Review Category : Windows 8

In the 18 days since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest desktop and tablet OS, the operating system has grown rather nicely. Statcounter, which measures the OS’s web presence by examining website logs in real time, has found as of yesterday the operating system now has 0.88% of all web hits, more than the 0.86% of Linux or the 0.6% of Android. This is in fact not the first time Windows 8 overtook Linux, but last it occurred over the weekend, when the OS appears to see its heaviest use, and Linux its lightest. On this occasion it occurred in the middle of the week, indicating that this is simply part of the overall natural growth of the OS. The week-end spikes does however indicate that the OS is having more traction with home users than in business, a not unexpected result. The next stop is iOS, which with ...

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During its earnings call today, Dell told that Latitude 10 Windows 8 device is getting positive response from the enterprise customers. Stephen Felice, President and chief commercial officer said the following, I’ve been meeting with lots of customers who continue to say that they’re needing to prioritize security and manageability as they try to roll out tablets in their environment. And specifically, products like the Latitude 10 that has things like security built into it with a smartcard feature and even something like a replaceable battery. These are things that are resonating well on the commercial side. Brian Gladden, Chief financial officer said the following, We continue to hear a lot of noise from CIOs about having to deal with the added cost of complexity of not having a standards-based product as a tablet. And so we’re pretty encouraged by the reaction to the Latitude 10, and we do see ...

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Lenovo has posted a picture on their Facebook page of what they call the Pocket Yoga, a mini version of the IdeaPad Yoga tablet with its full-flip screen. The device features two full-sized USB ports, so presumably run a full desktop OS. Lenovo asks if we would have bought it if they did actually release it. What do our readers think? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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SAP, a leading enterprise solution company today announced its full support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. They announced 6 business apps which are listed below, SAP WorkDeck, developed first for Windows 8, is a new persona-centric app that offers contextual integration of various information sources and processes into a role-based view. SAP WorkDeck allows employees to initiate new requests, oversee upcoming events and monitor the progress, as well as enables managers to react and process workflows on-the-go, such as travel, leave and purchasing requests. SAP Manager Insight is an employee profile app that provides managers with access to key indicators, such as diversity, headcount, employee talent by location, as well as employee profiles, to drive collaborative and informed human resources (HR) decision-making. SAP Learning Assistant is a training app that gives on-the-go workers tag-along teachers. It makes on-demand, online training available anytime, anywhere so workers can access required ...

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There has been some talk of a dedicated 7 inch Xbox Surface tablet. Aaron Toulmin has proven that that would just be wasteful, hooking up his Surface RT via HDMI to a 100” projector and playing Riptide using a wireless 360 controller. The setup worked beautifully, which does raise a question of why Microsoft needs to create another platform, ecosystem and device when the current Surface has all the bits already? Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Winzip, a famous Windows desktop app just got released in Windows Store with Modern UI. Features: Open .zip and .zipx files Secure confidential files from prying eyes, whether they are sent by email, shared online or stored on your system, with WinZip’s military-grade encryption Easily send large files by email by zipping your attachments first or by using the integrated ZipSend file delivery service Securely share any type of file and rich content on Facebook using seamless integration with ZipShare Use the Windows 8 ‘Share’ charm to deliver zipped files to your contacts through email, social media or other apps Experience super easy-to-use Windows 8-style interface with touch-friendly features Securely send files to mobile devices with WinZip’s password protection Compress large files, entire folders or archives for faster transfer and to save space on your system Download it here from Windows Store for $7.99. ...

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Robert Johnson from Betanews has attempted to write what he calls the Surface review for the average user. He writes: You see, I’m your average user. I’m the average Joe user with a strong interest in the field of technology. I don’t care about pixel densities, or all the other niggles on performance tech geeks fight about all the time. What matters to me: Does a particular device allow me to not only consume content but create it as well. And Surface accomplishes those two goals tremendously well. I write this review on a Surface RT using Microsoft Word in Office 2013. The review shows that despite being an iPad and Google Nexus 7 owner, the Microsoft tablet rapidly won him over, mainly due to its productivity advantages. He concludes: Simply put, Surface RT is better than the iPad and here’s why: Allows for a connection to a second screen. ...

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The Windows 8 store has continued to grow apace, adding 3000 apps in the last 8 days, according to WinAppUpdate. The total is a worldwide number, with individual markets varying in quantity. The Chinese market in particular is very robust, with more than 10,000 aps at present. It is the largest market, but unfortunately it is suspected not the one with the highest quality of apps. At this rate the store should hit 20,000 apps before December, and will hopefully include more big-name apps by then. ...

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REDMOND, Wash. – Nov. 13, 2012 – Microsoft today unveiled its product road map for Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013, both of which build on the company’s vision for intelligent systems first announced last fall. Microsoft also made the Windows Embedded 8 Standard release preview available for download. Microsoft is committed to helping harness the potential of the Internet of Things by connecting devices to software and services in the back end or in the cloud, transforming that data into actionable operational intelligence. In describing the opportunity, Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas calls out Microsoft’s "big transition" from being a software company to a devices and services company. "Faced with the explosion of business data, enterprises are looking for better alternatives to help them unlock the information inside," Dallas says. "Microsoft’s broad set of technologies and products make it uniquely qualified to help address this problem. ...

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In a new ad Microsoft has targeted the browser on the iPad specifically as a bad experience and promoted IE10 on a tablet as built for touch and being “pretty amazing”, offering a “fast and fluid experience”. Safari is in fact one of the worse parts of the iPad, crashing constantly, and I think it is a pretty valid attack target, which should resonate with those looking for a new tablet. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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Barnes & Noble has finally released its Nook Reading app for Windows 8 device in Windows Store. All x86, x64, ARM based devices are supported for this app. App Description: Get an incredible reading experience with NOOK® for Windows 8™. Choose from NOOK books, magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC. Shop over 3 million titles including New York Times bestsellers, new releases, and the hottest newsstand issues. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days. NOOK for Windows 8 supports NOOK Comics. Read comics, graphic novels, and manga featuring popular characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Archie Andrews, Naruto, and more from top publishers like DC, Marvel, Archie, and VIZ. Our latest graphic novel additions from fan-favorite Dark Horse Comics ...

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Toshiba has uploaded a product tour of their Toshiba Satellite U920t Windows 8 hybrid. The device promises to combine the performance and form factor of an Ultrabook with the ease-of-use of a tablet. The hybrid is less than 0.8 inches thick and weighs only 3.2 pounds. It has a vivid 12.5-inch diagonal HD touchscreen display with IPS technology provides with Corning® Gorilla® Glass to resists scratches. The device is equipped with up to a 256GB solid state drive and a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor with Intel Rapid Start technology. In addition, the Satellite U920t also features a full range of sensors, including an ambient light sensor, 3D accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis magnetometer, GPS and near-field communication (NFC) capable of a range of wireless data transfer applications. The device is available from £855 on Amazon UK and is expected to hit the market on November 21, 2012. ...

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Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month, and the time when Microsoft pushes out software updates for their products. On this occasion this includes includes Microsoft’s first ARM computer, the Surface, and the update  is  a “Cumulative Update for performance/compatibility” and another is a firmware update which hopefully addresses the same issue. To check for an update: 1. Go to the charms menu and select Settings 2.  Select Change PC settings 3. Scroll to the bottom and select Windows Update. 4. Check for Updates and install. We noticed definite performance improvements, including in multi-tasking, text input, quicker loading times and improvements in IE, including in tab switching and closing. Have our readers noticed any other changes or improvements? Let us know below. Thanks Tishawn for the tip. ...

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Digitimes’s somewhat less than impeccable upstream supply sources are claiming that Surface sales will only hit 60% of Microsoft’s forecast in 2012. Unfortunately Digitimes did not exactly reveal what these forecasts were, leaving us to guess exactly how many millions of units this would represent. Their sources claim buyers are not seeing the value proposition of Windows RT tablets, and that Asus’s own Windows RT tablet is similarly affected. On the other hand they expect full Windows 8 tablets to benefit, as users wait for these more powerful devices. Are any of our readers waiting also opting for Windows 8 tablets over Windows RT ones, despite the bulk and battery life advantages of RT devices? Let us know below. ...

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Julie Larson-Green is replacing Steven Sinofsky in the very important job as Head of Windows, which includes hardware engineering like the Surface. Julie Larson-Green has been Corporate Vice President, Program Management, Windows Client and in her last job had between 1,200 and 1,400 program managers, researchers, content managers and other members of the Windows team reporting to her. In her new job she will be running the engineering of Windows, while Tami Reller will continue on as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer and will assume responsibility for the business side. She had worked at Microsoft since 1993 and joined to run a Visual C++ focus group then and was a strong member of Steven Sinifsky’s team in the Office division, where she led a radical revamp of Office in 2003, for which she won a technical leadership award. She also did a stint on the SharePoint Team Services ...

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Google released its search app for Windows 8 devices last month. But it didn’t support ARM based devices like Surface, now Google has updated its support for those kind of devices as well. Features: Google Search box – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search -  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword. Google Apps page – Access all your favorite Google products ...

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