Review Category : Microsoft

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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Sony today officially announced its first Windows 8 tablet hybrid called VAIO Duo 11. Here is the full specs of this device, Model VAIOTM Duo Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3517U, Intel® Core™ i5-3317U or Intel® Core™ i3-3217U Processor Operating System Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro Memory 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM Drive 128GB or 256GB SSD Screen 29.4cm (11.6″) OptiContrast™ Panel; Full HD (1920×1080) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio; capacitive touchscreen *”OptiContrast” is a trademark of Sony Corporation Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Others WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 + HS; Ethernet (1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1); USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1); VGA out; HDMI out; Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot; stereo speakers with xLOUD™ ; Full HD Web Cameras (x2, front and rear facing) powered by ‘Exmor for PC’ (2.07 megapixels); Sensors (NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass); Windows button; rotation lock ...

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While PC OEMs like Vizio are shipping their devices with clean Windows 8 installations, Samsung has decided to dirty up the Windows 8 builds of their devices. They are now going to include a bloatware called S-launcher that will mimic the old Windows 7 start menu features. The S-launcher thing is dockable, so you can place it anywhere on the screen. It allows you to search for programs and launch them. But why Samsung?? Why???? Source: Mashable ...

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At IFA, Asus officially announced the two Windows 8 tablets it has been working on and earlier showcased at Computex under the name of Asus Tablet 810 and the ASUS Tablet 600. Press Release: ASUS Announces the Incredible Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT tablets at IFA Two new tablets with a dual-purpose design that combines a high-resolution multi-touch display and a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock for a great Microsoft® Windows 8 experience. IFA, Berlin, Germany, (August 29, 2012) – ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces two incredible new tablets intended to run Windows 8. First unveiled at Computex in June, the ASUS Vivo Tab and ASUS Vivo Tab RT (formerly known as the ASUS Tablet 810 and ASUS Tablet 600 respectively) open up a new world of mobile possibilities and transform expectations about what tablets can do. Meet Vivo With a name taken from ...

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Microsoft today released the SkyDrive app for Android devices. Similar to other SkyDrive mobile apps, Android version lets you access, share, upload and manage your files. Here is the full list of features, Access your SkyDrive—documents, photos, and other files, plus the files other people have shared with you. View recently used documents. Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone. Share your files and photos—send a link in email or in another app. Open your SkyDrive files from other Android apps. Easily manage your files—delete or create new folders. Get the SkyDrive app for Android via: Windows team blog   ...

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As Windows 8 launch is getting closer, we are going to be amazed by the different form factors PC OEMs are going to reveal. Microsoft showcased its Windows 8 product called Surface which will come in both ARM and x86 versions. Samsung teased us with a video and their products will be announced at IFA, Berlin. Now Pocketnow has posted photos of upcoming Windows 8 based Sony Convertible tabled called Viao Duo 11. The device looks sexy and but we have no details on the specs of the device. It supports stylus as well. Hopefully Sony will reveal their Windows 8 products soon! Source: Pocketnow ...

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Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing its new hardware series called Surface. Now, they surprised everyone by starting marketing of the device so early. Microsoft Surface graffiti was spotted in corner of North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue and other places in New York. It seems Microsoft is so serious about Surface family of PCs and a clear marketing message will definitely drive more sales. What do you think of these adverts? via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced “Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE,” a digital hub for Xbox 360 owners to watch and interact with live election coverage of the presidential debates, learn the facts about the candidates and issues from Face the Facts USA, register to vote through Rock the Vote, and participate in live daily polling from YouGov. Microsoft has also partnered with NBCNews.com to deliver daily election programming to keep users up-to-date on the latest news and analysis about the election and the candidates. Xbox LIVE uses will be able to experience this from Monday, Aug. 27. Source: Microsoft   ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Fresh Paint in Windows Store for Windows 8 devices. Fresh Paint is not just another painting app on a touch device, its a delightfully real and fun painting app! The real feel of drawing on a paper, mixing oil paints, using the color mix for painting, and many more truly unique to this app. This apps seems to be built from the Microsoft Research Project called Gustav. Features: Discover delightfully real paint that behaves like real paint where it should and better than real where you need it. Blend and mix colors to get just the look you want Help your kids be creative and explore their imagination Experience real painting and be creative without the mess and costly supplies Relax and enjoy yourself. There is nothing to learn because you already know how to use it Zoom in to see strikingly realistic details. Only Fresh Paint ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the integration of Quora data in Bing Social Search results. Since last spring, Microsoft has been adding more services to improve the social search results. Now with Quora, you’ll see top answers and posts on a variety of topics — from Movies to Politics. Bing users in the U.S. will begin to see top Quora contributors in the Bing sidebar. You can hover over their name to learn more, and click to go directly to the answers they have shared, bringing the wealth of shared knowledge on Quora to Bing users. Read more in the source link below. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced a permanent price drop on Kinect sensor for Xbox. The new reduced price will be $109.99 in US. There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold. On October 4, the Kinect sensor will be available for a permanently reduced price in Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft also specifically mentioned that there will be no price drops in EMEA and Japan regions. With the sales of the whole gaming industry in general is falling down, price drops of this kind should boost sales to some level. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Press Release: Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is working with Microsoft to create a Windows To Go-compatible USB Flash drive. Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that enables enterprises to provision a full corporate desktop on an external USB drive, enabling users to boot and operate from multiple PCs. This new drive is a unique external USB 3.0 device capable of SSD-like performance and achieves all Windows 8 certification requirements. “We are excited to have Kingston as an associate on Windows To Go. Our joint innovation will further enable mobile work styles. Kingston’s DataTraveler Workspace will give our customers the performance and endurance required to deliver a great experience when running Windows 8 Enterprise from a USB drive” The Kingston® DataTraveler® Workspace USB Flash drive, to be released ...

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Windows 8 will go on sale from Oct-26th through retail stores and OEM devices. According to The Verge, Windows 8 Pro will be priced at $199 after a promotional price of $69.99 expires on January 31st 2013 in retail stores. Previously Microsoft has announced that consumers will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 from their existing Windows Vista, Windows 7 PCs by buying Windows 8 on a price of $39.99. Are you going to buy Windows 8 in retail or buying a new Windows 8 PC? Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft has announced that registration to upgrade at a discount to Windows 8 for recent PC purchasers is now open. Those who buy a PC between June 2nd and January 31st, 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 for only $14.99, a $25 discount from the full upgrade price of $39.99 for everyone else. Those who register will receive promo codes by email later which will allow them to get a discount when buying the upgrade using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant (pictured above). Buyers have until February 28, 2013 to register for the offer. Find the  Windows Upgrade Offer Registration page here and read more about the process at Microsoft here. ...

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At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the touchpad support that will be part of Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft worked with major PC OEMs to provide a new touchpad experience that incorporates new Windows 8 gestures. Microsoft collaborated with touchpad component vendors and have incorporated native support in firmware to deliver great gesture recognition. You can see the touch gestures that will be natively supported in Windows 8 PCs in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the work it has been doing with PC OEMs for building next generation Windows 8 and Windows RT based devices. Microsoft also announced that we can expect ARM-based PC designs from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung running Windows RT this year. Also Microsoft said that all of these Windows RT PCs will have consistent fast and fluidtouch interactions, long battery life, connected standby, and are beautiful, thin, and light designs. Microsoft also said that you can expect 8 hours to 13 hours of scenario run time of HD Video Playback on Windows RT machines. Also the new Connected Standby mode allows your Windows RT PCs to stay connected to network in low power mode. Read more at Windows 8 blog.   ...

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