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Intel’s Windows 8 tablet: Checklist goes public

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Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom Z2760-based Windows 8 tablet.

Intel ‘Clover Trail’ Atom Z2760-based Windows 8 tablet.

(Credit: Brooke Crothers)

Intel is offering more specifics on the features of future Windows 8 tablet at a conference in Beijing. It’s a laudable goal, but can Intel make it happen this year?

Underneath the glass will be beat an Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chip: dual-core capable with “burst mode” (for quick bursts of performance when needed) and Hyperthreading — the latter allows a dual-core chip to behave in quad-core-like fashion in some cases.

Plenty of features in the pipeline.Plenty of features in the pipeline.

(Credit: Intel)

Two basic tablet designs: The tablets themselves, as proposed by Intel, fall into two basic sizes: pure 10-inch tablets and hybrid 11-inch designs with physical keyboards.

Battery life: More than nine hours. That’s just on paper of course. So, final products will tell the real story.

3G/4G: That’s a must for tablets, of course. And Intel bought the wireless business of a little chip company called Infineon. So it can supply its own silicon here if necessary.

Weight/thickness: Under 1.5 pounds. No surprise here. The gen 3 iPad is 1.44 pounds, by the way. Thickness, as proposed, is under 9mm. Again, as a yardstick, the gen 3 iPad is 9.4mm.

Miscellaneous: NFC (near field communication) and Wi-Fi Direct.

All of the above is predicated on Windows 8 being commercially released in the second half of the year. That seems to be the plan.

And Intel is pretty adept at getting its satellite of customers and partners to make things happen. It should be an interesting fall for tablets.

And people say Microsoft is greedy…

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… while Microsoft is I guess the only Biggie out there which gives out software for free or at very low prices via various programmes.

Take for example, DreamSpark, which is a programme by Microsoft for students which gives them access to various latest softwares for FREE. Yep, you read it right.

DownloadSquad is reporting Microsoft has updated their DreamSpark website and added applications that are now available for download. DreamSpark is a service Microsoft has provided for high school and university students to download and get access to development products for free.

For a full list of the software available with DreamSpark, check the support FAQ. In brief: Visual Studio 2010, Windows Phone, XNA Game Studio 3.1, SQL Server 2008, Expression Studio 3.0 and Windows Server 2003, and 2008.

The mentioned software’s are also available to the WebsiteSpark, BizSpark members as well.

There are limitations on some of the software that is available but it is a great way for a student to learn development on different devices and the licensing allows the students to make some money from their applications.

So go ahead and get your share of Microsoft pie 🙂

 

SkyDrive Explorer Lets You Access SkyDrive From Windows Explorer

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Dear Reader,

With the invent of Internet came an era where people started searching for information online. With the invent of Web 2.0 came an era where people started having the need for storing data online. There are lots of services which came up offering you GB’s of storage to store all your data on the web allowing you to access them from anywhere.

Recently Microsoft flagged off the Windows Live Services which in its basic form simply wants to provide you with a Live experience for your daily needs. Windows Live is a collection of various tools to make your daily computing easier and efficient.

One of those tools is SkyDrive, which provides with a mammoth 25GB of online storage space to store virtually anything you want. It has a web-based interface which allows you to access the content from anywhere. Go give it a try.

But being the ever-going lazy bugs which we are becoming now, people find it bugging to having to open the browser everytime to access the services. These are the people on whom the Software Industry relies on 😀 Seriously !! If they were active enough, they would need the pleothora of tools available for simplest of tasks of daily routine.

SkyDrive Explorer is a free, easy-to-use, but very powerful extension for Windows Explorer. With SkyDrive Explorer you can make any every-day operations with your documents from Microsoft Live SkyDrive™ service using Windows Explorer, as if they were on your computer. With SkyDrive Explorer, you can easily drag and drop documents from and to your SkyDrive account directly using your Windows Explorer.

SkyDrive Explorer supports features like Copy, Rename, Delete files and folders. You can also copy URL of the selected object(s) to the Clipboard.

SkyDrive Explorer

SkyDrive Explorer

In case if you are someone who still doesn’t use Skydrive, its time to get started. Also, don’t forget to download SkyDrive Explorer to make the most of your free 25 gb account.

Cheers.

 

Windows Live Essentials and how to get offline installer for it

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Dear Reader,

I am sure you all must have Windows Live and the new range of updated products from Microsoft called Windows Live Essentials. Its is a pack of FREE software from Microsoft containing very nice softwares for your daily computing needs such as IM, Photos and Movies, Blogging, Web Browsing and making it all an easier and streamlined process. Lets give a brief look to all of them, shall we? 🙂

Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is a great program to chat and keep in touch with your friends and family online. It has evolved a lot in terms of features and look. You can use Windows Live Messenger to send instant messages. You can Add pictures or short videos of yourself that can change with your mood, let people know what music you’re listening to, and customize the scene in the conversation window. You can use it to send files over to your contacts, drag photos right into the conversation window and show them off while you’re chatting. If someone you’re chatting with has to leave their computer, you can still use Messenger to send an SMS text message to their mobile phone. In the looks department, Windows Live Messenger has got ample of eyecandy to keep you awed with glassy looks everywhere and ability to customize your experience in anywhere you want. You can even set your own colors or pictures in the background of your conversation window 🙂

Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail is a nice program to manage your emails. If you have ever used Outlook Express before then you would find Windows Live Mail to be a delight. Windows Live Mail combines the ease of use of Outlook Express, with the speed of Windows Live. You can get multiple e-mail accounts in one program – Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!* and more. And now Windows Live Mail has a calendar, too. The mails you receive are stored for Offline access and you can even compose them while you are not connected to internet and they will be sent when you connect. Security features have been beefed up with a improved Spam filter. Your calendar in Windows Live Mail helps you keep track of all the important stuff you’ve got coming up. It even sends you reminders—in e-mail, on your mobile device*, or in Messenger—you decide. You can even sync them with the online web calendar and access them from anywhere. Hell, you can even make a shared calendar where you and all your contacts stored them together. One big happy calendar 🙂

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows Live Photo Gallery is another nice program to simply and effectively manage your photos on your PC. Make your great photos look even better, and create impressive panoramic photos too. You can add them to an online album and configure who can see them and who cannot 🙂 Photo Gallery automatically finds the people in your photos so you can add a name to the face. Then later, all you need to do is type in someone’s name to see all the photos of that person. Remember Facebook or Flickr? You can edit your photos too. Adjust exposure, color, or detail by hand, or use auto adjust—either way, your photos look great. You can even create amazing panoramas—Photo Gallery stitches several photos together in just one click.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker is simply a superb addition to the pack. Making movies gets easy as you can go Clickety-Clickety-Click. Create movies and slide shows from your photos and videos, and share them with your friends and family. Automatically turn your videos, photos, and music into a great movie. AutoMovie adds a title, credits, transitions, and effects, and fits it all together for you. Customizing your movie is simple with easy-to-use editing tools. Trim your video clips to show only the parts you want. Add titles, transitions, music, and effects like panning and zooming. You can then share them online or on dvd 🙂

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service—Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more. With Writer, you can preview everything you’re adding to your blog, to see how the fonts, spacing, colors, and images will look, before you publish. You can add photos and videos to your blog posts easily. There is also a plug-in support which allows you to add custom support and features which you require to the program.

Windows Live Toolbar and Windows Live Family Safety give you access to features wich makes your browsing experience simple and secure.

One of the main problems people have had with Windows Live Essentials is its too big thing to download and people need to a good internet connectivity to be able to download and install it. Well Scott Hanselman just faced a similar situation and he blogged about how to get and Offline Installer for Windows Live Essentials. So go ahead and get your dose of Windows Live Essentials and have fun with your PC.

Cheers.

 

Windows 7 : Just GO for it!!!

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“I’ve been using Windows 7 for a long time now, and if you get the latest processor technology and Office 2010 with it, you will love your PC again. It’s a dramatic improvement.” – Michael Dell

Yes really !! What Michael Dell ( i hope that name rings a bell, atleast the second part 😀 ) has been echoed by a number of other people who are all praise for the new horse from the Microsoft stable. Just give a search on Google or Bing and you will articles on various websites showing you how “awesome” Windows 7 is.

Windows 7 offers a lot of various improvements over the previous versions of Windows. It just doesnt stop there, it offers a lot of new enhancements and features which is surely going to make your daily computing easy and efficient. Lets have a look at some “prominent” features of Windows 7.

Windows Taskbar – Power of docking without any add-on

Windows 7 : Taskbar

Windows 7 : Taskbar

Sure, the new Windows 7 taskbar is still the same familiar place for switching between windows. But now it’s easier to see, more flexible, and more powerful.

For instance, in Windows 7 you can “pin” favorite programs anywhere on the taskbar for easy access. Not crazy about the icon lineup? Now you can rearrange them any way you like by clicking and dragging. Finally, there are new ways to preview windows. Point to a taskbar icon to see a thumbnail preview of open files or programs. Then, move your mouse over a thumbnail to preview the window full-screen. You can even close windows from the thumbnail previews—a big time saver.

Jump Lists – Easy accessibility

Windows 7 : Jump List of Internet Explorer

Windows 7 : Jump List of Internet Explorer

The Jump List feature is designed to provide you with quick access to the documents and tasks associated with your applications. You can think of Jump Lists like little application-specific Start menus. Jump Lists can be found on the application icons that appear on the Taskbar when an application is running or on the Start menu in the recently opened programs section. Jump Lists can also be found on the icons of applications that have been specifically pinned to the Taskbar or the Start menu.

Jump Lists on the Start menu will appear a little different than Jump Lists on the Taskbar. However, they will provide the same functionality.

Windows 7 : Jump List of Windows Media Player

Windows 7 : Jump List of Windows Media Player

By default, the Jump List can contain the application’s shortcut, the ability to toggle pinning, the ability to close one or all windows, access to specific tasks associated with the application, and once you begin using the application, a list of recent documents or destinations depending on the application.

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Aero Peek – Peak-a-booooo

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

Windows 7 adds a fantastic feature called as Aero-Peek. It allows you to peek or preview a window or your desktop by simply hovering over the respected icons. Windows 7 then creates a visually appealing transparency effects to show you the window which you want. Click on the image above to enlarge and see the difference between and understand what Aero Peek does.

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

The above image is another example of Aero Peek. Can you see those shaded borders behind the Internet Explorer Window? Well they are actually windows themselves but they have been made transparent temporarily as you are in the Aero Peek mode.

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HomeGroup – Networking made eaaaassyyyyy.

Windows 7 : HomeGroup

Windows 7 : HomeGroup

Ever wanted to share your music, pictures and documents within your home computers and found the task to be difficult? HomeGroup in Windows 7 will simplify the tasks associated with sharing music, pictures and documents within your home network and Windows 7 PCs. HomeGroup also allows you to share your USB connected printers, if you have a printer in the living room that’s shared by HomeGroup it will be automatically installed onto your other HomeGroup enabled PCs. Domain-joined computers can be part of a HomeGroup too.

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Well that was just a basic preview of some of the new features of Windows 7. I will be back with some more. Till then, dont forget to google and better yet, try it yourself 🙂

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