Review Category : Windows 8

Texas Instruments has demoed its OMAP processor capabilities on a tablet running Windows 8. Its a Toshiba’s Windows RT tablet running on TI’s OMAP 4470 SoC. As you can see in the video above, Windows 8 runs fast and fluid on a low power ARM processor same as that of running on a powerful x86 chip. Microsoft was working with chip makers, OEMs, etc, to provide this level of great experience on Windows 8 devices. Also Microsoft is yet to reveal the full details on Windows RT OS and the Office bundle which comes with it. Are you ready to buy a Windows RT device ?? Source: AnandTech ...

Read More →

Yesterday, Microsoft surprised everyone by inviting the press for a major announcement at LA. A rumor is now spreading all over the web  that Microsoft is going to release its own tablet hardware at LA. And ATD speculates that the announcement will be related to Windows tablets. There are even rumors that Microsoft may release a e-reader/content consumption only device in partnership with B&N. What do you think? Does Microsoft needs its own tablet hardware? Source: All Things D , The Wrap ...

Read More →

Microsoft today detailed the new Mail app that will come with Windows 8. The new Mail app designed for Windows 8 allows us to manage all our emails at one place. The new mail app comes with support for the following, Multiple Accounts Folders Commands – Support  for both touch, keyboard & mouse. Reading Pane Windows 8 Snap View Windows 8 Live Tiles Windows 8 Notifications Windows 8 Secondary Tiles Windows 8 Print Contract Windows 8 Share Contract Windows 8 Lock Screen Notifications Similar to the People hub which Microsoft detailed yesterday, Mail app is de-coupled from the Windows OS and you will see updates for the app often. You can read more about them at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

Read More →

Few weeks before we first got information about Dell’s upcoming Windows 8 tablet Latitude 10. Today Neowin posted more information on this business focused tablet. The device will be coming to sales from mid-November to mid-January time period. The device will run on Intel Colver Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 2-cell or 4-cell removable battery and built-in mobile broadband as well. We are eager to see the Dell Windows RT offerings for consumers than these Latitude offerings. Source: Neowin  ...

Read More →

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed the new People app coming with Windows 8 OS. The new People app is similar to the People Hub in Windows Phone devices where you can connect all your online services in one place. You can even link them for better access. They have designed the app with following principles, Complete & Connected – All your personal and work contacts are there, alive with their social activities and photos, letting you instantly engage and react to them. Data syncs from your email and social accounts rather than getting this info from a one-time import, and you get a simple unified contact card for each person, regardless of how many versions of their contact info you have from different accounts. Designed for Windows 8 – On modern devices the address book is a core part of the overall experience, therefore it is important ...

Read More →

At TechEd conference today, Microsoft demoed Office 2013 running on Windows RT device. Even though, it was not an intentional demo to show off Office 2013 features, they provided us a glimpse of it. Just, yesterday we got information (via: Liveside) about the Office 2013 name and its new logo. Above is the screenshot of Office 2013 Excel app running on Windows RT machine. While the info that Microsoft working on Office for Windows RT devices is nothing new, we now have a visual proof for the same. Image Credit: Withinwindows ...

Read More →

Morgan Stanley has conducted a survey which shows Microsoft could slip near instantly into the second spot in the tablet market. According to their survey 25% of those intending to buy a tablet were planning to buy a Windows 8 tablet, ahead of 22% who intend to buy an Android tablet. It seems its all about Office, said Morgan Stanley analyst Katie Huberty. “Our survey indicated Microsoft Office is the most important software feature to consider when purchasing a tablet, especially for first-time purchasers,” Huberty says. “Sixty-one percent of prospective tablet purchasers indicated that Office was the most important software feature vs. 44 percent for current tablet owners — which suggests there may be pent up demand for a tablet offering with a prepackaged Office bundle.” The finding likely explains why Google purchased Quick Office, but also leaves Microsoft with a dilemma. The company has been working on an Office ...

Read More →

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed its new improved media experience in Windows 8. Microsoft has improved its media experience in Windows 8 right from the codec support to UI of the media players. Microsoft designed this media experience with the following in mind, Maximize performance. We wanted media playback to be fast and responsive, enabling the full power of the hardware while maximizing battery life on each PC. Simplify development and extensibility. We wanted to provide a platform that could be easily extended and tailored for a given application, setting the stage for innovative custom media apps on Windows. Enable a breadth of scenarios. A high performance, high efficiency, extensible platform can then enable a wide range of music, video, communications, and other multimedia apps. I think we should be able to enjoy fluid and rich media experience on Windows 8 devices without compromising battery life. Read more at Building Windows ...

Read More →

Along with the Metro Style apps that are built on Windows RT platform, Microsoft is also allowing Desktop apps such as Microsoft Office 2010, VLC Player to be listed on Windows Store. Listing Desktop apps on Windows Store enables customers to search for them, browse through descriptive information about them, and acquire them from the developer’s website using a link provided in the product description page in the Windows Store. Windows Store won’t be handling the update process as well. Developers who need to submit their desktop apps read the process below, Sign up for a Hardware/Desktop Dashboard Company Account. Using this account, submit the results of the Windows App Certification Kit. After we approve the results, submit the app to the Windows Store. Sign up as a company for a Windows Store developer account, using the same account as in step 1. Approved apps that have passed the Windows App ...

Read More →

Of all the very interesting Windows 8 touch screen laptops shown off at Computex 2012, I think it is safe to say the Asus Taichi was the most interesting. Now Digitimes have published an estimate of the cost of the components of the device, and potentially the final retail price. They write: With the displays already costing US$300, if the machine has an Intel Core i7 series processor and chipset, another US$230 will be added to the cost, and with other component costs – motherboard about US$50-60; 6-cell battery about US$40; solid state drive (SSD) about US$110; chassis and internal parts about US$80; and Windows 8 about US$90, the total BOM is estimated to reach about US$900 excluding e shipments, retail channel distribution and marketing, the sources detailed. They note the end price of a PC product is usually 130-150% of its BOM, giving an estimate of the final price ...

Read More →

Google today revealed its plans for supporting Google Chrome in Windows 8 Metro mode. Similar to Mozilla, Google is already working on a version of Chrome that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 on x86. Google is planning to release it via next dev channel update and you can try it on Windows 8 Release Preview. The initial version will support Windows 8 features such as snap mode, charms bar integration, etc,. Read more on it here. ...

Read More →

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has denied HTC’s request to build a Windows RT tablet. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg claims the request was refused due to “concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft refused, said the people, and HTC was left off the list of companies the software maker provided with early versions of the software. Microsoft is tightly controlling the number of ARM- based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality. Microsoft declined to comment on the rumour, but HTC did, saying: HTC has sold more than 40 million Windows Phones over the last ten years and we are committed to future versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone ...

Read More →

Asus Zenbook Prime Ultrabook was already announced weeks before, but Asus is showing off an upgraded version of the same at Computex. Currently,  Zenbook Prime is one of the best Ultrabooks out there in the market with 1080p display, backlit keyboard, updated touchpad, etc,. Asus has added touch screen on the same device loaded with Windows 8 as you can see in the image above. By the time Windows 8 releases, Asus may upgrade the model officially with touch screen. Read more at Engadget. ...

Read More →

Lenovo today demoed its first Windows 8 tablet design at Computex. The device with ThinkPad branding is made of rubbery soft material which you will find on regular ThinkPad laptops. The device will have 10.1-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution. It will feature 8-megapixel camera and 2 MP camera on rear and front as well. There is also a micro-HDMI post and a docking connector. Along with this, I expect Lenovo to release its Yoga concept Windows 8 device as well. Read more at Engadget ...

Read More →

At Computex expo, Toshiba joined the other PC OEMs to unveil their work with Windows 8 devices. Even though Toshiba didn’t reveal any final Windows 8 products, they showed variety of prototypes. The prototype design includes a Transformer like detachable Windows 8 tablet/keyboard combination, a Windows 8 slider PC, a Windows RT tablet, etc,. Hopefully, Toshiba will deliver these devices on time when Windows 8 launches later this year. Read more at The Verge and Engadget. ...

Read More →

Samsung on its part showed off its upcoming Windows 8 devices. Samsung unveiled Series 5 Ultra Touch and Ultra Convertible Windows 8 devices.  While Ultra Touch is a regular clamshell laptop with touch, Ultra Convertible as the name suggests is a true convertible device. Both the devices will have SSD storage, 1366X768 displays, a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, memory card reader. Remember these devices are mass market mid-range devices from Samsung. They are yet to unveil their Series 7 and Series 9 Windows 8 devices. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

Read More →