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Windows 8/RT Internet Explorer 10 update to Run Flash By Default

Windows 8/RT had the Internet Explorer 10 as a default browser for the platform.After yesterday’s Automatic updates for Internet Explorer 10 both the browsers would run Flash by Default as per the latest blog post on IE Blog.

IE10 flash default

This decision of running flash by default on both the platforms is for the compatibility with a majority of sites which run Flash content,so that the Internet Explorer 10 users get to view flash content by default on their browsers.The Desktop version of Windows 8 Internet Explorer 10 had Flash as a default option by default right from the launch of the Windows 8 operating system.

So after this update all the Tablets and PC’s running Windows 8 and Windows RT would get Flash by default on the Immersive IE as well as the Desktop IE version of the browser.

Source[IEBlog]

 

Microsoft Reveals Early Prototype of Surface Touch Cover

The Touch and Type covers for the Surface tablets are the integral part of the Surface RT/Pro line up.

Recently on the Surface Blog,Microsoft posted some earlier designs of Touch Cover prototypes which then went on to be a final product that we see today.
Surface touch cover prototype

The above picture shows the inside of the early pressure sensitive full keyboard prototype.Tis pressure sensing technology allows the Touch Cover users to type faster and fluidly on the keyboard.

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Image Credits[Microsoft]
But as we all know the Touch cover is not just about typing,but also for protecting the Surface Display,so to double the Touch Keyboard as a Cover for the Surface.So to protect the Surface Screen the Tactile Surface Material was used which would cover up the Screen when the keyboard lid is closed.Moreover The Touch Cover is spill resistant(protected from accidental liquid spill on the keyboard.Lastly they wanted to include the Trackpad in the keyboard so that the users can navigate through apps using the fingers and clicks on the trackpad making the Surface much easier to use with the Keyboard.

The special limited edition Touch Covers are still available at the online Microsoft Store,So you can grab one for your Surface while its still available.

Source[Surface Blog]

Samsung Exec Says Windows 8 is no better than Windows Vista !

Windows 8 has served over 60 million licenses within months of its launch.But one of the executive’s of Samsung which is one of the most important hardware partner for Windows feels ,Windows 8 is no better than Vista!

Samsung Ativ Tab Windows RT

As reported earlier by Korea Times Samsung’s head of Memory chip business,Jun Dong Soo,who recently spoke to the reporters said that,”The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8,” he said. “I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform.”

He added to it by saying that the Surface also had a lackluster start as far as the number of sales goes,mostly due to the less competitive Windows Platform.

Samsung was recently in the news for ditching the Windows RT tablet release in the US and some recent report suggested that due to lack of interest they are stopping the sales of their Windows RT Tablet in Germany and other European Countries.

Via[BGR]

Photosynth Finally available for Windows Phone

The highly popular Panorama App from Microsoft which was already available over iOS platform,but Microsoft’s own platform was missing from the release.

Finally the wait is over,The Photosynth app is now available for Windows Phones(Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5  devices).So now all the users can use the app to take panorama pictures on their Windows Phone Devices.

photosynth for windows phone

 

Here’s the Description,

Photosynth for Windows Phone is the panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events that are important to you. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation. It is the only app available on Windows Phone that allows you to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect “sphere.”

Once you’ve created a Photosynth, you can share it as an interactive panoramic experience on Facebook and Twitter using the free Photosynth.net service. You can also publish your panoramas to Bing, where millions of people will see your panoramas on Bing Maps and in Bing search results. And check out our featured list, where we show off the best of what you and your fellow users create and share.

The app is now available over Windows Phone Store For Free.

Download Now[Photosynth for Windows Phone]

Samsung To Stop Windows RT Tablet Sale in Germany Due to Weak Demand?

Ever since it’s launch Windows RT has been on the receiving  end of the criticism from the enthusiasts worldwide because of its limitations and many Manufacturers like Acer raised concerns about the future of Windows RT OS,which resulted in delaying their Windows RT tablet offering last year.

Samsung Ativ Tab Windows RT

Now according to recent reports,Samsung seems to have had enough of the Windows RT,with weak demand in Germany for their Windows RT tablet and they would probably stop the sales of their Ativ  Tab in Germany and some other European countries,after speaking to the retailers about the interest of this platform among the consumers in the country.

This is similar to what Samsung did  when they decided  not to launch  the Windows RT based tablet in the United States due to concerns over its future.

Though there is no confirmation from the Samsung officials about any such move of stopping the Windows RT sales in Germany or other European countries.We will have to wait for the official announcement.

Source[MobileGeeks.de] and [Heise.de],Via[Engadget]

Asus Transformer AiO PC Powered by Windows 8 and Android Coming Q2 2013

Asus has an interesting device slated for release in coming months.The Asus Transformer AiO PC.

Asus AiO PC

Image Credits[Asus]

The AiO from Asus is a bit different from other AiO PC’s in the market today.The  device is powered by Dual Operating System,i.e it runs Windows 8 as well as Android Jelly Bean (4.1) operating system,so you can switch between the two operating system with ease.

It sports an intel 3rd Generation Core processor(i3,i5 or i7) under the hood for the PC Station(Desktop),while the Standalone Tablet  which is a whopping 18.4″ display  is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor.The display sports  a Full HD resolution,10 point multitouch support and a wide viewing angle of 178 degree.

The tablet has a 2 GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC Flash storage(SD card slot),while the PC Station sports 4GB to 8GB of RAM  and 1TB to 2TB(3in 1 card reader) of storage space.Both the devices have connectivity options like WiFi,Bluetooth,while the PC Station sport HDMI port,TV Out.RJ45 connector.

The device would go on sale in Q2 2013,with the base version of the device priced at $1,299.

Via[Engadget]

Microsoft Office 2013 Now Transferable to other PC,Once every 90 Days !

Microsoft has revised the Office 2013 licensing terms,with the new rules allowing the users to transfer the Office 2013 to a different PC once in every 90 Days.

As reported earlier on their Official Blog,based on the customer feedback Microsoft changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another.So according to this rule a user can transfer his/her Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new upgraded PC.Previously the transfer was only allowed  to a new device if their PC failed under warranty.

Office 2013 transferable

This change in the license agreement applies to Office Home and Student 2013,Office Home and Business 2013,Office Professional 2013 and the standalone version of Office 2013.The updated rules are as follows,

Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.” You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer. Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.

So if your PC is working weird lately and you want to transfer your Office 2013 to your other PC you can do it once every 90 days or even before the timespan in case of a hardware failure in which case you can transfer it sooner than 90 days.

Source[Office Blog]

StarDock Releases ModernMix App,Runs your Modern UI App into a Window on Desktop

StarDock is well known for its Start Menu program which was released last year for bringing the Start 8 app which brings back the Windows Start Menu in Windows 8 operating system.

Modernmix

The company recently released a new Windows 8 app named ModernMix,which runs the Modern UI based Windows 8 app in a Desktop Window on your Windows 8 powered system.Other features include,pinning the apps to Taskbar,closing of apps using the conventional Close button of Windows,Running Multiple Modern UI apps in individual Windows and many more exciting features.

The app is available as a 30 Day Trial for the users and if you want a full version you would have to pay $4.99 for this awesome app.

Get the Trial version of ModernMix  Here.

 

 

[Rumor]Microsoft Dropping Windows 8 OEM Price for Touch Based PC’s and Laptops

Windows 8 has been in the market for over 4 months now,with over 60 million licenses sold,it now counts at around 2.67% of worldwide PC marketshare.

windows 8 RTM

Though there isn’t any surge  as far as the touch based Windows 8 PC’s are concerned.But according to the latest reports,Microsoft might be bringing down the Windows 8 OEM pricing for the touch based PC with a discount of $20 along with a free office  2013 suite,which is currently priced at around $80-90,as reported by a source to Digitimes.

This discount will take effect from April-May time frame and we can expect a price drop in the 11.6″ touch  screen Laptops running on Windows 8 starting from the month of June.So those who are planning for an upgrade this year,should save up some money and buy their new Windows 8 touch based Laptop in the second half of the year.

Source[Digitimes]

IDC Predicts Downfall In PC Shipments,Despite of Windows 8

Its been over 4 months since the launch of Microsoft’s new operating system,Wndows 8.The operating system crosses 60 million licenses  in 2 months time And quite recently we saw that NetApplications reported that Windows 8 now holds 2.6% of Worldwide PC market share.

But according to IDC’s recent findings,PC Shipments will see a downfall of 1.3% for the year 2013 despite the Windows 8 launch and as per the findings the reason behind this downfall could be the lack of touchscreen components has contributed to a limited supply of touch-enabled Windows 8 models – being out of step with the touch focus of Windows 8, and appearing relatively expensive compared to other options.

Other reason behind the downfall is that the consumers are preferring tablet form factor over PC due to its portability.Though they are hopeful that the PC market would see a marginal growth in the second half of 2013 because many of the companies who are currently running Windows XP would probably upgrade to their new PC’s With Windows 8.

With the Windows Blue update expected to hit during the similar time frame we can expect further boost in the PC shipments.

Source[IDC],Via[Neowin]