Review Category : Windows

Microsoft today detailed the support for Enterprise management in Windows On ARM devices. Windows on ARM or Windows RT based PCs/tablets won’t be able to run native code apps written by 3rd party vendors, instead it will rely on Windows Store or WinRT-based applications. But Microsoft has built Windows RT with industry-leading management capabilities that support BYO or company-deployed WOA PCs. Also you can allows WOA PC’s to join the management infrastructure and also configure a set of policies for the following, Allow Convenience Logon Maximum Failed Password Attempts Maximum Inactivity Time Lock Minimum Device Password Complex Characters Minimum Password Length Password Enabled Read more on it here.  Password Expiration Password History ...

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Today Microsoft announced that they are expanding the Windows 8 Store availability to 33 new markets. In the next significant preview release of the Windows Store service, we will significantly expand our global coverage. We will add 33 additional app submission locales for developers, bringing our total to 38 supported markets for submitting Metro style apps for Windows 8. We will also expand the number of market-specific app catalogs, from 5 to 26. In addition we will expand the localization coverage of the pre-release developer portal as well, adding 7 new languages. When we release the next update to the Store service, you’ll be able to submit Metro style pre-release apps in any of 109 languages, as long as the app also includes a version in one of 12 app certification languages (an increase of 7 languages from the Consumer Preview). Microsoft also said that they will soon detail the changes in ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft yesterday detailed the memory management of Metro Style apps in Windows 8. Windows 8 will more effectively manage resource utilization than in any of the previous versions of Windows. In Metro Style apps, an important attribute  is that apps are suspended when they are no longer visible to the user and also it conserves CPU for other apps and ensures that background apps don’t cause activity that can consume resources, thereby improving the battery life and increasing responsiveness. You can read how Microsoft is doing the same at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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Today Microsoft confirmed that the next major version of Windows OS will be called ‘Windows 8′. Also Microsoft announced a new version of Windows called Windows RT. Windows RT is nothing but the Windows on ARM which will come pre-installed in ARM based PCs and you won’t be able to buy it individually. Also Windows RT will come with touch optimized version of Microsoft Office. Microsoft has also simplified the Windows 8 SKUs. It will come in 3 flavors other than Windows RT. Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 will be the most common edition for most us which will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly, etc,. Windows 8 Pro is for professionals with features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will ...

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Last week in Beijing, Intel Developer Forum 2012 took place. Intel showcased some of the Windows 8 based Touch Screen Ultrabooks that will be available later this year. You can have a glimpse of some types of mobile PC form factors showcased at IDF in the video below. There are also reports that Microsoft is pushing more touch screens in Ultrabooks and also involved the design process of those PCs. Anyway, we can expect such devices in sale in October. via: Ubergizmo ...

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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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