Microsoft today sent out invites to the press for a Surface related event for May 20th. Microsoft has hinted that possibility of showing Surface mini by mentioning ‘small’ word in the invite. The event will kick-off at 11am EDT / 8AM PDT on May 20th. We have heard many rumors about the upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. One of the main thing was, it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as opposed to Nvdia Tegra processor in Surface 2. Also, the device was rumored to have a 8-inch device. Another report claimed that the device will be marketed a “consumption-class” device that is also ideal for note taking. As with the current Surface 2, the Surface Mini is expected to ship with Office. The Surface Mini will also support an an active digitizer and theoretically could support a Wacom digitizer with the correct drivers. It may be a pen/stylus ...

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Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft took the stage for the first time after retiring from the post of CEO at Microsoft. The stage was The Oxford Union Debates, one of the most famous debating chambers in the world. He discussed about his experience at Microsoft starting as a sales manager for a 30 people company with a annual revenue of $30 million. When Steve Ballmer left Microsoft, it was about $80 billion revenue with headcount around 100,000. Also, he talked about companies having one trick pony can be successful, but they need to have the tricks coming in the technology industry to keep thriving. He cited Microsoft and Apple as the two trick pony companies. Microsoft started with Windows as the first trick, and the server business was the second trick. Similarly, Apple did it twice starting with Mac and then now with iPhone and others. He also ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft will be investing over billion dollars in providing latest Windows devices to students in the US. Today, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced that they will be distributing about 150,000 Windows 8.1 devices to students over next few years that will have impact in their education, and also also takes transformational learning methods. Today is a milestone day for Baltimore, as Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance visits a number of classrooms to start the distribution of some of the devices that will be a part of the District’s journey toward 1:1 classroom scenarios. We’re working with Dr. Dance and his team of educators and staff to execute on the district’s Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) initiative aimed to fundamentally shift teaching and learning. Together with Hewlett Packard and Daly Computers Inc. we’re helping the district rollout 150,000 HP Elitebook 810 Revolve Windows 8.1 devices to all students and teachers ...

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Microsoft Store is now running a great deal on a HP touch laptop. The device named HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j152nr Touchscreen Notebook comes with great build quality, latest Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory for great performance and full HD screen for enjoying content. The device which costs $799 usually can be now bought for $599 from Microsoft Store. Use the promo code ‘GRADUATION’ during check out for buying this laptop under the great price. Key specs: Display: 15.6 in Full HD BrightView LED-backlit (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200M 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10 GHz Memory: 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 750GB 5400 RPM HDD Audio: Beats Audio quad speakers and two subwoofers. Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (up to 5 hours, 45 minutes)* Camera: HP TrueVision Full HD webcam Ports: 4 USB 3.0 (1 supporting USB Boost) Security: ...

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IDC today released worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 shipments number. Total shipment is now down to 50.4 million units in the Q1 2014, this is decline of -35.7% from the holiday quarter and just 3.9% growth over the same period a year ago. IDC expects even more challenging year ahead for this category. So, What’s going wrong for tablets? There are two main factors. First, there is a huge rise in Phablet form factor which serves both as a phone and tablet to users. Second, the upgrade cycle for tablet owners are longer than expected. Tom Mainelli, IDC Program Vice President, Devices and Displays said, “In addition, commercial growth has not been robust enough to offset the slowing of consumer shipments.” Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 market, shipping 16.4 million units. That’s down from 26.0 million units in the previous quarter and well below its total ...

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Yesterday, Apple announced a small upgrade for their MacBook Air lineup and announced $100 price cut for all their models. Especially, MacBook Air 11 now starts at $899 as opposed to $999. There were lots of coverage in the press yesterday citing that MacBook Air 11 offers best value for money. Today, Microsoft Store has reduced the price of HP Pavilion 11, a 2-in-1 Windows device that directly competes with MacBook Air 11. HP Pavilion 11 which was selling for $799 is now on sale for just $599. How about specs? It offers almost the same specs as the new MacBook Air. Compare them below, While MacBook Air 11 is just a conventional laptop, HP Pavilion 11 is a 2-in-1 Windows PC that you can use either as tablet or a laptop. Its magnetic hinge lets you easily attach and detach your tablet to and from its keyboard dock in ...

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Acer yesterday announced two new All-in-One Windows PCs. Both these PCs comes with wide angle viewing with 23-inch Full HD IPS displays, latest Intel processors, range of memory and storage options as well. The premium Aspire U5-620 boasts advanced video and audio communications certified by Skype, including a dual array microphone and 1080p webcam with a wide field of view. It also allows you to tap, swipe and pinch with fewer fingerprints anti-fingerprint coating. The mainstream Aspire Z3-615’s ergonomic display can be adjusted between -5 to 25 degrees and touts dynamic audio with Dolby® Digital Plus™ Home Theater®. Read the full press release below, Acer today unveiled two new all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs with 23-inch Full HD IPS displays, delivering vibrant and clear wide angle viewing. The new AIOs include the Acer Aspire U5-620 for consumers desiring a premium PC to serve as the home’s digital entertainment hub and the ...

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In an interview to GigaOM, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth praised Microsoft’s Cloud service Azure for treating Linux as a first class citizen in the product. Also, he pointed out that Microsoft Azure might be the service that might give Amazon Web Services a run for its money in the future. “I have never had an experience engaging with the Microsoft cloud guys where I felt that they saw Linux as a second-class citizen. I think they have an undeniable institutional prerogative to make Windows a great experience and to convince people that it’s going to be the right platform for themselves. But I think the Azure team saw straightforwardly that if they wanted people to trust them in moving their data centers into Microsoft’s data center, then they had to be able to move everything — and a lot of that was going to be Linux.” And, he added, “The ...

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    Acer today announced Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series which comes in colorful notebooks to accentuate users’ personalities. These laptops offers outstanding productivity tools with 14- and 15.6-inch displays and options for 4th generation Intel Core processors, discrete graphics and up to 1 TB of storage and also come with precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience. Another good this is the Skype Certified(1) voice over IP (VoIP) experience. Read the full press release. Acer today announces the Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series built with time-tested technologies ideal for users who require everyday productivity and infotainment at an affordable price. In addition, a variety of fashionable colors are available to accentuate users’ personalities. A complete range of viewing options is available to satisfy differing customer needs with the choice of Touch/Non-Touch, Full HD/HD, and glare or matte display. ...

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Acer today announced couple of 11.6-inch Windows laptops in the name of Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11. These laptops stand out from the crowd with new FlowCurve design – an external rear curve that continues through the interior to create a unique visual flow and also comes with a fan-less design for cool and quiet computing. Other highlights are the precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience and various color options to display users’ individual style. Read the full press release below. Acer today unveils two new 11.6-inch notebooks, the Acer Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11, which feature a distinctive FlowCurve and fan-less design for stylish, cool, and quiet computing. The thin and light notebooks are ideal for consumers who require technology that looks chic and fulfills all their infotainment needs on the go. The new thin and light 11.6-inch notebooks ...

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Acer today announced a new 2-in-1 Windows device called Aspire Switch 10. Just like Lenovo Yoga it can be used in various modes, the only difference is that the display can be detached.It allows users to use it in following 4 modes, Notebook mode–as a fully functional PC with spacious keyboard and Precision Touchpad for comfortable typing and productive work. Pad mode–as a tablet for browsing the Internet, viewing movies, and having everything in your hand. Display mode–switch the screen to show content, such as a presentation file in meetings or sharing photos with friends. Tent mode–for confined spaces while travelling such as an airplane cabin or on a side coffee table. It’s also the ideal mode for watching movies. Acer Aspire Switch 10 will have the standard Windows tablet spec with a HD screen, up to 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM is powered by an Intel® Atom™ (Bay ...

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Last week, Microsoft posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. The video shown involved the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Today, Microsoft posted another marketing video. This time, Surface 2 is being used by a wedding planner. Ashlee is a wedding planner and someone who pretty much helps turn people’s dreams into reality. Being a wedding planner she plans and executes one of the most important days in a person’s life, and she’s using Surface 2 as her one device to fulfill her passion for helping people write their love stories. Ashlee spends a lot of time on the go and out on location. On a given afternoon she might be out testing cakes or ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling free group video calling to everyone. For the last few years, Skype offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, they are making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And also, in the future, they’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost. When not in the office at Skype, I’m part of a cycling team with a group of four local friends. We’re training for a coast-to-coast charity cycling event but spend our weeks in separate parts of the world on business. As planning for our training days is a challenge, we often rely on Skype group video calls to stay connected. Now that Skype group video calling is available to everyone, free of charge, it makes our group ...

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The ConnectED initiative will, within five years, connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon are already providing their support, collectively pledging to connect more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students by the end of 2015. As part of this program, Microsoft will launch a substantial affordability program open to all U.S. public schools by deeply discounting the price of its Windows operating system, which will decrease the price of Windows-based devices. Microsoft and its partners that includes Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Toshiba will offer school districts to buy Windows-based devices for their students at sharp discounts. Microsoft is donating over $1 billion for this program. Read more about it here. ...

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Last year, Lenovo announced a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum called ThinkPad 8. Lenovo Australia website has revealed that the there is an 10- inch version in the name of ThinkPad 10 which is expected to be announced soon. This upcoming ThinkPad 10 will be powered by 1.6GHz quad-core  Intel Atom processor and can be configured up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It will sport the same full HD 1,920 x 1,200 screen as ThinkPad 8 and will come with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front cam. And as you can expect from a business class tablet, it will support Stylus input and you will have LTE version SKUs as well. There will be variety of accessories like keyboard case, dock, and keyboard dock for this tablet as well. We expect the basic SKU of this tablet to start at $499 and will go ...

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In addition to the news that they are completing the deal to acquire devices and services division of Nokia, Microsoft today announced that they have appointed two new leaders to its regional marketing team – Justin Spelhaug has been appointed the new APAC Marketing & Operations (M&O) Leader, while Corinne Monty is the new Central Marketing Organization (CMO) Director for the region. As the APAC M&O Leader, Justin will lead all marketing activities and operations for Microsoft across Asia-Pacific. He will execute the company’s renewed vision across the region, with a focus on delivering “mobile first, cloud first” solutions, through Microsoft’s unmatched breadth of devices and services for both consumers and businesses. Corinne will report directly to Justin and be responsible for marketing communications strategy and execution in Asia Pacific, as well as driving marketing innovation and operational excellence. Prior to these new roles, Justin held positions such as the Senior Director of ...

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