Review Category : Windows

Yesterday, Microsoft detailed the improvements around Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1 You can now have Live Tiles for your favorite websites. Windows 8.1 with IE 11 introduces support for live tile notifications when you pin your favorite web sites. Your pinned sites can now be alive with activity, pulling data directly from the websites so your Start screen is updated with the latest posts, scores or stocks – information from the Web right on your Start screen. Together with the Start screen team in Windows, we designed the live tile support for sites to enable all the same tile sizes and layouts that apps enjoy. We set out to make it as easy as possible for developers to build live tile notifications using the existing RSS feeds for their sites, and we built BuildMyPinnedsite.com to help developers to create beautiful tiles and live notification support with just a few ...

Read More →

In addition to Yoga 2 Pro, ThinkPad Yoga and Flex 14/15 models, Lenovo also announced a portable Flex 20 All-in-One. The Flex 20 comes with a 19.5 inch HD+ display, latest Intel processors, HDD or SSD storage. You can carry this like your laptop or tablet and it offers upto 3 hours of battery life in that mode. Read more about it below. Flex 20 Transforms AIO Into Multi-Person Play Machine Framed in an attractive 20.5mm thin aluminum shell, the compact Flex 20 fits neatly into virtually any home or office yet surpasses expectations for an everyday AIO with its grand 19.5-inch frameless HD (1600X900) IPS 90° tilt display, 500 GB HD or SSHD storage and up to Intel Core i7 processors. However, Flex 20 really surprises and delights with its special ability to convert from stand to table mode. When flat in table mode, the Aura interface, first pioneered ...

Read More →

Microsoft has been releasing a lot of information regarding the Xbox One at Gamescom 2013 in Germany. Speaking to CVG at Gamescom, Microsoft VP Phil Harrison confirmed that every Xbox One will come with Kinect and they are not going to sell cheaper Xbox One SKU by dropping Kinect from the bundle. However, Xbox One will be able to function without Kinect connected to it. Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem. Source ...

Read More →

  Along with the release of Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop which consists of Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, Microsoft announced another desktop set called Sculpt Comfort Desktop which will cost $79.95. It also features modern design with great ergonomics. Contoured for comfort Contoured design promotes a natural wrist position and puts keys within easy reach. Detachable palm rest Detachable palm rest can be removed for a sleek, compact look.Work in the position that’s most comfortable for you with detachable palm rest and adjustable keyboard legs. Split spacebar with backspace functionality Split spacebar with backspace functionality is designed to improve typing efficiency. Four-Way Scrolling Scroll left, right, front and back. Quickly navigate all of your projects with speed and efficiency. Windows touch tab Optimized for Windows 8, press the center of the blue strip to switch between your current app and the start screen. Swipe up on the blue strip to ...

Read More →

Yammer today announced the release of mobile SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices. This open source SDK  enables developers to build mobile apps on the Yammer Platform. Mobile workforces can find answers more easily, make decisions more quickly, and in general, move much faster. Here at Yammer Engineering, we believe in keeping a quick pace. This is evident in the Yammer Platform, where developers can rapidly build social enterprise apps. Apps that can scale to Fortune 500-sized companies. To speed up the app development process, we are releasing Open Source SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8. The SDKs enable you to add Yammer OAuth 2-based authentication to your smartphone and tablet apps. Once authenticated, you can use the SDKs to make REST calls to read/write from the Yammer API, thus integrating the full spectrum of Yammer’s social services into your mobile app. To start building Yammer Mobile App, ...

Read More →

  Samsung announced ATIV Book 9 Plus touch screen ultrabook last month. It created a wave among the tech blogs because of its QHD+ 3200 x 1800 touch screen display which will have 275 ppi. This premium Windows 8 ultrabook is now available for pre-order starting from $1400 for the base model. Expected availability is on August 20 2013. Key Specs: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell) 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM 128GB Solid State Drive Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 13.3″ LED-Backlit Capacitive Touchscreen QHD+ 3200 x 1800 Native Resolution 3-in-1 Media Card Reader 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi Integrated Webcam, Microphone & Speakers Windows 8 (64-bit) Source: bhphotovideo via: Engadget ...

Read More →

  Microsoft announced in early June that they are opening store-within-a-store in 500 Best Buy locations across the U.S with Windows Store Only at Best Buy program. Microsoft is planning to open these stores just-in-time for back-to-school shopping season. The first such store in opening on August 7th at Los Angeles Best Buy Store. From Windows Team Blog, On Wednesday August 7th at the West Los Angeles Best Buy Store, Major League Soccer will be on hand to kick off the first Windows Store at a major consumer location. MLS players and coaches will help show how to stay fit for back-to-school – from soccer drills on a full-size field in the parking lot to healthy food tips to the latest fitness and nutrition apps for Windows 8 like Daily Workouts, Fitbit, Endomondo, MyPlate Calorie Tracker, BallStrike and MLS MatchDay. The first 200 customers to demo a Windows 8 device in the ...

Read More →

If you are among the people who face battery draining issue on Surface RT devices running Windows 8.1 preview, there is a temporary workaround to fix it. The solution is strange but according to lots of people, it works! “Do you have your Bluetooth radio turned off, e.g. through airplane mode? If so, please turn it on as a workaround. Swipe in from right to bring in charms bar, tap on Settings and then on Change PC Settings at the bottom. Subsequent steps to get to the switch to enable Bluetooth: Change PC Settings > PC and Devices > Bluetooth,” Microsoft is already aware of the bug and should be working on an actual fix. For now, you can use the above method to save power. via: Winbeta.org ...

Read More →

Microsoft Kinect is creating quite a revolution in the field of Natural User Interface. The low cost 3D depth camera like Kinect opens up infinite possibilities in our computing world. Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people, but currently it is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Microsoft Research Asia has developed a system using Kinect which can detect sign languages used by these people and it works well. Here are some info on the project, Kinect, with its ability to provide depth information and color data simultaneously, makes it easier to track hand and body actions more accurately—and quickly. In this project—which is being shown during the DemoFest portion of Faculty Summit 2013, which brings more than 400 academic researchers to Microsoft headquarters to share insight into impactful research—the hand tracking leads to a process of 3-D motion-trajectory ...

Read More →

Speaking at Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Microsoft Bob-style personal assistants may re-emerge with more sophistication. We have already seen arrival of such programs in the name of Apple’s Siri, Google Now, etc, which are nothing but modern age Microsoft Bob/Clippy. These programs offer personal assistance by understanding what users are doing and anticipating their needs. Here is the transcript of Bill’s answer to the question related to it at the event. He explained, “It’s been talked about for decades, and now really is possible — where we see where you’re going, we see your calendar, we see your various communications. … We can actually look at the text, look at the speech, try to be helpful to you in your activities. I think we will be more connected and therefore if somebody wants to do a task like find a gift of a certain ...

Read More →

Microsoft today launched new a program to help students and parents purchase a new Windows PC or Tablet for school. The new Windows Chip In website allows students with a valid .edu email address to crowd source funds to help them purchase a PC. They can choose from the Microsoft Store catalogue of devices with Microsoft Windows will “chip in” the first 10% of the cost of the PC via a discount to the overall cost. When a student fully funds the cost of a PC, Microsoft will also include  Office 365 University at no additional charge as well. How cool is that? As an icing on the cake, students wont have to pay shipping, handling or tax too.. Here’s how it works: Go to http://www.windowschipin.com/. Pick out the PC you’d like to help get funding for. Create an account. Ask friends and family to “chip In”. Fund and receive ...

Read More →

The highly reliable Mary-Jo Foley has new information regarding how the start button will work in Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue.  The start button will be on by default on Windows 8.1, but will can be turned off by users who do not want it.  The start button will look very similar  to the one in the charms bar, but will not be visible until the user moves the mouse down to the lower left corner.   Users will also be able to configure what the button can open, either the normal Metro Home Screen, or the “All Apps” view instead.  It is also rumored that you will be able use your desktop background on the Metro Start Screen with Blue, as to make the transition between Desktop and Metro more seamless. I think this will just add more confusion, and this will have the opposite effect that Microsoft intends, to quell ...

Read More →

Microsoft YouTube account yesterday posted three strange Windows 8 ads that never really shows the actual product. All the above ads involves Japanese people doing some weird things on screen. Neowin posted an explanation of these ads which are considered to be metaphor for Windows 8 features. Aside from the fact that the content of each ad is very strange, the other thing that’s noticeable is that a Windows 8 PC is nowhere to be found in any of these commercials. Microsoft seems to be using the ad’s content as a metaphor for features in Windows 8. The watermelon ad is linked to the touchscreen experience and the piano-ping pong clip is meant to show that Windows 8 can do two things at once. The third commercial is supposed to show that Windows 8 can be both “beautiful and fast” but that’s reaching a bit for that metaphor to work. ...

Read More →

We have seen multiple reports in the past that Microsoft is working on optimizing Windows RT/8 for small screen devices with upcoming Blue update. Microsoft confirmed it today at Microsoft’s quarterly conference call with investors. Current CFO Peter Klein announced that Microsoft is working with PC OEMs to develop smaller Windows 8 touchscreens devices. And these devices are expected to be launched in the near future. Are you ready for 7-8inch Windows based e-reader/media consumption device? I think Microsoft badly need those category of devices to compete with Apple iPad Mini and other products. Source: Microsoft ...

Read More →

Few day back, a new Windows Blue build 9369 got leaked on the web. It revealed some interesting features such as improved web search experience, search suggestions from the web, modern UI file manager, etc,. Now, another hidden feature was revealed which can be enabled by tweaking the registry. The new Search experience powered by Bing reveals new UX which you can see in the video above. If you have Windows Blue Build running, read instructions to enable it manually: http://bit.ly/176iDoC or download .reg files, http://bit.ly/13qwxU0. via: youtube ...

Read More →

Leap Motion today announced that they are brining their 3-D Motion control to HP laptops this summer. Press Release: Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced a collaboration with HP to bring 3-D motion control to unique HP devices. San Francisco – April 16, 2013 Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced a collaboration with HP to bring 3-D motion control to unique HP devices. The relationship will start with the Leap Motion Controller bundled with select HP products and evolve to unique HP devices embedded with Leap Motion’s technology. “Our focus at Leap Motion is to fundamentally improve how people interact with their devices, and offer as many ways as possible to achieve that vision,” said Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald. “The possibilities for innovation are incredible, when you think about what ...

Read More →