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Win a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

 Today is really a special day because Lenovo has launched a competion for all internet users to win a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.

Whats is Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ?

This £1,000 machine ticks the high-end boxes: a 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen, a slim, light design and the latest hardware on the inside. It’s up against high-profile machines like the latest MacBook Air and Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus, hybrids like the Sony VAIO Duo and Ultrabooks like the Toshiba Kira.

Ready for the last contest from Lenovo this year and the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is quite the hybrid - part laptop, part tablet so try you may be the winner.

1- first of all go to lenovo.com.au/winayoga
2- register & enter this code : 299C1
3- click enter and you are done.
 
 If you won, would you use it more as a tablet or a laptop and why? Let us know your answer in a comment post!

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 pass 10% market share

When we checked in on Windows adoption rates last month, things weren’t looking great for Microsoft’s most recent operating system. Windows 7 was actually gaining traction faster than Windows 8, but the release of Windows 8.1 has led to a notable increase in Windows 8 users. According to Net Applications, Windows 8.1 now accounts for 1.72% of total computer usage after releasing just two weeks ago. This speedy adoption has brought the overall Windows 8.x market share (which includes both Windows 8 and 8.1) to 9.25%, a boon for Microsoft after a slow September for Windows 8. Unsurprisingly, Windows XP continues to fall off the charts, although its decline has slowed slightly from last month. This boost for Windows 8 is exactly what Microsoft needs heading into the holidays — the question is, will Microsoft be able to maintain this momentum?

PC makers plan rebellion against Windows at 2014 CES

 
Fearing rapidly plummeting sales of traditional laptops and desktop computers -- which collapsed by as much as 10 percent in 2013 -- manufacturers are planning a revolution against Microsoft and the standard Windows operating system, analysts say.

At the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January, multiple computer makers will unveil systems that simultaneously run two different operating systems, both Windows and the Android OS that powers many of the world’s tablets and smartphones, two different analysts said recently. The new devices will be called “PC Plus” machines, explained Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies.

"A PC Plus machine will run Windows 8.1 but will also run Android apps as well," Bajarin wrote recently for Time. "They are doing this through software emulation. I'm not sure what kind of performance you can expect, but this is their way to try and bring more touch-based apps to the Windows ecosystem."

'This should scare the heck out of Microsoft.'
- Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy

These machines will be able to switch nearly instantly between the two operating systems, according to Computerworld, either booting both interfaces at the same time or running tablet apps meant for Android within a window, explained Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

"This is going to make buzz at CES," Moorhead told Computerworld. "OEMs will be trumpeting this ... it's going to be a very hot topic [at the trade show]."

The move is the latest push back against Microsoft and its Windows 8 operating system, an attempt at dramatic transformation of the traditional Windows desktop to incorporate touch screens and portable tablet shapes.

Consumers responded poorly, with widespread complaints about an interface that, while wonderful on tablets, essentially ignored the hundreds of millions of computer users worldwide that rely on mice and keyboards to interact with their systems. Desktop and laptop PC sales fell dramatically in 2013, according to data from research firm IDC. And sales of tablets running Windows 8, while growing, have in no way replaced them.

"The Windows-based tablet market … is expected to grow to 39.3 million units in 2017 from less than 7.5 million in 2013 and less than 1 million in 2011. However, relative to a PC market size of roughly 300 million units, these Windows tablets would add just a couple percent a year relative to PC growth," said Loren Loverde, a vice president with IDC.

Microsoft plans yet another update to Windows 8 to address user concerns, likely called Windows 8.2. In the meantime the company has launched a campaign to disparage systems running Google's OS, especially Chromebooks, which are yet another alternative to the traditional Windows PC.

A new TV ads in Microsoft's "Scroogled" campaign suggest that a Chromebook is "not a real laptop." That hasn't stopped the low-cost systems from taking off, especially in education markets.

Moorhead suggests that “PC Plus” devices mean manufacturers won’t wait for Windows 8.2 or other efforts to "fix" the operating system, instead experimenting with ways to desert Microsoft for alternatives.

"[PC Plus] could get millions of consumers more comfortable with Android on PCs," said Moorhead. "Just imagine for a second what happens when Android gets an improved large-screen experience."

"This should scare the heck out of Microsoft," he added.

Source of Article : http://www.foxnews.com

Microsoft touts 30K insurance company users of Windows 8 Pro custom tablets

 Since its introduction of Windows 8 Pro earlier last year, Microsoft has been promoting its value to enterprise users.

On Wednesday 7th august 2013, Microsoft announced that 30,000 Windows 8 Pro tablets are being deployed to sales personnel at Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance in Tokyo. The tablets will go into use in September.

Using the tablets, sales personnel will be able to offer videos and other content to explain the company's insurance products, Microsoft said in a statement. Windows 8 Pro was used on specialized tablets built by Fujitsu for the deployment. Sales personnel at various U.S.-based companies have used iPads in a similar fashion since late 2010, including auto dealerships, to show off new car features and to check inventory in auto showrooms.

Windows Blue VS windows 8: list of changes

It is said apathy is the worst insult and by this token Microsoft must be fuming. In the five months since its release sales of Windows 8, the company’s self proclaimed revolutionary operating system, have been described as “on par” with Windows 7 despite a fire-sale launch price. And growth of touchscreen monitors, laptops and Windows RT-based tablets has been modest.

Microsoft will be releasing an initial public preview release of Windows Blue, its next-generation desktop operating system, at its annual Build developer conference in late June,But can Microsoft really have a preview build of Blue by the end of June? VP of corporate communications Frank Shaw certainly seemed to think so in a recent blog post. Shaw mentioned the Build attendees will see what’s next for several key Microsoft software offerings.

For beginners I would like to warn all persons interested in the installation of the new system against instability and terrible mistakes that has a compilation of words.
After the configuration startup screen i saw .. Zero change. But it is only at first glance and here are what i found after working in windows Blue for many days :

LIST OF CHANGES
1- The possibility to choose any background color and accents
2- 4 sizes of tiles on the home screen,
3- New animations,
4- New applications: Calculator, Alarm, Sound Recorder and Movie Moments,
5- Changed the organization of the home screen,
6- Ability to move any number of tiles,
7- A change in the naming of groups tiles,
8- Better service provision, including: play, print and display,
9- Sort all applications by the date of installation,
10- Improvements in the basic tabs CharmBar,
11- Integration with the classic interface Skydrive'a Windows
12- Add folder My Documents, My Music, My Pictures and My Videos folder computer
13- Internet Explorer 11,
14- In IE11 Modern adding a download manager
15- Split screen function 50/50 Snap mode for applications
16- New PC Setup panel treated as a separate application in the search.

Changes to PC Settings:
17- Search
18- Power options,
19- Options screen and resolution
20- Skydrive'm management,
21- Privacy options for each application separately, including setting camera, microphone and location
22- AutoPlay options,
23- Information about the system,
24- Management of applications running in the background,
25- Default applications,
26- Regional settings, including the display language, region, keyboard.
27- The possibility of including a slide show on the lock screen,
 
As it slipped behind in mobile, Microsoft devised Windows 8 out of equal parts desperation and inspiration and created a daring operating system that is both lovable and hateable, inspired and illogical, surprising and dumbfounding. Windows Blue will give it greater focus.

what does Microsoft need to do to get more consumers to jump on board Windows Blue?



So what does Microsoft need to do in order to get more consumers to jump on board Windows Blue?
It's really quite simple actually: make Windows 8 at least as good as Windows 7 by:

1. Providing an option to make Metro UI completely disappear and restore the start menu to the desktop for those who wish to never, ever see Metro UI again.
2. Restoring the native ability to play DVDs.
3. Restoring the option for Aero and shadow effects so that something other than a totally flat display is possible.
4. Restoring the ability for desktop notification of OS updates.
5. Fixing the failure to recognize mouses and keyboards as anything other than generic devices unless you download and install Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.
6. Restoring the ability to quickly and easily reach Safe Mode with F8.

Without doing these things, particularly the first three, Microsoft is totally wasting their time with their big service pack. I mean really, how many users give a rat's a$$ about search and IE11?

My prediction? Microsoft will not fix a single thing in this list. Not one. And you know why? Arrogance and stupidity. The same things that lead to the removal of those items from Windows 7 in the first place. Tens of thousands of advanced testers and analysts all told Microsoft that Metro UI and no Start menu wouldn't fly. And did Microsoft listen then? Nope. And they won't listen now, even though almost the entire world hates Windows 8, Metro UI, and it is already obvious that they are a total failure. Microsoft decided it was going to jump off the cliff with Windows 8 and Metro UI, and rather than arresting the plunge with the next service pack, they're gonna decide to keep on falling, but at an even faster rate as the gravity of the marketplace accelerates their insane leap to doom.

No, the blue patch verse will be the same as the first, only with extra failure built in.and i really hope what i said will be wrong or Microsofot wll disappoint us again.

Microsoft will update Win8 core application before the advent of Windows Blue


 Microsoft will updated a Win8 core applications.
If you are using Win8 operating system, then you should know that some of the core application needs some improvement.Windows Blue will bring some needed improvements to Windows 8, but it is unclear how its core applications will be updated.
Mary Jo Foley's sources are right, Windows Mail, calendar, music, games,all these applications will soon be updated. and some rumors says that these applications will be updated in first month of windows blue release.We expect to be able to see an early arrival of these updates.

Opinion: I like WIndows 8

Personally, I click on the desktop and hit ALT+F4 if I need fast shutdown options. You get the old XP-style options that way. It is also, really, not that hard to open the charms and click shutdown. The hybrid shutdown is actually a great thing and serves to have Windows 8 load much faster than Windows 7 (even on older mechanical disks). If you restart, or have installed new hardware or updates, the shutdown option becomes a full shutdown anyway. By design.
A long time ago, well... Vista actually, I found it almost impossible to find what I was looking for in Control Panel. Don't get me wrong, I miss access to the links on the right side of the start menu too, but "Control Panel" and "Administrative Tools" is not one of them. I have been using natural language search in Windows 7 for a few years now, and find it much easier. I moved to Windows 8 without an issue. Want to uninstall something, hit the Windows key and type "uninstall" or "remove". Done. Want to tweak your background image, type "screen", or "wallpaper", etc. I find the new Start Screen *almost* as useful as the older start menu. I still want my recent apps list and right links though.

If you don't like "metro" so much, why are you planning on developing for it? You can pin any program you like to the start screen... so just use desktop-based applications like the rest of us. My start screen has the standard apps, plus about five or so others, and the rest are nicely grouped desktop apps (games, audio & video, graphics suite, productivity... all groups on the start screen). Why do you need a dev license to customise the start screen, exactly? Much in the same way that Office 2010 introduced a full-screen "File Menu", Windows 8 has introduced a full-screen "Start Menu". Not a difficult concept.

Almost ALL of the Windows Store Apps are proxy-unaware, consumer apps. Pre-installed for consumers. We will be locking down the apps via a pre-configured Start Screen in our user profiles, tweaking some of the allowed settings in GPOs (yes, some do exist), and probably removing a fair few under Sysprep for desktops on site. While I'd love more control, I don't really see what you're hoping to have here. In fact, our test SOE has almost all of the Windows Store Apps grouped at the end of the Start Screen in a "Home Apps" group... where they belong... because we use Outlook for email, Sharepoint for files, and our portal page for news, weather, etc. All of that lives on the desktop too... so we don't need to worry about that.

And what's wrong with Office 2013 and VS2012? VS 2012, except for having two versions (one for Windows Store Apps and the other for real development), they are basically the same - though I guess I don't see ALL of it as I use Express versions. And while Office 2013 is a horrible white theme that tries to emulate the Windows Store App feel, it's still Office and doesn't include any "metro" dialogues, etc. I am not sure what you're trying to say here.

I was disappointed with removal of the black "Windows logo" as the Start Screen toggle from Dev Preview on... but have otherwise been really happy with Windows 8. With the November and January releases of fixes to missing corporate settings (i.e. OEM wallpapers, etc), it's getting better and better. Now that "consumer season" is over, I hear from my Microsoft vendors that we'll see more "business" focus and tools. Maybe something in "Blue" will help us.

I like WIndows 8. It took some time to get used to it, and I do agree it is 1,000,000 times better on a touch-device than a desktop... but I now run it on four computers here at home... one being an OEI version of Pro on my iMac (BootCamp + Parallels 8). Simply put, it is nowhere near as bad as people like to make it out to be. I don't doubt it is too hard for some, and not polished enough for some others, but I do get the feeling that it might just be "cool" to bash Microsoft instead. The level of mistruth out there is astounding.
By: NKX

Rumor:Windows Phone Apps are Compatible with windows Blue

It's looking like Microsoft has been found a new solution to get more users for windows 8 . I’ve already said that Windows Blue is very likely to spawn updates for many other Microsoft products beside Windows, but it seems like the Redmond-based technology company has many more plans for the upcoming OS version.

According to some rumors from some one work with Microsoft and spotted by ZDNet, the software giant is looking for software developers that could port Windows Phone apps to Windows 8 and Windows RT.


Blue will include some kernel and driver-level updates which could help with battery life and overall performance and the most importanat part is compatibility with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.Cross-platform app development is apparently a priority for Microsoft, with the upcoming Windows Blue very likely to bring major updates not only to the Windows platform, but also to Internet Explorer, SkyDrive, Windows Phone and Windows RT

Windows 8 is DOA !!

Every day now a new data point is coming out showing that the whole Windows 8/Windows RT/Metro UI ecosystem is DOA, just as predicted many months ago by tens of thousands of analysts and advance testers.

Now we have additional proof that Windows 8 is doing only ONE FOURTH as well as Windows 7 during comparable first quarter release periods. In fact, based on revenue numbers published by CNNmoney a week ago, Windows 8 is doing only ONE THIRD as well as Vista did during its initial release quarter! Apparently most people actually learned something from the Vista fiasco: look to see exactly what's in the Microsoft Kook-Aid cup before gulping any of it down.


Analysts and testers told Microsoft many months ago that Metro UI was a horrible interface, particularly on PCs, WHICH DO NOT NEED touchscreen interfaces in the first place. This latter fact was demonstrated two years ago when vendors tried to convince consumers that the next "improved" laptop that they must buy had a touchscreen, and that whole push flew about as well as a lead balloon. And yet Microsoft obviously learned nothing from that fiasco.

And then you have a few hundred million enterprise and government users performing tasks like CAD/CAM design, accounting spreadsheets and auto title registration on their PCs. Did Microsoft REALLY believe these millions were going to lean over their desks thousands of times a day to inaccurately poke smudges on their vertical "touch-screen" monitors instead of just click, click, clicking their mouses 100 times faster and with 1/1000 the effort as screen-poking? What on earth was Microsoft thinking?

And to top this off, Microsoft really screwed the pooch by releasing Windows RT, Windows 8, Surface RT and Surface Pro all at about the same time, and then 100% confusing almost all non-technical consumers about what was what and what was the same and what was different among the bunch. As a consequence, weaknesses perceived in one of the bunch are indubitably linked to all of them in the minds of consumers since they were confused about what was what to start with. Thus if a consumer hates Windows 8 they're not going to want to try a Windows RT device and vice versa.

So, we have Windows 8 which is already (rightfully) the most hated operating system of all time, and Windows RT, which many are finding out is essentially useless, and you've got a half-baked version of Windows RT embodied by Metro UI in Windows 8. And then Microsoft spends 1.5 billion on a horribly confusing advertising campaign about all of this. You've pretty much got a situation as if Ford and Coke had introduced the Edsel and New Coke together in a 1.5 billion dollar joint ad campaign. How do you suppose that would have worked out?

And even worse for Microsoft, the world is moving at a MUCH faster pace than when Microsoft had it's last major disaster, namely Vista, in which they had three years to "finally get it right" when they released Windows 7, which was basically just Vista that worked.

Today, Microsoft doesn't have three years to get it right, they have six months. But they don't really even have six months because they botched things so badly to start with. Microsoft has already poisoned the well with their massive product-release and marketing incompetence, trying to stuff the hated Windows 8 down the throats of the masses and the enterprise when tens of thousands of advanced testers and analysts told them it would be a disaster, and producing over-priced, half-baked, me-too products like the Surface RT. Not to mention the execrable Metro UI which was ripped off from the 1996 AOL interface, only WITHOUT being the least intuitive!

In six months, the debate will be over. The evidence will be overwhelming by then that the Windows 8 ecosystem is the biggest disaster in the history of Microsoft, and furthermore, their "partners" will also have lost billions as well by uncritically gulping gigantic cups of the Windows 8 ecosystem Kool-Aid.

Windows Blue has work to do !!

A lot of new iOS apps utilize commands that are not visually apparent. It took me a while to figure out many of the functions of the Facebook app on the iPad, some of which require hidden swipe gestures. And those apps that DO have visual commands aren’t always all that helpful. The iPhoto app for iOS is the best example I can think of about an app with plenty of icons that absolutely fails at making the navigation experience intuitive and fluid.

I’m not going to say that Windows 8’s swipe UI is perfect – I’ve tried to teach someone to remember that the app tray is a swipe from the bottom, that search is in the charms, etc. None of these are obvious, and all of them are essential for getting stuff done. There’s some work for MS in that regard, and it needs to happen sooner rather than later. That said, once you’ve understood these gestures (there are only a few gestures, not one of which reminds me of DOS), the interface is very fast. The standard placement of the Settings and Search tools within apps is particularly great, as it standardizes the placement and access to panels that are requirements for almost any app.

In summary, Windows Blue has work to do, but they’ve taken a risk to do something different, to challenge “UI conventions” that became standard almost 20 years ago using completely different input methods, technologies and requirements. That in itself doesn’t ensure success, but I’m happy someone taking a risk to try to bring us something better, even if it isn’t always the case.

Windows 8 sucks on non-touch hardware

Would you use Steam’s Big Picture mode as your primary launch option for games on a desktop/laptop when you can use the faster-to-navigate menu? Of course not.

So… Microsoft has decided they’re not going to properly support 95% of their userbase.
Could they have? Of course they could have! They did in all but 2 preview builds and the final.

Instead, they actively regressed in support from the Beta version to the RTM by actively removing the features most important and most conducive to optimal desktop use.

Touch needs big targets and gestures, while mice are simply hindered by them, so why force Metro when it fails as a catch-all solution that has none of the Menu’s defining functionality (such as commonly used programs and important user directories being front and center)?
Touch works best with a single full-screen application, so why force Metro on a desktop where multiple windows rule in terms of functionality (i.e. copy/paste)?

So… I wonder what reaction that’s going to get from those 95%? They would be remiss as consumers to support a clear and complete regression in UI design and resulting user experience.

This is the ONLY reason Windows 8 has so much opposition.
You give desktops and laptops the Windows 7 menu-based interface that’s ultimately more useable on them, and give touch devices/devices in touch mode the Metro interface that’s been long overdue for Windows, and your adoption rate skyrockets. Meanwhile, we stick with what is better on the desktop and resist the newer, yet inferior implementation of the product.

This isn’t Vista or ME where the underlying implementations were flawed. It’s easily fixed- but Microsoft is too arrogant for that, because they need to abuse Windows’ marketshare as much as they can so that they can collect Windows Phone/RT apps.

Windows 8 is a Big FAIL project from Microsoft

Well,why not bring out a Service Pack instead of wasting time & money on a Big FAIL project as windows Vista befor and windows 8 now.
Consumers nowadays are more savvy with their money,they consider very carefully,whether to buy or stick with what they have.
Scare stories over security with previous adaptations of Windows scares no one,it's Microsoft's way of demonstrating that they are the one's who are scared,because of the 'Lemons' they are producing.

Microsoft now have a very negative attitude to users,that is a very bad sign for the future prospects of Microsoft,a company with lots of talent,but very poor direction,that's because Windows itself has been at it's very core.

Microsoft has been chasing every other player in the PC activity market,instead of carving out a niche for itself aside from Windows.
If I were CEO of M$,I would put the ball into my employees court,let them come up with 'their' own OS software,different to Windows,but 'lean & mean' & a package of App's to go with it,in fact, one OS for PC & one for mobile.
Microsoft should offshoot their game software to their employees as well,let them develop games for PC\mobile,much of the existing game software is like Windows,it's bloated,there is room for new ideas there.
They cannot do any worse than follow their masters,that's a certainty.
So could windows Blue solve this big fail and help Microsoft to stand up again?

Windows 9 or Windows Blue?

f you’re a fan of the blocky Metro user interface and absent Start button in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system, you’re going to love the next version of the OS, which appears to feature more of the same. While the developers in Redmond, Wash., are busy preparing the Win8 successor — dubbed either Windows 9 or Windows Blue, depending on which leaked screenshot you subscribe to 


Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is not resting on its laurels. After launching the Windows 8 operating system 4 months ago, the software giant is reportedly already working on Windows 9, which could already be on the market in the mid of year. A new version of Windows by the third or fourth quarter of 2013 would end the tradition whereby updated versions are launched every three years or so.
 
Even though some would expect the Windows 8 successor to be called Windows 9, sources familiar with the matter have hinted in mid-2012 that Microsoft was pondering a completely new designation.
But Windows Blue wasn’t the only codename that sounded intriguing for Microsoft. Insiders revealed that Microsoft previously went for Windows 9 (obviously), but also for Windows Next or vNext, a nickname that would better emphasize the evolution brought to users by a reinvented operating system.

In the end, it seems like Windows Blue is currently the number one choice for Microsoft, even though we won’t be surprised at all if the Redmond-based technology giant decides to change the name just before the official launch. The same has happened with the Metro UI, which has been renamed to Modern, but everybody still uses the original codename.

Does Windows 8 is going to be a short-term?

I do get the impression that Windows 8 is going to be a short-term transitional effort on the way to Windows 9 (or 10). Just as Vista was transitional to Windows 7 (was that the plan all along, or a hurry-up-and-fix-this-mess thing?), Windows 8 is getting us used to a fundamental change in the way that Microsoft envisions Windows.

No one can seriously contend that there's a long-term plan at Microsoft anymore. Just as Vista was the coolest thing a few years ago, now its UI is "cheesy." If there were some sort of long-term vision, I don't think you'd see that sort of deprecation of a product no older than Vista. Windows Blue may come to market, may not. Who knows anymore? I'm not even sure Microsoft knows.
what do you think?