Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today detailed the improvements in Windows Store since the consumer preview release. They announced the expansion of unique app catalog for customers in 26 markets and it will grow further as they expand the service soon. Microsoft has also improved the navigation within the store, app management, sharing app via share contract, change in certain policies, etc,. The most notable thing was the support for Desktop apps in Windows Store. One important addition: desktop app listings will show up in the Store for the first time tomorrow, June 1st. Customers will be able to search for them or find them within categories, just as they do listings for Metro style apps. These are just listings—the desktop apps themselves are distributed by the developer or by a reseller, as they have been all along. The listing pages provide a link, supplied by the developer, to the distribution location. Servicing of desktop apps remains between ...

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The long awaited Amazon Video app for Xbox 360 is now available for download. All videos you’ve purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available on your Xbox 360.  If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can also stream the entire Prime Instant Video library on your Xbox 360. Amazon Prime: Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who are also Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Learn about the benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership Your Video Library: Anything you buy from Amazon Instant Video will be available in Your Video Library on your Xbox 360.  Just visit the Amazon Instant Video store online, and shop from a library of over 120,000 movies and TV episodes. Your Watchlist: From your Xbox or from the web, you can organize your viewing with Your Watchlist. Add any title to Your Watchlist, and enjoy when you’re ...

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As per the announcement from Microsoft, we will be able to download Windows 8 Release Preview early next month. But the latest Release Preview build 8400 has already got leaked in p2p sites. Winunleaked forum has links to it and has also confirmed that its  a legit build. If you are too interested in trying out the Windows 8 Release Preview, check out the source link below. Let us the know the experience if you download and install it. File info: Name: 8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_CLIENT_ZH-CN-HRC_CCSA_X64FRE_ZH-CN_DV5.iso MD5: F3AC28467258EC9F0ECEAF9690A0F06E SHA1: C21B69413E08FCFB756EEDB2B99D0C0472486D1C CRC32: 67F85067 Source: Winunleaked  ...

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Microsoft HealthVault, the personal health platform to manage health and wellness is now open to public outside USA. HealthVault was open only to US users so far, but now Microsoft has decided to expand its reach. Its a trusted place for people to organize, store, and share health information online. It works as a platform for 3rd party services like Fitbit, Runkeeper, etc,. Create your account for free at http://healthvault.com. ...

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We all know that Dell is working on multiple Windows 8 tablets to release later this year. Today Neowin posted information about the upcoming Windows 8 tablet from Dell called Latitude 10. Its a x86 based tablet with Intel Clover Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 10.1 inch screen with HD ready screen, 8MP rear and a 1.3MP secondary camera as well. The device will also come with user replaceable battery with support for 2 cell and 4 cell. Now, what about the price?  if it turns out to be a $500 tablet, I’m sure there will be lot of consumers picking this one. What do you think? Source: Neowin ...

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We all thought Microsoft was on the way to completely abandon plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight. It was like Windows 8 on ARM doesn’t support Adobe Flash and Metro Internet Explorer 10 won’t be able to display Flash websites. But now, Microsoft has different plans. They are going to integrate Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer 10 that will ship with Windows 8. Microsoft has worked with Adobe to ensure the Flash code meets its own standards for reliability, compatibility, security, and performance. From Winsupersite, So, Microsoft has extended the Internet Explorer Compatibility View list to include rules for popular Flash-based web sites that are known to meet certain criteria. That is, Flash is supported for only those popular but legacy web sites that need it. This feature is not broadly available for all sites. We are not sure how Microsoft will select those legacy websites? But anyway, consumers won’t mind enjoying flash ...

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Speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commented on their upcoming release Windows 8. He said that it will be the “deepest, broadest and most impactful” Windows software by Microsoft and “It’s really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows… It’s certainly the most important piece of work we’ve done,”.  Steve also predicted that there will be around 500 million (Yes, 500 Million) Windows 8 users by the end of 2013. He also added that they expectf Windows 7 sales numbers to reach 350 million later this year which is a pretty great number. Source: AFP ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft has today detailed the new improved boot experience coming to Windows 8 later this year. Windows 8 will feature modernized and touch-enabled core boot loader and the boot will be very fast as well. Here are the things they did in this release, We pulled together all the options into a single menu – the boot options menu – that has all the troubleshooting tools, the developer-focused options for Windows startup, methods for accessing the firmware’s BIOS setup, and a straightforward method for booting to alternate devices such as USB drives. We created failover behaviors that automatically bring up the boot options menu (in a highly robust and validated environment) whenever there is a problem that would keep the PC from booting successfully into Windows. Finally, we created several straightforward methods to easily reach the boot options menu, even when nothing is wrong with Windows or boot. ...

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As announced few months before, Microsoft today released its Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5. The new SDK version features many new items such as Skeletal Tracking, Face tracking, Seated Skeletal tracking and other improvements that will allow developers to create apps on Kinect more accurately and easily. Changes since v1, The Kinect for Windows v1.5 SDK, driver, and runtime are 100% compatible with Kinect for Windows v1.0 application binaries. As of this release, the SDK has been divided into a core SDK and a developer toolkit. These are two separate installs. Kinect Studio is a new tool which allows you to record and playback Kinect data to aid in development. For example: A developer writing a Kinect for Windows application for use in a shopping center, can record clips of users in the target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for development and test purposes. Skeletal ...

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In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we found some pre-installed apps from Microsoft such as Weather, Maps, Finance etc,. which are powered by Bing. According to Winunleaked forums, Windows 8 Release Preview will include even more apps from Microsoft such as News, Sports and Travel. I’m sure that News and Travel apps will be powered by Bing and Sports may be powered by Bing and MSN together. What do you expect from these apps ? Source: winunleaked ...

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In a long blog post on discussing how Windows Desktop evolved over the years, Microsoft detailed how they are going to change the Windows 8 Desktop looks so that it will go great with the WinRT apps and the new Start Menu. As we reported before, the Aero Glass theme is now gone and is being replaced by a flat, light and Metro looking theme as you can see in the image above. We have made a number of improvements to the desktop visual appearance in Windows 8. Although we wanted the desktop to feel familiar, we also wanted to take some ideas from our new design language and apply them where we could. We applied the principles of “clean and crisp” when updating window and taskbar chrome. Gone are the glass and reflections. We squared off the edges of windows and the taskbar. We removed all the glows and gradients found on buttons ...

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This was one of the long requested features to Microsoft SkyDrive team. When you share a file in SkyDrive earlier, you will get a long link which would not even fit inside a tweet. Today, Microsoft announced a custom short URL for SkyDrive sharing links powered by Bitly, sdrv.ms. When you click get link option as above, you have an option to shorten it. Also Microsoft has added OpenGraph support to URLs so that when you paste them into places like Facebook, a thumbnail preview gets generated which makes it look cool. Another feature power users may find it useful will be this, Since bitly powers the shortener, you also get great power features. For example, you can add a ‘+’ to the end of any short URL to see statistics. You can also generate a QR code for that URL by appending ’.qrcode’ to that URL. Read more on it here.  ...

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  Last week at Search Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft Bing announced a new version that will feature enhanced social experience during search. The enhanced new Bing is now rolling out to Bing US account users and initially people with Bing Rewards account were sent an email by Microsoft to try this stuff. Here’s what you can do with new Bing, For example, if you’re searching for diving spots in Hawaii, you might see a friend who lived in Hawaii, your sister who shared photos from her honeymoon in Hawaii, and a buddy who “likes” a restaurant in Hawaii. You can then ask them for recommendations right from Bing. You may not always see friends you expect to show up for a number of reasons. Bing uses public Facebook information and content you’ve given Bing permission to use, such as friends’ photos on Facebook. We won’t match friends based on ...

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  Microsoft detailed its upcoming enhanced Multi-monitor support in Windows 8. Windows 7 officially supported multiple monitors, but the experience was limited such as having same background, task bar only in primary monitor, etc,. In Windows 8, Microsoft has improved the  experience to a great extent. Check them out in the video below. Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Make the desktop a more personal experience. Perhaps the most personalized feature on the desktop is the ability to customize the desktop background. We set out to make this a great experience on multiple monitors too. Improve the efficiency of accessing apps across monitors. In Windows 7, the top request from people using multiple monitors was to improve the taskbar efficiency. Improve the efficiency of accessing system UI. In Windows 7, you could only access the Start menu on one monitor. With the introduction in Windows 8 of new UI that ...

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Microsoft will usually announce cheap upgrade programs when they are about to release a major release to their software. It will keep the consumer buying spree afloat before the major wave of new products. According to ZDNet, Microsoft will announce an upgrade program for Windows 8 from June 2, 2012. Microsoft will make the so-called “Windows 8 Offer” available to consumers buying a Windows 7 PC running Home Basic or higher, allowing them to obtain Windows 8 Pro once Windows 8 is available. The Windows 8 Pro SKU is for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals, and includes encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity, as well as support for a separately priced Media Pack for Windows Media Center. Paul from Winsupersite  has added a info to the above that the price for the upgrade will be $14.99. Pretty neat offer! Are you waiting for Windows 8 PCs ?? Read more on ...

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According to the sources close to CNET, Windows 8 OEMs are on target in delivering their devices in November. As Microsoft is already on schedule to release the “Release Preview” aka RC version of Windows 8 in June, Windows 8 OEMs like HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, etc, will be more comfortable in delivering their Intel based tablets, hybrids, convertibles, etc,. in November for sale without fail. Read more on it at CNET ...

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