Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring Perspective Pixel, a company that builds large touch based displays for enterprise. Founder of Perspective Pixel Jeff is also joining Microsoft as an employee along with his company acquisition. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK — July 9, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. and Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. “PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.” Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, a renowned pioneer in multi-touch technology, PPI ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99.  And you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade. This is a great deal! You can purchase the upgrade from Windows.com and use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to make sure whether your PC is ready for Windows 8. A packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 at all local stores during this promotion which ends on January 31st, 2013. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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This June was one of the busiest month for tech industry this year. All three industry giants Microsoft, Apple and Google had major press and developer events. Taykey, a startup that uses “patented technology” to analyze trends and conversations across social sources to help its advertising customers improve their campaigns released the above infographic to show how Microsoft’s and Apple’s announcements were treated in social media conversations. They even posted a conclusion that Microsoft’s Surface Tablet announcement surpassed Apple’s Retina MacBook and iOS 6 news in the social media. Its a good sign for the new style of secretive communication of Microsoft to the press! What do you think? Check out Zoom.it version of the same here. via: All Things D ...

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Microsoft usually certifies hardware compatible with Windows and allows the hardware manufacturer to use the “Windows Compatible” logo stickers on them. Winunleaked today posted some images of the upcoming Windows 8/Windows RT Compatible logo in various colors. Its interesting to see that Microsoft is pushing the Windows RT brand among consumers. And I think differentiating Windows RT and Windows 8 among consumers is also an important task ahead for Microsoft. Source: Winunleaked Image via: Winunleaked, Neowin ...

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Along with the Adoption and Finance reports, Windows Store Developer page gives you Quality reports as well. These Quality  reports help you improve the quality of your apps by tracking and investigating any crashes, hangs, or exceptions in your app. With these reports, you can: Understand the quality of your app over the different versions that were published to the Store. This tells you if customers of your app are having a better experience in successive versions. Improve the quality of your app. You can improve the quality of your app by knowing about and understanding the top failures (as seen by your customers) in the latest version published to the Store. Understanding the top failures enables you to fix them and publish updates to your app in the Store. Read more on it here. ...

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  Besides the colourful touch cover and type cover, the Microsoft Surface tablet adopts Henry Ford’s strategy – any colour as long as it is black. Sharp-eyed reader Randy however noticed this altogether more colourful version in the background, looking like a blue device with a white rim. Now of course this picture may simply be of a rapid prototype, but that kick stand probably does not work very well if made out of plastic, suggesting we may be looking at potential colour options for Surface in the future, an area where Microsoft with the Zune devices often chose to differentiate. The scene above can be seen at around the 8 second mark in this video from the design of the tablet here. Thanks Randy for the tip ...

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SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced at Uplinq 2012 the Windows® RT Metro Style App Developer Contest, to identify the most promising app for Windows RT devices. The Windows RT Metro Style App Developer Contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older. The developers of the winning apps will be awarded up to $200,000 in cash prizes. Contest categories include best overall Windows RT app, most compelling connectivity use case, best gaming app, best productivity app and best AllJoyn™ peer-to-peer application. Entrants’ submitted apps will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on merits such as technology innovation and market potential. Developers have easy access today to the Windows RT software development kit from Microsoft to create Metro style apps that run across all different form factors and screen ...

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Metrotwit is a popular twitter client for Windows and it was known for its clean Metro design. Now, the developers behind Metrotwit has released their WinRT based Metrotwit app on Windows Store. As its desktop counterpart, this new Metrotwit app is also designed on Metro principles and it looks beautiful. Its the best Twitter client available in Windows Store right now and offers simple yet intuitive features. Check it out here. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed the new Windows 8 Photos app. This new app designed with Metro design principles allows you to connect your Microsoft account to services like Facebook and Flickr and get all of your photos in one place. Also the Photos app works best with SkyDrive service, and with Windows Phone, you will be able to automatically send all the pictures from your Phone to SkyDrive. As other Windows 8 apps, Photos app allows you to share photos using share charm in Windows 8. It even allows you to import photos from your memory cards, thumb drives, etc,. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft Windows 8 has a built in antimalware, antivirus solution called Windows Defender. Windows Defender will be turned on by default for all Windows 8 machines. But if you want to use any other antimalware solutions like Norton, AVG, etc, Windows Defender can be turned off. To make this experience better, Microsoft is working with Antimalware companies to make their apps run better on Windows 8. Microsoft is actively working with antimalware app developers, including those listed on this page, to ensure the availability of high-quality antimalware apps on Windows 8. The companies listed below provide prerelease antimalware apps that they have developed to work with Windows 8 Release Preview. To find a business-oriented antimalware app that is compatible with Windows 8 Release Preview, visit the Windows 8 Release Preview Compatibility Center or contact your antimalware app developer of choice. Some other companies might offer products that appear to be antimalware apps, but when ...

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Digitimes reports that Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have discovered the impact of tablets like the iPad is less than they expected, as consumers discover they are good for entertainment, but not for getting work and studying done. The iPad has created new demand instead of eroding existing demand for notebooks, said Wistron chairman Simon Lin. However, iPad has absorbed a portion of consumer budgets, causing delays in replacement notebook purchases, Lin said. Notebooks are expected to regain demand after the launches of Intel’s Ivy Bridge in the second quarter and Microsoft’s Windows 8 in the fourth, Lin indicated. The X86 version of Windows 8 uniquely combines the productivity benefits of mouse and keyboard and a multi-window user interface with the full-screen touch interface of tablets. Regarding the global outlook for notebooks in the second half of 2012, Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are optimistic while Hewlett-Packard and Dell are neutral, ...

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You can in fact type with the Microsoft Surface on your lap, just like a laptop. TechRadar seems to have had unprecedented access to the Microsoft Surface and have posted a 3 page review of the two devices. They note the design is impressive and practical, and reveal that the whole bezel is touch aware. They also reveal the kick-stand is held in place with magnets and has two rubber feet and that the screen switches off when the touch cover is closed, much like the iPad smart cover. They also said the device is well balanced, and could easily be balanced on the lap for typing like a proper notebook. They found the Windows RT running on the Surface RT to be smooth and fast and worked as well as Windows 8 running on the x86 processor. They conclude: It’s a surprise that Microsoft created its own tablet, but ...

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It seems the new Windows 8 tablets will not be bereft of high end gaming. Unlike Windows Phone 7 they will have direct access to the metal of the processor, meaning high end game engines should run perfectly fine on the OS. It seems however it was not Windows 8 but the Microsoft Surface which enthused Epic CEO Mark Rein, who tweeted that he “Can’t wait to get some Unreal Engine games on those babies!”  which is likely what Microsoft intention has been all along with producing their own tablet – to “prime the pump” of the Windows 8 ecosystem. Shall we start the count down for Infinity Blade in Windows 8 marketplace now? Via Game Trailers.com ...

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You can now enjoy the event in which Microsoft yesterday revealed its Surface tablet project. The event was held at Milk Studios, Hollywood with hundreds of tech press invited. Microsoft announced Surface, Surface Pro tablets that will run on Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro respectively. More details on it below, Microsoft Surface Tablet Pricing & Availability Microsoft Surface Tablet Video Promo Microsoft Surface Tablet Images Microsoft announces Microsoft Surface Tablet ...

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As part of the series of blog posts explaining the apps that will come as a part of the Windows 8, Microsoft today detailed the new Calendar app. The new Calendar app is a great example of Metro-style app done right. Its simple, easy and effective to use. The app was designed with the following in mind, Show your life clearly. You should have crystal clear visibility into what’s happening in your life – at home, at work, and at school. Make it easy to get around. Moving back and forth in time should be quick and efficient. Opening events and appointments should feel natural. Make it easy to add new items. New things are always coming up in your life. A great calendar makes it easy to make new plans. Keep you on time. Well laid plans aren’t very useful if you show up late! Be ready to do more. As ...

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Texas Instruments has demoed its OMAP processor capabilities on a tablet running Windows 8. Its a Toshiba’s Windows RT tablet running on TI’s OMAP 4470 SoC. As you can see in the video above, Windows 8 runs fast and fluid on a low power ARM processor same as that of running on a powerful x86 chip. Microsoft was working with chip makers, OEMs, etc, to provide this level of great experience on Windows 8 devices. Also Microsoft is yet to reveal the full details on Windows RT OS and the Office bundle which comes with it. Are you ready to buy a Windows RT device ?? Source: AnandTech ...

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