When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, it came with Nokia exclusive apps such as Nokia Storyteller, Nokia HERE Maps and more. Nokia today announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. Nokia announced the following improvements over previous version of the app. First of all: speed. The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it’s a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions. City pages, for example, now load up to four times faster, thanks to the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimisations ...

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  Dell’s 2014 product roadmap for its PC division got leaked today. Tabtec posted the full product roadmap slides and it reveals lots of new information on upcoming products. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet codenamed Bellaire 2 coming in Q3 2014. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets, code-named Junction 2 and Midland 2 coming in Q3 2014. Dell Venue 11 Pro with 64-bit BayTrail CPU coming in Q2 2014. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with QHD Touch display option, Broadwell CPU coming in Q3 2014. Price will start at $999. Updated Dell XPS 18 portable desktop with FHD display, Haswell ULT CPU coming in April 2014 starting $999. Dell XPS 27 All-in-One with 27-inch QHD display and top of the line CPU, GPU options coming in April 2014 starting $1599. New Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 device with up to FHD touch screen display and touchscreen ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed is presenting its concept car of the future which is based on the fact that cars will become autonomous soon and people traveling in it will find more time spending in a meaningful way. Frank M. Rinderknecht describes the status quo like this: “So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver. After all, traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me to stare at the road, but will let me spend my time in a more meaningful way.“ And then he poses the key question: How will the interior of a vehicle have to be designed to let the now largely unburdened driver make optimal use of the gain in time? This future concept car features Windows tablets for its infotainment system. You can see them in the images below. Passengers will ...

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When Lenovo announced Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook last year, many of us got confused about the naming convention which added the ‘Pro’ word to it. Later we came to know about Lenovo’s plans as they announced the new Yoga 2 devices. Yoga 2 laptops are the real successors to previous year Yoga models and Yoga 2 Pro is model focusing on premium customers with QHD+ display, SSDs, etc,. There are two different Yoga 2 models, one with 13-inch display(3.5 pounds and 0.68 inch thick) and the other with 11-inch display(2.9 pounds). The Yoga 2 11 comes with quad-core Intel Bay Trail Pentium processor, screen with 1,366 x 768 IPS touch display, storage up to 500GB of storage and battery life of 6 hours. This is now available for $519.99 from BestBuy. Key Specs: Intel® Pentium® processor N3520 Features a 2.17GHz processor speed with bursts up to 2.42GHz. 4GB DDR3L memory For multitasking ...

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At MS-News, we are fans of Hal who writes a great blog entitled Hal2020. For those not familiar with Mr. Berenson, he is a former Microsoft distinguished engineer and worked at the company from 1994 – 2002 and spent decades at the Digital Equipment Corporation before that. He often writes about Microsoft’s products, people and policies. Today, he wrote a blog post titled “Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!” in which he criticized Windows platform’s “shut up and ship” policy as opposed to older ways of engaging with platform developers in advance. For example, Windows Azure is now following the rapid release cadence and public previews releasing every few weeks. On the contrary, Windows and Windows Phone releases are closely guarded till its release leaving little time for developers to jump in to the new platform. Let me contrast three strategic thrusts going on at Microsoft.  ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes 3 games and 3 utility apps under discounted prices. Apps: Plex ($2.49, regularly $4.99) organizes and streams videos, music, home movies, Recipe Keeper ($1.99, regularly $3.99), makes it easy to quickly enter and organize all your favorite recipes. Billminder ($1.99, regularly $2.99) gives you an efficient way to control expenses, with minimal fuss. Games: “Riptide GP2” ($1.49, regularly $2.99) delivers intense, dynamic hydro-jet racing with gorgeous graphics and dozens of heart-racing tricks. “Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden” ($1.49, regularly $6.99) sends you deep underwater to a mysterious world to find your missing fiancée through 40 unique locations with 14 hidden-object scenes. “Fishdom 3: Special Edition” ($2.49, regularly $4.99) also takes you into the water with a tankful of colorful finned friends that you feed, play with and challenge through 150 levels (an additional 50 bonus levels is ...

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After the release of a new OS version, Microsoft usually continues to sell the previous OS version for a particular period of time. For example, even after the release of Windows 7, Microsoft continued to sell Windows Vista for more than a year. After the release of Windows 8, Microsoft was expected to end the sales of Windows 7 by this year. According to the updated Windows product lifecycle page, Microsoft will end the sales of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate pre-installed machines by October 2014. However, Microsoft is not ending the sales of Windows 7 Professional this year. This means that Windows OEMs can continue to sell Windows 7 Pro devices to the enterprises even after Oct 2014. This will enable the enterprise customers who still want to buy devices running Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. What do you think? Read more about it here. ...

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Speaking at Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference today, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller revealed that Microsoft has sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses since its launch in October 2012. Previously, Microsoft announced the sales numbers of Windows 8 in May 2013 when 100 million milestone was reached. It took about 8 more months to double the numbers. About 240 million licenses of Windows 7 were sold in its first 12 months, compared to 200 million licenses of Windows 8 in 15+ months. The decline in sales rate is due to various factors. First, PC market in general is in decline. Second, Windows 7 came after not so well received product called Windows Vista. Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April to the consumers and Tami told the following in the conference, “more rapid cadence” on which the Windows team has ...

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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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