Review Category : Windows 8.1

At Lync Conference 2014 held at Las Vegas, Microsoft made few announcement regarding its communications platform. Microsoft’s communications platform mainly comprises of two parts, Skype on consumer side and Lync on enterprise side. Microsoft is making progress in both these sides individually and also trying to bring them together. For example, Microsoft demonstrated video calling between Skype and Lync, making it possible for consumers and businesses everywhere to use video for nearly every conversation. “The coming years will bring an even more dramatic transformation as we enable people everywhere to take advantage of rich communications for all the important relationships in their work and personal lives,” he said. “Consumers that already enjoy Skype will be able to easily reach businesses from the devices and services of their choice, and to take advantage of chat, voice, video and content sharing as they see fit. Professionals will be able to connect in ...

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  Jacob Miller, a UX designer for Microsoft who worked on Windows 8 has responded in a Reddit thread with his personal views about Windows 8 design decisions. He even talked about how Microsoft classifies users as Casual and Power. As we all know already, Microsoft created Metro UI for consumers who are more into consumption of content than creation. Microsoft’s Windows should satisfy both power users and casual users. Microsoft decided not to confuse casual users with too many options, as a result Metro UI was made the default UI for everyone. He also defended that their decision will look better in the years to come. Read the full reply below. UX designer for Microsoft here. I want to talk about why we chose Metro as the default instead of the desktop, and why this is good in the long run – especially for power users. …but not in ...

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At MS-News, we are fans of Hal who writes a great blog entitled Hal2020. For those not familiar with Mr. Berenson, he is a former Microsoft distinguished engineer and worked at the company from 1994 – 2002 and spent decades at the Digital Equipment Corporation before that. He often writes about Microsoft’s products, people and policies. Today, he wrote a blog post titled “Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!” in which he criticized Windows platform’s “shut up and ship” policy as opposed to older ways of engaging with platform developers in advance. For example, Windows Azure is now following the rapid release cadence and public previews releasing every few weeks. On the contrary, Windows and Windows Phone releases are closely guarded till its release leaving little time for developers to jump in to the new platform. Let me contrast three strategic thrusts going on at Microsoft.  ...

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  Dell XPS 12 is one of the best touch Ultrabook out there and Microsoft Store is now selling them under a great deal. When you buy a Dell XPS 12 device, you will get a free Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB tablet for free. Dell Venue 8 Pro is one of the best 8-inch tablet and an 8-inch model costs around $250. So, you basically get Dell XPS 12 for $850, I think it is a great deal. Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i5 – $1099 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i7 – $1699 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-4500U 8GB memory/256GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Find the deal from Microsoft Store. Microsoft was also offering some other deals last week that worth checking, some of ...

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Last week we reported about new Microsoft Research project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Visual Studio team today officially announced the availability of the plugin for Visual Studio IDE, Behind the scenes, that query is securely beamed up to Bing along with contextual pieces that help us hone in on the fuller meaning of that query. We use meta-data like the project type, semantic context (using the new C#/VB compiler services aka ‘Roslyn’!), and a few other sprinkles of Microsoft Research magic. Those pieces along with the query ...

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After the release in Windows Phone Store, Rockstar games have released their Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Game Description: Five years ago, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers. Now, it’s the early 90’s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets. Rockstar Games brings its biggest release to mobile yet with a vast open-world ...

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Microsoft announced the new security bounty programs last year and it have now paid out over $253,000 over to various security experts around the world. In October last year, Microsoft announced their first ever $100,000 bounty for James Forshaw for finding a new class of attack technique on Microsoft’s products. Recently, Microsoft awarded another $100,000 bounty for Yu Yang (@tombkeeper) from NSFOCUS Security Labs. The following researchers have submitted a qualifying vulnerability or new mitigation bypass techniques to Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) Bounty Programs. We thank them greatly for their participation and for working with us to help keep customers safe. Yu Yang (@tombkeeper), NSFOCUS Security Labs Mitigation Bypass variants – $100,000 Yu Yang tweeted the following, @k8em0 In order to express my thanks for your congratulation, maybe I should submit more. — Yang Yu (@tombkeeper) February 15, 2014 Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes 3 games and 3 utility apps under discounted prices. Apps: Plex ($2.49, regularly $4.99) organizes and streams videos, music, home movies, Recipe Keeper ($1.99, regularly $3.99), makes it easy to quickly enter and organize all your favorite recipes. Billminder ($1.99, regularly $2.99) gives you an efficient way to control expenses, with minimal fuss. Games: “Riptide GP2” ($1.49, regularly $2.99) delivers intense, dynamic hydro-jet racing with gorgeous graphics and dozens of heart-racing tricks. “Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden” ($1.49, regularly $6.99) sends you deep underwater to a mysterious world to find your missing fiancée through 40 unique locations with 14 hidden-object scenes. “Fishdom 3: Special Edition” ($2.49, regularly $4.99) also takes you into the water with a tankful of colorful finned friends that you feed, play with and challenge through 150 levels (an additional 50 bonus levels is ...

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Microsoft is offering some great deals for Valentine’s Day. There are some steep discounts on touchscreen PCs, for example, Sony Vaio Duo 13 is now available for just $999. It comes with 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i5-4200U, 4 GB memory/128 GB SSD and offers up to 10 hours battery life. Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1 (SVD13223CYB) – Discounted Price: $999.00 (Original Price: $1,249.00 ) Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1 (SVD13225PXB) – Discounted Price: $1,499.00 (Original Price: $1,899.00 ) Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Touchscreen 2 in 1 – Discounted Price: $999.00 (Original Price: $1,199.00) Samsung Series 7 DP700A3D-A01US Touchscreen All-in-One Discounted Price: $799.00 (Original Price: $1,099.00) Find the other deals here from Microsoft Store. ...

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Official ColorsTV app and Firstpost apps are now available in Windows Store for download. Both these apps are well designed and should serve its purpose well. Description: Colors is now more closer to you with the Unique Colors Application. With the Colors Application you can – 1. Watch Videos of your favourite shows whenever you want to. 2. Enjoy Images and read news about your favourite Shows. 3. Follow the schedule for your favourite shows so that you don’t miss your favourite shows. Features On the road or at home, never miss a moment of your favorite shows. Find videos, exclusive photos, news and all the insider info from Colors TV shows. Find and discover all the shows that you love on Colors TV. Create your own customized playlist and catch your favorite shows at your convenience. Watch tons of great videos from Colors TV! Full Episodes, Mini Clips, Behind ...

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  Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking interactive reading platform for Windows. It was revealed by a Microsoft career listing for the job of Software Development Engineer on the Music, Video, Reading (MVR) team. It stated, “As an SDE, you will be on the team building a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics”. Amazon is a market leader in e-reading market and Microsoft has to offer something more compelling to move people away from Amazon. Two of the recent Microsoft patents reveals possible direction in which Microsoft’s upcoming E-reader architecture will look like. Read the abstracts below, it sounds interesting. The second para describes the good old Courier’s leaked video with the cloud storage concept. E-reader architecture with rich service infrastructure for identity, storage, protection, commercial exchange, and sharing of content is provided. The architecture may enable consumption of content ...

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If you own a Nokia Lumia 2520 from AT&T and waiting to buy a Nokia Power Keyboard, the time has come. Nokia Power Keyboard for Lumia 2520 for AT&T (Black) is now available for $149 from Microsoft Store. Give your Lumia 2520 tablet all-around protection and added functionality with the Nokia Power Keyboard. Part durable case, part convenient keyboard, it comfortably holds your tablet for hands-free viewing and provides full keyboard functionality with a built-in touchpad. It also includes two USB ports and boosts the tablet’s battery life by 50 percent when connected. This keyboard is only for use with the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet for AT&T. Also the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G LTE 2GB memory/32GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Find the store links below. ...

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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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