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Demo of Windows 8

The newly launched Windows 8 has a new look which generates seamless ideas and experience for users, either on PC, Tablets, Laptops or Smartphone. It features a new colorful array of tiled display with bright colors icons and graphics. The explanation of Windows 8 becomes extremely important due to newness of the touch feature. Being different from its predecessors, Windows 8 is the biggest innovation of Microsoft after Windows 95. So much advancement in an operating system leads to confusion, concern and curiosity. The specifications of windows 8 have led to the rise of many questions which are left unanswered. There is some uncertainty related to the design also.

Few questions which have been put up by users are: How to close or shut down the system or reboot it without getting to see Metro? Why are people supporting Microsoft even when they are aware of the fact that it is trying to terminate free computing to encash more money. Windows 8 supports screen friendly interface. Windows 8 provides better security and safety to your computer as it supports built in security equipments with Pin numbers and picture passwords. It allows easy login with Microsoft or Windows Live ID and synchronization in between devices.

However, Windows 8 is for fresher as those who have already used other version of Windows, require good practice in order to get used to this new version. Users face inconvenience while working on Windows 8 and renders unintuitive navigation.

With the use of Windows 8 in day to day life, new question keeps popping up in every mind. Being the biggest innovation of time, the answers have to be sought and sorted. However, so far the response has been positive. This new technology has been adopted by users overnight and many users are now trying to get a deeper knowledge about it.


Windows 8 Companion App is now available

 With the release of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has announced the release of Windows Phone companion app for Windows 8 version as well as Windows RT version. This app allows easy sync of content with Windows Phone 8 machines. It consists of music, movies, images and everything.

The purpose of this app is that it works in the background by combining with the Windows Phone. The app makes it easy to share your contents to and fro while it is installed on your phone irrespective of whether it is open or shut. You can easily manipulate and search the content from your phone. It even allows better management of your storage space preventing it from getting filled.

The Microsoft’s commitment is to bring together the interconnected devices.  As all the data is directly linked with the Microsoft account, it will be easily available irrespective of the fact of which device you are using. The data syncing lies mostly around media libraries if the app permits. However, those who are still using Windows 7 are unaware of Windows 8 and companion app event. As time increases, Windows 8 has become one of the best operating system mainly after the fall of Mango.

The new launch of Microsoft has a long way to go in order to improve Windows Phone content; however, the older device users will not be able to derive much benefit from it as this app won’t work with Windows Phone 7 and device of Windows Phone 7 in no way can be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. The only option left if you have the support of the platform is to upgrade. It would obviously lead to higher standard of Microsoft’s mobile devices along with the relief of up to date hardware to enjoy possible platform blast.


Hurricane Sandy postpones Google’s event until notified

Google was supposed to launch the latest Nexus 4, a smartphone built by LG; along with modified version of Nexus 7 tablet and a 10-inch Nexus 10 tablet, on October 29 in New York. However, the launching event of Google had to be postponed as the city got hit by a hurricane named Sandy.

In a statement Google deeply apologized for the delay in the event which was supposed to take place on Monday. They even said that they will notify as to when the Google’s launching event will take place next. Besides launching the tablets, Google was also supposed to launch the latest version of its Android operating system, names “Key Lime Pie”.

Google is expected to follow the footsteps of Apple and Microsoft in launching its products before Christmas. There has already been an online leakage of information of the new products Google was about to launch. Even one of the members of the staff of Google left behind a prototype of its latest smartphone, Nexus 4, in one of the bar’s in California last month.

On October 26, Carphone Warehouse mentioned details of Nexus 4 on its website. However, the page was later on deleted from the webpage. The page unveiled that Nexus 4 will come with a 4.7 inch screen, having density of 320 pixels per inch. The smartphone is listed to have measurement of 68.7 by 133.9 by 9.1 millimetres.

According to the reports, the new version of Nexus 7 tablet is no other than the Asus Nexus tablet that was unveiled by Google in summer on Android’s Jelly Bean.


Microsoft Surface Keyboard Covers

What was more alluring in the Microsoft Surface Tablet launch was mainly the keyboard cover, which possibly makes the tablet one of the best tablet computers available in terms of efficiency with no additional bulk. The enticing Surface keyboard is available in two varieties. The Type Cover is the slimmest mechanical keyboard that comes with a capacitive sensing track pad. It is a dual protective cover that is 6 mm thin and weighs less than 0.55 lbs. The Type Cover is obtainable only in one color-black and is worth $129.

With multi-functioning QWERTY keyboard along with the Function Keys (F1-F12) aligned in a row to share, search and settings together with Windows shortcut keys and media controls makes navigation through Surface easier and sleek. The Type cover provides the effortlessness and swiftness of a traditional keyboard to give yet additional productivity.

The other variety consists of the Touch Cover, which is a pressure receptive laser fitted keyboard and protective cover.  It is 3 mm in measurement and weighs less than half pound. It is slim and amazingly responsive. The touch cover costs $119 and can be obtained in five exciting colors: red, white, black, magenta and cyan.

Featuring fully functioning in-built multi-touch track pad embedded with two buttons, windows shortcut keys and media controls, the touch cover provides maximum quickness to the user to navigate through surface. Moreover, the Touch cover is spill resistant and can be easily cleaned. The smooth and vivid touch surface allows the user to experience onscreen type up to 2x faster.

When need to move, you can fold both the Type cover and the Touch cover over the screen to protect from scrapes and bashes. Folding the touch or type cover disables the keyboard and keystrokes itself and the Surface display automatically gets turned off on closing the cover to conserve battery life.

 


Recap of Windows Launch Event

Finally the much-hyped, innovative and controversial product ever was unveiled by Microsoft in New York.  Scores of information was rolled out regarding Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 8 as well as its Surface Tablet. Windows 8 came out as the most dynamic versions of the OS and has been designed for a whole new generation of laptops and tablet computers.

According to the Chief Executive of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, “Windows 8 PCs will be the best PCs ever” as his company competes with the other two tech giants, Apple and Google in smart phones and tablets. He also added while saying about Windows 8 that “shatters perceptions of what a PC really is and is a bold and innovative break from past Windows versions.”

The first half of the launch event was devoted to the demonstration of the Windows 8 which eventually led to the information regarding Microsoft Surface towards the end. Windows Head Steven Sinofsky stated, “In creating Windows 8, we shunned the incremental.” The ultimate ploy from there onwards was to elucidate how that was gain!

The launch event further highlighted the offer for upgrading that is presently available to the Windows customers, which can be done for only $39. Further the event focused on the system’s nature. Once more it was made clear that before launching the company’s newest OS version, it had to go through testing of over 1.24 BILLION hours, which probably makes it finest tested software in history. The presentation furthermore demonstrated some of the key functions of Windows 8. The Modern user interface apps and desktop apps ran next to each other. Office 2013 was revealed on a brief note and the ease of using such a touch interface was explained.

Besides, there were also some conversations regarding Windows Store, putting an approximation of 10000 apps available globally. While there are already numerous apps available for Android and iOS in the mobile market, it’s not that easy for Microsoft to compete the big names.

 


Apple launches iPad mini

At the event for the launch of Ipad 4 mini, on 23rd October 2012,  Tim Cook first spoke to a large audience about the success and sales of iPhone 5. Then, the attention of the audience was taken towards MacBook with its remarkable specifications.

The MacBook is .75’’ thick, possesses 2 lightning ports, 2 USB ports, SD reader and has no optical drive. It also has 8GB RAM which can be extended till 768 GB SSD. Then the audience were told about the new ipad 4 which has improved graphics and expanded network coverage. The new ipad also has a 10 hour battery life and better connectivity due to faster WiFi.

The device is available at $499 or $699 for cellular version. After the introduction of new iPad 4, the new iPad mini was launched. Weighing .68 labs and with only 7.2 mm thickness,  it resembles more to iphone5. iPad mini has a 7.9’’  display and is compatible with all iPad software. The extra .9’’ makes it actually bigger than other 7” tablets. The device has A5 chip, a facetime HD front camera, a 5 MP rear camera and a lightning port. The product has the same battery life as Ipad 4. Ipad mini starts at $329 for 16 GB model and goes as high as $659 for 64 GB cellular model.

The new iPad mini has prices much above the prices of rival Android products and is not going to make much difference to their sales. It is available in most of the countries in the Apple stores. The new product is seen as an attempt to rival the MS Surface Tablet launched in the market. iPad 4 is launched in the market just 6 months after the launch of its predecessor iPad 3. This has led to a rise in the number of complaints which accuse Apple of launching new products too much and too early in the market.


Recap of Windows Launch Event

Finally the much-hyped, innovative and controversial product ever was unveiled by Microsoft in New York.  Scores of information was rolled out regarding Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 8 as well as its Surface Tablet. Windows 8 came out as the most dynamic versions of the OS and has been designed for a whole new generation of laptops and tablet computers.

According to the Chief Executive of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, “Windows 8 PCs will be the best PCs ever” as his company competes with the other two tech giants, Apple and Google in smart phones and tablets. He also added while saying about Windows 8 that “shatters perceptions of what a PC really is and is a bold and innovative break from past Windows versions.”

The first half of the launch event was devoted to the demonstration of the Windows 8 which eventually led to the information regarding Microsoft Surface towards the end. Windows Head Steven Sinofsky stated, “In creating Windows 8, we shunned the incremental.” The ultimate ploy from there onwards was to elucidate how that was gain!

The launch event further highlighted the offer for upgrading that is presently available to the Windows customers, which can be done for only $39. Further the event focused on the system’s nature. Once more it was made clear that before launching the company’s newest OS version, it had to go through testing of over 1.24 BILLION hours, which probably makes it finest tested software in history. The presentation furthermore demonstrated some of the key functions of Windows 8. The Modern user interface apps and desktop apps ran next to each other. Office 2013 was revealed on a brief note and the ease of using such a touch interface was explained.

Besides, there were also some conversations regarding Windows Store, putting an approximation of 10000 apps available globally. While there are already numerous apps available for Android and iOS in the mobile market, it’s not that easy for Microsoft to compete the big names.

 


Windows 8: Kindle has arrived

Amazon has ridden over the wave of Windows 8, right on time!

For its readers, it has brought Kindle app which is now available in Windows store. Asked to log in, the user is directly taken to the ‘clouded’ library listing features are available for downloadable articles.

There are several icons listed under cloud/ device heading. Alphabetical sorting facilities using the sort option through the Authors’ or Titles’ in the App bar could be used to quickly search things a user is looking for. Sync is possible to establish with the shopping cart right from here. Kindle store is a bit different from the Cloud/ Device App. Through Kindle Store, you can access Amazon in your browser and start shopping. Here you have both the options of integrated shopping and single item purchase.

A user can customize display convenient to his reading. While it lacks a choice of font, margin width, colours and column view can easily be changed. A good use of Notes and highlighting can be made to select words. The selection can lead to Dictionary.com to find help. Even notes can be added to the selected portions. Technique to navigate inside the document is trickier than a turn of single page. There is a nice ‘Go to’ feature above the screen that helps navigate to the pages and highlighted sections. Below is a navigation slider which takes the reader to different positions.

There is a thing called Charm Bar. It’s a well integrated Windows 8 function which enables the readers search and pin titles to the start screen. It can be used to adjust the setting too. Early versions of the Kindle App have been bit inconvenient with respect to the user friendliness. With the enhanced features of Kindle App, Amazon’s ecosystem has gone a sea change from its previous versions.


Windows Search App launched by Google

Although with the release of Microsoft’s Windows 8, Google might stand as one of the biggest competitors, yet that has not blocked the search giant from launching a search app for the new OS users. Google Search App can be availed for free in the Windows Store for Windows 8 and will be a substitute to the default search engine in IE, Bing on Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Search App launched by Google is not only an app for facilitating seach but also it is a gateway to various other service offered by Google such as Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Google+, Youtube, Reader and Drive. The basic interface comprises of a huge search bar embedded with voice search to enable you to speak and search any query. The Google Search App also features instant results and instant previews. Instant Previews provide a tiled and scrollable set of cached pictures letting the users to search for what they are looking.

Besides the basic functionalities, the App takes full benefit of the Metro interface. With the help of the App bar search function, Google search can now be initiated from anywhere.

For the moment, the Google Search App is limited to Windows 9 devices only. Microsoft’s Windows RT cannot take any benefits from it. Probably the reason for this is the lock down functions in the browser for RT has kept away from offering an alternative of IE10 for those devices until now. Eventually, we may get to see an update that would be all-embracing.

Meanwhile Google has also been planning a Windows 8 Chrome browser version that is presently only available for the developers as a preview. Quite akin to the desktop equivalent, the Windows 8 metro style app has engorged elements like the tabs to lodge touch screens. One of the advantages it has over IE10 is that it displays all open tabs straight away rather than swiping up to view the tabs which helps to switch between tabs frequently.

 


Apple’s sudden iPad Update!

Apple has launched its new generation of iPad, just 6 months after it launched its predecessor. The new launch is seen as an attempt to take the attention of the market away from the impending launch of new Windows 8. The launch comes at a time when Windows 8 is about to release. This announcement has however not gone down well with the present iPad owners who have bought the iPad 3 versions recently.

The customers are unhappy with the new number of Apple products launched every now and then in the market. These complaints are bound to increase as the new iPad4 has 2 times the graphics processing power than its predecessor. It also has better connectivity options. The users who have bought iPad 3 for movies and games will be considerably left behind than the users of iPad 4. The Surface Tablet has better WiFi connectivity options than the present iPad 3 but with the launch of iPad4 Apple has again taken the lead. iPad 4 has Lightning port which is present in Apple’s iPhone 5 also. The present release can be justified also as Microsoft has given a lot of time to Apple to make this release possible.

The users who have recently bought the iPad 3 have been given a chance by Apple to replace their products if the products satisfy two conditions. Firstly, the products must have been bought in the last month and secondly they must not have considerable signs of wear and tear. The offer is however not valid for the customers who have bought their products before last month. How much effect the present launch of iPad 4 has on the launch of the Microsoft Surface tablet will be an interesting thing see in the coming few days.