Review Category : Windows

Microsoft Surface team answered questions from various users on Reddit today. Here are some interesting info gathered from there, If you buy a 32GB Surface, after the OS, OfficeRT and a bunch of apps, you will still have about 20GB free space. You cannot install apps on the SD card you insert into Surface, but you can move your photos, music and videos. Why no 3G/4G models: “We made what we feel is World Class WiFi connectivity. For 3G/4G we looked at several elements when deciding on what features to include. We knew that the primary use was going to be in the home, we looked at tablet sales data 2/3 WiFi, 1/3 Mobile Broadband. Of the 1/3 sold, 1/2 were activated. Phone hotspot / tethering use was also a consideration.” Regarding usage of TouchCover and TypeCover: “Hey this is Stevie, yes absolutely. Both TouchCover and TypeCover have sensors that ...

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  WSJ today reported that Microsoft is planning to sell 3-5 Million Surface Tablets this quarter alone. According to component suppliers in Asia with whom WSJ spoke with,  Microsoft has placed orders to produce 3 million to 5 million of these tablets in the fourth quarter. This number looks equal to what Amazon and Google placed orders for Kindle and Nexus. Can Microsoft beat their expectations? Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft today started their marketing of Surface in TV with their new ad. Earlier today Microsoft posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. This is just start of the $400 million marketing campaign Microsoft has planned for the upcoming Surface. What do you think of this first TV ad? ...

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  Acer yesterday announced couple of new All-in-ones expanding its Windows 8 launch line-up.  A 23-inch Aspire 5600U and the 27-inch Aspire 7600U are the two models which will go on sale from $1150 and $1950 respectively. Both these models will come with a 1080p display, 8GB  RAM and 1TB of storage. The Aspire 7600U comes with a discrete NVIDIA GT640M GPU with 2GB of video memory and  Aspire 5600U comes with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. Both are powered by latest Intel Core i5 processors and will have array of ports such as HDMI, USB, etc,. Are you looking to buy one of these?         ...

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Microsoft started marketing its upcoming Surface tablet device months ago. The first medium they chose was the traditional street arts. These Surface street arts were spotted in several cities in US. You can see some of them here. Microsoft Surface team today posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. You can watch it above and let us know what do you think ? ...

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MetroTwit for Windows Desktop was one of the best looking and well thought out apps on the platform. The developers behind this app has now developed a Windows Store app which is optimized for touch devices. Similar to its desktop counter part, MetroTwit for Windows 8 is built on Metro design language. New features added: Twitter Streaming support (and Twitter API 1.1 support) Added Twitter lists support Added multiple accounts support (requires MetroTwit Pro or Plus) Added inline media previews Added support for Twitter profile banners Fixed portrait and snap view support for many pages Fixed multiple crashes and instabilities Fixed emoji unicode support Added geolocation support Many new features I used this app for couple of hours and found it really intuitive. Do try this out. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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Netflix has released their official app for Windows 8 PCs and you can download it from Windows Store now. Using this app if you have Netflix membership, you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies on your Windows 8 PC/tablet. App Description: Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies. Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies. If you are not a Netflix member sign up for Netflix and start enjoying immediately with our one-month free trial. How does Netflix work? – Netflix membership gives you access to unlimited TV shows and movies for one low monthly price. – With the Netflix app you can instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want. – You can browse a growing ...

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Microsoft today announced that you can now pre-order Windows 8 Pro DVD from online Microsoft Store and other retailers. Along with Windows 8 OS, several Windows 8 machines from various OEMs are now available for pre-order. Acer ASUS Dell HP Samsung Sony Acer, HP and Samsung Windows 8 pages are still not live yet, however you can pre-order them from online retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more. Windows 8 Online Store links are as follows, Newegg Staples Microsoft Amazon.com Have you decided your Windows 8 machine? If yes, please let us know in the comments.   ...

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Sony yesterday announced its Windows 8 launch lineup of PCs which included the VAIO Tap 20 All-in-one PC which included battery, A slider hybrid, and a VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook. SONY UNVEILS ITS FIRST HYBRID ULTRABOOK™ AND MOBILE TABLETOP PC FOR THE US MARKET More to the Touch with the new VAIO Line featuring Windows 8 NEW YORK, October 11, 2012 – Sony today introduced its first mobile Tabletop PC for the U.S. market, the VAIO® Tap 20 PC, and its slider hybrid, the VAIO® Duo 11 Ultrabook™, combining innovative hardware designs with rich touch experiences powered by Windows 8. Alongside the new state-of-the-art PCs, there’s an elegant T Series Ultrabook and portfolio of VAIO PCs that put touch right at the heart of the personal computing experience. Built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and TV technology, the latest VAIO Touchworld collection features bright, responsive 10-point multi-touch screens with ...

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Four new Windows 8 ads from Microsoft got leaked today and were picked up by Israeli site Techit.co.il. All these ads focus on unique Windows 8 features such as picture passwords, Live Tiles, Charms functionality, compatibility with desktop apps, etc,. Seeing Windows 8 in action is always a joy.  Do our readers think they will win over the general public? Let us know below. via: neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced a cumulative update for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Microsoft had approximately 8-12 weeks from RTM Milestone to General Availability. Usually Microsoft works with OEMs to deliver variety of new or enhanced components, drivers, and companion software, with the final code for Windows in this period. But this time, Microsoft took extra effort by creating the tools and processes to be able to deliver the “post-RTM” updates sooner than a service pack. This update will improve performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility in Windows 8 and will be available through Windows Update starting today.   KB article title: “Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update” Description: Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update is available. This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. ...

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As announced last week, Microsoft has released the updates for the built-in Windows 8 apps in Windows Store. The core apps such as SkyDrive, News, Finance, Travel, Sports, Mail, Games, Music, Videos, Photos, Bing, Maps, Weather, Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging will get performance and reliability improvements and some great new capabilities as well. Check out the fill features list below. SkyDrive Search within SkyDrive Rename and move folders and files New first-run experience Custom sort order Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Conversation view of your inbox Complete IMAP account support Accepting and declining invitations in email Capturing and updating your account picture Improved search Search for a contact within the Messaging app Photos Crop and rotate photos New auto-curated collage slideshows View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when ...

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Microsoft has revealed plans for an updated version of the Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit, which includes support for Windows 8 as well as virtual-machine environments that run Windows. Arguably, the most impressive feature of the Kinect for Windows is the updated SDK, which enables colour camera settings and extended depth of the technology’s 3-D skeletal tracking capabilities to distances of greater than 4 metres, and objects as close as 40cm in front of the sensor, without any loss of accuracy or precision.  The sensor’s infrared stream is exposed in the API, therefore developers would be able to use IR when calibrating other colour cameras to the depth sensor or capturing grey-scale images in dim-lighting.  Moreover, the Kinect for Windows sensor now works when running in VM environments, available from: Microsoft, VMWare and Parallels. "Running inside of a VM will mean potentially the ability to be used ...

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Mozilla has continued with their efforts to develop for Windows 8 by releasing the first version of Firefox Metro.  This version of Firefox runs on x86 Windows 8 in both the classic Windows environment and the new ‘Metro’ environment.  Users running the 64-bit RTM release of Windows 8 can download a nightly build of Mozilla Firefox from the Elm development branch, which is the experimental repository in which most of the ‘Metro’ development work has occurred.  Similarly to the Firefox Nightly channel, this repository produces nightly builds.  These builds self-update, allowing you to track Metro Firefox development.  The preview of the browser includes a new Metro-style Firefox Start page, Metro touch and swipe gestures, support for Firefox sync, integration with Windows 8 ‘charms’ and Australis interface.  Mozilla promises extra features over upcoming weeks and months, including: tightened up Windows integration, improved performance and responsiveness and tying together any loose ends ...

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Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen -who left Microsoft in 1983 due to illness- has revealed his thoughts on Windows 8 on his website: PaulAllen.com. ‘The new tablet features in Windows 8 are particularly bold and innovative. A few minor issues aside, I’m impressed with its clever integration of a bimodal interface to simultaneously support both desktop and tablet use in the same operating system. I found the gesture navigation on the tablet to be quite satisfying and responsive. And in general, I find Windows 8 to be snappier and more responsive than Windows 7’. Because the new operating system is designed to work on traditional desktop PC’s as well as laptops, he felt however some users may experience confusion when switching between the new tile-based, touch-friendly user interface and the classic ‘desktop’ mode.  ‘I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when ...

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 has really ‘smoked the competition’ when it was put up against browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome in recent tests by NSS Labs, which measure the ability of web browsers to catch fraud and block malware.  NSS ran over 3 million test runs against over 84,000 malicious URLs out of a unique sample set of 227,841.   An astounding 95% of 750,000 test cases were blocked by IE9, whilst Google Chrome 15-19 had a range varying from 13% to 74%-leaving Firefox and Safari in last place with only 6% of harmful websites blocked; according to a 75-day review by NSS labs.  Each browser was also tested for protection against click fraud, which involves a pay-per-click advertising scam through use of malware infection, and once again IE9 was found to be in the lead with a 96.6% click-fraud catch rate, followed by Chrome at ...

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