Review Category : Windows 8

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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So far Microsoft has not released any sales figures for the Microsoft Surface RT, but in Microsoft’s first comment on the performance of the device, Steve Ballmer has told Le Parisien that sales of the Microsoft Surface "are starting modestly." Microsoft blamed this more on a lack of distribution rather than demand, noting that the device is only being sold through Microsoft Stores, where the tablet is in fact often on short supply. Talking about the shortages, he said "It’s a good sign," adding that Microsoft "will fix this problem quickly" and that the increase in capacity is part of the company’s strategy. Steve also talked about the coming Surface Pro, noting that it will have a higher-definition screen and Intel processor. He also repeated an earlier announcement that the company sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades to consumers in only 3 days. Via Capital.gr ...

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Dream Team Mobile uploaded this look at their Google Maps client for Windows 8. Windows Phone users will be familiar with this app on their OS, and on Microsoft’s new platform much of the functionality has been preserved. The app features: get directions (car, bicycle, public transit or walk) You can get directions from/to your location or between two coordinates/addresses. Different travel modes like ‘Driving’, ‘Cycling’, ‘Walking’ or ‘Public transit’ are supported. When route is built, you can browse route steps or select alternate route search for venues using powerful local search   Search for landmark, venues or stores using powerful local search. You can easily use your voice to search (use microphone button next to the search textbox). You can easily find out your current position using ‘locate-me’ button in the bottom left corner. To use compass integration please tap ‘compass’ button in the top left corner. voice search ...

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Microsoft has posted two new Windows 8 ads on their YouTube page. In the above ad, Up and coming artist “Now, Now” shared a slice of their adventures through Windows 8. In the below ad, Microsoft is promoting Windows 8 through Angry Birds Star Wars. Angry Birds Star Wars now available on Windows 8. Download it here. ...

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Digitimes reports that Microsoft and Intel together are planning to boost Windows 8 touch screen laptop sales this holiday season by working to cut prices by first tier vendors to as low as $399 for 11.6 inch hybrids. The deals are intended to help new Windows 8 laptops to compete against Windows 7 laptops inventory which has been discounted. If true it would suggest waiting a few weeks for the holiday season to kick in may save several hundred dollars. Do our readers it is worth waiting? Let us know below. ...

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The Verge has reviewed the Lenovo Yoga Windows 8 hybrid. While they had some complaints, including finding the touch screen and track pad less than perfect, they seemed overall happy with the device. They conclude: If you ignore its awesome transformational abilities — which are a pretty great addition to a laptop, and are implemented really well — the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is just an average, pretty good laptop. It has a good keyboard, a nice-looking screen, and competent performance. It also has a frustrating trackpad, though, and a touchscreen that doesn’t work as well as it should. It’s a perfectly good laptop, and that’s about what I expect for a $1,000 ultrabook. If you’re buying a Windows 8 laptop right now, this is a really good option — it’s definitely the best device I’ve tested since the new OS came out. But if you can wait, you should — ...

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Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. new entertainment franchise collaboration Angry Birds Star Wars is now available in Windows Store. Game Description: JOIN THE ANGRY BIRDS IN THEIR BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers! Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help! Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll ...

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Citrix has released its Receiver app for Windows 8 devices today. They released their preview version back in September and the final release is now in Windows Store today. Description: Specific configurations are required for this release; please ask your IT department how to get started. Citrix Receiver lets you access your enterprise files, applications, and desktops to help you be as productive on the go as you are in the office. If your company uses Citrix, you have the freedom to work on your favorite device from wherever you are. What you can do with Citrix Receiver : Experience simple, consistent, and delightful file and app access from all of your devices For more information about Citrix Receiver, visit http://citrix.com/receiver. Features: Securely deliver virtual desktops and enterprise apps Work anywhere, on any Windows 8 device Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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PC optimization software Soluto helps optimise computers for more than 3 million people in 182 countries, and along the way collect a lot of data about their users. Their stats reveal that Windows 8 is rapidly replacing Windows 7 PCs at a rate higher than it may appear from the US market. European nations such as Hungary and Portugal are adopting Windows 8 most quickly, with almost 9 percent adoption in Hungary and 5.29 percent in Portugal. China is also moving quickly, with more than 7 percent of Windows users already on Microsoft’s new operating system. In US however users are upgrading a lot slower, with only 3.4% of users upgrading to Windows 8 in the country. Those upgrading to Windows 8 are also seeing benefits, with the OS seeing 55% less app crashes and is found to be 84% less frustrating by users. In terms of device installs,  5% of Windows 8 ...

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