Review Category : Windows

Microsoft was testing a tool called Standalone System Sweeper Beta, a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC. Now the product has crossed the testing phase and entered into beta phase with new branding. Its now called Windows Defender Offline. It almost does the same job with new UI and branding. You can download it here. ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched a new service called Answer Desk. Answer Desk is a premium service provided by Microsoft to give you the most convenient, friendly and easy way to get the most out of your PC. Answer Desk Answer Techs are trained to diagnose and troubleshoot your Microsoft software related issues. Answer Techs are also knowledgeable to train you in Microsoft’s latest software, such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. Our Answer Techs will take care of your technology needs as quickly and easily as possible, so you can get back to our life. The charges for the premium support seems to be very high. For example for one hour personal training on software,  you need to pay $49. For advanced PC Tune up you have to pay $99. For virus removal, you have to pay $99. For more details visit, http://www.answerdesk.com. via: Fusible, The Next Web ...

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Today Microsoft released its technical preview version advertising SDK  for Windows 8 Metro apps. Yesterday, Microsoft detailed its Windows Store plans and discussed about app monetization in Windows Store. Ad-based apps are one of the business models that Microsoft is promoting and assured that it will support not only its Microsoft Advertising network but also other ad networks. Microsoft Advertising will be working with the top advertisers in the industry to ensure not only beautiful immersive experiences as you can see above in the image but also demand for traditional IAB standard display and Text ad formats. You can download and install the SDK from here. Source: Microsoft Advertising ...

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 Today Microsoft started a new blog dedicated to Windows Store developers. In the first post of the blog, Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store detailed the Windows Store design, business model, app discovery, etc,. Summary of his information on Windows Store: Discovery and Design: Windows Store provided a series of way-finding and promotion mechanisms—search, category browse, ranking lists, editorial curation — to help people find great apps. Windows Store in Metro Styled with no chrome that lets apps shine in the marketplace. The Store app catalog will be indexed by search engines. We also support direct linking to app webpages. There will web version of the app listing, which Microsoft will publish based on the same content provided for the Store app listing.  With just a line of markup, developers can promote their apps on Websites. Reach and Internationalization: There are number of market-specific catalogs, tailored for those customers, and ...

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Microsoft today announced a contest for developers building Windows 8 Metro Apps. The First Apps contest will select eight winning apps to be the very first apps in the Windows Store when it opens. This is your chance to show off your great app and to be part of an exclusive group of developers invited to participate in the Store when it first opens. The winning developers will also get some goodies to help them build even better apps: A Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC from the BUILD conference, so you can test your apps with touch and sensors One year of Windows Azure, so you can build apps that feel connected and alive A two-year subscription to the Store, so you can continue to update and improve your app You can find more details about this contest at http://www.buildwindowscontest.com/  ...

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At Computex event this year, Microsoft first revealed its hardware partners and specifications. Taiwanese companies like Quanta, Compal, Wistron and Pegatron were also part of the Windows 8 devices partner group. Now Digitimes reports that Microsoft has recently decided the downstream partners for its development of the Windows on Arm (WOA) platform with Taiwan-based vendors only invited to play minor roles in the project. The sources revealed that Microsoft will let the three major ARM processor makers, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, pick two notebook partners for development projects with one being the major partner and the other being a minor partner, depending on the makers’ investment of technical resources. Qualcomm selected Samsung Electronics and Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and Samsung and Nvidia, Lenovo and Acer, of these, Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo are the major partners. Meanwhile, Asustek, which is the largest client of Nvidia’s Tegra series in 2011 and ...

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Original Video- More videos at TinyPic When Microsoft previewed Windows 8 at BUILD, they showed us how to switch between Metro Apps most of the time. You have to just swipe from left side of the screen. But Microsoft didn’t provide any way to close the opened Metro apps manually other that the old school task manager approach. In the recent builds of Windows 8 as shown by Winunleaked.tk, Microsoft has added a new gesture to close Metro apps. You have to swipe the app to the bottom of the screen to close it. You can see it in action the video above. Source: winunleaked.tk  ...

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Digitimes reports that according to Acer President Jim Wong, Ultrabooks prices will drop  from $1,000 currently to $799-899 in the second quarter of 2012. He also added that the prices of Ultrabooks will further drop to $499 in 2013 as a result of mass production from laptop OEM’s. Acer currently ships 100,000 ultrabooks each month and is expected to achieve its goal of shipping 250,000-300,000 units by the end of 2011. Read more about Acer’s strategy at source link. Source: Digitimes ...

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Last month Microsoft Flight team detailed their ongoing work on developing Microsoft Flight game. Now they are accepting beta applications for trying out this game earlier before it gets released to public. They will sort out the beta applications and send invitations in January next year. You can sign up for beta here. Microsoft Flight is under development for a long time and it is expected to get released early next year. ...

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There were lots of Windows 8 news circulated yesterday right from Windows 8 beta availability to whether Windows 8 on ARM will run legacy apps or not. 1) Microsoft To Reveal More Details About Windows Store Next Week: Microsoft has sent out invitations to some bloggers and local press to detail Windows Store on Windows 8. The event will happen on the same day when Xbox LIVE Dashboard will go live. So far Microsoft has given most of the details on Windows 8 store, I don’t know what’s new they will preview. You can read more on that here. 2) Will Windows 8 on ARM run legacy apps? This discussion still continues. Mary Jo Foley did a blog post just discussing this stuff, If Microsoft does do away with the Desktop App on ARM, it also would mean — unless Microsoft also changes its strategy for x86/x64-based Windows 8 tablets — ...

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The growth of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 continues worldwide on Windows 7. IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide is now higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox – second only to IE8. Even in US, the growth of IE9 is great. This is a great news for web developers who can develop more standard supported rich web applications. You can download IE9 at beautyoftheweb.com via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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In Credit Suisse technology conference 2011 Intel CEO Paul  Otellini gave a statement that will make Redmondians more happy. He said, “ I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company.”. Paul is confident that Intel’s unique advantage over ARM based Windows 8 machines on running legacy applications will drive Intel forward. He also said that Windows 8 will take tablet computing to the mainstream and also allows IT admins of enterprises to manage tablet devices of their employees. Here is the full statement from him, We are very excited about Windows 8. I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company. And it’s a very good operating system, not just for PCs, but we think also will allow tablets to really get a legitimacy into mainstream computing, particularly in enterprises that they don’t have today. A lot of the enterprise managers ...

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Today Microsoft released a new platform preview build of Internet Explorer 10. You can view hardware acceleration of technologies like SVG, CSS3 transforms and animations in the new IE10 build in the video above. The new build will feature the following in support for development, Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) for safe use of XMLHttpRequest across domains. File API Writer support for blobBuilder allowing manipulation of large binary objects  in script in the browser. Support for JavaScript typed arrays for efficient storage and manipulation of typed  data. CSS user-select property to control how end-users select elements in a Web page or application. Support for HTML5 video text captioning, including time-code, placement, and captioning  file formats. You can find more details on this release at IE blog. You can download the new preview here.    ...

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As we reported last week that Microsoft is readying its beta of next version of its consumer security suite, today they released their beta to public. The new beta will feature the following, Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction. Enhanced performance: The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use. New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance. You can download the program from Microsoft Connect site. ...

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