Review Category : Windows 8

I guess being a proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Microsoft has made Skype a bit more eager to serve their new masters. The company has released an update for their VOIP client with the changelog featuring only the addition of Windows 8 support, an OS still a year from release. If you are a Windows 8 Developer Preview user and suffering from Skype issues you can download 5.5.0.117 from Skype here. Via ZDNet.com ...

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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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As BUILD conference got over, some(most??) of you might have missed many sessions, because the four days have been packed full of no.of great sessions. Topics from “Create experiences that span devices” to “Connecting printing devices to Windows using v4 printer drivers” and lots more.. Almost 250 sessions took place and the cool thing from Microsoft is that all of those sessions are now online for our viewing pleasure in variety of different formats. You can download them to view on your Windows Phones or stream them as high quality videos on your PC’s. Even the slides used by speakers are available for download. How cool?? Spend your free time this week to watch all these stuff. There are many great stuff in these sessions. ...

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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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Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have commented on one of the biggest developments on Windows 8, the OS running on ARM processors. Eager to show Windows 8 on ARM will provide a full desktop browsing experience, Qualcomm ironically concentrated on showing Flash while browsing, something which Microsoft is in fact deprecating in favour of HTML5. Texas Instruments on the other hand underplayed the need for super-powerful chips, saying most software do not take advantage of quad-cores at present, but that they will have chips ready for when Windows 8 does hit the market at the end of next year. They did however see ARM as extending from more than tablets to also thin and light laptops, which if successful could spell start of the decline of Intel. Nvidia of course have already said they see Windows 8 as a major new revenue stream and opportunity for them, and see their only ...

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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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With Windows 8 Metro interface featuring much less on-screen controls, there is an increased need, at least with non-touch screen devices, for keyboard shortcuts. Below is a useful list of shortcut keys that may make using Windows 8 on a normal laptop much less painful, and in the end may even make your a lot more efficient. Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout Win + C : Open the Charms Win + D : Show the desktop Win + E : open Windows Explorer Win + F : Open the Search panel Win + H : Open the Share charm Win + I : Open the Settings charm Win + K : Open the Connect charm Win + L : Lock the computer Win + O : Lock the screen rotation Win + Q : Open the search pane Win + R : Open run ...

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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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Windows 8 will not support Flash in its Immersive browser, and Windows 8 users are likely going to spend increasing amounts of time there. Adobe, who makes a significant portion of their income from Flash creation tools, has responded to the challenge to their business in a blog post, saying: We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine, including rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash. In addition, we expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today, including the recent number one paid app for the iPad on the Apple App Store, Machinarium, which is built using Flash tools and deployed on the Web using Flash Player and through app stores as a standalone app. ...

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ignyt47 have uploaded this video showing an Acer Aspire 1825PT 11.6in convertible tabletPC with a Core2Duo processor booting up to a usable state in less time than it took for the Apple MacBook Pro to even get to the log-in screen. We suspect OEMs will start pushing touch screens as a way to increase margins on laptops pretty hard, and with Windows 8 as the OS buyers will finally have a reason to pay the premium.  Likely non-touch screen PCs will be a dying breed in 2 years. I think it is safe to say while Apple has been trading on their image for a while, the brand will lose its cachet somewhat when it is embarrassed every day by much more nimble Windows 8 laptops. ...

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MobilityDigest have published this handy guide to dual booting with Windows 8 and another operating system. The steps seem relatively simple and goes as follows: Step 0: Acquire Installation Media Download Windows 8 Developer Preview from Microsoft and burn the ISO image to a DVD. Step 1: Backup your files Step 2: Making Room for Windows 8 You will need  around 20 GB of storage, with around 7.5 of that taken up by Windows 8.  You  will need to repartition your hard drive to give Windows 8 room to install. From Windows 7 you can use Disk Management to shrink the C drive (Right click on “Computer” > Select “Manage” > Select “Disk Management”). For Vista and XP user, you will need to get 3rd party software(like Acronis), to do it. Step 3: Installing Restart the computer and insert the installation media you created in Step 0. When prompted, hit ...

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 In the above video we do an  HTML 5 browser comparison between IE 10 (Metro and Desktop version), Firefox Aurora, and Chrome Beta, running on the HP Touchsmart TM2 with Windows 8 Developer Beta loaded. Complete system restarts were done before filming a different web browser, to ensure that each browser had a perfectly fair start. We ran the Touch Effects and Flying Images tests from http://ietestdrive.com RESULTS Touch Effects————————————- 1st: IE 10 Desktop Mode 2nd: Firefox Aurora 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta Flying Images—————————————– 1st: Firefox Aurora 2nd: IE 10 Desktop Mode 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta It is interesting to see that IE10 Metro performs differently than IE10 in classic mode.  The TM2 is using an integrated graphics card, so it’s not the most powerful. We suspect on more modern hardware, which is what IE10 is optimised for, it should perform even better. ...

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In the above video we have Microsoft’s Avi Ben-Menahem demonstrating the Xbox Live features of Windows 8. Xbox Live on Windows 8 will support cross-platform multiplayer and will be more open to developers than on Windows Phone 7, meaning more games will be Xbox Live enabled. According to Ben-Menahem, Xbox Live on Windows 8 will bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows." Via GeekWire and Engadget.com ...

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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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