Review Category : Windows 8

Bing Search The Bing team has produced a series of videos showing off their Windows 8 apps which will be installed by default on the new OS. The team separated out the features of the Bing website into individual apps, such as Search, News, Weather, Maps, Travel and Finance. The Bing Search app makes heavy use of the Snap feature as demonstrated in the video above. Travel, Weather and Maps The Travel app has more than 3,000 destinations, 360 degree panoramas and will allow one to book flights and hotels straight from the app. The Weather app offers hourly, daily and 10 day forecasts and features rich, engaging imagery. The Maps app offers traffic information, while the News app is photo-rich. News, Finance and Sport The Finance app will offer key market indices via a live tile and rich graphics. The Sports app will offer top sports headlines, live scores, ...

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We were just stewing in our jealously of TechNet and MSDN subscribers who are able to download Windows 8 right now, but it seems we don’t have to hate at all. Microsoft has made a 90 day trial of Windows 8 available to download for all interested. The description reads: About This Evaluation This evaluation provides a 90-day trial of Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available as ISO images in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish. In order to use this evaluation, you must register and the product must be activated online with Microsoft-hosted activation and validation services. Microsoft does not provide technical support for this software. Is the evaluation edition really for you? This is intended for developers building Windows 8 apps and IT professionals interested in trying Windows 8 Enterprise ...

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Lucky Technet and MSDN subscribers can now get their grubby hands on the final version of Windows 8, as will be on sale on the 26th October. Microsoft Software Assurance customers can get the OS on August 16th, and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1st. According to the Verge the early release to developers is to stimulate the development of software specific to the Modern UI, with the Windows Store only having an anaemic selection of a few hundred applications. If you are one of the lucky few you can find the download at MSDN and Technet here. The Verge also has a video showing the changes between the last release and RTM. Via The Verge.com ...

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At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the touchpad support that will be part of Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft worked with major PC OEMs to provide a new touchpad experience that incorporates new Windows 8 gestures. Microsoft collaborated with touchpad component vendors and have incorporated native support in firmware to deliver great gesture recognition. You can see the touch gestures that will be natively supported in Windows 8 PCs in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the work it has been doing with PC OEMs for building next generation Windows 8 and Windows RT based devices. Microsoft also announced that we can expect ARM-based PC designs from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung running Windows RT this year. Also Microsoft said that all of these Windows RT PCs will have consistent fast and fluidtouch interactions, long battery life, connected standby, and are beautiful, thin, and light designs. Microsoft also said that you can expect 8 hours to 13 hours of scenario run time of HD Video Playback on Windows RT machines. Also the new Connected Standby mode allows your Windows RT PCs to stay connected to network in low power mode. Read more at Windows 8 blog.   ...

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Pulse, one of the famous news reader apps available across multiple mobile platforms today launched their web version. Microsoft worked with the Pulse team to optimize their new web experience on IE10. The end result is kind of amazing that really showcases the power of the web. The whole site is hardware accelerated with support for touch gestures as well. Pinching the Pulse home screen will result in the entire page resizing fluidly to add content. A “stick-to-your-finger” experience with every swipe, loading the next news article in the queue. Additionally, on touch PCs and tablets, IE10 allows a two finger side-swipe to bring your reading pane into view, giving Pulse users an easy and fluid access to the content they care about (something their app doesn’t even do). Read more about it here and here.  Also check out their interview with Robert Scoble in which they share their experience about ...

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Press Release: Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 Debuts premier table built for professionals and designed for life RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AUGUST 9, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled its first tablet specifically designed for Windows 8, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The multi-use tablet boasts differentiators that matter, including an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, along with security features like a Fingerprint Reader, IT manageability technologies, and corporate-level service and support. “Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit. “Our new ThinkPad Tablet 2 marries incredible hardware and software to give consumers a great device for office, home or travel while also offering companies and IT managers the oversight they need ...

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Microsoft today announced the new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are still part of the Windows Live Essentials suite which also included Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail and SkyDrive (Replaces Live Mesh). The new Movie Maker and Photo Gallery includes some key improvements which are described below. Movie Maker: Video Stabilization: Sometimes the video we take is just little too shaky; especially as we take more and more videos using our phones and smaller video cameras. Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out your wobbly videos. Just select the shaky video and choose from a variety Video stabilization options and Movie Maker will smooth it out. Music: The one thing that can really make a difference in a movie is the soundtrack. But it can be ...

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Just like Windows Phone Marketplace has Xbox LIVE games, Windows Store in Windows 8 will have “Xbox Windows” branded games with Achievements support. Windows 8 will come with classic games such as Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper and Microsoft Mahjong that will offer up to 50 Gamerscores. Even 3rd party games like Wordament will come with “Xbox Windows” branding. Apart from Achievements support, Windows 8 will also have Xbox Smart Glass App, Xbox Avatar support, etc,. Source: Xbox 360 Achievements via: Eurogamer ...

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Microsoft still plans to sell Windows 8 via retail stores in boxed packages. Along with Windows, Windows Retail packaging also evolved over time. With Windows 8, Microsoft has designed a simple and beautiful retail packaging as you can see above. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro can be clearly distinguished with different colors. Do you like this new design? Source: The Verge ...

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Along with the Windows 8 RTM announcement, Microsoft today opened up the Windows Store for paid apps. From today, a company can in a supported market can now submit a Metro style app for Windows 8 (Companies qualify through account registration, which includes an account verification process). Also on August 15, Microsoft will be making the build available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. Also Microsoft is expanding the Store catalog to many new countries and also supporting more languages for developers. Read more at Windows Store blog. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 has hit an important milestone, RTM. So as expected, Microsoft will share Windows 8 RTM with its PC OEM partners and the general availability of Windows 8 OS and devices running Windows 8 will start from Oct-26th. While we have reached our RTM milestone, no software project is ever really “done.” We will continue to monitor and act on your real world experiences with Windows 8—we’ve used the preview process to test out our servicing and we have every intent of doing a great job on this next important phase of the product. Hardware partners will continue to provide new devices and improve support for existing devices. PC makers no doubt have quite a bit in store for all of us as they begin to show off PCs specifically designed for Windows 8. Also Microsoft is opening up its Windows Store for developers from around 200 countries ...

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. Lenovo is planning to release a ThinkPad Windows 8 tablet focusing on its business customers. This tablet will be based on Intel Cloverview Dual Core chip, 2GB RAM  with 10.1-inch 720p IPS display. It will be 650 grams of weight and 9.8mm thick. You can have Fingerprint reader and NFC as optional unit. It will feature 8MP rear cam and 2MP front cam as well. Lenovo also touts that it will have 10 hour battery life which is a impressive number. Read more at the source link below. Source: Techin5 ...

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In Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft had only 5 different themes for the Metro start screen experience. With Windows 8 RTM, Microsoft will be providing 20 different themes allowing for more personalization for the users. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has already created themes of different colors from which users can select their favorite. Also, Microsoft is adding more new lockscreen and desktop wallpapers with Windows 8 RTM. The following image is reported to be the default Windows 8 wallpaper, Are you happy with the  Personalization/Customization options in Windows 8? Source: Win8china ...

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At the time of Surface announcement months ago, Microsoft said that the Surface tablet will release along with Windows 8. Now that Windows 8 availability date has been confirmed as Oct-26th, everyone was waiting for Microsoft to confirm the Oct-26th date for Surface availability as well. As CNET noted in the recent SEC filings from Microsoft, Surface will be launched on Oct-26th along with Windows 8 as announced before. “The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices,” “In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8…Its success depends on a number of factors including the extent to which customers embrace its new user interface and functionality, successfully coordinating with our OEM partners in releasing a variety of hardware devices that take advantage of its features, ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — July 30, 2012 — For the past 30 years, Microsoft Corp. has introduced hardware that helps people interact better and more easily with Windows. Today, Microsoft Hardware continues the tradition with the introduction of new products that work beautifully with Windows 8. Wedge Touch Mouse Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into an ultracompact frame that’s great for a mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse is designed to complement your Windows experience in all its forms, providing four-way touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips. • Its artful and minimalist design also comes free of cables or USB transceivers — you simply turn it on and connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or tablet for a clutter-free experience. • It features BlueTrack Technology so you can use it on virtually any surface, whether you’re in a conference ...

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