Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft today posted a new video talking about the design of Surface. The Surface for Windows RT sports a great build quality which provides you a feel of a high end of watch finish. Also the Surface was designed to withstand drop in 72 different orientations! Yes, Microsoft even demoed that part in its launch keynote few days back. The Surface also features a built-in kickstand, two cameras which can enable you to take notes and record a lecture at the same time. Have you bought your Surface? ...

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I took the plunge and upgraded by production laptop to Windows 8 last night, and I thought I would share my first hand experiences. My laptop is an HP Pavilion DV6 Core i5 with 6 GB of RAM and a 512 GB hard drive with a 1366×768 screen. It is less than one year old. It does not have a touch screen. What I did not expect however was that my HP Photosmart wireless network printer would not work either, or that the laptop would have power management issues and be unable to sleep. First, the purchase experience was not as smooth as I hoped.  I ran the compatibility app, which took a rather long time to tell my eventually that  Microsoft Security Essentials, HP Digital Persona and the Windows Phone emulator will not work. The first was no real loss, as Windows Defender took over the role.  This was ...

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Music Discovery app Shazam is now available for download from Windows Store. You can use your Windows tablet up to the music or TV to identify a track, buy it, share it, watch the video, get the lyrics and more. Features: Buy tracks easily Watch music videos and concerts from YouTube Share tags on Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter & more Learn the lyrics you thought you knew Read album reviews and artist biographies Use Shazam in Snap View while browsing the web or using another application Download it here for free. ...

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Windows 8 is likely being installed in its millions all over the world, and some cool announced features are already popping up. One of them is Xbox Music, which it appears is already scanning libraries and matching them up with Microsoft’s library of 30 million songs. Presumable if a user were to roam on another PC they will be able to stream their “matched” music library on the other device also, and for example also from an Xbox 360. Other statuses include Unmatched (available only here) Matched (available here and in the XBOX Music Cloud for streaming to other devices. Streaming Only (download here to listen offline) The service so far does not seem to require a paid music pass, but then a number of hours of free streaming is included with very Windows 8 purchase. Thanks Charles for the tip. ...

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AccuWeather and WeatherBug have released their Windows 8 apps in Windows Store. As you can expect, both the apps feature clean Metro look and takes advantage of Windows 8 platform features such as live tiles. WeatherBug: •Dynamic Live Tiles: Rich live tiles feature images that provide at-a-glance weather updates for your favorite location, right from your home screen. To stay on top of weather for the places that matter to you, create multiple tiles for all your saved locations. •My Alerts Center: Know Before™ and stay informed of severe weather impacting your life with exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts and National Weather Service watches and warnings to keep you and those you care about out of harm’s way. •Global Reach: WeatherBug for Windows 8 supports 26 different languages. The app’s powerful ENcast engine produces the most accurate forecasts with the fastest updates for 60,000 cities for users around the world. •Pinpoint ...

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Microsoft has recently released its two communication apps for Windows 8 in Windows Store for consumers and enterprise customers. The Lync integrates voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and IM in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use app. Features Communicate from anywhere with an Internet connection. Easily switch between IM, voice, or video or use all at once. Stay connected to your colleagues with real-time status updates, rich presence information and fast and fluid contact list search and management. Join Lync Meetings with a single touch and easily switch between IM, group video, and content views. Stay connected while reducing resource consumption — Lync provides background and connected standby connectivity so you never miss an important conversation. Use Windows search to find and communicate with your colleagues. Snap view — Need to reference another app or website while using Lync? Lync can snap to the side of your screen so you can multi-task ...

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We wrote earlier about international customers not receiving their Surface tablets when they expect.  It seems Microsoft is working very hard to quell any outrage, and is going so far as to offer buyers a £50 or $50 gift voucher for their trouble. Shawn has sent us in this email below: Dear Customer, Thanks again for pre-ordering your Surface online! As stated at the time of order, we expect customers in Canada to receive their Surface devices between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30. We apologize for any confusion caused by subsequent emails stating an earlier or later arrival date. To make up for any inconvenience, we would like to offer you a single use coupon for up to CND$50 off your next purchase from the Microsoft online store*. To use your coupon, please visit www.microsoftstore.com/ca, shop for the items you want, and, at check out, type the code xxxxx in ...

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Today many Microsoft Surface buyers will be angered, not by the device but by its absence, as many international pre-orders end up being pushed back around the world. According to readers Microsoft is now revising the language of the pre-orders, saying delivery would be *from* the 26th, and that devices could arrive as late as the 30th October. Clearly the whole point of the pre-order system was to have the device arrive day and date with its release to the market, and while I do not expect riots in the streets, I think more than a few digital recycle bins will be tipped over. If there is any good news, it is that some Microsoft reps have said the delays were due to “huge demand” which is never a bad thing. To check where your Surface order currently is, use this handy tip from WPC. Just go to the FedEx ...

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Microsoft clearly thinks the Surface tablet will sell itself once punters have a hands-on with it. They have opened up Surface Experience Stores where people can see and have hands-ons with the devices in Australia, Germany, UK and France, with locations in USA coming later. The full list of locations are: Australia Carindale, Westfield Carindale Sydney, Westfield Sydney Doncaster, Westfield Doncaster Foutain Gate, Westfield Fountain Gate Upper Mt Gravatt, Westfield Garden City Parramatta, Westfield Parramatta Germany Berlin, Motel One Hauptbahnhof Berlin, Motel One Alexanderplatz Berlin, Motel One Kurfuerstendamm Hamburg, Motel One Am Michel München, Motel One Deutsches Museum Berlin, Motel One Spittelmarkt Berlin, Motel One Tiergarten Hamburg, Motel One Alster München, Motel One Sendlinger Tor München, Motel One City- Ost Frankfurt, Motel One Airport Köln, Motel One Waidmarkt Essen, Motel One Essen Stuttgart, Motel One Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt, Motel One East Side Leipzig, Motel One Leipzig Dresden, Motel One Palaisplatz United ...

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Last night Microsoft took the wrap of their New York Times Square store, in the presence of a large crowd who it seems could not wait to get their hands on some Windows RT Surface tablets. The above pictures were snapped by Steven Sinofsky, who is seems was pretty excited about the event. Neowin spoke to the staff there, and found that Microsoft may in fact keep the pop up store open after the holidays, depending on performance. The store does more than sell Surface tablets, also offering some laptops,  boxed copies of Windows 8, and will soon offer Windows Phone 8 handsets. Click the pictures to see more of the excitement. ...

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Rovio has released their latest Angry Birds franchise Angry Birds Space in Windows Store. Game Description:  ALL NEW ANGRY BIRDS GAME FROM ROVIO — the #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space! After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own… Angry Birds Space features over 130 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit! Features: Over 130 interstellar levels! Regular free updates! Brand new birds! Brand new superpowers! Zero-gravity space adventures! Trick shots using planets’ gravity! Hidden bonus levels! Beautifully detailed backgrounds! ...

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Microsoft has told Kotaku that popular games which are rated PEGI 18 in Europe will in fact be allowed into the Windows Store. The news presents a U-turn from their previous position, which was that such rated games will be banned from Microsoft’s Windows 8 App Store. In USA ESRB Adult games are often sex-related, and exclude most games, while popular games like Skyrim or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are rated PEGI 18 in Europe due to violence.  Microsoft will now allow those games that are rated PEGI 18 in as long as they are not rated Adult in USA. "It basically ends up disqualifying games that would be ESRB Mature," said Windows Corporate VP of Web Services Antoine Leblond. "This is to give developers a heads up that that’s where we’re going," Leblond said, "So they can have the peace of mind around developing the kinds of ...

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Among the reviews of Windows 8 and Windows RT devices like Surface, many noted writers pointed out about the lack of apps in the Windows Store. It seems, they were not aware of the fact that they are trying out the software before its release. Windows Store at present has about 7000 apps and more apps coming everyday. The following high profile apps got released in Windows Store just in the past few hours, Nyan Cat app Bank Of America Evernote Sktich StumbleUpon Box SugarSync NYT Windows Store is a brand new platform and just wait for some time. I’m sure you will have much better apps than any other platform in short time. Try the above apps in Windows Store! ...

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Forget double-sided tiles.  Microsoft thinks Windows 8 users should be able to twist and turn their tiles in up to 3 dimensions, and even have cylindrical tiles. In their patent the sides of the boxes could show more information about notifications, such as the subject line of a newly received email or a full text messages. The several sides of the boxes would allow more information to be shows. The rotating tiles can also be used to reveal menus e.g for a music controls. The patents were filed in Q2 2012 and granted in Q3 2012, so may show up in some future version of Windows. Read more detail at Patentbolt.com Thanks V4X22ndNov for the tip. ...

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Microsoft is streaming their Microsoft Surface RT keynote starting at 1:30 EST, which is just in a few minutes. Watch and discuss the latest developers in their first major PC production in our comment section below. Presentation over. 14:12 Says Surface has twice the storage of competing tablets. Now available online and at over 60 Microsoft Stores. 14:10 Pulls up a student – says Surface is great for students. Had one for 4 days. Shows how the device can connect to USB peripherals. Says 100% of the top selling devices work with Surface. 14:05 Shows multi-tasking also. Says the touch cover feels great on the hand. Finally shows how the Surface can be used on the lap. 14:04 Says he typed 50-60 words per minute. 14:01 Talks about Touch Cover making the device a productivity device.Says the Surface is running the lighting and Excel and Powerpoint which is running the ...

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NEW YORK, October 25, 2012 – The New York Times (NYTimes.com) has announced the availability of the latest news and award-winning journalism from The Times, designed and formatted for an optimal reading experience on Windows 8. The New York Times app will be available through the Windows Store for Windows 8 starting Friday, October 26. In addition, The Times will have its own channel within the Bing News app, which will be pre-installed on all Windows 8 devices, including desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets, like the Microsoft Surface tablet. Both products offer in-app authentication for existing Times subscribers. Nonsubscribers will have access to the Top News section within the app and will be able to purchase digital subscriptions for full access. Subscribers will have access to all of The Times’s content on both apps, including full articles, videos, photos, slideshows and blogs. The apps feature tiles, which ...

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