Yesterday, Microsoft surprised everyone by inviting the press for a major announcement at LA. A rumor is now spreading all over the web  that Microsoft is going to release its own tablet hardware at LA. And ATD speculates that the announcement will be related to Windows tablets. There are even rumors that Microsoft may release a e-reader/content consumption only device in partnership with B&N. What do you think? Does Microsoft needs its own tablet hardware? Source: All Things D , The Wrap ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new Mail app that will come with Windows 8. The new Mail app designed for Windows 8 allows us to manage all our emails at one place. The new mail app comes with support for the following, Multiple Accounts Folders Commands – Support  for both touch, keyboard & mouse. Reading Pane Windows 8 Snap View Windows 8 Live Tiles Windows 8 Notifications Windows 8 Secondary Tiles Windows 8 Print Contract Windows 8 Share Contract Windows 8 Lock Screen Notifications Similar to the People hub which Microsoft detailed yesterday, Mail app is de-coupled from the Windows OS and you will see updates for the app often. You can read more about them at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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Few weeks before we first got information about Dell’s upcoming Windows 8 tablet Latitude 10. Today Neowin posted more information on this business focused tablet. The device will be coming to sales from mid-November to mid-January time period. The device will run on Intel Colver Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 2-cell or 4-cell removable battery and built-in mobile broadband as well. We are eager to see the Dell Windows RT offerings for consumers than these Latitude offerings. Source: Neowin  ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed the new People app coming with Windows 8 OS. The new People app is similar to the People Hub in Windows Phone devices where you can connect all your online services in one place. You can even link them for better access. They have designed the app with following principles, Complete & Connected – All your personal and work contacts are there, alive with their social activities and photos, letting you instantly engage and react to them. Data syncs from your email and social accounts rather than getting this info from a one-time import, and you get a simple unified contact card for each person, regardless of how many versions of their contact info you have from different accounts. Designed for Windows 8 – On modern devices the address book is a core part of the overall experience, therefore it is important ...

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At TechEd conference today, Microsoft demoed Office 2013 running on Windows RT device. Even though, it was not an intentional demo to show off Office 2013 features, they provided us a glimpse of it. Just, yesterday we got information (via: Liveside) about the Office 2013 name and its new logo. Above is the screenshot of Office 2013 Excel app running on Windows RT machine. While the info that Microsoft working on Office for Windows RT devices is nothing new, we now have a visual proof for the same. Image Credit: Withinwindows ...

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Along with the Metro Style apps that are built on Windows RT platform, Microsoft is also allowing Desktop apps such as Microsoft Office 2010, VLC Player to be listed on Windows Store. Listing Desktop apps on Windows Store enables customers to search for them, browse through descriptive information about them, and acquire them from the developer’s website using a link provided in the product description page in the Windows Store. Windows Store won’t be handling the update process as well. Developers who need to submit their desktop apps read the process below, Sign up for a Hardware/Desktop Dashboard Company Account. Using this account, submit the results of the Windows App Certification Kit. After we approve the results, submit the app to the Windows Store. Sign up as a company for a Windows Store developer account, using the same account as in step 1. Approved apps that have passed the Windows App ...

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Microsoft today announced its spring update for its Cloud Computing Platform Windows Azure. This is a significant update that raises Windows Azure to the level of Amazon Web Services in terms of Infrastructure As A Service. Here are the highlights from the update announced, Windows Azure Virtual Machines— Virtual Machines give you application mobility, allowing you to move your virtual hard disks (VHDs) back and forth between on-premises and the cloud.   Migrate existing workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft SharePoint to the cloud, bring your own customized Windows Server or Linux images, or select from a gallery.    As a common virtualization file format, VHD has been adopted by hundreds of vendors and is a freely available specification covered under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise. Windows Azure Virtual Network— Virtual Network lets you provision and manage virtual private networks (VPNs) in Windows Azure as well as securely extend on-premises networks ...

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Google today revealed its plans for supporting Google Chrome in Windows 8 Metro mode. Similar to Mozilla, Google is already working on a version of Chrome that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 on x86. Google is planning to release it via next dev channel update and you can try it on Windows 8 Release Preview. The initial version will support Windows 8 features such as snap mode, charms bar integration, etc,. Read more on it here. ...

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Asus Zenbook Prime Ultrabook was already announced weeks before, but Asus is showing off an upgraded version of the same at Computex. Currently,  Zenbook Prime is one of the best Ultrabooks out there in the market with 1080p display, backlit keyboard, updated touchpad, etc,. Asus has added touch screen on the same device loaded with Windows 8 as you can see in the image above. By the time Windows 8 releases, Asus may upgrade the model officially with touch screen. Read more at Engadget. ...

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Samsung on its part showed off its upcoming Windows 8 devices. Samsung unveiled Series 5 Ultra Touch and Ultra Convertible Windows 8 devices.  While Ultra Touch is a regular clamshell laptop with touch, Ultra Convertible as the name suggests is a true convertible device. Both the devices will have SSD storage, 1366X768 displays, a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, memory card reader. Remember these devices are mass market mid-range devices from Samsung. They are yet to unveil their Series 7 and Series 9 Windows 8 devices. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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Its not just big OEMs jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon, companies like MSI are also showing their interest in Windows 8 based devices. MSI has announced a new Windows 8 based Ultrabook Slider called s20 powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processors. S20 will feature 11.6″ screen with 10 point multi-touch with HD-Ready resolution. It will weigh 2.86 pounds with a 0.78 inch thickness. Also the device will come with support for USB 3.0, HDMI, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0.  We will have more details on it after the official release at Computex later this week. via: Ultrabook news ...

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Asus today announced its first Windows 8 convertible notebook called Transformer Book. The unit looks like a regular Ultrabook but you can detach the screen to use it as a tablet device. It features Intel Core  i7 processor with discrete graphics, hybrid SSD and HDD storage, 4GB RAM, and USB 3.0. ASUS Transformer Book – the world’s first convertible notebook The ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first convertible notebook – allowing users to instantly switch between a notebook and a tablet by simply detaching the screen. It is aimed at users who prefer the portability of a multi-touch tablet computer for leisure, but still want access to a more traditional Windows-based notebook for productivity use. The Transformer Book features the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor* with discrete graphics, along with SSD and HDD storage, 4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM, and USB 3.0. It also features ASUS SonicMaster technology developed by ...

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Asus today announced its All-in-One PC called Transformer AIO. It allows us to switch between Windows 8 and Android with press of a button. ASUS Transformer AiO Part tablet, part All-in-One PC, the Transformer AiO is an innovative device that can seamlessly switch between both, and features dual operating systems to give users the option of switching between Windows and Android to suit their needs. Engineered to work with Windows 8, the Transformer AiO features an extended 18.4″ 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display which can be easily removed from its base station to become a wireless display for the AiO PC, extending the range of the PC and allowing users to continue with their work anywhere in the home. The display can also be converted into an Android-based tablet for the home with the press of a button. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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This video shows some of the performance and touch improvements in the sixth IE10 Platform Preview, part of the Windows Release Preview. Microsoft detailed the improvements in Internet Explorer 10 included in Windows 8 Release Preview. This  6th Platform Preview release of IE10 comes with improved performance. Now IE10 supports touch-first HTML5 and also a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player that enables content on compatible Web sites to play in the Metro style Web browser. Microsoft worked with Adobe to include the previous feature. Also, now Internet Explorer 10 has made the “Do Not Track” feature as a default option to help consumers protect their privacy. Read more at IE blog. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the improvements in Windows Store since the consumer preview release. They announced the expansion of unique app catalog for customers in 26 markets and it will grow further as they expand the service soon. Microsoft has also improved the navigation within the store, app management, sharing app via share contract, change in certain policies, etc,. The most notable thing was the support for Desktop apps in Windows Store. One important addition: desktop app listings will show up in the Store for the first time tomorrow, June 1st. Customers will be able to search for them or find them within categories, just as they do listings for Metro style apps. These are just listings—the desktop apps themselves are distributed by the developer or by a reseller, as they have been all along. The listing pages provide a link, supplied by the developer, to the distribution location. Servicing of desktop apps remains between ...

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We all know that Dell is working on multiple Windows 8 tablets to release later this year. Today Neowin posted information about the upcoming Windows 8 tablet from Dell called Latitude 10. Its a x86 based tablet with Intel Clover Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 10.1 inch screen with HD ready screen, 8MP rear and a 1.3MP secondary camera as well. The device will also come with user replaceable battery with support for 2 cell and 4 cell. Now, what about the price?  if it turns out to be a $500 tablet, I’m sure there will be lot of consumers picking this one. What do you think? Source: Neowin ...

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