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Microsoft Office 2013 launch announced!

Office products are so common that they are part of the landscape of how most of us do business. It is easy to forget how they enable and shape everything we do. Exciting possibilities are raised for business by the preview of Office 2013, as Microsoft have leapfrogged over the, itself-impressive, Office 2010. In support of the new release Microsoft is giving a free upgrade to those purchasing qualifying versions of Office 2010 between 19 October 2012 and 30 April 2013.

Excel Recommended Charts

Most exciting about the new release, is how intuitiveness is built into Office 2013. Excel learns the patterns of how you are rearranging and formating your data: select the ‘flash fill’ option and it auto-completes the rest. Word allows you to pick up where you left off, across multiple devices. Powerpoint gives you more control over theme than ever before, and the Union, Combine, Fragment, Intersect, and Subtract tools enable you to merge two or more shapes into the shape you want.

A more effective Excel recommends the charts that best present your data with quick previews. Open a PDF in Word meanwhile, and its paragraphs, lists, tables, and other content will act just like Word content. Powerpoint users will love the reimagined ‘Presenter View’ that will stop them stuttering for information or scrolling through multiple slides in front of everyone for the one they want. Easily select slides in or out of sequence, and zoom in to the part of a slide you want to highlight with a double click. OneNote can read the text contained in pictures and makes that searchable. ‘Quick peeks’ mean that you won’t lose your train of thought when multitasking in Outlook. The list of innovations goes on.

These and other improvements will soon be indispensable and we will wonder how we coped without them. Even so Office 2013 doesn’t stop there, with huge improvements made to the way in which we can collaborate across all applications. Everyone sees the latest version live using Sharepoint and SkyDrive. Encourage working together and bring the best ideas to the forefront with reply to comments. Features enhanced by Cloud functionality that Microsoft hopes will encourage users to sign up to the Free Trial of the preview, which will expire 60 days after Office 2013 is released.

Microsoft reveals its own Windows 8 tablet

Microsoft just confirmed it will sell its own Microsoft-branded Windows 8 RT tablet under the Surface badge. Measuring just 9.3mm thick, the Surface for Windows RT is built around an angled, all-magnesium VaporMg case that weighs just under 1.3 pounds, with an NVIDIA-made ARM chip powering the whole affair.

Microsoft reveals its own Windows 8 tablet meet the new Surface for Windows RT

Microsoft’s hardware partner has also gone all-out on extra touches, such as a built-in stand, twin 2×2 MIMO antennas for WiFi, and a 10.6-inch optically-bonded, Gorilla Glass 2-covered HD display. Not unlike Apple’s last two generations, there’s a magnetically attached cover, but it’s more than just a protector: here, it includes a full multi-touch keyboard and trackpad.

As for expansion, you’ll get one each of HDMI, microSD and USB 2.0 (sorry folks, no 3.0) as well as either 32GB or 64GB of storage, while software includes the usual Windows 8 accoutrements and a newly Metrofied version of Netflix. The Surface for Windows RT should arrive roughly in step with Windows 8, but Microsoft is only promising pricing “competitive” with similar ARM tablets — and you’re looking for a tablet with more grunt, you can spring for the Intel-packing Surface for Windows 8 Pro.

Announcing the Windows 8 Editions

Here are the latest editions that will be available for “Windows 8” when it is released to market. below is the new logo for Windows 8! , let me know what you think of it, Windows 8 promises to unite table,notebook,PC and phone interfaces and from what I have seen of the preview it looks very exciting with excellent performance

 

 

 

Windows 8 has the flexibility you need – whether you’re on an x86/64 or a WOA PC. You can use a touch screen or a keyboard and mouse – and switch anytime. It’s beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a wide range of hardware. And you’ll love browsing through the Windows Store and downloading all the apps you want. And those apps can work together too so you can share photos, maps, contacts, links and whatever else you want faster and easier. All editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience.

First, Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows ExplorerTask Managerbetter multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA,. This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.

The below chart breaks down key features by edition (this list should not be considered an exhaustive list of features):

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium x x
Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store x x x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) x x x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) x
Internet Explorer 10 x x x
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update x x x
Enhanced Task Manager x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) x x x
Better multiple monitor support x x x
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x

 

 

Apple unveiled a new iPad

I don’t normally jump on the Ipad launch bandwagon but lots of customer have asked so here is the latest on IPAD 3 (or Just IPAD as it is called)

The third edition of its wildly successful multitouch tablet. The new tablet sports a Retina display, a vastly improved camera, the new A5X processor, the high speed mobile broadband technology LTE (for US users), and voice dictation support. Rather than give the iPad a new name like iPad 3 or iPad HD, Apple appears to be calling the new iPad simply ‘iPad’.

Retina display
Although the iPad’s display measures the same 9.7″ (diagonal) as the first two iPads, it doubles the number of pixels in play; that means the screen now contains a whopping 2048×1536 pixels at 264 pixels perinch – a total of over 3.1 million pixels, which Schiller called “the most ever in a mobile device.” Apple coined the term Retina display when it unveiled the iPhone 4. It describes a screen with pixel density so high that, atnormal viewing distances, the average human eye can’t discern the individual pixels.

A5X and quad-core graphics processor
The iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 both leverage Apple’s custom-designed A5 system-on-a-chip. TheiPad is instead powered by the new A5X chip. The new iPad also offers four times the performance of the Tegra 3 processor that powers many Android tablets, Schiller said, thanks to its new quad-core graphicsprocessor.

New cameras
The iPad now sports a 5MP iSight camera with a five-element lens, IR filter, and in-plane switching built into the iPad’s new chip. Schiller said the new iSight camera has automatic exposure and auto-focus, and now records HD video at 1080p resolution. Like the iPhone 4S’ camera, the iPad’s camera features automatic face detection, automatic exposure lock, and automatic focus lock. Also thanks to the new A5X chip,Schiller said, you also get image stabilization.

Apple historically doesn’t discuss details like the amount of RAM built into its iOS devices. The iPad 2 offers 512Mb of RAM, doubling the original iPad’s 256MB. It’s not yet clearwhether the iPad doubles the memory size again. Voice dictationNew to the iPad is a microphone button on the virtual keyboard, one that looks just like the corresponding icon on the iPhone 4S’s keyboard. You can use thatmicrophone for dictation anywhere the keyboard appears. That’s obviously short of full Siri integration.

4G LTE
LTE is a high-speed wireless broadband technology-which is as much as ten times faster as 3G Internet access.Like its predecessors, the iPad will come in both Wi-Fi-only and in mobile-broadband equipped models; the iPad will be the first iPad to offer support for high-speed LTE networks. UNfortunatenly, only US users will get thebenefit of this.

Other details
Schiller said that the iPad still offers 10 hours of battery life, and nine hours on LTE. It’s 9.4mm thin, and weighs 1.4lbs. The iPad will be available in 16- 32- and 64Gb capacities, just like itspredecessors; the pricing remains the same €479 for 16Gb, €579 for 32Gb, and €679 for 64Gb. The models with 3G support cost €120 more. Pre-orders for the new iPad start Wednesday, Schiller said, with the iPad availablestarting March 16 in the US, Canada, France, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, and others. It arrives in Ireland on 23 March.

 

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