Review Category : Windows 8

  Microsoft today announced that Windows Live Mesh will be officially retired on Feb 13, 2013. Live Mesh was started as an ambitious project by Microsoft as their cloud desktop under the guidance of former executive Ray Ozzie. However it lost its way competing with internal teams such as Windows. Later, Microsoft rebranded Live Mesh as Windows Live Mesh and removed some features to integrate it with SkyDrive. And now Microsoft has announced the end of this project. With the significant investments in bringing the DNA of Mesh together with SkyDrive, there are now over 200 million people that have used SkyDrive, and more and more are making the move every day. So while Windows Live Mesh was at one point used by a few million people, most have made the move and there are now less than 25,000 active users of Windows Live Mesh. As a result, we’re announcing today ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the new v1.1 of Bing Desktop app. This new app brings support for Windows 8 devices and support for 4 additional languages such as French, German, Chinese and Japanese. Along with the above, Bing Desktop v1.1 brings features such as the below, With Bing Desktop v1.1, you can also go back through the prior 9 days of images to set a favorite image as the Windows Desktop Background again, or view images from days you were away from the computer. Bing Desktop also provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon, or the Bing tile on your Windows 8 Start screen, and the search bar will automatically appear at the front of the screen. Type in a search term or phrase using the autosuggest keywords or your search history, and the search results will appear in ...

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Speaking at Dell World customer conference in Austin, Texas, Dell CEO Michael Dell says that he’s seeing strong demand for computers and tablets running Windows 8. “The interest in Windows 8 is quite high, even among commercial customers” who tend to be slower to install new software, he said. Poopooing the post-PC propaganda, he noted “PCs are still how business gets done.” Microsoft had earlier announced that it sold more than 40 million Windows 8 licenses in 30 days, but most analysts are claiming slow adoption of the new OS. Dell’s statement indicates that this view may not be as accurate as the analyst consensus may indicate. Via Neowin and Bloomberg.com ...

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Speaking to V3, Google’s product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor, said it saw a lack of interest in their clients in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and would not be making clients for the two operating systems. "We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8," he said. "If that changes, we would invest there, of course." Instead he said Google was committed to continually improving and updating its iOS and Android products. Google has done the minimum possible to support Windows Phone and Windows 8 so far, only releasing an app to integrate their search services into the OS. Given that Google and Microsoft compete on many services it is not surprising that Google is not supporting Windows in any form, ...

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Just a day after Microsoft announcement of expanded retail availability of the Microsoft Surface in US and Australia, the Windows RT tablet has already become available online in the two countries. WPDownunder reports the Windows RT tablet will be available in store and online at Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, with Harvey Norman having the device available online and in store by the 14th. In USA the device is already available online on Staples. Of course having the device actually available in store is what it is really about, allowing buyers to actually fondle the device before shelling out. Microsoft has not announced the expansion of the device to other countries yet, but we can only hope it will happen soon. Thanks Filipe for the tip. ...

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Adobe today released their Reader app optimized for touch devices in Windows Store. This app will allow you to view and interact with PDF files and more. Adobe still recommends their Adobe Reader 11 desktop app for keyboard and mouse users. Features: 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 Search text to find specific information Select single page or continuous scroll modes Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF document Quickly navigate through large documents using the Semantic Zoom thumbnail view Tap on links in a PDF to open linked web pages Share PDFs with other applications using “Share” Email PDFs as attachments via: Neowin ...

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Some months ago Microsoft announced that they will be giving Surface tablets to all 90,000 full-time Microsoft employees. It seems that that day has finally come, as Jeff Wilcox, senior software developer at Microsoft, has tweeted that Surface for employees is “go!” Microsoft has recently announced that they have increased production of the Surface tablet, and it may be this loosening of supply which is making the internal roll-out possible.  It is not clear if the roll-out will initially be confined to US only, or will be world-wide. Those Microsoft employees hoping for an early Christmas present by selling the device on will be disappointed to know the terms and conditions prevent the sale of the gift. Hopefully the roll-out will be associated with an influx of high quality applications to the Windows 8 store as talented developers get their hands on the tablet. ...

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eReader Guides have reviewed Sony’s massive All in One PC with its 20 inch screen, which can also do double duty as a tablet in a pinch. What the review does remind one off most is that, no matter what your niche, there is a Windows PC for you – something which has always been a strength of the Windows ecosystem, and still is today, even if it is a 20 inch tablet. Read their full review here. ...

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Today, Yahoo! announced an updated UX for their web mail client and a new app for Windows 8 devices that you can download from Windows Store. This app features the following, Features: Easy-to-use interface Send and receive messages from the people you care about Share photos, videos, and documents Stay on top of your new messages with notifications See new messages arrive right from the Windows 8 Start screen Quickly scan messages in your inbox with continuous scroll Multi-select messages to organize your inbox faster Mark messages as favorites so you can keep track of important messages Search across all email folders Auto-complete email addresses from your Yahoo! Contacts as you type Pinch to zoom in on a message to get a closer look Download it here from Windows Store for free.   ...

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Press Release:  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – December 11, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, optimized for Windows 8 and now adds touch experience to the industry’s leading business class Ultrabook. The X1 Carbon and X1 Carbon Touch are developed from superior grade carbon fiber and deliver legendary durability and the highest levels of performance. The new X1 Carbon Touch paves the way for mobile professionals who demand the best in mobility and entertainment and want to experience the simplicity of touch gesture control. “Bringing touch gesture control to our best ThinkPad ever is a natural evolution of the portfolio and a big step towards fulfilling our promise to bring computers into a new PC+ era,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Lenovo Product Group. “We are excited to be able to offer customers the best experience in a thin and light business class ...

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Before Windows 8 got released, there were some discussions about the security model of Windows 8 Modern apps. Microsoft fixed some of those issues. Justin Angel, a well known Microsoft platform developer has blogged about various way to tamper Windows Store apps in a Windows 8 device. He provided the following weak points in Windows Store app model with examples, #1: Compromising in-app purchases by modifying IsoStore #2: Cracking trial apps to paid versions for free #3: Removing in-app ads from games by editing XAML files #4: Reducing the cost of in-game items by editing game data files #5: Compromising In-app purchase items by injecting scripts into the IE10 process Here is his summary of his findings and the ways Microsoft can fix them, In-app purchase items Storage: In-app purchase is fast becoming the #1 revenue stream for game developers. We’ve seen we can trick games local storage to acknowledge ...

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Microsoft Windows YouTube channel today posted a video to attract more developers to the new Windows 8 platform. Windows 8 brings in a new class of platform optimized for Touch UI and with the help of Windows Store it changes the way people downloaded apps on Windows before. In the above video, Microsoft showcases many high profile apps and games that are already available in Windows Store such as ARMED, IHeartRadio, Wikipedia, Kayak, etc,. Microsoft also shared an important fact that in last year, more Windows licenses were sold than Android, iOS and Macs combined. I hope videos like the above interests developers in Windows 8 platform.. ...

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Here is an app for those who absolutely hate Metro in Windows 8, but are forced to use it. The select group of course includes those who want to develop for Windows Phone 8, which needs the Hyper-V feature to run the emulator. Ex7forW8 is a wrapper for the Windows 7 explorer, which means the Metro start screen is completely abolished and not even loaded which means absolutely no RAM or cycles are wasted. New Windows Explorer features like ribbon and file copying are however preserved. The hack can be used on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 RTM or RP versions, really any Windows 8 version. This program does not modify system files and system protected registry entries and you can switch back to unaltered Windows 8 UI any time. Windows 7 shell is enabled only to users which switched to it and other users can use Windows 8 ...

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SAAlecComputing have posted this brief overview of the Plex Media Center app for Windows 8 Metro. With Plex, you can stream your music, videos and photos from your home computers running Plex Media Server and access content from a wide range of channels. Channels are available for iTunes, and for online services like YouTube, Vimeo and Revision3. Additionally, you can sign up for the myPlex service, which lets you connect to servers shared with you by your friends, queue videos from your web browser to watch later, and connect to your Plex Media Server at home wherever you are in the world via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, with no configuration necessary. Plex Media Server streams your media directly from your computer, so there’s no need to manually convert before viewing. Plex is smart, too: if your media isn’t already in a format your device can play, it’ll convert it ...

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If you are hoping for a new Windows Phone or a Surface tablet this Christmas, you probably want to keep an eye on Santa’s progress on the most important day. The official NORAD app will help you countdown to December 24th and enable you to watch Santa traverse the globe in real time on Christmas Eve as he distributes gifts to all the world’s children! The app also features: Learn more about NORAD and how and why we track Santa Watch videos from all of our Commands Links to Windows Store games Find the app in the Windows 8 store here. Thanks Christopher for the tip. ...

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