Last year we reported that Microsoft is joining fido alliance to enable stronger and simpler authentication system for consumers. Dustin Ingalls, group program manager for Windows security and identity team spoke with Computerweekly on the problem of ineffective authentication that relies on usernames and passwords. Microsoft has joined other industry leaders to define standards for the next gen authentication system. “From a business objective standpoint, all the players are well aligned and agree that passwords have been problematic for a number of years and are well past their time,” The only way to solve this problem is to get all the major players at the same table and the Fido alliance has the potential of making that happen,” He highlighted the fact that usability is critical from the start according to the Fido Alliance principles, and Microsoft is looking to work with the alliance to achieve this objective along with all the ...

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Last week we reported about a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that got leaked which seemed to be a new SKU from Microsoft. This Windows 8.1 build: 9600.17024.winblue_gdr_s14sku_partner.140214-1700 was named Windows 8.1 with Bing. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has started integrating Bing directly into the OS which might raise anti-trust issues in EU. We guess it then that this new SKU might be targeted towards EU where Microsoft might be selling Windows 8.1 with Bing instead of just Windows 8.1 branding. Today, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that this Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU might be the way Microsoft will offer OS for free to OEMs. This new SKU, from what my contacts are saying, is key to Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization. I hear this SKU has only minor differences from the current Windows 8.1 SKUs, but that it may be a kind of placeholder for the future when consumer operating ...

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Lenovo today announced a new convertible laptop called Pavilion x360. HP’s Pavilion x360 design is similar to popular Lenovo Yoga series. You have a 360-degree hinge allowing it to be used in four modes which includes Tent mode, Stand mode, laptop mode and Tablet mode. What’s so different from Yoga then? Price. Pavilion x360 Convertible Laptop will be available starting last week of February with a price tag beginning from $400. It will come with Pentium-series Intel Bay Trail processor, a 500GB hard drive, Beats Audio and a 1,366 x 768 IPS display. It will also come with three USB ports and a full-sized HDMI socket. One bad news is that this laptop will only have two-cell battery, so you can’t enjoy your device for more than 4 hours. ...

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After taking over his new job of overseeing both Windows and Windows Phone user experience, Joe Belfiore today met the press at MWC during Microsoft’s press event. He said that Microsoft is committed to making Windows the best place for our partners to build great devices. Windows now supports different screen sizes, input methods, connectivity needs, and usage scenarios, but Microsoft wants it to run beautifully on hardware made by partners around the world. With Windows 8, there’s no doubt that we made a big bet and took a first step toward that future. We bet on touch and on mobility in a big way, and included a fresh take on what a touch-based interface could be for customers. We believe deeply in this direction and the future will continue to build on Windows 8. We shipped Windows 8.1 in under a year in response to customer and partner feedback, and we’ll ...

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At MWC event in Spain, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1 update that is coming in Spring. This upcoming update is mainly focused on keyboard and mouse users. Main Features: - Improvements to non-touch experience - More hardware options (including at low end) - Improvements for government and education markets via IE8 compatibility mode in IE11. Improvements to non-touch experience includes discoverable search, power and settings on Start. New Mouse UI for right-click(Start) and close (apps). Also easy app launching and switching via task bar. More hardware options is enabled by lowering hardware requirements. It includes 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage as opposed to 2GB RAM and 32GB storage that exists now. Joe Belfiore said, “we love touch, but we do want to make things better for people who don’t have touchscreens.”   ...

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In the past few weeks, we saw no.of Windows 8.1 Update 1 builds leaked on the web. Today, a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build got leaked which seems to be a new SKU from Microsoft. This Windows 8.1 build: 9600.17024.winblue_gdr_s14sku_partner.140214-1700 is named Windows 8.1 with Bing. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has started integrating Bing directly into the OS which might raise anti-trust issues in EU. My guess is that this new SKU is targeted towards EU where Microsoft might be selling Windows 8.1 with Bing instead of just Windows 8.1 branding. Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed this new offering, we will have to wait and see to know more about it. Download: WINDOWS.8.1.UPDATE.2014.WITH.BING.X86.PRE-RELEASE.CORECONNECTED.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:729EFA00CBBE13F8D907CD448BC05492CDB74BC1 WINDOWS.8.1.UPDATE.2014.WITH.BING.X64.PRE-RELEASE.CORECONNECTED.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:DC3154BDF69ACD9649C0D518D51479CB02926E17 Source: WZor via: Neowin ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 OS license to OEMs by 70% for low-cost PCs and tablets. This new discount program is one of the main effort Microsoft is taking to rival the adoption of Google’s Chromebooks and Android devices. Windows 8.1 license generally costs $50 for OEMs, but Microsoft pays them marketing incentives every year which would bring the effective Windows 8.1 license cost around $30-$40. According to this new report, OEMs will be charged $15 to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250. This new pricing scheme will apply only for the products that meet the price limit, with no restrictions on the size or type of device. Microsoft, which named Satya Nadella as CEO earlier this month, is seeking to speed up development and introduction of new devices. It won’t require products that use the cheaper licensing to complete logo certification, ...

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Just few hours of after the announcement from Nokia that HERE Maps will be released for all Windows 8 devices, Bing team has announced that they have added 15 new 3D cities to Bing Maps preview app in Windows Store.  We’ve been flying, driving and processing since then and have just added 15 more 3D cities to the list we launched with. With the help of world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive data pipeline crunching petabytes of imagery, we are delivering a more natural way to experience our planet.  Touch it, tilt it, tap it or turn it to immerse yourself and experience maps in new ways. Taking advantage of our advanced geometry engine, street labels and markers dynamically adapt to your vantage point.  So as you traverse the landscape the map adapts to how your eye sees the 3D space. ...

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AMD today announced the new Turbo Dock technology that automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and move it to lower power consumption mode in tablet mode. This technology is expected to power Windows tablets and Hybrid PCs in the coming months. Read the press release below for more details. SUNNYVALE, Calif. —2/20/2013  AMD (NYSE: AMD), creator of the performance tablet category, today announced a new innovation for hybrid PCs that delivers uncompromised mobile PC experiences when in tablet mode or when connected to its base keyboard. Hybrid PCs are a new market segment between full notebooks and pure tablets that AMD plans to demonstrate, along with stand-alone performance tablets, at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain next week. AMD Turbo Dock technology1 automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and ...

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  Dell XPS 12 is one of the best touch Ultrabook out there and Microsoft Store is now selling them under a great deal. When you buy a Dell XPS 12 device, you will get a free Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB tablet for free. Dell Venue 8 Pro is one of the best 8-inch tablet and an 8-inch model costs around $250. So, you basically get Dell XPS 12 for $850, I think it is a great deal. Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i5 – $1099 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i7 – $1699 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-4500U 8GB memory/256GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Find the deal from Microsoft Store. Microsoft was also offering some other deals last week that worth checking, some of ...

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With the Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is updating Internet Explorer 11 with a new feature called Enterprise mode. The new Enterprise mode feature will allow users to run internal apps and websites in a special mode that will maintain the compatibility. This IE11 with Enterprise mode for Windows 7 got leaked on Internet today and you can download it now. Mary Jo Foley explained this feature as below, Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it’s referred to internally, is supposedly going to be a new feature of IE11. According to my sources, EMIE will allow businesses to specify which sites should be loaded in IE8 compatibility mode and which don’t need it. Users who need IE8 to view certain intranet sites and internal apps would still be able to move to IE11 on Windows 7 (or Windows 8.x) thanks to the new compatibility mode functionality. But they still would be able to make ...

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Speaking at Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference today, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller revealed that Microsoft has sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses since its launch in October 2012. Previously, Microsoft announced the sales numbers of Windows 8 in May 2013 when 100 million milestone was reached. It took about 8 more months to double the numbers. About 240 million licenses of Windows 7 were sold in its first 12 months, compared to 200 million licenses of Windows 8 in 15+ months. The decline in sales rate is due to various factors. First, PC market in general is in decline. Second, Windows 7 came after not so well received product called Windows Vista. Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April to the consumers and Tami told the following in the conference, “more rapid cadence” on which the Windows team has ...

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At CES, Sony announced another convertible in the Vaio Flip series. Vaio flip series is now available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The new Vaio Flip 11 is a 11-inch convertible which will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. It will come with 1080p display as a standard and you can choose between CPUs starting from Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU to Intel Core i7 CPU. The Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU model is now on sale for $799 in the US. Highlights:  Intel® Pentium® N3520 (2.16GHz) Windows 8.1 64-bit 11.6″ Full HD IPS touch display (1920 x 1080) 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Intel® HD Graphics HDMI® out, USB 3.0, NFC Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 12 In The Box Internal Lithium Polymer ...

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Lenovo’s Miix 2 10-inch tablet is now available for as low as $429 from Lenovo. Lenovo Miix 2 is powered by Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10.1″ FHD IPS LED Backlit Multi-touch (1920×1080) display and comes with Detachable AccuType Keyboard-dock. It runs on Windows 8.1 and comes pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 as well. The 64GB model costs $499 and 128GB model costs $599 from Lenovo.com, however there is a way you can get them for even less. Slickdeals revealed that placing your order through Lenovo’s B&N link will allow you to buy these devices $70 less, you can get 64GB model for just $429. Microsoft Store is also running a great deal on Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook. Dell XPS 12 with 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD and over 8 hours battery life now costs just $1299. Find the listing here ...

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New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting revealed every other day. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Today, McAkins revealed that pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. Check out the screenshot below. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,. Source: McAkins ...

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Lots of information regarding Windows 8.1 Update 1 started leaking on the web in the last few weeks. Wzor today posted new screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1 build 6.3.9600.16608.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140130- 2030. The new build still boots to desktop directly instead of Start screen in the case of PCs with no touch screens. I think Microsoft is trying to please mouse and keyboard desktop users with this move. Also, this build includes the Internet Explorer Enterprise mode which will allow organizations to run IE in older versions mode to have better compatibility with internal apps. Also, Neowin reported that the new title bar on the metro apps which includes close, minimize, maximize buttons might be transparent instead of black as in the previously leaked builds. Source: Wzor ...

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