Review Category : Windows 8.1

We hours back we reported some information on the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2. This update is expected to include minor improvements and bug fixes. It will be released as part of August patch Tuesday updates. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet today reported few more things about this update. Microsoft initially planned to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 as a major update with the new Start Menu, but dropped the plans few months back. This new Start Menu will come as part of Windows Threshold which is expected to be released in Spring 2015. Microsoft is unlikely to deliver a third update to Windows 8.1 later this fall Based on the report, Microsoft Windows team is now more focused on delivering Windows 9 instead of delivering another update this year. What is your expectation from Windows team? Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft introduced the concept of multitasking in modern touch based world with Windows 8. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft made multi-tasking even better by allowing users to put more apps on screen (up to 4 on a large screen). It was rumored recently that Apple is planning to similar feature in the iOS for iPad in the near future. Samsung too copied this feature and implemented this feature on Android in its Galaxy Tablets. Now, Samsung has released an ad purely based on this multi-tasking feature of allowing users to snap two apps side-by-side. Find out what he is doing with his Samsung Galaxy Tab S. A High court judge votes for his favorite contestant in Planet Popstar, a singing competition show, with his Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It just might be the highest profile case of his career. Get the tablet designed for play with its multitasking capability. Samsung GALAXY Tab S. Watch ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update few months back. Windows 8.1 Update included lots of improvements for keyboard and mouse users. It also enabled new low-end hardware to be built by OEMs on top of Windows. With the recent reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on the second update for Windows 8.1. So far, we referred it as ‘Windows 8.1 Update 2′. Today, Windows IT Pro reported few information on this update based on their sources. Here is the summary of them, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be just called August update. It will not be released separately, instead it will be released as part of the August Patch Tuesday update. It will be a standalone patch. So, you need to have Update 1 installed to install this August update. It will not be a mandatory update like Update 1. Users will continue to receive other updates even when they ...

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Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser market share stats for the month of July. Internet Explorer market share is up 0.37%, from 58.38 percent to 58.01 percent. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a slight slip by 0.25% from 17.03 percent to 16.78 percent. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 21.56% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is now at 3.52%, we expect the number to go down in the coming months as Microsoft has ended the support for Windows XP in which it was the default browser. Among other browsers, Google Chrome gained nearly 1% to grab 20.37% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 15.08% of the market. ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of July show growing OS market share for Windows 7 while Windows 8/8.1 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 51.22% marketshare, up from 50.55 percent in June. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.48% down from 12.54% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 24.821% down from 25.31% last month. Mac OSX currently holds a 6.64% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 3.05%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. via: TNW ...

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Indian retailer Croma has partnered with Intel to announce two new Windows 8.1 tablets in India. One is Croma 1179 8-inch tablet and the second one is Croma 1177 10.1-inch 2-in-1 device. The main selling point of these devices will be their pricing. Croma 1179 will go on sale at Rs 13,990 and while Croma 1177 will go on sale for Rs 21,990. Both these tablets will be available through Croma’s retail stores and Croma online store. Find the detailed specs of these tablets below, Croma 1179 Tablet: 8-inch 1280x800p display 1.33GHz Intel Atom Processor Z3735D 2GB RAM 2MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera 32GB Internal memory with microSD card support 5000mAh lithium polymer battery Support for 3G dongle Windows 8.1 OS Croma 1177 Tablet: 10.1-inch 1280x800p display 1.33GHz Intel Atom Processor Z3735D 2GB RAM 2MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera 32GB Internal memory with microSD ...

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Runtastic has released their PushUps PRO, SitUps PRO And Squats PRO app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. PushUps Pro: Your personal push-up trainer that helps you reach your exercise and strength training goals with an efficient, easy-to-follow plan. Think it can’t be that easy? Let Runtastic show you otherwise! With the Runtastic Push-Ups PRO App, you can achieve your fitness goals with the guidance of trained professionals. You will be motivated to workout harder, strengthen your muscles, and you will have fun in the process!  Unique recognition of your push ups: The recognition of your push ups is done automatically by touching the screen with your nose. Features: Three levels of sport science training plans with a goal of 100 push-ups Count of completed push ups by touching the screen with the nose Automatic countdown timer for your break between sets Voice Coach Personal records and exercise statistics ...

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VLC team member today updated about their progress in Windows Store app development. First of all, they have now redesigned the app to be a universal Windows app. They are planning to drop the support for Windows 8 users, they need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 to continue receiving updates. They are designing the app that adapts itself depending on the device you’re using, while keeping the same user experience. Instead of fixing bugs in the existing codebase, they rebuilt it again from the scratch to have improved performance. Should I rebuild the app from scratch, again? Or should I try to fix bugs one by one and improve the current design? – The first possibility is the faster but also the most dangerous one. So I decided to take my time, and build a great universal app based on the work we have done so far. I cleaned the ...

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Back in 2010, Apple launched iPad tablet following which number of companies including Microsoft released various tablets in the market. Everyone expected tablet sales to exceed PC sales in 2014, but it never happened. Tablet sales growth is now at a decent 45% YoY which is not a bad thing, but for a new product which is gaining adoption around the world, this growth story is not encouraging. The main reason for lack of explosive growth is the purpose to upgrade old tablets and their too restrictive use cases. If you own a tablet, you can use it for browsing, watching videos, playing games and few other things. When you are on the go, you prefer your smartphone to be with you. When you want to get some real work done, you will use your laptop. In such scenarios, a 2 year old tablet can still serve the same purpose ...

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Nokia today updated the HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 app with new features and the app is now available globally. Check out the list of new features in this release apart from under the hood improvements. Manual Positioning: You can now manually set your location under settings menu. You can switch between Automatic and Manual positioning modes. Nokia has redesigned the City pages to bring more relevant and more exploration to the foreground. You can explore cities in the new City page and see detailed weather forecast. You can now change your route plans by selecting/de-selecting modes of transport to avoid Ferries, etc,. You can also add waypoints to your route. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today updated OneNote for Mac with several new features and improvements. Microsoft has added support to create, open, edit, and sync OneDrive for Business notebooks alongside personal OneDrive notebooks in the OneNote client. Find the full list of new features below. What’s New in Version 15.1: •Print – Need to print your notes or a to-do list? Now you can with OneNote for Mac! You can also save your notes as a PDF. •Drag and Drop – Drag pictures from websites or other places on your Mac and drop them directly into your notes. •Formatted Text – We’ve added the ability to copy and paste formatted text between applications. Whether it’s an article from the web or a document in Word, any content you paste into OneNote will look great! •Format Painter – Use Format Painter to quickly copy the format of text in one part of your notes and apply ...

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Microsoft today updated their Xbox Video app in Windows Store and this update brings in all new UI to use the app. Xbox Video app brings you the latest HD movies and TV shows on your Windows 8/Windows RT device and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last night’s episodes of the hottest TV shows. Xbox Video also brings you instant-on HD to get you watching right away. Plus, explore your video collection and play your own videos. Key updates include: Welcome to the updated Windows Video app! This update includes a redesign of the entire app, making it easier to find and play the content you want All of your owned content and personal videos are still available in your Collection Minor fixes and improvements Download it here from Windows Store for ...

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Microsoft’s last year Super bowl commercial celebrated what technology can do, as told by Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with ALS. He uses a Surface Pro running Tobii’s eye gazer technology to speak, and do many other kind of activities. He is visiting Microsoft’s campus this week for attending the hackathon. A team is working on a solution that would allow people like Gleason to turn their Surface On/Off using the eye gaze. As powerful as the Surface Pro 3 is, Gleason knows it can be even more accessible. Since the Super Bowl, he has sent Microsoft a list of proposed improvements, including better predictive typing software and larger fonts. His ideas reflect the spirit of this week’s company-wide hackathon, when our employees team up to challenge, adapt and improve our products and services with more than 2,000 suggested hacks. Microsoft listened and invited Gleason ...

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When Microsoft announced that they will be giving away Windows OS for free to OEMs developing devices with less than 9-inches, we know that that they are serious about getting tablet market share. Microsoft aimed to decrease the Windows tablet price by removing the Windows licensing for OEMs. At COMPUTEX, a Chinese OEM called Emdoor announced $100 Windows tablet. Today, another Chinese OEM Kingsing has announced a $99 Windows tablet. The device is powered by Intel quad-core Baytrail-T CPU and runs on Windows 8.1 OS. Specs: Screen: 8-inch, 800 x 1280 resolution IPS LCD with 5-point capacitive touch Processor: quad-core Intel Baytrail-T processor (1.8GHz) and Intel HD graphics Memory/Storage: 1GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB storage + SDHC/SDXC card expandability Cameras: 2MP front and back Network: 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0 and 3G (WCDMA/EVDO/TD-SCDMA) Connections: microUSB data/charging, HDMI port Battery: 4500mAh Li-ion for 6-8 hours of usage time Size: 207.5mm x 122.6 ...

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First of all, this is not a new app and it’s been available in Windows Store for past few months. This app allows you to access the world’s largest collection of full-length HD concerts and music documentaries on demand. You can try it for free for seven days to get unlimited access to the entire Qello collection and later subscribe to full collection for over $4.99 per month. Features: On Demand: You can choose whatever you want to watch and instantly stream it any time, anywhere. Variety: From Hip Hop, Country, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Indie, Metal, Pop, and so many more, Qello’s ever-expanding collection spans the spectrum of musical genres from the 1920s to today. Qello Documentaries: Go backstage and access countless award-winning music documentaries, including our Classic Albums series that uncovers the creative process of legendary albums. New Releases: Don’t miss out! Download Qello now and get all the ...

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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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