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With over 350 million devices now running Windows 10, and 135 billion hours of use on Windows 10 since launch, customer satisfaction and customer involvement is higher than any previous versions. Windows 10 anniversary around the corner, Microsoft announced the next big thing- Windows 10 Upgrade to its users with exciting new features.
Windows 10 Anniversary update- all new features
The Anniversary Update will help people be more productive, stay safer online – and of course, have fun. Together, the Anniversary Update brings different innovations and improvements to consumers and enterprises.
Windows on your tip
Windows Ink, available for the first time in the Anniversary Update, brings the writing you do every day into your digital world using the pen, your fingertip, or both at once. One can pair it with Office apps to effortlessly edit documents. With Windows Ink, one can access features like Sticky Notes with a simple click of the pen. With Windows Ink one can jot down notes even when you don’t have time to enter a password to unlock your device.
Cortana- your personal digital assistant
Cortana is now available above your lock screen so you can do things like ask questions, play music from your PC or set a reminder without unlocking your device. Cortana can save and recall key information, add photos to make your reminders visual. Cortana can give you notifications across all the devices you have with Cortana – like sharing directions across devices or from text or messaging services on your phone.
Say Hello to your Windows
Windows Hello lets you say goodbye to cumbersome passwords. With Windows Hello, unlocking your PC and devices is as quick as looking or touching. Windows Hello will also let you unlock your PC simply by tapping your Windows Hello enabled phone. Windows Hello will also give you instant access to paired apps and protected websites on Microsoft Edge – all while maintaining enterprise-level security.
New and More secured features
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) detects, investigates, and responds to advanced malicious attacks on networks by providing a more comprehensive threat intelligence and attack detection. To help protect businesses from accidental data leaks – the biggest source of lost data – the Anniversary Update delivers Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection. Windows Information Protection enables businesses to separate personal and organizational data and helps protect corporate data where ever it goes. With this update, Microsoft also provides update to Windows defender, free anti-malware service, that includes the option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC, as well as provide new notifications and summaries when scans are complete and threats are found.
All new Gaming Experience
Windows 10 will deliver incredible DirectX 12 games and Xbox Live features that will transform what you expect from PC gaming. Now you can play and connect with gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. From the best casual games to the next generation of PC releases, there will be more ways to play new games optimized for Windows. And that’s not all: Microsoft Studios is bringing a full portfolio of new games to Windows 10, including the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, which will be free for Windows 10 users.
Are you Ready??
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming on August 2. So save the date & get ready for next gen experience.
At present, it’s tricky to make Windows PCs that cost as little as basic Android tablets and Chromebooks. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is reportedly cutting Windows 8.1 license costs by 70 percent for PC makers. Microsoft is cutting Windows 8.1’s license fee to $15 for any device that sells for less than $250, letting builders offer very cheap Windows PCs without destroying their profits.
Declining shipments & slower rate of adoption
Microsoft had been considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers, and it appears the lowering of Windows 8.1 license fees for low-cost devices is the first step towards this possible plan. While Microsoft has sold more than 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since it was first released in October 2012, the growth rate is slower than Windows 7. This is largely related to a PC market slowdown, and competition from rival low-cost tablets and devices.
Windows 8 has had a mixed reception from consumers, and any licensing change is a clear move to prevent additional PC makers opting for Chrome OS on their low-cost laptops. During the early days of netbooks, Microsoft saw the threat from low-cost Linux-based machines and slashed Windows XP’s pricing to wipe out Linux netbooks. There’s no guarantee that the company will repeat its earlier success if the lower Windows 8.1 prices take effect. However one thing is clear that the Android and Chrome based devices are seriously making a dent in Redmond’s business.
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A few years ago, Chromebooks were a bit of a laughing stock. They were under performing single-purpose laptops that weren’t even good at the only thing they could do (that is, surf the web). Nobody really warmed up to them, despite their low price. Early sales were more than disappointing, and even Google’s few hardware partners looked like they were only doing this as a way to court Google’s favor. The whole project seemed doomed from the start.
But somehow, over the last two years, Chromebooks went from being irrelevant to actually making a sizable dent in the laptop market. And not just in the business market. Amazon this week reported that two out of its three best-selling laptops during the holiday season were Chromebooks.
According to the latest numbers from NPD, Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all laptop sales and almost 10 percent of all computer sales to businesses in 2013. That’s up from virtually nothing in the year before.
Chromebooks accounts for 21 percent of all laptop sales and almost 10 percent of all computer sales in 2013
Two years ago, as per numbers shared by Google, it seemed Chromebooks were only doing somewhat well in schools. But over the last year, Google created a more diverse ecosystem of hardware partners. Chromebooks ecosystem now includes virtually all major laptop manufacturers, including the likes of Lenovo, HP, Toshiba and Acer and more to join soon.
With the $1,300 Chromebook Pixel, Google even designed its own high-end Chromebook. It was not very popular primarily because of its high price but it surely helped the ecosystem and potential business customers to warm up the idea, too. Over the last year, ChromeOS feels more like a regular PC and less than a laptop that can only run a browser. Chromebooks are usually criticized because of their limited offline capabilities and this is the one area Google’s engineers worked hard by adding more offline capabilities.
Today’s Chromebooks are nothing like the old Cr-48 prototype Google once sent out to bloggers in late 2010. And due to growing popularity of Chromebooks, Microsoft is concerned about losing market share in the business world.
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According to multiple sources Nokia has been building its own Android phone codenamed Normandy. According to reports the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the Finnish smartphone maker. According to the source Nokia has been testing highly modified variant of Android for this phone like Amazon has done with Kindle Fire range of tablets.
An image of the handset was leaked by @evleaks on twitter in November, showing a Lumia-style device with no apparent capacitive buttons for navigation. According to reports from neowin Nokia has been developing the Android-powered phone despite Microsoft’s plans to acquire the company’s handset business. It’s still unclear whether this device will ever see day of light.
A Nokia Android device for low end
According to rumors Normandy will be an alternative to Asha range of low cost devices. Nokia’s is trying similar strategy of Amazon customizing Android fully for its own use. According to reports the device is expected to release in 2014, and one insider described the Normandy effort as “full steam ahead.” But at the same time Windows Phone has been so dependent on Nokia that you can certainly envision Microsoft freaking out over any sign of the Finnish phone maker flirting with another operating system.
Windows is trademark of Microsoft
Microsoft is expected to bring some significant changes to its next version of Windows. According to report from Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start menu as an option in the next major Windows release codenamed as “Threshhold”. It’s not clear if the Start menu will be made available for all versions of Windows Threshold. According to Thurrott it may appear as an option for desktop apps only.
The next Windows is supposed to include an option to run Windows 8-style (“Metro”) apps on the desktop. Currently, the metro apps run alongside the desktop, but the next version of Windows is said to expand this greatly by allowing Metro apps to float as separate windows on the desktop.
Two Separate Versions for Consumers & Enterprise
According to ZDNet, Microsoft is moving to a simplified version of Windows for consumers, including a version focused on Windows 8-style (“Metro”) apps that’s updated frequently and available for ARM-based Windows tablets, PCs, and Windows Phones. It will be designed for the current PC market and will fully support existing desktop apps.
A separate enterprise version will include the policy management and enterprise features that you’d expect, but it’s not designed to be updated as frequently as the consumer version.
Microsoft’s next major release Windows “Threshold” is expected to debut in spring 2015.
Surface Pro is product of Microsoft
After the launch of next-generation Surface Pro, Microsoft probably needs to clear out whatever stock of first-generation Surface Pro tablets available in warehouse.
Company has announced price cut of $100 on both of its 64GB and 128GB Pro slates, bringing their base prices to $699 and $799, respectively. It it to be mentioned that the discount is only available to customers in the US and Canada. And will stay in place until the units sell out or December 31st, whichever comes first. The company initially dropped the price of these tablets back in August. So its $200 off on the original launch price. The strategy seems similar to the Blackberry Playbook for which the BlackBerry announced huge price drop to clear out its remaining stock from the market.
Image Credit : Influxis | Google Glass is trademark of Google Inc.
Google may not be the only company working on smart eyewear – Google Glass. According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is testing prototypes for a device similar to Google Glass, which includes a camera and Internet capabilities. Microsoft has been in contact with Asian suppliers for delivery of components. However this product may not come to the mass market.
Juniper Research said in an Oct. 15 report that
“Retail sales of Internet-connected wearable devices, including watches and eyeglasses, will reach $19 billion by 2018, compared with $1.4 billion this year.”
So Microsoft doesn’t want to be late to the party, and is currently playing with prototypes of smart wearable similar to Google Glass. However there is no comment from Microsoft on this news.
Today Nokia has announced Lumia 1520 – it’s biggest windows phone ever. With a 6-inch 1080p display it is the first windows phone with such huge screen and the first to support such resolution . These changes will usher in a range of high resolution Windows Phone handsets over the coming year, with varying shapes and sizes.
This phone has been announced at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. This phone offers the latest build of Microsoft OS i.e. GDR3. It allows three columns of live tiles on the start screen. At this sort of display size and resolution it’s necessary make improvements to third party apps so that apps don’t appear just stretched out. Nokia and Microsoft has done fantastic job with built in apps. They are optimized to support this screen. We hope the same for third party apps too.
This is also the first phone powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM. So the user experience will be be super slick. It’ll also be the first Lumia to arrive with Nokia Camera, a new camera app that fuses the best of the Pro and Smart cameras that came before it. The camera is pegged at 20 megapixels, with a BSI f/2.4 Zeiss lens and optical image stabilization. This phone supports stereo audio capture thanks to 4 microphones. Storage space shouldn’t be a problem with 32 GB with Micro-SD support of uptp 64 GB. The battery capacity is sufficient at 3400 mAh with support for wireless charging. That polycarbonate shell will support yellow, red, white and white black options.
Nokia Lumia 1520 detailed specifications:
- 6-inch (1920 × 1080 pixels) capacitive touch screen ClearBlack display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection
- 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
- Windows Phone 8 OS
- 20MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), High resolution zoom 2x, Autofocus, dual LED flash, 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
- Nokia Camera app
- 1.2MP HD front-facing camera with wide angle lens
- Dimensions – 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7, Weight – 209g
- Rich Recording with four microphones; Wideband Voice and multi-microphone noise reduction with four microphones
- Dolby Headphone, Graphic equalizer, Audio leveling, FM radio
- LTE / 3G HSPA+ 41Mbps, WiFi (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with Glonass, NFC
- Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor
- 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, micro SD card support up to 64GB
- 3400 mAh (integrated) with built-in wireless charging (Qi compatible)
Nokia Lumia 1520 will be launching in Asia and Europe later this quarter with a price tag of $750.
Microsoft had a little treat in store for iOS and Android users with the release of Remote Desktop client app, allowing users to connect to their Windows PCs from their smartphones and tablets. but there was no Windows Phone version in sight. Fortunately, Microsoft is already working quickly to fix this. “Remote desktop on phones is a relatively rare usage scenario,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. “That said, we are working on a version of the app for Windows Phone. We’ll be able to share time frame at a later point in time.” It’s still a little surprising to see this from Microsoft, but hopefully Windows Phone users won’t have to wait too long.
This app is exactly what you would expect – a duplication of the Remote Desktop interface in Windows, complete with complicated options. However You would find that it would be easier to use competitive apps that don’t require knowledge of your IP address and setting up your firewall.
Features of Microsoft Remote Desktop App.
- Access to remote resources through your Remote Desktop Gateway
- Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
- Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
- Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
- High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
* via – play store
iOS and Android Users can Download it from following links:
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