Review Category : Windows 8

It’s very difficult to track number of Black Friday deals on different websites which is cluttered with various other product deal which I’m not interested. Being in a Microsoft ecosystem, I decided to write a post about the deals which I find across the web. You can send us the deals you find through the comments section and contact us section. 1) Windows 8: Office Depot: Windows 8 Pro pack will be available for $29.99 on their terms. Actually, it will cost $49, $10 down from its regular price and a free MaxPerks Bonus Rewards which gives you an $30 credit you can shop at Office Max stores. Tiger Direct: Tiger Direct will sell Windows 8 Pro for $49. Xbox: Xbox 360 4GB bundle with Skylanders and one wireless controller for $199. Xbox 360 wireless controllers on sale for $39.96. Xbox 360 wireless headset for $25. All the above are from Walmart. Xbox 360 250GB ...

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The above rather cool video is the creation of Microsoft Spain, and shows how the Metro design language originated on Windows Phone in 2010, and morphed into Windows 8 in 2012. The video ends by touting the new Microsoft ecosystem of phones, tablets, PCs and the Xbox, and reminds one of Microsoft’s new imperative to integrate and collaborate, to strengthen their position against Google and Apple. What do our readers think of the video? Let us know below. Via TNW ...

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Andy Bryant posted this hands-on review of the Logitech T650 Wireless Touch pad, which brings support for Windows 8 gestures to desktops and laptops which lack multi-touch touchpads. The device appears to work very well, and is very responsive, but has a few issues, including some ergonomics issues and flaws in multi-monitor support. Andy concludes: If you’re used to using a touchpad on a laptop, and are migrating to Windows 8 on a single-screen non-touch PC, then I’d say unreservedly yes. The benefits you get from gestures under Win8 outweigh the complexity of right-click drag on the desktop. If you’re using a multiple-monitor setup, it does work, but you just won’t gain quite as much primarily because Microsoft hasn’t quite optimized the interaction between the Win8 mode,  and desktop mode across both screens. That said, it is quite usable – and I’m going to continue using mine on my home ...

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Microsoft is offering free panoramic themes for Windows 8 and Windows RT users. If used on dual monitors with the same resolution the wallpaper will extend across both screens, like in the screen shot above. If however the monitors have different resolutions different wallpapers will be shown, and of a single monitor us used only the middle will be shown. See the collection at Microsoft here. Via Technet.com ...

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Yes, this review of the Microsoft Surface is a bit late. You’ve most likely read several of the high-profile reviews already. You’ve possibly read many more. In this review, I will focus only on the things I personally like and do not like. This will not be a be-all-end-all review. Please take what you can from it, and hopefully, if you’re on the fence about getting a Surface RT, this will cement your decision one way or the other. Let’s get the hardware specifications out of the way. The Surface RT is a 1.5 pound, 10.6 inch tablet. The screen resolution is 1366×768. The processor is an Nvidia Tegra 3, which is a quad-core ARM-based processor, reportedly clocking in at 1.3 ghz per core. It comes with 2 GB of RAM, and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of memory. In regards to ports, the Surface has a full-sized USB 2.0 port, a ...

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We have covered the saga of LazyWormApps and their Twitter client Tweetro running into the 100K API token limit. They have been corresponding with Twitter asking for more flexibility, given the lack of an official twitter application on the platform. They have now received a response, which amounts to an emphatic No. The letter they received in part says (emphasis added): “Thank you for reaching out to get clarification on our developer policies. As you know, we discourage developers from building apps that replicate our core user experience (aka “Twitter clients”). We  know that there are developers that want to take their passion for Twitter and its ecosystem to unique underserved situations. As such, we have built some flexibility into our policy with regard to user  tokens – which went into effect September 5th, 2012.” “…Unfortunately, It does not appear that your service addresses an area that our current or ...

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With Apple is set to move away from skeuomorphism, it is interesting to see a Windows 8 app embracing the old Apple model enthusiastically. Diigo has released Quick Note to the Windows 8 market, which allows one to quickly take notes and if necessary pin them to the start screen individually. The app also supports snapped view mode and web clipping from IE.  The  review above was posted by Technologyiinfo.com The free app does not do much more, and does not offer any cloud synching capabilities. The app does however have a Mac Store version, which will be offering synching to the Diigo bookmarking and note storage service at a later point, so this is likely to arrive eventually on the Windows app also. If however your needs are limited, and you prefer speed over options, and are not turned off by some wood panelling, the app appears to be ...

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In a post on MSDN Microsoft discussed the Windows 8 Play To functionality, which allows Windows 8 devices to connect seamlessly to Xbox 360 and other (unspecified) devices and stream media like photos, videos and music to the device. The post describes how developers can enable to feature in only a few lines of code in their own applications, and that even web pages can be Play To enabled, meaning a video streaming website could easily allow one to move the stream to a big screen. The functionality is only waiting for developers to take advantage of it. If that’s you hop on over to MSDN to make sure your app can take advantage of the biggest screen in your home. Via Neowin.net ...

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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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