Microsoft Sold 100 Million Windows 8 Licenses Since Launch
Way back in January we reported that Microsoft sold over 60 million Windows 8 licenses within first few months of it’s public release in last October.
Now the number has reached 100 million licenses sold mark within first 6 months of the launch of newest operating system from the software giant as revealed earlier by Tami Reller Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer,Microsoft.
This number includes Windows 8 licenses shipped on new tablets and PCs and the upgrade numbers.The number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Windows RT has now grown to 2,400 devices with the touch based devices dominating the certified devices.
With the Windows 8.1 update nearing and the upcoming new smaller tablets coming from the manufacturers we can expect to see some rapid growth in the number of sales of Windows 8 operating system.
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 $380-400 price range which would be a great pricing for the device and would certainly give the iPad mini run for it’s money.
[Report]Next Generation Surface Tablet to be Announced in June!
We are just 6 months into the Surface tablet launch,with the Surface RT been launched in Late october last year while the Surface Pro which was launched in February in some countries followed by a phased rollout.
But within a span of 6 months of the initial launch of the Surface tablet from Microsoft,we are getting reports about the next version of Surface tablets from the company.As per the recent reports from Digitimes,the upcoming Surface tablets could be revealed as early as in the month of June when the company hold the Build Developer conference.
The report further adds that the Surface tablet’s next iteration would feature 7-9″ display to meet the rising demand for tablets with smaller form factor.The Surface mini is being long rumored with Microsoft reducing the minimum display resolution to 1024×768 hinting support for devices with smaller displays on the horizon.
It would be interesting to see the pricing of the smaller Windows 8 based tablets including this one,since the competition is intense in the smaller tablets with the likes of iPad mini,Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7.
If you are one of the million bloggers who use WordPress platform (like we do) for blogging and thinking about creating an app for your blog,Microsoft and IdeaNotion might just got what you were looking for!
IdeaNotion has released a tool named IdeaPress which converts the content of a WordPress blog to a full blown Windows 8 based app which can be published over the Windows Store and if you are among the first 200 people to register for this program,you would get a 50$ visa gift card from IdeaNotion as a reimbursement for publishing app over the Windows Store using the developer account.
All you have to do is publish an app using the IdeaPress tool or a template on Github which allows you to quickly turn your WordPress blog into a Windows 8 app.You can send an Email to email@example.com with your blog URL to secure your Visa Gift Card.
This is a smart move by Microsoft,which will encourage the blogger community to create an app for their WordPress blog,which will in turn allow the Windows Store to grow big.So we can expect a flood of Blog based apps over the Windows Store in near future.
Source[Technet Canadian Team Blog]
Yesterday Microsoft released the customary Patch Tuesday updates for their Surface Pro and Surface RT devices.
The recent updates include patches for the Limited connectivity issues for Windows RT based Surface RT.The Surface RT updates includes following improvements,
- Certain “Limited” connectivity issues resolved
- Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points.
- Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues.
Talking about the updates for the Windows 8 Pro based Surface Pro,the updates includes following improvements,
- Resolves an issue with on screen touch navigation in the UEFI boot menu.
- Resolves some Surface Type and Touch cover connectivity issues.
- Support for 106/109 keyboards on North American Surface devices.
- Resolves an issue where toggling airplane mode would disable the Wi-Fi driver.
Since these are the cumulative updates,if you haven’t updated your device before this update,all previous updates will automatically get installed when you install these updates on your Surface Pro or Surface RT.
To update your Surface device manually you need to PC Settings (from the Charm Bar),then tap on Settings option,then tap on Change PC settings,then tap on Windows Update and click on Check for Updates.to update your Surface devices.
Source[Microsoft update page for Surface Pro and Surface RT]
This might not come as a surprise as Microsoft had already began their work of unifying their desktop and mobile operating system when they announced common kernel for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Now as per recent reports coming from Digitimes,they are moving one step further into unifying Both the platforms with the upcoming release of Windows Blue.As per their sources Windows Blue is being developed by an independent team in an effort to merge Windows Desktop OS and Windows Phone OS to compete against Google Android and Chrome OS.
Tthe industry observers think that Microsoft is greatly concerned about PC Vendors involvement with Google Android based Notebooks due to its confidentiality to avoid pressure from Microsoft.
Though this move by Microsoft and Google would pose a great difficulty for the makers to integrate technologies to make them work together seamlessly.
As we all know Windows XP support will end on April 8th 2014,so Microsoft has started reminding the users who are still on Windows XP operating system,especially those Business users who still haven’t Migrated fro Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
So to encourage the Existing Business users who are on Windows XP,Microsoft has announced 15% Discount on Windows 8 Pro as well as Office 2013 standard edition in a recent Press Release.
The 15% discount offer is valid till 30th June and is valid for upto 100 licenses of Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 standard edition.
So if your company’s systems are still running on the 11 year old Windows XP then it’s high time to upgrade to Windows 8,because the Windows XP support ends officially on 8th April 2014.
Nokia has launched their Nokia Music app for Windows 8 and Windows RT platform over Windows Store.
The app provides a free trial for th Windows 8 and RT users for Nokia Music + services.But if you want to use it fulltime then you would need to buy a Lumia Phone and sign up for the Nokia Music+ services.The users can play their songs from the collection and can still enjoy the discovery and artist information feature using this app on Windows 8/RT.You can even wirelessly stream your app content on a DLNA supported devices.
The app is currently available in US,UK,Australia and Ireland but soon will be rolled out to other countries as well.You can download the Nokia Music app for Windows 8 and Windows RT platform from Windows Store.
It’s been almost two months since the Surface Pro launched,the initial launch saw only two countries United States and Canada,but Microsoft promised that the device is rolling out to many countries worldwide in coming weeks.
Image Credits [WPDang]
So earlier this week,Microsoft launched the Surface Pro tablet in China.But along with the 128 GB of Surface Pro,the company also launched the special “Surface Chinese” edition of Surface Tablet.This tablet features Windows 8 Operating system(not the Wndows 8 Pro),additionally this tablet features full version of Office 2013 for Home Student edition unlike the 128GB version of Surface Pro which comes with a one month subscription of Office 365.the Surface Chinese version only supports Chinese language which cannot be changed to support any other language.
Interestingly there is no Surface Pro 64 GB version in china.So only choice Chinese users would have is the 128 GB Surface Pro or the 64 GB Surface Chinese.
We have been hearing a lot of rumors about the Windows Blue update which is supposed to be released in the second half of the year.Last month also saw the first leak of Wndoes Blue build leak and many of the blogs tried out that build on their systems.
Recently AngelWZR who closely follows the Windows Blue builds posted a screenshot which suggests that Windows Blue is dubbed as Windows 8.1 update,which is quite similar to the Windows Phone naming conventions which followed similar update numbering conventions.
Though we are yet to hear anything solid about Windows Blue features from Microsoft,we can expect them to shed some light on the same during the upcoming Build conference which is to be held in the month of June.The Windows Blue update is expected to hit RTM in the month of August.
Source[AngelWZR on Twitter]