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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft has removed Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store temporarily. There seems to be some issues affecting users while they updating their devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue and already investigating it. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1,” “As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.  We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.  We will provide updates as they become available.” Expect the update back in store soon! I myself updated my Surface RT and the update process for smooth and now, I’m enjoying the Windows 8.1. ...

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Microsoft released Bing Apps for Windows 8.0 including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps and Travel last year and they released to two new members of the app family as part of Windows 8.1 Release Preview – Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. As Windows 8.1 was released to public yesterday, Bing team has updated all the Bing Apps and has also released the final versions of Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. They detailed all the new changes and features in each of these app on their blog. Bing Food & Drink:  Learn from the Best We think if you’re going to learn to cook, you should learn from the best. That’s why we’ve enlisted help from world renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Jacques Pepin, Joel Robuchon, Marcus Samuelsson and Vikas Khanna (just to name a few.) We work closely with them to ...

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Even though Microsoft’s stranglehold in Operating Systems for computing devices has faded over the past few years, Microsoft continues to have a stranglehold on Office productivity suite in the enterprise. According to a recent report from Forrester, more than 85% of respondents continues to use Microsoft Office in their enterprise and the only notable competitor is Google Apps which is few percentage points. One in five firms uses email in the cloud. Another quarter plans to move at some point. More are using Office 365 (14%) than Google Apps (9%). Just 22% of respondents are on Office 2013. Another 36% have plans to be on it. Office 2013′s uptake will be slower than Office 2010 because fewer firms plan to combine the rollout of Office 2013 with Windows 8 as they combined Office 2010 with Windows 7. Alternatives to Microsoft Office show little traction. In 2011, 13% of respondents supported ...

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Dell has started selling their first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet Venue 8 Pro from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro starts at $299. It comes with Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, dual cameras and an optional keyboard. Processor Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D with 32GB storage (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Operating System Windows 8.1 (32Bit) English Productivity Software Office Home and Student 2013 Tablet Memory 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Video Card Intel® HD Graphics Display 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Wireless Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi  + Bluetooth® 4.0 Case Color Black Mobile Broadband Not Selected in this configuration Webcam Integrated 1.2MP HD Webcam (front) / 5MP (back) Power Supply 10 Watt AC Adapter Support 1 Yr Rapid Return for Repair after Remote Diagnosis – Americas ...

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Derrick Connell, CVP at Bing today demoed the new Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1 in a new video. He has given a walk-through of how to search all of your documents, pictures, the web and more right from the Windows Start screen with Bing Smart Search. Watch the video demo above. Here’s the features of  Bing Smart Search: Search Just Got Faster and Easier:From the Start screen, just start typing and Smart Search will begin showing you results. When in desktop mode, press the Windows key (or the dedicated search button that will begin to appear on some devices) and start typing to begin a search, or swipe to engage the charm from the right screen edge. It’s the fastest way to search on any device. A New Way to Experience Search: An intelligent summary of results pulled from the most relevant information across the web and related apps, all organized ...

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Microsoft has released a new video ad to promote Windows 8.1. This new ad mainly focuses on the different kind of PC form factors running Windows 8.1 that is available on market.It shows devices like Surface which has detachable keyboards, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, hybrids, 8-inch tablets, etc,. It also shows Windows 8.1 platform features such as Live Tiles, Snap view modes, support for 3D printing, etc,. Watch the ad above.   ...

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Along with the release of Windows 8.1 update to all Windows 8 customers, Microsoft has also released Windows 8.1 Enterprise ealuation edition for download. The Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation is available in 32 and 64-bit ISO versions. You can register, then download and install full-featured software for a 90-day trial. Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. A clean installation is required. Windows 8.1 brings following benefits to the enterprise. Best business tablets and PCs – Enhanced user experience (improved multi-tasking, multi-monitor support, and mouse and keyboard navigation), boot to desktop, new Search experience, support for latest hardware innovation (processors, InstantGo, displays, smaller tablets, NFC, biometrics) Windows apps for business – Develop, deploy, and manage new mobile ...

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A great news for developers got buried inside the Windows 8.1 release news yesterday. Microsoft has released the final releases of Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013. All the three are now available for download. Somasegar,  corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft blogged about the new VS 2013 as below, Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s platforms.  From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft’s developer platforms. As part of the Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to build modern business applications that take advantage of the cloud and target a variety of devices and end-user experiences, all delivered within today’s rapid and dynamic application lifecycles. There are great new features and ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 held the position as the No.1 selling game console in the US for the past 32 months and it has come to an end this month. According to NPD sales data, Sony’s PS3 sold more units that Xbox 360 largely due to the GTA5 launch bundle. However, Microsoft has also got some good news on its sales charts. · Last month marked the biggest September software sales ever for Xbox 360, with sales reaching $401.2 million the most for any console in the U.S. · Xbox 360 continues to see strong consumer demand with an amazing lineup of titles. In fact, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 consoles games during the month of September including: “Grand Theft Auto V,” “FIFA 14,” “Madden NFL 14,” “Diablo III” and “NBA 2K14.” · Xbox 360 remains the number one selling console in the U.S. in 2013, with 1.6 million units ...

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Barnes & Noble has today updated their NOOK App for Windows 8.1 devices. The updated app now includes Windows 8.1 features such as supports for new Live Tiles sizes, enhanced snap view, import from SkyDrive and more. Read the full press below. New York, New York – October 17, 2013 – NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced an updated NOOK App for Windows 8.1 that is fully optimized to integrate the exciting new features of Windows 8.1. The updated app includes a streamlined user interface, faster performance and great new features to highlight Windows 8.1, including enhanced support for snap view and portrait orientation, the ability to import files from SkyDrive, enhanced search, improved library organization and even better in-app support for customers. To celebrate the launch of the NOOK App for Windows 8.1, ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part-1 as well, you can read it here. Regarding Password Management in Windows 8.1: Hi oshindx – we overhauled the password detection logic in IE11. With Win 8.1 you should see a dramatic improvement in your sites being recognized and passwords saved. You can also see all of your stored sites in the Settings/Accounts, and you can choose to have these credentials roamed across your Win8.1 devices so you don’t have to remember a password once you enter it on one of your PCs. Regarding Storage Spaces error ” The Specified Size Is Not Valid”: Well you’ve wound up the whole StorageSpaces team. They’re working on reproing your issue right now to debug. I might not have info right away, but it’s being actively investigated. Regarding Notification Center and Battery ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part -2 as well, you can read it here. Default zoom has been changed from 100% in windows 8, to 125% in windows 8.1. IE selects a default zoom based on the DPI and expected viewing distance of the device to optimize for consistent readability across form factors and display densities. The net zoom level depends on your device. You can change the IE zoom level on the desktop under the “gear” menu. Regarding poor quality apps creeping into the store. WRT to your Store questions: 1. We’re constantly improving the Store certification process in order to make it a first-class experience. With 8.1 there’s tons of work on the back-end that will surface over time. I’ll answer the second part with your 3rd Store question. 2. A lot ...

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As expected, Microsoft has released their Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android devices. The Remote Desktop app will allow you to connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. It is built on top of the RemoteFX technology in Windows and the app is designed in a way to easily use your Windows device from anywhere. Features: •Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway •Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures •Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology •Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center •High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage •Easy connection to external monitors or projectors for presentations Download it here from App Store. Download it here from Play Store. ...

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Microsoft today opened up the new improved Windows Store in Windows 8.1. Also the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1 by the developers. For the developers who started working on their app with the preview versions of Windows, they will first need to update their Preview environment to today’s release versions of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Packages built on prerelease versions won’t be accepted into the Store. Microsoft has made following improvements to the Windows Store to better connect apps with customers and drive greater monetization. All new Store layout providing better discovery and richer experience Integration of Bing technologies to make recommendations more relevant App packages can now be up to 8 gigabytes (great for visually rich apps and games) App bundles optimize the distribution of Windows Store app resource packages to global customers Windows Store support for in-app consumables and larger ...

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To celebrate the launch of new Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft has announced a new campaign that will run for next 8 days. Microsoft will pick 810 random winners per day who tweet and share their new Start screen from their Windows 8.1 device with the #MyStart hashtag. How to take screenshot of your Start Screen?  To take a screenshot of your Start screen in Windows 8.1, open up the Share charm from your Start screen and tap or click the down arrow next to “Start” and choose “Screenshot” (shown above). Alternatively, you can press the Windows logo key + PrtScn on your keyboard or if you’re using a tablet, press the Windows logo button + the volume down button. What winners will get? Winners will receive a $10 promotional Windows Store gift card to get started with great Windows apps and games. Microsoft will be inform winners via Direct Message ...

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Acer today announced their successor to the Acer W3 8-inch tablet. Acer has improved over all the major complaints on W3. W4 now features vibrant, sharp 8-inch HD Display with IPS and Zero Air Gap technologies, powered by 4th Generation Intel Atom 1.8 GHz processor, Windows 8.1 pre-installed, comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 pre-installed, will offer upto 10 hours for web browsing and up to 8 hours for video play back. W4 is also now thinner and lighter than W3. It comes with an optional ultra-slim keyboard and cases for extra productivity. The Acer Iconia W4 starts shipping this month in the United States. Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are $329.99 for the model with 32GB of storage, and $379.99 for the model with 64GB of storage. Press Release: Acer today debuted the new 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet that features IPS and Zero Air Gap technologies providing a ...

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