Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft seems to have gained support from an unexpected source: Home Shopping Network.  Laced in with their clothes, skincare and food advertisements is a small variety of Windows 8 tutorial videos, as you can see in their You-Tube channel and the video above.  HSN is a leading interactive multichannel retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers as well as exceptional selections in health & beauty, jewellery, home/lifestyle, fashion/accessories, and electronics.  With a total revenue of $3.1 billion in 2011 , this could be the reason why Microsoft chose HSN to sell Windows 8 laptops before the official release date on the 26th October.  If you choose to wait until the official release of Windows 8 on 26th October, keep your eyes open for the floods of new laptops, desktops and tablets to be released as advertised by Microsoft- including the Microsoft Surface, ...

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Microsoft is still to officially launch Windows 8 on the 26th October, but it seems the first Windows 8 laptops are already on sale, and from an unexpected source. The Home Shopping Network is offering two Gateway Windows 8 laptops, a 15.6 inch version for $649.95 and a 17.3 inch version for $699.95. The offer is set to expire soon and no delivery date was announced. Both laptops have Core i5 processors, 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive, and neither have a touch screen. This is likely the form factor the vast majority of Windows 8 hardware will be sold, at least in the first few years, but it is of course interesting to see it arrive so soon. Via WPC. ...

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 Even though Microsoft has started marketing its upcoming Surface tablet, details on the pricing is still kept as a secret. We got a hint on the Surface pricing today via dummies.com. Dummies.com is running a contest where grand prize winner will receive one (1) Microsoft Surface Tablet and one (1) copy each of Windows 8 For Dummies, and Surface For Dummies books. They have mentioned the approximate retail value of $350.00 USD for the prize which included Microsoft Surface and couple of other books. Are you ok with the below ~$350 pricing for the Windows RT tablet which will come with Touch Cover as well? Thanks Joe for the heads up. ...

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It seems like some people are having difficulty accepting the that IE9 is one of the fastest and safest browsers available. College Humour made a parody video that I think more accurately represents the public perception of the Microsoft browser; something I think that will take more than their very cool ad to change. Hopefully the deep integration of the even faster and smoother IE 10 browser in Windows 8 will prove more convincing. Via Gizmodo.com ...

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Microsoft has recently published a series of ads for their Surface tablet in cities in California, Texas, Massachusetts, Washington and Chicago. With the ads being painted on street walls and car wash buildings, Microsoft appears to have taken a different approach to advertising.   Some may argue that the Surface ads are cheaper in comparison to other Microsoft products and services, whereas others argue they are integrating street art with advertising, thus creating an innovative way of publicising their tablet.  One thing is for sure, their quirky idea has caught the attention of not only Microsoft users, but also the general public. The Microsoft Surface tablet will be introduced later this month, where it will undoubtedly compete with other tablet computers that run Android, such as the: Kindle Fire of Amazon and Google’s Nexus 7 in addition to the Apple iPad.  The Microsoft surface will be available through 20 Microsoft stores ...

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As part of a Microsoft’s MyAchievements program Microsoft is sending gamers 20 free Microsoft Points on their birthday. The free gift is however not being well received, due to the paltry amount (20 Microsoft points is only worth around $0.25) and due to the numerous conditions attached. Only gamers with Gamerscore over 3000 qualify for the gift, and users will have to wait till the 15th of the month to actually receive the Points. Users with a Gamerscore above 10,000 get a rebate of one percent for every Xbox LIVE purchase and gamers with a Gamerscore above 25,000 will be a two percent rebate credited to their Xbox account. To add insult to injury, there is nothing in the Xbox store which can be purchased for only 20 Microsoft Points. This may be a promotion Microsoft may want to rethink. Maybe an “It’s my Birthday!” Avatar Prop would be a ...

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As part of Advertising Week in New York Microsoft has talked about the opportunities for in-app advertising on Windows 8, which is moving from the traditional complex program model to the often free and ad-supported app model more common in mobile devices. Microsoft brought advertising agencies on board right from the start to help create their advertising format, noting that “the connected user interface and unique, fluid design of Windows 8 will encourage people to explore and discover ads without disrupting their experience.” In the video above one can see 5 advertising concepts, including tiles that expand into a full screen ads, ones which are panoramic from the start, ones with animated backgrounds and ones where the actual app is an ad. Read in more detail what is likely to be coming our way with Windows 8, which is providing not just a larger canvas for applications, but also advertisers, ...

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MSNerd, long time Microsoft leaker,has passed on a little tip about the next version of Windows on ARM. Currently Windows on ARM runs on NVidia, Qualcomm and TI processors, which leaves OEMs like Samsung unable to use processors from their own supply chain. According to MSNerd, in the next update to Windows Nokia and Samsung will be able to use processors from their favourite providers – in Nokia’s case ST-Ericsson’s Novathor processor, and in Samsung’s case its own Exynos processor and SOC. Blue is said to be an interim update to Windows, much like a service pack, and may be the start of a regular, more phone-like pattern of yearly updates to Windows which add features, as we have come to expect from Windows Phone and the iOS. So far we do not know much else about the update, but one can hope the update removes the reliance of the ...

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Part of moving to the app model in Windows 8 is that components should continue to improve even after the OS has shipped. This is the case currently, with Microsoft announcing a number of improvements coming to the built-in apps in Windows 8. The list include: SkyDrive Search within SkyDrive Rename and move folders and files New first-run experience Custom sort order Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Conversation view of your inbox Complete IMAP account support Accepting and declining invitations in email Capturing and updating your account picture Improved search Search for a contact within the Messaging app Photos Crop and rotate photos New auto-curated collage slideshows View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when you open them from the desktop Maps Bird’s eye view 3,000+ indoor venue maps ...

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The FCC has today revealed previously confidential document submitted by Microsoft. The documents describe a Tablet Computer running the Windows RT operating system with Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and unless Microsoft has yet another secret tablet in the works the documents are likely referring to their Surface computer. Microsoft is set to release the windows RT to the market on the 26th October, with the Windows 8 version to follow it is believed in January. As of yet no pricing has been released. See the documentation here at apps.fsc.gov Via: liliputing.com ...

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Microsoft and Barnes and Noble’s joint venture has received regulatory blessing, and with that also finally a name. No longer NewCo, the company has now been named Nook Media LLC. “As demand for digital content continues to increase, we are focused on bringing ground-breaking reading and learning content and technologies to more people in more formats than ever before, including the imminent launch of our exceptional NOOK reading application for Windows 8,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “We look forward to working closely with our new partner Microsoft to add value to their innovative new platform by bringing great reading experiences and one of the world’s preeminent digital bookstores to millions of Windows 8 users.” “NOOK Media is a leader in developing the next generation of digital reading and we look forward to the company bringing one of the world’s largest digital libraries to Windows 8 devices ...

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TNW reports that unnamed European sources are claiming Microsoft is working on a deal to buy Rdio, the cross-platform music streaming service based in San Francisco. The streaming service, which has clients for Windows, MacOS,  iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone and which is available in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and New Zealand, was founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who also happen to have started Skype, acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011. The service is ad-supported, which would be a good fit for recent rumours of an Xbox branded ad-supported streaming music service. Rdio CEO Drew Larner said here “is nothing to talk about” and that he will not “comment on rumors”. Read more at TNW here. ...

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A recent discovery by Hellshock reveals the Italian Microsoft website contains a link to Surface within the ‘Products’ section, which poses the question- will Microsoft’s Surface cover the world? In addition to this, Surface is now listed in European Countries such as France, Italy and  the United Kingdom.  Microsoft is thought to be working with local retailers  to provide the Surface to European customers.  Earlier leaks have suggested that the Microsoft Surface will be available in Australia day and date with US availability on the 26th October.  This could mean that European customers may not have long to wait for Surface to turn up in their local stores.  Are our readers excited?  Let us know below.  Via: wpcentral.com and msicc.net ...

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While Bing has been making steady progress in growing market share against Google, many remain unconvinced that searches are better when powered by Microsoft.  Bingiton is Microsoft’s latest Bing campaign which was launched a couple weeks ago in order to decide which search engine really offered the best result; without people being biased towards Bing or Google.  Microsoft has now announced after more than 5 million blind tests that users have chosen Bing results 2:1 over Google.  Ideally, Bingiton will convince the public that is is worth switching to the search engine that offers the best results on the internet. Following on from their success with Bingiton, Microsoft will launch a ‘Bingiton sweepstakes’, where Bing users have a chance of winning Microsoft-themed prizes, such as a Microsoft Surface tablet, Lifecam Studio Webcam, Office Home and Business 2010 and many more.  Also, be sure to look out for Microsoft’s new TV ...

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Last month Microsoft revealed about its plan to open no.of pop-up stores in US and Canada this Holiday season. Microsoft’s own online store website has revealed that these Microsoft Holiday Retail Stores will be opened on Oct-26th. The site also hints about the Microsoft Surface availability on the same date and the device will come with Touch Cover as well. All these Holiday Stores will have a curated selection of the coolest Microsoft products for sale. Are you ready to visit a Microsoft Store? via: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft today revealed that all new MSN coming exclusively to Windows 8 users on Oct-26th. The new MSN is optimized for touch with support for Windows 8 features such as snap view, etc,. MSN now has more than 480 million visitors per month is the top site in 27 markets and remains one of the most popular media destinations on the Internet.       News You Want, Faster MSN for Windows 8 is built for speed. Because Internet Explorer 10 was designed to take advantage of the system architecture of Windows 8, rendering complex page layouts and high resolution images is faster and more fluid.  Now you can easily view images, slideshows and videos, without compromising the overall experience. The result is a cleaner more “app-like” experience that allows you use the Flip Ahead feature to swiftly jump from article to article with a simple gesture.  The pages render twice as fast ...

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