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

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Just 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 [+more]

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Microsoft Sends Fresh Invites For The Launch Of Surface Tablet On October 26

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October should be marked as the month of launches. After three weeks, Microsoft, as speculated, will launch its Surface tablet on October 26th, taking a plunge into the tab market. Mark the calendar not just for this, but also for the firm’s latest version of its OS, Windows 8, which will also come out on 25th this month. Microsoft has started sending out fresh invites for a special “Surface Reception” event on October 25, with main focus on Windows 8. The invitation comes with Microsoft’s new logo along with Windows logo amidst New York’s grey skyscrapers with color hues in between. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 am EST. Details regarding the pricing of the tablet is expected to be uncovered at the event. Rumors suggest that it could cost $600-$800. However, recent reports say that Surface for Windows RT could start at $199, in competition with Google’s [+more]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC One X+: Take Your Pick?

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The present day consumer has a plethora of options before him, and naturally would be bound to get confused. If you’re window shopping for a brand new smartphone and are unsure of which one to get for yourself, here’s where you’ll find all the information you need to make the right decision. We take a look today at the flagship models of Samsung, Nokia and HTC on offer and break down the pros and cons of each of their features to make your life a little simpler. The Software: All these phones are on top of their game, running the latest versions of their respective OS. While the Lumia 920 will run on the latest Windows Phone 8, the Galaxy Note 2 and One X+ run on the latest version of Android – the Jelly Bean. The Hardware: Now this is where it gets really exciting to compare these 3 [+more]

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Hail Windows 8! Microsoft Set To Freshen Up MSN


Windows 8 is proving to be a winner even before it has reached the masses. And Microsoft has managed to make yet another decision that would prove vital in its longer innings down the line. MSN had revolutionized the way we perceived the web years back and now it has been all set to have its own news coverage—right from its very own team. A lucrative prospect for millions of users—especially those tapping on their tabs, as well as for those keen on a news-world career! After the 50 percent stake sale to NBC last June, this is one big piece of news. Plus the fact that Microsoft is serious about this new news operation launch is further proven genuine with the new offices coming up at Bellevue. We know that content was forever the king for websites but Microsoft’s foray has indeed proven the fact that no matter how [+more]

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Windows 8 App Development, Bengaluru Plays Host To 3000 Developers

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By now, it’s pretty well established that the launch of Windows 8 is going to be huge, in many ways, for Microsoft and for the rest of the world. As the firm gears up to roll out Windows 8 to millions of PC users worldwide, Bangalore played host to over 3000 developers who gathered to develop apps for the upcoming Windows as Microsoft attempted to set a World Record for maximum participants in a single event for app development. Obviously, the infrastructure requirements were massive, and putting together a venue that could host as many developers, provide power and internet for the developers was no mean feat for its crew of about 500 people. The 18 hour event wasn’t all about just the infrastructure; it was regulated by strict rules like not letting participants leave the venue for more than 60 minutes, using only systems with Windows 8’s RTM version [+more]

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Microsoft Attempts To Enter Guinness Book Of Record Prior To The Launch of Windows 8


Friday morning, Microsoft tried its shot at entering the Guinness Book of World Records with more than 3,000 developers, who gathered at the KTPO grounds in Bangalore to write applications for the firm’s latest offering- Windows 8. With this, Microsoft has set the record for the largest ever single app development event. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “The work involved in getting the venue ready was substantial. The ground was uneven – it had to be leveled. Then the infrastructure – we have 63 generator trucks standing by. We had to put in place 4,000 power connections. I think there’s around 60,000 feet of cabling that had to be laid. Then there was Internet access to be provided – 2 GB of bandwidth. We have something like 500 people working as crew.” The session lasted 18 hours with certain rules set for participants, who were developers, designers, and programmers. Paul [+more]

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Dell Jumps On The Bandwagon Of Windows 8 Devices With Latitude 10 Tablet And Ultra Book


Dell has introduced three new devices for its business users. This new line-up by the firm includes the 10-inch Intel-based Latitude tablet, the Latitude 6430u ultra book and a 23-inch all-in-one touch-enabled desktop. All three devices will run on Windows 8. The top of the line device, Dell Latitude 10 Tablet is sleek and smart. It is powered by Intel’s Clover Trail processor and has a lithium-ion battery, which is swappable. The 10.1-inch IPS wide-angle screen offers a clear display with a 1366×768 resolution. This tab holds 2GB RAM and comes with up to 128GB of storage. The Latitude 10 tablet has a thickness of 0.4-inches and is 1.5 pounds in weight. There’s also a 720p camera at front and an 8-megapixel camera at the back. It can be connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There is also an additional metallic productivity dock that has four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet [+more]

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A War of Features: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8


Looks like the world definitely took a liking to Windows 8, whatever little we’ve been allowed to take a look at so far. Even as we wait for the Surface tablet and Windows 8 PCs to launch in the market, the competition is heating up among Windows-based smartphones. Last week, we brought you a story about the newly launched Nokia Lumia 920’s features and how it compares with some of the other popular smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple’s yet to be launched iPhone 5. Now, close on the heels of Nokia’s announcement of the latest model, HTC has unveiled its high-end Windows-based smartphone, the HTC Windows Phone 8X. It’s not just the timing that coincides with the Lumia 920; the HTC Windows Phone 8X even has features and specifications similar to the latest Nokia smartphone: The similarities: Both these phones, based on the upcoming Windows 8 for [+more]

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Windows 8: Why the Ladies Ought to Look Forward to It


So yes, it’s time to start the countdown until Microsoft launches the latest version of Windows 8, and we cannot wait to get our hands on it. Now we know the tech world loves to look down on Microsoft and ridicule the troublesome OS that Windows has been in the past, its popularity notwithstanding. But the truth remains that even till date, it remains the topmost preferred OS for PCs worldwide. And it gets better with the upcoming Windows 8. We’re going to look at Windows 8 from a slightly different angle and tell you why all the ladies are also going to love the new Windows. PC-Tablet-Mobile Interconnectivity: Yes, Apple’s already been doing this for a while, so let’s not rain on their parade. But, Windows 8 is going to be launched for computers, for the Surface tablet, and of course, even on mobile phones. So it just makes [+more]

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Windows Phone Ganging Up for a Hit With Windows 8


A year and a half following the announcement of partnership of Nokia and Microsoft, Nokia recently launched its Windows 8 Lumia smartphones last Wednesday. But what about Microsoft and Windows 8 phone? Will it be a hit unlike its previous model? I guess the wait is going to be a little longer, until this time next year, when the firm actually launches its Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. On Wednesday, when Nokia launched its Lumia models, Microsoft’s CEO also joined the conference. Everyone knows how important the success of Lumia is for Microsoft as it will help Windows 8 Phone regain its footing into the market of smartphones. Windows phone got the firm struggling with sales since its release. The firm is believe to capture just 3.7 percent of the global smartphone market, which is too less as compared to its giant rivals Apple and Samsung. At Nokia [+more]

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