If you are more into Windows Phone 8.1 leaks in the past couple of days, time to move to Windows 8.1 Update 1. We already saw the changes that are coming in Windows 8.1 Update 1 in which Microsoft is trying to address the concerns of keyboard/mouse users of Windows 8.1. Some of the most notable changes include the ability to pin Windows Store apps in taskbar, ability to close/minimize/close Windows Store apps via black bar on the top, search and power buttons and Start screen and more. Today, a new Win 8.1 2014 Update build  got leaked with build string. 6.3.9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003. This 9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003 is a Escrow build and you can expect Microsoft to sign-off RTM build of Windows 8.1 update 1 soon. It was reported that this update will be rolled out to consumers in April via Windows Store. via: WZor ...

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Google today announced their partnership with Google to bring traditional Windows apps to Chromebooks. Current range of Chromebooks are just a glorified web browser machines and without Internet/web apps, they are useless items. Under the current partnership, customers can fully embrace the cloud with Chromebooks using VMware Horizon™ DaaS®. VMware and Google are working together to make the migration of legacy applications even easier, by using the HTML5/Blast experience from Chromebooks. Read the full press release below.   SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Feb 12, 2014) -  Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2014, VMware announced that it is joining forces with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) to modernize corporate desktops for the Mobile Cloud Era by providing businesses with secure, cloud access to Windows applications, data and Desktops on Google Chromebooks. This expanded relationship between Google and VMware enables enterprise customers to achieve greater security and lower Total Cost of Ownership of Google Chromebooks ...

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Microsoft Store has now started selling Asus VivoTab Note 8 Windows tablet. VivoTab Note 8 comes with 8-inch HD touchscreen powered by Intel Atom Z3740 CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. Also, it offers up to 8 hours battery life. The main advantage of VivoTab Note 8 over its competitors is its 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. The VivoTab Note 8 also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 (a $139 value) Microsoft is selling the 32GB version for just $329. Find the listing here. You can find other competing devices of this tablet below, Dell Venue 8 Pro -  $299 Toshiba Encore – $299 Lenovo ...

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Microsoft India has partnered with Acer, MBD Group and Tata Teleservices for offering special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12). They will be offering Acer W4 8-inch Windows tablet for Rs.24,999 for all these schools. It has got the standard hardware spec and it comes with Office Home and Student as well as Office 365. Microsoft has also included the Office 365 Education A2 and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification for students. Read the full press release below. New Delhi – 6th February, 2014: Microsoft India today announced the availability of special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12) in partnership with Acer, MBD Group & Tata Teleservices. This consortium envisions a future of education where content, technology and connectivity come together seamlessly to make learning more immersive. Priced at Rs. 24,999 per device, the bundle is available to all private schools (K6-12) in India. The specially created bundle comprises a ...

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NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group today announced that Microsoft’s Windows Azure Media Services is chosen to use to publish and stream all 98 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, through Feb. 23. This involves managing more than 1,000 hours of streaming coverage across devices. Millions of users can access live and on-demand content by using NBCOlympics.com, free NBC Sports Live Extra app, available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. To meet those demands, Windows Azure will be “leading the way by providing end-to-end live streaming of the Winter Olympics entirely in the cloud, including encoding, transcoding and streaming, for the first time in history,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft corporate vice president, in a press release announcing the partnership with NBC. “We know the country will be watching, so we think it’s a great testament that NBC Olympics has chosen Microsoft as its partner for ...

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The Razer Edge Pro, which is the world’s first tablet designed for PC gamers is now available under great deal from Amazon. Razer Edge Pro powered by Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics has a 10.1″ full HD multi-touch display. The Gamepad Controller for the Razer Edge makes it the only tablet in the world that allows for console style gaming on the go with full PC game support, immersive vibration-feedback and direct reflective acoustics. The 256GB model is now available for just $1049 from Amazon. Find key specs below. Processor Intel Core i7 Dual Core Processor with Hyper-Threading CPU: 1.9GHz (Base) / 3.0GHz (Turbo) Memory 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz) Storage 256GB SSD (SATA-III) Video Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology) Display 10.1″ (IPS, 1366×768) Multi-touch HD display Network Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4) Operating System Windows 8 Others Stereo speakers Codec supports 7.1 ...

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Sony, one of the popular Windows OEM known for its high-end machines today announced its sale of VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners. So, Sony won’t be releasing/selling VAIO Windows devices once the deal is over. Read more about it below. Sony and Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (“JIP”) today concluded a memorandum of understanding confirming the parties’ intent for Sony to sell to JIP Sony’s PC business currently operated under the VAIO brand. Following a comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry, Sony’s overall business portfolio and strategy, the need for continued support of Sony’s valued VAIO customers, and future employment opportunities for personnel involved in the VAIO business, the Company has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by JIP is the optimal solution. Sony and JIP will ...

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Reuters recently reported that Sony is planning to sell its Vaio personal computer division in an effort to streamline its business. Vaio PC division is losing money already and Sony is looking to stop it by selling it to possible parties. Sony is already in dicussion with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners to sell its Vaio unit. A new company would be set up by Japan Industrial Partners to take over the Vaio brand’s operations in Japan, according to the plan under consideration, the source said. Financial details and stakeholdings in the new entity were still being discussed. Apart from Japan, Sony is also planning to stop its operations from overseas PC markets. PC market in general is in bad shape with declining growth and also Sony holds very low single digit market share in that market. A Japanese newspaper The Nikkei business daily reported that the Vaio PC unit ...

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According to latest data from NetApplications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser continues to gain market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer gained 0.30% up from 57.91 percent to 58.21 percent. Internet Explorer 11 has also passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.25% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 18% web browser market share in January. via: TNW ...

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According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 barely made any significant gain in January 2014. The market share increased by just 0.09% to reach 10.58% worldwide.  More specifically, Windows 8 fell 0.26 percentage points (from 6.89 percent to 6.63 percent), while Windows 8.1 gained 0.35 percentage points (from 3.60 percent to 3.95 percent). Also, Windows 7 continued to lose market share at very slow rate. Overall, Windows market share is up to 90.73 percent from 90.72 percent, OS X increased its market share to 7.68% and Linux captured 1.60% market share. Image via: TNW ...

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This Windows 8.1 Update 1 build is now available for download from various illegal sites and the leaked build with build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237 revealed many new features that we reported in the past week. Winbeta did a quick video walk through showing main changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Check it out above. New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1: Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it. You can keep taskbar visible while using modern apps Control Panel item in metro PC Settings 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show on less than 8″ tablets to prevent accidental shutdown Search button on ...

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Microsoft is not new in targeting Chromebooks in its Windows ads, we have already seen it in the past. Microsoft today released a new Windows ad which shows a customer opting for a Asus Windows device that costs $350 over a Chromebook. Why she did that? Because a Windows PC allows her to run full Office apps, play games, Skype with family and more importantly without internet requirement all the time. Whether it’s playing games or getting homework done with Microsoft Office, Windows laptops give you the best of work and play. The New Windows: One experience for everything in your life. http://windows.com/honestly Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts on this new ad from Microsoft. ...

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We have seen many different fields in which Microsoft’s revolutionary Kinect was being used, this one is quite different. Microsoft’s Kinect is now being used in Korean border by the military to monitor the demilitarized zone. If there was any human intrusion, Kinect will automatically notify the army men about it. Even though the current implementation uses first gen Kinect, they are now planning to upgrade to Xbox One Kinect which will able to detect heart rates and heat maps for more accurate tracking. Self-taught South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Ko developed a Kinect-based software system to monitor the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), which separates the two countries. It was deployed at the border last August, but its existence wasn’t made public until recently. According to news site Hankooki (via tipster Sang), the Kinect-based system identifies objects crossing the DMZ. It can discern the difference between animals and humans. If the ...

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Over the last weekend, Lenovo announced the new ThinkPad 11e series of laptops, designed specifically for students in classroom. They have ruggedized build and comes both in regular laptop form-factor and Lenovo Yoga form factor. It includes features like rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, and stronger hinges to protect the system from the hustle and bustle of the classroom. It comes with 11.6 inch HD LED screen running on Intel processor. Read the full press release below. ORLANDO, FLand RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC –January 29, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced at the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), the ThinkPad 11e series of laptops, designed specifically for education and ruggedized for classroom performance. Thin and light, these purpose-built devices offer education administrators the durability necessary to succeed in the hands of K-12 students and the flexibility to meet the increasingly changing needs of their technology demands. The ThinkPad 11e series is ...

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Based on various reports from Bloomberg, Recode, and many other news publications, Microsoft’s current executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise group is likely to become CEO of Microsoft. GigaOM’s Om Malik did an interview with Satya few months back and he published it yesterday. It is an very interesting interview in which Om asks questions like, “What does the future of Microsoft productivity apps and Microsoft’s Enterprise business look like, say in 2020?”, “What is your biggest challenge right now from a cloud and enterprise standpoint in the company?” and more. I find the answers from Satya to these questions are great. One of the highlights of the interview was when he was asked about the challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft, read his full response below. What do you think is the big challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft? I’d say our current challenge and our ...

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Apart from the video related to the ad that Microsoft is going to air during Superbowl tomorrow, Microsoft has released several other videos themed “Empowering us all, Microsoft”. These videos include stories of woman whom got her hearing back, students across the world connecting with other students across the world, a 96 year old who uses paint program in PCs, surgeons who uses their gestures to interact with X-rays, and more. In all these stories, Microsoft technology is involved. Check out those videos below. Microsoft official blog has also provided us some information about each of these videos, read it below. Readers may be familiar with Sarah Churman from a 2011 viral video in which she activates a hearing implant and hears for the very first time. In the above video, you can learn more about Churman’s story and how Microsoft technology enabled her to receive an Esteem Hearing implant ...

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