19 Jul 2012

Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 15) was unveiled officially on Monday by CEO Steve Ballmer at a conference in San Francisco.  It was revealed it is only compatible with PCs, tablets or laptops which are running either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Systems which run Vista, XP or older versions of Windows will not be able to run the software.  This implies that nearly half of all computers running Windows will need an upgrade to get Office 2013.  This is a move by Microsoft to probably entice users to get Windows 8.  Though most organizations are probably still working on getting to Windows 7 and Office 2010.

10 Jul 2012

 

By now if you have used the Windows 8 Start Screen enough, you have probably discovered the "All Apps" view.  The "All Apps" view  shows you every shortcut that is installed on your machine but perhaps not pinned to the main Start Screen.  In particular if you have upgraded your Windows 7 machine to Windows 8, you may have noticed that your All Apps view shows the folder names that you may have had shortcuts placed in before upgrading.  Here I'll outline the basic steps to customize the "All Apps" view.

25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

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Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

11 Jun 2012

In this article I will outline my experiences with an in-place upgrade of my corporate Windows 7 x64 Ultimate machine to that of Windows 8 Release Preview (RP).  Granted this is a release preview and not the RTM (Release to Manufacturing), but most of the underlying bits should remain the same in the end in a few months.  I have a large range of software installed on this test machine, which should be useful for compatibility testing.  I've included a compatibility chart to organize my findings.  In addition, this setup is a multi-monitor setup of 4 screens over the two video cards to make things more interesting.  This is a work in progress, as I will likely update this article over time.

10 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E17: Your Screen is Leaking was recorded on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

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Facebook's App Center launches, iOS 6 confirmed, Microsoft SmartGlass, touchscreen tacticle keyboards, Windows 8 Release Preview details, a new treament for prostate cancer and more.

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05 Jun 2012

Zune, a name that once held the hopes of many to outdo Apple in the portable player war, has now been put to rest.  Microsoft made many announcements at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles, among them executives said the company will introduce a new music service, Xbox Music.  Xbox Music will run on the Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows 8 computers and come out in the fall.  This will no doubt mean that the Zune name in the Windows 8 Release Preview will be renamed to Xbox Music and similar in the final version..

Microsoft spokeswoman Melissa Stewart confirmed that the Zune brand is going away so Microsoft can use the more well-known name Xbox for its entertainment services, including video.  Stewart says those who created playlists under the old Zune name will still have access to those songs on the new Xbox Music service.  The Zune music service currently has 30 million songs in their library.  By comparison iTunes has 28 million songs.

Microsoft introduced the Zune name in 2006.  This was a time when Apple's iPod and iTunes were becoming popular.  Zune was both a player and a service that allowed users to load their Zune devices with music.

The Zune ultimately became a failure in the market.  It failed to compete with the iPod.  ZuneHD in 2009 did somewhat better, while Apple focused on the iPhone and iPad.  Microsoft then discontinued the player in 2011 and focused on music and video services with the Zune name.  It became part of Xbox and Windows Phone.

Source:  DailyTech


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04 Jun 2012

As part of the Microsoft pre-E3 conference, Microsoft has announced that SmartGlass will launch worldwide this fall.  During the presentation Microsoft showed off SmartGlass functionalities demonstrating the app sharing between mobile devices and the 360. 

04 Jun 2012

 

Microsoft took the wraps off the Release Preview of Windows 8 the other day.  Here we take a look at the enhanced look and feel of the Release Preview.  If you haven't already, you can download the latest version from Microsoft from the locations below.

This release comes just three months after the previous Consumer Preview.  There are a multitude of changes making Windows 8 nicer and one step closer to being Gold and final.

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