Review Category : Microsoft

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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Yesterday, Microsoft announced that BUILD 2013 conference is happening in June this year at San Francisco. Microsoft will discuss next generation Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure and development platforms around Xbox, IE at this year’s conference. Windows Blue builds have already started to leak in the web and it is a good bet to predict that Windows Blue public preview will come at BUILD conference. The Verge has now confirmed it via its source that Windows Blue public preview is coming at BUILD conference. Windows Blue update for Windows 8/Windows RT/Windows Server devices will include number of UI and UX improvements. Read about it here. via: The Verge ...

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According to a report from Digitimes based on its sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft has finished the preparation for its integrated development program (IDP) for the upcoming version of Windows. It was also reported that several OEMs including Acer, Asus and Lenovo have joined the project. Acer is also working on a device powered by Nvidia processor. Acer reportedly will also cooperate with Nvidia to develop a device using the new operating system. Instead of having its chip making partners choosing the participants of the IDP, Microsoft decided to pick the candidates itself and has welcomed most first-tier brand vendors to participate in the project. Source: Digitimes ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming Build 2013 conference. In the Build 2013 conference, Microsoft will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I’m pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference, Build 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gathering. Save the date and mark your calendar for the opening of registration next week, at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, April 2 at www.buildwindows.com. Read more about it here. ...

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Today, Reuters reported that a Spanish group called Hispalinux  is filing a case against Microsoft for making Windows 8 more secure for consumers. Hispalinux represents 8000 member open-source software users that has made a complaint against Microsoft to the European Commission. Their concern is that Microsoft’s UEFI Secure Boot system in Windows 8 is not allowing them to install Linux distros. Reuters reported the following about their complaint, In its 14-page complaint, Hispalinux said Windows 8 contained an “obstruction mechanism” called UEFI Secure Boot that controls the start-up of the computer and means users must seek keys from Microsoft to install another operating system. The group said it was “a de facto technological jail for computer booting systems … making Microsoft’s Windows platform less neutral than ever”. Now, I expect them to file a case against Apple for not allowing them to install custom Android ROM on iPhones. LOL. If you want to read about advantages of using ...

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Along with the updates for Xbox Music, People, Calendar and Mail apps, Microsoft has also released an update for Xbox Video app for Windows 8/RT devices. This update is now available for download from Windows Store. This update brings in various performance enhancements and feature updates, including the addition of Closed Captioning for most movies and TV shows. Find the update in Windows Store. ...

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Along with the updates for Mail, People and Calendar apps, Microsoft has also released an update for Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices. The new update which is now available in Windows Store has many improvements and bug fixes. Along with the performance improvements, Neowin noted the following features in the update. There’s now a separate volume control for Xbox Music, which allows users to turn down the volume of music playing on your device independently of other system volumes. The app has also received a few more settings, such as the option to have all songs added to Xbox Music available across your devices, as well as the option to add matched songs to your cloud collection. Finally, there is also a new now playing interface to have fun with. Find the update in the Windows Store. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that Judson Althoff who was previously at Oracle will now take over as its North America Sales & Marketing, and corporate vice president. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — March 25, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the appointment of Judson Althoff to the role of president, North America Sales & Marketing, and corporate vice president. Althoff will manage a team of sales, marketing and services professionals across the United States and Canada, within a division that was a significant contributor to Microsoft’s US$73 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2013. A business technology leader with more than 18 years of experience, Althoff previously served as senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels and embedded sales at Oracle Corp., where he led worldwide indirect and embedded sales. During his 14 years at Oracle, Althoff held a number of senior positions, including group vice president for worldwide alliances, ...

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