Review Category : Windows

Windows 8 is expected to hit beta early next year followed by Windows on ARM tablets release in late 2012. Now there are reports from Digitimes that Windows 8 ARM based laptops will arrive only in mid-2013. Since players such as Nvidia and Qualcomm have been enhancing their ARM-based processors’ power consumption and performance, if their processors can successfully pair up with Windows 8 and receive Windows software support, the WoA platform may soon be able to compete against Intel and AMD. The ARM CPU players are already aggressively cooperating with notebook players such as Asustek Computer and Lenovo and are set to launch WoA-based notebooks to test the water in mid-2013 with expectations to see the platform take off in 2014 and further grab share from Wintel in 2015 to become the second platform of the notebook market. It will be interesting to see the race between Windows 8 ...

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Few days back Microsoft detailed few improvements coming to Windows 8 storage platform. You can find it here. Today Microsoft revealed more new features that are coming to Windows 8. From Building Windows 8 blog, Data Deduplication – Windows Server 8 implements state of the art (sub-file) data chunking and compression to deliver optimal data deduplication, and thereby maximize storage capacity utilization for a variety of workloads. Windows Storage Management API – a comprehensive and extensible WMI v2 based storage management API enables easier “single point” administration and management of heterogeneous storage infrastructure (including Storage Spaces). Offloaded Data Transfer – joint innovation with major external storage array vendors has resulted in Windows Server 8 providing an incredibly efficient mechanism to perform cross-application and cross-machine data transfers. Awareness and utilization of thinly provisioned disks – beginning with Windows Server 8, NTFS identifies thinly provisioned disks and enables transparent capacity reclamation (e.g. when files are deleted) for ...

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Today Microsoft detailed some of the upcoming platform storage enhancements coming in Windows 8. Microsoft has introduced several new features that will make Windows 8 a cost-effective platform for scalable and continuously available data access. From Windows 8 Server blog, Improved NTFS metadata integrity on commodity storage – Beginning with Windows 8, NTFS has been enhanced to solely rely on the “flush” command in lieu of “forced unit access” (akawrite-through) for all operations that require write ordering to ensure file system metadata integrity. This enhancement decreases the possibility of metadata inconsistency due to unexpected power loss on commodity hard disk drives while enabling the disk to cache associated data as long as safely possible. Cost-effective industry standard SATA drives can, therefore, be more reliably utilized. Maximized NTFS availability through online file system scan and repair – very large volumes (e.g. 64TB) can now be confidently deployed without fear of service downtime associated with ...

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Windows 8 Bootkit Demo from Peter Kleissner on Vimeo. Austrian security researcher Peter Kleissner has exposed a bootkit running on Windows 8. The bootkit named Stoned Lite bootkit passes through both User Access Control and Windows bootloader security to perform its action. Hope Microsoft fixes this hole soon. Source: ZDNet ...

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It seems Facebook is not satisfied with the third party Facebook desktop clients like Windows Live Messenger, because now they are testing their own client. The new client may not replace the web version of Facebook as a whole instead it will compliment the experience. It will offer multi-tab chat window, notifications, new news ticker stories, etc,. Obviously when you click any of the notification or stories on ticker it will open Facebook web in the browser. You can check out here for more details about the client. Source: Techcrunch ...

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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 part of the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft today detailed the improved Windows 8 installation experience. Most of the time people won’t install Windows 8 by themselves as OEM’s does their job. But if you are upgrading your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8, then this improved experience will help you. As Steven writes, Installing Windows is a complex operation that provides an incredibly unique capability—the ability to run a new version of Windows on a vast array of hardware configurations and combinations that were designed with no knowledge of a future Windows, even a version with substantial re-architecture of the Kernel. While most people do not experience the full code path of setup/upgrade (because they buy new PCs and choose to get a new ...

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  Many of you would have forgot about the antitrust case that is going on between Microsoft and Novell. Even though Microsoft and Novell are now friends in their industry, once they were bitter rivals. Here is the short description of the case, Novell argues that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates ordered company engineers to reject WordPerfect as a Windows 95 application because he feared it was too good. WordPerfect’s share plummeted from nearly 50 percent to less than 10 percent of the market as Microsoft’s own office programs took hold. Microsoft obviously argues that its not the case as Novell describes. Their response, Microsoft’s Gates decided against installing a WordPerfect program because it threatened to crash Windows and couldn’t be fixed in time for the Windows 95 rollout. Bill GatesGates is scheduled to appear before court on Microsoft’s defense on Monday. Lets see what happens ! ! ! via: BOSTON ...

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Earlier today we reported that Microsoft is preparing for the next version of its security program for Windows, Security Essentials 3. The beta invitations were sent out the early beta testers of previous versions and now you can also sign up for the beta. New features in the Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include: Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation – The Beta will clean high-impact malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction. Enhanced performance – The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t negatively impacted. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use. New and improved protection engine – The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities. You can sign up here. ...

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Today Microsoft sent out beta invitations to previous MSE beta testers for trying out its upcoming version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Here is the invitation message from Microsoft, Greetings from Microsoft Connect! Thank you so much for being a part of the Microsoft Security Essentials v2 Beta.  You have indicated that you are interested in receiving invites for Connect programs from Microsoft, so we would like to invite you toparticipate in theMicrosoft Security Essentials Public Beta program on Microsoft Connect. This program is for the newest Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials which has the latest protection features. Be one of the select few who get access to this Beta release by signing up now to reserve your spot! You can check at Microsoft Connect whether you have your spot in this beta program or not. ...

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Today Microsoft and Samsung announced that Surface 2.0 aka Samsung SUR40 will be available for pre-order in 23 countries. The Samsung SUR40 with PixelSense technology makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display. Recognizing up to 50 points of simultaneous touch, including fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen. Microsoft Surface 2.0 won the award for the Best of What’s New 2011 from PopSci magazine. You can find more details to order this system here. Regarding Surface availability and current usages, read here. Find the Surface 2.0 brochure here.   ...

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Today Microsoft Skype announced that you will be able to initiate a video call to your Facebook friend from your Skype client. Initiating a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype is quite easy; all you need to do is connect your Skype and Facebook accounts. Then, select a Facebook friend and hit the video call button in Skype- your friend simply picks up the call from Facebook. This new feature lets you maintain social connections with your Facebook friends and compliments previously announced features such as being able to see when your Facebook friends are online, read their status updates and IM them all from Skype. Apart from video calling, Skype is also bringing screen sharing feature to its premium customers on Windows platform. More on this here. ...

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We all know Intel is “all in” about bringing Ultrabooks to mainstream. They even announced the Ultrabook fund of $300 million to bring down the cost of Ultrabooks that would enable volume shipments. At an Intel conference yesterday, CEO Paul Otellini said that Touch based Ultrabooks based on Windows 8 will be a main focus for Intel next year. “To do that, we have to get touch to a lower cost. This is particularly important, as we move to the launch of Windows 8. The iPad and the iPhone have made touch a paradigm,” he said. Windows 8 in 2012 will usher in touch-based “ultrabooks,” as Intel calls the form factor. “Starting with Windows 8, you have a mainstream operating system incorporating touch. Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they’re going to want to touch it. If the screen ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Windows  update mechanism in Windows 8. Usually we will get notifications from Windows that an update is available, once we click to install it, it will ask for restart after some process. If we postpone it, it will remind us after some time, we have to deal with it every time. In Windows 8, Microsoft has streamlined the experience which will be less annoying and cumbersome. Here is the timeline of what will happen in Windows 8 for updates, 1. A message about the upcoming restart is shown in the login screen for three days or until the PC is restarted (whichever is sooner). This means you now have three days to restart the PC at your convenience. All you need to do is see the login screen once in 3 days to see the message about the upcoming restart and by default the lock screen ...

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Microsoft today revealed the information about v.Next of Windows Embedded Family of products. Windows Embedded family of products powers devices such as point of service (POS) terminals, in-car infotainment, medical equipment and even bar-top game machines. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will support the ARM architecture, and Windows Embedded Compact will continue to provide a proven, real-time operating system and a full tools suite for a streamlined development experience on small-footprint, specialized devices. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will deliver technologies for customized, rich user interfaces, enhanced always-on connectivity, and all of the management and security functionality provided by Windows 8. There are several versions of Windows in the Windows Embedded family, so you can check for more detailed information about each from Microsoft here. ...

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Today Intel and MasterCard announced their new collaboration in providing simple & secured payment solution for consumers. Their new solution will replace our old way of making payment online by typing our 16 digit credit card number, expiry date, etc,. You just need to tap your credit card  on the ultrabook, after that payment can be done in few clicks. Its that easy ! !  ! The two companies are working together to optimize a variety of emerging payments technologies, including MasterCard’s PayPass® and Intel® Identity Protection Technology (IPT). Intel® Identity Protection Technology can enable consumers to use strong two-factor authentication and hardware-based display protection. This provides increased online security against malware. Additionally, when used with an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled reader, consumers will be able to pay for online purchases with a simple tap of their PayPass-enabled card, tag, or smart phone on an Ultrabook device. If all goes well, Windows ...

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Lenovo is planning to launch a new ThinkPad model called X1 Hybrid that can boot both Windows 7 and an instant media mode. Booting the ThinkPad in instant media mode allows you to instant-on, browse the internet or consume video with double the battery life of about 10 hours. Lenovo is planning to deliver this feature as an update to existing X1 owners as well. Also Lenovo is expecting Microsoft to complete Windows 8 by Fall 2012 and planning to introduce notebooks and tablets based on Windows 8 along with Intel’s new Chief River Processors / Ivy Bridge Platform. Source: Lenovo via: Engadget  ...

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