Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft today updated their Skype app in Windows Store. In April, Microsoft announced that their group video calling experience free to existing platforms, with additional device support coming soon. Today, with this app update, they are bringing the feature to Windows tablets and Windows 2 in 1 devices. Watch the video demo above to see how it works. We’ve found that most group calls take place between three or four participants.  When building the group video calling experience for modern Windows, we optimized so that the three most talkative people – plus yourself – are visible at the same time. However, you can be on a call with up to 10 people: their videos will show up once they start speaking. Also, if you want to see someone that isn’t currently talking, simply double tap on them and their video will go full screen.  To go back to the gallery of ...

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Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. Acer made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499 during the launch. Now, the device price has come down and it is available starting $918! Microsoft Store is now selling this at huge discounts. You can get the Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD model along with Office 365 for just $918. You can get the Intel Core i7-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD for $1049. Find the Microsoft Store listings below, Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD + Office 365 – Microsoft Store for $918 Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD ...

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Microsoft Research today spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. The live demo of the dog breed detector integrated Project Adam’s technology into Cortana. Apacible pointed a phone at the Dalmatian – named Cowboy – and asked it, “Cortana, what ...

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I love personalizing my desktop to suite by needs and themes are also a big part of it. Windows Personalization Gallery offers variety of themes, wallpapers for your Windows desktop free and they update it regularly with new content. Today, Windows team blog highlighted few of the recently added items. Do people still read the Iliad? I studied it in school, mumble years ago, and one of the few things I remember about it is that every single time sunrise is mentioned, it is described as “rosy-fingered dawn” or “dawn’s rosy fingers.” I don’t know about you, but I have never once looked at the brightening eastern sky and thought, “Yep, that looks like a pink hand.” But dawn certainly can be beautiful, so I’ve curated a luminous set of misty morning images that I hope will bring a touch of quiet serenity to your desktop. Now you don’t even have to ...

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Few days back, we reported about a Microsoft patent which described about a system displaying rich presentation taskbar buttons for a corresponding application. It seems this feature may be coming to Windows 9/Threshold in some form or the other. Today, Neowin reported few details about the upcoming version of Windows based on their sources within Microsoft. We already know that Windows Threshold will allow desktop users to avoid the current Start Screen by using the new Start Menu that will have Live Tiles. Also, some versions of Windows Threshold shipping for smaller tablets will not have desktop mode at all. Here is the summary of what Neowin reported today, Windows Threshold Desktop will have modern and more flat design than current Windows 7/Windows 8 design. Icons in the task bar are interactive, described as ‘mini Live Tiles’ by their source. Microsoft is toying with glance-and-go style functionality for the taskbar too. Read about it more here. Cortana ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held today, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner made some bold statements regarding Microsoft. First of all, he said that Microsoft is aware of the fact that they own only 14% of the total devices shipped. But, it also represents a big opportunity for Microsoft. To grab that opportunity, a new mindset is required and he revealed that Microsoft has the Challenger mind set now. “and this 14% presents a great opportunity for us to embrace that. And in this new world of 14% share, we have to have a new mindset. Because when you’re in a 90+ percent share world, you have a ‘protect and preserve’ mindset. When you have a 14% share, you have to have a ‘challenger’ mindset.” Kevin also said that Microsoft will be a great challenger driven by disruption, differentiation and speed. Even if Microsoft fails, he said Microsoft need to fail fast, learn and fix ...

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Fujitsu today announced FUJITSU Tablet ARROWS Tab Q335/K, an 8-inch Windows tablet for enterprise customers that will be made available worldwide from October 2014.Atom processor Z3735F and the latest Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. Enterprise can also buy it with Microsoft Office as an option. Product Features: Compact and lightweight ARROWS Tab Q335/K fits in one hand and is easy to use The compact tablet is equipped with the newest Intel® Atom™ processor Z3735F and an 8-inch wide-angle LCD display. By reducing the unit weight to less than 400 grams and limiting the width to 126 mm and the thickness to 9.9 mm, the tablet can be held with a single hand, therefore reducing fatigue after extended use. Digitizing paper forms, thick manuals and catalogues so that they can easily be carried around, this tablet is ideal for a variety of work in different fields. Can run Windows 8.1 Pro and ...

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At WPC 2014, Microsoft today spoke about competing with Google Chromebooks. Chromebooks saw a great momentum in the lower price point laptops and in schools last year. Microsoft is now working with their partners to better compete with them. Acer Aspire ES1 which sells for $249 has 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and 15-inch screen. They also revealed that Toshiba 11-inch Windows device with 32GB SSD is coming for $249 this holiday season. Microsoft also listed 6 things that Chromebooks can’t do while a Windows laptop can, Run native and web apps Run full Office Desktop apps Works well offline with limited bandwidth Works with many peripherals. Printer support. Do you have any experience with Chromebooks? How do they compare with Windows devices? ...

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Project Siena is a new product that enables your business experts, analysts, and imagineers to create transformative business apps. With Siena, they can now build custom apps with rich visuals, filled with custom intelligence and functionality, with no programming skills required. Today, they announced the availability of the Beta3 release of Project Siena which makes it even easier for business experts, business analysts and other app imagineers to create powerful custom mobile apps that are connected to enterprise services, major SaaS, and popular web and social services. Since we released Project Siena to the public, we have seen an immense level of excitement and usage from our enterprise customers and solution partners. We have seen business people create powerful, custom mobile-first apps, often in hours, without any programming needed at all. We have also seen mobile apps that transform business processes by extending back-end services and SaaS with signal-rich and media-rich experiences ...

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Edmodo is a “social learning platform” website for teachers, students, and parents. It is marketed as the Facebook for schools. The official Edmodo app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Edmodo takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect and collaborate—anytime, anywhere. Specifically designed for Windows 8.1, this app includes the full suite of features found on the Edmodo website as well as integrations with core Windows 8.1 tablet functionality, such as live tiles, split screen, and charms. Join the world’s largest K-12 social learning network. Features: Create secure groups that take learning beyond the classroom Connect and collaborate with students and fellow teachers Foster and continue discussions outside of school hours Post and turn in assignments, quizzes, polls, and more Gauge student progress on grades 3-12 Math and ELA Common Core with Snapshot, a micro-assessment ...

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Dropbox has yesterday released an updated Windows client with new streaming sync technology that will offer up to 2x faster transfer rate of files. The next time you need to sync a large video file (or any file over 16MB) from your computer to your connected devices or in a shared folder, Dropbox will make sure you get an extra sync speed boost. Streaming sync is just part of our latest version of the Dropbox desktop client. There’s a lot more here — including support for our four newest languages, and scrollable menu notifications to help you keep closer tabs on everything going on in your Dropbox. Plus, you can even create a shared link to files and accept shared folder invites right from the Dropbox menu! The updated desktop client is available here and you can read more about the update from the source link below. Source: Dropbox ...

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Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for the program. Today, Microsoft detailed the roll out of the program on their official blog. Microsoft has updated their website Windowsondevices.com withSDK document and examples.  Through this program we are introducing a new Windows Developer for IoT Portal, with documentation and examples to support the developer kits we are starting to ship in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program. If you have already signed-up for the program and didn’t receive any shipping information, you have to wait for your chance. We are rolling out this new program gradually to make sure that everything is working well and we’re ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Last week, Windows 9/Windows Threshold build 6.4.9788 was spotted in the Windows Store logs. This revealed us that Microsoft has already started testing Windows 9 in some form to run Window Store apps. Today, a screenshot of the build 9788 was leaked online which hints us that this Windows Build is already in the hands of the general public. Soon, we will know concrete info about whether this is a Windows 9 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 build. We reported about a rumor last month in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid ...

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Microsoft today announced Windows Apportals for the enterprise which can organize and reveal only the data and apps needed for a specific role or task. Windows Apportals pull together all the essential Apps and data you need right from the fabric of Windows 8. As a result, they are adaptive to any mobile environment. Main Features: Tile Groupings: Windows Apportals are composed of Tile Groupings similar to the Windows 8 Start screen. This instantly familiar interface is incredibly easy to use. Grid Tiles: Tile Groupings are built with “Grid Tiles,” similar to Live Tiles in that they can display streaming information. Unlike Live Tiles, these Grid Tiles are not repositionable by the user. Desktop Applications: Any application designed to run in Desktop Mode on Windows 8 can also launch and run in any Windows Apportal. Modern Apps: Applications native the Metro UI in Windows 8—sometimes called Windows 8 apps—also launch and run in ...

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Microsoft is now helping developers in making decisions to succeed in Windows Store app development. To compete with tens of thousands of apps in the Windows Store, developers can make use of the real data to make good decisions to help their app succeed. When developers decide to develop for a platform, the first question that arises is which app should they build. Developers can use a service such as AppFeds to get some overall data and get some insights. Games is by far the most popular category followed by apps in in the Entertainment, Education, Books and Reference, and Music and Videos categories of equal numbers. AppFeds provided the following thoughts on current Windows Store apps, If you’re looking for areas with fewer competitors—where it might be easier to find opportunities—you might focus on the smallest categories such as Finance, Security, Photos, Government, and Health and Fitness. If you’re planning to ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Today, an old Microsoft Research video was discovered which shows an early prototype of a automated personal assistant called Louise built to work on Windows. Project Louise is an ongoing, multiyear prototyping effort to build an automated personal assistant. This demo highlights the Louise Personal Assistant serving as a conversational natural user interface (NUI): multi-modal ...

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