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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We have seen hints of Metro around Windows 8, most strongly in the start-up screen and the set up pages, but this above video of the Windows 8 Settings page is the fullest implementation so far. It does still however fall short in providing the full multi-panel look, but hopefully this is just an early stage of the development of the OS. via Compixels.com ...

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Windows 8 comes with new Metro-inspired webcam software, but so far it has not been possible to enable it. It seems however some-one has managed to, as this video of the software in action has popped on YouTube. The video by Planindickhead appears to be from the same source as the one showing the one showing the logon transitions and new pattern password. BlogsDNA speculated its from the M3 build, which is in the hands of some but has not yet been widely leaked yet. Read more at BlogsDNA here. Thanks Sandip for the tip. ...

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The latest leaked Windows 8 video shows the new Android-like pattern-based login system and also transitions to the desktop, as we posted earlier. The build, rumoured to be build build 7982, also shows the unlocked features, including the ribbon interface in Explorer and the new Advanced Task Manager. As more and more recent builds of Windows 8 makes its way to OEMs we should be much more about the rumoured Immersive Interface leaked also. Via WinRumors.com and compixels.com ...

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Raphael Riviera has spotted this sign, which clearly points the way to an SDK for Microsoft’s 3D depth-sensing Kinect sensor. It is believed Microsoft will announce a hobbyist and research SDK release tomorrow, with a commercial SDK released later this year. Microsoft has already demoed the Kinect controlling their World Wide Telescope PC stargazing package, and has set up several Kinects on the floor of their presentation stage, likely for use tomorrow. See the system in action below. ...

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We posted yesterday on the new appearance of Bing noticed by one of our readers.  It seems what Agha was in fact looking was the rather cool new HTML5 version of Bing, which features all kinds of transitions and eye candy. WinPhonia caught it on video, and reports the following changes once a search is made: The page faded into a black and then back to white, revealing the search results. The entire header has been modified; the placement of the Bing logo changed from residing on the top left to the extreme right in the current update. The search categories are now contained within a black strip that encompasses most of the header. The faded homepage background contained within the header has shifted from the middle, to the right side. The search form has been increased in size; from the dimensions of 387×27, to 765×29. When switching between categories ...

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Google’s April’s Fools Day joke was Gmail motion, a fantasy application which used body motion as Gmail shortcuts. Now the FAAST team at ICT MxR Labs have used Kinect to turn the fantasy into equally foolish reality. All of the motions, including typing text using a kind of full-body sign language works, which says volumes about the potential of Kinect, of not the reality of this particular application. Via Engadget.com ...

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