Review Category : Microsoft

  Windows 8 has an interesting way to unlock your device called Picture Password. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. This is how Picture Password works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it increases both the security and the memorability of the password. You get to decide the content of the picture and the portions that are important to you. Plus, you get to see a picture that is important to you just like many people do on their phone lock screen. Now, Microsoft is trying to patent this feature and below is the ...

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Here’s a quick comparison of Microsoft Surface with Windows Pro and Apple MacBook Air. Both the devices have almost identical internals with a major difference of Surface being a Touch device with detachable keyboards. Spec Microsoft Surface Apple MacBook Air Image Size 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53in 11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68in Weight Less than 2lbs 1.08 kg (2.38 pounds) Display 1920×1080 1366 x 768 Touch Screen Support 10-point multi-touch No Pen Input Supported and Included Not supported CPU 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor Memory 4GB RAM 4GB RAM Storage 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology Battery 42 W-h 35 W-h Cameras Two 720p HD cameras, front-facing and rear-facing 720p Front camera Ports Full-size USB 3.0 microSDXC card slot  Mini DisplayPort 2 Full-size USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Port Mini DisplayPort Sensors Ambient light sensor Accelerometer ...

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  One of the common complaints every analysts reported about Windows 8 sales is the lack of new Windows 8 PCs in retail stores. Best Buy, one of the leading retailers in US had only few models of new Windows 8 PCs. Jason Bonfig, Best Buy’s vice president of merchant computing have told Time in an interview that there were several reasons for the lack of many new PCs in stores. One of them is that PC makers haven’t been able to deliver their tablets and  hybrids in time for Windows 8′s launch due to issues with manufacturing. Many  Windows 8 tablets use touchscreens larger than 10 inches, which has been the  standard for Android tablets from companies like Samsung, Asus and Acer.  Production is still ramping up for the larger screens, Bonfig said, and while  the manufacturing process for 10-inch panels has been refined over several  years, the process for ...

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Microsoft today shared the details about the Surface with Windows Pro pricing and availability. The device pricing will start from $899 and will be shipping in Jan 2013. Today, I want to share a bit more detail about the growing Surface family of products and Surface with Windows 8 Pro, specifically around pricing. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions and pricing will start at $899: · 64GB standalone version at $899 · 128GB standalone version at $999 Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately). Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2×2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand. Surface with Windows 8 ...

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Microsoft today posted an interesting video to promote its Internet Explorer web browser. This ad is focused on the IE haters who generally have a bad impression on IE however good it is. The latest version of Internet Explorer 10 is one of the most standard complaint web browser and has full hardware acceleration which makes the browsing experience smooth and fast. Enjoy the video above and download IE 10 here.   ...

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VLC Player, one of the most popular Windows desktop software may be coming to Windows Store soon as a Metro app. The developers behind this app is now planning to raise money through Kickstarter program to aid rapid development. From their blog, We want to allow users to get access to VLC from the Start screen and Metro experience too. To run in Metro, important parts of VLC need to be re-written or ported and an entirely new interface needs to be created. This is very time-consuming and considering our current Windows design, we need professional designers to adapt the interface to Metro. Additionally, we would like to have it in the hands of our Windows 8 users as soon as possible. Porting VLC to Metro by relying on volunteers during their spare time would take a long time, just as how VLC for Android has. This is why we ...

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  Market research firm NPD today released their data on hardware sales in US market. Sales of Windows based devices in the last month are down by 21% compared to the same period a year ago in US. Sales of laptops running Windows declined by 24% and Windows Desktop devices sales were down by 9%. NPD also mentioned that Windows 8 tablet sales “have been almost non-existent. NPD commented the following on Windows 8 sales, “After just four weeks on the market, it’s still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market,” writes Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for.” Read more about it from the source link below. Source: NPD ...

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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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