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Microsoft has officially announced Windows 8 editions that will be available when the upcoming operating system is released to the market. The Redmond software giant also announced that Windows 8 is the official name of the new operating system. To keep things simpler and reduce confusion, the software giant will release three editions of Windows 8, namely, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT.

PCs and Tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms) will have Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Windows on ARM platform or WOA will be officially called Windows RT. Windows 8 Enterprise edition targeted towards enterprise customers will have all features of Windows 8 Pro plus features required for an IT organization like PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and more.

Recently, we reviewed EASEUS Partition Master, a comprehensive Windows application for managing hard disk partitions. At the end of the review we announced a giveaway courtesy the developers. Through the giveaway, 10 lucky winners could get a professional license of EASEUS Partition Master with built-in Linux bootable disk license retails at $19.95.

You can read the full review of EASEUS Partition Master Professional here.

Today we will announce the 10 lucky winners names, each of them will receive their license keys directly from the developers of EASEUS Partition Master.

EASEUS Partition Master is a comprehensive Windows application for easily managing hard disk partitions. Its convenient user-interface simplifies your tasks by offering many functions to manage your partitions. The Professional Edition can let you enjoy all the powerful basic and advanced partition functions.

Windows default partition manager is very basic and doesn’t offer advanced partition options. EaseUS Partition Master with Partition Recovery Wizard integrated is a comprehensive toolkit for computer users. It covers a full range of features including Partition Manager, Partition Recovery Wizard and disk & partition copy and more.

EaseUS Partition Master also allows users to create bootable disk. Using this bootable disk, you can manage hard disk partitions when the Operating System crashes. You can also resize the primary drive to reinstall other Operating Systems or even manage partitions on a computer without Operating System.

SpringPublisher Pro is the premium upgrade to SpringPublisher Free desktop publisher software. The freeware counterpart which is light on system can be converted to the pro version without burning a big hole in your pocket (it costs only $23.95). Thanks to SpringPublisher Team, we’re giving away 5 copies of SpringPublisher Pro this week.

The pro version unlocks the locked functions of the Free version. Earlier, we have already seen how SpringPublisher free version works. If you have not read that article, you can read the article titled: “SpringPublisher: Design & Print Flyers, Business Cards, Letterheads” here.

The free version lets you design and take print out in low to medium quality (96 and 180 dpi, respectively) of your creatives. The professional version, which we’re giving away here, unlocks the locked functions and will allow you to print in high quality output at 350 dpi. You will also get 100 download credits to grab templates from SpringPublisher online store.

Microsoft released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in February 2011. Now, Microsoft has made available Windows 7 ISO images integrated with SP1.

Earlier, we shared official Digital River direct download links of Windows 7. But, then you had to download Service Pack 1 separately (or get it through Windows Updates) to update your PC to Windows 7 SP1. Otherwise, you had to go through the painful process of slipstream Service Pack 1 into Windows 7 ISO or installation DVD. Let’s admit that fact, SP1 slipstream process is not everyone’s cup of tea. Since Microsoft has already released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ISO, than why take the pain? You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to download Windows 7 SP1 ISO, we are here to help you. After you download Windows 7 SP1, you don’t ever need to download SP1 separately after a fresh Windows 7 install. You are on the right page. You can now stop searching for the Official Windows 7 SP1 integrated ISO images. Microsoft officially distributes Windows 7 SP1 ISO directly using Digital River Servers.

NovaBACKUP Professional is a complete system backup and restore application for Windows users. Recently, we did a quick review of NovaBACKUP 12 Professional and found it easy to use for everyone. You can read our full review by clicking on the link below:

NovaBackup 12 Professional Review

NovaBACKUP 12 Professional offers custom backup options along with wizards catering both novice and advanced users. The user interface itself is split into two vies; Simple View and Advanced View. The Simple View has all the tools meant for novice users while the Advanced View has features for the advanced users. We found that the basic view hides some functions which are available only in advanced view. Some functions which are available in basic view are hidden in the advanced view.

We would like to thank NovaStor, the developers of NovaBackup, for sponsoring this giveaway. If you are a software developer and want to partner with us for hosting this kind of event, you can contact us.

We have successfully completed the giveaway of three licenses of NovaBACKUP 12 Professional each worth $49.95. Today is the time to declare the names of the three lucky subscribers of My Technology Guide, who have each won a license of the professional backup solution.

We did a quick validation of the entries and used “Random Sequence Generator” service (in secure HTTPS mode) to do the draw.

Review posted on Jun 23, 2011. Before proceeding please read my comment.

In this digital age, we store data commonly in hard disks, but we should be extra cautious about our precious data. As hard disks are getting cheaper and cheaper, everyone is storing everything they can in them. But, have we all ever thought about backup? With these fragile data storage medium, we can never be 100% sure. Disaster happens almost everyday, hard disks fails, data corruption occurs, in seconds all our important precious data vanishes in thin air, while we just stare at the monitor helplessly. Sounds scary?

It’s scary, loosing all our data in seconds is the worst nightmare that anyone will want to experience. Here, at My Technology Guide, we take backup seriously, thus we rely on VaultPress, a premium backup service by Automattic for WordPress sites. We will share about our experience with them some other day.

While our Windows operating system is busy performing a scheduled backup, there’s time to check an interesting backup tool, NovaBACKUP Professional. NovaBACKUP Professional is a cost-effective backup application for Windows users. It has an easy to use user interface and can back up your data to CD/DVD drives, online over the Internet, or to tape drives, disk drives and other media without interfering with other programs. The easy step-by-step wizard guides you through performing backup and restore tasks.

Vectorian Giotto is a Flash creator application using which you can easily create professional Flash animations even if you are not a Flash professional. Vectorian Giotto’s powerful yet very simple user interface, requires only designing your Flash animation using the tools and pre-defined controls provided by it, without even writing a single line of code. It will allow you to quickly and easily create professional Flash animations for websites and other projects.

Before using Vectorian Giotto, creating Flash animations was not my cup of tea. I had no experience whatsoever with Flash animation or graphics tools before. But, with the easy-to-use interface, powerful drawing tools, shape morphing, stunning built-in effects, sound and scripting support, a beginner like me will find it very easy to make incredible, professional-looking movies, while for any expert designer, they can do much more in less time. And if you are short of creativity, you can use any of the pre-installed templates and simply change the text and graphics in it to have a polished flash banners.

Windows XP Mode is freely available for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise users. It allows you to run legacy applications inside a Windows XP virtual machine running in the background. Windows XP Mode was primarily designed to help businesses move from Windows XP to Windows 7. Almost all programs that are compatible with Windows Vista and a majority of Windows XP programs, run well in Windows 7. But, if a program doesn’t run properly even after trying the Program Compatibility troubleshooter, you can run the program in Windows XP Mode.

Windows XP Mode runs in a separate window on the Windows 7 desktop, much like a program, except it’s a fully functional version of Windows XP. When you install a program in Windows XP Mode, the program appears in both the Windows XP Mode list of programs and in the Windows 7 list of programs, so you can open the program directly from Windows 7. Do note that it isn’t optimized for graphic-intensive programs such as 3D games or for programs with hardware requirements such as TV tuners.

Windows XP Mode is freely available for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise users. It allows you to run legacy applications inside a Windows XP virtual machine running in the background. Windows XP Mode was primarily designed to help businesses move from Windows XP to Windows 7. Almost all programs that are compatible with Windows Vista and a majority of Windows XP programs, run well in Windows 7. But, if a program doesn’t run properly even after trying the Program Compatibility troubleshooter, you can run the program in Windows XP Mode.

Windows XP Mode runs in a separate window on the Windows 7 desktop, much like a program, except it’s a fully functional version of Windows XP. When you install a program in Windows XP Mode, the program appears in both the Windows XP Mode list of programs and in the Windows 7 list of programs, so you can open the program directly from Windows 7. Do note that it isn’t optimized for graphic-intensive programs such as 3D games or for programs with hardware requirements such as TV tuners.