Review Category : Windows

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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  Microsoft detailed its upcoming enhanced Multi-monitor support in Windows 8. Windows 7 officially supported multiple monitors, but the experience was limited such as having same background, task bar only in primary monitor, etc,. In Windows 8, Microsoft has improved the  experience to a great extent. Check them out in the video below. Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Make the desktop a more personal experience. Perhaps the most personalized feature on the desktop is the ability to customize the desktop background. We set out to make this a great experience on multiple monitors too. Improve the efficiency of accessing apps across monitors. In Windows 7, the top request from people using multiple monitors was to improve the taskbar efficiency. Improve the efficiency of accessing system UI. In Windows 7, you could only access the Start menu on one monitor. With the introduction in Windows 8 of new UI that ...

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Microsoft will usually announce cheap upgrade programs when they are about to release a major release to their software. It will keep the consumer buying spree afloat before the major wave of new products. According to ZDNet, Microsoft will announce an upgrade program for Windows 8 from June 2, 2012. Microsoft will make the so-called “Windows 8 Offer” available to consumers buying a Windows 7 PC running Home Basic or higher, allowing them to obtain Windows 8 Pro once Windows 8 is available. The Windows 8 Pro SKU is for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals, and includes encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity, as well as support for a separately priced Media Pack for Windows Media Center. Paul from Winsupersite  has added a info to the above that the price for the upgrade will be $14.99. Pretty neat offer! Are you waiting for Windows 8 PCs ?? Read more on ...

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According to the sources close to CNET, Windows 8 OEMs are on target in delivering their devices in November. As Microsoft is already on schedule to release the “Release Preview” aka RC version of Windows 8 in June, Windows 8 OEMs like HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, etc, will be more comfortable in delivering their Intel based tablets, hybrids, convertibles, etc,. in November for sale without fail. Read more on it at CNET ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Microsoft today detailed the Family Safety features that are coming in Windows 8. Microsoft continues to support the millions of parents out there to make their job on monitoring their children’s web and computer usage. There are even options for parents to get activity of their children over email. It features the following, Web filtering: You can choose between several web filtering levels. SafeSearch: When web filtering is active, SafeSearch is locked into the “Strict” setting for popular search engines such as Bing, Google, and Yahoo. This will filter out adult text, images, and videos from your search results. Time limits: With Windows 8, you now can restrict the number of hours per day your child can use their PC. For example, you might set a limit ...

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Today Mozilla and Google made some arguments regarding upcoming version of Windows RT ( Windows on ARM). Both Mozilla and Google wants access to special API’s on which Microsoft’s Metro IE browser is built on so that they will build their own browsers for Windows RT users. Mozilla’s view, It’s reported that Windows RT (the name Microsoft has given to Windows running on the ARM processor)  will have two environments, a Windows Classic environment and a Metro environment for apps. However, Windows on ARM prohibits any browser except for Internet Explorer from running in the privileged “Windows Classic” environment. In practice, this means that only Internet Explorer will be able to perform many of the advanced computing functions vital to modern browsers in terms of speed, stability, and security to which users have grown accustomed. Given that IE can run in Windows on ARM, there is no technical reason to ...

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Last year during its earnings call, Dolby Labs doubted whether Microsoft might exclude their technology in Windows 8. But during this year’s earnings call yesterday, Dolby Labs announced that Microsoft will include Dolby Digital Plus technology in both x86 and ARM versions of Windows 8. SAN FRANCISCO –(Business Wire)– Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (News – Alert) (NYSE:DLB) today announced that Microsoft® has selected Dolby® Digital Plus to create the most realistic and immersive audio experiences for Windows® 8 on tablets and PCs. The addition of Dolby Digital Plus enables the playback of Dolby-encoded content across a growing number of devices. Today’s announcement underscores the essential role that Dolby Digital Plus plays in delivering high-quality sound for online entertainment services and personal media applications. “Dolby’s goal is to deliver the best possible entertainment experience, wherever content is delivered through broadcast, broadband, or wireless networks,” said Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ...

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Microsoft previously said that Windows Media Center program will be available in Windows 8. Today, Microsoft detailed how the Windows Media Center will be included in Windows 8. As in Windows 7, Media Center won’t be packaged with Windows OS itself since it added codec licensing costs for all the customers. From Microsoft, Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions ...

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Windows 8 will have a whole new app platform called WinRT which is designed for touch interaction. The whole WinRT platform is based out of Metro Design and Microsoft is even trying to apply the same design concept for our classic desktop UI. Last month we saw that Microsoft is tweaking the Explorer window in Windows 8 to be more flat and modern. Now, Win8China has revealed that the Mouse Pointer and the busy cursor in Windows 8 has been tweaked to look flat and modern which is the core of Metro design. What do you think of this ? Source: Win8china ...

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When Windows 8  gets released later this year, we can expect different types of PC form factors from various PC OEMs. The tablet form factor will become more common design and PC OEM’s like HP, Dell, etc, are already working to release a Windows 8 based tablet later this year. Recently HP’s Windows 8 tablet Elitebook details got leaked in Internet. As you can see in the above image, the device will provide 8-10 hours battery life, 9 mm thickness and .68kg weight. Also the device will have full enterprise security features as well. Hopefully, the OEMs will deliver impressive hardware for the impressive OS Windows 8. via: ZDnet Source: Neowin ...

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The free security program from Microsoft called Security Essentials protects our PCs from virus, trojans and other malwares. Microsoft has been updating the software constantly and now its on v4. Soon you will be getting notification in Windows Update program where you can update the MSE. Here is the response from Microsoft on this v4 update, This update to Microsoft Security Essentials is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas. If you are not using MSE, give it a try here. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Windows 8 RC otherwise called as Release Preview of Windows 8 is coming in June first week. Microsoft released the consumer preview version of Windows 8 back in February. With Release preview coming in June, we can expect Windows 8 based Ultrabooks, tablets starting October this Holiday season. Microsoft is right on track on delivering Windows 8 to customers, I hope OEMs will also do the same. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the support for Enterprise management in Windows On ARM devices. Windows on ARM or Windows RT based PCs/tablets won’t be able to run native code apps written by 3rd party vendors, instead it will rely on Windows Store or WinRT-based applications. But Microsoft has built Windows RT with industry-leading management capabilities that support BYO or company-deployed WOA PCs. Also you can allows WOA PC’s to join the management infrastructure and also configure a set of policies for the following, Allow Convenience Logon Maximum Failed Password Attempts Maximum Inactivity Time Lock Minimum Device Password Complex Characters Minimum Password Length Password Enabled Read more on it here.  Password Expiration Password History ...

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Today Microsoft announced that they are expanding the Windows 8 Store availability to 33 new markets. In the next significant preview release of the Windows Store service, we will significantly expand our global coverage. We will add 33 additional app submission locales for developers, bringing our total to 38 supported markets for submitting Metro style apps for Windows 8. We will also expand the number of market-specific app catalogs, from 5 to 26. In addition we will expand the localization coverage of the pre-release developer portal as well, adding 7 new languages. When we release the next update to the Store service, you’ll be able to submit Metro style pre-release apps in any of 109 languages, as long as the app also includes a version in one of 12 app certification languages (an increase of 7 languages from the Consumer Preview). Microsoft also said that they will soon detail the changes in ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft yesterday detailed the memory management of Metro Style apps in Windows 8. Windows 8 will more effectively manage resource utilization than in any of the previous versions of Windows. In Metro Style apps, an important attribute  is that apps are suspended when they are no longer visible to the user and also it conserves CPU for other apps and ensures that background apps don’t cause activity that can consume resources, thereby improving the battery life and increasing responsiveness. You can read how Microsoft is doing the same at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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Today Microsoft confirmed that the next major version of Windows OS will be called ‘Windows 8′. Also Microsoft announced a new version of Windows called Windows RT. Windows RT is nothing but the Windows on ARM which will come pre-installed in ARM based PCs and you won’t be able to buy it individually. Also Windows RT will come with touch optimized version of Microsoft Office. Microsoft has also simplified the Windows 8 SKUs. It will come in 3 flavors other than Windows RT. Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 will be the most common edition for most us which will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly, etc,. Windows 8 Pro is for professionals with features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will ...

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