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We already know much about the Windows 8 app store, such as that it will be HTML based, and will be able to sync apps with your Live ID, so any computer will have your apps and setting already installed. What we did not however know was the name.  That is until mswin found two .dll’s in the leaked Windows 8 build related to the store. The first is WSSync.dll (Windows Store Licensing Sync Client) and the other WSService.dll (Windows Store Service) with the service describing itself as “Provides infrastructure support for Windows Store. This service is started on demand and if disabled applications bought using Windows Store will not behave correctly.” Also in MSHelpUI.dll a low-res image of the app store logo was found (enlarged on the right). The only question left is if the name Windows Store is different enough from the App Store for Apple to let ...

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Windows8Italia has ripped apart Windows 8 Built 7955 and has revealed many new features. The most interesting is that the Windows 8 app store is written in HTML, but will still be a native app for the OS, which increasingly uses HTML5 as a native programing language. The app store will also be able to synchronize apps from one machine to another, presumably based on live ID. This will make roaming profiles even more useful. The OS will also support WIFI Direct, which allows devices to exchange files over WIFI without a router, and also include native support for 3D monitors, cellular networks and componentization (MinWin). Lastly the OS will also support more 3D UI features as found in Windows Phone 7. The OS is certainly shaping up to be a massive change from Windows 7, and as Ballmer has mentioned, is clearly the biggest bet the company has made ...

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REDMOND, Wash. — Apr. 28, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.71 billion, $5.23 billion, and $0.61 per share, which represented increases of 10%, 31%, and 36%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share included a $0.05 tax benefit primarily related to an agreement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to settle a portion of their audit of tax years 2004 to 2006. “We delivered strong financial results despite a mixed PC environment, which demonstrates the strength and breadth of our businesses,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Consumers are purchasing Office 2010, Xbox and Kinect at tremendous rates, and businesses of all sizes are purchasing Microsoft ...

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We saw a screen shot for the control panel entry for Windows 8 Roaming Profiles, and today we a set-up screen where the feature is explained to first time users. According to the screen the Single Online ID allows users to have their personalized Windows Settings, Personalized experiences for your programs, sign-on settings for websites and apps and have easy online password recovery. From the Control panel screen we know the service will allow users to  take your desktop wallpaper, accessibility and language settings, application settings and search settings and also taskbar, explorer and mouse settings to any new computer. Users will also be able to take their saved WIFI and website credentials with them, meaning your saved passwords will travel with you from computer to computer. Source: Windows8beta.com via Compixels.com ...

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The Windows 8 roaming account options have been revealed, and it seems if you link your Windows account to your Windows Live account you can look forward to taking your desktop wallpaper, accessibility and language settings, application settings and search settings and also taskbar, explorer and mouse settings to any new computer. Users will also be able to take their saved WIFI and website credentials with them, meaning your saved passwords will travel with you from computer to computer. Combined with Office 365 and its cloud storage, it means for many scenarios users will be able to go from computer to computer with each one being near identical to the last. The settings will also be sensitive to network speed and cost, which is pretty considerate. Read more istartedsomething.com. ...

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We have seen hints of Metro around Windows 8, most strongly in the start-up screen and the set up pages, but this above video of the Windows 8 Settings page is the fullest implementation so far. It does still however fall short in providing the full multi-panel look, but hopefully this is just an early stage of the development of the OS. via Compixels.com ...

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Winfuture.de have published some videos showing the recently leaked Windows 8 build 7955 in action. The above video shows some features around the login and avatar system,  and the picture shows the pattern login system which will be available, while the video below shows the Out Of Box user experience new installations of the operating system. Via Compixels.com ...

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It turns out the Windows 8 App store, of which several screen shots has been leaked, is not a native Windows 8 application. The software store is in fact real, but is really by Appmarts, which provide an interface to find and download applications. Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com notes that the “Windows Store” (the real name of the app store) is currently locked down to internal Microsoft servers and domain users, and wont be showing up in leaks any time soon. The revelation comes as something of a relief – the design of the store interface is clearly more Windows 7 than Windows 8, something which has been grating our readers since the first screen shots showed up some weeks ago. ...

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Some new screen shots of the M3 build of Windows 8 has popped up at Windows8beta, and it shows a lot more of the Metro in the installation screen than previously, including the flat buttons and typographical elements. See more screen shots at www.chris123nt.com, and also see the new high contrast theme at Windows8beta here. ...

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There has been some question whether the earlier leaked images of the Windows 8 app store were real, with many believing  they were mock-ups. Now new screen shots have emerged (via Compixels.com) of the same app store, still sporting its pretty Metro-less look, hacked out of Windows 8 M3 build 7955. As later builds emerge we will hopefully see this become more refined, and of course it will only be a question of time before Microsoft will need to start asking ISV’s to submit apps to their store, which is now near 100% confirmed. See more screen shots at  Compixels.com. Update: As mentioned by many commenters, it turns out the app store is not from Microsoft and not native after all. Read more here. ...

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Windows8Italia, who has been at the forefront of hacking Windows 8, has released a tool which makes it not only easy to activate and hack Windows 8, but also to acquire one of the leaked builds. The tool, which also sticks to Metro design principles, is called BluePoison, can be found at Windows8Italia.com here. ...

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Windows 8 comes with new Metro-inspired webcam software, but so far it has not been possible to enable it. It seems however some-one has managed to, as this video of the software in action has popped on YouTube. The video by Planindickhead appears to be from the same source as the one showing the one showing the logon transitions and new pattern password. BlogsDNA speculated its from the M3 build, which is in the hands of some but has not yet been widely leaked yet. Read more at BlogsDNA here. Thanks Sandip for the tip. ...

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Winbeta.it have managed to acquire a copy of Windows 8 Build 7955 but are not releasing the software yet. BlogsDNA have published a series of screen shots of the installation in progress, but has so far not revealed anything new in the build. I am sure it will however only be a question of time before the OS is ripped apart and it’s deepest secrets are revealed. See more screen shots at blogsDNA here. ...

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We tend to be a bit obsessed with the tablet aspect of Windows 8, but of course the vast majority of us will use Windows 8 on laptops without touch screens, in which case much of the look and feel has already been revealed. If you like what you have been seeing you can now bring some of that onto your own PC with the Windows 8 Transformation Kit created by HamedDanger on DeviantArt. The pack brings the following enhancements: Taskbar UserTile Aero Lite Windows 8 Aero Theme Aura Beta 2 – automatically adjusts the aero theme colours to your wallpaper The pack can be downloaded here, and of course all hacking is at your own risk. Via BlogsDNA.com ...

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Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s best received operating systems ever, and to underline this Microsoft has just announced they have sold 350 million licenses for the operating system in 7 months. The OS has also started achieving what so far seemed to be impossible – finally overtake Microsoft’s other very successful operating system Windows XP, with StatCounter confirming, at least in USA, that the installed base for Windows 7 has finally edged past Windows XP. This look set to only snowball from there however, with IDC estimating that more than 90% of businesses are currently in progress with their Windows 7 migrations. Interestingly with Windows 8 expected to arrive in less than one year, it seems we are back onto a more enjoyable bi-yearly upgrade cycle, with good things coming much faster than before. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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