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In the above video we have Microsoft’s Avi Ben-Menahem demonstrating the Xbox Live features of Windows 8. Xbox Live on Windows 8 will support cross-platform multiplayer and will be more open to developers than on Windows Phone 7, meaning more games will be Xbox Live enabled. According to Ben-Menahem, Xbox Live on Windows 8 will bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows." Via GeekWire and Engadget.com ...

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One of the first things a lot of folks will try after installing the developer preview of Windows 8 will be the IE10 browser—the most used tool in Windows. IE 10 in the preview is Platform Preview 3 of IE 10.  You can read on the IE blog about the HTML 5 engine work we’re doing. This post is about a big change in Metro style IE, which is the plug-in free experience. In Windows 8, IE 10 is available as a Metro style app and as a desktop app. The desktop app continues to fully support all plug-ins and extensions. The HTML5 and script engines are identical and you can easily switch between the different frame windows if you’d like. Metro style IE provides all the main navigation keyboard shortcuts and mouse support you’ve come to expect—creating tabs, moving between tabs, closing tabs, entering addresses, searching, and more. I’m using this ...

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One of the issues which has prevented the wide use of Live features like SkyDive was poor or absent APIs for 3rd party developers, leading to the rise of alternate services like Dropbox which embraced developers. That is now set to change, with Microsoft announcing Live Connect at BUILD yesterday. The new SDK is based on the REST APIs for Windows Live and will provide 3rd party developers access to: SkyDrive: There are billions of photos and documents stored by millions of users in SkyDrive today. You can integrate users’ photos, videos and documents into your experiences with Live Connect. You can enable scenarios such as: Access to Photos: Connect your app, device or site to SkyDrive to let users upload, view, share or print photos from within your experience Access to Documents: Connect your app, device or site to SkyDrive to let users open, save, access, and share documents from within your ...

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The Samsung tablet Microsoft handed out to developers at BUILD 2 days ago ran on an Intel Core i5 processor, and so far not much has been seen live of Windows 8 running on ARM. Thisismynext managed to catch a demo of Windows 8 running on Nvidia’s reference tablet running on a quad-core Kal-El processor and found that the performance was quite comparable to Intel’s Core i5 chip, at least when it came to the smoothness of the user interface. ARM devices are expected to run a lot cooler and last significantly longer than x86 chipset devices, at the expense of backward compatibility with legacy applications. Via thisismynext.com ...

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If there is one segment of PC users who would really benefit from an upgrade to Windows 8 it is current tablet PC owners. In the above video we have Andrew installing Windows 8 on his HTC Touchsmart TM2, and the whole process is smooth and fast, taking around 15 minutes. We look forward to covering the many new features of the OS as they get revealed over the coming weeks, and we can see very little reason why anyone else with a touch screen PC not do the same. ...

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At a Analyst Meeting currently ongoing Microsoft has illustrated its increasing reach in the US Search market with the above slide, which I think illustrates the accelerating gains there pretty well. As Microsoft’s market share grows there develops a virtuous circle where their search results improve due to more data and their income grows as advertisers are more likely to look beyond Google, drawing in more users and making the venture more sustainable. It is I am sure a circle Google would do anything to kill, but it has not been able to succeed so far in the last 2 years, and seems increasingly incapable of doing so. AllthingsD is coving the analyst conference (poorly) here. ...

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Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer preview available for download some time last night.  Today, around 12 hours later, Steve Ballmer has revealed at BUILD that more than 500,000 copies of the 3 GB operating system has been downloaded.  Noting that Microsoft expected to ship 350 million copies of Windows 7, and that at least 500 million Windows 7 PCs will be upgradable to Windows 8, he said: “There is no phone, there is nothing on the tablet, there is no operating system on the planet that will ship 350 million units of anything other than Windows,” he said. “To me this all adds up to an unprecedented time of opportunity for developers.” Windows 8 presents a great opportunity for developers to sell updated Metro versions of apps which already exist for Windows 7 and below, creating (for developers) the fortunate environment of a massive installed base with few apps ...

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Yahool, AOL and Microsoft are to pool their “Class 2 display”  ad inventory from their respective web properties and allow the other members to sell this to advertisers. The deal will give each member greater capacity to sell to advertisers and deal with large orders internally, rather than having to farm these out to 3rd party ad networks. Yahoo Americas head Ross Levinsohn  revealed the deal on behalf of Yahoo at a dinner meeting last night, with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong attended as well as Microsoft Advertising COO Dave O’Hara. The deal appears to be targeted at Google, currently the largest display advertiser, and should give each member greater scale than they would have had individually. Microsoft already has a search deal with Yahoo, and the two has been slowly eating into Google US search share, which is down 6.5% year on year so far. Read more at AllThingsD.com ...

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Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com have deciphered some of the “Few things we did’nt get to show” Sinofsky flashing at the BUILD keynote yesterday. They include: Integrated load balancing – if you have multiple active network connections, Windows 8 will intelligently balance the network traffic between them for performance Stereo 3D video and gaming – would suggest native support for stereoscopic display output too Easy discover apps that support a language – would suggest Windows Store will allow browsing by language Filter apps that are accessible – similar to above, for applications that are accessible Start background – there will be the ability to change the Start background (not possible in developer preview) Create Live ID in Windows OOBE – users without Live IDs will be able to create one at the Windows setup Phone as Smartcard – the ability to use Windows Phone as an authenticator for login? Communication over SMS on my PC – the ability to send and ...

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Major Nelson has posted this screen shot of the Xbox Live user interface on Windows 8. It appears to be near identical to the UI on the Xbox 360, and given the power of the processors and GPU on the tablets there is at least some potential for the blockbuster titles on the console to come to the tablet also. Major Nelson also posted that ”Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices” suggesting it will form the centre of the entertainment experience on Windows 8 tablets. Read more at MajorNelson.com here. Via Winrumors.com ...

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webOS users must be furious at Microsoft for stealing their Tap to Share trademark and functionality, but I am sure everything will be worked out in the end. In the above clip from today’s BUILD Windows 8 keynote we have a demo of Near Field Communication (NFC) on Windows 8, where a tap with a NFC-enabled card transfers a URL to Windows 8, which is then able to act on it. The technology is expected to find more use in when NFC-enabled phones become available, possible even running Windows Phone 7 ...

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Microsoft has just posted that they will be releasing the developer preview of Windows 8 today for download: Starting at 8PM today, Seattle time, you can download all of the code that attendees at BUILD received. This includes 32 or 64 bit x86 builds, with or without development tools. The releases also include a suite of sample/SDK applications and the SDK (please note these are merely illustrations of potential apps, not apps that we intend to ship with Windows 8). The ISOs are linked to from http://dev.windows.com. You download with a Windows Live ID (which you might want to use to test out some of the new roaming features). Upgrade from Windows 7 installation is not supported for pre-release code; only clean installs are supported. Reminder: this is a developer preview release and is not meant for production. It is not a beta release. The download can be found at ...

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Join us for our BUILD Live Blog below. Though we are not at the venue, we will be aggregating and posting news information from various sources. Feel free to comment your views, we are going to post some of them too. ...

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