Review Category : Windows

Earlier today we reported that Microsoft is preparing for the next version of its security program for Windows, Security Essentials 3. The beta invitations were sent out the early beta testers of previous versions and now you can also sign up for the beta. New features in the Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include: Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation – The Beta will clean high-impact malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction. Enhanced performance – The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t negatively impacted. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use. New and improved protection engine – The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities. You can sign up here. ...

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Today Microsoft sent out beta invitations to previous MSE beta testers for trying out its upcoming version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Here is the invitation message from Microsoft, Greetings from Microsoft Connect! Thank you so much for being a part of the Microsoft Security Essentials v2 Beta.  You have indicated that you are interested in receiving invites for Connect programs from Microsoft, so we would like to invite you toparticipate in theMicrosoft Security Essentials Public Beta program on Microsoft Connect. This program is for the newest Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials which has the latest protection features. Be one of the select few who get access to this Beta release by signing up now to reserve your spot! You can check at Microsoft Connect whether you have your spot in this beta program or not. ...

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Today Microsoft and Samsung announced that Surface 2.0 aka Samsung SUR40 will be available for pre-order in 23 countries. The Samsung SUR40 with PixelSense technology makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display. Recognizing up to 50 points of simultaneous touch, including fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen. Microsoft Surface 2.0 won the award for the Best of What’s New 2011 from PopSci magazine. You can find more details to order this system here. Regarding Surface availability and current usages, read here. Find the Surface 2.0 brochure here.   ...

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Today Microsoft Skype announced that you will be able to initiate a video call to your Facebook friend from your Skype client. Initiating a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype is quite easy; all you need to do is connect your Skype and Facebook accounts. Then, select a Facebook friend and hit the video call button in Skype- your friend simply picks up the call from Facebook. This new feature lets you maintain social connections with your Facebook friends and compliments previously announced features such as being able to see when your Facebook friends are online, read their status updates and IM them all from Skype. Apart from video calling, Skype is also bringing screen sharing feature to its premium customers on Windows platform. More on this here. ...

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We all know Intel is “all in” about bringing Ultrabooks to mainstream. They even announced the Ultrabook fund of $300 million to bring down the cost of Ultrabooks that would enable volume shipments. At an Intel conference yesterday, CEO Paul Otellini said that Touch based Ultrabooks based on Windows 8 will be a main focus for Intel next year. “To do that, we have to get touch to a lower cost. This is particularly important, as we move to the launch of Windows 8. The iPad and the iPhone have made touch a paradigm,” he said. Windows 8 in 2012 will usher in touch-based “ultrabooks,” as Intel calls the form factor. “Starting with Windows 8, you have a mainstream operating system incorporating touch. Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they’re going to want to touch it. If the screen ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Windows  update mechanism in Windows 8. Usually we will get notifications from Windows that an update is available, once we click to install it, it will ask for restart after some process. If we postpone it, it will remind us after some time, we have to deal with it every time. In Windows 8, Microsoft has streamlined the experience which will be less annoying and cumbersome. Here is the timeline of what will happen in Windows 8 for updates, 1. A message about the upcoming restart is shown in the login screen for three days or until the PC is restarted (whichever is sooner). This means you now have three days to restart the PC at your convenience. All you need to do is see the login screen once in 3 days to see the message about the upcoming restart and by default the lock screen ...

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Microsoft today revealed the information about v.Next of Windows Embedded Family of products. Windows Embedded family of products powers devices such as point of service (POS) terminals, in-car infotainment, medical equipment and even bar-top game machines. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will support the ARM architecture, and Windows Embedded Compact will continue to provide a proven, real-time operating system and a full tools suite for a streamlined development experience on small-footprint, specialized devices. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will deliver technologies for customized, rich user interfaces, enhanced always-on connectivity, and all of the management and security functionality provided by Windows 8. There are several versions of Windows in the Windows Embedded family, so you can check for more detailed information about each from Microsoft here. ...

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Today Intel and MasterCard announced their new collaboration in providing simple & secured payment solution for consumers. Their new solution will replace our old way of making payment online by typing our 16 digit credit card number, expiry date, etc,. You just need to tap your credit card  on the ultrabook, after that payment can be done in few clicks. Its that easy ! !  ! The two companies are working together to optimize a variety of emerging payments technologies, including MasterCard’s PayPass® and Intel® Identity Protection Technology (IPT). Intel® Identity Protection Technology can enable consumers to use strong two-factor authentication and hardware-based display protection. This provides increased online security against malware. Additionally, when used with an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled reader, consumers will be able to pay for online purchases with a simple tap of their PayPass-enabled card, tag, or smart phone on an Ultrabook device. If all goes well, Windows ...

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Lenovo is planning to launch a new ThinkPad model called X1 Hybrid that can boot both Windows 7 and an instant media mode. Booting the ThinkPad in instant media mode allows you to instant-on, browse the internet or consume video with double the battery life of about 10 hours. Lenovo is planning to deliver this feature as an update to existing X1 owners as well. Also Lenovo is expecting Microsoft to complete Windows 8 by Fall 2012 and planning to introduce notebooks and tablets based on Windows 8 along with Intel’s new Chief River Processors / Ivy Bridge Platform. Source: Lenovo via: Engadget  ...

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In a media briefing in Seoul, Uhm Kyu Ho, head of sales and marketing at Samsung’s personal-computer business has confirmed that Samsung will start selling Windows 8 tablets in second half of 2012. The first device will be modified version of the Samsung Series 7 slate. You can take a look at the Samsung Series 7 slate in the video below. Video from The Verge.   ...

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As part of Building Windows 8 blog series, Microsoft detailed the power consumption in Windows 8. Power consumption has become an important part of Operating systems as the hardware running is becoming more and more mobile. Its also important to reduce carbon footprint by consuming power in efficient manner. Microsoft had the following goals in mind when designing Windows 8, Let the hardware shine. We built Windows 8 such that the power efficiency of the hardware platform shines through, regardless of whether the system is a SoC-based Windows tablet or an SLI-equipped gaming PC. We designed our power management interfaces in a consistent, standardized way across all platforms. This allows our hardware partners and application developers to focus on their unique innovations and experiences instead of the differences in platform hardware and power management. Continue to deliver great battery life. Windows 7 delivered a significant reduction in power consumption and increase in ...

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Today Synaptics showed some of the work it has been doing on Windows 8 touchpad experience. Looking at it, I’ve to say its amazing and handy. Take a look at the video above. Press Release: AIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, will be displaying its latest Series 7 ClearPad™ and ClickPad™ solutions targeted for Microsoft Windows 8 during the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit from November 8-10 inTaipei.  One of three official co-engineering partners for the touch interface in Windows 8, Synaptics provides industry leading system level engineering knowledge, combined with its broad portfolio of touch technology, to enhance the touch user experience for Windows 8. Synaptics ClearPad Series 7 recently received a perfect score on Microsoft’s official qualification scorecard for both x86 (HID-USB) and ARM (HID-I2C) based implementations.  In a private suite at the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit ...

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The above one is a new commercial in the series of "Its great time to be a family" ads from Microsoft. It was aired in TV channels in India during their Diwali festivals a week ago. Another ad in this series which became so famous is the grocery list sharing among the family across devices. Many users who didn’t know about such feature wondered how to use it. Microsoft has posted a video explaining the same. Watch is below. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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Adding further endorsement to using the Kinect sensor to develop for Windows, Microsoft has launched their Kinect for Windows Website. The site provides a central location for tool downloads, developer resources, and documentation for the sensor, and encourages students, educators and scientists to take up the challenge of bringing projects using the sensor to life. Read more at KinectforWindows.org ...

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HP today announced the successor to HP Slate device called HP Slate 2. HP Slate 2 similar to its predecessor with few changes. It will cost from $699. The Slate 2 Tablet PC has a 1024 x 600-resolution, 8.9-inch N-Trig panel, an included stylus, and runs Windows 7. HP has refreshed it with a new Intel Atom Oak Trail Z670 processor, a faster 64GB mSATA drive, and a Swype keyboard. Other changes include an always-exciting TPM chip for security, a new Bluetooth keyboard dock, and a flat black cover, rather than the grey textured one on the original. Product description from The Verge. Press Release: HP Introduces Multitouch Slate Tablet PC for Business PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 3, 2011 – HP today announced the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC with expanded touch capabilities, enhanced multitasking performance and embedded security, providing added flexibility to mobile business users. The company also announced ...

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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 Live Tiles support in Windows 8. Similar to Windows Phones, Windows 8 will include support for push notifications in Metro Style apps. Microsoft had the following things in mind when developing this feature in Windows 8, Allow hundreds of live tiles without degrading performance Go beyond balloons, badges and text, with beautiful images Make it easy for developers so they can just “fire and forget” Achieve real-time delivery so delivering “instant messages” is instant. You can read more on this here. ...

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