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[Rumor] The peeps over at the techreport.com posted something very interesting. Apparently they have got their hands on a rumor which suggests that the Windows 8.1 Update 2 is just a few weeks away. Allegedly the update will not contain the Star Menu Update and will come later with Windows 9 ‘Threshold’.

One of Microsoft's biggest focuses at CES 2014: Windows 8.1

Start Menu Update coming with Windows 9 Threshold – Windows 8.1 Update 2, 12th August

Now Update 2 will contain a few bug fixes and some small tweaks here and there.  The full rumor actually stems from various other sources that are readily available on the Tech Report’s article. The new major update to Windows OS will be landing in a few weeks on the 12th of August 2014. However, Microsoft seems to be taking an interesting take on the entire Start Menu debacle. Apparently Windows 7 users who want the new start menu before they jump ship, will have to wait till Windows 9 Threshold. Microsoft’s move to remove the Start Menu Update from the 8.1 Update 2 might be met with retaliation from the desktop user base but in my humble opinion, and everything considered, its probably a wise move. See, Microsoft is currently suffering from Bad PR and it needs to disassociate itself from the Window 8 Fiasco completely.

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Caution, Debunked: The actual screen shot is fake, whether the information is too, remains to be seen. The article remains below in its unaltered state.

Some new information about Windows 9 has surfaced over at Chiploco.com. This gives a much anticipated glimpse into what the developer version and probably the final version of Windows 9 is going to look like. It would appear that Microsoft is doing its level best to appease the adamant Windows 7 fans by ditching most of its Metro UI start screen system. Although snippets and glimpses of the new windows have leaked out before, this leak gives a look at the complete aesthetic of the upcoming Windows 9.

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Windows 9 Has Full Support of DirectX 12 – Ready to Welcome Home Win 7 Users

Now the build is called 6.4.9788 which means that seeing the current trend we are looking at a release date of around Q4 2014. As we already know, Microsoft has decided to completely ditch the start screen in Desktops, and has reverted to the Windows 7 boot to desktop style. We have the beloved start button back, something, once again, which we already knew. Now we recently learned that Microsoft has incorporated some of the Metro UI into its start menus, and these screenshots show in detail just that.

The Metro Apps part will be the left side of the start menu, and for the Windows 7 die hards, it can be turned off thankfully. A more streamlined version of the familiar start menu will be on the right side and it looks like most of the windows 7 aesthetics have been combined with windows 8′s icons to a promising looking effect. I myself still use Windows 7, since I love the Aero look too much to move to the obsolete looking (in my opinion) static look favored by Windows 8/8.1. However, if most of the transparency functionality is included by default then I could get used to this, and since we can turn the Metro APPs off complete, it seems like a good effort from Microsoft’s Part. One of the primary reason Microsoft has adamantly refused to leave behind the Metro UI is because of its iconic role in mobile devices, which has admittedly costed them quite a few dollars. However, this new peace offering along with DX12 support might just be enough to win the support of the Windows 7 Community. Microsoft is ending mainstream support in 2015 anyways so now would be a good time to make the shift. Although to be honest, I would have killed for the following aesthetic.

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With the launch of the Surface Pro 3, it finally looked like Microsoft had indeed gotten the hang of tablets. The Surface Pro 3 is indeed an impressive tablets which features several improvements over its predecessors. These come in terms of more processor, storage and RAM, amongst a few others. For an in-depth comparison of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2, click here. You won’t be disappointed. However, with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft was also rumored to have another tablet in the works, the Microsoft Surface Mini. The rumors seemed to be just that however, with very little word from the company on the actual existence of the tablet. Well we finally have updates regarding a Surface Mini tablet now, and they come from the ever reliable @evleaks.

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Windows Threshold (Windows 9) is either going to be a complete win or an absolute train wreck. After the response Windows 8 received Microsoft took some pretty drastic actions in 8.1 and it would seem that they are going to take even more in Windows Threshold. They have decided to finally and completely ditch the Modern UI Start Screen and it will no longer be visible for desktop users among other things. A preview of the windows build will be available later this year according to ZDNet.com.

Windows 9 / Threshold Details Emerge – Looks like Microsoft is finally listening to Win 7 Users

Windows-8-Start-MenuNow from what we know, a desktop user will now boot directly to desktop and no longer see the start screen anywhere. The start screen can be re-enabled for anyone who actually misses the GUI. Also Microsoft plans to differentiate Windows 9from  Windows 8 completely and I for one think thats a really good plan. Sadly however it seems that we are getting a newly redesigned and reinvented start menu and after the windows 8 fiasco, I cant help but approach this with a wary eye. Apparently the new start menu will have some portion of the start screen integrated for a more ‘flexible look’. This includes Live Tiles that will be more or less floating inside the start menu and will represent a cut down metro style switchboard. Thankfully this can be turned off, if the user doesn’t appreciate it.

Interestingly Microsoft will allow Metro-Style apps to be compatible with Windows Threshold and ‘float’ inside thier own windows on the desktop. Ofcourse all these changes are only applicable for Windows 9, I assume a completely different schematic will occur for Windows RT and Mobile. Besides, Windows 8.1′s update 2 is going to be arriving sometime in August. This will fix your average bugs and do some minor tweaks and nothing major is expected in this update. Personally, I can’t get over the flat looking aesthetic of windows 8/8.1/9 but maybe that’s just me. Would it be too hard for Microsoft to provide different looks on the same base build? Resorting to after market solutions works of course but usually results in memory hogging, bugs or both together. Needless to say, the enthusiast community is awaiting the release of Windows 9 with pitchforks in hand, and to be honest, I cant say I blame them.

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Current market trends show that laptops are slowly but surely going out of fashion. Users are switching more and more towards the mobility and easy functionality offered by tablets. There are numerous offerings of tablets available in today’s market. We’ve taken two of these – Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 3 and compared their features for you to be able to make a better choice. Microsoft launched these devices originally as the Surface RT and the Surface Pro and as time has passed, we’ve seen a significant improvement in their functionality offered as well as their performance.

microsoft_surface_pro_3Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.

Starting with the basics, the Surface Pro 3 has several display gains over it’s predecessor. Microsoft has increased the screen size on it’s latest offering, with the Surface Pro 3 having a display of 2160×1440 pixels coupled with a pixel density of 208 ppi. Compared to this, the Surface Pro 2 has a display of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a ppi value of 214. This is because in the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has increased the screen size. The screen dimensions on the Surface Pro 3 are 12 inches wide and 8 inches high with a thickness of 9.1mm.  The Surface Pro 2 has screen dimensions of 10.8 inches by 6,8 inches with a thickness of 13.5mm. This ends up giving the Surface Pro 3 a much sharper resolution and will allow you to view pictures and videos in a much higher detail and quality. Despite the larger size, the screen on the Surface Pro 3 weighs a full 100 grams less than the Surface PRo 2. All of these also make the Surface Pro 3 a more likely laptop replacement, a quality Microsoft was aiming at with the launch of the Surface series.

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Surface Mini confirmed by Microsoft:

Microsoft unveiled its Surface Pro 3 tablet in May this year. While Surface Pro is geared towards professional usage with tons of features exclusively advertised to set Surface apart from its primary rival iPad, many expected Microsoft to launch a Mini version this year too. Apple has been getting some good profits from its iPad Mini tablets, Microsoft’s Surface Mini was just a natural development expected.Surface Mini

However, Microsoft did not launch any Mini tablet and the earlier speculations of Surface Mini were considered to be just rumors and leaks. Seems like they were not simply rumors or leaks but Microsoft’s Surface Mini does

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According to latest industry updates, Microsoft is reportedly replacing Nvidia’s Tegra chips with Qualcomm processors for its smaller version of Surface tablets. This will be the first time for tech giant to ditch Tegra as the processor powered the previous versions of Surface tablets.Microsoft Nvidia

Microsoft ditches Tegra for Qualcomm:

World’s largest software maker Microsoft will unveil its new Qualcomm processors powered Surface tablet

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Following the reports of Microsoft integrating Start Menu back into the Windows at annual Build developers conference 2014, here comes the new Windows 8.2 images. Titled as Windows 8.1 Update 2, Windows 8.2 is expected to be released in September this year.

Famous leaker Wzor claims that Microsoft will be reinstating the traditional Start Menu on the desktop versions. This would give the sense of familiarity as a number of users complained about the drastically changed interface that was introduced with Windows 8. Seems like now we can actually expect this highly missed and one of Windows‘ longest-serving features this fall.leaked Windows 8.2 Update 1

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[Update]: OS Experience is now available on Cydia!

Many iOS users have yearned for Windows app experience on their iOS devices, especially on the iPad. While there have been a few tweaks to give you that experience, one upcoming iOS 7 jailbreak tweak seems to be a winning shot!OS Experience iOS 7

OS Experience iOS 7 JB Tweak:

Named as OS Experience, this iOS 7 jailbreak tweak offers some promising features, as shown in the demo video.

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Microsoft is set to release the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update in April. However, seems like the company couldn’t keep the updated locked in somewhere. While company is yet to officially announce and release through the usual Update channels in April, you can already upgrade to Windows 8.1 leaked update!

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 leaked update:

According to reports earlier, Microsoft has finalized the development of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Russian leaker Wzor claimed that final update was compiled on February 21st and is being shared with partners and PC makers ahead of its release in April. Following Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference earlier next month, company is set to release the update to existing machines officially on April 8th. 

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Microsoft Rethinking Office for iPad:

Steve Ballmer had earlier said that Microsoft will build native Office edition for iPad and Android tablets. However, the project dint seem much certain until now. While official details are still unclear about the Office for iPad app, but it’d definitely be like Office Mobile for the iPhone.Office for iPad app

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Microsoft seems to be all ready to launch its “major” Windows 8.1 Update 1 in the coming month. Not that I am a fan of Windows 8 (who can get over those good ol’ days of smooth, consistent Windows 7), but let’s hope this new update brings some good vibes to its users along with, of course, all these features leaked in screenshot.leaked windows 8.1 update 1 images

Read: WhatsApp for iOS 7 – Better Privacy, Auto Downloads, and Camera Widget

Yep, the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 was leaked in a plenty of screenshots by various file sharing websites. Microsoft is expected to release the final version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 on March 11th before the Build Developers Conference in April. This leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 seems to be compiled on January 14th. Here are the details of Windows 8.1 Update 1.

Leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 screenshots:

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GTA: San Andreas Windows Phone 8:

Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows Phone 8. “GTA: San Andreas” was already released for iOS and Android powered devices a month or so ago. GTA: San Andreas for Windows Phone 8 will work on these following WP8 devices:

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News reports have focused a lot on Nokia in the past month and continue to do so. Sometimes, it is a critique piece on Lumia series, the “dead” Asha, lack of user adoption for Windows 8 phones and very recently, Nokia reporting yet another plunge in its quarterly sales report.

It is yet to be seen what Microsoft decides to do with Nokia’s mobile division that works on all the non-Windows Nokia mobile phones. However, despite all the bad press that has swamped up the name of Nokia and its mobile devices, there is still some positive attention being given to Normandy.nokia normandy x

Nokia Normandy X:

Nokia Normandy X (earlier it was being code named as “Nokia Normandy:; since last week, the term has changed to “Nokia X”) is an expected device to be launched this year running Android. While Microsoft has now (almost)

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Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed Warlords Of Draenor as the fifth expansion for World Of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that has been company’s favorite for several year. Instead Of Announcing a new MMO title in the series, the company went on with its current successful MMO. The expansion is set to release in 2014, however, the time or date is not specified.

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Warlords Of Draenor Is Confirmed As The Next Expansion For Worlds Of Warcraft

World Of Warcraft would become 10 years old in one year from now and Blizzard has decided to continue with its massively successful MMO by announcing fifth expansion for the game. The expansion would be released next year, most probably on the 10th anniversary of the game.

Blizzard’s senior vice president Chris Metzen took the stage at BlizzCon 2013 to announce that Warlords Of Draenor is the next expansion in World Of Warcraft game. He started with the vast 30 years in-game history of the World Of Warcraft and described several new characters that would appear in Warlords Of Draenor.

“We have been thinking a lot about Warcraft, what makes it distinct, what makes it tick… about the early days,” he said. “Many of you were with us during the events of Orcs and Humans, Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal, the events of those came predicated what’s happening in the modern era of WoW”.



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