Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft is going to run its first Super Bowl ad on Sunday during Seahawks vs Broncos NFL match. I was surprised to know that Microsoft has never took part in the famous Super Bowl marketing ads. This time, Microsoft is going to show an ad for Surface Pro device and how it is empowering people with disabilities. Former football player Steve Gleason uses Microsoft Surface to communicate and inspire others diagnosed with ALS. Watch the video above to know more. Another ad might be just focused on Microsoft branding that it empowers people. Five year old Braylon O’Neill was born missing the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs. Now, he’s making strides, pushing limits, and playing sports because of Microsoft technology. It is good to see that Microsoft is taking efforts to remind people that they are still a key player in the technology world. Recently, Apple ...

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Microsoft is not just fixing and tweaking Windows 8.1 to better serve enterprise users, there is another important component for enterprise which is Internet Explorer. Lots of enterprises depend on IE everyday for their legacy and custom built internal apps. Since Windows 7 shipped with Internet Explorer 8, it became the de-facto standard for designing apps. Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 versions for Windows 7 after that. Often, these latest versions breaks compatibility with sites designed for Internet Explorer 8. ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley today reported that Microsoft is working on a new Enterprise Mode feature in IE11 that will allow enterprises to run their websites and custom apps in IE8 mode. There may be a Microsoft-made solution to this dilemma, however. Sources say it’s a new IE feature known as EMIE. Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it’s referred to internally, is supposedly going to ...

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Microsoft recently got their patent for one of the most unique thing on Windows 8, its Start Screen. Yes, Live Tiles arranged on a background is now patented by Microsoft. In 2011, Microsoft got their patent on Windows Phone Start Screen UI. You can read about it here. You can find the two patents related to Windows Phone Start Screen UI here and here. Recently, Samsung announced a new Magazine UX for its tablets. It is basically a tweaked version of Windows 8 Start experience. Yes, you got large Live Tiles for different apps which you can arrange on your home screen similar to what Windows 8.1 provides to users now. I guess, patents like this might stop companies like Samsung from copying their designs. Source:USPTO via: Winbeta ...

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More screenshots of Windows 8.1 got leaked today and as previously rumored, there seems to be an option to enable minimize and close button for Metro apps. As you can see in the image below, there is a black bar on top of PC Settings page which has Close, Minimize and other Windows options buttons. Another bad news for Metro UI lovers is that Microsoft is now booting straight to desktop instead of Start screen in an effort to please keyboard and mouse users. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft added an option to select boot to desktop as an option, but with the upcoming update, Microsoft is planning to make it by default. What do you think of these changes? Source: WZOR ...

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If you are a fan of Marvel and Marvel games, then this is a good news for you. Marvel Run Jump Smash! game is now available for download in the Windows Store. Description: Run, jump, and smash as Marvel Heroes in a brand new endless runner! Compete with friends and fight Super Villains and their henchmen! How far can you make it? Fly as Iron Man! Smash as The Incredible Hulk! Run and Jump as Cap! Run and Gun as Super Spy Black Widow! Unlock additional Super Heroes… Swing as Spider-man! Shoot arrows as Hawkeye! Unleash the Thunder as Thor! Binary Blast as Captain Marvel! Dodge obstacles and fight Super Villains like Loki to progress as far as you can. Increase your score by switching between characters and activating each Super Hero’s unique Special Attack. Collect coins and boosts on your run. Then buy special power-ups to boost your distance and score. ...

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Last week, we reported about VLC Player for Windows 8‘s upcoming Zune like UI. Yesterday, VideoLAN team shared more screenshots of the current UI they are working on. Also he provided a shot update on the progress of the work, they are going to submit in to Windows Store in next couple of days. We’ve worked a lot on the audio crashes, and finally decided to rewrote the audio stack for Windows Metro platforms. Hopefully, this will allow us to finally pass the Store validation. This kept us busy during the holidays. See more screenshots below. Source: VLC ...

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The Official Super Bowl XLVIII Interactive Game Program is now available in Windows Store for $1.99. You can get up to speed with everything you need to know about the teams playing in the game and more. Description: The National Football League presents the Official Super Bowl XLVIII Interactive Game Program. The app has everything you need to know about the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks plus video highlight recaps for every week of the 2013 season! Get ready for the Super Bowl with: ° All content from the printed 288-page commemorative program, enhanced for your tablet device. The app also has a gallery of images and information about every previous Super Bowl, including high-resolution images of every Super Bowl ring; and a thorough recap of the 2013 regular season and playoffs. ° New this season: ° Animated starting lineups and stadium renderings; real-time Twitter and ...

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Microsoft is showcasing some enterprise customers who are deploying Microsoft Surface and German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen is the latest one to join the list. Volksbank chose Microsoft Surface over Apple iPad because of the full Office suite availability and other enterprise uses that focuses on productivity. They are using it to train their incoming young employees. Watch the video above to see it in action. German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen decided to up their game and acquire better young talent into their training academy program by deploying Microsoft Surface tablets. As new hires enter the Volksbank Academy, they are given a Surface in order to get familiar with the bank’s Microsoft/Office/Windows environment and to interactively train on bank procedures and practices via a custom modern app. Now Volksbank’s training material is instantly up to date and trainees can access all the materials instantly and from anywhere. ...

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Microsoft today announced that former US President Bill Clinton will deliver keynote address at SharePoint 2014 conference. SharePoint conference 2014 is scheduled to happen on Monday, March 3rd at 8:30 am.  All registered attendees can attend the keynote. SharePoint 2014 conference agenda includes more than 200 sessions on SharePoint, Yammer and Office 365 and product roadmap and feature announcements. Conference location is Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, USA. Click Here  for more information about the event. Source: SharePoint ...

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Speaking to The Guardian, UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude revealed that UK government is planning to switch its productivity suite from Microsoft Office to some Open source solutions. UK government spends tens of millions of pounds a year to Microsoft and other software companies for using their software and they are looking to cut those costs. He believes that costs would come down by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF), such as OpenOffice and Google Docs. I agree with OpenOffice in his argument, but Google Docs? Speaking at a cross-government event showcasing new online services on Wednesday, Maude will say: “The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace. “I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need ...

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Digitimes today reported that Samsung will no longer launch conventional notebook models except few Chromebooks in 2015. Essentially, they are ending their R&D on new Windows laptops while they continue to sell their existing models. Samsung had a strong growth in Windows laptops segment 2 years back, but since then it has lost its game with Lenovo and decreasing consumer demand for laptops. Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Samsung aimed to ship 17 million notebooks in 2013 but actually shipped 12 million units, the sources said. On a related note, Asus notebook shipments are expected to reach 20 million units in 2014, up from 18.5 million units in 2013. Source: Digitimes ...

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At CES earlier this month, Lenovo announced the MIIX 2 10-inch Windows tablet. Even though it was expected only in March, it was listed in Lenovo.com today with a reasonable price tag. The 10-inch MIIX 2 weighs only 1.3 lbs. and is only 0.36-inches thick. It comes with a new 64-bit enabled quad-core Intel Atom processor 1, a full HD 1920×1200 10-point touchscreen display, Wi-Fi (and optional 3G), JBL surround speakers for great sounding audio, up to 128GB of eMMC storage and a microSD slot for adding up to 32GB of storage . The 10-inch MIIX 2 also comes with a 720p high resolution 2 megapixel front and 5 megapixel rear cameras. And it has all day battery life. It comes in Silver Grey color and have a mini HDMI port to display content on larger screens, an SD card reader, micro USB port and microSD cards along with USB ...

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Microsoft today officially confirmed the renaming of SkyDrive brand to OneDrive. Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life. Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more. The users of SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro won’t see any interruption on the services, but the name of the services will move to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as ...

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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 8 Pro 32GB is now available for $299, Toshiba Encore for $249 and Lenovo Miix 2 8 for $249. All these devices comes with 8-inch HD display, Intel Atom Z3740 1.33 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 1.86 GHz CPU, 2GB RAM and Windows 8.1. Find the deal links below, Check out Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB deal here. Check out Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB deal here. Check out Toshiba Encore Tablet deal here. Check out Lenovo Miix 2 8 Tablet deal here. ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced few changes and improvements in the Windows Store onboarding and publishing process to make things easier for app developers. For example, you can now set exact date, time with time zone on when you app should go live in Windows Store, you can now relist the app at anytime to fix some critical issues, you can now end support for Windows 8 without disturbing the latest app in the store and more. From Windows team blog, Setting your app’s release date and time First off, we’ve added more control to choosing the release date for your app. Previously, when you submitted an app, it went live in the Store as soon as certification and the process of publishing the app was completed, or you could select a future date to publish your app. Now you have more control over when publishing begins. Rather than only choosing the date, ...

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The leaks of Windows 8.1 Update 1 continues. Everyday, we are coming to know about new feature/tweaks that Microsoft is working on Windows 8.1. Today’s leak reveals couple of significant changes. As you can see in the screenshot above, Microsoft is now adding two new buttons next to user account menu. You now have Search and Power buttons which will allow you to access search and power options. Previously, these two options were hidden in Charms menu. Even though this is good news for users to access these items with ease, I personally think this is adding clutter to the Start screen. The second significant change is related to right click context sensitive menu. Currently in Windows 8.1, you will have right click options in App bar, but in this Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build, you can see that Microsoft is now displaying traditional style right click menu whenever ...

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