Review Category : Windows 8

WindowsWave.com have posted on an interest menu in Windows 8 which would not normally be noticed by most users. By right clicking in the lower left corner on the screen a menu of shortcuts to mainly power user features such as disk and computer management can be revealed. This menu was of course also in Windows 7, but has significantly expanded in the next version. If what you miss from the Windows 7 start menu is quick access to the control panel and Run, the good news is that it is right there for the clicking.  The menu can also be pulled up by pressing Windows X,  providing one with the option to press Windows+X, P to bring up the Control panel for example or Windows+X,E to bring up the file explorer. Would our readers find this nifty power-user feature helpful? Let us know below. ...

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Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of developers at Microsoft’s new collaboration space in Shoreditch, East London, to share his views on the opportunity for developers with the Windows platform across Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The event showcased some of the best examples of the Windows 8 design and user interface, including demonstrations of the Music Info app, the British Airways Inspiration app and others. The app store has now grown to more than 20,000 apps a month after the general release, with multiple developers having downloads of more than 100,000. While the adoption of Windows 8 appears to be slower than Windows 7, it still seems pretty clear by January there will be tens of millions Windows 8 PCs and tablets in the market for developers to exploit. Via Ubelly.com ...

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Speaking at the London Games Conference 2012 Microsoft’s marketing lead  Andrew Webber  has revealed that there are currently only 1,421 games in the Windows 8 Store. Noting that there were only 13 games in the Racing category, he called it a great opportunity for developers to take advantage of the digital store while numbers were low. These numbers are set to rise soon, but the apps released in the early stage will not have any problem trying to compete for attention. At present it is estimated that there is more than 20,000 apps in the Windows 8 Store, according to store watcher Win App Update. Today’s totals: 20,610 apps worldwide in the Windows Store (broke 20,000 on Tuesday, I believe). 17,958 of those are free (87%). — Win App Update (@WinAppUpdate) November 22, 2012 Via Develop-online.net ...

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We have seen lots of surveys, analyst’s claims, market research reports on Windows 8 adoption. Today, another survey about Windows 8 got released. According to the survey result, two in five (39%) are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. Even though the survey firm showcases it as a negative number, I think 40% of total PC count is a strong number. Read the full survey results below. Press Release: LONDON — November 22, 2012 While the vast majority of consumers (96%) own a Windows PC, only two in five (39%) of these are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. The findings were part of a study undertaken by Toluna QuickSurveys to assess consumer reactions to the announcement by Microsoft last month to upgrade to Windows 8. The survey also revealed that when it comes to Windows operating systems, Windows 7 is a clear favourite, with over a quarter of consumers (28%) ...

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According to Phil Harrison, the vice president of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, Microsoft Studios are now not just making games for the Xbox 360, but also for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Giving a keynote speech at the London Games Conference yesterday he confirmed the division was now no longer just targeting Sony and Nintendo, but was also going after Google and Apple and their casual gaming empire. "We are now really a multiplatform studio," he said. "We are not just building games for Xbox 360, we’re building experiences for Smartglass, we’re building dedicated games for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8." He revealed Microsoft Studios have already shipped 30 titles developed in-house for Windows 8. “We think this expands our competitive map. We’re no longer just competing with the traditional console companies, but our competitive landscape includes the likes of Google, the likes of Amazon, it includes ...

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3D Marble Tracks for Windows 8 is an improved version of the popular Windows Phone game with more than 700,000 downloads. The Windows 8 release of this online marble racing game was extensively tested on the Windows Surface RT tablet and specifically optimized for it. The game rules are simple: complete each track with less throws than your opponents! The built-in texture editor allows you to paint and personalize your marble with so that other players around the world can recognize you in their races against up to 9 opponents, and in the global leaderboards. 3D Marble Tracks is free and currently supporting the following languages: English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español. ...

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Lenovo has finally brought the IdeaPad Yoga to UK retail, with the device being sold for £999 (around $1600) by electronics chain Currys. The device was launched with the above ad on national TV. Despite the steep price the convertible laptop has promptly sold out online. In fact it seems UK does have a taste for new form factors, with the HP Envy X2 for £799 also selling out, as did the HP Spectre XT According to rumours Microsoft blamed tepid early sales of Windows 8 on disappointing products by OEMs.  It is nice to see the market responding to the more innovative form factors. Hopefully the same OEMs can address the unnecessary premium which will also work against better sales. ...

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A relatively easy hack has been uncovered which results in a free installation of Windows 8. The hack relies on the Windows Media Centre upgrade replacing an illegitimate key used to install the OS. First a pirate would install Windows 8 with any key and activate this using a key management system which accepts any key, which should result 180 days of Windows 8 use before the KMS is forced to call home and verify the install keys. Next our eye-patched user simply applies for the free upgrade for Windows 8 Pro that adds Windows Media Centre, which does not check if the current installation key is valid. The new key replaces the old, invalid key, and our pirate is home free. Of course one can ask what the point of all these shenanigans are, when Windows 8 costs as little at $39. Now seems the perfect time for long-time ...

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Celebrity news app TMZ from Warner Bros Entertainment is now available in Windows Store for free. Description: Get celebrity news on the new TMZ app for Windows 8 – It’s free! The TMZ app allows you to create a TMZ profile, share news with friends and leave comments. Everything you love about TMZ is just a touch away, including… Exclusive stories – Scroll through stories as we break ‘em High-quality Videos – Easy access to Raw and Uncut videos, TMZ live episodes and “TMZ TV” clips Photo Galleries – 1000’s of photos and galleries Download it here from the Windows Store. ...

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It turns out the default Windows 8 lock screen pack are not just random pretty images, but are a hidden message from the Windows 8 dev team. Revealed at the  UX WEEK 2012 presentation, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management, Windows User Experience, said the  default lock-screen images that shipped in every copy of Windows 8 are actually Easter eggs carefully picked by the design team. Jensen said , “every one of them was selected as an Easter egg to showcase one of the (design) principles. … Something no one’s going to notice, we’ve encoded the principles of our design language into Windows 8 itself.” The images mean: Bee hive / Win as one (internal motto) – bees working together to do something greater than just the sum of the parts Colored lines / Authentically digital – the idea of no ornamentation Train / Fast and fluid – beautiful train ...

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TuneUp’s Incredilock app adds about 400 themed wallpapers to your PC for free, but also has a pretty neat trick up its sleeve. The app supports widgets, which are displayed on your lock screen.  The first is the Sticky Notes one illustrated above, but they promise picture frames, weather information and many more will follow soon. Best of all the app is free and can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. ...

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As previously reported, Skype will be absorbing Microsoft’s Messenger service everywhere except China. An update to the app for Windows 8 has brought along some improvements, and now also allow Skype users to call their Messenger contacts. The update features: Search people and groups Call Messenger contacts Improved video call performance General bug fixes The app can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. ...

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We all know that development of Windows 8 started in 2010 as soon as Windows 7 got released to the public in Oct, 2009. Recently, Microsoft’s Jensen Harris from the Windows design team spoke about designing Windows 8 at UX Week 2012.In his presentation, he revealed number of unseen Windows 8 mockups. Some of them include Windows 8 Start screen, Charms bar, lock screen, etc,. As you can see from the above video, Microsoft has fine tuned their initial design to the current design in release version of Windows 8. via: istartedsomething   ...

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There is a belief that a higher PPI display is always better, but in the above video review of the screens of the Google Nexus vs the Microsoft Surface Armando shows that increasing the PPI without improving the resolution of the assets simply results in a fuzzy, pixelated mess in many occasions. See part 1 of his review here, and keep an eye on his channel for the next episode. ...

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Renowned usability expert Jakob Nielsen has taken a look at Windows 8 and did not like what he saw. He invited 12 experienced PC users to have hands-on with Windows 8 PCs and Surface tablets and found them fumbling around the OS all too often. Jakob complained of increased cognitive load due to the Metro and desktop interface, memory overload due to full-screen apps, less discoverability due to flat UI elements and hidden charms, low information density, error prone gestures, and poor suitability for desktop use. It is however striking that much of the issues were due to unfamiliarity with the OS, with users for example not able to activate the task switching gesture or not knowing were menu settings are. I suspect experienced Windows 7 users will be equally flummoxed when confronted by the Mac user interface, and that much of the issues will become non-issues with time. Read ...

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After polling nearly 10,000 “information workers” Forrester Research found 32% of employees preferred a Windows to power their next tablet. 12% wanted Windows 7 on their tablet while 20% wanted Windows 8. Forrester commented that “Windows 8 has higher interest than we expected among employees” and that it “bodes well for Windows 8′s prospects for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand.” They suggested employees will force IT to have a formal support policy for Windows 8 for employee-owned devices and that Windows 8 will accelerate BYOD demand. Read more at Forrester.com here. Via Fiercemobile.it ...

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