Aviary today launched its Photo Editor SDK for Windows 8 designed for apps on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. Aviary team worked with AMD and Microsoft to build this SDK optimized for AMD APU architectural advantages. We’ve achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP. Computations are performed on the highly parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) cores inside the AMD APU instead of the more serial central processing unit (CPU) cores. Applying CAMP allows for processing of our complete range of filters and effects instantaneously – on average 16x faster than comparable processors. Aviary Windows 8 SDK will be used by partners like Rowi, Myframes, Memorylage, etc,. Developers can download and use Aviary’s SDK here: http://aviary.com/w8 ...

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Microsoft started to sell their first Windows hardware Surface RT back in October last year. Initially the device was available only in Microsoft retail locations in US and then later expanded its availability to other retail stores and countries. Three months after that, Microsoft announced the availability of Surface Pro which is based on Intel Core i5 processor which is available in US alone for now. Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft has sold about a little more than million Surface RT units and 400,000 Surface Pro units since launch. Will the broader availability and adoption of Windows 8 further drive Surface family of device sales? Only time will tell. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft today revealed their partnership with social video editing start-up, Vyclone. Vyclone’s mobile app allows users to co-create, sync, and edit multiple views of a single shared moment – like a sporting event, or birthday. Working with Microsoft, Vyclone has today released a new experience called Vyclone web editor using which users can now edit and share crowd sourced video to the web using just a browser and HTML5. With modern browser like Internet Explorer 10, Vyclone web editor even supports touch input. Does this sound familiar? You go to a concert and there is a sea of phones in the air, are as common as lighters once were. It’s human nature to want to capture the moment and share it with the world. But Vyclone takes that one step further. With Vyclone, users can access everyone else’s video to make their own director’s cut from the best views at the concert – instead of ...

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IDC yesterday released its latest forecast update of the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker estimates. IDC expects tablet shipments to be upwards of 350 million by the end of 2017. IDC also predicted that Windows will only have arounf 10% of the total tablet market by 2017 with Windows RT growth to remain below 3% during the forecast period. “Microsoft’s decision to push two different tablet operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, has yielded poor results in the market so far,” said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets. “Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8. Such a focus could drive better share growth in the tablet category down the road.” What do you think of their forecast? Source: IDC ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a set of new themes and wallpapers for Windows devices in their Personalization Gallery. Here is the list of the new themes releases. One harbinger of spring is the sight of bees visiting the crocuses, apple blossoms, and daffodils that begin to bloom around this time of year. Our first theme, a collection of stunning macro images by photographer Mayur Kotlikar, opens a window into the busy and beautifully colorful world of these essential pollinators. Brilliant flowers and busy insects are also the subject of the new theme Garden Glimpses, which showcases the work of young photographer Rangan Das. I’m impressed by the painterly richness of his images. Our next theme features another participant in the Open Call, photographer Ondřej Vlček, whose camera is also focused on the small details of the natural world that might otherwise pass unnoticed: berries gleaming like jewels in the afternoon sun, ...

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Stardock has released a new Windows 8 program called ModernMix which allows you to run Windows 8 Modern/MetroStyle apps in a windows similar to the way other classic programs operates. You can run multiple modern apps, minimize & maximize it, pin them to task bar, etc,. Run modern apps in windows: ModernMix enables you to run multiple Modern apps in individual separate windows on the desktop as well as launch them from the desktop. Apply custom settings: Modern app window sizes are remembered the next time you launch them. Pin modern apps to the taskbar: Active Modern apps will also appear on your taskbar where they can be pinned for quick access later. Bring back the familiar Windows look: Standard Windows 8 title bar is enabled for Modern apps. Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button Download it from Stardock here. It comes with 30 day free trial ...

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Microsoft has released its HealthVault app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. HealthVault app allows you to access your health information stored in your HealthVault account. Description: HealthVault for Windows helps you take control of your health and keep your most important health information at your fingertips. Set health goals, track progress, and discover trends. Features: Track progress towards your health goals. Manage your weight, track your exercise, steps, and diet. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. View and edit details of your family’s most important health information. Discover trends in your health and fitness. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  We all know from previous reports that Microsoft is working on a significant update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue that will be released this year. Now according to Win8china, Windows 8 Blue will be RTMd in June with preview available in coming months. Windows Blue will include less UI changes and more under the hood improvements like low power consumption, better performance, better search integration, etc,. Windows Blue has entered Milestone Preview development phase now. UI hasn’t changed much. will have a better performance, Kernel gets downsized again lower power consumption Scaling is improved for Metro Apps, will fit to the screensize. Better windowing Preview will be available in coming months M1, MP, and then RTM RTM Build number should be 9600 RTM phase starting 7th of June Retail launch planned for August Windows Blue upgrade is free for Windows 8 Users via: Neowin  Source: Windows4Live ...

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In an interview to MIT Technology Review, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed about various things related to Microsoft starting from Surface to their future vision. When asked about Surface, he said that Surface is a real business, and Surface can never attain the sheer volume of total no.of PCs shipped each year. Read the following conversation about Microsoft’s vision which I think is the interesting part of the interview. I understand Google’s vision for the future of computing. I know what Apple stands for. I used to understand what Microsoft stood for. I no longer know. What’s your vision for the company? I would simply say we’re about defining the future of productivity, entertainment, and communication—in the new world [where] software is going to have to come in kind of an integrated form. Or at least a well-designed form that includes cloud services and devices. And is that why Windows ...

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Before the release of Windows 8, every few days we used to see new builds and screenshots of Windows 8 internal builds. Microsoft released Windows 8 to the consumer 3 months back and since then there was no concrete information that got leaked about the next version of Windows. Today, some screenshots of Windows Blue with build number 9289 emerged online as you can see above. Also there are reports that Microsoft has switched to a new kernel version 6.3 for Windows Blue. Windows Blue is expected to bring no.of improvements to Windows 8 under the hood and also some UI refinements and enhancements. Source: Win8china ...

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Last week many tech blogs reported about the free storage space left is Surface Pro models are very less. Ed Bott from ZDNet today posted a detailed comparison between Surface Pro 128GB and Macbook Air 128GB. According to his analysis, both Microsoft Surface Pro and Macbook Air offers similar out-of-the box free storage space. MacBook Air 128: 92.20 GB (approx. 99 billion bytes) Surface Pro 128: 89.7 GB (approx. 96.3 billion bytes) In Surface Pro, you can even increase the free space by moving your recovery partition contents to USB Drive or external HDD. Read the source link below for more details. Source: ZDNet ...

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According to the market research firm Forrester, 32% of the enterprise users wants Windows tablet as their next work device. This data was compiled from the sample size of 9,766 information workers that Forrester polled. Even though Apple now leads the enterprise tablet numbers with 26% market share, it’s a encouraging news for Microsoft that more than 30% of the workers prefer Windows tablets. In the smartphone side, Microsoft has more work to do. About 33% of workers want their next phone as iPhone while 22% want an Android device, 10% of the people want a Windows phone device. Source: Readwrite ...

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Acer President Jim Wong said in an interview to Bloomberg at the company headquarters that Google Chrome-based PCs accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer’s U.S. shipments since being released there in November. He also told that Windows 8 is not successful which is evident from the decreased PC sales. “Windows 8 itself is still not successful,” said Wong, whose company posted a 28 percent drop in fourth-quarter shipments from a year earlier. “The whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8 launch, that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or not.” “You saw that all the marketing and promotions were not as broad as Windows 8, so to reach this success is encouraging,” I really don’t understand the Chromebook market because for the same price as a Chromebook, you can buy a Windows 7/Windows 8 based PC. What do you think? Read ...

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On Thursday 24th January, Microsoft’s CFO Peter Klein said we should expect more distribution channels for the company’s Surface tablet line.  Today, there’s rumours that the Windows RT version of Surface will soon go on sale in Costco stores. Neowin reports that a list displaying Costco stores which require yearly membership will sell the 32 GB version of the tablet (without the touch cover) for $499.  The 32 GB and 64 GB versions of the tablet with the touch cover will be sold for $599 and $699.  Costco will also allow users to choose the colour of their Surface tablet touch cover, rather than being limited to the black touch cover. Now, in total, there are four retail outlets in US that are reported to sell the Surface RT tablet.  Microsoft’s retail stores were the first to offer the tablet at its launch on October 26th 2012, followed by Best ...

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Microsoft Dynamics team has released their Business Analyzer app for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. Description: Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer displays business intelligence information for your Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution. Features: Connect to SQL Reporting Services to display Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 FP1 reports. Interact with reports using a variety of report actions, such as copy, edit, view and refresh. Open Microsoft Lync Windows 8 edition from a report to initiate a conversation with someone about the report. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft removed the Start button from Windows 8 for the good, but still many people want it back. Since Microsoft is not providing any solution to bring back the old Start menu, 3rd party software like Pokki and Stardock are taking advantage of that. Today Stardock’s Start8 got updated to v1.1 with many improvements and features such as multi-monitor support for the Start button, custom places support, additional languages, and more. Stardock also announced that over 3 million people have downloaded their Start8 software since launch. Here are some of the new features added in the new release: •Added drag & drop including rearranging items in the all programs tree. •Added rename support in the tree •Added feature : Folders pinned to the startmenu allow you to view the first X items as a jumplist •Added opening Winkey+X menu option instead of start menu •Added feature : Custom places locations. ...

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