Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.
During her remarks today, Tami reiterated our goal of delivering continual updates to create a richer experience for Windows customers. Windows 8.1 is part of that and continues the journey we first began with Windows 8 last fall. Windows 8.1 will help us to deliver the next generation of PCs and tablets with our OEM partners and to deliver the experiences customers— both consumers and businesses alike —need and will just expect moving forward.
Today, there are more devices – and choice – allowing you to pick the right Windows 8 device that meets your needs. Windows 8 provides a great experience for consuming and creating content, for both work and play and on the go. And you’ll immediately benefit from continual updates – whether it’s from app updates through the Windows Store, performance updates through Windows Update or the Windows 8.1 update later this year.
There will also be making a public preview of Windows 8.1 available starting on June 26, timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The preview will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
New Consumer Cloud Service Works Across Devices to Help Busy People Simplify Their lives and Get More Done
SINGAPORE — Jan. 30, 2013 — Microsoft Singapore today announced the general availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for consumers. Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities. The new offering include the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling – all for S$138.00 for an annual subscription, the equivalent of S$11.50 per month.
John Fernandes, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Singapore said: “Microsoft’s new Office is inspired by the modern families and connected individuals juggling multiple devices at home and work. Today, we are making Office available as a cloud service with Office 365 Home Premium to help consumers stay always connected regardless of devices. Together with the new Windows and Windows Phone, Office as a service gives you the freedom to do things when and how you want.”
Simultaneously, Microsoft today released Office 365 University for college students, faculty members and staff as well as updated versions of the traditional Office suites – Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013 in Singapore.
Office 365 Home Premium & University
In a recent global survey conducted by Microsoft, nearly 60% of people said they don’t have the time to do the things they want to do, and more than 80% were counting on technology to make things better. The new Office is designed to help people be as productive on the go as they are at their desk and get more time to do the things they want.
The new Office 365 Home Premium usher in new ways to get things done and sharing new ideas via collaboration:
· It works across devices. Office 365 Home Premium works beautifully with touch, pen or keyboard on Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Macs and Windows Phones. And, with Office Web Apps, you can create, read, edit and share your Office docs on any popular device.
· It is in the cloud. Office 365 Home Premium is in the cloud, so when you sign in, your documents – and even your personalized settings – are always available wherever you are.
· It delivers new capabilities. Office 365 Home Premium includes new features to keep you connected and productive. A few include: the People Card aggregates all your contact information from different sources, including your social networks, in a single place; Read Mode optimizes your documents for reading on a tablet; Last Location lets you pick up right where you left off when using Office across multiple devices; PDF Reflow lets you to use information from PDFs in Office docs; Presenter View gives you a command center for presentations; and FlashFill eliminates wasteful time spent on data entry.
About Office 365 Home Premium
Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets in 21 languages and includes the following:
· The most complete set of Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
· One license for the entire household – use Office on up to five Windows PCs or tablets or Macs, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC.
· 27 GB of cloud storage with SkyDrive – 20 GB more than the normal user.
· 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month – so you can call any mobile, landline or PC in the world.
· All future upgrades such that consumers’ copies of Office are always updated with the latest from Microsoft.
Additionally, Microsoft is launching Office 365 University for students, faculty stuff and staff in eligible local tertiary intuitions. At just S$108.00 for a four year subscription – the equivalent of S$2.25 per month – users can enjoy:
· All of the applications, SkyDrive storage, Skype calling and future upgrades included with Office 365 Home Premium.
· One license for the user – use Office on up to two Windows PCs or tablets or Macs, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC.
Microsoft also announced they will upgrade Office 365 multiple times per year, ending the company’s traditional three-year release cycle. Office 365 Home Premium subscribers will get future updates and new capabilities automatically without any additional hassles. For example, subscribers will automatically get the new applications and upgrades when available, such as the forthcoming Office applications for Mac and as-yet unannounced capabilities.
“People’s needs change rapidly, and Office 365 Home Premium will change with them,” added Mr. Fernandes. “Now, it’s a matter of months, not years, before a great new idea makes it from an engineer’s head to a customer’s hands.”
Office suites for single users
For consumers who require single installations on their sole device at home, traditional suites are also available. Users are still able to leverage on the power of cloud with their personalized settings and documents saved within the cloud with just a single sign-in. The new Office also provides support for touch and stylus for new Windows 8 touch-enable devices, in addition to keyboard and mouse, enabling consumers more flexibility and choice.
Transition to Services
Microsoft introduced Office 365 to business customers in June 2011. Today, the company disclosed new details on their progress in the cloud, sharing that 20% of their enterprise customers are using Office 365. In addition, the pace of growth is accelerating with twice as many people signing up in the last quarter compared to a year ago.
“Office 365 is the fastest growing business product in Microsoft history, and we’re not slowing down,” said Mr. Fernandes. “In Singapore, we have seen momentous growth since launch, with many companies citing cost reductions and increased productivity within the workforce as key benefits of deploying Office 365 within the enterprise.”
Office 365 for businesses will be updated with new capabilities, currently available as part of a customer preview, on February 27.
Pricing and Availability
The new Office is available today at all authorized retailers:
Office 365 Home Premium
S$138 per year for up to 5 Windows PCs or tablets or Macs
Office 365 University
S$108 for 4 years for up to 2 Windows PCs or tablets or Macs
Windows 8 crosses 60 million mark, sees strong consumer momentum in Singapore
Consumers continue to ride on Windows 8 Upgrade Offers which end on 31st January 2013
At the 11th Annual J.P Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013 yesterday, Microsoft announced that 60 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold to-date globally.
Since launch, Microsoft has seen strong consumer interest in Windows 8 in Singapore, which has outsold Windows 7 by at least 4 times for the same period post launch.
With more than 50 new Windows 8 devices, from hybrid PCs, notebooks, AIOs to tablets retailing in over 120 stores, local consumers are spoilt for choices; and there has been a strong momentum of customers purchasing new devices since the launch. Globally, there are now more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Apps are a new way for consumers to experience Windows 8. Globally, the number of apps has quadrupled and the Store has passed the 100 million app download mark – just two months after general availability. For the Singapore market, the Store has seen hundreds of great local apps, including DBS Lifestyle (for DBS Indulge and Shopper), ESPN StarSports, iProperty Singapore, WeGo.com, and much more.
Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro is simple – the following table demonstrates the upgrade paths and savings one can enjoy through the Windows Upgrade Offer which will end 31 January 2013:
Where & What
Offer Pricing (S$) till 31st January 2013
Upgrade from Windows 7 (before 1st June 2012)
Customers who have bought a Windows 7, Vista or XP PC before 1 June 2012 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro viahttp://windows.sg
Upgrade from Windows 7 (after 1st June 2012)
Customers who have bought a Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2014 will be eligible for this upgrade program to Windows 8 Pro
Microsoft gets ready for 2013 with new Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium
Bluetooth 23 Dec 2012
November should be the busiest month for Microsoft as they launched the highly anticipated Windows 8 followed by Windows Phone 8. The Windows 8 operating system brings a revolution to computing. Windows 8 is now tablet friendly. In addition, the move from conventional storage to the cloud using SkyDrive definitely changes the way users interact with their applications through the conventional desktops and portable devices including tablets and phones.
So, what is new for 2013 at Microsoft ? Well, we were invited to the Microsoft Technology Centre in Singapore for a heads up on the upcoming product that is scheduled for a January 2013 lanuch.
At the event, we saw the Windows Surface tablet and other Windows Phones on display. See the Gallery below.
Today, Microsoft Singapore hosted a Christmas gathering for media and bloggers. Microsoft gave a demonstration of the upcoming Microsoft Office.
According to Microsoft, there will be 2 variants of the product. The first is probably Office 2013, the plain vanilla DVD that you can purchase at the stores justl like Office 2010. The other variant is a renewable license for a fee. Each year there will be updates and it will automatically be available for upgrade. It is also mentioned that there will be 5 user license family pack which you can install on your PC, Mac and tablets. The license will be tied to your Microsoft ID.
Anyway, all will be clear as the product is scheduled to be lanuched on 16 Jan 2013 if everything goes as planned.
Before you go and buy the Windows 8 upgrade or the DVD from retail store, it is best that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant from Microsoft.
Currently, I am on Windows 7 Ultimate. I ran through the Windows Upgrade assistant and was surprise to see the possible issues that I would face.
I am surprised that Windows Media Centre isn’t preinstall and I need an application to play DVD.
I did a check on the FAQ
Is Windows Media Center included in my upgrade?
No. If you want to install Windows Media Center, you need to buy the Windows 8 Media Center Pack after you upgrade to Windows 8. For more info, see the Add features webpage.
If you don’t have a third-party app that plays DVDs, or if you currently rely on Windows Media Player for DVD playback, you’ll need to download and install a third-party app or install Windows Media Center to play DVDs. If you use Windows Media Center on Windows 7 and are upgrading to Windows 8, for a limited time you can get the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free.
Other issues are that my processor does not support NX and secure boot isn’t compatible with my PC’s BIOS.
To my surprise, it prompts that my screen resolution isn’t 1024×768. This is strange as I am running at 1280×720 wide screen.
Although Windows 8 upgrade promises upgrade paths for Windows XP users. It seems to cut off all support for Office 2003. My copy of Office 2003 professional has to go into history as it won’t run on it.
The good news is that most of my applications like adobe reader, Auslogics Disk Defrag, Epson Scan, Paint.Net, Tweetdeck, Quicktime, Skype, utorrent and even the Intel HD graphics drivers are compatible and it will run corectly under Windows 8.
So, it is better to run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant before you upgrade.
Just like Yoga, this tablet cum notebook device comes with Windows 8, allowing you to swipe the touch screen for the latest apps and run the onventional Windows applications like before. So, how does it work? Check out the video below :
New offers, apps and range of hardware options offers choice and opportunity for customers as Windows 8 becomes globally available.
Singapore – 25 October 2012 – Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8 for its customers in Singapore and around the world. Beginning on Friday, October 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer: a beautiful new UI, a wide range of apps with the grand opening of the Windows Store, available on more than 1000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets.
Microsoft held the launch event at the Esplanade in Singapore showcasing the new Windows 8 on different vendor’s AIO and notebooks.
Helene Auriol, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore gave the opening speech at the launch event.
Windows 8 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in over 140 markets and 37 languages at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com, and at retail locations around the world including Singapore. Over 50 Windows 8 devices from a wide range of manufacturers including Asus, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba – will be available at more than 120 IT retail stores across Singapore, including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead. Customers will be able to choose from a range of new models, including notebooks, tablets, all-in-ones, touch-enabled ultrabooks and convertibles, all built for Windows 8.
“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” said Helene Auriol, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore. “Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience to individuals, families and businesses, where they no longer need to choose between the fun and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a PC.”
Windows 8 – Many Shapes and Sizes
Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. And for our business customers, Windows 8 Enterprise offers new possibilities in mobile productivity with features like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker.
Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which will be available pre-installed on new devices.
Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content they care most about, the entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.
In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$49.99 from windows.microsoft.com. And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$17.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com. New Windows 8 licenses can be bought at all leading IT retail stores for S$89.00.
Windows 8 is All About the Apps
Windows 8 comes pre-installed with powerful apps, which include Mail, People, Calendar, Photos, Weather, Xbox Music and SkyDrive. An integral part of the Windows 8 experience is the addition apps that users can download from the Windows Store, be it productivity tools, news, or simply games. The cloud-connected Windows Store can be accessed via the Windows Store App on the Windows 8 Start Screen and is a central place for users to manage their downloaded apps across multiple Windows 8 devices.
Microsoft has officially opened its Windows Store for Singapore as part of Windows 8 launch today. At launch, Windows 8 users can immediately download quality local apps from Channel NewsAsia, The Straits Times, Stomp, NomWhere, Razor TV, Photo Monkey, SG Cab, NomWhere, SG Deal, Wego.com, SingTel, StarHub, Merlion Words and iProperty and many others directly from their Windows 8 devices.
Helene added: ”We have put in place a compelling app platform for Windows 8 users to customize their Windows experience, built on our strong ecosystem of app developers, IT partners and enterprise customers. Our partners and customers are very excited about the Windows 8 app and Windows Store opportunity. With the strong pipeline of quality apps that are submitted to the Windows Store every day, we are confident that Windows 8 users will have a good breadth of apps that makes Windows 8 central to their lifestyles.”
Windows 8 is ready for Singapore
A multi-million dollar campaign has been rolled out in Singapore to drive awareness and excitement about Microsoft’s latest OS together with hardware and retail partners. Microsoft kick-started the launch of Windows 8 in Singapore with a launch event held on 25 October at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. More than 600 Windows enthusiasts, partners and enterprise customers attended this Windows 8 Singapore launch event. Partnering with hardware and retail partners, Microsoft has also organized special Windows 8 zones in more than 20 major IT retail stores across Singapore from 26 to 28 October 2012 for consumers to experience and buy Windows 8 devices.
Here are the results tested on a Intel H55 board with an external 1.5TB Seagate USB 2.0 HDD.
As the patch increases the block size, it will have more impact on sequential read and write.
From CrystalDiskMark, we can clearly see that the sequential read increases from 34MB/s to 43MB/s giving a 26% increase in speed. Likewise the write performance is increased from 23MB/s to 27MB/s, a 15.58% improvement.
Windows 8 Release Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Release Preview and select the right download. Setup also features a compatibility report and upgrade assistance. Make sure your devices are connected to your PC and turned on before you run Setup. Built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive are available for some previous versions of Windows (excluding Windows XP and earlier). You can find system requirements and additional information in the FAQ and in the links on this page.
Note before you download: Windows 8 Release Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.
If you are excited by the new Windows 8, the more you should download the Consumer Preview from Microsoft to have a test run. Experience the Windows Phone 7.5 “Metro” ease of use interface.
You can Swipe, slide, and zoom – Touch a full-powered PC. It’s fast and it’s fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control.
Apps, front and center – Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get them from the Windows Store.
Your Windows, everywhere – Windows 8 can connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.
Download from the link below and post your comments about this preview below this post.
Microsoft has been revamping it’s Operating System to make it look alike the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Months ago, we have also tried out the Developer Preview of the new OS and was pleasantly surprised by the speed and ease of use.
Today, Microsoft will announce it’s Windows 8 beta, a more touch up compared to it’s previous Developer release at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona.
The system also is expected to enable users to easily back up their pictures, movies, music and other files on a Microsoft storage service called SkyDrive, which will compete against Apple’s iCloud.
In anticipation for the launch of Windows 8, MSFT closing at $US31.35 on Monday in the US. The stock has gained about 21 per cent so far this year. By comparison, Apple’s stock has surged 30 per cent during the same period, while Google’s shares have dropped 6 per cent.
Here is our first look of the Developer Preview some 5 months ago. We expect the beta to bug fix the earlier version and should be ready for launch later this year.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) opened at $27.25. So far today, the stock has hit a low of $26.81 and a high of $27.34. MSFT is now trading at $26.83, down $.30 (-1.11%). Over the last 52 weeks the stock has ranged from a low of $23.65 to a high of $29.46. The stock is lower today ahead of the company’s earnings report after market close this afternoon. Analysts expect EPS of 0.68 on revenue of 17.25 billion. Microsoft is also in the news today for reportedly working with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners on a deal to acquire Yahoo (YHOO). Technical indicators for the stock are bullish and S&P gives MSFT a positive 4 STARS (out of 5) buy ranking. If you are looking for a hedged play on MSFT the stock seems like it could be a candidate for a January out-of-the-money bear-call credit spread above the 30 range.
I came across this video a while ago and thought that it is pretty creative. The short youtube video shows the creativeness and the long anticipated Windows Phone 7 update – Mango which is scheduled to be somewhere in mid Sept to end Sept.
In our last news update, we posted the instructions for readers to test out the update on their WP7. We spent the early hours (2 hrs) going through the 2 step process which took us 2 hours to get Mango beta onto the LG Optimus 7.
In the following video, we present you the interface of the Mango beta which should be almost final unless last minutes cosmetic changes. We also a few other things. The mango beta allows Chinese text input using pinyin and handwriting method. In addition, the back arrow key seems to be able to go back to the previous application which we “swap” out – well some sort of task swapping handling.
We tested it with Angry Birds but it didn’t keep the gaming state. Looks like applications might have to be modified to take advantage of this upcoming feature in Mango.
Thirdly, the XBOX Live interface is beautified but functions remains the same as on Nodo. Powering off also involve sliding down the screen before you can power down the phone. Boot up time is shorter and application also launch slightly faster than before.
Do comment and let us know what is your experience with the Mango.
Microsoft pushed out an update to the Zune desktop player, indicating that an update could be on it’s way to WP7 phones.
The version number in the Zune About screen doesn’t change, staying at 4.7.1404.0, so it would appear this does nothing but allow Windows Phone 7 updates. What is visible if you poke around deep enough is ZuneWmdu.dll and ZuneWmduResources.dll are updated and those two files are known to be necessary for the WP7 update process.
Would this update also indicate a support for upcoming Nokia phones (if they marry Microsoft to run WP7 ?)
Microsoft Corp. released a new version of its Internet Explorer Web browser today, aiming to stem market-share losses to Firefox, Google Inc.’s Chrome and Apple Inc.’s Safari.
Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, marked the public release of a test version of Internet Explorer 9 at an event in San Francisco. The software offers support for HTML 5 technology and loads pages faster.
Microsoft Corp. released a new version of its Internet Explorer Web browser today, aiming to stem market-share losses to Firefox, Google Inc.’s Chrome and Apple Inc.’s Safari.
Hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics
The shorter, streamlined installation of Internet Explorer 9 is faster than previous versions. It requires fewer decisions on your part, takes less time to load pages, and doesn’t require that you install updates separately. Once it’s installed, you’re ready to start browsing.
Other features include new tab page, notification bar, pinned sites, tab enhancements, web focused browsing and Windows 8 integration.
First deliverable from Microsoft and Nokia alliance aims to simplify mobile collaboration
SINGAPORE, 5 May 2010 – Today,Microsoft and Nokia launched the first application from their alliance around mobile productivity, Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices. This new unified communications client connects directly with a company’s communications systems to streamline mobile collaboration. Owners of a number of Symbian based Nokia Eseries smartphones can download the English version today from Nokia’s Ovi Store, the easiest place to get content on their Nokia device.
“Our alliance with Nokia aims to bring the Office productivity experience to the millions of people using Nokia smartphones around the world,” says Kirt Debique, General Manager at Microsoft. “With the arrival of Communicator Mobile for Nokia today, we have a great start to fulfilling our joint vision.”
Communicator Mobile enables people to see their colleagues’ availability, and click to communicate with them using the best method, from IM to email, text to phone call. The names and status of colleagues are embedded directly into the devices’ contacts application, enabling people to update their own presence, start and join instant messaging sessions, and begin calls directly from the contact card.
“This application really provides a much more efficient way to work with others as you can see if someone is busy or available, and the best way to start a conversation with them,” says Ukko Lappalainen, Vice President at Nokia. “It also meets all of the requirements for enterprise: cost effective to implement, secure, familiar and reliable.”
The launch is the first product from the alliance – announced last August – which was the first time either company had embarked on an agreement of this scope and nature. Since then, the two companies have been collaborating on the design and development of new solutions, as well as embarking on joint marketing efforts around others they already share.
“As part of our push to constantly enhance our unified communications proposition, we are keen to extend the collaborative benefits of Microsoft Communicator Mobile to Nokia devices,” says Scott Petty, Director at Vodafone Group Business Services. “Communicator Mobile offers great potential for our large corporate customer base who have already deployed Communicator for desktop and now are looking to extend that existing infrastructure to mobile.”
“We trial all potential offerings ourselves and have been very happy with the internal response and productivity increase we have experienced using Microsoft Communicator Mobile,” says Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Executive Vice President at Swisscom / Webcall. “Having these two companies work together is really helping us serve the needs of our customers.”
This new application, available initially for Nokia E72 and Nokia E52, adds to the work Nokia is already doing in optimizing direct access to email and other personal information with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. The companies plan to deliver Communicator Mobile for Nokia pre-installed on select Nokia smartphones in the future and plan to support additional devices, including the recently announced Nokia E5.