Review Category : Windows

While Microsoft keynote at CES is nearing, more leaks about announcements to be made have started flowing in. While Nokia 900 on AT&T is pretty much confirmed, Microsoft may demo Windows 8 beta at CES running on various partner PC’s. We have seen lots of demo of Windows 8 developer preview and some screenshots of Windows 8 beta in the past. The above screenshots seems to be from Windows 8 beta showing File explorer, Mail client and Messenger client. See more such pics at source links. Update: Looks like these are just concept arts and not the original screenshots. Check comments section for more links on it. Source: win8china, ithome.com via: advertboy ...

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We all thought Aerolite Basic will be the default theme in Windows 8, but it is not so. Winunleaked has posted a screenshot showing Aerolite Glass theme. One interesting thing to note is that the Aerolite Glass is not listed in themes menu, instead its been kept as a easter egg in Windows 8. Ofcourse, Microsoft may change any of these things in the final version of Windows 8. Check source for details on how to enable this theme in your developer preview of Windows 8. Source: Winunleaked.tk ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new Storage Spaces feature in Windows 8. Storage Spaces in Windows 8 will dramatically improve how you manage large volumes of storage in your PC at work or home. It may some how replace Windows Home Server Driver Extender technology. Storage Spaces allow, Organization of physical disks into storage pools, which can be easily expanded by simply adding disks. These disks can be connected either through USB, SATA (Serial ATA), or SAS (Serial Attached SCSI). A storage pool can be composed of heterogeneous physical disks – different sized physical disks accessible via different storage interconnects. Usage of virtual disks (also known as spaces), which behave just like physical disks for all purposes. However, spaces also have powerful new capabilities associated with them such as thin provisioning (more about that later), as well as resiliency to failures of underlying physical media. You can read more on this ...

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AT&T may show its 4G LTE based Windows 8 Tablet next week at its developer conference and CES. We all know that Microsoft and its partners will showcase Windows 8 based PC’s and tablets, but AT&T joining the crowd is an exciting thing. The info was revealed from the AT&T developer conference session (thanks to mobiletechworld) on building Windows 8 apps. Along with AT&T, Qualcomm is also joining the session as the tablet will be powered by Qualcomm based ARM processor. A Metro Style Hemi™  – Windows 8 tablets super charged with 4G LTE – 3:30 – 4:15 Attend this session and see how to transform the higher speed and lower latency of LTE into an amazing user experience. First, learn from Qualcomm about the power of their Snapdragon chip, and how developers can tap into the Snapdragon Developer Program to create rich Windows 8 apps that help deliver differentiated ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed two new features in Windows 8, Refresh and Reset. Many people often find it hard to refresh their PC’s to their original state by losing the recovery disc and other issues. In Windows 8, there are two new features that will solve this problem, Reset your PC – Remove all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows. Refresh your PC – Keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows. Microsoft also detailed the time required to do the above process, Recovery operation Time required Refreshing the PC 8 minutes 22 seconds Resetting the PC (quick) 6 minutes 12 seconds Resetting the PC (thorough, with BitLocker enabled) 6 minutes 21 seconds Resetting the PC (thorough, without BitLocker) 23 minutes 52 seconds Impressive ! ! Read more at Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has issued proceedings against Comet Group UK for involving in Windows Operating System piracy operation. According to Microsoft, Comet has sold more 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs to its customers. Microsoft’s statement on this issue, Microsoft Corp. today issued proceedings against Comet Group PLC for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs. The alleged counterfeits were sold to customers who had purchased Windows-loaded PCs and laptops. “As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom,” said David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft. “Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products — and our customers deserve better, too.” Read more on this here. ...

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Yesterday we saw the information about Internet Explorer 9 becoming the most used browser in US. Along with those stats, another important thing happened for developers. Internet Explorer 6 usage has now dropped to less than 1% in US. E6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away. In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1% usage of IE6. In addition, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal and the Philippines are also entering the Champions’ Circle.  We hope this means more developers and IT Pros can consider IE6 a “low-priority” at this point and stop spending their time having ...

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Windows 7 worldwide marketshare showed its continous growth this month according to netmarketshare stats. Windows 7 captured 36.99% of the total PC market with Windows XP still leading the pack with almost 46.52%. I guess Windows 7 will overtake Windows XP by this time next year to become the most used OS in the world. Read more stats at Netmarketshare. ...

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Acer and Lenovo is set to launch Windows 8 tablets based on Intel Clover Trail platform in 3Q 2012, according to supply chain sources of Digitimes. Intel’s current low power processor efforts with “midfield” seems to have very hard competition from ARM based chips and so PC makers are waiting for Intel’s Clover Trail platfrom to make Windows 8 tablets which will be targeted at Enterprise customers where they can run their legacy apps without any changes. Source: Digitimes ...

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According to the December month data from netmarketshare, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 continues to gain popularity in the expense of Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox. In US, IE9 became the most used browser on Windows 7 PC’s while in worldwide data IE9 is still behind IE8. Good news for web developers ! ! Source: Windows team blog ...

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 Today Facebook released a beta version of its Official chat client for Windows. Messenger is a Windows is a new, trial application that lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can: Chat and message with your friends on Facebook See the latest updates from your friends in ticker Get quick notifications about what’s going on We’re testing out a first version of the app with a small group of people. During this trial period, we plan on rolling out changes to the app and expect outages and periods of instability as we make improvements. You can download the app here.  If you want full fledged Facebook chat client, try out Windows Live Messenger which works great. ...

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We already saw at BUILD conference that Windows 8 will provide variety of soft keyboards for users to type on their touch screens. One of the most ergonomic way to type is to use the new split keyboard in Windows 8. Today winunleaked posted some screen-shots from the recent Windows 8 beta builds  showing an option to select different sizes of split keyboard in Windows 8. This is a nice little addition to enjoy ! ! Source: Winunleaked ...

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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 Last week Microsoft detailed the new Picture password mechanism for unlocking in Windows 8. There were many comments on the security aspect of this new nifty feature. So Microsoft today followed up with an another blog post detailing more on the security of this new picture password mechanism. You can read more on this at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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We all know that  Microsoft is set to deliver the Windows 8 Beta build in February. But some pre-beta builds of Windows 8 are circling around the internet revealing more information on Windows 8. The latest one is from win8china.com which shows the intial setup process of Windows 8 and the new theme picker screen. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has given us the choice between some dark colors.  You can see more screenshots over at Win8china. ...

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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 its Picture password feature in Windows 8. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. Recently Google introduced a new feature to unlock android phones using face detection in the phone. It was later revealed that the device unlocks even for the photo of the phone owner which is pretty lame ! ! This is how Picture password in Windows 8 works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it ...

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