Review Category : Windows 8

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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At BUILD conference held last week, Microsoft announced that Bing Maps 3D is coming back along with the release of Windows 8.1. They even gave a brief demo of the same. 3D Maps is not new to Bing Maps as they had in the name of Virtual Maps 3D few years back before discontinuing it in 2010. Liveside today reported that the new upcoming version of Bing Maps 3D will be enabled by WebGL in IE11. So, users won’t be needed to install any plug-ins to experience the 3D maps. And also they are building Photosynth 2 viewer based on WebGL. First, Bing Director Stefan Weitz told me that the new version was almost entirely built from the ground up, using, among other technologies, Microsoft’s UltraCam.  There’s simply not much left from the old Bing Maps 3D, Silverlight or otherwise.  Then I had a chance to talk a bit about ...

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Adobe has updated their Reader Touch app for Windows 8 devices. The new update now added the ability to add notes to your document, save and save as option and more. Change log: - Add Notes to your document – Add Highlight, Strikeout, and Underline to text – View Notes attached to text markup – Added Save and Save As functionality – Added Go To Page for quicker navigation Full list of features of this app:  •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 •View and Add Notes to your document •Highlight, Strikeout, and Underline text •Search text to find specific information •Select single page or continuous scroll modes •Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view •Go to any page quickly by tapping on the Page Number ...

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AppFlow app discovery app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Similar to its Windows Phone app, AppFlow allows you to browse Windows Store apps in a different engaging style. Description: Browse and discover apps in a new, engaging and beautiful way. AppFlow presents a unique way to explore the Windows Store via its daily updated applists. Get AppFlow now and you’ll never want to explore apps the traditional way again. Features: Hundreds of app lists Daily updated content Live tile support Stunning images and beautiful animations Discovering apps that are similar to what you like Integrated RSS reader Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft yesterday released SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS devices. You need a Office 365 account to use this app and after signing in to your Office 365 account, you can access, view, and upload your documents from anywhere. You can use the SkyDrive Pro apps to view documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder, select specific content to take offline when you are traveling or have low bandwidth, organize your content by creating new folders, and upload new content and share with others. Download them from Windows Store and Apple Store. Source: Office 365 Blog ...

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Box today announced a new Windows C# SDK, which makes it incredibly easy for developers to integrate Box into their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Additionally they have also built an integration with Windows Azure Active Directory (AD), which enables customers to utilize Box through the Windows Azure single sign-on and identity management system. Windows Azure AD Integration Box is now integrated with Windows Azure Active Directory, allowing customers to access Box along with other applications using Windows Azure’s single identity and authentication process. Any enterprise using Active Directory can easily set up and manage Box accounts for their users within their existing identity management system. Windows C# Software Development Kit (SDK) We recently launched new updates to our own Box for Windows apps, which added more control and security for users and admins. But now we’re adding new tools that make it easy for Windows developers to integrate with ...

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At BUILD day 2 keynote, Microsoft announced that Foursquare is working on its first tablet app for Windows 8/RT devices. Foursquare previewed an exclusive, and uniquely designed, Windows 8 tablet app that goes beyond check-ins to use location data in a beautiful way to help users find interesting places and things to do around them. Dennis Crowley, Co-founder and CEO of Foursquare commented the following on the new app, “People want to experience and explore the world around them, and the Foursquare for Windows 8 app helps them do that. It makes it fun to search for a place for dinner or to go out, and helps people discover new experiences. We’ve worked with Microsoft on a bunch of initiatives over the years, and this product is another example of the great things we can do together.” There is no word on the availability of this app, but I guess ...

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