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Goondu review: Microsoft Surface 2

12 Apr


If you were tempted to buy the original Microsoft Surface RT, but held back, the updated Surface 2 is now even more tempting with a lighter frame, sharper screen and a number of other enhancements to match the impressive design.

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Microsoft should offer home and business editions for Office for iPad

30 Mar
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It should come as no surprise that Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps topped the App Store charts shortly after their debut last week.

Clearly, there is a demand for Microsoft’s own Office apps that let you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations – even among folks who have been using third-party apps on tablets and smartphones.

However, while the Office iPad apps are free to download, you will only get to view documents unless you have an Office 365 subscription – from S$138 for five PCs or Macs, plus up to five tablets – to unlock the apps’ editing and creating features.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Enterprise, iphone, Software, Tablet, Microsoft, Office for iPad,  

Microsoft: Enterprises spend S$635bn annually combating malware

23 Mar
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Organisations worldwide are expected to spend nearly S$635 billion this year to deal with issues caused by malware-infected pirated software, according to a study commissioned by Microsoft.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Singapore, Software, enterprise security, malware, Microsoft,  

Surface 2 comes to Singapore with updated features

13 Mar
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Months after it first appeared in the United States, Microsoft’s updated Surface 2 tablet is finally making it way to Singapore tomorrow.

The 10.6-inch tablet now comes with a Full HD screen and sports a faster Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. There’s also a “dual-stage” kick stand, so you can adjust the angle of tilt, well, at least a little more than before.

Tagged in: PCs, Singapore, Tablet, Microsoft, Singapore price and availability, Surface 2,  

IDC: Android grabs 81 per cent share, Windows improves

14 Nov
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Android devices grabbed a huge 81 per cent of the smartphone market during the third quarter this year, while Windows Phone devices also gained a bigger slice of the pie, according to a report today by IDC.

The research firm said Android phones accounted for 211.6 million of the 261.1 million smartphones shipped in the quarter.

Pushing past the 80 per cent mark for the first time, and up from the 74.9 per cent share of a year ago, the Google operating system made significant strides as people sought out low-cost smartphones, said IDC.

Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, Cellphones, iphone, Windows Phone, Apple, BlackBerry, Google, IDC, Microsoft, worldwide smartphone market share,  

Nokia pushes out Lumia 2520 tablet, 6-inch Lumia 1520 and 1320 phablets

23 Oct
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After months of merely updating its Lumia designs, Nokia finally came up with a much-expected Windows RT tablet, as well as two 6-inch phablets that look to take the game to rivals such as Samsung.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Software, Tablet, Windows Phone, Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia 2520, Microsoft, Nokia, pureview, windows rt,  

Windows 8.1 update out now, lets you boot up to desktop

18 Oct
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PC users who have been driven to madness by the touch-friendly, but desktop-silly, interface in Windows 8 should check out the Windows 8.1 update out from today.

Among other improvements, it finally brings back the familiar desktop interface, so missed by those who just want to work on their regular PC monitors as they always have.

Tagged in: PCs, Software, download, Microsoft, update, Windows 8.1,  

Microsoft Surface RT now costs from S$488 in Singapore, after price cut

15 Jul

Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft has slashed the price of its Surface RT tablet to as low as S$488 in Singapore, following similar price cuts in the United States today.

Although this will make the company’s first tablet more attractive to users at first glance, the price cut also raises questions about the tablet’s success and any new plans that the company may have in the pipeline.

Tagged in: laptops, PCs, Singapore, Software, Tablet, Microsoft, price cut, Singapore price and availa, Surface RT,  

Financial Trojan Citadel disrupted in take-down operation

13 Jun
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A Trojan horse program specifically targeting banks has been taken out this year, with more than 1,000 botnets that it used being taken offline through efforts by Microsoft, the FBI and members of the financial services industry.

The program, known as Citadel, is a full “crime-ware” kit that has been around since 2011, and is often sold through underground Russian forums at about US$3,000, according to a report by Symantec this week.

Tagged in: Internet, security, Software, botnet, Citadel, Microsoft, Symantec, Trojan horse,  

Hands on: Microsoft Surface Pro

3 Jun
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Packing my bags last night for the this year’s Computex show in Taipei, I was ready to bring a Microsoft Surface Pro on my trip to report on the yearly computer expo. In the end, I left the gadget behind, and lugged my old 14-inch HP laptop along, despite a backache.

The Surface Pro, brilliant as it is, just did not tick all the boxes for me.

Tagged in: Enterprise, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Tablet, Microsoft, review, Singapore price and availability, Surface Pro,