Review Category : Microsoft

Videolan team today provided their update on the progress on development of VLC For Windows 8 Modern UI. There is a working version of the app now and they even released few screenshots of the same. Technical update If you followed closely, our main work, in addition to the UI, was to fight and replace the forbidden symbols not allowed on Windows App Store mode. We’ve been quite efficient at that, working closely with Mingw-w64 project and GCC developers. The biggest result is that we have now cut down 90% of our symbols, that are forbidden on Metro Mode. We mostly did this by: replacing our forbidden calls with newer authorized equivalent calls, modifying gcc and Mingw-w64, writing new code in a special library of ours, writing dummy functions, disabling VLC code that would not work on the Metro platform, moving VLC to MSVCRT 11.0, moving all the VLC codebase to ...

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Microsoft Internet Explorer team today announced this great deal to woo web developers based on Mac OS platform. You can get a Windows QuickStart for iOS Developers for a small donation to charity. The $25 donation is to Watsi.org, Kahn Academy or Code.org and $8 for shipping. Windows QuickStart for iOS Developers includes Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and a licensed copy of Windows 8. We heard that the most common way you test across browsers is through virtualization of browser and operating system combinations using your favorite virtualization platform, such as Hyper-V, VMWare, VirtualBox, or Parallels. However, costs to purchase software and licensing can be difficult if you’re that startup looking for your first big breakthrough. Today we’re making it just a little easier with a new combo offer: We’ll ship you a copy of Windows 8 and Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac virtualization on a USB stick for ...

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According to CNET, the upcoming significant update for Window 8/RT devices to codenamed ‘Blue’ could be marketed under the name of ‘Windows 8.1′. Lots of upcoming new features of Windows Blue got leaked a week ago which included new personalization features, improved PC settings page, Internet Explorer 11, etc,. Even Windows RT Blue update will be branded as Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 naming is simple and an obvious one which denotes the nature of the update to Windows 8. What do you think? Source: CNET ...

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According to the recent report from Net Applications,  Internet Explorer had 55.83% of the overall web browser market in March. Within Internet Explorer versions, IE10 had 2.93% market share worldwide compared to 1.57% in February. Internet Explorer 8 still remains the most used browser worldwide with 23.23% down from its market share of 23.38% in February. Internet Explorer 9 came 2nd with 20.62% of the web browser market share down from its marker share of 21.67 percent in February. With more Windows 8 adoption and new marketing activities around IE10, I guess Internet Explorer may gain more market share. Source: NetApplications ...

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As part of its many April Fools pranks on customers, Microsoft made fun of Google’s home page. When you search for Google in Bing, you will be greeted with a white search page, multi-colored Bing logo similar to what Google usually has and also an ‘I’m Feeling Confused’ button. There are also some highlights similar to Bing home page with info including “with so many delicious flavors available, most people still choose vanilla.”, “When there’s nothing else to look at”, etc, to make fun of Google’s home page compared to its visually attractive and functional Bing home page. You try it out here. ...

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According to latest Net Applications data compiled worldwide, Windows 8 now holds 3.31% of market share on all PCs up from its Feb numbers of 2.79%. Even this tiny number makes it the 4th largest OS installed base. Windows 7 and Windows XP holds the market with 44.73% and 38.73% respectively. Another interesting fact that was revealed was is the Window 8 Touch devices which is just over 0.12%. OEMs need to step up their work to make consumers aware of Windows 8 and its touch features. Source: NetApplications ...

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In addition to the Xbox LIVE Spring Sale 2013 that started March 26th, Microsoft announced yesterday about the one-day sale that will happen on Monday, April 1st. You can find the following games on sale.   Spring Sale Original  Sale Price Savings Assassin’s Creed 3 Season Pass  2400 1600 33% Battlefield 3 Aftermath 1200 600 50% Fallout 3 : Point Lookout 800 200 75% Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta 800 200 75% Fallout 3: Broken Steel 800 200 75% Fallout 3: The Pitt 800 200 75% Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage 800 200 75% Dishonored – Dunwall City Trials 400 160 60% The Amazing Spider-Man GonD $49.99 $19.99 60% The above sale prices won’t be available until Monday. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Irvine, CA — March 29, 2013 — VIZIO announced today the pricing and availability of its spring 2013 line-up of Windows 8 PCs, equipped with 10-finger capacitive touch displays on every new model and supported by outstanding picture quality and rich audio. With select models now available for pre-order at VIZIO.com and on sale at MicrosoftStore.com, each Thin + Light and All-in-One model offers seamless touchscreen technology, powerful performance and premium entertainment enhancements for the ideal interactive Windows 8 experience. Offering the top-of-the-line quad-core processors from both AMD (A10 APU) and Intel® (Core™ i7), the VIZIO Touch PC line-up boasts optimal performance in an exquisitely designed, premium PC. Highlighted by 15.6” Full HD (starting at $1,189.99) and 14” HD+ (starting at $1,089.99) screen sizes, VIZIO’s Thin + Light Touch models showcase an ultra-thin profile, multi-gesture touchscreen and increased battery capacity. A standard voltage quad-core processor enables the Thin + Light ...

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In a Windows Certification Newsletter, Microsoft announced that they are reducing the minimum resolution requirement to 1024 x 768 at a depth of 32 bits across all Windows 8 system form factors. Microsoft believes that this change will  enable OEM partners to develop more cheaper and smaller form factor devices. However, this new resolution will disable snap feature in Windows 8 PCs which Microsoft is asking OEMs to inform customers. The lower resolution would disable snap, a feature that allows two Windows Store apps to be viewed simultaneously side by side. To avoid potential consumer disappointment, OEMs need to disclose the loss of snap. To achieve certification with a sub-1366 x 768 panel, OEMs must explain how they will provide appropriate, clear, and conspicuous disclaimers that customers can see before they buy their PCs. For example, OEMs may use ads, websites, packaging, and/or point-of-purchase materials. This disclaimer must disclose that the system doesn’t ...

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LastPass app for Windows 8/RT devices today got updated in Windows Store with no.of improvements like the support for form fill profiles, etc,. New features in this version, Form Fill profiles are now supported, so you can fill shipping and billing forms in a few easy clicks. Identities are now supported, so if you prefer to keep your work and personal data separate, or share the same account with someone, you’ll be able to easily toggle between sets of data in the LastPass app. Account recovery is now supported using the locally-stored, encrypted OTP. The “forgot password” email can be sent directly from the app. Improvements to the user interface, with an even slicker look and feel. Download it from Windows Store. Source: LastPass ...

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Microsoft today announced a new tool called Patent Tracker in an effort to showcase its commitment to patent transparency. This new tool  provides a list of all of the patents Microsoft owns. Using this Patent Tracker, anyone can obtain the list in two forms: (1) an online list that is searchable by patent number, patent title, country and whether the patent is held by Microsoft or a subsidiary, and (2) a CSV file containing the entire list that is downloadable and searchable in Microsoft Excel Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith described this launch with the following, Transparency around patent ownership will help prevent gamesmanship by companies that seek to lie in wait and “hold up” companies rather than enable a well-functioning secondary market. Of equal importance, transparency is a prerequisite to enforceability of patent licensing pledges, whether to standards bodies or to the world at large. Quite simply, without transparency it ...

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Windows 8 syncs lots of stuff using your Microsoft account. The list includes browser favorites, browsing history, account details, and more. One thing that was missed by many is the start screen sync. You need to arrange, pin tiles when you sign into a new PC. Winsupersite reports that the upcoming Windows Blue build will let you sync color scheme, pinned tiles, their individual sizes, and their arrangement using Microsoft account. You will  be also able to sync following items, Picture Password File History Input Personalization Explorer Quick Links App Secondary Tiles Tethering Installed Apps  Source: Winsupersite ...

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The Modern Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8 already features swipe navigation for browsing the web. It supports Back and forward swipe page navigation with preview. Winsupersite reports that even desktop version of Internet Explorer 11 in the leaked Windows Blue build supports swipe navigation with touch. With IE 11, Microsoft is bringing this feature to the desktop version of the browser too. As with IE 10 Metro, it only works via touch; that is, you can’t use the mouse to “grab” the current web page and navigate right (back) or left (forward). But it provides a nice bit of consistency, and if you need to use both browsers for some reason they will now work more similarly. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Winsupersite ...

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Boingo free Wi-Fi finder app is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description ———————– Access to Boingo Hotspots ———————– • Connect to thousands of Boingo hotspots around the world, including airports, hotels, coffee shops, stadiums, malls, and in-flight! • Get online in one tap or click. ———————– Auto-Login For Subscribers ———————– • Simplify your connection experience with Wi-Finder’s auto-login feature. • Select “Enable Auto-Login” in the app’s Settings charm, and it will automatically log you in at supported Boingo hotspots. Sit back and enjoy a seamless Wi-Fi experience. ———————– Notifications in Boingo Hotspots ———————– • Toast notifications let you discover exactly which networks near you are Boingo hotspots! • We’ve simplified the connection experience – just click or tap the toast to launch Boingo Wi-Finder. ———————– Getting Connected ———————– • Tap/click the toast, or select a network SSID from the network list to launch the Wi-Finder app, ...

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According to ZDNet, similar to the upcoming Windows ‘Blue’ update for Windows 8 OS, Microsoft is working on an update for Office suite codenamed ‘Gemini’. The updates will coming over next two years with the updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, coming this fall.  We may see Metro versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint similar to OneNote and Lync which we have now. According to Mary Jo Foley, Gemini is more than just Metro versions of Office apps, But Gemini is more than just the next, Metrofied version of the core Office apps. In the same way that the Windows and Windows Server teams are having to rethink all their development tools, processes and procedures in order to deliver annual (instead of every-three-year) versions of Windows, going forward, the Office team is remaking itself, too. Read more at the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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    Bloomberg today reported that Ericsson is in discussions to acquire Microsoft’s IPTV platform Mediaroom. Microsoft Mediaroom is a full-featured video platform for operators to deliver an IPTV-based Pay-TV subscription services including content-protected live, DVR, video on demand, and applications. It was reported that Microsoft is now focusing more on Xbox LIVE TV, apps, etc, than on Mediaroom IPTV platform. Source: Bloomberg ...

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