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As the saying goes, “all the good things have to come to an end”, and today marks the last day to upgrade to Microsoft’s Windows 8 for discounted price. Windows 8, available since October has been available fro $39.99, but from tomorrow the same upgrade will be priced $199.99. If you haven’t upgraded already or you’re still thinking should you upgrade, i think you should decide pretty fast now. Microsoft is also offering it’s basic version of Windows 8 the pricing will be $119.99. If you decide to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro in later stage it will cost you $99.99. Microsoft is also pricing it’s Media Center app to $9.99, previously it was free. If you are Windows 8 user already, you still need to claim your free Media Center key before tomorrow, or pay the $9.99.
An Asus executive revealed to WSJ that the copmany is “in talks” with Microsoft to license Windows Phone 8. Talk is always just talk, but we all know that WP8 is in need of new partners and it’s interesting what Asus might do with the OS, we might even see Asus PadFone running Windows Phone 8. VP Benson Lin also commented the situation by saying the following:
“With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8,” Mr. Lin said. “There is no target timeline…but we are interested in making Windows phones.”
It’s still unclear how it could work. The Android-based Asus PadFone employees the exact same Android version whether it’s in tablet or in phone mode, but there’s no version of Windows currently that allows that sort of flexibility. There’s no launch date or anything else information out yet, but it’s pretty great news that we might see Asus Padfone running Windows Phone OS.
Microsoft announecd that Windows 8 has been licensed 60 million times. During the annual J.P Morgan Tech Forums at CES 2013, they announced that they have sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses to date. “This represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices”,Tami Reller told. Sale pace is similar to Microsoft’s Windows 7. Windows 8′s main concern is App, or actually lack of apps, but now app count has quadrupled since launch. Microsoft recently passed the 100 million app download mark.
Microsoft has confirmed pricing of Surface with Windows 8 Pro. Variety of Surface tablets were introduced back in June, but those tablets runs Windows RT, and it was still unknown when Microsoft will be launching Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro and with what price. Now Microsoft announced that Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro starts at $899 for 64GB model and $999 for 128GB model. Both tablets will be available in January, but there’s no word about the pre-orders yet.
The device itself looks similar as Surface RT, with “VaporMg” casing and built-in kickstand. Surface with Windows 8 Pro also packs 10.6-inch display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Biggest difference to Surface RT is that Pro version has screen resolution of 1,920-by-1080(1,366-by-768 in RT model). There’s also Core i5 CPU and mini display port that can output a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution and full size USB 3.0 port.
Microsoft has finally confirmed Windows Phone 7.8 update schedule. Windows Phone 7.8 update will arrive in Q1 2013. The information was given in official Windows Phone blog today. Microsoft also told that they are now working with multiple hardware manufacturers and carriers in order to deploy Windows Phone 7.8 to “as many devices as possible”. This might be a little bummer for Windows Phone 7.5 users, as there’s been lot of talk that the update would hit device much earlier. But that said now it’s better to know that the update is truly coming, and there’s some kind of launch schedule out there now, than to be out there without any information.
Source: Official Windows Phone blog
Microsoft’s (MSFT) effort to be more like Apple (AAPL) just got more real. Company is preparing to launch ‘Windows Blue’ in 2013 and after that company is going to release new Windows yearly. The ‘Windows Blue’ update will include UI changes and alterations to entire platform. According to The Verge, pricing of the ‘Windows Blue’ is “going to be low cost or even free to ensure user upgrades”. You’ll also need genuine copy of Windows in order to upgrade from Windows 8.
Do you have Windows Phone 8 smartphone, and you’re tired of random reboots? There’s very good news for you. Today AllThingsD reported that Microsoft has located the cause of restarts and are now working to fix it. Microsoft is going to release OTA update in December, and that update will fix the reboot issue. Microsoft is pretty coy about what’s causing devices to reboot. We’ll have to wait and see can Microsoft release a working OTA update, that would really fix the random reboot issue.
Microsoft’s next update to Windows Phone 8 is called Apollo+, and it will be released early next year. It’s not going to be major update, but it will push fixes and features. It’s now believed that Microsoft will finally include VPN support in this update, VPN is feature that allows corporate users to connect work systems. There’s also Wi-Fi update included, which allows users to have connections always on. Some audio improvements is said also to be in this new update. This update is also going to be first OTA (over the air) update, so no need for plug your Windows Phone into computer anymore. Microsoft is going to detail Apollo+ in Mobile World Congress in February.
MS is going to roll out update for WP8 which is called Apollo+ in Q1 2013…
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Source: The Verge