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Windows 8 Reaches 100 Million Sales, Still Behind Pace

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As Microsoft continues to push Windows 8 on all PC users, it’s interesting to look at the sales numbers for the new operating system. Microsoft just recently announced that they have sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8. Though 100 million sounds like quite a bit of sales, Windows 8 only accounted for 2.3% of the operating system market share when they announced 60 million sales in January. It’s unlikely that they have broken the 5% mark yet. Although PCs are still about as prevalent as they always have been, they are getting a bit of a competition from tablets and other mobile devices. Microsoft has made it obvious with Windows 8 that they’d like to blend the two markets. The Surface is an example of this, blending a laptop with a tablet. Many experts have begun to speculate if the PC market will start to shrink as the tablet market grows. Despite marketing Windows 8 for both markets, it’s notable that the adoption rate for Windows 8 is even below Windows Vista in its release year, another operating system that Microsoft struggled to get to the market. Microsoft has come under fire for forcing their new operating systems on …

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Acer Iconia W3 – A 8.1 Inch Windows 8 Tablet Leaked on Amazon

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At the Build Conference that is scheduled for the end of June, Microsoft is expected to launch a number of devices. According to a French website MiniMachines, Acer will be launching an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. If this is true then Acer will be the first company to offer a Windows 8 tablet at a handy size. The above image was found on Amazon for a brief period before being pulled confirming the existence of the 8.1 inch windows 8 tablet. This tablet called the Acer Iconia W3 will sport a 8.1 inch display and have a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor along with 2GB of RAM. There is no information regarding the display resolution of this tablet yet. While the following leaked spec image seems to convey that the Acer Iconia W3 will be powered by an Apple A4 processor, we would recommend taking it with a sack of salt! We expect it to be powered by an Atom CPU when it launches. As expected the tablet will have both front and rear cameras and a keyboard accessory is also expected. This 8 inch tablet is expected to be available in markets by September 2013. Acer has two …

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How to Install IIS 8 on Windows 8

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The IIS is one among the first few things a Web Developer using ASP.NET would want to install on the Windows 8. The Internet Information Services (IIS) which was formerly known as the Internet Information Server is a web server software application and has a set of modules created by Microsoft for use with Windows. The IIS 8, is a new version of the IIS is available only in Windows Server 2012 and the Windows 8. IIS 8.0 includes Application Initialization, centralized SSL certificate support, and multicore scaling on NUMA hardware, among other new features How to install IIS 8 on Windows 8 Step 1 To start installing IIS8 in Windows 8, press the Windows + R. A pop up Run box will appear. Type “appwiz.cpl” and press enter. Step 2 The Program and Features window will open up. On the left hand side, click “Turn Windows features on or off”. Step 3 Now click on the Internet Information Services check box. Step 4 If you are a developer, expand the Internet Information Services option and explore the sub- components also. It installs everything that is required to host a website by default but if you are a developer, there …

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Microsoft Planning 7-inch “Surface Mini”

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There are reports of Microsoft’s plans to shrink the Surface tablet to a 7 inch version to make what will probably called the Surface Mini. We sure hope that it is not called “Microsoft Surface 7 with Windows 8 Pro/RT”! It is obvious that this new tablet will compete in the growing market of smaller tablets which are led by the iPad mini, the Nexus 7 and Kindle devices. The Surface mini is expected to launch later this year. The 7 inch tablet was not a part of the company’s strategy last year. Success of any manufacturer is being able to provide to the markets needs and hence the Microsoft executives realize that they needed a product for the rapidly growing smaller tablet market, according to sources who are familiar with the Microsoft’s product plans. Microsoft Surface is an amazing device, but confusion between RT and Pro as well as consumer not wiling to pay top dollars for a “tablet” have been major hindrances to its success. Microsoft hopes that the launch of the Surface Mini will reverse the disappointing sales of the larger version of the tablet which was launched earlier this year. It is believed that the surface …

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Best Windows 8 Photo Editing Apps

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As Windows 8 stores mature, there are plenty of apps available for pretty much anything you would want to do. Photo editing is something many of us enjoy doing, but not everyone needs powerful photo editing tools from Adobe. In this article, lets look at some of the most popular photo editing apps available in the Windows 8 store. Photo Editor by Aviary is one of the best apps that is available. It features useful and powerful set of tools. It starts right from the auto correction to the drawing. Color, contrast, sharpness and brightness management tools are also present, there is also a list of predefined photo effects. Fotor has a lot of pre defined effects but in terms of tool set it is pretty much like Photo Editor. The Tilt Shift Mode is a special feature which lets the user play with the focus area of a photograph. There is a set of beautiful borders to apply to the frames. Photo Funia is more of a fun based photo editing app which allows the user to make changes to the environment of the photo. Since it is a cloud based service, there are many options. It detects the …

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4 reasons why Windows 8 is growing on me

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When something new comes out I meet it with healthy curiosity and pure hatred. This is only amplified when the release comes from Micro$oft. My knee jerk reaction to Microsoft releasing a new OS is to ignore it and tell everyone it is terrible after playing with the beta for 30 minutes. Windows 8 is no different in this regard. I eventually come around however. I liked Vista for a brief period because it dazzled me with AeroFx but after a few days of use I soon found myself reinstalling XP. With 7 it was different, I was skeptical for all of two minutes then went running to it like it was a long-lost parent. It is still my favourite OS to this day. I am starting to realize Windows 8 might just be a dark horse. For the purpose of educating myself on the new OS I have been using it for the past week as my primary OS, only going back to 7 for certain programs that I only have installed on it. It’s the small things What makes any piece of software good is an intuitive interface, although what makes it great is the minute details that …

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Track Your Baby’s Activity With This Awesome Windows Phone App

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Windows Phone has this new app built by Coquisoft for new parents and for those expecting one soon. The app is called ParentAssist, and it aims to help parents track their baby’s activities and everything else that needs attention in an easy to use interface. The app allows the parents to keep a track of all the baby’s important activities like feeding schedules, diaper changes, or sleep patterns. It also keeps track of the appointments with the doctor, and the times when the baby falls sick. You can also track dates for the important vaccinations. The app also makes records of the allergies and medications the baby has had. It helps nursing mothers in monitoring the pumping sessions so that it is easier to record the time and the duration of pumping and also the amount of milk expressed. The app automatically creates detailed reports, charts and journals of all the details that is provided to it. Another feature is the different units of measurement that are available. Whether the data is recorded in imperial or metric units it is easily shifted from one system to another as and when required. This makes it easy to use for moms across the …

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Nokia Music App for Windows 8 – All You Need to Know

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The Nokia Music app is now available for the Windows 8 and RT devices. It is the first app released and is a full size tablet and desktop version of the already existing Windows Phone app. Users can now listen to their favorite songs while working on the computer or tablet. Nokia Music has a collection of more than 20 million songs. Mike Bebel, head of Nokia’s Music told the Nokia Conversations blog: “When we launched Nokia Music Plus, the improvements were all designed around consumer feedback. What people wanted most were unlimited skips, more offline storage, access to lyrics and the ability to use the service on all of their different devices. This is one step further for service and equally reinforces Nokia Lumia as the smart phone of choice for the Windows 8 ecosystem. Whether you’re at home using a tablet, connected via a PC in the office, or using your smart phone on the move, Nokia Music Plus is there with a sound track to match” The user can create “mixes” by selecting up to three artists of their choice. The mixes are free music streams that are created into a playlist and which is available in …

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Microsoft updates Mail, Calendar and People in Windows 8, Windows RT

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Earlier today Microsoft announced updates for some core Windows 8 applications which will see bug fixes and some new features. The changes will be available for the Mail, Calendar and People apps with a major focus on speed improvements. These updates are scheduled to happen starting at midnight tonight. Let’s check out some of the new features in each app! Mail app Quite a lot of subtle improvements have been made throughout the app to make it more fluid and zippy. On the features front, the user can now edit and delete hyperlinks as well as edit bulleted or numbered lists easily. Mail filtering has improved tremendously and now the user can search for mail on the servers which will save time. Listed below are a few other improvements made. User can create, rename and delete folders Flag messages and view flagged messages Sync faster and more reliably Smart contact suggestions when composing a message Delete all messages in a folder or mark them as read in one action. Get easier access to search and printing Calendar app A full work week view (Monday - Friday) is now available. The calendar has been updated to sport an intuitive UI and has …

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Microsoft Investigation by the DOJ and SEC Seeks Bribes

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The Microsoft investigation recently launched by the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission is following paper trails and HUMINT (human intelligence) leads in search of bribes.  Microsoft is under intense scrutiny after multiple allegations arose that the software giant slipped money covertly to government officials in China, Romania, and Italy in return for illegal (or at least unethical) favors. The Microsoft Investigation was exposed to the general public by the Wall Street Journal which noted that th all-too-familiar “people familiar with the matter” have leaked allegedly credible information to the government agencies. The company itself is said to have launched its own inquiry prior to the official Microsoft investigation but the result were never made public. If the government agencies fined Microsoft has violated any national or international laws, the company could be facing huge fines that make the $731 million Microsoft fine the EU slapped the software manufacturer with in earlier this month look like Monopoly Money.  In addition, criminal charges could be filed against the company itself as well as any involved employees. Microsoft Investigation Muddies already Murky International Waters This news of leaked insider information and illicit bribes comes on the heels of …

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