Review Category : Windows 8

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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In a media briefing in Seoul, Uhm Kyu Ho, head of sales and marketing at Samsung’s personal-computer business has confirmed that Samsung will start selling Windows 8 tablets in second half of 2012. The first device will be modified version of the Samsung Series 7 slate. You can take a look at the Samsung Series 7 slate in the video below. Video from The Verge.   ...

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As part of Building Windows 8 blog series, Microsoft detailed the power consumption in Windows 8. Power consumption has become an important part of Operating systems as the hardware running is becoming more and more mobile. Its also important to reduce carbon footprint by consuming power in efficient manner. Microsoft had the following goals in mind when designing Windows 8, Let the hardware shine. We built Windows 8 such that the power efficiency of the hardware platform shines through, regardless of whether the system is a SoC-based Windows tablet or an SLI-equipped gaming PC. We designed our power management interfaces in a consistent, standardized way across all platforms. This allows our hardware partners and application developers to focus on their unique innovations and experiences instead of the differences in platform hardware and power management. Continue to deliver great battery life. Windows 7 delivered a significant reduction in power consumption and increase in ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the spell check feature in upcoming version of Internet Explorer that will come with Windows 8. It will feature both auto correction and spelling suggestions on any text box within the browser. IE10 has the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct. In some cases, a misspelled word is so common that it is better to just correct the word immediately, rather than wait for you to review the error later In the rare case that auto-correct changes something that you didn’t want changed, you can undo the change via CTRL+Z (Undo) using the keyboard, or bring up the auto-correction context menu using the mouse. In addition to using the mouse, the auto-correction menu can be activated via the keyboard by moving the insertion point inside of the word and pressing SHIFT+F10 (that key combo works to trigger any context menu). From the auto-correction menu you can also prevent ...

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Today Synaptics showed some of the work it has been doing on Windows 8 touchpad experience. Looking at it, I’ve to say its amazing and handy. Take a look at the video above. Press Release: AIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, will be displaying its latest Series 7 ClearPad™ and ClickPad™ solutions targeted for Microsoft Windows 8 during the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit from November 8-10 inTaipei.  One of three official co-engineering partners for the touch interface in Windows 8, Synaptics provides industry leading system level engineering knowledge, combined with its broad portfolio of touch technology, to enhance the touch user experience for Windows 8. Synaptics ClearPad Series 7 recently received a perfect score on Microsoft’s official qualification scorecard for both x86 (HID-USB) and ARM (HID-I2C) based implementations.  In a private suite at the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit ...

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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 At Building Windows 8 blog today Microsoft detailed the Live Tiles support in Windows 8. Similar to Windows Phones, Windows 8 will include support for push notifications in Metro Style apps. Microsoft had the following things in mind when developing this feature in Windows 8, Allow hundreds of live tiles without degrading performance Go beyond balloons, badges and text, with beautiful images Make it easy for developers so they can just “fire and forget” Achieve real-time delivery so delivering “instant messages” is instant. You can read more on this here. ...

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Acer chairman JT Wang commenting on Apple’s momentum in iOS devices said that Microsoft will re-rise to answer consumer demands, Digitimes reported. He also added that they welcome HP’s  decision to stay in PC market which will help expand the market share of Microsoft Windows to better compete against Apple. However, in the next two years, Wang estimates that the camp of Microsoft will re-rise as Microsoft is answering consumer demands. In the past, Microsoft has been adding unnecessary functions to its operating system even after consumers already objected such moves, but as Microsoft has already started seeing its problems and will implement changes into Windows 8, Taiwan’s PC supply chain should benefit in the future, Wang added. Hope it happens soon.. Read more at Digitimes. ...

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According to ASUS Q3 earnings presentation, Asus is planning to launch two Windows 8 based tablets in third quarter of next year. Asus will be a leading partner for making Windows on ARM alliance and will start selling devices from Q3’12. Asus will focus on innovation by aggressive attack strategy to capture mind and market share. Source: Engadget ...

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You may wonder they already did this, but this is new stuff. You can read about the new simple task manager for our PC’s here. At Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft detailed the feature in task manager of upcoming Windows 8 that server admins and people with access to mega-PC setups with lots and lots of logical processors can use it for their analysis. Its full of heat maps and percentage numbers presented in a neat way as shown in the image above. You can read more on that at B8 blog. ...

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According to Digitimes sources, Windows 8 device ODM’s and Brand vendors are concerned about the new Windows 8 verification process for installing on a system. They said that their earlier procedure of installing Windows on PC’s were a easy process and pasting COA label onto a PC will help technicians identify the machines that have already been installed with an operating system. But according to the new process designed by Microsoft ODMs claim that their cost and time consumption will go up. For the OA 3.0, Microsoft plans to pre-install the Windows 8 operating system into PC’s BIOS and will have consumers key-in the authorization key to activate the software through an Internet connection and will completely abandon its previous method of using a COA label. They are also blaming Microsoft for  playing a two-faced game with ODMs and Brand Vendors.. Source: Digitimes ...

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Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang was the last speaker at AsiaD conference. In a question on Windows 8 on ARM chips, he said that Windows 8 should be on tablets first and they should not be considered PC’s. He added that Microsoft Office alone should be able to run on Windows 8 ARM tablets which will be a killer App.. From Engadget, “It’s important for [Microsoft] not to position these as PCs. From a finesse perspective — I can’t speak on their behalf — but I would come out with tablets first with Windows on ARM. It helps to establish that this isn’t a PC. Will yesterday’s Office run on tomorrow’s Windows on ARM PC? Will a new version of Office run on tomorrow’s Windows on ARM tablets? Both questions are about legacy, and both are about Office. The actual implementation of it is radically different. I see no reason to make ...

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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 Today at Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the portrait mode support in Windows 8. So far most of the time we have seen Windows 8 in action only in landscape mode , but it also supports portrait mode very well. Windows is also designed to work great in portrait mode. We studied extensively scenarios like reading news in the web browser, looking at portrait photos, and scrolling through long lists of email messages, and we folded what we learned into designing a system that works seamlessly across orientations. We tuned the system experiences like the keyboard, file picker, and charms to work great in portrait as well as landscape. We wanted to make it so you don’t need to relearn the system when you switch to ...

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At Web 2.0 conference yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed many things with John Battelle on stage. 1) When asked about Yahoo: “Times change, times change,”, He laughed. The later he added that “You get lucky sometimes.” He also mentioned that Yahoo is now a great partner for Microsoft is search and Microsoft is extending the revenue guarantee program with Yahoo for another year. 2) When asked about Bing: “I would issue you all a kind of challenge to try any search you want on Bing and Google,” Ballmer said, explaining that 70% of the time, there won’t be any difference in the results, that 15% of the time, Bing will be better and 15% of the time, Google will be better. 3) When asked about social at Microsoft: “We don’t need to take every battle”. He emphasized that Xbox LIVE and Windows LIVE are the social space that Microsoft has decided to take on ...

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