Acer to Launch Iconia W3,First Windows 8 Tablet with 8.1″ Display Size on 4th of June
Yesterday we reported that Asus is planning to bring the Windows 8 tablet with smaller form factor after Microsoft’s recent changes in minimum display resolution.
Now another Windows 8 hardware partner Acer is prepping their own version of Windows 8 tablet with an 8″ display.A couple of days ago reports came about such a device from Acer when amazon prematurely listed the device on their site which was removed later.
But now an Acer official from Russia has confirmed that the company is prepping this device and the official announcement will be made on 4th of June i.e next month.From what we know till now The device will probably sport an 8.1″ display with a resolution of 1280×800,running Intel’s Dual Core Atom processor clocked at 1.8Ghz to go with it 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space and a full fledged Windows 8 operating system(not Windows RT).
Other expected features include a pair of camera’s with 2 megapixel rear and front shooter and the device is expected to last for roughly 8 hours of the day.
There is no official word on pricing of Acer W3 Windows 8 tablet,but if the amazon leak is any indication it would be priced around $380-400 price range which would be a great pricing for the device and would certainly give the iPad mini run for it’s money.
Over the past few weeks we have been hearing about smaller Windows 8 based tablets making their way into the market,with Microsoft hinting smaller display support with the updated minimum display resolution brought down to 1024×768.
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Now according to the latest reports from the WSJ suggests that Asus who is one of the Hardware partners of Windows 8 operating system are prepping a smaller Windows 8 tablet.As per their reports Asus’s CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed their intensions of making Windows 8 tablets with smaller form factor and these devices could be released in the later half of this year.The reports also suggests that the company will be targeting the Under $300 price range for the Windows 8 based tablet from the company.
It is going to be an interesting battle among Windows 8 based smaller tablets and the competitors like Apple iPad mini and the Nexus 7 tablets which are priced in the similar price range and this would definitely help Microsoft’s latest operating system gain market share which is currently dominated by iOS.
But the company haven’t yet released any official numbers as far as the sales for the Surface RT or the Surface Pro are concerned.Though we have seen a lot of reports claiming low sales of the tablets due to limitations for Surface RT and early distribution issues.
IDC has recently released a research suggesting estimated sales for the Surface tablets for the first quarter of 2013,with estimated sales of Surface tablets(including RT and Pro platform) reaching 900,000 mark.This accounts for around 1.8% worldwide tablet market share.With apple leading the pack with close to 40% of worldwide tablet market share ,followed by their arch rival Samsung with around 18% market share.
So currently Microsoft is at the number 5 spot in the worldwide market share with Asus( 5.5%) and Amazon (3.7%) sealing the 3rd and 4th spot respectively courtesy their Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire Tablets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday Microsoft released the Patch Tuesday update for Surface RT along with the updates for their desktop version of Windows operating system(Windows 8).
While answering a Query at the Microsoft Answers Community Forumthe Moderator detailed the Surface RT update.The new Surface RT Updates includes fixes for the “Limited Connectivity” issues that the users have been facing with their WiFi connection over Surface RT.It also contains driver updates which improves the performance with Windows,Volume and Power buttons of the Surface RT Tablet.
So if you are a Surface RT Owner and fed up with the Limited Connectivity issue then,Hover your Mouse cursor to the charm bar,hit the Settings button,Tap on the Change PC Settings option and Select the Windows Update option from the list and Check for Updates,to update your Surface RT Today.
Its been over 3 months since the official Launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT platform and thou we don’t have any official word on No. Of devices sold,what we do know it is doing exceedingly well with the licenses selling.
Last time we checked Windows 8 had already over 60 million licenses sold in a little over 2 months of time.Now as per the NetApplications MarketShare numbers,Windows 8 has now 2.26% marketshare just behind the latest version of Mac OSX operating system (10.8) which is at 2.44% of worldwide marketshare.
Last month we saw the drop in Windows XP operating system while Windows 7 was still the number 1 operating system with continuous growth ever since its launch.But for last months trends the Windows 7 dropped to 44.48% from 45.11% but still leads the marketshare.The second spot still held by Windows XP with 39.51%(39.08% last month),while the Windows Vista continues to see a drop which is down to 5.24% marketshare which was around 5.67% last month.
Overall Windows Operating System still leads the Worldwide PC marketshare with over 91% of PCs still running Windows operating systems.
Ever since its launch Windows 7 has been gaining the marketshare,but this was for the first time that we saw a drop in the marketshare,so it might be an indication that Wndows 7 has reached its peak value and that we will soon see Windows 8 on the number one spot with array of devices slated for launch,but its still early days.
Microsoft will be launching a bunch of products this holiday season,with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch and of course the much awaited Windows RT based Surface Tablet launch.
Though the pricing details for Windows Phones and the Surface tablets are not out yet,People working at Microsoft will not have to worry aout buying those fancy products!In an internal meeting at KeyArena,Seattle Microsoft Announced a surprise package for its employees.
To start off with Free Windows RT based Surface tablets for all the full time employees for home and work use,not just that all the employees will get a Widows Phone 8 device for home and work use.Moreover all the employees work machines will be Moved to Windows 8 based machines Manufactured by their hardware partners,as reported earlier by GeekWire.
At this moment there are over 94,000 people working worldwide for the Software Giant.The company did a similar thing when they launched the Windows Phone 7 a couple of years ago,giving away the devices to all its employees.
A couple of days ago Microsoft officially announced the release dates for the Windows 8 public release on 26th of October,but that is not the only product scheduled to be released by the software giant.
Windows Phone 8 and the next version of Microsoft office i.e Office 2013 is also expected to be released in the coming months,with the Preview release of Office 2013 which was released a few days ago,its about time for the rumors for the launch dates for both the products.
Apparently ZDNet has got some inside news from an unnamed sources about the supposed release dates for both Windows Phone 8 and Office 2013.According to their sources the Windows Phone 8 will hit RTM by the month of September while the devices will be available by the month of November.While the Office 2013 is said to be ready for RTM by November while the final release will be in the month of February 2013.
They also reported about the release dates of other Microsoft products like Visual Studio 2012 with RTM coming in August and General Availability by September and Microsoft Dynamics NAV RTM by September and general availability by October.
So it seems that there is a packed scheduled coming up as far as the product launch goes for the Software Giant.
Yesterday at the press conference held in San Francisco the Software Giant announced the much awaited Office 2013,next version of company’s popular productivity suite.
The rumors about a supposed beta release of Office 2013 were floating around at the start of the month,but now as confirmed yesterday by Microsoft,the Customer Preview version of Office 2013 is now available for download over web.The suite contains all the good old popular tools like Word,PowerPoint,One Note,OutLook and Excel with a touch of Metro interface,with intuitive design which works well with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard inputs across Windows-based devices, including tablets.along with the other features like Cloud support and social service support like Yammer and Skype.
This version of Office will support Windows 7 as well as the upcoming Windows 8 operating system,however Microsoft has decided to close the doors for the older operating systems,so all those who own a Windows XP or Vista operating system wont be able to use this version of office suite.To use it with the Windows 8 version,you would have to at least update to Windows 8 Release Preview till the final release goes public in October.
This is quite a clever move by Microsoft,to lure the consumers to upgrade to the latest and greatest operating system.With the newly announced upgrade plans for the users it won’t burn their pockets to shed 39.99$ for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade which is the cheapest of all the version.This version will support both the Wind0ws 8 version as well as the newly launched Windows RT version of devices including Microsoft Surface Tablet.