Dell and another 10 OEMs will also pre-install Microsoft apps on their Android devices

microsoft-headquartersIn addition to the announcement of select future Samsung Android tablets being pre-installed with Microsoft software such the Office apps, OneDrive, OneNote and Skype, there seems to be many more manufactures taking part in this venture.

Microsoft has officially announced that Dell along with an additional 10 OEMs will also be bundling the same apps on their Android products later in 2015. Although Microsoft or its OEMs haven’t disclosed exactly what type of Android devices these apps will be pre-installed on, or how this deal came to be, it’s definitely an aggressive move on Microsoft’s part to ensure that it’s services reach more potential customers.

Earlier today, we announced an expanded global partnership with Samsung to deliver Microsoft mobile productivity services to both consumer and business customers. Building on that news, I’m pleased to share that we’ve also expanded strategic agreements with leading global OEM Dell, and regional OEMs including TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper of Turkey, as well as top original device manufacturer Pegatron. These 11 hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year.

For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of and enrich people’s experiences on Android devices. Original device manufacturers are important because they extend Microsoft services to the ecosystem. More specifically, they help to reach a greater number of other device manufacturers, resulting in even more choice for customers around the world. And for Microsoft, this is part of the company’s mobile-first, cloud-first vision.  It is addressing consumer demand for top services by making them already available on a device, instead of requiring consumers to download them separately.

Microsoft is set for a very aggressive year when it comes to their product offerings.  Not only will Windows 10 be available on an unprecedented amount of devices and cost nothing for about 900 million users, but the software giant is doing everything possible to ensure that its services thrive on competing platforms.  Not to mention the launch of HoloLens later this year which has tremendous potential and can possibly change the face of the company almost instantly.

Source: Microsoft

New PCs and Hybrid PCs shown at Computex including a 5-in-1 device

Transformer-Book-Flip_2_7383847BToday at the annual Computex event, which is Taiwan’s largest exhibition of new technology, PC makers showed off some interesting PCs, laptops, hybrid devices and a very interesting 5-in-1 device. Microsoft set a vision with Windows 8 and their Surface line of products, and it looks like PC manufacturers are finally on board with this vision of creating versatile hybrid Windows machines. However, things aren’t so rosy with PC OEMs and Microsoft, as some of these hybrid devices shown off today run Android and Google’s Chrome OS, while some are allowing users to switch between Windows and Android (through “dual-booting”). It seems like Microsoft getting into the hardware business with Surface, had repercussions which caused  PC OEMs to take a step towards Android, keeping one foot in Microsoft’s camp and the other in Google’s.

HP announced updated versions of their Chromebook line while Microsoft’s closest partner Dell, is also pushing its own line of Chromebooks, particularly to the education sector.  Microsoft’s partners are not what they once were, and are beginning to distance themselves from Windows to explore other options.

Microsoft said in a Statement. “The end result is that more people—across consumer and commercial—will have access to an even broader selection of new devices with all the awesomeness that Windows 8.1 provides, and get Office too, all at a really affordable price,”

“Additionally, as reach expands, the opportunity for developers and their apps also increases.”

Microsoft has recently changed their licencing terms in order to combat low-end offerings such as the Chrombook while keeping their OEMs producing Windows devices cheaper for everyone. These new terms are allowing PC manufacturers to receive a free Windows licences on devices that would cost less than $250 as well as devices with 9” screens or smaller. Windows is also drastically improved with update 1 for Windows 8.1 and is able to now work on devices with 1GB of RAM and just 16GB of storage.

So with all that, here’s a look at some of the devices announced at Computex from PC manufacturers.

Asus Transformer Book V

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The ASUS Transformer Book V is an example of extreme versatility as it’s a  device running Windows and Android. This is a 5-in-1 device that also has a slot for  the phone that it comes with running Android.  The Transformer Book V runs the two OS’s in laptop and tablet mode, and  switching between the two is almost instant with the dedicated button. To get by licencing restriction in putting two different operating systems on the same device,  ASUS thought of something clever to satisfy both OS makers.  ASUS has put all of the Android hardware and software on the phone while the Windows hardware and software remains on the tablet.  The Android software running on the tablet is actually running as a remote desktop environment.

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The Zenbook NX500

20140427_220145000_iOSThe new Zenbook NX500 has a gorgeous silver slim form factor with a sleek aluminum unibody construction. It looks great on the outside and super powerful on the inside: the Zenbook NX500 is powered by Intel Core processors (up to Core i7 quad-core processor) and configurable with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics that has 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. It also has Broadcom 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SATA 3 RAID 0 or PCIe x4 SSD storage. The Zenbook NX500 is the first ASUS laptop with a 4K/UHD display with VisualMaster technology. It has a stunning 15.6-inch 3840×2160 resolution IPS display. The display has lifelike color reproduction with a wide color gamut (100% NTSC/108% Adobe RGB) and factory-calibrated color temperature – perfect for photographers and other professionals like folks who work a lot with video. To top off this already amazing new Ultrabook, the Zenbook NX500 also has titanium-film speakers and SonicMaster audio technology, incorporating ICEpower, Bang & Olufsen technology.

Source: Windows Experience Blog

Asus Transformer Book Flip

 

Transformer-Book-Flip_2_7383847BThe Transformer Book Flip is a new 2-in-1 PC that “flips” the display up to 360 degrees from the fully-closed position with a hinge that has four gears that make it so you get smooth movement and ensures the display stays exactly where you want it. There is also an automatic keyboard and touchpad lock that gets activated with the Transformer Book Flip is used in non-laptop modes to make sure unwanted input doesn’t occur. The Transformer Book Flip will be available with three screen sizes: 13.3 inches, 14.0 inches and 15.6 inches. It will feature a bright Full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen display. The touchscreen uses high-precision 6mm-diameter actuators, which are more than twice as sensitive as the 9mm industry standard for accurate and responsive touch. On the inside, the Transformer Book Flip is powered by Intel Core processors (up to Core i7 quad-core processor) and configurable with NVIDIA GeForce GT840M discrete graphics with 2GB of video memory. The ASUS Transformer Book Flip will be available worldwide from the end of June.

Source: Windows Experience Blog

HP ENVY x360 and HP Pavilion x36HP-ENVY-x360_1_400979C6

The HP ENVY x360 is designed for people looking for a high-performance PC that bridges the gap between work and play. The ENVY x360 has a 15.6-inch diagonal 10-point capacitive touchscreen and a unique hinge that lets you seamlessly shift to tablet or tent mode to watch movies or play games from the Windows Store. It also supports Windows 8.1 touch gestures with its HP Control Zone trackpad. On the inside, it is powered by an Intel Core processor. The HP ENVY x360 is expected to be available in the U.S. on June 11th starting at $679.99 (U.S.).

Source: Windows Experience Blog

HP Split x2
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The HP Pavilion x2 is a sleek, lightweight detachable PC that has an advanced hinge design and dual battery system that includes a battery in the base and one in the tablet so that users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back. The Split x2 has a 13.3-inch 10-point touchscreen display and an ultra-quiet fanless design and is powered an Intel Core processor. The HP Split x2 is expected to be available on July 16 starting at $599.99 (U.S.).

Source: Windows Experience Blog

 

Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1

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The Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 has an 11-inch, 10-finger capacitive touch edge-to-edge display with wide viewing angles. With 500GB – you get plenty of storage. It is designed with mobility in mind with its lightweight design, up to a little over 8 hours of battery life and is powered with up to an Intel Pentium quad-core processor. You also get an excellent audio experience with Waves MAXXAudio technology. The Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 will be available starting on June 19th on Dell.com starting at $449.99 (U.S.).

Source: Windows Experience Blog

Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1

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The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 is a step up from the Inspiron 11 3000 Series with a 13.3-inch 10-finger capacitive touchscreen display with up to Full HD resolution. It comes powered by 4th generation Intel Core processors, has a backlit keyboard, and a built-in passive stylus – perfect for jotting down notes in OneNote! The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 will be available in starting in September.

Source: Windows Experience Blog

Inspiron 20 3000 Series

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Dell is also announcing a new entry-level Inspiron All-in-One PC – the Inspiron 20 3000 Series. The Inspiron 20 3000 Series All-in-One has a radically thin and lightweight design with an adjustable A-frame stand for multiple viewing options. Because of its lightweight design, the Inspiron 20 3000 Series All-in-One can easily be moved around the house as needed. It has a 19.5-inch HD display, comes powered with up to Intel Pentium quad core processors, and premium speakers with Waves MAXXAudio and an integrated sub-woofer. The Inspiron 20 3000 Series All-in-One will be available starting July 1st on Dell.com the U.S. and is currently is available now in select countries around the world starting at $349.99 (U.S.).

Additionally, Dell is also announcing new 27-inch, 23-inch, and 21.5-inch Dell UltraSharp monitors. These new monitors feature Full HD screen resolution and an ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angle. They are also optimized for Microsoft Lync through their built-in 2 megapixel Full HD webcams built-in mics with echo cancellation. These new UltraSharp monitors will be available from June 3rd on Dell.com starting at $449.99 for the 27-inch model (UZ2715H); $299.99 for the 23-inch model (UZ2315H); and $269.99 for the 21.5-inch model (UZ2215H).

Source: Windows Experience Blog