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Microsoft starts selling ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 for $329 - Engadget

Microsoft starts selling ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 for $329 - Engadget | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

ASUS, like many other companies, took to CES 2014 to introduce a number of new products. Among these was the often-leaked VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with support for Wacom pen input. If you were remotely intrigued back then, it looks as if Microsoft has now (quietly) placed it up for grabs in the US. Currently, Redmond's online store is selling the 32GB model of ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 for $329, which is slightly different than the $299 price tag it was announced with in Las Vegas. Strangely enough, there's also no apparent sight of the 64GB flavor, which makes us think that this Bay Trail-powered, pen-friendly slate may have been listed ahead of time.

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Microsoft goes international with the Band, coming to the UK in April

Microsoft goes international with the Band, coming to the UK in April | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
Microsoft has announced that they will be expanding the availability of the Band to the UK, this is the first time that the device will be officially sold outside of North America.
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HP unveils the Spectre x360, a 13-inch convertible -Neowin

HP unveils the Spectre x360, a 13-inch convertible -Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Here are the Spectre x360’s main specs:

> Dimensions: 12.7 in (W) x 8.6 in (D) x 0.6 in (H)

> Weight: 3.26 lb (1. 47 kg)

> Intel Broadwell i5 -5200U CPU at 2.2 Ghz

> 8GB DDR3 RAM

> 256GB SSD (upgradeable to 512 GB)

> 13.3-inch Full HD/Quad HD display

> 3x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, MiniDisplay port

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Microsoft believed to have shipped over two million Surfaces last quarter - Neowin

Microsoft believed to have shipped over two million Surfaces last quarter  - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Windows tablets grabbed just over 9% of the worldwide market last quarter, with shipments of over six million units. Surface accounted for a third of all Windows tablet shipments, thanks to increased sales of the high-end Surface Pro 3.

Indeed, Microsoft will now be focusing exclusively on the Surface Pro 3 in the tablet space, as the company confirmed last week that it has ended production of its cheaper Windows RT-based Surface 2 tablet.

With sales of its Surface Pro 3 increasing, shipments of Windows tablets from its hardware partners growing, and a forecast of further growth for the year ahead, Microsoft's strategy is beginning to come together. But with global tablet market share for Windows still in single figures, Microsoft clearly still has much work to do.

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Microsoft's Surface tablet business is booming

Microsoft's Surface tablet business is booming | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Microsoft appears to be well past the days when it was writing off unsold Surface tablets and struggling to match Sony in game console sales. The Windows developer reports that its Devices and Consumer group's revenue grew 8 percent year over year in the last calendar quarter of 2014, thanks in no small part to healthy Surface and Xbox sales. It's not revealing shipment numbers for the Surface, but it notes that revenue for the slate computers shot up 24 percent versus a year earlier, thanks in no small part to the Surface Pro 3.

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We just tried HoloLens, Microsoft's most intriguing product in years

We just finished a heavily scripted, carefully managed, and completely amazing demonstration of Microsoft's HoloLens technology. Four demos, actually, each designed to show off a different use case...
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Microsoft has ended Windows 7 mainstream support - ITB News

Microsoft has ended Windows 7 mainstream support - ITB News | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Five days ago Microsoft ended official mainstream support for Windows 7 which was launched in 2009 with over 100 million copies sold. What this means is that any non-security issues won’t be supported unless your business signs up for an extended support plan. Also any features such as the upcoming DirectX 12 won’t be available. On January 14th 2020 all support for Windows 7 will stop, and Microsoft’s most stable operating system since Windows XP will be switched off.

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Intel shoves a Windows 8.1 PC in a stick, sells it for $149.99 - Neowin

Intel shoves a Windows 8.1 PC in a stick, sells it for $149.99 - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Microsoft has been making it easier for entry-level devices to be built using Windows and the latest iteration of this comes from Intel, which has shoved a PC inside of a stick the size of a media streamer.

The device, called the Intel Compute Stick, has similar specs to the entry-level tablets we have been seeing hit the market recently. With an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 32 GB of eMMC storage, 2 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n, one USB port (for powering the device) and HDMI (1.4a), the stick is nearly a complete PC in a tiny package.

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Microsoft kicks off Skype's Translator preview on Windows 8.1

Microsoft kicks off Skype's Translator preview on Windows 8.1 | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
Tu madre es una tarantula. Entiendes? If you didn't catch that, Skype's got you covered. Microsoft just kicked off Skype's Translator preview, which, as
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Windows XP market share continues to fade in November - Neowin

Microsoft's outdated OS, Windows XP is continuing its steep decline and during the month of October it dropped roughly 4% while Windows 8 climbed steadily during the same time period.

The drop in XP market share is likely a big relief for Microsoft as it shows that the OS is quickly fading away from relevancy as it is no longer being supported by the company. The modest gains by Windows 8/8.1 shows that consumers are moving from XP to the new platform too. But, Windows 7 is still holding strong and shows no significant signs of shrinkage.

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Windows 8: Why Microsoft's giant gamble didn't pay off - ZDNet

Windows 8: Why Microsoft's giant gamble didn't pay off - ZDNet | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
Windows 8 was designed to bridge the gap between tablets and PCs, but left customers cold. What does this mean for Microsoft and Windows 10?
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Eee brand returns, as 11-inch ASUS EeeBook X205 Windows 8.1 laptop goes on sale for $199 - Neowin

Eee brand returns, as 11-inch ASUS EeeBook X205 Windows 8.1 laptop goes on sale for $199 - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
ASUS has resurrected its budget-focused Eee brand on a new 11-inch Windows 8.1 notebook, which features a Bay Trail-T processor, 2GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, a webcam and microHDMI port for just $199.

That device is the EeeBook X205, and it's priced at just $199 USD (roughly €160 EUR / £125 GBP / $230 AUD / 12,200 INR). The mini-notebook features an 11-inch display with HD (1366x768px) resolution, and its spec list also includes:

Quad-core Intel Atom Z3735 Bay Trail-T processor2GB RAM32GB / 64GB onboard storage (plus microSDXC slot)VGA webcammicroHDMI portBluetooth 4.0Up to 12 hours of web browsing980g

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We’re rolling out our first new build to the Windows Insider Program

We’re rolling out our first new build to the Windows Insider Program | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
New build:

As a matter of fact, we’re rolling out a new build today – Build 9860! This is the first update build to Windows 10 Technical Preview, and we’ll continue to deliver more as part of the Windows Insider Program. Sometimes they’ll be more frequent and sometimes there will be longer gaps, but they will always be chock full of changes and improvements, as well as some bugs and things that are not quite done. As we’ve said, we’re sharing stuff early and moving quickly to do so. In fact, the build that we’re rolling out today is something that we ourselves only got a little over a week ago! I hope that you’re as excited about seeing these early builds as we are to share them with you and hear your feedback.

 

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Windows 10: See the new window pop animation in action - Neowin

Windows 10: See the new window pop animation in action - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
In the latest build of Windows 10 build 9860, there is a new animation when you open up new Windows and we posted a video for you after the jump.
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This is how Microsoft will unite your Windows 10 devices

This is how Microsoft will unite your Windows 10 devices | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Microsoft's big promise with Windows 10 is its ability to run apps across the entire platform. The framework for these universal apps hasn't been described in much detail, but a post on the Windows Blog gives a bit more insight under the hood. Redmond's calling these "mobile experiences," meaning apps you can use across a variety of different devices; the software is mobile, not the gizmo you're using it on. Cortana moving from smartphone to desktop and the Xbox One's Game DVR tool being available on your gaming PC are but a few examples. The idea is to offer a set of standards across the Windows 10 platform so everything remains familiar regardless of what piece of hardware you're accessing the application from. That means everything should have, in Microsoft's words, an adaptive user experience with natural inputs; calls for cloud-based services including Cortana integration and the action center and one design language across the board.

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Microsoft is giving away 100GB of OneDrive space to Dropbox users

Microsoft loves giving away free OneDrive space. After gifting 100GB of free storage last week for signing up to Bing Rewards, the software maker has a similar offer aimed at Dropbox users today. If you’re an existing Dropbox user then all you have to do is sign in to your account to obtain 100GB of free OneDrive storage for a year. It’s not the two years from the Bing Rewards program (which you can still claim today), but it’s enough if you’re even considering switching to Microsoft’s cloud storage. While it's not clear if this offer is time limited, it's probably worth claiming the 100GB storage now just in case this is a temporary promotion.

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Dell XPS 13 review (2015): Meet the world's smallest 13-inch laptop

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): Meet the world's smallest 13-inch laptop | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

CES has come and gone; the holidays are long past; and now all we're left with are a few months of dreary weather. No fun, right? Right. Except if you're a tech writer. Now that most major companies have revealed their new lineups, we have the exciting job of testing all this stuff; seeing how it holds up in real life. The first product of the year to cross my desk: none other than the Dell XPS 13, a compact 13-inch laptop that ranked as a finalist for our annual Best of CES awards. In addition to being the first system we've tested with Intel's new fifth-generation Core processor, the redesigned XPS is notable for its nearly bezel-less display -- a design feat that allows it to have the footprint of an 11-inch machine.

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Here are the first hardware specs for Microsoft's new Surface Hub - Neowin

Here are the first hardware specs for Microsoft's new Surface Hub - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
After being unveiled at the Microsoft event a few days ago now we get to learn some of the technical specs that power the company's new Surface Hub - a productivity and collaboration hardware product.

> 55-inch display at 1080p or 84-inch at 4K
> Displays locked at 120 HZ for no-lag writing
> Optically bounded displays for extra clarity (as on the  Surface Pro)
> Supports up to 100 simultaneous touch points
> Supports up to 3 pens simultaneously
> Powered by Intel Core CPUs
> 2 x 1080p cameras and a mic array
> HDMI, Miracast, NFC, Bluetooth, USB ports
> Powered by a slightly modified version of Windows 10

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Microsoft unveils the latest version of Windows 10 - Neowin

Microsoft unveils the latest version of Windows 10 - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
Microsoft has just unveiled its newest version of Windows 10. This version brings numerous new , consumer-facing features designed to impress and delight regular users.
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What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event - Engadget

What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event - Engadget | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

After taking big swings with Windows 8 and 8.1 -- how big a miss they were is open to interpretation -- Microsoft's trying to redefine how we work with computers once more. We're going to get a much closer look at Windows 10 at 9AM PT/12PM ET tomorrow (which we'll be liveblogging, naturally), and all the usual suspects will be on hand to wax poetic about Windows' next steps: There's CEO Satya Nadella, of course, along with Windows chief Terry Myerson, mobile impresario Joe Belfiore and Xbox czar Phil Spencer. Let's take a moment to look at what we know -- and what we expect -- Microsoft will show off in Redmond very soon.

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Microsoft Spartan: First look at the new browser - Neowin

Microsoft is working on a new browser for Windows 10, and if you have been following our leaks, you will remember our post from way back in September where we began talking about the new browser and its updated interface.

Since then, I have posted about how we have heard that the Trident engine has been forked to allow for a new browser, which is being developed under the internal codename 'Spartan'. This browser name has been spotted in a few leaks but its user interface has remained a mystery to the outside world, until now.

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HP's newest laptop is sexy, but you can't buy it until next year

HP's newest laptop is sexy, but you can't buy it until next year | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, a 13-inch laptop that weighs a scant 2.6 pounds and measures just half an inch thick. It was impressive, to be sure, but it won't be the last: Thanks to Intel's new Core M chips, we're about to see a ton of impossibly thin notebooks. The latest comes from HP, whose just-announced EliteBook Folio 1020 weighs as little as 2.2 pounds and measures 15.7mm thick. We say "as little as" because when the thing goes on sale early next year, it'll be available in two flavors: a regular version that weighs 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds) and a special edition that comes in at 1kg (that's the 2.2-pound one). Both are light, as I found in my brief time with them, but the 1kg model is noticeably lighter, so you might want to wait for that to arrive, if either of these strikes your fancy.

 

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review: slim and sexy comes with some trade-offs

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review: slim and sexy comes with some trade-offs | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

I haven't reviewed an Ultrabook in months. It's not because I've grown lazy; it's because there just haven't been many new models to test. Nearly every laptop that crosses Engadget's reviews desk these days is a gaming notebook, a Chromebook or maybe one of those super-cheap netbook things. So here I am, dusting off my Ultrabook-testing skills with the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, the company's latest flagship laptop. Like every Yoga that's come before it, this new model has a 360-degree hinge that allows it to fold back into tablet mode. It also keeps that stunning 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen. But that's not what's interesting to me. No, I'm curious about this because it's the first notebook I'm testing with a new Intel Core M chip, which allows the Yoga 3 Pro to be 17 percent thinner than its predecessor, not to mention 15 percent lighter. As a result of moving to a lower-powered chip, the battery life should be better too.

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How to: Create Windows 8.1 install media if you lost your install disk - Neowin

How to: Create Windows 8.1 install media if you lost your install disk - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

If you buy a Windows 8.1 machine and you lose your recovery disks, the process can be a huge pain in the butt to reinstall the OS. Thankfully, Microsoft has recognized this and is now making it quite easy to reinstall your OS if find yourself in this situation.

You can check out Microsoft's site on how to create the media here or we linked to the download you will need at the bottom of the post. The short version of the directions are that you run the file you download from the link below and the app will give the option to create backup media using a USB drive or on a DVD.

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Windows 8 and 8.1 finally pass 15% market share, Windows XP drops below 20% mark

Windows 8 and 8.1 finally pass 15% market share, Windows XP drops below 20% mark | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it

Everyone is well-aware by now that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have not seen the impressive adoption rate of their predecessor. Yet the duo had a particularly good run last month, finally passing 15 percent market share together, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.

More specifically, Windows 8 gained 0.29 percentage points to 5.88 percent while Windows 8.1 gained 4.25 percentage points to 10.92 percent. Together, they owned 16.80 percent of the market at the end of October, up from 12.26 percent at the end of September. It’s certainly a big jump, and Windows 8.1 is finally in the double digits, though it’s not particularly impressive overall given that the latest version has now been available for over a year.

 

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Windows 10: A closer look at Data Sense - Neowin

Windows 10: A closer look at Data Sense - Neowin | Windows 8 - CompuSpace | Scoop.it
Microsoft has pushed out new bits for Windows 10 fans that kick the build number up to 9860 and one of the new features included is Data Sense that will have you stay under your data cap.
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