Review Category : Windows 8

While Acer has been the most vocal in their opposition to the Microsoft Surface, they also seem to be the one who will be doing the most to make Windows 8 tablets affordable to the masses. We are already fans of the Acer Iconia W510, which provides a 720p Atom tablet with keyboard dock for only 499 Euro. Now on Acer’s German site the Acer Iconia W700 has popped up, for sale with out a dock, for only 599 Euro. The device offers a Full HD 1080p 11.6 inch screen with a 178 degree viewing angle IPS display and 10 point multi-touch.  The device is powered by a respectable Intel Core (i3-2365M, 1.40 GHz, 3 MB) Ivy bridge processor,  4 GB DDR3, has 8 hours battery life and weighs 950g. The device sports a single USB 3 port which allows rapid file transfers and expansion. It also interestingly has a ...

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Microsoft has updated the driver of their original Touch Mouse to make it more Windows 8 friendly. The update now adds the ability to use multi-touch gestures, including two fingers to manage apps and display charms. With the update the need to use keyboard shortcuts or screen edges/corners are mostly eliminated. The full list of new supported gestures include: The update is still to come to Microsoft’s new Wedge Mouse products. Find the download at Microsoft’s Mouse and Keyboard Center here. Via The Verge.com ...

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MediaMarkt is a large German retailer and a subsidiary of Metro AG. They have launched a series of promotional videos for Windows 8, which are attention-grabbing but certainly also somewhat strange. In the above video the easy Sharing features of Windows 8 gets a brief demo, contrasted with how difficult it is to Shear a sheep. The video below is only somewhat better, and here the security features of Windows 8 is shown, showing how easy it is to get access to a Windows 8 PC vs a club. The series is called Windows 8 vs Reality. Do our readers agree the producers seems to have lost contact with reality themselves. Let us know below. Via WPArea.de ...

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I did not find HP’s promotional videos for their tablets very inspiring, but this Dell video for the Dell Latitude 10 tablet, aimed at a very different audience, that being enterprise, is exactly the opposite, doing a very good job of setting out the features and advantages of their tablet. If there is anything that could be faulted in the video is that it does not go much into the features of Windows 8, but it is likely it is much more important to businesses that their legacy apps run than what shows up in the Windows 8 Store. The device runs Windows 8 on a Atom Z2760 processor, 2 GB RAM, with a 10.1 inch 1366×768 pixel IPS screen with Gorilla Glass, 64 GB SSD and the option for a HSDPA or LTE modem. See the device and its specs at Dell here. ...

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Andy wrote us complaining: I pre-ordered the 64GB Surface minutes after it went on sale in Canada, and I just got an email notification from Microsoft saying my order will not ship until November 2nd. I’m wondering if I’m the only one, or if all 64GB models have been delayed, or if Microsoft is screwing customers outside the US to fulfil US orders. Might be worth looking into. It turns out he was one of many who received such emails, saying their Surface tablet orders would no longer be delivered on the 26th October. Now Microsoft has admitted that these emails have been sent in error to non-US buyers, telling Engadget: Unfortunately, an incorrect email was sent to several of our international customers who pre-ordered Surface from the Microsoft Online Store in the past week. All customers should expect their devices by the original date given when orders were placed. ...

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  Wired posted the above picture, showing the wide range of Windows 8 hybrid tablets/laptops which will be hitting the market shortly. While there is a lot of trepidation about the reception Windows 8 will have in in the market, it does enable a wide variety of new form factors which may boost the moribund laptop market. “I do believe the convertibles have the ability to draw consumer attention,” IHS iSuppli analyst Craig Stice says. “The question of course will boil down to price with these new convertibles and how competitive they will be able to be versus the tablet.” Companies likeHP, Dell, Lenovo, Sony, Acer, Samsung, Toshiba, and Asus have all started pushing into this new category of convertible devices, with devices ranging in price for $700 to $1600, with the majority priced similar to an ultrabook. “Hybrid devices will not drive the overall growth [of the PC market] ...

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A series of product videos for HP’s new range of Windows 8 tablets, laptops and all-in-ones have popped up on YouTube. Above is the ethereal HP SpectreXT TouchSmart, and below find the more upbeat HP x2401, the HP Envy 23, the HP Envy Spectre One, the HP Envy X2 and the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart. Compared to the other product demo videos we have seen so far the videos are pretty unimpressive. We hope HP does a better job at selling their laptops when they do eventually hit the market in a few weeks. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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  After few hours of started taking pre-orders for Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Store indicated that the basic model of Surface which sells for $499 got sold out and the orders will be delivered only after 3 weeks. Today, the rest of the Surface SKUs got sold out and the order of shipments pushed back to 1-2 weeks. So, you can’t order a Microsoft Surface unit in US for about 1-2 weeks from now. I guess we will be able to order Surface from Oct-26th(the day Windows 8 is getting released) again. Did you order one already?       ...

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Contrary to expectations that one would have to wait till the 26th to buy Windows 8, boxed copies of the OS has already been distributed far and wide, and is now widely available to purchase from several online dealers, including Amazon Germany. WPArea.de collated the following retailers who had the OS in stock and able to deliver ASAP. Amazon.de (In stock) Notebooksbilliger.de (In stock) Getgoods  (Delivery within 2-4 business days) Home of Hardware (available in 2-4 business days) So if you have a yearning to be the first on the block to installed the official Windows 8 release, check your local dealer now. The long wait may already be over. Via WPArea.de ...

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Good news for Microsoft and Windows RT fans is that the 32 GB Windows RT has now sold out also in Canada and UK. The 32 GB device has also proven to be popular in USA, where it sold out in less than 24 hours. We generally expected that the 32 GB device was selling out because it is the cheapest, but an alternate theory also actually makes a lot of sense – the bundles only include a Black Touch Cover, a colour I suspect few people would chose, suggesting many people are paying the $20 premium to get the actual colour of their choice or even the Type Cover, rather than settling for the bundled “freebie”. Via WPC. ...

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The Surface team posted the above video of a 30 inch drop test of a Surface tablet onto a hardwood floor. It is no surprise the Vapor Magnesium ensconced device survived the fall. More interesting however is that the video was captured by the Surface camera, and looks pretty good, even in 1080P HD. The device is now on pre-order, and appears so far to be selling well, with rumours that Microsoft is looking to sell 3-5 million over the next 3 months. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Microsoft is offering a 328 page instructional ebook, Windows 8 at a Glance, for German users as a free download until the 1/11/2012. The book, also published for 9.90 Euro as a paperback by Microsoft Press, is by Nancy Muir and is 35 MB big and DRM free. The book covers: The Windows 8 user interface Windows 8 on use touch gestures, mouse and keyboard Computer Settings Using the search The Windows App Store File management and Ribbon Sync and SkyDrive Going online, e-mail and messaging Network devices … Nancy Muir works full time as an author and has written over 50 books on topics from the fields of technology and business. See the offer at this page here. Via WPArea.de ...

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Lenovo has posted couple of videos on YouTube which seems to be a long commercials for their new IdeaPad Yoga and the ThinkPad Twist Windows 8 devices. These ads were directed by James Bond’s Martin Campbell with music by Aeph. I really liked these videos and I like to appreciate Lenovo’s marketing team. They also posted couple of unboxing videos of Yoga and ThinkPad Twist. Check them out below. via: winitpro ...

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LondonDrug, a Canadian Store, have uploaded this video of the Toshiba Satellite® U920t Ultrabook Convertible. The device has the now usual 1366×768 pixels IPS Screen that is a larger 12.5 inches, covered in Gorilla Glass, is 1.45 kg in weight, two USB ports, WIFI, Bluetooth, HDMI, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Core i5 processor and is less than an inch thick when closed. The device starts at $1,149,99 at Toshiba’s website here. ...

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Windows 8 is a major transition in the look and feel of Windows but Ubuntu’s desperate call for desktop users to upgrade to their OS to “Avoid the pain of Windows 8” rings rather hollow when one bears in mind that for desktop upgraders, Windows 8 will still run all their old apps, while Ubuntu’s poor clone of Windows XP will not. Of course the fact that Steam is trying to move their gaming empire to Linux does mean Microsoft should not completely ignore the threat, but I think just the idea that Windows users will move in droves to Linux is so embarrassing that Ubuntu has already changed the slogan on their web page back to “Your wish is our command”. Do our readers think Microsoft should be worried? Let us know below. Thanks Filipe for the tip. Screen shot Softpedia.com ...

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While Windows 8 is not difficult to use, in some ways it is very different from Windows 7. Microsoft recognizes this, and all Windows 8 PCs will start with a video tutorial. For those that need more however Microsoft is offering free Windows 8 training at their Microsoft Stores. Hopefully trainees will leave the sessions also ambassadors for the new OS, and spread their knowledge to their friends and colleagues. You can find a local training sessions here. Via Neowin.net ...

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