Review Category : Windows

At COMPUTEX event yesterday, Microsoft previewed Windows 8 for its hardware partners. During the demo, Microsoft detailed the hardware specifications of Windows 8. Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same system requirements or lower. Support for AMD Llano processor. “Not multiple versions of Windows, just one version of Windows running on all of them.” Qualcomm, NVIDIA and TI for ARM reference designs. Snapdragon with “always on, always connected.” mode. NVIDIA’s quad-core Kal-El support, Whether x86 or ARM, same app expereince. OEM Activation 3.0 1366 x 768 resolution for the best Windows 8 experience and 1024 x 600 for normal Windows experience. We have some recommendations on bezel sizes so you can easily hold the system and edge to edge glass screen. Support for SSD’s and wide range of sensors. Source, Image Credit: Engadget ...

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Microsoft have rebranded their Professional Developers Conference as BUILD. BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world. Hear how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the new app model that allows you to create powerful new apps. All while retaining the ability to use your existing apps. Web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript have access to the power of the PC.  Touch-optimized browsing, with the full power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10 transforms your experiences with the web.  ...

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Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps. • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps. • Fluid, natural switching between running apps. • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows. • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC. • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.   At the heart of the new interface is a new start screen that draws heavily on the tile-based interface that Microsoft has used with Windows Phone 7. All of a user’s programs can be viewed as tiles and clicked on with a touch of a finger. Windows 8 essentially ...

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At All Things D conference today, Microsoft’s Windows division President Steven Sinofsky is going to talk on Windows 8. I’ll be updating more info on his talk as the event happens. Its confirmed that there will be a demo, because Microsoft guys are setting up tablet like displays . Hope its not just a demo of Windows.next running on ARM chips as they showed at CES. 10 more minutes to go.. demo setup photo(Photo credit: CNET) Will be live in few minutes. Windows 8 UI? Image Credit: This is my next Event now live… Walt: How do you feel about not being in the gang of four that’s running the Internet? Sinofsky: You know I’m watching it and feeling like the guy who’s in the race and not winning it. We definitely missed the iPhone — we didn’t do that one.” On iPad- We aren’t there yet, but we’ll get ...

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At COMPUTEX, Microsoft is showcasing new Windows-based devices made by its hardware partners. Microsoft during its keynote at COMPUTEX detailed its current Windows based device offerings and the opportunities for the OEM to innovate on Windows platform. In its booth, Microsoft showed off nearly 100 PCs, either newly available or soon-to-be-released, ranging from ultraportable thin and light notebooks as well as small and always-connected companions to secure business laptops, high-performance entertainment notebooks and high-end gaming rigs. PCs, phones, servers, TVs, handheld specialty devices — they’re all here. That’s not the end of the story for Microsoft at Computex as they are going to reveal Windows.next later today. ...

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Within 24 hours of time, Microsoft is going to talk in detail on Windows.next. At CES, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8 will run on ARM based chips and demoed Office 2010 running on Windows.next over ARM based chip. Windows division President Steven Sinofsky will be on stage at the D9 conference today scheduled at 3:15PM PT (6:15PM ET) to talk on Windows.next. He may reveal the new tablet UI and some upcoming features. Just after this event, few hours later Microsoft will organise a partner preview event where Steve Guggenheimer from Microsoft will address the OEM partners on the upcoming version of Windows at 10.00PM ET. ...

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Microsoft is entering the world of massive multiplayer online gaming by porting its massively successful PC game franchise Age of Empires to online. After months of beta testing, Age of Empires Online is launching on August 16th worldwide for the gamers. Age of Empires Online – the next chapter in the best-selling Age of Empires PC game franchise – will be available worldwide August 16th, 2011 in retail stores and online at www.ageofempiresonline.com. With its launch, the game will feature two of the greatest ancient civilizations – the Greeks and Egyptians – and offer more than 40 hours of gameplay for free! And that’s just where the experience starts! As players grow their empires and look for new adventures, Age of Empires Online delivers the opportunity to buy new Premium Content Packs – everything from entirely new civilizations to Booster Packs with new game modes and more. It’s the biggest Age of Empires ...

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Acer’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.T. Wang said to Bloomberg that Microsoft is controlling the hardware process of the upcoming Windows 8 based tablets. He also added that its very troublesome for the hardware makers. I think Microsoft’s strategy is to control the fragmentation among the tablet makers to ensure consistent Windows experience among the devices just as they did it with Windows Phones. According to me, specifying minimum requirements, platform, etc, won’t be a major concern for OEM’s. Lets see how that goes as Windows President Steven Sinofsky is scheduled to demo Windows 8 at the All Things D conference this week. Source: Bloomberg ...

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We posted a rumour a few days ago, and now Bloomberg has confirmed, via 3 people “with knowledge of the company’s plans” that Microsoft will be showing of Windows 8 on tablets at AllthingD conference next week. The tablet will apparently be running on Nvidia’s ARM chips and will be presented by Steven Sinofsky is  at the All Things D conference, while Vice President Steve Guggenheimer will also address the Computex show in Taipei. It is rumoured that Windows 8 tablets may be released long before desktop Windows 8, with Digitimes recently suggesting these tablets could reach market even before the end of the year. Read more at Bloomberg here. ...

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Digitimes, who has their ears to the ground when it comes to the Taiwanese ODM world, reports that Windows 8 tablet PCs running ARM will start appearing before the end of the year. They note that these ARM-based devices will not however replace powerful desktops running Intel chips. They also say that notebook OEMs are taking a cautious approach, and are unlikely to rush into the market with these new tablets.  Steve Ballmer has earlier said Windows 8 tablets should reach the market in 2012, and a leaked roadmaps have previously shown that Q1 2012 is being targeted. ...

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Trying to drum up some excitement around the company, Microsoft is opening up their kimono quite a bit recently. The company will demonstrate Windows Phone 7.5 tomorrow, and is now expected to reveal the secret tablet UI of Windows 8 next week at the D: All Things Digital conference where the head of Windows and Windows Live Steven Sinofsky will be presenting. Winrumors suggests that Windows 8 for tablets may be released much earlier than Desktop Windows 8, which should allow Microsoft to get into the game much sooner than the normal desktop OS cycle would normally allow. The Windows 8 tablet UI is expected to be heavily inspired by Windows Phone 7, with heavy usage of the Metro paradigm. ...

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Microsoft is not taking that 4% drop in Windows 7 sales lying down.  Today they announced a promotion which is clearly targeted at keeping students way from the dark side by offering a free Xbox 360 4GB console with any PC purchase in the US over $699. The offer is only open to US students with either a student ID or .edu email address and is available at Dell.com, HP.com or Microsoft Store and at Best Buy or any Microsoft Store retail location. The offer runs from the 23rd May and is only while stock lasts. Read more at the Windows Team Blog here. ...

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Intel Senior Vice President Renee James leaked some information(link1, link2) regarding Windows 8. According to her there would be 4 different versions of Windows 8 on ARM architecture and only Intel powered x86 Windows 8 will be capable of running legacy applications. Microsoft today denied recent Intel’s claim on Windows 8 to Business Insider with the following statement Intel’s statements during yesterday’s Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft’s plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading.  From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage.  As such, we have no further details or information at this time. While Microsoft’s denial are still unclear and  they are not just ready to share any information regarding Windows 8. This year’s PDC will answer all these questions. Lets see how Microsoft plays ...

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Intel’s Renée James has expounded more on Windows 8 and its relations to the chipsets and processors it will run on. "Windows 8 traditional", she said, will run on x86 chips and handle "legacy" x86-based Windows apps via a "Windows 7 mode" whereas "on ARM, there’ll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS." However while x86 Windows 8 devices will be able to partake of the “new mobile experience” while still having access to legacy apps, ARM devices will not. "We will also be able to run that [new] experience. So for an Intel user, we’ll kind of have the best of both worlds. So we think we’re extraordinarily well-positioned in Windows 8." "… our customers, or anyone who has an Intel-based or an x86-based product, will be able to run either Windows 7 ...

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