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When it comes to tablets, the eight inch version is fast becoming very popular as the tablet of choice for consumers as they offer portability and usability all rolled into one handy device. This new tablet from Asus comes with Microsoft Office 365 pre installed so it offers all of the features such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. This is just the beginning of the VivoTab experience. The ASUS VivoTab 8 comes with a neat 8 inch LED screen with a backlight WXGA display offering a 1280 x 800 of pixel resolutions, IPS Panel and 10 finger multi-touch support. It is running on the Windows 8.1 operating system and powered by the Intel Atom Z3745 quad core processor with a speed of 1.86 GHz.
There is a choice of either a 1 GB or 2 GB of internal storage, with 32 GB of eMMC available and 5 GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space. For great images, there is the 2.0 MP front camera and the same at the rear. Connectivity comes from the WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n and the low energy Bluetooth V4.0. It has eight hours of power from the 15.2 Wh Li polymer battery, it measures up at 124.9 mm (W) x 211.7 mm (D) x 8.8 mm (H) and it weighs in at manageable 330 grams. The ASUS VivoTab 8 comes in Black, White, Purple or Gold.
Finally the new Surface from Microsoft with 4G is available in the UK with 4G, 64 GB memory, Microsoft Office and so much more. It looks great, will be running on the faster NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and has a lovely HD display with a 3.5 mega pixel front camera and a 5.0 mega pixel camera on the back. You will be getting lots of extra stuff too, such as Windows RT 8.1, unlimited minutes on Skype for a year and there is 200 GB of storage on OneDrive for two years.
For connectivity there is a microSD card reader for extra storage, a full size USB 3.0 port, video out and there is Bluetooth 4.0 too. This version of the Surface 2 comes with micro SIM slot so that it can connect even when there is no wireless connection available, it weighs in at 670 grams and comes with Office 2013 RT with Outlook pre-loaded which is great for those who use Microsoft on a daily basis. The Surface 2 64 GB 4G will be launching in May with a price tag of £540!
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There is not much love these days for Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer! It has always been there since the early days of mass internet use and yet when it comes to it, there are many people who simply cannot be asked to use it. In fact, despite all of the TV adverts, IE is still nothing to get excited about and maybe this is something that the new management at the company might want to take a closer look at!
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Spring 2014 will see the first updates coming for Microsoft’s Windows 8 PC operating system. The main focus so far is that the 8.1 update will see improvements to the way the system handles mouse and keyboard functions – mainly an issue for those who have Windows 8 devices with touchscreen capabilities.
Little else has been confirmed as of yet, but there have been a number of other leaks and rumours floating around. Here we take a look at some of them so far, though if you are a developer or IT technician who is looking to get more information about how Microsoft currently operates, there are plenty of short courses you can take such as those offered on this website to bring yourself up to speed.
Apps made pinnable to the taskbar
The Metro interface of Windows 8 increased the number of clicks that users had to make to access the apps or content they wanted to get to. However, it’s rumoured that this update will bring the potential to lock favourite apps onto a taskbar at the bottom of the home screen, rather than having to go into the infamous Metro interface every single time. It’s possible that Microsoft will allow those running Windows 8.1 to run the apps straight from the desktop to cut out this process altogether if they wish.
Metro apps have a title bar
Another strong yet unconfirmed rumour is that the Metro screen applications will have a title bar across the top of them. This will allows users with a mouse to minimise or close them if they no longer need them there, and also provides the option to group sets of apps together.
Shutting Metro apps
The Microsoft apps which are specifically opened from the Metro interface (Photo Editor, Skype, Videos etc.) will all now have a more ‘desktop-like’ close function, where users will be able to click on the icon in the top corner to shut the programme. This will be in addition to the current method of closing with a specific touch gesture, or by using the keyboard function.
It’s not just going to be visible changes – there will be some ‘behind the scenes’ changes which will tweak the way Windows 8 operates and functions. In the main this will be more noticeable on tablets and phones, rather than the desktop version of the operating system. Further rumours suggest that in order for Windows to keep up with Android in the cheap tablet market, their OS will be adapted to run more smoothly on devices with smaller memory side and other technical capabilities.
Quick shutdown option
Another rumoured usability improvement is a quicker option to shut down the PC, with a new icon being placed in the top right of the start screen, next to the user’s profile image. This saves the step of having to log out first and then waiting for this to happen, bringing it more in line with the speed and convenience of tablets and Mac computers.