Microsoft have just altered the specification requirements for Windows 8 tablets which could pave a new way for 7, 8-inch Windows tablets. And the OEMs can begin developing smaller Windows 8 based devices. It could also be possible that Microsoft’s long-rumored Reader will make debut with the new Windows Blue.
Microsoft says that the specification change will allow “partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful,”
a strog hint which suggests that new form factors are on their way. At present, Windows 8 devices typically have been 10-inches or larger. The growing popularity of small form factor tablets like Google Nexus 7 and the iPad mini suggests that the market of smaller form factors are growing. And this move of Microsoft will definitely help all the OEM who are looking to increase sales of their Windows 8 devices.
Windows developer will be pushing out a total of seven updates for Internet Explorer, Silverlight, and Office on coming Tuesday. Four of the patches are marked “critical”, which means that they will stop an attacker to run malware on the PC just by the person visiting a web site.
One of the critical patches is to fix a security hole present in Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 10 across XP to Windows 8. The critical Office patch is an interesting one. Woflgang Kandek, CTO at security firm Qualys says:
“It is puzzling to see such a high rating for this software that typically requires opening of an infected file in order for the attack to work. It will be interesting to see the attack vector for this vulnerability that warrants the ‘critical’ rating.
If you are using any of these aforementioned software, then we would recommend you to update as son as possible.
A report by The Register reveals that Microsoft blames OEMs for its relatively lackluster Windows 8 sales. Purportedly, Microsoft believes vendors didn’t adhere closely enough to its hardware recommendations, producing mostly non-touchscreen computers that didn’t showcase Windows 8’s touchable side. This information comes from a “well-placed” source familiar with the matter.
Official numbers on Microsoft’s sales of their tablet, Surface, have not been unveiled by the company. OEMs aren’t sitting back taking all the heat, either, with some OEMs coming out and saying that Microsoft is to blame for the slow Windows 8 sales. The biggest reasons computer manufacturers didn’t follow Microsoft’s internal guidelines is that few companies were willing to spend the money on expensive, high-end devices that consumers weren’t guaranteed to purchase – not every item can be an iPad, after all.
The report claims that thanks to the underwhelming performance of Windows 8, Microsoft may be planning a February “re-launch” of the OS.
The long wait is almost over. Fasten your seat-belt! Office 2013 is set to launch on 29th January. This info comes from a pre-order page on a Canadian retailer Future Shop’s website for Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription service.
Office 2013, Microsoft’s latest version of its iconic productivity suite, has been available to businesses since mid-November, it has been available for consumers to preview for quite some time now, with a version of the preview being installed on all Windows RT-based tablets.
Price: The company previously revealed that its Office 365 subscription service giving users access to the Office 2013 suite would cost $99.99 per year, while different standalone versions of the suite will range from $139.99 to $399.99.
Planning to upgrade to Windows 8? Still thinking about upgrading? Be quick. Your time for cheap upgrade is running out.
Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is set to become a lot more expensive. An upgrade of Windows 8 from Windows 7 will set you back by $200 from the beginning of February. Currently the upgrade costs only $40, which was an introductory offer by Microsoft to get customers more interested in Windows 8. Microsoft claims that they sold a whopping amount of 60 million licenses of Windows 8 till date, but we don’t really know how many of those copies have actually been activated or used.
Another comparatively good news is, Microsoft will still offer a cheaper upgrade to a more basic version of Windows 8 for $120, but it is still quite a bit more than the currently ongoing $40 upgrade offer.
Microsoft also used today’s announcement to remind users who have bought a Windows 7 PC between 2nd June and 31st January that if they want to upgrade to Windows 8 for $15, they need to register before the end of the month.
The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $199.99 MSRP (U.S.).
The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99 MSRP (U.S.).
The Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99 MSRP (U.S.).
The Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99 MSRP (U.S.).
But we have our promotional offer available until January 31st 2013, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 ERP* (U.S.) via Windows.com using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant or pick up a DVD copy at a local retailer for just $69.99 ERP* (U.S.). If you bought an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and January 31st, 2013 – be sure to register for the Windows Upgrade Offer and upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 ERP*** (U.S.).
If you have any interest in Windows 8 at all or plan to upgrade in future, we’d strongly consider the upgrade offer for $40. But that will end at the end of January, so you better make up your mind soon. You can upgrade over at Windows.com.