Microsoft launches Windows Phone in India

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 0 comments

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. has launched the Windows Phone in India.
With an all new rich and dynamic user interface of Live Tiles and Hubs, Windows Phone enables people to quickly find, connect and consume the things that they care about the most.

The new OS sports a smooth transitional user interface called ‘Metro’, a visually appealing modern design language based on a set of principles which are modern, clean, alive in motion, and authentically

Announcing the launch of Windows Phone in India, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, “We are incredibly excited about today’s unveiling of Windows Phone.

"With Windows Phone, we have looked at the consumer experience in an absolutely fresh way, and the end result is an operating system that is stylish, innovative, and one that seamlessly integrates the most sought after user experiences such as search, gaming, email and social networks across Bing, Office, Xbox LIVE, Facebook, Twitter and more.”

The conventional application icons have been replaced by Live Tiles on the Windows Phone start screen, thus boldly displaying critical information at a glance.

The Live Tiles come to life with real-time updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New Live Tiles can be easily created from whatever content a consumer wants, for applications, websites and music.

The integrated experiences are achieved through ‘hubs’ which bring together related content into a single view to simplify common tasks. These include:

• People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Windows Live in one step.

• Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone also brings together a user’s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a person’s entire picture and video collection

• Games. This hub delivers the Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamer’s avatar, Achievements and gamer profile

• Music + Video. This hub creates an incredible media experience. The overall experience is rich and easy to navigate, and immerses the listener in the content.

• Marketplace. With over 30,000 apps and games, this hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.

• Office. Windows Phone Office hub has mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint for working on the go. These can synchronised back to SkyDrive, Office 365 or SharePoint sites

Every Windows Phone device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ mobile processor and comes with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone.

Speaking at the launch, Vikas Arora, Group Director - Operator Channel, Microsoft, said, “Windows Phone is for people who are ready for a new phone experience, one that brings together the things you care about in a way that uniquely represents who you really are –whether at work or play.”

Microsoft revealed a range of Windows Phone devices that will be available in India soon, the first being the HTC Radar. This will be followed by devices from Samsung and Acer, and subsequently Nokia.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing.


Google to shut Google Buzz

Sunday, October 16, 2011 0 comments

google_buzz_icon_extralargeGoogle announced to shut down the highly-controversial social networking product Google Buzz, along with several other services in the coming weeks, Xinhua reported.
Google on its official blog, Google announced the death penalty to its code search engine, Buzz, Jaiku which let users send updates to friends, the Google personalised homepage feature iGoogle, and the University Research Program for Google Search.
The shut-downs came as part of Google's housecleaning effort announced in early September, in which the company said it will shut down a number of products and merging others into existing products as features.
"Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past. We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+. Our users expect great things from us; today's announcements let us focus even more on giving them something truly awesome," said Google in the blog post.
Google Buzz, a social networking and messaging tool integrated into Gmail service, has been widely criticised for privacy concerns and held back the search giant from expanding its businesses to the social networking space.
After Buzz, Google launched Google+ in June, which has been receiving a good response and passed the 40 million user mark, the company's chief executive officer Larry Page said.


Acer launches thinnest Ultrabook

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 0 comments

Acer India, the second largest PC vendor in India, on Friday claimed to have launched the world;s thinnest Ultrabook-Aspire S3-in India.Acer-Debuts-First-Ultrabook-Aspire-S3-Combining-Best-of-Tablet-PC-and-Smartphone

The Recent Q2’2011 market research reports from both Gartner and IDC position Acer as the No. 2 PC vendor in the country. Industry watchers believe that with the launch of the world’s thinnest Ultrabook (new class of mobile computers), the ‘Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook’, Acer is all set to grow exponentially in the Indian market.
The Ultrabook will be shaped by Moore’s Law and silicon technology in the same way they have shaped the traditional PC for the past 40 years.
W S Mukund, Managing Director, Acer India said, “We have redefined our position in the marketplace by making India’s first Ultrabook commercially available at a mainstream price."
The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook claims to integrate the best features of notebooks and tablets, offering users powerful performance for digital creation, in addition to ultra-fast responsiveness and interaction for content consumption, enhancing the freedom and overall computing experiences of users on the go.
The Aspire S3 Ultrabook, available at Rs. 49,999 onwards, measures 1.3 cm thin and weighs less than 1.4 kg (3 lbs.).5 It's also equipped with a full-size Acer FineTip chiclet keyboard, designed for comfortable use and maximum productivity.


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