Microsoft Names New CEO – Satya Nadella

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Well folks the wait is over! it’s offical Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as the new CEO of the company. Nadella is a 22 year Microsft veteran that was in charge of the cloud and enterprise divisions at Microsoft. There was alot of buzz running a muck on the web about who would take the out going Steve Ballmers plays. Many were hoping that Bill Gates himself would come back and lead the company into the future, but that aint going to happen! Actually Bill Gates will be stepping down as Chariman of the Board and work closely with Nadella on new technology. And John Thompson will take over as Chairman of the Board.

This sould be exciting times for Microsoft and a new chapter into the Adventures of Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox One, Surface and more! So congradulations to Mr...

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Lenovo Miix 2 Tablet is 8 inches enough?

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Is a 8 inch Tablet enough to spend the money on? Well after the Surface hit the streets last year and I bought both RT and Pro. I began wondering if any of the hardware vendors were going to go head to head with the iPad mini and drop a 8 inch Windows 8 Pro tablet into the market. After the slow in my opinion but steady build up of Windows 8 that question is now a no brainer! The question now is which brand to buy, HP, Dell, Lenovo and so on. well I started searching and touching the various options.

i really won’t go into detail of the other offerings other than to me it was all about feel. I wanted a 8 inch tablet that didnt feel cheap or fragile in my hands...

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Office Remote – Control your Presentation with your Windows Phone 8

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Office Remote is just that! Except it runs on your Windows Phone 8. Office remote is a remote control for your PowerPoint presentations that also works with Excel Spread Sheets and Word documents as well. I just this handy application for a large presentation I was giving for our new mobile application coming to market.

Everything went smooth as silk! Actually I find using Office Remote to be pretty intuitive and did not really have to look down at my phone to see what I was doing. What is pretty amazing is when you click the button to go to the next slide you feel a small vibration, letting you know you clicked the button.

This great app connects to your laptop or tablet via Bluetooth. In my case I was using my Surface Pro, running Office 2013 Pro Plus...

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IE11: Not your typical Internet Explorer

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I’ll be the first to say it: there was a time that when I would be presented with a new computer or a new Windows install, the very first thing I would do is download another browser like Firefox. Internet Explorer was slow, boring, and brought nothing new to the table. Internet Explorer was about as interesting as a lecture on dirt being delivered by the guy who does voice overs on C-SPAN. Every time I would use Internet Explorer, I would just think “There has got to be a better way.”

Then when Internet Explorer 10 rolled out, I was told that it was different. I was informed that it was faster and actually felt like an improvement. I had recently installed Windows 8 on my computer so it was already there...

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The ONE Tour you don’t want to miss! Xbox One

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Xbox One is hitting the road with four decked out tricked out Xbox One Trucks! You can meet the Xbox One truck at a Test Drive Stop near you. Test drive the new Xbox One and play some of the new games released for the anticipated upcoming Xbox One gaming console on November 22. Details of the road tour can be found here. This is a great road show for the Xbox One months before the release date. Also there are Area One Parties you can attend to experience the Xbox One live and in person. (Area One Parties for 18+ years old and you must provide proper ID.

There are a total of 36 events across the United States and Canada...

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Microsoft Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 news and features

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Surface 2 event in New York City

Today Microsoft held an event in New York city, showing off the next generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. The Surface 2 which will run windows 8.1 RT and the Surface Pro 2 will run Windows 8.1. Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay said the new lighter and thinner Surface 2 comes in black and silver and features a 1080p full HD display and also a much faster ARM processor.  of course Surface 2 will still have Office 2013 but has a special version of Outlook 2013 called Outlook RT. Those that currently have a Surface RT should see this Outlook update when windows 8.1 is released for the Surface RT this fall.

Now for the Surface Pro 2 – Intel Haswell Core iX prcessor features 20% more speed and 50% graphics jump along with better sound by Dolby...

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Windows Phone 8 Earns Government Security Certification

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Lock It Down!

This week Windows phone 8 has cleared a new security hurdle and earned a key government accreditation called FIPS 140-2. HUH? yeah that is what I said too when I heard the word FIPS 140-2. It is a U.S. security standard by the government to a credit cryptographic algorithms that protect sensitive data inside smartphones.

Apparently Windows Phone 8 received accreditation for nine cryptographic certificates:

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Surface Pro Tablet has Replaced my Laptop 100%

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My Surface Pro

UPDATE: 9/24/2013

Last night while working with a developer friend on our new project I had to load some software on my Surface Pro. And as we were doing so my friend John was amazed that this software although Windows 8 was running on my Surface Pro. Since installing the new software I have not noticed any kind of slow down or lag what so ever from my Surface. I am very pleased and can now truly be productive while on the go!

New Software Installed:

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

SQL Server 2008 R2 with Management Studio

After configuring and connecting to our Team Foundation Server everything worked with no problems at all...

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Trade in your iPad, get a minimum $200 Gift Card

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It appears Microsoft is running a nice Trade-In-Program, to help consumers make the jump from their iPad to Surface. Here are the details about the program and what you need to do to score a minimum $200 gift card. Good for a Surface Tablet or anything else in the Microsoft Store

“Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.”

This may be a good deal since the Surface RT Tablet is priced at $349 which means after the trade-in you pay a cool $149 bucks! Or go ahead and splurge and get the Surface Pro Tablet for a mere $599 after trade-in. So check out your local Microsoft Store for more details. Oh and by the way here is the legal language from Microsoft about the promotion:

Valid September 5, 2013 until October 27, 2013...

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What is your Favorite Windows Phone?

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OK, now is the time for you speak up and stand up for your favorite Windows Phone device. Personally the Lumia 9xx series has been rock solid for me. And I know the Lumia 1020 has amazing photo tech and all that, but I am sure Nokia has something around the corner to “up” the 1020 so I will wait and see before I shell out that kind of money for my next Windows Phone. Actually I am more excited about the next generation of Surface!

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