Review Category : Windows 8

Speaking at analyst conference call today, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that OEMs have over 50 designs of hybrid Windows laptop/tablet PCs in the works that is powered by Intel’s latest Haswell processors. All these new devices does not require fans and which leads to them to be thinner and smaller than in the past.  Along with Intel, Microsoft also hopes that these 2-in-1 hybrids will begin to dominate in the overall PC market which is on decline in the past two years. Microsoft is not completely dependent on Intel for its Windows based device processors, they have ported Windows to ARM which is now being called as Windows RT. Windows RT devices will be powered by processors from Qualcomm, Nvidia, etc,. Source: Venture Beat ...

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Lenovo has stopped selling its only Windows RT device Yoga 11 from its website Lenovo.com. Yoga 11 was one of the few Windows RT tablets that was made available since announcement of Windows RT OS. After Samsung stopped selling their Ativ Tab Windows RT tablet, now Lenovo has done it with their Yoga 11 convertible. This leaves us with Dell XPS 10 and Microsoft Surface RT as the only other devices running Windows RT which is now available for sale. Source: Lenovo via PCWorld, Neowin ...

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Microsoft Kinect is creating quite a revolution in the field of Natural User Interface. The low cost 3D depth camera like Kinect opens up infinite possibilities in our computing world. Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people, but currently it is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Microsoft Research Asia has developed a system using Kinect which can detect sign languages used by these people and it works well. Here are some info on the project, Kinect, with its ability to provide depth information and color data simultaneously, makes it easier to track hand and body actions more accurately—and quickly. In this project—which is being shown during the DemoFest portion of Faculty Summit 2013, which brings more than 400 academic researchers to Microsoft headquarters to share insight into impactful research—the hand tracking leads to a process of 3-D motion-trajectory ...

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  MetroTwit is one of the most used Twitter clients back in the Windows 7 days. After the release of Windows 8 and Windows Store, the developers behind the MetroTwit project released a Windows Store version of the same app. The app follows Microsoft’s modern design language and with this today’s update, it looks even better. It now also features inline image previews as well. Features: Track your Twitter feeds with interactive tiles Pin multiple columns on the homescreen Simple tweet, reply or retweet Search Twitter by keyword or hashtags View lists, saved searches, trending topics Fully functional snap view for quick access to tweets   Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today revealed their latest project they partnered with Polar to showcase the power of Companion Web. If you are wondering what Companion Web is, here is the explanation from Microsoft. Companion Web is all about a world where experiences move seamlessly across the multiple screens around us – our tablets, phones, computers, and televisions Microsoft is expecting that the Companion Web enables the internet to bridge the gap between various devices across the platforms. For developers, Companion Web represents an opportunity to reuse code that works across multiple scenarios, enabling greater reach and ways to engage an audience. Today, our friends at Polar launched their Companion Web experience. What’s unique about how Polar used the Companion Web is that it allows their site to complement what you’re watching on the big screen. In particular, it demonstrates the potential of the Companion Web in that it not only looks good on ...

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The HP Split 13-m010dx x2 is a Windows 8 convertible device with a detachable 13.3″ high-definition touch-screen display for flexible use as a tablet. It is powered by 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3229Y processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD for fast boot-up times and also has built-in TrueVision high-definition webcam. 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port, Multiformat media reader and is just 0.9″ thin. It is selling on Best Buy for $749. You can find the link below. Source: HP, Best Buy       ...

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Microsoft today responded to some of the recent reports which claimed that Microsoft provides access to customer data to governments. Microsoft was forced to do so because many media outlets started covering about these reports which has no truth. Brad Smith who is the General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged in detail about the claims made by recent reports. In short, Microsoft does not provide any government with the technical capability to access user content directly or by itself. In short, when governments seek information from Microsoft relating to customers, we strive to be principled, limited in what we disclose, and committed to transparency. Put together, all of this adds up to the following across all of our software and services: Microsoft does not provide any government with direct and unfettered access to our customer’s data. Microsoft only pulls and then provides the specific data mandated by ...

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  Whenever some one speaks about Acer Iconia W3, the first thing they complain about is its display. Being the first 8.1 inch Windows device, W3 has one of the worst display in the market. According to the report from tweakers.net, Acer is working on an updated Iconia W3 that will have better display and thinner, lighter body. The updated display will be an IPS one instead of TN-LCD. This successor to the Iconia W3 should be in stores in September. By that time, I expect other Windows OEMs to join the 8-inch Windows tablet market. Source: Tweakers.net ...

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Microsoft has released an update for OneNote app in Windows Store. This update brings in two new improvements, first is Office 365 account support and the second is the ability to minimize soft keyboard in editing mode. Opening notebooks on Office 365 Does your work or school have Office 365? It’s great to keep your work notes in the cloud with Office 365 and OneNote. With the update, now you can just sign in with your Office 365 and see all the notebooks you’ve used recently. Dismissing the on-screen keyboard One of the best things about OneNote is that you can just type anywhere. Want to jot something off to the side? Go ahead. OneNote gets out of your way and lets you focus on your notes. But sometimes you don’t want to type. Now you can dismiss the on-screen keyboard so you can see the whole screen for reading. Normally, in ...

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Microsoft today detailed the DPI scaling enhancements that will be coming as part of Windows 8.1. Windows 8 not scaling appropriately  to very high resolution displays was one of the most discussed issues in the reviews, and Microsoft has fixed it now. Windows 8.1 DPI scaling improvements are primarily focused on: Optimizing the usability and readability of high-DPI displays Providing a uniform experience multi-display systems Empowering developers to optimize app-specific scaling based on display DPI Here are the some challenges that we face when using Windows 8 on high resolution displays, While high-resolution displays are amazing they also present some practical challenges. When you increase resolution you inherently decrease the size of each pixel (assuming same display size). By decreasing the size of each pixel the content shown on the display appears smaller. When display Dots-Per-Inch (DPI) gets sufficiently dense this “shrinking effect” can make content hard to see and ...

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Over the weekend, we reported about the price cuts for Microsoft Surface RT in US. The new price is now live in various other countries where Microsoft Surface is available. In US, Surface RT base model with 32GB storage is now available for just $349 down from its original price of $499. Surface RT with 64GB model costs $449. Both these models combined with Touch Cover/Type Cover costs $449 and $549 respectively. In UK, Surface 32GB model now sells for £279 (down from £399) and the 64GB model sells for £359 (down from £479) and you can get touch/type covers for an additional £80. You can check your local Microsoft Store and retailers for the new price in your respective countries. ...

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This was expected! After selling Surface RT devices for just $99 at WPC, TechEd and other Microsoft conferences, Microsoft is now planning to cut the device price by $150 for general consumers. According to the report from The Verge, the base model of Surface that comes with 32GB will cost $349. Surface RT 32GB – $349.99 Surface RT 64GB – $449.99 Surface RT 32GB with Touch Cover – $449.99 Surface RT 64GB with Touch Cover – $549.99 These price cuts are expected to go live next week. So, if you were planning to buy a Surface unit, wait till next week. Source: The Verge ...

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Evernote Touch app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store got a major update few days back. This update brings in activity feed for your shared notes, new hub where you can have an overview of your account and more. Release notes: New hub page gives you an overview of your account Activity feed notifies you about updates in shared notebooks Shortcuts gives you quick access to important notes, notebooks and tags Improved note editing with Make Plaintext and Simplified formatting Supports two step verification for login Numerous bug fixes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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In an interview to Guardian, Sam Burd, Dell’s global vice-president of personal computing revealed that Dell has so far only sold “hundreds of thousands” of its XPS-10 and Latitude 10 tablets Windows 8 tablets. As sales of tablets and “hybrid” devices like Microsoft’s Surface are expected to outsell laptops this year, Dell is yet to find a hero device that sells well. He also revealed that Windows 8 on tablets had not done well so far with the large companies as businesses are slow to adopt a new operating system. But he said that Windows 8 situation is improving, “I think that’s pretty exciting when we look at the ramp [in purchasing] that we expect from corporate customers.” “But tablets really need Windows 8 to sell well. Still, it is encouraging to see some businesses deploying Windows 8 and tablets. It’s going to take some time, and the jury is still out. IDC’s numbers says ...

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Microsoft launched a new program called Small Screen Touch (SST) program which offered licensing discounts on Windows touch devices with a display size of 11.6-inch or below. Based on a report from Digitimes, this new program is struggling to attract notebook brand vendors to develop tablets according to their sources from the upstream supply chain. While you may question their reliability of sources, it is somewhat evident from the fact that Acer’s 8.1-inch Iconia W3 is the only tablet in the retail channel that was part of the SST program. Even after subsidizing, the cost of $500 is not attracting consumers away from cheap Android tablets of same/similar specs. Also the inclusion of Microsoft Office in small screen devices as part of SST program is not helping much to boost sales according to the supply chain sources. What do you think? Source: Digitimes ...

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Microsoft’s Windows Store has reached an important milestone of 100,000 apps yesterday. This is a impressive feat because it took just over 7 months to reach this point. For comparison, Windows Phone Store took 18 months to have 100,000 apps, so did the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store took 16 months for the same number of apps. Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store. — Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013 Other than numbers, Microsoft is also focusing on bringing high quality apps such as Facebook, Foursquare, etc,. ...

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