Review Category : Windows

Within 24 hours of Windows 8 Developer preview release, Josh Blake tried to install Windows 8 preview on first generation Surface from Microsoft. He did it successfully in less than 12 hours because Microsoft surface is actually based on Windows Vista, so a Windows machine in different form factor. Windows 8 worked fine on this table machine technically, but the UX won’t suit for Microsoft Surface. Here’s why from his blog, Does Immersive mode make the Surface shell obsolete? No way. It makes the Surface shell even more important. My initial impressions with actually using the Win8 immersive mode on Surface is that it really doesn’t work for a large, horizontal, multi-user form factor. For one, everything is oriented in one direction, and two, I need to reach too far to get to certain interface elements across the table. That’s the opposite of the ergonomic intent of the immersive mode, ...

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The day one of BUILD Windows conference is over. Here is the quick summary of what happened there, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage for the keynote. With little background of Windows 7,  Steven introduced Windows 8. Windows 8 is Windows reimagined. Windows 8 PC’s will have no compromise on any aspect of a PC. Windows 8′s core UI experience is shown. Windows 8 will sport new start screen with Live Tiles. Users can customize Live Tiles, rearrange them, group them, rename the groups,etc,. Windows 8 will have new Lock screen with picture based password support. Gesture support and multitasking on Windows 8 was shown. Metro Style apps will take full screen always and suspended when moved away from screen. New control panel for Metro UI with access to commonly used settings. User can switch back and forth between Windows 32 app and Metro Style app anytime. User can ...

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The Android Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is banned in Germany Samsung’s Android tablet ambitions took an other knock in Germany today when the court there banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Presiding judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann said there was a "clear impression of similarity" between the Apple and the Samsung products, citing the "minimalist, modern form" of the two firms’ products, with flat screens and rounded edges. Samsung, who is appealing, said "We are disappointed with this ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany." While the ban only extends to Germany Samsung has problems elsewhere in Europe also. In the Netherlands, a court in the Hague banned three Samsung telephone models on August 24 following an Apple suit. Samsung launched a counter-claim, due to be heard by the same court on September 26. Apple is currently asking the ITC to block imports to the United ...

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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 boot time improvements in Windows 8. As boot times are important factors when talking about performance of the system, Microsoft has improved the boot time efficiency. These improvements not only work for SSD’s but also for normal hard drives. Here is the improvement chart comparing to Windows 7, More than anything, take a look at the video above to know what Microsoft is trying to do.. Pretty Great stuff. More details here. ...

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Samsung’s Series 7 tablet announced recently Microsoft is expected to lift the shroud around Windows 8 fully next week at its BUILD conference, and there are strong rumours of a developer beta of the OS being released. However with Windows 8 also being a touch-centric tablet OS a software beta would be useless without some hardware to run it on.  According to Korea Economic Daily, citing an industry source,  Microsoft will be handing out a Samsung-produced tablet running Windows 8 at conference. According to the source "This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company’s first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices.” Samsung announced its Series 7 Windows 7 tablet at IFA last week, and its rumoured Windows 8 tablet may have the same form factor. BUILD runs from September 13-16. Via Yahoo.com ...

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There have been much concern about backward compatibility in Windows 8.  Microsoft has now confirmed the OS will include Hyper-V virtualization support, meaning multiple old operating systems, including 32bit on 64bit, can be supported without endangering the stability of Windows 8 itself. “In building Windows 8 we worked to enable Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server, to function on the client OS as well,” said Hyper-V program manager Mathew John. Read more about the technology at MSDN here. Via Winrumors.com ...

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Microsoft was awarded with series of patents on gestures recently. Even though many of them are strikingly similar to the Courier tablet UI, all of these patents were filed only in 2010. So I strongly suspect that these are the  gesture support  coming in Windows 8. Here are some of them, 1) Cross reference gesture refers recognizing first input as selecting the image/object and second input as one or more lines drawn outside bounds of the image/object and relating the two inputs to produce desired result. 2) Edge Gesture: Edge Gesture Claim: recognizing a first input as selecting an object displayed by a display device; recognizing a second input as movement along an edge of the object, the movement recognized as occurring while the object is selected; and identifying a gesture from the recognized first and second inputs, the gesture effective to cause display of a line as drawn proximal ...

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There are reports floating around the internet on rumor that Windows 8 will RTM in April 2012. All About Microsoft’s Mary Jo Foley clearly mentioned in her blog that this information is based on a single tip she received and she didn’t/unable to verify it with independent sources. Putting that aside, Wouldn’t that be great if Windows 8 released to public in just 12 months from now. Hope that happens. ...

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Digitimes reports that OEMs are turning to Windows 8 and Intel chipsets for future tablets, after Android-powered tablets fail to catch on with consumers. Numerous OEMs have been disappointed with poor sales of non-iPad tablets, with Acer being the latest to cut sales forecasts by half. According to Digitimes vendors are blaming poor sales on the instability of Android and the compatibility issues found between Android 3.0 and 3.1. Digitimes state that Intel and Microsoft have revealed a roadmap for Intel-powered tablets with low cost, low power 5W CPUs and Windows 8 to start delivering devices in 2012.  Windows 8 promises to deliver a touch-friendly user experience while still preserving the full functionality of a PC, something buyers tend to demand with increased screen sizes. Read more at Digitimes here. ...

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Microsoft released the first update for Internet Explorer 9 yesterday. The June 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update. This security update resolves seven vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that were disclosed in coordination with Microsoft. Microsoft have also updated their version no. to 9.0.1 as shown in the about box above. Happy Safe Browsing.. ...

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Windows8Italia has published this brief look at the Windows 8 keyboard in Build 7955.  They note the keyboard is extremely responsive, and easier to use because it features less keys, hiding special function and numeric keys and leaving more space for the QWERTY keys, unlike the Windows 7 keyboard. The video also shows “mouse trails” for touch, a new Windows 8 feature that makes actions feel more certain. Read more at Windows8Italia here. ...

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There have been many calls for Microsoft to produce their own Windows Phone 7 smartphone, but now Digitimes reports that the company may go down the OEM route with their own, Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet. According to Digitimes Microsoft is “proceeding on a low profile” while still trying to get OEMs on board with Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft is apparently already lining up Taiwanese ODMs and Texas Instruments for the ARM chips the tablet will need, with the targeted delivery date the end of 2012. The move would be risky, as it would alienate many of Microsoft’s partners.  At the same time these very same partners are already aggressively shipping Android tablets, and a Microsoft tablet may not get much commitment, much like the HP Slate received earlier this year. Other logistics issues remain, such as distribution deals and marketing, all of which argue against such a plan.  On the ...

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Microsoft Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) enables customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients by providing a smaller footprint locked down version of Windows 7. Microsoft announced Thin PC beta long back for community to  provide feedback. Now Windows Thin PC has reached the RTM milestone with few changes. Here are they, We used additional feedback gathered from customers in our Community Technology Preview (CTP) to add a few features in the RTM. Keyboard Filter: WinTPC will have the capability to allow customers to lock certain key combinations, such as Ctrl +Alt + Delete, from being utilized and taking effect on a Windows Thin PC device, thereby providing customers with greater level of security and control over user interaction with their WinTPCs. International IMEs (Input Method Editor) support: WinTPC will now include the option to support international keyboards. Key Management Server (KMS)/Multiple Activation Key (MAK): WinTPC will now be able ...

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1) As rumoured before Windows 8 Explorer will have ribbon UI. As you can see from the below picture, its ribbonized. 2) According to Manan, Windows 8 is going to have “Chatter” a unified voice & IM application built within the OS itself. It will be cool to have an application that allows you to IM or call an user from Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo and more. More details on it here. 3) There was no mention of Zune service on Windows 8 yet. Also Zune icon/tile was missing from the new immersive start screen. 4) OEM Activation 3.0: Microsoft during its COMPUTEX demo said Windows 8 will feature OEM Activation 3.0 technology that enables end-users with seamless activation experience. more details on this here. 5) Still no word on Silverlight as development platform on Windows 8. Sinofsky just confirmed that Silverlight will run inside IE10 browser which we all know. ...

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