Review Category : Windows

  In the leaked screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 build 9834, a new feature was spotted under PC Settings. If you are a Windows Phone user, you must be aware of the Storage Sense app. Storage Sense app allows you to manage the storage in Windows Phone devices, it gives you breakdown of the storage space used by category, and also the amount of free space left.  You can tap any category to view more details, find where to manage those files on your phone, or clear out temporary files. If you’re running Windows Phone 8.1, Storage Sense provides you with additional actions to free up space, such as moving apps to your SD card (if you have one), uninstalling apps, and deleting downloaded files. Windows 8.1 has somewhat similar feature in the name of Disk Space, but it seems Microsoft is working to bring Storage Sense to Windows ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of new optimized SQL Server images in the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Gallery. These new SQL server images are optimized for transactional and Data Warehousing workloads. The following four new pre-configured VM images are now available in the Azure VM Gallery: SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Optimized for Transactional Workloads on Windows Server 2012 R2 SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Optimized for Data Warehousing on Windows Server 2012 R2 SQL Server 2012 SP2 Enterprise Optimized for Transactional Workloads on Windows Server 2012 SQL Server 2012 SP2 Enterprise Optimized for Data Warehousing on Windows Server 2012 You can have these images on VM instances that allow up to 16 data disks attached to provide the highest throughput and these instances are Standard Tier A4, A7, A8 and A9 and Basic tier A4. Read more about it here. ...

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Following the screenshots leak, a new video showing the upcoming Start Menu in action got leaked on the web. The video revealed how the new Start Menu will work, how you can pin/unpin apps from it, how to launch modern apps from it and more. It also revealed that via Start Menu and Task bar properties menu, you can choose whether to use the new Start Menu or the regular Windows 8Start Screen. Another video which you can see above got leaked today. It shows that the new Start Menu is fully customizable to your needs. You can even unpin all the Live Tiles from it and it will turn into a old school Start Menu which you are used to from Windows XP. You will also have recent documents, etc, if it is applicable to the particular app. Again, if you pin a modern app, it will automatically expand. What do you think ...

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Microsoft has updated Xbox One SmartGlass beta app in Windows Store. You now have activity feed alerts, popular games in friends, and many UI improvements. This public Beta of Xbox One SmartGlass that provides an early peek at new capabilities. Use the feedback button in the app to let us know what you think. What’s new: See the Top Games in Profile and Popular Games in Friends Activity Feed Alerts and UI improvements Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Following the screenshots leak earlier today, now a video showing the upcoming Start Menu in action got leaked on the web. This video shows how the new Start Menu will work, how you can pin/unpin apps from it, how to launch modern apps from it and more. It also shows the Start Menu and Task bar properties menu where you can choose whether to use the new Start Menu or the regular Start screen. It also shows how a modern app opens in a windowed mode and you can minimize/maximize it like any other classic Windows apps. Are you looking forward to the release of Windows 9 Preview later this year?   ...

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Earlier today, Windows Technical Preview build 9834 screenshots got leaked on the web. It revealed number of new changes coming in the upcoming Windows 9 release such as the new Start Menu, notification center, virtual desktops, new charms bar alternative for desktop users, windowed modern apps and more. Another new thing spotted in the screenshots was the Microsoft Feedback app. This new app is now pinned to the new Start menu and allows users to submit their feedback about the Windows experience. Currently, you need to be part of Windows Internal beta testers  group to submit your feedback and Microsoft is expected to expand this feedback app to public preview users as well. Neowin reported few weeks back about how this feedback app will work, ……….Threshold will have tons of feedback surveys to make sure that they avoid this issue with the next iteration of Windows. So what will these ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Windows Dev Center Partner Program. This program is targeted towards middleware providers and provide them with devices, software, co-marketing, event support, and more. Unity, MVVM Light toolkit, Json.Net are some of the examples of middleware. If you are a developer of middleware offerings, you apply today to qualify for these benefits. If you are a Windows app developer looking for third party middleware available to accelerate your app or game development for Windows, you can check Microsoft’s new partner directory, where you’ll find an extensive and growing list of some of the most compelling middleware partners targeting Windows today. At Microsoft we’re more focused than ever on creating the most compelling, accessible, powerful, and overall enjoyable app development platform, and we recognize the critical role middleware plays in such an ecosystem. This new program is designed to promote that goal. Source: Microsoft ...

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In the leaked Windows 9 screenshots, we noticed that build 9834 still has the old Internet Explorer 11 in it. Previously, it was reported that Internet Explorer 12 will have a all new look in the upcoming version. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looked like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser. Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft has all new design for Internet Explorer 12 and it looks a lot like Chrome and Firefox. The main change is that URL bar will now appear below the tab bar. Currently, URL bar and the tabs bar are on the same line in IE11. Also, as you expect it will have a flat Metro look to it. Another main improvement comes in the area of extensibility. Microsoft has added support for extensions in Internet Explorer 12. Hopefully, someone will leak the ...

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Along with the new desktop workstations, HP is also introducing the 15-inch HP ZBook 15 G2 and17.3-inch HP ZBook 17 G2 mobile workstations. You can choose up to Intel quad-core processors as well as NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro professional graphics, 3200×1800 Quad-HD display,  HP DreamColor display and more. HP ZBook Mobile Workstations The new ZBook Mobile Workstations offer an innovative, easy-access door for tool-less removable hard drives. New drive options like the Z Turbo Drive and the fast connectivity of Thunderbolt 2 help increase the speed of creativity. The full-performance HP ZBook 15 G2 Mobile Workstation sports a thin design and offers a very-high-resolution 15-inch diagonal, 3,200 x 1,800 Quad-HD display. The HP ZBook 17 G2 Mobile Workstation offers a vivid 17.3-inch diagonal optional HP DreamColor display for a consistent color experience throughout a workflow. The HP ZBook 15 G2 and ZBook 17 G2 mobile workstations are expected to be ...

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At WPC earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that there will be number of really affordable Windows laptops coming to the market to compete with Google Chromebooks. They even revealed that one such device from HP will sell for just $199. Today, HP officially announced the product and it turns out to be coming to market with a higher price tag. HP will start selling HP Stream Windows laptop for $299 starting September 24th. This device comes with 14-inch 1,366 x 768 display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of local storage and AMD A4 Micro processor which enable fanless design. It also includes a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port and microSD slot for expanding the storage. To make the deal better, Microsoft is giving away 100GB of OneDrive storage of two years. ...

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It was revealed today that Steve Ballmer himself wrote the famous Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error message. During this time period, Steve Ballmer was head of the Systems Division, and he paid a visit to the Windows team to see what they were up to, as is the wont of many executives.¹ When they showed him the Ctrl+Alt+Del feature, he nodded thoughtfully and added, “This is nice, but I don’t like the text of the message. It doesn’t sound right to me.” “Okay, Steve. If you think you can do a better job, then go for it.” Unlike some other executive, Steve took up the challenge, and a few days later, he emailed what he thought the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen should say. The text he came up with was actually quite good, and it went into the product pretty much word for word. via: Expert Reviews ...

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Big things are happening in the world of #Windows. Stay tuned. #IFA2014 pic.twitter.com/KiNWfivTxG — Windows (@Windows) September 3, 2014 The official Windows Twitter account today posted a teaser that “Big things are happening in the world of Windows” at IFA. See the tweet above. We already know that Microsoft is going to reveal couple of Windows Phone devices Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 tomorrow. But this teaser doesn’t look like it is related to Lumia announcement. What other things Microsoft could announce at IFA? Windows 9 Technical Preview release date might be announced or even providing a glimpse of it. What’s your guess? Microsoft’s partners today announced lots of new Windows devices at IFA, find the links to our coverage on them below. Lenovo Announces Y70 Touch, A 17-inch Gaming Laptop Lenovo Announces ERAZER X315, Affordable Desktop Gaming PCs Toshiba Announces Encore Mini 7-inch Windows Tablet, Costs Just $120 Acer ...

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Gameloft has released their Order & Chaos Duels for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This game features nearly 300 gorgeous cards to collect, reflecting the artistic direction of Order & Chaos, quests & adventures to fight against evil and free the world of Haradon and more. Description: Rediscover the Order & Chaos universe in this FREE collectible trading card game (TCG) that lets you battle evil forces on many adventures or fight against real players for leaderboard supremacy. The ancient demonic spirit Zepar and his Corruption have returned to use the world as their twisted, wicked playground once again. Create your great hero, the Card Dueler, and embody the world’s only hope! » Nearly 300 gorgeous cards to collect, with all the heroic fantasy-art style of the Order & Chaos games (MMORPG & MOBA) » Fast & accessible duels on the go with spectacular special magic effects for the ...

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At IFA, Haier announced its 8-inch Windows tablet called the HaierPad W81. This tablet has a metallic looking body with just 8.5mm thickness, which will make it one of the slimmest Windows tablets on the market. It comes with a standard 8-inch Windows tablet specs of 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, IPS HD screen, Intel Quad-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, micro HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card slot and Office 365 pre-installed. The HaierPad W81 will be available in Europe later this year for 199 Euros(262 USD). ...

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At IFA, Lenovo announced two new high-performance gaming PCs: the Y70 Touch, Lenovo’s first 17-inch touch laptop with the latest processor and graphics technology for HD gaming, and the ERAZER X315, Lenovo’s latest affordable desktop gaming PCs. Y70 does not compete with the latest Razer and MSI gaming laptops, but it offers high-end specs on affordable pricing. Y70 Touch: Extreme Performance for HD Gaming The Lenovo Y70 Touch comes with an up to 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and powerful NVIDIA GTX graphics, making it ideal for heavy entertainment use and HD gaming. At 17 inches, the Y70 Touch is Lenovo’s largest touchscreen laptop, opening up a whole new level of interaction for video editing, social sharing and gaming. The Y70 delivers a fantastic audio and visual experience, with a FHD display that brings movies and games to life with enhanced color, clarity and resolution. Its JBL®-designed stereo speakers ...

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Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that included the following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. While many of us had no issues after downloading and installing it, ...

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