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Screenshots of Windows Phone 10 – How different from 8.1?

Microsoft’s insider program has given access to early build of Windows 10 for phones for few registered insiders. Since then, it is raining screenshots  of Windows 10 (for phones) from different Windows communities across the web. Seems like this is turning out to be the next wave. We have tried to put everything  at one place comparing one on one with the current Windows Phone 8.1.

Leaked Screenshots of Windows Phone 10

Start screen

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As you can see in the Windows  Phone 10 start screen, the background wallpaper/image which is set occupies the full estate of the phone screen not leaving any room for the dark/light background.  While in the Windows Phone 8.1, the background image  overlays only on top of the tiles  and giving enough room for the phone’s dark/light background. To keep it simple, we can visualize this similar to standard Windows desktop where the tiles lying everywhere.  There are no significant changes in the top clock bar.

Action center

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The new Action center in Windows Phone 10 has three rows of action bar items. If you can watch closely, the “All Settings” option in 8.1 has been made as one of the action bar items and a collapsible control has been added in Windows Phone 10’s action center. A welcome change, providing users with more control under a single tray, so one need not bother visiting the settings page very often for a simple change.

 

Settings

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This is the much voted feature request in Uservoice, Microsoft has finally listened and now has made a beautiful looking settings page. The settings page in Windows Phone 10 now looks very neat, organized and well grouped under important headings just similar to what we see in desktop version of Windows. A descriptive icon next to main settings item makes everyone’s life easy.  In Windows Phone 8.1, the user has to scroll endlessly to find the desired settings item which is bit of a pain as things are not grouped/ sorted alphabetically.  You can also notice a thick Settings header with icon which is missing in 8.1.

 

Apps list

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Just like we saw in the start screen of Windows Phone 10, the background wallpaper continues to appear even in the app list. The famous jump-start menu in the apps list of Windows phone 10 is now more left aligned unlike the center alignment in 8.1. The search bar icon now aligns with the jump-start menu. Looks more neater.  We have also seen in one of the presentations, Joe Belfiore of Microsoft demonstrating the inclusion of a feature where the recently installed app appears on top of the app list for greater accessibility.

Keyboard

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The Windows Phone 10 now comes with a draggable keyboard  which is in fact very useful for devices which are of large screen like Lumia 1520. You can also see the addition of “Microphone” which you could use to dictate your message instead of typing.

These are just early screenshots of Windows Phone 10 and might be subject to change.

We hope you liked the list. Feel free to share your experience below. 

Uber for Windows Phone has arrived!

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Uber, the popular Taxi app has now hit the shelves of Windows Phone store!  Joel Belfiore of Windows Phone team has confirmed this news by tweeting “Another big-brand, official app on WP! UBER!” . The application is available in most of the Uber operated regions. The Uber application for windows phone is available for free. The company also posted this on their blog . 

Screenshots of Uber app.

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Download Uber for Windows Phone

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Lumia 330 Concept Phones are here!

Some cool dude at PhoneDesigner has posted some interesting Lumia 330 pictures. Well, This comes after Satya Nadela of Microsoft announcing that he is halting Series40 / Asha  Phone development along with Nokia X. Series 40 phones and Asha phones are very popular in developing  countries like India. As these budget phones are saying goodbyes, it should make way for nothing-but-windows phones!

It is interesting to note, Nokia never used any Phone Model series starting with the digit 4.  That’s why we have Lumia 330.. And this is how it looks!

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Photo Courtesy: Phone Designer

Here is the preview of New Animated Lockscreen for Windows Phone 8.1

 

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Thanks to David Lorenzin who has uploaded new lockscreen preview video on youtube. The video shows how the upcoming lockscreens look like on windows phone 8.1 . The video showcases 3 different lockscreen themes

  • Classic
  • Clock plus
  • Stripe

Everything looks pretty interesting. 3 years back, say in December 2011, we had covered about free lockscreens available for windows phone 7 .  If you compare, there are significant changes from Windows Phone 7.  The new animated lockscreens looks classy. We are not sure if it supports something like pattern lock ( like Maze lock popular in Android ).  We hope this new animated lockscreen app hits the store as soon as possible for all range of windows phones running 8.1 .

 

Update: There is an app called Animated Lockscreen published by VenetaSoft which gives a good preview of how the lockscreen looks like on your windows phone 8.1 . Download the preview app from here . ( Yes , it works on 512 Mb RAM devices too! )

Inside the Video:

Classic Animated Lockscreen

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Clock Plus Animated Lockscreen

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Stripe Animated Lockscreen

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So far, which one did you like? Do comment!

Update Status to all Social Networks at once on Windows Phone 8.1 (Cyan)

The new windows phone 8.1 comes with over 100 plus features compared to Windows Phone 8. Some of the notable features are Action Center, Transparent tiles, Cortana and improved social integration.  However people who are used to Windows Phone 8 might be finding little hard to update their social network status’ on 8.1.

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Primary reason being, The Windows Phone 8.1 doesn’t provide a native support for facebook and other primary social sites.  Because of constantly changing features in facebook / others , Windows phone has chosen not to pre-build a third party service for longitivity  reasons.  Instead windows phone 8.1 has opened doors for something called social extensibility framework where a third party apps can write their custom interface which integrates deeply into Me tile ( Popular in windows phone) .

If you are primarily looking for updating status at 1 shot.. There are few helpful apps which integrates all social networking sites at one place. So that you can link all your social accounts and use that as your default “Status update app”  ( Which you can configure from Settings in Me tile) ..

Here are those useful apps:

1. Unishare

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Download Unishare from windows phone store.

2.Multishare

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Download Multishare from windows phone store.

3.Sharit

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Hope this helps. If you find more such social apps do let me know. Do comment 🙂

Xbox One set to launch in India on September 23. How much does it cost?

Xbox one – The gaming console by Microsoft is all set to launch in India on September 23. Some interesting facts on Xbox one as reported by Tech2

How much does it cost?
The Xbox one in India is expected to be available for 39,000 INR approximately.

If you want along with Kinect you have to shell out additional money. With Kinect, Xbox one is expected to cost 45,990 INR approximately.

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Along with India, Xbox one is expected to launch in other Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

We think its a good competition for Sony PS4. What do you think?

Dell Latitude 10: What is it?

Dell latitude 10 is a recently released multi-touch 25.4 cm tablet which runs on Windows 8.  Dell claims this tablet as a “Business” device as it has Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and support for computrace.

 

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The long lasting battery (9:03 / 16:01) puts it apart from its competitor tablets. The Bright IPS Display is one of its key features.
Productivity dock and the optional keyboard support could serve you as a good add-on.

Screen size of 10.1 inch, screen resolution of 1366 x 768, weighs just 1.57 lb with Corning® Gorilla® Glass display and stylus support.

You can have a look at the official page for complete tech specs

Pros:

  • A very good battery life.
  • 3G Connectivity.
  • IPS Display with Gorilla Glass.
  • Pen input.
  • TPM and computrace security.

Cons:

  • No USB 3.0  support.
  • Non upgradeable 2 GB RAM

If you are looking for a windows 8 experience on tablet consider going for this. Have your say in comments section.

Google Chrome beats Internet Explorer Worldwide!


The Global Stats service from Statcounter reveals an interesting data about browser usage worldwide. The Search Engine giant Google is now victorious even in the browser war.

Google chrome was released on September 2, 2008. Even before completing its 4th anniversary it has got a tremendous

growth and now in the month of May and June it has surpassed the

Internet explorer, a browser made by Microsoft which exits from 1995.

Here is the link to stats page

While there is a drop in the user base of Firefox, The other browsers like Safari and Opera follows its trajectory with a common ups and downs.

MSN India Poll results

Best and Worst Stories of 2011: According to MSN India


MSN India recently conducted a poll in which it registered 5.2 million votes. The results are now out. Read on to see the Best and Bekaar of 2011 and find out for yourself. This poll was tailored only for the Indian audience. MSN India quotes 2011 to be “one action packed year ” for India.

Below is the official Press Release by MSN.

Rajeev Khandelwal better than SRK!

•  All India Survey by MSN chooses the ‘Best’ and ‘Bekaar’ of 2011

•  Whopping 5.2 million votes

•  Kat capture fancy, Vidya and newbie Nargis trail way behind

•  ‘Bodyguard’ Sallu secure on top

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New Delhi, December 28, 2011: The countdown to ring out 2011 has begun and What a Year it has been….we won the Cricket World Cup, we had scandals after scandal in politics, a new leader emerged in form of Anna, and Aiswarya Rai Bachchan, along with the nation, welcomed Beti B had. Whichever way you see, you will agree that 2011 was one action packed year!

Therefore, at the dawn of 2012, MSN India invited consumers to vote for the best and the worst of 2011 under the categories: Bollywood, Sports, leaders and the most admired women. Indians have voted up a storm and we have had a whopping 5.2 million votes!! The results are out, some are expected and some are massive surprises.

Read on to know more:

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Best Actor (Male): The ‘Shaitan’ of Bollywood, Rajeev Khandelwal has bagged the ‘Best Actor Male’ title. What’s more surprising? He has beaten the more obvious, Shahrukh, the King Khan and Imran Khan, the chocolate boy! With …….. Votes, great going Rajeev!

Best Actor (Female): Katrina Kaif. Ahem! So ‘Shiela Ki Jawani’ has eclipsed ‘Silk Smita’ and Katrina has beaten Vidya Balan for the top spot. We hope this would be a great encouragement for Kat and she would win the top spot again next year – not for being a ‘Chikni Chameli’…this time for actually acting!

Worst Actor (Male): And the award goes to Himesh Reshammiya. We Indians admire bravery and this man is the bravest person in Bollywood currently. If you do not believe us, kindly watch his movies. But for that, you need to be very brave too! In fact, Aby Baby might have got blessed with a BaB this year; however, he has definitely not managed to be on the apple of the Junta’s eye! He gave a tough competition to Himesh Reshamiya in the category of the ‘worst actor male’.

Worst Actor (Female): Esha Deol. Well! At least she won something.

Best Film: Bodyguard. Lovely Singh gave a tough competition to other contenders, Delhi Belly and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. But, we are not surprised. Salman Bhai is pretty hard to beat! And with this, the bad boy of Bollywood has ruled the people’s hearts two years in a row. Last year, Dabang had emerged as the Movie of the Year in the MSN India Diwali Dhamaka Poll.

Worst Film: Mausam. One of the reviews said that the movie was so long that India could have accommodated a couple of terror attacks by the time the movie finished. Go Figure!

Sports

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Indian Sportsman of the year: M S Dhoni is the undoubted winner. Why not? After the legendary Kapil Dev, this is the next man who won the world cup for us. You do us proud Dhoni!

 Best Indian Sporting eventThe Cricket World Cup, what else??????? India winning the cup is still afresh in our minds and hearts. But, the big surprise is that there is just a difference of 1000 votes between the Cricket World Cup and the Hockey World Cup. Do we smell a return of the Hockey decade?

Most followed Indian Sport: It’s Cricket for the most obvious reasons but here too the difference between Cricket and Hockey is a mere 64 votes. Hopefully, this is sign of a renewed interest in our national game.

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Leaders

Most Admired Indian Leader: Narendra Modi wins this title and beating other hot favorites Anna Hazare and Rahul Gandhi in the process.

 

 

kiran bedi - most admired female

Women

 MSN She Most Admired Indian Female Icon: Kiran Bedi wins this well deserved title for her fight against corruption.

 

To see the results from Poll, Log on to http://specials.msn.co.in/sp11/yearendspecial/index.aspx

Did you enjoy this article? Are you satisfied with the results of the poll, drop a comment to share your personal views with us!

Microsoft Social Network

Microsoft Tulalip: A rumored to be Social Network

Microsoft is planning to take down Facebook and the very latest social network by Google, Google+ by starting its own social network which goes by the name Tulalip.

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Fusible was the first to report this news. Shocking as it came we noticed a welcome screen hung upon on the site socl.com which is short for Social. The welcome screen reads,

“With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever”

Reports suggests that, Microsoft purchased the domain socl.com recently just two weeks ago, exactly when Google launched its social network. Obviously Microsoft was planning this way before. From what we know, the Search box where it reads OPEN is currently non functional. The Facebook Sign in feature too does not work.

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The Twitter Sign in feature is where we have been able to gather more information about what this new service is going to be all about. As soon as you click it, you will see Twitter’s authorization page. In here glance over the application control features:

Read Tweets, Follow others, Update Profile and Post Tweets automatically

Now what impression does this give to you? That its some kind of social network right! Yes as nice as that news maybe to you, you will bummed to hear that its just a experimental app for now.

If you look at it closely, you can see that it says

Tulalip, By Microsoft Research, Experimental App.

Well it speaks for itself, we don’t think we will hear of Tulalip in a while as the service is currently under development. If you like you can check out SOCL.com yourself. Presently the page reads,

“Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest.”

I think Microsoft heard about its possible leak and posted that message. We certainly don’t think it was a mistake. DO YOU?

Speak with us by a comment. If we are the first one to get in, maybe who knows you would be the first one to get invited!

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Xbox 360 now absolutely free from Microsoft

Yes this is a genuine news. Its not a hoax or a rumor. Microsoft has already announced it on its official blog. Microsoft is giving college students free XBOX 360 console with no charge whatsoever.

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Microsoft said that if a student buys any Windows 7 PC from well known retailers such as Dell, HP or the Microsoft Store, which is above the price tag of $699, he/she will get a free XBOX 360 4GB console, from the Microsoft Store itself. I think this is a great deal because at just 31,413 INR, Indian people can get a sweet slick-looking XBOX 360 console absolutely free. All you have to do is go to a DELL or a HP retailer, choose any PC above $699 price, and present your .edu email address, in case you dont have a .edu email id, just present them your student ID. Thats it, nice and simple!

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The free XBOX 360 that you get from the MICROSOFT is a 4GB console and features a built-in WiFi and comes with a black XBOX 360 wireless controller as stated in an article at the CNET. This console is currently priced at $200.

This is a very good time to buy your kids a PC because already he/she will start going to college or school soon and has a chance to learn many things and get interactive. A PC will always help them in doing their homeworks and a XBOX will always keep them connected with their family and friends. Surfing the web, streaming videos and gaming just got a lot more easy and fun with the new XBOX.

Hurry now!!! This offer has just started today, the 22nd May. Offer valid till stocks last.

Its time now for your superb comment. Tell us, whether you like this giant frenzy offer or not? Isn’t it cool?