Review Category : Windows 8

It seems, despite Valve’s protestations, Steams users are adopting Windows 8 four times faster than the general population. Their own updated Steam hardware stats page shows in total 4.69 percent of users have already adopted Windows 8, versus between 1.44 percent and 1.09 percent according to Statcounter and NetApplications. The percentage is more than half of the 8.07 Vista user base and exceeds the 3.26 percent Apple users. The news is probably not that surprising, given that most gamers want to be on the cutting edge of PC technology, and that Windows 8 generally results in a faster PC, but it does suggest that Valve may want to rethink their objections to Windows 8 before a significant percentage of their users start running the OS. Via Neowin.net ...

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Ancestry.com, the family based networking service has released its official Windows 8 app in Windows Store. App Description: Explore your family tree with the Ancestry app for Windows 8. Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online collection of family history resources, home to more than 10 billion historical records, millions of family trees, and much more. Ancestry.com users can now use the Ancestry app to explore their trees, view photos, discover Ancestry hints, and keep up on the latest Ancestry.com news and resources. Features •Browse people in your tree •Rich photo viewing experience •Discover Ancestry hints •Jump to website Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Amazon.com shopping app is available in Windows Store. This app lets you browse through Amazon.com listings and order products within the app. Amazon has already released its Kindle app in the Windows Store and it’s good to see the support for Windows Store from high profile developers. Description: The Amazon app allows you to quickly make purchases, search, compare prices, read reviews, and share products with friends using a simple yet elegant interface. Shop just as you do on the web. You can access any of Amazon’s sites around the world from a single app by simply selecting your desired Amazon country store or shipping destination. You have full access to your existing cart and wish lists. Search for products using the Amazon app, and easily add them to your shopping cart to purchase. (Note: the app uses the Amazon search engine, which is a non-Microsoft commerce engine.) All purchases made on ...

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The Official NASCAR app for Windows 8 devices is now available in Windows Store. NASCAR fans should be happy to hear this news as it allows them to get access to NASCAR News, Video, Driver Standings and Race Schedules, etc. App Description: The Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 desktop and tablet offers all of the basic features and functionality that the NASCAR fan would want on race day including News, Video, Driver Standings and Race Schedules. Get up-to-the minute news from around NASCAR about your favorite driver and upcoming events for the 2013 NASCAR season. Download the Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 and you’re covered through the checkered flag! •The fan will have access to the most recent news and media around NASCAR and the sport of stock car racing. Be sure to check the schedule to keep up with the 2013 Sprint Cup Series. Download it here ...

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European legal TV streaming service Zattoo Live TV has come to the Windows 8 store. The app brings TV from national and international TV channels LIVE onto your Windows 8 PC or tablet.  The only requirement is an Internet connection. The app carries channels from In Switzerland, available channels (excerpt): SF2, ZDF, the first MTV Switzerland, joiz, TF1, DMAX, M6, TSR1, Sport1, BBC, ITV, SF1, ORF, France 2, … In Germany available channels (selection): ARD, ZDF, Sport 1, DMAX, iMusic, 3sat, arte, BR, The Fourth, ZDFneo, … In Denmark, available channels (excerpt): DR1, DR2, TV2, TV4, NRK1, NRK2, Deluxe Music, SVT1, SVT2, … In Spain, available channels (excerpt): La 1, La 2, Teledeporte, Canal 24 Horas, Telemadrid, clan, laSexta, Digital TV, Veo, Intereconomía, … In France available channels (excerpt): ARTE, France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, Direct 8, TV5 Monde, TV8 Mont Blanc, Virgin 17, 24 Horas The ...

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We have seen many reports regarding Windows 8 sales that PC OEMs were largely responsible for the poor Windows 8 device sales. Wired posted an interesting post where it got comments regarding Windows 8 sales from PC OEMs such as Toshiba, Dell and Sony. Generally they had low expectations for Windows 8 than Windows 7 because there are many more services and platforms, an underdeveloped supply chain for touch components and slow consumer education stemming to scattered branding and PR. Sony product manager commented the following, “The expectations of what we forecasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” he said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.” Toshiba VP commented the ...

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  PRadio is a third party Pandora Internet Radio App for Windows 8.  It allows you to stream music from Pandora recommendation service in the background. There are some issues while streaming music from this app in background on devices like Microsoft Surface. But the developer promises fix for it in the  next release. Features: Pin and Unpin Radio stations to start menu Add/Delete radio stations Multimedia Keyboard support Play/Pause/Skip songs History of Songs Played Share Song Information with other applications via share charm Provide feedback for song Background Streaming Support for snap views Support for touch and tablets Create new radio stations via the search charm Volume control to reduce the volume of music Bookmark song or artist Create new stations from current track Add variety to an existing station Stream music to other devices such as an Xbox or another computer via devices charm Logging for diagnostic purposes ...

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Popular XBLA title Ilomilo is now available in Windows Store as ilomilo plus. ilomilo is already available in Windows Phone devices and now even Windows 8 users can enjoy this game. Description: ilomilo plus is the Windows 8 version of the XBLA title, ilomilo, beefed up with additional fun levels, two exciting new chapters and three new challenging cubes. ilomilo is a puzzle game where the player controls two fellows named ilo and milo. The two friends always seem to get separated from each other in the surrealistic and ever changing world they inhabit, and the goal of each level is to reunite them. ilomilo presents puzzles where the player will have to use a great deal of three dimensional thinking to succeed. The world of ilomilo is made of cubes, and ilo and milo can walk any side of the cubes, as well as move cubes around. The player ...

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In a shareholder meeting the new Windows CFO Tami Reller maintained the party line that OEMs are not supporting Windows 8 enough. When asked about the relatively low amounts of new Windows 8 PCs in retail with touch screens Reller said: So, I would describe it this way, which is if you go into retail today, you will see some great touch devices, whether it’s touch laptops, or whether it’s a tablet or two with Windows 8 or Windows RT. It’s not enough in our opinion. I mean, we think the pipeline is great, and we’re excited to see that pipeline come into retail. And they are coming. And so our OEMs are doing great work, and we’ll see that come in over the next several months. Some you’ll see in December, some it will take longer. But I think it’s good, but not great in terms of the full ...

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MSNerd, well known leaker of Microsoft secrets, has posted the following tip: MSFT switch to Snapdragon for 8.6" Surface RT2, Temash for 11.6" Pro 2 & Haswell for 14.6" Surface Book. The Snapdragon processor for the next Surface RT of course makes a lot of sense, given that it is generally felt Qualcomm’s processors are more performant than NVidia’s. The Temash processor for the Surface Pro 2 however does not make as much sense. The chip is an X86 unit by AMD with two cores and a GPU cut at 28 nm and therefore very low power.  The issue is of course not the processor specs, but whether Microsoft would further jeopardize their relationship with Intel by using an AMD processor in their own-branded device. Lastly we do have an Intel chip for the intriguingly named Surface book, which has a 14.6 inch screen and is powered by an Intel ...

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The Windows 8 Store is one of the fastest growing app stores, but one of the reasons behind this is an issue which the Windows Phone marketplace had long struggled with – Developers publishing hundreds of spam applications which are often simply RSS readers for specific websites with only the name and the feed changed. This issue is well illustrated by Win App Update, who note only 12% of developers are responsible for 61% of the apps in the app store, giving an average of more than 16 apps each for developers who have more than 5 apps in the store. Of course an argument can be made that the best applications will still float to the top, and that at this early stage quantity is more important than quality, at least until we get to 6 figures, but it does take some of the shine of the growth in ...

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While we have reports from the NPD and elsewhere of slow Windows 8 sales, it seems Black Friday (23rd November) had a pretty distinct effect on the installed base of Windows 8 PCs, as can be seen from the above StatCounter data shows. While the days leading up to Black Friday had Windows 8 running below 1% US net usage, Thanks Giving and Black Friday saw a large number of new Windows 8 PCs hitting the market, taking its US share above 2%. While the number reduced over the next week,indicating that Windows 8 users are mainly at home rather than at work, it returned to 2.12% yesterday, indicating the new level was real and not just an artefact of increased usage over the holiday break. The stats mean that for every 25 Windows 7 users there is one Windows 8 user, and similarly for every 7 Windows XP and ...

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  Windows 8 has an interesting way to unlock your device called Picture Password. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. This is how Picture Password works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it increases both the security and the memorability of the password. You get to decide the content of the picture and the portions that are important to you. Plus, you get to see a picture that is important to you just like many people do on their phone lock screen. Now, Microsoft is trying to patent this feature and below is the ...

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  Market research firm NPD today released their data on hardware sales in US market. Sales of Windows based devices in the last month are down by 21% compared to the same period a year ago in US. Sales of laptops running Windows declined by 24% and Windows Desktop devices sales were down by 9%. NPD also mentioned that Windows 8 tablet sales “have been almost non-existent. NPD commented the following on Windows 8 sales, “After just four weeks on the market, it’s still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market,” writes Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for.” Read more about it from the source link below. Source: NPD ...

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Microsoft have posted a new promotional video for Windows 8, which, while it is titled all about Apps, seems to be focussing on OS features such as Search across apps, IE10 and the People Hub. When an app does actually gets show it is Kayak, which is not the highest profile app in the store. What do our readers think of this new video? Let us know below. ...

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During Microsoft’s shareholder meeting today CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged to shareholders that Microsoft should have moved quicker into hardware. “Sometimes getting the innovation right across the seam between hardware and software is difficult unless you do both of them,” he said, noting it was  something “maybe we should have done” earlier. “Bill did hold up a tablet many years ago,” when it was observed that Microsoft called tablets the future in 2001. “Maybe if we had started innovating then, which is what we really did with Surface,” Mr. Ballmer said, “maybe we should have done that earlier. Maybe that tablet shift would have been sooner.” “But we are building a big business working with those partners and serving a lot of needs,” he added. “What we say now is there is no boundary between hardware and software.” Steve said Microsoft is now determined to propel change, even suggesting there could ...

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