Review Category : windows 8

WSJ reported few months back that Microsoft is planning to cut the Windows price it charges the OEMs to increase the sales. At Computex event held in Taiwan, Microsoft’s OEM division head Nick Parker has confirmed about the price cuts, but it is only applicable for tablets/PCs that are less than 10.1 inches in size. According to WSJ, Microsoft is cutting by two-thirds the cost to license Windows and Office software, or roughly $100 before marketing rebates Microsoft offers to PC makers. This may sound that there will be a significant reduction in price for Windows devices on retail. But it may not happen, here’s why. Microsoft is planning to ship Microsoft Office with all small sized tablets for free, so you can understand the logic behind price cuts. “I think this is revenue neutral, that the end price to the OEMs is neutral, but they’re throwing in Office,” said ...

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At Comutex, Acer announced a unique Windows 8 hybrid device called. Aspire R7. It has a special “Ezel Hinge” that moves the display forward and into different positions. Today Engadget reported that Acer is releasing a Star Trek edition of Aspire R7. Acer has manufactured just 25 of these special-edition convertibles, one of which it plans to offer up on eBay from June 14th through the 24th. All the proceedings will going to charity. If you are a fan of Star Trek and unique  industrial design, you might be interested in taking part in the bidding. Read more about the actual device below. Aspire R7, a revolutionary 15.6-inch notebook that will redefine the touch and type computing experience. Featuring a Full HD 1920×1080 touch screen, the Acer R7 was made for the new computing lifestyle, which increasingly combines touching and typing. With a repositioned keyboard and a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that they will be releasing Windows 8.1 preview on June 26th during BUILD conference. If you are planning to upgrade from your current Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 preview, you need to be careful. Because, you will have to re-install all the apps you have installed on your PC after upgrading Windows 8.1 to final version which will be released later this year. When the Windows 8.1 preview is made available, Windows 8 and Windows RT users will receive a Windows Update notification. Users can go to Windows Store, read the description and choose whether to install or not. Here is the procedure from upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 RTM, Even if testers opt instead to roll their devices back to Windows 8 after installing the preview bits, they still will have to reinstall their apps once they move to the RTM version of Windows 8.1. On ...

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WinZip for Windows 8 app in Windows Store just got updated with many new features. WinZip allows you to save and share files from your Windows 8/RT devices with direct integration with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The app comes with 15 day free trail after which you will need to subscribe to it for $7.99 per annum. Change log: - Add files and folders from Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive drives to a zip or zipx file - Open .zip, 7z, RAR and .zipx files saved on Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Save .zip and .zipx files directly to Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Remove files from a .zip or .zipx folder - Manage all your zip file sharing accounts: ZipShare, ZipSend, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive from a single convenient location - Direct email access to helpdesk - ...

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According to the study conducted by Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA Inc., Internet Explorer continues to be the most energy-efficient browser on Windows 8. The study concluded that compared to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer uses up to 18% power. Internet Explorer 10 exhibited the lowest energy consumption. In some scenarios such as playing Adobe Flash video on laptop PCs, it was 18% more energy efficient than Google Chrome, and it was 17% more efficient than Mozilla Firefox in playing HTML5 video. To put that in perspective,  if every Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox user in the United States switched to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 for a year, the energy saved could power over 10,000 households in the United States for that year. Here is the info from Microsoft, The 18% savings in energy consumption is significant. Consider that if every Google Chrome and Mozilla ...

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Microsoft today announced that new small screen x86 based Windows tablets like Acer Iconia W3 will come with full Office pre-installed. Office Home and Student 2013 version will be there out of the box. Tami also shared that new small screen x86 tablets including the recently announced Acer Iconia W3, will come with Office Home and Student 2013 right out of the box. For both businesses and consumers, we’re committed to making all Windows tablets, both x86 and ARM, great options for work as well as play. Microsoft also made some more announcements today. Microsoft: Outlook 2013 Coming To Windows RT Devices As Part Of Windows 8.1 Microsoft Demos Windows 8.1 Features (Video) Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Fujitsu has announced a new touchscreen ultrabook called LIFEBOOK UH90/L which it claims as the world’s thinnest Ultrabook. The main improvement comes with the display which features a touchscreen equipped wide-format IGZO 14-inch liquid crystal display, which reproduces images in an ultra-high 3200 x 1800 pixel display resolution. The LIFEBOOK UH90/L’s is powered by 4th-Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor. A 14-inch wide-format display fit into a standard 13-inch form factor The LIFEBOOK UH90/L’s advanced display panel utilizes IGZO technology to achieve an ultra-high display resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. With approximately 2.7 times the detail of Full HD combined with a pixel density of 262 ppi, users can enjoy ultra-high resolution digital photos that are given a vivid, real-life quality. This also allows text displayed on the screen to appear sharper and easier to read. The touch panel’s special surface processing, called Super Glide Coating, enables users to smoothly ...

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Sony has announced two new laptops, the VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo.  Both include Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processor inside (up to Core i7), Triluminous color rendering and X-Reality display engine technologies, Rapid Wake feature to bring the systems back up to speed quickly after sleeping, and USB ports can charge a device when the notebooks are in sleep mode or even powered down. There AC adapter has a USB charging port, too.  These notebooks will connect to any NFC enabled device by simply tapping it to the VAIO to share data and connecting via Bluetooth. The VAIO Pro is available in 11 inch or 13 inch touchscreen, weighing 1.92 lbs or 2.34 lbs respectively.  The VAIO Pro 13 will offer a high-speed PCIe SSD drive.  Both VAIO Pro models can connect the optional sheet battery to double the battery life of either, giving an estimate 11 – 14 hours battery life.   The ...

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Skype team today released an update for Skype app for Windows 8 which brings in enhanced HD videos call support and improved video messaging experience. New Features: Enhanced HD Video Support We’ve added support for HD video in select scenarios. Depending on the sender’s camera, available network bandwidth and the receiver’s setup on x86 devices, callers may be able to send 720p video and receive 1080p video, thereby improving the overall quality and performance of the video call. Video Messaging continues in Preview We continue to improve video messaging and encourage you to try it. Video messaging enables you to share life moments with contacts whether they’re off or online. With this release we improved the stability of video messaging and made video messaging easier to find with improved notifications. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today revealed the enterprise features/updates that will be part of upcoming Windows 8.1 update. Windows 8.1 is turning out to be a s a significant update for enterprise than for the consumers. There are not just 4-5 major features as we saw on last week’s reveal about consumer features, there are lots more. Just look at the list below! If anyone thinks Android and iOS can replace Windows in the enterprise, just read the below features/improvements coming in Windows 8.1 and compare the same in Android or iOS. From Windows Team Blog, B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) Enhancements Workplace Join – A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing ...

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Along with Acer and Asus, Dell announced a new Windows 8 convertible device called XPS 11. The new Dell XPS 11 functions similar to Lenovo Yoga 11s. You can flip the display 180 degrees to use it like tablet. Also the keyboard looks like a flat Surface keyboard.  On the internals, Dell one uped both Yoga 11 and Surface devices. It will come standard with a 2,560 x 1,440 IPS display, an active digitizer for pressure-sensitive pen input, Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, a USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and an SD card reader. Availability of the device is expected only in Q4 2013.   Prices start at $799.99 for a Core i3 processor unit with 4GB of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive and run to $1,349.99 for a Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The multi-touch HD screen offers a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. The ...

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ASUS today announced a new Ultrabook hybrid device called Transformer Book Trio which runs both Windows 8 and Android on Intel Core i7 and Intel Atom processors respectively at Computex 2013. Read about it below. Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the Transformer Book Trio and other revolutionary products that transform consumers’ expectations of technology Computex, Taipei, Taiwan (3 June, 2013) – ASUS today announced incredible new products at it’s “We Transform” Computex 2013 press event that transform consumers’ expectations about technology. Chairman Jonney Shih revealed the ASUS way of Design Thinking and introduced an entire line of innovative devices designed to simplify today’s digital lifestyle. “We seek to perfect the balance between engineering and humanity, where every intricate detail echoes our needs for both emotion and function,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih. “This is the ASUS way of design thinking, where every idea starts with people and we turn our imagination ...

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  At Computex 2013 in Taipei, Asus announced its new  Zenbook Infinity Ultrabook running Windows 8. This new Ultrabook features a touchscreen display, backlit keyboard and Gorilla Glass 3 lid. This Ultrabook has a maximum thickness of just 15.5mm which is about 14 percent thinner than the previous Zenbooks. There are also two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, micro-HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. The release of this device is only in Q4 2013, so no news on pricing and exact specs. via: Engadget ...

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After numerous leaks, it’s official. Acer has finally announced Iconia We, the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet that comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office. The slim and sleek device weighs only 540 grams and measures only 11.35 mm thin and the device pairs with an optional full-size Bluetooth keyboard. Taipei (June 3, 2012) Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia W3, the industry’s first full-featured 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand. Further solidifying its spot as the ultimate mobile companion, the Acer Iconia W3 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, a €139 ¹value, at no additional expense. The Iconia W3 carefully considers the human element with a design that is compact enough to use comfortably in one hand for reading and web browsing, yet sports a screen large enough for both productivity and entertainment. As a result, it’s ideal for business ...

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Acer today revealed the updated Aspire S3 Ultrabook in the new S series family style. This new Ultrabook draws inspiration from much lauded Aspire S7 device. It is more of a mainstream Ultrabook when compared to S7 which is a flagship product with huge price tag. TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 3, 2013) – Acer today announced the launch of the new 13.3″ Aspire S3 Ultrabook™ at Computex Taipei. The S3 has inherited some of the industry-leading design and innovations of the Aspire S7, making it an impressively stylish and productive PC. As on the celebrated Aspire S7, the S3′s patented dual-torque hinge design allows users to easily open the lid up to 180° for sharing content, while keeping the display wobble-free for an outstanding touch experience. With Acer TwinAir cooling technology, the S3 is always cool to the touch without sacrificing performance. The light-sensing keyboard auto adjusts its brightness to ambient ...

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Acer today announced an enhanced flagship ultrabook, the Aspire S7. The updated S7 now features 33% improved battery life, 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling, Intel Haswell processors and WQHD display technology. TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 3, 2013) Acer presents the next-generation 13.3-inch Aspire S7Ultrabook™ at Computex Taipei. In addition to retaining the celebrated characteristics of the previous model, the new S7 Ultrabook has improved battery life for all-day computing, a refined electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard for more natural typing, and 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling with less fan noise. In addition, it is equipped with wireless display (WiDi) technology for big-screen entertainment and productivity. “We designed the S7 to be the best touch Ultrabook® in the world, bar none,” said Jim Wong, Acer Corporate President. “We listened carefully to users to find substantial ways to make it even better.” The re-engineered S7 delivers improved battery life of up to 7 hours, a 33% increase ...

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