Review Category : Windows 8.1

We already saw few reports that Microsoft is planning to release Windows RT without desktop experience. Today, another report from Myce.com claims the same that Microsoft will release Windows RT devices that only contain Metro user experience. If this happens to be true, then Microsoft may position Windows RT as a touch only OS targeted for tablets alone. The current desktop experience in Windows RT is confusing to average consumers. Even though it looks like any other Windows desktop, you can’t install any classic Windows apps other than Microsoft Office. Also, when this desktop-less Windows RT OS ships, the Office Gemini (touch based Office) will be available for the general public. What do you think of Microsoft’s decision to ship Windows RT without desktop experience? Source: Myce ...

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  Few weeks back, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that include the following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. While many of us had no issues after downloading and ...

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Ubisoft has released Assassin’s Creed Pirates game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin’s Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets! Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies… Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune! ENGAGE IN BRUTAL NAVAL COMBATS Fight in real-time naval battles all over the Caribbean Sea. Choose from a wide range of weapons to destroy your enemies and become a true pirate legend! BUILD UP YOUR CREW AND YOUR SHIP Acquire the most iconic boats of the Golden Age of Piracy; ranging from the smallest gunboat to the Man O’War floating fortress Upgrade your vessel using the massive bounty plundered from your encounters Recruit the finest crew members and learn more than 50 new pirating techniques ...

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Moodle open-source learning platform has released their official app for Windows Store devices. Description We are pleased to finally introduce the new official cross-platform Moodle Mobile app! Our Moodle Mobile app is a HTML5-based client that connects to an installed Moodle server. It does not try to replicate everything that Moodle does – we are focussed on providing features that are most useful on a standalone app, such as offline access to content, messaging and notifications. Please try the new features (and bugs!) and give us feedback on how you would like the app to develop in future. The app may be a little rough around the edges, but we’ll be pushing periodic updates so you can enjoy the improvements. Features •Upload a picture into your private file area •Record an audio file and upload it into your private file area •Record a video and upload it into your private ...

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Apart from the lack of key apps, Microsoft’s Windows Store faces another key issue of having fake apps in the Store. For example, searching for VLC will give you the above search results page, out of which only one is the official app. Others are just spam apps with no real content and offers no value to the users downloading it. How-To Geek’s  did an investigation of this issue, “Within half an hour we managed to find fake paid versions of Adobe Flash Player, Firefox, Pandora, IMDB, Candy Crush Saga, Wechat, WhatsApp, uTorrent, Picasa, Bluestacks, Minecraft, Spotify, Google Hangouts, Picasa, Clash of Clans, Blender 3D, and a lot more.” These are all apps that are supposed to be free (and if you go to the Windows Store now you can try this experiment for yourself). Microsoft responded to this issue with the following statement, We strive to make the Windows Store ...

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Microsoft today released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview which includes more than 200 improvements to the core SDK. It also includes Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. The updated SDK also includes substantial improvements in the tooling, specifically around Visual Gesture Builder (VGB) and Kinect Studio, and it offers 10 new samples (such as Discrete Gestures Basics, Face, and HD Face Basics) to get you coding faster. All of this adds up to a substantially more stable, more feature-rich product that lets you to get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. As you already know the SDK is free and there will be no fees ...

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Microsoft today released a system firmware update for Surface Pro 3 devices. Usually, Microsoft releases firmware updates once in a month during patch Tuesdays. This week’s update includes features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. This week’s firmware update: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/19/2014” when you view your update history. Surface Pro UEFI (v3.9.150.0) adds features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. Last week’s firmware update: Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v38.4.50.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v3.9.250.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover and enhances overall system stability. Microsoft LifeCam Front (v5.20.1034.0) significantly improves power consumption during video chat such as Skype, supports Flash camera streaming in Internet Explorer, and improves overall functionality ...

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Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there in the market both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. Acer made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499 during the launch. Now, the device price has come down and it is available starting $899! Microsoft Store is now selling these at huge discounts. You can get the Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD model along with Office 365 for just $949. Without Office 365, you can get it for just $899 Find the Microsoft Store listings below, Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD + Office 365 – Microsoft Store for $949 Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD – ...

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Back in 2004, German City Council decided to deploy Linux OS across their departments to reduce the dependence of Microsoft and to decrease the costs associated with their IT systems. Whenever the discussions about cost savings by switching to open source software comes, Microsoft always tells that there are lots of hidden costs associated with it. This argument is once again proven correct by this German’s switch over to Windows. Due to poor user experience, lack of features, no proper compatibility with many standard formats, German government has decided to switch back to Windows after 10 years. Source: Sueddeutsche via: Neowin ...

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The week’s Red Stripe Deals in Windows Store is now available and it gives you savings of at least 50 percent off games and apps in the Windows Store. Find the list of apps/games and their store links from the list below, The magical world awaits in “Castle Raid 2” (free in both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, usually $1.99 and $1.29). Defend your castle using knights and wizards against your new enemy, the Reavers. Space Weather (99 cents in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store), “Cold Alley” ($3.49 in the Windows Store), “Machinarium” (normally $4.99, it’s now $1.99 in the Windows Phone Store and $2.49 in the Windows Store), PC Remote Pro ($1.49), “The Treasures of Montezuma 3 Premium” ($1.99), “Kings Can Fly” (99 cents) and InspirARTion ($1.49). via: Microsoft ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that include the following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. While many of us had no issues after downloading and installing ...

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Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to ...

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Following the release of Wunderlist Beta app for Windows Phone devices, the developer behind this app have now released Wunderlist beta in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your lists from anywhere. Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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  Back in March, Microsoft officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. One of the main design decisions on Dx12 is to make it more power efficient. To demonstrate it, Intel created a SIGGRAPH 2014 demo to demonstrate the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on the Surface Pro 3 with Intel HD4400 graphics. In the demo, an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids are rendered, which equates to 50,000 draws per frame. To demonstrate the power gains of DirectX 12, Intel locked the framerate of the demo, rendered with DirectX 11 for a period of time and then toggled to DirectX 12 rendering the ...

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Acer today surprised everyone by announcing the new Aspire V Nitro notebook series Windows laptops. These laptops comes with cutting-edge specs and great looks. Aspire V Nitro notebook series will include 15-inch and 17-inch models with a stylish and sophisticated design characterized by sharp angles, slim profiles and intricately patterned covers made with soft touch NIL technology. Acer has also announced Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition that will offer blazing fast performance, gaming-grade graphics, and exclusive cooling technologies. These devices will be powered by 4th or 5th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and 2×2 wireless connection technology, advanced cooling technology, Full-HD displays with IPS technology. To help reduce eye fatigue and enhance visual comfort, Aspire V Nitro series notebooks feature Acer ComfyView non-glare technology. It comes with spacious backlit keyboard with edgy red lighting. An exclusive “Black Edition” logo on the touchpad of the Aspire V Nitro-Black series distinguishes the device as the top-of-the-line model. On the ...

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MSI has recently announced the new S100 3-in-1 Windows tablet. This device includes a keyboard and a protective cover, making it the best multi-functional tablet like Surface. MSI S100 is a 10-inch tablet powered by Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, and dual 2 megapixels camera system, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and 7500mAh Lithium battery. Find the full specs below. Operating System Windows 8.1 CPU Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740D 1.33GHz Memory 2GB DDR3L ROM Flash 64GB LCD Size 10.1″ IPS HD 1280*800 Graphics Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) Touch Panel Multi-Touch 10 point Camera Front 2.0MP FF / Rear 2.0MP FF Speaker 8Ω/1W speaker G Sensor Gravity acceleration sensor WIFI WIFI 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0 Micro SD Support SDHC Micro USB USB 2.0 Ear phone jacket 3.5mm DC in 2.5mm power connector miniHDMI HDMI 1.4a AC adaptor 12V/1.5A Battery 3.7V/7500mAh Lithium Polymar ...

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