Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft today revealed the enterprise features/updates that will be part of upcoming Windows 8.1 update. Windows 8.1 is turning out to be a s a significant update for enterprise than for the consumers. There are not just 4-5 major features as we saw on last week’s reveal about consumer features, there are lots more. Just look at the list below! If anyone thinks Android and iOS can replace Windows in the enterprise, just read the below features/improvements coming in Windows 8.1 and compare the same in Android or iOS. From Windows Team Blog, B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) Enhancements Workplace Join – A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing ...

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Along with Acer and Asus, Dell announced a new Windows 8 convertible device called XPS 11. The new Dell XPS 11 functions similar to Lenovo Yoga 11s. You can flip the display 180 degrees to use it like tablet. Also the keyboard looks like a flat Surface keyboard.  On the internals, Dell one uped both Yoga 11 and Surface devices. It will come standard with a 2,560 x 1,440 IPS display, an active digitizer for pressure-sensitive pen input, Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, a USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and an SD card reader. Availability of the device is expected only in Q4 2013.   Prices start at $799.99 for a Core i3 processor unit with 4GB of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive and run to $1,349.99 for a Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The multi-touch HD screen offers a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. The ...

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ASUS today announced a new Ultrabook hybrid device called Transformer Book Trio which runs both Windows 8 and Android on Intel Core i7 and Intel Atom processors respectively at Computex 2013. Read about it below. Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the Transformer Book Trio and other revolutionary products that transform consumers’ expectations of technology Computex, Taipei, Taiwan (3 June, 2013) – ASUS today announced incredible new products at it’s “We Transform” Computex 2013 press event that transform consumers’ expectations about technology. Chairman Jonney Shih revealed the ASUS way of Design Thinking and introduced an entire line of innovative devices designed to simplify today’s digital lifestyle. “We seek to perfect the balance between engineering and humanity, where every intricate detail echoes our needs for both emotion and function,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih. “This is the ASUS way of design thinking, where every idea starts with people and we turn our imagination ...

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  At Computex 2013 in Taipei, Asus announced its new  Zenbook Infinity Ultrabook running Windows 8. This new Ultrabook features a touchscreen display, backlit keyboard and Gorilla Glass 3 lid. This Ultrabook has a maximum thickness of just 15.5mm which is about 14 percent thinner than the previous Zenbooks. There are also two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, micro-HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. The release of this device is only in Q4 2013, so no news on pricing and exact specs. via: Engadget ...

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After numerous leaks, it’s official. Acer has finally announced Iconia We, the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet that comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office. The slim and sleek device weighs only 540 grams and measures only 11.35 mm thin and the device pairs with an optional full-size Bluetooth keyboard. Taipei (June 3, 2012) Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia W3, the industry’s first full-featured 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand. Further solidifying its spot as the ultimate mobile companion, the Acer Iconia W3 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, a €139 ¹value, at no additional expense. The Iconia W3 carefully considers the human element with a design that is compact enough to use comfortably in one hand for reading and web browsing, yet sports a screen large enough for both productivity and entertainment. As a result, it’s ideal for business ...

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Acer today revealed the updated Aspire S3 Ultrabook in the new S series family style. This new Ultrabook draws inspiration from much lauded Aspire S7 device. It is more of a mainstream Ultrabook when compared to S7 which is a flagship product with huge price tag. TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 3, 2013) – Acer today announced the launch of the new 13.3″ Aspire S3 Ultrabook™ at Computex Taipei. The S3 has inherited some of the industry-leading design and innovations of the Aspire S7, making it an impressively stylish and productive PC. As on the celebrated Aspire S7, the S3′s patented dual-torque hinge design allows users to easily open the lid up to 180° for sharing content, while keeping the display wobble-free for an outstanding touch experience. With Acer TwinAir cooling technology, the S3 is always cool to the touch without sacrificing performance. The light-sensing keyboard auto adjusts its brightness to ambient ...

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Acer today announced an enhanced flagship ultrabook, the Aspire S7. The updated S7 now features 33% improved battery life, 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling, Intel Haswell processors and WQHD display technology. TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 3, 2013) Acer presents the next-generation 13.3-inch Aspire S7Ultrabook™ at Computex Taipei. In addition to retaining the celebrated characteristics of the previous model, the new S7 Ultrabook has improved battery life for all-day computing, a refined electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard for more natural typing, and 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling with less fan noise. In addition, it is equipped with wireless display (WiDi) technology for big-screen entertainment and productivity. “We designed the S7 to be the best touch Ultrabook® in the world, bar none,” said Jim Wong, Acer Corporate President. “We listened carefully to users to find substantial ways to make it even better.” The re-engineered S7 delivers improved battery life of up to 7 hours, a 33% increase ...

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Ed Bott from ZDNet went to San Francisco yesterday to meet with Microsoft’s Jensen Harris and Antoine Leblond for a two hour preview of Windows 8.1. He shared some exclusive information and important clarifications in a blog post. Synchronization capabilities between SkyDrive and Windows 8.1 are built directly into the operating system, where you can choose which cloud-based files or folders to sync with a local device. That’s a major change from Windows 8, which requires you to install and configure a separate utility to handle those tasks. Clicking the Search charm no longer displays a long list of search scopes for you to go through one at a time. Instead, you get a single search box, and the unified results list includes apps, files, settings, and content from the Web and from installed apps like Wikipedia. In Windows 8.1 you’ll be able to replace the lock screen background with a collection ...

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As Windows team took the wraps of their upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Search was one of the big feature that will be part of the update. Microsoft Bing powers the experience behind it. Microsoft Bing team today blogged about the new experience they developed along with Windows team that will change the way we think about Search. The 10 blue links concept is gone!  You can just find  whether it’s a document on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, an app, PC setting or a website with one single search and  in just a tap or a click you can play, view, launch, or browse items. How cool is that? We think your digital world should be accessible without having to actually ‘go to search’. Just like few people say they are going to ‘go online’, we want to make ‘searching’ something that’s just there when you need it.  So ...

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We reported earlier on how the Start Button might work in Windows 8.1. Paul Thurrott has posted images of how the start button looks in current internal builds. It is largely as expected. The start button will be on by default on Windows 8.1, but will can be turned off by users who do not want it.  The start button will look very similar  to the one in the charms bar, but will not be visible until the user moves the mouse down to the lower left corner.   Users will also be able to configure what the button can open, either the normal Metro Home Screen, or the “All Apps” view instead.   See Thurrott’s full post where he has more screenshots including one of desktop wallpaper on the Start Screen. ...

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The highly reliable Mary-Jo Foley has new information regarding how the start button will work in Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue.  The start button will be on by default on Windows 8.1, but will can be turned off by users who do not want it.  The start button will look very similar  to the one in the charms bar, but will not be visible until the user moves the mouse down to the lower left corner.   Users will also be able to configure what the button can open, either the normal Metro Home Screen, or the “All Apps” view instead.  It is also rumored that you will be able use your desktop background on the Metro Start Screen with Blue, as to make the transition between Desktop and Metro more seamless. I think this will just add more confusion, and this will have the opposite effect that Microsoft intends, to quell ...

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Sources close to Paul Thurrott have told him that Microsoft’s internal goal is to have the Surface maintain control 50% percent of all Windows tablet sales in the coming year. In fact, Microsoft already achieved this goal in Q1 2013. Even as OEMs come up with new and better products, Microsoft expects to maintain 50% market share of all Windows 8 tablets going forward! According to Paul Thurrott, here are Microsoft’s internal goals for fiscal year 2014, starting July 1, 2013: Surface sales. MS expects to sell 25 million Surface devices in FY2014. Enterprise tablets. Microsoft expects to become the number one enterprise tablets provider in FY 2014. Retail tablet sales. Microsoft expects to become the number two provider of tablets at retail in FY 2014. Education. Microsoft plans to at least bid for every available education tablet opportunity in FY 2014. Distribution. Microsoft expects Surface to become the top ...

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Microsoft today announced two new mice designed specifically with Windows 8 devices in mind. These mice include a Windows button on them, giving you quick and easy access to specific features in Windows. Sculpt Comfort Mouse The Sculpt Comfort Mouse has a touch-sensitive blue strip on its side called the Windows touch tab that makes it easy to navigate Windows 8 with just the touch or swipe of a finger. You can press the strip to go to your Start screen. But it does more than just take you to your Start screen. If you swipe up on the blue strip, it cycles through all your open Windows Store apps in Windows 8. And if you swipe down, it will reveal all the open apps (on the left side of your screen) for you to select the one you want. You don’t have to worry about a tiny USB transceiver since the Sculpt Comfort Mouse uses ...

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HP today announced a new a Desktop PC that is also a mobile all-in-one PC along with number of new consumer notebooks and printers. Read the full press release below. PALO ALTO, Calif. – HP today announced the HP ENVY Rove20 mobile All-in-One PC, the company’s first mobile All-in-One PC, which frees the desktop PC from the desk and allows families and friends to enjoy a shared entertainment experience with a built-in battery, unique design and advanced touch technology. HP also announced new consumer notebooks, all-in-one PCs and printers that give people more flexibility in how they access and share information. With affordable touch technology and new form factors, HP’s new additions provide seamless integration of technology into customers’ busy lives. “Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs ...

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In a new Windows 8 ad, Microsoft pokes fun of the iPad via Siri. The gloves are clearly off and Microsoft is taking the fight right to Cupertino.  Interestingly enough Microsoft opted to use an ASUS tablet instead of their on Surface in this advertisement. This marks one of the first ads where Microsoft directly goes after the competition, showing feature to feature comparisons. Is this the beginning of a more aggressive Microsoft, at least in terms of marketing?   Did you like the ad? Let us know in the comments below. ...

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Microsoft has released a standalone SkyDrive pro client for Windows. If you are not aware of of SkyDrive Pro, read it below. SkyDrive Pro is a place to keep your work documents and other files. You can think of SkyDrive Pro as your SkyDrive for business. When you store your files on SkyDrive Pro, only you can see them, but you can easily share them with co-workers and access them from your mobile devices. Your files are safely kept in the cloud with SharePoint Online or on your company’s SharePoint Server 2013 servers, depending on what your company has set up. Client Description: The standalone SkyDrive Pro sync client allows users of SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online in Office 365 to sync their personal SkyDrive Pro and any SharePoint 2013 or Office 365 team site document libraries to their local machine for access to important content on and offline. The SkyDrive ...

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