Review Category : Windows

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the SkyDrive integration coming in Windows 8. SkyDrive, the personal storage service from Microsoft  is becoming the personal cloud of the users in Microsoft eco-system. Windows Phone devices already has SkyDrive integration along with dedicated app as well. Microsoft details the following three things in the post, SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8 SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and The ability to fetch remote files through SkyDrive.com Microsoft also said that over the next several months we will have access to all of the things announced today and lots more to come on SkyDrive front as well. Source: Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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The leaks were true. Microsoft has today confirmed the new Windows 8 logo on its blog post. The new logo is trendy, flat and more importantly inline with Metro design principles. Also the logo color will change according to your personalization settings. Microsoft cited the following reasons for the new logo, 1. We wanted the new logo to be both modern and classic by echoing the International Typographic Style (or Swiss design) that has been a great influence on our Metro style design philosophy. Using bold flat colors and clean lines and shapes, the new logo has the characteristics of way-finding design systems seen in airports and subways. 2. It was important that the new logo carries our Metro principle of being “Authentically Digital”. By that, we mean it does not try to emulate faux-industrial design characteristics such as materiality (glass, wood, plastic, etc.). It has motion – aligning with ...

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According to the leaked roadmap of Fujitsu by Notebookitalia, Windows 8 will launch in Q4 2012. We have seen various such proofs in the past that Windows 8 will launch in Q4 2012 which Microsoft is yet to confirm. We can expect some announcements from Microsoft on Feb-29th during Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch. Windows 8 launch in Q4 2012 will be a perfect timing which will align with Windows Phone 8, Office 15, launches. Lets see how Microsoft plays this out. Source: Notebookitalia ...

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Microsoft will be organizing a session at the Game Developers Conference on March 6th to detail Windows 8 Gaming & Microsoft’s vision of connected experiences. Developers will learn to build games and entertainment applications for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web. Sessions include: Entertainment Reimagined Developing a Great Metro Style Game for Windows 8 The Making of Metro Style Marble Maze Async Gaming Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Deep Dive Xbox LIVE Services – Entertainment Powered by the Cloud Game Data Anywhere Using Xbox LIVE Cloud Storage Asynchronous Gaming with Xbox LIVE Services Connecting Xbox LIVE Web Games with Xbox LIVE Services Read more at MSDN blog post.  via: windows8beta ...

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According to images leaked from cnbeta.com, Microsoft is changing the logo of Windows Operating System. The old 4 coloured Windows logo will be replaced by a monochromatic Metro styled thing. Honestly, I don’t like this and I hope its not true. Long Zheng of istartedsomething.com has posted his version of Windows 8 logo which looks better than this one. Look at it below, What do you think of these logos ?? Credit: cnbeta.com, @longzheng   ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the  accessibility improvements that are coming in Windows 8. Microsoft has worked hard on Windows 8, particularly the new Metro style experience is accessible to everyone regardless of their physical abilities. Microsoft’s accessibility goals in Windows 8 are to: Improve the assistive technologies that are components of Windows, and provide a good experience with the Metro style UI. Provide developer tools that have baseline accessibility built in, so that accessible Metro style apps are available in the Store. Engage assistive technology vendors (ATVs) to adopt Windows 8 and build upon the accessibility scenarios. Great job by Microsoft. But I want Microsoft to work on accessibility options in Windows Phone as well. You can read more at Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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Today Microsoft blogged about process for submitting apps to Windows Store in Windows 8. Similar to Windows Phone, every Metro Style app will be certified by Microsoft before getting published in the Windows Store for the public. Microsoft had the following goals while designing this process for developers, Encourage developers to visit the Store developer portal before they start coding Help developers comply with the Store technical requirements Reduce concepts and repetition by pulling information directly from the app package As usual its a detailed long post. Visit Building Windows 8 blog for more info. Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. ...

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Today Microsoft detailed their Windows On ARM strategy. At last, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows On ARM will not support any type of virtualization or emulation approach, and will not enable existing x86/64 applications to be ported or run. So, this leaves developers with the only choice. If they want to target both Windows On ARM & Windows 8 on x86/x64, WinRT API’s are the only way to go. Also Windows On ARM will allow you to install apps only from Windows Store signed by Microsoft. Here is the reason Microsoft tell us, Supporting various forms of emulation runs counter to the goal of delivering a product that takes a modern approach to system reliability and predictability—by definition, existing code has not been optimized for the platform the way WOA has. Virtualized or emulated software will consume system resources, including battery life and CPU, at unacceptable levels. Emulation and virtualization of ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today confirmed through a blog post that Windows On ARM ( Windows 8 ) will include Desktop mode. Along with the desktop mode, Windows On ARM will also have Microsoft Office running on it. Here is the summary of the announcement, Windows on ARM, or WOA, is a new member of the Windows family that builds on the foundation of Windows. WOA PCs are still under development and our collective goal is for PC makers to ship them the same time as PCs designed for Windows 8 on x86/64. Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA and Windows 8 on x86/64. WOA can support all new Metro style apps, including apps from Microsoft for mail, calendaring, contacts, photos, and storage.WOA also includes industry-leading support for hardware-accelerated HTML5 with Internet Explorer 10. WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ...

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  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the power efficiency of Windows 8 applications. Certain apps may become power hungry and drain our precious battery life soon. To avoid such scenarios, Microsoft allows the apps to be only in the following 3 states,this means that an app in Windows 8 can be in one of three possible states: Actively running in the foreground Suspended in the background Performing some defined background activity Even the background activity can’t be of any sort of thing. Instead it should be one of the following, Here is what we enable in the background for Metro style apps in WinRT: Playing music Downloading a file from or uploading it to a website Keeping live tiles alive with fresh content Printing Receiving a VoIP call Receiving an instant message Receiving an email Sharing content (like uploading photos to Facebook) Synchronizing content with a tethered ...

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This is not an exclusive from us!  Similar to Windows Phone marketplace, Windows 8 will have Windows Store which will of course feature games category in them. Here is a list of casual games that will come to Windows 8 store when launched later this month, Cut the rope Beards & Beaks Tentacles geoDefense Sudoku Minesweeper Full House Poker Zombies Zero Gravity Wordament Toy Soldiers Pinball FX 2 Rise Of Glory ilomilo iBlast Moki I’ll update the list as I collect more of these. The Verge posted similar list of upcoming games such as Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder,etc,  which you can check it out in their website.   ...

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Sam Moreau, Director of User Experience for Windows, Windows Live and Internet Explorer at Microsoft recently did an interview with Gizmodo talking on Windows 8 and the new re-imagined Metro UI. Here is an excerpt from the interview which I think is more interesting, Giz: Right, when I talk to people about Windows Phone, some people don’t like the cutoff text or whatever. But it has a sense of vision—a really strong sense of vision—and I think that’s a good thing, one way or another. SM: Yeah, because that was the thing that we get blamed for a lot. Or, I would say the thing that annoys me about Android is I don’t think it has a point of view. I think it’s trying to be this weird sci-fi version of an Apple design language, poorly executed. Some of it is starting to get there, you know, they got Matias ...

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Start Orb and Start menu are gone. In the leaked screenshots of Windows 8 Build 8220 via PCbeta.com forums, Start menu and Start Orb in the Windows task bar are removed. Now the task bar will act as a regular dock with start menu funtionality moved to the charms bar on the left. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8 beta for public later this week and is expected to get RTMd in September. Find more at via link. via: Neowin Image Credit: PCBeta.com ...

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We are expecting Microsoft to launch its Windows 8 Consumer Preview later this month as previously announced. We have seen lots of leaks and improvements from Microsoft on Windows 8 progress. Today MDL Forums (via Liveside) revealed the default home page on Windows 8 browser. Its obviously Bing with an attractive video home page. A fish swims across the screen ! You can check out the video homepage here. The bottom part of the home page consists of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Store, Windows Dev Center . You can read more on it at Liveside. ...

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Microsoft today blogged a followup post to the file management features in Windows 8. Based on the feedback from consumers on blog post, developer preview, etc, Microsoft has made few changes to improve the file management experience. For example, the Ribbon UI in explorer windows will be minimized by default, you now have the ability to pin folders in start screen and much more. You can read them in detail here. My favorite change that Microsoft made in the beta release is that Explorer settings attributes can be roamed to your other Windows 8 PCs. In the “Sync your settings” UI, this shows up under “Other Windows settings.” ( See the image above) Source: Microsoft ...

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Windows 8 Metro mode won’t allow you to choose your own background image. This is not surprising at all since we are used to it from Windows Phone design style. According to an interview with Tech Radar, Windows 8 director of communications Chris Flores pointed out that “Not only would a photo not stretch and scale as you add more tiles and groups and zoom in and out of the Start screen, it would also be covered up so much by the tiles that you’d never see it.” But Windows 8 will provide a theme picker page as seen in the image above where you can choose between 8 different styles and colors. Improving from the developer preview, Windows 8 now includes more options to navigate and use Metro mode using mouse and key board. One such example is the new semantic zoom option which will allow you to move ...

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