About the author  ⁄ pradeep

Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft today announced a strategic partnership with Best Buy to open 600 Windows Stores within 500 Best Buy store locations across US. REDMOND, Wash. — June 13, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to create the Windows Store only at Best Buy. The comprehensive store-within-a-store will be in 500 Best Buy locations across the United States and in more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada. Ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet, the Windows Store will be the premier destination for consumers to see, try, compare and purchase a range of products and accessories, including Windows-based tablets and PCs, Windows Phones, Microsoft Office, Xbox, and more. Each store will feature an innovation space highlighting a variety of Windows scenarios across devices; a showcase section with the latest Windows-based PC form factors such as ultrabooks, convertibles, ...

Read More →

We yesterday reported about Sony PlayStation leading pre-order sales in several Amazon websites. We thought it was mainly due to poor PR info circulating around the internet about Xbox One’s DRM and used games policy. Microsoft reacted to this negative buzz today and the response shows that Microsoft still stands by its decisions. Xbox chief Don Mattrick responded in an conversation about the 24 hours online requirement that people who don’t have access to internet can buy Microsoft’s new re-desgined Xbox 360 console. He also said that Microsoft will continue to invest in Xbox 360 going forward making it the low cost Xbox console for the masses. MATTRICK: “Some of the advantages that you get, of having, a box that is designed to use an online state, so, that, uh, to me is the future-proof choice, and I think people, could have arguably gone the other way if we didn’t ...

Read More →

Microsoft and Sony has finally revealed most of the details on their next generation gaming consoles. While both Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 has almost identical specs, they differ in many other ways. Sony PlayStation 4 is now leading the pre-order sales over Xbox One in many Amazon websites around the world. There are many reason behind it. For example, the recently revealed details on Xbox One’s DRM, pricing and other details has take a hit at their pre-order sales. There is a positive news for Microsoft, they can fix all the issues/misconceptions around the console right now. 1) 24 hours login requirement – Microsoft can easily change their decision to allow gamers to login once a week with other tweaks in policies. 2) Used games: Microsoft’s message that developers can opt-in/opt-out for used games restriction didn’t reach out to the consumers fully yet. Also Xbox One allows you ...

Read More →

Microsoft announced yesterday that their next generation console Xbox One is launching in November this year. Only 21 markets around the world will have launch this year and other countries will have this device in a staged roll-out process. Here are the list of countries that will have Xbox One in November, United States France Netherlands Canada Germany Switzerland Mexico Spain Russia Brazil Italy Sweden Australia Ireland Norway New Zealand Belgium Finland United Kingdom Austria Denmark Microsoft is working on bringing the new device in select Asian markets – Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and India and Microsoft said that they are working on localized content for the device. Microsoft is also planning to aggressively market the new re-designed Xbox 360 console in the emerging markets to keep up the console sales.   ...

Read More →

Microsoft today announced that Xbox One is launching in November 2013. The new Xbox One comes with new Kinect and new Xbox controller as well. Xbox One now features high-end graphics, much improved Kinect tracking, voice recognition, new software UX and more. “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” ...

Read More →

Microsoft today updated their Bing desktop app with many new features. Microsoft also revealed that more than 10 million people are using Bing desktop app worldwide. Here are the list of features in the update. Searching Made Easier with Inline Search: Now you can search directly from a webpage, word document or PDF file simply by highlighting the word or phrase and clicking the Bing icon. With Inline Search, all you have to do is highlight what you want to search, hit the Bing icon and you will see a preview of search results in a convenient window without ever leaving what you were doing. Faster Ways to Explore via Bing Desktop Apps: We are announcing a new weather app and have overhauled the news and Facebook apps from the ground up with a new look that makes it easier to stay up to date at a glance. News at a Glance ...

Read More →

One of the frequently requested feature to Microsoft regarding web browsing experience is a bookmarking feature. Microsoft has responded to it with the new Windows 8.1 Reading List feature. It allows you to save all the interesting things you find online or any other app to access it later. When you want to save it for later, go to Share button in the Charms Bar and select the Reading List option. These items will be synced across Windows devices including Windows Phones. It’s a beautiful app and you can see it action from the photos below. Source: WinChina ...

Read More →

With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 devices, Microsoft is giving users a choice on booting straight to desktop instead of Start Screen. Apart from this option, there are several other Start Screen settings that users can choose from. For example, you can now set your desktop background on the Start Screen, set to show the Apps view automatically whenever you go to Start, ability to list desktop apps first in the Apps view and more. via: Win8china ...

Read More →

Microsoft is already selling Xbox hardware console at discounted prices by bundling up with yearly Xbox LIVE gold subscriptions in US. According to the recent reports from MCV UK, Microsoft is planning to sell Xbox One at discounted prices by bundling them with Sky TV subscriptions in UK. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Microsoft is in talks with the broadcaster to sell Xbox One with Sky subscriptions. The device could work as a set-top-box or companion device – but most importantly the console could be sold at a hugely reduced cost. The move may already have been signed off. We could even get official confirmation as soon as Monday night, when Xbox opens E3 with its yearly press conference. Microsoft and Sky are a great partners in Xbox space as they have constantly delivered apps/services in the last few years. So, I would not be surprised by ...

Read More →

WSJ reported few months back that Microsoft is planning to cut the Windows price it charges the OEMs to increase the sales. At Computex event held in Taiwan, Microsoft’s OEM division head Nick Parker has confirmed about the price cuts, but it is only applicable for tablets/PCs that are less than 10.1 inches in size. According to WSJ, Microsoft is cutting by two-thirds the cost to license Windows and Office software, or roughly $100 before marketing rebates Microsoft offers to PC makers. This may sound that there will be a significant reduction in price for Windows devices on retail. But it may not happen, here’s why. Microsoft is planning to ship Microsoft Office with all small sized tablets for free, so you can understand the logic behind price cuts. “I think this is revenue neutral, that the end price to the OEMs is neutral, but they’re throwing in Office,” said ...

Read More →

At Comutex, Acer announced a unique Windows 8 hybrid device called. Aspire R7. It has a special “Ezel Hinge” that moves the display forward and into different positions. Today Engadget reported that Acer is releasing a Star Trek edition of Aspire R7. Acer has manufactured just 25 of these special-edition convertibles, one of which it plans to offer up on eBay from June 14th through the 24th. All the proceedings will going to charity. If you are a fan of Star Trek and unique  industrial design, you might be interested in taking part in the bidding. Read more about the actual device below. Aspire R7, a revolutionary 15.6-inch notebook that will redefine the touch and type computing experience. Featuring a Full HD 1920×1080 touch screen, the Acer R7 was made for the new computing lifestyle, which increasingly combines touching and typing. With a repositioned keyboard and a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” ...

Read More →

Microsoft today confirmed that they will be releasing Windows 8.1 preview on June 26th during BUILD conference. If you are planning to upgrade from your current Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 preview, you need to be careful. Because, you will have to re-install all the apps you have installed on your PC after upgrading Windows 8.1 to final version which will be released later this year. When the Windows 8.1 preview is made available, Windows 8 and Windows RT users will receive a Windows Update notification. Users can go to Windows Store, read the description and choose whether to install or not. Here is the procedure from upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 RTM, Even if testers opt instead to roll their devices back to Windows 8 after installing the preview bits, they still will have to reinstall their apps once they move to the RTM version of Windows 8.1. On ...

Read More →

WinZip for Windows 8 app in Windows Store just got updated with many new features. WinZip allows you to save and share files from your Windows 8/RT devices with direct integration with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The app comes with 15 day free trail after which you will need to subscribe to it for $7.99 per annum. Change log: - Add files and folders from Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive drives to a zip or zipx file - Open .zip, 7z, RAR and .zipx files saved on Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Save .zip and .zipx files directly to Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Remove files from a .zip or .zipx folder - Manage all your zip file sharing accounts: ZipShare, ZipSend, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive from a single convenient location - Direct email access to helpdesk - ...

Read More →

According to the study conducted by Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA Inc., Internet Explorer continues to be the most energy-efficient browser on Windows 8. The study concluded that compared to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer uses up to 18% power. Internet Explorer 10 exhibited the lowest energy consumption. In some scenarios such as playing Adobe Flash video on laptop PCs, it was 18% more energy efficient than Google Chrome, and it was 17% more efficient than Mozilla Firefox in playing HTML5 video. To put that in perspective,  if every Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox user in the United States switched to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 for a year, the energy saved could power over 10,000 households in the United States for that year. Here is the info from Microsoft, The 18% savings in energy consumption is significant. Consider that if every Google Chrome and Mozilla ...

Read More →