Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft is always looking forward to attract more developers to its Windows platform and the recent App Builder rewards program is one of the ways in which it is trying to lure new developers. Join App Builder Rewards and you could win one of 28 Dell Venue 8 Pro tablets. Here is how it works, Join App Builder Rewards and enter your Windows Store apps to the Apps Quest. If your app has less than 100 downloads when you complete the Quest between January 21st and February 28th, you’ll get a $15 Windows Store gift card.** Use the members-only App Promotion Kit, Windows Store gift card and AdDuplex advertising impressions to reach 100 downloads before the end of February and earn your chance to win one of 28 devices. Want to increase your odds?  The more apps that get 100 downloads by Feb. 28th, the more App Builder Rewards points ...

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The Weather Channel app in Windows Store got recently updated and completely revamped.  The new app helps you in accessing the most accurate weather forecast available. It now features detailed weather forecasts, severe weather alerts and more. Highlights in the new update include: -Improved location management -Severe weather alerts -Enhanced video player and content -Updated live tile with location and improved info -Additional details on the current forecast section (humidity, wind, etc.) -Easier ability to check past weather data -Bug fixes and performance improvements -Enhanced integration with Bing Maps Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. This user guide package includes a range of guides and video tutorials that will help enterprise users take full advantage of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – raw files for printing Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business Windows 8.1 how-to video tutorials - A series of short videos (~4 minutes each) designed to educate business end-users on basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. Each video consists of real-world business scenarios, a full-screen demo with touch, mouse and keyboard guided by a voiceover providing additional information. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for your users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption. You can download the Windows 8.1 business user guide package from the Windows Enterprise site |Resources |Training. Microsoft also noted that this ...

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Yesterday, we reported about a new rumor that Windows 9 is coming in October this year as opposed to the previous reports that claimed Windows 9 is coming only in April 2015. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language and also some improvements to better integrate desktop and metro apps. Today, WZor posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows Store app is pinned to the taskbar. Windows 8.1 2014 Update leaked build no. is 6.3.9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237. via: WZOR ...

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Nokia has released its App Social app in Windows Store for Windows RT and Windows 8 users. App Social allows you to discover, browse and share apps both for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Features: Browse & Download apps recommended by App Social most popular users Sign up create your own profile and your own list of apps to share with your friends and the whole community Get followers and climb up the leaderboard Search for apps, applists and even users to save time All both for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps to enjoy an amazing companionship experience Get App Social on Windows Phone 8 from www.appsocial.nokia.com Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Last week, we posted about a report from Paul on Winsupersite claiming that Windows 9 codenamed Threshold will be released in April 2015. He also added that Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released and Microsoft is thinking to move away from Windows 8 brand to market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Today, WZor on Twitter claimed that Microsoft will RTM Windows 9 in October this year which I think is too early. http://t.co/qCZy2Lzt7G hey men ~ Win 9 released in April 2015? No! No! No! ..WIN RTM-0 RELEASED SIGN-OFF DEALINE IN 21 OCTOBER 2014 — WZor (@WZorNET) January 15, 2014 He particularly claimed that Windows 9 RTM will be released on October 21st of this year. I hope this rumor becomes true! ! Microsoft might provide us a glimpse on Windows 9 at BUILD conference later this year. Source: ...

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  Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet PC that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT.   Specs:   Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black   It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now.   Check out the deal here.   ...

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Earlier this month, we ran a story titled Forrester Research: Microsoft Trumps Apple And Samsung In Consumer Mindshare in which we reported that Microsoft trumped both Samsung and Apple in the consumer mindshare survey. Here is an another report from Forrester Research, Microsoft passed Apple in a 2014 measurement of customer opinions of what it was like to deal with the company. In last year’s report, Microsoft was trailing behind Apple and now they have improved their scores to beat them. The survey attempts to quantify the somewhat squishy and hard-to-define criteria of customer experience. Forrester assigns each company a customer-experience index score based on a survey of how 7,500 U.S. consumers responded to these three questions: How enjoyable were they to do business with? How easy were they to do business with? How effective were they at meeting your needs? How was your experience with Microsoft in the past year? Did ...

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Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 power user guide for business. This guide is more focused on a enterprise user and you can learn about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as updated File Explorer, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast support, and SkyDrive Pro. With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new Task Manager and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and fluid access to the world. And best of all, you can do it all feeling confident that your important data is secure. With the advanced features of Windows 8.1, you can get the most out of your device. Download it for free from Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 for download. S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft made the following announcement on his blog regarding this release. This morning we made available the final version of Update 1 for Visual Studio 2013.  This is a targeted update, addressing some key areas of customer feedback since the Visual Studio 2013 release.  For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1.  Full details of the changes are available here.  Download the update now or wait to get it through Visual Studio update notification in the coming weeks. Microsoft also promised to deliver regular updates for VS 2013 with Update 2 is now on the way. Update 2 is their first major feature update which will be made available this spring. ...

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Dell today announced Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro Windows tablets in India. Both these tablets runs on full Windows 8.1 powered by Intel processors. Dell Venue 8 Pro: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC/64GB eMMC 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera Color: Black Dell Venue 11 Pro: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 10.8 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1920 x 1080) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC/64GB eMMC Color: Black The Venue 8 Pro will be available starting next month at Rs 26,499 and the pricing of Venue 11 Pro has not yet been announced. Both these devices ...

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Microsoft Board of Directors launched a search for a replacement for Steve Ballmer, looking both externally and internally from August 23rd last year. Since they’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company and in December revealed that the process is still going on. They identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused their energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals. According to various reports, the 20 individuals included Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner, Stephen Elop, Alan Mullaly, Steve Mollenkopf, Hans Vestberg and others. While the search process might end in the coming weeks/months, everyone believed that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer who are the largest shareholders of Microsoft might stay in the Microsoft’s board for years to come. According to latest report from Recode, despite owning about four percent of the company, people familiar with the situation revealed ...

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  Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2 users in December and then later pulled it due to issues caused by the update. Microsoft then said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. Today, there are reports that Microsoft Surface Pro 2 users are receiving firmware update dated 18/01/2014. Microsoft is yet to confirm whether this is the fix for the firmware update released last month or something different.   Source: Surfaceforums via: ZDNET Microsoft Releases Firmware Updates For Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 With Lots Of Improvements Surface Pro 2 Firmware Patch Pulled From Windows Update; Fix Will Come Next Year Microsoft Working Through The Holidays ...

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Microsoft is competing with market leader Amazon in providing cloud services. They are already in price war and delivering reliable and top notch performance is a must have in this business. The cloud pricing scheme differs on performance levels and the new patent from Microsoft researchers revealed a new pricing approach where customers can either bid a price they’re willing to pay or to be quoted a price based on the system’s estimate of the resources needed to deliver that performance. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft delivers this pricing scheme to its customers. Abstract: Described are performance-based pricing models for pricing execution of a client job in a cloud service. Client-provided performance-related parameters are used to determine a price. The price may be a minimum bid price that is evaluated against a bid received from client bidder to accept or reject the bid. Alternatively, the price may be returned ...

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Sharp has announced a new 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet called RW-16G1. It is powered by Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The main highlight of the machine is the 3200X1800 QHD+ IGZO display. As you expect, it is also a touchscreen with stylus support. Its a 2.7-pound, 0.5-inch thick tablet and it offers a battery life of upto 9 hours. It also includes a Mini DisplayPort, 3 USB 3.0 ports and a SD card slot. On the networking side, it has IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 support and NFC too. The device will go on sale in March with unknown price tag. Sharp is clearly targeting professionals and developers with this unit. Source: Sharp ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft opened up the registration process for Build 2014 developer conference. Build 2014 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2 – 4. The conference got sold out today. I think the steep registration amount of over $2000 is the reason Build 2014 took about 24 hours for selling out all its tickets. Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows 9 and the developer story behind the future of Windows. Build is our premier developer event, targeted at people who want to create experiences that span PC, tablet, phone, console, server, and cloud, and at this year’s event we will share what is coming for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Xbox, Visual Studio and more. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll be talking about what Microsoft is doing to protect your technology investments, regardless of their form: tools, skills, language preferences, code, and apps, ...

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