Items tagged with Windows-8.1

In dribbles and drips, we’re (allegedly) learning more about the next Microsoft OS, Windows 9 “Threshold”. The latest bit to leak out is a screenshot that purports to show the new desktop environment, including a remade Start screen. The screen grab comes from My Digital Life forum user DUF_, and you can see that the Start menu is back in force in Windows 9. In addition to having something resembling the traditional look of the Start menu, Microsoft has also added Metro apps to it, which is a reasonable way of unifying the two environments in a much more sensible way than in Windows 8.1. Assuming this is a real shot and not an elaborate fake, it’s yet an early version... Read more...
ASUS’ biggest reveal at Computex is the intriguing Transformer Book V, a device ASUS calls a “five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop”. The Book V features Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat laptop that is also a tablet that is also an Android smartphone. The 12.5-inch device runs an Intel Core processor and has 1TB of internal storage in laptop mode; in tablet mode, it has 128GB of storage. As a smartphone, the Book V is a 5-inch LTE device with a quad-core Intel Atom processor. Switching between modes is a simple process. ASUS also has a new pile of Android devices launching at Computex aimed at satisfying a “wide range” of needs including new MeMO Pads, Fonepads,... Read more...
Microsoft keeps pushing out updates by and by to improve the overall Windows 8.1 experience, and the latest update concerns the Windows Store. Microsoft announced that it has gussied up the look of the store and has made it easier to navigate and find the apps you’re looking for. The old store There is now a persistent navigation bar on top of the store that includes Home, Top charts, Categories, Collections, and Account links. This is a nice change, as it de-clutters the scrolling experience by putting several of those sections up in the menu bar, and it also gives users a quick way to access those areas. The new store Microsoft also put Collections on the store’s landing page so... Read more...
Lenovo is supplanting its ThinkPad Tablet 2 with the ThinkPad 10, a device that shares a naming scheme with the smaller ThinkPad 8 and runs on an Intel Atom Quad Processor with Windows 8.1 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions). The ThinkPad 10 also sports Intel HD Graphics (gen 7), 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage. There’s a rear 8MP camera with autofocus and flash and a 2MP front camera, both of which are 1080p. Lenovo promises 10 hours of battery life and offers micro HDMI, USB 2.0, and a micro SD card slot. The 10.1-inch display has a 1920x1200 resolution, and the device has WiFi, Bluetooth, WWAN, and a Smart Card reader on board. The ThinkPad 10 will be available... Read more...
Microsoft has been trying to get users to move on from its iconic and hugely popular Windows XP operating system for a long time, and after years--years!--of warnings, the company finally ceased official support for the OS last month. That means, as we’ve said before, that Windows XP gets no tech support and no security patches, which leaves those systems woefully unprotected. So everyone took the hint and finally upgraded to one of the three major operating system generations Microsoft has rolled out since XP was born, right? Nope. Source: NetMarketShare If you look at NetMarketShare’s numbers from the month of April, you can see that Windows XP is still being used by 26.29% of Internet-connected... Read more...
There’s a much-anticipated update to Windows 8.1 coming, and it seems that it leaked early to the web. The culprit? Microsoft itself. According to ZDNet, by using a direct link or making an adjustment to the registry to allow the update to come up in Windows Update, users could snag the new version of Windows 8.1 for themselves early. To date, the update was only officially available in RTM (Release to Manufacturing) form. (Credit: ZDNet) Apparently the update was only successful on a Surface Pro running Windows 8.1 Pro--it failed on a desktop PC running Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition--and Microsoft has adjusted the flaw that allowed the Windows Update availability and killed the direct... Read more...
There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to monetize your company’s products, especially when your product portfolio is as vast as Microsoft’s. To that end, Microsoft is reportedly experimenting with different ways to make money from its products and services that include offering its flagship operating system for free. This would be a stark departure from the norm for Microsoft, which has always charged for OS licenses, whether the cost is boxed software or wrapped up in a PC purchase. Of course, nothing is really free, so the tradeoff would ostensibly be some sort of Bing-related incentivisation. ZDNet and The Verge both reported that a... Read more...
Microsoft is reportedly cutting the cost of its Windows 8.1 licensing fees on cheaper PCs and tablets in an attempt to remain competitive in the lower-end market. According to Bloomberg’s sources, manufacturers will pay just $15 to preinstall the OS on any device that sells for less than $250 instead of the normal $50. It’s notable that there’s no form factor requirement or size restrictions, nor a touch requirement, meaning that the discount could apply to inexpensive notebooks and tablets alike. This is a clear effort to fight back against market-invading forces such as inexpensive Android tablets and the growing spate of chromebooks on the market. The measure to slash licensing... Read more...
There’s a good bit of scuttlebutt circulating about the upcoming update to Microsoft’s operating systems--both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1--and all of it sounds juicy. For starters, there’s more evidence that Microsoft will roll out an AI assistant called Cortana (named after the Halo character) for Windows Phone. A person Bloomberg cited as “familiar with the matter” said that Microsoft has invested $15 million in Foursquare Labs in order to gain access to deeper Foursquare data that will allow Cortana to give users more location-based tips, suggestions, and more. “We’re building some contextually aware experiences to power some upcoming products... Read more...
The old notion that tablets should only be a certain size or two is long gone, and to that end Sharp has one in the works that boasts a 15.6-inch 3K display from IGZO. The big slate runs Windows 8.1 Pro (with a Windows 7 Pro SP1 downgrade for those who prefer), and there are some impressive specs under the hood. The tablet (RW-16G1) has a dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6GHz) processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and a 128GB SSD--in other words, ultrabook specs. It comes with a stylus with pressure detection, and it for communication there’s 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. Ports include three USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort out with 4K support, HDMI out, headphone jack, and an... Read more...
Whatever you think about Windows 8.1, good or bad or what have you, we can all agree that the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system has not gone at all how the company hoped. Microsoft appears ready to move beyond it, in any case, with its “Threshold” initiative designed to further unify Microsoft’s OS ecosystem. There’s an update to Windows 8.1 coming this year, and Microsoft will surely let the world in on its plans for the next generation of Windows at the BUILD conference in April, but the current scuttlebutt is that Threshold will launch in April 2015, and it will be called “Windows 9”. Windows 8.1 Perhaps all that seems obvious, but it’s... Read more...
How desperate are OEMs to make lemonade out of the Windows 8.1 RT lemon? They’re going to be pushing something called a “PC Plus” initiative at CES this year, which in a nutshell is simply the ability for Windows tablets and laptops to run Android apps or dual-boot Windows and Android. According to Tim Bajarin at Time, in one scenario this will be done through software emulation, wherein users will be able to run Android apps on top of Windows 8.1. Analyst Patrick Moorhead told ComputerWorld that other paradigms would include running Android in a virtual machine on top of Windows or else a straightforward dual-boot situation where users could switch between Windows... Read more...
I’m typically not a fan of “holiday creep”, but I’ll make an exception for Cyber Monday; the one-day online mega sale has grown into a whole Cyber Week, and Microsoft is taking things even further with its “12 Days of Deals” event. If the first day’s deal is any indication, this is going to be kind of an incredible dozen days. Microsoft is offering the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet for just $99 on Monday, December 9th. The first 20 people who claim it in person at Microsoft stores will get the ridiculous deal for a tablet that usually goes for $299. There are 10 more available at each store for $199, which is still an amazing deal. Keep in mind that although... Read more...
Companies update their apps all the time, and usually the changes aren’t particularly noteworthy, but Microsoft just revealed a doozy of an update to its OneNote app for Windows 8.1 devices. One major change is the Share charm that lets you send anything you see on your screen (such as something from an app) to OneNote with a swipe and a couple of clicks. You can do the same with screenshots. Other new features include scanning capabilities with Camera Scan, which will automatically clean up shots of whiteboards and documents to make them appear to be scanned, and new OCR recognition makes all of your images searchable. You can also use Recent Notes to see your latest OneNote items, and... Read more...
As we mentioned earlier today, Microsoft is really on board this whole 3D printing thing, loading Windows 8.1 with native 3D printing capabilities and working closely with MakerBot to develop a driver for the latter’s Replicator 2 3D printer, but that’s not all. Microsoft also now has an app called 3D Builder that lets users more easily set up a design for 3D printing. 3D Builder, which is available for free in the Windows Store starting today, lets users manipulate existing designs stashed in the app’s library or upload their own designs made in other applications. Features include the ability to scale, arrange, rotate, and adjust objects and even stack or push designs together... Read more...
When Microsoft announced its eagerly anticipated Windows 8.1 update, the company promised native 3D printing support. MakerBot worked with Microsoft to develop its own 3D printer driver for the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, which is now available via the Windows Update Service. The MakerBot 3D Printer Driver will enable users to print in 3D from within capable software applications just as you’d print any document. MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said that the company worked closely with Microsoft to produce a driver that would be plug-and-play ready. It sounds like Microsoft got something out of it, too. “Working with MakerBot on creating the 3D printer driver has been a great... Read more...
Microsoft’s long-awaited update to its Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, recently landed, and already it’s clear that many users are taking advantage of the free upgrade. According to NetMarketShare’s numbers, Windows 8.1 rose to 1.72% of the desktop OS market share after starting at 0.39% in August (and climbing to 0.87% in September). Over that same time period, Windows 8’s share rose from 7.41% to 7.53%; granted, in September Windows 8 was up to 8.02%, so Windows 8.1 cannibalized its numbers a bit in October, but overall Microsoft’s latest OS and its update are steadily gaining adoption. In fact, so is Windows 7, even as Windows Vista and Windows XP market... Read more...
Microsoft reported its fiscal Q1 2014 revenue, and things are actually looking pretty solid for Redmond. For the three-month period ending on September 30th, GAAP Revenue was up 16% to $18.53 billion from about $16 billion, and operating income was up from $5.31 billion to $6.33 billion. The numbers include $113 million of deferred revenue from Windows 8.1 pre-sales. Revenue generated by Surface sales rose to $400 million, which bodes well for Microsoft’s homegrown tablet platform as the company debuts its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices. It’s also interesting to note that although Windows Pro revenue continues to grow, Microsoft’s Windows OEM revenue dropped 7%. Overall,... Read more...
Lenovo announced a new Windows 8.1 tablet to its lineup with the Miix2, an 8-inch device that comes with an optional cover and a stylus. The successor to the Lenovo Miix, the Mixx2 will ship with Windows 8.1 on board, with all that entails, and it boasts some impressive specs, too. The device rocks a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T with integrated Intel HD graphics (Gen7) with a 10-point multitouch (1280x800) IPS display, and it includes up to 128GB of eMMC storage (with a microSD slot for another 32GB), 2GB of LP-DDR3 memory, and 2MP front and 5MP rear cameras. For connectivity, the Miix2 features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 3G-GPS3, and Bluetooth 4.0, and battery life is listed as 7 hours. It comes loaded... Read more...
Windows 8.1 won’t officially be out until October 17th, but Microsoft has made its boxed software available for preorder now, for those who can’t wait to wait to order their own copy. Microsoft Windows 8.1 costs $119, and the Pro version will run you $199.99. One notable change with this generation of Windows is that Microsoft is only selling two versions of the software, which will make things a little easier on consumers, especially as most will just need the regular Windows 8.1. Much has been made of Windows 8.1 and it’s potential to fix the problems of Windows 8; we’ve covered the changes in some detail, ourselves. In any case, Microsoft is surely hoping that consumers... Read more...
Like many companies, Toshiba is busily launching products at IFA this week, and among the company’s new devices is a detachable laptop, an 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1, and a petite Satellite notebook. Toshiba Satellite Click The Satellite Click continues a trend we’ve been seeing toward devices that are built to be laptops but with detachable displays that then function as standalone tablets. The 13.3-inch device has an IPS multitouch display and runs on an AMD A4 APU with Radeon 800 graphics. It also features a 500GB hard drive and a dual battery design, and it will run Windows 8.1. Toshiba Satellite Click Toshiba also announced a small, 8-inch (1280x800 LCD, 5-point multitouch)... Read more...
Microsoft’s Windows operating systems have held a relatively consistent market share for the last year--91.67% in October 2012 and 91.19% in August 2013--but there’s been a good bit of shakeup as it pertains to the various versions of Windows. According to data compiled by NetMarketShare, Windows 8 has climbed to 7.41% market share, up from 0.41% less than a year ago and from 5.4% just last month. For comparison, Vista has dropped to 4.11%; Windows 8 surpassed it this summer. Windows 7 has held relatively firm, creeping up slightly from 44.69% to 45.63% from October to August. Windows XP is winding down; it’s dropped to 33.66% market share. Less than a year ago, it was at 40%.... Read more...
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