Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last week we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April. The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. ZDNet today reported that Microsoft has reduced the price of such custom support for Windows XP customers. ...

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Google today released a new Android app called Chrome Remote Desktop. This app is similar to the Microsoft Remote Desktop app which allows you to securely access Windows PCs over internet. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/remotedesktop and on your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect. Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.  Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.  All connections are fully secured. Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform.  Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops ...

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  Lenovo today announced the new FLEX 2 laptops that will come in 14 and 15.6-in models. These devices can be rotated up to 300 degrees and you can customize it with full HD screen and discrete graphics. Find the all the details from Lenovo’s press release below. “The new FLEX 2 gives consumers two great devices – a full-function, multitouch laptop and a second, Stand mode – in one machine all at an extremely affordable price,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, worldwide marketing and design, PC Group, Lenovo. “New features like a crystal clear high resolution screen and the latest processing technologies make it even more suited to helping express and manage consumer’s digital lives.” Pricing for models of the FLEX 2 14-in and 15.6-in start at $799 and $429, respectively. The FLEX 2 laptops are available beginning in June via Lenovo retailers and www.lenovo.com. Press Release: RESEARCH TRIANGLE ...

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Microsoft today announced that Emirates Airline has chosen Microsoft Advertising for a large-scale advertising campaign that spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). Read the full press release below. LONDON — April 16, 2014 — Microsoft Advertising announced Tuesday that it has been chosen by Emirates Airline and its media agency Havas Media Group as one of the key partners for its global brand campaign. The large-scale campaign spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). The campaign aims to raise brand awareness among a target audience of football fans by driving views of the hero video — created by BBDO — featuring footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele aboard Emirates’ flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380. This new campaign, ...

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Toshiba yesterday announced laptops for Back-to-School season. The highlight of the list is the new Satellite P55t which is designed for the creative professionals. It has 4K Ultra HD display and you can use this laptop to create 4K Ultra HD content too. It has four times as many pixels as a Full HD IPS screen at whopping native 3840 x 2160 screen resolution with 282 PPI (pixels per inch). It comes with a powerful 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor, up to 16GB (1600MHz DDR3L) memory and AMD Radeon R9 M265X discrete graphics with 2GB GDRR5 video memory. The Satellite P55t also comes with 1TB of storage – perfect for storing loads of HD content. It also has a 3D impact sensor, four USB 3.0 ports , a UHS-II SD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an HDMI port capable of 4K output and an optional rewritable Blue-ray disc ...

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Microsoft Surface blog today detailed how they are improving the overall Surface experience using Windows update. Every month, Microsoft delivers a product firmware update that improves the device experience for users. For example, they have done the following through updates so far. Improving your connected experiences with more robust connections to more network types Improving the visual experience with better color rendering, wireless displays and better graphics performance Making your keyboard smarter in more positions and more precise at capturing your commands Improving the sound of your Surface Providing the Windows 8.1 Update and its new improvements for free. How to get Windows Updates? If you didn’t opt in to Windows Updates when you set up your Surface you can turn them on at any time (Swipe from the right. Tap Settings. Tap Change PC Settings. Select Update and Recovery, then Windows Update). We generally release updates on a monthly ...

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  When is comes to tablet market, Apple still remains the top vendor both in terms of unit volume and eco-system growth. Microsoft jumped into this market with Windows 8, and followed by Windows 8.1 last year. Microsoft Windows is competing with Apple iPad in the high-end and white box Android tablets in the low end. Digitimes today reported a good news for Microsoft regarding its sales in Japan. The sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising since October 2013 as a result in February 2014, 15.7% of Japan’s tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models. For a comparison, Windows just had a share of 2% in the worldwide tablet market. With Windows tablets gaining market share, Japan’s tablet market is expected to see a more balanced development, but competition between iOS, Android and Windows will remain keen in 2014, Digitimes Research believes. In 2013, Apple still dominated ...

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It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube: Few hours back we reported about the video from Microsoft Research on their Interactive Live Tiles project. There is another video of the same project in which Microsoft Research is making use of Interactive Live Tiles for improving multi-tasking with modern Windows apps. In the video above, they show a scenario where OneDrive app’s interactive Live Tile is placed on the left bar on the screen while the main content on the screen is the Mail app. You can still browse through your files on your OneDrive app without leaving the Mail app. This project features an Interactive-Tile UI system that enables users to access and manipulate Live Tiles in an interactive way with touch gestures. Interactive Tile’s UI is responsive and flexible to an app’s content and function. Users can provide quick input to the ...

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It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube: Live tiles are a key part of the Start screen and the modern experience of Windows. They provide up-to-date content and notifications. Live tiles embody the Microsoft design principle of being fast and fluid. Users can see updates and real-time information from their apps all from their Start Screen, enabling them to quickly review new information and engage with apps even before they open the apps. A tile is an app’s representation on the Start screen and it can be either static or live. A static tile displays the default content, which is generally a full-tile logo image. A live tile, however, can present new and valuable content that invites the user to re-engage with your app. You can implement either a simple badge or live tile notifications to draw in your users. Even ...

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At CES earlier this year, Sony announced the new Vaio Flip 11 which is a 11-inch convertible and will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. Sony is now recalling these Vaio Fit 11A and has asked customers to stop using it as soon as possible. Sony revealed that there is a risk that batteries on these new Vaio devices overheating and catching fire. Sony has revealed that it has sold a total of 25,905 Vaio products world-wide since it kicked off sales in February, including 497 in the U.S., 7,158 in Europe, 2,088 in China and 3,619 in Japan. Source: WSJ ...

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Popular Zombie app Zombie Tsunami is now available in Windows Store. Game Description: The zombies are revolting ! In Zombie Tsunami, take your place in a crowd of rampaging undead as you race through the city attacking the unfortunate survivors and adding them to your unstoppable throng of hungry, hot-footed horrors. It’s a Zombie Tsunami out there, and everyone is invited! FEATURES - Add as many zombies to your hoard as you can. - Frantic flesh-eating fun for all the family! - Keep going as long as at least one zombie is still running (and it doesn’t have to be the zombie you started with). - Collect 8 different power-ups and bonuses to run further and destroy more. - Turn over cars, buses, vehicles and tanks to eat the survivors inside. - 300+ different missions to devour. - 9 worldwide locations to stampede your zombies through. DESCRIPTION Beginning with a ...

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The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. Popular internet services like Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger and many others are affected by this bug. Microsoft today confirmed that Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160) has received a significant amount of attention recently.  While the discovered issue is specific to OpenSSL, many customers are wondering whether this affects Microsoft’s offerings, specifically Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. Windows’ implementation of SSL/TLS was also not impacted. Microsoft Azure Web Sites, Microsoft Azure Pack Web Sites and Microsoft Azure Web Roles do not use OpenSSL to terminate SSL ...

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IDC today reported that worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a decline of -4.4% year on year as a result of continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments. Windows XP was one of the main reasons for growth in commercial market segments as Microsoft is ending the support for OS. Lenovo maintained its lead in total worldwide PC shipments, followed by HP and Dell. Acer and Asus are the biggest losers in this segment as they are transitioning towards tablets and mobile devices. “Worldwide PC shipments have now declined for eight consecutive quarters as a result of shifting technology usage and competition (notably with tablets & smartphones) as well as economic pressures (including high unemployment, slow growth & investment, tight credit, and currency fluctuations) related to the Great Recession, sovereign debt crises, and their related impact on international trade,” said Loren Loverde, Vice ...

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Asus VivoTab Note 8, which is the only Windows tablet that includes support for Wacom Digital Stylus with over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, the stylus delivers pinpoint control and makes writing and drawing on the screen feel as natural as on paper. When not in use, you can store it in a holder at the tablet’s bottom edge. This Windows tablet is now available for just $299 from Microsoft Store. Find the deal here. Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon and Microsoft Store. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet PC that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. Specs:  Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB ...

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Microsoft today announced the expansion of Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem with new alliances with BT and Verizon. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem already includes AT&T, Equinix and Level 3 in the US. With these new partnerships, Microsoft is reducing barriers for adoption of cloud computing and accelerating the growth of Microsoft Azure by providing a more secure and reliable connectivity option for enterprise customers. BT announcement: BT and Microsoft announced today a global agreement to provide customers with high performance and more secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform, with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. Customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility and agility offered by cloud resources, with the assurance of a dedicated, more secure connection to their data and applications. Azure ExpressRoute allows customers to bypass the public Internet when connecting to Azure through a private connection based on BT’s IP Connect VPN service. As a result, ...

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NOOK app from Barnes & Noble, one of the world’s largest booksellers is already available from Windows Store from last year. B&N Nook has a rich history of bookselling, and their reading experts help you choose from a vast selection of NOOK books— many FREE —as well as magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC, now supporting Windows 8.1. You can get sample NOOK Books FREE and try any newspaper or magazine for 14 days. Apart from that, there is new offer going in which you can get 4 magazines for free. Get 4 FREE magazines and a sneak peek at 4 upcoming books when you install the NOOK app and register with a new NOOK account. These pre-selected titles will automatically appear in your library when you sign in for the first time. † Download NOOK today from the Windows Store. via: Microsoft ...

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