Review Category : Windows 8.1

We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Last week, Windows 9/Windows Threshold build 6.4.9788 was spotted in the Windows Store logs. This revealed us that Microsoft has already started testing Windows 9 in some form to run Window Store apps. Today, a screenshot of the build 9788 was leaked online which hints us that this Windows Build is already in the hands of the general public. Soon, we will know concrete info about whether this is a Windows 9 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 build. We reported about a rumor last month in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid ...

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Microsoft today announced Windows Apportals for the enterprise which can organize and reveal only the data and apps needed for a specific role or task. Windows Apportals pull together all the essential Apps and data you need right from the fabric of Windows 8. As a result, they are adaptive to any mobile environment. Main Features: Tile Groupings: Windows Apportals are composed of Tile Groupings similar to the Windows 8 Start screen. This instantly familiar interface is incredibly easy to use. Grid Tiles: Tile Groupings are built with “Grid Tiles,” similar to Live Tiles in that they can display streaming information. Unlike Live Tiles, these Grid Tiles are not repositionable by the user. Desktop Applications: Any application designed to run in Desktop Mode on Windows 8 can also launch and run in any Windows Apportal. Modern Apps: Applications native the Metro UI in Windows 8—sometimes called Windows 8 apps—also launch and run in ...

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Microsoft is now helping developers in making decisions to succeed in Windows Store app development. To compete with tens of thousands of apps in the Windows Store, developers can make use of the real data to make good decisions to help their app succeed. When developers decide to develop for a platform, the first question that arises is which app should they build. Developers can use a service such as AppFeds to get some overall data and get some insights. Games is by far the most popular category followed by apps in in the Entertainment, Education, Books and Reference, and Music and Videos categories of equal numbers. AppFeds provided the following thoughts on current Windows Store apps, If you’re looking for areas with fewer competitors—where it might be easier to find opportunities—you might focus on the smallest categories such as Finance, Security, Photos, Government, and Health and Fitness. If you’re planning to ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Today, an old Microsoft Research video was discovered which shows an early prototype of a automated personal assistant called Louise built to work on Windows. Project Louise is an ongoing, multiyear prototyping effort to build an automated personal assistant. This demo highlights the Louise Personal Assistant serving as a conversational natural user interface (NUI): multi-modal ...

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Emoji fonts became so popular after it was included in Apple’s iOS few year back. Apple implemented it using a proprietary, unpublished extension of the TrueType/OpenType specification to add PNG images to a font. These PNG images are then displayed within running text. Google also implemented similar thing, but it is not compatible with Apple’s solution. I recently came to know via Ralf Herrmann from OpenType.info about the interesting approach Microsoft has taken to implement Emojis in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Earlier, Microsoft supported unicode emoji characters with its Segoe UI with no colors. But with the latest OS, Microsoft is also supporting colored emojis. Instead of using PNGs like Apple and Google, Microsoft is using layered vector glyphs. Ralf explains how it works, By default, the new Segoe UI Emoji font behaves like a regular TrueType/OpenType font. It has Unicode-encoded, uncolored “base glyphs”. But there are two additional tables in the font: ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Skype for Windows Desktop. This Skype 6.18 for Windows Desktop release includes lots of bug fixes and improvements. Find the change log below. Fixed bugs: - Import contacts from Facebook showing empty for some users - Further sign in screen improvements to prevent empty - Messages showing wrong timestamp - There was a confusing message about group video being enabled because a participant has Skype Premium. We removed this as group video calls are free for everyone for a while now. - More stability improvements based on the feedback and reports from you here on the Community You can download latest Skype from www.skype.com/go/getskype.   ...

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Ahead of the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft today made no.of announcements on the Azure platform with new and enhanced cloud services. It ranges from increased data center capacity to improved Azure preview portal. 1) Azure Preview Portal enhancements: Microsoft is making Azure preview portal—that bridges the gap between infrastructure and platform services more richer day by day. Today, they announced new IaaS functionality, resource group enhancements, Azure image gallery updates, Azure SQL database and more. 2) New Event Hub: With Azure Event Hub, which launches in preview next week, you can reliably and efficiently stream millions of events per second from millions of devices into multiple applications and storage systems. 3) Expansion of Azure ExpressRoute: Today ExpressRoute is available in three locations in the US and Europe, but thanks to our growing partnership with Equinix, access to Azure via ExpressRoute will roll out in six additional locations around the world. ...

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Dubai-based low cost carrier Flydubai has joined many other organizations in adopting Windows 8 based tablets. Flydubai is now using Windows 8 based tablets at Dubai International Airport to facilitate passenger check-in. Because of this Windows 8 based solution, Flydubai has reduced the check-in time to two minutes per passenger. The airline’s new app connects to their backend services and is integrated with a passport scanner and printer. It aims to ease the check-in process by allowing staff to scan passenger information, assign seats and issue boarding passes on the spot. This solution was developed in partnership with Microsoft Gulf “Travel is one of the fastest growing industries in the region,” said Michael Mansour, directors of Apps and Innovation at Microsoft Gulf. “It is under increasing pressure to deliver improved quality of service while tackling productivity and workforce shortage challenges. The Windows 8 App developed for flydubai is a regional ...

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I recently came across few deals at Amazon on Windows devices. It includes Dell XPS 11 XPS11 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop, Acer Aspire S7 13.3-Inch WQHD Touchscreen Ultrabook and HP Pavilion 13 13.3-Inch Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop. Find the specs and the deal price below. Dell XPS 11 XPS11-7693CFB 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop: XPS 11 is made with machined aluminum and more carbon fiber than ever before. The edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is up to 10 times more scratch-resistant than soda lime glass, so it helps prevent scuffs caused by handling, cleaning or wiping. 4.0 GB DDR3L SDRAM 2560 x 1440 p resolution Display NFC Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 1.9 GHz) 128 GB Solid-State Drive 11.6-Inch Screen Windows 8 It now starts at just $749, down from its regular price of $1199. Find the deal here from Amazon. ...

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Microsoft has recently published the list of the products reaching end of support in the next 6 months. This list includes Windows Phone 7.8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and more. Along with these, Microsoft has also listed Service Packs that will retire in the next 6 months Key Products Transitioning from Mainstream Support to Extended Support: The following products will be moving into Extended Support in the next 6 months. Extended Support lasts for 5 years and includes security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support. Additionally, Microsoft will not accept requests for design changes or new features during the Extended Support phase. Products Moving to Extended Support Effective Date Dynamics C5 2010 Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Dynamics NAV 2009 Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Exchange Server 2010 Standard Windows 7 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Windows ...

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Last week we reported that T-Mobile may soon start selling Lumia 2520 Windows tablets to its consumers in the US. Today, @evleaks posted an image of it connected to T-Mobile’s 4G network. AT&T and Verizon are already offering Nokia Lumia 2520 from last year. Lumia 2520 is already available online and in select stores. For Verizon, only the Black color model will be available in stores, and if you want the red one, you should order online. Verizon website will have both Black and Red color models. The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. It also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G ...

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This is getting crazy! After so many reports that Surface Mini project is put on hold at Microsoft, @evleaks today started the discussion again that Microsoft has resumed the production of Surface Mini tablet with the expected release in Summer. Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. There were reports that Surface Mini production was put on hold temporarily. While we were hoping to see Surface Mini as per @evleaks report in the morning, we have got a bad news again. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reports that Microsoft is unlikely to release Surface ...

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Eric Ligman, senior sales manager at Microsoft has posted a blog post containing the list of free e-books from Microsoft. There are over 150 free e-books on various Microsoft products like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more. Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think ...

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Gartner today released their report Worldwide Device Shipments in which they reported that the combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2 percent increase from 2013. Also, Android will continue to lead the pack by over 1 billion units and Windows devices will hold the No.2 position. Garner also feels PC market will see a relative revival this year. “2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. After declining 9.5 percent in 2013, the global PC market (desk-based, notebook and premium ultramobile) is on pace to contract only 2.9 percent in 2014. “Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe,” said Mr. Atwal. “This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in ...

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Microsoft has announced their plans to discontinue all of their offline mapping software products in favor of Bing Maps. It includes Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint. Since all these are traditional software products, the retirement of these products will not affect software already installed. Current users may continue to use Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint to plan their travel adventures and Microsoft will provide online support until at least July 2015. “The success of these products would never had happened were it not for the loyal and supportive fans who purchased the product and its various iterations over the years,” shares Larry Petersen, test lead for Microsoft Streets & Trips. “Speaking at RV rallies over the years, I’ve loved hearing about our avid customers’ experiences using the software to plan and enjoy road trips across North America. The feedback and enthusiasm from our ...

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Information from Indian Export Import site Zauba reveals that Nokia India is receiving Nokia Lumia tablets and keypad from China for internal company use. This could possibly be the old Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets with keyboard covers, but Lumia 2520 has almost reached the end of life and it is highly unlikely that Microsoft would like to launch this device in India at this time point. The other possibility is that this could be the next Lumia tablet Nokia has been working on after they shipped Lumia 2520. This may be successor to the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet and may get announced later this year as per previous reports. What do you expect from a Lumia 2520 successor? Here is the info about current Lumia 2520, Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G LTE 2GB memory/32GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Find the store links below. Nokia Lumia 2520 ...

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