While much has been made of a split between Microsoft and Intel, the vast majority of Intel’s chips still run Windows and vice versa. Besides showing of Chromebooks then at IDF Intel also took a minute to show ultrabooks running Windows 8.  Intel’s Vice President Mooly Eden and Brett Carpenter from Microsoft’s Windows Ecosystem Group showed off an Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook running on Windows 8 as well as a 32nm Atom based tablet. Ultrabooks will run on  Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor, due out in the first half of next year.  Ivy Bridge will be succeeded by the ultra-low-power Haswell processor. Eden rounded off by saying, "What we are trying to do together is Windows 8, Microsoft’s newest operating system, and Intel’s new platform solution together provide a no compromise based user experience." While Intel concentrated on showing Windows 8 will also run on devices without touch screens, I think ...

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The biggest concern desktop and laptop users have about Windows 8 is losing the simple and efficient usability of the old start menu, which has frankly just improved over time. Vhanla has created a simple tool which allows a user to easily switch between Windows 8 old Start Menu and Windows Metro Style start screen. The tool hides in the notification area, simply modifies a key in the registry and then restarts Explorer. The app features: Runs at start-up, so you can change anytime you want Hides on system tray (notification area) Special button to only enable/disable old windows start menu (keeps ribbon explorer), requires admin privileges Read more about the app and find the download at DeviantArt here. ...

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Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have commented on one of the biggest developments on Windows 8, the OS running on ARM processors. Eager to show Windows 8 on ARM will provide a full desktop browsing experience, Qualcomm ironically concentrated on showing Flash while browsing, something which Microsoft is in fact deprecating in favour of HTML5. Texas Instruments on the other hand underplayed the need for super-powerful chips, saying most software do not take advantage of quad-cores at present, but that they will have chips ready for when Windows 8 does hit the market at the end of next year. They did however see ARM as extending from more than tablets to also thin and light laptops, which if successful could spell start of the decline of Intel. Nvidia of course have already said they see Windows 8 as a major new revenue stream and opportunity for them, and see their only ...

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ignyt47 have uploaded this video showing an Acer Aspire 1825PT 11.6in convertible tabletPC with a Core2Duo processor booting up to a usable state in less time than it took for the Apple MacBook Pro to even get to the log-in screen. We suspect OEMs will start pushing touch screens as a way to increase margins on laptops pretty hard, and with Windows 8 as the OS buyers will finally have a reason to pay the premium.  Likely non-touch screen PCs will be a dying breed in 2 years. I think it is safe to say while Apple has been trading on their image for a while, the brand will lose its cachet somewhat when it is embarrassed every day by much more nimble Windows 8 laptops. ...

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 In the above video we do an  HTML 5 browser comparison between IE 10 (Metro and Desktop version), Firefox Aurora, and Chrome Beta, running on the HP Touchsmart TM2 with Windows 8 Developer Beta loaded. Complete system restarts were done before filming a different web browser, to ensure that each browser had a perfectly fair start. We ran the Touch Effects and Flying Images tests from http://ietestdrive.com RESULTS Touch Effects————————————- 1st: IE 10 Desktop Mode 2nd: Firefox Aurora 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta Flying Images—————————————– 1st: Firefox Aurora 2nd: IE 10 Desktop Mode 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta It is interesting to see that IE10 Metro performs differently than IE10 in classic mode.  The TM2 is using an integrated graphics card, so it’s not the most powerful. We suspect on more modern hardware, which is what IE10 is optimised for, it should perform even better. ...

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In the above video we have Microsoft’s Avi Ben-Menahem demonstrating the Xbox Live features of Windows 8. Xbox Live on Windows 8 will support cross-platform multiplayer and will be more open to developers than on Windows Phone 7, meaning more games will be Xbox Live enabled. According to Ben-Menahem, Xbox Live on Windows 8 will bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows." Via GeekWire and Engadget.com ...

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If there is one segment of PC users who would really benefit from an upgrade to Windows 8 it is current tablet PC owners. In the above video we have Andrew installing Windows 8 on his HTC Touchsmart TM2, and the whole process is smooth and fast, taking around 15 minutes. We look forward to covering the many new features of the OS as they get revealed over the coming weeks, and we can see very little reason why anyone else with a touch screen PC not do the same. ...

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webOS users must be furious at Microsoft for stealing their Tap to Share trademark and functionality, but I am sure everything will be worked out in the end. In the above clip from today’s BUILD Windows 8 keynote we have a demo of Near Field Communication (NFC) on Windows 8, where a tap with a NFC-enabled card transfers a URL to Windows 8, which is then able to act on it. The technology is expected to find more use in when NFC-enabled phones become available, possible even running Windows Phone 7 ...

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MobilityDigest have recorded this video of an AccuWeather app for “windows slate” which uses out-of-browser Silverlight and is labelled “for demonstration purposes only.” At appears to have very Metro-inspired, and the left-sided menu is certainly reminiscent of the right-sided slide-in menu on Windows 8. If the app is in fact a real Windows 8 app it  will be encouraging that Silverlight development will find a home in Windows 8 after all. Install the app at AccuWeather here and read more at MobilityDigest here. ...

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There have been much concern about backward compatibility in Windows 8.  Microsoft has now confirmed the OS will include Hyper-V virtualization support, meaning multiple old operating systems, including 32bit on 64bit, can be supported without endangering the stability of Windows 8 itself. “In building Windows 8 we worked to enable Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server, to function on the client OS as well,” said Hyper-V program manager Mathew John. Read more about the technology at MSDN here. Via Winrumors.com ...

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Windows8Italia has published this brief look at the Windows 8 keyboard in Build 7955.  They note the keyboard is extremely responsive, and easier to use because it features less keys, hiding special function and numeric keys and leaving more space for the QWERTY keys, unlike the Windows 7 keyboard. The video also shows “mouse trails” for touch, a new Windows 8 feature that makes actions feel more certain. Read more at Windows8Italia here. ...

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Microsoft is hyping their E3 announcement on the 6th of June, and are promising to reveal the future of Kinect and Xbox 360 there. The event is widely expected to demo the first serious games using the Kinect camera, including head tracking during racing sims, and will be streamed live to the Xbox 360, via Gametrailers.com and Spike TV. Microsoft has recently been touting the success of the Xbox 360, noting that the company has sold 55 million Xbox 360s and have 35 million Xbox Live subscribers, and are the only console with sales which are actually accelerating. The event will be broadcast at 9:30 ET and 12:30 PT. Thanks Farokh for the tip. ...

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We have all seen screen shots and today video of Moorea, Microsoft’s new Office 15 app, but it has never really been clear what the software is for, and of course what its good for, except to demo the Metro UI. Now for the first with this vide uploaded by robyroby27 from Winbeta.it on YouTube it is clear the software is pretty good at creating a visually engaging and stunning presentation suitable for the web, at least for pictures. Clearly however the full depth of the software still needs to be revealed, but from the little we have seen it is already looking pretty good. Via Compixels.com ...

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