Review Category : Windows 8.1

Speaking at Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference today, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller revealed that Microsoft has sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses since its launch in October 2012. Previously, Microsoft announced the sales numbers of Windows 8 in May 2013 when 100 million milestone was reached. It took about 8 more months to double the numbers. About 240 million licenses of Windows 7 were sold in its first 12 months, compared to 200 million licenses of Windows 8 in 15+ months. The decline in sales rate is due to various factors. First, PC market in general is in decline. Second, Windows 7 came after not so well received product called Windows Vista. Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April to the consumers and Tami told the following in the conference, “more rapid cadence” on which the Windows team has ...

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If you are more into Windows Phone 8.1 leaks in the past couple of days, time to move to Windows 8.1 Update 1. We already saw the changes that are coming in Windows 8.1 Update 1 in which Microsoft is trying to address the concerns of keyboard/mouse users of Windows 8.1. Some of the most notable changes include the ability to pin Windows Store apps in taskbar, ability to close/minimize/close Windows Store apps via black bar on the top, search and power buttons and Start screen and more. Today, a new Win 8.1 2014 Update build  got leaked with build string. 6.3.9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003. This 9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003 is a Escrow build and you can expect Microsoft to sign-off RTM build of Windows 8.1 update 1 soon. It was reported that this update will be rolled out to consumers in April via Windows Store. via: WZor ...

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If you are using Skype on multiple devices, then you would have faced the difficulty of keeping conversations in sync, or they’ve missed messages and seen “read” messages on one device that are still marked as “unread” on another, etc. Microsoft was working on fixing this and has finally rolled out the fix to public users. Now, push notifications make sure you know when you have a new message in chat, and Skype chats are synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. You can scroll back on your mobile phone to see the conversation you had on your laptop just as easily as the chat you had with your best friend on your smartphone about a recipe. Also there is a no ‘read’ notification system that will make sure that your message was read at the other end. We also understand the importance of knowing that messages you send have ...

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Lenovo Group today announced their record financial results for its Q3 ended December 31, 2013. The quarterly revenue was US$10.8 billion, a 15 percent increase year-over-year, passing the US$10 billion milestone for the first time ever. Despite the slow down in the PC industry, Lenovo has shown strong growth in the PC segment. It continued to expand lead as number one PC maker with 18.5% market share. Lenovo’s PC shipments for the third fiscal quarter were 15.3 million units. This is a great example for other Windows OEMs who blames Windows for their declining sales. Strong product portfolio and great execution will drive growth as you can see from the Lenovo’s results. From Lenovo’s press release, For the third straight quarter, Lenovo was the world’s largest PC vendor*, with its highest-ever quarterly market share of 18.5 percent, up 2.4 points year-over-year. Record high share in EMEA, Asia Pacific and China ...

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Google today announced their partnership with Google to bring traditional Windows apps to Chromebooks. Current range of Chromebooks are just a glorified web browser machines and without Internet/web apps, they are useless items. Under the current partnership, customers can fully embrace the cloud with Chromebooks using VMware Horizon™ DaaS®. VMware and Google are working together to make the migration of legacy applications even easier, by using the HTML5/Blast experience from Chromebooks. Read the full press release below.   SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Feb 12, 2014) -  Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2014, VMware announced that it is joining forces with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) to modernize corporate desktops for the Mobile Cloud Era by providing businesses with secure, cloud access to Windows applications, data and Desktops on Google Chromebooks. This expanded relationship between Google and VMware enables enterprise customers to achieve greater security and lower Total Cost of Ownership of Google Chromebooks ...

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Microsoft today announced a minor update for Skype for Windows devices in Windows Store. This new v2.5 includes improved UI for contacts, ability to mute IM sounds, etc,. Find the full change log below, New add people option– we’ve added the ability to add contacts from the people page. To add someone, just select the icon below, type in a name, email address, Microsoft account or SkypeID. Additionally, just like before, you can add people directly from search or when swiping the command bar. Who’s available? – if you wish to sort your people list just by those who are online, you can always see who’s available by selecting people and then toggling between the options for all and available (hint: most icons and menus are selectable in Windows 8.1). With this release, we also made this view accessible for people who have less than 20 contacts. A little silence ...

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At CES, Sony announced another convertible in the Vaio Flip series. Vaio flip series is now available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The new Vaio Flip 11 is a 11-inch convertible which will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. It will come with 1080p display as a standard and you can choose between CPUs starting from Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU to Intel Core i7 CPU. The Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU model is now on sale for $799 in the US. Highlights:  Intel® Pentium® N3520 (2.16GHz) Windows 8.1 64-bit 11.6″ Full HD IPS touch display (1920 x 1080) 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Intel® HD Graphics HDMI® out, USB 3.0, NFC Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 12 In The Box Internal Lithium Polymer ...

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ESPN has released their WatchESPN app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Using this app, consumers can enjoy the rich selection of programming with ESPN on-the-go. You’ll be able to watch live streams of Monday Night Football, NBA games and playoffs, Major League Baseball, The Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship, college football and basketball and all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Description: The free WatchESPN app lets you keep up with your sports anytime, anywhere on your Windows 8 computer or tablet. Watch live games and studio shows with 24/7 access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes. You can also watch on-demand clips of the latest news and highlights. Access to live streaming video from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes is determined by your TV provider. The providers below offer access to WatchESPN live video: - AT&T U-verse - Bright House Networks ...

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A new consumer study has revealed that more men prefer Microsoft brand over Apple. Annalect conducted a research to study ‘Changing Role of Men’, and found that, in terms of brands that “resonate” with the male population, Microsoft trumped Apple and other brands across age groups. Check out the infographic above. The study interviewed Boomers (born 1946-1964), Gen Xers (born 1965-1979), and Millennials (born (1980-2000), tallying up to a sum total of 1,509 men for the November 2013 study. Each participant was given a list of brands, ranging from Starbucks, McDonalds’s Coca Cola, Levi’s and Nike. With each different group of men, Microsoft proved a more popular choice than Apple, and was comprehensively favored over the Cupertino, California-based brand. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft topped the list among Boomers and Millennials and came at second among Gen Xers. Read more about it from the link below. ...

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Microsoft today released February firmware updates for Surface family of devices. Except for Surface RT, all the other Surface devices got updates. Surface Pro 2 had the most significant update which resolves various issues that was reported by users in the past. Find the full change log for all these devices below. Surface Pro 2: Surface Display Panel (v1.0.2.0) provides tuning to the Surface display calibration. Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.00.50) Resolves issue where Surface would not go into hibernation. Resolves issue where available battery percentage was reported incorrectly. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.04.0150) Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach. Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached. Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.228.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use. Surface Type ...

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Lenovo’s Miix 2 10-inch tablet is now available for as low as $429 from Lenovo. Lenovo Miix 2 is powered by Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10.1″ FHD IPS LED Backlit Multi-touch (1920×1080) display and comes with Detachable AccuType Keyboard-dock. It runs on Windows 8.1 and comes pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 as well. The 64GB model costs $499 and 128GB model costs $599 from Lenovo.com, however there is a way you can get them for even less. Slickdeals revealed that placing your order through Lenovo’s B&N link will allow you to buy these devices $70 less, you can get 64GB model for just $429. Microsoft Store is also running a great deal on Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook. Dell XPS 12 with 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD and over 8 hours battery life now costs just $1299. Find the listing here ...

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Apart from the OneDrive rebranding, Microsoft is also planning to rebrand its Office Web Apps service to Office Online. Office Online will offer online light-weight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be accessed from a browser where you want. Office Online will offer full compatibility with your Office documents. Office Web Apps are free touch-friendly web applications that let you create, edit and share your Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote files from any browser. You can share and simultaneously work on your documents with classmates, friends and co-workers. No need to merge different versions later. From the chart above, it’s clear Microsoft is going to try to make Office Online more discoverable and understandable by the general public. It also seems that Microsoft considers this Office Online rebranding part of Microsoft’s next Office wave (codenamed Office 16), give that “O16″ is part of the URL path for ...

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  Last month, Microsoft announced the re-branding of SkyDrive to OneDrive. Microsoft is yet to start with the usage of the new name in general public and they are planning to launch it with a marketing campaign. LiveSide today revealed that Microsoft is planning to offer up to 8GB free storage to OneDrive users if they complete certain tasks. For example, users will be able to earn 3 GB of extra storage by simply choosing to sync photos from their camera roll to OneDrive using the OneDrive app for iOS, Android, or the built-in Windows Phone function. Users can also earn up to 5GB of free storage on referring their friends to OneDrive. Referral bonus – Users will be able to earn up to a maximum of 5 GB of extra storage by referring their friends to join OneDrive. For every friend you invite and actually joins OneDrive, both you ...

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A new Microsoft career listing for the job of Software Development Engineer on the Music, Video, Reading (MVR) team has revealed that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking Reading app for Windows devices. This is also a category where Microsoft jumped in before anyone else, but left the market after years. Microsoft Reader is a Microsoft program for the reading of e-books, originally released in August 2000. Soon, we may see Microsoft entering this e-books market again. Microsoft also has an investment in Barnes and Noble which they can use for securing content for their reading platform. The Music, Video, and Reading team has been brought together in Devices & Studios (DnS) as THE Microsoft team laser-focused to deliver the next generation of media content experiences across devices powered by the services and magic of Xbox LIVE. Our Mission: We will build amazing experiences that consumers and partners love and ...

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Microsoft Store has now started selling Asus VivoTab Note 8 Windows tablet. VivoTab Note 8 comes with 8-inch HD touchscreen powered by Intel Atom Z3740 CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. Also, it offers up to 8 hours battery life. The main advantage of VivoTab Note 8 over its competitors is its support for Wacom digital stylus. With over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, the stylus delivers pinpoint control and makes writing and drawing on the screen feel as natural as on paper. When not in use, you can store it in a holder at the tablet’s bottom edge. The VivoTab Note 8 also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 (a $139 value) Microsoft is selling the 32GB version for just $329. Find the listing here. You can find other competing devices of this tablet below, Dell Venue 8 Pro -  $299 Toshiba Encore – $299 Lenovo ...

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New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting revealed every other day. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Today, McAkins revealed that pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. Check out the screenshot below. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,. Source: McAkins ...

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