Review Category : Microsoft

Along with the Windows 8 RTM announcement, Microsoft today opened up the Windows Store for paid apps. From today, a company can in a supported market can now submit a Metro style app for Windows 8 (Companies qualify through account registration, which includes an account verification process). Also on August 15, Microsoft will be making the build available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. Also Microsoft is expanding the Store catalog to many new countries and also supporting more languages for developers. Read more at Windows Store blog. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 has hit an important milestone, RTM. So as expected, Microsoft will share Windows 8 RTM with its PC OEM partners and the general availability of Windows 8 OS and devices running Windows 8 will start from Oct-26th. While we have reached our RTM milestone, no software project is ever really “done.” We will continue to monitor and act on your real world experiences with Windows 8—we’ve used the preview process to test out our servicing and we have every intent of doing a great job on this next important phase of the product. Hardware partners will continue to provide new devices and improve support for existing devices. PC makers no doubt have quite a bit in store for all of us as they begin to show off PCs specifically designed for Windows 8. Also Microsoft is opening up its Windows Store for developers from around 200 countries ...

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. Lenovo is planning to release a ThinkPad Windows 8 tablet focusing on its business customers. This tablet will be based on Intel Cloverview Dual Core chip, 2GB RAM  with 10.1-inch 720p IPS display. It will be 650 grams of weight and 9.8mm thick. You can have Fingerprint reader and NFC as optional unit. It will feature 8MP rear cam and 2MP front cam as well. Lenovo also touts that it will have 10 hour battery life which is a impressive number. Read more at the source link below. Source: Techin5 ...

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Microsoft launched their new “Modern email for the next billion inboxes” called Outlook few hours before. The service is in preview mode and anyone can sign up for it. After about 6 hours of the announcement, Microsoft Outlook twitter account tweeted that over 1 million users have signed up for this new service. That’s a pretty great number and is expected to grow even faster as time passes. If you didn’t sign up for the service, go to Outlook.com and give it a try. Its awesome. ...

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Microsoft has announced Outlook.com, a new destination for your personal mail which integrates social networking, Office Web apps, SkyDrive, innovative mail filtering and what they call virtually unlimited storage. Calling it “Modern email for the next billion inboxes”, they called it Modern, Smart, Connected with the user in control. The preview is available by visiting Outlook.com, and more can be read about the service at the Office Blog here. ...

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In Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft had only 5 different themes for the Metro start screen experience. With Windows 8 RTM, Microsoft will be providing 20 different themes allowing for more personalization for the users. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has already created themes of different colors from which users can select their favorite. Also, Microsoft is adding more new lockscreen and desktop wallpapers with Windows 8 RTM. The following image is reported to be the default Windows 8 wallpaper, Are you happy with the  Personalization/Customization options in Windows 8? Source: Win8china ...

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Microsoft Office Word team today detailed the features that will be part of the upcoming Word 2013. Microsoft focused on the following on developing Word 2013, Polished Core User Experiences – Much improved working with Figures, Headers & Footers, Tables, Themes and Styles and Document Layout. Best on Windows 8 - Optimized for Touch, Inking and will be part of Windows RT. Integrated into the Cloud - Save to SkyDrive, Roaming MRU, Resume Reading, Apps for Office. Friction-Free Collaboration -Simplified Sharing, Simple Markup, Comment Replies / Mark Comments “Done” , Lock Tracking, People everywhere, etc,. Great for Digital Consumption- Navigation Pane Improvements, Read Mode, Web Video Apart from the above, Office 2013 also have features such as the ability to edit PDF documents, etc,. Read more about it in detail here. ...

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At Office Next blog today, Microsoft detailed the SkyDrive integration in upcoming Office 2013 suite. One of the main integration is that, SkyDrive is now the default location to save documents. Saving to the cloud offers anywhere access to content through the new Office. This allows users to move from device to device without having to worry where their content (or Office app) resides. Also with SkyDrive for Windows client, you can keep your documents in Sync across devices. Anywhere, you can access the document and even edit it with Office Web Apps. Also Office 2013 will have a smart sync feature, Using Office and SkyDrive to sync your files has great benefits for bandwidth utilization and battery life. For example, if you are working on a 50 MB PowerPoint presentation and decide to insert a new bullet point, Office will only upload that single bullet point. The same goes for ...

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We have seen many interesting projects from Microsoft Research in the past, here is an another interesting now. Microsoft Research is working on creating large scale displays. If you want to create a giant HD display, it costs more and its complex to build. For example,  The 2,160-inch HD screen at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, cost $40 million and it has 30 million LED lights at 18 dots per inch involving multiple displays , each controlled by a separate PC. Microsoft’s vX solution involves 15 flatscreen displays with its own unique set of electronics and controlled by one PC. And it features 72 million pixels at 100 dots per inch so that you can enjoy the clarity of the picture even when you go near it. Microsoft Research is working on further scaling up this device tech. Here is the goal of the project, What would vX be used for? Blank and ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has completed the acquisition Of Perceptive Pixel, the manufacturer of high performance touch screen displays. At WPC, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft will acquire PPI and the deal has been completed now. Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager of Office Division at Microsoft wrote the following in the blog, I’m excited to share that all closing conditions for Microsoft’s acquisition of Perceptive Pixel (PPI) have been met, and the deal is completed. PPI Founder, President, and CTO Jeff Han joins Microsoft as a general manager and will report to Kurt DelBene. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome PPI to the Microsoft Office Division. PPI’s expertise in hardware, software and thought leadership will contribute to success in broad scenarios such as collaboration, meetings and presentations. Source: Microsoft ...

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At the time of Surface announcement months ago, Microsoft said that the Surface tablet will release along with Windows 8. Now that Windows 8 availability date has been confirmed as Oct-26th, everyone was waiting for Microsoft to confirm the Oct-26th date for Surface availability as well. As CNET noted in the recent SEC filings from Microsoft, Surface will be launched on Oct-26th along with Windows 8 as announced before. “The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices,” “In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8…Its success depends on a number of factors including the extent to which customers embrace its new user interface and functionality, successfully coordinating with our OEM partners in releasing a variety of hardware devices that take advantage of its features, ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — July 30, 2012 — For the past 30 years, Microsoft Corp. has introduced hardware that helps people interact better and more easily with Windows. Today, Microsoft Hardware continues the tradition with the introduction of new products that work beautifully with Windows 8. Wedge Touch Mouse Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into an ultracompact frame that’s great for a mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse is designed to complement your Windows experience in all its forms, providing four-way touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips. • Its artful and minimalist design also comes free of cables or USB transceivers — you simply turn it on and connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or tablet for a clutter-free experience. • It features BlueTrack Technology so you can use it on virtually any surface, whether you’re in a conference ...

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Microsoft is now allowing users to sign up for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta. As part of this program, 2012 Xbox LIVE update will be pushed out to your console that will include E3 announced dashboard features including: Internet Explorer on Xbox Recommendations Pins to customize your Xbox dashboard More details here. ...

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Microsoft is progressing on the way to incorporate Metro design language in all of its products, right from Xbox to Windows Server. Microsoft’s web properties such as SkyDrive, Hotmail, Messenger, etc, are also going to get Metro face lift soon. Liveside today posted a bunch of screenshots of SkyDrive and Web Messenger services in Metro design. Here are the new things they noticed, You can now select files and folders in thumbnail view. Before this you could only select files and folders and perform actions on them in details view. SkyDrive now shows thumbnail previews of Office documents. Windows Live Groups is now part of SkyDrive. Visiting http://groups.live.com will redirect you to SkyDrive.com’s Group page (as shown in screenshots below). SkyDrive options, such as managing storage, people tagging, and Office document formats, can now be found in one place. Previously all of these options are scattered across Windows Live options ...

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In Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the new improved printing experience in Windows 8. With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a new printer driver architecture v4. This new v4 architecture produces smaller, faster printer drivers, and it supports print class driver framework. In most cases, Print class driver framework allows people to install their printers without having to locate a driver for that device. Its almost like a driverless printing. Also Windows 8 allows Printer manufacturers to develop Windows RT apps that performs printing/imaging functions as you can see in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will be released on October 26th and the new devices running Windows 8 are expected to go on sale from November. Windows RT, Windows for ARM based devices is also expected to be on devices from Oct 26th. However, Microsoft has restricted Windows RT for few OEMs such as Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung, etc,. Other PC OEMs won’t be able to make Windows RT devices as they can do with Windows 8 (x86 version). According to the report from China Times, Dell may join other Windows RT OEMs replacing HP in the list and Microsoft will open Windows RT for other OEMs in January. Acer is expected to release Windows RT device in Q1 2013 and CES will showcase a new wave of Windows RT devices. Read more at  China Times.   ...

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