While SkyDrive offers 25 GB for free, for some people this is not enough, with Dropbox offering from 50-100 GB for a price. LiveSide.net reports that Microsoft is set to offer expandable storage plans for SkyDrive Wave 5. All users will get 25 GB for free on SkyDrive, but if they would like to add additional storage space, they could do so by purchasing one of these SkyDrive storage plans. No prices have been set yet, but this development is good news, in that it will increase Microsoft’s incentive to making the system more useful, including features such as mapping SkyDrive as a desktop storage location service and facilitating features such as music and video streaming. Read more on this rumour at LiveSide.net here. ...

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In a now mostly deleted web page, Bruce Kyle, ISV Architect Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation notes that Windows 8 will support “7” to 70” screens” and “Multiple Monitors & projectors “ The specific mention of 70 inch screens and projectors, and the rapid removal of the post suggests to me there may be something special for projectors in Windows 8, the most obvious being native Kinect integration in the OS, allowing the OS to be controlled from a distance hands-free. See the original post below, and the redacted one here. View the BUILD Windows Conference keynotes. Links to the streamed keynotes will be posted to http://www.buildwindows.com/ shortly before the event. The future of computing is here and On September 13th at //build/ in Anaheim, CA we will be taking a look at what the future holds as we discuss the details of Windows 8. Windows 8 represents the reimagining of ...

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According to the folks at the My Digital Life forum Microsoft will be handing out Build 81xx of Windows 8 to developers at BUILD in Anaheim tomorrow. Unlike previously however it is also believed this software will also be made more widely available, with the official BuildWindows8 account tweeting: “… getting the pre-release bits …. will be easy and not a secret” Hopefully what will be released will also be pretty fully featured, to give us a clear idea of what to expect when the OS is released towards the end of next year. Via Neowin.net. ...

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The excitement is building for Microsoft’s BUILD conference running from the 13th to 16th September at Anaheim.  At the Windows event we mainly expect to see most of the features, functionality and user interface of Windows 8 being released.  Here is what we expect to see. We expect to see the Windows 8’s Immersive UI’s developer paradigm being revealed, and at present all bets is on HTML5, with Microsoft saying all the way in June ““On day one, when Windows 8 ships, hundreds of millions of developers will already know how to develop for it.” We fully expect Microsoft’s Windows 8 app store to be revealed. Internet Explorer 10 should be another shoe-in, with the browser likely being the backbone for the whole “immersive” user interface. Updates to the Windows 8 desktop UI will also be shown off, including the new Explorer with its new Ribbon-based UI. We also expect ...

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Yahoo’s CEO Carol Bartz, has apparently just been fired , with CFO Tim Morse being installed temporarily in her place. The turmoil at the top may signify a change in strategy from the company, and while they still maintain they are looking for “organic growth” an insider has claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” according to TNW. Microsoft famously attempted to purchase Yahoo for $ 44.6 billion in 2008.  The company is currently trading for close to a third of the value to a market cap of $16 billion, and while Microsoft may once again by interested, I suspect on this occasion the only segment they would be interested in would be the search business, rather than the whole company. Microsoft already had an existing deal to provide the search back end for Yahoo, giving Bing a de facto 30% US market share. Do our ...

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There have been many calls for Microsoft to produce their own Windows Phone 7 smartphone, but now Digitimes reports that the company may go down the OEM route with their own, Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet. According to Digitimes Microsoft is “proceeding on a low profile” while still trying to get OEMs on board with Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft is apparently already lining up Taiwanese ODMs and Texas Instruments for the ARM chips the tablet will need, with the targeted delivery date the end of 2012. The move would be risky, as it would alienate many of Microsoft’s partners.  At the same time these very same partners are already aggressively shipping Android tablets, and a Microsoft tablet may not get much commitment, much like the HP Slate received earlier this year. Other logistics issues remain, such as distribution deals and marketing, all of which argue against such a plan.  On the ...

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Digitimes, who has their ears to the ground when it comes to the Taiwanese ODM world, reports that Windows 8 tablet PCs running ARM will start appearing before the end of the year. They note that these ARM-based devices will not however replace powerful desktops running Intel chips. They also say that notebook OEMs are taking a cautious approach, and are unlikely to rush into the market with these new tablets.  Steve Ballmer has earlier said Windows 8 tablets should reach the market in 2012, and a leaked roadmaps have previously shown that Q1 2012 is being targeted. ...

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One of the joys of running a Windows Phone 7 handset is not having to worry about applications messing up your device.  Due to all 3rd party applications being heavily sandboxed the worse an app can do is run your battery down, and then only while it is actually running, and all problems are solved by a simple uninstall. Now it seems the same level of carefree-ness will be coming to Windows 8. Mary Jo Foley reports on some insider information which suggests Windows 8 Marketplace apps will not just have to go through certification, but will also be very boxed in, preventing them from harming your computer. She reports that apps designed for the finger-friendly “immersive” environment will run in the “lowbox”, new Windows 8 security sandbox.  Developers will have to declare the permissions APPX apps need explicitly, and they will only be provided with the access they declare ...

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Winreview.ru have posted some more information from their leaked build of Windows 8, showing a tiny bit more of what we can expect from the Jupiter user interface. First, there is evidence of a new browser shell, obviously an essential component for a finger-friendly operating system. Next there is more evidence the new user interface layer called Jupiter will be Metro-inspired, with a set of icons clearly showing the influence.   Lastly, we have an indication of what Microsoft’s aim with the shell is – for it to be Immersive, with many OS components having the dedicated “Immersive” versions. A job post on LinkedIn gives some idea of what Microsoft considers an Immersive experience. Would you like to help engineer the next generation of Natural User Interfaces? Today’s state-of-the-art applications on the latest phones, tablets, pcs, and tvs are offering increasingly immersive user experiences with natural user interfaces that respond ...

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In what would be an unprecedented move, it appears Microsoft may be planning to release the next Xbox game console all the way in 2015, a full 10 years after the release of the Xbox 360. While a 10 year life span for a console is pretty usual, this is usually when the current generation co-exists with the next generation, like the PS1 and PS2, or PS2 and PS3. Even now, while the Xbox 360 is at its height of popularity, its hardware is aging, which can only limit the quality and performance of games in the near future, and widen the gap between console and desktop gaming. On the other hand, gaming has taken a turn towards the fun rather than immersive, meaning that consoles such as the Wii which does not even feature HD video, is still competitive. There is however already rumours that the next Nintendo console ...

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Analyst Michael Pachter with US investment house Wedbush has told CVG.com that he expects price cuts in all the major consoles to come soon, led by the Xbox 360 and Kinect. "We believe that Microsoft is in the driver’s seat on pricing, and believe that the company may consider a price cut for the core console plus Kinect to under $300 in June, which could allow it to extend its monthly sales lead throughout 2011. Pachter notes that the other competing consoles have not been doing as well, but that they will be forced to follow along. "A console price cut from Microsoft would almost certainly prompt its competitors to follow suit, and we are confident that by holiday 2011, all three consoles will be at least $50 cheaper than they are today." The Xbox 360 has been the top selling US console for most of 2010, until it was ...

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