Review Category : Windows 8

Today, Recode published a poster that was reportedly circulated among Microsoft Windows team employees. This poster describes about the vision Microsoft has for its upcoming Windows 9/Threshold release. It says that the world doesn’t need another operating system, instead it needs a deeply personal, universally human way of operating and deliver things that they can’t even imagine. They acknowledge that getting thee won’t be easy, but that’s why they are at Microsoft. I like the last tag line, “Because the world needs Windows.” We already know that Microsoft is integrating Cortana inside the next version of Windows and that will make it deeply personal for its users. What’s your expectation on Windows 9? Source: Recode ...

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Microsoft today updated the Skype for modern Windows to v3.1 with two new features. With this new update, you now have  the ability to edit messages and a few more improvements. To edit a message, select the message you want to edit or remove, by tapping on it or right clicking with your mouse to highlight the text you want to remove. Also, they have have made improvements to make video message notifications more reliable and to make video messages more accessible. What’s new: - Having second thoughts? Edit or delete messages you just sent. – Get notifications and improved accessibility for video messages. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft last week announced the Windows 8.1 August Update that was released today. It will include following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. This update will be delivered automatically via ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Now, a new report from Neowin described how Cortana works in the internal builds of Windows 9/Threshold. Cortana is now a separate app when launched won’t take full screen. Apart from that, Cortana looks and works similar to how we have seen in Windows Phone devices. As of right now, Cortana is an app; it’s a ...

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Following the release of ‘Hungry Shark Evolution’ for Windows Phone devices, Ubisoft has now released the game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Experience life as a Shark in the ultimate test of survival. Jaw dropping 3D graphics and action packed gameplay. Grow from a pup into a 10 ton Great White Shark! Eat your way around a diverse aquatic world full of wonder and danger. Feast on tasty sea creatures, swimmers, turtles and fishermen to grow into a giant. Battle enemy sharks, submarines, and the weird creatures of the deep. Chain up combo bonuses to gain massive hiscores! Complete missions and find treasure to earn coins and gems. Spend these rewards on upgrading your sharks abilities or buy special life-saving items. Progress to unlock the most ferocious beasts in the sea: Mako Shark, Hammerhead, Tiger Shark and the almighty Great White. Features: + Console quality 3D graphics + ...

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  David Rappaport, a University of Colorado came up with the idea of sending a balloon to the edge of space during his internship with Microsoft Surface which he started a few months ago. Now, more than 20 of his fellow interns would stick with the project. Public can participate the balloon launch by helping to control the camera that is attached to the balloon’s payload. “I just thought it would be cool to have a fun side project to work on after hours,” he says, and came up with one that involves various Microsoft technologies – including Surface, Microsoft Azure, Internet Explorer and Bing apps – to create an interactive experience. Little did he realize when he first formed the idea that he’d hear from . The balloon will launch at noon PT on Saturday, Aug. 9, from a remote area in Washington state. The balloon’s camera will live stream ...

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Jeopardy! is a popular American television game show, it features quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form. They have released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Is watching Jeopardy! part of your nightly routine? Ever caught yourself shouting responses at the TV and wishing that you were standing at the podium? Now is your chance with the Jeopardy! app. Test your knowledge with thousands of clues collected from the show’s very own writers. Hear Johnny Gilbert’s famous Jeopardy! introduction, step up to the podium and get ready for categories ranging from sports and popular culture to travel, world history and much more. Customize your own avatar in-game and use the interactive touch screen to write your name on the podium. Play in single player mode or challenge your family ...

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Yelp, a leading local search provider today announced a new feature for their iOS app called automated review translation. The reviews will be automatically translated into your native language so that you can discover recommendations straight from the local experts themselves, no matter what language they speak. Yelp app is using Microsoft’s Bing Translator to translate foreign language reviews. Although machine-translation is not perfect, it’s a fantastic resource for understanding the overall meaning and context of a review that would otherwise be unavailable to a Yelper who does not speak that language. Use this feature to get a general idea of a reviewer’s experience, but understand that some details may be lost in translation. Yelp has always given both locals and travelers alike the ability to find the best hidden gems through the knowledge of the Yelp global community, and mobile review translation makes that even easier. This tool also gives local ...

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Microsoft today shared some important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft wants customers to run latest browsers because they offer fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime, anywhere, on any device. Also, developers can develop websites with modern standards instead of supporting old browsers. Microsoft today announced that beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported: Windows Platform Internet Explorer Version Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows 7 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2012 Internet Explorer 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Internet Explorer 11 After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for ...

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You can now stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games on your Windows 8/RT devices using this new app. You can watch entire NFL games from snap to whistle in approximately 30 minutes, view scores from around the league (Includes the option to turn scores on and off), full box scores of archived games and stats for your favorite NFL players and more. It requires a paid subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Description: Can’t get enough football? Watch every NFL Preseason game live† or on demand in HD with a subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Tune in to see football games from every team for the 2014 Preseason not available anywhere else. All from your Windows Surface. With NFL Preseason Live, you can follow your favorite team(s) and catch all the excitement with features such as: – Live and On-Demand Football Games: Stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games – Condensed Games: ...

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Microsoft Studios has released the Tentacles: Enter the Mind game in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Play as the adorable and fantastical creature, Lemmy, and tap or click your way through the layers of Dr. Phluff’s outrageously bizarre mind. Dispatch enemies, collect eyes and secret eggs, gain powers and abilities, and play against your friends. And when you get to the end: survive as long as you can. The Doctor has gone mad from the creatures and only you and Lemmy can save him! Tentacles is back — bigger, weirder and 3D! The good old Dr. Phluff has returned, but his mental health is not what it used to be. The cute ideas he so dearly adores are taking over his mind, but fear not. His subconscious has a plan. You are invited into the mind of the mad professor for an all-you-can-eat eyeball buffet. Explore the many ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Peggy Johnson will join Microsoft’s Senior Leadership team. She will be the executive vice president of business development and will be responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers and industry influencers. Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s executive vice president of advanced strategy who was temporarily looking after the responsibilities of Tony Bates after he left Microsoft is now back to his old job. Peggy Johnson will now take care of the work which was handled by Tony Bates in the past. In addition to these changes, Microsoft has now moved Developer Evangelism and Experiences team from Eric Rudder’s division to sales, marketing and services group led by Kevin Turner. In addition, the company’s newly named Developer Evangelism and Experiences team (formerly Developer and Platform Evangelism), led by Steve Guggenheimer, will shift from Rudder’s organization to Microsoft’s sales, marketing and ...

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Back in May, Chinese government announced the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claimed that it was due to security concerns. Following the ban, Microsoft continued to supply Windows 7 based PCs and was working with officials to resolve the concerns about Windows 8. Today, Bloomberg reported that Chinese government has now banned 10 Apple products which includes the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. These products were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July. According to government officials familiar with the matter, the ban was due to security concerns. “When the government stops the procurement of products, it sends a signal to corporates and semi-government bodies,” said Mark Po, an analyst with UOB Kay Hian Ltd. in Hong Kong. “The Chinese ...

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MSI has announced a new portable workstation WS60 with a beautifully designed slim and light chassis. It comes with Intel Core i7 processor and powerful Nvidia Quadro K2100M professional graphics card. You can get up to 3K (2880×1620) to display sharper images and true-to-life colors for unprecedented visuals to get the job done right. It also includes MSI’s exclusive Matrix Display allows support of up to 2 external monitors to transform the ultra-portable WS60 into a desktop workstation to run all your essential programs at the same time via HDMI and a Thunderbolt/Mini Display Port. Key Specs: Windows 7 Professional 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor NVIDIA Quadro professional grade graphics Optional high resolution 3K display Thunderbolt 2 ready Silent and efficient dual fan cooling Customizable keyboard with MSI’s Shortcut Manager Supports up to 2x SSD’s in RAID 0 with a high capacity HDD Supports up to 2 external displays ...

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Ever since Steve Jobs coined the term Post PC era, it became the buzz word and many analysts claimed that tablets will dwarf the sales of notebooks in couple of years. We are in 2014 now, notebook shipments are still more than that of tablets. With 49.1 million units shipped in the quarter, notebook shipments surpassed those of tablets for the first time since Q3 2013. Shipments in North America and EMEA were up 13% and 8% year on year, helped by good growth in Western Europe and the US. Customers who have bought a tablet already are finding it unnecessary to upgrade their tablet because there is very little innovation happened in the space. On the notebook side, the growth is supported by improving economic conditions, end of Windows XP support, low cost touch screen devices and more. ‘A slowdown in the pace of innovation is creating an issue for ...

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Microsoft official Windows blog recently highlighted several new themes in Windows personalization gallery. One of the most awesome theme in the list is ‘Panoramas of Europe theme.’ This theme contains 21 massive double-width images designed to span dual monitors on the new Windows, and it includes photos from across the expanse of Continental Europe – and from the UK and Iceland, too. This dramatic shot shows Kirkjufell Mountain on Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula. Whitewashed town walls glowing on the Greek seaside, Alpine peaks towering above an Austrian meadow, lush Tuscan vineyards bathed in the warm light of sunset: These natural and manmade landmarks are as beautifully unique as they are quintessentially European. Add these and other scenic wonders from across the continent—from Russia to Spain and Iceland to Italy—to your desktop with this free panoramic theme for the new Windows, designed to span dual monitors. Download the theme here. Find more ...

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