Review Category : Windows 8.1

At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar System on a Chip (SoC) platforms. This will cost $299, along with the hardware, it also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. SharksCove.org is the site dedicated to the Sharks Cove board, where you’ll find specs and links to other content and MSDN forums. Pre-order the Sharks Cove direct link (via Mouser Electronics). Read more about it here. ...

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Last September, Microsoft announced the second generation Surface devices. Microsoft announced thinner and lighter Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT 8.1 OS. Last month, Microsoft started selling the 3rd generation Surface Pro 3 device and all SKUs going on sale from next month. Now, the obvious thing from Microsoft is to announce the 3rd generation 10.6-inch Windows RT based tablet. As per Digitimes, Microsoft is expected to launch a 10.6-inch Surface 3 in October 2014, with production of components to begin in August and volume production of the tablet to kick off in September. As you expect, this upcoming Surface will be thinner and lighter than the previous version of Surface. Source: Digitimes ...

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Red Stripe deals for this is now available in Windows Store. It includes popular games like Asphalt, Plex, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and more. Find the list of apps and games available under deal and their Store links below. Embrace your fancy self and choose your ride from 60 different cars – including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins – in “Asphalt 7 Heat.” You’ll race on 15 tracks set in cities around the world, including Paris, London, Miami and Rio. It’s now $2.49 in the Windows Store. Plex (99 cents in the Windows Store), “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse” ($6.99 in the Windows Store), Chuggington Puzzle Stations ($1.99 in the Windows Store), “Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse (Full)” (99 cents in the Windows Store), Italian Cooking ($1.99 in the Windows Store). via: Microsoft ...

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We have heard many piracy cases related to Microsoft products in the past. Today, a youth from Chennai India was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation. The Cyber Cell of CBU arrested this guy named Prabhu to produce him in Egmore court. Officials suspected that he might have hacked into government websites which use Microsoft’s software. CBI has seized hard disks and router that were used by the accused along with number of Microsoft Product Kits and other documents from his house. They have even freezed his bank account used by him. CBI has registered a case under different sections of the IT Act, 2000 on the allegations that Microsoft Volume License Service Centre (VLSC) agreements in respect of overseas and Indian customers of the Microsoft were being accessed to steal product keys and selling them online, said a press release. Source: TOI ...

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When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, 5 different SKUs with various configurations was revealed. However, only the Intel Core i5 models was made available for sale till now. Starting this August 1st, Surface Pro 3 versions with a Core i3-4020Y and Core i7-4650U will be available for customers. Intel Core i3 version starts at $799 whereas Intel Core i7 starts at $1549. AnandTech today posted a detailed post on the new low cost Intel Core i3 Surface Pro 3 version. As expected, the performance is below the Intel Core i5 version of Surface Pro 3, but how much? Does Intel Core i5 justify the extra $200 cost? Here is the conclusion from AnandTech, Subjectively, the entry level Surface Pro 3 feels pretty quick. Even running at only 1.5GHz, a pair of Haswell cores are plenty fast. The real question is whether or not the extra $200 is ...

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Along with the release of Modern Combat 5  for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, Gameloft also released the game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Game Description: Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooter games once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds. Features: > 4 customizable classes that you can level up across single- and multiplayer > Activate class-specific skills by earning and spending Skill Points > Epic team clashes in Squad vs. Squad matches > Talk to other players in Global and Squad Chat > Individual and ...

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Maleficent Free Fall is new game from the creators of Disney’s #1 hit game Frozen Free Fall. This is a match 3 puzzle-adventure, inspired by Disney’s epic live-action film Maleficent, you’ll embark on a spectacular journey with exciting and challenging objectives like you have never seen before! The new update is bringing lots of new content to the game, Well well, here’s an update with 40 brand new levels AND two new gameplay modes: • Now play through 145 puzzles! • All-New “Wallerbog Mud Fight” Gameplay – Take on this tiny creature in a fun mud fight at the Moors! • “Two Hearts Together” Game Mode – Bring Aurora and Prince Phillip’s hearts together to create a love match! Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today highlighted one of their successful customer stories in the sports business. The British & Irish Lions rugby team uses Microsoft as their secret weapon Microsoft for their success. Microsoft’s devices and services helped them win a 41-16 triumph over the Qantas Wallabies in the tournament final (a Test Series decider) in front of 84,000 people at Sydney Olympic Park in July 2013. If Microsoft was a rugby player on the Lions all-star 2013 team, it would’ve been the head coach – the one ultimately responsible for bringing every element together, says Charlie McEwen, head of sales and marketing for the Lions. He says it was responsible for communicating, adapting, directing and evolving the best components to succeed. This team is using Microsoft technologies right from hosting their apps and websites in the cloud to Xbox for entertainment for their players during free time. Fans around the world followed the Lions’ every ...

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Chitika Ad Network today released their report on the distribution of web usage among leading tablet devices for early July 2014 in the U.S. and Canadian tablet. The results are not so encouraging for Microsoft. Despite the fire sale of Surface RT tablets followed by Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in the market, Microsoft tablets accounted for only 1.4% of the total market. When you compare this to last year’s numbers, Microsoft has almost tripled it from 0.5%. But, you have to compare this with the market leader Apple which dominates the list with 78% usage share. Even though these numbers may not be highly accurate, this report shows that Microsoft has a very long way to go in tablet market in the coming years. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to bounce back into market with cheaper and more affordable tablets from the OEMs and flagship tablets from itself. What do ...

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During the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the Windows OS and the first-party devices and he said that Microsoft is approaching the Windows OS business with a bold, challenger mindset and pushing both the product and business model forward. He highlighted the fact that Windows licenses are zero dollars for any OEM building a device less than nine inches and also added a low-cost Windows offering with Bing integration for OEMs. These changes are expected to bring Windows tablets and clamshells at lower price points. Microsoft is also optimistic about first-party hardware given the early signs from Surface Pro 3’s performance in market. In the coming year, Microsoft will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes and also Microsoft will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user ...

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When it comes to Online Services business which included Bing, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars over the years. Despite the loss. Microsoft was more focused on building the business and now Bing has turned to be platform that powers various Microsoft products such as Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, and many others. At earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that they are expecting Bing to be profitable on a standalone basis in FY15. I am pleased to see the progress with Bing now more than 19% U.S. query share and strong RPS Growth. Going forward we will drive our Bing related investments to contribute to the core digital work and life experiences such as Cortana, Smart Search, Delve, Power Q&A and many others. We expect Bing to be profitable, on a standalone basis, in FY16. Also, as you can notice in the slide above, Bing search advertising revenue ...

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Wacom has released their Bamboo Paper app for Windows 8 devices. Bamboo Paper allows you to capture your thoughts and ideas by taking notes, sketching and drawing. For a limited time, you will be able to get all premium writing and drawing tools for free, so download the app soon. LIMITED TIME – FREE TOOLS To celebrate the launch of Bamboo Paper for Windows 8, we are making available all premium writing and drawing tools FOR FREE! Download now to get the maximum out of Bamboo Paper! * TOOLS & PRECISE INKING Use a selection of pen tools for writing, sketching, coloring and marking. Our zoom function allows you to draw or write precise lines to fit more notes onto the page. Wacom’s vector based ink engine provides the best drawing and writing quality on Windows 8. ANNOTATE Add images or photos to your page and sketch or write on ...

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With the Scribd app, you can get unlimited access to over 400,000 books for just $8.99 / month. The books are from over 900 publishers, including NYT bestsellers, literary classics, groundbreaking non-fiction, and reader favorites in every genre. It also includes world’s largest digital document collection, with millions of user-uploaded written works. Scribd has now extended its free trial period from 30 days to 90 so you can enjoy instant access to more than 300,000 books from more than 900 publishers. Features: Instant access to 300,000+ books from 900+ publishers in every genre Discover new favorites with our editorial collections and personalized recommendations Millions of user-contributed documents and written works No limits: read as much as you want – service is available worldwide Works across your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows device, or browser – books are synced automatically Pin your favorite book to the side screen for easy access   You ...

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Microsoft vision of one Windows for all devices started few years back. First, they started their work on unifying the core of the OS and it became evident from the release of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 is based on the same NT core on which Windows 8 is built. It enabled OEMs to write one driver for both their phones and other devices running Windows. With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft enabled Universal apps that shares most of the underlying APIs in all the devices. With the upcoming Windows9/Threshold  release, Microsoft is looking to further unify the development process. They are building a new UI framework at the core of the “One Microsoft” OS. This will enable developers to create UI that works well across all of our devices: phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox. A recent job posting revealed that Microsoft is ...

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 builds got leaked on the web few weeks back. Those builds revealed that Windows 8.1 Update 2 does not include any new features for the consumers, instead it includes platform improvements that will improve the under the hood experience. As per the recent document leak, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 in August on Patch Tuesday (8/12). Apart from Windows 8.1 Update 2, Microsoft is already testing Windows 9/Threshold builds which is expected to include major changes to the Modern UI framework, and some amazing new features for the enterprise. Source: @Angelwzr   ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals are now live in Windows Store. It includes many popular games like Dragon’s Lair, Spectral Soul and more. Find the list of games and Windows Store links from the list below. “Dragon’s Lair” ($4.99 in the Windows Store, usually $9.99) brings the arcade classic to your living room, including Don Bluth’s distinctive animation. It includes all of the original scenes of a valiant knight’s quest to rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. But it also has a new global high scores list so you can show how well you wield Dirk the Daring’s sword. Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. “Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish” (99 cents in the Windows Store), ($1.49 in the Windows Store), “Spectral Souls” ($5.99 in the Windows Store – usually  $15.99 “Red Crow ...

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