Review Category : Windows 8

With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft is planning to update the Windows Store with completely new design. The new Windows Store has a new simple layout that lets you to browse through all the apps in the store. When you open the store, you will be greeted by a huge staff pick app on the left and ‘Picks for you’ section on the right of it. From there, you will be able to dig into the Store based on categories, search, etc,. Also you can see the new Windows Store in action from one of the leaked Windows 8.1 builds in the video above. Another major change you will notice is the new individual app page which you can see below. It also now features related app section and more. via:  Bavo ...

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Amazon Kindle app for Windows 8/RT devices just got a major update with new features. It has got a new redesigned in-book navigation, home screen and more. Check out the list of new features below. New Features: New! Search inside the book New! Redesigned home screen New! Sample recommended books New! Redesigned in-book navigation New! Easier bookmarking New! Redesigned Notes and Bookmarks with filtering New! Live Tile displays the book you’re reading Updated! View options menu Updated! Library and search views Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft is planning to update its core apps for Windows 8/RT devices along with the release of Windows 8.1. Weather app is also getting such update with support for larger live tile sizes, introductory video and more. Watch them it action in the video above. Local Weather – Quickly access 10-day and hourly forecasts, forecasts from multiple trusted providers, and historical weather averages. Day Drill Down – View each day’s forecast in detail with the day drill down feature, including day and night forecast and historical information. Places – Conveniently track current weather in the locations you care about most. World Weather – Browse current weather conditions for cities all over the world. Maps – Go deep in detail with radar, temperature, precipitation, cloud and satellite maps. See the weather in ski resorts around the world with snow forecasts, ski trail maps, ski deals & news, web cams and 360 ...

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We have already seen in the past where Microsoft made fun of Apple iPad in ads by comparing it with Windows tablets. This time, Dell XPS 10 is compared to Apple iPad. The  above video ad shows the multitasking capabilities of  Windows RT in Dell XPS 10 which is absent in iPad, the ability to have microSD card inserted into Dell XPS 10, and the semantic zoom option available in Windows RT to have an overview of contents. At last, the main difference between them is the price. Apple iPad 32GB costs $599 whereas Dell XPS 10 32GB costs just $399. ...

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One of the frequently requested feature to Microsoft regarding web browsing experience is a bookmarking feature. Microsoft has responded to it with the new Windows 8.1 Reading List feature. It allows you to save all the interesting things you find online or any other app to access it later. When you want to save it for later, go to Share button in the Charms Bar and select the Reading List option. These items will be synced across Windows devices including Windows Phones. It’s a beautiful app and you can see it action from the photos below. Source: WinChina ...

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With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 devices, Microsoft is giving users a choice on booting straight to desktop instead of Start Screen. Apart from this option, there are several other Start Screen settings that users can choose from. For example, you can now set your desktop background on the Start Screen, set to show the Apps view automatically whenever you go to Start, ability to list desktop apps first in the Apps view and more. via: Win8china ...

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WSJ reported few months back that Microsoft is planning to cut the Windows price it charges the OEMs to increase the sales. At Computex event held in Taiwan, Microsoft’s OEM division head Nick Parker has confirmed about the price cuts, but it is only applicable for tablets/PCs that are less than 10.1 inches in size. According to WSJ, Microsoft is cutting by two-thirds the cost to license Windows and Office software, or roughly $100 before marketing rebates Microsoft offers to PC makers. This may sound that there will be a significant reduction in price for Windows devices on retail. But it may not happen, here’s why. Microsoft is planning to ship Microsoft Office with all small sized tablets for free, so you can understand the logic behind price cuts. “I think this is revenue neutral, that the end price to the OEMs is neutral, but they’re throwing in Office,” said ...

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At Comutex, Acer announced a unique Windows 8 hybrid device called. Aspire R7. It has a special “Ezel Hinge” that moves the display forward and into different positions. Today Engadget reported that Acer is releasing a Star Trek edition of Aspire R7. Acer has manufactured just 25 of these special-edition convertibles, one of which it plans to offer up on eBay from June 14th through the 24th. All the proceedings will going to charity. If you are a fan of Star Trek and unique  industrial design, you might be interested in taking part in the bidding. Read more about the actual device below. Aspire R7, a revolutionary 15.6-inch notebook that will redefine the touch and type computing experience. Featuring a Full HD 1920×1080 touch screen, the Acer R7 was made for the new computing lifestyle, which increasingly combines touching and typing. With a repositioned keyboard and a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that they will be releasing Windows 8.1 preview on June 26th during BUILD conference. If you are planning to upgrade from your current Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 preview, you need to be careful. Because, you will have to re-install all the apps you have installed on your PC after upgrading Windows 8.1 to final version which will be released later this year. When the Windows 8.1 preview is made available, Windows 8 and Windows RT users will receive a Windows Update notification. Users can go to Windows Store, read the description and choose whether to install or not. Here is the procedure from upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 RTM, Even if testers opt instead to roll their devices back to Windows 8 after installing the preview bits, they still will have to reinstall their apps once they move to the RTM version of Windows 8.1. On ...

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WinZip for Windows 8 app in Windows Store just got updated with many new features. WinZip allows you to save and share files from your Windows 8/RT devices with direct integration with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The app comes with 15 day free trail after which you will need to subscribe to it for $7.99 per annum. Change log: - Add files and folders from Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive drives to a zip or zipx file - Open .zip, 7z, RAR and .zipx files saved on Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Save .zip and .zipx files directly to Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Remove files from a .zip or .zipx folder - Manage all your zip file sharing accounts: ZipShare, ZipSend, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive from a single convenient location - Direct email access to helpdesk - ...

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According to the study conducted by Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA Inc., Internet Explorer continues to be the most energy-efficient browser on Windows 8. The study concluded that compared to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer uses up to 18% power. Internet Explorer 10 exhibited the lowest energy consumption. In some scenarios such as playing Adobe Flash video on laptop PCs, it was 18% more energy efficient than Google Chrome, and it was 17% more efficient than Mozilla Firefox in playing HTML5 video. To put that in perspective,  if every Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox user in the United States switched to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 for a year, the energy saved could power over 10,000 households in the United States for that year. Here is the info from Microsoft, The 18% savings in energy consumption is significant. Consider that if every Google Chrome and Mozilla ...

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Microsoft today announced that new small screen x86 based Windows tablets like Acer Iconia W3 will come with full Office pre-installed. Office Home and Student 2013 version will be there out of the box. Tami also shared that new small screen x86 tablets including the recently announced Acer Iconia W3, will come with Office Home and Student 2013 right out of the box. For both businesses and consumers, we’re committed to making all Windows tablets, both x86 and ARM, great options for work as well as play. Microsoft also made some more announcements today. Microsoft: Outlook 2013 Coming To Windows RT Devices As Part Of Windows 8.1 Microsoft Demos Windows 8.1 Features (Video) Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Fujitsu has announced a new touchscreen ultrabook called LIFEBOOK UH90/L which it claims as the world’s thinnest Ultrabook. The main improvement comes with the display which features a touchscreen equipped wide-format IGZO 14-inch liquid crystal display, which reproduces images in an ultra-high 3200 x 1800 pixel display resolution. The LIFEBOOK UH90/L’s is powered by 4th-Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor. A 14-inch wide-format display fit into a standard 13-inch form factor The LIFEBOOK UH90/L’s advanced display panel utilizes IGZO technology to achieve an ultra-high display resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. With approximately 2.7 times the detail of Full HD combined with a pixel density of 262 ppi, users can enjoy ultra-high resolution digital photos that are given a vivid, real-life quality. This also allows text displayed on the screen to appear sharper and easier to read. The touch panel’s special surface processing, called Super Glide Coating, enables users to smoothly ...

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Sony has announced two new laptops, the VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo.  Both include Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processor inside (up to Core i7), Triluminous color rendering and X-Reality display engine technologies, Rapid Wake feature to bring the systems back up to speed quickly after sleeping, and USB ports can charge a device when the notebooks are in sleep mode or even powered down. There AC adapter has a USB charging port, too.  These notebooks will connect to any NFC enabled device by simply tapping it to the VAIO to share data and connecting via Bluetooth. The VAIO Pro is available in 11 inch or 13 inch touchscreen, weighing 1.92 lbs or 2.34 lbs respectively.  The VAIO Pro 13 will offer a high-speed PCIe SSD drive.  Both VAIO Pro models can connect the optional sheet battery to double the battery life of either, giving an estimate 11 – 14 hours battery life.   The ...

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Microsoft today launched new a program to help students and parents purchase a new Windows PC or Tablet for school. The new Windows Chip In website allows students with a valid .edu email address to crowd source funds to help them purchase a PC. They can choose from the Microsoft Store catalogue of devices with Microsoft Windows will “chip in” the first 10% of the cost of the PC via a discount to the overall cost. When a student fully funds the cost of a PC, Microsoft will also include  Office 365 University at no additional charge as well. How cool is that? As an icing on the cake, students wont have to pay shipping, handling or tax too.. Here’s how it works: Go to http://www.windowschipin.com/. Pick out the PC you’d like to help get funding for. Create an account. Ask friends and family to “chip In”. Fund and receive ...

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Skype team today released an update for Skype app for Windows 8 which brings in enhanced HD videos call support and improved video messaging experience. New Features: Enhanced HD Video Support We’ve added support for HD video in select scenarios. Depending on the sender’s camera, available network bandwidth and the receiver’s setup on x86 devices, callers may be able to send 720p video and receive 1080p video, thereby improving the overall quality and performance of the video call. Video Messaging continues in Preview We continue to improve video messaging and encourage you to try it. Video messaging enables you to share life moments with contacts whether they’re off or online. With this release we improved the stability of video messaging and made video messaging easier to find with improved notifications. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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