Review Category : Windows 8

Back in 2010, Apple launched iPad tablet following which number of companies including Microsoft released various tablets in the market. Everyone expected tablet sales to exceed PC sales in 2014, but it never happened. Tablet sales growth is now at a decent 45% YoY which is not a bad thing, but for a new product which is gaining adoption around the world, this growth story is not encouraging. The main reason for lack of explosive growth is the purpose to upgrade old tablets and their too restrictive use cases. If you own a tablet, you can use it for browsing, watching videos, playing games and few other things. When you are on the go, you prefer your smartphone to be with you. When you want to get some real work done, you will use your laptop. In such scenarios, a 2 year old tablet can still serve the same purpose ...

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Nokia today updated the HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 app with new features and the app is now available globally. Check out the list of new features in this release apart from under the hood improvements. Manual Positioning: You can now manually set your location under settings menu. You can switch between Automatic and Manual positioning modes. Nokia has redesigned the City pages to bring more relevant and more exploration to the foreground. You can explore cities in the new City page and see detailed weather forecast. You can now change your route plans by selecting/de-selecting modes of transport to avoid Ferries, etc,. You can also add waypoints to your route. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today updated OneNote for Mac with several new features and improvements. Microsoft has added support to create, open, edit, and sync OneDrive for Business notebooks alongside personal OneDrive notebooks in the OneNote client. Find the full list of new features below. What’s New in Version 15.1: •Print – Need to print your notes or a to-do list? Now you can with OneNote for Mac! You can also save your notes as a PDF. •Drag and Drop – Drag pictures from websites or other places on your Mac and drop them directly into your notes. •Formatted Text – We’ve added the ability to copy and paste formatted text between applications. Whether it’s an article from the web or a document in Word, any content you paste into OneNote will look great! •Format Painter – Use Format Painter to quickly copy the format of text in one part of your notes and apply ...

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Microsoft today updated their Xbox Video app in Windows Store and this update brings in all new UI to use the app. Xbox Video app brings you the latest HD movies and TV shows on your Windows 8/Windows RT device and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last night’s episodes of the hottest TV shows. Xbox Video also brings you instant-on HD to get you watching right away. Plus, explore your video collection and play your own videos. Key updates include: Welcome to the updated Windows Video app! This update includes a redesign of the entire app, making it easier to find and play the content you want All of your owned content and personal videos are still available in your Collection Minor fixes and improvements Download it here from Windows Store for ...

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Microsoft’s last year Super bowl commercial celebrated what technology can do, as told by Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with ALS. He uses a Surface Pro running Tobii’s eye gazer technology to speak, and do many other kind of activities. He is visiting Microsoft’s campus this week for attending the hackathon. A team is working on a solution that would allow people like Gleason to turn their Surface On/Off using the eye gaze. As powerful as the Surface Pro 3 is, Gleason knows it can be even more accessible. Since the Super Bowl, he has sent Microsoft a list of proposed improvements, including better predictive typing software and larger fonts. His ideas reflect the spirit of this week’s company-wide hackathon, when our employees team up to challenge, adapt and improve our products and services with more than 2,000 suggested hacks. Microsoft listened and invited Gleason ...

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When Microsoft announced that they will be giving away Windows OS for free to OEMs developing devices with less than 9-inches, we know that that they are serious about getting tablet market share. Microsoft aimed to decrease the Windows tablet price by removing the Windows licensing for OEMs. At COMPUTEX, a Chinese OEM called Emdoor announced $100 Windows tablet. Today, another Chinese OEM Kingsing has announced a $99 Windows tablet. The device is powered by Intel quad-core Baytrail-T CPU and runs on Windows 8.1 OS. Specs: Screen: 8-inch, 800 x 1280 resolution IPS LCD with 5-point capacitive touch Processor: quad-core Intel Baytrail-T processor (1.8GHz) and Intel HD graphics Memory/Storage: 1GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB storage + SDHC/SDXC card expandability Cameras: 2MP front and back Network: 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0 and 3G (WCDMA/EVDO/TD-SCDMA) Connections: microUSB data/charging, HDMI port Battery: 4500mAh Li-ion for 6-8 hours of usage time Size: 207.5mm x 122.6 ...

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First of all, this is not a new app and it’s been available in Windows Store for past few months. This app allows you to access the world’s largest collection of full-length HD concerts and music documentaries on demand. You can try it for free for seven days to get unlimited access to the entire Qello collection and later subscribe to full collection for over $4.99 per month. Features: On Demand: You can choose whatever you want to watch and instantly stream it any time, anywhere. Variety: From Hip Hop, Country, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Indie, Metal, Pop, and so many more, Qello’s ever-expanding collection spans the spectrum of musical genres from the 1920s to today. Qello Documentaries: Go backstage and access countless award-winning music documentaries, including our Classic Albums series that uncovers the creative process of legendary albums. New Releases: Don’t miss out! Download Qello now and get all the ...

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At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar System on a Chip (SoC) platforms. This will cost $299, along with the hardware, it also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. SharksCove.org is the site dedicated to the Sharks Cove board, where you’ll find specs and links to other content and MSDN forums. Pre-order the Sharks Cove direct link (via Mouser Electronics). Read more about it here. ...

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Last September, Microsoft announced the second generation Surface devices. Microsoft announced thinner and lighter Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT 8.1 OS. Last month, Microsoft started selling the 3rd generation Surface Pro 3 device and all SKUs going on sale from next month. Now, the obvious thing from Microsoft is to announce the 3rd generation 10.6-inch Windows RT based tablet. As per Digitimes, Microsoft is expected to launch a 10.6-inch Surface 3 in October 2014, with production of components to begin in August and volume production of the tablet to kick off in September. As you expect, this upcoming Surface will be thinner and lighter than the previous version of Surface. Source: Digitimes ...

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Red Stripe deals for this is now available in Windows Store. It includes popular games like Asphalt, Plex, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and more. Find the list of apps and games available under deal and their Store links below. Embrace your fancy self and choose your ride from 60 different cars – including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins – in “Asphalt 7 Heat.” You’ll race on 15 tracks set in cities around the world, including Paris, London, Miami and Rio. It’s now $2.49 in the Windows Store. Plex (99 cents in the Windows Store), “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse” ($6.99 in the Windows Store), Chuggington Puzzle Stations ($1.99 in the Windows Store), “Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse (Full)” (99 cents in the Windows Store), Italian Cooking ($1.99 in the Windows Store). via: Microsoft ...

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We have heard many piracy cases related to Microsoft products in the past. Today, a youth from Chennai India was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation. The Cyber Cell of CBU arrested this guy named Prabhu to produce him in Egmore court. Officials suspected that he might have hacked into government websites which use Microsoft’s software. CBI has seized hard disks and router that were used by the accused along with number of Microsoft Product Kits and other documents from his house. They have even freezed his bank account used by him. CBI has registered a case under different sections of the IT Act, 2000 on the allegations that Microsoft Volume License Service Centre (VLSC) agreements in respect of overseas and Indian customers of the Microsoft were being accessed to steal product keys and selling them online, said a press release. Source: TOI ...

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When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, 5 different SKUs with various configurations was revealed. However, only the Intel Core i5 models was made available for sale till now. Starting this August 1st, Surface Pro 3 versions with a Core i3-4020Y and Core i7-4650U will be available for customers. Intel Core i3 version starts at $799 whereas Intel Core i7 starts at $1549. AnandTech today posted a detailed post on the new low cost Intel Core i3 Surface Pro 3 version. As expected, the performance is below the Intel Core i5 version of Surface Pro 3, but how much? Does Intel Core i5 justify the extra $200 cost? Here is the conclusion from AnandTech, Subjectively, the entry level Surface Pro 3 feels pretty quick. Even running at only 1.5GHz, a pair of Haswell cores are plenty fast. The real question is whether or not the extra $200 is ...

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Along with the release of Modern Combat 5  for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, Gameloft also released the game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Game Description: Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooter games once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds. Features: > 4 customizable classes that you can level up across single- and multiplayer > Activate class-specific skills by earning and spending Skill Points > Epic team clashes in Squad vs. Squad matches > Talk to other players in Global and Squad Chat > Individual and ...

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Maleficent Free Fall is new game from the creators of Disney’s #1 hit game Frozen Free Fall. This is a match 3 puzzle-adventure, inspired by Disney’s epic live-action film Maleficent, you’ll embark on a spectacular journey with exciting and challenging objectives like you have never seen before! The new update is bringing lots of new content to the game, Well well, here’s an update with 40 brand new levels AND two new gameplay modes: • Now play through 145 puzzles! • All-New “Wallerbog Mud Fight” Gameplay – Take on this tiny creature in a fun mud fight at the Moors! • “Two Hearts Together” Game Mode – Bring Aurora and Prince Phillip’s hearts together to create a love match! Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today highlighted one of their successful customer stories in the sports business. The British & Irish Lions rugby team uses Microsoft as their secret weapon Microsoft for their success. Microsoft’s devices and services helped them win a 41-16 triumph over the Qantas Wallabies in the tournament final (a Test Series decider) in front of 84,000 people at Sydney Olympic Park in July 2013. If Microsoft was a rugby player on the Lions all-star 2013 team, it would’ve been the head coach – the one ultimately responsible for bringing every element together, says Charlie McEwen, head of sales and marketing for the Lions. He says it was responsible for communicating, adapting, directing and evolving the best components to succeed. This team is using Microsoft technologies right from hosting their apps and websites in the cloud to Xbox for entertainment for their players during free time. Fans around the world followed the Lions’ every ...

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Chitika Ad Network today released their report on the distribution of web usage among leading tablet devices for early July 2014 in the U.S. and Canadian tablet. The results are not so encouraging for Microsoft. Despite the fire sale of Surface RT tablets followed by Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in the market, Microsoft tablets accounted for only 1.4% of the total market. When you compare this to last year’s numbers, Microsoft has almost tripled it from 0.5%. But, you have to compare this with the market leader Apple which dominates the list with 78% usage share. Even though these numbers may not be highly accurate, this report shows that Microsoft has a very long way to go in tablet market in the coming years. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to bounce back into market with cheaper and more affordable tablets from the OEMs and flagship tablets from itself. What do ...

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