Review Category : Windows 8

CNET has pictures of what will likely be the first buyer of a Microsoft Surface tablet in the world. Chen Shi has started queuing at the Beijing Suning, the retail chain that will be selling the surface in China. Due to time zones they will be the first to officially start selling the tablet on the 26th. From the look of the stiles behind him Microsoft expects even bigger crowds to appear eventually. Microsoft has also started shipping the tablet to those who pre-ordered online, but there is growing concern that even those who ordered early will not be getting it on the big day, making Shi’s strategy not that mad after all. Via Weibo.com Thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip. ...

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Anandtech has published an extremely detailed review of the the Microsoft Surface RT. The review covers issues such as the performance of the touch and type covers, battery life, and detailed bench marks of performance, application loading times and even WIFI speeds. After all that they conclude: Surface is the most flexible tablet I’ve ever used. Through two seemingly simple additions to the design (but incredibly complex to actually develop and implement), Microsoft took a tablet and turned it into something much more. If you’re frustrated by productivity limits of currently available tablets, Surface really seems to be the right formula for a solution. It’s important to note that Microsoft’s execution with Surface establishes the company as a competitive powerhouse in the mobile design market. I can only imagine what multiple revs of the design will give us, not to mention what could happen if Microsoft set its obsessive sights ...

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As regular readers will know my favourite device Windows 8 device is the Asus Taichi, the Dual-screened Windows 8 laptop. The above ad does a good job of positioning the Windows 8 tablet as a premium product and “elegant tool” which one would be “proud to use”, and it is certainly more of a status symbol than just another boring iPad which 200 million people own already. Of course at $1300 and $1600 the price tag also tells its own story. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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Asus has posted this video describing the conception and design of their Asus Taichi, Asus Transformer Book, Asus VivoTab and Asus Vivobook tablets and hybrids. The video shows a lot more thought than one expected went into the creation of these tablets, for example moving the release button to the tablet on the Asus Transformer Book so the tablet can be released without opening the dock, and having a special high speed bus to move signals rapidly from the dock to the tablet. The video also revealed Asus had their own version of a magnetically docked keyboard, seen in the picture above. Overall, the level of innovation present in these devices will help go a long way in making sure Windows 8 tablets are serious competitors in the market. Via Neowin.net ...

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Team Viewer has released their preview version of Windows 8 app in Windows Store. With Team Viewer app you an remotely control any computer within seconds. App Description: Control any remote computer with TeamViewer Touch within seconds. If you want to remotely control this computer and benefit from the whole range of features please download the TeamViewer Desktop app (download on www.teamviewer.com). With TeamViewer Touch you can remotely control computers or servers via the internet, as if you were sitting right in front of them. Whether you are providing spontaneous support for friends and family, administrating servers or working from your home office – TeamViewer lets you get the job done. Find out why more than 100 million users trust TeamViewer! Download it here from the Windows Store. ...

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Asus yesterday announced two new Windows 8 based Zenbook Ultrabooks. The new Zenbooks are the 14-inch UX42VS and the 15-inch UX52VS and U500VZ. The pricing of these device ranges from $699 to $2,000. The UX42VS comes with an optical drive, features NVIDIA GT645M graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory, with Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 1TB of hybrid hard drive. The UX525VS will come with Core i5 or i7 CPU, up to 10GB RAM, up to 1TB hybrid hard drive, NVIDIA GT645M graphics with 1GB of dedicated video card. The U500VZ comes with quad-core Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p display and a Nvidia GT650M GPU with 2GB of video memory. via: Engadget ...

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Microsoft yesterday blogged about the upcoming global advertising campaign for Windows 8.  This advertising campaign will going live in 42 countries around the world. Microsoft worked with leading marketing agencies like Crispin, Porter and Bogusky, JWT, Wunderman, etc, to make these ads. Microsoft is also planning to take over Times Square on Oct-26th, And if you are in New York on October 25 thru the 27th don’t miss Times Square where Windows 8 will be featured on over 39 digital boards in the largest takeover of Times Square to date—the biggest Start Screen ever! And we will be hosting a hands-on experience on the ground in Times Square and at our Microsoft Stores in the North America for consumers to touch and try the new Windows —and maybe even see yourself up on the boards in Times Square. We hope to see you! Read more about it here. ...

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The Verge have posted their review of the Microsoft Surface RT. They seems to like the hardware, except for the screen aspect ratio, which they found troublesome in many scenarios. Like others he also complained about the fixed angle of kickstand. They found battery life impressive and the device speedy, but complained of crashes in apps and of course the small selection of apps in general. He concluded: Maybe I say this too often, but I wanted to love this device. Actually, I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit. It made Windows 8 make sense in a way other products had not, and I could see a world where this kind of device was the only one I carried with me. Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And ...

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Along with the announcements about the new Zenbook Ultrabooks, All-in-ones, Asus silently spilled details about the upcoming Asus Transformer book. “ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first ultraportable to combine the best features of a notebook and tablet. When it’s time to work, Transformer Book is a powerful and fully featured notebook with a high-capacity hard drive. When its time to relax, the high-definition display detaches from the keyboard dock and Transformer Book instantly becomes a multi-touch Windows 8 tablet with its own blazingly fast SSD storage. With Smart Battery technology that ensures maximum mobile performance in both modes, Transformer Book the perfect solution for anyone who needs all the power of a notebook with the versatility of a tablet.” The Asus Transformer Book is expected to have the following specs with no word on availability date. CPU Core options up to Core i7 3517U Full HD 10-point touchscreen. IPS. 128GB ...

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PCMag let slip their review of the Microsoft Surface early, giving us our first full insight of the device in use. The review has now been pulled, but the cache remains. The 4 page review is summarized as below: PROS Comes with a full version of Office 2013 (Home and Student). Good battery life. MicroSDXC slot. USB 2.0 port. Compact. Includes Touch Cover. Touch Cover sleeps and wakes the tablet. Micro-HDMI port. No fans. "Always connected." Dual band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz). CONS Kickstand assist only on left face. Only one angle on kickstand. Requires flat surface to use with Touch and Type covers. Speakers are very soft. Few apps on Microsoft’s Store. Not compatible with existing Windows 7 and XP programs. Proprietary charger port. BOTTOM LINE The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT bridges the distance between tablet and laptop for many users, particularly if you use the Web or ...

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Microsoft today revealed something on YouTube called “Microtropolis, A City Brought To Life Through Windows 8″. It is a marketing campaign around Windows 8 in NewYork. Inspired by Manhattan, we have created a stylized one hundred and sixty foot version of NYC in an art installation we are calling Microtropolis. Microtropolis is Manhattan experienced through Windows. It creates the ultimate hands-on demonstration of Windows 8, with the city of NYC as the backdrop. As you walk into the installation, you are literally walking through the avenues and streets with skyscrapers towering above. This interactive experience has hundreds of devices placed on rooftops within the city, customized to the neighborhoods in which they are placed. If you live near NYC, you can participate in any of these events. Check out the event details in the link below. Source: Microsoft  ...

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Dell today announced its XPS 10 Windows RT tablet. Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet comes with the following specs, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage Microsoft Windows RT Operating System 10.1″ HD Display (1366×768) with 10pt multi-touch and pen support. It starts at $499 for 32GB model, 64GB model is priced at $600. And you can buy optional keyboard dock which will increase your battery life with the 32GB model for $680, and with 64GB model for $780. Check it out here. ...

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Dell today announced its mainstream Windows 8 machine Inspiron 15z Ultrabook. Inspiron 15z can be configured upto 3rd Generation Intel Core processor i7-3517U (1.9GHz), 8GB RAM, Nvidia 2GB dedicated video card, 500GB hard disk and touch screen with HD-Ready display. The base model starts at just $749 with a Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard disk and touchscreen versions start at $900. Check them out here. ...

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Google has released their first app in Windows Store. Google Search app allows you to do search the web for links, images through keyboard input and voice. Here is the complete list of features, Google Searchbox – 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 ...

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Xbox Music app will come pre-installed on Windows 8 and will offer its services in 22 countries for subscription music and 15 for free streaming. With Windows 8 set to launch in just a few days the service is now going live in multiple locations around the world. Chriss from Norway has dropped us a line to let us know the app has been lit up in Norway, where he now enjoys unlimited streaming. Xbox Music will offer a catalogue of over 30 million tracks, and will allow users to make playlists, discover new music, and purchase and download music. Has the service gone live in your area? Let us know below. Thanks Chriss for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has posted a press release on their new Smartglass app, which will be officially released on the 26th October. On Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 there will be expensive integration to send currently playing media to and from the Xbox 360, and that also includes browser sessions The app supports: Navigation: Your phone and tablet will become the best remote controls in your house. Use the touch screen on your smartphone or tablet to control your Xbox 360 and use your devices to pause, rewind, or advance entertainment. (Available when SmartGlass launches) TV & Movies: With Xbox Video, start a TV show or movie on your tablet and finish it on the big screen through Xbox 360; get real-time updates on the cast and crew for the film you are watching, discover related films, get unique bonus features with films from Xbox Video. (Available when SmartGlass launches). And ...

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