News, Windows

Windows 8.1 ready for OEMs ‘late August’ says Microsoft

Windows 8 lead Windows 8.1 will be ready to be loaded onto PCs by late August, says Microsoft on its official Windows blog. "This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays!” the blog excitingly continues. The blog recounts Microsoft executives Tami Reller and Jensen Harris who took to the stage at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference earlier  today to explain how Windows 8.1 will integrate with OEM devices. Onstage, features ...

Innovation, Microsoft, News

Microsoft makes touchy feely 3D touchscreen

touchscreen blue ripples A group of Microsoft researchers have created a stereo-vision 3-D monitor on a robot arm to augment touchscreen interactions. Their aim, they say, is to do "for the sense of touch what computer graphics does for vision.” Basically it's an LCD flat panel that's attached to a robotic arm that pushes, retracts and moves the screen when touched. The screen uses sensors to recognize the objects on the screen and when touched, uses light force to create the illusion of the ...

Microsoft, News, Xbox

Microsoft’s Don Mattrick dubbed new Zynga CEO

Zynga Bloomberg is reporting that former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick has jumped ship and joined social-gaming developer Zynga as new CEO. This became more apparent as company emails and posts started swirling around the web. Whatever this really means, we hope it's not a sign of up a coming graphic intensive Farmville gaming culture. Don Mattrick is generally known for his role in bringing about the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Live. He also played a massive part in successful franchises ...

Microsoft, News, Xbox, Xbox One

Xbox Music for web live and kicking

Xbox Music Web Xbox Music web version is here. While it was widely expected to launch earlier this week according to The Verge, but it’s live right now and new or registered Xbox users can sign up for a paid or free 30-day trial. Xbox Music web shares the Windows 8-look of the Xbox 360’s interface, has an adaptive interface and requires an Xbox Live Gold membership (US$5/pm) on top of the monthly Xbox Music Pass (US$9.99). The trial period automatically upgrades to the ...

News, Windows

Windows 8.1 preview is here, and it’s free

Search Guess what? Windows 8.1 Preview is here. If you still care about Windows 8, you should attempt a download. As of right now though, Microsoft is saying that the ISO files needed to install it will only be available “within the next day”. But that’s what we’re here for, to show you why and if Windows 8.1 Preview is worth a download, or not. Windows! It’s “more you” now Look, the video above was fine but all we noticed out of the “more ...

Consoles, Microsoft, PS4

The next-gen console cold war: cutting through the crap

PS4 There was a time, when your choice in console wasn’t scrutinised at every turn. There was a time, when it was more about the games than the platform. There was a time, when a gamer’s first question to another gamer wasn’t, “Playstation or Xbox?” Those days are past it seems, and the Great War, which began almost a decade ago, still has the world in its iron grip. And now a new era has begun, more in line with the Cold War, a ...


Office Web App real-time co-authoring preview: is it the pie in the sky?

Office 365 Microsoft has given us a sneak preview of the up and coming updates to its Office Web Apps. The main feature will be co-authoring which has a collaborative split screen vibe much like Google Docs. While co-authoring has been available since Office 2010, the real-time collaboration feature across multiple OS devices is all new. These featured apps (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) will work across Windows, Android and iOS devices for free. It's also made clear that Microsoft is trying ...

Tablets, Windows

Intel’s Windows 8, quad-care tablet is a surprise mobile powerhouse

Intel Bay Trail CPU During its Computex keynote speech earlier this week, chipmaker Intel whipped out a quad-core tablet which sported a look very close to Microsoft’s love it or hate it-device, the Surface. The Intel tablet runs the quad-core Bay Trail CPU, a revamp of the Atom processors that have powered most mobile devices since 2009. While Bay Trail may be for mobile, Intel says that the new chipsets offer laptop CPU-like powers, reports CNET. These tablets are proof of concept only, so ...

Acer, News, Windows

Acer Iconia W3 puts the ‘eight’ in Windows 8

acer w3 The "first 8-inch tablet for Windows 8," as Acer dubs it, is finally here. The Acer Iconia W3, is being launched this week and is available for pre-order tomorrow. Luca Rossi from Acer Europe mentions that the company wants to give students, consumers and professionals "a new and more effective way to take their fun and productivity on the go." The Iconia W3 weighs 540 grams and is merely 11.35 mm thin. Acer boasts the W3's battery will keep going for ...

Microsoft, Xbox

XBOX ONE: an all-in-one home entertainment system

xbox_one Microsoft's Don Mattrick summed up the vision for the Xbox 360's successor today. It will serve as the hub "where all your entertainment comes alive in one place," and will be called Xbox One. Introduced as an “all-in-one home entertainment system” for games and entertainment, Xbox One's shell harkens back to that of the first Xbox. The curves of the 360 have been hammered out and attributes to a rather austere and monolithic looking Xbox One. It doesn't shout gaming console, ...


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