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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft has today detailed the new improved boot experience coming to Windows 8 later this year. Windows 8 will feature modernized and touch-enabled core boot loader and the boot will be very fast as well. Here are the things they did in this release, We pulled together all the options into a single menu – the boot options menu – that has all the troubleshooting tools, the developer-focused options for Windows startup, methods for accessing the firmware’s BIOS setup, and a straightforward method for booting to alternate devices such as USB drives. We created failover behaviors that automatically bring up the boot options menu (in a highly robust and validated environment) whenever there is a problem that would keep the PC from booting successfully into Windows. Finally, we created several straightforward methods to easily reach the boot options menu, even when nothing is wrong with Windows or boot. ...

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As announced few months before, Microsoft today released its Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5. The new SDK version features many new items such as Skeletal Tracking, Face tracking, Seated Skeletal tracking and other improvements that will allow developers to create apps on Kinect more accurately and easily. Changes since v1, The Kinect for Windows v1.5 SDK, driver, and runtime are 100% compatible with Kinect for Windows v1.0 application binaries. As of this release, the SDK has been divided into a core SDK and a developer toolkit. These are two separate installs. Kinect Studio is a new tool which allows you to record and playback Kinect data to aid in development. For example: A developer writing a Kinect for Windows application for use in a shopping center, can record clips of users in the target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for development and test purposes. Skeletal ...

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In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we found some pre-installed apps from Microsoft such as Weather, Maps, Finance etc,. which are powered by Bing. According to Winunleaked forums, Windows 8 Release Preview will include even more apps from Microsoft such as News, Sports and Travel. I’m sure that News and Travel apps will be powered by Bing and Sports may be powered by Bing and MSN together. What do you expect from these apps ? Source: winunleaked ...

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In a long blog post on discussing how Windows Desktop evolved over the years, Microsoft detailed how they are going to change the Windows 8 Desktop looks so that it will go great with the WinRT apps and the new Start Menu. As we reported before, the Aero Glass theme is now gone and is being replaced by a flat, light and Metro looking theme as you can see in the image above. We have made a number of improvements to the desktop visual appearance in Windows 8. Although we wanted the desktop to feel familiar, we also wanted to take some ideas from our new design language and apply them where we could. We applied the principles of “clean and crisp” when updating window and taskbar chrome. Gone are the glass and reflections. We squared off the edges of windows and the taskbar. We removed all the glows and gradients found on buttons ...

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This was one of the long requested features to Microsoft SkyDrive team. When you share a file in SkyDrive earlier, you will get a long link which would not even fit inside a tweet. Today, Microsoft announced a custom short URL for SkyDrive sharing links powered by Bitly, sdrv.ms. When you click get link option as above, you have an option to shorten it. Also Microsoft has added OpenGraph support to URLs so that when you paste them into places like Facebook, a thumbnail preview gets generated which makes it look cool. Another feature power users may find it useful will be this, Since bitly powers the shortener, you also get great power features. For example, you can add a ‘+’ to the end of any short URL to see statistics. You can also generate a QR code for that URL by appending ’.qrcode’ to that URL. Read more on it here.  ...

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  Last week at Search Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft Bing announced a new version that will feature enhanced social experience during search. The enhanced new Bing is now rolling out to Bing US account users and initially people with Bing Rewards account were sent an email by Microsoft to try this stuff. Here’s what you can do with new Bing, For example, if you’re searching for diving spots in Hawaii, you might see a friend who lived in Hawaii, your sister who shared photos from her honeymoon in Hawaii, and a buddy who “likes” a restaurant in Hawaii. You can then ask them for recommendations right from Bing. You may not always see friends you expect to show up for a number of reasons. Bing uses public Facebook information and content you’ve given Bing permission to use, such as friends’ photos on Facebook. We won’t match friends based on ...

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  Microsoft detailed its upcoming enhanced Multi-monitor support in Windows 8. Windows 7 officially supported multiple monitors, but the experience was limited such as having same background, task bar only in primary monitor, etc,. In Windows 8, Microsoft has improved the  experience to a great extent. Check them out in the video below. Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Make the desktop a more personal experience. Perhaps the most personalized feature on the desktop is the ability to customize the desktop background. We set out to make this a great experience on multiple monitors too. Improve the efficiency of accessing apps across monitors. In Windows 7, the top request from people using multiple monitors was to improve the taskbar efficiency. Improve the efficiency of accessing system UI. In Windows 7, you could only access the Start menu on one monitor. With the introduction in Windows 8 of new UI that ...

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Microsoft will usually announce cheap upgrade programs when they are about to release a major release to their software. It will keep the consumer buying spree afloat before the major wave of new products. According to ZDNet, Microsoft will announce an upgrade program for Windows 8 from June 2, 2012. Microsoft will make the so-called “Windows 8 Offer” available to consumers buying a Windows 7 PC running Home Basic or higher, allowing them to obtain Windows 8 Pro once Windows 8 is available. The Windows 8 Pro SKU is for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals, and includes encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity, as well as support for a separately priced Media Pack for Windows Media Center. Paul from Winsupersite  has added a info to the above that the price for the upgrade will be $14.99. Pretty neat offer! Are you waiting for Windows 8 PCs ?? Read more on ...

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According to the sources close to CNET, Windows 8 OEMs are on target in delivering their devices in November. As Microsoft is already on schedule to release the “Release Preview” aka RC version of Windows 8 in June, Windows 8 OEMs like HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, etc, will be more comfortable in delivering their Intel based tablets, hybrids, convertibles, etc,. in November for sale without fail. Read more on it at CNET ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Microsoft today detailed the Family Safety features that are coming in Windows 8. Microsoft continues to support the millions of parents out there to make their job on monitoring their children’s web and computer usage. There are even options for parents to get activity of their children over email. It features the following, Web filtering: You can choose between several web filtering levels. SafeSearch: When web filtering is active, SafeSearch is locked into the “Strict” setting for popular search engines such as Bing, Google, and Yahoo. This will filter out adult text, images, and videos from your search results. Time limits: With Windows 8, you now can restrict the number of hours per day your child can use their PC. For example, you might set a limit ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the biggest change since its inception on delivering search results for end users. Bing integrated social signals from Facebook and Twitter even before now, but the integration was stuffed into the search result blue links. But now, the Bing search results page was re-designed to incorporate features such as social which I think is pretty remarkable. The new design has three main elements to it. Core Web Results: Relevant, comprehensive and trustworthy. With the latest updates, we are delivering the results you expect.   Beautiful, relevant, results are the first thing you see. Instead of cluttering your results with social updates, we’re honoring the purity of the core web results making it easier to focus on the links you need to get things done. Snapshot: Get it done faster. Snapshot is the center column on the Bing search results page, nestled between the web results on the ...

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Video: Search with friends Today, Microsoft Bing announced a new Social search feature that allows you to perform web searches along with the input from your friends. You can just connect with your Facebook friends to perform this kind of search experience. It combines the traditional way of searching with a social experience to it. More info coming soon. You can watch the Bing webcast that will go live soon here. Try it at http://www.bing.com/explore/new   ...

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Today Mozilla and Google made some arguments regarding upcoming version of Windows RT ( Windows on ARM). Both Mozilla and Google wants access to special API’s on which Microsoft’s Metro IE browser is built on so that they will build their own browsers for Windows RT users. Mozilla’s view, It’s reported that Windows RT (the name Microsoft has given to Windows running on the ARM processor)  will have two environments, a Windows Classic environment and a Metro environment for apps. However, Windows on ARM prohibits any browser except for Internet Explorer from running in the privileged “Windows Classic” environment. In practice, this means that only Internet Explorer will be able to perform many of the advanced computing functions vital to modern browsers in terms of speed, stability, and security to which users have grown accustomed. Given that IE can run in Windows on ARM, there is no technical reason to ...

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We have seen many interesting projects from Microsoft Research in the past and now you can add this project to the list as well. This is an interesting project which enables dual views in our normal LCD displays which we use everyday. This will enable new kind of scenarios where two person can share the same screen and enjoy different content. For example, two players can play games with their own views on the same screen. Read more on it from the link below. via: Microsoft.com/next ...

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The reports about Microsoft offering Xbox 360 under contract seems to be true. You can now buy a Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 under two year contract. The contract for two year would require you to pay $14.99 for Xbox LIVE gold subscription. This is a great deal for a family looking for an entertainment hub. The offer so far appears to be only at Microsoft brick and mortar stores, but you can expect them soon via other stores as well. Find it here from Microsoft Store website.  ...

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Last year during its earnings call, Dolby Labs doubted whether Microsoft might exclude their technology in Windows 8. But during this year’s earnings call yesterday, Dolby Labs announced that Microsoft will include Dolby Digital Plus technology in both x86 and ARM versions of Windows 8. SAN FRANCISCO –(Business Wire)– Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (News – Alert) (NYSE:DLB) today announced that Microsoft® has selected Dolby® Digital Plus to create the most realistic and immersive audio experiences for Windows® 8 on tablets and PCs. The addition of Dolby Digital Plus enables the playback of Dolby-encoded content across a growing number of devices. Today’s announcement underscores the essential role that Dolby Digital Plus plays in delivering high-quality sound for online entertainment services and personal media applications. “Dolby’s goal is to deliver the best possible entertainment experience, wherever content is delivered through broadcast, broadband, or wireless networks,” said Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ...

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