New numbers from Net Applications for the month of August revealed that Windows 8/8.1 is back on growing path after it saw a slight decline last month. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 51.21% market share, down from 51.11 percent in July. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 13.37% up from 12.48% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 23.89% down from 24.821% last month. Mac OS X currently holds a 4.29% share, while Linux holds a 1.67% share. Windows Vista still holds a market share of 3.02%. After few months of nearly flat growth, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is now back with the right momentum. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users along with Windows 8 that should encourage hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. ...

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As per the latest data from StatCounter, Windows 8 has finally passed Windows XP in the global desktop market share. While Windows XP still has 14.31% of the market share, the combined market share of Windows 8 (7.35%) and Windows 8.1(8.2%) now equals 15.55% of the market. As Microsoft has already dropped the support for Windows XP, you can see this trend accelerating. Millions of customers are moving away from the decade old Windows XP OS to the latest ones running Windows 8/8.1. Source: Statcounter ...

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With the aim of bringing more people online, Microsoft is now offering free PCs with Windows and Office pre-installed to TalkTalk broadband customers. The offer is part of Microsoft’s Digital Inclusion Scheme (Go ON UK) offered through a dedicated website called getonline@home. The package is SimplyBroadband which carries a 12-month contract, provides up to 16mbps download speed and doesn’t have any limits. However, once you factor in the line rental for a year as well as equipment costs, the total cost of ownership for the first year shoots to £217.40 or just over £18. Since it is a free PC, don’t expect any top of the line specs. It is a refurbished dual-core model with an 80GB hard disk drive, a new keyboard and mouse, running Windows 7, a flat screen display and an optical drive. There is also an option to upgrade to a refurbished laptop as well. Read more ...

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Neowin today reported some new information on the upcoming Windows 9 preview release. First of all, Microsoft is planning to call it  as ‘Windows 9 Technical Preview’. And the current internal builds of Windows 9 Technical Preview includes a new feature that will allow you to upgrade your OS with a single click. This new feature is built into Windows Update section where you can go from build 9xxx to 9yyy without complete reinstallation of the OS. Neowin commented the following on this feature, We must stress that this feature is built into internal releases of the Technical Preview and could be pulled before it is released to the public… but the feature is fully built out, meaning that it is integrated into the UI and it is a native part of Windows. So, knowing this, it seems logical that it will make its way into the public preview. The best part, per ...

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In a recent email promotion sent to consumers, HP is promoting its PCs with the line “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” Also, several Windows 7 PCs are still on sale at HP’s website. This is not the first time HP was found to be actively marketing 5 year old OS. Earlier this year, HP started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs with a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand.” At the time HP clarified that they are trying to give choice to the customers, Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that’s right for them. Do ...

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Microsoft Research today spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. The live demo of the dog breed detector integrated Project Adam’s technology into Cortana. Apacible pointed a phone at the Dalmatian – named Cowboy – and asked it, “Cortana, what ...

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Few days back, we reported about a Microsoft patent which described about a system displaying rich presentation taskbar buttons for a corresponding application. It seems this feature may be coming to Windows 9/Threshold in some form or the other. Today, Neowin reported few details about the upcoming version of Windows based on their sources within Microsoft. We already know that Windows Threshold will allow desktop users to avoid the current Start Screen by using the new Start Menu that will have Live Tiles. Also, some versions of Windows Threshold shipping for smaller tablets will not have desktop mode at all. Here is the summary of what Neowin reported today, Windows Threshold Desktop will have modern and more flat design than current Windows 7/Windows 8 design. Icons in the task bar are interactive, described as ‘mini Live Tiles’ by their source. Microsoft is toying with glance-and-go style functionality for the taskbar too. Read about it more here. Cortana ...

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At WPC 2014, Microsoft today spoke about competing with Google Chromebooks. Chromebooks saw a great momentum in the lower price point laptops and in schools last year. Microsoft is now working with their partners to better compete with them. Acer Aspire ES1 which sells for $249 has 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and 15-inch screen. They also revealed that Toshiba 11-inch Windows device with 32GB SSD is coming for $249 this holiday season. Microsoft also listed 6 things that Chromebooks can’t do while a Windows laptop can, Run native and web apps Run full Office Desktop apps Works well offline with limited bandwidth Works with many peripherals. Printer support. Do you have any experience with Chromebooks? How do they compare with Windows devices? ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Last week, Windows 9/Windows Threshold build 6.4.9788 was spotted in the Windows Store logs. This revealed us that Microsoft has already started testing Windows 9 in some form to run Window Store apps. Today, a screenshot of the build 9788 was leaked online which hints us that this Windows Build is already in the hands of the general public. Soon, we will know concrete info about whether this is a Windows 9 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 build. We reported about a rumor last month in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid ...

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Dubai-based low cost carrier Flydubai has joined many other organizations in adopting Windows 8 based tablets. Flydubai is now using Windows 8 based tablets at Dubai International Airport to facilitate passenger check-in. Because of this Windows 8 based solution, Flydubai has reduced the check-in time to two minutes per passenger. The airline’s new app connects to their backend services and is integrated with a passport scanner and printer. It aims to ease the check-in process by allowing staff to scan passenger information, assign seats and issue boarding passes on the spot. This solution was developed in partnership with Microsoft Gulf “Travel is one of the fastest growing industries in the region,” said Michael Mansour, directors of Apps and Innovation at Microsoft Gulf. “It is under increasing pressure to deliver improved quality of service while tackling productivity and workforce shortage challenges. The Windows 8 App developed for flydubai is a regional ...

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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. We recently reported about a rumor in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing of Modern UI apps. Today, Winsupersite reported that our understanding on this feature is wrong. The new Start Screen will actually replace Start Screen and it is not an option which users can disable. You will be able to maximize the Start menu so ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of June show growing OS market for Windows 7 and Windows XP while Windows 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 50% marketshare (50.55 percent in June), up from 50.06 percent in May. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.54% down from 12.64% last month. Windows XP saw a slight increase to 25.31% down from 25.27% last month. Mac OSX 10.9 currently holds a 3.95% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 2.95%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. Source: ...

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Last month, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. Following the bad, Microsoft continued providing Windows 7 to these agencies and even defended the security features in Windows 8. Today, a Chinese media reported that Microsoft Office productivity suite is banned in parts of the Chinese central government and its subordinated departments. As usual, the reason was mentioned as the act of ensuring information security. The government has not commented about this ban yet. CRI believes that this  implementation of this act has an obvious advantage over domestic software companies, such as Kingsoft and Chinese software. Microsoft is yet to comment on this story. Source: CRI ...

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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. We recently reported about a rumor in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Today, Neowin reported the same as per information from their sources. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing ...

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The official Pizza Hut app was made available for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store last week. This is not a native app experience, instead it is built around Pizza Hut’s web site experience. Using this app, you can find your closest Pizza Hut store, order from their expanded menu, quickly access Pizza Hut favorites and more. APP FEATURES: Enjoy the extensive menu, explore daily specials and order our Most Popular items with just a few taps. Check out some of the features below, and you’ll see why this new Pizza Hut app is the absolute best new way to order. • Our expanded menu offers specialty pizzas, Tuscani pasta, WingStreet wings, drinks, sides, desserts and limited time offers. • Guest Checkout allows you to order without signing in. • Most Popular items section provides quick and easy access to Pizza Hut favorites. • New Specials section provides updates on new products and deals. • ...

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While there were some rumors [WinBeta] that Windows 8.1 Update 2 would be distributed through the Windows Store with a potential 3 GB file size, it appears this will not be case. While Windows 8.1 was distributed through the Windows Store, Windows 8.1 Update 1 was distributed through Windows Update. Microsoft appears to prefer distribution through Windows Update since some business/enterprise customers have disabled the Windows Store for their users. Since Update 2 is being distributed through Windows Update it will be free, also as expected. It also appears that the final name will be “Update 2″ and not Windows 8.2. It is rumored that Microsoft will offer a significant discount to those upgrading from Windows 8.1 Update 2 to Windows 9. Those upgrading from any version prior to Update 2 will pay more. Update 2 is expected to contain optimizations to make Windows 8 work better on small tablets, such as ...

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