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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A new report from Telegraph claimed that 3 top investors in Microsoft is now pressurizing Bill Gates to step down from his position as chairman of Microsoft. They feel that Microsoft is now spending more time in his philanthropic foundation and less time on Microsoft as a chainman. Also it is not that easy to replace Bill as the chairman as he still owns about 4.5 percent of the $277 billion company and is its largest individual shareholder. Again, these investors can only suggest the board to make a change. But there is no indication that Microsoft’s board will accept the wishes of the three investors, who collectively hold more than 5 percent of the company’s stock. The three investors are concerned that Gates’ role as chairman effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they ...

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Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1 from its Microsoftstore.com. Windows 8.1 costs $119.99 for a full version, which means you need not have a previous versions of Windows to install this OS. If you’re running Windows 8, visit the Windows Store for a free update to Windows 8.1 starting on October 17. If you’re running Windows 7, your files will easily transfer. If you’re running Windows Vista or earlier, qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 by purchasing Windows 8 now. Source: Microsoft ...

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Acer released the first 8-inch Windows 8 device Iconia W3 few months back and device is now selling for just under $300. Even though the device provides great value for the money, it got poor reviews due to two main things. First, the poor LCD display. Second, the last generation Atom processor. Acer has listened to both of these complaints and an updated product named Iconia W4 is coming next month. The Iconia W4 will have same design as W3, but will come with 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 processor and a much improved “wide view angle” display. Similar to current model, it will come with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. As it is coming next month, we can expect it to run Windows 8.1 out of the box. Are you looking forward to is? via: Engadget ...

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Microsoft today released a new video ad for the upcoming release of Windows 8. Even though the ad does not explicitly mentions Windows 8.1, it clearly shows the improvements made as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The video highlights the ability to snap apps side-by-side, different Live Tile size support, the return of the Start button, and the ability to have this same experience across tablets, laptops and PCs. Windows 8 customers can update to Windows 8.1 for free in the Windows Store, starting October 18th, 2013. With the return of the Start button, new ways to personalize your Start screen, and more ways to do more things at once, the new Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life. http://msft.it/NewWindows What do you think of this ad? ...

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Lenovo is working on a truly incredible Ultrabook that may become the thinnest Ultrabook to date. This Lenovo 9 Slim will come in a standard Ultrabook design and it will measure just 9.74mm(.38-inches) thick. Even some tablets and smartphones nowadays are thicker when compared to this one. It has a Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic exterior and interior is made of magnesium alloy casing. It is expected to weigh under 1kg. Being a thinner device doesn’t mean it has inferior specs, it will sport a 13-inch display with a resolution of 3200 × 1800 and it is a 10-point multi-touch as well. There is no information on when this device will be released to the public. I hope it comes sooner! ! via: Mobile Geeks, Yesky ...

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While Microsoft has already released Windows 8.1 RTM to MSDN, TechNet subscribers and few others, consumers will be able to download it only next month(October 22nd). If you are wondering what Microsoft will do with Windows 8.1  RTM code till general availability, here is a part of the answer. Microsoft is planning to release updates for Bing Search, Sports, Finance, Travel, Food and Drink apps on Oct 22nd. Microsoft is also planning to update the stock camera app which will have a new feature called ‘Photo Loop’. With this Photo Loop feature, when you open the Camera app on Windows 8.1 with a compatible device it will start to automatically begin taking pictures in the background. After you snap your photo, you can use a radial menu to rewind a photo to capture the exact moment you needed. Yes, this is similar to Nokia Smartcam app and Blackberry’s Rewind feature. The Verge reported the following new features ...

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Dell today announced the refreshed Inspiron lineup with the new 7000 series. This new series of laptops are constructed out of forged aluminum with diamond-cut beveled edges and comes in 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models. All these features 10 point multi touch screens covered by Gorilla glass.The Inspiron 7000 Series laptops start at $699 for  the Inspiron 15; and $849 for the Inspiron 14 or Inspiron 17 and are  available beginning September 26 Read more about it below. Inspiron 7000 Series: The thinnest, strongest, and best Inspiron  experience ever The Inspiron 7000 Series laptops provide powerful performance in thin,  upscale designs. Featuring diamond-cut beveled edges, the 7000 Series’   forged aluminum design turns heads and feels reassuringly strong. All  Inspiron 7000 Series laptops come with a 10-finger, capacitive touch  display with edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for durability. The  Inspiron 14 and 15 can both be outfitted with optional Full HD, vibrant  ...

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For those of you with MSDN subscriptions, here are the pertinent links to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Pro Volume License, and European “N” editions: Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQLk Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQMH Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQN3 Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQPY Windows 8.1 Pro N VL (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQRQ Windows 8.1 Pro N VL (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQSJ Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQTM Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQTk Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQWT Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQZh Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x64) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQfl Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQhY Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQjK Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x64) ...

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Enterprise customers now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM.  There will probably be no deployments as of now, but at least they can start testing the OS for their environment. This is especially important as Windows XP hits end-of-life in seven months. Beginning today, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM. This also includes access for Volume License (VL) customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement, as you receive a TechNet subscription as part of SA. Preparing Your Organization to Migrate to Windows 8.1 Enterprise As we mentioned when we originally announced RTM back in late August, we talked about how we are moving forward with a rapid release cycle for Windows. If you have not started, begin your Windows 8.1 planning today. We encourage you to evaluate Windows 8.1 RTM bits to get a jump start on your deployment planning, using it ...

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Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you. Feature name Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition User experience Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x Four tile sizes (new) x x x x Microsoft account login x x x x Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x                 Open up to four ...

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Microsoft today revealed information about the pricing and packaging for Windows 8.1. Existing consumers with Windows 8 devices today can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free via an easy download from the Windows Store. If you do not own a Windows 8 device, then you will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at your local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 ERP (U.S.) and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99 ERP (U.S.). The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what we have today for Windows 8. Also this Windows 8.1 SKU is a full version of Windows, not similar to Windows 8 upgrade which was available last year. And it does not require a previous version of Windows in order to be installed. There ...

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At IDF, Asus announced a mainstream Windows 8.1 detachable touchscreen laptop T100 that will go on sale this holiday season for $349. ASUS Transformer Book T100 has a detachable 10.1-inch HD IPS display with an Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor. The lightweight keyboard dock features well-engineered keyboard and a multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8.1 gesture support and USB 3.0. Asus claims it can last up to 11 hours on battery power. Read more about it below. San Francisco, US (September 11, 2013) – ASUS today showcased two new Transformer Book ultraportables at an ASUS product launch event during Intel® Developer Forum (IDF) 2013. The event was hosted by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and featured special guest Tom Kilroy, Intel Vice President. Transformer Book T100, and Transformer Book Trio are the latest models in a wide range of mobile and desktop computers from ASUS that will transform your expectations ...

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At IDF, Intel detailed the upcoming Bay Trail processors that will marketed as Atom Z3000 processors. These Atom processors will come in dual and quad-core variants. The quad-core Z3770 will offer up to 3x CPU and up to 2x GPU performance with the clock speeds up to 2.4GHz . Intel claims 10 hours of active use of battery life and screen resolutions support up to 2,560 x 1,600. Read full press release after the break. INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2013 –Intel Corporation today launched its latest family of low-power systems-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed “Bay Trail,” that will fuel a wave of highly powerful and energy efficient tablets, 2 in 1s and other mobile devices to market for consumers and business users in the fourth quarter of this year from leading OEMs including AAVA*, Acer*, ASUS*, Dell*, Lenovo* and Toshiba*. The “Bay Trail” family of processors is based on Intel’s low-power, ...

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At Intel Developer Forum, Dell announced that it is working on a new Windows 8.1 device which will have 8-inch display. The device will run on Intel’s new Atom Z3000 BayTrail chip. Another interesting news is that, Dell is bringing back the “Venue” brand with this tablet. Dell first came up with this Venue brand with their Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone device which failed to make mark in the market. via: Anandtech ...

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  As Microsoft released Windows 8.1 RTM for MSDN and TechNet subscribers yesterday, they also released some important related document to help developers and IT Pros. One of the document was a release notes which lists important issues in Windows 8.1. As you can read below, Adobe Flash Player implementation in Internet Explorer 11 Metro mode is not so perfect. Here are those issues, Internet Explorer 11: Input Method Editor (IME) input does not accept non-Latin characters with Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer. Only Latin characters can be inserted with an IME. To avoid this, use Internet Explorer for desktop. If you visit a website that contains Adobe Flash Player-based content, no PlayTo endpoints are listed in the Devices charm. There is no workaround at this time. When you pause Adobe Flash Player-based content in Internet Explorer and switch to Internet Explorer for desktop, the content might not be visible ...

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