Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1. You can now pre-order Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version for $119.99 and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro – Full Version for $199.99 from Amazon. There are no upgrade option available for Windows 8.1, so you need to pay the full price of the OS. There is a neat trick by which you can save up to $120 for Windows 8.1 Pro if you already own Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Thanks to Windowsobserver for the trick, here is what you do: Go to Amazon and order the Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $78.89. This version allows you to install the upgrade from Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista and Windows 7. Once your Windows 8 Pro upgrade is installed then you will be able to download the Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade at no cost beginning on 17 October 2013 since the upgrade is free for current Windows 8 users. Since ...

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Microsoft has started their marketing activities around Surface 2 tablet. The new Surface 2 tablet which is now lighter, brighter and more powerful than previous generation Surface device. The street arts jut mentions “Lighter, Brighter” wording with Surface device image with the date of release. Surface 2 device starts at $449. Key Specs: Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.35 in, Weight: 1.49 lbs Casing: VaporMg, Color: Magnesium Physical buttons: Volume, Power Screen: 10.6 inch Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen), Touch: 5-point multi-touch, Durable display 32 GB or 64 GB5 2 GB RAM, NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology Two video cameras on front and back 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera Two microphones, Stereo speakers Up to 10 hours1,7-15 days idle life Charges in 2-4 hours with included power supply full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader Headphone jack, HD video out port, Cover ...

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A new report from Telegraph claimed that 3 top investors in Microsoft is now pressurizing Bill Gates to step down from his position as chairman of Microsoft. They feel that Microsoft is now spending more time in his philanthropic foundation and less time on Microsoft as a chainman. Also it is not that easy to replace Bill as the chairman as he still owns about 4.5 percent of the $277 billion company and is its largest individual shareholder. Again, these investors can only suggest the board to make a change. But there is no indication that Microsoft’s board will accept the wishes of the three investors, who collectively hold more than 5 percent of the company’s stock. The three investors are concerned that Gates’ role as chairman effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they ...

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Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1 from its Microsoftstore.com. Windows 8.1 costs $119.99 for a full version, which means you need not have a previous versions of Windows to install this OS. If you’re running Windows 8, visit the Windows Store for a free update to Windows 8.1 starting on October 17. If you’re running Windows 7, your files will easily transfer. If you’re running Windows Vista or earlier, qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 by purchasing Windows 8 now. Source: Microsoft ...

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Few weeks back, Dell announced that they are going to release Windows 8 tablets with Venue brand soon. We already know that one of the Venue branded tablet will be a 8-inch model.The 8-inch tablet will be just 8.9mm thick, will sport a high-definition 1080p IPS display and runs on Windows 8.1. It will be powered by latest Intel Atom quad-core processor with enterprise features such as embedded Trusted Platform Module and full Dell Enterprise Solutions support for organizations, etc,. The device will have a mini USB port, optional HSPA+ for mobile connectivity, Wi-Fi connectivity and Miracast functionality. The Venue Pro 8 will also come with some sort of bluetooth keyboard. Dell is also planning to release a Venue 11 Pro tablet that will come with 10.6-inch 1080 display running Windows 8.1 Pro. Unlike the 8-inch model, Venue 11 Pro can be configured from Intel quad-core Atom CPU to 4th ...

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Japanese OEM Sharp has joined the growing list of Windows tablet OEMs. At CEATEC show in Japan, Sharp announced its new Windows 8 tablet named the Mebius Pad, featuring a 10.1-inch IGZO panel with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. It will run on Intel quad-core Atom processor and will come with Windows 8.1 and Office pre-installed. Also the device is water and dust-proof and comes with LTE support in Japan. There is also support for stylus and an option to buy the device with Windows 8 Pro. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Engadget ...

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Following the success of Yoga Windows 8 Ultrabooks, Lenovo is expanding their Yoga brand to tablets. Yes, Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. This “leg” like stands can somehow stand itself up, I guess we will understand how exactly it works when we see it in action. Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet next month. Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the world’s slimmest tablet with the longest standby battery life. We have to wait till next month to see whether Yoga tablet will “revolutionize” the tablet market or not. via: Ubergizmo, Sina Weibo (1), (2) ...

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Back in January, Microsoft announced the purchase of home automation startup R2 Studios and they absorbed some of the talent of the startup into their management. R2 Studios had several important home automation patents, and their technology was expected to be integrated into products at Microsoft’s Xbox Division at that time. Earlier this month, lots of information on Microsoft’s upcoming Cortana personal assistant leaked online. First, it was reported that Cortana will be the personal AI agent on Windows Phone devices that will come with Windows Phone Blue. Later, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that Cortana is more than a Windows Phone app. Cortana will be a shell that will be found on future Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One operating systems. Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire “shell” — the core services ...

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Nokia is planning to reveal its first 10-inch Windows RT 8.1 tablet under the name of Lumia 2520. The device will be available in October from Verizon in Red and Black colors, support for 4G LTE and price starting from $499 USD. Today, this tablet has passed FCC in the US with support for both AT&T and Verizon LTE bands. The internal name of the device is  RX-114. The FCC filing confirms that is device features LTE with support for bands 2, 4, 5, 13 and 17, along with a full suite of HSPA+ and GSM / EDGE. We will know more about it when Nokia launches this device on Oct 22nd. Key features of the tablet: Windows RT 8.1 device Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable ...

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Acer released the first 8-inch Windows 8 device Iconia W3 few months back and device is now selling for just under $300. Even though the device provides great value for the money, it got poor reviews due to two main things. First, the poor LCD display. Second, the last generation Atom processor. Acer has listened to both of these complaints and an updated product named Iconia W4 is coming next month. The Iconia W4 will have same design as W3, but will come with 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 processor and a much improved “wide view angle” display. Similar to current model, it will come with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. As it is coming next month, we can expect it to run Windows 8.1 out of the box. Are you looking forward to is? via: Engadget ...

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Few days back, we reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave an emotional speech at his last annual company meeting held in Seattle this week. Steve Ballmer was moved to tears at one point of his speech. The Verge then reported about the happening as below, At one point during the meeting, Ballmer chose to play the song he used back at his first company meeting in 1983: Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”. He then proceeded to jump and dance around the stage screaming at the top of his voice “the sound of Microsoft!” After the song ended, an emotional Ballmer paused to “enjoy this for a minute,” with tears visibly streaming down his face. “You work for the greatest company in the world, soak it in.” Today, they posted a video of the same. You can watch it above. Steve Ballmer, take a bow. I don’t think any ...

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Microsoft today released a new video ad for the upcoming release of Windows 8. Even though the ad does not explicitly mentions Windows 8.1, it clearly shows the improvements made as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The video highlights the ability to snap apps side-by-side, different Live Tile size support, the return of the Start button, and the ability to have this same experience across tablets, laptops and PCs. Windows 8 customers can update to Windows 8.1 for free in the Windows Store, starting October 18th, 2013. With the return of the Start button, new ways to personalize your Start screen, and more ways to do more things at once, the new Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life. http://msft.it/NewWindows What do you think of this ad? ...

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Microsoft Windows Store team today revealed that they are increasing the app roaming limit for Windows 8 deices from 5 to 81. Till now, when an users buys an app, he will be able to install the same app in 5 different devices by using the same Microsoft Account. Now, the developers can decide to have the app enforce a constraint around the number of devices and Microsoft Account will support up to maximum of 81. Users who own multiple devices like laptops, tablets, All-in-Ones, can now access their favorite apps from any device, and will give developers additional opportunities to monetize the incredible reach the Windows platform provides. We exclusively interviewed mixed martial arts fighter Prince Vegeta who told us “I won’t be satisfied until the limit is over 9000!” Since we launched Windows 8, we heard growing feedback from many developers and from our most enthusiastic customers that the limit ...

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  Microsoft has its annual company meeting at Key Arena yesterday where more than 20,000 Microsoft employees assembled to hear Steve Ballmer talk for the one last time in front on this huge crowd. As expected, he was moved to tears at one point of his speech. The Verge describes the situation in which Ballmer had tears as below, At one point during the meeting, Ballmer chose to play the song he used back at his first company meeting in 1983: Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”. He then proceeded to jump and dance around the stage screaming at the top of his voice “the sound of Microsoft!” After the song ended, an emotional Ballmer paused to “enjoy this for a minute,” with tears visibly streaming down his face. “You work for the greatest company in the world, soak it in.” Ballmer also promised one thing, “we will deliver the ...

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Lenovo is working on a truly incredible Ultrabook that may become the thinnest Ultrabook to date. This Lenovo 9 Slim will come in a standard Ultrabook design and it will measure just 9.74mm(.38-inches) thick. Even some tablets and smartphones nowadays are thicker when compared to this one. It has a Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic exterior and interior is made of magnesium alloy casing. It is expected to weigh under 1kg. Being a thinner device doesn’t mean it has inferior specs, it will sport a 13-inch display with a resolution of 3200 × 1800 and it is a 10-point multi-touch as well. There is no information on when this device will be released to the public. I hope it comes sooner! ! via: Mobile Geeks, Yesky ...

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Microsoft first announced Windows on ARM project 2 years back. Since then, they branded it Windows RT and started licensing it to OEMs. In fact, Microsoft itslef has become Windows RT OEM. Since its launch in October 2012, Windows RT devices are struggling to find a place in the fastest growing tablet market. Asus and Samsung discontinued their Windows RT efforts soon after the poor market reception. Lenovo was selling Yoga 11 Windows RT devices until it released Yoga 11S Intel based device. Dell and Microsoft continued selling XPS 10 and Surface RT devices respectively. Today, Dell has also announced that XPS 10 product is unavailable. And they have suggested Intel based Latitude 10 as a comparable system. So, the only Windows RT tablet you can buy in the market right now is Microsoft Surface RT. In the near future, Surface 2 from Microsoft is getting released. Other than that, I don’t think any other Windows ...

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