Review Category : Microsoft

After releasing the Miix 2, an 8-inch Windows tablet, Lenovo today announced two more devices in its Miix 2 line-up. Miix 2 now comes in Miix 2 10 and 11 models which have 10.1- and 11.6-inch screens, respectively. These are real laptops and so it comes with both a tablet and keyboard dock. The real beauty is that you can dock the tablet into the keyboard in two ways. One in laptop mode and another in stand mode for content consumption activities. These devices comes with Full HD displays, 8 hour battery life, 5MP and 2MP cameras, JBL speakers and more. Lenovo Miix 10: The 10-inch MIIX 2 focuses on mobility: it weighs only 1.3 lbs. and is only 0.36-inches thick. It comes with a new 64-bit enabled quad-core Intel Atom processor 1, a full HD 1920×1200 10-point touchscreen display, Wi-Fi (and optional 3G), JBL surround speakers for great sounding ...

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At CES, Lenovo has announced three new Windows 8 all-in-ones. The 27-inch Horizon 2 is portable PC that is focused on bringing full-on multitouch family entertainment. You can use it as an All-in-One sitting a desk (“Stand Mode”) or in the living room “Table Mode” surrounded by people. The Horizon 2 is dramatically thinner( 19.5mm) and lighter, comes with up to a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, Dolby Home Theater for amazing audio, and HDD or hybrid storage. It also has NFC to share content from your phone to the Horizon 2. The Horizon 2 comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and a 10-point touchscreen. The Horizon 2 be available beginning in June starting at $1,499 (U.S.) via major retailers and www.lenovo.com. From Windows Team Blog, Lenovo A740: The A740 is a new All-in-One from Lenovo that has only a 4mm thin display – making it one of the thinnest ...

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When Lenovo announced Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook last year, many of us got confused about the naming convention which added the ‘Pro’ word to it. Now we are clear about the Lenovo’s plans as they have announced the new Yoga 2 devices. Yoga 2 laptops are the real successors to previous year Yoga models and Yoga 2 Pro is model focusing on premium customers with QHD+ display, SSDs, etc,. There are two different Yoga 2 models, one with 13-inch display(3.5 pounds and 0.68 inch thick) and the other with 11-inch display(2.9 pounds). The Yoga 2 13 comes with mid-range specs, you can configure CPU up to Core i5, touch display up to 1,920 x 1,080 and storage up to either a 500GB HDD or hybrid hard drive. All the devices comes with backlit keyboard and eight-hour battery. The 13-inch model will be available starting next month for $999 and up. ...

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LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2014: PC computing leader Lenovo(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show,announced additions to its product portfolio with the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook and the ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet offering a full PC experience on the move. Lenovo also introduces the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector. “Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of design and technology as we aspire to create the best products in the market. Our obsession in the pursuit of perfection is evident with these smarter devices designed to enhance the way people interact at home and at work,” said Peter Hortensius, SVP and president, Think Business Group, Lenovo. “The ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers a stunning user experience with the best professional display and new interactive methods and represents ...

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 Microsoft Research originally released WorldWide Telescope 5 years back and for its 5th anniversary they have rolled out a new version with new features. WorldWide Telescope 5.0 is the latest version and is already in production use in World-Class planetariums. If you are unaware of WorldWide Telescope, The WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe. WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. The WorldWide Telescope experience scales from a web browser all the way to multi-channel full dome in some of the world’s most advanced planetariums. WorldWide Telescope 5.0 new features: True cinematic control for optimal animations ...

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Dell Venue 8 Pro, one of the best 8-inch Windows tablet out there received an firmware update yesterday. Panel Touch Firmware for Dell Venue 8 Pro 5830 package provides update for devices running Windows 8.1 operating system. This version 1.0.4.2,A02 improves stylus performance of the device. Download the firmware from Dell here. Specs: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Check out the deal here. via: Mobility Digest ...

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There are various ways in which one could measure the reach of a new OS in the market. Usage share is important one among them and Steam gaming service usage numbers will give us a glimpse of market trend. According to the December month stats from Steam, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 saw a growth to capture about 20% of the usage share among Steam gamers. Windows 7 remained the most popular OS with an usage share of 64.38%. According to the the latest market share data from Net Applications, at the end of  December 2013, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gained 0.85% points. It now holds 10.15%, up from 9.30% in November. Thanks to new PCs and the free update for Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8.1 market share increased by 0.86% from 2.64% to 3.50%.   Source: Steam via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft releases December 2013 update for Surface Pro 2 devices with no.of improvements. Since its release, many Surface Pro 2 device owners faced problems with the update and resulted in poor battery life. Microsoft pulled the update and reported that they are working on a fix. Now, Microsoft Support team has confirmed that a new firmware update is coming to Surface Pro 2 owners on Jan 14th. “Just got off a call with Surface support team and they confirmed that the new firmware will be released January 14th. Interesting the support team have been told by Microsoft that the botched December firmware only affected 3 in 1000 devices, needless to say I nearly fell off my chair when they said that!” December 2013 update: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction ...

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“SugarDVD CEO says Xbox One is a gateway for porn of the future” – This was the title I chose for this post and later changed it to avoid unnecessary brand damage for Xbox One. The title would have been weird, but that is exactly what SugarDVD CEO told in an interview. “Simply put, the Xbox One is a gateway for porn of the future,” SugarDVD CEO Jax Smith said, no doubt to the delight of Microsoft execs. “The PS4 is pretty, but Xbox One allows for more seamless integration and a more interactive experience.” Coming to our current title, according to their latest stats from SugarDVD, Three times as many people have signed up to use the SugarDVD app for PS4 than for Xbox One. It may be due to the fact that more PS4 units were sold than Xbox One worldwide. According to VGChartz.com, 3.4 million PS4s and ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 was released to the market in October last year and it was powered by 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U CPU. The Verge today reported that the latest Microsoft Surface Pro units comes with the 4300U CPU. The main difference between both these CPUs is 4300U being clocked higher, and it includes Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology for improved security. Microsoft has confirmed this slight CPU upgrade in latest Surface Pro 2 units. They provided the following statement for the reason behind this upgrade.  “Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers,” “With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent.” If you are an early adopter of Surface Pro 2, does this new affect you? I don’t think consumers will really feel the ...

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This is a good news for Microsoft. Following the poor sales of first generation Surface RT devices, Microsoft reduced the price of the device by almost half and sold it through various retailers in the US. As a result, the number of devices in consumers hands has increased significantly. From the latest data of online ad network Chitika, Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle grew their tablet market share over others. In fact, Surface usage share was more than that of Google Nexus tablets. Microsoft’s Surface lineup also continued its impressive year end run. Surface users generated more tablet traffic than all Google Nexus tablet users following the holiday, making Microsoft the fourth-largest source of continental tablet Web traffic should it maintain the lion’s share of this latest share growth. How Chitika came to this number, To quantify this latest report, Chitika Insights surveyed a sample of tens of millions of smartphone and tablet online ad ...

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We have not seen too many former colleagues publicly speak out about Jon DeVaan or George Grant outside of Steven Sinofsky.  But as it turns out Hal Berenson has worked with both DeVaan and George Grant.  Of course here at MSNews we are fans of Hal’s who writes a great blog entitled Hal2020. For those not familiar with Mr. Berenson, he is a former Microsoft distinguished engineer and worked at the company from 1994 – 2002 and spent decades at the Digital Equipment Corporation before that.  Due to his experiences Hal often provides a unique perspective and earlier today he shared his thoughts on DeVaan and Grant. Hal on Job DeVaan: I interacted with Jon a little in his time in Online Services and then we worked together extensively (on Quests) when he was running the Core OS group during Windows 7.  Steven Sinofsky got the public credit for how good ...

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Mozilla announced in early 2012 that they will be developing a Modern UI version of Firefox on Windows 8. After almost two years since the announcement, the product is now scheduled to be released to the general public in March 2014. Earlier it was planned to include this new modern version with the release of Firefox 27, but it is now delayed to release it with Firefox 28. Mozilla still feels that they are few bugs to be fixed before it can released to the general public. Currently, Internet Explorer is the only browser that Windows 8 ModernUI users can enjoy. And this situation will soon change with the release of Firefox for Modern UI. Are you looking forward to it? Source: Mozilla Wiki via: Neowin ...

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According to the latest numbers from Net Applications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer IE11 tripled its market share from last month. IE11 grew 7.15 percentage points, up from 3.27 percent to 10.42 percent. This sudden growth is due to the automatic update process for IE10 users. IE10 is down 6.45 percentage points to 11.05 percent. Overall, Internet Explorer lost 0.45% (from 58.36 percent to 57.91 percent) while Google Chrome gained 0.78% (from 15.44 percent to 16.22 percent). It should be interesting to see the January numbers as it will represent the whole holiday sales numbers of Windows PCs which should show some growth for IE and Chromebook sales for Chrome browser. Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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LG recently revealed that they will be revealing two new Windows 8 devices at CES. One will be the LG Ultra PC, a 13-inch Full HD Windows 8.1 Ultrabook that will weigh just 980g. And the second device will be LG Tab-Book2, a 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display Windows 8.1 touch slider. LG Ultra PC—Lighter for More Mobility The LG Ultra PC model 13Z940 weighs less than 1kg and sports a clean, minimalist design. LG’s streamlined model offers improved processing, excellent graphics performance and extended battery life thanks to the Haswell Intel® Core™ i5 processor. The LG Ultra PCalso provides instantaneous booting with its solid-state drive (128GB or 256GB) for quick access and greater user convenience. The 13Z940 Ultra PC has a Full HD 13.3-inch IPS display that incorporates the company’s Super Narrow Bezel design for an industry-leading 4.4mm thin bezels. The LG Ultra PC measures only 13.6mm at its ...

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A group that calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army has gained access to the Skype social media accounts and is posting messages asking Skype to “stop spying on people.”  The Skype twitter account has over 3 million followers.  The group has also compromised the Skype blog.   Microsoft is aware of the situation and is working to resolve it. h/t @ProfJeffJarvis ...

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