Review Category : Windows 8

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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Microsoft is now allowing users to sign up for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta. As part of this program, 2012 Xbox LIVE update will be pushed out to your console that will include E3 announced dashboard features including: Internet Explorer on Xbox Recommendations Pins to customize your Xbox dashboard More details here. ...

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Microsoft is progressing on the way to incorporate Metro design language in all of its products, right from Xbox to Windows Server. Microsoft’s web properties such as SkyDrive, Hotmail, Messenger, etc, are also going to get Metro face lift soon. Liveside today posted a bunch of screenshots of SkyDrive and Web Messenger services in Metro design. Here are the new things they noticed, You can now select files and folders in thumbnail view. Before this you could only select files and folders and perform actions on them in details view. SkyDrive now shows thumbnail previews of Office documents. Windows Live Groups is now part of SkyDrive. Visiting http://groups.live.com will redirect you to SkyDrive.com’s Group page (as shown in screenshots below). SkyDrive options, such as managing storage, people tagging, and Office document formats, can now be found in one place. Previously all of these options are scattered across Windows Live options ...

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In Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the new improved printing experience in Windows 8. With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a new printer driver architecture v4. This new v4 architecture produces smaller, faster printer drivers, and it supports print class driver framework. In most cases, Print class driver framework allows people to install their printers without having to locate a driver for that device. Its almost like a driverless printing. Also Windows 8 allows Printer manufacturers to develop Windows RT apps that performs printing/imaging functions as you can see in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will be released on October 26th and the new devices running Windows 8 are expected to go on sale from November. Windows RT, Windows for ARM based devices is also expected to be on devices from Oct 26th. However, Microsoft has restricted Windows RT for few OEMs such as Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung, etc,. Other PC OEMs won’t be able to make Windows RT devices as they can do with Windows 8 (x86 version). According to the report from China Times, Dell may join other Windows RT OEMs replacing HP in the list and Microsoft will open Windows RT for other OEMs in January. Acer is expected to release Windows RT device in Q1 2013 and CES will showcase a new wave of Windows RT devices. Read more at  China Times.   ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. In Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the expanded capabilities of DirectX to provide a common hardware-accelerated graphics platform for a broader range of high performance applications. Microsoft developed the graphics platform for Windows 8 with the following in mind, 1.  Ensure that all Metro style experiences are rendered smoothly and quickly. 2.  Provide a hardware-accelerated platform for all Metro style apps. 3.  Add new capabilities to DirectX to enable stunning visual experiences. 4.  Support the widest diversity of graphics hardware ever. Apart from the improvements on the common graphics platform, Microsoft has also added support for immersive, 3D gaming, with great performance and new features such as stereoscopic 3D. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012. In the Microsoft’s annual sales meeting held today, Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky announced this specific data. So consumers will be able to download Windows 8 from the web or buy new PCs running Windows 8 from October 26th. Are you excited ? via: Windows Team Blog ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Even after the release of Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft is continuing its long detailed blog posts on Windows 8 design and development. Today they detailed the Windows 8 Touch keyboard design and development. Microsoft had the following goals in mind on developing a touch keyboard for Windows 8, Enter text quickly, reasonably close to the speed with which they type on a physical keyboard Avoid errors, and be able to easily correct mistakes Enter text comfortably, in terms of posture, interaction with the device, and social setting If you are familiar with Windows Phone devices, they you might find Windows 8 touch keyboard as a larger version of what we find on mobile devices. But particularly for tablets there are different types of keyboard layouts such as split keyboard.   Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft today announced few updates on its cloud storage service SkyDrive. First, the service has got its new logo which you can see above. Its now clean and simple than ever before. Also after this update, when you click SkyDrive in the system tray, a small status window appears. It lets you know if SkyDrive is up to date, and gives you the time at which SkyDrive was last updated. Along with this, performance, reliability, and compatibility of SkyDrive has also been improved. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today in Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the new File History feature coming in Windows 8. File History is a new backup application that is replacing the old backup and restore feature in Windows 7. This new system continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes and copies changed files to another location. Every time any of your personal files has changed, its copy will be stored on a dedicated, external storage device selected by you. Over time, File History builds a complete history of changes made to any personal file. Its a great addition to Windows 8′s list of new features. I’m sure common people will love this solution whereas power users may find it annoying because File History solution does not offer the ability to do a ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring Perspective Pixel, a company that builds large touch based displays for enterprise. Founder of Perspective Pixel Jeff is also joining Microsoft as an employee along with his company acquisition. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK — July 9, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. and Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. “PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.” Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, a renowned pioneer in multi-touch technology, PPI ...

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