Microsoft yesterday released their Wordament game for iOS devices. Wordament was originally developed for Windows Phone devices and now Microsoft is porting them to other platforms as well. Its the first Xbox game for iOS that can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. App Description: Do you have two minutes to spare? Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. Each board is unique and alternating rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter digram tiles and theme* puzzles. You can choose to go for the bonus points, try to find the most words possible or earn scoring bonuses by finding longer words. How you play and choose to compete is up to you! We love our ...

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Windows 8 was released to general consumers on Oct 26th by Microsoft and following the release it was announced that over 40 million copies of Windows 8 was sold after 1 month of its release. Chitika today released a report which measures the Windows based web traffic in US. According to them, Windows 8 now holds 2.3% of the Windows based web traffic in US. Based on the graph above, Web traffic from Windows 8 users constituted 2.3% of all Windows traffic as of December 13th 2012 – exactly 48 days after its release. In comparison, 48 hours following Apple’s release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, its new OS had already captured 3.2% of Mac Web usage. Both Windows 8 and Mountain Lion were available as downloadable upgrades to consumers for $40 and $20, respectively. I guess Windows 8 usage will further accelerate as more Windows 8 based tablets and convertibles reach ...

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Microsoft has released a Camera Codec Pack for Windows. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC). The software allows RAW camera files to be viewable in Windows Explorer and is available in both 32-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_x86.msi) and 64-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_amd64.msi) versions. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack provides support for the following device formats: Canon: Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, EOS 10D, EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D Digital, EOS 60D, EOS 300D, EOS 350D, EOS 400D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D, EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 1000D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D Digital, EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS Digital Rebel, EOS Kiss Digital, EOS Kiss Digital N, EOS Kiss Digital X, EOS Kiss F, EOS Kiss X2, ...

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Microsoft has updated a set of Bing powered apps that are coming pre-installed in Windows 8 machines. Bing apps that got updated today includes News, Weather, Sports, Finance and Travel. All these apps has got new features and several performance improvements. Here is the change log for all of them, Travel New destination content from Lonely Planet Points of interest reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor Saved flight and hotel searches for easy access Faster display of flight and hotel search results Easier filtering of flight results for departure and arrival times Enhancements to destination weather and currency information, with linking to Weather and Finance apps Sports New Soccer Leagues UK League 1 UK League 2 Bundesliga 2 FR Ligue 2 Dutch Eredivisie Argentina Primera División Portugal Primeira League Australian A league Content from additional partners Finance Improved navigation Content from additional partners Featured partner content Additional exchanges enabled Videos Improved ...

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In her first interview to MIT Technology Review after becoming the head of Windows Product group at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green discussed about Windows 8, iPad, Steven Sinofsky and more. On iPad and Android, Did you take that approach in Windows 8 as a response to the popularity of mobile devices running iOS and Android? We started planning Windows 8 in June of 2009, before we shipped Windows 7, and the iPad was only a rumor at that point. I only saw the iPad after we had this design ready to go. We were excited. A lot of things they were doing about mobile and touch were similar to what we’d been thinking. We [also] had differences. We wanted not just static icons on the desktop but Live Tiles to be a dashboard for your life; we wanted you to be able to do things in context and share across apps; ...

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We have seen many reports since the general availability of Windows 8 that PC OEMs failed to deliver Windows 8 PCs on time. Even among the Windows 8 PCs that got released, there were only few touch enabled PCs. OEMs didn’t prepare for large touch screen panel and its associated components demand. In an interview to CNET, Lenovo executive Gerry Smith revealed that the industry did underestimate touchscreen demand. He said the following on Lenovo’s position in the PC industry right now, “Lenovo’s a little different from other companies,” Smith said. “We’re still seeing strong growth and a strong premium to the market overall…And this quarter, we’re seeing strong growth across all product segments.” Being No. 4 in the U.S. is a solid position, but it’s not acceptable long-term for us…We will be No. 1 in the U.S. That’s absolutely a focus. I’m not going to give you a time ...

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We have seen many reports regarding Windows 8 sales that PC OEMs were largely responsible for the poor Windows 8 device sales. Wired posted an interesting post where it got comments regarding Windows 8 sales from PC OEMs such as Toshiba, Dell and Sony. Generally they had low expectations for Windows 8 than Windows 7 because there are many more services and platforms, an underdeveloped supply chain for touch components and slow consumer education stemming to scattered branding and PR. Sony product manager commented the following, “The expectations of what we forecasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” he said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.” Toshiba VP commented the ...

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Today, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund cut his Windows 8 sales estimates saying that “Windows 8 is off to an awkward launch,”. He noted that several factors for such launch. First PC OEMs were slow to bring out tablets and ultrabooks based on Windows 8, a steep learning curve is required for consumers to use Windows 8 and the bad press due to confusion between Windows RT and Windows 8. “In looking at Microsoft, we have assumed essentially no growth going forward in traditional PCs (or actually down about 6 [percent] if we exclude new ultrabooks) and the more relevant market growth of about [3 percent to 5 percent] if we include Windows-based tablet devices. We assume that many consumers will prefer an iPad to a Windows device, but that Office is still an anchor for enterprise and prosumers that may chose to upgrade notebooks to either ultrabook touch or tablet/hybrid devices ...

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Jin Park, Vice President of the IT solutions business at Samsung has told that Samsung Electronics will ship 16 million Windows 8/Windows 7 devices such as tablets, PCs this year. Samsung today announced ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro devices in India selling for Rs. 53,990 and Rs. 75, 490. respectively. Samsung VP told the following regarding Samsung Windows products, “Our smart devices like ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro and Samsung Notebooks deliver seamless user experience through convergence technologies across multiple devices. With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft’s leadership in operating systems, we are able to provide customers with smart devices that have the most beautiful design, powerful performance and ease of use.” Source: Reuters ...

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We have seen lots of surveys, analyst’s claims, market research reports on Windows 8 adoption. Today, another survey about Windows 8 got released. According to the survey result, two in five (39%) are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. Even though the survey firm showcases it as a negative number, I think 40% of total PC count is a strong number. Read the full survey results below. Press Release: LONDON — November 22, 2012 While the vast majority of consumers (96%) own a Windows PC, only two in five (39%) of these are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. The findings were part of a study undertaken by Toluna QuickSurveys to assess consumer reactions to the announcement by Microsoft last month to upgrade to Windows 8. The survey also revealed that when it comes to Windows operating systems, Windows 7 is a clear favourite, with over a quarter of consumers (28%) ...

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Technet reports that the Kinect has found a use outside of simply games. Alex’s place, a Miami clinic treating children with cancer and blood disorders, is using the gadget to run interactive screens to entertain and distract children, and also help with their assessment. "As soon as they walk in, technology is embracing them," said Dr. Julio Barredo, chief of pediatric services at alex’s place in The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health Systems. Created by Snibbe Interactive, Character Mirror’s goal is to help reinforce patients’ mind-body connection with engaging play and entertainment, as well as to potentially reduce their fear of technology and the treatments they face. As an added benefit, nurses can observe a child’s natural range of movement during play and more easily draw out answers to key diagnostic questions. "I find the gestural interactive experiences we created for alex’s place in Miami among the ...

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We already know that Microsoft is planning to license its Xbox platform to other OEMs as revealed in leaked roadmap documents. Now, The Verge reported today that Microsoft is planning a low cost “Xbox TV” device that will be released in 2013. The device will act as a set-top box and allows only casual gaming as opposed to regular Xbox console. This device is expected to be released before holiday shopping season in 2013.   Are you waiting for a device like Xbox TV? Source: TheVerge ...

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We all know that development of Windows 8 started in 2010 as soon as Windows 7 got released to the public in Oct, 2009. Recently, Microsoft’s Jensen Harris from the Windows design team spoke about designing Windows 8 at UX Week 2012.In his presentation, he revealed number of unseen Windows 8 mockups. Some of them include Windows 8 Start screen, Charms bar, lock screen, etc,. As you can see from the above video, Microsoft has fine tuned their initial design to the current design in release version of Windows 8. via: istartedsomething   ...

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Rackspace has released its Cloud app for Windows 8 devices on Windows Store. Rackspace Cloud for Windows 8 allows you to quickly and easily control your Cloud Servers and Cloud Files wherever you are. Features for Managing Cloud Servers: · Reboot, rename, resize, and rebuild · Change the root password · Manage backup schedules · Delete or create multiple Cloud Servers at once · Ping IP addresses to your Cloud Servers from multiple locations around the world · Open IP addresses in Safari and an SSH client if one that responds to ssh:// URLs is installed on your device (i.e. iSSH) · Bootstrap Cloud Servers with Chef from your Chef server or the Opscode Platform Features for Managing Cloud Files: · Control CDN settings · Create and delete containers · Create folders in containers · Create media (photos and video) and text files · Download and open Cloud Files objects to ...

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In an interview to Readwrite, Merle McIntosh, the senior vice president of product management of Newegg North America said that Windows 8 sales in general is slow going and he expects better sales in 2013. “So yes, we were prepared for some pretty big upside on the software side of the equation, and the hardware side of the equation, and it is has been steadily improving. But it did not explode, as I think you know, coming out of the gate.” “On the software side it has been slow going, and I think it will be that way until the pricing normalizes sometime next year,” McIntosh said, declining to provide actual sales numbers. “But on the hardware side, we’re starting to see some slow but steady increases in notebooks, and as the tablets become available, we’re starting to see some good sides of the tablet part of the equation as ...

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If you are using Outlook 2013, you might be aware of this already. From Outlook 2013, you don’t need any Outlook Connector Plugin to use Outlook.com/Hotmail.com email to use it on desktop. Outlook 2013 uses Exchange ActiveSync to connect to Outlook.com service. In just a few minutes you’ll have the full power of the Outlook app for your personal Oulook.com email. Go to File | Add Account. Enter your Outlook.com email (or other email that supports EAS) and Password. Click Next, wait for the connection to complete, and click Finish. Exchange ActiveSync will sync mail, calendar, contacts and tasks from your Outlook.com account. Yes, tasks is also now supported. Source: Outlook ...

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