Sony announced plans in February to sell its VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners. The new company will be called Vaio Corporation and it was launched today with new product announcements. Vaio Corporation will initially sell Vaio devices only in Japan. Today, they announced Vaio Pro 11 and Vaio Fit Windows laptops at an event in Japan. CEO Takayuki Sekitori said that his new company will maintain the VAIO DNA and attention to detail in the upcoming products. Visit for VAIO website more details on their products. Source: Engadget ...

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Last week, a Chinese OEM called Vido has announced three new Windows tablets based on Intel processors. The three tablets named W10 Pro, Vido W11 Pro and Vido W11C come in various colors. Vido W10 Pro:  It will be powered by Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also includes full HD display, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, 8000 mAh. The device is priced at 2699 CNY(420 USD) and comes along with a keyboard case. Vido W11 Pro: It has same specs as W10 Pro, but CPU is Intel Bay trail-T Z3740D quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Huawei UltraStick 3G support and GPS is added. Vido W11C: It comes with 10.1-inch full HD IPS AUO screen, Intel’s 64-bit quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM and 64GB of storage. It will have 2MP front and rear cameras, GPS, TF card slot, gyroscope, light sensor, Huawei UltraStick 3G suport and a built-in 8400mAh battery. ...

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On Wednesday, June 4th, Nick Parker, corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, delivered a keynote at Computex, Asia’s largest tech event. His keynote covered Microsoft’s view of computing, how they are delivering on this today, a view into the future, the business opportunities the Windows platform creates for partners and unveil the latest Windows and Windows Phone devices. The new Windows devices revealed are Toshina 7-inch Windows tablet, HP Pro x612 targeting enterprise, Windows Phone devices from Prestigio and more. Nick was joined on stage by Tony Prophet, Corporate Vice President of Windows Marketing, Nick Hedderman, Group Manager in the Windows Product Management team, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia & Distinguished Scientist of Microsoft. ...

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At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet. This will be one of the first 7-inch Windows device that will come to market. The tablet is being co-developed by Microsoft and Toshiba and in close collaboration with Intel, Goodix and AMI. It will be available in the coming months at a value-driven price point. Microsoft also highlighted that the pricing will be very competitive with any other 7” class device. My prediction is that it will be around $150. Microsoft also talked about how recent Windows enhancements including $0 Windows for devices smaller than 9 inches, relaxed certification requirements, are enabling new class of devices in various markets. ...

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This is a bad news for PC market as a whole because the sales continues to decline in India, which is one of the largest developing economies. According to the International Data Corporation. the overall India PC shipments for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2% over Q1 2013. The overall Commercial PC segment recorded a total shipments of 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1% sequentially over Q4 2013.  Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices at IDC India comments, “The overall Commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the Banking and Government verticals. Vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiments and believe it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014.” On the other  hand, the  overall Consumer PC shipments stood at 1.01 ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including OEM revenue for the quarter. Windows OEM revenue is up 4%. Windows OEM Pro revenue is up 19% driven by businesses moving off Windows XP. However, the non-Pro OEM revenue was down 15%, and 9% excluding China. Windows volume licensing was up 11% with business customers. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft has finalized Windows 8.1 Update and already sharing the update images with OEMs to install in the new PCs. Microsoft itself has leaked the update via its own servers quite a few times now. Read about how to download it yourself here. In a leaked document about Windows 8.1 update Microsoft sent to OEMs, we have come to know about a new information. Microsoft is now encouraging OEMs to pre-install OneNote app. Microsoft will also pin OneNote app in the Start screen. If OEMs is not installing OneNote app, then there will be blank space in the Start screen due to the absence of the OneNote tile. Recently, Microsoft announced series of big announcements related to OneNote, read about them below. Download Now: Microsoft Releases OneNote 2013 App For Free To Windows Users Microsoft Releases Free OneNote App For Mac OS X Microsoft Announces OneNote Clipper, Easiest Way To Save ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 OS license to OEMs by 70% for low-cost PCs and tablets. This new discount program is one of the main effort Microsoft is taking to rival the adoption of Google’s Chromebooks and Android devices. Windows 8.1 license generally costs $50 for OEMs, but Microsoft pays them marketing incentives every year which would bring the effective Windows 8.1 license cost around $30-$40. According to this new report, OEMs will be charged $15 to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250. This new pricing scheme will apply only for the products that meet the price limit, with no restrictions on the size or type of device. Microsoft, which named Satya Nadella as CEO earlier this month, is seeking to speed up development and introduction of new devices. It won’t require products that use the cheaper licensing to complete logo certification, ...

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Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is planning on cutting the price of WinRT for small-sized (8 inch) tablets.  Microsoft originally restricted which OEMs would be allowed to produce WinRT tablets, but now Microsoft is looking to expand the number of OEMs producing WinRT tablets.  With more flexibility and cheaper WinRT software the OEMs will have a greater ability to compete against Android tablets and the iPad mini. It remains to be seen if the OEMs want to create a compelling WinRT tablet and will put the marketing muscle behind it to sell.  The SurfaceRT remains the most successful WinRT tablet, and an 8 inch version is expected to be unveiled later this month.  With Intel’s introduction of Haswell and a refreshed Atom processor, the problem of battery life is diminishing.  However, WinRT tablets will be cheaper and may be a compelling buy for consumers who do not need legacy software.   ...

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In an interview with The Verge, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tang talked about the so called “post-PC era.”  “It’s been a long time since anyone’s been passionate about a PC. HP’s doing a horrible job with it. Dell’s doing a horrible job with it. They just don’t want to do anything with the PC anymore. Look, HP tried to get rid of their PC division and Dell said ‘we’re not a PC company anymore, we’re now an enterprise company.’”; He also talked about why Razer has been successful “It makes absolutely no business sense. It’s a thin margin business. But for us, we’re building products that we want ourselves. And the fact that when we launch a product, for a company as small as ours, and we get so much attention as we did for the Blade two years ago — and we’re still getting attention — it’s not a matter ...

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In a shareholder meeting the new Windows CFO Tami Reller maintained the party line that OEMs are not supporting Windows 8 enough. When asked about the relatively low amounts of new Windows 8 PCs in retail with touch screens Reller said: So, I would describe it this way, which is if you go into retail today, you will see some great touch devices, whether it’s touch laptops, or whether it’s a tablet or two with Windows 8 or Windows RT. It’s not enough in our opinion. I mean, we think the pipeline is great, and we’re excited to see that pipeline come into retail. And they are coming. And so our OEMs are doing great work, and we’ll see that come in over the next several months. Some you’ll see in December, some it will take longer. But I think it’s good, but not great in terms of the full ...

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