40 million Windows 8 licenses sold within a month

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Microsoft Corp has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the month since the launch, according to one of the new co-heads of the Windows unit,setting a faster pace than Windows 7 three years ago.
The sales number represents a solid but unspectacular startfor the touch-friendly operating system designed to combat Apple Inc’s and Google Inc’s domination of mobile computing, which has shunted aside PCs in favor of iPads and smartphones.

Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of the Windows business, did not give a precise comparison, but sales of 40 million licensesfor Windows 8, launched on October 26, appear to be ahead of Windows 7, which sold just over 60 million units in the first 10 weeks on sale at the end of 2009.
Reller did not break down the Windows 8 license sales between relatively cheap upgrades and purchases of new machines running the newsoftware, but suggested muchof the growth was coming fromupgrades.
“Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7,” said Reller, speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse. Upgrading to Windows 8 costs $40, compared to $70for the full software package or hundreds of dollars for a new PC.
The latest figure does not mean that 40 million users have adopted Windows 8. Many of the sales are to PC manufacturers, who in turn sell a large number of machines to companies, very few of which are using Windows 8 yet.
According to tech research firm StatCounter, about 1 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion or so personal computers making a total of around 15 million are actually running Windows 8.
Reller did not disclose sales ofMicrosoft’s new Surface tablet,its first-ever own-brand PC, designed to challenge the iPadhead on.
The first Surface, based on a chip designed by ARM HoldingsPlc, does not run old versionsof Microsoft programs. A slightly bigger version based on an Intel Corp chip that will run the full Windows 8 Pro operating system and be fully compatible with the Office suiteof applications will be available in January, Reller said.
The investor conference was the first public appearance forReller since she was named asone of two executives to run the Windows unit after president Steven Sinofsky unexpectedly left two weeks ago. Julie Larson-Green headsthe engineering side of Windows.
Reller said the Windows unit had survived Sinofsky’s surprise departure.
“The team holistically is in great, great shape. And the product is in great shape,” she said, responding to a question from a Credit Suisse analyst. “I think transitions are always somewhat of a challenge, but I think that timing-wise it is a reasonable time, and the team is busy.”
Earlier in the day, Microsoft said it had sold more than 750,000 Xbox game consoles in the United States last week,including the day after Thanksgiving, one of the country’s biggest shopping days.
That is down from 960,000 sales in the same week a yearago, in line with reduced computer game spending across the board this year, as gamers hold off on purchases in the tight economy and move toward free online games.
Editor’s Punch: Wow! 40 Mn downloads for Windows 8! Great leap forward by Microsoft. Microsoft’s domination in pc world continues! 😆

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Microsoft to launch Windows Phone Marketplace in 180 countries

Posted on July 1, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

In a bid to carve out its share of the app market,Microsoft recently announced that it would be launching the Windows Phone Marketplace for its Windows 8 phones in 180 countries. The Microsoft blog states that users will be able to browse and download apps at Marketplace when the operating system releases later this year. Currently present in only 63 countries, this move is a big leap, roughly three times the current number, for Microsoft. Meanwhile, developers will be able to submit apps via App Hub from 38 markets.

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Nokia Maps to Replace Bing Maps in Windows Phone 8

Posted on June 13, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , , |

Microsoft is working closely with Nokia to replace the Bing Maps with a new version of Nokia Maps which will have 3D Navigation support.

Apple has started burning its bridges with Google by introducing new TomTom powered maps application. Now Microsoft is likely to follow the suit. WPCentral reported that in the upcoming Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, Microsoft will replace Bing Maps with Nokia Maps.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone might have a pleasing user interface but kind of lags behind in providing some coreapplications to the table. With the upcoming Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, Microsoft aims to offer top class mapping and navigation. According to the recent reports, Nokia’s mapping service has been roped to power the maps in the Windows Phone 8 devices.
Microsoft is currently working to successfully integrate Nokia’s mapping service and replace the Bing Maps. The company does not aim to compete with mapping solution being offered by Google or Apple. Nokia Maps itself has become pretty powerful and prominent with a new set of features such as offline navigation and transit modes.
Now Nokia is working on 3D side of mappings and aims to bring 3D navigation for its mapping service. As of now, neither Microsoft nor Nokia has anything to say about mapping plans officially but looking at the commendable advances Nokia Maps have made in last couple months, we believe that it is bound to replace Bing Maps.

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Microsoft to Unveil Windows Phone 8 Apollo on June 20

Posted on June 7, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Along with many new features, the new OS will allow Windows Phone based devices to operate older apps.

The next major upgrade for the Windows Phone devices, the Windows Phone 8, will be unveiled by Microsoft on June 20 in San Francisco, USA. The PC giant has started sending out invites to various international organisation.
Code named as Apollo, the update will bring significant features including the backward app compatibility which will let all the existing applications of Windows Phoneto be used on the Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has also announced that the Windows Phone app store has reached the 100,000 mark.
With Windows Phone 8 Apollo, the app-to-app communicationcapabilities will enable information exchange betweenapps. Microsoft will also add a highly tuned version of Internet Explorer 10 Mobile, which will support the latest web technologies, and it will integrate SkyDrive so that users can back up their data to cloud servers easily and seamlessly.
The operating system will alsobring support for Near Field Communication and Mobile Wallet services to make payments. Windows Phone 8 will bring support for multi-core processors, and will be tightly integrated with the Windows 8 operating system which is meant for personal computers for better experience.

Another core feature of Windows Phone 8 will be DataSmart, which aims at offering a data usage counter on the smartphone and will also be available through the mobile operator. That means proper breakdown of data consumption will be available through the Windows Phone 8 smartphone. A similar feature has been integrated into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It will also come with a new lens app that will offer several filters, effects and add-ons to improve the camera experience. But all this till now is what the information has been leaked from the company and its various sources.

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Xbox SmartGlass app Coming for Android, iOS And Windows Phone

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Xbox SmartGlass is basically meant to interact with the content on the TV and also control it.

Microsoft has announced the new Xbox SmartGlass companion app that could turn a phone or tablet into a secondary screen for TV or to a game controller. The Xbox SmartGlass is basically meant to interact with the content on the TV and also control it. The SmartGlass app will be made available on the popular mobile operating systems which includes Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
One can install Xbox SmartGlass on the Android, iOS or Windows Phone devices to use it with the Xbox 360 console. The content exchange takes places in two way street – pushing content to companion app and push content from thecompanion app.

The Xbox SmartGlass App loaded smartphone or tablet can be used as the game controller for the select Xbox platform games supporting that. Also you can you can play your favourite music, video or movie on the device itself using that app. Else you can push the content to a TV connected with the Xbox 360 over wireless connection. In a way, users can get to explorethe Internet on the TV screen.
Apart from that, Xbox SmartGlass app aims to offer richer and interactive screen experiences that can be customised based on what is being aired on the TV. For instance, if you are watching acricket match then you would be able to check and view the player as well as team statistics on your phone or tablet in the SmartGlass app.
For every function to work perfectly, there are two essential things that need to exist – Xbox 360 game console connected to the TV and Wireless Connectivity. With the Xbox SmartGlass app, Microsoft aims to providea converging entertainment experience in the living room. The functionality and features though will likely to differ between Android, iOS and Windows Phone versions of the SmartGlass app.

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Acer Iconia Tablets With Windows 8 Unveiled

Posted on June 4, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , |

Acer has introduced two Windows 8 running tablets – Iconia W700 and Iconia W510.

Acer has unveiled two new Windows 8 operating system running tablets – Iconia Tab W700 and Iconia Tab W510, atthe Computex 2012 in Taipei (Taiwan) today. The Acer Iconia W700 features an 11.6-inch touchscreen display and most likely will be priced anywhere between $799 (Rs 44,310 approx.) to $999 (Rs 55,387). However, no details about the pricing of the 10.1-inch touchscreen bearingTab W510 are available as yet.
These tablets run Metro user interface bearing Windows 8 and also has the Windows appstore. The new Acer Iconia Tab W700 has an 11.6-inch, full 1080p HD resolution supporting display. The tablet has three USB 3.0 ports on itsbody and has a cradle that allows viewing the display from different angles. There’s also a Dolby Home Theater audio technology installed on it. Other connectivity options on this tablet include Thunderbolt and micro HDMI. No other details of the tablet have been made public by Acer.
On the other hand, the Iconia Tab W510 comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that provides about 295 degree angle view. This tabletalso comes in a tri – mode – touch, type and view. Acer willoffer this tablet with detachable keyboard dock that can be hooked to the tablet.
Acer just showed these tablets and no details on the specifications of either of themwere shared. So we know not what processor was running inside these tablets but those who were present at the stall confirmed that it might not be an ARM based processor. Acer did not commit on any expected date of availability of these tablets but we can expect to be available by the end of this year.

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Download: Photosynth (Windows Phone)

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , |

A free photo-stitching app from Microsoft that helps you create panoramic images.

decent panorama app is over, as Microsoft has finally released the much-awaited photo-stitching app, Photosynth on its very own mobile platform.

Reportedly, Photosynthis the only app that can stitch photos in 360 degrees. It allows users share their creations via Facebook, Twitter, and Bing . Users also get to choose whether to share it as an interactive panorama or an image. The app debuted on the iOS platform last year, and was received very positively. However, WP version was held back due some some API issues, which seem to have been fixed now.

The app is available for free and can be downloaded from WP Marketplace . Make sure you’re running the latest iteration of the OS though, since Marketplaceis no longer available compatible with pre- Mango devices.

Publisher: Microsoft
Size: 1 MB
Licence: Freeware
Platform: Windows Phone 7.5 or higher

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Microsoft’s Search Engine Bing ‘gets’ Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Posted on May 11, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |

Microsoft unveiled a new design on Thursday for its second-ranked Bing search engine.

introducing elements from Facebook and other social networks, as it tries to claw market share from leader Google Inc.
Slow off the mark in internet search, Microsoft has rackedup losses of more than $6 billion in its online unit since launching Bing three years ago, but has yet to make a mark on Google’s dominance of the lucrative ad search market.
In its latest push to increaseusage of Bing, Microsoft is introducing a new, three-column screen design. Alongside the familiar searchresults displayed in blue to the left of the screen, Bing isrolling out an instant snapshot column, which displays extra information and links most likely to be useful such as maps, reviews and reservation tools.
To the right, it features a column of users’ Facebook friends, giving them the option of asking their adviceon a search. Users can also access their contacts on LinkedIn , Twitter and other networks.
Microsoft, which owns a smallfraction of Facebook after aninvestment in 2007, has been pioneering the integration of social network feeds into internet search, being the first to allow access to real-time data from Facebook and Twitter insearches.
Google followed suit soon after and has now integratedits fledgling social network Google+ into its search engine.
Microsoft, which is losing around $500 million every quarter in its online business, largely because ofBing, badly needs to turn its search engine into a viable competitor to Google. It needs to challenge Google’s increasing influence on the Internet and slow the growthof its popular Android mobile operating system , which poses a long-term threat to Microsoft’s core Windows product.
Before rolling out Bing in June 2009, Microsoft’s Windows search engine had 8 per cent of the US internet search market, compared with Yahoo’s 20 per cent andGoogle’s 65 per cent.
In the three years since then, Bing has almost doubled its market share to 15 per cent, but that has been mostly at the expense of Yahoo, which has had its share whittled down to 14 per cent. Google remains around 66 percent.
Microsoft sealed a search agreement with Yahoo in 2010, which means that Yahoo’s searches are actually performed by Bing, with Microsoft paying Yahoo a percentage of search ad revenue.

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