Windows 8 Banned in China: No Longer to be Used by Government Computers

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The Chinese authorities have imposed a ban on Windows 8 and the operating system will no longer be used on government computers. This move by the officials is reportedly to ensure the security of computers after Microsoft stopped providing support for the old Windows XP operating system. Chinese news agency Xinhua has reported that the Central Government Procurement Center instructed the central state organs to only purchase desktops, laptops and tablet PCs that run an operating system other than Windows 8. This government order is only applicable on computers used by government offices. The personal computer market will not be affected by this move, and consumers are free to install whichever operating system they choose for their personal use. Majority of computers in China operates on the old Windows XP OS, which has a market share of 70 percent in the country. Microsoft stopped providing support for Windows XP back [+more]

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Windows 7 Vs Windows 8 – Where to Migrate From Windows XP?

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In one of the most shocking and surprising news of 2014, Microsoft has recently announced that it will end support for Windows XP. Windows XP is being used by millions of customers worldwide for the last 13 years. The biggest issue now arises is whether you should migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8 as both the operating systems are somewhat different in their nature and features. The company will start disassociating itself from Windows XP with effect from April 8 2014, although its users are happy with its services and features. Microsoft will no longer release updates and support, leaving the operating system more vulnerable to malware, viruses and hackers. Therefore, users must upgrade from the Windows XP before attackers drastically affect your machine. The company’s decision has resulted in significantly increasing the operating cost of a Windows XP system to USD300 per machine after April 8, as compared [+more]

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How To Upgrade From Windows XP to Windows 7 And Windows 8

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  Microsoft has now decided to end its support for Windows XP with effect from April 8 2014. The Windows XP has been in existence for more than 13 years and millions of people around the world are happy with it. But now it is the high time to upgrade from Windows XP as the company will stop releasing updates and support, leaving the operating system more vulnerable to malware, viruses and hackers. The cost of operating a Windows XP system would significantly increase to USD300 per machine after April 8, as compared to the present USD75-100, according to research firm IDC. It is high time that you should move towards a XP-free future, instead of waiting for attackers to drastically affect your machine. Before starting the migration process, it is very essential to decide whether you want to shift to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows 7 has a [+more]

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Erstwhile CEO Steve Ballmer to Leave Microsoft , Windows 7 A Bust, How This Effects Apple and Samsung

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    Yes, it is true that Steve Ballmer is leaving Microsoft, literally the end of an era. While Microsoft might not dominate the tech arena like in earlier days, it still clocked 77.9 billion dollars in revenue this past year. Thus, it is certainly one of the big dogs. I’m not going to go into why Ballmer is leaving the company which has been so successful at, let us rather focus on what this means for its competition. Microsoft has been having a rough time recently. It hasn’t been able to adapt to how volatile industry has now become like it competition, for example Samsung. While Windows and Office are still some of the best selling products any company can have, investors are showing more confidence in companies like Apple with its outstanding iPhone – even though the revenues of Microsoft are more! Windows 7 was a bust but [+more]

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U.S. to get the ASUS Transformer Book TX300 Hybrid Soon?

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There’s a new hybrid coming out soon, and it looks fabulous! The Asus Transformer Book TX300 merges the functionality of a tablet with the performance of a notebook very well, making us drool all over its images. The TX300 comes with a 13.3-inch full HD display and is powered by the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and 4 GB of RAM, runs on Windows 8 and is your entertainment powerhouse. The screen is made of Corning’s scratch-proof glass and there is amazing sound, thanks to the Asus SonicMaster technology developed with Waves Audio. You can also choose a model with a 5 MP rear camera that can record videos at 720p. You get two storage options in the TX300 – either 320 GB or 500 GB of storage in notebook mode, and 128 GB SSD storage in the tablet. The tablet is completely detachable from the dock which [+more]

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Windows 8 Stiffles Microsoft’s Ambition To Arrive In The Mobile Market– Will The Windows Blue Bring In Renaissance Amid Bleakness?

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Microsoft is almost cushioned into a corner. Its tryst with Windows 8 has taken  toll on its popularity. At a time when operating systems are ruling the roost, Microsoft’s story is scaling the lower heights of the success graph. What’s more,  Windows 8 is being blamed for the debacle! Experts are opining that the Windows 8  did not match the anticipation. What is being labeled the biggest failure from the stable could only work magic the other way round– once we get to hear something from Microsoft. This bad news punches out ambition the makers had while also bringing a lot of misery for the PC segment.  When Microsoft is willing to match shoulders with the likes of Samsung and LG, the Windows 8 debacle will only lead to repercussions never imagined. The last resort in such a scenario remains that Windows 8 could deliver a baby for erasing out [+more]

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Nokia Lumia 920 Vs HTC One Vs BlackBerry Z10 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Are We Falling Short Of Expectations?

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Some of us thought that Nokia was all set to go on a long vacation but the Lumia 920 infused life back into the dormant company. Personally, I went wow on the Windows 8 phone from the Lumia lineup. It held its crown on head even when the iPhone 5 was round the corner. However, now I wonder if Nokia Lumia 920 would remain secure without slipping onto quicksand. Moreover, could we even call its competition that stares Lumia 920 in its face—HTC One, Blackberry Z10 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Give me a break. While industry analysts still believe that Nokia must not be so loyal to Microsoft and Windows 8. Does that mean Microsoft feeds Nokia in terms of innovation and development? Bleeding way to maintain a relationship! Stephen Elop, CEO, Nokia says, “There are moments where you fall short of expectations, you issue a profit warning, which causes [+more]

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HP Envy X2 Vs Microsoft Surface Pro: Should You Pick A Hybrid Or A Tablet?

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Tech lovers are really loving this year, and not just because of the wide variety of smartphones and tablets out there. When Microsoft unveiled its latest Windows 8, everyone talked about how we can expect newer form factors, and yes, indeed the laptop has undergone a makeover since then. They’re turning just as portable as tablets, but with more computing power. So today, we’re looking at the HP Envy X2 and pitting it against the Microsoft Surface Pro to help you decide which of these you should invest in. HP Envy X2: This one’s a true laptop-tablet hybrid, all thanks to its detachable keyboard. Get rid of the keyboard and carry it around like a tablet, and put it back on and you’ve got yourself a laptop in front of you. The Envy X2 comes with a 11.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1366X768 pixels and is powered by [+more]

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Microsoft Surface Pro Vs Lenovo Think Pad Vs 128GB Apple iPad 4: Hail Microsoft, Laptops On Verge Of Extinction?

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Notwithstanding its form factor, we don’t really feel like calling the Microsoft Surface Pro a tablet, given its amazing specs. At best we can call it a hybrid, and a damn good one at that. But, will its spectacular design give it enough strength to beat its competition and emerge as a runaway success? For starters, it boasts of amazing features, and all in a really neat little package. You’ve got an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and Windows 8 Pro within a 10-inch screen tablet in the Surface Pro! With a 128 GB SSD drive within, it’s got ample storage space too. We also love its detachable keyboard, which is also extremely sleek and looks good. However, we worry that the Intel Core i5 processor within the Surface Pro, despite its sheer power, could end up draining the device of its battery real quickly. On the [+more]

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Microsoft Hikes Windows 8 Price by $160 from February

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If you have been planning to buy the new Windows 8, you might want to do it before 31 January. Microsoft has been heavily advertising their new operating system and selling it at a comfortable price of $ 39.99. However, from 1 February consumers will only be able to buy the Microsoft OS at $199.99. The OS is available in two versions—for Intel and AMD PCs as Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro respectively. Windows 8 has received mixed reviews. To start with, it was a little confusing because of the use of touch screen, mouse and keyboard. Users of Windows 7 were happy with what they had. This made it difficult for people to move to the new OS. Surely, the look of Windows 8 is a winner. It is bright, easy and fun. It also has useful touch functionality. Windows 8 also has some tight security features with [+more]

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