Review Category : Windows 8

Two years back, we reported that Microsoft Research is working on gesture based search. Microsoft research was then working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Microsoft Research even claimed that the technological development of gesture search is almost complete and will be seen on mobile and PCs, but it didn’t materialize as expected. Today, a Microsoft’s patent titled “SEARCHING AT A USER DEVICE” describes the exact implementation on Windows tablets. This patent describes the technology how ...

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Few hours back, we reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 build can be downloaded from official Microsoft servers by a simple registry tweak. This update also includes the updated version of Internet Explorer 11 that will include a new feature called ‘Enterprise Mode’. This mode will enable enterprise users to use their existing web properties work in IE without any compatibility issues. This updated IE11 with Enterprise Mode is also coming to Windows 7 devices. The latest such IE11 build got leaked on the web today. You can download it from usual p2p sites. Follow the following steps to enable Enterprise mode, Enterprise mode can be enabled using two Group Policies (in a corporate environment system admins would do this for their employees). Hit Windows + R and type ‘gpedit.msc’ in the Run window. In the Group policy editor, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet ...

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Dell today announced the new Latitude 13 Education Series laptop targeted towards school students. It comes with variety of spec configurations starting from Intel Celeron processor, touch and non-touch display options and more. It features rubberized LCD and base trim for superior drop protection and Gorilla Glass on touch screens. The Latitude 13 Education Series starts at $539 USD. Non-touch models  are available in red and blue. Touch and non-touch models are available  in black. Purpose-built to meet the needs of any student computing program, the  Latitude 13 Education Series is well-equipped to deliver a rich learning  experience, online or off. With powerful processors, a large 13.3-inch  display and a full-size keyboard, it’s ideal for content consumption and  creation, durable enough to withstand bumps, drops and spills and: allows learning to happen in a variety of settings is subject to military-standard testing features rubberized LCD and base trim for superior ...

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Xbox is Microsoft’s premier entertainment brand for the TV, phone, PC and tablet. Xbox offers some of the best and broadest games, as well as one of the world’s largest libraries of movies, TV, music and sports. It makes use of Kinect to provide all new way to interact with your content. Xbox SmartGlass allows any of your device to turn into second screen for Xbox experience. While some of the services are exclusive to Microsoft’s own platform, some of them are available across many platforms. Take Xbox Music, Xbox SmartGlass as examples, they are available on Windows, iOS and Android. According to recent job posting, Microsoft has a team working on bringing next generation entertainment experiences to the Windows, Android, and iOS platforms. They claim themselves as extremely well-funded startup and looking for people to develop iOS and Android apps based on Microsoft’s cloud platform. The interesting thing in ...

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Kobo was one of the first e-reading service that released their app on Windows platform. But the app was pulled few months back due to poor UX and performance. Kobo has today relaunched their app with all new design and user experience. Description: With Kobo, you can read on your Windows device anywhere, anytime. Download the Kobo app and browse from over 3.5 million free and affordable eBooks, comics and children’s books. Features: Pick up right where you left off. We’ll sync your bookmarks so you can keep reading across all your devices. Customize your reading experience. Enjoy crisp, clear text, in the size and style you prefer; try Night Mode for easier nighttime reading; and lock the screen in portrait or landscape mode to read how Enjoy first chapter previews for thousands of select books and save them in your library. Get access to more than 3.5M titles in ...

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Last month we reported about a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that got leaked which seemed to be a new SKU from Microsoft. The leaked build was named Windows 8.1 with Bing. There were reports that Windows 8.1 with Bing is Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization of low-cost devices with low licensing costs. Windows 8.1 ADK got leaked today and it provides us the information about the new Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing is targeted towards low-cost devices in which OEMs won’t be able to change the default search engine. However, users can manually change it if they want. This is a clever way to prevent Google from striking search deals with Windows OEMs. Windows 8.1 with Bing Windows 8.1 with Bing is a new Windows edition that helps OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive. ...

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The last major version of Microsoft’s graphics platform DirectX 11 was announced about 6 years back. Since then the desktop graphics API development has stagnated. During this time, AMD has developed their own set of APIs called Mantle. OpenGL/OpenCL has come a long way since then. Last week we reported that Microsoft is making some announcement about their next generation DirectX platform at Game Developers Conference in March. Microsoft is promising better tools that will allow developers to squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console. Today, Microsoft confirmed that they are revealing DirectX 12 at GDC on March 20, 10AM. All leading GPU makers AMD, Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm are on board. Read more about it from our previous post on this topic, Microsoft To Reveal Next Generation DirectX Platform At GDC In March Source: Microsoft ...

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@dovellonsky we plan to release on the store on Monday. — VideoLAN (@videolan) March 5, 2014   VideoLAN has today confirmed via Twitter that they are planning to release VLC Player in Windows Store on Monday(03/10/2014). After an initial wave of enthusiasm in a successful kickstarter campaign the team has faced setback after setback. The VLC decided to take an unorthodox approach in developing their Win8/WinRT app which would allow them to maintain much of their old code base. After multiple rejections in Windows Store, good to hear that it has finally passed the certifications. Also, the player is still a work in progress and don’t expect all the features in the version that is coming on Monday. Features of the v1 of this app coming on Monday, • Support for the entire music and video library. • Supports full touch. • Support Snap View. • advice on songs and ...

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Reading view is a cool new feature Microsoft released as part of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1. Reading view allows you to focus on the main content of the Web page you want to read, without the distractions of related (or unrelated) content surrounding the story. When you visit a compatible web page, IE will show a Reading View icon at the bottom next to the URL, just tap it to enjoy reading the web page in Reading view mode. While other browsers like Safari too provide this same feature, Microsoft detailed their effort to create this experience. One of the highlight is that, Microsoft created a whole new font called Sitka. IE 11 reading view takes advantage of a brand new font for Windows 8.1, called Sitka. It was developed for Microsoft by Mathew Carter, in collaboration with the Advanced Reading Technologies team that previously developed Clear Type text rendering ...

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MetroTwit for Windows Desktop was one of the best looking and well thought out apps on the Windows platform build with Metro design language. The developers behind that app later developed a Windows Store app which is optimized for touch devices. Similar to its desktop counter part, MetroTwit for Windows 8 was built on Metro design language. Over 400,000 users downloaded these apps since its release. Today, they announced that MetroTwit apps have reached their end-of-life due to Twitter’s token limit. Here is the message from the developers, We are saddened to announce the end-of-life of the MetroTwit for Desktop and MetroTwit for Windows 8 apps effective immediately. Due to the “access token limit” imposed by Twitter since August 2012, we are preemptively sunsetting MetroTwit due to technical limitations of Twitter’s API which may prevent existing users from accessing the app after the limit has been crossed. Effective immediately, we ...

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During OneDrive launch last month, Microsoft announced that extra 3GB of OneDrive storage will be added to accounts which has automatic camera backup enabled on their mobile devices. Many of us got the 3GB storage on the same day of the announcement, but some people didn’t get it. Microsoft today acknowledged the error and announced that they have fixed it. If you’re backing up your camera roll to OneDrive, you’ve now received your extra 3 GB of storage. Microsoft’s email regarding the same, Thank you for exploring OneDrive these past two weeks and being a big part of the OneDrive launch. We’re excited that you’re using OneDrive to automatically upload your photos and videos from your mobile device. We appreciate that you trust us to keep your important memories backed up and available across all your devices, including your Xbox. With the introduction of OneDrive, we offered you an extra ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft Windows had 2.1% of the worldwide tablet market with a total of 4 million units sold in 2013 according to Gartner. Microsoft is already working towards driving more sales volume. One such strategy is to produce low cost and high value devices. At MWC, Microsoft announced that they are reducing the hardware requirements of Windows for tablets in an effort to reduce the price of Windows tablets. Amrish Goyal, director of Windows business group in India told the following to TOI, “We are reducing our required hardware specification for Windows to bare minimum that is needed for good experience. We want to be price competitive with Android. We want to get the bill of material for Windows tablets down,” He also revealed that Microsoft will be selling tablets that cost around Rs 10,000 in the mid of 2014. “We will probably not sell a tablet ...

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NewsHunt mobile newspaper is now available for download from Windows Store. Description: NewsHunt, India’s #1 mobile newspaper app brings together News from 100+ regional newspapers in 11 Indian languages.Now also includes newspapers from Bangladesh & Africa. ‘NewsHunt’ is free and is used every day by millions of users around the world - Recipient of GSMA Mobile Awards 2013 for Best Mobile Publishing Product & mBillionth Award 2013 for News & Journalism - India’s Best News App & in top 10 smartphone consumed apps across all platforms by Neilsen Consumer Rankings - Top Ranked News App on Windows Phone 8 platform - Named the ‘Most Downloaded News App’, by GetJar.com with over 8 million downloads till date - Users spend more time on NewsHunt than on YouTube, according to a report by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights - Number 1 News App on Google Play in the free ‘News & Magazines’ category ...

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Just yesterday we reported that two of the Microsoft’s EVPs are leaving the company. The two people leaving are Tony Bates and Tami Reller. Tony Bates is currently the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group, responsible for the company’s relationships with key OEMs, strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors and developers. Before joining Microsoft through Skype acquisition, he held various positions including one at Cisco.  Tami Reller is currently executive vice president of Microsoft’s Marketing group, responsible for marketing to consumers and businesses globally. Microsoft confirmed the news today with a letter from CEO Satya Nadella to employees. Eric Rudder, who is the EVP of advanced strategy at Microsoft will temporarily take up Tony’s duties as he will be leaving the company immediately. While Tami Reller’s job will be taken over by Microsoft marketing executive Chris Capossela. There is also an interesting change in marketing division. Chris ...

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Clearance sale on certain PCs are going on at Microsoft Store and you can save up to $400 on some of them. Find some of them below, Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1: 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Touchscreen Ultrabook: 13.3-inch Quad HD+ touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 7.5 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. Razer Edge Touchscreen Gaming Tablet: 10.1-inch HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-3517U 8GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 4 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. There is a bunch of great deals going on at Microsoftstore.com for 8-inch Windows tablets. Most of them are under deal prices, so grab them before they go out of stock. Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB is now available for just $229, Dell Venue ...

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Gartner today released their worldwide tablet market share for 2013 in which a total of 195.4 million units were sold. Apple’s iOS share fell to 36% while Android took 61.9% of the market, thanks  to low-end small screen tablets attracting first time buyers. Microsoft Windows had 2.1% of the market with a total of 4 million units sold in 2013. Microsoft has a long way to go in tablet market to catch up to Apple and Google. In 2013, Microsoft’s tablet volumes improved but share remained small. Despite Microsoft now acting more rapidly to evolve Windows 8.1, its ecosystem still failed to capture major consumers’ interest on tablets. “To compete, Microsoft needs to create compelling ecosystem proposition for consumers and developers across all mobile devices, as tablets and smartphones become key devices for delivering applications and services to users beyond the PC,” said Ms. Cozza. Microsoft enjoys better shares in ...

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