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Microsoft in News: Bing Translator App for Windows Phone, SkyDrive update adds short URL and 300MB uploads, and Xbox Entertainment Apps free this Weekend

A lot have happened in this week in tech and Microsoft has also rolled out few awesome things to make its customers happy. The major roll outs are as follows:

Bing Translator app for Windows Phone

When you’re traveling, need to overcome a language barrier, or trying to learn a foreign language, Bing Translator is your go-to app.

The official translator app for Windows Phone is now available to download and use via Windows Phone Marketplace. Bing Translator app is not just another translating app but you can use your camera to translate printed text, voice recognition to translate spoken text, or the keyboard to enter text that you want to translate.

Bing Translator App

You can use your phone’s camera to make translating signs, menus, newspapers, or any printed text a snap. Just aim the camera at the text and see the translation in seconds.

You need to download languages and phrase books so you can translate text and images when your phone isn’t connected to a network. Just speak a word or phrase that you want translated and hear the translations spoken in a native speaker’s accent. Voice translations require a network connection.

The other feature I liked most is that you it helps you to improve your vocabulary with the Word of the Day on the Start screen.

Just heads up towards Windows Phone Marketplace and download it now.

Microsoft updates SkyDrive

Microsoft has released a new update to SkyDrive that brings several new features to the popular cloud file sharing service. SkyDrive now supports the Open Office Document Format as well as 300MB uploads from the browser to SkyDrive.

Skydrive

You can now share your uploads direct on Twitter and now supports short URLs such as “sdrv.ms” for Windows Phone images shared to Twitter. In its official note, Microsoft promises that bigger things are coming soon.

Read full SkyDrive update official release.

Microsoft unlocking all Xbox Entertainment apps this Weekend

No one knows is this a promotion plan or Microsoft is planning make its customers happier this weekend but Xbox is unlocking their Xbox LIVE subscription service from Thursday, April 19 through Monday, April 23 – no Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for this time.

Xbox live

Through this special promotion, anybody with an Xbox will be able to use and enjoy all of the customized entertainment app experiences featured on the Xbox LIVE service.

List of apps that are unlocked by region will vary, so check your Xbox 360 dashboard in your region for specific details. For example, here is a list of apps that will be unlocked in the U.S.:

  • CinemaNow
  • Crackle
  • Dailymotion
  • EPIX4
  • ESPN
  • HBO GO
  • Hulu Plus2
  • iHeartRadio
  • Last.fm
  • MSN
  • Netflix3
  • Syfy
  • TMZ
  • TODAY
  • UFC
  • Verizon
  • VEVO
  • Vudu
  • Xfinity TV on Demand
  • YouTube

For a full list of worldwide apps unlocked for this promotion and for more information, please visit official Xbox promotion announcement page.

Hulu Plus2, Netflix3 and EPIX4 will also offer free trials to new users as part of this promotion to Xbox owners in the U.S. from Thursday, April 19 through Monday, April 23. So head on over to Xbox LIVE to watch your favorite TV shows and movies from Hulu Plus, Netflix and EPIX – no Xbox LIVE Gold membership or service subscriptions required.

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