Review Category : Microsoft

Dell today announced their lineup of PCs and tablets for the upcoming holiday season. Dell today announced the new XPS 15 touch ultrabook which comes with an optional 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display. Also Dell is refreshing its XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster Intel Haswell processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life. Find details about it below, · The XPS 15 continues to be a multimedia powerhouse delivering the highest resolution in its class, and incredible power in an ultra-thin, light wedge design, starting at 4.44lbs / 2kg¹. Designed for creative enthusiasts, the XPS 15 packs 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Every XPS 15 boots and resumes within seconds with hard drive configuration options from 500GB to 1TB², both with a 32GB mSATA SSD, to a 512GB solid state drive, all including Intel Rapid Start ...

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Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1. You can now pre-order Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version for $119.99 and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro – Full Version for $199.99 from Amazon. There are no upgrade option available for Windows 8.1, so you need to pay the full price of the OS. There is a neat trick by which you can save up to $120 for Windows 8.1 Pro if you already own Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Thanks to Windowsobserver for the trick, here is what you do: Go to Amazon and order the Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $78.89. This version allows you to install the upgrade from Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista and Windows 7. Once your Windows 8 Pro upgrade is installed then you will be able to download the Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade at no cost beginning on 17 October 2013 since the upgrade is free for current Windows 8 users. Since ...

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Microsoft has started their marketing activities around Surface 2 tablet. The new Surface 2 tablet which is now lighter, brighter and more powerful than previous generation Surface device. The street arts jut mentions “Lighter, Brighter” wording with Surface device image with the date of release. Surface 2 device starts at $449. Key Specs: Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.35 in, Weight: 1.49 lbs Casing: VaporMg, Color: Magnesium Physical buttons: Volume, Power Screen: 10.6 inch Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen), Touch: 5-point multi-touch, Durable display 32 GB or 64 GB5 2 GB RAM, NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology Two video cameras on front and back 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera Two microphones, Stereo speakers Up to 10 hours1,7-15 days idle life Charges in 2-4 hours with included power supply full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader Headphone jack, HD video out port, Cover ...

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A new report from Telegraph claimed that 3 top investors in Microsoft is now pressurizing Bill Gates to step down from his position as chairman of Microsoft. They feel that Microsoft is now spending more time in his philanthropic foundation and less time on Microsoft as a chainman. Also it is not that easy to replace Bill as the chairman as he still owns about 4.5 percent of the $277 billion company and is its largest individual shareholder. Again, these investors can only suggest the board to make a change. But there is no indication that Microsoft’s board will accept the wishes of the three investors, who collectively hold more than 5 percent of the company’s stock. The three investors are concerned that Gates’ role as chairman effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they ...

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Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1 from its Microsoftstore.com. Windows 8.1 costs $119.99 for a full version, which means you need not have a previous versions of Windows to install this OS. If you’re running Windows 8, visit the Windows Store for a free update to Windows 8.1 starting on October 17. If you’re running Windows 7, your files will easily transfer. If you’re running Windows Vista or earlier, qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 by purchasing Windows 8 now. Source: Microsoft ...

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As Windows XP approaches end of life on April 8th, 2014 it is starting to lose market share in the enterprise.  According the Net Applications, Windows XP lost 2% market share from last month while Windows 7 gained 0.8% to 46.53% and Windows 8 gained 0.61% to 8.02% market share.   Windows 8.1 hold 0.85% market share, quite impressive when you consider the entire Linux market share is 1.66%. Source: Net Applications ...

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Starting this spring the Office Store will begin supporting Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Brazilian (Portuguese) and Italian language apps alongside the opening of 8 additional store fronts (Russia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Brazil).  Additionally, Microsoft will be adding subscription pricing for apps in the Office Store allowing developers to charge a monthly recurring fee for their solutions.  These enhancements increase the opportunity for developers to promote and distribute apps globally or within the 31 individual selectable markets where the Office Store is available.  Developers will have an even greater choice between free, trial, paid and subscription versions of their apps, broadening their reach to entirely new users, customers and segments.  As Peter Duff, President and CEO of Adlib explains, “Partnering with Microsoft to offer Adlib PDF Publisher in the Office Store has opened us up to a completely new market segment that has traditionally been out of reach. ...

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Starting Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6, Xbox Live Gold will be unlocked for the following regions: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. For the regions not listed above, October 11-14 the offer will be available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, and on the weekend of Nov. 7-10 it will be available in Japan. Source: The Fire Hose         ...

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According to a new study by consulting firm Performance Inspired, Microsoft has become the most-inspiring company in the US. Performance Inspired surveyed nearly 5,000 consumers about five companies they find inspirational and why they think so. This is not the first time for Microsoft, they came in first place three years ago. Performance Inspired believes that people who are inspired by certain company tend to spend more with those companies, encourage others to do so as well, and they will be loyal as well. Other tech companies in the list were Apple, Google, Amazon and others. Apple, which topped the last two year results returned has dropped to 12th position this year. The top 25 most-inspiring companies: 1. Microsoft 2. Disney 3. Walmart 4. Chick-fil-A 5. Target 6. McDonald’s 7. Google 8. Amazon 9. Johnson & Johnson 10. Toms Shoes 11. The Coca-Cola Company 12. Apple 13. Starbucks 14. Costco 15. Ford 16. ...

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Surface chief Panos Panay and Windows hardware scientist Stevie Bathiche yesterday previewed the upcoming Surface devices at Microsoft Store in Seattle’s University Village. Both of them together spent almost more than an hour to preview these devices. When asked about the 8-inch version of Surface, Panos said that “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Surface are in the works. “We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface,” he said. “That’s the best answer I have for you.” Panos also revealed that the 4G LTE version of Surface 2 will be available initially on AT&T in the U.S. and Vodafone in Europe. He also confirmed that here won’t be a 4G version of Surface Pro 2. According to previous reports, Surface Mini is expected to be released in early 2014. The ...

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser is back on track both in terms of performance and usage market share. Starting from Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft begun focusing on speed and performance. In fact, Internet Explorer 11 is the fastest browser available according to the popular Sun Spider test. Analytics firm Net Applications reported that IE usage on PCs growing from 57.6 percent in August to 57.8 percent in September and it remains the most-used browser. According to StatCounter, IE is in second place with 28.6 percent, up from 25.6 percent last month. According to both the results, Google Chrome turned out to be the browser which lost market share to IE. With the release of IE11 in Windows 8.1 and IE11 for Windows 7 devices, I think this upward trend for IE will continue. What do you think? via: CNET ...

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Few weeks back, Dell announced that they are going to release Windows 8 tablets with Venue brand soon. We already know that one of the Venue branded tablet will be a 8-inch model.The 8-inch tablet will be just 8.9mm thick, will sport a high-definition 1080p IPS display and runs on Windows 8.1. It will be powered by latest Intel Atom quad-core processor with enterprise features such as embedded Trusted Platform Module and full Dell Enterprise Solutions support for organizations, etc,. The device will have a mini USB port, optional HSPA+ for mobile connectivity, Wi-Fi connectivity and Miracast functionality. The Venue Pro 8 will also come with some sort of bluetooth keyboard. Dell is also planning to release a Venue 11 Pro tablet that will come with 10.6-inch 1080 display running Windows 8.1 Pro. Unlike the 8-inch model, Venue 11 Pro can be configured from Intel quad-core Atom CPU to 4th ...

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HP today announced eight new Windows Ultrabook focusing on enterprise users. Read the full press release below for all the details. PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 1, 2013 – HP today unveiled a portfolio of elegantly styled business notebooks that redefine mainstream mobile computing, including secure, reliable Ultrabooks designed to fit the needs of any business user or IT budget. Businesses are in the midst of a workplace transformation as employee demand for stylish mobile devices competes with IT decision makers’ need to keep company technology secure and manageable. With this in mind, HP designed its new EliteBook and ProBook series notebook PCs for mobility, durability and security, while pleasing the eye with a radically thinner profile wrapped in a performance-inspired design. - The HP EliteBook 800 series is up to 40 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than previous generations, while delivering critical enterprise features, allowing businesses to provide the ...

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Over the past few months, Microsoft has been working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to develop Windows Store apps for the enterprise.  On July 1, the company announced our ISV Program, AppsForSurface, which provides devices and funding for app design intended to get key enterprise apps on Surface and Windows 8.  Microsoft has announced new participants to the program: SAP: SAP is a market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and industries run better.  Rustum Broacha, VP of Ecosystems & Channels with SAP said, “Our partnership through the AppsforSurface program builds on the SAP tradition of delivering innovation to our enterprise customer base, and, together with our SAP Mobile Platform and Afaria solutions, it provides a strong foundation for enterprise mobile computing.  We look forward to helping our customers fully leverage the capabilities of SAP’s apps on Windows 8 and Surface, to enable their business to ...

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The Surface team has been busy over the last three months in establishing the right infrastructure for getting their tablets to more business customers in more places.  Given the increase in demand for Surface tablets, starting October 1st 2013, Surface will be in seven new markets – Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The team also announced that the Surface will be available through commercial resellers in all 29 markets where the Surface is sold.  The Surface Blog reports: Our expanded reseller network, brings a variety of additional value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, knitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. We already knew that people who use Surface love it. But, perhaps more importantly, business users who use Surface particularly love the ability to buy through the resellers that they’re already working with for their hardware ...

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The Surface team announced new third-party accessories catered specifically for businesses.  With the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, ten new accessory manufacturers have committed to satisfying the needs of business customers deploying Surface in the commercial and enterprise space. The following are designed specifically for the Surface: Fixed and mobile POS accessories from ArmorActive Charging carts from Anthro Fixed and mobile POS accessories from ArmorActive Source: Surface Blog ...

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