Review Category : Microsoft

The ATIV Smart PC Pro (confusingly called Series 7 Slate in the US) is Samsung’s top-of-the-line Windows 8 tablet and turns into a fully-fledged ultrabook when attached to its keyboard dock. The form factor is decidedly more conservative than Sony’s rather unique “Surf Slider”, but it all comes down to the execution, right? Sadly, the first thing that you’ll notice when picking up the ATIV Smart PC is the cheap plastic feeling. Make no mistake – the back is anything but the brushed aluminum which it is painted to look like. Making matters worse, the plastic additionally has some sort of glossy coating which only adds to the cheap feeling, exemplified by the fact that the keyboard dock, also made of plastic, has a light texture to it and feels much better in the hand. The docking mechanism itself works well enough and seems pretty sturdy – you just press ...

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As usual, Sony’s hardware entry into the Windows 8 tablet/convertible space is rather unusual: its VAIO Duo 11 has a touchscreen that slides up (and stays in a non-adjustable position) to reveal a full keyboard with trackpoint. It’s a pretty interesting concept, and executed rather well. The sliding mechanism is solid, and the whole device, despite being quite thick (at 17.85mm), manages to feel both high-quality and somewhat light at the same time. As for specs, the Duo 11 is pretty full-featured: there will be models with low-voltage Core i5 and i7 processors, 4 or 8 GB of RAM, SSDs with 128 or 256 GB. You’ll also get 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA (!), an Ethernet connection, and an SD card reader. The 11.6″ display is especially good, featuring a dense resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It also comes with an active digitizer, which detects if you’re using the ...

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Microsoft today announced the initial list of Xbox games that will be part of Windows Store. Xbox games will be available through the Windows Store for users to download. Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends. Here is the list of features, 4 Elements II Special Edition A World of Keflings Adera: Episode 1 Adera: Episode 2 Adera: Episode 3 Angry Birds Angry Birds Space Big Buck Hunter Pro BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Collateral Damage Crash Course GO Cut the Rope Disney Fairies Dragon’s Lair Field & Stream Fishing Fruit Ninja Gravity Guy Gunstringer: Dead Man Running Hydro Thunder Hurricane IloMilo iStunt 2 Jetpack Joyride Kinectimals Unleashed Microsoft Mahjong Microsoft Minesweeper Microsoft Solitaire Collection Monster Island PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX Pinball FX 2 Reckless Racing Ultimate Rocket Riot ...

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Among the plethora of new notebooks, ultrabook, tablets, convertibles running Windows 8 on show at IFA, the Acer Aspire S7 is an immediate standout. Normally known for bland and generic hardware, Acer has an absolutely gorgeous device with the Aspire S7, a touchscreen-enabled ultrabook that comes in two screen sizes, 11″ and 13″. The 11″ device is made completely out of aluminum, with Gorilla Glass in front of screen, while the 13″ model’s front cover is also made of Gorilla Glass. Additionally, the 13§ model’s display can be opened to a full 180 degress, laaying completely flat, which should make using the touchscreen much easier. Apart from those differences, both feature a distinctive, minimal design that does have similarities with the MacBook Air, but manages to differentiate with sharper, less rounded corners – which you could interprete as more Metro – and a color contrast: the Gorilla Glass panel is ...

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Along with the XPS Duo 12 tablet hybrid, Dell today announced another tablet hybrid called XPS 10. Dell XPS 10 is a Windows RT based machine. It has a 10 inch display and comes with a detachable keyboard as well. Dell also claims that this device will offer up to 20 hours of battery life. Read the full press release after the break. Press Release: BERLIN, Aug. 30, 2012 – Today at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference, Dell unveiled three powerful additions to its industry-leading XPS brand of computers. Joining the award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops, the new XPS computers enable both consumer and business customers to do more with their technology – from multimedia, entertainment and creation to full business productivity to transition seamlessly from home to office. The new products include the XPS 10, a 10-inch tablet built to support ...

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Dell has revealed its XPS Duo 12 Windows 8 tablet hybrid at IFA, Berlin. This XPS Duo 12 machine is designed in similar to the Inspiron Duo model which was released  two years back. The display can be rotated 180 to face it upward and use the device as a tablet. Its has a 12.5 inch display, and weighs 1.4kgs. The build is made up of Aluminum and Carbon fiber for durability.  Under the hood its powered by latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors as well. Source: CNET ...

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Following Sony and Samsung, HP has now announced their first set of Windows 8 devices that will go on sale in coming months. Envy x2 is an 11-inch tablet that comes with a keyboard dock which also serves some extra power. Spectre XT is a 13 inch device with Intel Ivy Bridge processors inside and 1080 capacitive touch display as well. Press Release: HP Unveils Innovative Multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabooks PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 – HP today announced three consumer notebooks featuring multitouch displays, including a uniquely designed hybrid PC that gives people more choice in how they access information. The HP ENVY x2 is a powerful and ultrathin hybrid PC with the advantages of two devices in one. As a notebook that doubles as a tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless ...

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Press Release: SAMSUNG INTRODUCES NEW SLATE PCS FEATURING WINDOWS 8 AND DETACHABLE KEYBOARD      New PC Offers Users the Best of Both Worlds – an Easily Portable Slate and a Fully Equipped Laptop – In One Stylish Product BERLIN, Germany – August 29, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced its new Series 5 and Series 7 Slate PCs. The new products can easily transform from a traditional clamshell PC to a Slate device with just the click of a button, maximizing both productivity and mobility. Designed for Windows 8 with Samsung’s advanced engineering and a ten-point touchscreen, users can easily stay connected and productive from everywhere. Additionally, Samsung today announced a new touchscreen version of its popular 13-inch Series 5 ULTRA laptop. “With the introduction of our new Slate PCs, we are providing customers with greater choice while maintaining the power of ...

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Just few hours before the official release, Samsung’s Windows 8 offerings info got leaked. The Verge today posted photos of Samsung ATIV Tab And ATIV Smart PC Tablets. Samsung ATIV Tab is the Windows RT based tablet with 8.9mm thick and 570g weight. It will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a 5mp camera & 1.9-megapixel FF camera. It will come with USB, uHDMI port and Office 2013 pre-installed. ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are 11.6-inch tablets with a keyboard dock and S Pen input technology.  It will support 10-finger multitouch, full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel screem. ATIV Smart PC is expected to have an Intel Atom processor, while the ATIV Smart PC Pro to sport an Intel Core i5 chip. Source: The Verge ...

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Sony today officially announced its first Windows 8 tablet hybrid called VAIO Duo 11. Here is the full specs of this device, Model VAIOTM Duo Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3517U, Intel® Core™ i5-3317U or Intel® Core™ i3-3217U Processor Operating System Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro Memory 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM Drive 128GB or 256GB SSD Screen 29.4cm (11.6″) OptiContrast™ Panel; Full HD (1920×1080) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio; capacitive touchscreen *”OptiContrast” is a trademark of Sony Corporation Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Others WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 + HS; Ethernet (1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1); USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1); VGA out; HDMI out; Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot; stereo speakers with xLOUD™ ; Full HD Web Cameras (x2, front and rear facing) powered by ‘Exmor for PC’ (2.07 megapixels); Sensors (NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass); Windows button; rotation lock ...

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While PC OEMs like Vizio are shipping their devices with clean Windows 8 installations, Samsung has decided to dirty up the Windows 8 builds of their devices. They are now going to include a bloatware called S-launcher that will mimic the old Windows 7 start menu features. The S-launcher thing is dockable, so you can place it anywhere on the screen. It allows you to search for programs and launch them. But why Samsung?? Why???? Source: Mashable ...

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At IFA, Asus officially announced the two Windows 8 tablets it has been working on and earlier showcased at Computex under the name of Asus Tablet 810 and the ASUS Tablet 600. Press Release: ASUS Announces the Incredible Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT tablets at IFA Two new tablets with a dual-purpose design that combines a high-resolution multi-touch display and a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock for a great Microsoft® Windows 8 experience. IFA, Berlin, Germany, (August 29, 2012) – ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces two incredible new tablets intended to run Windows 8. First unveiled at Computex in June, the ASUS Vivo Tab and ASUS Vivo Tab RT (formerly known as the ASUS Tablet 810 and ASUS Tablet 600 respectively) open up a new world of mobile possibilities and transform expectations about what tablets can do. Meet Vivo With a name taken from ...

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Microsoft today released the SkyDrive app for Android devices. Similar to other SkyDrive mobile apps, Android version lets you access, share, upload and manage your files. Here is the full list of features, Access your SkyDrive—documents, photos, and other files, plus the files other people have shared with you. View recently used documents. Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone. Share your files and photos—send a link in email or in another app. Open your SkyDrive files from other Android apps. Easily manage your files—delete or create new folders. Get the SkyDrive app for Android via: Windows team blog   ...

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As Windows 8 launch is getting closer, we are going to be amazed by the different form factors PC OEMs are going to reveal. Microsoft showcased its Windows 8 product called Surface which will come in both ARM and x86 versions. Samsung teased us with a video and their products will be announced at IFA, Berlin. Now Pocketnow has posted photos of upcoming Windows 8 based Sony Convertible tabled called Viao Duo 11. The device looks sexy and but we have no details on the specs of the device. It supports stylus as well. Hopefully Sony will reveal their Windows 8 products soon! Source: Pocketnow ...

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Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing its new hardware series called Surface. Now, they surprised everyone by starting marketing of the device so early. Microsoft Surface graffiti was spotted in corner of North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue and other places in New York. It seems Microsoft is so serious about Surface family of PCs and a clear marketing message will definitely drive more sales. What do you think of these adverts? via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced “Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE,” a digital hub for Xbox 360 owners to watch and interact with live election coverage of the presidential debates, learn the facts about the candidates and issues from Face the Facts USA, register to vote through Rock the Vote, and participate in live daily polling from YouGov. Microsoft has also partnered with NBCNews.com to deliver daily election programming to keep users up-to-date on the latest news and analysis about the election and the candidates. Xbox LIVE uses will be able to experience this from Monday, Aug. 27. Source: Microsoft   ...

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