Review Category : Microsoft

Yesterday, Google announced a new feature in Android 4.2 called Multi-user switching which Windows RT tablets will also have. Being a mobile OS, Android has this only for tablet devices and not for mobile phones. With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space. Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games – even individual high scores and levels! And since Android is built with multitasking at its core, it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out. Available only on tablets. According to TC, the reason Google avoided this feature into mobile phones may be because of a patent owned by Nokia. From Nokia’s patent, A mobile telephone is designed to be used by several different end-users at different times. A first end-user can alter the mobile telephone so that it operates in a manner specific to that ...

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Acer has been a major critic of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and have now  withdrawn their support from Windows RT by delaying their RT products indefinitely, Reuters reports. "Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn’t stop, but we are much more cautious," Acer President Jim Wong told Reuters on Tuesday. "Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don’t think it will be earlier than Q2," Wong said. He complained that Microsoft was undercutting its Windows OESMS, noting that Lenovo and Asustek had unveiled plans for Windows RT tablets starting at $599 before Microsoft surprised the market with its $499 home-built Surface. "I don’t know what’s next, what Microsoft will do," Wong said. "We are watching how Surface is doing … How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, ...

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At Build Conference held at Microsoft campus, Microsoft announced that all the paid attendees with get a Microsoft Surface for Windows RT with Touch Cover, Nokia Lumia 920 device and 100GB SkyDrive storage for free. Of course, all the developers present at the event went wild while Microsoft made these announcements. Seeding developers with devices is not new for Microsoft and they have been doing it for last few years. However with early registration costing $1595 and full $2095 the toys certainly are not free. Microsoft encouraged developers to create apps for Windows 8, calling it  “the best opportunity software developers will see.” “Hundreds of millions of people are just aching to use your applications,” said Ballmer, who also announced that 4 million Windows 8 upgrades have been sold over the weekend. Are you planning to attend Build conference next year? ...

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Today, Microsoft announced at BUILD keynote that many new high profile apps are coming to Windows 8 platform soon. Microsoft announced that Twitter is working on a Windows Store app that will coming in months ahead. Also Dropbox, PayPal, ESPN, Adobe Reader, etc, are also coming to Windows 8′s Windows Store soon. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb game, “Agent P Strikes Back”, aka Perry the Platypus, on Windows 8, and forthcoming on Windows Phone 8, showcases how easily browser-based games can become Windows Store apps. Disney developed the game for Windows 8 by taking advantage of Windows 8 HTML5 support as well as built-in capabilities like in-game sharing and support for an Xbox controller via USB. “Agent P Strikes Back” is the first of a series of games that Disney will bring to the Windows 8 platform, including the hit mobile games “Where’s My Water?” and “Where’s My Perry?”. Dropbox’s new Windows Store ...

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At BUILD keynote event today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that 4 million Windows 8 upgraded were sold in the last 4 days. Also he said that laptop sales increased 20% ahead of their estimates. The 4 million number does not include “tens of millions” sold to its OEM partners. Also  the enthusiasm around Windows 8 is “very high” according to Steve.   ...

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One of Microsoft’s biggest bulwarks against total Google Search domination is their deal with Yahoo, but this may be showing some cracks, as Yahoo has announced that they will be ignoring IE10’s default “Do not Track” setting, calling it “signal abuse”. "In principle, we support DNT," Yahoo said in an unattributed entry on its policy blog Friday. "[But] Microsoft unilaterally decided to turn on DNT in Internet Explorer 10 by default, rather than at users’ direction. It basically means that the DNT signal from IE10 doesn’t express user intent. We will not recognize IE10′s default DNT signal on Yahoo! properties at this time." Yahoo alluded to that on its blog, saying, "In our view, [IE10's on-by-default] degrades the experience for the majority of users and makes it hard to deliver on our value proposition to them." On Friday, Microsoft’s head counsel, Brad Smith, in a blog post defended Microsoft’s decision ...

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Speaking at the Windows Phone 8 launch event Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also had some reassuring words to say about Windows 8, which launched last week. He said "We’re seeing preliminary demand well above where we were with Windows 7, which is gratifying. We’re seeing retailers here in the United States and hardware manufacturers enthusiastic about the response." "The demand for touch on all-in-ones and laptops, in addition to tablets, has been really quite astounding, and certainly the lines we’ve seen at the Microsoft Stores have been heartening," Ballmer continued. His statements counter surveys, taken before Windows 8 marketing hit the airwaves, which found only 3% of those surveyed were extremely interested in buying a new PC running the OS. There have been many questions whether Windows 8 will stimulate flagging PC sales, but I suspect this has much to do with whether these devices answer the demand for touch ...

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Wired reports that  Tami Reller, corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft’s Windows Group, said that Microsoft is not planning to release a 7 inch Windows 8 tablet. He said there were 1000 separate designs ready to ship with Windows 8, but they were all "10.1 [inches] and above", according to Reller. When asked “So Microsoft’s not going to be in [the seven-inch] space at launch?" he said "Correct." 7 inch devices are very hot at the minute, with the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire and and Google’s Nexus 7 all competing for the space.  I suspect however the Desktop elements of Windows 8 and Windows RT would be unusably small for touch on the small tablets, unless Windows users file down their fingers of course. Do our readers think Microsoft is missing an opportunity? Let us know below. ...

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In an interview with CNBC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft Surface is the product customers always wanted. He also said that Microsoft Surface competitors such as Apple, Amazon and Google does not provide a work and play experience as Surface does. “I don’t think anybody has done a product that is the product that I see customers wanting,” “You can go through the products from all those guys … and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point. “This is a first-class tablet that people can enjoy and appreciate,” “It’s a PC; it’s a tablet. It’s for play; it’s for work. It’s a got a great price. That product doesn’t exist today.” Watch the video in ...

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Today ifixit posted their tear down of Microsoft Surface for Windows RT. Microsoft Surface scored a repairability rating of 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Here are the reasons iFixit posted at the end of the process, Several components are modular and replaceable without requiring desoldering. You can remove the battery pretty easily — once you’ve suffered through the opening procedure. It’s pretty difficult to remove the rear panel and gain access to the device. It is impossible to remove the keyboard connector without first removing the display from the frame. LCD and glass are fused together and strongly adhered to the case, increasing cost of replacement. You’ll have to use a heat gun and lots of patience to gain access to the glass and LCD. Even though 4/10 may look as a poor score, Apple iPad 3 scored a repairability rating of 2 out of 10. Anyways, you don’t have to really worry about ...

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We reported earlier that Microsoft was offering £50 and $50 to international customers in UK and Canada for the delay in their Surface orders. Then we had a few miffed German readers complaining their orders were also delayed, but no compensation was forthcoming. The bad news is that orders are still delayed, but the good news is that Microsoft is willing to make up for it. Reader Fabian has just received an email from Microsoft apologising for the delay, and offered 50 Euro store credit, which can of course be used to buy a Touch or Type cover. Have any of our other German readers received their 50 Euro also? let us know below. Thanks Fabian for the tip. ...

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There is a lot of of concern that Windows users will be intimidated by the new UI features in Windows 8 and chose not to upgrade. With current ads, like the one above, concentrating on lifestyle, analysts Forrester’s Frank Gillett think that strategy could backfire when consumers are confronted by a more complex interface than they ads depict. "They’re going to have to do much more to explain it," he said. So far, Microsoft’s "marketing seems to be in denial that they’re moving everyone’s cheese in a dramatic way. Why can’t they say something like "Be patient with us, we’re taking you to a better place’ ? It should have more of that tone." "I find Microsoft executives remarkably dismissive about this," he continued. When asked during Microsoft’s earnings call Oct. 18 if there is confusion about the "adjustment that users will have to make," Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein ...

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While many Microsoft fans are already playing with their Surface tablets, quite a few are not having such a good time, and are still waiting for theirs to be delivered. Many buyers have had no notification about the status of their orders, and quite a few are having their orders cancelled, without any real explanation. Mark from WP7.nl is one of the later, having received this email. I ordered mine on 10/18 and it was cancelled by Microsoft on 10/27: The following item(s) have been cancelled from your order: Product SKU: Z2S-00002 Product Name: Surface HD Digital AV Adapter Qty Ordered: 1 Reason for cancellation: Other Product SKU: 9HR-00026 Product Name: Surface with Windows RT Qty Ordered: 1 Reason for cancellation: Other While I think there is too much goodwill amongst the Microsoft community to call this a botched launch, Microsoft is in the unusual position of having product that ...

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Following the release of Internet Explorer 10, Mozilla has finally sent Microsoft a celebratory cake, following on from the ‘one-way tradition’ of sending a cake to the one-another when a new version of a browser is released- which of course Microsoft only seemed to follow.  It even got to a point where Mozilla started updating their browser more frequently, resulting in Microsoft sending cupcakes rather than full cakes presumably from an excess of care for the Mozilla team’s health.  Both Mozilla and Internet Explorer are currently fighting a battle for market share against Google’s Chrome, with the Google browser recently claimed to have overtaken Internet Explorer’s recent market share.  With Google silently upgrading its browser in the background, we assume neither party will be sending them any confectionary soon.  Below you can see a sample of the many cakes made by the bakers at Microsoft: Read more at: pcmag.com ...

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A WPArea reader managed to capture some pictures of the new Microsoft Surface Experience Centres which will be popping up all over the world. He writes: Since today in some German cities Microsoft’s new tablet computer, the surface is presented. Here in Berlin, there are several places where you can take a look. I was at the Motel One in the Kant Strasse 10, right near the Zoological Garden Berlin station. The Experience Center is located in the entrance hall. Only 2 units to try out were available. Guests at the Motel One can also rent a surface and try to rest.Therefore, additional devices. The tablet looks good and great is processed. The format may be a little getting used to. The weight is slightly larger than expected (although not more than others). It’s been fun to use the Surface and the gestures you fast on it. If you can ...

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It seems like Apple has been a victim of their own success as their crowded stores turn away some potential customers. After being bitterly turned down by a seemingly ‘far too busy’ Apple store, customer Tonicia Abdur-Salaam turned to Microsoft to provide her school –Richfield’s Partnership Academy K-5 charter school- with the 24 desktop PC’s and a few laptops she was in urgent need of. Not only did Microsoft staff provide her with technical assistance and set up of the computers, but the friendly team threw in a couple Xbox 360’s free of charge. So far, 15 million people have experienced the friendly, insightful service the Microsoft stores have to offer.  In fact, twincities.com reports that 97% of surveyed customers said they preferred Microsoft products to Apple products.  Maybe this could have something to do with the fact that Apple stores are far too ‘packed’ according to Tim Nelson, president ...

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