Microsoft today detailed the improvements in Windows Store since the consumer preview release. They announced the expansion of unique app catalog for customers in 26 markets and it will grow further as they expand the service soon. Microsoft has also improved the navigation within the store, app management, sharing app via share contract, change in certain policies, etc,. The most notable thing was the support for Desktop apps in Windows Store. One important addition: desktop app listings will show up in the Store for the first time tomorrow, June 1st. Customers will be able to search for them or find them within categories, just as they do listings for Metro style apps. These are just listings—the desktop apps themselves are distributed by the developer or by a reseller, as they have been all along. The listing pages provide a link, supplied by the developer, to the distribution location. Servicing of desktop apps remains between ...

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As per the announcement from Microsoft, we will be able to download Windows 8 Release Preview early next month. But the latest Release Preview build 8400 has already got leaked in p2p sites. Winunleaked forum has links to it and has also confirmed that its  a legit build. If you are too interested in trying out the Windows 8 Release Preview, check out the source link below. Let us the know the experience if you download and install it. File info: Name: 8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_CLIENT_ZH-CN-HRC_CCSA_X64FRE_ZH-CN_DV5.iso MD5: F3AC28467258EC9F0ECEAF9690A0F06E SHA1: C21B69413E08FCFB756EEDB2B99D0C0472486D1C CRC32: 67F85067 Source: Winunleaked  ...

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We all know that Dell is working on multiple Windows 8 tablets to release later this year. Today Neowin posted information about the upcoming Windows 8 tablet from Dell called Latitude 10. Its a x86 based tablet with Intel Clover Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 10.1 inch screen with HD ready screen, 8MP rear and a 1.3MP secondary camera as well. The device will also come with user replaceable battery with support for 2 cell and 4 cell. Now, what about the price?  if it turns out to be a $500 tablet, I’m sure there will be lot of consumers picking this one. What do you think? Source: Neowin ...

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We all thought Microsoft was on the way to completely abandon plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight. It was like Windows 8 on ARM doesn’t support Adobe Flash and Metro Internet Explorer 10 won’t be able to display Flash websites. But now, Microsoft has different plans. They are going to integrate Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer 10 that will ship with Windows 8. Microsoft has worked with Adobe to ensure the Flash code meets its own standards for reliability, compatibility, security, and performance. From Winsupersite, So, Microsoft has extended the Internet Explorer Compatibility View list to include rules for popular Flash-based web sites that are known to meet certain criteria. That is, Flash is supported for only those popular but legacy web sites that need it. This feature is not broadly available for all sites. We are not sure how Microsoft will select those legacy websites? But anyway, consumers won’t mind enjoying flash ...

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Speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commented on their upcoming release Windows 8. He said that it will be the “deepest, broadest and most impactful” Windows software by Microsoft and “It’s really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows… It’s certainly the most important piece of work we’ve done,”.  Steve also predicted that there will be around 500 million (Yes, 500 Million) Windows 8 users by the end of 2013. He also added that they expectf Windows 7 sales numbers to reach 350 million later this year which is a pretty great number. Source: AFP ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft has today detailed the new improved boot experience coming to Windows 8 later this year. Windows 8 will feature modernized and touch-enabled core boot loader and the boot will be very fast as well. Here are the things they did in this release, We pulled together all the options into a single menu – the boot options menu – that has all the troubleshooting tools, the developer-focused options for Windows startup, methods for accessing the firmware’s BIOS setup, and a straightforward method for booting to alternate devices such as USB drives. We created failover behaviors that automatically bring up the boot options menu (in a highly robust and validated environment) whenever there is a problem that would keep the PC from booting successfully into Windows. Finally, we created several straightforward methods to easily reach the boot options menu, even when nothing is wrong with Windows or boot. ...

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In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we found some pre-installed apps from Microsoft such as Weather, Maps, Finance etc,. which are powered by Bing. According to Winunleaked forums, Windows 8 Release Preview will include even more apps from Microsoft such as News, Sports and Travel. I’m sure that News and Travel apps will be powered by Bing and Sports may be powered by Bing and MSN together. What do you expect from these apps ? Source: winunleaked ...

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In a long blog post on discussing how Windows Desktop evolved over the years, Microsoft detailed how they are going to change the Windows 8 Desktop looks so that it will go great with the WinRT apps and the new Start Menu. As we reported before, the Aero Glass theme is now gone and is being replaced by a flat, light and Metro looking theme as you can see in the image above. We have made a number of improvements to the desktop visual appearance in Windows 8. Although we wanted the desktop to feel familiar, we also wanted to take some ideas from our new design language and apply them where we could. We applied the principles of “clean and crisp” when updating window and taskbar chrome. Gone are the glass and reflections. We squared off the edges of windows and the taskbar. We removed all the glows and gradients found on buttons ...

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  Microsoft detailed its upcoming enhanced Multi-monitor support in Windows 8. Windows 7 officially supported multiple monitors, but the experience was limited such as having same background, task bar only in primary monitor, etc,. In Windows 8, Microsoft has improved the  experience to a great extent. Check them out in the video below. Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Make the desktop a more personal experience. Perhaps the most personalized feature on the desktop is the ability to customize the desktop background. We set out to make this a great experience on multiple monitors too. Improve the efficiency of accessing apps across monitors. In Windows 7, the top request from people using multiple monitors was to improve the taskbar efficiency. Improve the efficiency of accessing system UI. In Windows 7, you could only access the Start menu on one monitor. With the introduction in Windows 8 of new UI that ...

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Microsoft will usually announce cheap upgrade programs when they are about to release a major release to their software. It will keep the consumer buying spree afloat before the major wave of new products. According to ZDNet, Microsoft will announce an upgrade program for Windows 8 from June 2, 2012. Microsoft will make the so-called “Windows 8 Offer” available to consumers buying a Windows 7 PC running Home Basic or higher, allowing them to obtain Windows 8 Pro once Windows 8 is available. The Windows 8 Pro SKU is for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals, and includes encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity, as well as support for a separately priced Media Pack for Windows Media Center. Paul from Winsupersite  has added a info to the above that the price for the upgrade will be $14.99. Pretty neat offer! Are you waiting for Windows 8 PCs ?? Read more on ...

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According to the sources close to CNET, Windows 8 OEMs are on target in delivering their devices in November. As Microsoft is already on schedule to release the “Release Preview” aka RC version of Windows 8 in June, Windows 8 OEMs like HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, etc, will be more comfortable in delivering their Intel based tablets, hybrids, convertibles, etc,. in November for sale without fail. Read more on it at CNET ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Microsoft today detailed the Family Safety features that are coming in Windows 8. Microsoft continues to support the millions of parents out there to make their job on monitoring their children’s web and computer usage. There are even options for parents to get activity of their children over email. It features the following, Web filtering: You can choose between several web filtering levels. SafeSearch: When web filtering is active, SafeSearch is locked into the “Strict” setting for popular search engines such as Bing, Google, and Yahoo. This will filter out adult text, images, and videos from your search results. Time limits: With Windows 8, you now can restrict the number of hours per day your child can use their PC. For example, you might set a limit ...

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Today Mozilla and Google made some arguments regarding upcoming version of Windows RT ( Windows on ARM). Both Mozilla and Google wants access to special API’s on which Microsoft’s Metro IE browser is built on so that they will build their own browsers for Windows RT users. Mozilla’s view, It’s reported that Windows RT (the name Microsoft has given to Windows running on the ARM processor)  will have two environments, a Windows Classic environment and a Metro environment for apps. However, Windows on ARM prohibits any browser except for Internet Explorer from running in the privileged “Windows Classic” environment. In practice, this means that only Internet Explorer will be able to perform many of the advanced computing functions vital to modern browsers in terms of speed, stability, and security to which users have grown accustomed. Given that IE can run in Windows on ARM, there is no technical reason to ...

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Last year during its earnings call, Dolby Labs doubted whether Microsoft might exclude their technology in Windows 8. But during this year’s earnings call yesterday, Dolby Labs announced that Microsoft will include Dolby Digital Plus technology in both x86 and ARM versions of Windows 8. SAN FRANCISCO –(Business Wire)– Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (News – Alert) (NYSE:DLB) today announced that Microsoft® has selected Dolby® Digital Plus to create the most realistic and immersive audio experiences for Windows® 8 on tablets and PCs. The addition of Dolby Digital Plus enables the playback of Dolby-encoded content across a growing number of devices. Today’s announcement underscores the essential role that Dolby Digital Plus plays in delivering high-quality sound for online entertainment services and personal media applications. “Dolby’s goal is to deliver the best possible entertainment experience, wherever content is delivered through broadcast, broadband, or wireless networks,” said Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ...

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Microsoft previously said that Windows Media Center program will be available in Windows 8. Today, Microsoft detailed how the Windows Media Center will be included in Windows 8. As in Windows 7, Media Center won’t be packaged with Windows OS itself since it added codec licensing costs for all the customers. From Microsoft, Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions ...

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Windows 8 will have a whole new app platform called WinRT which is designed for touch interaction. The whole WinRT platform is based out of Metro Design and Microsoft is even trying to apply the same design concept for our classic desktop UI. Last month we saw that Microsoft is tweaking the Explorer window in Windows 8 to be more flat and modern. Now, Win8China has revealed that the Mouse Pointer and the busy cursor in Windows 8 has been tweaked to look flat and modern which is the core of Metro design. What do you think of this ? Source: Win8china ...

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