Microsoft’s market share of Operating Systems in the personal computing space is fast declining due to Android and iOS devices. Microsoft is aware of this scenario and they have formulated a plan to execute this holiday season to reverse the trend. Paul from Winsupersite has posted a long list of action items from Microsoft’s plan. First, Microsoft has plans to sell about 16 million Windows tablets to make touch Windows devices mainstream. Microsoft will spend about $405 million this year for direct marketing, offers, incentives, etc,. Microsoft will focus on new Windows 8.1 features running on new tablets and devices that are coming this holiday season. Microsoft is aware of the fact that consumers are confused with several OS versions in the market such as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows 7, etc,. Low end Android tablets are winning customers since they are confused because of fragmented strategies with PC makers, the ...

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Windows 8.1 Enterprise now includes a new feature called Start screen control. This is for IT admins to would like to control the Start screen layout for group of users and preventing them from making changed to the layout. For example, IT admin can decide to always have Office apps tiles on the start screen. How to do this? So you arrange the layout like so: Once arranged, you can export this layout into an XML file using a simple PowerShell command: PS C:\> Export-StartLayout –As XML –Path \\contoso-mgmt\Layouts$\ManagedUser.xml Next, you can specify a path to this layout file using Active Directory Group Policy. From the Group Policy Management Editor, navigate to “User Configuration \ Policies \ Administrator Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar” where you can find the “Start Screen Layout” policy setting: Enable this setting and specify the path to the layout file that you exported using PowerShell. (Make sure to ...

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Microsoft announced its company wide reorganization to transform into a devices and services company few months back. Since then, there are lots of changes happening within the company. Mary Jo Foley today reported three such changes today, 1) Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. 2) The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Mary Jo Foley also reported that Windows Mail and Calendar apps might get replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. 3) Perceptive Pixel software team is now part of the unified operating system group under Terry Myerson. Microsoft also has some Perceptive Pixel software updates planned in April 2014. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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After the release of Windows 8.1, there were reports that Windows 8.1 adding watermark to the desktop wallpaper about Secureboot even though it was configured correctly. Microsoft has released an update that removes the following watermark from the desktop wallpaper in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly. Build 9600 Download the fix from the links below. Operating system Update All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Download the package now. via: Winbeta ...

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Surface Ethernet Adapter allows you to connect your Surface to a wired network using the Ethernet Adapter. Plug the Ethernet Adapter into your USB port to get online, share files, and print. This adapter was previously not working with Surface RT device, now according to Microsoft Support page, Ethernet Adapter will work with your Surface RT with Windows 8.1 update. To use the Surface Ethernet Adapter with Surface RT you’ll need to update to Windows RT 8.1 and check Windows Update. Ethernet Adapter Compatibility: Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8.1. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today posted a new video showing the technology behind Touch Cover 2. Microsoft Distinguished scientist Stevie Bathiche from the Surface team shows off the enhancements to Touch Cover 2. The Touch Cover just got better this time. You now have illuminated keys and the Touch Cover 2 is thinner and lighter. Also the pressure-sensitive nature has been hugely improved as well. Lightweight, razor-thin keyboard and cover Innovative, 2.5 mm thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard responds to the touch of your fingertips. Twice as fast as onscreen typing. Smart enough to know when you are deliberately pressing a key, or just resting your hands. Doubles as a protective cover. Backlighting The keyboard is illuminated in low light, making it easy for you to use after the family (or the stranger sitting next to you in seat 37A) goes to sleep. Spill-resistant Smooth material repels moisture and dirt. To clean, simply wipe with ...

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If I tell people that Internet Explorer 11 is the fastest web browser available right now on Windows, most of the people won’t even believe it. But, its the truth. IE11 is 9% faster than IE10 and nearly 30% faster than the nearest competitive browser. To make the whole web experience is faster, Microsoft is helping web developers/owners to make their website faster. They have announced a new challenge where if you show them how you got 11% better page load performance in your organization’s home web page, you may get some cool goodies. Read more about it below. Now that we’ve improved IE’s performance, we’re challenging YOU to improve the performance of YOUR site! If you can get 11% better page load performance from your site, we’ll send you and your team some 11 goodness: · 11 pizzas to feed your team · 11 copies of Parallels Desktop Virtualization · 11 ...

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During its FY14 Q1 results announced yesterday, Microsoft reported a significant decline in the revenue from its Devices & Consumer Licensing segment. This segment includes Windows OEM licensing, Office for consumers licensing and Windows Phone licensing.  D&C Licensing revenue decreased $335 million or 7%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows OEM and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Windows Phone revenue increased $102 million, mainly due to increase in patent licensing revenue. Revenue impacted by device market trends Windows OEM revenue Windows OEM Pro revenue, up 6%; second consecutive quarter of growth Windows OEM non-Pro revenue, down 22%; several points better than expected Excluding the impact of China, non-Pro revenue declined 17% Office Consumer revenue Revenue declined although attach increased in the quarter Impact of the shift to Office 365 Home Premium was generally in line with expectations This is expected. Microsoft just ...

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When Microsoft announced the 2nd generation Surface device Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, they said that the original Surface RT will remain on sale as a lower end model. However, they confirmed that there will be only one Pro model going forward which is Surface Pro 2. So, the original Surface Pro has got its end of life. In an effort to clearing out its inventories which have older models of Surface Pro, Microsoft today announced a new price cut for the original Surface Pro. Surface Pro 64 GB  – $699 Surface Pro 128GB – $799 Surface Pro 256GB – $999 You can order it here from Microsoft Store. You can get new Surface Pro 2 here and Surface 2 here from Microsoft Store. ...

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Windows 8.1 includes new advertising capabilities that will help developers monetize their apps. Specifically,  Windows 8.1 includes a unique identifier that can be used to improve the quality and relevance of advertisements displayed within Windows Store apps while providing other services such as analytics and app-discovery. The advertising ID was also created with privacy in mind and consumers can control when it is on or off. Today Microsoft has made available the software development kits (SDKs) that leverage the advertising ID from: Microsoft Advertising, with an updated version of Ad SDK (version # 8.1.30909) available in Visual Studio 2013 GA. MediaBrix, for their Breakthrough Moments™ (BTMs) cross-platform technology, which reaches game players at natural, critical points in gameplay where people are most receptive to brand messages. LeadBolt for their mobile app discovery, advertising, and monetization platform, using AppFireworks for actionable analytics and a cross promotion platform. These SDKs will better ...

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Windows RT 8.1 update is now back in Windows Store. Microsoft released Windows RT 8.1 update for Surface users last week and later pulled it from Windows Store as few users experienced issues while updating. Microsoft was aware of the issue and it was working on a fix for past couple of days. Microsoft provided the following statement on this issue, “This was due to a rare situation where firmware updates had not completed at the time of the update to RT 8.1. In most cases, if a customer encountered this issue the result was simply an extra reboot. However, for a very small percentage, the boot configuration data was affected which prevented a successful boot. We worked to quickly resolve the issue and now encourage customers to update their Surface RT devices. Surface Pro and 8.1 customers were not impacted by this issue.     “As previously announced, there is ...

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Usually, whenever a new OS or OS update release happens, Microsoft will allow users to download it from the installer or download it as ISO to install them whenever we want using DVD/USB media. When Windows 8.1 was released this week, Microsoft made it available through Windows Store. However, there are ways to download Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft. Neowin posted the below steps which you can follow to download the ISO and install it from USB stick. Head over to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only Scroll down and click Install Windows 8 (This will trigger the installer assistant). Enter your Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Upgrade product key, confirm that you will be downloading the bits for the version you paid for. As soon as it starts downloading, close the installer assistant from the (X) in the top-right corner. Go back to the Microsoft Windows upgrade page, click Install Windows 8.1, and download the newer installer assistant. Run the ...

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We previously reported on the IE team bringing the classic Windows 95 game “Hover” back to life as a web version.  The revival of the game has proven to be quite popular and Microsoft has now made the game available as a Windows 8.1 app.  The game will not run on Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1 only.  The game does not yet feature the multiplayer features available in the web version, although Microsoft is considering adding this in the future. Download Hover : Microsoft Store ...

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Derrick Connell, CVP at Bing today demoed the new Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1 in a new video. He has given a walk-through of how to search all of your documents, pictures, the web and more right from the Windows Start screen with Bing Smart Search. Watch the video demo above. Here’s the features of  Bing Smart Search: Search Just Got Faster and Easier:From the Start screen, just start typing and Smart Search will begin showing you results. When in desktop mode, press the Windows key (or the dedicated search button that will begin to appear on some devices) and start typing to begin a search, or swipe to engage the charm from the right screen edge. It’s the fastest way to search on any device. A New Way to Experience Search: An intelligent summary of results pulled from the most relevant information across the web and related apps, all organized ...

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Microsoft has released a new video ad to promote Windows 8.1. This new ad mainly focuses on the different kind of PC form factors running Windows 8.1 that is available on market.It shows devices like Surface which has detachable keyboards, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, hybrids, 8-inch tablets, etc,. It also shows Windows 8.1 platform features such as Live Tiles, Snap view modes, support for 3D printing, etc,. Watch the ad above.   ...

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Along with the release of Windows 8.1 update to all Windows 8 customers, Microsoft has also released Windows 8.1 Enterprise ealuation edition for download. The Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation is available in 32 and 64-bit ISO versions. You can register, then download and install full-featured software for a 90-day trial. Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. A clean installation is required. Windows 8.1 brings following benefits to the enterprise. Best business tablets and PCs – Enhanced user experience (improved multi-tasking, multi-monitor support, and mouse and keyboard navigation), boot to desktop, new Search experience, support for latest hardware innovation (processors, InstantGo, displays, smaller tablets, NFC, biometrics) Windows apps for business – Develop, deploy, and manage new mobile ...

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