Review Category : Windows

Microsoft today detailed its Windows 8 Store licensing model for end users. This is similar to the one we currently have in Windows Phone Marketplace. An user can install the apps he bought in upto 5 PC’s, trial API’s can be implemented by developers based on their business model, different users of a PC can use the same Microsoft account for apps and many such things are detailed. The Store’s app licensing model centers on the idea of providing customers with access to all of their apps on all of their Windows 8 devices. It gives customers control over their apps and keeps them connected to those apps across the multiple PCs that they’ll use over time. They can get updates for apps, write reviews for them, reinstall them on a new PC, and share them with their families. At the same time, the Store’s app licensing model provides developers ...

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Today, Apple unveiled their next generation iPad. Even though there was no revolutionary announcements, a resolutionary  announcement was made. The new iPad will sport a new Retina display. The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 264 pixels per inch (ppi), 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels — in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. The new Retina display will be powered by Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics. It will also have 1GB RAM with 10 hours battery life packed in a 650gm machine with 9.2mm thickness. Can Windows OEMs match the above specs of iPad for Windows 8 tablets ? The answer is Yes. ...

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Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft during his speech today at CeBIT highlighted how Windows 8 will act as both a content consumption and creation device. He said, “Windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and PCs to desktops. It will give people functionality they love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments demand,”. Microsoft cited the following improvements in Windows 8 for Businesses, •Great user experience. •Tablets without compromise. •New possibilities for mobile productivity. •End-to-end security. •Advancements in virtualization. •Improved management. Read more on this here. via: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Device Center which will help you manage devices connected to your Windows 8 tablets, PC’s, etc,. This new app which is designed for touch UI may replace our old Device Center in Windows. Device Center helps you personalize and customize how you work on your PC Tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your unique needs and work style. Modify your mouse and keyboard settings to make it easier to use the unique features of most PC apps. Effortlessly transition to Device Center from existing device management apps Launch the app from the Windows 8 Start screen. View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place. Explore features with pop-up descriptive and “how-to” InfoTips. Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library. Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on ...

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Windows 8 will have more SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) than Windows 7. Thanks to people at  Windows 8 beta who  revealed the list of SKUs from registry entries of Windows 8. Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 Enterprise Eval edition Windows 8 Home Basic Edition Windows 8 Home Premium edition Windows 8 ARM edition Windows 8 Professional edition Windows 8 Professional Plus edition Windows 8 Starter edition Windows 8 Ultimate edition This SKU list is longer than the Windows 7 SKUs which are just 6 in number. Microsoft may still change the SKU options during the release period later this year, but for now assume Windows 8 will come in 9 different versions ! ! Source: Windows 8 beta ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded over 1 million times since yesterday. Yes, In 24 hours period. At MWC yesterday, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview along with Visual Studio 11 beta and other development tools. I’m sure the beta download numbers will skyrocket this weekend when most of the people will be ready to download this release. ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at MWC, Barcelona. Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage along with other executives to demo Windows 8 and preview some of the upcoming hardware from various Windows OEMs. You can check the hour long even video from Microsoft in the link below. Get Ready for the Fast & Fluid, No Compromise experience. Check out the videos here. ...

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Microsoft and Qualcomm has announced today that they will be distributing Windows On ARM Tablets to select developers in coming months to test their apps. This is not a surprising move since there are no Windows on ARM PC’s available for purchase in the market. However both the companies have not announced on what basis they will give out tablets to developers. Read the press release below for more details. Press Release: BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Snapdragon™ processor will be joining Microsoft Corp.’s Windows on ARM developer seeding program. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to provide test PCs to select developers in order to test and optimize apps for forthcoming Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM PCs and tablets. This invitation-only program will combine a pre-release version of Windows on ARM with next-generation, high performance Snapdragon S4 test PCs. These test ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the availability of 3 new apps for Windows 8. These apps can be downloaded from Windows 8 Store for free. The three new apps are Weather, Finance and Maps. Weather: The Weather app offers a visually beautiful preview of current weather conditions, helping you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows 8 and featuring rich, engaging weather images, the Weather app makes the content you care about available at your fingertips or via the click of the mouse. Finance: The Finance app provides a quick overview of key market indices via a live tile and helps you stay on top of fast-changing market conditions, so you can make more informed financial decisions. Swipe or scroll through colorful charts for a quick read of the day’s events. Rich graphics also help you find the latest mortgage, auto and credit ...

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Soluto, a famous PC management app that has been downloaded over million times so far has announced a Windows 8 version of its app. The Soluto Metro app provides an easy to use, touch-screen dashboard, allowing anyone to easily help friends, family and co-workers to do more with their PCs, anytime, anywhere.  With the new Soluto Metro app you can: ●      Install useful apps like Skype and Dropbox. ●      Stay up-to-date with silent app updates. ●      Get important hardware info like available disk space and more. ●      Defrag and clear disk space to keep things running smooth and fast. ●      Manage multiple PCs remotely. ●      Do all this even if the PC is turned off or in another country, and the people you help don’t need to do a thing. The app is available for free from Windows Store on Windows 8. Enjoy ! via: TNW ...

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Finally, Its here. Yes, Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available for download from Microsoft. Its available both in x86 and x64 flavors. Here is the file name of them, 8250.0.WINMAIN_WIN8BETA.120217-1520_X64FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-HB1_CCPA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO 8250.0.WINMAIN_WIN8BETA.120217-1520_X86FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-HB1_CCPA_X86FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO The consumer preview build is also available in other languages like Chinese, etc,. Download it here. You can download it via a installer too. File names via Winunleaked. ...

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Microsoft today posted the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business. This 16 page long document provides a detailed guide to the new and improved features in Windows 8 including AppLocker, BitLocker, Windows To Go, measured boot, and Client Hyper-V. Here is the description given from Microsoft, The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure. You can download the document here. ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft will release the most awaited Operating System Windows 8′s Consumer Preview at Barcelona later today. Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky will take stage to demo the latest build of Windows 8. Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be a free download and almost all Windows 7 PCs, Laptops, Tablets will be compatible with Windows 8.  Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available in both x86 & x64 flavors but as a single SKU will all the features. Along with Windows 8, Windows Store will also launch tomorrow allowing users to download their apps on their Metro Style desktop. Keep an eye on Microsoft Windows 8 page and Dev center page for downloads. ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90′s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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HP CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based devices later this year. During the financial analysts call yesterday, he told that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based x86 PC’s this holiday season. “we will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays.”, ”we’re rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that’s out on time for holiday.” Also HP is planning for a Windows 8 based tablet focused on businesses that offers no compromise in security as today’s Windows based PC’s does. Lets hope HP can deliver on its promise. ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the language support coming in Windows 8. Windows is always known for its international support and localization, now Windows 8 is further improving the experience. The following are coming in Windows 8, Enabling more users than ever to install additional languages on their Windows PCs and switch between them. Building a Language preferences area in Control Panel that is an easy-to-use central location for all display languages. Making significant additions to our language list by adding one standalone language and 13 Language Interface Packs (LIPs). Recently Apple announced that they have added Chinese language support in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Here is the no.of languages supported in Windows 8, Microsoft will continue to be a market leader in language support with an additional 14 new display languages for Windows 8, bringing the total to 109 languages. (For reference, here are the 95 languages in which Windows ...

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