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The FCC has today revealed previously confidential document submitted by Microsoft. The documents describe a Tablet Computer running the Windows RT operating system with Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and unless Microsoft has yet another secret tablet in the works the documents are likely referring to their Surface computer. Microsoft is set to release the windows RT to the market on the 26th October, with the Windows 8 version to follow it is believed in January. As of yet no pricing has been released. See the documentation here at apps.fsc.gov Via: liliputing.com ...

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A recent discovery by Hellshock reveals the Italian Microsoft website contains a link to Surface within the ‘Products’ section, which poses the question- will Microsoft’s Surface cover the world? In addition to this, Surface is now listed in European Countries such as France, Italy and  the United Kingdom.  Microsoft is thought to be working with local retailers  to provide the Surface to European customers.  Earlier leaks have suggested that the Microsoft Surface will be available in Australia day and date with US availability on the 26th October.  This could mean that European customers may not have long to wait for Surface to turn up in their local stores.  Are our readers excited?  Let us know below.  Via: wpcentral.com and msicc.net ...

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Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen -who left Microsoft in 1983 due to illness- has revealed his thoughts on Windows 8 on his website: PaulAllen.com. ‘The new tablet features in Windows 8 are particularly bold and innovative. A few minor issues aside, I’m impressed with its clever integration of a bimodal interface to simultaneously support both desktop and tablet use in the same operating system. I found the gesture navigation on the tablet to be quite satisfying and responsive. And in general, I find Windows 8 to be snappier and more responsive than Windows 7’. Because the new operating system is designed to work on traditional desktop PC’s as well as laptops, he felt however some users may experience confusion when switching between the new tile-based, touch-friendly user interface and the classic ‘desktop’ mode.  ‘I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when ...

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While Bing has been making steady progress in growing market share against Google, many remain unconvinced that searches are better when powered by Microsoft.  Bingiton is Microsoft’s latest Bing campaign which was launched a couple weeks ago in order to decide which search engine really offered the best result; without people being biased towards Bing or Google.  Microsoft has now announced after more than 5 million blind tests that users have chosen Bing results 2:1 over Google.  Ideally, Bingiton will convince the public that is is worth switching to the search engine that offers the best results on the internet. Following on from their success with Bingiton, Microsoft will launch a ‘Bingiton sweepstakes’, where Bing users have a chance of winning Microsoft-themed prizes, such as a Microsoft Surface tablet, Lifecam Studio Webcam, Office Home and Business 2010 and many more.  Also, be sure to look out for Microsoft’s new TV ...

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 has really ‘smoked the competition’ when it was put up against browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome in recent tests by NSS Labs, which measure the ability of web browsers to catch fraud and block malware.  NSS ran over 3 million test runs against over 84,000 malicious URLs out of a unique sample set of 227,841.   An astounding 95% of 750,000 test cases were blocked by IE9, whilst Google Chrome 15-19 had a range varying from 13% to 74%-leaving Firefox and Safari in last place with only 6% of harmful websites blocked; according to a 75-day review by NSS labs.  Each browser was also tested for protection against click fraud, which involves a pay-per-click advertising scam through use of malware infection, and once again IE9 was found to be in the lead with a 96.6% click-fraud catch rate, followed by Chrome at ...

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The year long lack of a browser ballot screen did nothing to stem market share loss by Internet Explorer in Europe A technical oversight by Microsoft may hit the company with a $7billion+ fine leveed by the EU.  Europe’s antitrust chief announced Microsoft may face a fine of up to 10% of Microsoft’s global annual turnover -which is up to $7.37 billion (based on figures from 2012)- because Microsoft failed to include a ‘browser choice’ screen for European users in the latest version of Windows 7 in the Service Pack 1 update in February 2011, ‘”The fault is there, it has been there for more than a year and it is clear that we need to react,” said European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, adding: “It is not only the distortion of competition during this period which concerns us; it is very serious, from my point of view, that the remedies ...

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With the up-coming release of windows 8, increasing numbers of a wide variety of apps are becoming available to download from the Windows Store; from National Rail Enquires to classic games like checkers.  However, there is much ambiguity surrounding the number of apps actually available; according to McAkins Online, the number of apps in the Windows Store is 1,634, whereas WinAppUpdate.com states there are significantly more apps available, which is currently 2,079.  Although Wes Miller at WinAppUpdate.com is a Research VP at the third party analyst company Directions on Microsoft, McAkins Online has been keeping a close eye on the numbers of Windows 8 apps for many months, in addition to publishing detailed descriptions of the app categories- suggesting McAkins Online could be the more reliable source.  We can not be 100% certain of the number of apps available, since each source may not have included the desktop apps in ...

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OmniTouch allows interactive multitouch applications  on any everyday surfaces, whether its a wall or a notepad or even hands, arms or legs!  In addition to the projection system being depth-sensing, there is no instrumentation of the user or environment, allowing it to be used by anyone in any environment with no hassle. Furthermore, a wide variety of interactions are enabled- so you can ‘click’ or hover your fingers over the interactive area to command the OmniTouch.  The technology is being developed by Microsoft Researcher Andrew Wilson who will be demonstrating it live during the Verge Show (as shown below). It is clear that the technology needs much miniaturisation, but with smartphone based Pico projectors one can imagine this interface could eventually find some application in the real world. Via research.microsoft.com ...

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As Microsoft’s search engine Bing gains credibility, Google appears to be suffering the consequences. Compete has found as Google’s search share has dropped 2.6% between July 2011 and 2012 that Bing has seen a 4.2% increase in market share. Fortunately for Microsoft, Bing has become the desired search engine for new platforms such as the new improved Kindle Fire as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phones; meaning that it’s nothing but good news for Microsoft. Google still dominates approximately 65.7% of the market in comparison to Yahoo with 15.1% and Bing with 19.2%; but to be fair, Google has been active since 1998 and Yahoo in 1994, whereas Bing was only created merely 3 years ago in 2009.  In addition Bing is responsible for Yahoo’s market share as Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo to provide search results for their search engine.  Hopefully the integration of Bing with Windows ...

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