Review Category : Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s market share of Operating Systems in the personal computing space is fast declining due to Android and iOS devices. Microsoft is aware of this scenario and they have formulated a plan to execute this holiday season to reverse the trend. Paul from Winsupersite has posted a long list of action items from Microsoft’s plan. First, Microsoft has plans to sell about 16 million Windows tablets to make touch Windows devices mainstream. Microsoft will spend about $405 million this year for direct marketing, offers, incentives, etc,. Microsoft will focus on new Windows 8.1 features running on new tablets and devices that are coming this holiday season. Microsoft is aware of the fact that consumers are confused with several OS versions in the market such as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows 7, etc,. Low end Android tablets are winning customers since they are confused because of fragmented strategies with PC makers, the ...

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Windows 8.1 Enterprise now includes a new feature called Start screen control. This is for IT admins to would like to control the Start screen layout for group of users and preventing them from making changed to the layout. For example, IT admin can decide to always have Office apps tiles on the start screen. How to do this? So you arrange the layout like so: Once arranged, you can export this layout into an XML file using a simple PowerShell command: PS C:\> Export-StartLayout –As XML –Path \\contoso-mgmt\Layouts$\ManagedUser.xml Next, you can specify a path to this layout file using Active Directory Group Policy. From the Group Policy Management Editor, navigate to “User Configuration \ Policies \ Administrator Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar” where you can find the “Start Screen Layout” policy setting: Enable this setting and specify the path to the layout file that you exported using PowerShell. (Make sure to ...

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Microsoft announced its company wide reorganization to transform into a devices and services company few months back. Since then, there are lots of changes happening within the company. Mary Jo Foley today reported three such changes today, 1) Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. 2) The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Mary Jo Foley also reported that Windows Mail and Calendar apps might get replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. 3) Perceptive Pixel software team is now part of the unified operating system group under Terry Myerson. Microsoft also has some Perceptive Pixel software updates planned in April 2014. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Disney’s popular game Stack Rabbit is now available as free download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Stack Rabbit is here! Hop in and play a wild new puzzle adventure from Disney and the creators of Where’s My Water! Download now and stack your way to puzzle success! Ben the Rabbit’s peaceful, veggie-thieving life is turned upside down when his sister goes on vacation leaving him to babysit her restless bunny children. With a bounty of bouncing bunnies to feed, Ben must sneak into the nearby farm and steal enough veggies to feed the kids! But watch out – Max the guard dog is always keeping a watchful eye on the farm’s veggies! Features: •Hop, stack, and match veggies through 65 head-scratching levels for FREE! •Play as Ben the Rabbit on living puzzles, where veggies grow back as you match them! •Challenge yourself to create recipes, match stacks, ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video where Ralf Groene from the Surface team was discussing about how they designed and engineered Surface. Ralf Groene the design head of Surface team, he leads the industrial and interaction design teams. In this brief interview, you’ll see the total focus on a great final experience as Ralf talks through aspects of the Surface 2 that range from precise manufacturing to the antenna cover to the fabric used on Type Cover 2 to the chemistry and physics of grease-repelling surfaces that minimize fingerprints. You can now buy/order Surface 2 at Microsoft Stores and other select retailers now. Source: Surface Blog   ...

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After the release of Windows 8.1, there were reports that Windows 8.1 adding watermark to the desktop wallpaper about Secureboot even though it was configured correctly. Microsoft has released an update that removes the following watermark from the desktop wallpaper in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly. Build 9600 Download the fix from the links below. Operating system Update All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Download the package now. via: Winbeta ...

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According to the latest report from NSS Labs, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer emerged as the safest web browser against social engineering attacks. Your browser is your first line of defense against social engineering attacks such as phishing and socially engineered malware. It is always recommended to use a safest browser like latest version of Internet Explorer. Here are the NSS Labs findings: The browser is the first line of defense against multiple web-based threats; however, with a maximum historical protection rate of just 80 percent, the browser should not be the only line of defense. Products that do not provide the bulk of their protection in the earliest hours of an attack are not meeting the security requirements of today threatscape. Microsoft Internet Explorer continues to provide the best combination of malware and phishing protection. The application reputation technologies used by browsers from both Microsoft and Google provide a significantly safer ...

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Surface Ethernet Adapter allows you to connect your Surface to a wired network using the Ethernet Adapter. Plug the Ethernet Adapter into your USB port to get online, share files, and print. This adapter was previously not working with Surface RT device, now according to Microsoft Support page, Ethernet Adapter will work with your Surface RT with Windows 8.1 update. To use the Surface Ethernet Adapter with Surface RT you’ll need to update to Windows RT 8.1 and check Windows Update. Ethernet Adapter Compatibility: Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8.1. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today posted a new video showing the technology behind Touch Cover 2. Microsoft Distinguished scientist Stevie Bathiche from the Surface team shows off the enhancements to Touch Cover 2. The Touch Cover just got better this time. You now have illuminated keys and the Touch Cover 2 is thinner and lighter. Also the pressure-sensitive nature has been hugely improved as well. Lightweight, razor-thin keyboard and cover Innovative, 2.5 mm thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard responds to the touch of your fingertips. Twice as fast as onscreen typing. Smart enough to know when you are deliberately pressing a key, or just resting your hands. Doubles as a protective cover. Backlighting The keyboard is illuminated in low light, making it easy for you to use after the family (or the stranger sitting next to you in seat 37A) goes to sleep. Spill-resistant Smooth material repels moisture and dirt. To clean, simply wipe with ...

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Even though the new Windows RT platform didn’t have enough success so far, Qualcomm remains bullish about its future. Talking to CNET, Qualcomm executive Horton said that Microsoft is a very capable organization, with lots of technologies,” but “didn’t hit a home run out of the gate on the very first product, but they’re working on it.”. Also Qualcomm believes in Microsoft’s vision of having both entertainment and productivity on a single device. He said, “The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow.” “We have a longer term view on these things,” Talluri said. “The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow. But the vision of a device that’s both your entertainment and productivity device that you want to carry with you is going to be there. We invest for the longer term.” Read more from the link below Source: CNET ...

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Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 are the only Windows RT tablets will be available in the near future. Even though both these devices runs on ARM processors, there is a huge difference between both of them as Surface 2 is powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 processor while Lumia 2520 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Speaking to CNET, Qualcomm executives emphasized the better overall performance of Snapdragon 800 powering Lumia 2520 over Surface 2. They went on to state that it’s not even comparable! “The performance on [the 2520] is brilliant,” Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm’s application processors, told CNET. “It’s really at the next level. It’s not even really a contest [compared to Surface 2] … In every area, it’s much bigger, faster, and lower power.” We are yet to see the actual performance and battery life reviews of Lumia 2520 against ...

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Lenovo started teasing about its upcoming tablet last month. Few months back, there were reports that Ashton Kutcher had signed a $10 million deal to become a spokesperson for Lenovo and the latest teaser images on Facebook for its upcoming tablet have confirmed them. The above image is one such example. Lenovo has also posted few video teasers. Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. Lenovo posted on its teaser page that ”It’s time for a tablet that can hold its own.” Earlier Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet in Oct and the teaser site has confirmed the Oct 30th date. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the ...

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Nokia recently posted couple of promo videos for Nokia Lumia 2520 on their YouTube channel. Both these videos focuses on the Work+Play scenario in which Lumia 2520 excels. Watch the videos above! Inside. Outside. At home. Or at the office. Get it all done wherever you are with the Nokia Lumia 2520. It’s bright, its 4G fast and it’s packed with everything you need for work and play. Check it out here www.nokia.com/lumia2520. ...

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During its FY14 Q1 results announced yesterday, Microsoft reported a significant decline in the revenue from its Devices & Consumer Licensing segment. This segment includes Windows OEM licensing, Office for consumers licensing and Windows Phone licensing.  D&C Licensing revenue decreased $335 million or 7%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows OEM and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Windows Phone revenue increased $102 million, mainly due to increase in patent licensing revenue. Revenue impacted by device market trends Windows OEM revenue Windows OEM Pro revenue, up 6%; second consecutive quarter of growth Windows OEM non-Pro revenue, down 22%; several points better than expected Excluding the impact of China, non-Pro revenue declined 17% Office Consumer revenue Revenue declined although attach increased in the quarter Impact of the shift to Office 365 Home Premium was generally in line with expectations This is expected. Microsoft just ...

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Both Nokia and Apple announced their new tablet devices a day before. Here is the comparison of both the devices in terms of specs. While both of them have almost similar specs and functionalities with their own merits and demerits, it comes down to price and the platform. Apple’s iPad Air is running on iOS where Nokia Lumia 2520 runs on Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1. Nokia Lumia 2520 with 32GB storage and LTE costs $499 whereas Apple iPad Air with 32GB storage and LTE costs $729! As you can see, Lumia 2520 offers incredible value for money when compared to iPad Air. Feature Nokia Lumia 2520 Apple iPad Air Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Apple A7 chip Display size 10.1” 9.7” Display Resolution/Pixel Density 1920 x 1080 // 218 ppi 2048 x 1536 // 264 ppi Size and Dimensions Length: 168 mm Width: 267 mm Thickness: 8.9 mm Weight: 615 g   Length: 240 mm ...

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In Windows 8 devices, the Start Screen always had the Desktop tile pinned by default. It allowed users to quickly move in and out of desktop mode from the Start screen. However, Microsoft has a different view on this and the Desktop tile is no longer part of the default tiles pinned in the Start Screen of Windows RT 8.1 devices. Users can always pin it again, but I think it is yet another step from Microsoft to move users away from traditional desktop mode. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this action, “The only desktop apps without modern versions which run on RT are the Office apps: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In order to streamline access to them, we pinned those apps directly to the first page of Start. Clicking any of these takes you directly to that Desktop app. You can also bring up the switch list ...

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