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  • Only if you currently have a device running Windows 8.1 (Core) operating system can you upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro (Professional) using this Windows 8.1 Pro Pack (upgrade) product.

    Windows 8.1 Pro allows you to connect and share your files and also adds enhanced features if you need to connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and access to other more advanced tasks. To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping present locations you've selected on the lock screen. New functions also allow you to search for your favourite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of the mouse.

    Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to 'refresh' it-self to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows. Use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one.

    With Remote Desktop you can connect your PC to a PC in another location, like your work PC to your home PC and use all of your apps, files, and network resources as if you were sitting right in front of your work PC. You can leave apps open at work and then see those same apps on your home PC. Watch, pause, and record HDTV, watch DVDs, listen to your tunes, show off your photos, and enjoy online shows. All in one place with Windows Media Centre - a whole PC entertainment system. System requirements: 1Ghz processor 2G.

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  • Create custom apps fast without being a developer

    What's new in Access 2013

    What’s new in Access 2013? In a word, apps. An Access web app is a new type of database that you build in Access, then use and share with others as a SharePoint app in a web browser. To build an app, you just select the type of data you want to track (contacts, tasks, projects, and so on). Access creates the database structure, complete with views that let you add and edit data. Navigation and basic commands are built-in, so you can start using your app right away.

    Getting started with apps

    Building an app

    Using your SharePoint server or Office 365 site as a host, you’ll be able to build a polished, browser-based database app. Under the hood, Access apps use SQL Server to provide the best performance and data integrity. On the startup screen, click Custom web app.

    NOTE: With Access 2013, you can still create traditional desktop databases from scratch. Or, try out a template to create an app, a desktop database, or an Access 2010-style web database.

    Table templates

    Quickly add tables to your app using pre-designed table templates. If you’re tracking tasks, search for the Tasks template and click it.

    If you see the multiple-table indicator next to a template, that means Access will add commonly used related tables for you so you can get started with a truly relational database. Access creates views for each table that display data from related tables.

    External data

    Import data from Access desktop databases, Microsoft Excel files, ODBC data sources, text files, and SharePoint lists.

  • Design is suitable for use with either hand. Up to 6 month battery life. Scroll Wheel for easy navigation. Built-In transceiver storage for ultimate portability.

    H 100, W 59, D 382.

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  • Go anywhere and stay connected. You'll appreciate how this wireless mobile mouse comfortably fits your mobile lifestyle and your pocketbook. Whether you're sending email or presenting to a class, you can rely on precise optical tracking to scroll, point, and click smoothly. Plus, roam up to 30ft away and retain reliable wireless control of your computer. When it's time to pack up and go, you'll hardly notice the tiny transceiver. Leave it plugged into your computer's USB port, or tuck it into the bottom of the mouse for travel.

    Keep using the mouse for up to 10 month without having to change the batteries, and save power with the convenient on/off switch. Leave the Nano Transceiver plugged in when you're on the go, or stow it in the mouse. Enjoy quality performance that takes advantage of 1,000-dots-per-inch (DPI) tracking and 2.4-gigahertz (GHz) wireless. Use your mouse for up to 10 month without having to change batteries. On/Off Switch - Conserve battery power by turning off your mouse when not in use. Comfort - Experience comfortable use of three buttons and a scroll wheel with either hand. H 96, W 57, D 36 mm.

    MICROSOFT helpline: 0844 800 2400.
  • Combining practicality and protection, the Microsoft Surface 2 Type keyboard cover is the perfect accessory for any serious Surface user. From typing long documents to navigating complex software, the Surface 2 Type cover adds laptop functionality to your Surface 2. Simply attach the Keyboard Cover using the quick magnet connector to gain access to a full keyboard and gesture-compatible track pad - perfect for apps and software that requires laptop precision or control. You can control your music and films with ease too courtesy of quick-access media keys. The Surface 2 keyboard features backlit keys, a handy addition that not only looks great but also makes it easier to see and type in lower light environments. Once attached, you aren't restrict to using the Surface in laptop mode as the touchscreen remains active should you want it to, while engaging tablet-only mode is as easy as folding the keyboard back to the rear of the screen. The super-thin and lightweight design makes transporting the keyboard simple while the durable material protects the screen from bumps and scrapes. Designed specifically for the Surface 2 and Pro 2, the Microsoft Surface 2 Type keyboard cover offers excellent functionality and protection.

    Colour: Magenta.
  • Create professional and impactful publications.

    What's new in Publisher 2013

    Microsoft Publisher 2013 adds new capabilities geared to help you add, change, and format pictures and text with new and improved effects, like glow and bevel, so that your publications have a creative snap without adding a lot of work to your plate.

    Adding and changing pictures

    Sometimes you want to try a bunch of pictures in different spots in your publication. Publisher 2013 simplifies the process for adding, changing, and swapping pictures.

    Adding pictures

    Publisher 2013 combines searching for pictures on your computer, from Office.com’s clip art gallery, and the web in one dialog.

    From the scratch area you can drag a picture onto your publication’s page and drag it back off again or swap for another picture if you don’t like the way it looks.

    Swapping pictures

    To swap two pictures, whether they are both on the page or one is in the scratch area, select one picture and drag it by the mountain and sun icon to the other picture until a pink highlight appears around the picture and release the mouse button.

    Creating picture backgrounds

    You can take your pictures and use them as the background for your publication’s pages. Right-click on the picture, choose Apply to Background and then either Fill to expand the picture to take up the entire background.

    Picture effects

    There are many new picture effects available. You can apply shadows, reflections, glow, soft edges, bevels, and 3-D rotations to your pictures. Select the picture and click Picture Effects, on the Picture Tools – Format tab.

  • Reliable Value, Ready When You Are - Look no further for a quality keyboard that offers great value. Get all the features you need and more with Microsoft quality and reliability. Quiet Touch keys and quick access to media controls simplify how you use your computer and let you focus on the task at hand.

    Media Centre: Four hot keys let you control the most-used media activities (play/pause, volume up, volume down, and mute).

    Quiet-touch Keys: Quiet, responsive, thin-profile keys.

    Calculator Hot Key: With the touch of the button, you can quickly access the Calculator.

    Spill Resistant Design. Enjoy a drink while you work, this keyboard is designed to withstand an accidental spill.

    Windows Start Button: Press to launch your Start menu and search your PC or the Web if you have Windows Vista or later installed.

    Plug and Play: No software needed. Just connect the keyboard to your PC and go!

    H 42.7, W 160, D 456 mm.

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    The Closest to Being There - Enjoy a superior HD video quality with the LifeCam Studio, which includes a 1080p HD sensor.

    But great video is about more than HD. Keep your subject crisp with autofocus, from four inches to infinity. Shoot with great accuracy in wide angle with the LifeCam precision glass element lens. And, to make filming even easier, LifeCam features TrueColor Technology, which means your video remains bright and colourful in virtually all light conditions while ClearFrame Technology provides smooth and detailed footage. Use the built-in High-Fidelity Microphone to bring it all together: the vivid sights, colours, and sounds of real life. 1080p HD Sensor For superior sharpness and image quality. High-precision glass element lens. Wide-angle glass element lens for advanced, high-precision optics. TrueColor Technology - bright and colourful video, in virtually all lighting conditions. ClearFrame Technology - for smooth, detailed video. High-Fidelity Microphone - for more natural, detailed audio.

    Colour: Black.
  • Design and deliver beautiful presentations with ease and confidence.

    Impress them with your presentation skills

    Presenter View. Stay organized with new behind-the-scenes tools, so you can keep your presentation focused and your audience tuned in.

    Slide Zoom. Direct your audience’s attention right to your point. Zoom in on a diagram, chart, or graphic with a couple of clicks, and zoom out just as smoothly.

    Slide Navigator. While in Presenter View, your audience sees only the slide you’ve selected.

    Auto-extend. When you project your presentation to a second screen, your slides and Presenter View automatically appear on the correct screens. No fumbling with equipment.

    Design unique and compelling presentations

    Start Screen. Jump-start your creative process by browsing the new wide-screen themes displayed when PowerPoint opens.

    Theme Variants. Give your design the look you want. Apply design variations with a click.

    Alignment Guides. Add a designer’s touch. Intuitively align shapes, text boxes, videos on your slides.

    Merge Shapes. Create your own shapes and customized icons with the Union, Combine, Fragment, Intersect, and Subtract tools.

    Work together to make your presentation shine

    Simplified Sharing. Share work with confidence. Your presentations are saved online on SkyDrive or SharePoint by default.

    ReplyComment. Keep track of the conversation. Place and reply comments right next to the slide area you’re discussing, so everyone can readily see who replied to whom, and when.

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    Style That Works. At just over a foot long and less than an inch thick, the Microsoft Arc Keyboard is the perfect companion while you're playing your Xbox 360, chatting online at the kitchen table, or working at your office desk. Compact and portable, the wireless keyboard can easily be stowed in a coffee-table drawer when not in use. Or, leave it out for everyone to see - it has a clean, modern design that you'll be proud to display. Clean lines and eye catching shape. Show off an eye-catching shape that looks as much a piece of art as a high-tech tool. Lightweight and Compact - use the keyboard anywhere, taking advantage of the comfortable and portable design. Stowable Nano Transceiver - leave the transceiver plugged into your PC, or stow it underneath the keyboard when you want to pack it for travel. 2.4Ghz Wireless Freely roam around the room with a reliable wireless connection of up to 30ft.

    Colour: Black.
  • Curve for Comfort; Flatten to pack.

    Enjoy stylish, compact comfort and reliable wireless freedom at your fingertips. Curve it comfortably for use. Then smoothly glide your finger up or down the scroll pad to navigate through a page and the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse responds precisely to the speed of your movement. Use it just about anywhere, even on a rough wood surface or your living room carpet, relying on Microsoft BlueTrack Technology*. While giving a presentation or surfing the Internet, roam 30ft away and retain reliable wireless control of your computer. When you pack up and go, you'll travel in style. Keep the tiny transceiver plugged into your computer's USB port, or tuck it into the underside of the mouse. Flatten the Arc Touch Mouse to turn it off, and slip it into your pocket or bag as easily as a mobile phone. Flexible Design Curve for comfort, flatten to pack. A perfect fit for your hand and your mobile lifestyle. Power On and Off Curve to turn on. Flatten to turn off. No button to switch. A green light flashes to show the battery is working, and then turns off to save battery life. Touch to Scroll Click. Tap. Flick. Control. Quickly brush up or down with your finger to flick into hyperfast vertical scrolling for smooth, intuitive navigation. Scroll slowly with a gentle swipe or quickly with a flick of the finger, then tap to stop. BlueTrack Technology Take advantage of BlueTrack Technology, which combines the power of optical with the precision of laser for remarkable tracking on virtually any surface.

    *Perfectly Portable Nano transceiver magnetically attaches to the bottom of the mouse for wireless freedom. *BlueTrack Technology does not work on clear glass or mirrored surfaces.

    Colour: Black.
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    The Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 headphones with built-in microphone are perfect if you want to chat, game, or listen to music.

    Sit back and enjoy the quality digital sound, made even better with comfy leatherette ear pads. With the USB connection, you can get plugged in fast. And when you're ready to talk, the noise-cancelling microphone makes sure you're heard, crystal clear.

    System Requirements: Windows 7, 8, Vista or XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), (excluding Windows XP 64-bit); Hard Drive - 60Mb free; Connectivity USB 1.1 port or higher (USB 2.0 recommended).

    From Skype video chats with family and friends around the world to talking to friends old and new while you enjoy online gaming, the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 headphones will soon become an essential part of your set-up.

    Colour: Black.
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