Review Category : Windows

New numbers from Net Applications for the month of June show growing OS market for Windows 7 and Windows XP while Windows 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 50% marketshare (50.55 percent in June), up from 50.06 percent in May. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.54% down from 12.64% last month. Windows XP saw a slight increase to 25.31% down from 25.27% last month. Mac OSX 10.9 currently holds a 3.95% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 2.95%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. Source: ...

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Sony announced plans in February to sell its VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners. The new company will be called Vaio Corporation and it was launched today with new product announcements. Vaio Corporation will initially sell Vaio devices only in Japan. Today, they announced Vaio Pro 11 and Vaio Fit Windows laptops at an event in Japan. CEO Takayuki Sekitori said that his new company will maintain the VAIO DNA and attention to detail in the upcoming products. Visit for VAIO website more details on their products. Source: Engadget ...

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Just few hours back, we reported about Microsoft’s upcoming plans for Windows 9/Threshold. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing of Modern UI apps. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet confirmed the above details from her own sources and also revealed that the combined Phone/Tablet SKU of Threshold won’t have a classic desktop environment at all and obviously it will work on ARM-based Lumia phones, ARM-based and Intel Atom based Windows tablets. Another major information which was buried in her post is regarding the Windows Threshold availability. She reported ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. We recently reported about a rumor in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Today, Neowin reported the same as per information from their sources. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing ...

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America’s second largest school district made a big announcement last year that they will be giving all its students iPads. While students and teachers community welcomed the news, many education analysts questioned the effectiveness of iPads in classrooms. Now, Los Angeles school district has realized that iPads are not the best in the business when it comes to students. They are now allowing schools to choose from six different Windows laptop computers for their students instead of iPads. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine the device they should be used going forward. Also, the previously planned distribution of the iPads is on hold. This is not the first time they have put on hold the roll out of iPads. Last year, students found an easy way to bypass iPad’s profile system which restricted them from accessing social networks and other ...

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Disney’s Checkout Challenge is now available in Windows Store for download. Gamers can complete objectives to “level up” and unlock unique groceries with greater value, scan quickly to activate “Frenzy” and use tapping to scan items lightning fast and more. Description: Do you have what it takes to climb the ranks from “Checker-in-Training” to “Checkout Chairman”?!? Test out your grocery scanning skills in this fast-paced, deceptively simple supermarket challenge! GRAB groceries, SCAN barcodes, COMPETE for the highest score! Key Features: • Complete objectives to “level up” and unlock unique groceries with greater value! • Scan quickly to activate “Frenzy” and use tapping to scan items lightning fast! • Sign the high score list with your signature – for that extra personal touch! • Look out for unique Disney items featuring your favorite characters! Download it here from Windows Store for $4.99. ...

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Microsoft has recently released an update to the Microsoft update/Windows update client with security enhancements. It also include further hardening of infrastructure used by WU/MU client and a more secure communication channel between WU/MU Client and Service. You can read more about the changes in WU/MU at KB 2887535. The update is applicable to Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012 and the rollout will begin today. Similar to past updates, this update will be automatically installed if Automatic Updates is turned ON, either set to automatically install updates or notify to download/install updates. As with past updates, this update will not change your current Windows Update or Automatic Updates settings. Anytime Windows Update (or Automatic Updates) is turned ON, either set to automatically install updates or notify to download/install updates, Windows Update will take care of updating itself. ...

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Microsoft today highlighted one of the recent customer success stories. The city of New Orleans has now chosen a technology solution from Microsoft and Motorola Solutions to fully make use of the Internet of Things associated with 9-1-1 dispatchers. The solution connects police, fire and medical services applications, a 9-1-1 call system, mobile terminals, tablets, and a data warehouse into one intelligent system. Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) uses this combination of server and database technology, modern applications and multimedia capabilities, to make quicker and smarter decisions and there by transform emergency services, shorten response times, improve safety and eliminate error-prone manual processes. The Motorola Solutions PremierOne CAD solution, which went live in September 2013, integrates 9-1-1 telecommunications and applications from the EMS, police and fire departments in a central console. The system includes a data warehouse with the Motorola Solutions PremierOne CAD application running on Windows Server for Embedded Systems and Microsoft SQL Server for Embedded ...

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Microsoft announced the availability of the preview for the Microsoft Azure RemoteApp service last month with apps for iOS, Android, Mac OS X and Windows 8 devices. Today, they announced that the service is now available on Windows RT devices like the Microsoft Surface 2 through the Microsoft RemoteApp client. With the availability of RemoteApp, Windows RT devices will make more sense for lot of corporate customers. The desktop apps you publish through the Azure RemoteApp service, including Office and additional LOB apps can now be accessed from Windows RT devices where they otherwise can’t be installed. While the RemoteApp programs will appear to run locally, they are actually running in Azure and you can interact with them from your Windows RT device, helping keep your corporate data safe. Go to the Microsoft Azure RemoteApp site and download the client. You can experience the service for yourself and join the ...

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As per previous reports, Microsoft was expected to shutdown its Games for Windows Live service on July 1st. Last year, Microsoft ended the PC marketplace on Games for Windows Live service. While Microsoft’s own studios like Twisted Pixel Games have started to port their multiplayer gaming, achievements and other supports to steam, everyone expected the service to down at any point of time this year. However, Microsoft today responded to Game Informer that they are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service and they remain committed to PC gaming in the coming years. We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service. A s previously announced, as part of the retirement of Microsoft Points the Xbox.com PC marketplace was closed. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them ...

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EA has started a brand new program on Origin called Origin Game Time. It allows you to play a full game for free as long as there’s time on your Game Time clock. To kick off this program, they have chosen Titanfall. This weekend you can download Titanfall and play for free for two days straight. If you loved the game after playing during Origin Game Time and want to continue? You can purchase Titanfall and continue the game where you left off as your Titanfall progress is saved. We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download. Haven’t felt the thrill of dropping an 18-foot tall metallic beast on your opponent? What about the rush of leaping from wall to ...

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Along with the release of the Windows Phone game, Gameloft also released GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience for Windows 8/RT devices. You can download it for free from Windows Store on your Windows PC. Game Description: GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a true-to-life automotive journey featuring the most prestigious cars in the world! LEADERSHIP: POSSIBLY THE BEST HANDHELD RACING SIMULATION • The richest handheld racing simulation this year: 67 licensed cars on 13 tracks, including Laguna Seca. • A superb collection of cars from over 30 manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Dodge, Nissan, Audi, Ford, and more. • Test your driving skills by completing 1,400 events, including Classic Races, One on Ones, Knockouts and Overtakes. • 28 new challenges each week: improve your driving skills & maybe win a new car! AUTHENTICITY: A DEEPER DRIVING SENSATION • The new physics model offers the most realistic car dynamics ever. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have partnered with prime[31],  a popular Unity plug-in provider to bring all their Windows and Windows Phone Unity plug-ins for free for a year. prime[31] plug-ins makes it easier for developers to implement in app-purchases, use Live Tiles, monetize via ads, and connect to Azure storage. Download them from the link below. Functionality provided Windows Store 8.0 and 8.1     Windows Phone 8.0 * Handling trial and in-app purchases Store plug-in Store plug-in To get Live tiles, toast notifications Metro Essentials plug-in Metro Essentials plug-in To give you access to the Microsoft Ad SDK Microsoft ads plug-in Microsoft ads plug-in For easy access to Azure storage Microsoft Azure plug-in Microsoft Azure plug-in *Note that Windows Phone 8.1 support and corresponding free plug-ins will be coming soon. To take advantage of this offer and get your free plug-ins, visit the prime[31] website; free plug-ins will be marked ...

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  Staples Connect Beta app is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It lets you control lights, thermostats and more from all the brands of connected home products you trust. One app. One hub. The connected home made easy. Features: •Simple, powerful home automation for everyone •Delivers peace of mind, convenience and cost savings. •See and control all your connected devices •Automate your home with Activities •Monitor your home even while using other apps with Snap View Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: WinBeta ...

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At this year’s E3, Microsoft’s focus was all about games, just games. For the full 90 minutes of press briefing, Microsoft talked about all the first party and 3rd party games coming to Xbox platform. The surprising part was that Microsoft didn’t even talk about games on Windows and Windows Phone platforms. Phil Spencer is the head of gaming at Microsoft, which includes games on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone platforms. He responded to the lack of any information on PC and mobile gaming at E3 to Polygon, “I’m head of gaming at Microsoft,” Spencer said. “When we’re doing gaming strategy, gaming focus inside the company, that’s my job. I think in a lot of ways, you could argue gaming on Windows has never been more healthy in that the biggest of the big franchises, League of Legends, World of Tanks, those things dwarf a lot of what we’re doing ...

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Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide to produce more stem cells. Stem cells can be used to repair damaged tissue and even grow into new organs. Even though Stem cells are used in come medical therapies, it is limited due to the highly complex web of genetic and environmental interactions based on which Stem cells can do either self-renewal or differentiation. Researchers are finding the way to determine the fate of any particular stem cell. A computational biologist at Microsoft Research in Cambridge has found a more deterministic, reliable method to do that. His method uses Microsoft’s Windows bug testing software which uses the technique called Formal Verification. Researchers have found they could use the software to predict with about 70 per cent accuracy how the cells would respond to genetic changes. They used a technique pioneered at Smith’s lab that ...

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