Review Category : Microsoft

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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As we look at 2014, Dell is now the only major OEM that is a privately owned company.  Dell was a publically traded company for 25 years, its IPO was in 1988, a mere two years after Microsoft’s own IPO.   The $24.4 billion buyout orchestrated by Michael Dell is the largest leveraged buyout backed by private equity since the 2007 financial crisis. It is also the largest technology buyout ever.  Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners put together most of the money with the addition of a $2 billion loan from Microsoft. The “new” private company has released an ad emphasizing its own startup roots: The ad also featured a number of companies that are important customers of Dell’s or Dell Ventures invested in including Amerijet, Gilt.com, The Knot, Overstock.com, Salesforce.com, Shazam, Shutterfly, TripAdvisor, and Zoosk.  It is quite common for large corporations to invest in small start-up and we have ...

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  As we start a new month, its time to look at where OS market share is heading. 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%. Another interesting fact is that, Windows 7 continued to gain market share as more enterprise customers move towards Windows 7. It got increased by a 2.62 percentage points (from 46.64 percent to 49.26 percent). Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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The Tower Game Starter Kit is a simple, open-source (MIT licensed) javascript game engine designed specifically to help you skip “square one” on your way to creating a great Tower Assault or Defense game. Included in the github source repository are project files for Windows 8 Store apps that run on win8 tablets, desktop, and windows RT devices, as well as a project that compiles to Windows Phone 8. In addition, the game runs great on all modern desktop web browsers. Features include: silky-smooth 60fps on most platforms levels that are larger than the screen spritesheet animation of in-game characters touch-screen and mouse controls music and sound effects particle effects and eye-candy a full game complete with a beginning, middle and end little extras like a low-level C++ sound engine for wp8 lots of debug log and benchmarking functionality a-star pathfinding for A.I. movement entities have health (with visible health ...

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We reported on Project Siena a few days back.  It is a Metro app that allows you to create Metro apps with a minimal amount of coding.  The app is currently in beta and does allow project to be submitted to the Windows Store, however there is a workaround.  Note, this is an interim method that leverages the Store wizards in Visual Studio Express, you will not need to do any programming, but there will likely be an easier way to do this down the line. Prerequisites Register for a Developer Account: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj193592.aspx. Have “Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8” installed. Free download from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30664. (Not Express 2013). Produce the app Create your app in Project Siena and publish it (File | Publish) to a destination on your machine. This produces a folder called PublishedPackage. Double click on InstallApp.exe within this folder and choose “Install on this PC” – if prompted, sign in ...

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One demographic Bing has been lacking in is getting more women to use its service.  The company is trying to change and has put together a new ad about ‘heroic women’ and their contributions in 2013.  The ad is airing on tv in many markets over new years eve. The ad features the Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave” seen in many Windows marketing “honestly” campaigns.  Now we have seen feminists get angry when Microsoft makes Xbox ads that appeal to men.  However, as a man I am in no way offended by this ad that appeals to women and hope to see the company do more in the future. The ad features a number of women including: Malala Yousafzai Who stood up to educate us all. After surviving an assassination attempt, she arose stronger than ever.  In 2013 she addressed the UN, was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and, at ...

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