Nokia has released their Music app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Nokia Music app is one of the best designed apps available in Windows Store and it gives you a whole new Music experience similar to Xbox Music app. It supports Nokia Music+ subscription also which lets you enjoy time-sync’d lyrics, HQ audio and much more. Features: Mixes: Hundreds of hand-crafted playlists across every genre you’re interested in. From Pop to Dub, Blues legends, Ragga, Indietronica, and loads more – we’ve got the lot Offline Mixes: Download hours’ worth of your favorite mixes to listen when you’re not connected to the internet MP3 Playback: Listen and queue your own music. Put them in your Music library and we’ll pick them up. Get Mix recommendations and artist information Artist Mix: Tell us up to three of your favorite artists and we’ll make you a mix featuring those and other ...

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Microsoft is planning to release a pair of critical security fixes in the next edition of “Patch Tuesday” on April-9 at approximately 1800 GMT. Firstly, the update/fix will address flaws deemed critical in Internet Explorer for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is also considered that those vulnerabilities are only ‘moderate’ risks in Windows Server systems. In addition to the above update, a fix for a ‘critical’ flaw for all supported desktop versions of Windows prior to Windows 8 and ‘moderate’ for Windows Server deployments will also be released. The statement also ensured that this vulnerability is not present in Windows 8. In addition to these critical fixes, Microsoft said that it would be releasing a total of seven flaws rated as ‘important’ security risks. The impact of those vulnerabilities includes elevation of privilege, denial of service and information disclosure. Source : v3 ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on Outlook for Windows RT devices. But the real question is, when is it going to come? Two prominent Microsoft bloggers from Winsupersite and ZDNet today revealed some info on Outlook RT based on their information from sources. Paul’s info, It’s perhaps more interesting that Outlook RT has made its way outside of Microsoft as well. This suggests that it’s much closer to an actual release, though I have no information about when that might happen. I was told, however, that Outlook RT didn’t make the cut for the initial release of Windows RT because of a firmware bug in the ARM chipset that would cause the application to hang or crash over time. This is different from what a source had told me previously—something about battery life issues—but neither Outlook RT user professed to notice anything like that. Interesting. Mary’s info, This same source said all ...

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According to CNET, the upcoming significant update for Window 8/RT devices to codenamed ‘Blue’ could be marketed under the name of ‘Windows 8.1′. Lots of upcoming new features of Windows Blue got leaked a week ago which included new personalization features, improved PC settings page, Internet Explorer 11, etc,. Even Windows RT Blue update will be branded as Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 naming is simple and an obvious one which denotes the nature of the update to Windows 8. What do you think? Source: CNET ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on the next release of  Windows 8 codenames Windows Blue. While a public preview of this release is expected in June, internal and partner builds of Windows Blue has started to leak online. Here are some of the screenshots leaked online which reveals new features like small live tiles, new way of personalization, improved UI, improved multi-tasking, etc,. via: Winforum ...

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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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