Get Windows 8 Upgrade for Just Rs. 699 or $15!

Microsoft has finally started the registration of its Windows 8 upgrade program, which is available on the company’s official site for Rs.699 or $15. Announcing the upgrade on its Twitter account, Microsoft has included 90-days of no-charge support for those who purchase Windows 8. This trial period of 90 days begin when users install and activate Windows 8 on their PC.

For ₹699, users who bought a Windows-based PC after June 2 are entitled to get an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. This offer comes for customers in about 140 countries, who have time until January 31 to redeem the offer that can be done with the company’s official webpage.

This promotional offer by Microsoft is limited to one upgrade per qualified PC purchased, and is good for up to five different PC’s upgrade per customer.

Those who miss this offer will have to pay full amount of $40 to get Windows 8 on their PCs.

This nominal price offer can be a move by Microsoft to attract Windows users to a completely different OS.

The process, however, is simple. Users just need to login to the site, choose country, fill out a basic form, with some personal information on contact number, email, Windows 7 PC, along with the place where it is bought from.

Registration of Windows 8 upgrade for users in India can be done at http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-IN

Similarly, users can choose their own country from the listed 140.… Read the rest

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3M Microsoft Surface Tabs Will Hit the Shelves This Year

Aiming for a huge success, Microsoft is reported to manufacture more than 3 million Surface tablets in 2012, as per market researcher IDC.

According to analysts, this number also marks the number of units; Microsoft plans to create by Christmas. It looks like Microsoft is all set to offer serious rivalry to its competitors as the company plans to plunge into the tablet market.

Microsoft Surface Tablet is expected to hit the market October 26.

Microsoft isn’t really known for selling its own devices. It’s typically known for software in devices that are manufactured and sold by other companies.

Now it is simply a matter of time to see whether Microsoft will eventually sell off 3 million models of its first version of Surface tablets as the competition is tough.

Apple shipped around 1 million iPads in the first month of its launch in 2010, which was an exceptional success. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, the next big tablet on the market, sold around 600,000 devices in the first month.

Apple also reported to trade 3 million iPads in the first quarter following its launch in 2010, and till date, the company has sold 84 million iPads. Apple seems to be on track to sell whopping number of 100 million devices by the end of 2012.

Microsoft is also preparing for the launch of Windows 8, its new operating system this October. This quarter seems to be critical for the company as it also plans to enter the tablet market.

IDC also reported that the 3 million tabs also include both Intel x86 and ARM-processor versions. Microsoft Surface RT tablets are built with ARM processors, and will not support legacy software that runs on Windows 7. Intel-based Surface will run Windows 8 Pro, and will support legacy software.

There are rumors that the cost of Surface RT devices will start $199.… Read the rest

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No New Name for Windows 8 Design Branding

The much talked about metro name for Microsoft’s new design aesthetic will most likely not be used anymore by the company. Microsoft has decided to back off considering a legal battle that may come along. It is believed that the company will settle with a monotonous name, Windows 8.

Sources have revealed that Microsoft has instructed its workers to replace all references that have ‘Metro’ in it with ‘Windows 8’. For instance, ‘Metro-style application’ is to be replaced with ‘Windows 8 application’ and so on.

No formal confirmation regarding the name change has come from Microsoft’s side. And it is not likely to come as the company is barely admitting that it was even using this name.  As a matter of fact, the company’s representatives are arguing that Metro was just a code name and had no use in the commercial space. If that was the case, then we wonder what the company has to say about the promotional materials that involved Metro, including the slick design book, which was released at Mobile World Congress.

Though many will not be happy with the company’s decision to call new design elements with the same old name ‘Windows 8’, but at the same time it may be easier for people using the interface for the first time.… Read the rest

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227% Growth Reported in Microsoft-powered Phone Shipments

As per reports by a research firm, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system is due to be out before the end of this year, 2012. The operating system may build upon drive of the former version. Microsoft-powered phone shipments for 2Q were reported to go up by 227 percent as compared to the previous year.

This seems to be the clear platform of choice as Windows 8 uses the same interface as phones running Microsoft software. As Windows 8 has the same interface as Windows Phone, the sales of the device may increase as the similarity greatly reduces the learning curve. Let’s take the instance of Apple’s iOS, for those who know how to use an iPhone, would surely know how to use an iPad or an iPod touch.

However, there is one warning to the data as these estimates are of shipments of phones to carriers, not sales of phones to consumers. So the good news doesn’t knock off easily unless huge stockpiles of Windows Phone devices on store shelves or in warehouses are sold to people.

What sounds as a positive development for Microsoft is that at this point, nearly all of the phone shipments should be the new Windows Phone, and not the old Windows Mobile platform.

Canalys, which is an independent analyst firm, states that the figures are for Windows Phone. From that point of view, we should see sales numbers over the coming months slanted towards the new platform. And that platform is about to become even newer at a very important time.

Matching nearly with Windows Phone 8 is Windows 8 for desktops and laptops; the code was just released to manufacturers earlier this week.… Read the rest

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With Windows 8 Metro Apps – Its Time for Awesomeness!

With evolving technology and the flamboyant expenditure in terms of innovation in the technical framework of applications, gadgets and usage, everything seems to be maneuvering towards perfection.

We have seen the M and the T technology take over the traditional usage patterns. Desktops are vintage and mobile, tablets is fashion now.

Metro-style apps recently brought in a new wave in the Windows 8 spectrum. Windows interface is the most user-friendly platform and even continues to be so. But with changing trends, it becomes imperative to evolve. Windows 8 is the answer to all the rising queries about tablet and mobile interaction with Windows.

Applications compatible with Windows 8 will make the entire interface environment dynamic with the help of live application tiles. With the search across apps where one can type and get results from across applications, is the new buzz in this genre.

Everything from games, news, books to basic information will be upheld in the dynamic setup. Let’s take a sneak- peak into where this Metro style will take our technology.

Cocktail Flow: The last thing you want at a party is a taste of bad cocktail. And in desperate times, nothing is more helpful than a mobile or a tablet. Windows 8 comes with an interesting application called the Cocktail flow, which will boost your bar-tending skills at the virtual bar and help you with a lot of recipes you need for the party to roll.

Wikipedia– History repeats itself. Well if this phrase applies to our internet history then 1 in every 3 person has repetitive pages in their history and Wikipedia tops the list of the most frequent pages. With extensive usage trends, windows leveraged this opportunity by launching an app that does not require anyone to visit search engines to reach to Wikipedia.

Music Maker Jams– Setting right at their potential target groups- The Millennial, Windows has understood one of the most important ingredients of survival- Music. This app is a sequencer that has magnificent interface where users can adjust various parameters of music to listen to whatever they like and whenever they want to.

Doodleinator– This app is an animation creator where the user can pick up a pencil and a paper and spend as much time, creating anything out of their mind, rearranging animations completing the trail and upload it on any social media platform.

SigFig Investments– As the name suggests, this app involves investments and stock market but besides being a ticker, it imports a user portfolio and does in-depth analysis and gives performance related information and recommendations. With this App, you will not only work the cool-way but also the smart-way.

Vimeo- However, hooked to the Youtube app, Microsoft has done complete justice to video lovers by launching this app with a wonderful grid to choose videos of one’s choice.

Solitaire– The most popular and undoubtedly the first computer game to be played has given Windows the advantage of being the first one to give people entertainment at all times. With a little tweak in rules and gameplay, this round of cards definitely seems to score.

Slacker radio- This app is not only a walking music station but also provides lyrics, reviews, artist biographies and basically everything one needs to know about Music.

OneNote MX-With Microsoft office being the most handful kit, one could not have asked for more as they have added a wonderful feather to the basket. With this app, those little notes will not be lost amidst heavy files and data. It promises a great interface with the latest pen technology in perfect place.

Fitball– From fries to fitness, we have seen it all and today with extreme importance towards health and fitness, we need to be assured that there is something around us to help us sincerely adhere to our endeavours. This App uses immersive technology and augmented reality to track movements where you need to hit balls and push your limits for a healthy lifestyle.

With this technology in place and these applications to pillar them up, it clearly shows that Windows has understood the user’s needs and the changing trends. With digital space home to a lot of experimentation, innovation and growth, it’s evident that they have leveraged on the fact that everything that is available offline must definitely be online.… Read the rest

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It’s Official, Windows 8 will Release on October 26

windows 8 october releaseSo, it’s not going to be a long wait as Microsoft has announced the launch of Windows 8, its next-gen operating system. In just months, we’ll be able to try the new Microsoft OS, which will have a desktop interface as well as a touch-friendly UI. The announcement was made by Windows president Steven Sinofsky at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting.

For all those who have been waiting for this new age OS, it will be available all major territories. You will be able to download an upgrade or buy it at the store on the launch date. So it’s just a wait of 14 weeks.

Microsoft has earlier said that it will offer only three versions of the OS. Two of these will be for Intel-based PCs (Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro) and Windows 8 RT for ARM-based tablets like the Microsoft Surface.… Read the rest

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