Review Category : Windows 8

We have seen lots of surveys, analyst’s claims, market research reports on Windows 8 adoption. Today, another survey about Windows 8 got released. According to the survey result, two in five (39%) are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. Even though the survey firm showcases it as a negative number, I think 40% of total PC count is a strong number. Read the full survey results below. Press Release: LONDON — November 22, 2012 While the vast majority of consumers (96%) own a Windows PC, only two in five (39%) of these are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. The findings were part of a study undertaken by Toluna QuickSurveys to assess consumer reactions to the announcement by Microsoft last month to upgrade to Windows 8. The survey also revealed that when it comes to Windows operating systems, Windows 7 is a clear favourite, with over a quarter of consumers (28%) ...

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According to Phil Harrison, the vice president of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, Microsoft Studios are now not just making games for the Xbox 360, but also for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Giving a keynote speech at the London Games Conference yesterday he confirmed the division was now no longer just targeting Sony and Nintendo, but was also going after Google and Apple and their casual gaming empire. "We are now really a multiplatform studio," he said. "We are not just building games for Xbox 360, we’re building experiences for Smartglass, we’re building dedicated games for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8." He revealed Microsoft Studios have already shipped 30 titles developed in-house for Windows 8. “We think this expands our competitive map. We’re no longer just competing with the traditional console companies, but our competitive landscape includes the likes of Google, the likes of Amazon, it includes ...

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3D Marble Tracks for Windows 8 is an improved version of the popular Windows Phone game with more than 700,000 downloads. The Windows 8 release of this online marble racing game was extensively tested on the Windows Surface RT tablet and specifically optimized for it. The game rules are simple: complete each track with less throws than your opponents! The built-in texture editor allows you to paint and personalize your marble with so that other players around the world can recognize you in their races against up to 9 opponents, and in the global leaderboards. 3D Marble Tracks is free and currently supporting the following languages: English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español. ...

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Lenovo has finally brought the IdeaPad Yoga to UK retail, with the device being sold for £999 (around $1600) by electronics chain Currys. The device was launched with the above ad on national TV. Despite the steep price the convertible laptop has promptly sold out online. In fact it seems UK does have a taste for new form factors, with the HP Envy X2 for £799 also selling out, as did the HP Spectre XT According to rumours Microsoft blamed tepid early sales of Windows 8 on disappointing products by OEMs.  It is nice to see the market responding to the more innovative form factors. Hopefully the same OEMs can address the unnecessary premium which will also work against better sales. ...

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A relatively easy hack has been uncovered which results in a free installation of Windows 8. The hack relies on the Windows Media Centre upgrade replacing an illegitimate key used to install the OS. First a pirate would install Windows 8 with any key and activate this using a key management system which accepts any key, which should result 180 days of Windows 8 use before the KMS is forced to call home and verify the install keys. Next our eye-patched user simply applies for the free upgrade for Windows 8 Pro that adds Windows Media Centre, which does not check if the current installation key is valid. The new key replaces the old, invalid key, and our pirate is home free. Of course one can ask what the point of all these shenanigans are, when Windows 8 costs as little at $39. Now seems the perfect time for long-time ...

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Celebrity news app TMZ from Warner Bros Entertainment is now available in Windows Store for free. Description: Get celebrity news on the new TMZ app for Windows 8 – It’s free! The TMZ app allows you to create a TMZ profile, share news with friends and leave comments. Everything you love about TMZ is just a touch away, including… Exclusive stories – Scroll through stories as we break ‘em High-quality Videos – Easy access to Raw and Uncut videos, TMZ live episodes and “TMZ TV” clips Photo Galleries – 1000’s of photos and galleries Download it here from the Windows Store. ...

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It turns out the default Windows 8 lock screen pack are not just random pretty images, but are a hidden message from the Windows 8 dev team. Revealed at the  UX WEEK 2012 presentation, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management, Windows User Experience, said the  default lock-screen images that shipped in every copy of Windows 8 are actually Easter eggs carefully picked by the design team. Jensen said , “every one of them was selected as an Easter egg to showcase one of the (design) principles. … Something no one’s going to notice, we’ve encoded the principles of our design language into Windows 8 itself.” The images mean: Bee hive / Win as one (internal motto) – bees working together to do something greater than just the sum of the parts Colored lines / Authentically digital – the idea of no ornamentation Train / Fast and fluid – beautiful train ...

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TuneUp’s Incredilock app adds about 400 themed wallpapers to your PC for free, but also has a pretty neat trick up its sleeve. The app supports widgets, which are displayed on your lock screen.  The first is the Sticky Notes one illustrated above, but they promise picture frames, weather information and many more will follow soon. Best of all the app is free and can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. ...

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As previously reported, Skype will be absorbing Microsoft’s Messenger service everywhere except China. An update to the app for Windows 8 has brought along some improvements, and now also allow Skype users to call their Messenger contacts. The update features: Search people and groups Call Messenger contacts Improved video call performance General bug fixes The app can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. ...

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We all know that development of Windows 8 started in 2010 as soon as Windows 7 got released to the public in Oct, 2009. Recently, Microsoft’s Jensen Harris from the Windows design team spoke about designing Windows 8 at UX Week 2012.In his presentation, he revealed number of unseen Windows 8 mockups. Some of them include Windows 8 Start screen, Charms bar, lock screen, etc,. As you can see from the above video, Microsoft has fine tuned their initial design to the current design in release version of Windows 8. via: istartedsomething   ...

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There is a belief that a higher PPI display is always better, but in the above video review of the screens of the Google Nexus vs the Microsoft Surface Armando shows that increasing the PPI without improving the resolution of the assets simply results in a fuzzy, pixelated mess in many occasions. See part 1 of his review here, and keep an eye on his channel for the next episode. ...

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Renowned usability expert Jakob Nielsen has taken a look at Windows 8 and did not like what he saw. He invited 12 experienced PC users to have hands-on with Windows 8 PCs and Surface tablets and found them fumbling around the OS all too often. Jakob complained of increased cognitive load due to the Metro and desktop interface, memory overload due to full-screen apps, less discoverability due to flat UI elements and hidden charms, low information density, error prone gestures, and poor suitability for desktop use. It is however striking that much of the issues were due to unfamiliarity with the OS, with users for example not able to activate the task switching gesture or not knowing were menu settings are. I suspect experienced Windows 7 users will be equally flummoxed when confronted by the Mac user interface, and that much of the issues will become non-issues with time. Read ...

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After polling nearly 10,000 “information workers” Forrester Research found 32% of employees preferred a Windows to power their next tablet. 12% wanted Windows 7 on their tablet while 20% wanted Windows 8. Forrester commented that “Windows 8 has higher interest than we expected among employees” and that it “bodes well for Windows 8′s prospects for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand.” They suggested employees will force IT to have a formal support policy for Windows 8 for employee-owned devices and that Windows 8 will accelerate BYOD demand. Read more at Forrester.com here. Via Fiercemobile.it ...

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Microsoft’s official Windows blog today highlighted a Windows 8 story with one its customers. Emirates Airlines will deploy Windows 8 tablet to improve customer and employee experiences. Emirates is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, operating over 2,500 flights per week to 126 cities in 74 countries across six continents. The company also operates four of the world’s 10 longest non-stop commercial flights from Dubai to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston. Knowledge Driven Inflight Service App is a fully immersive crew and customer management solution that captures important passenger data around preferences and history. It allows crew and staff to personalize customers needs by checking their past history of travels, preferences, etc,. The crew can also use the app to upgrade Emirates Skywards members while in flight to Business Class or First Class, as well as record customer feedback that is delivered straight to Emirates management once the flight lands. ...

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TBS has released its video app for Windows 8 on Windows Store. You can get access to exclusive clips from TBS comedies, watch show clips, behind-the-scenes videos and exclusive trailers for Conan, Family Guy, Cougar Town and many more . There is no logins or registration which is pretty neat. Features: •Hundreds of videos from your favorite TBS shows •Intuitive saving and sharing of clips •Exclusive Windows 8 “snap view” allows for seamless multitasking •No full episodes–but with thousands of clips, you may not miss them! •Beautifully scales on any Windows 8 device–laptop, desktop or tablet •Show clips, behind-the-scenes content and exclusive trailers •See more with hubs: view top sections without navigating away Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Rackspace has released its Cloud app for Windows 8 devices on Windows Store. Rackspace Cloud for Windows 8 allows you to quickly and easily control your Cloud Servers and Cloud Files wherever you are. Features for Managing Cloud Servers: · Reboot, rename, resize, and rebuild · Change the root password · Manage backup schedules · Delete or create multiple Cloud Servers at once · Ping IP addresses to your Cloud Servers from multiple locations around the world · Open IP addresses in Safari and an SSH client if one that responds to ssh:// URLs is installed on your device (i.e. iSSH) · Bootstrap Cloud Servers with Chef from your Chef server or the Opscode Platform Features for Managing Cloud Files: · Control CDN settings · Create and delete containers · Create folders in containers · Create media (photos and video) and text files · Download and open Cloud Files objects to ...

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