The Start Screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allows you to pin your favorite apps downloaded from Windows Store as Live Tiles. If you want to add particular program to Start Screen or create a shortcut for a Modern app downloaded from Windows Store on desktop, it is not possible. There is a simple program called OblyTile which allows you to do so. You can now pin your favorite modern app to your taskbar. OblyTile is a simple-to-use program that allows you to create new titles for the Windows 8 Start screen. It can be handled by users of any level of experience. After a brief installation procedure, you are greeted by a stylish window with a well-defined layout. You can get started by writing a tile name (optionally hide it from the screen) and by specifying the path to the corresponding program. It is possible to apply an ...

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According to the latest Net Applications data, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 now holds 1.72% of the desktop OS market share. Windows 8.1 preview was available since June and the final version was launched officially in mid-October. The official launch has boosted its market share from 0.87% in September to 1.72% in October. Windows XP’s market share is now down to 31.24 and Windows 7’s market share is now down to 46.42% in October. Overall, Windows dominated the table with 90.66% market share while Mac OS X held 7.73%. Source: Net Applications ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype experience in Windows 8.1. Skype app will come pre-installed in all Windows 8.1 devices and it allows users to have free text, audio and video chat among users. Apart from the Skpye’s own capabilities, Skype team has made the app to take advantage of all the new Windows 8.1 platform features. Skype team worked closely with Windows engineering team to make sure Skype was seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1. For example, new to Windows 8.1, users can answer an incoming Skype call from their lock screen, launch apps side-by-side with Skype and scale to the size of your device. Being part of Microsoft has opened up doors and increased collaboration and innovation across products. With Windows, we had a unique seat at the table to help inform the product from the ground up. One such example is the ability for users to answer Skype ...

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If you look at the above image, you may think it is a screenshot of Google’s Chrome OS. But the truth is, it is the new Google Chrome Web Browser for Windows 8 devices. Google has released an update for Chrome browser in the dev channel which brings the above UI. When you launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, you will be presented with the above UI. You will have Chrome OS like task bar with pinned apps, app list button, time, etc. Also you have Window management within this UI, you have close, minimize, maximize button as well. You can open two three windows and place then side by side if you want. Essentially, Google is trying to mimic Chrome OS inside Windows 8. Should Microsoft delist Chrome from Windows Store? What do you think? Source: Google Chrome ...

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The modern mail app that was shipped as part of Windows 8 was not up to the mark. It was experiencing performance issues until Microsoft delivered an update 6 months later. Even after all the updates, the mail app remained as one of the weak points. Microsoft was aware of it and they delivered an much improved Outlook Mail app for Windows 8.1 devices. All Windows 8.1 devices will have this mail app pre-installed and it is the best email experience on any tablet. In a world of mobile devices like tablets, there’s an increasingly narrow distinction between your “work computer” and your “personal computer.” More and more people are bringing their personal tablets to work, and their work laptops home. Windows 8.1 is designed for this world, equally suited for your work life and your personal life. The Mail app is no exception—it’s designed to be great for your ...

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  Dell today detailed their XPS 11 2-in-1 Ultrabook which functions similar to Lenovo Yoga models. You can flip the display 180 degrees to use it like tablet. XPS 2-in-1 feature machined aluminium, carbon fibre, vibrant displays, and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for performance, durability and the ultimate experience. It will come standard with a 2,560 x 1,440 IPS display, an active digitizer for pressure-sensitive pen input, Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, a USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and an SD card reader. Starting at 2.5lbs / 1.1kg¹ and just 11-15mm thin, the XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today, offering a tablet-first design with laptop functionality. It easily transitions from tablet to laptop with a 360 degree rotating hinge design, and an innovative solid surface backlit touch keyboard that provides a superb experience from lap to bag. The XPS 11 has a bright, crisp viewing experience. ...

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Dell today announced their lineup of PCs and tablets for the upcoming holiday season. Dell today announced the new XPS 15 touch ultrabook which comes with an optional 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display. Also Dell is refreshing its XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster Intel Haswell processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life. Find details about it below, · The XPS 15 continues to be a multimedia powerhouse delivering the highest resolution in its class, and incredible power in an ultra-thin, light wedge design, starting at 4.44lbs / 2kg¹. Designed for creative enthusiasts, the XPS 15 packs 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Every XPS 15 boots and resumes within seconds with hard drive configuration options from 500GB to 1TB², both with a 32GB mSATA SSD, to a 512GB solid state drive, all including Intel Rapid Start ...

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Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1. You can now pre-order Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version for $119.99 and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro – Full Version for $199.99 from Amazon. There are no upgrade option available for Windows 8.1, so you need to pay the full price of the OS. There is a neat trick by which you can save up to $120 for Windows 8.1 Pro if you already own Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Thanks to Windowsobserver for the trick, here is what you do: Go to Amazon and order the Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $78.89. This version allows you to install the upgrade from Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista and Windows 7. Once your Windows 8 Pro upgrade is installed then you will be able to download the Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade at no cost beginning on 17 October 2013 since the upgrade is free for current Windows 8 users. Since ...

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Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1 from its Microsoftstore.com. Windows 8.1 costs $119.99 for a full version, which means you need not have a previous versions of Windows to install this OS. If you’re running Windows 8, visit the Windows Store for a free update to Windows 8.1 starting on October 17. If you’re running Windows 7, your files will easily transfer. If you’re running Windows Vista or earlier, qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 by purchasing Windows 8 now. Source: Microsoft ...

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Japanese OEM Sharp has joined the growing list of Windows tablet OEMs. At CEATEC show in Japan, Sharp announced its new Windows 8 tablet named the Mebius Pad, featuring a 10.1-inch IGZO panel with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. It will run on Intel quad-core Atom processor and will come with Windows 8.1 and Office pre-installed. Also the device is water and dust-proof and comes with LTE support in Japan. There is also support for stylus and an option to buy the device with Windows 8 Pro. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Engadget ...

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  As expected, Microsoft is already exploring the ways to navigate Windows using Kinect gestures. Even though Kinect had a official Windows SDK for a longtime, Microsoft never showed off a way to navigate Windows using air gestures. Today, The Verge revealed that Microsoft Research is already exploring the potential use of it. In this project, you will be mounting a Kinect camera above a desk and it detects a number of gestures above and around a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft Researcher Abigail Sellen says the following, “What we don’t want here is Tom Cruise in minority report,” “What gestures are good at are being very casual, expressive. What they’re not good at is being precise. Touch is good at that, mouse pointer is good at that. We don’t need to do that with gestures.” “We’re not doing anything precise, and nothing that requires you to hold your hands up ...

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Dell today announced a new ultraportable Inspiron 11 3000 Series touchscreen laptops that will go on sale in coming months for starting at just $349. Read more about it below. Inspiron 11 3000 Series: Ultraportable design, convenience of touch  and familiarity of a keyboard Whether you’re toting a backpack across campus or travelling  cross-country, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series is a reliable,  ultraportable choice for those who are on the go all day. The Inspiron  11 features an 11.6-inch, 10-finger capacitive touch display with  noise-cancelling, dual-array microphones to make web chats amazingly  clear – even in public spaces. At 0.83 inches (21.2mm) thin, a starting  weight of just over 3 pounds (3.15 lbs.)iii and with up to 8  hours, 20 minutes of battery lifeiv, the Inspiron 11 is  perfect for both entertainment and productivity on-the-move. ...

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Dell today announced the refreshed Inspiron lineup with the new 7000 series. This new series of laptops are constructed out of forged aluminum with diamond-cut beveled edges and comes in 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models. All these features 10 point multi touch screens covered by Gorilla glass.The Inspiron 7000 Series laptops start at $699 for  the Inspiron 15; and $849 for the Inspiron 14 or Inspiron 17 and are  available beginning September 26 Read more about it below. Inspiron 7000 Series: The thinnest, strongest, and best Inspiron  experience ever The Inspiron 7000 Series laptops provide powerful performance in thin,  upscale designs. Featuring diamond-cut beveled edges, the 7000 Series’   forged aluminum design turns heads and feels reassuringly strong. All  Inspiron 7000 Series laptops come with a 10-finger, capacitive touch  display with edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for durability. The  Inspiron 14 and 15 can both be outfitted with optional Full HD, vibrant  ...

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HP today announced the first fan less detachable Ultrabook. The new HP Spectre 13 x2 detachable Ultrabook runs on Intel’s 4th generation processor. It will come with Beats Audio, a full Radiance 1,080 high-definition display, which offers computing experiences without compromising productivity or portability. True flexibility, true innovation, truly powerful. The sleek, precision-crafted HP Spectre13 x2 offers the benefits of an UltrabookTM that does it all and a convenient tablet in a single, sophisticated design. No more juggling separate devices. The detachable screen and cutting-edge technology deliver a no-compromise combination that will meet – and exceed — your every need and your system can run quietly, with no noisy hardware or unsightly vents, thanks to an innovative design that eliminates the fan. The device will be available starting at $1099.99 from October 2013. ...

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HP today announced their holiday line-up of PCs and tablets. The most interesting device is the new HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE notebook. This is the world’s first laptop with leap motion built-in. It senses your natural, in-air movements for fast and accurate navigation and control. The HP ENVY17Leap Motion Special Edition (SE) is the world’s first notebook with integrated Leap Motion technology. HP is shaping the way people engage with technology with this innovative PC that senses natural hand and finger movements in the air for easy navigation and control, offering pinpoint accuracy to make games, modeling and presentations come to life. With a vivid 17.3-inch diagonal optional full HD display, movies and videos are sharp and clear. The latest Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics provide a faster and more responsive experience. This device will be available starting at $1049.99 in October 2013. ...

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Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you. Feature name Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition User experience Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x Four tile sizes (new) x x x x Microsoft account login x x x x Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x                 Open up to four ...

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