Review Category : Windows

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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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 As our PCs are becoming more and more mobile, sensors are becoming essential parts of our computing experience. Today Microsoft detailed the sensors support that’s coming in Windows 8. Windows 8 will support wide range of sensors that our modern smartphones support such as Gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, etc,. Microsoft designed sensor support such that Windows 8 should use them at the system level, to adapt the PC to the environment while preserving battery life. Read more about it in detail here. ...

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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 weekend Microsoft detailed how is desgined the new Windows Store in upcoming Windows 8. The new Windows Store was desgined to ensure that people could easily discover and quickly acquire apps. Microsoft detailed the major parts of the Windows Store design such as the landing page, editorial topic pages, data-generated lists, app listing pages, and the search, browse, install, and update experiences. You can read them in detail here or watch it in action in the video above. ...

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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 mobile network connection setup in Windows 8. Microsoft has re-engineered the wireless networking stack to optimize it for both mobile broadband and Wi-Fi networks. Windows 8 will provide the best mobile broadband experience across devices. The new Windows 8 network settings allow you to turn individual radios on and off (Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, or Bluetooth), as well as disable all radios at once with the new “airplane mode”.  Another notable improvement in Windows 8 is, You can reconnect your PC to a Wi-Fi network from standby in about a second . Read more about it here. ...

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Dave Cutler, popularly known as the father of Windows NT is no longer working on Windows Azure team at Microsoft. According to Mary Jo Foley who revealed this info, Dave Cutler has now moved to Interactive Entertainment Business group inside Microsoft which is responsible for Xbox & Xbox LIVE stuff. This is a interesting thing since a Microsoft Technical Fellow who worked  on enterprise products for years is moving into completely consumer products group. Read more on it at ZDNET. ...

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Similar to the Windows Phone ecosystem, Microsoft has provided its partners with a strict guidelines for making Windows 8 Tablet/Convertible PC’s. Rafael Rivera from withinwindows has summarized the requirements from Microsoft. Microsoft has made 5-point digitizers, NFC Touch marks, specific hardware buttons and minumum specs with, Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes System firmware: UEFI Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy) Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver Resolution: 1366×768 Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests Camera: 720p Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K Magnetometer Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz Gyroscope USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port Speakers as mandatory for all Windows 8 Tablet/Convertible PC’s. So you can pick up any Windows 8 tablet from the market and it will offer the same great consistent ...

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Microsoft today detailed its new file system for Windows 8 Server that will also be compatible with Windows 8 clients. ReFS, (which stands for Resilient File System), is built on the foundations of NTFS, will have compatibility with older file systems and also provides way  for a new generation of storage technologies and scenarios. ReFs features the following, Metadata integrity with checksums Integrity streams providing optional user data integrity Allocate on write transactional model for robust disk updates (also known as copy on write) Large volume, file and directory sizes Storage pooling and virtualization makes file system creation and management easy Data striping for performance (bandwidth can be managed) and redundancy for fault tolerance Disk scrubbing for protection against latent disk errors Resiliency to corruptions with “salvage” for maximum volume availability in all cases Shared storage pools across machines for additional failure tolerance and load balancing Read more at Building ...

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At various points in the past, we had hints about Windows 8 availability in late 2012. Now according to Microsoft’s Janelle Poole, director of public relations of the Windows Business Group, Windows 8 may come in October 2012 timeframe. Discussing with Pocket-lint about Windows 8, He said, “One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we’ve always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that’s a good guideline to consider.” This may become true since various Microsoft partners like Acer hinted about Windows 8 launch later this year at CES this week. Source: Pocket-lint ...

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We have already seen BlueStacks for Windows which allows you to run Android apps on Windows platform. At CES, BlueStacks announced the compatibility of Android apps running through its app player on Windows 8. BlueStack says, every app built for Android will now run on Windows 8 without any porting. The software will support both standard desktop and Metro UI modes. They are also partnering with OEM’s on pre-installing this software on Windows 8 laptops/tablets/ultrabooks. Press Release: BlueStacks Announces Windows 8 Compatibility Apps-on-PC company will bring 350,000+ Android apps to Windows 8 in 2012. OEMs to release BlueStacks-enabled Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks. CAMPBELL, CA – January 10, 2012 – BlueStacks announced today that its “App Player” software, which runs mobile apps natively on PCs and tablets, is now compatible with Windows 8. The company demonstrated the technology on a Windows 8 Ultrabook at CES today with reporters. Windows 8 is ...

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