Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update to See Light of Day in October With Improved Functioning Across Devices

Microsoft windows 8.1In a blog post recently, Microsoft has said that they are going to release a Windows 8.1 update in October sometime. It will start rolling out as a free update from October 18 and the idea is to make the new operating system available for all devices. The previous version was not appreciated a great deal and sale of machine run on the OS suffered.

With the new OS, Microsoft hopes to reverse that trend. Already available for preview, the updated Windows 8.1 does away with the tiles that it started out with. Instead, it takes up the traditional desktop look that most of us were comfortable with.   … Read the rest

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Official: The Near Final Version is Out to Bask In Glory

By August end, Microsoft is planning to take out a ‘near final’ RTM version of Windows 8.1 for its PC and tablet partners.

The news was announced at the firm’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas by Tami Reller, Windows CMO and CFO, Microsoft.

As per reported in Windows blog, Reller announced that “Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August”. She also disclosed that some of the Windows-powered devices will be shipped in the holiday season with this updated Windows 8.1 software.

However, Reller didn’t spill the beans on as to when consumers will get hold of the updated software. Considering Microsoft’s previous track record, we should expect the software to reach consumers by October.

At WPC, Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft said, “Windows has always been more a device than a piece of software; it defined a class of device called the PC”.

This year, on June 26th, Microsoft took out an open preview of Windows 8.1 to let users take a trial of the software before it went official. Earlier, Microsoft disclosed making Windows 8.1 available to all Windows 8 and Windows RT users, giving them a free upgrade.

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is expected to fix the dents caused by Windows 8. This updated version is also expected to hold the Start button.

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Laptops in Combat: From Apple MacBook Air vs Sony Viao Pro 11 vs Microsoft Surface Pro

The Potential for Laptops is Huge. With a wide consumer base and equally extensive competitive market, each firm is vying to offer top-class products to users. Let us consider specifications of few such devices on the display.

Specifications Apple MacBook Air Toshiba Satellite U845t Sony VAIO Pro 11 Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11s
Display size 13.3-inch 14-inch 11.6-inch 10.6-inch 11.6-inch
Operating system Mac OS X 10.8.4 Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Microsoft Windows 8
Memory 4GB of RAM 6GB of RAM 4GB of RAM 4GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11n 802.11n/g/b 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Camera 1.3-megapixel 1.3-megapixel 1-megapixel 1.2-megapixel 1.0M 720p HD
Processor Intel Core i5-4250U Intel Core i5-3337U Intel Core i7-4500U Intel Core i5 3317U Intel Core i5-3339Y
Dimensions 32.5 x 1.7 x 22.7 cm 13.5 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches 11.22 x 7.76 x 0.68 inches 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches 11.70 x 8 x 0.61 inches
Weight 1.35 kg 3.8 lbs 1.92 lbs 2 lbs 2.96 lbs
Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels 1366 x 768 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 1366 x 768 pixels
Battery life 12 hours 6.25 hours 6.5 hours 5 hours 5.54 hours
Connections 2 x USB 3.0, FireWire via optional adapter, SD Flash card, 1 Thunderbolt 2 x USB 2.0, USB 3.0, LAN, HDMI NFC, WiDi, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 Ethernet, HDMI USB 3.0, Cover port, Mini DisplayPort, Headset jack, microSDXC card slot USB 2.0, SD Card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI
Bluetooth 4.0 No 4.0 4.0 4.0
Touchscreen No Yes Yes Yes Yes

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The Real Deal With Microsoft Surface 2: Launching As Surface Plus It Going To Put A Strong Fight

Following the success of the Surface Pro, Microsoft, we hear is working on to offer a Surface 2 anytime soon now.

Touted as the Surface Plus, Microsoft is rumored to launch a huge collection of devices under this range. Expected to fight with other tabs in line, the range of Surface tabs might include 7-inch and 8-inch editions along with a rumored 13.6-inch touchscreen Ultrabook.

With latest and innovative technologies, the upcoming Surface might include NFC, LTE and even wireless charging. Previous rumors also indicate towards the 4G LTE version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip running Windows RT in Surface 2 tabs. The tabs might also use the new high-speed, low-power 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

Thin and light, the Surface Pro might hold 42Wh battery along with a powered keyboard dock.

Expected to include Office 2013, we hope Microsoft offers the device with a full power adapter for quick charging rather than just a USB cable to charge.

Previous rumors also hit the web indicating towards an Xbox-branded gaming Surface to go with the new Xbox that Microsoft might unroll in 2013, possibly with upgraded graphics to let users play all the more powerful and great games.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Vs Apple iPad 5:The Haswell Chip May Bring Back Microsoft’s Lost Sheen

A little birdie told us that Microsoft is in plans to roll out its next Surface Pro 2 tab with a built-in Intel Haswell chip. If rumours turn out to be true, the next line of Surface Pro tabs could feature great performance and specifications.
Considering the battery life, which was a problem in the original Surface Pro, the Intel Haswell processor could boost it by an extra three hours. That means the Surface Pro 2 will be seen with an improved battery life and may get better than Apple iPad 5.
The new Intel chips are smaller, meaning we’ll see even thinner tablets with smaller batteries, which could not be so good for the device’s battery but for now adding a boost to the performance and general power is much more important.
The Haswell chips by Intel offer to run some impressive graphics depending on the hardware. But considering Microsoft, we feel the Surface Pro 2 won’t see too much of that.
Microsoft is rolling out these features in its Windows 8.1, which will see improvements such as built-in SkyDrive features, more customization options, cool new search options, and more.
Set your eyes on the Build developer conference at the end of June, where we expect to hear more about the next-in-line Surface Pro tabs.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Nokia Lumia 921: Microsoft Rolls Out An Attack on Samsung

In a bid to outdo its competitors and promote its products, Microsoft has rolled out an attack ad to inform consumers as to why they should opt for Microsoft devices instead of Apple, Samsung or Nokia. Interesting yet misleading, the ads are the firm’s latest approach to stay at the peak in the wars of mobile phones.

Considering the latest, the ad’s main focus is to weigh up the entry-level Nokia Lumia 521 as the lead when compared with the top-most 64 GB Samsung Galaxy S4 off-contract.

The ad has an actor, publicizing that the Nokia Lumia 521 was bought for $149 while the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $750, off-contract, which can help consumers save $600 by opting for the former. He then says that consumers could go shopping at the Microsoft store with that saved money.

Let’s put side by side the specifications of both the devices to see the comparison.

The Lumia 521 is a 4-inch device with 800 x 480 display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. Whereas, the Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED Full HD display, 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. Considering the specs, the Galaxy S4 is sure to be more expensive.

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In Microsoft, Amazon, and Samsung vs. Apple ads: Who Ends Up Looking Better?

Whenever Apple, Microsoft or Samsung is in news, we like to keep our readers in loop. This article focuses on the defensive mode these tech giants adopt via advertisements that wind up with comparisons. But guess who ends up looking better?

Apple’s initial ad, ‘Get a Mac’ campaign clearly pointed out why Windows was off the beam and why users should buy a Mac. However, the Cupertino Calif.-based firm stopped these popular ads soon after. Later on, all Apple ads for the iPod, iPhone or iPad, highlighted their own device and its features with no comparisons with rivals. Apple’s iPhone ad shows the smartphone’s FaceTime feature, where a son shows his father his granddaughter for the first time. These simple and short ads were effective and easy to understand. Also the advertisement for iPad came out with a clear focus, which was on iPad specific apps in the App Store.

However, considering Apple’s rivals and their ads, the need to stay ahead is so strong that the focus loses its way from their own devices, which in turn makes Apple look good. The recent comparison ads by Microsoft, Amazon, and Samsung with Apple have only made the latter look better as consumers consider all the differences.

Let’s look at the latest ads by Microsoft. The focus in these ads is on Windows 8 and Windows RT against the iPad. There’s no sight of Surface Pro and Surface RT. But there’s an Asus VivoTab Windows 8 tablet vs. an iPad in one commercial and a VivoTab Windows RT tablet vs. an iPad in another. Microsoft shows how Windows 8 and Windows RT are different from the iPad. Along with confusing users with two different Asus tablets, which look the same, the ads have only given the iPad some free publicity.

Moving on to the ad by Amazon, Apple got the advantage here too. The ad that shows Kindle Fire HD on the same screen with an iPad, focuses on the great price difference between the two. Alas, this also in turn gave the iPad free publicity, which made us as consumers question the big price difference. What these firms don’t understand is that they need to focus on their own product instead of pointing out what others got.

Samsung also claims that its smartphone is superior to the iPhone. The ad shows a lot of Apple fans, waiting in line to bag the next Apple product. Again, this puts the highlight on how so many people lineup and wait for the launch of Apple products. The ad shows off the features of Samsung smartphones while focusing on old and not-so-cool people trying to do the same thing on an iPhone.

Clearly, all these commercials do leave consumers with an impression about Apple’s products. Whereas, looking at Apple ads, the focus is only on their own products, with no mention of Microsoft, Amazon, or Samsung. These companies should take out clear and focused ads with their own devices as consumers do not need to see what others have in hand to offer. They clearly end up making Apple look better.

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Apple iPad 4 vs Asus Vivo Tab RT Vs Microsoft Surface: It’s A Mad Ad World

In a race to stay ahead, Microsoft recently unveiled Windows 8 tablet ad that runs the full desktop version of the OS, which came as a direct competition to Apple’s iPad. But there’s no stopping for the hardware and software giant. The firm has now taken out another advertisement, presenting its Windows RT tablet, up in the struggle against the iOS and the iPad.

With the comparison in between the dimensions of the iPad 4 and the Asus VivoTab RT, viewers see no sign of Microsoft Surface RT tablet in the commercial. Weighing 1.16 lbs, the Asus tablet is .32 inches thinner as compared to iPad’s .37 inches, which weighs 1.44 lbs. The plastic casing of the iPad 4 makes it a thinner and lighter tab.

Highlighting the workings in the ad, Microsoft specifies that the Microsoft OneNote application works on the iPad 4, while the Windows RT tab comes loaded with Microsoft Office. However, the hardware giant fails to spot the fact that there’s no Outlook on the Windows RT tabs.

However, there is a possibility that Microsoft might take out an iOS version for Apple’s iPad. Nevertheless, iPad users can easily use Apple’s iWork or download other office-based applications from the App Store.

Coming back to the ad, Microsoft put emphasis on the multitasking feature between the iPad and Windows RT tabs, where the latter easily beats the former. The ad claims that Windows RT tabs works well with any printer, whereas it says that iPad owners need a special Apple printer. However, that doesn’t seem to be true as iPad does work well with other printers as well such as HP.

This commercial seems to be the firm’s attempt to stay aboard and keep its Windows RT tablets alive in viewers’ mind. However, watching the ad seems to confuse us even more as Microsoft compares its two different operating systems with iPad’s iOS. Two commercials released by Microsoft might puzzle viewers, thinking that they both are the same products, whereas Windows 8 and Windows RT tab are two entirely dissimilar operating systems with different features and specifications.… Read the rest

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The Xbox 720 Secret Revealed; Rumored to Cost Approx. $300-$500

Gamers, developers, fans… Keep your eyes open as we hear that Microsoft is planning to unveil the successor to its Xbox 360; the Xbox 720 video game console at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Codenamed “Durango”, the Xbox 720 is expected to be launched right in time for the holiday season, in direct competition with Sony’s PS4, which is also slated for release during the holiday season.

Xbox 720In a blog post, Larry Hyrb, Microsoft’s Director of programming for Xbox Live (the console’s internet service), mentions a countdown for this year’s E3 event along with the message “And it’s on….”

Rumors say it that users will be able to bag the next-gen console at a price in between $300 to $500. Some speculations also claim that the Xbox 720 will come with an AMD system-on-a-chip codenamed “Jaguar,” that’s a user interface similar to Windows 8.

Sony’s PS4, on the other hand, is expected to cost around $400 or above, cheaper than its predecessor: PS3 when launched. The high price and average game library of the PS3 made some causal gamers buy the Wii and Xbox.

Apparently gamers will enjoy the holiday pricing battle between the PS4-Xbox 720 console war.

There has been lot of expectations from the new Xbox. The hardware and software giant is hoped to design it to be six times stronger than its predecessor, which will also make the Xbox 720 around 20 percent stronger than the Wii U. The future console might also come with increased role of motion controls, upgrading its current Kinect peripheral to use increasingly accurate detection of body movement.

A little disappointment to gamers, the Xbox 720 might also discourage used game sales by involving a code activation method that basically locks each disk to one console. Other changes include a switch to Blu Ray and a bigger focus on Cloud gaming.

Considering choices in games, the strongest hint indicates towards a new series by Bungie, the mastermind behind the original Halo trilogy.

Some of the reports suggest that the next generation Xbox 720 might feature 1.6GHz dual-core AMD processors, custom 800MHz graphics processor, and 8GB of GDDR3 RAM. A further possible feature would be the compatibility of Xbox 720 to play Xbox 360 disks using an x86 chip built inside the new gaming console.

All our rumors and speculations regarding Xbox 720 will come round the corner as we keep our eyes open for the E3 event that’s slated to be on June 11, 2013. Read the rest

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Samsung, Apple Watch Out for Microsoft: Windows 8.1 Blue Could Take on the Biggest Competitors

Microsoft took a tentative step into the world of mobile devices with Windows Phone and Windows 8 over the past couple of years. But the company has keenly observed and taken corrective measures, and is all set to bring out a terrific Windows 8.1 Blue OS, especially aimed at the mobile device segment.

With the soon to be released Windows 8.1 Blue, it looks like Microsoft has finally hit the nail on the head when it comes to enhancing the mobile experience, and this could be bad news for Apple and Android device manufacturers like Samsung. Acer most certainly believes in Microsoft’s potential – it feels that Windows Blue powered smartphones and tablets could easily offer the iPad 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 a run for their money.

Acer’s President Jim Wong shared these views during a recent interview with Bloomberg, where he also remarked that Microsoft’s key strength lies with making mobile devices fit for enterprise use that can easily sync up with workstations. Wong believes that the only thing holding Microsoft back in the mobile OS race is that it doesn’t have enough apps to offer to its customers just yet.

But that could soon be overcome, as according to rumors, popular apps like Instagram and others could soon be offered on the Windows Store too. And if more hardware manufacturers start making Windows 8 based tablets and smartphones, it could possibly even overthrow Apple and Google.… Read the rest

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