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

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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”. [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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. [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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

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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. In 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, [+more]

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

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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 [+more]

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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?

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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 [+more]

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