In it’s online store and retail locations Microsoft is selling Venue 8 Pro tablet from Dell with Windows 8.1 operating system for for $99. The price is a $200 discount from the device’s regular price. There are a few catch
- The promotion price is only available for the customers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
- Each store will only sell the first 20 tablets on the discounted price.
- Online store has 100 tablets for $99. After that it costs $199.
If you want to grab the chance to buy the tablet you have to act fast as there will only be 20 tablets available for the $99 price. After the discounted tablets are sold, the tablet will be sold for $199. The online store will have a stock of 100 tablets at $99. The remaining tablets will also cost $199 for the rest of the day or until the stock is finished.
The one-day-deal is designed to create a buzz on Windows 8 tablets as the holiday shopping rush approaches.
Microsoft took a long time to port the productivity suite, Microsoft Office to iOS devices. Microsoft ignored when the people most craved for the software and now when they have found alternatives (and get used to them), not many are excited by the Microsoft announcement.
While watching the promo video (attached at the end of this post), the editing of a MS Excel file in landscape mode looks so terrible. The keyboard covers up everything and you can’t see what you are editing.
The Office for iOS is only available for Office 365 subscribers and is only designed for small screen of iPhone. Although iPad users can also download it, the software doesn’t utilize the benefits of the bigger screen.
By default, Microsoft Word can save any word document in HTML format. But, the word processor is notorious in inserting extra information in the files saved by the ‘Save As’ command.
The HTML file it creates is bloated and is full of unnecessary codes. For example, a two lines text in Word resulted into more than 1,000 lines of HTML code.
In a latest report, Microsoft planning to retire its messaging service, Windows Live Messenger client, and focus in Skype. Skype has announced that the Windows Live Messenger is now integrated with Skype so that the users of the popular service can use Skype as their native client.
In the announcement, Messanger has only a few more month to live before it will be retired in the first quarter of 2013.
We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).
October 29 is not an ideal day for new product launches, but two of the biggest tech companies, Microsoft and Google have released their new smartphones on the day. Because of hurricane Sandy, Google canceled the formal press meet and informally launched its new tablet and new smartphone. Microsoft however went ahead with it’s pre-planned event in San Francisco.
In the Microsoft event, corporate vice president and head of its phone division, Joe Belfiore, talked about the operating system and it’s features. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer presented the new smartphone handsets in the event. The handsets featured in the event include Nokia 920, Samsung’s Ativ S and HTC’s Windows Phone 8X. The pricing details were not revealed in the event.
First time in 25 years Microsoft has decided it’s logo looks old fashioned and has redesigned and released it on 23 Aug, 2012.
The new log features a symbol of four squares two stacked over the other two in colors red, blue, green and yellow and the logotype name ‘Microsoft’ written in Segoe font. Microsoft claims, it uses the same font in almost all its products and marketing.
The new logo is released at the time when Microsoft is releasing new version of almost all of it’s products. The logo will be featured in Microsoft’s new products like Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox services and the next version of Office.
While the new logo logo looks simple and modern, the old logo looks brighter in pitch-black color and the font in bold and italic.
It has been one year (on August 24) Tim Cook was appointed the CEO of Apple to replace Steve Jobs. On August 24, 2011 Steve Jobs named Cook the new CEO as he resigned.
The first year has been very successful for Tim Cook. Immediately after taking office, Apple’s revenue had continued to go in the upward trend. Recently Apple’s market value is valued more than the values of internet and tech giants Google and Microsoft, combined. Google and Microsoft are the two biggest competition in Apples smartphone and computer operating system business. While Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows OS have a way bigger market share in the respective platforms, Apple has smaller unit market share but way bigger revenue share.
Tim Cook’s some important milestones in his first year in office:
- August 24, 2011 – Steve Jobs resigned and suggested Tim Cook as the new CEO of Apple.
- October 4, 2011 – Cook unveils iPhone 4S with Siri, iPhone personal assistant
- October 5, 2011 – Steve Jobs died
- February 13, 2012 – Apple stock reached $500 per share – the value of the company reaching $500 billion.
- March 7, 2012 – Apple released 3rd-generation iPad.
- August 20, 2012 – Apple leaves behind Microsoft as the company with the largest market capitalization
The pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers, Windows Developer Preview is available to download now. The downloads include prerelease software in three flavors:
- Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) – 4.8 GB iso file
- Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) – 3.6 GB iso file
- Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)- 2.8 GB iso file
Once installed in a system, the Windows Developer Preview can’t be uninstalled. To reinstall the previous operating system, the system should either be restored or reinstalled from the original installation media.
The system requirement for the Windows Developer Preview are similar to the hardware requirements of Windows Vista and Windows 7:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 earlier today at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in Anaheim, California.
Microsoft has officially unveiled its newest operating system, Windows 8. The software is designed to use single operating system in a variety of systems ranging from tablets to desktops running Intel and ARM processors.
Microsoft’s new "Metro" user interface focuses on touch input and is designed to run applications in full-screen mode, much like the Apps in Apple’s iOS.
Microsoft says that the new browser interface in Internet Explorer 10 provides "a fast and fluid touch-browsing experience." Windows 8 is built on the foundation of Miscrosoft’s popular operating system, Windows 7 – improving it to let it run even in low-end hardware.
With Windows 8, new ultrathin PCs and tablets turn on instantly, run all day on a single charge and stay connected to the Internet so your PC is ready when you are. Next-generation system on a chip (SoC) support will also enable greatly extended standby and low-power states.
The two year search deal between Microsoft’s Bing and Twitter was renewed for the next two years. Google had similar search deal with Twitter for the last two year, that ended on July 2. But, Google decided (or was it Twitter?) not to renew it again leaving Bing the sole search service provider of Twitter.
Looking into the reasons behind Google’s unwillingness to renew the agreement AllThingsD noted that the Google-Twitter relationship ha became tense with the Google’s launch of its Twitter competitor social network, Google+. Google is trying to capture the social network crowd with it’s all-in-one social platform Google plus.
Microsoft and Google had been the major sources of revenue for the micro-blogging platform.