Review Category : Windows

Intel has detailed its Windows 8 tablet features  at a conference in Beijing. As expected, Intel is trying to match the hardware specifics to Apple iPad along with Windows advantages such as app compatibility, etc,. The tablets will be based on Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chip with sizes of 10-inch tablets and 11-inch hybrids with physical keyboards. As you can see in the image above, Intel expects their Windows 8 tablets to provide 9+ hours of battery life with 3G/4G chip built-in. Hope Intel along with the PC OEMs delivers on its promise. Source: CNET ...

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After the poor show by Google’s Android designers by copying Windows Phone, iOS and other OSs out there, its now time for Google Chrome OS designers. When Chrome OS was released more than an year ago, Google highlighted its simplicity and basically said that your browser is the OS. They even said Chrome OS is “re-think what operating systems should be.” Today Google contradicted their own words and copied Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X design elements. They announced a new Windows Manager for Chrome OS called Aura. It will combine Windows 7 like Task bar and Mac OS X style Launchpad. You can now pin apps to shelf (taskbar) similar to Microsoft Windows ! They even added support for wallpapers and overlapping windows. So basically they are turning Chrome OS into a regular desktop OS like Windows and Mac OS X with an only exception being the apps. Chrome OS ...

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As we are enjoying the Windows 8 Consumer Preview loaded with lots of new features, Microsoft is tweaking the look of the Windows Explorer Ribbon UI. The updated Ribbon UI in the recent builds of Windows 8 RC shows that Microsoft has made them flat to make it in line with Metro Design language. Also Winsupersite reports that there will be more changes in icons, menus, etc as Windows 8 development progresses. Hope Microsoft maintains the familiarity of classic Windows shell which is critical for their enterprise users.     Source: 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 yesterday detailed the improvements that are coming to Windows 8 touch hardware.  Microsoft introduced a set of touch interactions that make up the Windows 8 touch language and they have engineered the experience to be consistent across variety of hardware that would be able to run Windows 8. So as a result of this, you can expect any Windows 8 PC/Tablet on market will work as expected without any issues. Read more on this at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft today detailed the various display resolutions supported in Windows 8. Proper resolution support is needed in the OS to offer customers a broad choice of form factors while having predictable user experience. Also to make developers easily build apps that look great on all form factors in the Windows ecosystem. Also Microsoft has chosen 1024×768 as a minimum for Metro style apps. The Metro-Style apps will run great on screens up to 2560×1600 resolution. You can read more about this in detail at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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IDC released a report about PC business shipment growth where it predicts that the second quarter will be a strong one. Also IDC predicts that Windows 8 release which will happen later this year will accelerate PC shipment growth as more consumers are preferring for consumption  devices like iPad. Looking ahead, the PC market will still enjoy pockets of growth, particularly in emerging markets. IDC expects 2012 PC growth to be modest at just 5.0% for the year, with most of that growth occurring in the latter half of the year.”Many consumers are holding off making PC purchases at the moment because tablet devices like Apple’s iPad are proving to be a powerful distraction,” according to Bob O’Donnell, vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC. “However, end user surveys tell us that few people consider media tablets as replacements for their PCs, so later this year when there is ...

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Microsoft today showed its Metro-Style business apps concepts at Convergence conference for Dynamics ERP and CRM customers and partners. Apart from Microsoft other Microsoft partners will also be showing their Windows 8 business apps which should further create interest on Windows 8 tablets among enterprise users. You can see the Microsoft Dynamics app concept in the image above and some more from the via link. It would be more fun for IT/Business people if business apps turn this sexy! via: ZDNet  ...

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Microsoft released its commercial version of Kinect for Windows SDK last month along with a new hardware. Since then many companies have come up with many apps, but this one is really cool. Up to 40% of clothing purchased both online and in person is returned because of poor fit, so to solve this problem Kinect was used in retail solutions. During Bloomingdale’s Denim Days, March 15 – 18, customers will be able to get their body mapped, and also become a Bodymetrics member. This free service enables customers to access an online account and order jeans based on their body shape. “We’re very excited about bringing Bodymetrics to US shoppers,” explains Suran Goonatilake, CEO of Bodymetrics. “Once we 3D map a customer’s body, we classify their shape into three categories – emerald, sapphire and ruby. A Bodymetrics Stylist will then find jeans that exactly match the body shape of ...

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Microsoft today detailed its Windows 8 Store licensing model for end users. This is similar to the one we currently have in Windows Phone Marketplace. An user can install the apps he bought in upto 5 PC’s, trial API’s can be implemented by developers based on their business model, different users of a PC can use the same Microsoft account for apps and many such things are detailed. The Store’s app licensing model centers on the idea of providing customers with access to all of their apps on all of their Windows 8 devices. It gives customers control over their apps and keeps them connected to those apps across the multiple PCs that they’ll use over time. They can get updates for apps, write reviews for them, reinstall them on a new PC, and share them with their families. At the same time, the Store’s app licensing model provides developers ...

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Today, Apple unveiled their next generation iPad. Even though there was no revolutionary announcements, a resolutionary  announcement was made. The new iPad will sport a new Retina display. The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 264 pixels per inch (ppi), 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels — in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. The new Retina display will be powered by Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics. It will also have 1GB RAM with 10 hours battery life packed in a 650gm machine with 9.2mm thickness. Can Windows OEMs match the above specs of iPad for Windows 8 tablets ? The answer is Yes. ...

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Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft during his speech today at CeBIT highlighted how Windows 8 will act as both a content consumption and creation device. He said, “Windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and PCs to desktops. It will give people functionality they love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments demand,”. Microsoft cited the following improvements in Windows 8 for Businesses, •Great user experience. •Tablets without compromise. •New possibilities for mobile productivity. •End-to-end security. •Advancements in virtualization. •Improved management. Read more on this here. via: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Device Center which will help you manage devices connected to your Windows 8 tablets, PC’s, etc,. This new app which is designed for touch UI may replace our old Device Center in Windows. Device Center helps you personalize and customize how you work on your PC Tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your unique needs and work style. Modify your mouse and keyboard settings to make it easier to use the unique features of most PC apps. Effortlessly transition to Device Center from existing device management apps Launch the app from the Windows 8 Start screen. View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place. Explore features with pop-up descriptive and “how-to” InfoTips. Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library. Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on ...

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Windows 8 will have more SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) than Windows 7. Thanks to people at  Windows 8 beta who  revealed the list of SKUs from registry entries of Windows 8. Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 Enterprise Eval edition Windows 8 Home Basic Edition Windows 8 Home Premium edition Windows 8 ARM edition Windows 8 Professional edition Windows 8 Professional Plus edition Windows 8 Starter edition Windows 8 Ultimate edition This SKU list is longer than the Windows 7 SKUs which are just 6 in number. Microsoft may still change the SKU options during the release period later this year, but for now assume Windows 8 will come in 9 different versions ! ! Source: Windows 8 beta ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded over 1 million times since yesterday. Yes, In 24 hours period. At MWC yesterday, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview along with Visual Studio 11 beta and other development tools. I’m sure the beta download numbers will skyrocket this weekend when most of the people will be ready to download this release. ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at MWC, Barcelona. Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage along with other executives to demo Windows 8 and preview some of the upcoming hardware from various Windows OEMs. You can check the hour long even video from Microsoft in the link below. Get Ready for the Fast & Fluid, No Compromise experience. Check out the videos here. ...

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Microsoft and Qualcomm has announced today that they will be distributing Windows On ARM Tablets to select developers in coming months to test their apps. This is not a surprising move since there are no Windows on ARM PC’s available for purchase in the market. However both the companies have not announced on what basis they will give out tablets to developers. Read the press release below for more details. Press Release: BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Snapdragon™ processor will be joining Microsoft Corp.’s Windows on ARM developer seeding program. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to provide test PCs to select developers in order to test and optimize apps for forthcoming Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM PCs and tablets. This invitation-only program will combine a pre-release version of Windows on ARM with next-generation, high performance Snapdragon S4 test PCs. These test ...

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