A European Microsoft division had announced that Microsoft will be releasing Office of iOS and Android in 2013. This was quickly shot down by Microsoft however, with  Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw, head of corporate communications, tweeted on Wednesday that the "information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate," adding that "we do not have anything further to share at this time." A presentation however marked confidential on the new Office makes it clear that Microsoft will be offering Office as a Service, and that their per user and per household licensing will include mobile devices, including specifically iOS and Android. Clients for these devices have been rumoured for a long time, and I think given Microsoft’s role as across-platform productivity software publisher, and with more than 1 billion connected devices in 2011, many not running windows, remains inevitable. ...

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We have already seen some evidence of marketing for Microsoft’s Surface tablets, and we have seen various Windows 8 Marketing videos leaked, but so far nothing has really hit the main stream. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that we should prepare for a tsunami of Windows 8 ads this weekend, as marketing for the new operating system and the PCs it runs on start in earnest. Apparently Microsoft and PC OEMs will be blanketing the airwaves with ads, with a cumulated spend of several hundred million dollars. The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft has been prepping the ad effort for months, including purchasing large blocks of television-commercial time during this spring’s "upfronts," when TV networks take advance orders for ad spots during fall programming. Devices running the OS will be formally launched on the 26th October. The task of the marketers is not small – interest in PCs have ...

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Sony yesterday announced its Windows 8 launch lineup of PCs which included the VAIO Tap 20 All-in-one PC which included battery, A slider hybrid, and a VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook. SONY UNVEILS ITS FIRST HYBRID ULTRABOOK™ AND MOBILE TABLETOP PC FOR THE US MARKET More to the Touch with the new VAIO Line featuring Windows 8 NEW YORK, October 11, 2012 – Sony today introduced its first mobile Tabletop PC for the U.S. market, the VAIO® Tap 20 PC, and its slider hybrid, the VAIO® Duo 11 Ultrabook™, combining innovative hardware designs with rich touch experiences powered by Windows 8. Alongside the new state-of-the-art PCs, there’s an elegant T Series Ultrabook and portfolio of VAIO PCs that put touch right at the heart of the personal computing experience. Built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and TV technology, the latest VAIO Touchworld collection features bright, responsive 10-point multi-touch screens with ...

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  Vizo has shown off its range of Windows 8 machines, which includes ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs. They have 3 15.6 inch laptops and one 14 inch entry-level notebook and also 3 three different All-in-one PCs. The  14-inch screened notebook has a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, 1.7 Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, plus an Intel HD 4000 graphics card, an HDMI-out, Bluetooth and a webcam. The device sports a 7 hour battery life, is 16mm and 1.55 kgs and is priced at $849. Next are two 15.6-inch Thin + Light ultrabooks both have 1080p displays, with either a combination of a 1.7GHz Core i5/4GB RAM/128GB SSD, or a 1.9GHz Core i7/4GB RAM/256GB SSD,  priced at $899 and $1,199 respectively. The devices are 17mm thick and 1.76 kgs heavy. Lastly  the 15.6-inch Notebook comes with an Intel Core i7, quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 8GB ...

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Like the other PC OEMs Sony is going into touch and Windows 8 in a big way, as can be seen in the promotional video above. One of their devices is the Sony Vaio Duo 11, a device with does not skimp on specs, but probably pays for it in weight and price. Unlike many devices shown so far, it has a 11.6 inch Full HD screen, 128 GB SSD, Core i5 or i7 processor, weighs 1.3 Kg and is 17.85 mm thick. It supports up to 8 GB of RAM. The device also comes with a pressure-sensitive pen, full sized VGA and HDMI ports, twin USB 3 ports and a SD card reader.  In addition it has Bluetooth 4, GPS, a digital compass and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The front and rear camera are both 2 megapixel. See a hands-on video showing the features from Tracy and Matt ...

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Acer Aspire M5 ultrabook Acer Aspire V5 Acer has announced the Aspire M5 ultrabook and thin-and-light Aspire V5 laptops. The 14 inch Acer M5 (M5-481PT) ultrabook costs $799.99 comes with a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 display driven by integrated graphics hardware, dual core, 1.7GHz Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, DVD drive, and 20GB SSD + 500GB hard drive combo. The device also has a backlit keyboard and an aluminium alloy top casing, and sports eight hours of battery life while being 0.81 inch thick and 4.6 pounds heavy. The 14 and 15.6 inch Acer Aspire V5 (V5-471P and V5-571P, respectively) has similar specifications, except for the hybrid SSD storage, does not have an aluminium casing and is somewhat thicker. The screen still supports 10 finger multi-touch. The 14-inch V5 costs $749.99 and the 15.6-inch $799.99. The devices will be available on the 26th October, with the official launch of ...

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Dale Vile, is Research Director at Freeform Dynamics has posted on CIO.co.uk about his perspective as a Windows 8 user on the operating system, and to help dispel the negativity which seems to be bubbling up from the online community. He writes:   As an industry analyst, I do a lot of multi-tasking in the average day, juggle many different information sources, and create a lot of content. This often involves working with survey data and making use relatively complex analytical models. I also do a bit of web development and multi-media stuff on the side, so all things considered, I would probably fit squarely into the category of ‘power user’. In terms of equipment, I routinely use a dual monitor desktop machine and a separate laptop/tablet hybrid (Lenovo T220). Both of these have been running Windows 8 for a couple of months now, and compared to Windows 7, I ...

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Logitech has introduced 3 accessories specifically designed for Windows 8, and which brings the smoothness of the touch interaction with Windows 8 straight to even desktop PCs. The Zone Touch Mouse T400 is pretty close to a traditional mouse, but with a small glass track pad which helps with horizontal and vertical scrolling, and has dedicated keys for going home and flipping through apps.  The device sports an 18 month battery life and costs  $49.99. The Touch Mouse T620 has a much larger touch surface, supports 6 Windows 8 gestures which can be customized, has 180 day battery life and will set you back $69.99. The Touchpad T650 has a spacious glass touch surface, supports multiple Windows 8 gestures and has 30 days battery life, and can be used while recharging via USB. It will cost $79.99. All three will be available in the US and Europe this month. Zone ...

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Just like ‘Cut the Rope’ -a game by Zeptolab- Microsoft has chosen another popular game to showcase the hardware acceleration in the latest web browsers.  Microsoft has helped Mokus port ‘Contre Jour’ to html 5.  While the first 10 levels can be played on any browser, the remaining 20 levels require multi-touch, which would only work on Internet Explorer 10.  ‘Hauntingly beautiful, pleasantly challenging and strangely addicting – Contre Jour is now on the web! Swing, shoot, drop or fling Petit through 30 free challenging levels right in your browser. Optimized for touch, Contre Jour is at its best using the new Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 devices. The game also works well in Internet Explorer 9 and other modern browsers. Find out if you have what it takes to help Petit reach his goal.’ For a quick tutorial of the game, check out the video below: Read more ...

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A series of training videos produced by Microsoft has surfaced, telling retail staff how they should be selling Windows 8 PCs. Sales staff are encouraged to concentrate on personalization, customization and showing how the OS works as well with a mouse and touch. The videos are as much instructional as they are sales training, indicating it is more than the customer that Microsoft needs to educate. Via Neowin.net ...

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This ad for the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga is about a month old, but I have just stumbled over it now. It makes a pretty good case for the hybrid form factor and 360 degree hinge, although I am not sure taking videos with your tablet camera is a good use case, no matter how many iPad users do it. Lenovo recently released the pricing for their Windows 8 range. The WindowsRT Ideapad Yoga II with an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip and 2GB of DDR3 memory powering its 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, with five-point multitouch and up to 64GB of storage in a 2.8-pound, 15.6mm thin package will retail for $799. The x86 version of the device with a 1600 x 900 IPS display, 128GB of solid state storage, Core i5 processor, 13 inch screen and 10 point multi-touch will cost $1,099 and be on sale on October 26th, with ...

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Four new Windows 8 ads from Microsoft got leaked today and were picked up by Israeli site Techit.co.il. All these ads focus on unique Windows 8 features such as picture passwords, Live Tiles, Charms functionality, compatibility with desktop apps, etc,. Seeing Windows 8 in action is always a joy.  Do our readers think they will win over the general public? Let us know below. via: neowin ...

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Lenovo IdeaTab  Lynx Lenovo IdeaTab  Twist We may be rapidly seeing the death of the traditional laptop, as more and more hybrid devices with touch screens and innovative hinges are announced. The latest to join the fray are two new hybrids by Lenovo, the Ideatab Lynx and the ideatab Twist. The Lenovo Lynx is a tablet PC with an optional detachable keyboard dock and a 1.8GHz Intel Atom dual core processor (Z2760), 2GB DDR2 RAM, 32/64GB eMMC storage, a 11.6" IPS HD display, 5-point capacitive touch and 8 hours of battery life without the dock and 16 with the dock. The Lynx also comes with a range of sensors; a G-sensor, proximity sensor, compass, gyro and ambient light sensor. The device will start at $599 for the base configuration. The Lenovo Twist features a Intel i7 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, Intel Integrated Graphics, 320/500 GB – 7200 ...

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It’s less than 3 weeks before Microsoft is set to sell their very own computer, and so far their promotions have been pretty low key, with enigmatic graffiti appearing in all kinds of odd places. Now reader Zach has noticed a much more conventional ad showing up at a bus stop in Chicago, on the UIC campus. Presumably we will see the campaign escalate significantly over the next few weeks, to help Microsoft make good on their biggest bet ever. Thanks Zach for the tip and pictures. ...

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Winsource has posted this video preview of the Firefox Metro nightly, Mozilla’s Modern-style browser for Windows 8. The software is still pretty buggy as one can expect, and in part does not really reflect the Modern UI, in the preview especially in the UI around the tabs. If you want to help Microsoft avoid anti-trust charges for IE10 in Windows 8, you can download Firefox Metro nightlies here. ...

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Microsoft today announced a cumulative update for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Microsoft had approximately 8-12 weeks from RTM Milestone to General Availability. Usually Microsoft works with OEMs to deliver variety of new or enhanced components, drivers, and companion software, with the final code for Windows in this period. But this time, Microsoft took extra effort by creating the tools and processes to be able to deliver the “post-RTM” updates sooner than a service pack. This update will improve performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility in Windows 8 and will be available through Windows Update starting today.   KB article title: “Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update” Description: Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update is available. This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. ...

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