Along with the Metro Style apps that are built on Windows RT platform, Microsoft is also allowing Desktop apps such as Microsoft Office 2010, VLC Player to be listed on Windows Store. Listing Desktop apps on Windows Store enables customers to search for them, browse through descriptive information about them, and acquire them from the developer’s website using a link provided in the product description page in the Windows Store. Windows Store won’t be handling the update process as well. Developers who need to submit their desktop apps read the process below, Sign up for a Hardware/Desktop Dashboard Company Account. Using this account, submit the results of the Windows App Certification Kit. After we approve the results, submit the app to the Windows Store. Sign up as a company for a Windows Store developer account, using the same account as in step 1. Approved apps that have passed the Windows App ...

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Of all the very interesting Windows 8 touch screen laptops shown off at Computex 2012, I think it is safe to say the Asus Taichi was the most interesting. Now Digitimes have published an estimate of the cost of the components of the device, and potentially the final retail price. They write: With the displays already costing US$300, if the machine has an Intel Core i7 series processor and chipset, another US$230 will be added to the cost, and with other component costs – motherboard about US$50-60; 6-cell battery about US$40; solid state drive (SSD) about US$110; chassis and internal parts about US$80; and Windows 8 about US$90, the total BOM is estimated to reach about US$900 excluding e shipments, retail channel distribution and marketing, the sources detailed. They note the end price of a PC product is usually 130-150% of its BOM, giving an estimate of the final price ...

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Google today revealed its plans for supporting Google Chrome in Windows 8 Metro mode. Similar to Mozilla, Google is already working on a version of Chrome that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 on x86. Google is planning to release it via next dev channel update and you can try it on Windows 8 Release Preview. The initial version will support Windows 8 features such as snap mode, charms bar integration, etc,. Read more on it here. ...

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Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has denied HTC’s request to build a Windows RT tablet. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg claims the request was refused due to “concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft refused, said the people, and HTC was left off the list of companies the software maker provided with early versions of the software. Microsoft is tightly controlling the number of ARM- based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality. Microsoft declined to comment on the rumour, but HTC did, saying: HTC has sold more than 40 million Windows Phones over the last ten years and we are committed to future versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone ...

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Asus Zenbook Prime Ultrabook was already announced weeks before, but Asus is showing off an upgraded version of the same at Computex. Currently,  Zenbook Prime is one of the best Ultrabooks out there in the market with 1080p display, backlit keyboard, updated touchpad, etc,. Asus has added touch screen on the same device loaded with Windows 8 as you can see in the image above. By the time Windows 8 releases, Asus may upgrade the model officially with touch screen. Read more at Engadget. ...

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Lenovo today demoed its first Windows 8 tablet design at Computex. The device with ThinkPad branding is made of rubbery soft material which you will find on regular ThinkPad laptops. The device will have 10.1-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution. It will feature 8-megapixel camera and 2 MP camera on rear and front as well. There is also a micro-HDMI post and a docking connector. Along with this, I expect Lenovo to release its Yoga concept Windows 8 device as well. Read more at Engadget ...

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Samsung on its part showed off its upcoming Windows 8 devices. Samsung unveiled Series 5 Ultra Touch and Ultra Convertible Windows 8 devices.  While Ultra Touch is a regular clamshell laptop with touch, Ultra Convertible as the name suggests is a true convertible device. Both the devices will have SSD storage, 1366X768 displays, a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, memory card reader. Remember these devices are mass market mid-range devices from Samsung. They are yet to unveil their Series 7 and Series 9 Windows 8 devices. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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If there is any doubt that Touch will become as much part and parcel of computer laptop use as a keyboard or mouse, Intel is working to lay that to rest. They are working with OEMs to “accelerate the transition” and ensure touch screen laptops with larger screen sizes come to the market sooner rather than later. They are doing this by underwriting investments by OEMs such as TPK, Wintek, HannsTouch and Cando to ensure supply is available before demand is proven. The focus is of course Windows 8, which makes Touch a first class citizen in the OS.  The presence of touch screens will likely make the OS’s Metro interface more attractive and usable, and also accelerate Microsoft’s transition from its legacy desktop to a new touch-friendly mobile future. Via Engadget.com ...

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Its not just big OEMs jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon, companies like MSI are also showing their interest in Windows 8 based devices. MSI has announced a new Windows 8 based Ultrabook Slider called s20 powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processors. S20 will feature 11.6″ screen with 10 point multi-touch with HD-Ready resolution. It will weigh 2.86 pounds with a 0.78 inch thickness. Also the device will come with support for USB 3.0, HDMI, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0.  We will have more details on it after the official release at Computex later this week. via: Ultrabook news ...

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So far the most interesting and arguably desirable new Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrid is the Dual screen Asus Taichi with 2 full HD screens, one touch, on the same device. Above is a brief look at the amazing device on video published by TechinStyle. The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing key feature – both 11.6″ and 13.3″ models have a brilliant double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. With a touch screen on the outside of the lid, the TAICHI opens up a whole host of new mobile possibilities as it plays the role of both notebook and tablet. With the lid open, the TAICHI is just like any notebook computer, and comes complete with a full-size QWERTY backlit keyboard and track pad. With the lid closed, however, the TAICHI instantly becomes a multi-touch tablet computer with stylus support, bringing a degree of flexibility that has never ...

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Asus today announced its first Windows 8 convertible notebook called Transformer Book. The unit looks like a regular Ultrabook but you can detach the screen to use it as a tablet device. It features Intel Core  i7 processor with discrete graphics, hybrid SSD and HDD storage, 4GB RAM, and USB 3.0. ASUS Transformer Book – the world’s first convertible notebook The ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first convertible notebook – allowing users to instantly switch between a notebook and a tablet by simply detaching the screen. It is aimed at users who prefer the portability of a multi-touch tablet computer for leisure, but still want access to a more traditional Windows-based notebook for productivity use. The Transformer Book features the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor* with discrete graphics, along with SSD and HDD storage, 4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM, and USB 3.0. It also features ASUS SonicMaster technology developed by ...

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Asus today announced its All-in-One PC called Transformer AIO. It allows us to switch between Windows 8 and Android with press of a button. ASUS Transformer AiO Part tablet, part All-in-One PC, the Transformer AiO is an innovative device that can seamlessly switch between both, and features dual operating systems to give users the option of switching between Windows and Android to suit their needs. Engineered to work with Windows 8, the Transformer AiO features an extended 18.4″ 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display which can be easily removed from its base station to become a wireless display for the AiO PC, extending the range of the PC and allowing users to continue with their work anywhere in the home. The display can also be converted into an Android-based tablet for the home with the press of a button. Read more at Engadget and The Verge. ...

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ASUS announces the ASUS TAICHI and ASUS Transformer Book at Computex 2012 New notebook concepts embody its Happiness 2.0 philosophy Taipei, Taiwan (4, June, 2012) – ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces two exciting new notebooks that embody its ‘Happiness 2.0′ commitment to delivering the best end-user experience – the ASUS TAICHI and ASUS Transformer Book. The Happiness 2.0 philosophy stems from the many ways ASUS is committed to bringing its customers brand new experiences with products that satisfy their needs and expectations. ASUS TAICHI – dual screens for a notebook and a multi-touch tablet in one The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing key feature – both 11.6″ and 13.3″ models have a brilliant double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. With a touch screen on the outside of the lid, the TAICHI opens up a whole host of new mobile possibilities ...

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 4, 2012) – Acer today introduces its newest premium Windows® 8 Ultrabook™ devices – the Aspire S7 Series – at Computex Taipei. Available in two sizes, 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch, these are the thinnest and smallest, respectively, Full HD touch Ultrabooks™. Both feature a sleek aluminum metallic unibody design and provide a more engrossing computing experience. The larger model additionally sports a glossy, sculpted glass cover, delivering a trendy and elegant appearance. With the aluminum unibody design, the S7 Ultrabooks™ are exceptionally slim and light, yet durable enough to handle the rigors of everyday use. The 13.3-inch model offers up to 12 hours of battery life, while the 11.6-inch model can run for up to 9 hours, to ensure a full day of on-demand productivity and media consumption from a single charge. To make the best of the powerful performance components, Acer designed its innovative Acer Twin Air ...

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 4, 2012) – Acer today announces two new Windows® 8 all-in-one (AIO) PCs at Computex Taipei: the Aspire 7600U (27-inch) and the Aspire 5600U (23-inch). The striking Aspire 7600U supports up to 64-point simultaneous touch from all angles, enabling use by multiple users at once. It features 0 to 90 degree viewing and swivels at four sides when laid flat for enjoyment by more than one user. At just 35 mm thin, the 7600U is ultra-slim. It delivers Full HD visuals and Dolby® Home Theater® surround sound. This AIO is made for modern day explorers who want a cutting-edge multimedia experience. The elegant Aspire 5600U is the thinnest AIO available and makes a stylish addition to any room in the house, whether on a desk or wall mounted. It features an ergonomic touch design and can tilt from 30 to 85 degrees for enhanced single-user comfort. It’s ...

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  TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 4, 2012) – Acer presents two of its newest Windows® 8 tablets at Computex Taipei. The ICONIA W510 evolves the computing experience with three different modes of touchscreen operation, while the ICONIA W700 is the best-performing Windows 8 tablet with the added versatility of a cradle. Both designed to set new standards in ergonomics and user-friendliness. The most unique part of the W510 tablet is the tri-mode, allowing users to touch, type and view. Aside from the conventional tablet mode, it can be used in productivity mode. A detachable keyboard dock can be connected to the tablet for optimal typing as well as extending the battery life up to 18 hours. Rotating the tablet 295 degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode, which is excellent for watching a video, browsing a webpage or viewing a PowerPoint presentation. In addition, the W510 has Always On, ...

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