Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has already revealed some interesting Windows 8 news this week, including that they have already sold 40 million licenses of the new OS. Now Steve Ballmer in a Microsoft Share Holder Meeting has revealed that Windows 8 buyers " … are using the features and downloading new applications. In fact, several apps have reached already 1 million downloads." The news is significant, as it indicates that Windows 8 users are doing more than simply making use of their old desktop apps, but are actively using the Metro environment and its associated store, which should draw in new developers and applications. He also confirmed that “new devices will really start to hit the shelves worldwide in the coming weeks and coming months", which is good news for those frustrated by the lack of exciting windows 8 devices on shelves. Via Neowin.net ...

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The Verge has more details about the long-rumoured Windows 8 successor code-named Blue. Citing several sources familiar with the matter, they said Microsoft is set to push out cheap or free yearly updates for the desktop OS to keep it competitive with other faster-moving operating systems. Apparently Microsoft intends to force upgrades by encouraging new apps to be Blue-enabled or not be accepted into the Windows 8 Store. The OS will likely continue being called Windows 8, and will presumably round out all the rough edges of Windows 8, such as the split in settings between the desktop and Metro side. Are our readers looking forward to this model? Let us know below. ...

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Today, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund cut his Windows 8 sales estimates saying that “Windows 8 is off to an awkward launch,”. He noted that several factors for such launch. First PC OEMs were slow to bring out tablets and ultrabooks based on Windows 8, a steep learning curve is required for consumers to use Windows 8 and the bad press due to confusion between Windows RT and Windows 8. “In looking at Microsoft, we have assumed essentially no growth going forward in traditional PCs (or actually down about 6 [percent] if we exclude new ultrabooks) and the more relevant market growth of about [3 percent to 5 percent] if we include Windows-based tablet devices. We assume that many consumers will prefer an iPad to a Windows device, but that Office is still an anchor for enterprise and prosumers that may chose to upgrade notebooks to either ultrabook touch or tablet/hybrid devices ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced its holiday campaign that will focus on the evil practices of Google in product search. Bing argues that the difference between search result and ads are shrinking in Google Search results resulting in poor experience for users. You see, Google recently pulled down its “product search service” and replaced it with a “paid listing ads” service. Search for “Canon EOS” in Google Shopping and you receive pages that look like the old days, with “results” down the middle and ads mixed in. But the “results” are also ads. Every product offer within the shopping search results on that page paid to be there, and where and how high they appear is at least in part dependent on how much they paid. Meanwhile, at least one of biggest online retailers refused to pay Google’s new fee, so you won’t see any of their product offers and great ...

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Acer S7 is one of the most attractive Windows 8 touch Ultrabook that got released recently. The 13inch version is covered with Gorilla Glass and comes in various specs from Intel Corei5 to Corei7 processors. Now, Acer is promoting their flagship Windows 8 device on various social networks with their new give away program. You can now win a S7 Ultrabook daily through Dec 31st. To enter, you have to visit a special page on Acer’s Facebook Timeline, install the app, and start selecting friends that share attributes with the Aspire S7, such as “stylish,” “brilliant,” and “smooth,” to name a few of the adjectives. via: maximum pc ...

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Windows RT, the new version of Windows that runs on ARM processors has started shipping to consumers via new tablets such as Microsoft Surface, Asus VivoTab RT, etc,. So far, Nvidia Tegra is the only ARM processor that Windows RT ships on. Some reviews of the devices like Microsoft Surface pointed out to the performance hiccups in Windows RT. This may be because of Windows RT is not yet fully optimized for Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Microsoft is still working on fully taking advantage of Tegra 3 processor in Windows RT. It is evident from the Nvdia’s own page that Windows RT is not taking advantage of Tegra 3′s key innovation 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core. 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core** – Four plus one refers to Tegra 3’s four CPU cores, plus the fifth, battery-saver CPU core. This Variable SMP architecture enables four performance ...

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A new Surface update KB 2756872 has just popped up on one of our Surfaces, and it comes with a pretty informative change log. The update promises improve performance, battery life  and better driver compatibility. It also promises audio improvements, which will hopefully fix the stuttering issue some Surface users have been complaining off. In detail the Changelog reads: KB 2756872 Improvements This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements: •Increased power efficiency to extend battery life •Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen •Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios •Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8 In our experience the update does deliver the promises performance improvements, with the Xbox Music app being a bit more responsive, scrolling being fluid and faster, and Onenote and 3rd party apps also loading faster. Have any of our readers received this update, and have you ...

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In a blog post Microsoft revealed that the company has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to date. The number is the first official mention of the sales rate of the OS after Microsoft revealed that it sold 4 million licenses in the 3 days after the launch, indicating the run rate has remained about the same as after the launch- quite an achievement. Microsoft revealed the information first to industry and financial analysts, investors and media at Credit Suisse 2012 , and also confirmed that Windows 8 was outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. Tami Reller, Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer said: “The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.” Microsoft also announced thats several apps in the Windows 8 store has passed the $25,000 revenue mark, which is in fact pretty ...

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Microsoft today shared some internal numbers regarding Xbox 360 platform sales performance over the Black Friday weekend. Microsoft sold over 750,000 consoles over the weekend in US alone. This number trumps the Nintendo next generation Wii U’s sales number of 400,000 units. Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone –exceeding internal forecasts. Three month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week. We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day. Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.  I think Nintendo is having tough time competing with Microsoft and Sony. Source: ...

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  Today, Outlook.com team announced there are now over 25 million of you are active users using the new Outlook.com. In a study Microsoft conducted with Gmail users, 4 out of 5 of the Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com. Not resting on its laurels, Outlook.com team announced bunch of new features that will be coming over weeks. One-click Archive: from the inbox, select messages and click the Archive button to move the selected messages to the Archive folder (or any other folder of your choice). It’s a fast and simple way to move messages out of your inbox to find later. More and more keyboard shortcuts: Outlook.com has dozens of keyboard shortcuts and we’re adding even more. And better yet, we don’t need to list them all in this post because you can now find all available keyboard shortcuts by simply typing a question mark when you’re in your inbox. ...

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According to research firm Distimo, Windows Store has 3 times as many as downloads in Apple’s Mac App Store which was opened last year. Windows Store already has about 20,000 apps just after a month of its launch. This report also revealed that Apple’s Mac App Store continues to generate five time the revenues on Windows Store as most of the apps are free for now. Microsoft tops the most downloaded publishers list followed by Angry Birds maker Rovio. Read the full report here.    via: TC   ...

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Jin Park, Vice President of the IT solutions business at Samsung has told that Samsung Electronics will ship 16 million Windows 8/Windows 7 devices such as tablets, PCs this year. Samsung today announced ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro devices in India selling for Rs. 53,990 and Rs. 75, 490. respectively. Samsung VP told the following regarding Samsung Windows products, “Our smart devices like ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro and Samsung Notebooks deliver seamless user experience through convergence technologies across multiple devices. With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft’s leadership in operating systems, we are able to provide customers with smart devices that have the most beautiful design, powerful performance and ease of use.” Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft is increasing its user based CALs pricing by over 15%. As opposed to Device CAL, User based CAL allows unlimited device access to the server. Here is the statement from Microsoft on the changes in the pricing, “Microsoft recently notified partners about enterprise Client Access Licenses (CALs) changes so they can inform customers about their options before the changes take effect on December 1, 2012. These CAL changes include a user-based option that offers more value in support across unlimited devices and simplifies licensing management and compliance as devices in the workplace proliferate. Pricing for user CALs will change to reflect the increased value. Customers should work with their Microsoft partner or account team to assess their options.” The following Microsoft enterprise products will be affected by this new licensing change: Bing Maps Server CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Exchange Server Standard and Enterprise CALs Lync Server ...

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Microsoft Bing team today released their Top Searches Of 2012 report. Kim Kardashian trumped Justin Bieber to become the most searched celebrity. iPhone 5 news items topped even 2012 Elections news items. You can find most searched terms in the following categories. People Sports Stars Musicians Olympians Reality TV Stars Celebrity Couples Celebrity Events News Stories Tech Movies Song Videos TV Reality TV Daytime TV Fashion Destination Holiday Icons Other Search Data For example, the following are Top 10 search terms in Technology. Rank Social Media Rank Consumer Electronics 1 Facebook 1 iPhone 5 2 Twitter 2 iPad 3 Myspace 3 Samsung Galaxy S III/Samsung Galaxy S3 4 LinkedIn 4 Kindle 5 Tumblr 5 iPad 3 6 Instagram 6 iPod Touch 7 Reddit 7 Xbox 8 StumbleUpon 8 PlayStation 3 9 Digg 9 iPhone 4S 10 Klout 10 Windows 8 Read more about it here. ...

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Paul Thurrott, who has previously posted that  Windows 8 Sales were Well Below Microsoft’s Projections, and that Microsoft blamed the OEMs, have today expanded on this. He noted “the one thing that is consistent is that the company does in fact blames PC makers internally.” He continues, saying “while PC makers had announced a wide range of launch PCs and devices, many weren’t even delivered to retail in time for the Windows 8 launch” and that  “PC makers did not manufacture PCs and devices in the quantities needed to support the Windows 8 launch.” We find the explanation pretty believable, having ourselves found the most attractive Windows 8 hybrid models not available in stores. Thurrott notes that this may be recoverable, with OEMs still expected to deliver new Windows 8 PCs in volume before year’s end. Read more at WinSuperSite here. ...

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Ford has announced their new 2014 Ford Fiesta will come equipped with Microsoft’s latest version of their Sync software, which features more natural and accurate voice recognition, simpler Bluetooth® phone pairing and better navigation controls. The software will be ensconced in the  MyFord Touch® with a new 6.5-inch LCD touch screen. More than 5 million cars and trucks have been sold with the system which first launched SYNC on the 2008 Focus, then its smallest and most affordable car. Now, unveiling MyFord Touch for Fiesta cements Ford’s commitment to making technology affordable and accessible to everyone. "Technology features are important to all of our customers including small car buyers, and MyFord Touch continues to drive up purchase consideration of our vehicles," says Michelle Moody, Ford cross-vehicle marketing manager. "MyFord Touch is appealing to customers, as it consistently ranks among the top 10 purchase considerations with new owners. We’re excited to ...

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