Upgrade from XP SP3/Vista/7 to Windows 8 Pro for Rs 1999


Windows 8 Pro is available as a Digital Download at Microsoft Site for Rs 1,999. You have an option to order a backup disk also during the online purchase process.

This upgrade is available to users currently running Windows XP/ Vista/7.

An upgrade wizard  will run before the purchase process to evaluate the upgrade route. Migration route is available only available for Windows 7. Remaining versions needs to go for a fresh install.

 


iOS AppStore updated with local currency for India


Starting today AppStore has been updated to reflect price for Apps in Indian Rupee. Not sure whether currency conversion fees are still applicable when making a purchase from India.


Pay more on an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 8 compared to upgrade from Windows XP/7


Microsoft posted details on upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro without a reinstall. The upgrade will also include Windows Media Center license.

The upgrade comes at a price and seems to be higher compared to upgrading from your older Windows versions, ie. Windows XP or Windows 7.

Windows 8 to Pro upgrade will cost you around $69.99. Where as an upgrade from Windows XP or 7 to Windows 8 Pro will be only $39.99 .

So if you are getting a new Desktop or Laptop with Windows 8, you have to shell out more compared to those upgrading their existing older versions to new Windows 8. Doesn’t look like a fair deal.

Promotional Offer – Upgrade from Windows 8 to Pro
Promotional Offer – Upgrade from Windows XP/7 to Windows 8 Pro


Evolving Ecosystem around Apple Passbook


Passbook

Passbook (Photo credit: Domenic K.)

Its quiet interesting to see the evolving support around Apple’s Passbook app. I gave a hint about the future of Passbook in my earlier post.
By this time a handful of implementation utilizing Passbook have been announced.  Any solutions like Pre-Paid Cards on Passbook, in my view doesn’t utilize the right potential of Passbook.
What strikes me most is the approach taken by Apple to give a solution without utilizing new Hardware like NFC.
Disadvantages of NFC based mobile payment solutions.
NFC at first looks very innovative. But building any solution around this needs lot of new additions to user and the vendor.
  • Needs NFC Supported handsets
  • Needs specialized terminals at vendor-side to support NFC based payments
  • Vendors needs to integrate these terminals to their existing billing software
  • Tied down to one or two providers – Google Wallet and upcoming ISIS

Points captured under bullets 2 and 3   needs additional investment on the Vendor side.

No business will go for something new until they see some break-even in the investment they are making.

Since, plastic cards are so popular even with an average customer then why should they need to support a mere percentage of the population with NFC payments.
Advantages of Passbook based mobile Payment solutions

Passbook addresses the top Disadvantages of NFC based solutions

  • No additional hardware feature required on users Handset
  • No Specialized terminals needed at Vendor side
  • Utilizes bar code which is already supported  at  Vendors.
  • Passbook provides an ecosystem for any body to come in

See Also : iOS Passbook Simplified

Disadvantages of Passbook

  • It’s basically the current platform its available – Only iOS and that too on newly released iPhone 5 and older 4S.
  • Scanning of Bar codes in Passbook cards seems to be problematic for existing readers

The last one captured in the Advantages of Passbook is the most prominent one.

It’s easy for anybody to join the Passbook ecosystem unlike Google Wallet and ISIS.

The implementor just needs to ensure that he generates and supports Passbook compliant cards, which doesn’t seems to be a big deal.

The solutions so far provided in Passbook are either Boarding Passes, Admittance Cards, Pre-Paid Coupons. But we could see some innovative ideas coming up in future, As iOS always remains as a preferred platform for Developers compared to others.

To address the Disadvantages of Passbook
  • Apple could gain more acceptance by releasing Passbook to other platforms like Android, Windows Phones etc. Google has already taken this approach by providing support for iOS on their upcoming Google Wallet Version.
  • We could build a iOS based bar code reader. We already have Apps to do so in all platforms.

The first one is less likely, as core thinking at Apple is to Sell their hardware based on the exclusive software / app they provide on their hardware.

For taking Passbook forward

  • Deploying Passbook app in platforms other than iOS
  • Building a Two way interaction between Passbook and POS Terminals.

The current interaction between passbook and POS terminal is One way which is similar to existing payment solutions – Re-Deem Coupons, Credit / Debit Cards. As this is a Software based solution , we could build two-way interactions.  One use could be to Pre-Generate a card and  during each interaction, the Vendor charges the card and the Passbook card’s balance is reduced by the amount charged. This could in one way reduce the creation of a card for each purchase.

Also Major banks should come forward in generating Passbook supported Cards. The advantage for Banks would be no need to manage the making of Plastic Cards. If we could manage a Two way interaction then we could eliminate multiple Instances of any misuse. As Once a  Pre-defined limit based Card is generated then the charging happens between the Passbook Card and Vendor.

It will be exciting to watch how this App could change the way we  make mobile payments in future.

 


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Hunt for a perfect Office Suite for Tablets


Reality strikes

A Desktop user, who gets his first tablet after playing it for while becomes aware that he is missing his favorite Office Suite. Then starts the search for solutions. Even though choices were plenty, most of them were marred with compromises of one another – compatibility issues, limited features or something else.

Hope

Innovative companies, who were aware of this problem faced by tablet users, started launching cloud based solutions of MS Office. But all of them were restricted to US or a few countries. When Nivio announced their cloud solution almost a year ago, I Pre-registered hoping that I’ll be one of the first ones from India who will be testing it out. But Nivio never launched in India, as of now. It seems to have not anticipated the licensing or legal aspects for making the service available in various countries.

Relief

Then Microsoft announced its WebApps for Office. Was happy knowing at least a genuine solution exists. Tried it out immediately, was happy, but working on a web page to edit your documents hindered the fluency you enjoyed on your Desktop.

Nirvana

And out of surprise, came across the news that CloudOn has launched globally. Downloaded the app from AppStore and I was using the app in no time. Went thru a quick registration process, enabled Google Drive and attached to CloudOn and I was working on my favorite Office Suite in 10 minutes.
The implementation is pretty neat; no lag while drafting even though the cloud was powering it. Customized keyboard reminds me of the Desktop version. iOS keyboard could have hindered the experience, but the CloudOn keyboard is a well thought out Desktop replica. The special keys you use normally on a desktop or laptop are available.

Otherwise you would be missing your TAB key very badly when using Excel. Arrow keys provided also helps in navigating Excel. Double tap selects a word. Touch and swipe selects text or cell range. Long press brings your mouse right-click context menu. Use Pinch to zoom in or out. You will not be missing your ribbon menu. The basic and advanced features needed to get your job done are already present.

Even if Microsoft doesn’t launch its tablet version of MS Office, I wouldn’t be bothered.

Nice Touches

• In no time you are using your office applications
• Quick registration
• Support of popular cloud storage solutions
• Customized keyboard
• Neat implementation of touch gestures for common actions
• Doesn’t feel like a stripped out version
• Global availability
• Intuitive interface

Drawbacks

  • Always-on Internet connectivity to work on your documents

CloudOn Service available globally


CloudOn on iPad

CloudOn on iPad

 

The service which was earlier restricted to few countries  is available globally now.

CloudOn is a cloud based service which allows  tablets users to work with MS Office Documents. That means you can create, edit & view Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents using MS Office Suite Apps now on your Tablet. This is a welcome relief for Tablet users who normally compromise while using alternative Office Suites on iOS or Android.  Microsoft so far has been playing a hide and seek game on the launch of MS Office for tablet Operating Systems.

People from India who had been on a long wait for the launch of Nivio services will be very happy. Nivio was not able to keep up to its promised schedule so far.

On a first glance and use, the app seems to better compared to MS Office WebApps.

Go ahead and download the app from your respective App Store. Registration is quick and App currently supports the popular Cloud based storage services like Box, Google Drive and DropBox. The app uses cloud storage to store users documents.

 

CloudOn for iPad    CloudOn for Android