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Buy and download movies, TV shows and songs with Xbox Video and Xbox Music apps
Windows Phone users who are movie, TV and song buffs can watch and listen to their hearts’ delight on-the-go with the all new Xbox Video and Xbox Music apps, now in the Windows Phone Store. Better yet, Windows Phone 8 is the only phone that offers Xbox Video support this holiday season, which...
18 Dec 2013
How to set up your Windows 8.1 device after Santa gives it to you
Once you’ve taken the wrapping paper off your new Windows 8.1 device, be it a tablet or PC, there are just a few steps to follow when you sign in for the very first time using a Microsoft account. That account is the “key that unlocks your whole world of apps and services,” writes...
17 Dec 2013
Set your TV free with the SlingPlayer app, new to Windows Store
Your TV needn’t be your ball and chain if you have a Windows 8 PC or tablet, a Slingbox and the SlingPlayer app, now available in the Windows Store. Once you’ve got all that – and you’re connected to the Internet – you can find your favorite TV shows to watch using the...
13 Dec 2013
City National Bank chooses Surface devices for its employees
Los Angeles-based City National Bank, the 25 th largest bank in the U.S. with more than $29 billion in assets, has begun replacing its laptops and PCs with Surface Pro devices to both empower their employees and engage their customers. But as the Surface Blog reports, “They also need something...
7 Dec 2013
Bing Maps Preview app on Windows 8.1 brings you the world in 3D
Now that the Bing Maps Preview app is in the Windows Store, you can plunge yourself into city streets and landscapes thousands of miles away without ever leaving home. Built from the ground up for clarity, detail and scale, the app showcases more than 70 cities from around the world. As the Bing Search...
5 Dec 2013
Buy a new touch PC or tablet, get a $25 gift card for the Windows Store
Beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is this deal that lasts until after Christmas: when you buy a new touch PC or tablet running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you’re going to get a promotional $25 Windows Store gift card. As the Windows Experience Blog reports, you can use the gift card...
2 Dec 2013
Sesame Street Touch & Learn TV now available exclusively for Windows PCs and tablets
Parents who grew up with Big Bird, Grover, Elmo and other favorite residents from one of childhood’s most beloved streets and want to share the “Sesame Street” experience with their own kids can do so now with the Sesame Street Touch & Learn TV app, exclusive to the Windows Store...
26 Nov 2013
Saddle up and tame the Wild West as ‘The Lone Ranger’ game rides into the Windows Store
Bring infamous outlaws to justice as the title character in Disney’s “ The Lone Ranger ” game, now available in the Windows Store. Inspired by the Johnny Depp movie from last summer, you extend the long arm of the law to the town of Colby, which needs a hero to restore peace and rein...
22 Nov 2013
It’s a snap to find the perfect tablet or laptop this holiday season
Not sure which Windows tablet or laptop to choose this holiday season? We’ve made it easy for you with a great selection of devices that include 8- and 10-inch tablets, laptops that convert into tablets, tablets with click-in keyboards and touch laptops, writes Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Experience...
21 Nov 2013
‘Ultimate Surface Fan’ wins contest with an ode to Surface 2
The winner of the Ultimate Surface Fan contest won a new Surface Pro 2 with an “Ode to Surface II” dedicated to her husband. As the Surface Blog reports , ”Josephine Mehaffie is not only a fan but entered the contest with her husband in mind. Josephine will be receiving an Ultimate...
19 Nov 2013
Surface’s power, portability convinced tech blogger to make it his constant companion
Tech blogger Lane Freeze was used to dragging around a “huge laptop that definitely had power, but it was just too big.” The laptop essentially became a desktop to him: it wound up staying home, on the top of his desk. Not good for someone constantly on the go, who needs portability and power...
18 Nov 2013
If you’re shopping for a Nokia Lumia smartphone, don’t miss these special deals
If you’re going to buy a Nokia Lumia 925, 928, 1020, or 1520, Nokia is going to give you a $20 app voucher to go with it, which you can apply toward apps from the Windows Phone Store, Windows Store and from Xbox. As the Windows Phone Blog reports , the promotion runs until Jan. 15 and is being...
15 Nov 2013
Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, starting at $299.99, at major retailers starting this week
Dell’s 8-inch Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet has begun shipping, and starting at $299.99, the device has “an incredible HD IPS display running at a 1280 x 800 resolution,” writes Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Experience Blog . “I have been enjoying the heck out of this little...
13 Nov 2013
Windows Store update includes a new live tile, search box and personalized app recommendations
In the Windows 8.1 update, you’ll see some changes to the Windows Store that make it easier to find apps you might like. The Windows Experience Blog gives you a brief tour of the new additions, including new live tile that gives you a sneak peek at some of the apps featured inside the Store...
12 Nov 2013
Help your business go paperless with these five tips
I don’t know about you, but paper is the bane of my existence. It’s my constant nemesis to a clean, uncluttered life. If your business is fighting the same battle, these steps from Cindy Bates, vice president of Microsoft’s U.S. Small-and-Midsized Business group, might help you save...
8 Nov 2013
Use Office Web Apps to work with others in real-time
Now on Office Web Apps – the best free alternative to Office apps – you can work with others on documents in Word, PowerPoint or Excel and see where your colleagues are working in those files, see changes as they happen and contribute/edit simultaneously. Can we get an ”amen!”...
7 Nov 2013
IT pros: This Office 365 video tells you how to manage user access and devices
In the latest “Garage Series” show, Jeremy Chapman and SharePoint Senior Product Manager Mark Kashman help IT pros manage Office 365 user access and data flow to mobile devices (ranging from Android and iOS to Windows and Windows Phones). Chapman writes on the Office 365 technology blog...
6 Nov 2013
Surface Pro proves a rugged companion to mountain climber on India expedition
Mountain climber Jake Norton is more than that. He’s also a guide, filmmaker, speaker and clean-water advocate who is on the road much of his time. So is his Surface Pro, which he said “rose to the challenge” during his latest trip to India for the “Ganga: Source to Sea Expedition...
28 Oct 2013
You’ll ‘Flip’ when you see this new Sony VAIO
New Sony devices are available just in time for holiday gift giving – and you’ll probably “flip” when you see how versatile they can be! As the Windows Experience Blog reports , the aptly-named VAIO | Flip PC “maintains the full functionality of a conventional notebook...
25 Oct 2013
‘On the Whiteboard’ goes behind-the-scenes of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch
In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon is in New York City for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices. She talks to Brian Hall, the general manager of marketing for the Surface team, and gets the inside scoop on the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Some of...
24 Sep 2013
Tech: The necessary accessory at New York Fashion Week 2013
During New York Fashion Week 2013, Microsoft’s technology helped one designer make a bold statement with his latest collection. Veteran designer Cesar Galindo looked to Bing, Windows Phone and Surface to help him realize his vision of “going virtual” in both the presentation and production...
18 Sep 2013
Stretch yourself with the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
At IFA in Germany, Lenovo revealed the Yoga 2 Pro, and it’s thinner and lighter than previous models at a little over half an inch thick and weighing about three pounds. Still, you’ll find a lot of power in this streamlined update. The Yoga 2 Pro, which will be available in October for...
5 Sep 2013
‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ update adds 5 new missions, supports more Windows Phone devices
“ Halo: Spartan Assault ,” the Halo franchise’s first installment built specifically for touch-based devices, continues to reveal more for fans, with an update Thursday that gives them Operation Hydra, a free game update with five new missions. The Windows Phone Blog reports that...
29 Aug 2013
OneNote to rule schoolwork, OneNote to find lectures, OneNote to bring it all together
If you’re a student, your school year is about to begin – if it hasn’t already – so this is a great time to get a handle on your classes, assignments and notes before the work really piles on. OneNote can keep you on top of it all. William Devereux, a computer science student...
23 Aug 2013
Southern Illinois University gives freshmen Windows 8 tablets and moves 30,000 student accounts to Office 365
As back-to-school season climbs into high gear, some students are already hitting college campuses. At Southern Illinois University , freshmen are going to get a nice surprise: they’ll receive Dell Latitude 10 touch-enabled tablets running Windows 8 under a program called “ Mobile Dawg ”...
16 Aug 2013
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