Meet Steve Ballmer’s Windows Phone

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 02:02 Written by admin Tuesday, 30 October 2012 02:02

You wouldn’t expect Microsoft’s CEO to be using an iPhone, would you? Watch the video embedded below, and you’ll get an introduction to Steve Ballmer’s very own Windows Phone device. Apparently, Bill Gates is “number 1 on the speed dial,” just in case good old Steve needed some advice.
The question now is, if you weren’t ready to embrace Windows Phone, is Steve Ballmer’s WP ad enough of a catalyst to make the jump? When was the last time when you asked yourself, what would Ballmer do?

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Windows Phone 8, Now with Live Apps

Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 11:31 Written by admin Monday, 29 October 2012 11:25

Microsoft is once again aiming to speak directly to end users with its latest version of smartphone operating system. Windows Phone 8 debuts after a number of releases, including upgrades and major updates, that have so far failed to make any real inroads against Apple iPhone and Google Android devices. Time will tell if Windows Phone 8 is going to have a different destiny, but one thing is clear, competition is as intense as possible, and Microsoft’s rivals are by no means resting on their laurels. Well, Apple might be, since the iPhone 5 has to qualify for a bit of a disappointment. A disappointment that will sell millions, granted, but still, I don’t know how long will Apple be able to continue tricking its user base to upgrade to a slightly improved product, year after year.

The Redmond company is saying that users have over 120,000 apps at their disposal in Windows Store, with more on their way, including “Angry Birds Star Wars,” “Cut the Rope Experiments,” “Disney’s Where’s My Water,” “LivingSocial,” “Temple Run,” and “Urbanspoon”.

Another novelty is the addition of Live Apps. WP owners are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of Live Tiles. I said that Live Tiles are revolutionary compared to traditional icons, and I’m glad to see that Microsoft is investing into differentiators and exploring concepts that can easily set it apart from its competitors.

Microsoft also reveal details about Windows Phone 8 devices:

  • Nokia. The Nokia Lumia 920 offers state-of-the-art photography that fits in your pocket, and it is the world’s only smartphone to include Optical Image Stabilization. The Nokia Lumia 822, 820 and 810 offer a ClearBlack display and removable back exchangeable shells in a range of vibrant colors.(3) Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 offer wireless charging.
  • HTC. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC was designed with sleek lines and radiant colors to match Windows Phone’s new Live Tiles. This phone also breaks new ground in optics with 1080p video recording, f2.0 aperture and a dedicated HTC ImageChip on the main 8-megapixel camera and an ultrawide-angle lens on the front camera that lets you fit up to four people in the frame for a premium Skype experience. The 8X and its smaller sibling, the 8S, both boast a killer music experience with Beats Audio and exclusive built-in amps that pair perfectly with Xbox Music.
  • Samsung. The Samsung ATIV S brings the biggest screen to Windows Phone, with a bright 4.8-inch touch screen and large battery for extended battery life. Wrapped in brushed aluminum, the ATIV S balances high-end materials and technology with a hairline design and light weight. The ATIV Odyssey was announced today as the latest Windows Phone from Samsung with more details to come.

Here is some extra info about Windows Phone 8 features:

  • Kid’s Corner. Exclusive to Windows Phone 8, Kid’s Corner is a worry-free way to share your phone with your kids, so they can play “Angry Birds” without texting your angry boss. Parents can now hand over their phones to the kids without worrying about deleted photos, misdirected emails, unapproved purchases or accidental phone calls. After a simple setup, parents can activate a specialized place on the phone for kids to play — complete with their own customizable Start screens — where they can access only the apps, games, music and videos picked by parents.
  • Sometimes you want to share and chat with one group, not your entire social network. Rooms allow you to create private groups of people who have Windows Phone 8 — like your family members best friends or fantasy football league — and easily connect with just them. Chat, share calendars, shopping lists or photos in an ongoing conversation where only those invited can join in. You can share some aspects of Rooms with friends and family on other smartphones as well.
  • Data Sense. This new feature helps you surf more and do more — without worrying about going over your data limit. Data sense helps conserve your data allowance by compressing Web images, deferring data tasks to free Wi-Fi and automatically adjusting your usage as you get closer to your plan limits. Data Sense also shows how much data is used per app. As you approach your limit, Data Sense notifies you so you can get the most out of your plan. Data Sense will roll out to select mobile operators this holiday and additional partners next year. Verizon will be the first to offer Data Sense in the U.S.
  • Wallet and near-field communications. Windows Phone 8 brings together the best of new wallet technologies, including payments via near-field communications (NFC).(1) The Wallet can also store your debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information on your phone.
  • Always-on, premium Skype experience. With the new Skype app, coming soon to Windows Phone 8, you can make and receive Skype calls just like a regular phone call. Simply tap a friend or family member’s contact card in the People Hub, or just pick up when the phone rings. Skype is always on and available so you can choose how to connect with people.

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Downlod Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 12:45 Written by admin Sunday, 28 October 2012 12:45

Visit this webpage to download Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8. In case the official label of the app is not self explanatory, you will need WinHlp32 in order to access 32-bit Help files when running Windows 8, those with the .hlp extension. By default, Windows 8 does not support viewing .hlp Help files.

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