Review Category : Windows

The widely popular Windows XP has been around nearly 12 years. But technology has evolved leaps and bounds. And we need to stay updated with the latest technology to ensure security, compliance and manageability of softwares. Today will mark the Day1 of one year countdown(8-Apr’13 to 8-Apr’14) after which Microsoft will not entertain any support for the most popular Windows XP OS which has been supported for 12 years (next April). So, Microsoft kindly urged the users of Windows XP to start moving to a more modern OS like Windows 7/8 which are inherently reliable, secure, speed, hardened, flexible. What this actually means is “Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014” wrote Microsoft in a blog post, “On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or ...

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Microsoft is planning to release a pair of critical security fixes in the next edition of “Patch Tuesday” on April-9 at approximately 1800 GMT. Firstly, the update/fix will address flaws deemed critical in Internet Explorer for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is also considered that those vulnerabilities are only ‘moderate’ risks in Windows Server systems. In addition to the above update, a fix for a ‘critical’ flaw for all supported desktop versions of Windows prior to Windows 8 and ‘moderate’ for Windows Server deployments will also be released. The statement also ensured that this vulnerability is not present in Windows 8. In addition to these critical fixes, Microsoft said that it would be releasing a total of seven flaws rated as ‘important’ security risks. The impact of those vulnerabilities includes elevation of privilege, denial of service and information disclosure. Source : v3 ...

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Microsoft Office team today released an update to the OneNote app in the Windows Store. It brings in couple of brand new features and offers a few fixes. The two new features are pen and ink improvements and Office 365 support. We’ve spent the last few months talking with our customers, reading reviews and gathering feedback. Many of you wanted better pen customization while drawing and handwriting, as well as the ability to quickly flip between customized pens. We’re happy to share that you can now do both in the updated app. To help you get started, we’ve picked four default pens. As you bring your stylus closer to the screen, the radial menu indicator will pop up. Tap it to open the radial menu to see the available pens. You can customize them by navigating to the second level of radial menu and then selecting the color and thickness that suits ...

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At CeBIT 2013, Intel revealed a new prototype Ultrabook hybrid running on Intel’s upcoming Haswell processor with Windows 8. The prototype has a full HD screen with the ability to separate dock and the screen. Intel is using the 22 nm process for Haswell processor and is expected to release CPUs based on this microarchitecture around June. With Haswell, Intel will introduce a new low-power processor designed specifically  for convertible or ‘hybrid’ Ultrabooks that will allow OEMs to come up with innovative PC designs. Source: Mobilegeeks ...

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In an interview to MIT Technology Review, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed about various things related to Microsoft starting from Surface to their future vision. When asked about Surface, he said that Surface is a real business, and Surface can never attain the sheer volume of total no.of PCs shipped each year. Read the following conversation about Microsoft’s vision which I think is the interesting part of the interview. I understand Google’s vision for the future of computing. I know what Apple stands for. I used to understand what Microsoft stood for. I no longer know. What’s your vision for the company? I would simply say we’re about defining the future of productivity, entertainment, and communication—in the new world [where] software is going to have to come in kind of an integrated form. Or at least a well-designed form that includes cloud services and devices. And is that why Windows ...

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Before the release of Windows 8, every few days we used to see new builds and screenshots of Windows 8 internal builds. Microsoft released Windows 8 to the consumer 3 months back and since then there was no concrete information that got leaked about the next version of Windows. Today, some screenshots of Windows Blue with build number 9289 emerged online as you can see above. Also there are reports that Microsoft has switched to a new kernel version 6.3 for Windows Blue. Windows Blue is expected to bring no.of improvements to Windows 8 under the hood and also some UI refinements and enhancements. Source: Win8china ...

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Ubuntu today revealed its new OS optimized for tablet. The new tablet OS doesn’t offer any unique new features that are not found on any other OS, instead it directly rips-off most of the platform features in Windows 8. Multitasking – Windows 8 Snapview is named side stage in Ubuntu. It allows users to snap an app to its sides and still interact with them in the new layout. Edge Gestures: Use all four edges of the screen to navigate between apps, settings and controls. Similar to Windows 8, you can swipe up, swipe from right to get app controls, settings, etc,. Switching between apps – Swiping from left lets you switch between apps in Ubuntu similar to the one found in Windows 8. OS wide sharing – You can share within any apps with common sharing controls similar to Windows 8. Federated Search and more. Watch the video above ...

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According to the market research firm Forrester, 32% of the enterprise users wants Windows tablet as their next work device. This data was compiled from the sample size of 9,766 information workers that Forrester polled. Even though Apple now leads the enterprise tablet numbers with 26% market share, it’s a encouraging news for Microsoft that more than 30% of the workers prefer Windows tablets. In the smartphone side, Microsoft has more work to do. About 33% of workers want their next phone as iPhone while 22% want an Android device, 10% of the people want a Windows phone device. Source: Readwrite ...

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On Thursday 24th January, Microsoft’s CFO Peter Klein said we should expect more distribution channels for the company’s Surface tablet line.  Today, there’s rumours that the Windows RT version of Surface will soon go on sale in Costco stores. Neowin reports that a list displaying Costco stores which require yearly membership will sell the 32 GB version of the tablet (without the touch cover) for $499.  The 32 GB and 64 GB versions of the tablet with the touch cover will be sold for $599 and $699.  Costco will also allow users to choose the colour of their Surface tablet touch cover, rather than being limited to the black touch cover. Now, in total, there are four retail outlets in US that are reported to sell the Surface RT tablet.  Microsoft’s retail stores were the first to offer the tablet at its launch on October 26th 2012, followed by Best ...

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CNN has released their official news app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: CNN connects you to the world, wherever you are. Stay informed with the latest headlines and original stories from around the globe. Follow up-to-the-minute reporting with breaking news and video. Lead the conversation by sharing today’s news and dig deeper into the stories that matter most to you. • Get breaking news and follow stories as they develop.• Go beyond the surface with international, politics, opinion, tech and entertainment stories and more. • Contribute your story or opinion to CNN iReport by uploading photos and video directly from your app. Follow other iReporters and see stories from their point of view.• Read the top headlines on the go with the CNN Live Tile.• Choose the font size that most appeals to you.Have questions or feedback on the CNN App? E-mail us at WindowsTablet@cnn.com. We are ...

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If you are running any of the preview versions of Windows 8, its time to upgrade. Microsoft released Windows 8 first as a Developer preview, followed by Consumer Preview and then Release Preview. All these versions will expire today (Jan-15th), after which you need to upgrade final versions of Windows 8.  You receive the following message on the Activate Windows screen in Control Panel: The license for this pre-released version of Windows has expired. You’ll need to enter a new product key to activate Windows. Until you activate, Windows will restart every 1 hour, so you should back up your data. Install the latest version of Windows •You receive the following message on the Windows Activation screen: This pre-release version of Windows has expired. Your computer will restart every 2 hours and you might lose any unsaved data. •You receive the following message on the Personalize pane in Control Panel: You need to Activate ...

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The Xbox Music app is not exactly the best advert for Windows 8, being slow, laggy and low on features. Microsoft has now unveiled version 1.1.144.0 of Xbox Music, which improves access to streaming free music and the transition from a trial subscription to a paid Xbox Music Pass as well as a fix to minimize occasional playback concerns and additional bug fixes which were very prominent in the app before the update.  As well as the obvious fixes, the performance of the Xbox Music app appears to be smoother and more efficient after the update.  To force an update check on the app, launch the Windows Store, then go to settings, then under App Updates you can manually check for the new version of Xbox music. Via: wpcentral.com image via: cdn.redmondpie.com ...

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This is a really bad news for Windows RT Eco-system. Samsung has decided not to release its only Windows RT tablet Ativ Tab in US. Samsung indicated that modest response from retail for such products and a lot of investment needed to inform consumers about the benefits of Windows RT are the reason behind their decision. There wasn’t really a very clear positioning of what Windows RT meant in the marketplace, what it stood for relative to Windows 8, that was being done in an effective manner to the consumer. When we did some tests and studies on how we could go to market with a Windows RT device, we determined there was a lot of heavy lifting we still needed to do to educate the customer on what Windows RT was. And that heavy lifting was going to require pretty heavy investment. When we added those two things up, ...

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Microsoft recently got a patent related to mobile phone behavior under special circumstances. Microsoft describes it as “inconspicuous mode” of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. Read the full abstract below. A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or ...

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  US Defense Department has announced a joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products worth $617 million for a period of over 3 years. As a result, all the Defense Department users can avail Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8 and Windows Server products as well. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and DOD expects to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.” Read full press release below. Press Release: WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2012 – The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, defense officials announced. The deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, demonstrates the ...

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Windows 8 was released to general consumers on Oct 26th by Microsoft and following the release it was announced that over 40 million copies of Windows 8 was sold after 1 month of its release. Chitika today released a report which measures the Windows based web traffic in US. According to them, Windows 8 now holds 2.3% of the Windows based web traffic in US. Based on the graph above, Web traffic from Windows 8 users constituted 2.3% of all Windows traffic as of December 13th 2012 – exactly 48 days after its release. In comparison, 48 hours following Apple’s release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, its new OS had already captured 3.2% of Mac Web usage. Both Windows 8 and Mountain Lion were available as downloadable upgrades to consumers for $40 and $20, respectively. I guess Windows 8 usage will further accelerate as more Windows 8 based tablets and convertibles reach ...

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