Review Category : Windows

AdDuplex today published their report on Windows tablet market based on the data collected from almost 800 apps in the Windows Store. Microsoft Surface RT is the most used device among all Windows 8 devices and it is ahead of Surface 2 by a huge margin. Surface RT is still the most popular device to run Windows Store apps by a huge margin. That said, Surface 2 has still a long way to go to catch up with it’s older sibling, but it has moved from number 4 to 2 in less than 2 months. Surface Pro 2 has entered the top-10 too. So all of the Surfaces are now represented in the top-10. Among Microsoft devices, Surface RT is more than 75% of the devices, while Surface 2 and Surface Pro are in the 2nd and 3rd positions. Among the Windows 8 OEMs, Microsoft is the No.1 OEM with ...

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Asus VivoTab Windows tablet features a 11.6″ HD Super IPS+ panel with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, multi-touch display. It has a ultra-slim and light (0.1″ thin and 1.5lbs light) with metallic finish design running Windows 8. It includes 2MP front camera and 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment. Also, you can buy optional Docking station (sold separately) with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 5 hours of battery life, to instantly turn the VivoTab into PC mode with up to 15 hours of battery life. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 64GB in-built memory. One of the key highlights of this tablet is the Wacom digitizer stylus technology that offers high-precision stylus input and a more natural writing experience. This device is now on sale at Amazon for just $379, a $420 off ...

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A Microsoft Research project titled ‘Great Inking’ became public on the web recently. It reveals that Microsoft has formed a cross-division inking team that will devise a unified inking strategy for Microsoft. The project has revealed no.of upcoming Office touch UI for Windows. You can see the Excel UI in the image above. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking features. Check out Outlook and Word Touch UI below. Source: WalkingCat ...

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Microsoft revealed Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone devices at BUILD developer conference. During a Reddit session, Joe hinted that Cortana may come to Windows devices too. As Microsoft has intentionally built Cortana to scale out to all the different domains, the goal is to support all types of human interaction—whether it’s speech, text, or gestures—across domains of information and function and make it as easy as a natural conversation. So, we can expect Cortana on Windows in the future. A recent Microsoft job listing has confirmed the same. It says that they need people to help them redefine the personalization experience on Windows using Cortana. Do you want to be part of the team that is building the next generation of Cortana? We are looking for strong and motivated developers to help shape the Evolution of the next generation of Microsoft’s Digital Assistant – Cortana! The landscape of digital ...

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Popular push-to-talk service Voxer has now released a desktop app for Windows users. Voxer for Windows desktop allows you to get everything you love about Voxer Business on your PC – live and recorded voice, text and photos at your fingertips on a desktop. For example, you can listen and respond to multiple conversations on one screen, hear live audio as it comes in, click to talk back, monitor and dispatch employees at your organization and more. Features: Access multiple chats at the same time: Desktop users can have multiple chats open on one screen and listen and view messages simultaneously. Listen to live messages concurrently: Users can hear live messages as they are received, and with multiple chats open. These live messages can play at the same time, creating a walkie-talkie type feel but with multiple conversations. Download messages onto the desktop: With Voxer Windows Desktop, users can download ...

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Summer break is just around the corner! And many parents struggle to come up with ways to keep their kids learning and engaged with fun activities throughout the summer months. Microsoft has now offered an help to all such parents by announcing several programs, classes and opportunities to continue the learning and fun after the schools get over this season. As part of Microsoft YouthSpark program, Microsoft is organizing YouthSpark Summer Camps for kids at your local Microsoft retail store. These camps include activities such as Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Designing where students will learn how to build, publish and bring mobile games to life. In addition, Smart Movie Making and Smart Photo Taking offers students a chance to produce and design movies and images. Calling all campers Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) ...

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On the second Tuesday of each month, Microsoft releases updates for Windows and other products like Office through Windows Update (WU), Microsoft Update (MU), and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). This is often referred to as “Update Tuesday” or “Patch Tuesday”. Microsoft delivers most of the security updates via this process to most of its products including Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and other. Since Microsoft has officially ended the support for Windows XP last month, they highlighted today that last month’s Update Tuesday on April 8th is the last “Update Tuesday” and Windows XP is no longer receiving updates. So what does this mean if you’re still running Windows XP (click here to see if you are running Windows XP if you are not sure)? With today’s Update Tuesday, if you are still on Windows XP you will not receive any security or non-security updates through Windows Update or Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today added no.of new themes and wallpapers to Windows personalization gallery. There is a new Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare to celebrate the launch of the game on Windows. Introduce the colorful combatants of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare to your desktop with our new theme, in anticipation of the game’s Windows release on June 24. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare released on Xbox One in February. Another recent game launch was Ubisoft’s eagerly awaited Child of Light, which came to the Windows Store on April 30. I particularly love this title’s artwork, so I’m thrilled to be able to bring you a theme featuring some of its gorgeous environmental and concept paintings. The rest of our new themes are photographic, and feature the works of our community of contributors. Community Showcase Aqua 2 is a sequel to the popular Community Showcase: Aqua theme, and contains images of water ...

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As part of Amazon’s Deal of the day promotions, you can upgrade your PC or laptop with Logitech’s best-selling programmable and wireless accessories, like the Performance Mouse MX, Illuminated Keyboard K800, and more. For example, you can get Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 which offers Full HD 1080p video calls for just $49 as opposed to $99. Check it out here from Amazon: 63% Off Select Logitech Mice, Keyboards, Speakers, Headsets, and More   ...

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  According to the recent data from Synergy Research Group, Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure grew by over 154% YoY which is almost 2.3 times faster than Amazon Web Services which recorded 67% growth. Amazon is still the cloud infrastructure business leader with 27% market share which is more than all the next 5 five competitors combined. IBM, Salesforce and Google are trailing behind Microsoft(8%) in which IBM, Salesforce, and Google, have 6.5%, 6%, and 4.5% share of the market, respectively. AWS has been forcing the cloud market to slash their margin every other quarter. Microsoft has been forced to reduce the price of their services in an effort to match the prices of Amazon. Given Microsoft’s strong brand among the enterprise, Microsoft is positioned better to compete against Amazon than anyone else. Microsoft Azure made price cuts that matched AWS’ cuts in many categories, and exceeded it in several others. The software giant chopped computing prices by ...

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Along with the release of Windows Phone version, Microsoft has also released the new Xbox LIVE enabled Wordament Snap Attack game in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Wordament Snap Attack® is a brand-new, fast-paced word-building tournament that challenges your brain in 2 1/2-minute rounds. Players from around the world compete on the same board, using the same clock, making as many Snaps as possible. At the end of each round, a real-time leaderboard shows how all participants ranked by score. In Wordament Snap Attack, score points by building words with colored movable letter tiles that connect to fixed black letter tiles on the game board. Snaps are valid words that can be read from left to right or top to bottom. The more tiles a Snap includes, the more points it’s worth. Wordament Snap Attack tracks your progress by maintaining rich statistics about your gameplay, including your best ...

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Xbox Music app just got updated in Windows Store. This update brings some improvements to UI and UX of the app. One of the most annoying design element has been changed, the shuffle and repeat icons now appear directly on the playback bar. Read all the changes below. Key updates include: When there’s enough room, the shuffle and repeat icons appear directly on the playback bar – no more need to dig in a pesky menu! You can now grab the folder path for songs in collection (select one and choose Properties) so you can find them quickly in File Explorer It’s easier to tell what’s playable when you’re offline and what isn’t – particularly on an artist page! With a child account it’s more clear when content is explicit and can’t be played Download Xbox Music app here from Windows Store for free. To see which features are available ...

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A class action complaint was filed against Google yesterday for using secret deals by exploiting their Android monopoly by forcing smartphone OEMs such as Samsung and others to make Google search engine the default choice on their mobile devices. The lawsuit claims that this move by Google harms consumers by making the devices cost more. Because, Apple receives over billion dollar from Google for making Google as the default search engine. If any Android OEM wants to make similar deal with Microsoft or Yahoo for making default search engine, they will lose access to Google Apps and Google Play Store in Android. Under the secret MADA’s, device makers must allegedly include all of the following applications: Set-up Wizard, Google Phone-top Search, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Maps for Mobile, Google Street View, Contact Sync, Android Market Client (not products downloaded from Android Market), Google Voice Search, and Network Location ...

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IDC today released worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 shipments number. Total shipment is now down to 50.4 million units in the Q1 2014, this is decline of -35.7% from the holiday quarter and just 3.9% growth over the same period a year ago. IDC expects even more challenging year ahead for this category. So, What’s going wrong for tablets? There are two main factors. First, there is a huge rise in Phablet form factor which serves both as a phone and tablet to users. Second, the upgrade cycle for tablet owners are longer than expected. Tom Mainelli, IDC Program Vice President, Devices and Displays said, “In addition, commercial growth has not been robust enough to offset the slowing of consumer shipments.” Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 market, shipping 16.4 million units. That’s down from 26.0 million units in the previous quarter and well below its total ...

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In an interview to GigaOM, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth praised Microsoft’s Cloud service Azure for treating Linux as a first class citizen in the product. Also, he pointed out that Microsoft Azure might be the service that might give Amazon Web Services a run for its money in the future. “I have never had an experience engaging with the Microsoft cloud guys where I felt that they saw Linux as a second-class citizen. I think they have an undeniable institutional prerogative to make Windows a great experience and to convince people that it’s going to be the right platform for themselves. But I think the Azure team saw straightforwardly that if they wanted people to trust them in moving their data centers into Microsoft’s data center, then they had to be able to move everything — and a lot of that was going to be Linux.” And, he added, “The ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to its Windows Intune service to add support for Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Knox devices. The previous update provided the ability to deploy and remove email profiles on mobile devices, data protection configuration settings for devices running iOS 7, and the ability to remotely lock or reset a device’s PIN. Today we are rolling out an update to Windows Intune which will provide support for Windows Phone 8.1 as well support for Samsung Galaxy devices supported with the KNOX platform. For Windows Phone 8.1, there are additional device configuration settings, software installation (sideloading) enhancements, selective wipe, support for Web Authentication Broker (WAB) enrollment, and automatic MDM certificate renewal. For Samsung devices which support KNOX, we now support device configuration settings directly through KNOX Standard (formerly Samsung SAFE) as well as through Exchange ActiveSync.   The configuration settings are the same today, and we’re working on releasing ...

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