Review Category : Windows

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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Microsoft today revealed that all new MSN coming exclusively to Windows 8 users on Oct-26th. The new MSN is optimized for touch with support for Windows 8 features such as snap view, etc,. MSN now has more than 480 million visitors per month is the top site in 27 markets and remains one of the most popular media destinations on the Internet.       News You Want, Faster MSN for Windows 8 is built for speed. Because Internet Explorer 10 was designed to take advantage of the system architecture of Windows 8, rendering complex page layouts and high resolution images is faster and more fluid.  Now you can easily view images, slideshows and videos, without compromising the overall experience. The result is a cleaner more “app-like” experience that allows you use the Flip Ahead feature to swiftly jump from article to article with a simple gesture.  The pages render twice as fast ...

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HP today introduced their first enterprise focused Windows 8 tablet called ElitePad 900. It runs on Intel Atom processor with full Windows 8 Pro features. Read more about it below. HP Unveils a True Tablet for Business HP today introduced the HP ElitePad 900, a tablet that balances a beautiful design with enterprise-grade features, functionality and support. Designed for business and government, it features HP ElitePad Smart Jackets,(1) which add connectivity options and an additional ultra-slim battery for longer runtime, along with specific add-ons that customize the tablet for specialized uses. The HP ElitePad is an ultrathin, lightweight tablet designed for Windows 8(2) that delivers features to keep IT managers happy and touts a design that employees will crave. It offers the full serviceability, enhanced security and manageability found in HP Elite PCs, and military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and high altitude.(3) “Businesses used to face a tough purchase ...

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Microsoft India organized an event called AppFest in Bangalore India. In AppFest,  thousands of developers from all over India and beyond attended to build apps for Windows 8. This event made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location. Other than the record turnout, We can expect at least 2000 more apps from these developers in Windows Store soon. If you are from India, then I think these developers would have covered every local apps in this AppFest. Why not Microsoft organize similar AppFests around the world? Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today revealed a new product called Project Austin. Its a digital note-taking app for Windows 8. You can use digital ink to write or draw things on those pages, add photos, share the notes you create to other Windows 8 apps such as e-mail or SkyDrive. You can add pages to your notebook, delete them, or move them around. There are different types of papers to choose from and the app looks pretty cool. The team behind this app even said that this project was inspired by Microsoft Courier tablet concept. But you know which division at Microsoft built this app? Microsoft Developer Division. Another very important goal of this app is to showcase the power of the native platform and C++, and some of the new features in Visual Studio 2012 such as automatic code vectorization and C++ AMP.  Austin aims to demonstrate with real code the kind of device-optimized, fluid and responsive ...

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Similar to Asus Windows 8 offerings, Acer’s upcoming Windows 8 devices pricing got revealed today. There will be two main devices, Acer W510 and Acer W700. You can see the pricing for the New Zealand market in the above image. Acer’s Iconia W510 is powered by dual core Intel Atom and 64GB storage starts at $712 USD approximately. Acer’s Iconia W700 will have 128GB SSD storage and powered by a 1.7ghz Intel i5 processor and a 11.6″ full HD display. It will cost $1299 USD approximately. These devices are full Windows 8 powered devices that will be able to run any classic desktop programs and they cost almost same as the equivalent memory Apple iPad. Will you buy these devices with these prices? Source: TechJungle  ...

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Microsoft is organizing Windows 8 launch event on Oct-25th in NYC. Earlier Microsoft announced that Windows 8 general availability will begin from Oct-26th. Microsoft has sent out invites to the members of the press and it could be an event where Microsoft Surface will also be launched. Are you going to buy any Windows 8 devices this holiday season? ...

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Microsoft Office team today detailed the Office for Windows RT version. Microsoft confirmed that Office for Windows RT preview version will be coming along with Windows RT devices that will on sale from Oct-26th. The final version of the same will be available through updates starting early November. Microsoft also revealed that Office for Windows RT is optimized for touch, uses less resources such as memory, CPU and battery. Apart from the few below, Office for Windows RT will include most of the features that will be part of Office 2013 for PC. Here are the features that won’t be part of Office for Windows RT, Macros, add-ins, and features that rely on ActiveX controls or 3rdparty code such as the PowerPoint Slide Library ActiveX control and Flash Video Playback Certain legacy features such as playing older media formats in PowerPoint (upgrade to modern formats and they will play) and editing equations written ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will start accepting apps for Windows Store from developers around the world. It  is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in over 120 countries. Microsoft has added 82 new app submission markets. Microsoft also announced a number of additional subscription program offerings for developers. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. There are over 1000 apps in Windows Store now and it is expected to grow rapidly as the Store is open now for all developers. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the initial list of Xbox games that will be part of Windows Store. Xbox games will be available through the Windows Store for users to download. Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends. Here is the list of features, 4 Elements II Special Edition A World of Keflings Adera: Episode 1 Adera: Episode 2 Adera: Episode 3 Angry Birds Angry Birds Space Big Buck Hunter Pro BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Collateral Damage Crash Course GO Cut the Rope Disney Fairies Dragon’s Lair Field & Stream Fishing Fruit Ninja Gravity Guy Gunstringer: Dead Man Running Hydro Thunder Hurricane IloMilo iStunt 2 Jetpack Joyride Kinectimals Unleashed Microsoft Mahjong Microsoft Minesweeper Microsoft Solitaire Collection Monster Island PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX Pinball FX 2 Reckless Racing Ultimate Rocket Riot ...

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Along with the XPS Duo 12 tablet hybrid, Dell today announced another tablet hybrid called XPS 10. Dell XPS 10 is a Windows RT based machine. It has a 10 inch display and comes with a detachable keyboard as well. Dell also claims that this device will offer up to 20 hours of battery life. Read the full press release after the break. Press Release: BERLIN, Aug. 30, 2012 – Today at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference, Dell unveiled three powerful additions to its industry-leading XPS brand of computers. Joining the award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops, the new XPS computers enable both consumer and business customers to do more with their technology – from multimedia, entertainment and creation to full business productivity to transition seamlessly from home to office. The new products include the XPS 10, a 10-inch tablet built to support ...

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Dell has revealed its XPS Duo 12 Windows 8 tablet hybrid at IFA, Berlin. This XPS Duo 12 machine is designed in similar to the Inspiron Duo model which was released  two years back. The display can be rotated 180 to face it upward and use the device as a tablet. Its has a 12.5 inch display, and weighs 1.4kgs. The build is made up of Aluminum and Carbon fiber for durability.  Under the hood its powered by latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors as well. Source: CNET ...

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