Review Category : Windows 8

Dale Vile, is Research Director at Freeform Dynamics has posted on CIO.co.uk about his perspective as a Windows 8 user on the operating system, and to help dispel the negativity which seems to be bubbling up from the online community. He writes:   As an industry analyst, I do a lot of multi-tasking in the average day, juggle many different information sources, and create a lot of content. This often involves working with survey data and making use relatively complex analytical models. I also do a bit of web development and multi-media stuff on the side, so all things considered, I would probably fit squarely into the category of ‘power user’. In terms of equipment, I routinely use a dual monitor desktop machine and a separate laptop/tablet hybrid (Lenovo T220). Both of these have been running Windows 8 for a couple of months now, and compared to Windows 7, I ...

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Microsoft has confirmed to Kotaku that, while the Windows 8 Store will support age ratings, it will still not allow games rated at PEGI 18 or ESRB Mature to be sold in the store. Section 6.2 of the Windows App guidelines reads: …apps with a rating over or PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or a corresponding rating under other ratings systems …are not allowed. Kotaku notes this is not a problem in USA, where the vast majority of games are PEGI 16 and below, but in Europe many popular games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the new Dishonored are in fact rated PEGI 18 and could therefore not be carried. Games can still be installed as usual via download, CD or through Steam, but this does expose a weakness in the service that should really allow for all possible apps, of course ...

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Logitech has introduced 3 accessories specifically designed for Windows 8, and which brings the smoothness of the touch interaction with Windows 8 straight to even desktop PCs. The Zone Touch Mouse T400 is pretty close to a traditional mouse, but with a small glass track pad which helps with horizontal and vertical scrolling, and has dedicated keys for going home and flipping through apps.  The device sports an 18 month battery life and costs  $49.99. The Touch Mouse T620 has a much larger touch surface, supports 6 Windows 8 gestures which can be customized, has 180 day battery life and will set you back $69.99. The Touchpad T650 has a spacious glass touch surface, supports multiple Windows 8 gestures and has 30 days battery life, and can be used while recharging via USB. It will cost $79.99. All three will be available in the US and Europe this month. Zone ...

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Just like ‘Cut the Rope’ -a game by Zeptolab- Microsoft has chosen another popular game to showcase the hardware acceleration in the latest web browsers.  Microsoft has helped Mokus port ‘Contre Jour’ to html 5.  While the first 10 levels can be played on any browser, the remaining 20 levels require multi-touch, which would only work on Internet Explorer 10.  ‘Hauntingly beautiful, pleasantly challenging and strangely addicting – Contre Jour is now on the web! Swing, shoot, drop or fling Petit through 30 free challenging levels right in your browser. Optimized for touch, Contre Jour is at its best using the new Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 devices. The game also works well in Internet Explorer 9 and other modern browsers. Find out if you have what it takes to help Petit reach his goal.’ For a quick tutorial of the game, check out the video below: Read more ...

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A series of training videos produced by Microsoft has surfaced, telling retail staff how they should be selling Windows 8 PCs. Sales staff are encouraged to concentrate on personalization, customization and showing how the OS works as well with a mouse and touch. The videos are as much instructional as they are sales training, indicating it is more than the customer that Microsoft needs to educate. Via Neowin.net ...

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Four new Windows 8 ads from Microsoft got leaked today and were picked up by Israeli site Techit.co.il. All these ads focus on unique Windows 8 features such as picture passwords, Live Tiles, Charms functionality, compatibility with desktop apps, etc,. Seeing Windows 8 in action is always a joy.  Do our readers think they will win over the general public? Let us know below. via: neowin ...

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Lenovo IdeaTab  Lynx Lenovo IdeaTab  Twist We may be rapidly seeing the death of the traditional laptop, as more and more hybrid devices with touch screens and innovative hinges are announced. The latest to join the fray are two new hybrids by Lenovo, the Ideatab Lynx and the ideatab Twist. The Lenovo Lynx is a tablet PC with an optional detachable keyboard dock and a 1.8GHz Intel Atom dual core processor (Z2760), 2GB DDR2 RAM, 32/64GB eMMC storage, a 11.6" IPS HD display, 5-point capacitive touch and 8 hours of battery life without the dock and 16 with the dock. The Lynx also comes with a range of sensors; a G-sensor, proximity sensor, compass, gyro and ambient light sensor. The device will start at $599 for the base configuration. The Lenovo Twist features a Intel i7 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, Intel Integrated Graphics, 320/500 GB – 7200 ...

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It’s less than 3 weeks before Microsoft is set to sell their very own computer, and so far their promotions have been pretty low key, with enigmatic graffiti appearing in all kinds of odd places. Now reader Zach has noticed a much more conventional ad showing up at a bus stop in Chicago, on the UIC campus. Presumably we will see the campaign escalate significantly over the next few weeks, to help Microsoft make good on their biggest bet ever. Thanks Zach for the tip and pictures. ...

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Winsource has posted this video preview of the Firefox Metro nightly, Mozilla’s Modern-style browser for Windows 8. The software is still pretty buggy as one can expect, and in part does not really reflect the Modern UI, in the preview especially in the UI around the tabs. If you want to help Microsoft avoid anti-trust charges for IE10 in Windows 8, you can download Firefox Metro nightlies here. ...

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Microsoft today announced a cumulative update for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Microsoft had approximately 8-12 weeks from RTM Milestone to General Availability. Usually Microsoft works with OEMs to deliver variety of new or enhanced components, drivers, and companion software, with the final code for Windows in this period. But this time, Microsoft took extra effort by creating the tools and processes to be able to deliver the “post-RTM” updates sooner than a service pack. This update will improve performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility in Windows 8 and will be available through Windows Update starting today.   KB article title: “Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update” Description: Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update is available. This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. ...

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As announced last week, Microsoft has released the updates for the built-in Windows 8 apps in Windows Store. The core apps such as SkyDrive, News, Finance, Travel, Sports, Mail, Games, Music, Videos, Photos, Bing, Maps, Weather, Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging will get performance and reliability improvements and some great new capabilities as well. Check out the fill features list below. SkyDrive Search within SkyDrive Rename and move folders and files New first-run experience Custom sort order Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Conversation view of your inbox Complete IMAP account support Accepting and declining invitations in email Capturing and updating your account picture Improved search Search for a contact within the Messaging app Photos Crop and rotate photos New auto-curated collage slideshows View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when ...

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Reviews are rolling in of the Acer Iconia W510 hybrid Windows 8 laptop, and the Intel Atom Z2760 Clovertrail processor appears to be managing to run Windows 8 pretty well. Engadget reviewed the device, and found their biggest complaint to be the build quality of the hinge in the dock stand, which they found wobbly, and issue shared by the Verge, who found it wobbly and stiff at the same time. The found the gorilla-glass ensconced 1,366 x 768 display to be pretty good, with good viewing angles, and though they would not commit to commenting on battery life and performance, due to the pre-production drivers, still found the device in general fast and responsive, despite only having 2GB of RAM. Engadget concludes: Having met with Acer’s product team in person (and having read its executives quoted in the press), it’s obvious the company is eager to shed its reputation ...

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Microsoft has expressed a somewhat irrational confidence in the prospects of Windows 8 and its new UI environment. Microsoft Vice President Keith Lorizio told Beet.tv that Microsoft expected to have 400 million Windows 8 PCs in the market by July 1st. “When Windows 8 goes live on October 26, the [size of the market] is [over] 1 billion consumers. Our goal … is conservatively over 400 million units in the marketplace by July 1.” This would be even faster than Windows 7, a very successful desktop OS, sold. He also this explosive growth in the new platform to also boost developer interest. “We’re expecting to aggressively pursue [delivering] 100,000+ apps [to Windows 8’s online marketplace] over the first three months,” he said. The Windows Store just crossed 3600 apps recently, with around 5000 apps expected at the launch of Windows  8 on October 26th. Microsoft expected this rapid growth due ...

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Mozilla has continued with their efforts to develop for Windows 8 by releasing the first version of Firefox Metro.  This version of Firefox runs on x86 Windows 8 in both the classic Windows environment and the new ‘Metro’ environment.  Users running the 64-bit RTM release of Windows 8 can download a nightly build of Mozilla Firefox from the Elm development branch, which is the experimental repository in which most of the ‘Metro’ development work has occurred.  Similarly to the Firefox Nightly channel, this repository produces nightly builds.  These builds self-update, allowing you to track Metro Firefox development.  The preview of the browser includes a new Metro-style Firefox Start page, Metro touch and swipe gestures, support for Firefox sync, integration with Windows 8 ‘charms’ and Australis interface.  Mozilla promises extra features over upcoming weeks and months, including: tightened up Windows integration, improved performance and responsiveness and tying together any loose ends ...

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Microsoft seems to have gained support from an unexpected source: Home Shopping Network.  Laced in with their clothes, skincare and food advertisements is a small variety of Windows 8 tutorial videos, as you can see in their You-Tube channel and the video above.  HSN is a leading interactive multichannel retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers as well as exceptional selections in health & beauty, jewellery, home/lifestyle, fashion/accessories, and electronics.  With a total revenue of $3.1 billion in 2011 , this could be the reason why Microsoft chose HSN to sell Windows 8 laptops before the official release date on the 26th October.  If you choose to wait until the official release of Windows 8 on 26th October, keep your eyes open for the floods of new laptops, desktops and tablets to be released as advertised by Microsoft- including the Microsoft Surface, ...

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The biggest cause of antipathy towards Windows 8 by Windows 7 users is the removal of the start menu in preference to the Modern style Start screen. Now StarDock, long known for their Windows Shell replacement and enhancement software, has taken up the cause with Start8, a Start Menu replacement. The app features: Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps Pin desktop and Metro apps Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu StarDock is selling it For $4.99 from their website here. Are our readers ready to embrace the future, or will you be relying on crutches like this? Let us know below. Via Windows8hacks.com ...

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