Wired reports that  Tami Reller, corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft’s Windows Group, said that Microsoft is not planning to release a 7 inch Windows 8 tablet. He said there were 1000 separate designs ready to ship with Windows 8, but they were all "10.1 [inches] and above", according to Reller. When asked “So Microsoft’s not going to be in [the seven-inch] space at launch?" he said "Correct." 7 inch devices are very hot at the minute, with the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire and and Google’s Nexus 7 all competing for the space.  I suspect however the Desktop elements of Windows 8 and Windows RT would be unusably small for touch on the small tablets, unless Windows users file down their fingers of course. Do our readers think Microsoft is missing an opportunity? Let us know below. ...

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TechNews Australia had a hands-on with the Asus Taichi Dual-screened hybrid Windows 8 tablet at a Asus launch event in Australia. They report the desirable tablet/laptop hybrid will arrive in Mid-November in Australia and will cost $1599 for the Core i5 version and $1899 for the Core i7 version. While some fans have been disappointed to hear the inner screen is not touch-enabled, the more I use Windows 8 on my current laptop the less of an issue this appears to be to be. Do any of our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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There is a lot of of concern that Windows users will be intimidated by the new UI features in Windows 8 and chose not to upgrade. With current ads, like the one above, concentrating on lifestyle, analysts Forrester’s Frank Gillett think that strategy could backfire when consumers are confronted by a more complex interface than they ads depict. "They’re going to have to do much more to explain it," he said. So far, Microsoft’s "marketing seems to be in denial that they’re moving everyone’s cheese in a dramatic way. Why can’t they say something like "Be patient with us, we’re taking you to a better place’ ? It should have more of that tone." "I find Microsoft executives remarkably dismissive about this," he continued. When asked during Microsoft’s earnings call Oct. 18 if there is confusion about the "adjustment that users will have to make," Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein ...

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A telephone survey of 1,186 US adults performed by GFK USA between the October 19– 23, 2012 found significant interest in Windows 8 even before Microsoft’s $1.5 billion advertising blitz. They survey busted the strange views held by many in the media that no home users used Windows, with 80% of respondents using Windows PCs and laptops at home, and only 12% using Apple computers. The survey was completed before Microsoft launched their media blitz, and then 52% had not heard about the OS, and 46% had. Of those who had 35% thought it would make Windows better and only 9% thought it would make it worse. From the same group 3% were extremely interested and 9% very interested in purchasing a new laptop or desktop running the OS, and 25% were somewhat interested, for a total of 37% of consumers. At the same time 29% of consumers were extremely ...

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Press Release: DocuSign, the global standard for eSignature, today announced the launch of DocuSign for Windows 8, bringing the world’s most powerful eSignature app to users on Microsoft’s new operating system. The free app helps professionals quickly collect legally binding signatures on documents, contracts, and agreements from anyone, anytime via native experiences on Windows 8 devices. With DocuSign for Windows 8, users easily send documents for eSignature from any cloud storage application accessed from their device, including SkyDrive, or from the device’s hard drive. DocuSign for Windows 8 provides professionals an easy way to check the status of documents that they’ve sent for signature and set automatic reminders for recipients to encourage them to complete documents. “Microsoft developers have always provided great functionality and value for our shared customers. Windows 8 gives them the platform to deliver a no-compromise experience,” said John Richards, senior director, Windows Business Development. “Consumers and ...

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The final version of Microsoft’s Office 2013, along with the new Office server editions like SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013 are now available to  TechNet and MSDN subscribers, and also Office Home & Student RT 2013  for Microsoft Surface buyers. Office 2013 for MSDN subscribers can be found here, and Office 2013 for TechNet subscribers. For Windows RT Surface users, the update can be had by: Head to the Control Panel version of Windows Update, not the Metro-accessible version that you use for more everyday settings changes. Fire up a search for ‘Windows Update,’ and select ‘Install optional updates,’ instead of ‘Windows Update’ from the list of results. If no updates are available, have the device run a check. If there are, then get going right away. The update is titled “Update for Microsoft Office Home & Student 201[3] RT Preview.” Select it, and install. Reboot. ...

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NVIDIA’s chips powers many devices running Windows 8 and Windows RT. In a recent blog post, NVIDIA discussed about its long standing relationship with Microsoft and the work they did to bring Windows RT running on Tegra 3 processors. Windows RT marks the first time that PCs have been able to take advantage of incredibly efficient ARM-based processors like Tegra 3, enabling two weeks of connected standby time. The majority of Windows RT devices at launch use NVIDIA Tegra 3, including the ASUS Vivo Tab RT, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 and Microsoft Surface RT. “We’ve worked with Microsoft for three years to ensure that Windows RT delivers a seamless experience on mobile devices,” said Rene Haas, vice president and general manager of computing products at NVIDIA. “Our experience with Windows and expertise on ARM makes NVIDIA specially qualified to deliver a premium Windows experience on any system — from sexy and ...

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Microsoft today posted a new video talking about the design of Surface. The Surface for Windows RT sports a great build quality which provides you a feel of a high end of watch finish. Also the Surface was designed to withstand drop in 72 different orientations! Yes, Microsoft even demoed that part in its launch keynote few days back. The Surface also features a built-in kickstand, two cameras which can enable you to take notes and record a lecture at the same time. Have you bought your Surface? ...

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I took the plunge and upgraded by production laptop to Windows 8 last night, and I thought I would share my first hand experiences. My laptop is an HP Pavilion DV6 Core i5 with 6 GB of RAM and a 512 GB hard drive with a 1366×768 screen. It is less than one year old. It does not have a touch screen. What I did not expect however was that my HP Photosmart wireless network printer would not work either, or that the laptop would have power management issues and be unable to sleep. First, the purchase experience was not as smooth as I hoped.  I ran the compatibility app, which took a rather long time to tell my eventually that  Microsoft Security Essentials, HP Digital Persona and the Windows Phone emulator will not work. The first was no real loss, as Windows Defender took over the role.  This was ...

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Music Discovery app Shazam is now available for download from Windows Store. You can use your Windows tablet up to the music or TV to identify a track, buy it, share it, watch the video, get the lyrics and more. Features: Buy tracks easily Watch music videos and concerts from YouTube Share tags on Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter & more Learn the lyrics you thought you knew Read album reviews and artist biographies Use Shazam in Snap View while browsing the web or using another application Download it here for free. ...

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Windows 8 is likely being installed in its millions all over the world, and some cool announced features are already popping up. One of them is Xbox Music, which it appears is already scanning libraries and matching them up with Microsoft’s library of 30 million songs. Presumable if a user were to roam on another PC they will be able to stream their “matched” music library on the other device also, and for example also from an Xbox 360. Other statuses include Unmatched (available only here) Matched (available here and in the XBOX Music Cloud for streaming to other devices. Streaming Only (download here to listen offline) The service so far does not seem to require a paid music pass, but then a number of hours of free streaming is included with very Windows 8 purchase. Thanks Charles for the tip. ...

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AccuWeather and WeatherBug have released their Windows 8 apps in Windows Store. As you can expect, both the apps feature clean Metro look and takes advantage of Windows 8 platform features such as live tiles. WeatherBug: •Dynamic Live Tiles: Rich live tiles feature images that provide at-a-glance weather updates for your favorite location, right from your home screen. To stay on top of weather for the places that matter to you, create multiple tiles for all your saved locations. •My Alerts Center: Know Before™ and stay informed of severe weather impacting your life with exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts and National Weather Service watches and warnings to keep you and those you care about out of harm’s way. •Global Reach: WeatherBug for Windows 8 supports 26 different languages. The app’s powerful ENcast engine produces the most accurate forecasts with the fastest updates for 60,000 cities for users around the world. •Pinpoint ...

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Microsoft has recently released its two communication apps for Windows 8 in Windows Store for consumers and enterprise customers. The Lync integrates voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and IM in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use app. Features Communicate from anywhere with an Internet connection. Easily switch between IM, voice, or video or use all at once. Stay connected to your colleagues with real-time status updates, rich presence information and fast and fluid contact list search and management. Join Lync Meetings with a single touch and easily switch between IM, group video, and content views. Stay connected while reducing resource consumption — Lync provides background and connected standby connectivity so you never miss an important conversation. Use Windows search to find and communicate with your colleagues. Snap view — Need to reference another app or website while using Lync? Lync can snap to the side of your screen so you can multi-task ...

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Today many Microsoft Surface buyers will be angered, not by the device but by its absence, as many international pre-orders end up being pushed back around the world. According to readers Microsoft is now revising the language of the pre-orders, saying delivery would be *from* the 26th, and that devices could arrive as late as the 30th October. Clearly the whole point of the pre-order system was to have the device arrive day and date with its release to the market, and while I do not expect riots in the streets, I think more than a few digital recycle bins will be tipped over. If there is any good news, it is that some Microsoft reps have said the delays were due to “huge demand” which is never a bad thing. To check where your Surface order currently is, use this handy tip from WPC. Just go to the FedEx ...

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Microsoft clearly thinks the Surface tablet will sell itself once punters have a hands-on with it. They have opened up Surface Experience Stores where people can see and have hands-ons with the devices in Australia, Germany, UK and France, with locations in USA coming later. The full list of locations are: Australia Carindale, Westfield Carindale Sydney, Westfield Sydney Doncaster, Westfield Doncaster Foutain Gate, Westfield Fountain Gate Upper Mt Gravatt, Westfield Garden City Parramatta, Westfield Parramatta Germany Berlin, Motel One Hauptbahnhof Berlin, Motel One Alexanderplatz Berlin, Motel One Kurfuerstendamm Hamburg, Motel One Am Michel München, Motel One Deutsches Museum Berlin, Motel One Spittelmarkt Berlin, Motel One Tiergarten Hamburg, Motel One Alster München, Motel One Sendlinger Tor München, Motel One City- Ost Frankfurt, Motel One Airport Köln, Motel One Waidmarkt Essen, Motel One Essen Stuttgart, Motel One Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt, Motel One East Side Leipzig, Motel One Leipzig Dresden, Motel One Palaisplatz United ...

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