Review Category : Windows 8

Just few hours of after the announcement from Nokia that HERE Maps will be released for all Windows 8 devices, Bing team has announced that they have added 15 new 3D cities to Bing Maps preview app in Windows Store.  We’ve been flying, driving and processing since then and have just added 15 more 3D cities to the list we launched with. With the help of world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive data pipeline crunching petabytes of imagery, we are delivering a more natural way to experience our planet.  Touch it, tilt it, tap it or turn it to immerse yourself and experience maps in new ways. Taking advantage of our advanced geometry engine, street labels and markers dynamically adapt to your vantage point.  So as you traverse the landscape the map adapts to how your eye sees the 3D space. ...

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Microsoft today released an update for OneNote app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. To celebrate and begin their transition to OneDrive in their products, they are releasing a small update to the OneNote Windows Store App for Windows 8.1 users. First of all, they have added support for over 66 new languages. Support for the OneDrive service. Rule line heights have been increased to accommodate larger handwriting.   To enable Rule Lines, bring up the page app bar (right-click the page, or swipe from the top or bottom of the screen), then select Paper.  Now you can choose between Rule Lines or Grid Lines. Now you can easily go to a note’s location from Recent Notes.  To go a note’s location, bring up the page preview app bar (right-click the page preview or swipe up), then select Go to Note’s Location. We also made accessibility improvements. Now it’s easier ...

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When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, it came with Nokia exclusive apps such as Nokia Storyteller, Nokia HERE Maps and more. Nokia today announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. Nokia announced the following improvements over previous version of the app. First of all: speed. The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it’s a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions. City pages, for example, now load up to four times faster, thanks to the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimisations ...

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  Dell’s 2014 product roadmap for its PC division got leaked today. Tabtec posted the full product roadmap slides and it reveals lots of new information on upcoming products. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet codenamed Bellaire 2 coming in Q3 2014. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets, code-named Junction 2 and Midland 2 coming in Q3 2014. Dell Venue 11 Pro with 64-bit BayTrail CPU coming in Q2 2014. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with QHD Touch display option, Broadwell CPU coming in Q3 2014. Price will start at $999. Updated Dell XPS 18 portable desktop with FHD display, Haswell ULT CPU coming in April 2014 starting $999. Dell XPS 27 All-in-One with 27-inch QHD display and top of the line CPU, GPU options coming in April 2014 starting $1599. New Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 device with up to FHD touch screen display and touchscreen ...

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Since its release, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 availability in Microsoft Store was always a question. Some SKUs were available, some were not. The same is case of Surface Docking Station. Now, both Surface Pro 2 and Docking Station are available from Microsoft Store. Find the listings below, Surface Pro 2 64GB – $899 Surface Pro 2 128GB – $999 Surface Pro 2 256GB – $1299 Surface Pro 2 512GB – $1799 The Docking Station designed exclusively for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Docking Station – $199 If you are unaware of Surface Pro 2, Weighing in at 2 pounds, with longer battery life than the original Surface Pro, it goes with you anywhere. The next-generation Intel Core i5 processor provides incredibly fast performance while conserving energy. Surface Pro 2 comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 Pro, and a one-month trial for new Office 365 customers. Install almost all your everyday ...

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Another Windows 8.1 Update 1 build has leaked on the web. This new build 9600.17025 was compiled on February 14 (last week). Windows 8.1 Update 1 has already hit RTM escrow with build 9600.16610.Windows 8.1 Update 1 will include no.of improvements to enhance the user experience of keyboard and mouse users. You can download this recent build from usual file sharing sites. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Also pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is ...

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AMD today announced the new Turbo Dock technology that automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and move it to lower power consumption mode in tablet mode. This technology is expected to power Windows tablets and Hybrid PCs in the coming months. Read the press release below for more details. SUNNYVALE, Calif. —2/20/2013  AMD (NYSE: AMD), creator of the performance tablet category, today announced a new innovation for hybrid PCs that delivers uncompromised mobile PC experiences when in tablet mode or when connected to its base keyboard. Hybrid PCs are a new market segment between full notebooks and pure tablets that AMD plans to demonstrate, along with stand-alone performance tablets, at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain next week. AMD Turbo Dock technology1 automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and ...

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Hot on the heels of launching OneDrive yesterday, Microsoft Office team has announced launched Office Online, the re-branded Office Web Apps. Along with the new name, there are also launching a new destination Office.com where you can access all the Office Online products. Office.com is a discoverable and shareable web page so that you can start using Office Online right away. Office Online suite includes the following, Word Online OneNote Online Excel Online PowerPoint Online How much does it cost? It is completely free. All you need is a Microsoft account, login with your account in any of the Office Online products and your files are automatically saved to OneDrive, so you can share them with others and  work together on documents, presentations, spreadsheets and notebooks in real-time. The new online experience includes hundreds of Word, PowerPoint and Excel templates so you can go from nothing to something with just ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed is presenting its concept car of the future which is based on the fact that cars will become autonomous soon and people traveling in it will find more time spending in a meaningful way. Frank M. Rinderknecht describes the status quo like this: “So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver. After all, traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me to stare at the road, but will let me spend my time in a more meaningful way.“ And then he poses the key question: How will the interior of a vehicle have to be designed to let the now largely unburdened driver make optimal use of the gain in time? This future concept car features Windows tablets for its infotainment system. You can see them in the images below. Passengers will ...

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When Lenovo announced Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook last year, many of us got confused about the naming convention which added the ‘Pro’ word to it. Later we came to know about Lenovo’s plans as they announced the new Yoga 2 devices. Yoga 2 laptops are the real successors to previous year Yoga models and Yoga 2 Pro is model focusing on premium customers with QHD+ display, SSDs, etc,. There are two different Yoga 2 models, one with 13-inch display(3.5 pounds and 0.68 inch thick) and the other with 11-inch display(2.9 pounds). The Yoga 2 11 comes with quad-core Intel Bay Trail Pentium processor, screen with 1,366 x 768 IPS touch display, storage up to 500GB of storage and battery life of 6 hours. This is now available for $519.99 from BestBuy. Key Specs: Intel® Pentium® processor N3520 Features a 2.17GHz processor speed with bursts up to 2.42GHz. 4GB DDR3L memory For multitasking ...

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At Lync Conference 2014 held at Las Vegas, Microsoft made few announcement regarding its communications platform. Microsoft’s communications platform mainly comprises of two parts, Skype on consumer side and Lync on enterprise side. Microsoft is making progress in both these sides individually and also trying to bring them together. For example, Microsoft demonstrated video calling between Skype and Lync, making it possible for consumers and businesses everywhere to use video for nearly every conversation. “The coming years will bring an even more dramatic transformation as we enable people everywhere to take advantage of rich communications for all the important relationships in their work and personal lives,” he said. “Consumers that already enjoy Skype will be able to easily reach businesses from the devices and services of their choice, and to take advantage of chat, voice, video and content sharing as they see fit. Professionals will be able to connect in ...

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  Jacob Miller, a UX designer for Microsoft who worked on Windows 8 has responded in a Reddit thread with his personal views about Windows 8 design decisions. He even talked about how Microsoft classifies users as Casual and Power. As we all know already, Microsoft created Metro UI for consumers who are more into consumption of content than creation. Microsoft’s Windows should satisfy both power users and casual users. Microsoft decided not to confuse casual users with too many options, as a result Metro UI was made the default UI for everyone. He also defended that their decision will look better in the years to come. Read the full reply below. UX designer for Microsoft here. I want to talk about why we chose Metro as the default instead of the desktop, and why this is good in the long run – especially for power users. …but not in ...

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At MS-News, we are fans of Hal who writes a great blog entitled Hal2020. For those not familiar with Mr. Berenson, he is a former Microsoft distinguished engineer and worked at the company from 1994 – 2002 and spent decades at the Digital Equipment Corporation before that. He often writes about Microsoft’s products, people and policies. Today, he wrote a blog post titled “Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!” in which he criticized Windows platform’s “shut up and ship” policy as opposed to older ways of engaging with platform developers in advance. For example, Windows Azure is now following the rapid release cadence and public previews releasing every few weeks. On the contrary, Windows and Windows Phone releases are closely guarded till its release leaving little time for developers to jump in to the new platform. Let me contrast three strategic thrusts going on at Microsoft.  ...

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  Dell XPS 12 is one of the best touch Ultrabook out there and Microsoft Store is now selling them under a great deal. When you buy a Dell XPS 12 device, you will get a free Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB tablet for free. Dell Venue 8 Pro is one of the best 8-inch tablet and an 8-inch model costs around $250. So, you basically get Dell XPS 12 for $850, I think it is a great deal. Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i5 – $1099 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i7 – $1699 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-4500U 8GB memory/256GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Find the deal from Microsoft Store. Microsoft was also offering some other deals last week that worth checking, some of ...

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Last week we reported about new Microsoft Research project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Visual Studio team today officially announced the availability of the plugin for Visual Studio IDE, Behind the scenes, that query is securely beamed up to Bing along with contextual pieces that help us hone in on the fuller meaning of that query. We use meta-data like the project type, semantic context (using the new C#/VB compiler services aka ‘Roslyn’!), and a few other sprinkles of Microsoft Research magic. Those pieces along with the query ...

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