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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Microsoft is going to run its first Super Bowl ad on Sunday during Seahawks vs Broncos NFL match. I was surprised to know that Microsoft has never took part in the famous Super Bowl marketing ads. This time, Microsoft is going to show an ad for Surface Pro device and how it is empowering people with disabilities. Former football player Steve Gleason uses Microsoft Surface to communicate and inspire others diagnosed with ALS. Watch the video above to know more. Another ad might be just focused on Microsoft branding that it empowers people. Five year old Braylon O’Neill was born missing the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs. Now, he’s making strides, pushing limits, and playing sports because of Microsoft technology. It is good to see that Microsoft is taking efforts to remind people that they are still a key player in the technology world. Recently, Apple ...

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Last June Microsoft announced that it would be hosting a limited, exclusive developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2 prior to its general availability in the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2014. And two months ago, Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits were shipped to thousands of developers in the program from London to Tokyo. Since the demand was high, Microsoft created 500 additional developer preview kits for the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK. The program was open to professional developers, students, researchers, artists, and other creative individuals. You only have 2 more days to apply for 1 of the 500 spots in the program. Selected participants will get a Beta device before we officially launch the new sensor next summer. The program fee will be US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits: Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and ...

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Speaking to The Guardian, UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude revealed that UK government is planning to switch its productivity suite from Microsoft Office to some Open source solutions. UK government spends tens of millions of pounds a year to Microsoft and other software companies for using their software and they are looking to cut those costs. He believes that costs would come down by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF), such as OpenOffice and Google Docs. I agree with OpenOffice in his argument, but Google Docs? Speaking at a cross-government event showcasing new online services on Wednesday, Maude will say: “The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace. “I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need ...

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Digitimes today reported that Samsung will no longer launch conventional notebook models except few Chromebooks in 2015. Essentially, they are ending their R&D on new Windows laptops while they continue to sell their existing models. Samsung had a strong growth in Windows laptops segment 2 years back, but since then it has lost its game with Lenovo and decreasing consumer demand for laptops. Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Samsung aimed to ship 17 million notebooks in 2013 but actually shipped 12 million units, the sources said. On a related note, Asus notebook shipments are expected to reach 20 million units in 2014, up from 18.5 million units in 2013. Source: Digitimes ...

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At CES earlier this month, Lenovo announced the MIIX 2 10-inch Windows tablet. Even though it was expected only in March, it was listed in Lenovo.com today with a reasonable price tag. The 10-inch MIIX 2 weighs only 1.3 lbs. and is only 0.36-inches thick. It comes with a new 64-bit enabled quad-core Intel Atom processor 1, a full HD 1920×1200 10-point touchscreen display, Wi-Fi (and optional 3G), JBL surround speakers for great sounding audio, up to 128GB of eMMC storage and a microSD slot for adding up to 32GB of storage . The 10-inch MIIX 2 also comes with a 720p high resolution 2 megapixel front and 5 megapixel rear cameras. And it has all day battery life. It comes in Silver Grey color and have a mini HDMI port to display content on larger screens, an SD card reader, micro USB port and microSD cards along with USB ...

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Microsoft today officially confirmed the renaming of SkyDrive brand to OneDrive. Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life. Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more. The users of SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro won’t see any interruption on the services, but the name of the services will move to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced few changes and improvements in the Windows Store onboarding and publishing process to make things easier for app developers. For example, you can now set exact date, time with time zone on when you app should go live in Windows Store, you can now relist the app at anytime to fix some critical issues, you can now end support for Windows 8 without disturbing the latest app in the store and more. From Windows team blog, Setting your app’s release date and time First off, we’ve added more control to choosing the release date for your app. Previously, when you submitted an app, it went live in the Store as soon as certification and the process of publishing the app was completed, or you could select a future date to publish your app. Now you have more control over when publishing begins. Rather than only choosing the date, ...

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Earlier this week,  we reported that HP has recently started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs.With a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand”, HP was trying to sell a 5 year old OS to its customers. It raised lots of discussions and criticisms on HP and Windows 8. Today, HP clarified its stand on this issue through its official blog. The reason they are still selling Windows 7 PCs are because they want to give choice to consumers. Also, they confirmed that they are not dropping Windows 8 and pointed out that all Windows 7 PCs that are on sale are also available with Windows 8. Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like ...

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