Microsoft today detailed the new features that are coming to Windows 8.1 Photos and Camera apps. Both these apps together allows you to go from capturing images to making edits to sharing within a matter of moments. There are two interesting new features. First is the dual capture feature which can find in modern smartphones, you can take a photo while a video is recording. Second, the new Photo Loop feature which allows you to capture a series of pictures one second before and one second after you press the shutter button, allowing you to always select the best picture from a series of rapid shots. Read the full list of features below. Easy Controls: With the built-in Camera app, you have easy-to-use controls to help you capture photos and videos. You can even quickly access the camera from the lock screen. Video and Photo – yes, at the same ...

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If you noticed it right, SkyDrive is now an integral part of Windows. With the upcoming Windows 8.1 release, SkyDrive is baked into the OS and it has become one of the best cloud storage service available right now. Adam Czeisler, Development Manager at SkyDrive team today discussed in detail about how Microsoft built the modern SkyDrive experience for Windows 8.1 devices. Microsoft combined the advantages of JSON API design pattern of building apps and proprietary sync protocol supporting ‘CRUD’ operations into a one single solution. In Windows 8 we tackled these problems by releasing both a SkyDrive modern app and a SkyDrive sync client. We had all the pros and all the cons of both engineering designs. In addition the app and the sync client couldn’t communicate with each other which led to some temporary inconsistencies that could be confusing to people who used both. When we started planning ...

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We wrote about Microsoft’s idea of creating Surface Blades for different purposes last month. During the second generation Surface launch event held last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Remix Project which showed how you could click in a specially designed Touch Cover that let you remix your favorite songs and share them with the world. Even though it is limited to music for now, it shows that productivity can go various other ways, not just click in keyboards. Microsoft realized that this concept has a great potential and they visited Art Center College of design to meet students for a three day workshop where students were asked to imagine different blades concepts. Microsoft refers the Cover you click in to Surface as blades. The Surface Remix Project has a music blade and there could be many other blades for various other purposes. Microsoft released a short video to show how ...

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Microsoft began taking pre-orders for the next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 last month. The devices were expected to be shipped on Oct 21st on the device launch day. However, if you order the device now, shipping date has been pushed to Oct 25th in the US. Only the $899 64GB Surface Pro 2 is now available with the original shipping date of Oct 21st. And Surface Pro 2 256GB and the 512GB models will be shipped only by December 15th. Also Type Cover 2 is now available only in Purple as others are out of stock. Microsoft also announced last week that it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the ...

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Microsoft Bing team today detailed the update they have worked with IE 11 team to speedup the search experience in Windows 8.1. Users spend most time on search tasks by doing some kind of research that requires multiple queries and visiting multiple pages. The new pre-render tag in IE11 has allowed the Bing to load the intended web links even before you click them therefore allowing you to access the site at speed when you actually click it. Today we are introducing an improvement available for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) that helps you accomplish your search tasks even faster. The next time you perform a search in Bing using IE11, you’ll notice that when you click on the top result, the associated page is almost instantly rendered. To achieve this, we leverage IE11’s pre-render tag to automatically download and render the top result page in the background – it does this ...

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A popular 3D benchmarking tool 3DMark is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. With this tool, we can now compare the fastest Windows RT, Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Description: Benchmark your device with 3DMark, the world’s most popular performance test. Use 3DMark to test the gaming performance of your Windows RT device, then see how it compares with other models. You can even compare your benchmark test scores with smartphones and tablets running Android, iOS or Windows. 3DMark is used by millions of people, hundreds of hardware review sites and many of the world’s leading technology companies. It’s the industry standard benchmark for graphics performance measurement, a professional level diagnostic tool now available to everyone for free! Use 3DMark Ice Storm for device-to-device comparisons of mainstream mobile devices. Ice Storm is an DirectX 11 feature level 9 benchmark test that uses fixed off-screen rendering ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype experience in Windows 8.1. Skype app will come pre-installed in all Windows 8.1 devices and it allows users to have free text, audio and video chat among users. Apart from the Skpye’s own capabilities, Skype team has made the app to take advantage of all the new Windows 8.1 platform features. Skype team worked closely with Windows engineering team to make sure Skype was seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1. For example, new to Windows 8.1, users can answer an incoming Skype call from their lock screen, launch apps side-by-side with Skype and scale to the size of your device. Being part of Microsoft has opened up doors and increased collaboration and innovation across products. With Windows, we had a unique seat at the table to help inform the product from the ground up. One such example is the ability for users to answer Skype ...

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In August, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 has hit the RTM milestone. After RTM, while OEMs were preparing the OS for the device, Microsoft was busy fixing some bugs that were found later and also made some changes to IE11. According to reports, Microsoft has named the update as ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’. The update is supposed to be 200 MB for the x64 version and 100 MB for the x86 devices. Neowin claims the following improvements in the  ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’ update. The update is said to consist almost entirely of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, with one notable exception. After downloading and installing the GA Rollup A update, the article states that Internet Explorer 11 gains an app bar preview, which is a tiny black bar at the bottom of the browser that also feature three little dots, rather like on Windows Phone. It is also similar to the app ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft quietly announced that Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android platforms coming later this month for Windows Server 2012 R2. This is a big news for many enterprise users. iTap is a mobile remote desktop app for iOS devices which was utilizing Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to give you complete control over and fast access to your Windows PC from anywhere. iTap mobile RDP was the only RDP client to support TS Gateway. Compared to other iPhone clients iTap mobile RDP was said to be more than twice as fast as the next best competitor. It seems Microsoft is aware of the app and has acquired some IP assets from the company to build its own Remote Desktop apps which is coming next month. Microsoft provided the following statement on this to Neowin, Microsoft acquired specific IP assets from HLW Software Development GmbH (HLW). This ...

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Synaptics, who provides touchpads and touchscreen technology to all leading OEMs has announced today that they have acquired Validity Sensors, Inc., a leading provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs. Read the full press release below. Synaptics Enters Fast Growing Fingerprint ID Market with Acquisition of Validity Reinforces Market Leadership in Human Interface Technology with Industry-Leading Fingerprint Sensor Technology | Provides Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Revenue Results | Will Host Conference Call Today at 2:30pm Pacific Time (5:30pm Eastern Time) SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 9, 2013 Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leader in human interface solutions, today announced it has signed a Definitive Agreement to acquire Validity Sensors, Inc., a leading provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs. With the acquisition of Validity, Synaptics expects to gain access to the fast growing biometrics market, significantly expanding its market ...

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Microsoft is offering an attractive deal for the OEMs to promote Windows Store and the apps listed in it. If OEMs want to promote Windows Store and its apps in a really good way, they need to have touchscreens on the PCs which I think is Microsoft’s  goal for this program. If the OEM becomes a Windows Store partner, it will be able to receive 5% of net receipts earned through sales of Windows Store apps purchased from the Windows Store on OEM Activation (OA) 3.0-enabled, Genuine Windows 8.1 PCs that they sell. Similar to how app developers can see their total app downloads and other metrics, OEMs can keep track of total app downloads through their PCs, etc,. Microsoft is also suggesting few other ways for OEMs to make money out of Windows Store. The revenue share for the developer of a Windows Store app that sells through the Store starts at 70%. ...

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Microsoft today announced that its retail stores will host midnight launch events for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in 10 cities across the country. And one winner and a guest in each city will attend ultimate concert experience with Pitbull performing at Microsoft’s retail store opening in Orlando at Mall at Millenia. Here is the press release. REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 9, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the Surface Challenge, offering contestants in each market a chance to go head-to-head in a series of fun, interactive and sometimes physical games for a chance to be whisked away to Orlando, Fla., the next morning for the ...

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Fujitsu today doubled its Touch portfolio of LIFEBOOK Notebooks and Tablet PCs targeted towards businesses. Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U904 Ultrabook comes with 3200×1800 IGZO touch display while LIFEBOOK S904 Ultrabook comes with clear-cut 13.3-inch 2560×1440  touch display. Fujitsu also announced couple of 2-in-1s and tablets. All these devices will come with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. Read full press release after the break. Fujitsu today launches an entire portfolio of business-class notebook and tablet PCs. With more than 20 years heritage in innovating tablet PCs that are built for the enterprise but designed for the user, Fujitsu has created a full range of ‘All New in Touch’ devices that empower people to achieve their full potential – at work or at play on their selected device – while instinctively feeling secure and in control. Fujitsu is committed to delivering a range of future-proof features that people need to achieve their differing tasks, while meeting the ...

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Microsoft yesterday posted another blog post in the “Right from the Start” blog series highlighting the apps and services of Windows 8.1. This blog post covered Internet Explorer 11 web browser and its features. Read the full list of features below. IE11 is perfect for touch on your Windows 8.1 tablet IE11 makes many improvements to the way you interact with the sites you visit every day. If you are like me you use your PC at work, at home and on the road. A ton of what I do is online from checking out articles, to banking, reading and keeping up with news and social sites. For me that means I need a browser that can be my full time browser on my touch device. IE11 is built to be the best browser no matter the task: As many tabs as you want: Up to 100 tabs per window ...

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The modern mail app that was shipped as part of Windows 8 was not up to the mark. It was experiencing performance issues until Microsoft delivered an update 6 months later. Even after all the updates, the mail app remained as one of the weak points. Microsoft was aware of it and they delivered an much improved Outlook Mail app for Windows 8.1 devices. All Windows 8.1 devices will have this mail app pre-installed and it is the best email experience on any tablet. In a world of mobile devices like tablets, there’s an increasingly narrow distinction between your “work computer” and your “personal computer.” More and more people are bringing their personal tablets to work, and their work laptops home. Windows 8.1 is designed for this world, equally suited for your work life and your personal life. The Mail app is no exception—it’s designed to be great for your ...

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Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1. You can now pre-order Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version for $119.99 and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro – Full Version for $199.99 from Amazon. There are no upgrade option available for Windows 8.1, so you need to pay the full price of the OS. There is a neat trick by which you can save up to $120 for Windows 8.1 Pro if you already own Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Thanks to Windowsobserver for the trick, here is what you do: Go to Amazon and order the Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $78.89. This version allows you to install the upgrade from Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista and Windows 7. Once your Windows 8 Pro upgrade is installed then you will be able to download the Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade at no cost beginning on 17 October 2013 since the upgrade is free for current Windows 8 users. Since ...

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