MSNerd, long time Microsoft leaker,has passed on a little tip about the next version of Windows on ARM. Currently Windows on ARM runs on NVidia, Qualcomm and TI processors, which leaves OEMs like Samsung unable to use processors from their own supply chain. According to MSNerd, in the next update to Windows Nokia and Samsung will be able to use processors from their favourite providers – in Nokia’s case ST-Ericsson’s Novathor processor, and in Samsung’s case its own Exynos processor and SOC. Blue is said to be an interim update to Windows, much like a service pack, and may be the start of a regular, more phone-like pattern of yearly updates to Windows which add features, as we have come to expect from Windows Phone and the iOS. So far we do not know much else about the update, but one can hope the update removes the reliance of the ...

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Windows 8 launch day is rapidly approaching, and it seems a good time to get acquainted with the variety of mobility choices we will soon have. Ukranian  Microsoft evangelist Igor "Walker" Shastitko posted a pretty detailed walk-through of two devices, the Samsung ATIV SmartPC Pro and the Acer Iconia Tab (W510) on Youtube, unfortunately not in English, which gives us a good idea of the look, feel and performance of each device. What is striking about the Samsung ATIV SmartPC Pro especially is how laptop-like it was when docked, which will hopefully also secure PC-like sales of tends of millions of devices over the next year, firmly establishing the ecosystem. Via WPC ...

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Part of moving to the app model in Windows 8 is that components should continue to improve even after the OS has shipped. This is the case currently, with Microsoft announcing a number of improvements coming to the built-in apps in Windows 8. The list include: SkyDrive Search within SkyDrive Rename and move folders and files New first-run experience Custom sort order Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Conversation view of your inbox Complete IMAP account support Accepting and declining invitations in email Capturing and updating your account picture Improved search Search for a contact within the Messaging app Photos Crop and rotate photos New auto-curated collage slideshows View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when you open them from the desktop Maps Bird’s eye view 3,000+ indoor venue maps ...

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Acer has announced that their 11.6 inch Windows 8 will be hitting the market on the 26th of October with a pretty reasonable price. The device, with a full HD 1080p screen and 1.8 ghz Core i3 Ivybridge  processor will cost $799, and will come bundled with a desktop dock and Bluetooth wireless keyboard. Acer will also be offering the device with a Core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM for $999. The 64 GB device also has 4 GB RAM, a one megapixel front and 5 megapixel rear camera, a USB 3.0 port which is tripled when docked and a microHDMI port, and only weights 2.3 pounds. The dock and keyboard is designed to remain at your home base for serious desktop use, allowing the unencumbered tablet to be taken away easily for on the road use. The price for the bundle is very competitive with the iPad, ...

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Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen -who left Microsoft in 1983 due to illness- has revealed his thoughts on Windows 8 on his website: PaulAllen.com. ‘The new tablet features in Windows 8 are particularly bold and innovative. A few minor issues aside, I’m impressed with its clever integration of a bimodal interface to simultaneously support both desktop and tablet use in the same operating system. I found the gesture navigation on the tablet to be quite satisfying and responsive. And in general, I find Windows 8 to be snappier and more responsive than Windows 7’. Because the new operating system is designed to work on traditional desktop PC’s as well as laptops, he felt however some users may experience confusion when switching between the new tile-based, touch-friendly user interface and the classic ‘desktop’ mode.  ‘I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when ...

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Microsoft today revealed that all new MSN coming exclusively to Windows 8 users on Oct-26th. The new MSN is optimized for touch with support for Windows 8 features such as snap view, etc,. MSN now has more than 480 million visitors per month is the top site in 27 markets and remains one of the most popular media destinations on the Internet.       News You Want, Faster MSN for Windows 8 is built for speed. Because Internet Explorer 10 was designed to take advantage of the system architecture of Windows 8, rendering complex page layouts and high resolution images is faster and more fluid.  Now you can easily view images, slideshows and videos, without compromising the overall experience. The result is a cleaner more “app-like” experience that allows you use the Flip Ahead feature to swiftly jump from article to article with a simple gesture.  The pages render twice as fast ...

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HP today introduced their first enterprise focused Windows 8 tablet called ElitePad 900. It runs on Intel Atom processor with full Windows 8 Pro features. Read more about it below. HP Unveils a True Tablet for Business HP today introduced the HP ElitePad 900, a tablet that balances a beautiful design with enterprise-grade features, functionality and support. Designed for business and government, it features HP ElitePad Smart Jackets,(1) which add connectivity options and an additional ultra-slim battery for longer runtime, along with specific add-ons that customize the tablet for specialized uses. The HP ElitePad is an ultrathin, lightweight tablet designed for Windows 8(2) that delivers features to keep IT managers happy and touts a design that employees will crave. It offers the full serviceability, enhanced security and manageability found in HP Elite PCs, and military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and high altitude.(3) “Businesses used to face a tough purchase ...

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Bloomberg recently ran a story where they claimed Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that  Windows 8  is being released before it’s fully ready. Intel, who will be showcasing Windows 8 PCs tomorrow, has released a statement calling the rumour unsubstantiated. The company has released the statement below: SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 – Today Intel Corporation issued a statement in response to unsubstantiated news reports about comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini in a meeting with employees. Intel has a long and successful heritage working with Microsoft on the release of Windows platforms, delivering devices that provide exciting experiences, stunning performance, and superior compatibility. Intel fully expects this to continue with Windows 8. Intel, Microsoft and our partners have been working closely together on testing and validation to ensure delivery of a high-quality experience across the nearly 200 Intel-based designs that will start launching in ...

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The Verge reports from their sources that the final pricing of Windows 8 has been revealed. It is somewhat complex, so I will lay it out as clearly as possible. Existing Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade via a download at $39.99 to Windows 8 Pro. Buying the upgrade at retail on DVD will cost $69.99 Clean install  Windows 8 Pro will cost $69.99 until the 31st January 2013. The software will then revert to $199. Stores will also sell a Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $69.99 for until January 31st. After January 31st the same upgrade will cost $99.00 Both the Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Pro copies will be made available from retailers on October 26th. Clear as mud? Let us know below. ...

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Microsoft India organized an event called AppFest in Bangalore India. In AppFest,  thousands of developers from all over India and beyond attended to build apps for Windows 8. This event made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location. Other than the record turnout, We can expect at least 2000 more apps from these developers in Windows Store soon. If you are from India, then I think these developers would have covered every local apps in this AppFest. Why not Microsoft organize similar AppFests around the world? Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today revealed a new product called Project Austin. Its a digital note-taking app for Windows 8. You can use digital ink to write or draw things on those pages, add photos, share the notes you create to other Windows 8 apps such as e-mail or SkyDrive. You can add pages to your notebook, delete them, or move them around. There are different types of papers to choose from and the app looks pretty cool. The team behind this app even said that this project was inspired by Microsoft Courier tablet concept. But you know which division at Microsoft built this app? Microsoft Developer Division. Another very important goal of this app is to showcase the power of the native platform and C++, and some of the new features in Visual Studio 2012 such as automatic code vectorization and C++ AMP.  Austin aims to demonstrate with real code the kind of device-optimized, fluid and responsive ...

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Similar to Asus Windows 8 offerings, Acer’s upcoming Windows 8 devices pricing got revealed today. There will be two main devices, Acer W510 and Acer W700. You can see the pricing for the New Zealand market in the above image. Acer’s Iconia W510 is powered by dual core Intel Atom and 64GB storage starts at $712 USD approximately. Acer’s Iconia W700 will have 128GB SSD storage and powered by a 1.7ghz Intel i5 processor and a 11.6″ full HD display. It will cost $1299 USD approximately. These devices are full Windows 8 powered devices that will be able to run any classic desktop programs and they cost almost same as the equivalent memory Apple iPad. Will you buy these devices with these prices? Source: TechJungle  ...

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Asus’s Windows 8 and Windows RT roadmap has leaked and it contains a mixture of both good and bad news. The good news is that the Asus headliner, the Asus Taichi, with two full-HD touch screen panels will only come in at $1,299, which is pretty far from luxury laptop pricing for what is a very interesting device. The bad news is that the pure tablets, both Windows 8 and Windows RT, are pretty expensive, and not looking very competitive. The Windows 8 Asus Vivo tab will come in at $799 for a Atom processor, plus an extra $199 for the docking station, bringing the combination up to Macbook Air pricing. Similarly the less functional Asus Vivo Tab RT with an Nvidia processor will cost $599 for a device with a 1366 x 768 resolution screen, not making it very competitive with an iPad. What do our readers think of ...

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Microsoft is organizing Windows 8 launch event on Oct-25th in NYC. Earlier Microsoft announced that Windows 8 general availability will begin from Oct-26th. Microsoft has sent out invites to the members of the press and it could be an event where Microsoft Surface will also be launched. Are you going to buy any Windows 8 devices this holiday season? ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will start accepting apps for Windows Store from developers around the world. It  is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in over 120 countries. Microsoft has added 82 new app submission markets. Microsoft also announced a number of additional subscription program offerings for developers. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. There are over 1000 apps in Windows Store now and it is expected to grow rapidly as the Store is open now for all developers. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the initial list of Xbox games that will be part of Windows Store. Xbox games will be available through the Windows Store for users to download. Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends. Here is the list of features, 4 Elements II Special Edition A World of Keflings Adera: Episode 1 Adera: Episode 2 Adera: Episode 3 Angry Birds Angry Birds Space Big Buck Hunter Pro BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Collateral Damage Crash Course GO Cut the Rope Disney Fairies Dragon’s Lair Field & Stream Fishing Fruit Ninja Gravity Guy Gunstringer: Dead Man Running Hydro Thunder Hurricane IloMilo iStunt 2 Jetpack Joyride Kinectimals Unleashed Microsoft Mahjong Microsoft Minesweeper Microsoft Solitaire Collection Monster Island PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX Pinball FX 2 Reckless Racing Ultimate Rocket Riot ...

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