25 Apr 2012

Microsoft has released the SkyDrive desktop application for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.  It has also released a "preview client" for Mac OS X Lion users.

SkyDrive for Windows will allow the drag and drop of files up to 2GB in size to and from SkyDrive folders.  Similar to other cloud storage vendors, all files and SkyDrive content will be managed in a central folder that syncs with Microsoft's cloud storage.  Included now is the fetching files option that allows you to access, browse and stream files from a remote PC that is running the SkyDrive application.

If your an existing SkyDrive user and you still haven't claimed your free 25GB, after Microsoft reduced the space to 7GB, you can do so through this link.

Source:  blogs.technet.com

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25 Apr 2012

This week Microsoft updated its SkyDrive cloud-based storage system, but with a catch.  Microsoft has reduced the allotted storage from 25GB free to only 7GB.  If you are one of the 100 million or so existing SkyDrive users, just go to the SkyDrive website and log in and you can claim your free 25 GB.  If you already have more than 7GB of storage in use, you will automatically get the 25GB upgrade with no action needed.  You can opt-in for the free space as long as you signed up for SkyDrive prior to April 22, 2012.

Claiming the free space will be useful for the integration in Windows 8.  It never hurts to have the extra space and for the price of free, why not, right?

23 Apr 2012

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In case you missed it, Microsoft recently announced that they have renamed Windows on Arm (previously known as WOA) to that of Windows RT and also announced the four editions of Windows 8.  The decision to call it Windows RT seems to come from the idea that you can only run Windows Metro apps on WOA, which doesn't take into account the fact that Metro apps can run on more than just the ARM architecture.  

23 Apr 2012


Microsoft recently released details on the four editions of Windows 8 that will be available later this year, including details on WOA now strangely renamed Windows RT.

Windows 8 will be the official product name for the x86 and x64 editions of Windows running on Intel.  The PCs and tablets powered by 32 and 64-bit x86 chips will be Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, which consumers can purchase.  There will be another edition of the x86-optimized version of Windows 8 for bulk purchase.  Windows RT is only available pre-installed and is 32-bit only.

The reduction to four editions, two of which most consumers will have to choose from, shows that Microsoft has simplified the product SKUs, unlike years past. 

22 Apr 2012


The wait is over the official Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone has arrived and can be downloaded via the Windows Phone Marketplace, fulfilling Microsoft's statement at the Mobile World Congress that it would be arriving in April.  You can opt to retrieve the app straight from your phone itself, but it can take up to two days for Skype for Windows Phone to propagate in all local Windows Phone Marketplaces. 

With Skype for Windows Phone you can interface with over 200 million people that use Skype each month on multiple platforms.  Skype for Windows Phone can be used across 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

22 Apr 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark office recently published details regarding a Microsoft patent that relates to a two-sided smart device display system for phones and tablets.  The patent involves an integrated second low-power display, possibly E-Ink, on the back side of a smart device or tablet.  The secondary screen could allow a vendor to put less commonly used icons off of the main screen to free space or show other information not shown in the main screen.  The second display would use a low-powered processor to reduce the load from the main screen, helping with battery life. 

12 Apr 2012

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12 Apr 2012

Get your best Dragon Shout voice ready as official Kinect support has been announced by Bethesday for the Elder Scrolls V:  Skyrim.  Imagine yelling "FUS RO DAH!" at your TV, an instant classic.  This ability will come for free as an update this month and introduce more than 200 voice commands.

Support voice commands will include Dragon Shouts, Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands, and all Menus.

You will be able to create and load saves during gameplay and access all menus and inventories.  There will be Kinect support for special map functions, additional hotkey options, along with the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight and value.  The full list of voice commands will be released by Bethesda in the next few weeks.  No word on if any other Kinect integration such as motion control, will come in the future.

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