Review Category : Microsoft

So far we have heard some positive news about Microsoft Surface sales. But now Digitimes reports that the upstream supply chain of Microsoft’s Surface RT has recently seen the tablet’s orders reduced by half. Microsoft originally expected to ship four million Surface RT devices by the end of 2012, but has recently reduced the orders by half to only two million units. Not just Microsoft, Windows RT tablets from other OEMs such as Asustek Computer, Samsung Electronics and Dell are also facing weak consumer demand. Digitimes also speculates that Microsoft may bring Intel based Surface Pro tablet earlier than expected due to weak Surface RT demand. The sources also pointed out that Surface RT is also unlikely to achieve great performance in the upcoming quarter which may force Microsoft to bring out its Intel-based Surface Pro tablet earlier in December. The sources also noted that Microsoft may consider reducing its ...

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Microsoft have posted a new promotional video for Windows 8, which, while it is titled all about Apps, seems to be focussing on OS features such as Search across apps, IE10 and the People Hub. When an app does actually gets show it is Kayak, which is not the highest profile app in the store. What do our readers think of this new video? Let us know below. ...

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During Microsoft’s shareholder meeting today CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged to shareholders that Microsoft should have moved quicker into hardware. “Sometimes getting the innovation right across the seam between hardware and software is difficult unless you do both of them,” he said, noting it was  something “maybe we should have done” earlier. “Bill did hold up a tablet many years ago,” when it was observed that Microsoft called tablets the future in 2001. “Maybe if we had started innovating then, which is what we really did with Surface,” Mr. Ballmer said, “maybe we should have done that earlier. Maybe that tablet shift would have been sooner.” “But we are building a big business working with those partners and serving a lot of needs,” he added. “What we say now is there is no boundary between hardware and software.” Steve said Microsoft is now determined to propel change, even suggesting there could ...

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In a retail survey conducted by Global Equities Research analyst Chowdhry, Windows PC OEMs Dell, Sony and Acer had successful Black Friday sales of Windows 8 devices. Microsoft promoted Acer Aspire V5 notebook on Microsoft Stores and each stores had about 500 units. He estimates that each Microsoft Store had about 500 units. “[They] were completely sold out within the first 30 minutes,” Chowdhry wrote in a note to investors and reporters. During the promotional period, Microsoft sold the Aspire V5 for $399. Not to be outdone, some Microsoft Stores also sold out of a $1,500 touch-enabled Ultrabook from Sony. “Sony Vaio Touch Intel i7 was the fastest selling Windows 8 notebook in the high-end category,” Chowdhry added. While this may be the year that the desktop PC died, Dell has not given up on the market. And it’s a good thing, too — if it had, it could not have built ...

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Microsoft has already revealed some interesting Windows 8 news this week, including that they have already sold 40 million licenses of the new OS. Now Steve Ballmer in a Microsoft Share Holder Meeting has revealed that Windows 8 buyers " … are using the features and downloading new applications. In fact, several apps have reached already 1 million downloads." The news is significant, as it indicates that Windows 8 users are doing more than simply making use of their old desktop apps, but are actively using the Metro environment and its associated store, which should draw in new developers and applications. He also confirmed that “new devices will really start to hit the shelves worldwide in the coming weeks and coming months", which is good news for those frustrated by the lack of exciting windows 8 devices on shelves. Via Neowin.net ...

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The Verge has more details about the long-rumoured Windows 8 successor code-named Blue. Citing several sources familiar with the matter, they said Microsoft is set to push out cheap or free yearly updates for the desktop OS to keep it competitive with other faster-moving operating systems. Apparently Microsoft intends to force upgrades by encouraging new apps to be Blue-enabled or not be accepted into the Windows 8 Store. The OS will likely continue being called Windows 8, and will presumably round out all the rough edges of Windows 8, such as the split in settings between the desktop and Metro side. Are our readers looking forward to this model? Let us know below. ...

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Today, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund cut his Windows 8 sales estimates saying that “Windows 8 is off to an awkward launch,”. He noted that several factors for such launch. First PC OEMs were slow to bring out tablets and ultrabooks based on Windows 8, a steep learning curve is required for consumers to use Windows 8 and the bad press due to confusion between Windows RT and Windows 8. “In looking at Microsoft, we have assumed essentially no growth going forward in traditional PCs (or actually down about 6 [percent] if we exclude new ultrabooks) and the more relevant market growth of about [3 percent to 5 percent] if we include Windows-based tablet devices. We assume that many consumers will prefer an iPad to a Windows device, but that Office is still an anchor for enterprise and prosumers that may chose to upgrade notebooks to either ultrabook touch or tablet/hybrid devices ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced its holiday campaign that will focus on the evil practices of Google in product search. Bing argues that the difference between search result and ads are shrinking in Google Search results resulting in poor experience for users. You see, Google recently pulled down its “product search service” and replaced it with a “paid listing ads” service. Search for “Canon EOS” in Google Shopping and you receive pages that look like the old days, with “results” down the middle and ads mixed in. But the “results” are also ads. Every product offer within the shopping search results on that page paid to be there, and where and how high they appear is at least in part dependent on how much they paid. Meanwhile, at least one of biggest online retailers refused to pay Google’s new fee, so you won’t see any of their product offers and great ...

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Acer S7 is one of the most attractive Windows 8 touch Ultrabook that got released recently. The 13inch version is covered with Gorilla Glass and comes in various specs from Intel Corei5 to Corei7 processors. Now, Acer is promoting their flagship Windows 8 device on various social networks with their new give away program. You can now win a S7 Ultrabook daily through Dec 31st. To enter, you have to visit a special page on Acer’s Facebook Timeline, install the app, and start selecting friends that share attributes with the Aspire S7, such as “stylish,” “brilliant,” and “smooth,” to name a few of the adjectives. via: maximum pc ...

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Windows RT, the new version of Windows that runs on ARM processors has started shipping to consumers via new tablets such as Microsoft Surface, Asus VivoTab RT, etc,. So far, Nvidia Tegra is the only ARM processor that Windows RT ships on. Some reviews of the devices like Microsoft Surface pointed out to the performance hiccups in Windows RT. This may be because of Windows RT is not yet fully optimized for Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Microsoft is still working on fully taking advantage of Tegra 3 processor in Windows RT. It is evident from the Nvdia’s own page that Windows RT is not taking advantage of Tegra 3′s key innovation 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core. 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core** – Four plus one refers to Tegra 3’s four CPU cores, plus the fifth, battery-saver CPU core. This Variable SMP architecture enables four performance ...

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A new Surface update KB 2756872 has just popped up on one of our Surfaces, and it comes with a pretty informative change log. The update promises improve performance, battery life  and better driver compatibility. It also promises audio improvements, which will hopefully fix the stuttering issue some Surface users have been complaining off. In detail the Changelog reads: KB 2756872 Improvements This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements: •Increased power efficiency to extend battery life •Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen •Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios •Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8 In our experience the update does deliver the promises performance improvements, with the Xbox Music app being a bit more responsive, scrolling being fluid and faster, and Onenote and 3rd party apps also loading faster. Have any of our readers received this update, and have you ...

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In a blog post Microsoft revealed that the company has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to date. The number is the first official mention of the sales rate of the OS after Microsoft revealed that it sold 4 million licenses in the 3 days after the launch, indicating the run rate has remained about the same as after the launch- quite an achievement. Microsoft revealed the information first to industry and financial analysts, investors and media at Credit Suisse 2012 , and also confirmed that Windows 8 was outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. Tami Reller, Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer said: “The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.” Microsoft also announced thats several apps in the Windows 8 store has passed the $25,000 revenue mark, which is in fact pretty ...

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Microsoft today shared some internal numbers regarding Xbox 360 platform sales performance over the Black Friday weekend. Microsoft sold over 750,000 consoles over the weekend in US alone. This number trumps the Nintendo next generation Wii U’s sales number of 400,000 units. Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone –exceeding internal forecasts. Three month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week. We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day. Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.  I think Nintendo is having tough time competing with Microsoft and Sony. Source: ...

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  Today, Outlook.com team announced there are now over 25 million of you are active users using the new Outlook.com. In a study Microsoft conducted with Gmail users, 4 out of 5 of the Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com. Not resting on its laurels, Outlook.com team announced bunch of new features that will be coming over weeks. One-click Archive: from the inbox, select messages and click the Archive button to move the selected messages to the Archive folder (or any other folder of your choice). It’s a fast and simple way to move messages out of your inbox to find later. More and more keyboard shortcuts: Outlook.com has dozens of keyboard shortcuts and we’re adding even more. And better yet, we don’t need to list them all in this post because you can now find all available keyboard shortcuts by simply typing a question mark when you’re in your inbox. ...

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According to research firm Distimo, Windows Store has 3 times as many as downloads in Apple’s Mac App Store which was opened last year. Windows Store already has about 20,000 apps just after a month of its launch. This report also revealed that Apple’s Mac App Store continues to generate five time the revenues on Windows Store as most of the apps are free for now. Microsoft tops the most downloaded publishers list followed by Angry Birds maker Rovio. Read the full report here.    via: TC   ...

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Jin Park, Vice President of the IT solutions business at Samsung has told that Samsung Electronics will ship 16 million Windows 8/Windows 7 devices such as tablets, PCs this year. Samsung today announced ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro devices in India selling for Rs. 53,990 and Rs. 75, 490. respectively. Samsung VP told the following regarding Samsung Windows products, “Our smart devices like ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro and Samsung Notebooks deliver seamless user experience through convergence technologies across multiple devices. With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft’s leadership in operating systems, we are able to provide customers with smart devices that have the most beautiful design, powerful performance and ease of use.” Source: Reuters ...

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