In Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft had only 5 different themes for the Metro start screen experience. With Windows 8 RTM, Microsoft will be providing 20 different themes allowing for more personalization for the users. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has already created themes of different colors from which users can select their favorite. Also, Microsoft is adding more new lockscreen and desktop wallpapers with Windows 8 RTM. The following image is reported to be the default Windows 8 wallpaper, Are you happy with the  Personalization/Customization options in Windows 8? Source: Win8china ...

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At the time of Surface announcement months ago, Microsoft said that the Surface tablet will release along with Windows 8. Now that Windows 8 availability date has been confirmed as Oct-26th, everyone was waiting for Microsoft to confirm the Oct-26th date for Surface availability as well. As CNET noted in the recent SEC filings from Microsoft, Surface will be launched on Oct-26th along with Windows 8 as announced before. “The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices,” “In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8…Its success depends on a number of factors including the extent to which customers embrace its new user interface and functionality, successfully coordinating with our OEM partners in releasing a variety of hardware devices that take advantage of its features, ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — July 30, 2012 — For the past 30 years, Microsoft Corp. has introduced hardware that helps people interact better and more easily with Windows. Today, Microsoft Hardware continues the tradition with the introduction of new products that work beautifully with Windows 8. Wedge Touch Mouse Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into an ultracompact frame that’s great for a mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse is designed to complement your Windows experience in all its forms, providing four-way touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips. • Its artful and minimalist design also comes free of cables or USB transceivers — you simply turn it on and connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or tablet for a clutter-free experience. • It features BlueTrack Technology so you can use it on virtually any surface, whether you’re in a conference ...

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In Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the new improved printing experience in Windows 8. With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a new printer driver architecture v4. This new v4 architecture produces smaller, faster printer drivers, and it supports print class driver framework. In most cases, Print class driver framework allows people to install their printers without having to locate a driver for that device. Its almost like a driverless printing. Also Windows 8 allows Printer manufacturers to develop Windows RT apps that performs printing/imaging functions as you can see in the image above. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will be released on October 26th and the new devices running Windows 8 are expected to go on sale from November. Windows RT, Windows for ARM based devices is also expected to be on devices from Oct 26th. However, Microsoft has restricted Windows RT for few OEMs such as Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung, etc,. Other PC OEMs won’t be able to make Windows RT devices as they can do with Windows 8 (x86 version). According to the report from China Times, Dell may join other Windows RT OEMs replacing HP in the list and Microsoft will open Windows RT for other OEMs in January. Acer is expected to release Windows RT device in Q1 2013 and CES will showcase a new wave of Windows RT devices. Read more at  China Times.   ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. In Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the expanded capabilities of DirectX to provide a common hardware-accelerated graphics platform for a broader range of high performance applications. Microsoft developed the graphics platform for Windows 8 with the following in mind, 1.  Ensure that all Metro style experiences are rendered smoothly and quickly. 2.  Provide a hardware-accelerated platform for all Metro style apps. 3.  Add new capabilities to DirectX to enable stunning visual experiences. 4.  Support the widest diversity of graphics hardware ever. Apart from the improvements on the common graphics platform, Microsoft has also added support for immersive, 3D gaming, with great performance and new features such as stereoscopic 3D. Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012. In the Microsoft’s annual sales meeting held today, Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky announced this specific data. So consumers will be able to download Windows 8 from the web or buy new PCs running Windows 8 from October 26th. Are you excited ? via: Windows Team Blog ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Even after the release of Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft is continuing its long detailed blog posts on Windows 8 design and development. Today they detailed the Windows 8 Touch keyboard design and development. Microsoft had the following goals in mind on developing a touch keyboard for Windows 8, Enter text quickly, reasonably close to the speed with which they type on a physical keyboard Avoid errors, and be able to easily correct mistakes Enter text comfortably, in terms of posture, interaction with the device, and social setting If you are familiar with Windows Phone devices, they you might find Windows 8 touch keyboard as a larger version of what we find on mobile devices. But particularly for tablets there are different types of keyboard layouts such as split keyboard.   Read more at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today in Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the new File History feature coming in Windows 8. File History is a new backup application that is replacing the old backup and restore feature in Windows 7. This new system continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes and copies changed files to another location. Every time any of your personal files has changed, its copy will be stored on a dedicated, external storage device selected by you. Over time, File History builds a complete history of changes made to any personal file. Its a great addition to Windows 8′s list of new features. I’m sure common people will love this solution whereas power users may find it annoying because File History solution does not offer the ability to do a ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring Perspective Pixel, a company that builds large touch based displays for enterprise. Founder of Perspective Pixel Jeff is also joining Microsoft as an employee along with his company acquisition. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK — July 9, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. and Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. “PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.” Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, a renowned pioneer in multi-touch technology, PPI ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99.  And you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade. This is a great deal! You can purchase the upgrade from Windows.com and use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to make sure whether your PC is ready for Windows 8. A packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 at all local stores during this promotion which ends on January 31st, 2013. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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This June was one of the busiest month for tech industry this year. All three industry giants Microsoft, Apple and Google had major press and developer events. Taykey, a startup that uses “patented technology” to analyze trends and conversations across social sources to help its advertising customers improve their campaigns released the above infographic to show how Microsoft’s and Apple’s announcements were treated in social media conversations. They even posted a conclusion that Microsoft’s Surface Tablet announcement surpassed Apple’s Retina MacBook and iOS 6 news in the social media. Its a good sign for the new style of secretive communication of Microsoft to the press! What do you think? Check out Zoom.it version of the same here. via: All Things D ...

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Microsoft usually certifies hardware compatible with Windows and allows the hardware manufacturer to use the “Windows Compatible” logo stickers on them. Winunleaked today posted some images of the upcoming Windows 8/Windows RT Compatible logo in various colors. Its interesting to see that Microsoft is pushing the Windows RT brand among consumers. And I think differentiating Windows RT and Windows 8 among consumers is also an important task ahead for Microsoft. Source: Winunleaked Image via: Winunleaked, Neowin ...

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Along with the Adoption and Finance reports, Windows Store Developer page gives you Quality reports as well. These Quality  reports help you improve the quality of your apps by tracking and investigating any crashes, hangs, or exceptions in your app. With these reports, you can: Understand the quality of your app over the different versions that were published to the Store. This tells you if customers of your app are having a better experience in successive versions. Improve the quality of your app. You can improve the quality of your app by knowing about and understanding the top failures (as seen by your customers) in the latest version published to the Store. Understanding the top failures enables you to fix them and publish updates to your app in the Store. Read more on it here. ...

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  Besides the colourful touch cover and type cover, the Microsoft Surface tablet adopts Henry Ford’s strategy – any colour as long as it is black. Sharp-eyed reader Randy however noticed this altogether more colourful version in the background, looking like a blue device with a white rim. Now of course this picture may simply be of a rapid prototype, but that kick stand probably does not work very well if made out of plastic, suggesting we may be looking at potential colour options for Surface in the future, an area where Microsoft with the Zune devices often chose to differentiate. The scene above can be seen at around the 8 second mark in this video from the design of the tablet here. Thanks Randy for the tip ...

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SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced at Uplinq 2012 the Windows® RT Metro Style App Developer Contest, to identify the most promising app for Windows RT devices. The Windows RT Metro Style App Developer Contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older. The developers of the winning apps will be awarded up to $200,000 in cash prizes. Contest categories include best overall Windows RT app, most compelling connectivity use case, best gaming app, best productivity app and best AllJoyn™ peer-to-peer application. Entrants’ submitted apps will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on merits such as technology innovation and market potential. Developers have easy access today to the Windows RT software development kit from Microsoft to create Metro style apps that run across all different form factors and screen ...

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