This Windows 8.1 Update 1 build is now available for download from various illegal sites and the leaked build with build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237 revealed many new features that we reported in the past week. Winbeta did a quick video walk through showing main changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Check it out above. New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1: Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it. You can keep taskbar visible while using modern apps Control Panel item in metro PC Settings 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show on less than 8″ tablets to prevent accidental shutdown Search button on ...

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  Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. It was previously launched in the US with 1080p touchscreen display while rest of the world enjoyed the WQHD display. Now, Acer has made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499. Specs: 13.3″ WQHD IPS  widescreen LED-backlit display: (2560  x 1440) resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio Multi-touch screen, supporting 10 finger touch 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.6GHz Windows 8.1 Intel® HD Graphics 4400 with 128MB of dedicated system memory 8GB DDR3L-RS Memory 128GB SSD drive In RAID 0 configuration Digital Media ...

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Microsoft recently got their patent for one of the most unique thing on Windows 8, its Start Screen. Yes, Live Tiles arranged on a background is now patented by Microsoft. In 2011, Microsoft got their patent on Windows Phone Start Screen UI. You can read about it here. You can find the two patents related to Windows Phone Start Screen UI here and here. Recently, Samsung announced a new Magazine UX for its tablets. It is basically a tweaked version of Windows 8 Start experience. Yes, you got large Live Tiles for different apps which you can arrange on your home screen similar to what Windows 8.1 provides to users now. I guess, patents like this might stop companies like Samsung from copying their designs. Source:USPTO via: Winbeta ...

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More screenshots of Windows 8.1 got leaked today and as previously rumored, there seems to be an option to enable minimize and close button for Metro apps. As you can see in the image below, there is a black bar on top of PC Settings page which has Close, Minimize and other Windows options buttons. Another bad news for Metro UI lovers is that Microsoft is now booting straight to desktop instead of Start screen in an effort to please keyboard and mouse users. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft added an option to select boot to desktop as an option, but with the upcoming update, Microsoft is planning to make it by default. What do you think of these changes? Source: WZOR ...

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Yesterday we posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows Store app is pinned to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. As you can see in the below screenshot, PC Settings page content is displayed in the taskbar preview. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 update 1 later this year in the coming months. May be, we will have a preview of that at BUILD conference in April. Source: Win8China ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. This user guide package includes a range of guides and video tutorials that will help enterprise users take full advantage of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – raw files for printing Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business Windows 8.1 how-to video tutorials - A series of short videos (~4 minutes each) designed to educate business end-users on basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. Each video consists of real-world business scenarios, a full-screen demo with touch, mouse and keyboard guided by a voiceover providing additional information. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for your users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption. You can download the Windows 8.1 business user guide package from the Windows Enterprise site |Resources |Training. Microsoft also noted that this ...

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Microsoft today launched a new marketing campaign called Rethink  that will showcase how Internet Explorer is helping to create a web that is fast, beautiful, and perfect for touch. In the past two years, Microsoft has partnered with no.of companies and even build no.of project by themselves to promote IE and to showcase the power of the modern web. They are now trying to bring it all together. Rethink is about where the Web has come from and where it can go with a modern browser like Internet Explorer. We’ve taken a different approach than others by helping create experiences that work well not only with Internet Explorer but across any modern browser and device. People expect their browser to be fast and so do we. But that’s not enough, we’ve also built the best touch-first browser for your tablet. And we’ve made real progress over the past two years ...

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  Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet PC that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT.   Specs:   Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black   It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now.   Check out the deal here.   ...

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Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 power user guide for business. This guide is more focused on a enterprise user and you can learn about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as updated File Explorer, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast support, and SkyDrive Pro. With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new Task Manager and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and fluid access to the world. And best of all, you can do it all feeling confident that your important data is secure. With the advanced features of Windows 8.1, you can get the most out of your device. Download it for free from Microsoft. ...

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Dell today announced Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro Windows tablets in India. Both these tablets runs on full Windows 8.1 powered by Intel processors. Dell Venue 8 Pro: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC/64GB eMMC 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera Color: Black Dell Venue 11 Pro: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 10.8 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1920 x 1080) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC/64GB eMMC Color: Black The Venue 8 Pro will be available starting next month at Rs 26,499 and the pricing of Venue 11 Pro has not yet been announced. Both these devices ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8 back in 2012, followed by major update Windows 8.1 in 2013. Microsoft has even ended the sales of Windows 7 as a standalone OS to general consumers. Most of the PCs from all the OEMs now comes with Windows 8/Windows 8.1 pre-installed. HP has recently started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs.With a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand”, HP is trying to sell a 5 year old OS to its customers. Even though other OEMs are also selling Windows 7 PCs, they are not promoting the way HP does. What do you think of HP’s marketing strategy? Will more people buy HP PCs because of Windows 7? Source: HP via: Neowin ...

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Sharp has announced a new 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet called RW-16G1. It is powered by Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The main highlight of the machine is the 3200X1800 QHD+ IGZO display. As you expect, it is also a touchscreen with stylus support. Its a 2.7-pound, 0.5-inch thick tablet and it offers a battery life of upto 9 hours. It also includes a Mini DisplayPort, 3 USB 3.0 ports and a SD card slot. On the networking side, it has IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 support and NFC too. The device will go on sale in March with unknown price tag. Sharp is clearly targeting professionals and developers with this unit. Source: Sharp ...

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Microsoft today announced their partnership with GW Micro to provide people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely functional and free license of GW Micro’s Window-Eyes screen reader. If you own a licensed version of Office 2010 or later, Microsoft gives you the ability to download Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs, free of charge. At Microsoft we are committed to provide everyone access to our technology. A fundamental consideration during product design, development and testing of Office is the level of accessibility of our applications. The Office team works closely with a variety of groups to improve the accessibility of our software including standards bodies, regulators, advocacy groups and an ecosystem of assistive technology (AT) vendors including the Narrator team in Microsoft. Our goal of this work is to provide our customers with solutions that give them choice, meets a variety of accessibility needs and is ...

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  We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. Some screenshots of the build got leaked recently, you can take a loot at them here. Today, Winsupersite reported few more new information regarding Windows ‘Threshold’. Read the summary below. Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released. Microsoft thinks moving away from Windows 8 brand might help them market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Windows 9 is expected to release in April 2015. Windows 9 will have three other milestone releases like beta, RC before hitting RTM. Microsoft is planning to provide some sort of vision statement regarding the future of Windows and may provide a glimpse of Windows Threshold at BUILD ...

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Great news for Windows Phone and Windows developers around San Francisco Bay Area of California. Microsoft has partnered with Facebook to host a hackathon down in Menlo Park at the Facebook offices. There will be number of Microsoft engineers along with Facebook’s engineers to demonstrate easily you can deeply integrate Facebook platform across both the Windows and Windows Phone apps. Microsoft is even promising 1:1 assistance along with some great speakers. Join Facebook and Microsoft engineers for an overnight hackathon on January 17th. Learn how to integrate Facebook login and Facebook platform APIs into your Windows and Windows Phone apps. Why you should attend: Learn how to build apps for Windows and Windows Phone Learn how to integrate Facebook Login and Sharing into your Windows and Windows Phone apps Come ready to hack with Microsoft and Facebook engineers! There will be food, drinks, and prizes Who should attend: This is a technical event and ...

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At CES this week, HP has announced its successor to its Z1 All-in-One workstation called Z1 G2. include a 27-inch diagonal touchscreen display, up to 32GB of  RAM, up to 4GB of  Nvidia graphics, Intel Xenon processor and more. You can choose between SSD and HDD for your storage needs as well. The whole selling point of the PC is that it is designed to me  module in nature. You can upgrade parts easily whenever you want. Experience the simplicity of all-in-one design with the HP Z1 Workstation. Easily add a hard drive, a Thunderbolt™ 2 module, upgrade memory, or access the graphics card by snapping it open. Enjoy the control of easily swapping out parts on your own. And enhance your work with 10 finger multi-touch, HD Webcam, DTS Studio Sound, and whisper-quiet acoustics. Unleash your creativity on a workstation that’s worthy of it. Full Specs: Form Factor All-in-one Available ...

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