Microsoft Surface Mini vs Apple iPad Mini vs Acer W3 : Acer Ups the Ante, Would Microsoft Catch Up?

As Windows Blue makes greater headway into the mobile device market, Microsoft has announced its plans to partner with device manufacturers to create smaller tablets. There have been rumors about the company working on its smaller tablet or the Surface Mini, which could have a 7-8 inch screen. But it has been beaten at its own game by Acer, which had already unveiled an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet.

Called the Acer W3-810, it features an 8.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280X800 pixels and runs on Windows 8 Pro. It’s powered by an Intel Atom 1.8 GHz processor, has 32 GB of internal storage space, 2 MP front and rear cameras, a microUSB port and even a micro-HDMI port.

It weighs just over 1 pound and can run for up to 8 hours on a single charge. The tablet is priced at $379.99 on Amazon, which makes it an ideal competitor against the iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Now, we just need to see if Microsoft will also bring out a smaller version of its Surface tablet to go up against these three.… Read the rest

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Windows 8 Stiffles Microsoft’s Ambition To Arrive In The Mobile Market– Will The Windows Blue Bring In Renaissance Amid Bleakness?

Microsoft is almost cushioned into a corner. Its tryst with Windows 8 has taken  toll on its popularity. At a time when operating systems are ruling the roost, Microsoft’s story is scaling the lower heights of the success graph. What’s more,  Windows 8 is being blamed for the debacle! Experts are opining that the Windows 8  did not match the anticipation. What is being labeled the biggest failure from the stable could only work magic the other way round– once we get to hear something from Microsoft.

This bad news punches out ambition the makers had while also bringing a lot of misery for the PC segment.  When Microsoft is willing to match shoulders with the likes of Samsung and LG, the Windows 8 debacle will only lead to repercussions never imagined.

The last resort in such a scenario remains that Windows 8 could deliver a baby for erasing out the poor memories it created. The Windows Blue or the Windows 8.1 might just be the phoenixcal resurrector for Microsoft. Hear what an industry expert says, “There’s a reason this company [Microsoft] basically has generated zero returns for investors over the last ten years, and that’s because they simply don’t get where technology is going any more. They’re entrenched where it’s been, but its future is not looking good for Microsoft.”… Read the rest

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Microsoft Surface Pro Vs Goole Nexus 10 Vs Apple iPad: A Rare Windows 8 Assortment Leaves Tablet World Agape

If you’re wondering why Microsoft hasn’t been in the news for Windows 8 since the OS launched a few months ago, well, don’t worry, it’s all going pretty well for the company. All those months of hype and aggressive marketing appear to have paid off for Microsoft, with Windows 8 adoption rates growing at a steady rate.

To start with, the best thing about Windows 8 is the form factor of the latest machines. If you’re willing to spend a little extra and you care a lot about performance, it’s not hard to see why a Windows 8 based laptop-tablet hybrid device makes most sense for you over an iPad 4 or another Android-based tablet. In terms of tech specs, nothing can come close to what these hybrid models can offer – and of course, the greatest advantage is that you can use Microsoft Office on your portable Windows 8 device.

Initially, Microsoft tried to catch everyone’s attention with the Surface tablet running Windows RT. And while it’s priced comfortably in the same range as its competitors, it didn’t quite give the complete Windows experience. It’s still more of a tablet than anything else and you can just as easily pick up a  Google Nexus 10 or iPad 4 instead.

Shortly thereafter, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro running the full fledged Windows 8 OS and blew our minds! It’s more portable than an Ultrabook, but the tinier form factor doesn’t seem to affect its performance at all. However, given its steep price of $999 for the 128 GB SSD model and then another $130 for the Type Cover, it still didn’t seem to make it on most buyers’ preferred list of gadgets.

A more convenient alternative is the wide range of tablet-laptop hybrids in the market made by Microsoft’s hardware partners. They let you enjoy the complete Windows 8 experience even when on the go. And the keyboard’s already there – you don’t need to make an additional purchase.

Given the way things are going, we can expect to see a lot more new tablets and hybrid devices coming out in 2013, all running on Windows 8. It’s familiar, so you don’t need to ramp up your knowledge on yet another OS to operate a Windows 8 based device, and you know it works well. But as more Windows 8 based portable devices enter the market, can we expect Android and iOS to become more versatile to take on Microsoft’s silent success?… Read the rest

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Upgrade by February 2013

A significant upgrade to Windows Phone 8 has finally come into motion. This is likely to happen in February in the face of ‘Apollo Plus’. It will include all the features which were missing in the previous version of Windows Phone 8.

This would give support to VPNs used by schools and businesses and offer better WiFi and audio functions. The Inquirer reported “The incremental update might add a Notification Center to Windows Phone, a feature that Microsoft has admitted it didn’t have time to finish previously”.

As Microsoft would not be present at the Consumer Electronic Show which is going to take place in Las Vegas in 2013, it is most probably going to launch the new software in Barcelona this February. Windows 8 was launched earlier this year with devices made by Nokia, Samsung and HTC.

Windows 8 has been struggling because of lack of VPN support. Microsoft head of Windows Phone Joe Belfiore has said the new devices were “a phone made for you – the most personal Smartphone operating system you can get; the perfect companion for your Windows PC and your Xbox.” He said that each Windows Phone could become “a unique reflection of who you are, like a fingerprint”.… Read the rest

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Dell XPS and Dell Inspiron :The Latest To Join The Windows 8 Club

Dell XPS 12 convertible laptopJust few days before the Windows 8 operating system officially hit the shelves, various PC makers have already announced rolling out their latest devices, all made with Microsoft’s latest offering.

The latest to join the club is the technology solutions provider Dell, which uncovered its Dell XPS 12 convertible laptop, the Dell XPS One 27, and Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one desktops. All these laptops are up for pre-orders on the company’s US site. Dell promises to ship all pre-ordered devices on Oct. 26, the day Windows 8 launch.

The Dell XPS 12 convertible laptop is the successor of Dell Inspiron Duo, which came out in 2010.

Hugely publicized as a laptop and a tablet, the XPS 12 converts from laptop to tablet easily via a flip-hinge design. Designed in a 12-inch size, the device sports a full HD display. The price range of Dell XPS 12 starts at $1,199.

Next in line, the Dell XPS One 27 boasts of a 27-inch screen. This all-in-one PC is designed with a 10-finger capacitive touch screen. With hinged-arm design and high-resolution display, this system makes a good choice starting at a base price of $1,599.99.

Coming to the next, the Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one desktop is designed with a touch-enabled screen. Measuring 23 inches, this system offers a resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. Available with Ivy Bridge CPUs, the starting price of Inspiron One 23 all-in-one desktop is $779.99.

However, for those using Inspiron and XPS systems, Dell offers a Windows 8 option. The same Windows 8 option will also be available for select Latitude and OptiPlex models.… Read the rest

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Get Your Hands On Windows 8 For The Starting Price Of $ 69.99

9Windows 8-Pro up for pre-ordersPrior to the release of its latest Windows 8, Microsoft has opened up the pre-orders for the boxed version of its latest offering. Windows 8 Pro is now rolled out for pre-orders, starting at a price of $69.99 for the DVD pack in the US. Microsoft is slated to officially launch its Windows 8 on October 26th.

Also other PC makers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, and Sony, who have their latest Windows 8-based devices lined up for release, have also started taking pre-orders.

Users can order the DVD version of Windows 8 operating system from Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, and the Microsoft Store.

Available in several colors, the packaging of the version as per Brandon LeBlanc, spokesman, Microsoft is composed of paper-based materials, excluding the Windows 8 DVD. In his blog post, he said that with this the firm made a reduction of 80 percent in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

However, for those looking for the upgrade to Windows 8 with no boxed product can purchase the Windows 8 upgrade via Windows.com for $39.99. They are advised to rush a bit as the online and boxed upgrade options are available only until Jan. 31st, 2013.

Those who bought a Windows 7 PC since June 2, can get a Windows 8 upgrade for $14.99, starting Oct. 26th. Earlier this week, Microsoft also took out an update to features of Windows 8 prior to its final release.… Read the rest

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Prior To The Launch Of Windows 8, Microsoft Unveils A Major Update

Microsoft Windows 8 updateJust two weeks prior to the release of Windows 8, Microsoft on Tuesday uncovered a major update or operating system for developers and business users.

Along with several bug fixes, this updated service pack will offer improved performance, power management, battery efficiency, media playback and fixes general compatibility issues.

The update is available only for MSDN or enterprise customer, for others, it will come out on Oct. 26th with Windows 8. According to a blog post by Steve Sinofsky, Windows chief,  “If you are an MSDN or enterprise customer, these updates will be available for your Windows 8 PCs via Windows Update as of today (October 9), following our standard cadence for Windows Updates on the second Tuesday of each month at about 10:00am.”

Further talking about the availability of Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update, Steve said, “This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. We recommend that you apply this cumulative update as part of your regular maintenance routines.”

He further added that these updates will be featured in Windows 8’s first service pack.

This latest update to Windows 8 OS comes shortly after Microsoft revamped its built-in applications. Microsoft rolled out update to include the Skydrive, mail, messaging, photos, maps, news, travel, weather and Bing apps.

Besides app updates, other notable changes include the replacement of traditional Points system for payments with direct payments. The change is currently only available on Zune Marketplace for movies and songs; but is expected to roll out for others app stores such as Xbox 360 marketplace.… Read the rest

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Release Date of Microsoft Surface Confirmed, Coming on October 26

Microsoft is set to launch itself in the Tablet Battle.  According to the company’s annual report, the company’s much talked about Surface Tablet is coming on Oct.26, same day when Windows 8 hit the market.

“The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012,” Microsoft wrote in the report. “At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.”

It is guessed that Surface will be an ARM- based tablet, which will run on a lighter version of Windows 8, Windows RT. One of the unique features of Microsoft surface would be the pre-installed Office feature, which will give the users an option of typing important documents anywhere anytime. The release of Intel-based Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro will see the light of the day 90 days after the launch of ARM-based version with RT.

Surface Tablet is a brave effort by Microsoft who for the first time will be building its own PC hardware. Microsoft’s Surface can give a tough competition to Apple’s iPad and Google Nexus, which are at the moment ruling the roost.  The Surface is expected to win the hearts of million with its incredibly thin (9.33mm) body and a 10.6 inch display.  What we can’t wait to see is that how it will prove against its rivals…… Read the rest

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