Review Category : Windows

According to ASUS Q3 earnings presentation, Asus is planning to launch two Windows 8 based tablets in third quarter of next year. Asus will be a leading partner for making Windows on ARM alliance and will start selling devices from Q3’12. Asus will focus on innovation by aggressive attack strategy to capture mind and market share. Source: Engadget ...

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This is a good news for developers. 65% of Windows 7 users are now using modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome 14+15 and Firefox 6. Among that IE9 has reached 35% market share in US as shown in the chart above. This is in line with Net Applications browser market share data released this month. You can find more on this at Windows Team blog. ...

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You may wonder they already did this, but this is new stuff. You can read about the new simple task manager for our PC’s here. At Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft detailed the feature in task manager of upcoming Windows 8 that server admins and people with access to mega-PC setups with lots and lots of logical processors can use it for their analysis. Its full of heat maps and percentage numbers presented in a neat way as shown in the image above. You can read more on that at B8 blog. ...

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Windows XP, one of the most used Operating Systems in the world just turned 10 years old. So far over 450 millions copies of Windows XP have been sold across the globe in hundreds of countries. Windows XP was too good as it even resisted the adoption of Windows Vista when it was launched in 2006. Whatever the history may be, the world has changed since its launch. So its time for you to upgrade to Windows 7 if you have any Windows XP machine to have better computing experience. ...

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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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