Review Category : Windows 8

At Build Conference held at Microsoft campus, Microsoft announced that all the paid attendees with get a Microsoft Surface for Windows RT with Touch Cover, Nokia Lumia 920 device and 100GB SkyDrive storage for free. Of course, all the developers present at the event went wild while Microsoft made these announcements. Seeding developers with devices is not new for Microsoft and they have been doing it for last few years. However with early registration costing $1595 and full $2095 the toys certainly are not free. Microsoft encouraged developers to create apps for Windows 8, calling it  “the best opportunity software developers will see.” “Hundreds of millions of people are just aching to use your applications,” said Ballmer, who also announced that 4 million Windows 8 upgrades have been sold over the weekend. Are you planning to attend Build conference next year? ...

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Today, Microsoft announced at BUILD keynote that many new high profile apps are coming to Windows 8 platform soon. Microsoft announced that Twitter is working on a Windows Store app that will coming in months ahead. Also Dropbox, PayPal, ESPN, Adobe Reader, etc, are also coming to Windows 8′s Windows Store soon. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb game, “Agent P Strikes Back”, aka Perry the Platypus, on Windows 8, and forthcoming on Windows Phone 8, showcases how easily browser-based games can become Windows Store apps. Disney developed the game for Windows 8 by taking advantage of Windows 8 HTML5 support as well as built-in capabilities like in-game sharing and support for an Xbox controller via USB. “Agent P Strikes Back” is the first of a series of games that Disney will bring to the Windows 8 platform, including the hit mobile games “Where’s My Water?” and “Where’s My Perry?”. Dropbox’s new Windows Store ...

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At BUILD keynote event today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that 4 million Windows 8 upgraded were sold in the last 4 days. Also he said that laptop sales increased 20% ahead of their estimates. The 4 million number does not include “tens of millions” sold to its OEM partners. Also  the enthusiasm around Windows 8 is “very high” according to Steve.   ...

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One of Microsoft’s biggest bulwarks against total Google Search domination is their deal with Yahoo, but this may be showing some cracks, as Yahoo has announced that they will be ignoring IE10’s default “Do not Track” setting, calling it “signal abuse”. "In principle, we support DNT," Yahoo said in an unattributed entry on its policy blog Friday. "[But] Microsoft unilaterally decided to turn on DNT in Internet Explorer 10 by default, rather than at users’ direction. It basically means that the DNT signal from IE10 doesn’t express user intent. We will not recognize IE10′s default DNT signal on Yahoo! properties at this time." Yahoo alluded to that on its blog, saying, "In our view, [IE10's on-by-default] degrades the experience for the majority of users and makes it hard to deliver on our value proposition to them." On Friday, Microsoft’s head counsel, Brad Smith, in a blog post defended Microsoft’s decision ...

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Speaking at the Windows Phone 8 launch event Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also had some reassuring words to say about Windows 8, which launched last week. He said "We’re seeing preliminary demand well above where we were with Windows 7, which is gratifying. We’re seeing retailers here in the United States and hardware manufacturers enthusiastic about the response." "The demand for touch on all-in-ones and laptops, in addition to tablets, has been really quite astounding, and certainly the lines we’ve seen at the Microsoft Stores have been heartening," Ballmer continued. His statements counter surveys, taken before Windows 8 marketing hit the airwaves, which found only 3% of those surveyed were extremely interested in buying a new PC running the OS. There have been many questions whether Windows 8 will stimulate flagging PC sales, but I suspect this has much to do with whether these devices answer the demand for touch ...

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Wired reports that  Tami Reller, corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft’s Windows Group, said that Microsoft is not planning to release a 7 inch Windows 8 tablet. He said there were 1000 separate designs ready to ship with Windows 8, but they were all "10.1 [inches] and above", according to Reller. When asked “So Microsoft’s not going to be in [the seven-inch] space at launch?" he said "Correct." 7 inch devices are very hot at the minute, with the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire and and Google’s Nexus 7 all competing for the space.  I suspect however the Desktop elements of Windows 8 and Windows RT would be unusably small for touch on the small tablets, unless Windows users file down their fingers of course. Do our readers think Microsoft is missing an opportunity? Let us know below. ...

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In an interview with CNBC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft Surface is the product customers always wanted. He also said that Microsoft Surface competitors such as Apple, Amazon and Google does not provide a work and play experience as Surface does. “I don’t think anybody has done a product that is the product that I see customers wanting,” “You can go through the products from all those guys … and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point. “This is a first-class tablet that people can enjoy and appreciate,” “It’s a PC; it’s a tablet. It’s for play; it’s for work. It’s a got a great price. That product doesn’t exist today.” Watch the video in ...

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Today ifixit posted their tear down of Microsoft Surface for Windows RT. Microsoft Surface scored a repairability rating of 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Here are the reasons iFixit posted at the end of the process, Several components are modular and replaceable without requiring desoldering. You can remove the battery pretty easily — once you’ve suffered through the opening procedure. It’s pretty difficult to remove the rear panel and gain access to the device. It is impossible to remove the keyboard connector without first removing the display from the frame. LCD and glass are fused together and strongly adhered to the case, increasing cost of replacement. You’ll have to use a heat gun and lots of patience to gain access to the glass and LCD. Even though 4/10 may look as a poor score, Apple iPad 3 scored a repairability rating of 2 out of 10. Anyways, you don’t have to really worry about ...

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We reported earlier that Microsoft was offering £50 and $50 to international customers in UK and Canada for the delay in their Surface orders. Then we had a few miffed German readers complaining their orders were also delayed, but no compensation was forthcoming. The bad news is that orders are still delayed, but the good news is that Microsoft is willing to make up for it. Reader Fabian has just received an email from Microsoft apologising for the delay, and offered 50 Euro store credit, which can of course be used to buy a Touch or Type cover. Have any of our other German readers received their 50 Euro also? let us know below. Thanks Fabian for the tip. ...

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TechNews Australia had a hands-on with the Asus Taichi Dual-screened hybrid Windows 8 tablet at a Asus launch event in Australia. They report the desirable tablet/laptop hybrid will arrive in Mid-November in Australia and will cost $1599 for the Core i5 version and $1899 for the Core i7 version. While some fans have been disappointed to hear the inner screen is not touch-enabled, the more I use Windows 8 on my current laptop the less of an issue this appears to be to be. Do any of our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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There is a lot of of concern that Windows users will be intimidated by the new UI features in Windows 8 and chose not to upgrade. With current ads, like the one above, concentrating on lifestyle, analysts Forrester’s Frank Gillett think that strategy could backfire when consumers are confronted by a more complex interface than they ads depict. "They’re going to have to do much more to explain it," he said. So far, Microsoft’s "marketing seems to be in denial that they’re moving everyone’s cheese in a dramatic way. Why can’t they say something like "Be patient with us, we’re taking you to a better place’ ? It should have more of that tone." "I find Microsoft executives remarkably dismissive about this," he continued. When asked during Microsoft’s earnings call Oct. 18 if there is confusion about the "adjustment that users will have to make," Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein ...

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A telephone survey of 1,186 US adults performed by GFK USA between the October 19– 23, 2012 found significant interest in Windows 8 even before Microsoft’s $1.5 billion advertising blitz. They survey busted the strange views held by many in the media that no home users used Windows, with 80% of respondents using Windows PCs and laptops at home, and only 12% using Apple computers. The survey was completed before Microsoft launched their media blitz, and then 52% had not heard about the OS, and 46% had. Of those who had 35% thought it would make Windows better and only 9% thought it would make it worse. From the same group 3% were extremely interested and 9% very interested in purchasing a new laptop or desktop running the OS, and 25% were somewhat interested, for a total of 37% of consumers. At the same time 29% of consumers were extremely ...

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A WPArea reader managed to capture some pictures of the new Microsoft Surface Experience Centres which will be popping up all over the world. He writes: Since today in some German cities Microsoft’s new tablet computer, the surface is presented. Here in Berlin, there are several places where you can take a look. I was at the Motel One in the Kant Strasse 10, right near the Zoological Garden Berlin station. The Experience Center is located in the entrance hall. Only 2 units to try out were available. Guests at the Motel One can also rent a surface and try to rest.Therefore, additional devices. The tablet looks good and great is processed. The format may be a little getting used to. The weight is slightly larger than expected (although not more than others). It’s been fun to use the Surface and the gestures you fast on it. If you can ...

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Press Release: DocuSign, the global standard for eSignature, today announced the launch of DocuSign for Windows 8, bringing the world’s most powerful eSignature app to users on Microsoft’s new operating system. The free app helps professionals quickly collect legally binding signatures on documents, contracts, and agreements from anyone, anytime via native experiences on Windows 8 devices. With DocuSign for Windows 8, users easily send documents for eSignature from any cloud storage application accessed from their device, including SkyDrive, or from the device’s hard drive. DocuSign for Windows 8 provides professionals an easy way to check the status of documents that they’ve sent for signature and set automatic reminders for recipients to encourage them to complete documents. “Microsoft developers have always provided great functionality and value for our shared customers. Windows 8 gives them the platform to deliver a no-compromise experience,” said John Richards, senior director, Windows Business Development. “Consumers and ...

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