Review Category : Windows

According to Digitimes sources, Windows 8 device ODM’s and Brand vendors are concerned about the new Windows 8 verification process for installing on a system. They said that their earlier procedure of installing Windows on PC’s were a easy process and pasting COA label onto a PC will help technicians identify the machines that have already been installed with an operating system. But according to the new process designed by Microsoft ODMs claim that their cost and time consumption will go up. For the OA 3.0, Microsoft plans to pre-install the Windows 8 operating system into PC’s BIOS and will have consumers key-in the authorization key to activate the software through an Internet connection and will completely abandon its previous method of using a COA label. They are also blaming Microsoft for  playing a two-faced game with ODMs and Brand Vendors.. Source: Digitimes ...

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Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang was the last speaker at AsiaD conference. In a question on Windows 8 on ARM chips, he said that Windows 8 should be on tablets first and they should not be considered PC’s. He added that Microsoft Office alone should be able to run on Windows 8 ARM tablets which will be a killer App.. From Engadget, “It’s important for [Microsoft] not to position these as PCs. From a finesse perspective — I can’t speak on their behalf — but I would come out with tablets first with Windows on ARM. It helps to establish that this isn’t a PC. Will yesterday’s Office run on tomorrow’s Windows on ARM PC? Will a new version of Office run on tomorrow’s Windows on ARM tablets? Both questions are about legacy, and both are about Office. The actual implementation of it is radically different. I see no reason to make ...

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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 Today at Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the portrait mode support in Windows 8. So far most of the time we have seen Windows 8 in action only in landscape mode , but it also supports portrait mode very well. Windows is also designed to work great in portrait mode. We studied extensively scenarios like reading news in the web browser, looking at portrait photos, and scrolling through long lists of email messages, and we folded what we learned into designing a system that works seamlessly across orientations. We tuned the system experiences like the keyboard, file picker, and charms to work great in portrait as well as landscape. We wanted to make it so you don’t need to relearn the system when you switch to ...

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I know many of you won’t believe the title but yes, It is true. He did that in a interview with Joshua Topolsky of This is My Next.  Its a long interview about Android UX story, I just took an excerpt from the interview on which he discusses Windows Phone and iOS. He compared iOS and Windows Phone’s Metro UI as faux wood paneling trend, and the airport lavatory signage trend. I can’t stop laughing after reading his comments today morning. I just want to know what would he then call his own Android UX so far ?? I don’t want to comment on his views since I’m not a expert UX designer like him. “Across the board Google and Android is taking design a lot more seriously,” Matias says, and points out that Roboto is used throughout the system. “There’s this thing that’s happening right now in user interface design that ...

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At Web 2.0 conference yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed many things with John Battelle on stage. 1) When asked about Yahoo: “Times change, times change,”, He laughed. The later he added that “You get lucky sometimes.” He also mentioned that Yahoo is now a great partner for Microsoft is search and Microsoft is extending the revenue guarantee program with Yahoo for another year. 2) When asked about Bing: “I would issue you all a kind of challenge to try any search you want on Bing and Google,” Ballmer said, explaining that 70% of the time, there won’t be any difference in the results, that 15% of the time, Bing will be better and 15% of the time, Google will be better. 3) When asked about social at Microsoft: “We don’t need to take every battle”. He emphasized that Xbox LIVE and Windows LIVE are the social space that Microsoft has decided to take on ...

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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 behind the scenes information about Search functionality in Windows 8. As usual, its a long detailed blog post with history of search in Windows, how users use it and how they made design decisions on Search for Windows 8. You can read more in detail here at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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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 Today at Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the design process of the new redesigned task manager for Windows 8. The new task manager is more finger friendly, clean and efficient for managing your running apps. As usual, its a long blog post starting from task manager history and discussing heat maps of how users use task manager. Give it a read when you find time. Source: B8 Blog. ...

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According to stats from StatCounter, Windows 7 has overtaken Windows XP to become most used OS in this world. Windows XP which was launched by Microsoft almost a decade ago went on to become the most used OS in the history. When Windows 7 was launched in 2009, Windows XP had over 70% of the OS market share, but after that Windows 7 steadily increased its presence and replaced it to achieve this remarkable feat. Source: Statcounter via: Winrumors, Zdnet Thanks to Tom Warren for the heads up ! ! ...

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 team has tweaked the Windows 8 Start screen UI and responded to many comments on the design decisions. Since the new Start screen is a huge change, it got lots of feedback from thousands of users across the world. Many expressed their comments on Building Windows 8 blog regarding the new design. And now Microsoft which has been listening to all these comments, has now responded by a huge, really huge blog post. The blog post runs over 9000 words with lots and lots of data. It details both new changes and reasons for certain designs. If you find 30 minutes or so, read through it. It’s a great blog post ! ! ! Source: Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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At an event in New York, Asus CEO revealed two new Ultrabooks from Asus called UX21 ans UX31. They will be mentioned as Zenbooks by Asus. The 11.6-inch UX21 with 128GB SSD will cost  $999, while the 13.3-inch UX31 with a Core i5-2557M processor will cost  $1,099.  This is $100 more than the comparably spec’d Acer Aspire S3. You can find the detailed specs in the table below. These Zenbooks will be on sale from Oct-12th. via: Verge ...

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BlueStacks is a downloadable program that allows people to use all their favorite Android apps in Windows. BlueStacks was built using a virtualization technology that allows even graphics-intensive games like Fruit Ninja to run full-screen . Along with the desktop they have also released a mobile app, BlueStacks Cloud Connect , which allows users push apps from their phone into BlueStacks on their PC via the cloud. It comes pre-loaded with apps like Bloomberg, LivingSocial, AOL’s Huffington Post,etc.. This app works with touch as well, so if you have a Windows 8 PC or Windows 7 PC that supports touch you can enjoy Android apps while Windows 8 developers jump on board. There is also pro version of this software coming and they haven’t decided on their pricing for that yet. You can download their alpha version here. Press Release: CAMPBELL, Calif. – October 11, 2011 – BlueStacks today announced the alpha version of BlueStacks App Player for Windows ...

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With Windows XP’s nearing its 10-year anniversary.in two weeks, Office 2003 was launched 8 years ago this month. Both these products became the phenomenon among both consumers and enterprise. But world has changed a lot since then, just to show that Windows team posted the above info graphic on influential technology in this decade. Both Windows team and Office team blogged on their respective blogs to show their current version sales numbers and how they give advantages to the customers when compared to their older counterparts. The end of extended support for both Office 2003 and Windows XP is coming up in April 2014. Customers should start planning their migration to Office 2010 and Windows 7 now. Read more on this at Windows Team Blog and Office team blog. ...

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Acer Aspire S3 will be one of the first Ultrabook to go on sale this week. Ultrabooks are the new category of laptops which are thin and light, equipped with fast storage, long battery life and low boot times,etc. Many laptop OEM’s are working on it  including Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo,etc. This Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook will go on sale this week in US and Canada from its starting price of $899. Here is the summary of their specs, The 13.3-inch HD widescreen LED-backlit display features a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366 x 768 resolution, delivering sharp, rich visuals. - Acer Green Instant On lets you resume your computing session in less than 2 seconds. - Acer Instant Connect gets you on the Internet in just 2.5 seconds – four times faster than conventional connections. - A mere .51 inches thin and weighing a scant 2.98 pounds, the Aspire S3′s aluminum/ ...

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One of the primary goals on designing Windows 8 for Microsoft is to have the system requirements equal or less than the system requirements of Windows 7. At BUILD conference last month, Microsoft showed us that Windows 8 uses less memory footprint than that of Windows 7. At Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed how they reduced the memory requirements such as service changes and reductions, more granular prioritization of memory, doing jobs with less memory, etc,. You can read them in detail at B8 blog. Its good to see that Microsoft has focused on improving Windows 8 in every single way to improve customer experience. ...

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Windows Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform beats its rivals Amazon EC2 and Google App Engine in Cloud speed tests. In an independent tests were conducted by application performance management vendor Compuware using CloudSleuth tool, Windows Azure did the assigned job in just 5.96 seconds ahead of all the others including Google, Amazon, Rackspace, etc. Also this is not a single test results, the company performed 515,000 tests overall for a year’s worth of data to find the above results. You can read more about the results at Ars Technica. ...

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According to Boston Consulting Group’s recent consumer survey, People prefer Windows on their tablets more than others. This survey includes Chinese and US consumers. Over 42% of US consumers prefer Windows over iOS or Android on their tablets. This clearly states the power of Windows brand. When ATD confirmed the survey results, they got the following response, “When we survey consumers, it becomes very clear that Windows is still a very popular brand,” she said. Apple has sold tens of millions of iPads, but Microsoft has sold more than 400 million windows 7 devices. What that says to me is that there’s a huge opportunity that microsoft has left untapped so far.” The survey results are in line with the Forrester’s poll which was released months ago. Microsoft will regain the tablet market once it releases Windows 8, its touch based OS for consumers. via: ATD ...

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