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Microsoft reveals XBOX One - Next Gen Console

 

imageMay 21st 2013 yesterday Microsoft reveals the details of the much awaited XBOX One console, which Microsoft called the system an "all in one system" for games, entertainment, and television. The system includes 8GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB hard drive, a Blue-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless, and more. The news came from the Xbox Revel event happened at Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington. Experts predict the price of the device should be something around $400 for both Xbox and Kinect which we will come to know on the release date.     [more]

 

So what are the new features?

Microsoft’s XBOX One console has

  • Blu-ray drive Integration
  • Skype Integration
  • Upgraded Kinect Camera Sensors to 1080p high resolution which allows the Kinect to to better analyze the body movements and get accuracy for game characteristics.
  • Set-top box integration for its next generation console take over the TV similar to the Google TV.
  • Speech Recognition

Xbox One Reveal 2013 Highlights:

 

Xbox One Unveil Video:

Microsoft releases New Windows Development Center

 

Its again a news, yes we have the New Windows Dev Center with much enhanced look and feel and better options to get what you need for your development or deployment. Previous release of the Dev center was at the early October 2011 from then Microsoft works closely with the developers and designers to get their inputs on how they can make the resources easily and quickly accessible. As a result we have the new Windows Dev Center released a day before with some good features and enhancements with focuses on great apps, great economics and great reach.    [more]

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The portal is available for the application which we are going to build, like it has option to navigate between four main areas in the app development as Windows Store Apps, Windows Desktop apps, Internet Explorer and Hardware. We can use the top navigation drop down available to navigate between the development environment which is needed.

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There is a section Key Tasks and Content which has a list of useful resources that can be used for the different phases of your application right from design and development till the application is moved to the market place. These resources makes the development task pretty easy with the samples, references, documentations and guidelines that are available for each phase of your application development.

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So what are you waiting for, just reach out to the new portal and start building the applications in no time. Hope this information will be useful and worth reading.

Microsoft Office 2013 is now available in Windows Store as Desktop App

 

imageMicrosoft office 2013 released recently is now available in the Windows Store to download as a Desktop application. If you have a working copy of Windows 8 with MSDN or Tech Edition, we can download Office 2013 which is listed in the Windows Store few hours ago. Since the application is a desktop based, we have a link to the Publishers website which will redirect to the page in the IE browser from here we can complete the purchase and start downloading the application to the desktop usage. This package is downloaded and installed to the local machine as a normal Microsoft office download.        [more]

The new version of Microsoft Office gives you flexible and powerful ways to deliver your best work - at the office, at home, or at school.  New features in the familiar Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint help you create, communicate, and work even more efficiently from virtually anywhere so you can easily capture your ideas and turn them into standout reports and presentations.

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The new Office will be available either as an install for a single PC or Mac, or as a convenient monthly or annual Office 365 subscription. Office 365 subscriptions can be used across up to 5 PCs or Macs for multiple users in a household, and they include all the latest applications plus access to version updates, Skype world minutes, and online storage with SkyDrive.

Microsoft office 2013 can be purchased with a different Licensing options available with Office 365 Home Premium starts with 99.9$ per annum and 9.99$ per month. People who are using Windows RT in Microsoft Surface had access to the full version of the Office Home and Student RT 2013 right from the day its been officially launched. Microsoft Office 2013 also has its own app store with over 200 third party add-ons for the software suite. When it comes pricing Microsoft office 2013 is available in different licenses that are listed in the official Microsoft website.

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Microsoft’s Warning on Fake Java Updates

 

imageRecently many reports says that there is a Fake Java update which is reportedly been affecting the systems world wide. US government has sent a bulletin stating that users should disable Java on their computers, as recently the risk for potential hacks and security breaches using the software has increased drastically. Following the fixes which Oracle has provided again the hackers has exploited the fix and still the risk of accepting an automatic update from Java is dangerous. The update is currently is targeting the Windows Operating System but later it may target the other OS as well as per the experts comment.     [more]

 

In the recent update from Microsoft Security blog, it states that

Cybercriminals often use fake virus alerts to lure you into buying fraudulent antivirus software. These alerts state that your computer or other device is at risk, but clicking a link in one of them could lead you to downloading malicious software. In the case of the fake Java updates, cybercriminals are taking advantage of news about security vulnerabilities in Java and recommendations to update Java immediately.

Oracle claims that a patch is in the works, but this could simply pave the way for more security issues. Java is well known for flaws among computer-savvy users, so as always we recommend not to install the software unless absolutely necessary.


Fix for the Issue:

Microsoft suggests to uninstall all the Java updates from the development machine and run a fresh installation of the Java and the patch which is downloaded directly from the Oracle website and turn on the automatic updates from Oracle directly. .

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Microsoft Surface Pro: 19GB storage space free in 64GB device for $899

 

imageMicrosoft recently announced the release of the Windows 8 Pro version and a lot of buzz came across for the much awaited Microsoft Surface Pro which is planned to release by end of next month. With Microsoft Surface RT 12 GB of storage was required for the Operating System and other pre installed software with the base Surface RT model which leaves only 20GB of storage for the end users in the 32GB device. Later on we can see from the Microsoft Surface official website with just 16GB of free space on 32GB device and 45GB on 64 device Surface RT device.          [more]

 

Microsoft Surface Pro: Only 19GB free Space:

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With the upcoming release of Microsoft Surface Pro which is set to launch by February first week in North America, we got a small update from the Softpedia.com website that they have received a statement from Microsoft relieving how much space available to the users who are going to purchase the Surface Pro. Microsoft is quoted as saying that 128GB model, which will retail for $999 will leave users 83GB of free space after the OS and pre installed software. On the 64GB model which will sell for $899, the 45GB of reserved storage will leave just 19GB of space for users.

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Office 365 Home Premium – Software As a Service Subscription

 

imageMicrosoft released today worldwide the availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a cloud based subscription model which is a Software as a Service. This product includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling — all for US$99.99 for an annual subscription, the equivalent of US$8.34 per month. The higher end office suite, the Office 2013 Professional will cost $399.99 and includes access to all of the software provided in Office 365.         [more]

About Office 365 Home Premium

Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets in 21 languages and includes the following:

  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
  • One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and Office on Demand available from any Internet-connected PC**
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world***
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology

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Windows Live Messenger closes by 15th March, Skype takes over

 

imageFew months ago Microsoft gave us an heads up on Skype replacing Windows Live Messenger, now we have an official date that Windows Live Messenger will be retired by 15th march and Skype takes over the usage except in China market. Microsoft has sent mail to the users on this date informing the official date and the alternatives. Windows Live messenger will continue to work in China market past 15th march as a Third Party company is handling this program in china.     [more]

We know that Microsoft official acquired Skype by October 2011 and provided the Authentication process for his employees and to the consumers to login and use it as a messenger. So where to download the Skype and start using it as a messenger, Skype can still be downloaded officially from the link

Skype Official Download Link - http://beta.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/.

Skype is now available in almost all the devices and platforms that are available in the market like tablets, mobiles, pcs, etc. We can download and use it and have a synchronized contact along with the Windows Live account to have a better security of your contacts.

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So how the existing users of Windows Live messenger can migrate to Skype? As we mentioned its pretty straight forward, just we need to download the latest version of Skype from the above link provided and login with your credentials (Windows Live) and we can see all the contacts synchronized automatically.

Pre-Order your Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 in India

 

imageJanuary 10th 2013 is the official launch date for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices in India, just one day before the launch of Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 we can see the devices are lined up in the stores for Pre-Orders in an online retailer The Mobile Stores. Lumia 920 is priced at INR 39,999 only and Lumia 820 is priced at INR 29,999 only. Nokia Lumia comes in different colors which are catchy to the market. As of now Nokia Lumia comes in Red, Black, White and Yellow color variants.

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We can see the most popular website “Flipkart” as well listed these devices in their website with Coming Soon (Lumia 920, Lumia 820) in the pricing list as we have one day time for the official launch, there is a chance of the price vary. So what are the Specification of the device.

Retail seller Univercell is accepting a Pre Booking with a Minimum amount of 5000 INR with a free Door delivery as well. This booking fee is an acceptance of charge for the device and which will be manipulated while making the payment for the original cost of the device.

Pre Order the device now in India:

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Lumia 920 in Mobile Store
Lumia 820 in Mobile Store
Lumia 920 in FlipKart
Lumia 820 in FlipKart
Lumia 822 in Univercell

Lumia 920 Specifications:

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Nokia Lumia 920 is a Windows 8 smartphone, which features a 4.5-inch Pure Motion HD display. It is powered with dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU with 1GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of internal storage, 8.7-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front shooter. Nokia Lumia 920 has a 2000mAh battery with  wireless charging.

Lumia 820 Specifications:

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The Lumia 820 is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display and is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor. It comes with a 8-megapixel rear shooter and a VGA front camera. Nokia Lumia comes with 8GB of internal storage and runs on Windows 8.

If you want to have your hands on with the device start your preordering right away!!!

Huawei Ascend W1 new Windows Phone 8 Device

 

imageIt’s a news again from Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 from Los Vegas, Huawei a Chinese Multi-National Networking company joined hands with Microsoft Windows Phone to release his first Windows Phone 8 Device called “Ascend W1”. About the company Huawei, its is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, after having overtaken Ericsson.   [more]

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Ascend W1 device runs Windows Phone 8 Operating system and it has a good specification to compete in the market. Below are the specification.

  • Device Display - 4 Inch, with 480x800 dimension
  • Processor - Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon
  • CPU - Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait
  • Camera - 5MP Rear and .3MP Front Facing
  • Storage - 4GB internal and expanded up to 32 GB (MicroSD)
  • Battery - 1950mAh which has 470 hours of Standby time.

This figure of 470 hours stand by time is going to make this device stand unique in the market as most the devices are running out of this portion.

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Huawei Ascend W1 is available in Red, Blue, Black and White colors in Russia and Asia Market starting jan 2013 and will be available to the rest of the world pretty soon.

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If you are looking to upgrade your old device to the new Windows Phone Device with a reasonable then this is a good deal to wait and purchase the device it from the market. Hope this information will be quite useful to you, please follow us and like us on Facebook and Twitter to keep getting updates on the latest technology news.

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