Review Category : Windows 8

Rise of Tech posted this brief review of the 27in Lenovo IdeaCentre  All-in-one. The Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen offers 10-point capacitive touch and has a MVA screen with glass front. The screen is  height-adjustable and is able to folds completely flat. The Windows 8 device is powered by a  Quad-core Core i7 CPU, has 8GB of RAM, SSD/HDD combinations; HDMI in/out, Wi-Fi N, NVidia graphics, Bluetooth, USB 3.0; Blu-ray and a 720p webcam. The device is available for £1,499 from Amazon here. ...

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We were pretty glad when John Lewis announced they will be carrying the Microsoft Surface in UK this weekend, and I am sure French readers will be equally glad to hear popular electronics retailer FNAC is also offering the device. Already available online, the 32 GB tablet is retailing for 589 EUR, with the device available for delivery before Christmas. Presumably the tablet will also be showing up in stores this weekend also. See the online deal here. Are are French readers looking forward to having a hands-on with the device? Let us know below. Thanks Lauren for tip. ...

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Google is dropping support for ActiveSync for all new accounts, switching to “open” protocols which are not supported on Windows and Windows Phone. Their announcement reads as follows: Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won’t be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement. The synching service will continue to work for existing accounts, but will mean when users connect their new Windows Phone or Windows tablet their Google ...

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Microsoft has updated a set of Bing powered apps that are coming pre-installed in Windows 8 machines. Bing apps that got updated today includes News, Weather, Sports, Finance and Travel. All these apps has got new features and several performance improvements. Here is the change log for all of them, Travel New destination content from Lonely Planet Points of interest reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor Saved flight and hotel searches for easy access Faster display of flight and hotel search results Easier filtering of flight results for departure and arrival times Enhancements to destination weather and currency information, with linking to Weather and Finance apps Sports New Soccer Leagues UK League 1 UK League 2 Bundesliga 2 FR Ligue 2 Dutch Eredivisie Argentina Primera División Portugal Primeira League Australian A league Content from additional partners Finance Improved navigation Content from additional partners Featured partner content Additional exchanges enabled Videos Improved ...

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Channel 4 has launched their 4OD video on demand app into the Windows 8 store. The app provides shows from Channel 4, E4 and More 4, including Homeland, Fresh Meat, and The Inbetweeners to Windows 8 and Surface tablet owners. Channel 4 will also promote the app across the rest of its channels in conjunction with Microsoft. “It demonstrates how we can work with clients collaboratively to create something that is new to market, bespoke and one that utilises all our 4oD platforms as well as linking in to relevant content on Channel 4 to provide a fully integrated cross media brand experience,” noted Channel 4’s group digital manager Michael McSharry. The app and content is free and can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. Via The Drum.com ...

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In her first interview to MIT Technology Review after becoming the head of Windows Product group at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green discussed about Windows 8, iPad, Steven Sinofsky and more. On iPad and Android, Did you take that approach in Windows 8 as a response to the popularity of mobile devices running iOS and Android? We started planning Windows 8 in June of 2009, before we shipped Windows 7, and the iPad was only a rumor at that point. I only saw the iPad after we had this design ready to go. We were excited. A lot of things they were doing about mobile and touch were similar to what we’d been thinking. We [also] had differences. We wanted not just static icons on the desktop but Live Tiles to be a dashboard for your life; we wanted you to be able to do things in context and share across apps; ...

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A survey of US broadband subscribers by Parks Associates has shown significant interest in the Microsoft Surface, pegging in Q4 2012 at nearly half that of the iPad. The survey found 44% of consumers planned to buy an iPad, vs 21% a Microsoft Surface. This was nearly double of the interest in the Google Nexus, which scored only 12%. Parks notes interest in the Microsoft Surface was down from Q3 2012, before full details of the Surface, including the somewhat high price, was revealed. In some bad news for Apple, when given the choice between the iPad and the much cheaper iPad mini, 40% of consumers who intended to buy an iPad chose the cheaper device, which will place Apple’s iPad margins under pressure.  It is of note that the presence of the iPad mini did not increase the percentage of users who were opting for an iPad – in ...

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  Microsoft today announced that Windows Live Mesh will be officially retired on Feb 13, 2013. Live Mesh was started as an ambitious project by Microsoft as their cloud desktop under the guidance of former executive Ray Ozzie. However it lost its way competing with internal teams such as Windows. Later, Microsoft rebranded Live Mesh as Windows Live Mesh and removed some features to integrate it with SkyDrive. And now Microsoft has announced the end of this project. With the significant investments in bringing the DNA of Mesh together with SkyDrive, there are now over 200 million people that have used SkyDrive, and more and more are making the move every day. So while Windows Live Mesh was at one point used by a few million people, most have made the move and there are now less than 25,000 active users of Windows Live Mesh. As a result, we’re announcing today ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the new v1.1 of Bing Desktop app. This new app brings support for Windows 8 devices and support for 4 additional languages such as French, German, Chinese and Japanese. Along with the above, Bing Desktop v1.1 brings features such as the below, With Bing Desktop v1.1, you can also go back through the prior 9 days of images to set a favorite image as the Windows Desktop Background again, or view images from days you were away from the computer. Bing Desktop also provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon, or the Bing tile on your Windows 8 Start screen, and the search bar will automatically appear at the front of the screen. Type in a search term or phrase using the autosuggest keywords or your search history, and the search results will appear in ...

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Speaking at Dell World customer conference in Austin, Texas, Dell CEO Michael Dell says that he’s seeing strong demand for computers and tablets running Windows 8. “The interest in Windows 8 is quite high, even among commercial customers” who tend to be slower to install new software, he said. Poopooing the post-PC propaganda, he noted “PCs are still how business gets done.” Microsoft had earlier announced that it sold more than 40 million Windows 8 licenses in 30 days, but most analysts are claiming slow adoption of the new OS. Dell’s statement indicates that this view may not be as accurate as the analyst consensus may indicate. Via Neowin and Bloomberg.com ...

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Speaking to V3, Google’s product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor, said it saw a lack of interest in their clients in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and would not be making clients for the two operating systems. "We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8," he said. "If that changes, we would invest there, of course." Instead he said Google was committed to continually improving and updating its iOS and Android products. Google has done the minimum possible to support Windows Phone and Windows 8 so far, only releasing an app to integrate their search services into the OS. Given that Google and Microsoft compete on many services it is not surprising that Google is not supporting Windows in any form, ...

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Just a day after Microsoft announcement of expanded retail availability of the Microsoft Surface in US and Australia, the Windows RT tablet has already become available online in the two countries. WPDownunder reports the Windows RT tablet will be available in store and online at Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, with Harvey Norman having the device available online and in store by the 14th. In USA the device is already available online on Staples. Of course having the device actually available in store is what it is really about, allowing buyers to actually fondle the device before shelling out. Microsoft has not announced the expansion of the device to other countries yet, but we can only hope it will happen soon. Thanks Filipe for the tip. ...

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Adobe today released their Reader app optimized for touch devices in Windows Store. This app will allow you to view and interact with PDF files and more. Adobe still recommends their Adobe Reader 11 desktop app for keyboard and mouse users. Features: Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or anywhere on your device Easily find your most recently read documents View password-protected PDFs, annotations, and drawing markups Search text to find specific information Select single page or continuous scroll modes Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF document Quickly navigate through large documents using the Semantic Zoom thumbnail view Tap on links in a PDF to open linked web pages Share PDFs with other applications using “Share” Email PDFs as attachments via: Neowin ...

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Some months ago Microsoft announced that they will be giving Surface tablets to all 90,000 full-time Microsoft employees. It seems that that day has finally come, as Jeff Wilcox, senior software developer at Microsoft, has tweeted that Surface for employees is “go!” Microsoft has recently announced that they have increased production of the Surface tablet, and it may be this loosening of supply which is making the internal roll-out possible.  It is not clear if the roll-out will initially be confined to US only, or will be world-wide. Those Microsoft employees hoping for an early Christmas present by selling the device on will be disappointed to know the terms and conditions prevent the sale of the gift. Hopefully the roll-out will be associated with an influx of high quality applications to the Windows 8 store as talented developers get their hands on the tablet. ...

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eReader Guides have reviewed Sony’s massive All in One PC with its 20 inch screen, which can also do double duty as a tablet in a pinch. What the review does remind one off most is that, no matter what your niche, there is a Windows PC for you – something which has always been a strength of the Windows ecosystem, and still is today, even if it is a 20 inch tablet. Read their full review here. ...

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