Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft Office suite didn’t add any completely new app in the past few years. Speaking to GeekWire,  John Case, a Microsoft Office corporate vice president for marketing hinted about the next generation app experiences that is coming soon from the Office team. He highlighted the fact that the OneNote app which was added as a completely new app to Office suite in 2003 is now being used by millions of people. “We’ll do more things like that, that will be about different form factors and different applications,” he said. “The Office suite has been very consistent. We haven’t had new apps in a long time. We’ll have some new app investments coming. New ways of creating content, new ways of storing and organizing content.” “As much we love Word, Excel and PowerPoint, there’s another generation of app experiences we want to enable. Some of it will feel like big stuff, ...

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Last week we reported about Bloomberg claiming that Ford is planning to switch from Windows to Blackberry’s QNX OS for their next-generation Sync system. The report said that Ford is expecting that the QNX based SYNC system will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system. However, the real story seems to be different. Speaking to CNET at MWC, Ford managing director Pin van der Jagt revealed that Ford is always questioning and evaluating suppliers and in the same process they are re-evaluating the Microsoft deal as part of normal business. “Sync 1 and 2 was done with Microsoft but we are not married with them. For us, it’s a supplier, so every time we keep evaluating is it the right partner,” he said. This does not mean Microsoft is out and QNX is in. He commented the following ...

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Twitter released its official client for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store last year. It has some basic features which should serve most of the people. If you are looking for a full fledged Twitter client, then try out Tweetium. If you have a large display, Tweetium has a beautiful landscape flow layout which combines optimal information density and rich media. Also, you can choose from different themes as well. There is also a Tweetium Pro subscription option that will enable lots of other features such support for up to 5 accounts, TweetMarker support and more. Find the full list of features below. Features: Modern flow layout combines the best of information density and rich media Flexible design adjusts to portrait, snap, and everything in-between Smart streaming-based feed with robust connectivity and suspend/resume handling. No more manual refreshing! Post new tweets with fast username auto-complete. Photo upload support – including ...

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As per previous reports, Microsoft is set to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to users sometime in April. Paul Thurrott has today confirmed that Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. The timing seems to be interesting as Microsoft is planning to release them on the last day of Build developer conference. 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 the ...

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Currently, there is no way you can buy Windows Enterprise Edition SKU without Software Assurance agreements. It is changing now as Microsoft has confirmed that they are selling Windows Enterprise as a standalone upgrade option. Mary Jo Foley reported about this change and received the official confirmation from Microsoft about their new policy. Read it below. “We have heard from customers of all sizes who could benefit from being able to use Windows Enterprise and we have responded to that feedback with the availability of Windows Enterprise as a standalone upgrade option. Additionally some customers per internal policy are unable to enter annuity agreements. This change expands the availability of the Enterprise edition to now include these customers. Windows Enterprise will be available as a standalone upgrade SKU in the Open and Select/Select Plus programs beginning March 1, 2014. “Besides the new set of options to obtain Windows Enterprise, for most ...

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Back in 2011, Facebook released a new app called Messenger for Windows which lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can chat and message with your friends on Facebook, see the latest updates from your friends in ticker, get quick notifications about what’s going on. Today, Facebook announced that they are discontinuing the product on March 3rd. Facebook didn’t provide any particular reason for this action, but we guess Facebook is now trying to focus on mobile platforms. Recently, Facebook announced that they will be releasing Messenger app for Windows Phone devices soon. ...

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Last year we reported that Microsoft is joining fido alliance to enable stronger and simpler authentication system for consumers. Dustin Ingalls, group program manager for Windows security and identity team spoke with Computerweekly on the problem of ineffective authentication that relies on usernames and passwords. Microsoft has joined other industry leaders to define standards for the next gen authentication system. “From a business objective standpoint, all the players are well aligned and agree that passwords have been problematic for a number of years and are well past their time,” The only way to solve this problem is to get all the major players at the same table and the Fido alliance has the potential of making that happen,” He highlighted the fact that usability is critical from the start according to the Fido Alliance principles, and Microsoft is looking to work with the alliance to achieve this objective along with all the ...

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Last week we reported about a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that got leaked which seemed to be a new SKU from Microsoft. This Windows 8.1 build: 9600.17024.winblue_gdr_s14sku_partner.140214-1700 was named Windows 8.1 with Bing. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has started integrating Bing directly into the OS which might raise anti-trust issues in EU. We guess it then that this new SKU might be targeted towards EU where Microsoft might be selling Windows 8.1 with Bing instead of just Windows 8.1 branding. Today, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that this Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU might be the way Microsoft will offer OS for free to OEMs. This new SKU, from what my contacts are saying, is key to Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization. I hear this SKU has only minor differences from the current Windows 8.1 SKUs, but that it may be a kind of placeholder for the future when consumer operating ...

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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. Finally, 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. Find the session info below. DirectX: Evolving Microsoft’s Graphics Platform For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet. However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. ...

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Microsoft Surface is the official tablet for NFL sports event in the US. There were lots of marketing going around NFL for Surface in the past few months. The Surface logo and visuals have been a visible addition to all the games this past season, showing up on the sidelines on the communication carts and instant replay hoods. But it goes well beyond that, Surface has also been used in trials with many teams across the NFL, as a tool to help assist medical personnel in the area of player health and in front office operations as a powerful tablet that can go from the desktop to the field. Team use and integration into the operations of managing a NFL franchise will only increase in future seasons. Microsoft assisted NFL in releasing all its official app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. They recently detailed the NFL Combined Dashboard app ...

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Microsoft today announced that one finalist team in its Imagine Cup global student technology competition will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates. This will allow the winning team of students to interact with Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation chairman in person to share their dreams and excitement for a brighter future. Imagine cup is scheduled to happen in Redmond, Wash., from July 29 – Aug. 1. And so I’m very pleased to announce that one Imagine Cup World Finalist team will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That team of students will get the chance to share their dreams and their excitement for a brighter future in person with this entrepreneur, innovator, and humanitarian. We’re very grateful to share this opportunity with the students of Imagine Cup. And if it sounds like something you’ve ...

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 Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices just got updated in Windows Store. The key improvement included is the ability to drag and drop songs or albums to create or re-order playlists. Key updates include: Drag and drop songs or albums to create and re-order playlists, build your now playing queue and beef up your collection Large page headers now hide as you scroll, leaving more room for your content App Features: Manage your personal music collection Create and edit playlists of your favorite songs Import your playlists from iTunes Listen for free! Stream millions of songs from Xbox Music on your Windows 8/Windows RT device Play your music on any Windows 8/Windows RT device you sign into Get an Xbox Music Pass for ad-free streaming and downloading on multiple devices Buy songs and albums to add to your personal collection Radio instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists ...

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TouchMe Gesture Studio allows you to customize your very own Touchscreen gestures on your Windows 8 touch devices like Surface Pro, Dell Venue, etc. You can export your gesture file and use it with any gesture engine you like. Choose from over 30 gestures, roam your gestures between all your devices. You can even mimic keyboard shortcuts, change volume, switch between apps, and more using gestures. Touchscreens have improved the way we all interact with our computers! By using TouchMe Gesture Studio, you can create, edit, and export custom gesture files to take things one step further! Gestures available include: • 2/3/4/5 Finger Swipe up/down/left/right • 3/4/5 Finger Pinch in/out • 2/3/4/5 Finger TipTap left/right Actions currently available: • Show/Hide Touch Keyboard • Increase/Decrease Volume • Increase/Decrease Brightness • Open/Close/Switch Browser Tabs • Show the TaskBar • Sleep, hibernate, Sign Out, Lock, Shut down, and Restart • Mimic Keyboard Shortcut ...

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As Microsoft and Nokia are close to completing the acquisition deal, both the companies are aligning themselves to start working on respective companies from Day 1 once the deal is completed. Nokia has already started reporting Devices and Services division under separate category in its financial reports. Nokia’s HERE team, CTO office has moved to different campus in Finland. Microsoft is also making some changes to accommodate the incoming Nokia group. The main change is that Stephen Elop will become the EVP of Devices division at Microsoft. Currently, Julie Larson-Green is looking after that job at Microsoft, and since the deal is close to completion, she is now moving on to new role at Microsoft. Larson-Green will become chief experience officer for products including Bing, Office and Skype, among others products. She’ll report to Qi Lu, the executive vice president who leads the Applications and Services Group. Read more about her role ...

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Last Friday, Nokia 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. You can download it from Windows Store for free. Description: HERE Maps is a complete mapping app designed to work with or without a Wi-Fi or data connection. With HERE Maps you can download and take your maps with you on your tablet. Get walking, driving and public transit directions to the places you want to go, all completely offline. HERE Maps is a perfect companion for your smartphone. Plan where you want to go and save places so you can find them easily with your phone when you’re out and about. HERE. ...

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At Mobile World Congress today, HP announced a new business focused mid-range Windows tablet called ProPad 600. This business focused Windows tablet comes with a 10.1-inch  1,920 x 1,200, optically bonded display that supports pen input. Also the build quality is down to plastic from aluminum and the CPU is 64-bit Intel Baytrail chip. The device will also sport 8MP camera on the back, 2MP camera on the front and Micro-HDMI support as well. The device will also come with a microSD slot and a standard micro-USB port for charging. Since it is a mid-range device, there is no option for LTE Radio and there is no support for HP Smart Jackets as well. The device will hit the market in April 2nd – 3rd week.   ...

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