In the rare case you’re still running the Windows 8.1 Preview it expires in less than a month.  Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade so need to wait.  Here’s what to do: If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here, or by clicking here to initiate the process. Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this. If you installed a volume license version of Windows 8.1 Preview for evaluation purposes, we would recommend that you install a fresh version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise for ongoing use. If you have to upgrade an existing machine, you can do so using volume license media. This can be done by manually running SETUP.EXE from the media, or ...

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Acer, Dell and Lenovo has already got 8-inch Windows tablets in the market. As per the recent reports, Asus is going to join the list with its upcoming ASUS VivoTab Note 8 M80TA. The main differentiation among its competitors will be the Wacom-Digitizer & Stylus support. Dell Venue 8 Pro already supports stylus, but it is powered by Synaptics digitizer with a battery-powered stylus. Other standard 8-inch Windows device specs applies here too. 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z3740 “Bay Trail” Quadcore-SoC 2GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB models Windows 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student MicroSD, MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. 3950mAh, 15Wh battery 1280×800 Pixel, 10 finger multi-touch IPS panel. 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95 mm. 380 g The device will be available for $299 in the coming weeks. Source: Mobile Geeks via: The Verge ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft board is considering Qualcomm’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf among candidates to replace CEO Steve Ballmer. This is the first report revealing that Mollenkopf is on the list of several choices which are under serious consideration by Microsoft’s board. Mollenkopf at Qualcomm is responsible for the popular mobile processors which powers leading smartphones including Nokia Lumia 1520, Galaxy S4, etc,. Also Bloomberg once again confirmed that other people in the list also includes Microsoft executive Satya Nadella and external candidates including Ford CEO Alan Mulally. READ: Steve Mollenkopf Will NOT Become CEO of Microsoft; Made President and CEO of Qualcomm Steve’s profile from Qualcomm, Since 2008, Mollenkopf led QCT and served as executive vice president and group president of Qualcomm, driving growth and providing critical technical and operational leadership. QCT is the world’s largest wireless chip supplier and fabless semiconductor company, in terms of revenue. ...

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  In the last few days, there were reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start Menu in Windows 8. The biggest question is, how will the Start Menu look like? And how will it function? Joseph Machalani, an UX, UI & Branding Architect blogged about his project on fixing Windows 8. In his project, he discussed about fixing the jarring difference between desktop and Metro work environment, new Windows Explorer UI with icons and more. More importantly, he brings back the Start Menu in his concept. His description of the proposed Start Menu,  If we want to separate the Desktop and Metro environment we need a way for each of them to access apps, files and basic features like search, notifications and settings. Since we need to kick out the Metro Start Screen and Charms bar from the Desktop, let’s just bring back the good ol’ Start menu that worked so good for all ...

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Yesterday, Paul Thurrott reported that Microsoft is planning to bring back Start Menu is the upcoming update for Windows 8. This move from Microsoft is targeted towards power users who use keyboards and mice. It would be similar to the current Windows 7 Start Screen allowing users to access their apps, folders, etc,. Maary Jo Foley today confirmed that Start Menu is coming back and it is internally known as “mini-Start”. Since Thurrott’s initial December 10 report on the return of the Start Menu, I’ve heard from my own contacts that this is highly likely to happen. Microsoft is, indeed, highly likely to bring back Start Menu. Supposedly it’s being called internally “mini-Start,” (as it won’t be a full-screen Start Menu like in Windows 8), one of my contacts said. Are you really looking forward to this upcoming Start Menu? Source: ZDNet ...

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The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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The Bing Maps Preview app hits the Windows Store today. The Bing Maps Preview requires Windows 8.1and the app takes advantage of Windows features including Snapview, Windows notification and live tile.  The Bing app includes the following features: Natural Navigation from Your Point of View Streetside In-App Searching Traffic Notification on Favorite Routes Local Scout and Personal Picks Source: Bing Blog Download: Bing Maps Preview ...

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Every December, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) serves the important role of ensuring that Santa’s journey around the world is safe.  Since 1955, children of all ages have tracked his route with the help of NORAD’s radar, satellites, and jet fighters.  This year, Microsoft has lent a hand to make the experience the most magical yet, putting a fresh spin on the time-honored tradition with the launch of the new www.NORADSanta.org. This is not the first time Microsoft has worked with NORAD Tracks Santa.  Last year, the company provided interactive Bing Maps to give people at home an interactive visual of Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, which was powered by Windows Azure, as well as apps for Windows and Windows Phone that allowed people a platform to play and learn. The Internet Explorer team collaborated with NORAD to rebuild the Web experience from the ground up.  The new ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 devices got updated today with many new features and improvements. It now features improved Live Tiles, ability to send and download picture messages, ability to add photos to specific albums and more. New features: - Tagging - Improved Live Tiles - Set windows profile pic when you upload a new profile pic - Download and upload files from messages - Download and upload photos from messages - Upload photos to a specific album - Choose and set your cover photo - Choose and set your profile picture - Use your profile picture as your Windows account picture - Add a secondary tile to go directly to messages (choose this from the app bar in messages view) This release also includes many bug fixes. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Nokia today announced the Lumia 2520 Windows tablet in the UK. The device will go on sale exclusively from John Lewis for 399.99 pounds. Press Release: Nokia today announced that the Nokia Lumia 2520, the companys first Windows tablet, will be available exclusively through The John Lewis Partnership from December 4th. Priced at only 399.99, the Lumia 2520 features 4G connectivity, a stunning 10.1 full HD display, quad core chipset, multiple colour choices, 11 hours of battery life and super-fast-charging capabilities. In a market of me-too products, the Nokia Lumia 2520 stands out from the crowd with its unique Lumia design, great hardware and exclusive software experiences, said Conor Pierce, Nokias General Manager for the UK & Ireland. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first truly connected tablet and we look forward to working with John Lewis to bring this amazing connected experience to their customers. Premium Design Meets Maximum ...

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Microsoft today released couple of ads to promote Surface devices by comparing them with the competing Apple iPad. The first ad shows the usage of tablets in the cooking scenario. If you want to use a tablet while cooking, Surface is a perfect device for you. Why? Surface comes with built-in Kickstand while you need to purchase separate case for iPad to make it stand straight. Also, the cooking app in the Surface works with gestures allowing you to turn your recipe pages with a wave of your hand. In iPad, you should shout at your tablet with voice commands which often fails. The second ad shows the scenario where a single tablet is shared among the family. In the case of Surface, you can create multiple user accounts with separate login and personalized environment. In Apple iPad, you always have one account and one home screen for all. What ...

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Lenovo today announced the 10-inch version of Flex 14/Flex 15 laptop convertible. Flex 10 can be used in the classic laptop mode for maximum productivity, when you’re focusing on touch applications, web chatting, or enjoying a film or video, flip the screen 300 degrees to enter stand mode. It comes with 10-Point Multitouch Display running Windows 8.1. Find the detailed specs below. Processor Intel® Quad Core™ Pentium™ N3510 processor Intel® Quad Core™ Celeron® N2910 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2810 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2805 processor Operating System Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Display / Resolution 10.1″ HD (1366 x 768) resolution Graphics Integrated graphics Memory Up to 2GB DDR3L memory (Celeron® model) Up to 4GB DDR3L memory (Pentium™ model) Hard Disk Drive Up to 500GB storage Connectors USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI, Audio combo jack Sound Stereo speakers Integrated Communications Bluetooth® 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Weight (Net) 1.2 ...

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Microsoft today updated OneNote app for Windows 8.1 devices. You can now take your device camera to insert photos into your notes. These photos are searchable since the app indexes using OCR. Also there is a way to clip content you find across all the apps to your OneNote. Capture your screen with the Share Charm. With Windows 8.1, anytime you see something on your screen, you can capture it and send it to OneNote by using the Windows Share Charm. Let’s say you’re using the Bing Food & Drink app and you want to capture that yummy beef short rib recipe in OneNote so you can have it with you always. Use the Share Charm (swipe from the right or mouse to the top right corner, then select Share), select OneNote, and then select Send. Now that recipe will be in your notes, on all your devices, forever! Or ...

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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 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 today announced the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service that lets you send encrypted emails to people outside your company. You can now send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access. Office 365 Message Encryption is the new version of Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) which includes all of the capabilities of EHE plus new features, such as the ability to apply your company’s branding to encrypted messages. Office 365 Message Encryption works with both Office 365 mailboxes and on-premises mailboxes. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available as part of Windows Azure Rights Management. Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 users will get Office 365 Message Encryption at no extra cost. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2014, and customers who are currently using Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) will be upgraded to ...

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Microsoft released an update for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8.1 devices couple of days back. This new update brings several new features and improvements in all three apps. Microsoft has provided the detailed change log which you can read them below. What’s new in Mail • See all messages from your favorite people in one place. • See a more organized Outlook.com inbox with social updates and newsletters filed away automatically. • Use Sweep to clean up your Outlook.com inbox. • Delete, flag, and mark messages from the message list. • Drag and drop messages into folders. • Select multiple messages at once with checkboxes. • Write new messages without leaving your inbox. • Open a message, draft, or attachment in a separate window. • Search across all mail in all folders. • Create automatic replies for when you’re away. • Choose the default font and color ...

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