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Facebook today announced their new TimeLine feature, and Microsoft watchers would have noticed that the Maps filter in TimeLine will show you the locations you have shared on Facebook using an embedded Bing Maps. Microsoft and Facebook have an ever deepening relationship, with Microsoft providing search in Facebook, Skype  video chat, Messaging integration with Windows Live and not the mapping service.  Microsoft is of course also a minor investor in the company, with a 4% stake. Via LiveSide.net ...

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Google is defending themselves in front of the US Senate, and of course is trying to diffuse accusations that they are a monopoly by claiming their competitors are a bit more competitive than they really are. Google’s Eric Schmidt’s opening comments should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt when he said: Among major search engines, Microsoft’s Bing has continued to gain in popularity, perhaps because it comes pre-installed as the search default on over 70 percent of new computers sold. Microsoft’s Bing is the exclusive search provider for Yahoo! and Facebook. Microsoft recently signed a deal for Bing to power English language search on the fast-rising Chinese search engine Baidu, which Baidu has acknowledged will help it become more competitive in markets outside of China. In addition to Internet Explorer, Microsoft has integrated Bing into its popular gaming console, the Xbox 360, which it is in talks with ...

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Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share, reflecting a 4 cent or 25 percent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable December 8, 2011 to shareholders of record on November 17, 2011. The ex-dividend date will be November 15, 2011. The dividend can be annualized to around 2.95% at the current share price, better than the 10 year US Treasury Bill rate, which is closer to 2%. “Our strong financial results enable us to increase our dividend as part of our ongoing commitment to return capital to our shareholders,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer of Microsoft. In the last quarter Microsoft announced record revenue of $17.37 billion and profits of $5.87 billion. The company is continuing its $40 billion share repurchase program approved by the board of directors in September 2008. The repurchase program, which expires ...

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I guess being a proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Microsoft has made Skype a bit more eager to serve their new masters. The company has released an update for their VOIP client with the changelog featuring only the addition of Windows 8 support, an OS still a year from release. If you are a Windows 8 Developer Preview user and suffering from Skype issues you can download 5.5.0.117 from Skype here. Via ZDNet.com ...

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While much has been made of a split between Microsoft and Intel, the vast majority of Intel’s chips still run Windows and vice versa. Besides showing of Chromebooks then at IDF Intel also took a minute to show ultrabooks running Windows 8.  Intel’s Vice President Mooly Eden and Brett Carpenter from Microsoft’s Windows Ecosystem Group showed off an Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook running on Windows 8 as well as a 32nm Atom based tablet. Ultrabooks will run on  Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor, due out in the first half of next year.  Ivy Bridge will be succeeded by the ultra-low-power Haswell processor. Eden rounded off by saying, "What we are trying to do together is Windows 8, Microsoft’s newest operating system, and Intel’s new platform solution together provide a no compromise based user experience." While Intel concentrated on showing Windows 8 will also run on devices without touch screens, I think ...

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The biggest concern desktop and laptop users have about Windows 8 is losing the simple and efficient usability of the old start menu, which has frankly just improved over time. Vhanla has created a simple tool which allows a user to easily switch between Windows 8 old Start Menu and Windows Metro Style start screen. The tool hides in the notification area, simply modifies a key in the registry and then restarts Explorer. The app features: Runs at start-up, so you can change anytime you want Hides on system tray (notification area) Special button to only enable/disable old windows start menu (keeps ribbon explorer), requires admin privileges Read more about the app and find the download at DeviantArt here. ...

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Some wonder if there is any demand for Microsoft’s new tablet OS.  If the going price on eBay for the Samsung Windows 8 tablet Microsoft gave away to developers at BUILD is any indicated, the demand could be pretty good, with bidding for the Core i5-powered tablet now at $2700, with 7 more hours to go. The 11.6 inch tablet with 64 GB of storage also interestingly comes with 12 months of free AT&T data usage, suggesting developers got a pretty good deal when they were given the devices for free. See the auction at eBay here. Via Winrumors.com ...

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According to industry sage Eldar Murtazin HTC is working on a Qualcomm-powered Windows 8 tablet.  The predominantly Android company is already producing Android tablets, and is also rumoured to be set to unveil an Intel-powered Android device early next year. HTC has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and have already produced a Windows-powered netbook, the HTC Shift. Windows 8 ARM-powered tablets will not be able to run x86 desktop applications, but may have a version of Microsoft’s Office suite ported to it. Via Intomobile and BGR.com ...

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Microsoft has said their Developer Preview of Windows 8 was the first they would be providing updates to.  Now a rumour, started by Win8China, is going round that Microsoft is planning to release a public beta of the OS as early as September 30th. While this seems incredibly early, we of course do not really know how far advanced Microsoft’s internal builds are, and with more than a million downloads of the Windows 8 DP already one could say Microsoft may as well make this an official beta also. Via WinBeta.com Thanks Hotmail Alias for the tip. ...

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Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have commented on one of the biggest developments on Windows 8, the OS running on ARM processors. Eager to show Windows 8 on ARM will provide a full desktop browsing experience, Qualcomm ironically concentrated on showing Flash while browsing, something which Microsoft is in fact deprecating in favour of HTML5. Texas Instruments on the other hand underplayed the need for super-powerful chips, saying most software do not take advantage of quad-cores at present, but that they will have chips ready for when Windows 8 does hit the market at the end of next year. They did however see ARM as extending from more than tablets to also thin and light laptops, which if successful could spell start of the decline of Intel. Nvidia of course have already said they see Windows 8 as a major new revenue stream and opportunity for them, and see their only ...

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Yahoo’s Carol Bartz and Steve Ballmer in happier times There is talks of AOL and Yahoo looking for a merger, but now Microsoft is also rumoured to be sniffing around the ailing Yahoo. "Definitely, people are talking about it," a MSN source told Business Insider. While we usually think in terms of Bing and Yahoo, which makes the deal less attractive as Microsoft has a 10 year search deal with the company, it is Microsoft’s MSN destination which could benefit the most from an outright purchase. The source told Business Insider Microsoft was not interested in AOL, noting "Yahoo is a lot more interesting. If it comes into play, then at least their U.S. media business is a pretty interesting asset. It’s complicated because of those Asian assets." "The portal space is challenged. Facebook is just absorbing more and more minutes – usage. That’s having an effect on portals. The ...

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With Windows 8 Metro interface featuring much less on-screen controls, there is an increased need, at least with non-touch screen devices, for keyboard shortcuts. Below is a useful list of shortcut keys that may make using Windows 8 on a normal laptop much less painful, and in the end may even make your a lot more efficient. Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout Win + C : Open the Charms Win + D : Show the desktop Win + E : open Windows Explorer Win + F : Open the Search panel Win + H : Open the Share charm Win + I : Open the Settings charm Win + K : Open the Connect charm Win + L : Lock the computer Win + O : Lock the screen rotation Win + Q : Open the search pane Win + R : Open run ...

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Windows 8 will not support Flash in its Immersive browser, and Windows 8 users are likely going to spend increasing amounts of time there. Adobe, who makes a significant portion of their income from Flash creation tools, has responded to the challenge to their business in a blog post, saying: We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine, including rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash. In addition, we expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today, including the recent number one paid app for the iPad on the Apple App Store, Machinarium, which is built using Flash tools and deployed on the Web using Flash Player and through app stores as a standalone app. ...

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ignyt47 have uploaded this video showing an Acer Aspire 1825PT 11.6in convertible tabletPC with a Core2Duo processor booting up to a usable state in less time than it took for the Apple MacBook Pro to even get to the log-in screen. We suspect OEMs will start pushing touch screens as a way to increase margins on laptops pretty hard, and with Windows 8 as the OS buyers will finally have a reason to pay the premium.  Likely non-touch screen PCs will be a dying breed in 2 years. I think it is safe to say while Apple has been trading on their image for a while, the brand will lose its cachet somewhat when it is embarrassed every day by much more nimble Windows 8 laptops. ...

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MobilityDigest have published this handy guide to dual booting with Windows 8 and another operating system. The steps seem relatively simple and goes as follows: Step 0: Acquire Installation Media Download Windows 8 Developer Preview from Microsoft and burn the ISO image to a DVD. Step 1: Backup your files Step 2: Making Room for Windows 8 You will need  around 20 GB of storage, with around 7.5 of that taken up by Windows 8.  You  will need to repartition your hard drive to give Windows 8 room to install. From Windows 7 you can use Disk Management to shrink the C drive (Right click on “Computer” > Select “Manage” > Select “Disk Management”). For Vista and XP user, you will need to get 3rd party software(like Acronis), to do it. Step 3: Installing Restart the computer and insert the installation media you created in Step 0. When prompted, hit ...

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 In the above video we do an  HTML 5 browser comparison between IE 10 (Metro and Desktop version), Firefox Aurora, and Chrome Beta, running on the HP Touchsmart TM2 with Windows 8 Developer Beta loaded. Complete system restarts were done before filming a different web browser, to ensure that each browser had a perfectly fair start. We ran the Touch Effects and Flying Images tests from http://ietestdrive.com RESULTS Touch Effects————————————- 1st: IE 10 Desktop Mode 2nd: Firefox Aurora 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta Flying Images—————————————– 1st: Firefox Aurora 2nd: IE 10 Desktop Mode 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta It is interesting to see that IE10 Metro performs differently than IE10 in classic mode.  The TM2 is using an integrated graphics card, so it’s not the most powerful. We suspect on more modern hardware, which is what IE10 is optimised for, it should perform even better. ...

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