Windows 8 comes with the latest version of Microsoft’s DirectX framework, version 11.1.  . It supports WDDM 1.2 for increased performance, features improved integration of Direct2D, Direct3D, and DirectCompute, and includes DirectXMath, XAudio2, and XInput libraries from the XNA framework. It also features stereoscopic 3D support for gaming and video. These are all pretty desirable features, and it appears Windows users will have to upgrade to Windows 8 to get it. Microsoft Program Manager Daniel Moth on MSDN said: With DirectX 11.1, WARP was enhanced with (among other things) support for DirectCompute and hence it is one of the accelerators for C++ AMP. DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7. DirectX 11 was made available for Vista (bing it), but at this point there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7 Many PC users reluctant ...

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HP will not support you if you load Windows 7 on the HP Envy X2 In their support documentation HP has made it clear they will not be supporting downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7, including supplying drivers, apps or other content for these PCs or laptops. They warn: HP does not recommend downgrading on any HP consumer desktop and notebook products. After October 26, 2012, HP consumer desktop and notebook products will ship only with Windows 8. Windows 7 will not be supported on these new platforms, and no drivers, apps, or Windows 7 content will be available through HP. If users choose to downgrade their HP consumer desktop or notebook system, HP will continue to support the hardware but if there is an issue where HP diagnostics are required OR it is determined that the loaded software or upgrade operating system is causing the issue, HP may ...

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With Windows 8 launch ahead of us, We got a chance to review Inspiron 14z Ultrabook with Windows 7 running on it. Pros: Design looks great for its class, Optional AMD discrete graphics, Value for money. Cons: Not so great display, less battery life compared to many Ultrabooks. The Verdict: Dell Inspiron 14z is a good looking affordable Ultrabook for the masses. Design: Dell Inspiron 14z is a blend of plastic and brushed aluminium and it’s just 21 mm thin. Though it is not a one of the thinnest Ultrabook out there, weighing 4.1 pounds with built-in DVD drive, latest Intel Core i processors with AMD discrete graphics card is definitely an advantage. It has a truly premium look and feel and also one of the best design of its class. Software Experience: Even though it runs Windows 7 premium, Dell is trying to enhance the customer experience with its own software and some pre-installed software. Honestly speaking, they are all crap. I didn’t ...

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Microsoft today announced that IE10 for Windows 7 release preview will be released in mid-November. And the final availability will follow as Microsoft collects developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities. IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for. We look forward to getting your feedback on IE10 on Windows 7, and will provide another update when the preview is available. At last, Microsoft has provided the info about the availability of IE10 on the most used OS in the world. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced the new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are still part of the Windows Live Essentials suite which also included Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail and SkyDrive (Replaces Live Mesh). The new Movie Maker and Photo Gallery includes some key improvements which are described below. Movie Maker: Video Stabilization: Sometimes the video we take is just little too shaky; especially as we take more and more videos using our phones and smaller video cameras. Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out your wobbly videos. Just select the shaky video and choose from a variety Video stabilization options and Movie Maker will smooth it out. Music: The one thing that can really make a difference in a movie is the soundtrack. But it can be ...

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As we are enjoying the Windows 8 Consumer Preview loaded with lots of new features, Microsoft is tweaking the look of the Windows Explorer Ribbon UI. The updated Ribbon UI in the recent builds of Windows 8 RC shows that Microsoft has made them flat to make it in line with Metro Design language. Also Winsupersite reports that there will be more changes in icons, menus, etc as Windows 8 development progresses. Hope Microsoft maintains the familiarity of classic Windows shell which is critical for their enterprise users.     Source: Win8china ...

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Earlier today we reported that Microsoft is preparing for the next version of its security program for Windows, Security Essentials 3. The beta invitations were sent out the early beta testers of previous versions and now you can also sign up for the beta. New features in the Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include: Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation – The Beta will clean high-impact malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction. Enhanced performance – The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t negatively impacted. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use. New and improved protection engine – The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities. You can sign up here. ...

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Today Intel and MasterCard announced their new collaboration in providing simple & secured payment solution for consumers. Their new solution will replace our old way of making payment online by typing our 16 digit credit card number, expiry date, etc,. You just need to tap your credit card  on the ultrabook, after that payment can be done in few clicks. Its that easy ! !  ! The two companies are working together to optimize a variety of emerging payments technologies, including MasterCard’s PayPass® and Intel® Identity Protection Technology (IPT). Intel® Identity Protection Technology can enable consumers to use strong two-factor authentication and hardware-based display protection. This provides increased online security against malware. Additionally, when used with an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled reader, consumers will be able to pay for online purchases with a simple tap of their PayPass-enabled card, tag, or smart phone on an Ultrabook device. If all goes well, Windows ...

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According to stats from StatCounter, Windows 7 has overtaken Windows XP to become most used OS in this world. Windows XP which was launched by Microsoft almost a decade ago went on to become the most used OS in the history. When Windows 7 was launched in 2009, Windows XP had over 70% of the OS market share, but after that Windows 7 steadily increased its presence and replaced it to achieve this remarkable feat. Source: Statcounter via: Winrumors, Zdnet Thanks to Tom Warren for the heads up ! ! ...

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We all know its too early to compare performance of a developer preview build OS to a matured OS. Still, Windows 8 Developer Preview build beats in almost every speedtest lifehacker did in comparison with Windows 7. Boot time is a significant  area where Windows 8 preview leaves Windows 7 in dust. Just look at the results below, Microsoft still has lots of time to juice more performance out of Windows 8. Lets see how it plays out. More details on comparison over at Lifehacker. ...

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Samsung announced the series 7 sliding PC’s at CES that these new form factor devices will be available in March. It got delayed and its now available for pre-order at Amazon for just $649. The Samsung Series 7 will have the following specs, Key Specs: • CPU: Intel® ATOMTM Oak Trail Z670 @ 1.66GHz • Operating System:  Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium • Samsung Touch  Launcher • Memory: 2GB DDR2 • Hard Drive (max): 32GB or 64GB (mSATA SSD) • Screen: 10.1-inch touchscreen HD LCD display (340 nit) • Resolution: 1366 x 768 • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics • Audio Technology: Integrated speaker (0.8W x 2) • I/O:  USB 2.0, 4-in-1 memory card reader, HMDI out • Webcam: 1.3MP • Battery: Lithium Polymer; up to 9 hours • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n; WiMax; 3G • Dimensions: 10.47 x 6.88 x 0.78 inches (W x D x H) • Weight: Starting at 2.18 lbs. ...

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We tend to be a bit obsessed with the tablet aspect of Windows 8, but of course the vast majority of us will use Windows 8 on laptops without touch screens, in which case much of the look and feel has already been revealed. If you like what you have been seeing you can now bring some of that onto your own PC with the Windows 8 Transformation Kit created by HamedDanger on DeviantArt. The pack brings the following enhancements: Taskbar UserTile Aero Lite Windows 8 Aero Theme Aura Beta 2 – automatically adjusts the aero theme colours to your wallpaper The pack can be downloaded here, and of course all hacking is at your own risk. Via BlogsDNA.com ...

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Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s best received operating systems ever, and to underline this Microsoft has just announced they have sold 350 million licenses for the operating system in 7 months. The OS has also started achieving what so far seemed to be impossible – finally overtake Microsoft’s other very successful operating system Windows XP, with StatCounter confirming, at least in USA, that the installed base for Windows 7 has finally edged past Windows XP. This look set to only snowball from there however, with IDC estimating that more than 90% of businesses are currently in progress with their Windows 7 migrations. Interestingly with Windows 8 expected to arrive in less than one year, it seems we are back onto a more enjoyable bi-yearly upgrade cycle, with good things coming much faster than before. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Internet Explorer 9 released yesterday got over 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours of its release. Its an impressive number. Here is the message from Internet Explorer team, Internet Explorer 9 has now been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours since its Monday night release. That is over 27 downloads every second, or over 240 downloads every 9 seconds. Wow. We want to thank everyone around the world for downloading IE9 and the enthusiastic reception. 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours is over double the 1 million downloads we saw of the IE9 Beta and four times that of the IE9 RC over the same time period. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Press Release: JUST IN TIME TO “LIGHTEN UP” FOR SPRING, LIGHTWEIGHT Samsung SERIES 9 BECOMES AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. Samsung’s new ultra premium laptop goes on sale March 17 What: Samsung Electronics America Inc. today announced that the highly anticipated 13-inch, Series 9 laptop featuring Windows® 7 Home Premium will be available in the U.S. through Best Buy and other select retailers and e-tailers beginning tomorrow, March 17. The 13-inch Series 9 laptop equipped with Windows® 7 Professional will become available at retail/e-tail and through select channel partners in mid-April. Additionally, an 11-inch Series 9 laptop featuring Windows® 7 Home Premium and 64 GB of SSD storage will also be made available in mid-April. Where: Series 9 laptops will be available through a variety of retail and reseller channels including Best Buy, Amazon and Tiger. For a full list of local Samsung resellers and distributors call 1-800-SAMSUNG or visit www.samsung.com. ...

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