Review Category : Windows 8

During its FY14 Q1 results announced yesterday, Microsoft reported a significant decline in the revenue from its Devices & Consumer Licensing segment. This segment includes Windows OEM licensing, Office for consumers licensing and Windows Phone licensing.  D&C Licensing revenue decreased $335 million or 7%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows OEM and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Windows Phone revenue increased $102 million, mainly due to increase in patent licensing revenue. Revenue impacted by device market trends Windows OEM revenue Windows OEM Pro revenue, up 6%; second consecutive quarter of growth Windows OEM non-Pro revenue, down 22%; several points better than expected Excluding the impact of China, non-Pro revenue declined 17% Office Consumer revenue Revenue declined although attach increased in the quarter Impact of the shift to Office 365 Home Premium was generally in line with expectations This is expected. Microsoft just ...

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Both Nokia and Apple announced their new tablet devices a day before. Here is the comparison of both the devices in terms of specs. While both of them have almost similar specs and functionalities with their own merits and demerits, it comes down to price and the platform. Apple’s iPad Air is running on iOS where Nokia Lumia 2520 runs on Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1. Nokia Lumia 2520 with 32GB storage and LTE costs $499 whereas Apple iPad Air with 32GB storage and LTE costs $729! As you can see, Lumia 2520 offers incredible value for money when compared to iPad Air. Feature Nokia Lumia 2520 Apple iPad Air Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Apple A7 chip Display size 10.1” 9.7” Display Resolution/Pixel Density 1920 x 1080 // 218 ppi 2048 x 1536 // 264 ppi Size and Dimensions Length: 168 mm Width: 267 mm Thickness: 8.9 mm Weight: 615 g   Length: 240 mm ...

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In Windows 8 devices, the Start Screen always had the Desktop tile pinned by default. It allowed users to quickly move in and out of desktop mode from the Start screen. However, Microsoft has a different view on this and the Desktop tile is no longer part of the default tiles pinned in the Start Screen of Windows RT 8.1 devices. Users can always pin it again, but I think it is yet another step from Microsoft to move users away from traditional desktop mode. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this action, “The only desktop apps without modern versions which run on RT are the Office apps: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In order to streamline access to them, we pinned those apps directly to the first page of Start. Clicking any of these takes you directly to that Desktop app. You can also bring up the switch list ...

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When Microsoft announced the 2nd generation Surface device Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, they said that the original Surface RT will remain on sale as a lower end model. However, they confirmed that there will be only one Pro model going forward which is Surface Pro 2. So, the original Surface Pro has got its end of life. In an effort to clearing out its inventories which have older models of Surface Pro, Microsoft today announced a new price cut for the original Surface Pro. Surface Pro 64 GB  – $699 Surface Pro 128GB – $799 Surface Pro 256GB – $999 You can order it here from Microsoft Store. You can get new Surface Pro 2 here and Surface 2 here from Microsoft Store. ...

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  Apple had a media event yesterday in the US where it announced a new wave of updated products across its portfolio. During its presentation, Apple executives compared Microsoft’s strategy with theirs to make their point. I disagree with all three cases they made against Microsoft. Here are they, 1) Apple CEO Tim Cook made the following statement to make the point that they are clearly focused on developing MacOS and MacBooks. “Our competition is different: They’re confused. They chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they’ll do next? I can’t answer that question, but I can tell you that we’re focused.” My take on it: Windows OEMs were focused on selling netbooks because it really sold well. In fact, totally 40 million netbooks were sold in 2008. Netbooks defined the category of companion device which will go along ...

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Microsoft has quietly rebranded the Surface RT tablet. The ‘Surface RT’ will be now known as just ‘Surface’. The second generation Surface is called ‘Surface 2′, so it makes sense to make the first generation device branding inline with the current product offering. Microsoft now has the following three devices on sale, Surface – $349 Surface 2 – $449 Surface Pro 2 – $899 What do you think of the new rebranding? Source: Microsoft ...

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Windows RT 8.1 update is now back in Windows Store. Microsoft released Windows RT 8.1 update for Surface users last week and later pulled it from Windows Store as few users experienced issues while updating. Microsoft was aware of the issue and it was working on a fix for past couple of days. Microsoft provided the following statement on this issue, “This was due to a rare situation where firmware updates had not completed at the time of the update to RT 8.1. In most cases, if a customer encountered this issue the result was simply an extra reboot. However, for a very small percentage, the boot configuration data was affected which prevented a successful boot. We worked to quickly resolve the issue and now encourage customers to update their Surface RT devices. Surface Pro and 8.1 customers were not impacted by this issue.     “As previously announced, there is ...

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Microsoft has released an app to control the new Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition that was released recently. Description Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition is a mouse designed for Surface tablets. Use its Settings app to control the functions of its touch strip. Note: This app is designed for Windows 8.1 + Features Touch strip settings include: Flick to scroll quickly (on/off) Tap to page up / page down (on/off) Vibration/sound (on/off) Intensity of vibration/sound Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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Along with the announcement about Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows tablet, Nokia also announced a bunch of apps that will come pre-installed on Lumia 2520. The list of new apps revealed includes Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Video Director, Nokia Music, HERE Maps and DreamWorks Dragons Adventure. Read about them below. Nokia Storyteller: Nokia Storyteller will automatically compile your pictures from Facebook, SkyDrive, Picasa, Flickr and even your Lumia smartphone – into a single timeline. With the Lumia Share app will allow your Lumia smartphone to interact with your Lumia 2520 and view all your images in Storyteller, connecting via NFC. You can zoom out to a map for details about the physical surrounding of stories around your pictures. Nokia Video Director: Nokia Video Director lets you do advanced video editing of videos captured on both the Nokia Lumia 2520 and Lumia smartphones. Shoot a video on your Lumia smartphone, share with Nokia ...

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At Nokia World event held in Abu Dhabi, Nokia announced its first tablet device Lumia 2520. Lumia 2520 will run on Windows RT powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It will have 10.1 inch display, 2GB RAM, comes with 32GB and 64GB storage options, LTE support and SD card support as well.  It has 6.7MP Zeiss optics rear cam and 2MP front cam. It will cost $499. ...

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Microsoft has released a tool called EMET which is a free tool available for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a utility designed to help users block hackers from gaining access to their systems through common attacks. EMET enables users to manage security mitigation technologies that help make it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities in a given piece of software. EMET helps protect your computer from new or undiscovered threats until they can be addressed through formal security updates. Once installed, EMET works quietly in the background without interrupting your computer use. Like any security tool, EMET doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never have any problems, but it does make it much harder for an attacker to succeed. You can download EMET here. ...

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Microsoft today sent out an updated statement to the media regarding the Surface RT 8.1 update issue. Microsoft pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store after few users raised concerns about their device getting bricked after the update. Microsoft then acknowledged the update situation and confirmed that they are working on a fix for the issue. According to Microsoft’s statement today, they are still fixing the issue and trying to release the update as soon as possible. “Based on our investigations of a situation customers have encountered updating to Windows RT 8.1, we can confirm that as of now this is a Windows update issue only affecting Surface RT customers. While only less than 1 out of every 1,000 (or less than 0.1 percent) Surface RT customers who have installed Windows RT 8.1 have been impacted, improving their experience and ensuring their systems are fully operable as quickly ...

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Microsoft has finally released the Surface RT Recovery Image for Surface RT users. Just few days back, Microsoft pulled Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store since some users reported issues while updating. I think this recovery image should be useful for those who bricked their devices. Microsoft has also provided a reference  document for instructions regarding creation of the recovery USB drive and the use of this Surface RT recovery image. Download it here from Microsoft. ...

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Usually, whenever a new OS or OS update release happens, Microsoft will allow users to download it from the installer or download it as ISO to install them whenever we want using DVD/USB media. When Windows 8.1 was released this week, Microsoft made it available through Windows Store. However, there are ways to download Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft. Neowin posted the below steps which you can follow to download the ISO and install it from USB stick. Head over to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only Scroll down and click Install Windows 8 (This will trigger the installer assistant). Enter your Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Upgrade product key, confirm that you will be downloading the bits for the version you paid for. As soon as it starts downloading, close the installer assistant from the (X) in the top-right corner. Go back to the Microsoft Windows upgrade page, click Install Windows 8.1, and download the newer installer assistant. Run the ...

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Even though Microsoft has talked about literally everything on Xbox One, from its design decisions to marketing stuff, we are yet to know about the apps running on Xbox One. Xbox One is a powerful gaming PC that runs 3 operating systems simultaneously. One of these operating systems is based on the Windows NT kernel and will help runs apps such as Netflix, Skype, YouTube, Twitter, etc.  The second is dedicated solely to games.  The third is the OS is the most important and allows the other two OSes to communicate with each other and it also allows for the fast switching between game mode and app mode. The will give Xbox user the benefit of being able to instantly switch between apps. Even though game developers can now submit their games to Xbox Store, Microsoft has not yet detailed the apps submission process. What kind of apps can Xbox One ...

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Microsoft has removed Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store temporarily. There seems to be some issues affecting users while they updating their devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue and already investigating it. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1,” “As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.  We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.  We will provide updates as they become available.” Expect the update back in store soon! I myself updated my Surface RT and the update process for smooth and now, I’m enjoying the Windows 8.1. ...

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