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  Microsoft today detailed the mobile network connection setup in Windows 8. Microsoft has re-engineered the wireless networking stack to optimize it for both mobile broadband and Wi-Fi networks. Windows 8 will provide the best mobile broadband experience across devices. The new Windows 8 network settings allow you to turn individual radios on and off (Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, or Bluetooth), as well as disable all radios at once with the new “airplane mode”.  Another notable improvement in Windows 8 is, You can reconnect your PC to a Wi-Fi network from standby in about a second . Read more about it here. ...

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Similar to the Windows Phone ecosystem, Microsoft has provided its partners with a strict guidelines for making Windows 8 Tablet/Convertible PC’s. Rafael Rivera from withinwindows has summarized the requirements from Microsoft. Microsoft has made 5-point digitizers, NFC Touch marks, specific hardware buttons and minumum specs with, Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes System firmware: UEFI Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy) Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver Resolution: 1366×768 Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests Camera: 720p Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K Magnetometer Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz Gyroscope USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port Speakers as mandatory for all Windows 8 Tablet/Convertible PC’s. So you can pick up any Windows 8 tablet from the market and it will offer the same great consistent ...

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Microsoft today detailed its new file system for Windows 8 Server that will also be compatible with Windows 8 clients. ReFS, (which stands for Resilient File System), is built on the foundations of NTFS, will have compatibility with older file systems and also provides way  for a new generation of storage technologies and scenarios. ReFs features the following, Metadata integrity with checksums Integrity streams providing optional user data integrity Allocate on write transactional model for robust disk updates (also known as copy on write) Large volume, file and directory sizes Storage pooling and virtualization makes file system creation and management easy Data striping for performance (bandwidth can be managed) and redundancy for fault tolerance Disk scrubbing for protection against latent disk errors Resiliency to corruptions with “salvage” for maximum volume availability in all cases Shared storage pools across machines for additional failure tolerance and load balancing Read more at Building ...

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At various points in the past, we had hints about Windows 8 availability in late 2012. Now according to Microsoft’s Janelle Poole, director of public relations of the Windows Business Group, Windows 8 may come in October 2012 timeframe. Discussing with Pocket-lint about Windows 8, He said, “One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we’ve always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that’s a good guideline to consider.” This may become true since various Microsoft partners like Acer hinted about Windows 8 launch later this year at CES this week. Source: Pocket-lint ...

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We have already seen BlueStacks for Windows which allows you to run Android apps on Windows platform. At CES, BlueStacks announced the compatibility of Android apps running through its app player on Windows 8. BlueStack says, every app built for Android will now run on Windows 8 without any porting. The software will support both standard desktop and Metro UI modes. They are also partnering with OEM’s on pre-installing this software on Windows 8 laptops/tablets/ultrabooks. Press Release: BlueStacks Announces Windows 8 Compatibility Apps-on-PC company will bring 350,000+ Android apps to Windows 8 in 2012. OEMs to release BlueStacks-enabled Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks. CAMPBELL, CA – January 10, 2012 – BlueStacks announced today that its “App Player” software, which runs mobile apps natively on PCs and tablets, is now compatible with Windows 8. The company demonstrated the technology on a Windows 8 Ultrabook at CES today with reporters. Windows 8 is ...

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Qualcomm at CES conference today announced the LTE-Equipped Windows 8 tablet powered by Snapdragon S4 processors that will come to AT&T later this year. Press Release: Qualcomm Works with Microsoft to Deliver Snapdragon S4 Processors with LTE Connectivity for Windows 8 – 2012 CES Marks First AT&T LTE Demonstration of Windows 8 Powered by Snapdragon S4 Processors – LAS VEGAS and SAN DIEGO – January 10, 2012 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced at the 2012 International CES show that it is collaborating with Microsoft Corp. to demonstrate pre-release Windows 8 on Snapdragon™ S4 processors with LTE connectivity support. Demonstrated on the AT&T 4G LTE network for the first time, Windows 8 powered by Snapdragon with LTE and 3G/4G wireless support enables the connected standby experience with lower power consumption recently demonstrated by Microsoft, and provides Windows 8-based PCs including tablets, convertibles and notebooks with wireless broadband speeds and ...

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Yesterday at CES, Microsoft’s partners showcased lots of Windows 8 devices. Here are some of the interesting concept designs and working models. 1) Intel Nikiski Prototype: Intel Nikiski prototype has a see-through touchpad that stretches across the entire palm rest. When you close the laptop, the see through touchpad will allow you to see a portion of the laptop display which will have special interface on which you can interact. Imagine checking mail, tweets, facebook notifications without opening the laptop ! ! Read more at Engadget and The Verge 2) Lenovo Ideapad Yoga: Lenovo showcased this impressive form factor of laptop. It will feature next generation Intel processor, IPS 1600 x 900 resolution display and 8 hours battery life. More than anything, the device can be rotated on any direction to make it as a laptop or tablet or some phone viewer, etc,. Great stuff from Lenovo. Read more at ...

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Read yesterday’s post on same topic to know interesting products that was announced at CES a day before. 1) HP Envy 14 Spectre: After much hype by releasing teasers, HP Envy 14 Spectre was revealed at CES. For $1400 starting price you get the following, 3.79 pounds weight and 20mm thick unit 14-inch, 1600 x 900 Radiance Display with Gorilla Glass,  Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB of RAM, Nine hour battery Radiance backlit keyboard, Carrying case NFC chip built-in  Intel Wireless Display,  HP’s CoolSense technology,  Beats ans  HP Wireless Audio,  Full copies of Photoshop and Premiere Elements A two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security Read more at Engadget and The Verge 2) Refreshed Samsung Series 9 Laptops: After the mildly successful and widely praised Samsung Series 9 laptops introduced last year, Samsung refreshed the lineup with two models. New 15-inch and 13.3-inch models were announced with starting price of $1399. Specs: ...

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Acer unveiled its Aspire S5 — The world’s thinnest ultra book. It measures 15mm at the maximum point and weighs just 1.35kgs. With the delicately curved chassis, the S5 will also feature standard ultrabook specs along with Dolby Home Theater v4 technology,  PowerSmart battery pack and Thunderbolt port. Read more on it at Engadget and The Verge. Windows 8 Eye-tracking control: Tobii has unveiled Windows 8 eye-tracking control unit. Using your eyes, you can move the cursor around the screen, select objects, scroll and pinch to zoom. They demoed it on Windows 8 with apps such as photo gallery, demo games, etc,. Read more on it at Engadget and The Verge.  3M’s Multitouch Table: 3M has unveiled its 46 inch multitouch table that is capable of 20 input touch points at a time. It uses some Projected Capacitive Technology with 1080p display. Read more on it at Engadget and The Verge.  ...

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While Microsoft keynote at CES is nearing, more leaks about announcements to be made have started flowing in. While Nokia 900 on AT&T is pretty much confirmed, Microsoft may demo Windows 8 beta at CES running on various partner PC’s. We have seen lots of demo of Windows 8 developer preview and some screenshots of Windows 8 beta in the past. The above screenshots seems to be from Windows 8 beta showing File explorer, Mail client and Messenger client. See more such pics at source links. Update: Looks like these are just concept arts and not the original screenshots. Check comments section for more links on it. Source: win8china, ithome.com via: advertboy ...

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We all thought Aerolite Basic will be the default theme in Windows 8, but it is not so. Winunleaked has posted a screenshot showing Aerolite Glass theme. One interesting thing to note is that the Aerolite Glass is not listed in themes menu, instead its been kept as a easter egg in Windows 8. Ofcourse, Microsoft may change any of these things in the final version of Windows 8. Check source for details on how to enable this theme in your developer preview of Windows 8. Source: Winunleaked.tk ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new Storage Spaces feature in Windows 8. Storage Spaces in Windows 8 will dramatically improve how you manage large volumes of storage in your PC at work or home. It may some how replace Windows Home Server Driver Extender technology. Storage Spaces allow, Organization of physical disks into storage pools, which can be easily expanded by simply adding disks. These disks can be connected either through USB, SATA (Serial ATA), or SAS (Serial Attached SCSI). A storage pool can be composed of heterogeneous physical disks – different sized physical disks accessible via different storage interconnects. Usage of virtual disks (also known as spaces), which behave just like physical disks for all purposes. However, spaces also have powerful new capabilities associated with them such as thin provisioning (more about that later), as well as resiliency to failures of underlying physical media. You can read more on this ...

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AT&T may show its 4G LTE based Windows 8 Tablet next week at its developer conference and CES. We all know that Microsoft and its partners will showcase Windows 8 based PC’s and tablets, but AT&T joining the crowd is an exciting thing. The info was revealed from the AT&T developer conference session (thanks to mobiletechworld) on building Windows 8 apps. Along with AT&T, Qualcomm is also joining the session as the tablet will be powered by Qualcomm based ARM processor. A Metro Style Hemi™  – Windows 8 tablets super charged with 4G LTE – 3:30 – 4:15 Attend this session and see how to transform the higher speed and lower latency of LTE into an amazing user experience. First, learn from Qualcomm about the power of their Snapdragon chip, and how developers can tap into the Snapdragon Developer Program to create rich Windows 8 apps that help deliver differentiated ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed two new features in Windows 8, Refresh and Reset. Many people often find it hard to refresh their PC’s to their original state by losing the recovery disc and other issues. In Windows 8, there are two new features that will solve this problem, Reset your PC – Remove all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows. Refresh your PC – Keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows. Microsoft also detailed the time required to do the above process, Recovery operation Time required Refreshing the PC 8 minutes 22 seconds Resetting the PC (quick) 6 minutes 12 seconds Resetting the PC (thorough, with BitLocker enabled) 6 minutes 21 seconds Resetting the PC (thorough, without BitLocker) 23 minutes 52 seconds Impressive ! ! Read more at Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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Acer and Lenovo is set to launch Windows 8 tablets based on Intel Clover Trail platform in 3Q 2012, according to supply chain sources of Digitimes. Intel’s current low power processor efforts with “midfield” seems to have very hard competition from ARM based chips and so PC makers are waiting for Intel’s Clover Trail platfrom to make Windows 8 tablets which will be targeted at Enterprise customers where they can run their legacy apps without any changes. Source: Digitimes ...

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