Sources close to cnBeta have confirmed that the Windows 8.1 RTM version number  6.3.9600. Typically the final build number, from Vista on up, has been evenly divisible by 16 and is artificially bumped up to ensure this happens. You may recall that the Windows 8.0 RTM build number was 9200.  Windows 95′s build number was 950, Windows 98′s build number was 1998, Windows 98 SE was 2222, and Windows XP was 2600 (reference to hacker magazine), Windows Vista 6000 and Windows 7 was 7600. Screenshots of build 9484, recently released to OEMs, have recently leaked and build 9477 leaked to the web a few days back.  Microsoft-news can confirm Microsoft is now working on the RTM branch of Windows 8.1, no new features are being added, only critical bugs are being fixed, especially those that are high priority for OEMs.  As previously reported Windows 8.1 will be released around October 18th. Source: Cnbeta.com ...

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A new partner build of Windows 8.1 got leaked today on internet. This build 9477 is of  X64 and zh-CN version. There is no significant change spotted from the previously leaked builds. From October 18th in New Zealand, Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers with Windows 8 or Windows RT devices through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. The leaked build is available from the usual p2p sites. via: Neowin ...

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We have seen lots of reports on Nokia Windows tablet in the past few months. We got some info on it from one our tipster. Nokia is working on a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support Will also come in Cyan matte color Device manufactured by Compal The device is rumored to be revealed by Nokia in September and will also be launched in US with AT&T support. Are you looking forward to it?   ...

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A report by Neowin claims Microsoft will RTM Windows 8.1 shortly after August 23rd.  MSDN, TechNet Suscribers, and developers will not get early access to the build, only large OEMs.  Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 to the Windows Store on October 17th and retail box copies will be available starting October 18th.  Windows Server 2012 R2 will also launch the 18th of October. The recently leaked Windows 8.1 build (9471) was an RTM branch build.  It appears Microsoft is making good on its promise to release a new version of Windows every year.  Now if Windows can do a yearly release, why can’t Windows Phone do one even faster…that may be a discussion for another time. Source: Neowin ...

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After couple of reports, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will be available for download for consumers starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond).  It will be rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. Windows 8.1 included lots of improvements and new features over Windows 8. Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more).   ...

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Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 got leaked on the web few days back and this new build has got several improvements over the past builds that got leaked. We previously listed some of them here. Some of them are updated People hub with some new UI, updated Xbox Video app, apps now has hint to show users about availability of Apps bar, etc,. There are some more improvements spotted in the build. When you install Windows 8.1 RTM version from the Windows 8.1 preview, you will lose all the Metro/modern apps and desktop applications. Mail app has the ability to pin folders Calendar app has got new UI with “What’s next,” screen. Photos app now allows you to import photos from other devices. Skype app comes per-installed which replaces the old messaging app. Source: Winsupersite ...

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Microsoft is set to deliver the final bits of Windows 8.1 to OEMs this month (August). According to various sources, Microsoft is on the schedule to deliver the RTM. What matters most is the time frame in which consumers will be able to enjoy Windows 8.1 on their devices. According to the report from ZDNet, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 for consumers only in October. Microsoft is going to hold off on making available the final Windows 8.1 bits until mid-October 2013 or so. That will be both the general availability date, as well as the “launch” date when new hardware running those bits will be available. Also, usually Microsoft delivers final versions to MSDN or TechNet subscribers shortly after they release RTMs, but this time Microsoft is planning to hold off Windows 8.1 until October. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Yesterday, Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 got leaked on the web. As expected, this new build has got several improvements over the past builds we saw. Motion accents/animated start screen backgrounds now available. Updated mail app with drag and drop support and more. Updated People hub with some new UI. Updated Xbox Video app Apps now has hint to show users about availability of Apps bar. New Helps+Tips app Assigned Access feature is back. SkyDrive storage location can be changed on your PC.     ...

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Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 has leaked.  We’ll have more information on the build shortly.  In the meantime, grab the bits! Update: This new Windows 8.1 build has a bunch of new tutorials that will help you navigate around Windows 8.1 OS. These videos are found inside the Help + Tips app. Windows 8.1 includes lots of improvements over Windows 8 and it expected to RTM in coming weeks. Microsoft expects Windows 8.1 based devices to hit the market for the upcoming holiday season in US. Download: Mega.co.nz (3.6 GB) Password: winclub.pl Source: MS-7 via Neowin Image Credit: @sm4llzie ...

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Lenovo has started selling its Miix 10 Windows 8 tablet on its website for $599. It is a full Windows 8 tablet with HD (1366×768) Display with IPS Technology and battery which will run upto 10 hours. It has 64GB storage as well. Key Specs: Processor:Intel Atom Processor Z2760 (1.80GHz 1MB) Operating system:Windows 8 32 Graphics:Intel HD Graphics Memory:2.0GB  LPDDR2 800 MHz Display:10.1″ HD LED Multitouch 1366×768 Hard Drive:64GB eMMC flash Battery:2 Cell Li-Polymer Network Card:11.b/g/n Wifi Wireless Bluetooth:Bluetooth Version 4.0 Warranty:One year Camera:1.0 HD Camera It also features Lenovo Motion Control. Use the webcam as an input device — effortlessly flip pages, rewind/forward music, change volume, and gesture other simple commands with the flick of a hand. Source: Lenovo ...

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At  Blackhat 2013 conference, Microsoft discussed about improved security capabilities in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 now features the ability to enable devices to be fully locked down by IT, remote security options for BYOD devices and more. Group Program Manager for Windows Security & Identity summarized the whole thing as below. #1 Trustworthy Hardware Trusted hardware is a key investment area for Microsoft in Windows 8.1. Often in a BYOD scenario, if an employee buys a new computer, it can be hit-or-miss as to whether the device will have all the tools baked in that an IT department needs to make sure any data on that device is secure. With Windows 8.1 we take away the guesswork. The Trusted Platform Module: TPM is a hardware security device or chip that provides a number of crypto functions, including securely storing keys and performing cryptographic measurements. It’s a great tool for the enterprise, ...

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Microsoft cutie Pamela Woon (aka Miss Chinatown 2001) goes to Makerhaus and its 10,000-square-feet of fabrication prototyping – a membership workshop that features 3D printing for things such as jewelry, toys and virtually anything you can design with 3D software. While 3D printing isn’t mainstream – yet – it’s only a matter of time before it is, with the potential to crank out increasingly complex creations as easily as printing a Word document. In fact, customers can buy a 3D printer at Microsoft retail stores this fall and at Staples for $1,299. With the Windows 8.1 update, the vision of desktop manufacturing started to seem real. We found out Windows 8.1 will have built-in support for 3D printing. And a new project from Microsoft Research pioneers techniques to embed unique information (such as serial numbers) inside 3D printed objects readable by a terahertz scanner as a cost-effective alternative to adding ...

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Microsoft today released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview for its enterprise customers. The new preview adds features around mobility, security, management and virtualization that satisfies the needs of today’s enterprise. Here are the features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition: Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security. Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company. DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely ...

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Microsoft Fresh Paint team announced a new preview of Fresh Paint app for Windows 8.1 devices. The new preview brings in support for watercolor medium. It is powered by an incredibly complex physics engine that mimics the behavior of real paint. Apart from the water color medium, they are also adding new brushes, new artistic photo filters and an updated UI. Read about in in detail below, For the new watercolor medium we tested hundreds of combinations of brush, paper and pigment levels with real watercolors on different papers, and mixed with different mediums. We then spent hours adjusting our algorithms to create a realistic digital painting experience. Our technology actually models how much water and pigment is deposited, and how watercolor will bleed into the paper. This bleed effect is fun to watch and true to life. But watercolor isn’t the only improvement to the Fresh Paint experience. In this ...

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Microsoft continues to support Windows 8.1 users and has released three new updates to resolve some minor issues.  I wish we would get a new build, but unfortunately we will all just have to wait until RTM in late August. To check for updates hit win key + w, type in  “update,” click on windows update, hit check for updates. Information on updates: Update for Windows 8.1 Preview that enables service metadata packages to work correctly An update is available for Windows 8.1 Preview. This updates resolves an issue that could cause the service metadata packages of some network operators not to function. For example, the tethering feature does not work as expected. Update that improves the stability of SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 Preview An update is available for Windows 8.1 Preview that improves the stability of the SkyDrive service. You cannot view a webpage that contains a timer in Internet Explorer ...

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Microsoft detailed the features of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1. IE11 delivers a browsing experience that feels fast, fluid and perfect for touch with many tabs, richer suggestions, organized favorites and side-by-side experiences for comparing sites and using sites with Windows Store apps together. They now support up to 100 open tabs and tabs that haven’t been used recently won’t use your system resources or drain your battery. The tabs are synced across Windows 8.1 devices, favorites are synced as well. Read all the new features from the link below. Source: IE blog   ...

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