Review Category : Microsoft

PCMag let slip their review of the Microsoft Surface early, giving us our first full insight of the device in use. The review has now been pulled, but the cache remains. The 4 page review is summarized as below: PROS Comes with a full version of Office 2013 (Home and Student). Good battery life. MicroSDXC slot. USB 2.0 port. Compact. Includes Touch Cover. Touch Cover sleeps and wakes the tablet. Micro-HDMI port. No fans. "Always connected." Dual band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz). CONS Kickstand assist only on left face. Only one angle on kickstand. Requires flat surface to use with Touch and Type covers. Speakers are very soft. Few apps on Microsoft’s Store. Not compatible with existing Windows 7 and XP programs. Proprietary charger port. BOTTOM LINE The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT bridges the distance between tablet and laptop for many users, particularly if you use the Web or ...

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Microsoft today revealed something on YouTube called “Microtropolis, A City Brought To Life Through Windows 8″. It is a marketing campaign around Windows 8 in NewYork. Inspired by Manhattan, we have created a stylized one hundred and sixty foot version of NYC in an art installation we are calling Microtropolis. Microtropolis is Manhattan experienced through Windows. It creates the ultimate hands-on demonstration of Windows 8, with the city of NYC as the backdrop. As you walk into the installation, you are literally walking through the avenues and streets with skyscrapers towering above. This interactive experience has hundreds of devices placed on rooftops within the city, customized to the neighborhoods in which they are placed. If you live near NYC, you can participate in any of these events. Check out the event details in the link below. Source: Microsoft  ...

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Dell today announced its XPS 10 Windows RT tablet. Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet comes with the following specs, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage Microsoft Windows RT Operating System 10.1″ HD Display (1366×768) with 10pt multi-touch and pen support. It starts at $499 for 32GB model, 64GB model is priced at $600. And you can buy optional keyboard dock which will increase your battery life with the 32GB model for $680, and with 64GB model for $780. Check it out here. ...

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Google has released their first app in Windows Store. Google Search app allows you to do search the web for links, images through keyboard input and voice. Here is the complete list of features, Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search –  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image Search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant Previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword. Google Apps page – Access all your ...

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Few months ago, Microsoft announced the subsidized Xbox 360 4GB console for $99 with two year subscription to Xbox Live Gold service at $14.99 a month. Microsoft is now planning to expand that program to Xbox 360 250GB model for $99 and Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect for $149 price. There is no way to buy this at this new price right now, but you can expect it from retailers this holiday season. Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Stores, Walmart and Toys R Us will be selling these subsidized devices. Source: Xbox.com ...

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Microsoft is sending out emails to those who pre-ordered the Microsoft Surface tablet informing them that the WindowsRT device is in the mail and should arrive in time for the great Windows 8 launch. Microsoft had earlier sent out emails to some buyers notifying them of a delay in shipments, but later said those letters had been sent in error. Given the delivery dates on the email, it is possible some buyers will receive their tablets as early as tomorrow, which suggests we should start seeing some cool unboxings soon. Have any of our readers received their shipping notifications? Let us know below. Via WPC. ...

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Microsoft has announced that the first 100 people who buy a Microsoft Surface tablet at a Microsoft Store will receive a year’s Xbox Music Pass, worth $99.90. The offer is only open to in-store buyers so online buyers should not apply. Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service provide free ad-supported streaming music on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, and also unlimited streaming without ads with a $14.99 subscription on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360 consoles (with a Xbox Live Gold membership). See the offer at Microsoft here. Via The Verge.com ...

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With Windows 8 launch ahead of us, We got a chance to review Inspiron 14z Ultrabook with Windows 7 running on it. Pros: Design looks great for its class, Optional AMD discrete graphics, Value for money. Cons: Not so great display, less battery life compared to many Ultrabooks. The Verdict: Dell Inspiron 14z is a good looking affordable Ultrabook for the masses. Design: Dell Inspiron 14z is a blend of plastic and brushed aluminium and it’s just 21 mm thin. Though it is not a one of the thinnest Ultrabook out there, weighing 4.1 pounds with built-in DVD drive, latest Intel Core i processors with AMD discrete graphics card is definitely an advantage. It has a truly premium look and feel and also one of the best design of its class. Software Experience: Even though it runs Windows 7 premium, Dell is trying to enhance the customer experience with its own software and some pre-installed software. Honestly speaking, they are all crap. I didn’t ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype for Windows 8 app. Skype for Windows 8 app will be released in Windows Store along with Windows 8 launch on Oct-26th. Skype for Windows 8 is fast, fluid and designed for Windows 8. You’ll be able to receive voice and video calls and chats even if you’ve navigated away to another app or to the desktop, enabling you to stay more connected with your contacts whatever you’re doing.  Skype for Windows 8 will notify you about new calls and instant messages so you’ll always know when someone is contacting you. It has integration with people hub, you can even snap the Skype app and access apps while you are communicating. Read more about this app here. ...

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We have just received a note from a reader in China who has been told via email by Suning, a large retailer in China and one of the official distributers, that pre-orders for the tablet will only be fulfilled in early November. On further enquiry he was told that the launch in Hong Kong has been pushed back due to transportation issues in Hong Kong. The irony is of course that the tablet is being assembled in China by Pegatron. Have any more of our Chinese readers received such a communication? Let us know below. Thanks Gabe for the tip. ...

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Back in July, Microsoft announced the upcoming update for Office Web Apps as part of Office 2013 refresh. Microsoft later released a preview of Office 2013 Web Apps in SkyDrive for users to try the apps and provide feedback. Today, Office 2013 Web Apps are now live in SkyDrive and all the users will be able to create a new Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files using the latest updated apps. You can read the full list of features that are part of this release here. You can see a preview of Office Web Apps in the video below, ...

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Microsoft has updated the driver of their original Touch Mouse to make it more Windows 8 friendly. The update now adds the ability to use multi-touch gestures, including two fingers to manage apps and display charms. With the update the need to use keyboard shortcuts or screen edges/corners are mostly eliminated. The full list of new supported gestures include: The update is still to come to Microsoft’s new Wedge Mouse products. Find the download at Microsoft’s Mouse and Keyboard Center here. Via The Verge.com ...

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MediaMarkt is a large German retailer and a subsidiary of Metro AG. They have launched a series of promotional videos for Windows 8, which are attention-grabbing but certainly also somewhat strange. In the above video the easy Sharing features of Windows 8 gets a brief demo, contrasted with how difficult it is to Shear a sheep. The video below is only somewhat better, and here the security features of Windows 8 is shown, showing how easy it is to get access to a Windows 8 PC vs a club. The series is called Windows 8 vs Reality. Do our readers agree the producers seems to have lost contact with reality themselves. Let us know below. Via WPArea.de ...

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I did not find HP’s promotional videos for their tablets very inspiring, but this Dell video for the Dell Latitude 10 tablet, aimed at a very different audience, that being enterprise, is exactly the opposite, doing a very good job of setting out the features and advantages of their tablet. If there is anything that could be faulted in the video is that it does not go much into the features of Windows 8, but it is likely it is much more important to businesses that their legacy apps run than what shows up in the Windows 8 Store. The device runs Windows 8 on a Atom Z2760 processor, 2 GB RAM, with a 10.1 inch 1366×768 pixel IPS screen with Gorilla Glass, 64 GB SSD and the option for a HSDPA or LTE modem. See the device and its specs at Dell here. ...

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Andy wrote us complaining: I pre-ordered the 64GB Surface minutes after it went on sale in Canada, and I just got an email notification from Microsoft saying my order will not ship until November 2nd. I’m wondering if I’m the only one, or if all 64GB models have been delayed, or if Microsoft is screwing customers outside the US to fulfil US orders. Might be worth looking into. It turns out he was one of many who received such emails, saying their Surface tablet orders would no longer be delivered on the 26th October. Now Microsoft has admitted that these emails have been sent in error to non-US buyers, telling Engadget: Unfortunately, an incorrect email was sent to several of our international customers who pre-ordered Surface from the Microsoft Online Store in the past week. All customers should expect their devices by the original date given when orders were placed. ...

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