Review Category : Windows 8

When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, 5 different SKUs with various configurations was revealed. However, only the Intel Core i5 models was made available for sale till now. Starting this August 1st, Surface Pro 3 versions with a Core i3-4020Y and Core i7-4650U will be available for customers. Intel Core i3 version starts at $799 whereas Intel Core i7 starts at $1549. AnandTech today posted a detailed post on the new low cost Intel Core i3 Surface Pro 3 version. As expected, the performance is below the Intel Core i5 version of Surface Pro 3, but how much? Does Intel Core i5 justify the extra $200 cost? Here is the conclusion from AnandTech, Subjectively, the entry level Surface Pro 3 feels pretty quick. Even running at only 1.5GHz, a pair of Haswell cores are plenty fast. The real question is whether or not the extra $200 is ...

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Along with the release of Modern Combat 5  for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, Gameloft also released the game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Game Description: Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooter games once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds. Features: > 4 customizable classes that you can level up across single- and multiplayer > Activate class-specific skills by earning and spending Skill Points > Epic team clashes in Squad vs. Squad matches > Talk to other players in Global and Squad Chat > Individual and ...

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Maleficent Free Fall is new game from the creators of Disney’s #1 hit game Frozen Free Fall. This is a match 3 puzzle-adventure, inspired by Disney’s epic live-action film Maleficent, you’ll embark on a spectacular journey with exciting and challenging objectives like you have never seen before! The new update is bringing lots of new content to the game, Well well, here’s an update with 40 brand new levels AND two new gameplay modes: • Now play through 145 puzzles! • All-New “Wallerbog Mud Fight” Gameplay – Take on this tiny creature in a fun mud fight at the Moors! • “Two Hearts Together” Game Mode – Bring Aurora and Prince Phillip’s hearts together to create a love match! Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today highlighted one of their successful customer stories in the sports business. The British & Irish Lions rugby team uses Microsoft as their secret weapon Microsoft for their success. Microsoft’s devices and services helped them win a 41-16 triumph over the Qantas Wallabies in the tournament final (a Test Series decider) in front of 84,000 people at Sydney Olympic Park in July 2013. If Microsoft was a rugby player on the Lions all-star 2013 team, it would’ve been the head coach – the one ultimately responsible for bringing every element together, says Charlie McEwen, head of sales and marketing for the Lions. He says it was responsible for communicating, adapting, directing and evolving the best components to succeed. This team is using Microsoft technologies right from hosting their apps and websites in the cloud to Xbox for entertainment for their players during free time. Fans around the world followed the Lions’ every ...

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Chitika Ad Network today released their report on the distribution of web usage among leading tablet devices for early July 2014 in the U.S. and Canadian tablet. The results are not so encouraging for Microsoft. Despite the fire sale of Surface RT tablets followed by Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in the market, Microsoft tablets accounted for only 1.4% of the total market. When you compare this to last year’s numbers, Microsoft has almost tripled it from 0.5%. But, you have to compare this with the market leader Apple which dominates the list with 78% usage share. Even though these numbers may not be highly accurate, this report shows that Microsoft has a very long way to go in tablet market in the coming years. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to bounce back into market with cheaper and more affordable tablets from the OEMs and flagship tablets from itself. What do ...

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During the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the Windows OS and the first-party devices and he said that Microsoft is approaching the Windows OS business with a bold, challenger mindset and pushing both the product and business model forward. He highlighted the fact that Windows licenses are zero dollars for any OEM building a device less than nine inches and also added a low-cost Windows offering with Bing integration for OEMs. These changes are expected to bring Windows tablets and clamshells at lower price points. Microsoft is also optimistic about first-party hardware given the early signs from Surface Pro 3’s performance in market. In the coming year, Microsoft will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes and also Microsoft will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user ...

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When it comes to Online Services business which included Bing, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars over the years. Despite the loss. Microsoft was more focused on building the business and now Bing has turned to be platform that powers various Microsoft products such as Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, and many others. At earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that they are expecting Bing to be profitable on a standalone basis in FY15. I am pleased to see the progress with Bing now more than 19% U.S. query share and strong RPS Growth. Going forward we will drive our Bing related investments to contribute to the core digital work and life experiences such as Cortana, Smart Search, Delve, Power Q&A and many others. We expect Bing to be profitable, on a standalone basis, in FY16. Also, as you can notice in the slide above, Bing search advertising revenue ...

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Wacom has released their Bamboo Paper app for Windows 8 devices. Bamboo Paper allows you to capture your thoughts and ideas by taking notes, sketching and drawing. For a limited time, you will be able to get all premium writing and drawing tools for free, so download the app soon. LIMITED TIME – FREE TOOLS To celebrate the launch of Bamboo Paper for Windows 8, we are making available all premium writing and drawing tools FOR FREE! Download now to get the maximum out of Bamboo Paper! * TOOLS & PRECISE INKING Use a selection of pen tools for writing, sketching, coloring and marking. Our zoom function allows you to draw or write precise lines to fit more notes onto the page. Wacom’s vector based ink engine provides the best drawing and writing quality on Windows 8. ANNOTATE Add images or photos to your page and sketch or write on ...

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With the Scribd app, you can get unlimited access to over 400,000 books for just $8.99 / month. The books are from over 900 publishers, including NYT bestsellers, literary classics, groundbreaking non-fiction, and reader favorites in every genre. It also includes world’s largest digital document collection, with millions of user-uploaded written works. Scribd has now extended its free trial period from 30 days to 90 so you can enjoy instant access to more than 300,000 books from more than 900 publishers. Features: Instant access to 300,000+ books from 900+ publishers in every genre Discover new favorites with our editorial collections and personalized recommendations Millions of user-contributed documents and written works No limits: read as much as you want – service is available worldwide Works across your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows device, or browser – books are synced automatically Pin your favorite book to the side screen for easy access   You ...

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Microsoft vision of one Windows for all devices started few years back. First, they started their work on unifying the core of the OS and it became evident from the release of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 is based on the same NT core on which Windows 8 is built. It enabled OEMs to write one driver for both their phones and other devices running Windows. With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft enabled Universal apps that shares most of the underlying APIs in all the devices. With the upcoming Windows9/Threshold  release, Microsoft is looking to further unify the development process. They are building a new UI framework at the core of the “One Microsoft” OS. This will enable developers to create UI that works well across all of our devices: phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox. A recent job posting revealed that Microsoft is ...

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 builds got leaked on the web few weeks back. Those builds revealed that Windows 8.1 Update 2 does not include any new features for the consumers, instead it includes platform improvements that will improve the under the hood experience. As per the recent document leak, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 in August on Patch Tuesday (8/12). Apart from Windows 8.1 Update 2, Microsoft is already testing Windows 9/Threshold builds which is expected to include major changes to the Modern UI framework, and some amazing new features for the enterprise. Source: @Angelwzr   ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals are now live in Windows Store. It includes many popular games like Dragon’s Lair, Spectral Soul and more. Find the list of games and Windows Store links from the list below. “Dragon’s Lair” ($4.99 in the Windows Store, usually $9.99) brings the arcade classic to your living room, including Don Bluth’s distinctive animation. It includes all of the original scenes of a valiant knight’s quest to rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. But it also has a new global high scores list so you can show how well you wield Dirk the Daring’s sword. Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. “Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish” (99 cents in the Windows Store), ($1.49 in the Windows Store), “Spectral Souls” ($5.99 in the Windows Store – usually  $15.99 “Red Crow ...

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Yesterday we reported that, Lenovo has stopped selling all its smaller display Windows tablets in the US. It includes ThinkPad 8 and Lenovo Miix 2 consumer tablet as Lenovo is not seeing enough interest for small Windows tablets in the US. Lenovo executive said, “In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets. If market demand for ThinkPad 8 changes, we will re-evaluate our strategy.” Today, Lenovo completely backtracked from what that executive told regarding their Windows tablet strategy. They announced that they will continue to sell new Windows devices in the market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and ...

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If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet, then this is a great deal for you. TigerDirect is now selling Acer Iconia W510 Windows tablet for just $199. The Acer Iconia W510-1620 Tablet is powered by Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor, 2GB of DDR3, 32GB of internal storage, 10.1″ HD display for a outstanding visual performance and it runs on full Windows, which means you can install all your legacy Windows apps on it. Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor; delivers a superb computing performance 2GB of DDR3 memory; enhanced multitasking capabilities 32GB internal storage; provides enough space for your various files 10.1″ HD display; delivers crisp, clear visuals for your viewing pleasure Windows 8 OS; includes the latest Windows operating system   Find out the deal here from TigerDirect. ...

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Dell today became the largest ecommerce vendor to accept Bitcoin payments in the US. Customers can choose any product on Dell.com and use Bitcoin as payment method to enjoy this new feature. Dell is partnering with Coinbase, the world’s largest platform for buying and selling bitcoins for US dollars at the current market rate. How to use it? When you’re ready to make a purchase, just add your items to your cart, fill out your shipping details and choose Bitcoin as your payment method. When you submit your order, you’ll be taken to Coinbase.com to complete your purchase. From here, you can choose to pay directly from your bitcoin wallet by using the generated payment address or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone. Or, if you have a Coinbase account, you can log in and send payment directly. Once your payment has been processed, you’ll be returned to Dell.com ...

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Earlier this year, Lenovo announced ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, with the ability to connect to a keyboard and display for a full PC experience. Or flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode. In addition, it allowed users to capture photos and videos intuitively and easily with the Quickshot cover. Users just peel back the tablet’s cover to expose the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the super bright 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is armed with the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro ...

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