Review Category : Windows 8

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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As Microsoft Surface runs Windows, we can expect security fixes, performance improvements, etc, over Windows update regularly. Microsoft has already released a firmware and software update to improve the experience of Surface for end users. Now, MS_Nerd is reporting that new updates are coming on patch Tuesday for Surface. This patch Tuesday is going to be important for getting Surface ready for the next step. Some services are going to be updated as well. I hope they update the Mail app along with others as well.   ...

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Gottabemobile have posted a review of the Dell XPS 12 hybrid Windows 8 laptop. The Windows 8 Core i5 laptop (also available in Core i7)  has a 12.5 inch Gorilla Glass  display and an aluminium and carbon fibre construction. The capacitive touchscreen was felt to be  responsive with good viewing angles, but it is very reflective. It features an excellent backlit keyboard and was noted to have a somewhat high price at $1.199 and only moderate battery life as negatives. The hinges were felt to be sturdy and the touch screen remains in place while in notebook mode, even when tapping on the top section of the screen. The laptop has  two USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort connection and a headphone/microphone jack. Unfortunately, there’s no SD card slot, which means users will have to bring their own adapters or USB cables to move photos over from their cameras. The screen ...

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British Airways have always been one of the first to support new Microsoft platforms, so it is no surprise to see them deliver a Windows 8 app also. The British Airways Inspiration App is meant to inspire travel to great destinations, be it skiing in March or a beach destination in November.  The app will even deliver the cheapest fares from London, based on your preferences and tell you what to do when you get there. Find the app in the Windows 8 Store here. Via Neowin.net ...

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The Verge, who had earlier leaked some details about the next update to Windows 8 called "Blue” has now added some further information. In a meandering article which suggests Microsoft drop the Windows brand Tom Warren notes: "Windows Blue" (is)  an upgrade designed to improve compatibility with 7-inch and 8-inch devices The news suggests Microsoft is not planning to leave the small tablet market, dominated by cheap Android tablets, uncontested, and may finally bring lower prices for Windows 8 tablets. Would our readers pick up a small tablet, or do you think it compromises productivity too much? Let us know below. ...

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Gizmodo yesterday posted a blog post about the 10 most important tablets of 2012. Microsoft’s Surface took the No.1 spot leaving Apple’s iPad and Google Nexus 10 behind. Here is what Gizmodo said on the new Microsoft Surface RT, A new operating system. An entirely new product category. A new keyboard cover technology. Microsoft Surface RT may not be the PC-tablet bridge we’d all been dreaming of—we’re still hoping Surface Pro manages that trick—but it was without a doubt the most important demonstration of how far tablets can take us, and how much Microsoft is willing to risk to get us there. Even I think Microsoft Surface was the most innovative tablet that got released this year. What do you think? Source: Gizmodo ...

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No-one except Microsoft really knows how well the Surface is selling, but speculation is rife. Detwiler Fenton, a Boston-based brokerage firm, said in a research note today that Microsoft is likely to sell just 500,000 to 600,000 Surface RTs in the December quarter. The analyst, a bit like Steve Ballmer, blamed it on poor distribution of the tablet. “Lack of distribution is killing the product,” Detwiler Fenton explained. “Mixed reviews and a [$499] starting price tag certainly don’t help, but lack of retail exposure at Best Buy and others is severely depressing sales.” Potential buyers are not able to get a hands-on with the device themselves, which can be a deal breaker with a new product like the Microsoft Surface. Currently, there are just 31 Microsoft stores and 34 smaller holiday kiosks in the U.S. Given that paucity of stores, the average consumer’s is pretty likely to see the device ...

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We have seen many reports since the general availability of Windows 8 that PC OEMs failed to deliver Windows 8 PCs on time. Even among the Windows 8 PCs that got released, there were only few touch enabled PCs. OEMs didn’t prepare for large touch screen panel and its associated components demand. In an interview to CNET, Lenovo executive Gerry Smith revealed that the industry did underestimate touchscreen demand. He said the following on Lenovo’s position in the PC industry right now, “Lenovo’s a little different from other companies,” Smith said. “We’re still seeing strong growth and a strong premium to the market overall…And this quarter, we’re seeing strong growth across all product segments.” Being No. 4 in the U.S. is a solid position, but it’s not acceptable long-term for us…We will be No. 1 in the U.S. That’s absolutely a focus. I’m not going to give you a time ...

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