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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As part of their Interaction Design course, two Penn State University Students have redesigned the Microsoft Touch Mouse for Windows 8, with a whole new, more gesture-friendly shape and new gestures just for Windows 8. The students, Kiseok Sung and Mouni Reddy were not just working on their own however, and had some help from Microsoft Hardware.  Who knows, maybe their good ideas will turn up in a product after all. Read more about their project at their website here. ...

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When Windows 8  gets released later this year, we can expect different types of PC form factors from various PC OEMs. The tablet form factor will become more common design and PC OEM’s like HP, Dell, etc, are already working to release a Windows 8 based tablet later this year. Recently HP’s Windows 8 tablet Elitebook details got leaked in Internet. As you can see in the above image, the device will provide 8-10 hours battery life, 9 mm thickness and .68kg weight. Also the device will have full enterprise security features as well. Hopefully, the OEMs will deliver impressive hardware for the impressive OS Windows 8. via: ZDnet Source: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Windows 8 RC otherwise called as Release Preview of Windows 8 is coming in June first week. Microsoft released the consumer preview version of Windows 8 back in February. With Release preview coming in June, we can expect Windows 8 based Ultrabooks, tablets starting October this Holiday season. Microsoft is right on track on delivering Windows 8 to customers, I hope OEMs will also do the same. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the support for Enterprise management in Windows On ARM devices. Windows on ARM or Windows RT based PCs/tablets won’t be able to run native code apps written by 3rd party vendors, instead it will rely on Windows Store or WinRT-based applications. But Microsoft has built Windows RT with industry-leading management capabilities that support BYO or company-deployed WOA PCs. Also you can allows WOA PC’s to join the management infrastructure and also configure a set of policies for the following, Allow Convenience Logon Maximum Failed Password Attempts Maximum Inactivity Time Lock Minimum Device Password Complex Characters Minimum Password Length Password Enabled Read more on it here.  Password Expiration Password History ...

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Today Microsoft announced that they are expanding the Windows 8 Store availability to 33 new markets. In the next significant preview release of the Windows Store service, we will significantly expand our global coverage. We will add 33 additional app submission locales for developers, bringing our total to 38 supported markets for submitting Metro style apps for Windows 8. We will also expand the number of market-specific app catalogs, from 5 to 26. In addition we will expand the localization coverage of the pre-release developer portal as well, adding 7 new languages. When we release the next update to the Store service, you’ll be able to submit Metro style pre-release apps in any of 109 languages, as long as the app also includes a version in one of 12 app certification languages (an increase of 7 languages from the Consumer Preview). Microsoft also said that they will soon detail the changes in ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft yesterday detailed the memory management of Metro Style apps in Windows 8. Windows 8 will more effectively manage resource utilization than in any of the previous versions of Windows. In Metro Style apps, an important attribute  is that apps are suspended when they are no longer visible to the user and also it conserves CPU for other apps and ensures that background apps don’t cause activity that can consume resources, thereby improving the battery life and increasing responsiveness. You can read how Microsoft is doing the same at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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Today Microsoft confirmed that the next major version of Windows OS will be called ‘Windows 8′. Also Microsoft announced a new version of Windows called Windows RT. Windows RT is nothing but the Windows on ARM which will come pre-installed in ARM based PCs and you won’t be able to buy it individually. Also Windows RT will come with touch optimized version of Microsoft Office. Microsoft has also simplified the Windows 8 SKUs. It will come in 3 flavors other than Windows RT. Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 will be the most common edition for most us which will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly, etc,. Windows 8 Pro is for professionals with features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will ...

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Last week in Beijing, Intel Developer Forum 2012 took place. Intel showcased some of the Windows 8 based Touch Screen Ultrabooks that will be available later this year. You can have a glimpse of some types of mobile PC form factors showcased at IDF in the video below. There are also reports that Microsoft is pushing more touch screens in Ultrabooks and also involved the design process of those PCs. Anyway, we can expect such devices in sale in October. via: Ubergizmo ...

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Intel has detailed its Windows 8 tablet features  at a conference in Beijing. As expected, Intel is trying to match the hardware specifics to Apple iPad along with Windows advantages such as app compatibility, etc,. The tablets will be based on Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chip with sizes of 10-inch tablets and 11-inch hybrids with physical keyboards. As you can see in the image above, Intel expects their Windows 8 tablets to provide 9+ hours of battery life with 3G/4G chip built-in. Hope Intel along with the PC OEMs delivers on its promise. Source: CNET ...

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Windows 8 developers have a problem testing apps for tablets, given that the vast majority of PCs do not have touch screens. One touch screen device that has a pretty high penetration is however the iPad, and Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed allows developers to remotely access their Windows 8 developer machine and try out all major Windows 8 gestures on their iPad. The app supports:     Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu     Swipe from the left to switch apps     Swipe left/right in Internet Explorer to move between pages     Swipe down to bring up additional menus     Swipe down on an item to select it     Pull down from the top to close an app     Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")     Swipe from left-and-back to show running apps     Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with ...

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The Metro Design language is quickly spreading across various product groups in Microsoft. We have seen them in upcoming Windows 8, Windows Server versions as well. Now even Microsoft’s Windows Live web services will be redesigned with Metro design. Windows Live services include Hotmail,SkyDrive, Calender, People, etc,. As we already have Metro versions of these services in Windows 8, we won’t be surprised if Microsoft carries forward the same to web versions as well. Check out the image leaked by technoblog above. Source: Liveside.net ...

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As we are enjoying the Windows 8 Consumer Preview loaded with lots of new features, Microsoft is tweaking the look of the Windows Explorer Ribbon UI. The updated Ribbon UI in the recent builds of Windows 8 RC shows that Microsoft has made them flat to make it in line with Metro Design language. Also Winsupersite reports that there will be more changes in icons, menus, etc as Windows 8 development progresses. Hope Microsoft maintains the familiarity of classic Windows shell which is critical for their enterprise users.     Source: Win8china ...

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