Review Category : Windows

We already saw at BUILD conference that Windows 8 will provide variety of soft keyboards for users to type on their touch screens. One of the most ergonomic way to type is to use the new split keyboard in Windows 8. Today winunleaked posted some screen-shots from the recent Windows 8 beta builds  showing an option to select different sizes of split keyboard in Windows 8. This is a nice little addition to enjoy ! ! Source: Winunleaked ...

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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 Last week Microsoft detailed the new Picture password mechanism for unlocking in Windows 8. There were many comments on the security aspect of this new nifty feature. So Microsoft today followed up with an another blog post detailing more on the security of this new picture password mechanism. You can read more on this at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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We all know that  Microsoft is set to deliver the Windows 8 Beta build in February. But some pre-beta builds of Windows 8 are circling around the internet revealing more information on Windows 8. The latest one is from win8china.com which shows the intial setup process of Windows 8 and the new theme picker screen. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has given us the choice between some dark colors.  You can see more screenshots over at Win8china. ...

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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 its Picture password feature in Windows 8. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. Recently Google introduced a new feature to unlock android phones using face detection in the phone. It was later revealed that the device unlocks even for the photo of the phone owner which is pretty lame ! ! This is how Picture password in Windows 8 works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it ...

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Today Microsoft made a great announcement that they are going to automatically upgrade all the Internet Explorer to the latest version in all versions of Windows. This is a huge news for developers who are waiting for older versions of Internet Explorer to get upgraded. Consumers are also going to benefit from this move since they will stay with the latest browser version which will be more faster, secure,etc, without their intervention. Microsoft has also allowed enterprise to block this update if they want. Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take ...

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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  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the digital identity management improvements that’s coming with Windows 8. Everyday we use handful of websites that leads us to maintain atleast 10 different username/password combinations. There are efforts to reduce this overhead such as Facebook login API, OpenID, Windows Live ID API, etc,. But Windows 8 is trying to solve this problem in a different way that is more secure than the other online identity provider’s attempts. Windows 8 will allow you to store your username and passwords in a secure manner. The first is by providing a way to automatically store and retrieve multiple account names and passwords for all the websites and applications you use, and do so in a protected manner. Internet Explorer 10 uses ...

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Just yesterday we saw some screenshots of Windows Store on Windows 8. Today Windowsunleaked has posted screenshots of the Music player app for Windows 8. The new music player is metro-styled, simple and supports album, songs pinning, etc,. There are options to buy Music as well. I think this will be a lightweight alternative for Windows Media Player in Classic Windows 8 Desktop that can be used while we are in Metro mode. More screenshots at Winunleaked.tk ...

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Nokia sold its Qt commercial business to a Finish company called Digia. Digia is now developing and selling Qt commercial license to companies around the world. Even though the existing Qt apps works fine on Windows 8 Desktop mode, Digia is now working on bringing Qt dev framework to develop Windows 8 Metro Style apps. The upcoming Windows 8 release is expected to bring a large amount of different kinds of tablet devices into the market. These devices are typically equipped with desktop-like capabilities, and can basically run all today’s existing Windows applications. Digia has been testing Qt Commercial with the Windows 8 Developer Preview, and both Qt C++ and Qt Quick applications work nicely. There were no modifications needed to make them run just like they do on Windows 7. However, in order to maximally benefit from the new things in Windows 8, the Metro style needs to be ...

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Last week Microsoft detailed the Windows Store on Windows 8 at an event held in USA. There are more left in Windows Store to be revealed such as the app download management, app search in Windows Store, etc,. Winunleaked today posted two images showing app download page and best apps page. They also revealed that Windows Store now works with public Windows Live ID and doesn’t require internal domain anymore. More images at winunleaked. ...

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Microsoft recently updated their Windows Azure portal. The new redesigned website is clean, simple and easy to navigate. For example, under pricing tab you can now calculate total Windows Azure pricing including storage db, data transfer,etc, by dragging the sliders of various services. Give the new website a try at Windowsazure.com. ...

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Microsoft was testing a tool called Standalone System Sweeper Beta, a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC. Now the product has crossed the testing phase and entered into beta phase with new branding. Its now called Windows Defender Offline. It almost does the same job with new UI and branding. You can download it here. ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched a new service called Answer Desk. Answer Desk is a premium service provided by Microsoft to give you the most convenient, friendly and easy way to get the most out of your PC. Answer Desk Answer Techs are trained to diagnose and troubleshoot your Microsoft software related issues. Answer Techs are also knowledgeable to train you in Microsoft’s latest software, such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. Our Answer Techs will take care of your technology needs as quickly and easily as possible, so you can get back to our life. The charges for the premium support seems to be very high. For example for one hour personal training on software,  you need to pay $49. For advanced PC Tune up you have to pay $99. For virus removal, you have to pay $99. For more details visit, http://www.answerdesk.com. via: Fusible, The Next Web ...

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Today Microsoft released its technical preview version advertising SDK  for Windows 8 Metro apps. Yesterday, Microsoft detailed its Windows Store plans and discussed about app monetization in Windows Store. Ad-based apps are one of the business models that Microsoft is promoting and assured that it will support not only its Microsoft Advertising network but also other ad networks. Microsoft Advertising will be working with the top advertisers in the industry to ensure not only beautiful immersive experiences as you can see above in the image but also demand for traditional IAB standard display and Text ad formats. You can download and install the SDK from here. Source: Microsoft Advertising ...

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 Today Microsoft started a new blog dedicated to Windows Store developers. In the first post of the blog, Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store detailed the Windows Store design, business model, app discovery, etc,. Summary of his information on Windows Store: Discovery and Design: Windows Store provided a series of way-finding and promotion mechanisms—search, category browse, ranking lists, editorial curation — to help people find great apps. Windows Store in Metro Styled with no chrome that lets apps shine in the marketplace. The Store app catalog will be indexed by search engines. We also support direct linking to app webpages. There will web version of the app listing, which Microsoft will publish based on the same content provided for the Store app listing.  With just a line of markup, developers can promote their apps on Websites. Reach and Internationalization: There are number of market-specific catalogs, tailored for those customers, and ...

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Microsoft today announced a contest for developers building Windows 8 Metro Apps. The First Apps contest will select eight winning apps to be the very first apps in the Windows Store when it opens. This is your chance to show off your great app and to be part of an exclusive group of developers invited to participate in the Store when it first opens. The winning developers will also get some goodies to help them build even better apps: A Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC from the BUILD conference, so you can test your apps with touch and sensors One year of Windows Azure, so you can build apps that feel connected and alive A two-year subscription to the Store, so you can continue to update and improve your app You can find more details about this contest at http://www.buildwindowscontest.com/  ...

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