Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that it will start accepting apps for Windows Store from developers around the world. It  is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in over 120 countries. Microsoft has added 82 new app submission markets. Microsoft also announced a number of additional subscription program offerings for developers. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. There are over 1000 apps in Windows Store now and it is expected to grow rapidly as the Store is open now for all developers. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft has revealed their retail plans for this holiday season. Microsoft said that they are planning to open about 32 pop-up stores across US, and Canada. These pop-up stores will be showcasing the latest and the greatest Windows 8 PCs, tablets, Windows Phones, Xbox and other Microsoft stuff. Here is the list of locations that will have Microsoft Store this holiday season, Aventura Mall – Aventura, FL Beachwood Place – Beachwood, OH Cherry Creek Shopping Center – Denver, CO Dadeland Mall – Miami, FL Eaton Centre – Toronto, Ontario Fashion Mall at Keystone – Indianapolis, IN Fashion Show Mall– Las Vegas, NV Glendale Galleria – Glendale, CA Mall at Green Hills – Nashville, TN Mall in Columbia – Columbia, MD Metropolis at Metrotown – Burnaby, BC Montgomery Mall – Bethesda, MD Natick Collection – Natick, MA North Star Mall – San Antonio, TX Oakridge Centre – Vancouver, BC Penn Square Mall – ...

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Today Attachments.me announced that its bringing SkyDrive integration to Gmail. Using Attachments.me’s Chrome extension, Anyone can send and access SkyDrive files directly in Gmail. Also, you can create rules to automatically save certain attachments to SkyDrive (e.g. “Whenever X sends me an attachment, save it to my “Files from X” folder in SkyDrive). This is a great way for Gmail users to start using SkyDrive that provides a compelling scenario that improves productivity. via: Windows Team blog ...

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Skype today announced that from October users will be able to pay for Skype Credits through their mobile phone bill or pre-paid account by purchasing Skype Credits from desktop PCs and mobile devices, through browser-based purchases and in the future, through in-app functionality. Press Release: September 5th 2012: MACH, the world leader in direct operator billing, announced today that it has been selected by Skype as the first vendor to deliver direct operator billing to new and existing Skype users in key markets across the globe, starting in October [2012]. The rollout will enable Skype to offer its customers a fast and convenient way to purchase Skype Credit, creating new revenue streams in existing markets, as well as in new markets where other payment methods have low penetration rates.When the solution is live in October, Skype users will be able to purchase Skype Credits from desktop PCs and mobile devices, ...

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We’ve already looked at Samsung’s full Windows 8 tablets, the ATIV Smart PC Pro and ATIV Smart PC. Completing that lineup is the ATIV Tab with Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8 that drops compatibility with traditional x86 desktop apps. The Tab is powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz, includes 2 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of storage (expandable via microSD slot). It’s thinner and lighter than the Smart PC models, measuring only 8.9mm thick, but its display resolution is only 1366×768 pixels, which is rather disappointing after seeing the high-res 1920×1080 screen on the Smart PC Pro. However, to get one thing out of the way – the build of the ATIV Tab is largely identical to Samsung’s other tablets, which means that you should probably look elsewhere if you happen to dislike cheap, glossy plastic that’s painted to ...

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Kinect for Windows team today announced that the Kinect for Windows hardware will be coming to China on Oct-6th and will be available in six additional markets later this fall: Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Poland. Also the team is releasing Kinect for Windows SDK update with the following enhancements on Oct-6th. Enable businesses to do more with Kinect for Windows We are committed to opening up even more opportunities for the creation of new end user experiences. We’ll be adding features such as expanded sensor data access—including color camera settings and extended depth data—to continue to inspire innovative uses of the Kinect for Windows technology in new and different places. Improve developer efficiency We continue to invest in making our platform easier and more powerful for developers. That’s why we’ll be releasing more tools and samples in October, such as a new sample that demonstrates a “best ...

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The ATIV Smart PC (called Series 5 Slate in the US) is the Intel Atom-based entry in Samsung’s Windows 8 tablet lineup. Its specs are more like what you’d expect to find on a netbook than on an ultrabook, with a slower processor and only 2GB of RAM. However, apart from being less powerful, that also means that it’s thinner and lighter than the Pro variant, while still retaining full x86-compatibility should you need to run desktop apps. Design and build quality are pretty much the same as on the Smart PC Pro, which means that it’s very plasticky and cheap, made worse by the glossy coating on the tablet part. The keyboard dock is, as far as we can tell, identical to the one on the Pro, and feels slightly better than the tablet itself as it has a light texture. For more on the dock refer to our ...

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The ATIV Smart PC Pro (confusingly called Series 7 Slate in the US) is Samsung’s top-of-the-line Windows 8 tablet and turns into a fully-fledged ultrabook when attached to its keyboard dock. The form factor is decidedly more conservative than Sony’s rather unique “Surf Slider”, but it all comes down to the execution, right? Sadly, the first thing that you’ll notice when picking up the ATIV Smart PC is the cheap plastic feeling. Make no mistake – the back is anything but the brushed aluminum which it is painted to look like. Making matters worse, the plastic additionally has some sort of glossy coating which only adds to the cheap feeling, exemplified by the fact that the keyboard dock, also made of plastic, has a light texture to it and feels much better in the hand. The docking mechanism itself works well enough and seems pretty sturdy – you just press ...

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As usual, Sony’s hardware entry into the Windows 8 tablet/convertible space is rather unusual: its VAIO Duo 11 has a touchscreen that slides up (and stays in a non-adjustable position) to reveal a full keyboard with trackpoint. It’s a pretty interesting concept, and executed rather well. The sliding mechanism is solid, and the whole device, despite being quite thick (at 17.85mm), manages to feel both high-quality and somewhat light at the same time. As for specs, the Duo 11 is pretty full-featured: there will be models with low-voltage Core i5 and i7 processors, 4 or 8 GB of RAM, SSDs with 128 or 256 GB. You’ll also get 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA (!), an Ethernet connection, and an SD card reader. The 11.6″ display is especially good, featuring a dense resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It also comes with an active digitizer, which detects if you’re using the ...

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Microsoft today announced the initial list of Xbox games that will be part of Windows Store. Xbox games will be available through the Windows Store for users to download. Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends. Here is the list of features, 4 Elements II Special Edition A World of Keflings Adera: Episode 1 Adera: Episode 2 Adera: Episode 3 Angry Birds Angry Birds Space Big Buck Hunter Pro BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Collateral Damage Crash Course GO Cut the Rope Disney Fairies Dragon’s Lair Field & Stream Fishing Fruit Ninja Gravity Guy Gunstringer: Dead Man Running Hydro Thunder Hurricane IloMilo iStunt 2 Jetpack Joyride Kinectimals Unleashed Microsoft Mahjong Microsoft Minesweeper Microsoft Solitaire Collection Monster Island PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX Pinball FX 2 Reckless Racing Ultimate Rocket Riot ...

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Among the plethora of new notebooks, ultrabook, tablets, convertibles running Windows 8 on show at IFA, the Acer Aspire S7 is an immediate standout. Normally known for bland and generic hardware, Acer has an absolutely gorgeous device with the Aspire S7, a touchscreen-enabled ultrabook that comes in two screen sizes, 11″ and 13″. The 11″ device is made completely out of aluminum, with Gorilla Glass in front of screen, while the 13″ model’s front cover is also made of Gorilla Glass. Additionally, the 13§ model’s display can be opened to a full 180 degress, laaying completely flat, which should make using the touchscreen much easier. Apart from those differences, both feature a distinctive, minimal design that does have similarities with the MacBook Air, but manages to differentiate with sharper, less rounded corners – which you could interprete as more Metro – and a color contrast: the Gorilla Glass panel is ...

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Along with the XPS Duo 12 tablet hybrid, Dell today announced another tablet hybrid called XPS 10. Dell XPS 10 is a Windows RT based machine. It has a 10 inch display and comes with a detachable keyboard as well. Dell also claims that this device will offer up to 20 hours of battery life. Read the full press release after the break. Press Release: BERLIN, Aug. 30, 2012 – Today at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference, Dell unveiled three powerful additions to its industry-leading XPS brand of computers. Joining the award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops, the new XPS computers enable both consumer and business customers to do more with their technology – from multimedia, entertainment and creation to full business productivity to transition seamlessly from home to office. The new products include the XPS 10, a 10-inch tablet built to support ...

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Dell has revealed its XPS Duo 12 Windows 8 tablet hybrid at IFA, Berlin. This XPS Duo 12 machine is designed in similar to the Inspiron Duo model which was released  two years back. The display can be rotated 180 to face it upward and use the device as a tablet. Its has a 12.5 inch display, and weighs 1.4kgs. The build is made up of Aluminum and Carbon fiber for durability.  Under the hood its powered by latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors as well. Source: CNET ...

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Following Sony and Samsung, HP has now announced their first set of Windows 8 devices that will go on sale in coming months. Envy x2 is an 11-inch tablet that comes with a keyboard dock which also serves some extra power. Spectre XT is a 13 inch device with Intel Ivy Bridge processors inside and 1080 capacitive touch display as well. Press Release: HP Unveils Innovative Multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabooks PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 – HP today announced three consumer notebooks featuring multitouch displays, including a uniquely designed hybrid PC that gives people more choice in how they access information. The HP ENVY x2 is a powerful and ultrathin hybrid PC with the advantages of two devices in one. As a notebook that doubles as a tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless ...

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Press Release: SAMSUNG INTRODUCES NEW SLATE PCS FEATURING WINDOWS 8 AND DETACHABLE KEYBOARD      New PC Offers Users the Best of Both Worlds – an Easily Portable Slate and a Fully Equipped Laptop – In One Stylish Product BERLIN, Germany – August 29, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced its new Series 5 and Series 7 Slate PCs. The new products can easily transform from a traditional clamshell PC to a Slate device with just the click of a button, maximizing both productivity and mobility. Designed for Windows 8 with Samsung’s advanced engineering and a ten-point touchscreen, users can easily stay connected and productive from everywhere. Additionally, Samsung today announced a new touchscreen version of its popular 13-inch Series 5 ULTRA laptop. “With the introduction of our new Slate PCs, we are providing customers with greater choice while maintaining the power of ...

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Just few hours before the official release, Samsung’s Windows 8 offerings info got leaked. The Verge today posted photos of Samsung ATIV Tab And ATIV Smart PC Tablets. Samsung ATIV Tab is the Windows RT based tablet with 8.9mm thick and 570g weight. It will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a 5mp camera & 1.9-megapixel FF camera. It will come with USB, uHDMI port and Office 2013 pre-installed. ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are 11.6-inch tablets with a keyboard dock and S Pen input technology.  It will support 10-finger multitouch, full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel screem. ATIV Smart PC is expected to have an Intel Atom processor, while the ATIV Smart PC Pro to sport an Intel Core i5 chip. Source: The Verge ...

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