Review Category : Windows

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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Acer chairman JT Wang commenting on Apple’s momentum in iOS devices said that Microsoft will re-rise to answer consumer demands, Digitimes reported. He also added that they welcome HP’s  decision to stay in PC market which will help expand the market share of Microsoft Windows to better compete against Apple. However, in the next two years, Wang estimates that the camp of Microsoft will re-rise as Microsoft is answering consumer demands. In the past, Microsoft has been adding unnecessary functions to its operating system even after consumers already objected such moves, but as Microsoft has already started seeing its problems and will implement changes into Windows 8, Taiwan’s PC supply chain should benefit in the future, Wang added. Hope it happens soon.. Read more at Digitimes. ...

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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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