Review Category : Windows

Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Today Microsoft detailed the Windows Live ID integration in Windows 8. Users now have an option to enter into the Windows 8 PC using Windows Live ID that will give them array of benefits. Signing in with an ID allows you to: Associate the most commonly used Windows settings with your user account. Saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. Your PC will be set up just the way you are used to! Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs. Save sign-in credentials for the different apps and websites you use and easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time. Automatically sign ...

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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 When Microsoft took the wraps off Windows 8 at last week’s BUILD conference, one thing amazed us all, Its Windows 8 Boot experience. Windows 8 started in just 8 seconds ! ! Today at Building Windows 8 blog, Steven Sinofsky posted on the behind the scenes of this amazing boot experience. Billie Sue Chafins, program manager at Microsoft detailed how they built this boot experience using various technologies such as UEFI. Read more on it here. ...

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Microsoft last week at BUILD conference revealed some information about upcoming Windows Store in Windows 8. Here is the list of information what we know on Windows Store so far, Microsoft only detailed Store capabilities and preparing apps and not about specific Store policies or business terms. Developers can submit their apps to Microsoft along with required meta data to Windows Store. Microsoft will list the apps in marketplace according to the category along with screenshots and reviews. Microsoft will provide Windows App Certification Kit for developers that will act as an self-assessment to ensure technical compliance. Microsoft will accept both Metro Style and old Win32 apps for Windows Store. Only Developers and enterprise customers can sideload Metro Style and Win32 apps from Windows Store. Microsoft removed the 70/30 revenue application sharing reference soon after it was discovered by public from its documents. Developers can offer free trial periods for their apps. Trial period ...

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We all know its too early to compare performance of a developer preview build OS to a matured OS. Still, Windows 8 Developer Preview build beats in almost every speedtest lifehacker did in comparison with Windows 7. Boot time is a significant  area where Windows 8 preview leaves Windows 7 in dust. Just look at the results below, Microsoft still has lots of time to juice more performance out of Windows 8. Lets see how it plays out. More details on comparison over at Lifehacker. ...

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If you are one among the million people who downloaded Windows 8 Developer Preview build, then this simple tool might help you. Metro UI Tweaker allows you to tweak Metro UI in Windows 8 such as enabling classic Start menu, etc. It allows you to do the following, Disable Metro Start Menu: Disables only Metro Start Menu Screen. This function requires editing a System File. It does not remove the file. Disable Metro Ribbon: Disables only the Metro Ribbon UI. This function I discovered myself. It requires Taking Ownership of a System File. It does not remove this file. Disable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Disables the Metro Start Menu UI, Ribbon UI, MetroTask Manager UI and the Lock Screen. Enable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Re-enables all available Metro UI options. Add Power Options to the Metro Start Menu Screen: Logoff, Switch User, Lock, Sleep, Restart and Shutdown Add any Application/File to the Metro UI ...

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Neowin forums user  Panda X  have developed a tutorial to change background image of x64 builds of Windows 8.Why only x64? x86 tutorial is still under development ! ! Tutorial: How to get started with customizing the Metro Start Screen | Panda X 1. Download a hex editor. I chose HxD (http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/) 2. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\ 3. In the Ribbon click File > Open Command Prompt > Open Command Promt as Administrator 4. Type the following in CMD; takeown /f uxtheme.dll icacls uxtheme.dll /grant Administrators:F 5. Copy uxtheme.dll to the deskop. 6. Open your hex editor and open uxtheme.dll 7. Go to the hex location as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ by hitting Ctrl+G (Might be different in your program) 8. Make sure your hex editor is set to OVERWRITE and NOT insert. 9. Replace the colors as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ with your own. ...

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Microsoft filed a U.S Federal Trademark Registration For ‘CHARM’ yesterday. At BUILD last week, Microsoft detailed its Windows 8 desktop experience and revealed what ‘charm’ is. Charms are available all the time when Metro Style apps are running. You have to swipe from right edge of the screen to get the charm menu which lists 5 charms. 1) Search 2) Share 3) Start 4) Devices 5) Settings Source: TechCrunch ...

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While Apple made Thunderblot technology default in their machines these days, Windows machines from various OEM’s had USB 3.0 to answer that. Soon Apple’s exclusivity of Thunderbolt will end as the technology is coming to Windows PCs in 2012 from Acer and ASUS. To prove that, Engadget had a chance to experience Thunderbolt on Windows at IDF. Intel showed playback of four 1080p video streams with 700MB of throughput off a PCIe attached SSD using Thunderbolt. Get ready to experience the Thunderbolt. Source: Engadget ...

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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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