Review Category : Windows 8

Microsoft today posted the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business. This 16 page long document provides a detailed guide to the new and improved features in Windows 8 including AppLocker, BitLocker, Windows To Go, measured boot, and Client Hyper-V. Here is the description given from Microsoft, The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure. You can download the document here. ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft will release the most awaited Operating System Windows 8′s Consumer Preview at Barcelona later today. Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky will take stage to demo the latest build of Windows 8. Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be a free download and almost all Windows 7 PCs, Laptops, Tablets will be compatible with Windows 8.  Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available in both x86 & x64 flavors but as a single SKU will all the features. Along with Windows 8, Windows Store will also launch tomorrow allowing users to download their apps on their Metro Style desktop. Keep an eye on Microsoft Windows 8 page and Dev center page for downloads. ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90′s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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HP CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based devices later this year. During the financial analysts call yesterday, he told that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based x86 PC’s this holiday season. “we will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays.”, “we’re rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that’s out on time for holiday.” Also HP is planning for a Windows 8 based tablet focused on businesses that offers no compromise in security as today’s Windows based PC’s does. Lets hope HP can deliver on its promise. ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the language support coming in Windows 8. Windows is always known for its international support and localization, now Windows 8 is further improving the experience. The following are coming in Windows 8, Enabling more users than ever to install additional languages on their Windows PCs and switch between them. Building a Language preferences area in Control Panel that is an easy-to-use central location for all display languages. Making significant additions to our language list by adding one standalone language and 13 Language Interface Packs (LIPs). Recently Apple announced that they have added Chinese language support in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Here is the no.of languages supported in Windows 8, Microsoft will continue to be a market leader in language support with an additional 14 new display languages for Windows 8, bringing the total to 109 languages. (For reference, here are the 95 languages in which Windows ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the SkyDrive integration coming in Windows 8. SkyDrive, the personal storage service from Microsoft  is becoming the personal cloud of the users in Microsoft eco-system. Windows Phone devices already has SkyDrive integration along with dedicated app as well. Microsoft details the following three things in the post, SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8 SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and The ability to fetch remote files through SkyDrive.com Microsoft also said that over the next several months we will have access to all of the things announced today and lots more to come on SkyDrive front as well. Source: Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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The leaks were true. Microsoft has today confirmed the new Windows 8 logo on its blog post. The new logo is trendy, flat and more importantly inline with Metro design principles. Also the logo color will change according to your personalization settings. Microsoft cited the following reasons for the new logo, 1. We wanted the new logo to be both modern and classic by echoing the International Typographic Style (or Swiss design) that has been a great influence on our Metro style design philosophy. Using bold flat colors and clean lines and shapes, the new logo has the characteristics of way-finding design systems seen in airports and subways. 2. It was important that the new logo carries our Metro principle of being “Authentically Digital”. By that, we mean it does not try to emulate faux-industrial design characteristics such as materiality (glass, wood, plastic, etc.). It has motion – aligning with ...

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According to the leaked roadmap of Fujitsu by Notebookitalia, Windows 8 will launch in Q4 2012. We have seen various such proofs in the past that Windows 8 will launch in Q4 2012 which Microsoft is yet to confirm. We can expect some announcements from Microsoft on Feb-29th during Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch. Windows 8 launch in Q4 2012 will be a perfect timing which will align with Windows Phone 8, Office 15, launches. Lets see how Microsoft plays this out. Source: Notebookitalia ...

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Microsoft will be organizing a session at the Game Developers Conference on March 6th to detail Windows 8 Gaming & Microsoft’s vision of connected experiences. Developers will learn to build games and entertainment applications for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web. Sessions include: Entertainment Reimagined Developing a Great Metro Style Game for Windows 8 The Making of Metro Style Marble Maze Async Gaming Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Deep Dive Xbox LIVE Services – Entertainment Powered by the Cloud Game Data Anywhere Using Xbox LIVE Cloud Storage Asynchronous Gaming with Xbox LIVE Services Connecting Xbox LIVE Web Games with Xbox LIVE Services Read more at MSDN blog post.  via: windows8beta ...

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According to images leaked from cnbeta.com, Microsoft is changing the logo of Windows Operating System. The old 4 coloured Windows logo will be replaced by a monochromatic Metro styled thing. Honestly, I don’t like this and I hope its not true. Long Zheng of istartedsomething.com has posted his version of Windows 8 logo which looks better than this one. Look at it below, What do you think of these logos ?? Credit: cnbeta.com, @longzheng   ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the  accessibility improvements that are coming in Windows 8. Microsoft has worked hard on Windows 8, particularly the new Metro style experience is accessible to everyone regardless of their physical abilities. Microsoft’s accessibility goals in Windows 8 are to: Improve the assistive technologies that are components of Windows, and provide a good experience with the Metro style UI. Provide developer tools that have baseline accessibility built in, so that accessible Metro style apps are available in the Store. Engage assistive technology vendors (ATVs) to adopt Windows 8 and build upon the accessibility scenarios. Great job by Microsoft. But I want Microsoft to work on accessibility options in Windows Phone as well. You can read more at Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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Today Microsoft blogged about process for submitting apps to Windows Store in Windows 8. Similar to Windows Phone, every Metro Style app will be certified by Microsoft before getting published in the Windows Store for the public. Microsoft had the following goals while designing this process for developers, Encourage developers to visit the Store developer portal before they start coding Help developers comply with the Store technical requirements Reduce concepts and repetition by pulling information directly from the app package As usual its a detailed long post. Visit Building Windows 8 blog for more info. Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. ...

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Today Microsoft detailed their Windows On ARM strategy. At last, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows On ARM will not support any type of virtualization or emulation approach, and will not enable existing x86/64 applications to be ported or run. So, this leaves developers with the only choice. If they want to target both Windows On ARM & Windows 8 on x86/x64, WinRT API’s are the only way to go. Also Windows On ARM will allow you to install apps only from Windows Store signed by Microsoft. Here is the reason Microsoft tell us, Supporting various forms of emulation runs counter to the goal of delivering a product that takes a modern approach to system reliability and predictability—by definition, existing code has not been optimized for the platform the way WOA has. Virtualized or emulated software will consume system resources, including battery life and CPU, at unacceptable levels. Emulation and virtualization of ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today confirmed through a blog post that Windows On ARM ( Windows 8 ) will include Desktop mode. Along with the desktop mode, Windows On ARM will also have Microsoft Office running on it. Here is the summary of the announcement, Windows on ARM, or WOA, is a new member of the Windows family that builds on the foundation of Windows. WOA PCs are still under development and our collective goal is for PC makers to ship them the same time as PCs designed for Windows 8 on x86/64. Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA and Windows 8 on x86/64. WOA can support all new Metro style apps, including apps from Microsoft for mail, calendaring, contacts, photos, and storage.WOA also includes industry-leading support for hardware-accelerated HTML5 with Internet Explorer 10. WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ...

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  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the power efficiency of Windows 8 applications. Certain apps may become power hungry and drain our precious battery life soon. To avoid such scenarios, Microsoft allows the apps to be only in the following 3 states,this means that an app in Windows 8 can be in one of three possible states: Actively running in the foreground Suspended in the background Performing some defined background activity Even the background activity can’t be of any sort of thing. Instead it should be one of the following, Here is what we enable in the background for Metro style apps in WinRT: Playing music Downloading a file from or uploading it to a website Keeping live tiles alive with fresh content Printing Receiving a VoIP call Receiving an instant message Receiving an email Sharing content (like uploading photos to Facebook) Synchronizing content with a tethered ...

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This is not an exclusive from us!  Similar to Windows Phone marketplace, Windows 8 will have Windows Store which will of course feature games category in them. Here is a list of casual games that will come to Windows 8 store when launched later this month, Cut the rope Beards & Beaks Tentacles geoDefense Sudoku Minesweeper Full House Poker Zombies Zero Gravity Wordament Toy Soldiers Pinball FX 2 Rise Of Glory ilomilo iBlast Moki I’ll update the list as I collect more of these. The Verge posted similar list of upcoming games such as Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder,etc,  which you can check it out in their website.   ...

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