Microsoft introduced the concept of multitasking in modern touch based world with Windows 8. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft made multi-tasking even better by allowing users to put more apps on screen (up to 4 on a large screen). It was rumored recently that Apple is planning to similar feature in the iOS for iPad in the near future. Samsung too copied this feature and implemented this feature on Android in its Galaxy Tablets. Now, Samsung has released an ad purely based on this multi-tasking feature of allowing users to snap two apps side-by-side. Find out what he is doing with his Samsung Galaxy Tab S. A High court judge votes for his favorite contestant in Planet Popstar, a singing competition show, with his Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It just might be the highest profile case of his career. Get the tablet designed for play with its multitasking capability. Samsung GALAXY Tab S. Watch ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update few months back. Windows 8.1 Update included lots of improvements for keyboard and mouse users. It also enabled new low-end hardware to be built by OEMs on top of Windows. With the recent reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on the second update for Windows 8.1. So far, we referred it as ‘Windows 8.1 Update 2′. Today, Windows IT Pro reported few information on this update based on their sources. Here is the summary of them, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be just called August update. It will not be released separately, instead it will be released as part of the August Patch Tuesday update. It will be a standalone patch. So, you need to have Update 1 installed to install this August update. It will not be a mandatory update like Update 1. Users will continue to receive other updates even when they ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of July show growing OS market share for Windows 7 while Windows 8/8.1 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 51.22% marketshare, up from 50.55 percent in June. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.48% down from 12.54% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 24.821% down from 25.31% last month. Mac OSX currently holds a 6.64% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 3.05%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. via: TNW ...

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Nokia today updated the HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 app with new features and the app is now available globally. Check out the list of new features in this release apart from under the hood improvements. Manual Positioning: You can now manually set your location under settings menu. You can switch between Automatic and Manual positioning modes. Nokia has redesigned the City pages to bring more relevant and more exploration to the foreground. You can explore cities in the new City page and see detailed weather forecast. You can now change your route plans by selecting/de-selecting modes of transport to avoid Ferries, etc,. You can also add waypoints to your route. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of the Kinect for Windows v2 public preview and also released SDK for it. Since the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview will run only on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 64-bit systems, Mac OS users won’t be able to develop Kinect based apps. However, Microsoft offers two different approaches for Mac OS users to use Kinect for Windows development. Install Windows to the Mac’s hard drive, or Install Windows to an external USB 3.0 drive. Due to the requirements for full USB 3.0 bandwidth and GPU Shader Model 5 (DirectX 11), virtualization products such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, or Oracle VirtualBox are not supported. The first option can be done through Apple’s Bootcamp option which is available on all Mac devices. The second one is done through the new Windows To Go feature in Windows 8.1. Read the detailed step by step instructions ...

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At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar System on a Chip (SoC) platforms. This will cost $299, along with the hardware, it also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. SharksCove.org is the site dedicated to the Sharks Cove board, where you’ll find specs and links to other content and MSDN forums. Pre-order the Sharks Cove direct link (via Mouser Electronics). Read more about it here. ...

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 builds got leaked on the web few weeks back. Those builds revealed that Windows 8.1 Update 2 does not include any new features for the consumers, instead it includes platform improvements that will improve the under the hood experience. As per the recent document leak, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 in August on Patch Tuesday (8/12). Apart from Windows 8.1 Update 2, Microsoft is already testing Windows 9/Threshold builds which is expected to include major changes to the Modern UI framework, and some amazing new features for the enterprise. Source: @Angelwzr   ...

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Microsoft Research today spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. The live demo of the dog breed detector integrated Project Adam’s technology into Cortana. Apacible pointed a phone at the Dalmatian – named Cowboy – and asked it, “Cortana, what ...

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Emoji fonts became so popular after it was included in Apple’s iOS few year back. Apple implemented it using a proprietary, unpublished extension of the TrueType/OpenType specification to add PNG images to a font. These PNG images are then displayed within running text. Google also implemented similar thing, but it is not compatible with Apple’s solution. I recently came to know via Ralf Herrmann from OpenType.info about the interesting approach Microsoft has taken to implement Emojis in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Earlier, Microsoft supported unicode emoji characters with its Segoe UI with no colors. But with the latest OS, Microsoft is also supporting colored emojis. Instead of using PNGs like Apple and Google, Microsoft is using layered vector glyphs. Ralf explains how it works, By default, the new Segoe UI Emoji font behaves like a regular TrueType/OpenType font. It has Unicode-encoded, uncolored “base glyphs”. But there are two additional tables in the font: ...

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Eric Ligman, senior sales manager at Microsoft has posted a blog post containing the list of free e-books from Microsoft. There are over 150 free e-books on various Microsoft products like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more. Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think ...

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When Microsoft released Windows 8.1 last year, consumers were asked to update through Windows Store for the first time. Windows users usually use the built-in Windows update to receive any major updates or bug fixes, Windows RT to Windows RT 8.1 update was not allowed to be done the same way. Because of that, many users didn’t update their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. To fix this, Microsoft has released an update that enables Windows RT to update to Windows RT 8.1. If you have enabled Automatic Updates on a computer that is running Windows RT and that has update 2871389 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2871389)  installed, this update can automatically start the update process to Windows RT 8.1. This update is available from Windows Update (http://update.microsoft.com) It is better for Microsoft to keep everyone updated to the latest OS release. Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft is enabling this option to deliver more frequent ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of June show growing OS market for Windows 7 and Windows XP while Windows 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 50% marketshare (50.55 percent in June), up from 50.06 percent in May. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.54% down from 12.64% last month. Windows XP saw a slight increase to 25.31% down from 25.27% last month. Mac OSX 10.9 currently holds a 3.95% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 2.95%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. Source: ...

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Just few hours back, we reported about Microsoft’s upcoming plans for Windows 9/Threshold. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. 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. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet confirmed the above details from her own sources and also revealed that the combined Phone/Tablet SKU of Threshold won’t have a classic desktop environment at all and obviously it will work on ARM-based Lumia phones, ARM-based and Intel Atom based Windows tablets. Another major information which was buried in her post is regarding the Windows Threshold availability. She reported ...

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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. Today, Neowin reported the same as per information from their sources. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. 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 ...

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Microsoft made an announcement on Sunday at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta that Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has chosen Microsoft’s technology for their students to help transform the student learning experience in the classroom. This is not the decision they took in few months, they have chosen Microsoft after a two-year pilot at schools around the district. After carefully evaluating its device options, Pasadena ISD decided to go with Microsoft because of the inking capabilities in Windows 8.1, combined with the power of OneNote, gave students and teachers the most engaging experience possible. As part of this program, Pasadena ISD will give students and teachers 12,900 Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablets with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365 with OneNote. “There is a massive transition to digital happening across the country and around the world in education, and schools looking to prepare their students for ...

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While there were some rumors [WinBeta] that Windows 8.1 Update 2 would be distributed through the Windows Store with a potential 3 GB file size, it appears this will not be case. While Windows 8.1 was distributed through the Windows Store, Windows 8.1 Update 1 was distributed through Windows Update. Microsoft appears to prefer distribution through Windows Update since some business/enterprise customers have disabled the Windows Store for their users. Since Update 2 is being distributed through Windows Update it will be free, also as expected. It also appears that the final name will be “Update 2″ and not Windows 8.2. It is rumored that Microsoft will offer a significant discount to those upgrading from Windows 8.1 Update 2 to Windows 9. Those upgrading from any version prior to Update 2 will pay more. Update 2 is expected to contain optimizations to make Windows 8 work better on small tablets, such as ...

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