Intel yesterday revealed its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named “Haswell-E,” targeted at enthusiasts, gamers and content creators who demand most from their PCs. It is the first processor supporting 16 computing threads and new DDR4 memory will enable some of the fastest desktop systems ever seen. The new enhanced Intel X99 Chipset and robust overclocking capabilities will allow enthusiasts to tune their systems for maximum performance. The eight-core, 16-thread Intel® Core™ processor Extreme Edition is Intel’s first eight-core client processor. This platform offers massive 16-thread performance and quad-channel memory for content creation, gaming and multitasking. Combined with the new Intel® X99 Chipset, this is the first Intel desktop platform to support DDR4 memory. Additional six-core unlocked enthusiast desktop SKUs also announced. Read the full press release here. ...

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Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft is planning to release Windows 9 Technical Preview for Enterprise late next month. This report is in line with last week’s report from The Verge that Microsoft is planning to preview Windows 9 in a press event on September 30th. Last week, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration apart from revamped Modern UI experience. Neowin reported some more information regarding how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, •Charms bar will ...

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We already saw few reports that Microsoft is planning to release Windows RT without desktop experience. Today, another report from Myce.com claims the same that Microsoft will release Windows RT devices that only contain Metro user experience. If this happens to be true, then Microsoft may position Windows RT as a touch only OS targeted for tablets alone. The current desktop experience in Windows RT is confusing to average consumers. Even though it looks like any other Windows desktop, you can’t install any classic Windows apps other than Microsoft Office. Also, when this desktop-less Windows RT OS ships, the Office Gemini (touch based Office) will be available for the general public. What do you think of Microsoft’s decision to ship Windows RT without desktop experience? Source: Myce ...

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Microsoft official Windows blog recently highlighted several new themes in Windows personalization gallery. One of the most awesome theme in the list is ‘Panoramas of Europe theme.’ This theme contains 21 massive double-width images designed to span dual monitors on the new Windows, and it includes photos from across the expanse of Continental Europe – and from the UK and Iceland, too. This dramatic shot shows Kirkjufell Mountain on Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula. Whitewashed town walls glowing on the Greek seaside, Alpine peaks towering above an Austrian meadow, lush Tuscan vineyards bathed in the warm light of sunset: These natural and manmade landmarks are as beautifully unique as they are quintessentially European. Add these and other scenic wonders from across the continent—from Russia to Spain and Iceland to Italy—to your desktop with this free panoramic theme for the new Windows, designed to span dual monitors. Download the theme here. Find more ...

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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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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. We recently reported about a rumor 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 Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing of Modern UI apps. Today, Winsupersite reported that our understanding on this feature is wrong. The new Start Screen will actually replace Start Screen and it is not an option which users can disable. You will be able to maximize the Start menu so ...

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Skype today announced that they are going to retire the older versions(6.13 and below) of Skype for desktop soon. Same is the case for Skype for Mac (6.14 and below). Microsoft is planning to do it over the next few months as they are trying to improve Skype with latest features which are built upon recent Skype client. From now, they will be focusing their efforts on bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype. What are the benefits of the latest version? You’ll be able to enjoy lots of great improvements. Some highlights: Sending and receiving instant messages when your contacts are offline Viewing consistent and complete chat history across multiple devices Syncing read/unread status on all messages across devices What do I need to do if I’m using an older version? Don’t panic – whether you’re using Skype for Windows desktop or Skype for Mac, you ...

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At Build, Microsoft announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. The upcoming Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts as seen above. It was expected to be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in late 2014. But today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft has changed their plans and this new Start Menu will not be released to the public in Windows 8.1 Update 2 in 2014. Microsoft’s operating systems group has decided to hold off on delivering a Microsoft-developed Start Menu until Threshold, the next “major” release of Windows. Threshold, which may or may not ultimately be called Windows 9, is expected to be released in April 2015. I’m not clear whether the postponement is because the ...

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Popular push-to-talk service Voxer has now released a desktop app for Windows users. Voxer for Windows desktop allows you to get everything you love about Voxer Business on your PC – live and recorded voice, text and photos at your fingertips on a desktop. For example, you can listen and respond to multiple conversations on one screen, hear live audio as it comes in, click to talk back, monitor and dispatch employees at your organization and more. Features: Access multiple chats at the same time: Desktop users can have multiple chats open on one screen and listen and view messages simultaneously. Listen to live messages concurrently: Users can hear live messages as they are received, and with multiple chats open. These live messages can play at the same time, creating a walkie-talkie type feel but with multiple conversations. Download messages onto the desktop: With Voxer Windows Desktop, users can download ...

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Bing Desktop is a small program that brings together the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage images with quick and convenient ways to search from your desktop for over 10 million people worldwide. Microsoft Bing team has released an update for it that allows you to customize and share your favorite homepage images. To that end this week, we rolled out an update that makes it easier to customize and share your favorite homepage images. Now instead of having your wallpaper automatically synched to the Bing homepage-of-the-day, you have the option to set the categories you want to synch and the frequency with which they change. Also, if you see a homepage image that you love now, with a simple click you can share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Existing users will get the changes via Microsoft Update (if they have updates enabled), people who don’t yet have ...

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It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube: Few hours back we reported about the video from Microsoft Research on their Interactive Live Tiles project. There is another video of the same project in which Microsoft Research is making use of Interactive Live Tiles for improving multi-tasking with modern Windows apps. In the video above, they show a scenario where OneDrive app’s interactive Live Tile is placed on the left bar on the screen while the main content on the screen is the Mail app. You can still browse through your files on your OneDrive app without leaving the Mail app. This project features an Interactive-Tile UI system that enables users to access and manipulate Live Tiles in an interactive way with touch gestures. Interactive Tile’s UI is responsive and flexible to an app’s content and function. Users can provide quick input to the ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of v6.13 of Skype for Windows desktop. This updated version fixes the issue which caused high CPU usage when Skype for Windows desktop is running with Chrome as your default browser. Also Skype team has fixed few other bugs including enhanced stability during both group video call and in High DPI mode. Skype Desktop features the following, Calling: Stay in touch. Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Video: Seeing is believing. Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call. Messaging: At your fingertips. You’re always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts. Sharing: Share your world. Send photos, videos and files of any size. Get that secret recipe off grandma in seconds. Download Skype for Windows desktop 6.13 for free. Source: Skype ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop which consists of Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse. This is the evolution of Microsoft’s Natural line of ergonomic products. Both the keyboard and mouse are designed to be beautiful without sacrificing the ergonomic benefits. Keyboard: Unique design for comfort and functionality With its modern, ergonomic design, Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard sets the standard for support and comfort. It keeps your hands and arms in a relaxed position as you work, helping you feel refreshed after a day at your desk without soreness or injury. Protection for your joints Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is built on advanced ergonomic principles, with a split keyboard layout that keeps wrists and forearms in a relaxed position, and a cushioned palm rest that protects against inflammation and repetitive stress injuries. The domed keyboard shape works to reduce and correct excessive wrist pronation that can cause pain and ...

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Seeing massive success in the mobile space with its Galaxy smartphones Samsung will exit the traditional tower Desktop PC business.  The desktop business has been unprofitable for Samsung for many years now.  “Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down,” said a Samsung Electronics official. “We will allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices.” He said that research teams and technology development units are being boosted for tablets and all-in-one laptops. The government recently designated the desktop PC business as an “industry suitable for smaller firms” from 2015. “Tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung’s current focus. Samsung is speeding up its restructuring of its PC business via product realignment toward profitable variants,” said another Samsung official. Samsung will still continue to manufacture “all-in-one’ desktop pcs as well as tablets and laptops PCs.  Desktop PCs are now more of a niche market, traditionally for those who need serious performance ...

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