Windows 10, which is expected to release in the middle of this year is enjoying a great hype among the gadget lovers, especially among the loyal base of Microsoft users. To add to the excitement, a leaked version of the upcoming program indicates that the company is making some significant improvements in the touch experience. Sources reporting the leaked version also mention that the apps present on the taskbar are removed on its own, as soon as the program is launched on a tablet. The users are then diverted to an interface that provides access only to the Cortana digital assistant, virtual desktop icon and Start Screen. Thus, allowing users a hassle free experience. Accessing the recent apps is also not very difficult as users just need to swipe from left to right. The best part is, users can also get full-screen view of apps and Live Tiles from the [+more]
We brought you news about the Windows 10 Technical Preview sometime back. Microsoft has finally released the same to the Windows Insider users last week. Latest buzz focuses on the Microsoft Spartan browser for smartphones. However, this Spartan version is still in its nascent stage. There are still certain issues around stability and more de-bugging needed before the preview is sealed. What caught our fancy was the build 10051 bit of the Technical Preview. This allows addition of a partition stitching spec. With this feature, the Preview will be able to run on most Lumia handsets. However, owing to issues of screen scaling, the Preview will not be supported on the Lumia 640 Xl, Lumia 930 and the Lumia Icon. Microsoft is also working on a better Internet Explorer version—IE 11 besides the Spartan. While the latter will be the default browser, users can always access the IE from the [+more]
Windows has proven to be Microsoft’s trump card. Just after the giant rolled out the initial build for Microsoft Windows 10 on phones, the technical Microsoft Windows 10 preview build is also set to roll out. According to a Windows Blog, this build 10051 is part of project Spartan that is built into the OS. In case you own a Lumia handset—sparing Lumia 290 and Lumia 640 XL, the preview build can be accessed without much effort. As for these two Lumia model mentioned, the hiccup standing in way of the preview build is the screen dialling issue. However, before you get disheartened, the better news is that the preview build is in its infant stage and thus, not expected to be a high-end experience for the users at all. Insiders have warned users to avoid installing the same on their primary smartphones. Coming to the main features that the [+more]
Mobile money transfer has gained quite a momentum recently and the latest news is that Microsoft now wants to encash this demand. According to reports, Microsoft would soon launch Microsoft Payment that would allow users to transfer money directly from their smartphones. Though the company is yet to launch this, the news has created a great hype and is expected to give a tough fight to Google Wallet and Apple Pay. As per reports, Microsoft has applied for money transmitting license in 50 states and may have Microsoft Payment support in the Windows 10 operating system for phones. Reports also state that the company has already received its license in Indiana. Once they get the license for all 50 states, users will be able transfer money without assistance from third-party services or even without a secured SIM. Existing Competitors Apple Pay and Google Wallet have already been introduced into the [+more]
Microsoft has finally launched the Xbox One April update after a long wait. While rumors about plausible additions via the update had been rife for long, it is only now that we will be able to get hands of improvements to the Xbox One. For starters, the good news comes from the revamped party chat feature and the dashboard achievement notifications. With the party chat feature improved, users will now gain access to troubleshooting guides easily. In fact, this party feature will also enable the microphone to be used. This means that the party can inform users about plausible network or settings issues that might have held inter-party communications. However, a dedicated party chat server has not made through with this update. Specifically for those having an Xbox One in China, Microsoft’s April update has removed the region lock. While the makers have not given an official statement on this [+more]
Now that we have sampled the Windows 10, we are certain that Microsoft has got its mojo back. After the lacklustre response to Windows 8, the company and users have been pinning their hopes on the Microsoft Windows 10 for quite some time. The Washington-based technology company has brought some radical changes to Windows 10. Lets take a look at what caught our fancy. The good ol’ start menu Windows 8 looked innovative with its Live Tiles offering notification and information. However, that was done keeping touch screen devices in mind, which has not become to commonplace in laptops and definitely not in desktops yet. In comparison, Windows 10 should bring a fresh lease of life to Microsoft with some tweaks to the Windows start menu. Wearing a transparent look, it will allow users to see what’s going on at the desktop. However, this one doesn’t work like the traditional [+more]
US-based retch company Microsoft has heavily slashed the prices on its Surface 2 models as US-based online and retail stores will be offering deep discounts with effect from September 2014. The device will be available to the customers at a price as low as USD 349 for the 32GB model. With effect from August 24 to September 27, Microsoft Store shoppers can purchase up to five Surface 2 tablets at a discount of USD100, including a 64GB model with AT&T 4G LTE that can be grabbed at only USD579. The Surface 2 models are equipped with Nvidia Tegra 4 processors and operate on Windows RT as opposed to full Windows. The device also sports 2GB RAM, a 10.6-inch 1080p display as well as the requisite front and rear cameras. Microsoft entered into the tablet market back in 2012 with the launch of its own-brand slates – the Surface RT and [+more]
Windows 8+ Update News: US-based tech company Microsoft’s current operating system – Windows Phone 8+, Xbox and Windows 8+ – have the most impressive feature of Live Tiles. It has been reported that ZDNet is presently working towards making the operating system even more interactive in the near future. The new project has been dubbed as “Interactive Live Tiles research project”. Jiawei Gu, a researcher with Human-Computer Interaction Group, had first demonstrated the project in February 2014 during Microsoft Research’s TechFest. The proposed new Live Tiles are expected to feature an Interactive Desktop Tile, which will allow users to use Desktop Office apps as well as third party apps. Gu has termed the technology as “parallel tasking” that will be used to power the new and more dynamic Live Tiles. The new Live Tiles would also lead to the mentioning of the content on the ‘Start Screen’ itself, enabling users [+more]
Microsoft’s Vice President for Windows Web Services Antoine Leblond seems to be on his way out of Microsoft after spending almost 25 years there. Re/Code has reported that Leblond sent an email to his colleagues which said, “After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer.” It is being said that this is an aftereffect of CEO Satya Nadella joining Microsoft. Leblond was working on the Microsoft Office suite for almost 20 years alongside Steven Sinofsky. Leblond was also incharge of development of Office 2010. However, lately he was working on Windows 8 store and cloud services.
Now that the new Microsoft CEO has settled, here are a few facts about Satya Nadella you didn’t know: Indian EE Degree: Born in Hyderabad, India, Satya earned his degree in electrical engineering and communications from Manipal University. Microsoft Loyalist: He did not rise to the top perch out of the blue. Nadella has been with Microsoft over the past two decades. Before being termed CEO, he was part of the Enterprise and Cloud department. Cricket Counts: Besides leading from the front, he is also a cricket enthusiast. He’s famously said, “There’s so many subplots in it, it’s like reading a Russian novel.” Tweet Mongering: Interestingly, the guy who is set to lead one of the world’s biggest tech companies, Nadella has not even tweeted or browsed Twitter since July 2010.