Review Category : Windows 8

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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Despite the release of numerous high-specced Android tablets, in the end Android OEMs have had to resort to extremely low prices to even attempt to compete in the tablet market with Android. This has resulted in the ultimate result of the race to the bottom, devices sold at a loss like the Amazon Kindle, which is expected to lose Amazon $10-$50 per device. Trying to escape this Dell and HP have turned to Windows 8 tablets, which are expected to support much higher price points. Digitimes reports that the two vendors are expected to release such tablets in Q3 2012 next year. While Lenovo will continue to try and penetrate business with Android tablets, Windows 8 tablets are expected to slot right into existing PC management infra-structure, making it a much easier sell to CTOs. Additionally a recent survey found 42% of consumers were still waiting for Windows tablets, more ...

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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 behind the scenes information about Search functionality in Windows 8. As usual, its a long detailed blog post with history of search in Windows, how users use it and how they made design decisions on Search for Windows 8. You can read more in detail here at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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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 design process of the new redesigned task manager for Windows 8. The new task manager is more finger friendly, clean and efficient for managing your running apps. As usual, its a long blog post starting from task manager history and discussing heat maps of how users use task manager. Give it a read when you find time. Source: B8 Blog. ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft published a lengthy blog post reflecting on people’s negative feedback about the new Start Screen in Windows 8. Here is a summary of what they wrote: Issues Microsoft DID confront and refute Usability with a Mouse Efficiency is on the top of Microsoft’s mind. When considering mouse mileage (distance mouse has to move), target size, loading time, parsing time, and mouse click counts, there is a net gain of efficiency in the Start Screen. They admit there will be a slight transitional period where users will have to learn the new screen, but they expect it to take no longer than a few hours, days, or, at most, weeks. For example, users discover the ability to simply type to search on the Start Screen within hours of using the beta. Next, they discuss Fitts Law, which is commonly applied to software design. The law essentially says that the ...

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 team has tweaked the Windows 8 Start screen UI and responded to many comments on the design decisions. Since the new Start screen is a huge change, it got lots of feedback from thousands of users across the world. Many expressed their comments on Building Windows 8 blog regarding the new design. And now Microsoft which has been listening to all these comments, has now responded by a huge, really huge blog post. The blog post runs over 9000 words with lots and lots of data. It details both new changes and reasons for certain designs. If you find 30 minutes or so, read through it. It’s a great blog post ! ! ! Source: Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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One of the primary goals on designing Windows 8 for Microsoft is to have the system requirements equal or less than the system requirements of Windows 7. At BUILD conference last month, Microsoft showed us that Windows 8 uses less memory footprint than that of Windows 7. At Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed how they reduced the memory requirements such as service changes and reductions, more granular prioritization of memory, doing jobs with less memory, etc,. You can read them in detail at B8 blog. Its good to see that Microsoft has focused on improving Windows 8 in every single way to improve customer experience. ...

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According to Boston Consulting Group’s recent consumer survey, People prefer Windows on their tablets more than others. This survey includes Chinese and US consumers. Over 42% of US consumers prefer Windows over iOS or Android on their tablets. This clearly states the power of Windows brand. When ATD confirmed the survey results, they got the following response, “When we survey consumers, it becomes very clear that Windows is still a very popular brand,” she said. Apple has sold tens of millions of iPads, but Microsoft has sold more than 400 million windows 7 devices. What that says to me is that there’s a huge opportunity that microsoft has left untapped so far.” The survey results are in line with the Forrester’s poll which was released months ago. Microsoft will regain the tablet market once it releases Windows 8, its touch based OS for consumers. via: ATD ...

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The first thing you notice once you look into a Windows 8 PC is the Start screen. The live tiles with information gives you a personalized experience which was missing in our olden days start menu. Today at B8 blog, Microsoft detailed the evolution of Start menu. You can read a brief history of Start menu followed by some stats on how people used Start menu and hoe they designed the new start experience. You can read them here. ...

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The Blackberry Playbook has not exactly set the world on fire, selling only 200,000 in their last full quarter (even Windows Phone sells better than that!) Now a rumour, started by Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh, is spreading that Quanta has halted production of the low-in-demand QNX-based tablet. In an investors note he said: “While Quanta last week acknowledged that it had laid off a significant number of production workers from a factory focused on producing the PlayBook, our research indicates that the ODM has essentially halted production of the tablet, Vinh wrote. “Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIMM has cancelled development of additional tablet projects.” RIM has called the rumour “pure fiction”, saying: “RIM doesn’t typically comment on rumors, but any suggestion that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued is pure fiction. RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market.” Microsoft is planning to re-enter the tablet market ...

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Mashworks took the pulse of the web and assessed their reaction to Windows 8 looking at 65,968 tweets and overall found it overwhelmingly positive. Scepticism about the efficiency of the UI on the desktop of course remains, but overwhelmingly people seemed to think it was already better than the best Android could provide. See the interesting analysis below. Via Winrumors.com ...

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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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Microsoft is investing $150 million to expand its new data center in southern Virginia and will build a second data center facility and add 21 megawatts of power capacity at its new location in Boydton, Virginia, even as it is still completing the $499 million first phase of the project. Microsoft is also believed to be expanding its data centers in West Des Moines, Iowa and Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft’s new facility will feature the use of its container-based design known as IT-PAC (short for Pre-Assembled Component). They are designed to operate in all environments, and employ a free cooling approach in which fresh air is drawn into the enclosure through louvers in the side of the container – which effectively functions as a huge air handler with racks of servers inside. “Microsoft is excited to once again expand its cloud infrastructure and services capacities in Boydton,” said Dayne Sampson, corporate ...

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When Microsoft demonstrated Windows 8 at BUILD they showed some small apps, but the larger Windows Live Essential apps, like Windows Live Movie Maker and Live Writer was conspicuously missing. It turns out there is a reason why – the apps have not been created yet, but at least this job posting, noticed by LiveSide.net, shows that Microsoft is intending to develop Metro style Live Essentials apps. We are seeking a great developer who will help build the next generation of touch-oriented photo/video experiences for consumers. You will be working with an experienced group of developers with a successful track record of building new experiences such as those found in Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Writer. You will be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of the technical direction for the team. We look forward to seeing what a Metro version of Live Writer, an app we use ...

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IDC have commented on the tablet market, and while they note iPad will continue to dominate in the near future, they expect business to turn to Windows tablets, especially with the new user interface Windows 8 brings. They write: While the consumer segment remained the key target market, there is increasing interest from enterprises as well. But businesses are still evaluating the products and how they could incorporate non-Windows devices into their existing IT infrastructure, while the limited number of products available for the business space also contributed to constrain stronger commercial demand. . While the market will remain heavily focused on the consumer segment, expansion will also come from a change in end-user dynamics, as the ongoing product evaluation by businesses is expected to translate into an increasing number of media tablet shipments in the commercial segment as well. Tablets are seen as a major opportunity for several horizontal ...

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