Just few hours before the official release, Samsung’s Windows 8 offerings info got leaked. The Verge today posted photos of Samsung ATIV Tab And ATIV Smart PC Tablets. Samsung ATIV Tab is the Windows RT based tablet with 8.9mm thick and 570g weight. It will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a 5mp camera & 1.9-megapixel FF camera. It will come with USB, uHDMI port and Office 2013 pre-installed. ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are 11.6-inch tablets with a keyboard dock and S Pen input technology.  It will support 10-finger multitouch, full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel screem. ATIV Smart PC is expected to have an Intel Atom processor, while the ATIV Smart PC Pro to sport an Intel Core i5 chip. Source: The Verge ...

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Sony today officially announced its first Windows 8 tablet hybrid called VAIO Duo 11. Here is the full specs of this device, Model VAIOTM Duo Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3517U, Intel® Core™ i5-3317U or Intel® Core™ i3-3217U Processor Operating System Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro Memory 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM Drive 128GB or 256GB SSD Screen 29.4cm (11.6″) OptiContrast™ Panel; Full HD (1920×1080) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio; capacitive touchscreen *”OptiContrast” is a trademark of Sony Corporation Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Others WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 + HS; Ethernet (1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1); USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1); VGA out; HDMI out; Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot; stereo speakers with xLOUD™ ; Full HD Web Cameras (x2, front and rear facing) powered by ‘Exmor for PC’ (2.07 megapixels); Sensors (NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass); Windows button; rotation lock ...

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While PC OEMs like Vizio are shipping their devices with clean Windows 8 installations, Samsung has decided to dirty up the Windows 8 builds of their devices. They are now going to include a bloatware called S-launcher that will mimic the old Windows 7 start menu features. The S-launcher thing is dockable, so you can place it anywhere on the screen. It allows you to search for programs and launch them. But why Samsung?? Why???? Source: Mashable ...

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As Windows 8 launch is getting closer, we are going to be amazed by the different form factors PC OEMs are going to reveal. Microsoft showcased its Windows 8 product called Surface which will come in both ARM and x86 versions. Samsung teased us with a video and their products will be announced at IFA, Berlin. Now Pocketnow has posted photos of upcoming Windows 8 based Sony Convertible tabled called Viao Duo 11. The device looks sexy and but we have no details on the specs of the device. It supports stylus as well. Hopefully Sony will reveal their Windows 8 products soon! Source: Pocketnow ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Fresh Paint in Windows Store for Windows 8 devices. Fresh Paint is not just another painting app on a touch device, its a delightfully real and fun painting app! The real feel of drawing on a paper, mixing oil paints, using the color mix for painting, and many more truly unique to this app. This apps seems to be built from the Microsoft Research Project called Gustav. Features: Discover delightfully real paint that behaves like real paint where it should and better than real where you need it. Blend and mix colors to get just the look you want Help your kids be creative and explore their imagination Experience real painting and be creative without the mess and costly supplies Relax and enjoy yourself. There is nothing to learn because you already know how to use it Zoom in to see strikingly realistic details. Only Fresh Paint ...

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Press Release: Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is working with Microsoft to create a Windows To Go-compatible USB Flash drive. Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that enables enterprises to provision a full corporate desktop on an external USB drive, enabling users to boot and operate from multiple PCs. This new drive is a unique external USB 3.0 device capable of SSD-like performance and achieves all Windows 8 certification requirements. “We are excited to have Kingston as an associate on Windows To Go. Our joint innovation will further enable mobile work styles. Kingston’s DataTraveler Workspace will give our customers the performance and endurance required to deliver a great experience when running Windows 8 Enterprise from a USB drive” The Kingston® DataTraveler® Workspace USB Flash drive, to be released ...

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Windows 8 will go on sale from Oct-26th through retail stores and OEM devices. According to The Verge, Windows 8 Pro will be priced at $199 after a promotional price of $69.99 expires on January 31st 2013 in retail stores. Previously Microsoft has announced that consumers will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 from their existing Windows Vista, Windows 7 PCs by buying Windows 8 on a price of $39.99. Are you going to buy Windows 8 in retail or buying a new Windows 8 PC? Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft has announced that registration to upgrade at a discount to Windows 8 for recent PC purchasers is now open. Those who buy a PC between June 2nd and January 31st, 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 for only $14.99, a $25 discount from the full upgrade price of $39.99 for everyone else. Those who register will receive promo codes by email later which will allow them to get a discount when buying the upgrade using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant (pictured above). Buyers have until February 28, 2013 to register for the offer. Find the  Windows Upgrade Offer Registration page here and read more about the process at Microsoft here. ...

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Bing Search The Bing team has produced a series of videos showing off their Windows 8 apps which will be installed by default on the new OS. The team separated out the features of the Bing website into individual apps, such as Search, News, Weather, Maps, Travel and Finance. The Bing Search app makes heavy use of the Snap feature as demonstrated in the video above. Travel, Weather and Maps The Travel app has more than 3,000 destinations, 360 degree panoramas and will allow one to book flights and hotels straight from the app. The Weather app offers hourly, daily and 10 day forecasts and features rich, engaging imagery. The Maps app offers traffic information, while the News app is photo-rich. News, Finance and Sport The Finance app will offer key market indices via a live tile and rich graphics. The Sports app will offer top sports headlines, live scores, ...

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We were just stewing in our jealously of TechNet and MSDN subscribers who are able to download Windows 8 right now, but it seems we don’t have to hate at all. Microsoft has made a 90 day trial of Windows 8 available to download for all interested. The description reads: About This Evaluation This evaluation provides a 90-day trial of Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available as ISO images in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish. In order to use this evaluation, you must register and the product must be activated online with Microsoft-hosted activation and validation services. Microsoft does not provide technical support for this software. Is the evaluation edition really for you? This is intended for developers building Windows 8 apps and IT professionals interested in trying Windows 8 Enterprise ...

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Lucky Technet and MSDN subscribers can now get their grubby hands on the final version of Windows 8, as will be on sale on the 26th October. Microsoft Software Assurance customers can get the OS on August 16th, and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1st. According to the Verge the early release to developers is to stimulate the development of software specific to the Modern UI, with the Windows Store only having an anaemic selection of a few hundred applications. If you are one of the lucky few you can find the download at MSDN and Technet here. The Verge also has a video showing the changes between the last release and RTM. Via The Verge.com ...

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At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the touchpad support that will be part of Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft worked with major PC OEMs to provide a new touchpad experience that incorporates new Windows 8 gestures. Microsoft collaborated with touchpad component vendors and have incorporated native support in firmware to deliver great gesture recognition. You can see the touch gestures that will be natively supported in Windows 8 PCs in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the work it has been doing with PC OEMs for building next generation Windows 8 and Windows RT based devices. Microsoft also announced that we can expect ARM-based PC designs from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung running Windows RT this year. Also Microsoft said that all of these Windows RT PCs will have consistent fast and fluidtouch interactions, long battery life, connected standby, and are beautiful, thin, and light designs. Microsoft also said that you can expect 8 hours to 13 hours of scenario run time of HD Video Playback on Windows RT machines. Also the new Connected Standby mode allows your Windows RT PCs to stay connected to network in low power mode. Read more at Windows 8 blog.   ...

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Pulse, one of the famous news reader apps available across multiple mobile platforms today launched their web version. Microsoft worked with the Pulse team to optimize their new web experience on IE10. The end result is kind of amazing that really showcases the power of the web. The whole site is hardware accelerated with support for touch gestures as well. Pinching the Pulse home screen will result in the entire page resizing fluidly to add content. A “stick-to-your-finger” experience with every swipe, loading the next news article in the queue. Additionally, on touch PCs and tablets, IE10 allows a two finger side-swipe to bring your reading pane into view, giving Pulse users an easy and fluid access to the content they care about (something their app doesn’t even do). Read more about it here and here.  Also check out their interview with Robert Scoble in which they share their experience about ...

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Press Release: Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 Debuts premier table built for professionals and designed for life RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AUGUST 9, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled its first tablet specifically designed for Windows 8, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The multi-use tablet boasts differentiators that matter, including an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, along with security features like a Fingerprint Reader, IT manageability technologies, and corporate-level service and support. “Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit. “Our new ThinkPad Tablet 2 marries incredible hardware and software to give consumers a great device for office, home or travel while also offering companies and IT managers the oversight they need ...

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