Review Category : windows 8

Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft board is considering Qualcomm’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf among candidates to replace CEO Steve Ballmer. This is the first report revealing that Mollenkopf is on the list of several choices which are under serious consideration by Microsoft’s board. Mollenkopf at Qualcomm is responsible for the popular mobile processors which powers leading smartphones including Nokia Lumia 1520, Galaxy S4, etc,. Also Bloomberg once again confirmed that other people in the list also includes Microsoft executive Satya Nadella and external candidates including Ford CEO Alan Mulally. READ: Steve Mollenkopf Will NOT Become CEO of Microsoft; Made President and CEO of Qualcomm Steve’s profile from Qualcomm, Since 2008, Mollenkopf led QCT and served as executive vice president and group president of Qualcomm, driving growth and providing critical technical and operational leadership. QCT is the world’s largest wireless chip supplier and fabless semiconductor company, in terms of revenue. ...

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  I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of Photosynth technology right from the day Microsoft revealed it. The Live Labs inside Microsoft which originally developed Photosynth is no more. However, Blaise Agüera y Arcas and a bunch of people of his team were still working on Photosynth. Even though the first generation Photosynth was cool, the consuming experience was not so smooth. Microsoft is fixing this issue in the upcoming Photosynth technology, but it comes with few constraints on how you take photos. “Where we sort of failed, I think, was that the panoramas never stitch,” Agüera y Arcas says. “When you hold the mobile phone to make the panorama, you never do a good enough job for the result to be useful for 3-D reconstruction … You can’t hold the camera still enough — you always end up with seams and things.” Rather than hammering away at this frustrating ...

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  In the last few days, there were reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start Menu in Windows 8. The biggest question is, how will the Start Menu look like? And how will it function? Joseph Machalani, an UX, UI & Branding Architect blogged about his project on fixing Windows 8. In his project, he discussed about fixing the jarring difference between desktop and Metro work environment, new Windows Explorer UI with icons and more. More importantly, he brings back the Start Menu in his concept. His description of the proposed Start Menu,  If we want to separate the Desktop and Metro environment we need a way for each of them to access apps, files and basic features like search, notifications and settings. Since we need to kick out the Metro Start Screen and Charms bar from the Desktop, let’s just bring back the good ol’ Start menu that worked so good for all ...

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Yesterday, Paul Thurrott reported that Microsoft is planning to bring back Start Menu is the upcoming update for Windows 8. This move from Microsoft is targeted towards power users who use keyboards and mice. It would be similar to the current Windows 7 Start Screen allowing users to access their apps, folders, etc,. Maary Jo Foley today confirmed that Start Menu is coming back and it is internally known as “mini-Start”. Since Thurrott’s initial December 10 report on the return of the Start Menu, I’ve heard from my own contacts that this is highly likely to happen. Microsoft is, indeed, highly likely to bring back Start Menu. Supposedly it’s being called internally “mini-Start,” (as it won’t be a full-screen Start Menu like in Windows 8), one of my contacts said. Are you really looking forward to this upcoming Start Menu? Source: ZDNet ...

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HP today announced two business focused laptops running Windows 8.1. The two new devices are EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 and EliteBook Revolve G2. EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 comes with machined aluminum body, 14-inch display that weighs 3.3 pounds 15.9mm thinner. It is powered by Intel 4th gen processor and offers upto 10 hours battery life. You can choose between 1,600 x 900 or 1,920 x 1,080 display with an optional touchscreen option. It comes with Synaptics’ ForcePad trackpad technology, military’s MIL-STD 810G specifications support, Intel vPro processors, fingerprint sensor and a Smart Card reader. It is already on sale with starting price of $1,299. Another new business Ultrabook convertiable announced is the new Revolve G2. The design is a traditional convertible with a touchscreen that can converted into tablet mode. All expected improvements like latest Intel processor, support for LTE and improved stylus are present. It will go on sale ...

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Microsoft today released December firmware updates for both its second generation Surface devices. The updates for Surface 2 and Surface Pro include improved trackpad experience and several other improvements. Surface 2 December update change log: Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved. Decreased charge time for batteries. Two-finger trackpad use optimized. Update to support additional external displays. Skype video quality improved. Resolved delay during restart when Bluetooth devices are connected. Surface Pro 2 December update change log: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality. Color fidelity improvements for all applications. Optimized two-finger trackpad use. Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device. Surface RT December update change log: Surface Home Button Driver update to optimize available system memory. Surface Type Cover audio device driver ...

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The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major OS update codenamed Threshold that will bring Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One OS experiences closer than ever before. And this update will come in different SKUs, one consumer focused, one traditional consumer focused based on x86 and a enterprise versions. Today, Winsupersite reported that Microsoft is planning to bring the following two features as part of the Threshold wave of updates. One is the ability to run multiple modern apps at once, and the other one is bringing back the Start Menu. Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop. Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next ...

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Starting today, Microsoft will be running a promotional campaign called “12 Days Of Deals” in which they will be selling 12 different products at discounted prices. Today’s product was Dell Venue 8 Pro and it is already sold out. You can read the upcoming products on this deal list. You have got products like Garmin Fitness Watch, HP Envy 15, HP Pavillion X2, Fitbit Flex and more in these upcoming 11 days. Stop by your local Microsoft retail store or check out the holiday deals online to enjoy 12 Days of Deals on Windows PCs and tablets, Windows Phone devices, and accessories this December. Tomorrows deal:   ...

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   Microsoft is getting aggressive with their marketing these days and I highly appreciate their move. When you have better product than the competition and consumers are still buying the competitors crappy ones, you got to teach them the right thing and Microsoft is trying to do it. In the recently published ad on YouTube, Ben the PC Guy hits the streets of Venice, CA asking people which they would rather have — a Chromebook or a Windows laptop. The ad highlights the lack of real apps on Chromebook and their mandatory online nature making them effectively useless most of the time. The ad ends with Asus Windows 8 hybrid that offers great value and experience for almost same price. What do you think of this ad? ...

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Kodu is a free game development tool originally released by Microsoft Research team targeting kids to learn game development and programming. Now, Microsoft Studios has released this app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. If you have kids at home, then this is a must have game for them. Description: Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills. Features: Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect Kodu ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 devices got updated today with many new features and improvements. It now features improved Live Tiles, ability to send and download picture messages, ability to add photos to specific albums and more. New features: - Tagging - Improved Live Tiles - Set windows profile pic when you upload a new profile pic - Download and upload files from messages - Download and upload photos from messages - Upload photos to a specific album - Choose and set your cover photo - Choose and set your profile picture - Use your profile picture as your Windows account picture - Add a secondary tile to go directly to messages (choose this from the app bar in messages view) This release also includes many bug fixes. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today released couple of ads to promote Surface devices by comparing them with the competing Apple iPad. The first ad shows the usage of tablets in the cooking scenario. If you want to use a tablet while cooking, Surface is a perfect device for you. Why? Surface comes with built-in Kickstand while you need to purchase separate case for iPad to make it stand straight. Also, the cooking app in the Surface works with gestures allowing you to turn your recipe pages with a wave of your hand. In iPad, you should shout at your tablet with voice commands which often fails. The second ad shows the scenario where a single tablet is shared among the family. In the case of Surface, you can create multiple user accounts with separate login and personalized environment. In Apple iPad, you always have one account and one home screen for all. What ...

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Microsoft started the Scroogled campaign in an effort to teach consumers about how Google invades their privacy and sells their data to advertisers. The latest ad in the series is aimed at consumers who might buy Google Chromebook for its cheap price tags. In the above ad, Microsoft points out the main drawback of Chromebook becoming essentially useless when you don’t have Internet. And they also points out the ways in which Google sells their data to make money.  At Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, it’s all about separating the real deal from the imitation—and the Google Chromebook sticks out like a sore thumb. Rick and his crew are leery of the Chromebook—and you should be, too. See for yourself in this video.  Of course, there is a message at the bottom of the video that Windows laptops are different. A Windows PC delivers everything you need a computer to ...

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Lenovo today announced the 10-inch version of Flex 14/Flex 15 laptop convertible. Flex 10 can be used in the classic laptop mode for maximum productivity, when you’re focusing on touch applications, web chatting, or enjoying a film or video, flip the screen 300 degrees to enter stand mode. It comes with 10-Point Multitouch Display running Windows 8.1. Find the detailed specs below. Processor Intel® Quad Core™ Pentium™ N3510 processor Intel® Quad Core™ Celeron® N2910 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2810 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2805 processor Operating System Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Display / Resolution 10.1″ HD (1366 x 768) resolution Graphics Integrated graphics Memory Up to 2GB DDR3L memory (Celeron® model) Up to 4GB DDR3L memory (Pentium™ model) Hard Disk Drive Up to 500GB storage Connectors USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI, Audio combo jack Sound Stereo speakers Integrated Communications Bluetooth® 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Weight (Net) 1.2 ...

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Microsoft today updated OneNote app for Windows 8.1 devices. You can now take your device camera to insert photos into your notes. These photos are searchable since the app indexes using OCR. Also there is a way to clip content you find across all the apps to your OneNote. Capture your screen with the Share Charm. With Windows 8.1, anytime you see something on your screen, you can capture it and send it to OneNote by using the Windows Share Charm. Let’s say you’re using the Bing Food & Drink app and you want to capture that yummy beef short rib recipe in OneNote so you can have it with you always. Use the Share Charm (swipe from the right or mouse to the top right corner, then select Share), select OneNote, and then select Send. Now that recipe will be in your notes, on all your devices, forever! Or ...

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