We are expecting Microsoft to launch its Windows 8 Consumer Preview later this month as previously announced. We have seen lots of leaks and improvements from Microsoft on Windows 8 progress. Today MDL Forums (via Liveside) revealed the default home page on Windows 8 browser. Its obviously Bing with an attractive video home page. A fish swims across the screen ! You can check out the video homepage here. The bottom part of the home page consists of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Store, Windows Dev Center . You can read more on it at Liveside. ...

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Microsoft today blogged a followup post to the file management features in Windows 8. Based on the feedback from consumers on blog post, developer preview, etc, Microsoft has made few changes to improve the file management experience. For example, the Ribbon UI in explorer windows will be minimized by default, you now have the ability to pin folders in start screen and much more. You can read them in detail here. My favorite change that Microsoft made in the beta release is that Explorer settings attributes can be roamed to your other Windows 8 PCs. In the “Sync your settings” UI, this shows up under “Other Windows settings.” ( See the image above) Source: Microsoft ...

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Windows 8 Metro mode won’t allow you to choose your own background image. This is not surprising at all since we are used to it from Windows Phone design style. According to an interview with Tech Radar, Windows 8 director of communications Chris Flores pointed out that “Not only would a photo not stretch and scale as you add more tiles and groups and zoom in and out of the Start screen, it would also be covered up so much by the tiles that you’d never see it.” But Windows 8 will provide a theme picker page as seen in the image above where you can choose between 8 different styles and colors. Improving from the developer preview, Windows 8 now includes more options to navigate and use Metro mode using mouse and key board. One such example is the new semantic zoom option which will allow you to move ...

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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 As our PCs are becoming more and more mobile, sensors are becoming essential parts of our computing experience. Today Microsoft detailed the sensors support that’s coming in Windows 8. Windows 8 will support wide range of sensors that our modern smartphones support such as Gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, etc,. Microsoft designed sensor support such that Windows 8 should use them at the system level, to adapt the PC to the environment while preserving battery life. Read more about it in detail here. ...

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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  Last weekend Microsoft detailed how is desgined the new Windows Store in upcoming Windows 8. The new Windows Store was desgined to ensure that people could easily discover and quickly acquire apps. Microsoft detailed the major parts of the Windows Store design such as the landing page, editorial topic pages, data-generated lists, app listing pages, and the search, browse, install, and update experiences. You can read them in detail here or watch it in action in the video above. ...

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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 mobile network connection setup in Windows 8. Microsoft has re-engineered the wireless networking stack to optimize it for both mobile broadband and Wi-Fi networks. Windows 8 will provide the best mobile broadband experience across devices. The new Windows 8 network settings allow you to turn individual radios on and off (Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, or Bluetooth), as well as disable all radios at once with the new “airplane mode”.  Another notable improvement in Windows 8 is, You can reconnect your PC to a Wi-Fi network from standby in about a second . Read more about it here. ...

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Similar to the Windows Phone ecosystem, Microsoft has provided its partners with a strict guidelines for making Windows 8 Tablet/Convertible PC’s. Rafael Rivera from withinwindows has summarized the requirements from Microsoft. Microsoft has made 5-point digitizers, NFC Touch marks, specific hardware buttons and minumum specs with, Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes System firmware: UEFI Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy) Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver Resolution: 1366×768 Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests Camera: 720p Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K Magnetometer Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz Gyroscope USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port Speakers as mandatory for all Windows 8 Tablet/Convertible PC’s. So you can pick up any Windows 8 tablet from the market and it will offer the same great consistent ...

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Microsoft today detailed its new file system for Windows 8 Server that will also be compatible with Windows 8 clients. ReFS, (which stands for Resilient File System), is built on the foundations of NTFS, will have compatibility with older file systems and also provides way  for a new generation of storage technologies and scenarios. ReFs features the following, Metadata integrity with checksums Integrity streams providing optional user data integrity Allocate on write transactional model for robust disk updates (also known as copy on write) Large volume, file and directory sizes Storage pooling and virtualization makes file system creation and management easy Data striping for performance (bandwidth can be managed) and redundancy for fault tolerance Disk scrubbing for protection against latent disk errors Resiliency to corruptions with “salvage” for maximum volume availability in all cases Shared storage pools across machines for additional failure tolerance and load balancing Read more at Building ...

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At various points in the past, we had hints about Windows 8 availability in late 2012. Now according to Microsoft’s Janelle Poole, director of public relations of the Windows Business Group, Windows 8 may come in October 2012 timeframe. Discussing with Pocket-lint about Windows 8, He said, “One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we’ve always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that’s a good guideline to consider.” This may become true since various Microsoft partners like Acer hinted about Windows 8 launch later this year at CES this week. Source: Pocket-lint ...

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Qualcomm at CES conference today announced the LTE-Equipped Windows 8 tablet powered by Snapdragon S4 processors that will come to AT&T later this year. Press Release: Qualcomm Works with Microsoft to Deliver Snapdragon S4 Processors with LTE Connectivity for Windows 8 - 2012 CES Marks First AT&T LTE Demonstration of Windows 8 Powered by Snapdragon S4 Processors - LAS VEGAS and SAN DIEGO – January 10, 2012 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced at the 2012 International CES show that it is collaborating with Microsoft Corp. to demonstrate pre-release Windows 8 on Snapdragon™ S4 processors with LTE connectivity support. Demonstrated on the AT&T 4G LTE network for the first time, Windows 8 powered by Snapdragon with LTE and 3G/4G wireless support enables the connected standby experience with lower power consumption recently demonstrated by Microsoft, and provides Windows 8-based PCs including tablets, convertibles and notebooks with wireless broadband speeds and ...

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Yesterday at CES, Microsoft’s partners showcased lots of Windows 8 devices. Here are some of the interesting concept designs and working models. 1) Intel Nikiski Prototype: Intel Nikiski prototype has a see-through touchpad that stretches across the entire palm rest. When you close the laptop, the see through touchpad will allow you to see a portion of the laptop display which will have special interface on which you can interact. Imagine checking mail, tweets, facebook notifications without opening the laptop ! ! Read more at Engadget and The Verge 2) Lenovo Ideapad Yoga: Lenovo showcased this impressive form factor of laptop. It will feature next generation Intel processor, IPS 1600 x 900 resolution display and 8 hours battery life. More than anything, the device can be rotated on any direction to make it as a laptop or tablet or some phone viewer, etc,. Great stuff from Lenovo. Read more at ...

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Read yesterday’s post on same topic to know interesting products that was announced at CES a day before. 1) HP Envy 14 Spectre: After much hype by releasing teasers, HP Envy 14 Spectre was revealed at CES. For $1400 starting price you get the following, 3.79 pounds weight and 20mm thick unit 14-inch, 1600 x 900 Radiance Display with Gorilla Glass,  Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB of RAM, Nine hour battery Radiance backlit keyboard, Carrying case NFC chip built-in  Intel Wireless Display,  HP’s CoolSense technology,  Beats ans  HP Wireless Audio,  Full copies of Photoshop and Premiere Elements A two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security Read more at Engadget and The Verge 2) Refreshed Samsung Series 9 Laptops: After the mildly successful and widely praised Samsung Series 9 laptops introduced last year, Samsung refreshed the lineup with two models. New 15-inch and 13.3-inch models were announced with starting price of $1399. Specs: ...

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While Microsoft keynote at CES is nearing, more leaks about announcements to be made have started flowing in. While Nokia 900 on AT&T is pretty much confirmed, Microsoft may demo Windows 8 beta at CES running on various partner PC’s. We have seen lots of demo of Windows 8 developer preview and some screenshots of Windows 8 beta in the past. The above screenshots seems to be from Windows 8 beta showing File explorer, Mail client and Messenger client. See more such pics at source links. Update: Looks like these are just concept arts and not the original screenshots. Check comments section for more links on it. Source: win8china, ithome.com via: advertboy ...

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We all thought Aerolite Basic will be the default theme in Windows 8, but it is not so. Winunleaked has posted a screenshot showing Aerolite Glass theme. One interesting thing to note is that the Aerolite Glass is not listed in themes menu, instead its been kept as a easter egg in Windows 8. Ofcourse, Microsoft may change any of these things in the final version of Windows 8. Check source for details on how to enable this theme in your developer preview of Windows 8. Source: Winunleaked.tk ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new Storage Spaces feature in Windows 8. Storage Spaces in Windows 8 will dramatically improve how you manage large volumes of storage in your PC at work or home. It may some how replace Windows Home Server Driver Extender technology. Storage Spaces allow, Organization of physical disks into storage pools, which can be easily expanded by simply adding disks. These disks can be connected either through USB, SATA (Serial ATA), or SAS (Serial Attached SCSI). A storage pool can be composed of heterogeneous physical disks – different sized physical disks accessible via different storage interconnects. Usage of virtual disks (also known as spaces), which behave just like physical disks for all purposes. However, spaces also have powerful new capabilities associated with them such as thin provisioning (more about that later), as well as resiliency to failures of underlying physical media. You can read more on this ...

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AT&T may show its 4G LTE based Windows 8 Tablet next week at its developer conference and CES. We all know that Microsoft and its partners will showcase Windows 8 based PC’s and tablets, but AT&T joining the crowd is an exciting thing. The info was revealed from the AT&T developer conference session (thanks to mobiletechworld) on building Windows 8 apps. Along with AT&T, Qualcomm is also joining the session as the tablet will be powered by Qualcomm based ARM processor. A Metro Style Hemi™  – Windows 8 tablets super charged with 4G LTE – 3:30 – 4:15 Attend this session and see how to transform the higher speed and lower latency of LTE into an amazing user experience. First, learn from Qualcomm about the power of their Snapdragon chip, and how developers can tap into the Snapdragon Developer Program to create rich Windows 8 apps that help deliver differentiated ...

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