Review Category : Windows 8

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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Few days back, WMPoweruser reported about a mysterious ZTE Windows Phone device with 5.9inch screen. Many doubted whether Windows Phone 8 can scale to such high resolutions with app compatibility. Now, we have another rumor from @MS_Nerd about this matter. It seems Microsoft is working on two fronts in bringing Windows based device with screen sizes ranging from 5-inch to less than 10-inch. These 7-inch device is expected to have stylus support and include IE and Reader as well. @MS_Nerd: ZTE Blade 8: WP8 counts 3 pixels as 2. MSFT adding stylus support in OneNote, IE & Reader. Figuring out how to reach 7″ size with WP or RT. Another project with select members of Surface & Nook teams, using RT on a 8.4″ screen exploring it from the other side, no stylus yet. What do you think? You prefer Windows Phone OS on 7-inch or Windows RT on 7-inch? ...

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It seems Acer will just not stop complaining about Microsoft releasing their own Windows tablet. Acer President for Greater China, Linxian Lang, has said he expects Microsoft will find building their own hardware like eating “hard rice.” It had previously said  that the Surface would have a “negative impact” on the Windows ecosystem and urged Microsoft to “think twice” about its decision to build the device, adding that it doesn’t think the Windows maker will be good at it. With more and more rumours of more Microsoft-branded hardware, including a Surface phone and Xbox Surface tablet, I think Acer will just have to get used to the new reality. Via TNW and Engadget.com ...

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  On Monday night’s Halloween-centered episode of Hawaii Five-0, the new Microsoft Surface was spotted being used by Dr. Max Bergman.  Before clicking on the bottom right icon to bring up a photo, it was clear he was showcasing it for the camera.  Also spotted on the episode was a blue polycarbonate Nokia Lumia, but it was unclear if it was a Lumia 900 or Lumia 920. Microsoft has showcased their Windows Phones on Hawaii Five-0 since the remake’s inception, and it’s clear that they are branching out into Windows 8 in-show advertising as well. ...

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FundHost.com uploaded this video, which shows that Samsung has posted their S Note software from Android to Windows 8. The app does not make much compromises to Metro but still seems to be pretty comprehensive. Of course the question does arise – why not just use OneNote, but Samsung’s app does seem to be designed a bit more for fun that work. Samsung will also be porting their S Memo app to Windows 8 also and include both apps with their tablets. ...

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  Windows RT buyers are now being faced a pretty difficult choice, after the company just dropped the price of their 32 GB VivoTab RT from $599 to only $549, and are throwing in a free keyboard dock which turns the device into a passable laptop and doubles battery life. To claim the free keyboard dock, which is what really adds the value (normally $200 separately) you have to register with the ASUS Membership program, upload a picture of the tablet’s serial number, and also send a picture of its purchase label. Read the full retails at the Asus’s website and find the discounted tablets at Amazon.com and B&H here. The VivoTab has NFC and GPS, both features which the Microsoft Surface lack. Are any of our readers tempted by the offer? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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