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Microsoft launches file management app for Windows Phone 8.1

Posted on 31 May 2014 by wisdom

Microsoft today revealed the much-anticipated Files app for Windows Phone 8.1, finally bringing a file management system to the mobile OS. The free app includes the following functionality:

  • Access files stored on your phone and SD card.
  • Browse, search and launch files.
  • Easily share one file or multiple files.
  • Create folders to organize your files.
  • Copy, move, rename and delete files.

You can download it now directly from the Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft says the official file manager app “makes it easy and intuitive to manage your files on your device running Windows Phone 8.1.” PR-speak aside, it’s important to note that this app only works on the latest Windows Phone version.

 

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Keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8

Posted on 22 June 2013 by wisdom

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that you can use to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to work with your PC, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other apps.

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Below is a chart of the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts, that will definitely help improve Windows 8 experience for desktop and laptop users

Windows Key
— Toggles between the Start screen and the foremost running app (Metro) or the Windows Desktop.

Windows Key + B
— Switch to Windows desktop (classic) and select Tray notification area.

Windows Key + C — Display the Charms bar.

Windows Key + D — Switch to Windows desktop (classic) and toggle
Show Desktop.

Windows Key + E — Switch to Windows desktop (classic) and launch
Windows Explorer.

Windows Key + F — Display the File Search app.

Windows Key + H
— Display the Share charm.

Windows Key + I — Display the Settings charm.

Windows Key + J
— Swap foreground between the snapped and filled
apps.

Windows Key + K — Display the Connect charm.

Windows Key + O — Lock device orientation.

Windows Key + P — Display the new Project (“Projection”) pane for choosing between available displays.

Windows Key + Q — Display the Search pane.

Windows Key + V
— Cycle through toasts.

Windows Key + Shift Key + V — Cycle through toasts in reverse order.

Windows Key + W — Display the Settings Search app.

Windows Key + X — Access the advanced context menu on the Start preview tip.

Windows Key + Z — Display the App Bar.

Windows Key + Space — Switch input language and keyboard layout.

Windows Key + Enter — Launch Narrator.

Windows Key + PgUp — Move the Start Screen or a Metro Key + style
application to the monitor on the left.

Windows Key + PgDown — Move the Start Screen or a Metro Key + style application to the monitor on the right.

Windows Key + . — Move the gutter to the right (snap an application).

Windows Key + Shift Key + . — Move the gutter to the left (snap an
application).

Windows Key + , — Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Windows Key + Tab — Cycle through apps.

Windows Key + Shift Key + Tab — Cycle through apps in reverse order.

Windows Key + Ctrl Key + Tab — Cycle through apps and snap them as
they cycle.
Windows Key + / — Initiate input method editor (IME) reconversion.
Windows Key + 1, Windows Key + 2, etc. — Switch to Windows desktop (classic) and launch the nth shortcut in the Windows taskbar.

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Microsoft console getting Pizza ordering app:Now Order Pizza From Your Xbox 360

Posted on 26 April 2013 by wisdom

Pizza and gaming are like a dynamic duo. They’re two great things that just work great together, no? And now, thanks to the Pizza Hut ordering app for the Xbox, that pairing just got even better.
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The Xbox Live “Create Your Pizza App” lets users order up a Stuffed Crust Meat Lover’s Pizza for delivery or pick-up — as well as other house pizzas, custom pies, pasta, wings, breadsticks and other menu items — all without having to put down that game controller. That’s great news for any Mass Effect addicts out there who could use a little nourishment between gameplay. (Nothing like battling Reapers to work up some hunger!) Of course, if you’d rather use Kinect gestures to navigate the menu, there’s an option for that too.

Unlike some restaurants’ odd insistence on using Flash websites, online ordering is one food trend we can definitely get behind. Sure beats risking dinner with error-prone phone calls.

And there’s no better time to give this a shot than now. For a limited time, Pizza Hut is offering a promotional special: Xbox Live users who download the app and place an order by May 6 get 15 percent off.

source :technobuffalo

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Windows 7 SP1 to start rolling out on Windows Update

Posted on 19 March 2013 by wisdom

Microsoft Release Windows 7 SP1 updates. This is first service pack for OS. This update is mandatory part of windows update for users system.
The update is sized at 1.9GB which may take bit of time to download in case if you have a slow net connection. If you don’t get the Windows 7 SP1 update today, don’t panic. It will be rolled out in phases to different parts of the world. The update won’t bring a major change to the OS, instead many small and incremental fixes. The update is available at the consumer level of Windows 7 use, and will not affect enterprise-managed PCs. Microsoft also announced it will stop official support for Windows 7 RTM by April 9.

source :http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/03/18/windows-7-sp1-to-start-rolling-out-on-windows-update.aspx

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Microsoft unveils the new Office :Microsoft Office 2013

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Microsoft unveils the Microsoft Office 2013

Posted on 17 July 2012 by wisdom

Microsoft unveils the new Office :Microsoft Office 2013 Microsoft Corp unveiled a new version of its Office suite tailored for tablets and other touch screen devices, in the company’s largest-ever overhaul of the workplace software it relies on for much of its profit.
The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. Microsoft office version include support for cloud computing,social hub involvement etc.
The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

A preview version of the new Office 2013 suite is being made available online here. Microsoft Corp. isn’t saying when it will go on sale or what the price will be. Those details will come in the fall.

Here are some of the coolest features of the Microsoft Office 2013:

Office at Its Best on Windows 8

Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.

Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.

New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.

Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.

Office Is in the Cloud

SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.

Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.

Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.

New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.

Office Is Social

Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.

Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.

People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.

Office Unlocks New Scenarios

Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.

Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.

Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.

Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.

There are three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:

Office 365 Home Premium — designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.

Office 365 Small Business Premium — designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD webconferencing.

Office 365 ProPlus — designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.

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Online upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

Posted on 04 July 2012 by wisdom

Microsoft has announced Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. According to official blog of Microsoft customers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 will qualify to download Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99. The special upgrade price will be available to customers in 131 countries across the globe.

When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.
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The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will provide a detailed compatibility report that lets you know of anything you may have to address before or after the upgrade and outlines actions to take.
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It will also inform you of any application or device compatibility issues. It will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation. You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files. Of course, if you want to start fresh, you can choose to bring nothing along. Or if you prefer to format your hard drive as part of your upgrade experience, you can do so as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup experience for installing Windows 8, not prior to it.

Once you purchase your upgrade, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant kicks off your download. It has a built-in download manager that allows you to pause and continue your download at any time as well as a check to ensure your download completes successfully.

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After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.

If you prefer to buy your software the old-fashioned way, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 at your local store. This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro online and at retail runs through 31 January 2013.

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Install Windows 8 alongside your existing Windows 7 setup

Posted on 03 June 2012 by wisdom

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It’s easy to install Windows 8 alongside Windows 7

Eager to get your hands on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ? Before you download and mount that ISO image, you’ll have to pause for a second and think about how you want to install it.

Dual booting allows you to select which operating system you want to load, and is an excellent choice when trying out a beta version of a new operating system. You can download the straight ISO image of Windows 8 Consumer Preview if you want to use your own mounting tool.

Microsoft also has a tool for downloading Windows 8 and mounting it onto a bootable USB flash drive.

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By default Windows 8 will try to install itself over Windows 7, or completely replace Windows Vista and XP. This isn’t ideal when you’re essentially beta testing a product that isn’t finished and will still have bugs and incompatibly problems.

The Consumer Preview version of Windows 8 isn’t going to be around forever either, and will probably expire on or close to the launch of the final RTM version of Windows 8 – meaning you’ll need to upgrade to the new version or revert to your old Windows.

This is why dual booting Windows 8 Consumer Preview alongside your existing Windows installation is a great option, as when you turn on your PC you get to choose which version of Windows to use, and allows both versions of Windows to work side by side without you losing any files.

1. Download the package

To get started you’ll need to download the installer for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Click ‘Get it now’, then ‘Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview’ to begin downloading. Click ‘Run’ twice and allow the program to make changes to your computer if you’re prompted.

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2. Prepare to install

When the program starts, it will scan your PC to ensure it’s compatible with Windows 8. It will then determine which version of Windows 8 you’ll need (32 or 64-bit) and download the relevant files. During this process you might be asked to perform a few tasks on your computer, like clearing space on your hard drive.

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3. Make a bootable flash drive

The next screen will ask whether you’re ready to install the Consumer Preview. Make sure you select ‘Install on another partition’ and click ‘Next’. Select ‘USB flash drive’ (unless you’d rather make a bootable DVD), then click ‘Next’ and select your flash drive from the list (make sure it is inserted into your PC first). Click ‘Next’ to begin. The process might take a while.

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4. Create a partition (part one)

You now need to make a partition on our hard drive to install Windows 8 onto. Before you begin, it’s best to back up all your important files, just in case. Then open up the Start menu and right-click on ‘Computer’ and select ‘Manage’. Select ‘Disk Management’ from the list on the left. Right-click your hard drive at the bottom of the screen and select ‘Shrink volume’.

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5. Create a partition (part two)

You’ll want at least 20GB available to install Windows 8, so enter 20,000 in the box labelled ‘Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB’ and click ‘Shrink’. Now your hard drive will be 20GB smaller, and a new unallocated section of 20GB will be displayed. Right-click it and select ‘New simple volume’ Click ‘Next’ on the next three screens. In ‘Volume label’ type Windows 8, then click ‘Next’ and finally ‘Finish’.

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6. Boot from USB flash

You then need to restart your computer. To ensure your PC boots from the USB drive you created, access the BIOS, go to ‘Boot > Boot device priority’ and make sure the USB drive comes before your hard drive. Press [F10] to save and exit, and the Windows 8 install utility should now run. Once Windows 8 Setup has loaded, click ‘Next’, then ‘Install now.’

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7. Select the partition to install

When prompted, enter the product code DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J. Continue through the process until you’re asked which type of installation you want. Click ‘Custom: Install Windows only’. In the next window select the partition you created earlier – it should say Windows 8 – then click ‘Nex

8. Dual boot

Now all you need to do is wait for the Windows 8 installation process to complete. Once that’s done the PC will boot into Windows 8. If you like, enter your Windows Live ID. Now when you restart your PC, you should be presented with an option to boot into Windows Consumer Preview or Windows 7. Click ‘Change defaults or choose other options’ to make sure Windows 7 is your default operating system.

source :techradar

 

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How to Download Windows 8 Release Preview

Posted on 03 June 2012 by wisdom

Download Windows 8 As allover there is news of windows 8 release, and you are also searching latest version of Windows 8 right now? This one is called the Release Preview, and it’s available for download right now. There are a lot of little bugs resolved, the multi-monitor support has improved, and you should download it now.

You can grab the regular installer, or you can get the ISO image and use it in a virtual machine.

Download Windows 8 Release Preview in ISO format

Download the Windows 8 Release Preview
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Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download

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Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download

Posted on 29 February 2012 by wisdom

Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview — the next milestone of the Windows operating system. This latest preview will be made available for download starting today at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world’s most popular operating system and is available to the widest range of people yet following the initial release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview late last year. The Developer Preview received more than 3 million downloads.
Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages.

System requirement for windows 8 Consumer Preview :

Windows 8 Consumer Preview should run on the same hardware that powers Windows 7 today. In general, you can expect Windows 8
Consumer Preview to run on a PC with the following:
• 1 GHz or faster processor
• 1 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
• 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
However, there are some additional requirements to take into consideration in order to use certain features in Windows 8. In order to use the Snap feature, you will need a PC with a 1366×768 resolution or higher. If you want to use touch, you’ll need a multitouch-capable laptop, tablet, or display. Windows 8 supports up to five simultaneous touch points, so if your hardware doesn’t, you may find typing on the onscreen keyboard and using certain controls more of a challenge. You’ll also need an Internet connection to try out the Windows Store, to download and install apps, and to take your settings and files with you from one Windows 8 PC to another.
For some more information on hardware requirements, check out this post on the Building Windows 8 blog.
More information about Windows 8 and how to download the windows 8 Consumer Preview is available at http://preview.windows.com or http://windowsteamblog.com

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Windows 8 logo replace Flag with Window

Posted on 19 February 2012 by wisdom

Microsoft will be officially reveals its new Windows 8 OS. But before the launch, Microsoft has rolled out the new logo of the Windows 8 operating system.
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The new logo now carries a Window instead of flag which had been used since decades. The new logo is designed by US agency Pentagram who was confused why the Window’s logo carries a flag being named “Windows”. So they finally decided to come up with a logo having window-looking design. The new design will replace the logos that have been used since Windows 3.1.
Sam Moreau, Principal Director of User Experience for Windows at Microsoft said, “The Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark, but when we stepped back and analysed it, we realised an evolution of our logo would better reflect our Metro style design principles and we also felt there was an opportunity to reconnect with some of the powerful characteristics of previous incarnations,”

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