Review Category : Windows 8

Albert Shum was previously working at Nike before joining Microsoft. He was responsible for the design team when Windows Phone 7 was originally launched. The Metro design language from his team inspired every other division at Microsoft leading to the current Modern design language that spans across product groups. Albert Shum got promoted last year as the lead for Operating System Group Design + Content team at Microsoft. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, brand designers, plus content creator along with user researchers, design program managers & design integrators creating end to end experiences for Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and Cloud Services. The design team collaborates with engineering & business partners to create integrated hardware, software & service products. USA today last night published a profile on Albert in which Albert himself and other people at his team at Microsoft spoke about the rising design culture at Microsoft. Albert is excited about the ...

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At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet that will hit the market with price point below $200.  A Chinese OEM called Emdoor has announced EM-i8080 Windows tablet. This Emdoor EM-i8080 will cost just $100. Speaking to the press after the keynote, Nick revealed that Microsoft will reach price points that are very industry competitive for 7, 8, 10-inch devices. “They will really surprise you. Last year, we were in the 3s, 4s, 500 dollars. This year, we’ll be 1s, 2s, 3s.” So, expect lots of Windows based tablets in the price range of $100 – $300 from various OEMs around the world. He also said some Windows Phone smartphones will sell for under $200 in certain markets this year. Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft announced partnership with Barnes and Noble back in 2012 and even created a new joint venture company called Nook Media LLC. Since then, the only thing that came of out partnership was Barnes & Noble’s Windows 8 app. Recently it was rumored that B&N has stopped developing apps for Windows platform since Microsoft is developing its own Xbox branded reader with content powered by Barnes & Noble in the backend. Today, B&N announced their plans to partner with Samsung on a Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. In an interview to GeekWire, Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby said that they are in a very, very good relationship with Microsoft despite the recent partnership with Samsung. B&N is in contact with Microsoft on an ongoing basis about things that they doing together. Mike also reminded us that Microsoft is a partial owner, about 17 percent, of the Nook Media entity. And their Samsung partnership is ...

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Microsoft today posted a new ad to highlight the power of Surface Pro and how it is empowering people. senseFLY is a drone company which develops civilian drone technology to create amazing maps and models for humanitarian and conservation efforts. They are using Surface Pro along with it to process data whenever needed. Whenever the drone comes back with GBs of mapping data, you need a powerful machine to process it. senseFLY uses Surface Pro as provides the computing power necessary to process data virtually anywhere in a small, lightweight package. With up to 8GB RAM, Intel Core i7 processor, SSD, touch screen and full Windows, Surface Pro 3 is the best available device for senseFLY and many others. Microsoft has now announced the next generation Surface Pro 3 device. You can pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Univision brings thousands of hours of Hispanic television content, including full-length episodes of popular telenovelas and dramas, to you through this free UVideos app for Windows PCs and tablets. UVideos Windows app allows you to browse and search the latest, most popular or featured videos, share videos via Facebook, Twitter or Email with Charm bar, pin your favourite shows and novelas to get their live tile updates and access them in one tap and more. Description: Get ready to watch the best Hispanic video content for FREE with the new UVideos App. Univision now offers the most comprehensive Spanish-language video app that connects users with thousands of hours of video including full length episodes of its most popular telenovelas and dramas, clips from Univision Networks shows (El Gordo y La Flaca, República Deportiva, etc), the hottest variety programming and celebrity gossip, breaking news from Noticiero Univision and Primer Impacto, Univision ...

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Wuaki.tv is a Spanish provider of on-demand Internet streaming media. It is a subsidiary of Rakuten e-commerce group. It allows you to enjoy best TV series, like Game of Thrones, Homeland, Modern Family, Dexter and many others on your Windows device. You can even snap the Wuaki.tv window with other apps. App Description: Wuaki.tv offers the greatest experience for watching new digital releases and the best TV series directly in your computer, laptop or tablet compatible with Windows 8.1. Pair your user account and instantly access our limitless catalogue of movies and TV series to rent, buy or subscribe. You decide! If you are still not a Wuaki.tv user, create an account or subscribe directly from your application to enjoy our one-month free trial to Wuaki Selection. With Wuaki.tv Player you can: • Watch all the new releases before they are on any other platform. • Enjoy the best TV ...

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Sphero is an interactive and engaging robot – in ball form. Orbotix, the world’s leading connected toy maker, today announced that Sphero 2.0 – the robot ball and game system – is now available for Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Windows 8-powered devices. Also, Sphero will also roll into Microsoft’s U.S. retail stores this summer. Description: Meet the only app capable of keeping up with Sphero. This is the central app for Sphero and a required app for all Sphero owners. Use it to get rolling with Sphero Original or 2.0, upgrade firmware and personalize your gameplay like never before. Level up your individual Sphero’s speed, colors, core reactor, and boost times. Complete missions, purchase tricks, and master your skills. The more you play with Sphero, the better he gets. You need to own a Sphero Robotic Ball in order to use this application. Visit GoSphero.com to get Sphero 2.0, ...

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The official VH1 app is now available in Windows Store, it allows you to get the latest pop culture news and info, fashion updates and musician interviews. If you have a TV provider login, you can also watch bonus content from your favorite shows and full episodes on your Windows device. Description: Welcome to the ultimate VH1 video experience for your Windows phone or tablet. Check out full episodes (included with your TV subscription from participating providers), get bonus content from your favorite shows, and see all the additional video VH1 creates – the latest in pop culture news and info, fashion from VH1 Celebrity, musician interviews from VH1 Tuner and much more! You can also check the TV schedule to see what’s on VH1 right now. Features: Authenticate through a cable or satellite provider to watch a full episode Browse through the list of broadcast series See all videos ...

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Microsoft has released few marketing videos to promote Internet Explorer browser. These videos highlight various Internet Explorer features such as Reading view, full screen browsing, multi-tasking support and more. Watch them below. Breakfast Table: Reading View on Internet Explorer- making ads and clutter a thing of the past. Calm: Remove the clutter and enjoy the web in full screen with Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch Trivia Night: Don’t be slowed down by navigation buttons. Get the answers faster with Flip Ahead on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Sick Day: Accomplish more with side by side browsing on Internet Explorer. The browser perfect for touch. Learn how Internet Explorer is pushing the web forward: http://bit.ly/1fZYvKB ...

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At Comutex, Intel demonstrated that a PC could go truly wireless by 2016. They showed off upcoming wireless display, docking and charging features. For example, WiGig will deliver speeds of up to 7Gbps. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) backed Rezence was also demoed. Rezence is a wireless power transfer technology and specification based on the principles of magnetic resonance. This technology offers superior features and capabilities, and is endorsed by the world’s leading mobile chipmakers, mobile phone manufacturers, and other key industry partners. Unlike the current wireless charging solutions, A superior charging range allowing for a true drop and go charging experience, through almost any surface and through objects such as books and clothing. Ability to charge multiple devices with different power requirements at the same time, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and Bluetooth headsets. Charging surfaces powered by Rezence will operate in the presence of metallic objects such as ...

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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 realized 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 has announced EM-i8080 Windows tablet. This Emdoor EM-i8080 will cost just $100! Yes, $100 for a full Windows tablet. Here is the spec of the device, 8-inch display 1280 x 800 IPS technology 1GB RAM 16GB SSD Intel’s 1.33GHz – 1.8GHz Bay Trail SoC(Intel Atom Z3735G)  A microSD slot, Micro USB and Mini HDMI Stereo speakers, Camera 18.5Wh battery Weight – 355 gms. Great start from Intel and Microsoft to bring down the costs of Windows tablets. Hopefully, more OEMS will join the race. Source: MobileGeeks ...

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At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet. This will be one of the first 7-inch Windows device that will come to market. The tablet is being co-developed by Microsoft and Toshiba and in close collaboration with Intel, Goodix and AMI. It will be available in the coming months at a value-driven price point. Microsoft also highlighted that the pricing will be very competitive with any other 7” class device. My prediction is that it will be around $150. Microsoft also talked about how recent Windows enhancements including $0 Windows for devices smaller than 9 inches, relaxed certification requirements, are enabling new class of devices in various markets. ...

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Microsoft released Office Touch version for Apple iPad few months back. The Office for iPad was a successful product with millions of downloads and users loved it. The most surprising part was that Microsoft released Office Touch version for iPad before Windows. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella then said that Office for iPad release was done as part of the new Cloud first, Mobile first strategy. In the code conference last week, he revealed that market share was also the reason it was released on iPad first. As per the reports from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Office for Android may also come before Office Touch for Windows. Office Touch for Windows will get released in spring 2015 than fall 2014. But now, it’s sounding like the new priority is getting the promised Android versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to market. Microsoft officials said in March 2014 that the timing for the Android version of these touch-first ...

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Microsoft today announced that Houston Independent School District has selected Office 365 and Windows devices to support students, faculty and others. This was done as part of the districtwide initiative called PowerUp, and it will transform how teachers teach and how students learn at HISD schools. PowerUp will empower HISD students with these latest tools to become drivers of their own learning and will connect them with resources, people, ideas, and opportunities far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Read the full press below. REDMOND, Wash.— June 3, 2014 — Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas — seventh largest in the U.S. — has purchased Microsoft solutions to help prepare students for the digital world. With a large majority of students from low-income families, HISD is making strides in improving the broader community by transforming each student’s learning experience and providing technology to students who otherwise ...

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Zoho Books accounting app is now available in Windows Store. The Windows Phone version of the same was released few months back. Zoho has also revealed that Zoho Books is the first of many other Zoho apps that will come to Windows platform soon. Description: Zoho Books is the best accounting software for small businesses on cloud. Zoho Books helps you manage your business expenses and invoice your clients on the go. Easily manage your expenses and categorize them by type. Create and maintain your business contacts capturing all necessary details like currency, email, phone, billing address, etc. Maintain both products and services with predefined rates to save you time from typing it every time you create an invoice. Get answers for your queries from our support team. Zoho is trusted by more than 10 million users worldwide. Features: •Instantly create and mail your invoices with custom notes. •Manage multiple ...

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Google today released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows users. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability: Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance. Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense features like heap partitioning. ...

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