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Windows ADK for Windows 8.1; New ‘Windows Everywhere’ TV Ad

Windows 8.1 Preview coming on June 26, but to tap on the enterprise market, Microsoft has new Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1.

The new ADK for 8.1 help system administrators easily customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers, by providing them with quick access to plenty of improvements specifically aimed at enterprises.

The tools comes with Windows Preinstallation Environment 5.0, User State Migration Tool 6.3, Windows System Image Manager, Deployment Image Servicing and Management, Application Compatibility Toolkit, Volume Activation Management Tool, Windows Performance Toolkit and Windows Assessment Toolkit.

You can download ADK 8.1 here.

Windows Everywhere TV ad

Microsoft’s new television advertisement entitled “Windows Everywhere,” shows off how devices and services, including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Store, Internet Explorer 10 and Skype, Bing, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, and Xbox Music & Video “give consumers one experience across devices for everything in their lives.”

As Microsoft points out, Windows 8 brings all of Microsoft’s modern products and services to life. The software giant is touting Windows 8 as bringing together all these services onto your PC, tablet, or phone. Microsoft even uses the tagline, “One experience. On every device. For everything in your life.”

In another TV commerical, this time for Surface Pro, Microsoft puts a spotlight on OneNote. “This is a Surface ad, but when you watch closely it’s also like it’s an ad for OneNote,” Nicole Steinbok, a Program Manager on the OneNote team writes.

OneNote helps you move your paper notes into the cloud, “just take a picture of them and insert the image into OneNote. OneNote 2013 converts the image into text wherever possible (right-click the image, then select Alt Text to check it out). OneNote 2013 converts the image into text wherever possible. You can even search the text in your images if you have selected that option.”

At 0:03, there’s the OneNote 2013 icon:

Also, the latest Garage Series for Office 365, video released today show Office experiences across screens of all sizes – from phones to large panel displays. Along the way, they’ll expose some lesser known touch features in PowerPoint, take a tour of the GeoFlow Preview for Excel and show off the capabilities of the 82-inch Perceptive Pixel (PPI) display.

Microsoft Surface team outlined the latest updates and improvements released to Surface RT and Surface Pro as part of June 2013 Patch Tuesday.

Microsoft begins with explaining “WiFi connectivity” issue that has been plaguing Surface owners for quite a while now. The company has apparently, resolved the issue for now.

“There were improvements back in the March update that reduced the instances of ‘limited connectivity’, and we’ve gone further since then to minimize these events from the Surface side. We take the ability to get and stay connected very seriously and hope that you’ve noticed the improvement,” Microsoft explains.

Second, a new driver for the “Surface USB to Ethernet adaptor for Surface Pro” released allow direct Ethernet connection to a wired network, including the ability to PXE boot (PXE stands for Preboot eXecution Environment – it means you can boot from the network).

This adapter is available via the Microsoft Store for roughly $40.

Microsoft also refine the typing experience on Touch and Type Cover-meaning Touch and Type Cover are now even better at catching every single keystroke wherever you’re typing.

The June 2013 firmware update also brought forth improvements to the function keys available on either Touch or Type Cover with Surface RT as well as Surface Pro.

And, the update to the “LifeCam driver on Surface Pro” “enhances image clarity in low light conditions, as well as performance improvements and reliability when you switch between the integrated camera and an external camera.”

Finally, a firmware update has also recently boosted the volume of the Surface RT. The boost in volume is “great for games, videos, Lync, and Skype calls,” the team adds.

New keyboard function keys for Touch and Type Cover for Surface RT and Surface Pro

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