Review Category : Windows

At Computex expo, Toshiba joined the other PC OEMs to unveil their work with Windows 8 devices. Even though Toshiba didn’t reveal any final Windows 8 products, they showed variety of prototypes. The prototype design includes a Transformer like detachable Windows 8 tablet/keyboard combination, a Windows 8 slider PC, a Windows RT tablet, etc,. Hopefully, Toshiba will deliver these devices on time when Windows 8 launches later this year. Read more at The Verge and Engadget. ...

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Samsung on its part showed off its upcoming Windows 8 devices. Samsung unveiled Series 5 Ultra Touch and Ultra Convertible Windows 8 devices.  While Ultra Touch is a regular clamshell laptop with touch, Ultra Convertible as the name suggests is a true convertible device. Both the devices will have SSD storage, 1366X768 displays, a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, memory card reader. Remember these devices are mass market mid-range devices from Samsung. They are yet to unveil their Series 7 and Series 9 Windows 8 devices. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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Its not just big OEMs jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon, companies like MSI are also showing their interest in Windows 8 based devices. MSI has announced a new Windows 8 based Ultrabook Slider called s20 powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processors. S20 will feature 11.6″ screen with 10 point multi-touch with HD-Ready resolution. It will weigh 2.86 pounds with a 0.78 inch thickness. Also the device will come with support for USB 3.0, HDMI, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0.  We will have more details on it after the official release at Computex later this week. via: Ultrabook news ...

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Asus today announced its first Windows 8 convertible notebook called Transformer Book. The unit looks like a regular Ultrabook but you can detach the screen to use it as a tablet device. It features Intel Core  i7 processor with discrete graphics, hybrid SSD and HDD storage, 4GB RAM, and USB 3.0. ASUS Transformer Book – the world’s first convertible notebook The ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first convertible notebook – allowing users to instantly switch between a notebook and a tablet by simply detaching the screen. It is aimed at users who prefer the portability of a multi-touch tablet computer for leisure, but still want access to a more traditional Windows-based notebook for productivity use. The Transformer Book features the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor* with discrete graphics, along with SSD and HDD storage, 4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM, and USB 3.0. It also features ASUS SonicMaster technology developed by ...

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Asus today announced its All-in-One PC called Transformer AIO. It allows us to switch between Windows 8 and Android with press of a button. ASUS Transformer AiO Part tablet, part All-in-One PC, the Transformer AiO is an innovative device that can seamlessly switch between both, and features dual operating systems to give users the option of switching between Windows and Android to suit their needs. Engineered to work with Windows 8, the Transformer AiO features an extended 18.4″ 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display which can be easily removed from its base station to become a wireless display for the AiO PC, extending the range of the PC and allowing users to continue with their work anywhere in the home. The display can also be converted into an Android-based tablet for the home with the press of a button. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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ASUS announces the ASUS TAICHI and ASUS Transformer Book at Computex 2012 New notebook concepts embody its Happiness 2.0 philosophy Taipei, Taiwan (4, June, 2012) – ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces two exciting new notebooks that embody its ‘Happiness 2.0′ commitment to delivering the best end-user experience – the ASUS TAICHI and ASUS Transformer Book. The Happiness 2.0 philosophy stems from the many ways ASUS is committed to bringing its customers brand new experiences with products that satisfy their needs and expectations. ASUS TAICHI – dual screens for a notebook and a multi-touch tablet in one The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing key feature – both 11.6″ and 13.3″ models have a brilliant double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. With a touch screen on the outside of the lid, the TAICHI opens up a whole host of new mobile possibilities ...

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This video shows some of the performance and touch improvements in the sixth IE10 Platform Preview, part of the Windows Release Preview. Microsoft detailed the improvements in Internet Explorer 10 included in Windows 8 Release Preview. This  6th Platform Preview release of IE10 comes with improved performance. Now IE10 supports touch-first HTML5 and also a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player that enables content on compatible Web sites to play in the Metro style Web browser. Microsoft worked with Adobe to include the previous feature. Also, now Internet Explorer 10 has made the “Do Not Track” feature as a default option to help consumers protect their privacy. Read more at IE blog. ...

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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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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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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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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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