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News Roundup: Microsoft to launch Windows 9, Facebook trending topic feature and more

Google launches feature of ‘Email via Google+ and Google Apps’

Google will now allow its users to send emails via their Google+ account as well as through Gmail apps. The feature will allow users to send emails even without knowing the receiver’s email address.

As an extension of some earlier improvements that keep Gmail contacts automatically up to date using Google+, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients when the users are composing a new email.

As compared to Gmail, domain administrators will have the option to turn on/off the availability of the feature. By default, the feature will remained turned off. The option to change settings will be available under Gmail Settings, and then End User Settings.

Microsoft to unveil Windows 9 in April

Microsoft, currently dealing with unacceptance of hybrid software of Windows 8 among users, will soon be launching the upgraded Windows 9. The new OS will bring in the most missed feature of ‘ traditional start menu’ along with the old-style desktop.

According to recent report by Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott, that the software giant was pushing through the upgrade to mitigate the poor reception of Windows 8.

Codenamed as “Threshold”, the new design will be unveiled at Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference in April, with plans to release the software to market a year later. Also, Microsoft is looking forward for a replacement of company CEO Steve Ballmer.

Facebook to add Trending feature and roll out language specific names

Facebook will now be adding the Twitter like feature of ‘Trending Topics’, to be seen in the right side of their Facebook pages in coming weeks. Initially the US, UK, India, Canada and Australia users can see the list of trending topics with more countries later on.

Trending topics won’t be available on the mobile version of Facebook, but the company said it is testing the feature in its app for smartphones and tablet computers.

In an another event, the company will also be rolling out language-specific names for users, allowing their names to be displayed in the native languages of a select few countries.

fbAs specified by Facebook, When a user would add a language-specific name to his Timeline, his friends will see his name in the way that’s most natural for them. So if they use Facebook in the same language as the user’s language-specific name that’s what they’ll see.

Everyone else will see the name as the user signed up with. The language-specific name one use should be his real name as it would be listed on his credit card, student ID, etc.

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