Microsoft, Reviews

Microsoft Office 2013 review: it’s finally here

Office Logo Microsoft Office has changed. It's not just that Office 2013 gets the Windows 8 treatment, with a touch-friendly interface and a sparser look, as well as new features in every application. Office is also going to the cloud, with subscription pricing, on-demand installation and automatic syncing of settings and documents you save in the cloud – if you want to pay for it that way. As usual, there are multiple versions of Office 2013, but this time around the different editions ...

Microsoft, News

Huawei and Microsoft bring Windows Phone 8 to Africa

huawei ascend windows phone 1 Huawei and Microsoft have teamed up to produce a Windows-run smartphone exclusively available in Africa, reports the BBC. Launched today, the modified smartphone is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative for what is considered one of the fastest growing technology markets in the world. The smartphone is a modified derivative of the Huawei Ascend W1 handset displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, and sports a display of 4-inches with a resolution of 480 x 800, a ...

News, Nokia, Windows

Windows Phone 7.8 turns Lumia phones into so much more

A multitude of new features have been added to Lumia phones running on Windows 7.5, as an updated Windows Phone OS started rolling out yesterday to certain Nokia Lumia phones. As reported by Conversations by Nokia, Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 owners will now have a host of features added that will include various camera features and imaging enhancements, and the release of apps like Contact Share, Play To and Nokia City Lens. The first change has been to ...

Microsoft, News

Microsoft promises more, gives less: 64GB Surface will only have 23GB storage

The new 64GB Microsoft Surface Pro will have only 23GB of free storage. Yes that is confusing, but it's true. According to The Verge, a company spokesman has confirmed that more than half of the Surface Pro's storage is taken up by the Windows 8 install program, built-in apps, and a recovery partition. The time of exponential gigabyte capacity in hard-drives has been dying. No more do we see 500GB+ HDDs in devices (apart from external HDDs and gaming PCs), as ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Cheaper Surface Pro and RT tablets? Microsoft to offer a “variety of price points”

surface pro black keyboard This was inevitable. With the price of Surface RT costing US$720 (with the Touch or Type keyboard) and the Surface Pro costing an astonishing US$1 000, Microsoft had to eventually create cheaper models that more in line with what actual human beings can afford. And so, it will. Microsoft’s chief financial bigwig Peter Klein said “We’re working closely with chip partners and OEMs to bring the right mix of devices,” (translation: we’re desperately searching for the cheapest hardware to sling Windows ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Microsoft Surface Pro ready to roll out 9 February

Software giant Microsoft has announced the release of the Intel-powered Surface Windows 8 Pro for 9 February, starting at US$899 for the 64-bit version. The beefier version of the Surface RT, launched in October 2012, will be capable of running older Windows apps and will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. The Surface Pro will also be available in 128GB form, and both models will include a gaggle of accessories, with a Block technology Surface pen and the ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets

Asus looks to Windows Phone OS for the next-gen Padfone

Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. is apparently in talks with Microsoft could become the latest Asian manufacturer build a Windows Phone device. At this point it looks like the Padfone is the most likely device to get the Microsoft treatment. according to a Wall Street Journal report, vice president of mobile communication products at Asus Benson Lin said that Asus is "interested in making Windows Phones." While we can not really consider that as a definite, the latest interest ...

Reviews, Samsung, Tablets, Windows

Samsung Ativ Tab hands on review: building the perfect tablet

Samsung_Ativ_Tab_review_08-900-75 Samsung launched a raft of new tablets at IFA 2012, with the Ativ Tab being the most tablet-esque. Shorn of the keyboard of its Ativ Smart PC brethren, the Ativ Tab is a pure tablet running Windows RT – and it's certainly got the design credentials you'd look for in something like this. The 10.1-inch HD screen is impressive, and certainly adds a level of crispness to proceedings that others might not manage, which really helps when looking at the IE browser ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets, Windows

Windows RT rightfully jailbroken

Windows RT was jailbroken earlier this week and now unsigned (read: mostly illegal) ARM applications can run on the maligned OS. Microsoft then hilariously released a press statement saying how the hack is a non-issue, and actually congratulated the hacker on a job well done. "We applaud the ingenuity of the folks who worked this out and the hard work they did to document it. We’ll not guarantee these approaches will be there in future releases.” Now that’s losing in ...

Games, Innovation, Microsoft, News

Kinect-enabled IllumiRoom brings us one step closer to Star Trek-style holodecks

Your Xbox is cool again. And it’s thanks to Microsoft's latest innovation, the IllumiRoom. Watch the video and we’ll play catchup after that. Microsoft's research team say that IllumiRoom "can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.” We saw the video, we know of it’s unique ability to create virtual world. With Kinect for Windows and a projector, the room is scanned, size is determined and the game ...

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