Review Category : Microsoft

MobileTechReview have posted their detailed review of the Microsoft Surface RT, which includes this 33 minute video review of this Microsoft WindowsRT tablet. They conclude: Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet isn’t just an attention-getting beast because it’s the company’s first computing product. It’s rich and immersive tablet thanks to attractive video and music players, excellent news, weather, stocks and sports apps and it offers some of the strengths of a full Windows machine. And that’s the plus as well as the caveat: you get the same UI, Windows desktop and largely the same MS Office suite as you do on Windows 8 Pro machines, but you can’t run .exe applications meant for Windows 7 computers. Is that a deal breaker? At launch it might be for some shoppers who are understandably captivated by the several hundred thousands of apps available for iOS and Android. But don’t fool yourself: This is Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Japan and NTT DOCOMO today signed a collaborative effort to bring LTE support in Windows 8 devices targeting corporate customers. Press Release: TOKYO, JAPAN, November 1, 2012 —Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd. and NTT DOCOMO, INC., Japan’s leading mobile operator and provider of integrated services centered on mobility, announced today they have agreed on a cooperative business relationship to combine Windows 8 tablet devices and DOCOMO’s extra-high-speed LTE mobile service, Xi™ (read “crossy”), for corporate users in Japan. Aiming to offer business-ecosystem tablets that meet the diverse needs of corporate users, the cooperative relationship between Microsoft Japan and DOCOMO will be supported by partner companies on both sides. Companies such as device manufacturers and system venders will assist in a broad collaborative effort to develop advanced mobile solutions that leverage the speed and power of DOCOMO’s LTE network and the abundant Windows resources available in the corporate world today. The ...

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According to latest data form Net Applications, Internet Explorer gained 0.50 percentage points between September and October while Firefox lost 0.09 % and Google Chrome lost 0.31% and  Apple Safari lost 0.05%. Internet Explorer 9 for the first time reached 20% market share. All version of IE together held a 54.13% market share and I guess this number will further go up with the release of Internet Explorer 10 in the coming months. What browser are you using everyday? Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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Whoever is bankrolling ads are not playing around these days. First we have Jessica Alba telling us how great Windows Phone 8 is, and today we have Megan Fox selling the virtues of a Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook for learning to speak to dolphins. As a contest for our readers not too distracted by Megan Fox, can you count the number of times the creative types accidentally used Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 in the screen shots? Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft today posted a new TV ad for Windows 8 featuring the new Sony Vaio Tap 20 Windows 8 ad. This add shows the new touch capabilities of Windows 8 along with the snap mode and the Sony Vaio Tap 20′s Tilt mode with the ability to move it around without any wires because it has built-in battery. Mom places the family’s Windows 8 all-in-one PC on an easel and turns it into a canvas for her daughter. Read more about Sony Viao Tap 20 after the break. ...

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We have seen some marketing like this before from Nokia for its Windows Phone devices. Microsoft organized this strange marketing activity in Norway to promote Windows 8 and its Live Tiles concept. Watch the video above and enjoy this marketing from Microsoft. This film was shot downtown Oslo (Norway) to highlight one of the key innovations of Windows 8: Live Tiles. Showing the preview functionality of Live Tiles made for an evening to remember. What do you think of it? Thanks Alex for the heads up. ...

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A Portland-based OS development company called Surfcast has filed a patent infringement case against Microsoft. Surfcast sued Microsoft for allegedly infringing on its patents with the use of Live Tiles in its desktop, tablet and mobile software. Patent 6,724,403 (’403): “System and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources.” The above patent involves the method of “presenting information from variety of sources on a display device.”, ”organizes content from a variety of information sources into grid of tiles each of which can refresh its content independently of the others.”, according to TNW. Basically, they claim Microsoft’s Live Tiles concept was invented by them. Surfcast even has a website in which it describes the Tiles concept, SurfCast designed a new concept referred to as ‘Tiles’. Tiles can be thought of as dynamically updating icons. A Tile is different from an icon because it can be both selectable and live — containing refreshed content that ...

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The Next Web notes, via WinAppUpdate, that there are now more than 10,000 apps in the Windows 8 store, being added at a rate of 500 per day. This rate is likely to increase exponentially as the number of Windows 8 PCs, already expected to be more than 4 million in number, rapidly increases over the next few weeks, and developers see more opportunities. Microsoft has also announced at BUILD that the official replacement for Metro-style apps will be ‘Windows 8 Store Applications’ which is a rather typically uncool but descriptive Microsoft nomenclature. Has any actually cool applications hit the Windows 8 store recently? Let us know below. ...

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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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