Review Category : Windows

As you all know, Chinese government has started an anti-trust investigation against Microsoft’s business practices in China. Hundreds of Chinese government officials conducted raids to Microsoft offices in China to investigate this issue. Today, Chinese government agency SAIC (State Administration for Industry and Commerce) has announced that they have given 20 days for Microsoft to respond to their allegations. They believe that Microsoft didn’t provide enough information regarding Microsoft Windows and Office that lead to compatibility issues for consumers. Microsoft responded to this development that they are serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns. Source: SAIC via: Reuters, TNW ...

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Intel yesterday revealed its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named “Haswell-E,” targeted at enthusiasts, gamers and content creators who demand most from their PCs. It is the first processor supporting 16 computing threads and new DDR4 memory will enable some of the fastest desktop systems ever seen. The new enhanced Intel X99 Chipset and robust overclocking capabilities will allow enthusiasts to tune their systems for maximum performance. The eight-core, 16-thread Intel® Core™ processor Extreme Edition is Intel’s first eight-core client processor. This platform offers massive 16-thread performance and quad-channel memory for content creation, gaming and multitasking. Combined with the new Intel® X99 Chipset, this is the first Intel desktop platform to support DDR4 memory. Additional six-core unlocked enthusiast desktop SKUs also announced. Read the full press release here. ...

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Microsoft is continuously updating Windows Intune service every month. This month, Microsoft is adding Email Profile Provisioning support for Windows Phone and iOS devices. Also, they have added mobile policy support for Windows 8/8.1 devices. iOS and Windows Phone 8/8.1 Email Profile Provisioning for Windows Intune Email Profile Provisioning allows you to provision devices with email profiles and restrictions by using Exchange ActiveSync, thereby enabling your users to access corporate email on their devices with minimal setup required on their part. This feature will be made available to customers using the Windows Intune standalone service and is already available to customers using Windows Intune with Configuration Manager. You can read more about Email Profile Provisioning here. Mobile Policy Support for Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer for Windows 8.1/8.1 RT Enterprise Mode is a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update. It enables the rendering of websites using a ...

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Archos has recently announced a ultra-cheap Windows tablet which will cost only $149. For $149, you will get 8-inch HD display, Intel Quad-core processor and it runs on Windows 8.1. Archos didn’t reveal any other details on this tablet. However, it is expected to feature 1GB RAM, 2MP cameras and mono speakers. Archos is just one of the many Windows tablets that will come for dirt cheap prices this holiday season. Are you looking forward to buy these Windows devices? ...

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Microsoft today updated the Xbox One SmartGlass app for Android, iOS and Windows devices. With this new update, you can share and post activity feed items, display messages in conversations view, record game clips and more. Find the full list of new features below, What’s new: • Share and post activity feed items • Post status updates to your activity feed • See your activity feed on your profile • Display messages in a new conversations view • Record game clips • In-app display of release and feature notes • Expanding to new markets • TV and OneGuide available in new markets Download it from the below links, Xbox One SmartGlass – iOS Xbox One SmartGlass – Android Xbox One SmartGlass – Windows Store ...

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Microsoft recently pulled security bulletin MS14-045 due to issues affecting a small number of users. In addition to releasing security updates alone, Microsoft decided to include more of our non-security updates together with our security updates and begin the global release to customers on the second Tuesday of each month. This caused issues to some users who updated their devices. This month we had our first roll out with additional non-security updates. A small number of customers experienced problems with a few of the updates. As soon as we became aware of some problems, we began a review and then immediately pulled the problematic updates, making these unavailable to download. We then began working on a plan to rerelease the affected updates. Today, we rereleased Security Bulletin MS14-045 to address kernel-mode driver issues, which you can learn more about through a review of the information contained here. We encourage customers ...

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Microsoft recently announced that from September, they will make available the new service tiers for Azure SQL Database, their database-as-a-service that gives customers greater price performance and business continuity for cloud apps. They are reducing the service tier prices from previously-announced rates, introducing a new performance level and offering hourly billing. Find the details on new service tiers, Details are below. Premium and Standard price reductions:  Final pricing will reflect up to 50% savings from previously-published pricing.  Updated pricing will help more customers benefit from higher performance and greater business continuity. New S0 performance level:  Within the Standard service tier, we will offer a new S0 performance level.  This new lower cost entry point will enable more customers to benefit from the features in the Standard tier. Performance levels provide a defined level of throughput that can be easily dialed up or down, based on performance demands. Hourly billing:  Azure SQL Database ...

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After releasing Chrome 64-bit in developer and canary channels, Google has released Chrome 64-bit as a stable release. This new 64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security over 32-bit version. Based on their measurements, a native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of their graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. Stability measurements from people opted into our Canary, Dev and Beta 64-bit channels confirm that 64-bit rendering engines are almost twice as stable as 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. Finally, on 64-bit, our defense in depth security mitigations such as Partition Alloc are able to far more effectively defend against vulnerabilities that rely on controlling the memory layout of objects. At this point 64-bit will remain opt-in, so to take advantage of the improvements click on ...

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With the aim of bringing more people online, Microsoft is now offering free PCs with Windows and Office pre-installed to TalkTalk broadband customers. The offer is part of Microsoft’s Digital Inclusion Scheme (Go ON UK) offered through a dedicated website called getonline@home. The package is SimplyBroadband which carries a 12-month contract, provides up to 16mbps download speed and doesn’t have any limits. However, once you factor in the line rental for a year as well as equipment costs, the total cost of ownership for the first year shoots to £217.40 or just over £18. Since it is a free PC, don’t expect any top of the line specs. It is a refurbished dual-core model with an 80GB hard disk drive, a new keyboard and mouse, running Windows 7, a flat screen display and an optical drive. There is also an option to upgrade to a refurbished laptop as well. Read more ...

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Microsoft offices in China were raided in the last week of July by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software. Today, a Chinese antitrust regulator said that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on Microsoft software in China. A Chinese antitrust regulator said on Tuesday that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on the software it distributes in China, including information on sales of its media player and web browser software. Microsoft has expressed willingness to cooperate with ongoing investigations, Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and ...

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Microsoft retail stores and MicrosoftStore.com today said that they will be delivering the choice value and service for customers this back-to-school season by offering students an online flash sale only available at MicrosoftStore.com for the Acer Aspire E-15. Acer Aspire E-15 will be on sale for just $199, down from its regular price of $249. Key Specs: 15.6 in HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366 x 768) Intel Celeron N2830 CPU 4GB memory/500GB HDD Up to 4.5 hours battery life Acer Crystal Eye webcam Windows 8.1 with Bing, 64-bit This deal will be offered only on Friday, Aug. 29 while supplies last. Order it from the link below, Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 Signature Edition Laptop – $224 ...

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Reuters today reported that China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on US companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. Due to the mutual suspicions between China and the United States over hacking are among the main reasons for this action. Recently, revelations by Edward Snowden revealed that U.S. intelligence planted “backdoor” surveillance tools on U.S.-made hardware. This made China uncomfortable in using US based technology products. This homegrown OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices. “We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China’s technology and that of developed countries, he added. He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years ...

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Neowin today reported some new information on the upcoming Windows 9 preview release. First of all, Microsoft is planning to call it  as ‘Windows 9 Technical Preview’. And the current internal builds of Windows 9 Technical Preview includes a new feature that will allow you to upgrade your OS with a single click. This new feature is built into Windows Update section where you can go from build 9xxx to 9yyy without complete reinstallation of the OS. Neowin commented the following on this feature, We must stress that this feature is built into internal releases of the Technical Preview and could be pulled before it is released to the public… but the feature is fully built out, meaning that it is integrated into the UI and it is a native part of Windows. So, knowing this, it seems logical that it will make its way into the public preview. The best part, per ...

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Microsoft today released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview which includes more than 200 improvements to the core SDK. It also includes Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. The updated SDK also includes substantial improvements in the tooling, specifically around Visual Gesture Builder (VGB) and Kinect Studio, and it offers 10 new samples (such as Discrete Gestures Basics, Face, and HD Face Basics) to get you coding faster. All of this adds up to a substantially more stable, more feature-rich product that lets you to get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. As you already know the SDK is free and there will be no fees ...

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In a recent email promotion sent to consumers, HP is promoting its PCs with the line “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” Also, several Windows 7 PCs are still on sale at HP’s website. This is not the first time HP was found to be actively marketing 5 year old OS. Earlier this year, HP started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs with a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand.” At the time HP clarified that they are trying to give choice to the customers, Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that’s right for them. Do ...

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