IE10 is pretty fast, as was seen in the recent Sunspider results in Windows Phone 8. Now another independent analysis has found that the browser is not just fast in tests, but also in real life. New Relic found IE9 and IE10 had the “fastest browser response time on Windows, with IE10 showing a notable increase over IE9” while monitoring web loading times on thousands of websites. The video above also shows IE10 outperforming Chrome in RoboHornet ‘s micro-benchmark suite in the context of a real-world scenario. The day of IE being considered slow and insecure is now well and truly over. No wonder Google Chrome has been losing market share for 2 months in a row. IE10 ships with Windows 8, and is due to hit Windows 7 in November. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft does a lot of bragging about the Surface being able to support printers via the USB port. Robert decided to put this claim to the ultimate test, and decided to print something from his old printer, which happens to be an Okidata dot-matrix printer with a parallel port. Of course the Surface does not in fact come with a Parallel port, but one standard Belkin USB to Parallel cable later, and that problem was neatly sorted. While most people retired their dot matrix printers a decade ago, the demo does go to show that the Surface, despite running Windows RT, is a real computer, which still works exactly as expected. Thanks Bob for the tip. ...

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Blackwaterops posted the above user review of the Lenovo Yoga 13 Ideapad Windows 8 hybrid. The well specified device comes with either a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and either 4 or 8 GB RAM and either 128 GB or 256 GB SSD. The reviewer above seems really like the device.  At its low price, do our readers think this is a better alternative than the Asus Taichi? Let us know below. ...

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Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Microsoft has announced that, when "Halo 4" officially launches Tuesday, more than 10,000 stores in more than 40 countries will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. The company said it will aim to make the "Halo 4" launch the biggest entertainment premier of the year — rivalling that of not only any other game but of any Hollywood movie. In addition to the 10,000 stores opening at midnight,  Microsoft will have big launch events in cities such as Seattle, Paris, Berlin and Hong Kong. In London, the launch will be celebrated with an unrevealed Halo-themed stunt on the Thames. (Update: the stunts seems to have been flying the “Halo 4” Glyph symbol, one of the largest and brightest man-made structures to ever fly over over the city, over London Bridge) The Halo franchise has sold more than 46 ...

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Xbox Live is pretty well known for their misogynistic teens but it seems this is a reputation Microsoft is less than proud of and intends to actively combat. According to GameStop UK Microsoft is implementing a zero-tolerance policy against users who make sexist or derogatory comments on Xbox Live. "It can be dangerous to give adolescents a broadcast mechanism," said Kiki Wolfkill, the executive producer of Halo 4. "There are always going to be jerks out there, and if you give them a way to express that side of their personality without being seen, you’re going to see this type of behaviour manifest itself." Offenders  face a lifetime ban on the gaming network if they cross the line. Do our readers think this punitive approach is right, with what is after all paying customers or should there be a bigger focus on education? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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There is an increasing impetus to get work done on tablets, and that usually means a keyboard. The best keyboard/case combination for the iPad is the ZagFolio Keyboard Case, which certainly does the job, but weighs 1.2 pounds and adds nearly an inch of thickness (0.8 inches) to the product. Comparing this to the 3mm (0.1 inch) thickness of the very effective Surface Touch Cover, and the built-in stand in the very durable Surface,  and one can clearly see which product has been designed for work from the start and which one has been shoe-horned into the role. No wonder businesses are increasingly planning to move from the iPad to Microsoft Surface products. Via Product-reviews.net ...

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There are apparently some reviewers who are complaining that the Microsoft Surface is underpowered, and unable to display 1080P video or play graphic-intensive games without lag. Ludwig Hildmann took offense to this, and has posted the above video demonstrating that at least his Surface has no issue with either of these. How have our Surface-using reader’s experience been with the same issues? Let us know below. ...

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Slashgear reviewed the Microsoft Surface against the Apple iPad 3 running iOS 6. While the devices Surface tablet had much to be commended for vs the iPad, the issue of the app ecosystem continued to raise its head, hopefully an issue which will rapidly be addressed by the 100,000 apps Microsoft promised by the end of the year. Slashgear’s full review of the device can be seen here. ...

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Microsoft is in the process of surprising analysts by showing good performance in the stock market over the last few weeks, with its share price rising 3% over the last few days alone. This contrasts with Apple, who’s share price hit a 6 month low recently and recently closed below $600 for the first time since August. While the analysts are still strong believers in the “Post-PC” future they do not think this is necessarily a barrier to the future existence of the company. “I think Microsoft is diversified enough,” Drakon Capital’s Guy Adami said. “You’re not going to get buried on the downside.” “I think the most encouraging aspect of what’s happened in the market over the last week is the fact that we lost the leaders — Google Apple and Amazon — but in their place we’ve seen Intel , Microsoft. We saw the industrials very strong today, ...

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MobileTechReview have posted their detailed review of the Microsoft Surface RT, which includes this 33 minute video review of this Microsoft WindowsRT tablet. They conclude: Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet isn’t just an attention-getting beast because it’s the company’s first computing product. It’s rich and immersive tablet thanks to attractive video and music players, excellent news, weather, stocks and sports apps and it offers some of the strengths of a full Windows machine. And that’s the plus as well as the caveat: you get the same UI, Windows desktop and largely the same MS Office suite as you do on Windows 8 Pro machines, but you can’t run .exe applications meant for Windows 7 computers. Is that a deal breaker? At launch it might be for some shoppers who are understandably captivated by the several hundred thousands of apps available for iOS and Android. But don’t fool yourself: This is Microsoft ...

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Forza Horizon is one of the first Smartglass-enabled Xbox 360 apps to hit the market is is now available for use on your Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8 PC or Android handset. The app adds an interactive map of Colorado that interfaces with the game. Players can pinch and zoom in SmartGlass to explore the map, and tap to set waypoints that will then be automatically routed in the game. You can also use the map to find special items, like the upgrade discount signs and race events. You can filter by content type on the map to find events easily, and play the full game without pausing to look at your map. Other Smartglass-enhanced apps set to hit the market include Halo Waypoint, Kinect Sesame Street TV, and video apps like ESPN, NBA Game Time, UFC, the Elections 2012 app, HBO Go, MSN, NBC News, NOW TV, Slacker ...

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TechNews Australia had a hands-on with the Asus Taichi Dual-screened hybrid Windows 8 tablet at a Asus launch event in Australia. They report the desirable tablet/laptop hybrid will arrive in Mid-November in Australia and will cost $1599 for the Core i5 version and $1899 for the Core i7 version. While some fans have been disappointed to hear the inner screen is not touch-enabled, the more I use Windows 8 on my current laptop the less of an issue this appears to be to be. Do any of our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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There is a lot of of concern that Windows users will be intimidated by the new UI features in Windows 8 and chose not to upgrade. With current ads, like the one above, concentrating on lifestyle, analysts Forrester’s Frank Gillett think that strategy could backfire when consumers are confronted by a more complex interface than they ads depict. "They’re going to have to do much more to explain it," he said. So far, Microsoft’s "marketing seems to be in denial that they’re moving everyone’s cheese in a dramatic way. Why can’t they say something like "Be patient with us, we’re taking you to a better place’ ? It should have more of that tone." "I find Microsoft executives remarkably dismissive about this," he continued. When asked during Microsoft’s earnings call Oct. 18 if there is confusion about the "adjustment that users will have to make," Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein ...

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As regular readers will know my favourite device Windows 8 device is the Asus Taichi, the Dual-screened Windows 8 laptop. The above ad does a good job of positioning the Windows 8 tablet as a premium product and “elegant tool” which one would be “proud to use”, and it is certainly more of a status symbol than just another boring iPad which 200 million people own already. Of course at $1300 and $1600 the price tag also tells its own story. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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