Review Category : Windows 8

According to the reports from couple of websites, Samsung has stopped selling Windows RT based tablets in Germany, one of the Europe’s biggest market. They added that Samsung  “sees no market for RT in Germany and other European countries.” and so far Windows RT based devices from Samsung have experienced very poor sales due to which Samsung is taking this action. Samsung is yet to respond to this reports. Source: MobileGeeks , Heise.de via: Engadget ...

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Next Issue magazine reader app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. You can get access to up to 80 magazines in categories such as news, science, technology, entertainment, fashion, home and garden, food and special interests. Features: •All the magazines you love. Next Issue includes more than 80 of the most popular magazine titles in the U.S. •One, convenient app. Browse, manage and read all of your favorite magazines from one easy-to-use app. It’s an entire newsstand at your fingertips. •Unlimited access. Read as many magazines as you want with our Unlimited Plans. Immerse yourself and discover the breadth of great stories, writing and photography within our catalog. •Enhanced digital editions, optimized for tablets. Many magazines include enhancements such as videos, bonus photography and interactive features. •Smart download features. Tap any magazine and it will start downloading immediately. When enough of the magazine has been downloaded, ...

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European Commission today announced a fine of €561 Million on Microsoft for failing to comply with user browser choice related commitments. Due to technical error, browser choice screen didn’t appear on PCs sold in EU from the period of May 2011 until July 2012 causing the non-compliance with commitment to EC. Microsoft apologized for the technical error and issued the following statement. We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it. We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future. Full press release after the break. ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft has started offering price breaks on its Windows 8 OS and Office productivity for OEMs in an order to help spur the development of Windows based small, touch-enabled laptop computers. These new products are expected to be available later this year during fall. Microsoft is expecting that these discounts for software licensing could help reduce the price and increase the appeal of Windows based touch laptops. Here are the details about the discount, In late February, Microsoft offered PC makers the deal of Windows 8 plus Office for $30 for touch-screen devices under 10.8 inches, according to one person familiar with the situation. This compares with around $120 previously. Touch-screen devices above 10.8 inches can still get the discounted Windows 8 price, but Office isn’t included, this person said. Source: WSJ ...

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At CeBIT 2013, Intel revealed a new prototype Ultrabook hybrid running on Intel’s upcoming Haswell processor with Windows 8. The prototype has a full HD screen with the ability to separate dock and the screen. Intel is using the 22 nm process for Haswell processor and is expected to release CPUs based on this microarchitecture around June. With Haswell, Intel will introduce a new low-power processor designed specifically  for convertible or ‘hybrid’ Ultrabooks that will allow OEMs to come up with innovative PC designs. Source: Mobilegeeks ...

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  We all know from previous reports that Microsoft is working on a significant update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue that will be released this year. Now according to Win8china, Windows 8 Blue will be RTMd in June with preview available in coming months. Windows Blue will include less UI changes and more under the hood improvements like low power consumption, better performance, better search integration, etc,. Windows Blue has entered Milestone Preview development phase now. UI hasn’t changed much. will have a better performance, Kernel gets downsized again lower power consumption Scaling is improved for Metro Apps, will fit to the screensize. Better windowing Preview will be available in coming months M1, MP, and then RTM RTM Build number should be 9600 RTM phase starting 7th of June Retail launch planned for August Windows Blue upgrade is free for Windows 8 Users via: Neowin  Source: Windows4Live ...

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Microsoft has updated the Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices. The update is now available for download from Windows Store. This update brings in the new feature which gives the ability to transfer files during conversation and some bug fixes. What’s new: - Send files and photos - Performance improvements - General fixes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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eBay has released their updated app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new update fixes some annoying bugsand improves app performance. New features such as eBay messages, my eBay purchase history, etc,. are included in this update. We have been listening to excellent suggestions about usability, and have made many changes to enhance the experience as a result. This update includes several changes improving the ease of use, as well as design of the app. We will be adding more live tiles and seller functionality for creating listings in the near future, and continuing to add features based on the feedback we receive. Please provide feedback or bug reports via the app’s Settings -> Rate and Review. - New features: my eBay messages, my eBay purchase history, ask seller a question, view seller’s other items, save a seller - Pin to start and live tile features: pin my ...

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In an interview to MIT Technology Review, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed about various things related to Microsoft starting from Surface to their future vision. When asked about Surface, he said that Surface is a real business, and Surface can never attain the sheer volume of total no.of PCs shipped each year. Read the following conversation about Microsoft’s vision which I think is the interesting part of the interview. I understand Google’s vision for the future of computing. I know what Apple stands for. I used to understand what Microsoft stood for. I no longer know. What’s your vision for the company? I would simply say we’re about defining the future of productivity, entertainment, and communication—in the new world [where] software is going to have to come in kind of an integrated form. Or at least a well-designed form that includes cloud services and devices. And is that why Windows ...

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Before the release of Windows 8, every few days we used to see new builds and screenshots of Windows 8 internal builds. Microsoft released Windows 8 to the consumer 3 months back and since then there was no concrete information that got leaked about the next version of Windows. Today, some screenshots of Windows Blue with build number 9289 emerged online as you can see above. Also there are reports that Microsoft has switched to a new kernel version 6.3 for Windows Blue. Windows Blue is expected to bring no.of improvements to Windows 8 under the hood and also some UI refinements and enhancements. Source: Win8china ...

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Ubuntu today revealed its new OS optimized for tablet. The new tablet OS doesn’t offer any unique new features that are not found on any other OS, instead it directly rips-off most of the platform features in Windows 8. Multitasking – Windows 8 Snapview is named side stage in Ubuntu. It allows users to snap an app to its sides and still interact with them in the new layout. Edge Gestures: Use all four edges of the screen to navigate between apps, settings and controls. Similar to Windows 8, you can swipe up, swipe from right to get app controls, settings, etc,. Switching between apps – Swiping from left lets you switch between apps in Ubuntu similar to the one found in Windows 8. OS wide sharing – You can share within any apps with common sharing controls similar to Windows 8. Federated Search and more. Watch the video above ...

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Despite severe stock shortages and a high price the Microsoft Surface pro has still managed to make it onto Best Buy’s Bet Seller list, currently sitting in 4th spot behind much, much cheaper Amazon Kindle and Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Windows 8 tablet has been seeing severe supply shortages, but Microsoft has promised to restock this weekend, and is currently taking pre-orders for delivery later in the month. Interestingly on the same page the Surface RT tablet holds 12th spot, suggesting the Windows 8 tablet may see better success than its more limited sibling. See the Best Buy page here. Thanks JamesSB for the tip. ...

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The Examiner has interviewed some new Surface Pro owners 2 days after they took their Windows 8 tablets home, and found them pretty satisfied with their devices. "I’ve had this thing by my side for the past three days," says Jesse Fuentes, an engineer in Los Angeles." It is by far the best device I have ever owned. I can do everything I can with this that I could my MacBook Air and iPad," he continues. Yong Lee, a marketing manager,  also fell in love. "I am more of an Apple person than Microsoft. But the Surface Pro is a better piece of hardware than Apple has ever made," Lee says. Lee agrees that the battery life is subpar, but it’s not a disaster. "This is a laptop replacement, not a tablet replacement," says high school math teacher Jennifer Parsons. "The battery life is on par with most ultrabooks. Students ...

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The Microsoft Surface has not been free of WIFI issues, with many users complaining of losing connectivity which eventually needs switching WIFI on and off to fix. Now Microsoft has revealed the changelog of an update which will address that and other issues. Posting on Microsoft Answers the Forum Moderator said the update offers: The February update, which will be available later today, includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements: This release will address several ‘Limited’ Wi-Fi connections issues. Contains driver updates improving performance with Windows, Volume and Power buttons To check for the update: Open PC Settings, by swiping in from right edge (or, if using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen) Tap or click Settings Tap or click Change PC settings Under PC settings, tap or click Windows Update Tap or click Check for Updates Via Neowin.net ...

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BlueStacks allows you to run your favorite Android app on your PC. The app was previously released on Windows 7 PCs and got over 5 million downloads since launch. Bluestacks also got some OEM deals where companies like Lenovo, etc will pre-install BlueStacks on their PCs. Today, BlueStacks announced a new version of their app which is optimized for Surface Pro and Windows 8. BlueStacks App Player now lets you run apps fast and fullscreen with some kind of charms menu as well. Download it here. ...

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Surface Pro has launched, which means you can (maybe) head to your local Microsoft Retail Store to finally pick up your Surface Pro. But before you head out the door with an empty Surface in hand, you might want to take advantage of the bundled deals that are available.  What is Microsoft Complete? Complete is Microsoft’s insurance and tech support program for the Surface. Unlike other extended warranties, you get quite a few things included for $99 for 2 years: Accidental damage coverage Factory defects coverage Tech support that includes unlimited support at the Answers Desk in-store, virus/spyware removal, hardware/software install, etc. and unlimited support over the phone The really good thing about Complete for Surface Pro is that, unlike the one for Surface RT, there is no deductible and there is no limit to check-ins (versus a limit of 2 on the RT). So that means that if something happens ...

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