Review Category : Microsoft

Today many Microsoft Surface buyers will be angered, not by the device but by its absence, as many international pre-orders end up being pushed back around the world. According to readers Microsoft is now revising the language of the pre-orders, saying delivery would be *from* the 26th, and that devices could arrive as late as the 30th October. Clearly the whole point of the pre-order system was to have the device arrive day and date with its release to the market, and while I do not expect riots in the streets, I think more than a few digital recycle bins will be tipped over. If there is any good news, it is that some Microsoft reps have said the delays were due to “huge demand” which is never a bad thing. To check where your Surface order currently is, use this handy tip from WPC. Just go to the FedEx ...

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Microsoft clearly thinks the Surface tablet will sell itself once punters have a hands-on with it. They have opened up Surface Experience Stores where people can see and have hands-ons with the devices in Australia, Germany, UK and France, with locations in USA coming later. The full list of locations are: Australia Carindale, Westfield Carindale Sydney, Westfield Sydney Doncaster, Westfield Doncaster Foutain Gate, Westfield Fountain Gate Upper Mt Gravatt, Westfield Garden City Parramatta, Westfield Parramatta Germany Berlin, Motel One Hauptbahnhof Berlin, Motel One Alexanderplatz Berlin, Motel One Kurfuerstendamm Hamburg, Motel One Am Michel München, Motel One Deutsches Museum Berlin, Motel One Spittelmarkt Berlin, Motel One Tiergarten Hamburg, Motel One Alster München, Motel One Sendlinger Tor München, Motel One City- Ost Frankfurt, Motel One Airport Köln, Motel One Waidmarkt Essen, Motel One Essen Stuttgart, Motel One Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt, Motel One East Side Leipzig, Motel One Leipzig Dresden, Motel One Palaisplatz United ...

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Last night Microsoft took the wrap of their New York Times Square store, in the presence of a large crowd who it seems could not wait to get their hands on some Windows RT Surface tablets. The above pictures were snapped by Steven Sinofsky, who is seems was pretty excited about the event. Neowin spoke to the staff there, and found that Microsoft may in fact keep the pop up store open after the holidays, depending on performance. The store does more than sell Surface tablets, also offering some laptops,  boxed copies of Windows 8, and will soon offer Windows Phone 8 handsets. Click the pictures to see more of the excitement. ...

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Rovio has released their latest Angry Birds franchise Angry Birds Space in Windows Store. Game Description:  ALL NEW ANGRY BIRDS GAME FROM ROVIO — the #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space! After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own… Angry Birds Space features over 130 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit! Features: Over 130 interstellar levels! Regular free updates! Brand new birds! Brand new superpowers! Zero-gravity space adventures! Trick shots using planets’ gravity! Hidden bonus levels! Beautifully detailed backgrounds! ...

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Microsoft has told Kotaku that popular games which are rated PEGI 18 in Europe will in fact be allowed into the Windows Store. The news presents a U-turn from their previous position, which was that such rated games will be banned from Microsoft’s Windows 8 App Store. In USA ESRB Adult games are often sex-related, and exclude most games, while popular games like Skyrim or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are rated PEGI 18 in Europe due to violence.  Microsoft will now allow those games that are rated PEGI 18 in as long as they are not rated Adult in USA. "It basically ends up disqualifying games that would be ESRB Mature," said Windows Corporate VP of Web Services Antoine Leblond. "This is to give developers a heads up that that’s where we’re going," Leblond said, "So they can have the peace of mind around developing the kinds of ...

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Microsoft Bing is always known for its beautiful homepage images. Microsoft keeps on tweaking the Bing homepage to make it look and function better. Last year Microsoft introduced the video homepages which got a warm welcome among users. Now, Microsoft is placing DeepZoom images on its homepages, you can pan around the image using the controls palced below and you can even zoom into the pictures. Bing Australia got once such image today and you can check it out here. via: josefajardo ...

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As the product itself, the marketing videos of Microsoft Surface are looking good. At the end of the launch keynote today, Microsoft played its new commercial for Microsoft Surface. Microsoft Surface is already creating lots of buzz around the web and even among the non-techies. The pre-orders begun last week and some SKUs even got sold out in many countries. Windows 8 marketing should further increase Surface awareness among people and this leading to further sales. You can enjoy the Surface commercial above. ...

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Among the reviews of Windows 8 and Windows RT devices like Surface, many noted writers pointed out about the lack of apps in the Windows Store. It seems, they were not aware of the fact that they are trying out the software before its release. Windows Store at present has about 7000 apps and more apps coming everyday. The following high profile apps got released in Windows Store just in the past few hours, Nyan Cat app Bank Of America Evernote Sktich StumbleUpon Box SugarSync NYT Windows Store is a brand new platform and just wait for some time. I’m sure you will have much better apps than any other platform in short time. Try the above apps in Windows Store! ...

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Forget double-sided tiles.  Microsoft thinks Windows 8 users should be able to twist and turn their tiles in up to 3 dimensions, and even have cylindrical tiles. In their patent the sides of the boxes could show more information about notifications, such as the subject line of a newly received email or a full text messages. The several sides of the boxes would allow more information to be shows. The rotating tiles can also be used to reveal menus e.g for a music controls. The patents were filed in Q2 2012 and granted in Q3 2012, so may show up in some future version of Windows. Read more detail at Patentbolt.com Thanks V4X22ndNov for the tip. ...

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Microsoft is streaming their Microsoft Surface RT keynote starting at 1:30 EST, which is just in a few minutes. Watch and discuss the latest developers in their first major PC production in our comment section below. Presentation over. 14:12 Says Surface has twice the storage of competing tablets. Now available online and at over 60 Microsoft Stores. 14:10 Pulls up a student – says Surface is great for students. Had one for 4 days. Shows how the device can connect to USB peripherals. Says 100% of the top selling devices work with Surface. 14:05 Shows multi-tasking also. Says the touch cover feels great on the hand. Finally shows how the Surface can be used on the lap. 14:04 Says he typed 50-60 words per minute. 14:01 Talks about Touch Cover making the device a productivity device.Says the Surface is running the lighting and Excel and Powerpoint which is running the ...

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NEW YORK, October 25, 2012 – The New York Times (NYTimes.com) has announced the availability of the latest news and award-winning journalism from The Times, designed and formatted for an optimal reading experience on Windows 8. The New York Times app will be available through the Windows Store for Windows 8 starting Friday, October 26. In addition, The Times will have its own channel within the Bing News app, which will be pre-installed on all Windows 8 devices, including desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets, like the Microsoft Surface tablet. Both products offer in-app authentication for existing Times subscribers. Nonsubscribers will have access to the Top News section within the app and will be able to purchase digital subscriptions for full access. Subscribers will have access to all of The Times’s content on both apps, including full articles, videos, photos, slideshows and blogs. The apps feature tiles, which ...

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Windows Media Centre will soon be a $10 paid upgrade to Windows 8, but if you get in early you can get it for free. From tomorrow until January 31st, if you enter your product key you can download the app for free. The app description reads: “If your PC is running Windows 8 Pro and you’d like to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack so you can watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center, you can take advantage of the following special offer,” the site reads. “For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free.” The deal, which starts tomorrow, is available here. Via WinSupersite.com ...

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As midnight rolls over the world, it is now the 26th in New Zealand, and some stores there are holding midnight openings for  Windows 8. Neowin reports little consumer enthusiasm so far, with only one or two customers showing up in the store they visited. One person who was certainly enthusiastic is Greg Daniel, who was officially the first person in the world to buy a copy of the new OS. While Microsoft is rumoured to be planning to spend more than $ 1.5 billion promoting the OS, there has been very little advertising in the run up to the release surprisingly, likely explaining the muted response so far. Update: In a related story, Australians seems to be showing more enthusiasm, seemingly filling the Harvey Norman Store waiting in line for their Windows 8 retail copies. Via Neowin.net, picture by Long Zheng. ...

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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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