Review Category : windows 8

Microsoft YouTube account yesterday posted three strange Windows 8 ads that never really shows the actual product. All the above ads involves Japanese people doing some weird things on screen. Neowin posted an explanation of these ads which are considered to be metaphor for Windows 8 features. Aside from the fact that the content of each ad is very strange, the other thing that’s noticeable is that a Windows 8 PC is nowhere to be found in any of these commercials. Microsoft seems to be using the ad’s content as a metaphor for features in Windows 8. The watermelon ad is linked to the touchscreen experience and the piano-ping pong clip is meant to show that Windows 8 can do two things at once. The third commercial is supposed to show that Windows 8 can be both “beautiful and fast” but that’s reaching a bit for that metaphor to work. ...

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Speaking to The Australian Mark Whittard, managing director of Toshiba Australia accused Microsoft for confusing the PC market with couple of different flavours of Windows. He said that the consumers bought Windows RT devices and discovered that they had to buy a different suite of apps which is because Microsoft’s marketing didn’t educate the consumers enough. He also cited the low Windows 8 device sales due to lots of Windows 7 devices that were already in channel  and high costs associated in producing touch panels. He said consumers also were wary at the price jump going from Windows 7 to Windows 8, a gap that increased further when Windows 7 computers were discounted to clear. “They were going even cheaper than the traditional RRP (recommended retail price), so the gap wasn’t just the $100 or $200 from non-touch to touch, it was $400 and the customer’s going: “Hang on a sec, ...

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We have already seen some reports in the past that HTC is working on Windows RT devices. Today, Phonearena reports that HTC is working on two Windows RT devices codenamed R7 and R12. The R7 will come with 7″ Full HD screen, powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM. It will come with 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot, for expansion, 13 MP autofocus camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. It will also comes in a version with LTE/HSPA+ connectivity. Another Windows RT device HTC R12 will have same specs as the R7, but comes with 12″ 2048×1536 pixels display and more connectivity options. The device is expected to be on sale for holiday season and will be revealed on Oct 13th. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Phonearena ...

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Sony yesterday revealed a new series of laptops branded as ‘Fit’. The new ‘Fit’ series devices are inexpensive, mainstream laptops targeting consumers who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at lower price. Vaio Fit 14 $649 model comes with NFC, aluminum body, a touch screen with a display resolution of 1,600×900 pixels. You can get full 1080p display for $699. Also Vaio Fit E14 and E15 comes with 1,366×768 screen at $547 and $579 for the 14- and 15-inch models, respectively. The Vaio Fit 14 and 15, Fit E 14 and 15 will be available from mid-May. via: CNET ...

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Along with the announcement about sales of 100 million licenses of Windows 8, Microsoft also revealed some details about the upcoming Windows Blue update. One concrete answer from them is that the update will be available later this year. Other than that, they mentioned that the update will enable new form factors and incorporates feedback they got from Windows 8 customers. Brandon LeBlanc: There’s been a lot of speculation about Windows Blue. What can you tell me about it? Tami Reller: Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options ...

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Microsoft today announced that over 100 million Windows 8 licenses had been sold since its launch. In January, Microsoft announced that over 60 million Windows 8 licenses were sold and in three months the number has reached 100 million. We’ve also seen the number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Window RT grow to 2,400 devices, and we’re seeing more and more touch devices in the mix. Windows 8 is a big, ambitious change. While we realize that change takes time, we feel good about the progress since launch, including what we’ve been able to accomplish with the ecosystem and customer reaction to the new PCs and tablets that are available now or will soon come to market. And Windows Store is showing steady growth both in terms of developer interest and app downloads by consumers, Apps momentum has been steady as the number of apps in the Windows ...

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In an interview to CNBC along with his friend Warren Buffet, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said that a lot of iPad users are frustrated. When asked about the future of computing with the arrival of tablets replacing PCs, Gates gave a typical Microsoft answer that Windows 8 was designed to work with both tablets and PCs. Here is the excerpt from the interview, It’s going to be harder and harder to distinguish products, whether they are tablets or PCs. With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad type device. A lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents. They don’t have Office there. So we are providing something with the benefits they have seen that have made that a big category without giving up what they expect in a PC. He also said that Microsoft has ...

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In their quarterly earnings report, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said that prices of Windows 8 tablets likely to fall below $300 this year and as a result they are very optimistic about sales for Windows 8 tablets this year. He also cited the optimism was due to Microsoft’s smaller form-factor program. WSJ reported in April that Microsoft is planning to produce a seven-inch version of its own Surface tablet which will be released this year. An Acer 8-inch Windows 8 device got already leaked in the public and it is also expected to hit the market later this year. Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8 called Windows 8.1 which brings significant UI/UX improvements to Windows 8 across all the form factors. Source: WSJ ...

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It seems that Windows 8.1 will come with the ability to automatically update apps in Windows Store in the background. In the current Windows 8, user has to go to Windows Store and update the apps, but enabling auto-updates will further simplify the user experience. Google Android OS already has this similar feature where user can give permission for an app to automatically update when it is available. Recently, the Movie Moments app in Windows 8.1 build got updated automatically without user’s consent. Here is the observation from winbeta, After further investigation, in the Windows Update “installation history,” it shows “Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Microsoft.MovieMoments.” Not only was that the only app that was updated, but apps by the names of “PlayReady Client”, “VCLibs Preview Internal” and “WinJS 2.0 Preview Internal” are also updated, and have version numbers ranging from 6.3.9345 to 6.3.9391. Source: Winbeta via: ...

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Following the release of Star Trek app for Windows Phone 8 devices, Paramount Digital has released the same app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Be the first to experience Star Trek Into Darkness! Join Starfleet for your chance to rise in the ranks from New Recruit to Captain and beyond!! Stay up-to-date on the latest Star Trek Into Darkness news, along with exclusive articles found only in the app. You will have first access to insider looks, and can complete a variety of missions including trivia and polls. By doing so, you’ll rise in the ranks of Starfleet! Features: Trivia: Complete quizzes to see how much you really know about Star Trek. Polls: Let your voice be heard by sharing your thoughts and opinions. Web Missions: Read articles, watch videos, and discover interesting pieces of information on the next film. Latest Star Trek News Purchase Tickets to ...

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The best looking and most intense RPG for Windows 8 is now available in Windows Store. The Harvest is a visually stunning and expanded release of the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi RPG. Play through the story with exclusive content (two new playable characters) and support for synchronous co-op multiplayer. Description: A visually stunning and expanded release of the essential Windows Phone 7 Launch App is now available on Windows 8! The Harvest for Windows 8 features all the fun of the original game and adds exciting new synchronous multiplayer to the already intense action. In this science-fiction-themed action RPG set in a distant future, hostile aliens are out to turn Earth’s organic life into cyborgs. These aliens, known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery. Thanks to the development of human controlled mechanized infantry units, you and the rest of mankind may ...

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Recently, a Windows 8.1 build ’9385′ got leaked on the web. This build revealed new features such as improved IE11 F12 developer tools, Assigned Access Mode, lock screen settings now allows you to choose an app to show alarms and more. Digging through the source code, it was revealed that the camera app in Windows 8.1 will include Photosynth into it. Photosynth allows you to capture and view the world in 3D. You can share your creations with your friends on Facebook, publish them to Bing, or embed them in your own blog or Web site. Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: panoramas and synths. Source: @Walkingcat ...

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Few days back Microsoft released preview version of Skype desktop app with Video messages feature. Today, Skype team updated the Windows 8/RT modern UI app with support for video messages features. Skype video messages allows you to send recorded videos to someone as messages. They look like the above screenshots. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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Microsoft has released a new update for Xbox Games app on Windows 8/RT devices. This new update includes updates for app home screen, improvements in browsing games, etc,. Key updates include: - A new home panel that shows you information about your recent game activity, messages, achievements, and friends - Letting you view and browse screenshots for games - Letting you see and send text messages to friends - Improvements to general browsing of games and game extras and app layout - Additional minor fixes and improvements Update it here from Windows Store. ...

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We have seen multiple reports in the past that Microsoft is working on optimizing Windows RT/8 for small screen devices with upcoming Blue update. Microsoft confirmed it today at Microsoft’s quarterly conference call with investors. Current CFO Peter Klein announced that Microsoft is working with PC OEMs to develop smaller Windows 8 touchscreens devices. And these devices are expected to be launched in the near future. Are you ready for 7-8inch Windows based e-reader/media consumption device? I think Microsoft badly need those category of devices to compete with Apple iPad Mini and other products. Source: Microsoft ...

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Few day back, a new Windows Blue build 9369 got leaked on the web. It revealed some interesting features such as improved web search experience, search suggestions from the web, modern UI file manager, etc,. Now, another hidden feature was revealed which can be enabled by tweaking the registry. The new Search experience powered by Bing reveals new UX which you can see in the video above. If you have Windows Blue Build running, read instructions to enable it manually: http://bit.ly/176iDoC or download .reg files, http://bit.ly/13qwxU0. via: youtube ...

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