Review Category : Windows 8.1

Last month we reported about a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that got leaked which seemed to be a new SKU from Microsoft. The leaked build was named Windows 8.1 with Bing. There were reports that Windows 8.1 with Bing is Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization of low-cost devices with low licensing costs. Windows 8.1 ADK got leaked today and it provides us the information about the new Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing is targeted towards low-cost devices in which OEMs won’t be able to change the default search engine. However, users can manually change it if they want. This is a clever way to prevent Google from striking search deals with Windows OEMs. Windows 8.1 with Bing Windows 8.1 with Bing is a new Windows edition that helps OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive. ...

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The last major version of Microsoft’s graphics platform DirectX 11 was announced about 6 years back. Since then the desktop graphics API development has stagnated. During this time, AMD has developed their own set of APIs called Mantle. OpenGL/OpenCL has come a long way since then. Last week we reported that Microsoft is making some announcement about their next generation DirectX platform at Game Developers Conference in March. Microsoft is promising better tools that will allow developers to squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console. Today, Microsoft confirmed that they are revealing DirectX 12 at GDC on March 20, 10AM. All leading GPU makers AMD, Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm are on board. Read more about it from our previous post on this topic, Microsoft To Reveal Next Generation DirectX Platform At GDC In March Source: Microsoft ...

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@dovellonsky we plan to release on the store on Monday. — VideoLAN (@videolan) March 5, 2014   VideoLAN has today confirmed via Twitter that they are planning to release VLC Player in Windows Store on Monday(03/10/2014). After an initial wave of enthusiasm in a successful kickstarter campaign the team has faced setback after setback. The VLC decided to take an unorthodox approach in developing their Win8/WinRT app which would allow them to maintain much of their old code base. After multiple rejections in Windows Store, good to hear that it has finally passed the certifications. Also, the player is still a work in progress and don’t expect all the features in the version that is coming on Monday. Features of the v1 of this app coming on Monday, • Support for the entire music and video library. • Supports full touch. • Support Snap View. • advice on songs and ...

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Reading view is a cool new feature Microsoft released as part of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1. Reading view allows you to focus on the main content of the Web page you want to read, without the distractions of related (or unrelated) content surrounding the story. When you visit a compatible web page, IE will show a Reading View icon at the bottom next to the URL, just tap it to enjoy reading the web page in Reading view mode. While other browsers like Safari too provide this same feature, Microsoft detailed their effort to create this experience. One of the highlight is that, Microsoft created a whole new font called Sitka. IE 11 reading view takes advantage of a brand new font for Windows 8.1, called Sitka. It was developed for Microsoft by Mathew Carter, in collaboration with the Advanced Reading Technologies team that previously developed Clear Type text rendering ...

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MetroTwit for Windows Desktop was one of the best looking and well thought out apps on the Windows platform build with Metro design language. The developers behind that app later developed a Windows Store app which is optimized for touch devices. Similar to its desktop counter part, MetroTwit for Windows 8 was built on Metro design language. Over 400,000 users downloaded these apps since its release. Today, they announced that MetroTwit apps have reached their end-of-life due to Twitter’s token limit. Here is the message from the developers, We are saddened to announce the end-of-life of the MetroTwit for Desktop and MetroTwit for Windows 8 apps effective immediately. Due to the “access token limit” imposed by Twitter since August 2012, we are preemptively sunsetting MetroTwit due to technical limitations of Twitter’s API which may prevent existing users from accessing the app after the limit has been crossed. Effective immediately, we ...

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During OneDrive launch last month, Microsoft announced that extra 3GB of OneDrive storage will be added to accounts which has automatic camera backup enabled on their mobile devices. Many of us got the 3GB storage on the same day of the announcement, but some people didn’t get it. Microsoft today acknowledged the error and announced that they have fixed it. If you’re backing up your camera roll to OneDrive, you’ve now received your extra 3 GB of storage. Microsoft’s email regarding the same, Thank you for exploring OneDrive these past two weeks and being a big part of the OneDrive launch. We’re excited that you’re using OneDrive to automatically upload your photos and videos from your mobile device. We appreciate that you trust us to keep your important memories backed up and available across all your devices, including your Xbox. With the introduction of OneDrive, we offered you an extra ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft Windows had 2.1% of the worldwide tablet market with a total of 4 million units sold in 2013 according to Gartner. Microsoft is already working towards driving more sales volume. One such strategy is to produce low cost and high value devices. At MWC, Microsoft announced that they are reducing the hardware requirements of Windows for tablets in an effort to reduce the price of Windows tablets. Amrish Goyal, director of Windows business group in India told the following to TOI, “We are reducing our required hardware specification for Windows to bare minimum that is needed for good experience. We want to be price competitive with Android. We want to get the bill of material for Windows tablets down,” He also revealed that Microsoft will be selling tablets that cost around Rs 10,000 in the mid of 2014. “We will probably not sell a tablet ...

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NewsHunt mobile newspaper is now available for download from Windows Store. Description: NewsHunt, India’s #1 mobile newspaper app brings together News from 100+ regional newspapers in 11 Indian languages.Now also includes newspapers from Bangladesh & Africa. ‘NewsHunt’ is free and is used every day by millions of users around the world - Recipient of GSMA Mobile Awards 2013 for Best Mobile Publishing Product & mBillionth Award 2013 for News & Journalism - India’s Best News App & in top 10 smartphone consumed apps across all platforms by Neilsen Consumer Rankings - Top Ranked News App on Windows Phone 8 platform - Named the ‘Most Downloaded News App’, by GetJar.com with over 8 million downloads till date - Users spend more time on NewsHunt than on YouTube, according to a report by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights - Number 1 News App on Google Play in the free ‘News & Magazines’ category ...

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Just yesterday we reported that two of the Microsoft’s EVPs are leaving the company. The two people leaving are Tony Bates and Tami Reller. Tony Bates is currently the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group, responsible for the company’s relationships with key OEMs, strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors and developers. Before joining Microsoft through Skype acquisition, he held various positions including one at Cisco.  Tami Reller is currently executive vice president of Microsoft’s Marketing group, responsible for marketing to consumers and businesses globally. Microsoft confirmed the news today with a letter from CEO Satya Nadella to employees. Eric Rudder, who is the EVP of advanced strategy at Microsoft will temporarily take up Tony’s duties as he will be leaving the company immediately. While Tami Reller’s job will be taken over by Microsoft marketing executive Chris Capossela. There is also an interesting change in marketing division. Chris ...

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Clearance sale on certain PCs are going on at Microsoft Store and you can save up to $400 on some of them. Find some of them below, Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1: 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Touchscreen Ultrabook: 13.3-inch Quad HD+ touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 7.5 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. Razer Edge Touchscreen Gaming Tablet: 10.1-inch HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-3517U 8GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 4 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. There is a bunch of great deals going on at Microsoftstore.com for 8-inch Windows tablets. Most of them are under deal prices, so grab them before they go out of stock. Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB is now available for just $229, Dell Venue ...

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Gartner today released their worldwide tablet market share for 2013 in which a total of 195.4 million units were sold. Apple’s iOS share fell to 36% while Android took 61.9% of the market, thanks  to low-end small screen tablets attracting first time buyers. Microsoft Windows had 2.1% of the market with a total of 4 million units sold in 2013. Microsoft has a long way to go in tablet market to catch up to Apple and Google. In 2013, Microsoft’s tablet volumes improved but share remained small. Despite Microsoft now acting more rapidly to evolve Windows 8.1, its ecosystem still failed to capture major consumers’ interest on tablets. “To compete, Microsoft needs to create compelling ecosystem proposition for consumers and developers across all mobile devices, as tablets and smartphones become key devices for delivering applications and services to users beyond the PC,” said Ms. Cozza. Microsoft enjoys better shares in ...

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A new report from The Verge claims that Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox LIVE support to iOS and Android games. Currently, Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox games offers achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking. Microsoft is planning to expand it to other platforms as well. Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft’s plan for cross-platform games. Microsoft is claiming that they are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. Also, Microsoft is working on a  modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. In the coming wave of Windows product release, we are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. We are looking for strong Software Development Engineers who are passionate about game technologies to join our team. “New Devices and Gaming” is looking for passionate and experienced developers to join ...

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Microsoft today announced couple of announcements regarding end of life support Windows XP. First, they are offering free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month that will help Windows XP users migrate their data to new PCs running latest OS. Also, from March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014. Regarding free tool, To help customers on Windows XP prepare to move to a new PC, we are announcing a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Expressf or Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP ...

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NetApplications released their latest data on worldwide web browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser lost 0.02 percentage points (from 58.21 percent to 58.19 percent) market share worldwide. IN January, Internet Explorer 11 passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. In Feb, IE11 continued to show its strong growth with an additional 1.29%, up from 11.51% to 12.80%. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.73% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 17% web browser market share in February. via: TNW ...

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Recode today reported that two of the Microsoft’s EVPs are leaving the company. The two people leaving are Tony Bates and Tami Reller. Tony Bates is currently the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group, responsible for the company’s relationships with key OEMs, strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors and developers. Before joining Microsoft through Skype acquisition, he held various positions including one at Cisco.  Tami Reller is currently executive vice president of Microsoft’s Marketing group, responsible for marketing to consumers and businesses globally. Eric Rudder, who is the EVP of advanced strategy at Microsoft will temporarily take up Tony’s duties as he will be leaving the company immediately. While Tami Reller’s job will be taken over by Microsoft marketing executive Chris Capossela. There is also an interesting change in marketing division. Chris Capossela will be now responsible for all of Microsoft’s marketing and advertising leaving Mark ...

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Bringing smart technology inside the cars for infotainment is not a new innovation in 2014. Microsoft did it years back with its Windows Embedded in cars from Ford and others. Microsoft provided the platform for auto maker to build on and they were quite successful. In the era of smartphones, consumers are expecting more from their infotainment systems in their cars. Instead of trying to create a new platform for automobiles and expect developers to write applications for it, Apple and Google are going the other way around. They are trying to use the smartphone as the primary system with car’s infotainment system that will act like a thin client. For example, Apple’s iOS in the car will use car’s display to show a new UI of iOS optimized for driving experience will let drivers get access to Apple Maps, music, videos, Siri, voice calls, text dictation and more. Apple has signed up automakers like Honda/Acura, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan/Infiniti, ...

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