Windows 8 Tag

After it was announced that Apple has won a contract a $30 Million iPad contract with L.A. Unified School District. Microsoft has announced a similar deal today. In a press release, Microsoft revealed that, “a new collection of 34 K-12 schools and school districts that have signed on to use Windows 8 to inspire collaboration and creativity in the classroom, improve student learning outcomes, and better prepare students for the workforce ahead.” This might not be as big a deal as the Apple’s $30 million iPad contract, however this shows that Microsoft isRead More
According to a post on Microsoft forums (via Softpedia), updating your PC and Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1 Preview will require a PC already running Windows RT with 10 GB of free storage space. Microsoft has already received complains for limited free hard disk space in their Windows Tablet PCs in the past. Last year, the company published a FAQ post on their website. The post explained the actual storage size of their 32GB and 64GB Surface Tablets. Here’s how much hard disk space you have available out of the box:Read More
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While it is widely rumored that Apple set to a new fingerprint technology in their next-generation iPhone, Microsoft has unveiled an FPC fingerprint touch sensor integrated in a beta version of Windows 8.1 at TechEd North America 2013 today. According to the press release, “Windows 8.1 customers will be able to sign on to their Microsoft account, make online payments and other transactions using the fingerprint sensor for secure and convenient user verification. By utilizing FPC’s fingerprint touch sensor in combination with this update to Windows 8, we are able toRead More

Posted On February 6, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Microsoft News

Microsoft Surface Pro Reviews Roundup

Microsoft Surface Pro Reviews Here we go folks, the Microsoft Surface Pro reviews are out so lets see what people are saying about Microsoft’s ‘no compromise’ tablet computer. Walt Mossberg – Surface Pro: Hefty Tablet Is a Laptop Lightweight [quote] I like the original Surface and see it as a tablet with the extra benefit of some Microsoft Office programs. However, I am less enamored with the Surface Pro. It’s too hefty and costly and power-hungry to best the leading tablet, Apple’s full-size iPad. It is also too difficult to useRead More
Apple Launches iPad With 128GB In China, Starts at 6,088 Yuan Tech Sina (via Bright Wire) is reporting that Apple has launched their 128GB fourth generation iPad for a 6,088 yuan with the  WiFi + Cellular version price is 7088 yuan in China. In the US the same devices are priced at US$799 for the WiFi version and US$929 for the WiFi +4 G version. From the report: iPad 4 have a larger space closer to the morphology notebook, which means that the iPad will gradually replace some of theRead More
Digitime is reporting that the sales of Microsoft Windows RT tablet sales for 2012 is likely to be less than one million units. According to the article, Taiwan-based supply chain makers, are reporting that there have been about two million Windows RT tablets shipped globally, fewer than the 4-4.5 million units originally expected to be shipped as of the end of 2012. Monica Chen and Adam Hwang report: [quote] Since Microsoft announced Surface in mid-2012, some partners gave up plans to develop Windows RT tablets, resulting in the launch of Surface RTRead More
According to  a new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), lackluster PC shipment in the fourth quart of 2012 has least to 6.4 percent decline compare to a year ago quarter (Q4 2011). IDC had anticipated a decline of around 4.4 percent. The IDC report puts worldwide PC shipments at 89.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12). In what appears to be bad news for Microsoft, IDC study shows that the launch of Windows 8 failed to reverse recent sluggish demand for PC. According to the report, theRead More
According to John Paczkowski of AllThingsD, “Microsoft is being coy about revealing Surface sales data, it may be for good reason. Early demand for the company’s first tablet is lousy,” writes John Paczkowski of AllThingsD. “How lousy? Put it this way — if Microsoft really did manufacture three million to five million Surface tablets to sell in the fourth quarter, it’s going to have between two million and four million left over at quarter’s end.” Paczkowski was commenting on a research note released by Detwiler Fenton, a Boston-based brokerage firm. According to Detwiler Fenton, “Lack of distribution isRead More
 Microsoft has finally revealed the price of its upcoming  Surface with Windows 8 Pro. According to the company’s blog post, the price will set you back $899 for standalone version with 64GB storage and  $999 for the 128GB  version. This price point is easily competitive with Apple’s iPad at with the same 64GB storage. However, a lot folks view the MacBook Air as the most likely competitor given that both devices share similar specs. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro will comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, which will run legacy Windows ApplicationsRead More

Posted On November 26, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Microsoft News

Microsoft Is Doomed Articles

Looking around the internet, it appears that a sure way of generating traffic to your blog is to write an article predicting the doom and gloom of Microsoft. I thought these sort of click bait articles were reserved for Apple. This might come across hypocritical, however I put together a few of these articles for you to judge for yourself whether these are click baits or well written articles on the challenges Microsoft faces going forward. Microsoft has failed – Their actions erase any lingering doubt Charlie Demerjian predicts that Microsoft hasRead More

Posted On November 21, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Microsoft News

Nielsen: Windows 8 Usability Disappointing For Everyone

    I haven’t had the opportunity to use a Windows 8 device as yet, but judging from the reviews, I think I’m much better off not doing so at the moment. According to a report from Jakob Nielsen the usability of Windows 8 has been found to be very disappointing for both novice and power users. Jakob Nielsen holds a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction, hence he’s in a very good position to make such statements. He concluded that, “the hidden features, reduced discoverability, cognitive overhead from dual environments, and reduced powerRead More
   Windows Phone 8 Reboots & Battery Issues Judging from the current issues faced by earlier adapters of the Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has a lot of work to do. According to users on  WPCentral forum and Microsoft’s Support forum, their Windows 8 devices are facing rebooting and battery issues. In a report on the The Verge, the author confirmed that they suffered from the same rebooting issue during the testing of the HTC 8X smartphone. Here are some of the issue that users are reporting: WPCentral Davidmuful: [quote] Just checking in to sayRead More