “Resume Reading” feature in PowerPoint 2013 that allows user to reopen a presentation on the last slide they were working on.

In the latest version PowerPoint users will see a new “callout” on the right edge when you open a presentation which lets you know the last slide you had open in the presentation, when you were there last, and clicking on it will take you right back to that slide.

“The coolest thing about this new feature: these bookmarks will follow you wherever you go as long as you are logged into Office. For example, if you open a file from SkyDrive on your laptop at school and later open the same file on your desktop at home, you’ll be able to jump back to where you last were on your laptop. It couldn’t be easier,” Microsoft says.

Microsoft Office 2013: PowePont 2013 Resume Reading feature

In another article, the Redmond company explains to developers how to detect if an app is running in Windows Phone 8‘s Kid’s Corner, (that lets parents configure a separate Start screen for their children and populate it with only the apps, games, and content that they feel is appropriate.)

“Because some features of the phone are disabled in Kid’s Corner, or because some actions might not make sense for a child to perform, apps are able to detect they are running in a Kid’s Corner session and adjust their behaviour appropriately.”

For example, “imagine your application allows users to upload photos or location data or other information to a website, or otherwise enables sharing of information with other users. Before enabling those features, you should check whether the application is running in Kid’s Corner or not,” the company wrote.

“Enter the ApplicationProfile class, and its single static Modes property. If the current mode is Alternate, that means your app is running in Kid’s Corner and you should disable any UX that would lead to a dead end (such as in-app purchases) or any other content or experiences that parents may want to control in Kid’s Corner. It’s also a good idea to disable ads when an app is running in Kid’s Corner (or change the type of ads you’re requesting), because if the child clicks on an ad it may take them to the browser experience, which is not fully regulated by Kid’s Corner,” Micorosoft explained.

Update: In this latest Windows Phone 8 TV Ad, olympian Kerri Walsh, shows off the new features on her Nokia Lumia 920 like Kid’s Corner, which allows Walsh to give her smartphone to her kids to play games.

There’s even a scene where she is using the Windows Phone version of Office to view a document on SkyDrive, which then cuts to a scene where she views the same document on her Surface tablet.

Windows 8 Camp in a Box final release now available to download includes the hands-on-labs, presentations, samples and resources from the Windows 8 camps. “The Windows 8 camps are free training events for developers ramping up on Windows Store app development,” Microsoft adds.

Sign-up for a Windows camp here, and download Windows 8 Camp in a Box on Download Center.

Microsoft Office 2013 slated to release in the first quarter of this year, is now rumored to go live on March 31, according to a report citing a Microsoft support engineer who has confirmed that “the company plans to release the new productivity suite at the end of March,” reports Hardware Zone Forums.

The report further revealing a conversation with Microsoft tech support, goes on to say that the user has managed to purchase Office 2013 after a buy link was mistakenly published on the Microsoft Singapore store website.

Office 2013 Professional Sold throguh Singapore website, available on March 31, 2013

Windows Intune Wave D diagram

Microsoft has quietly released the latest version (“Wave D”) of its Windows Intune cloud-based management and security service in mid-December 2012.

The actual “launch” is supposedly slated on or around January 13.

The “Wave D” of Intune allows management of Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS-based phones and tablets and Android phones. With this release, “users can choose to manage their mobile devices either through Intune in the cloud or via Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1 by using a new Windows Intune connector,” Microsoft adds.

Microsoft also posted to its Download Center some potentially useful documents about Wave D:

Finally, Windy City teams with Microsoft as part of its new cloud computing strategy, announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that “the City of Chicago will move 30,000 employees to Office 365 for cloud-based e-mail and productivity.”

This new strategy will deliver more than $1.3 million in cost savings over the next four years – a whopping 80 percent decrease in cost per employee – while ensuring City workers have access to Web-based versions of the Microsoft tools they rely upon every day, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, OneNote, Excel, Lync and PowerPoint.

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