Review Category : Windows

Microsoft today released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview which includes more than 200 improvements to the core SDK. It also includes Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. The updated SDK also includes substantial improvements in the tooling, specifically around Visual Gesture Builder (VGB) and Kinect Studio, and it offers 10 new samples (such as Discrete Gestures Basics, Face, and HD Face Basics) to get you coding faster. All of this adds up to a substantially more stable, more feature-rich product that lets you to get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. As you already know the SDK is free and there will be no fees ...

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In a recent email promotion sent to consumers, HP is promoting its PCs with the line “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” Also, several Windows 7 PCs are still on sale at HP’s website. This is not the first time HP was found to be actively marketing 5 year old OS. Earlier this year, HP started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs with a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand.” At the time HP clarified that they are trying to give choice to the customers, Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that’s right for them. Do ...

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Today, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from the Microsoft board. Since leaving Microsoft, Ballmer has been busy with his commitments related to Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Steve for all his contributions and  wished him success on his future endeavors. Read his full response below. Satya Nadella’s response to Steve Ballmer: Steve, First, thank you for all of your support during my transition this year and for the past 34 years. It’s been a great privilege to have worked with you and learned from you. Under your leadership, we created an incredible foundation that we continue to build on — and Microsoft will thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision. As you ...

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Microsoft Azure users around the globe are now facing service interruption to cloud services, virtual machines, backup service, websites, and more in multiple regions. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and they are working to restore the services. They also noted that Azure core components are working fine. Starting at 18 Aug 2014 17:49 UTC we are experiencing an interruption to Azure Services, may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile Services and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions. We are currently evaluating options to restore service. The next update will be provided in 15 minutes. You can check this page for live status. ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that include the following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. While many of us had no issues after downloading and installing ...

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Earlier this week, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the  completion of the USB Type-C specification that defines the next generation USB connector. This new USB Type-C specification defines a new cable and connector scheme designed to fit mobile device product designs, yet robust enough for laptops and tablets. This will enable thinner and sleeker product designs in the future.  “Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,”  said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “Representatives from the PC,  mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this  new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort  among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting,  robust solution.” One of the main usability enhancements made in this upcoming USB standard is that it supports reversible plug orientation and cable direction. So, you can plug-in ...

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Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to ...

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  Back in March, Microsoft officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. One of the main design decisions on Dx12 is to make it more power efficient. To demonstrate it, Intel created a SIGGRAPH 2014 demo to demonstrate the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on the Surface Pro 3 with Intel HD4400 graphics. In the demo, an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids are rendered, which equates to 50,000 draws per frame. To demonstrate the power gains of DirectX 12, Intel locked the framerate of the demo, rendered with DirectX 11 for a period of time and then toggled to DirectX 12 rendering the ...

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Everyday we use all kinds of gadgets with storage associated with it. Apart from the internal storage from these devices, you can extend them by buying external memory cards. Amazon is now offering up to 50% on select SanDisk, Sony other memory cards. These include SD cards, microSD cards, pen drives and more. Some of the deals available include the following, SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Class 10/UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $20.71 (instead of $48.99) SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $47.92 (instead of $199.99) SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $25.87 (instead of $79.99) SanDisk Ultra 16GB SDHC Class 10/UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $11.09 (instead of $29.99) Sony 64GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – $38.99 (instead of $89.99) Sony 32GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – $16.95 (instead of $39.99) SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card ...

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Lenovo today reported results for its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, with quarterly revenue of US$10.4 billion, an 18 percent increase year-over-year while quarter pre-tax income increased 22 percent year-over-year to US$264 million. The main highlight is that Lenovo is maintaining its position as the world’s largest PC maker for five consecutive quarters. Also they have achieved highest-ever quarterly market share of 19.4 percent* up 2.7 points year-over-year, driven by growth in EMEA and the Americas. And as expected, Lenovo’s shipment growth outperformed the industry as a whole by shipping 14.5 million units, up 15% YoY. From Lenovo’s press release, During the first fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s Laptop computers generated 49 percent of Lenovo’s total revenue. Across the industry, laptop shipments were down 3.7 percent year-over-year, an improvement from the year before when declines were nearly 13 percent year-over-year driven by corporate refresh and innovations in the ...

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MSI has recently announced the new S100 3-in-1 Windows tablet. This device includes a keyboard and a protective cover, making it the best multi-functional tablet like Surface. MSI S100 is a 10-inch tablet powered by Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, and dual 2 megapixels camera system, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and 7500mAh Lithium battery. Find the full specs below. Operating System Windows 8.1 CPU Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740D 1.33GHz Memory 2GB DDR3L ROM Flash 64GB LCD Size 10.1″ IPS HD 1280*800 Graphics Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) Touch Panel Multi-Touch 10 point Camera Front 2.0MP FF / Rear 2.0MP FF Speaker 8Ω/1W speaker G Sensor Gravity acceleration sensor WIFI WIFI 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0 Micro SD Support SDHC Micro USB USB 2.0 Ear phone jacket 3.5mm DC in 2.5mm power connector miniHDMI HDMI 1.4a AC adaptor 12V/1.5A Battery 3.7V/7500mAh Lithium Polymar ...

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Today, Recode published a poster that was reportedly circulated among Microsoft Windows team employees. This poster describes about the vision Microsoft has for its upcoming Windows 9/Threshold release. It says that the world doesn’t need another operating system, instead it needs a deeply personal, universally human way of operating and deliver things that they can’t even imagine. They acknowledge that getting thee won’t be easy, but that’s why they are at Microsoft. I like the last tag line, “Because the world needs Windows.” We already know that Microsoft is integrating Cortana inside the next version of Windows and that will make it deeply personal for its users. What’s your expectation on Windows 9? Source: Recode ...

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Microsoft last week announced the Windows 8.1 August Update that was released today. It will include following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. This update will be delivered automatically via ...

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Microsoft today announced their partnership with YoYo games which allows ‘GameMaker: Studio’ developers to work across all Microsoft platforms, including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, future Windows versions and Xbox One. GameMaker: Studio caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally, allowing them to create cross-platform games in record time and at a fraction of the cost. In addition to making games development 80 percent faster than coding for native languages, developers can create fully functional prototypes in just a few hours, and a full game in just a matter of weeks. Read the full press release below. COLOGNE, GERMANY–(Marketwired – Aug 11, 2014) – GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE EUROPE — YoYo Games today announces GameMaker: Studio support for Xbox One, enhanced support for current Microsoft platforms including Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1, as well as support for future operating system releases. The GameMaker: Studio export ...

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Over the last weekend, Microsoft released the June 2014 Supplementary Update for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, Windows Embedded for Point of Service Supplement Update. This update is now available for download from MyOEM, a portal for OEM partners with a valid license agreement with Microsoft or with a Microsoft Authorized Embedded Distributor and for internal OEM employees. The following are the updates available in this release, 2957689 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 2957509 Vulnerability in TCP Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service 2957503 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution 2939576 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Information Disclosure Source: Microsoft ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Now, a new report from Neowin described how Cortana works in the internal builds of Windows 9/Threshold. Cortana is now a separate app when launched won’t take full screen. Apart from that, Cortana looks and works similar to how we have seen in Windows Phone devices. As of right now, Cortana is an app; it’s a ...

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