Review Category : Windows 8

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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Winsupersite posted the last memo which Steven Sinofsky sent to Microsoft employees about leaving this company. From: Steven Sinofsky Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:42 PM To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG) Subject: RE: Windows Leadership Changes With the general availability of Windows 8/RT and Surface, I have decided it is time for me to take a step back from my responsibilities at Microsoft. I’ve always advocated using the break between product cycles as an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead, and that applies to me too. After more than 23 years working on a wide range of Microsoft products, I have decided to leave the company to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines. The Windows team, in partnerships across all of Microsoft and our ...

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In a surprise announcement, Microsoft has revealed that Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company, effective immediately. According to AllthingsD’s sources the move come after growing tension between Sinofsky and other top executives. Sinofsky, though seen as highly talented, was viewed at the top levels as not the kind of team player that the company was looking for. Sinofsky has recently been feted as an eventual successor to Steve Ballmer, and had a reputation for  fixing both Office and Windows 7, making sure both products shipped on time. His duties will be divided between Julie Larson-Green who will head up the engineering side of Windows, while Tami Reller, who has had headed marketing and served as the unit’s CFO, will have responsibility for the business side of things. Both will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer. In a press release, Microsoft CEO Ballmer praised Steven’s work, but also ...

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Asus has announced their new Asus VivoBook ultrabook. The device has a 1080p HD13.3 inch IPS screen, a 128 GB SSD and 500 GB HDD and is powered by a AMD® Trinity APU A8-4555M Processor and 4 GN RAM. It clocks in a 1.55 Kg, and also features Bang & Olufsen ICEpower sound tech.  The device will be available in Europe for €900 ($1,150). See more specs at Asus here. Via Neowin.net ...

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Pacific Crest Securities analyst Brendan Barnicle on Sunday raised his estimates for Microsoft because of in-line sales for the Surface. Barnicle surveyed retailers in the U.S., Canada and Germany, about 75% of whom say Windows 8 is meeting expectations, while 25% said the computers are selling faster than expected. ...

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Vimeo, one of the famous video sharing site on the web has released their Windows 8 app in Windows Store. One strange thing is that, there are several identical Vimeo apps differentiated only be their names. There are apps such as Vimeo for Samsung, Vimeo for Dell, etc,. Description: The Vimeo app for Windows 8 brings the incredible online video content from Vimeo to Microsoft’s fast and fluid Metro user experience. Upload and watch your videos on Vimeo, browse our expertly curated featured channels, watch user videos, share video links to other apps, and even project content to any connected external devices via our PlayTo integration. Features: •Upload your videos to Vimeo •Browse Vimeo featured channels •Search for your favorite videos Download the app for free from Windows Store here.  ...

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Continuing with their quest to make it so you can not turn on the TV without seeing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 had a massive presence at the MTV Europe Music Awards. There presenters Heidi Klum and Sway used a massive Windows 8 touch screen to interact with viewers and keep up to date with what’s going on back stage. With Microsoft intending to roll out a big Windows Phone 8 campaign starting today featuring a variety of celebrities I suspect we can start to see the shape of Microsoft’s marketing push now – being associated with celebrities and hoping some of the cool will rub off. Do our readers think this approach will work? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net and Mashables.com ...

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Google has announced that  Google Apps will discontinue support for IE8 on November 15. IE8 was released in 2009 and is the most recent Internet Explorer that will run on XP. The move will leave IT shops that use Google Apps with the choice of either installing an unmanaged browser like Firefox or Chrome, or finally moving their ancient PCs to a new OS- likely running Windows 7 or if the shop is small enough Windows 8, the new OS the hardware will come with. In this way Google reminding XP shops that their OS is in fact ancient is very likely to help Microsoft, and possibly boost Windows 8 adoption in small business. Here’s to that PC replacement cycle, kicked off by Google. Via Stuff.co.nz. ...

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There must be something about the Microsoft Surface that makes its users rather distracted. It may be the perfectly balanced design of the blissful confidence of having a full-power computer always at your beck and call, but it seems Surface owners often forget they are carrying it, and therefore leaves the device in harm’s way. The latest victim Robbbilicious’s Surface, that was also left on top of his car, where it subsequently fell off and was run over at 60 mph. He writes: Each car passed by with the tires on each side of the Surface until the very last car. The tire of the car ran completely over the Surface and next thing I saw was my brand new $700 tablet and touch cover flying through the air in separate directions! My heart jumped, and so did I! I jumped out of my car and ran across the street ...

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We saw the Verge’s overview of the current crop of Windows 8 tablets, and today have ABC’s version of the same. They feature a brief look at the Dell XPS 12, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, Toshiba Satellite U925T, Acer Aspire S7 and the Asus Vivo Tab RT. This time the reception was a lot more enthusiastic, though there appeared to be some price shock, with the expectation currently being that both tablets and laptops are a lot cheaper. I suspect when consumers are faced with normal laptops and hybrids, this and not anything else will in fact be the biggest barrier to adoption. Read more at ABC News here. ...

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Windows 8 comes with the latest version of Microsoft’s DirectX framework, version 11.1.  . It supports WDDM 1.2 for increased performance, features improved integration of Direct2D, Direct3D, and DirectCompute, and includes DirectXMath, XAudio2, and XInput libraries from the XNA framework. It also features stereoscopic 3D support for gaming and video. These are all pretty desirable features, and it appears Windows users will have to upgrade to Windows 8 to get it. Microsoft Program Manager Daniel Moth on MSDN said: With DirectX 11.1, WARP was enhanced with (among other things) support for DirectCompute and hence it is one of the accelerators for C++ AMP. DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7. DirectX 11 was made available for Vista (bing it), but at this point there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7 Many PC users reluctant ...

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The lack of a native Windows 8 twitter app have lead to huge interest in other 3rd party twitter apps. One of the beneficiaries of this interest was Tweetro, who had a huge spike of downloads associated with the general release of the OS. Unfortunately this also meant the company quickly ran through their allocation of 200,000 authorization tokens Twitter currently allocates to third party devs in an effort to force users to their official app, which of course does not exist for Windows 8. Atta Elayyan, Co-founder of Lazyworm Applications Ltd, who are publishing the app, writes: The app is now completely crippled and users cannot get past the OAuth screen as they are presented with an error ‘Cannot connect to service’.  We were under the impression that Twitter wasn’t going to enforce the token limits until March next year (when all 3rd party apps are required to migrate ...

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