At the Build conference, last week, once piece of technology that we heard very little about was Windows RT (not to be confused with WinRT). Many were left wondering if Microsoft was still committed to Windows RT especially given the new leadership. All OEMs with the exceptions of Microsoft (and Nokia) had abandoned the ARM hardware. The most prominent Windows ARM tablets are the Surface RT, Surface 2, and Nokia 2520.  The Surface mini is also rumored to be based on ARM hardware.  I still maintain that ARM is the future of Windows and the desktop will die, but that is a minority opinion and a lengthier philosophical discussion for another time. Mary-Jo Foley got a chance to interview Terry Myerson who commented, among other things, about Windows RT: ZDNET: What about Windows RT — not WinRT, the API (application programming interface) — but Windows RT, the Windows flavor on ARM? ...

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As announced earlier by Microsoft, as of 8th April 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP are no longer available. If you continue to use Windows XP without XP support, your computer may still work but will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Why Windows XP Support ended? Windows XP is 12 years old. It’s typical to end service for software as it gets older and technology evolves. Most of us have replaced cell phones and even our cars over the last 12 years – now it’s time to replace your Windows XP computer with a new PC. Or you can check to see if your Windows XP computer can run the new Windows. We’ve outlined your options and are here to support you as you make your next step. Help protect your personal files We want to help your personal files, photos, etc. stay secure. To help ...

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Microsoft Japan has announced that Resona Holdings Inc. has migrated approximately 30,000 client terminals to Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013. Resona Holdings, which had been running on group client terminals, completed the migration in February 2014, well before Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 on April 9. This 30,000-unit deployment of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 is one of the largest ever made. Resona Holdings, which oversees the operations of Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, Kinki Osaka Bank and other group companies, intends to become a “true retail bank that is highly trusted by our customers and the local community.” Its business revitalization plan prioritizes leveraging “All Resona” comprehensive capabilities, promoting cross-selling and reducing operational costs. The key features of Resona Holdings’ migration to Windows 8 and Office 2013 include the following: Significant cost savings by replacing approximately half the group’s client PCs, and ...

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With only a week of support left Windows XP usage is starting to decline but still maintains 27% of OS marketshare.  Data from Net Applications for March shows Windows XP usage declined 1.84% (from 29.53% percent to 27.69%).  Likely many businesses are transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Windows Vista also fell 0.11% (from 3.10% to 2.99%).  Windows 8.1 & Windows 8 continue to grow have a combined marketshare over 11% for the first time.   Specifically, the combined operating systems gained 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68% to 11.30%).  Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38% to 6.41%), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59% (from 4.30% to 4.89 %). Windows 7 made the biggest gain of 1.46% (from 47.31% to 48.77%).  The large gain is most likely businesses moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. Source: Net Applications via tnw ...

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Every now and then we come across interesting design concepts by independent designers around the world. Andrewz is also one such designer and he today sent us his latest Windows 9 concept. Supplemental showcase video briefly demonstrates highlights of Windows 9 design concept. Don’t forget to read the article http://goo.gl/B59YWC – the main part of the project – and view still pictures gallery http://goo.gl/LxXCnN . I didn’t intend to amaze audience with reworked and refined graphics. I tried to use current assets and reorganize them in my way. My primary focus was usability. I respected some things Windows 8 came with and haven’t changed them at all. 1/5 Installation 0:04 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6FxN… 2/5 Modern Taskbar with Mouse 00:40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMaOIu… 3/5 Modern Taskbar with Touch 2:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCNOaV… 4/5 Modern UI Improvements 3:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUZcnL… 5/5 Start Screen Improvements 3:50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLe80k… He is interested to hear about your feedback. Let him know via the comments ...

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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available leaving your PC go unprotected against all security vulnerabilities. Last week, we reported that Microsoft Store is now offering few things that will attract Windows XP customers to upgrade to new PCs. That included a $50 gift card which you can use in Microsoft Store. Microsoft has now updated their offer to include $100 savings instead of $50 gift card. $100 Off – Save $100 when you buy any Surface Pro 2 or select PCs over $599. Excludes Surface 2 and some PCs. 90 days of free support – Receive free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days. Free data transfer – We’ve partnered with Laplink, a data migration service to help you transfer your personal photos, videos, music, and files for free. ...

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The Windows Store has reached 150,000 apps almost a year and half after the release of Windows 8.  For some perspective it took Windows Phone about two years to accomplish the same goal.  Since then the app growth of Windows Phone has stalled somewhat with about 200,000 apps currently. Win Beta reports: While the Windows Store continues to see improvement as the months go by, the app count has struggled to climb. The Windows Store has seen a slow climb in apps since July of 2013, having only jumped up by 50,000 apps in just eight months. Of course, of all these new apps that have been made available, a lot of them are crap or spam apps. Only a handful of the 150,000 apps are actually considered “quality apps” – apps that have a balance between design, content, and usefulness. We are starting to see more quality apps come ...

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Alex Kibkalo was arrested by FBI recently. He is an ex-Microsoft employee and the reason he was arrested was pretty simple, he was the one who leaked pre-release Windows 8 builds to a blogger in 2012. He is now facing federal criminal charges following a allegations that he stole trade secrets. He was also the person who leaked “Activation Server Software Development Kit,” a propriety system that is used by Microsoft and its OEN partners to prevent the unauthorized copying of Microsoft programs. Here’s how they caught him, According to charging papers, the blogger posted screenshots of a pre-release version of Windows 8, presumably due to Kibkalo’s leak. On Sept. 3, 2012, the blogger sent the stolen software development kit code to a Microsoft employee asking that he or she verify it, the FBI agent said in court papers. The worker went to a Microsoft executive instead. The code was later confirmed to be authentic, prompting corporate investigators to ...

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VLC for Windows 8  beta was released in the Windows Store last week.  The initial release had number of bugs including one that crash the app on startup.  An update to fix this issue along with improving the stability of the app is now available for download from Windows Store.  President of VideoLan Jean-Baptise Kempf gave us an update on his blog: After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification. It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too! We’d like to thank the new contributors that helped. It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store. Next release, next week! Source: Jean-Baptise Kempf ...

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Microsoft has scored a big deal in Sweden with the Riksdag Administration buying into Windows 8, Office 2013, Skype, and Lync.  The new environment started rolling out in  March in the form of a pilot project with 100 participants and after the elections this fall, all 1,650 jobs in Parliament will receive the new software. The big Microsoft venture also means that employees will receive select phones and tablets based on Windows. The Swedish government will be developing apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. (Due to the translation it is unclear if the government is adopting Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 or Win8.1 Update 1) Mr Einarsson, head of it operations at the Parliament administration, says that the focus on mobility that began a few years ago are now going to be widened, which will offer the same experience to users regardless of which device they are using.  The ...

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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available leaving your PC go unprotected against all security vulnerabilities. Microsoft Store is now offering few things that will attract Windows XP customers to upgrade to new PCs. $50 gift card – Buy a PC from the assortment below and get a $50 digital gift card towards any future purchase at Microsoft Store, like Office or PC accessories. 90 days of free support – Receive free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days. Free data transfer – We’ve partnered with Laplink, a data migration service to help you transfer your personal photos, videos, music, and files for free. Find the deals for new PCs at Microsoft Store. ...

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After so many delays, VLC for Windows 8 has now passed Windows Store certification and available for download. Download it here from Windows Store for free. You can enjoy this beta app only on x86/x64 platforms as ARM version of this player is still pre-beta state. One of the developer behind the app has listed the features of this release with its limitations, read it below. This application: works on Windows 8.0 and 8.1: too many people are still on 8.0, so we had to use that. This decreases the stability of the application, though… is compiled for Intel x86 CPUs: Windows RT version will follow as soon as we are able to compile it. ARM version will also apply to Windows Phone. plays all video and audio formats of VLC, including MKV, Ogg and Mov files or FLAC and MPC; supports the same codecs as the VLC application for ...

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Microsoft today announced couple of announcements regarding end of life support Windows XP. First, they are offering free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month that will help Windows XP users migrate their data to new PCs running latest OS. Also, from March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014. Regarding free tool, To help customers on Windows XP prepare to move to a new PC, we are announcing a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Expressf or Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP ...

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TouchMe Gesture Studio allows you to customize your very own Touchscreen gestures on your Windows 8 touch devices like Surface Pro, Dell Venue, etc. You can export your gesture file and use it with any gesture engine you like. Choose from over 30 gestures, roam your gestures between all your devices. You can even mimic keyboard shortcuts, change volume, switch between apps, and more using gestures. Touchscreens have improved the way we all interact with our computers! By using TouchMe Gesture Studio, you can create, edit, and export custom gesture files to take things one step further! Gestures available include: • 2/3/4/5 Finger Swipe up/down/left/right • 3/4/5 Finger Pinch in/out • 2/3/4/5 Finger TipTap left/right Actions currently available: • Show/Hide Touch Keyboard • Increase/Decrease Volume • Increase/Decrease Brightness • Open/Close/Switch Browser Tabs • Show the TaskBar • Sleep, hibernate, Sign Out, Lock, Shut down, and Restart • Mimic Keyboard Shortcut ...

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Last Friday, Nokia announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. You can download it from Windows Store for free. Description: HERE Maps is a complete mapping app designed to work with or without a Wi-Fi or data connection. With HERE Maps you can download and take your maps with you on your tablet. Get walking, driving and public transit directions to the places you want to go, all completely offline. HERE Maps is a perfect companion for your smartphone. Plan where you want to go and save places so you can find them easily with your phone when you’re out and about. HERE. ...

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Microsoft today released an update for OneNote app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. To celebrate and begin their transition to OneDrive in their products, they are releasing a small update to the OneNote Windows Store App for Windows 8.1 users. First of all, they have added support for over 66 new languages. Support for the OneDrive service. Rule line heights have been increased to accommodate larger handwriting.   To enable Rule Lines, bring up the page app bar (right-click the page, or swipe from the top or bottom of the screen), then select Paper.  Now you can choose between Rule Lines or Grid Lines. Now you can easily go to a note’s location from Recent Notes.  To go a note’s location, bring up the page preview app bar (right-click the page preview or swipe up), then select Go to Note’s Location. We also made accessibility improvements. Now it’s easier ...

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