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Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the launch of Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system. Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal phone experience, connecting you to the people and things that matter most.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details of a range of beautiful new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colors and features. Starting with the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in India starting November.

“We can’t wait for consumers to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is,” said Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. “A range of stunning, colorful and unique Windows Phone devices are coming to India starting November.”

Most Personal Smartphone

Live Tiles are the heart and soul of Windows Phone, and no other phone has them. People can arrange the iconic Start screen however they want by pinning their favorite people, apps, music, games, photos and more. Three sizes of Live Tiles and 20 bright color choices including cobalt, crimson and lime mean you can personalize your Start screen to be unmistakably yours.

In addition to Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 offers a range of new features to make your smartphone experience even more personal, including these:

  • ·         The only phone with Live Apps. Live Apps bring information right to the Start screen, such as the Groupon deal of the day, flight information and news headlines. With Windows Phone 8, Live Appssuch as Facebook can even deliver real-time information right to your lock screen with updated wallpaper.
  • ·         Top apps. The Windows Phone Store has 120,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added every day and hits coming soon such as Angry Birds Star Wars, Cut the Rope Experiments, Disney’s Where’s My Water, LivingSocial, Temple Run, Urbanspoon and many more.
  • ·         Kid’s Corner. Exclusive to Windows Phone 8, Kid’s Corner is a worry-free way to share your phone with your kids, so they can play Angry Birds without texting your angry boss. Parents can now hand over their phones to the kids without worrying about deleted photos, misdirected emails, unapproved purchases or accidental phone calls. After a simple setup, parents can activate a specialized place on the phone for kids to play — complete with their own customizable Start screens — where they can access only the apps, games, music and videos picked by parents.
  • ·         Rooms. Sometimes you want to share and chat with one group, not your entire social network. Rooms allow you to create private groups of people who have Windows Phone 8 —like your family members, best friends or fantasy football league—and easily connect with just them. Chat, share calendars, shopping lists or photos in an ongoing conversation where only those invited can join in. You can share some aspects of Rooms with friends and family on other smartphones as well.
  • ·         Wallet and near-field communications.Windows Phone 8 brings together the best of new wallet technologies, including payments via near-field communications (NFC).1The Wallet can also store your debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information on your phone.
  • ·         Always-on, premium Skype experience. With the new Skype app, coming soon to Windows Phone 8, you can make and receive Skype calls just like a regular phone call. Simply tap a friend or family member’s contact card in the People Hub, or just pick up when the phone rings. Skype is always on and available so you can choose how to connect with people.

Stunning Phones

Leading up to today’s launch, Nokia, Samsung and HTChave announced an array of phones for Windows Phone 8, featuring large, vivid screens, new camera innovations, NFC capabilities, and bold colors such as red, yellow, blue, black and white. Each phone offers unique features and comes in a variety of price points.

  • ·         Nokia.The Nokia Lumia 920 offers state-of-the-art photography that fits in your pocket, and it is the world’s only smartphone to include Optical Image Stabilization. The Nokia Lumia 820 offers a ClearBlack display and removable back exchangeable shells in a range of vibrant colors.2Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 offer wireless charging.
  • ·         HTC.The Windows Phone 8X by HTC was designed with sleek lines and radiant colorsto match Windows Phone’s newLive Tiles. This phone also breaks new ground in optics with 1080p video recording, f2.0 apertureand a dedicated HTC ImageChip on the main 8-megapixel camera and an ultrawide-angle lens on the front camera that lets you fit up to four people in the frame for a premium Skype experience. The 8X and its smaller sibling, the 8S, both boast a killer music experience with Beats Audio and exclusive built-in ampsthat pair perfectly with Xbox Music.
  • ·         Samsung.The Samsung ATIV S brings the biggest screen to Windows Phone, with a bright 4.8-inch touchscreen and large battery for extended battery life. Wrapped in brushed aluminum, the ATIV S balances high-end materials and technology with a hairline design and light weight. The ATIV Odyssey was announced today as the latest Windows Phone from Samsung with more details to come.

Download Windows 8 Beta : Consumer Preview

Microsoft has been working a lot on polishing the developer preview of Windows 8 that it had released last September. In only 24 hours, it was downloaded over 500,000 times. Windows is the most widely used operating system on a computer and with Windows 8, things are going to get a lot better. The company just announced the final version of the Windows 8 beta and has called it the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I have given Windows 8 beta download link at the end of the article, and in case if you are not interested in knowing what’s new in consumer preview version of Windows 8, you can skip directly to Download windows 8 beta section at the bottom.

Windows 8 consumer preview

 

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

A lot is new in this consumer preview than the developer preview, a lot of bugs have been taken care of and it’s much more complete with lots of new apps, features etc. The Windows 8 beta also has the new logo for the operating system that the company had chosen few days ago. I’m sure you’ll be dying with excitement to try out the new Windows 8 consumer preview. You can do so by using the official download links at the end of this page. Before that, let me tell you something more about the new consumer preview. How it’s better than the developer preview and how it will make your Windows experience better.

Windows 8 consumer preview apps

Quite honestly, Windows 8 developer preview had a lot of bugs, very less apps and crashed a lot. However, it had some plus points too. Everyone, I believe, loved the new Metro layout that Microsoft has chosen for it’s latest operating system. If you don’t remember, then you can read our review on the Windows 8 developer preview to see what the next OS from Microsoft brings to the table.

So, the Consumer Preview or the final Windows 8 beta, that was released few hours ago has plenty of new features and is almost ready for daily use. I’m going to talk about them in short and try to cover almost all that’s new with the consumer preview. The hardware requirements remain the same and there are two versions, 32bit and 64bit, that you can download and try out. Microsoft has finally gotten rid of the Start button, like it was rumored it would. Instead, the new layout has something called as the ‘Charms’ bar and four corner gestures that take care of all the tasks!

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The Charms bar pops out from the right hand side of the screen when you point your mouse on the right-bottom or top corner. It has the Start, Search, Share, Devices and Settings buttons. Performing a right click in any app will bring the top and bottom options instead of the old Right-click options. Left bottom corner will bring up the start menu on non-touch devices that can be clicked to view all the apps currently installed. Oh yes, there are numerous new apps with the Consumer preview, so that’s another plus.

The Internet Explorer is still like the one in the developer preview, IE 10 I mean and then you have SkyDrive(Microsoft’s own cloud storage service), X-box Live and again, new apps.

Where to Download Windows 8 Beta:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview downloads

After reading all that, I’m sure you just can’t wait to download windows 8 beta version and try it out on your system. If you’re already running Windows 8 developer preview, then you probably can run this new version (build 8250). Below are the download links for both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of the latest Windows 8 beta. Both are ISO files, so you’ll need to either burn them to a DVD or mount them on to USB. You can follow our tutorial on how to create a Windows 8 bootable USB and get it done.

  • Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64bit 
  • Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview  32bit 

Once you’re done installing, do let us know what you think of the Windows 8 consumer preview. Check out the official page of the Windows 8 beta to learn more about it and also find out what apps are available.

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Best Windows 8 Transformation Pack for Windows 7

Microsoft released the first Windows 8 developer preview a few weeks ago, and most of us have already tried it. I’ve also written a complete review of all the new features that you’ll find in the developer preview. One of the main reasons that millions of users have already installed and tried the developer preview is the Metro UI based start menu.

However, there are millions more out there of the other kind too, who don’t want to install or try the developer preview because they’re afraid their system may lock up. Some people don’t even know that Microsoft has released an official developer preview that people can actually download for free and try. These people look for other alternatives, such as a Windows 8 transformation pack. And believe me, there are plenty of those, but most of them are always buggy and don’t work as they should. Here’s one that will work and it simulates the Metro UI of Windows 8 pretty well and it’s called Windows 8 UX pack for Windows 7.

This Windows 8 transformation pack brings more than just the Metro UI Start screen. It also adds the Windows 8 font, visual styles, wallpapers, colors etc. It doesn’t modify any system settings, so when you uninstall the pack, your Windows 7 will return to its original looks and feel.

Windows 8 UX Pack will give you Windows 8 UI improvements such as theme and logon screen without touching system files at all so it won’t have such risk to harm your system at all. In this package, you’ll have Windows 8 inspired themes and applications to make your system resembles Windows 8 as much as possible without modifying system files. Give your desktop a visual boost with the Windows 8 UX Pack.

Upon installation, you’ll be asked to choose between a Windows 8 Aero interface or the Windows 8 Lite and from there onward, your start screen will look a lot different. This is one of the best ways to experience Windows 8 on Windows 7, without the need to install the developer preview.

Download Windows 8 Transformation pack – Windows 8 UX Pack

Download WhatsApp for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Last week there were some leaked pictures that showed the WhatsApp messenger running on a Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device. And we, obviously, assumed that WhatsApp will soon be releasing a dedicated app for the neglected mobile operating system of Microsoft’s. So they did!

The worlds most used instant messaging and sharing application for mobile devices, WhatsApp, is now also available for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in the Windows Phone Marketplace. This is a really good news for all those early adopters of the Microsoft owned mobile operating system, as the app brings all the other OS closer.

WhatsApp Messenger, as we all know, doesn’t charge you for sending messages, photos or videos, but instead uses your data connection or Wi-Fi. That is much better than being charged by your network for every SMS or MMS that you send. You can even Group chat with all your friends who are different platforms such as iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia and Android. That’s one of the best reasons to download and use WhatsApp Messenger on your Windows Smartphone.

The app has the same features on Windows Phone 7 too, you can text any of your friends who’re using WhatsApp, send photos, Group Chat, send videos, contacts etc. Every feature, now with the Metro UI look on your Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device too.

If you’re still using Windows Phone 7, you should be receiving the 7.5 Mango update soon. To download the WhatsApp messenger for your mobile device you’ll either need to use the Zune Software on your desktop or use this link here via your phone.

WhatsApp runs only on devices that can be used to make phone calls or with a SIM slot, so it will not work on devices like iPod Touch, iPad or other tablets. You can follow our tutorial on how to use WhatsApp on iPod Touch and Apple iPad to use the app with all its functionality.

Few Windows 8 Shortcuts You Should Know About

We told you where to download the new developer preview of Windows 8, we told you about all the new features and changes in it and we also told you how to create a bootable USB flash drive with the iso. If you’ve done all that and installed Windows 8 on your notebook or desktop PC using your bootable USB flash drive, then it’s time that you learnt some basic shortcuts that’ll come handy with the new Metro UI home screen and other new features.

Below are some Windows 8 shortcuts that can be used to toggle various things;

  • WIN + Q – search for an application.
  • WIN + W – search the complete system, Apps, Files, Settings, Internet etc.
  • WIN + I – open Settings.
  • WIN + O – disable screen rotation (for tablets)
  • WIN + C – Open Start Menu.
  • WIN + D – Jump to desktop from anywhere.

Windows Explorer Hotkeys: You’ll have to use the ALT key + one of the following to use shortcuts in Explorer.

  • A – to open the “special features”
  • C O – to copy the selected items.
  • C P – copy the path to the file/folder.
  • C F – copy the folder (use the drop-down list)
  • D – delete files.
  • E – edit files.
  • H – to show the history of file versions.
  • M – move the files (using the drop-down list)
  • P S – insert label
  • P R – open properties.
  • P E – Open With …, select the application again using a drop-down list.
  • S A – select all.
  • S N – deselect.
  • S I – invert the selection.
  • R – rename a selected file (s).
  • T – cut
  • V – to paste.
  • W – to create a new document, choose the template – using the drop-down list.
There are loads more. So it’d be better if you visit Win Review, who provided the list for most of the known shortcuts.

Get Windows 7 Ultimate Aero Effects on Home Basic and Starter Edition

If you’re stuck on Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter Edition and can’t enjoy the personalization features on Ultimate, then here’s something you ought to do to get all those extra features. Windows 7 Ultimate personalization features include all those Aero effects and extra Desktop features that isn’t packaged with Home Basic and Starter Edition.

There are other ways to get all those features on your Windows 7 edition, but all those include installation of certain third-party applications. However, the Aero Glass, Aero Peek, Aero Shake and other Aero features are difficult to come by. To skip all those installations and programs, you can now get all the features by downloading and running a certain Patch. The Patch comes from Mr. Dusha and was made public Microsoft MVP ‘Vishal Gupta’. It gives you all those personalization features on your Home Basic or Starter Edition Windows 7 operating System and makes it as customizable as Ultimate by patching all the system files automatically.

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The installation procedure is really very simple. Before you try this, make sure all your work is saved and all running programs are closed and only then proceed. Why? Because as soon as you run the Patch.exe file, the system restarts.

  • Download the Patch, which is in a zip format, from over here.
  • Unzip the folder and then run the Patch.EXE file inside it.
  • As soon as you run it, your computer will automatically restart and patch all the necessary files.

That’s it!! After the reboot, you’ll have all the personalization features of Windows 7 Ultimate.

If you want to remove it, which I really doubt, you can re-run the patch.exe file again.

Let us know if you succeeded in getting this done on your Laptop or Desktop. Remember, this is only for Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter Edition, which lack the Aero effects and Personalization features.

5 Best Microsoft Office Alternatives

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Office suite is an an essential part of every PC. Microsoft office or any other alternative is one of the first few softwares which we install on our PC after fresh installation. We all know MS office is one of the best available software in the market but again as quality comes with a price and it’s not free. Microsoft Home and Business 2010 version costs $279.99 and Office Home and Student version costs $149.99. Here I’m sharing 5 best paid and free Microsoft office alternative which you can consider to buy or download. My personal favorite is openoffice.org.

Open Office

Open Office is one of the best free Microsift Office alternative you can get.It has full office suite and it supports all Microsoft Office file format.If you are looking for a best free alternative then you must try this.

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is also a free opens source office suite for Windows,Linux and Mac.LibreOffice is based on OpenOffice.It has six office application Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

Ashampoo Office 2010

Ashampoo Office 2010 is a paid alternative ti Microsoft Office. It has a full set of office applications like Ashampoo TextMaker 2010 is a word processor, Ashampoo PlanMaker 2010 for handling Excel files and Ashampoo Presentations 2010 is alternative of PowerPoint. It costs less than Microsoft Office $59.99.

Kingsoft Office 2010

Kingsoft Office 2010 offers similar user interface like Microsoft Office and it reads and writes all Microsoft Office formats.It has three essential office applications- Kingsoft Writer, Kingsoft Presentation, and Kingsoft Spreadsheets.It costs $49.95 for One PC license.

SoftMaker Office 2010

SoftMaker Office reads and writes Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. TextMaker 2010- word processor that reads and writes Microsoft Word files
PlanMaker 2010-  the fully Excel-compatible spreadsheet ,SoftMaker Presentations 2010-  the presentation graphics program .It costs US$ 79.95.

Do you know any other alternative to MS office? Which one you like the most and recommend to others?

Download Windows Embedded Compact 7 Full 180 Days Trial

Microsoft releases Windows Embedded Compact 7  for trial usage and users can download it from Microsoft official website.Previously Windows Embedded Compact was Windows CE and Its version 6 was stable as Windows CE 6. Windows Embedded Compact 7 is developed by Microsoft for minimalistic computers and embedded systems.

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According to Microsoft,

Windows Embedded Compact 7 uses the familiar tools OEMs already know to help create the next generation of devices with attractive, intuitive user experiences. Compact continues the history of embedded innovation started with the first release of CE, providing new technology to OEMs for building devices that stand apart from the competition.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 Overview

  • Small FootPrint: minimum 500KB, 700 Components
  • ARM Processor
  • Real-time OS: SMP 32-bit native unified kernel real-time Operating System New symmetrical multiprocessing support
  • Evaluation: 6 Month fully functional 180 Days

The new version of Windows CE is faster and improved and according to Microsoft you will get the high performance and reliable service of OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) with Windows Embedded Compact 7.

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 gives you full access to beta version of a full featured embedded OS and you can use it consistently for 180 days. You need to get an evaluation license key to avail 6 month trial of this release.

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How to Display Developer Tab in Office 2010 Programs Ribbon

Microsoft Office 2010 is the latest version of the excellent suite of document tools offered by Microsoft. Amongst other things these tools comprise of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. In these tools you can see a ribbon at the top of the program. Here a tab titled “Developer” lets you control certain advanced features offered by Microsoft Office 2010.

By default, the Developer tab is hidden. You can perform the following 3 steps to display the tab. The following steps correspond to Excel but should be equally helpful in displaying the Developer tab for other Office 2010 programs.

Step 1:

Enter the program’s options from the File menu in the top left.

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Step 2:

In the resultant window, click on the “Customize Ribbon” option in the left pane. In the right-most list, check the box next to the “Developer” option. Then, click on the OK button.

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Step 3:

You will now be able to view the Developer tab in Excel (or any other Office 2010 you performed these steps in. You can verify this by exiting the program and reopening it; you will find the Developer tab will now be visible by default.

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And that is all.

As mentioned earlier the same steps can be applied to other Office 2010 programs to have the Developer tab displayed by default.

Microsoft Releases OneNote Mobile App for iOS

Microsoft has just released a new version or rather a new OS version of their famous and easy to use note taking application called OneNote for Apple’s iOS devices. Certainly Microsoft is trying to get a share in Apple’s mobile market leadership with the help of this new release.

OneNote mobile is a very useful application that can be used by anyone and has been around for a very long time bringing along some new features with the new iOS release.

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Now you’ll be able to use this amazing little tool on your iPhone and other iOS devices and make the task of taking any kinds of notes, including audio, video and images, pretty easy. The Microsoft OneNote is a tool that can be used on the iOS devices, and the application comes with a modified keyboard for Apple devices, and also there is the ability to save information(upload) to the Windows SkyDrive, a cloud service.

You can now download this tool from the Apple Store for free, but soon enough Microsoft will be charging for the OneNote App. The App is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad and requires iOS 4.2 and later.

What do you think of this move by Microsoft? And what application do you use for taking notes on your iPhone?