We’ve got something rather exciting to show you.

This is the fabulous Linx tablet running Windows 8.1  We’ve trialled one over the Christmas holidays and were very impressed.

Unlike most other tablets, this is a fully capable PC in a tablet form.  It runs an Intel quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and has 32GB of sold-state storage that expands to 64GB with a micro-SD card or you can use your favourite cloud storage.

It also comes with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.  Yes, let me repeat that, a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.  That’s Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 minutes of Skype minutes a month.  Once the year is up, you can continue to subscribe if you want to.

The tablet has cameras front comes with all the usual things you’d expect but with the added bonus that it’s a full Windows PC.  You can download apps from the Microsoft store, Kindle, Netflix, Facebook – the selection is getting bigger all the time.

It has a mini-usb port and a mini-HDMI port so you can plug it into monitors, projectors and TVs.

We think this is ideal for people who want something lighter than a laptop to carry with them.  It will be particularly good for students who can use Word, Excel, Powerpoint in the classroom, listen to music on the XBOX app during lunch and play a few games on the way home.

The 10″ version has an optional keyboard with built-in touchpad which clicks into place with magnets turning the tablet into a very capable 10″ laptop.  A great little addition that also helps to protect the screen from scratches.

The Linx tablets are available in 8 and 10″ versions and prices start at £139 including one year of Office 365.

We have a demo model in the shop – why not come and try it for yourself.

But wait. We have some Windows 10 news.

 

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Anyway, you’ll notice that Microsoft held a large event a few weeks ago to update the world about Windows 10 and surprisingly, they showed us a lot to be excited about.  Here are a few highlights:

Windows 10, for one year, will be a free upgrade for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users.

Excellent news, especially for Windows 7 users.  Details are sketchy about how it is going to happen but we’ll be working to find a solution that should help you upgrade easily.

It seems that Microsoft is trying to get as many of its users onto the same platform which makes sense for them.  It should also mean less time between update releases for us.

Gaming DVR built-in.

If you’re into gaming, or have family members that are, you’ll know how important it is to send clips of your goals, take-downs and crashes straight to your friends.  Windows 10 has a DVR function built-in.

Stream XBOX to a Windows 10 device.

This is  a very nice feature.  One of the goals of Windows 10 is to unite the three consumer Microsoft platforms – PCs, XBOX and Phone.  The idea being that if you play a game on your PC, it’ll work on your XBOX and phone too.  Developers of new games are wrangling with this for new games but if you have old XBOX games, you’ll be able to stream from your XBOX to a Windows device.

Direct X 12

Direct X is the engine that runs game-code on Windows devices and it’s been on a fitness regime.  DX12 is capable of vast graphical improvements over its predecessors whilst using fewer resources.  This means that games should run more smoothly on older hardware but mainly it is so games will run nicely on Windows mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

I won’t drone on for too much longer but with the addition of Cortana and a more natural switch between touch and desktop mode, there is a lot to be excited about with Windows 10.

Did I mention the holographic functionality?

I thinks that’s about it for now.  As always, get in touch for more information and don’t forget to come and have a look at the tablets.

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