Review Category : Windows

At Computex event this year, Microsoft first revealed its hardware partners and specifications. Taiwanese companies like Quanta, Compal, Wistron and Pegatron were also part of the Windows 8 devices partner group. Now Digitimes reports that Microsoft has recently decided the downstream partners for its development of the Windows on Arm (WOA) platform with Taiwan-based vendors only invited to play minor roles in the project. The sources revealed that Microsoft will let the three major ARM processor makers, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, pick two notebook partners for development projects with one being the major partner and the other being a minor partner, depending on the makers’ investment of technical resources. Qualcomm selected Samsung Electronics and Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and Samsung and Nvidia, Lenovo and Acer, of these, Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo are the major partners. Meanwhile, Asustek, which is the largest client of Nvidia’s Tegra series in 2011 and ...

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Original Video- More videos at TinyPic When Microsoft previewed Windows 8 at BUILD, they showed us how to switch between Metro Apps most of the time. You have to just swipe from left side of the screen. But Microsoft didn’t provide any way to close the opened Metro apps manually other that the old school task manager approach. In the recent builds of Windows 8 as shown by Winunleaked.tk, Microsoft has added a new gesture to close Metro apps. You have to swipe the app to the bottom of the screen to close it. You can see it in action the video above. Source: winunleaked.tk  ...

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Digitimes reports that according to Acer President Jim Wong, Ultrabooks prices will drop  from $1,000 currently to $799-899 in the second quarter of 2012. He also added that the prices of Ultrabooks will further drop to $499 in 2013 as a result of mass production from laptop OEM’s. Acer currently ships 100,000 ultrabooks each month and is expected to achieve its goal of shipping 250,000-300,000 units by the end of 2011. Read more about Acer’s strategy at source link. Source: Digitimes ...

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Last month Microsoft Flight team detailed their ongoing work on developing Microsoft Flight game. Now they are accepting beta applications for trying out this game earlier before it gets released to public. They will sort out the beta applications and send invitations in January next year. You can sign up for beta here. Microsoft Flight is under development for a long time and it is expected to get released early next year. ...

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There were lots of Windows 8 news circulated yesterday right from Windows 8 beta availability to whether Windows 8 on ARM will run legacy apps or not. 1) Microsoft To Reveal More Details About Windows Store Next Week: Microsoft has sent out invitations to some bloggers and local press to detail Windows Store on Windows 8. The event will happen on the same day when Xbox LIVE Dashboard will go live. So far Microsoft has given most of the details on Windows 8 store, I don’t know what’s new they will preview. You can read more on that here. 2) Will Windows 8 on ARM run legacy apps? This discussion still continues. Mary Jo Foley did a blog post just discussing this stuff, If Microsoft does do away with the Desktop App on ARM, it also would mean — unless Microsoft also changes its strategy for x86/x64-based Windows 8 tablets — ...

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The growth of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 continues worldwide on Windows 7. IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide is now higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox – second only to IE8. Even in US, the growth of IE9 is great. This is a great news for web developers who can develop more standard supported rich web applications. You can download IE9 at beautyoftheweb.com via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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In Credit Suisse technology conference 2011 Intel CEO Paul  Otellini gave a statement that will make Redmondians more happy. He said, ” I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company.”. Paul is confident that Intel’s unique advantage over ARM based Windows 8 machines on running legacy applications will drive Intel forward. He also said that Windows 8 will take tablet computing to the mainstream and also allows IT admins of enterprises to manage tablet devices of their employees. Here is the full statement from him, We are very excited about Windows 8. I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company. And it’s a very good operating system, not just for PCs, but we think also will allow tablets to really get a legitimacy into mainstream computing, particularly in enterprises that they don’t have today. A lot of the enterprise managers ...

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Today Microsoft released a new platform preview build of Internet Explorer 10. You can view hardware acceleration of technologies like SVG, CSS3 transforms and animations in the new IE10 build in the video above. The new build will feature the following in support for development, Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) for safe use of XMLHttpRequest across domains. File API Writer support for blobBuilder allowing manipulation of large binary objects  in script in the browser. Support for JavaScript typed arrays for efficient storage and manipulation of typed  data. CSS user-select property to control how end-users select elements in a Web page or application. Support for HTML5 video text captioning, including time-code, placement, and captioning  file formats. You can find more details on this release at IE blog. You can download the new preview here.    ...

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As we reported last week that Microsoft is readying its beta of next version of its consumer security suite, today they released their beta to public. The new beta will feature the following, Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction. Enhanced performance: The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use. New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance. You can download the program from Microsoft Connect site. ...

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According to Forrester Research report that was released earlier today, consumer demand for Windows 8 tablets in reducing at a rapid rate. Its down more than 21% since last quarter according to the report. The report says, Microsoft faces challenges in the tablet market due to its late entry. While Windows 8 looks like a promising product for tablet computing, its release won’t come until sometime next year. Though Microsoft’s OEM partners are embracing the platform, consumer interest has plummeted during the past nine months. Windows product strategists will have to overcome several disadvantages associated with being a fifth mover in the tablet market. Product strategists in any industry have to evaluate their potential to be “fast followers”: Waiting too long to follow raises the bar your product must meet to compete. Even though Analysts provide some guidance to follow, they are not accurate predictors of technology. Few years ago they said ...

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Microsoft today announced load of new features to its SkyDrive online storage service. The updates are around new file management, HTML5 file uploading, simple sharing, support for new file types and more. Performance improvements were also done with this update, Many actions now happen inline (such as upload, delete, copy, move, rename, share, and create). We preload more resources when you’re typing your username and password before logging in. This makes it faster to view and edit Office docs. Signing in to SkyDrive is about 50% faster. On pdf support, In this release, when you click a PDF, we load it using whatever available PDF viewer your browser supports. This means that on IE, Firefox and Safari, PDFs will load in the browser if you have Adobe Acrobat installed. On Chrome, PDFs will load using Chrome’s native PDF viewer. You can read more on this here. ...

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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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