Chinese government today made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban is due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claims that it was due to security concerns. It is not yet clear on what exactly is the cause of Windows 8 ban. The Central Government Procurement Center issued the ban on installing Windows 8 on government computers as part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products, posted on its website last week. The official Xinhua news agency said the ban was to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system, which was widely used in China. Neither the government nor Xinhua elaborated on how the ban supported the use of energy-saving products, or how it ensured security. Microsoft is yet to comment on ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft has started selling their flagship X series device Nokia XL in India. Along with this, Microsoft has also quietly started selling the Nokia X+ Dual Sim device for Rs. 8,399 in India. Microsoft has partnered with Airtel to offer users free unlimited download of Android apps for six months on the Nokia XL Dual SIM. It comes with 4-inch display, Qualcomm S4 Dual core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Viral Oza, Director Marketing of Microsoft Mobile commented the following, After receiving a great response with the Nokia X, which introduced the category to this market, we are now bringing the much awaited Nokia XL and X+ to our consumers. Nokia XL, our flagship offering within the Nokia X family, comes packed with a large screen experience with a superlative front camera and a wide array of apps, offering a great Smartphone ...

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There is a new report from Computerworld claiming that Microsoft won’t be unveiling the much anticipated Surface Mini device at the press event scheduled later today in the US. Since last month, we have seen various reports from Bloomberg to Neowin claiming that Microsoft will reveal a ARM based Surface Mini device that will include Stylus support. Microsoft is also expected to reveal a bigger Surface Pro device that will start with Intel Core i3 CPU/64GB for $799 to Intel Core i7/512GB for $1899. Today, Computerworld reports that Microsoft won’t be revealing a Surface Mini device. Instead, Microsoft will reveal a Surface Pro device with large screen targeting the enterprise and pro customers. The anticipated Surface, which many had assumed would be a device with a 7- or 8-in. screen — dubbed by wags as the “Surface Mini” — will, in fact, not be unveiled Tuesday at Microsoft’s New York ...

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AdDuplex today published their report on Windows tablet market based on the data collected from almost 800 apps in the Windows Store. Microsoft Surface RT is the most used device among all Windows 8 devices and it is ahead of Surface 2 by a huge margin. Surface RT is still the most popular device to run Windows Store apps by a huge margin. That said, Surface 2 has still a long way to go to catch up with it’s older sibling, but it has moved from number 4 to 2 in less than 2 months. Surface Pro 2 has entered the top-10 too. So all of the Surfaces are now represented in the top-10. Among Microsoft devices, Surface RT is more than 75% of the devices, while Surface 2 and Surface Pro are in the 2nd and 3rd positions. Among the Windows 8 OEMs, Microsoft is the No.1 OEM with ...

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Asus VivoTab Windows tablet features a 11.6″ HD Super IPS+ panel with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, multi-touch display. It has a ultra-slim and light (0.1″ thin and 1.5lbs light) with metallic finish design running Windows 8. It includes 2MP front camera and 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment. Also, you can buy optional Docking station (sold separately) with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 5 hours of battery life, to instantly turn the VivoTab into PC mode with up to 15 hours of battery life. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 64GB in-built memory. One of the key highlights of this tablet is the Wacom digitizer stylus technology that offers high-precision stylus input and a more natural writing experience. This device is now on sale at Amazon for just $379, a $420 off ...

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Microsoft and SAP today announced the expansion of their global partnership to deliver new solutions that are intended to help improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility and drive increased business value for customers and partners. The partnership is in three critical areas: Enterprise cloud computing with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; Improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Power BI offering; Mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. From Microsoft, Windows Server is a great platform for SAP business applications, and now we’re taking that to the cloud. By the end of June, SAP will certify a number of their business applications to run on Microsoft Azure, including SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solution, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) ...

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Intel announced the next generation chips based on Broadwell 14nm architecture last year. However, the product launch got delayed and now Intel has provided a new target date. According to Intel CEO, next-generation Broadwell processors will ship in time to be used in personal computers sold during the holiday season but probably won’t be available for back-to-school shopping. “I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday,” Krzanich said in an interview. “Back to school – that’s a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That’s going to be tough.” These upcoming devices will have more power and even better battery life than Haswell processors. Source: Reuters ...

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  Microsoft has recently formed a cross-group Inking team between Office, Surface, and Windows groups. This team is now exploring a possibility of creating a unified Inking experience that will offer a great experience for Microsoft eco-system users. When you read the whole presentation embedded below, you will come to know that there is a possibility that Microsoft’s Courier UI vision may become true at least. You can select an area in a website, drag and drop it to Office apps, edit them and all these using your inking pen. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking ...

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A Microsoft Research project titled ‘Great Inking’ became public on the web recently. It reveals that Microsoft has formed a cross-division inking team that will devise a unified inking strategy for Microsoft. The project has revealed no.of upcoming Office touch UI for Windows. You can see the Excel UI in the image above. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking features. Check out Outlook and Word Touch UI below. Source: WalkingCat ...

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SweetLabs, the company which created Pokki Android platform apps for Windows devices has now created a new App Install Platform for Windows OEMs to monetize their devices after the sale. The SweetLabs App Install Platform enables OEMs to optimize the delivery of apps on any device and capture their fair share of the multi-billion dollar app install market. From first boot, through the lifetime of the device, OEMs can increase revenues and improve the user experience by delivering the most relevant apps to your customers. Differentiate and increase device sales by offering new app install offers and incentives in real-time. Increase per-unit margins by driving relevant app installs to your customers. Replace manual app bundling with dynamic provisioning and ongoing app recommendations to create new revenue streams. Provide personalized and differentiated app offerings to your customers. Deliver unique and relevant apps to specific devices in specific channels, and optimize based ...

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Microsoft revealed Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone devices at BUILD developer conference. During a Reddit session, Joe hinted that Cortana may come to Windows devices too. As Microsoft has intentionally built Cortana to scale out to all the different domains, the goal is to support all types of human interaction—whether it’s speech, text, or gestures—across domains of information and function and make it as easy as a natural conversation. So, we can expect Cortana on Windows in the future. A recent Microsoft job listing has confirmed the same. It says that they need people to help them redefine the personalization experience on Windows using Cortana. Do you want to be part of the team that is building the next generation of Cortana? We are looking for strong and motivated developers to help shape the Evolution of the next generation of Microsoft’s Digital Assistant – Cortana! The landscape of digital ...

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Popular push-to-talk service Voxer has now released a desktop app for Windows users. Voxer for Windows desktop allows you to get everything you love about Voxer Business on your PC – live and recorded voice, text and photos at your fingertips on a desktop. For example, you can listen and respond to multiple conversations on one screen, hear live audio as it comes in, click to talk back, monitor and dispatch employees at your organization and more. Features: Access multiple chats at the same time: Desktop users can have multiple chats open on one screen and listen and view messages simultaneously. Listen to live messages concurrently: Users can hear live messages as they are received, and with multiple chats open. These live messages can play at the same time, creating a walkie-talkie type feel but with multiple conversations. Download messages onto the desktop: With Voxer Windows Desktop, users can download ...

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Microsoft invited the press for a Surface related event on Tuesday May 20th. Today, they announced there will be a live webcast of the event which we all can enjoy. The specific URL of the webcast will be shared in a follow-up post on Monday, May 19. The Surface team has an event coming up next week in New York City. Invitations went out to a select group of press last week, and while the venue doesn’t allow us to invite you all to be there, we’re hoping that you’ll join us via a live webcast of the event that will be presented by the Microsoft News Center. The webcast will begin at 8am Pacific Time (11am Eastern). For specific details on the webcast, visit the Microsoft News Center on Tuesday, May 20th. You should also follow Surface on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all the latest. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft has invited the press for a Surface related event on May 20th. Microsoft is expected to reveal Surface Mini which will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have a full stylus support as well. Bloomberg later reported that Microsoft will also reveal a Intel based Surface at the same event in addition to the rumored Surface Mini. Even CNET reported that the Intel based Surface will based on a new power-optimized Haswell variant as opposed to the widely believed Intel Atom processor. Today, Microsoft Support site for an update titled “Add recording support H264 for modern communication apps in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2″ has provided us a hint on the upcoming Surface Pro 3 with improved camera. An update is available that adds support to the Surface Pro 3 camera. The following supports will be added into Windows 8.1 to support the h.264 ...

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Microsoft released the above marketing video to claim the superior nature of Windows 8′s multitasking features over Apple’s iOS. Today, a new report claims that Apple is planning to include the exact same feature in the upcoming iOS 8 update. As you expect, users will be able to open two apps at the same time. The report even claims that Apple will one up this feature with the ability to drag and drop content between split view apps. In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is said to be developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each ...

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Microsoft today added no.of new themes and wallpapers to Windows personalization gallery. There is a new Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare to celebrate the launch of the game on Windows. Introduce the colorful combatants of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare to your desktop with our new theme, in anticipation of the game’s Windows release on June 24. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare released on Xbox One in February. Another recent game launch was Ubisoft’s eagerly awaited Child of Light, which came to the Windows Store on April 30. I particularly love this title’s artwork, so I’m thrilled to be able to bring you a theme featuring some of its gorgeous environmental and concept paintings. The rest of our new themes are photographic, and feature the works of our community of contributors. Community Showcase Aqua 2 is a sequel to the popular Community Showcase: Aqua theme, and contains images of water ...

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