Review Category : Microsoft

CNET has pictures of what will likely be the first buyer of a Microsoft Surface tablet in the world. Chen Shi has started queuing at the Beijing Suning, the retail chain that will be selling the surface in China. Due to time zones they will be the first to officially start selling the tablet on the 26th. From the look of the stiles behind him Microsoft expects even bigger crowds to appear eventually. Microsoft has also started shipping the tablet to those who pre-ordered online, but there is growing concern that even those who ordered early will not be getting it on the big day, making Shi’s strategy not that mad after all. Via Weibo.com Thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip. ...

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We have had a tip from a reader that their pre-order for the Microsoft Surface Touch Cover has been cancelled in Canada. Apparently others buyers have been similarly affected. Of course one possibility is that the supply may be severely over subscribed, but Microsoft has also told the angry punters that a system error may be to blame. Have any of our other readers been affected? Let us know below. Thanks Jed for the tip. ...

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Anandtech has published an extremely detailed review of the the Microsoft Surface RT. The review covers issues such as the performance of the touch and type covers, battery life, and detailed bench marks of performance, application loading times and even WIFI speeds. After all that they conclude: Surface is the most flexible tablet I’ve ever used. Through two seemingly simple additions to the design (but incredibly complex to actually develop and implement), Microsoft took a tablet and turned it into something much more. If you’re frustrated by productivity limits of currently available tablets, Surface really seems to be the right formula for a solution. It’s important to note that Microsoft’s execution with Surface establishes the company as a competitive powerhouse in the mobile design market. I can only imagine what multiple revs of the design will give us, not to mention what could happen if Microsoft set its obsessive sights ...

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Microsoft announced that Office 2013 was released to manufacturing few weeks ago and now the RTM build is available for download. People having MSDN and TechNet subscriptions can download Office 2013, Project 2013, Visio 2013, Lync 2013, etc,. If you have previously installed any preview version of Office 2013, you should uninstall it to proceed with Office 2013 RTM installation. Microsoft said the following on Office 2013 release, This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.   ...

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Microsoft Skype team today announced the availability of Skype 6.0 for both Windows and Mac platforms. As expected, this new version now allows users to log-in to Skype using their Microsoft account and chat with their Messenger friends. Check out the full list of features below, • Microsoft and Facebook Account Integration Sign up and sign-in is easier than ever. You can now sign into Skype using your Microsoft or Facebook account – there’s no need to create a new Skype account. This makes it even easier to connect with friends on Skype without having to set up another account. • IM friends on Messenger Now you can instant message your Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts via Skype all in one place. If you use a Microsoft account today, merging your accounts is easy – just sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account. • Calling with Messenger ...

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European Commission today officially sent its statement of objection to Microsoft regarding the browser choice commitments which Microsoft earlier agreed to comply with as a result of the previous settlement with EC. Press Release: Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Microsoft on non-compliance with browser choice commitments The European Commission has informed Microsoft of its preliminary view that Microsoft has failed to comply with its commitments to offer users a choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser. In 2009, the Commission had made these commitments legally binding on Microsoft (see IP/09/1941). The sending of a statement of objections does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation. In its statement of objections, the Commission takes the preliminary view that Microsoft has failed to roll out the browser choice screen with its Windows 7 Service Pack 1, which was released in February 2011. From February 2011 until July ...

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Microsoft yesterday blogged about the upcoming global advertising campaign for Windows 8.  This advertising campaign will going live in 42 countries around the world. Microsoft worked with leading marketing agencies like Crispin, Porter and Bogusky, JWT, Wunderman, etc, to make these ads. Microsoft is also planning to take over Times Square on Oct-26th, And if you are in New York on October 25 thru the 27th don’t miss Times Square where Windows 8 will be featured on over 39 digital boards in the largest takeover of Times Square to date—the biggest Start Screen ever! And we will be hosting a hands-on experience on the ground in Times Square and at our Microsoft Stores in the North America for consumers to touch and try the new Windows —and maybe even see yourself up on the boards in Times Square. We hope to see you! Read more about it here. ...

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The Verge have posted their review of the Microsoft Surface RT. They seems to like the hardware, except for the screen aspect ratio, which they found troublesome in many scenarios. Like others he also complained about the fixed angle of kickstand. They found battery life impressive and the device speedy, but complained of crashes in apps and of course the small selection of apps in general. He concluded: Maybe I say this too often, but I wanted to love this device. Actually, I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit. It made Windows 8 make sense in a way other products had not, and I could see a world where this kind of device was the only one I carried with me. Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And ...

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Along with the announcements about the new Zenbook Ultrabooks, All-in-ones, Asus silently spilled details about the upcoming Asus Transformer book. “ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first ultraportable to combine the best features of a notebook and tablet. When it’s time to work, Transformer Book is a powerful and fully featured notebook with a high-capacity hard drive. When its time to relax, the high-definition display detaches from the keyboard dock and Transformer Book instantly becomes a multi-touch Windows 8 tablet with its own blazingly fast SSD storage. With Smart Battery technology that ensures maximum mobile performance in both modes, Transformer Book the perfect solution for anyone who needs all the power of a notebook with the versatility of a tablet.” The Asus Transformer Book is expected to have the following specs with no word on availability date. CPU Core options up to Core i7 3517U Full HD 10-point touchscreen. IPS. 128GB ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video showing the making of Touch Cover For Surface tablet. The Touch Cover and Type Cover are the single biggest selling point for Surface tablet. They provide a unique value for having productivity in tablets. The Touch Cover and Type Cover costs $120 when bought separately and costs $100 more when bought along with a Surface unit. You can read more about it here. ...

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PCMag let slip their review of the Microsoft Surface early, giving us our first full insight of the device in use. The review has now been pulled, but the cache remains. The 4 page review is summarized as below: PROS Comes with a full version of Office 2013 (Home and Student). Good battery life. MicroSDXC slot. USB 2.0 port. Compact. Includes Touch Cover. Touch Cover sleeps and wakes the tablet. Micro-HDMI port. No fans. "Always connected." Dual band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz). CONS Kickstand assist only on left face. Only one angle on kickstand. Requires flat surface to use with Touch and Type covers. Speakers are very soft. Few apps on Microsoft’s Store. Not compatible with existing Windows 7 and XP programs. Proprietary charger port. BOTTOM LINE The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT bridges the distance between tablet and laptop for many users, particularly if you use the Web or ...

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Microsoft today revealed something on YouTube called “Microtropolis, A City Brought To Life Through Windows 8″. It is a marketing campaign around Windows 8 in NewYork. Inspired by Manhattan, we have created a stylized one hundred and sixty foot version of NYC in an art installation we are calling Microtropolis. Microtropolis is Manhattan experienced through Windows. It creates the ultimate hands-on demonstration of Windows 8, with the city of NYC as the backdrop. As you walk into the installation, you are literally walking through the avenues and streets with skyscrapers towering above. This interactive experience has hundreds of devices placed on rooftops within the city, customized to the neighborhoods in which they are placed. If you live near NYC, you can participate in any of these events. Check out the event details in the link below. Source: Microsoft  ...

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Dell today announced its XPS 10 Windows RT tablet. Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet comes with the following specs, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage Microsoft Windows RT Operating System 10.1″ HD Display (1366×768) with 10pt multi-touch and pen support. It starts at $499 for 32GB model, 64GB model is priced at $600. And you can buy optional keyboard dock which will increase your battery life with the 32GB model for $680, and with 64GB model for $780. Check it out here. ...

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Google has released their first app in Windows Store. Google Search app allows you to do search the web for links, images through keyboard input and voice. Here is the complete list of features, Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search -  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image Search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant Previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword. Google Apps page – Access all your ...

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Few months ago, Microsoft announced the subsidized Xbox 360 4GB console for $99 with two year subscription to Xbox Live Gold service at $14.99 a month. Microsoft is now planning to expand that program to Xbox 360 250GB model for $99 and Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect for $149 price. There is no way to buy this at this new price right now, but you can expect it from retailers this holiday season. Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Stores, Walmart and Toys R Us will be selling these subsidized devices. Source: Xbox.com ...

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