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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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 yesterday detailed the improvements that are coming to Windows 8 touch hardware.  Microsoft introduced a set of touch interactions that make up the Windows 8 touch language and they have engineered the experience to be consistent across variety of hardware that would be able to run Windows 8. So as a result of this, you can expect any Windows 8 PC/Tablet on market will work as expected without any issues. Read more on this at Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft today detailed the various display resolutions supported in Windows 8. Proper resolution support is needed in the OS to offer customers a broad choice of form factors while having predictable user experience. Also to make developers easily build apps that look great on all form factors in the Windows ecosystem. Also Microsoft has chosen 1024×768 as a minimum for Metro style apps. The Metro-Style apps will run great on screens up to 2560×1600 resolution. You can read more about this in detail at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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IDC released a report about PC business shipment growth where it predicts that the second quarter will be a strong one. Also IDC predicts that Windows 8 release which will happen later this year will accelerate PC shipment growth as more consumers are preferring for consumption  devices like iPad. Looking ahead, the PC market will still enjoy pockets of growth, particularly in emerging markets. IDC expects 2012 PC growth to be modest at just 5.0% for the year, with most of that growth occurring in the latter half of the year.”Many consumers are holding off making PC purchases at the moment because tablet devices like Apple’s iPad are proving to be a powerful distraction,” according to Bob O’Donnell, vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC. “However, end user surveys tell us that few people consider media tablets as replacements for their PCs, so later this year when there is ...

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Microsoft today showed its Metro-Style business apps concepts at Convergence conference for Dynamics ERP and CRM customers and partners. Apart from Microsoft other Microsoft partners will also be showing their Windows 8 business apps which should further create interest on Windows 8 tablets among enterprise users. You can see the Microsoft Dynamics app concept in the image above and some more from the via link. It would be more fun for IT/Business people if business apps turn this sexy! via: ZDNet  ...

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Microsoft today detailed its Windows 8 Store licensing model for end users. This is similar to the one we currently have in Windows Phone Marketplace. An user can install the apps he bought in upto 5 PC’s, trial API’s can be implemented by developers based on their business model, different users of a PC can use the same Microsoft account for apps and many such things are detailed. The Store’s app licensing model centers on the idea of providing customers with access to all of their apps on all of their Windows 8 devices. It gives customers control over their apps and keeps them connected to those apps across the multiple PCs that they’ll use over time. They can get updates for apps, write reviews for them, reinstall them on a new PC, and share them with their families. At the same time, the Store’s app licensing model provides developers ...

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Today, Apple unveiled their next generation iPad. Even though there was no revolutionary announcements, a resolutionary  announcement was made. The new iPad will sport a new Retina display. The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 264 pixels per inch (ppi), 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels — in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. The new Retina display will be powered by Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics. It will also have 1GB RAM with 10 hours battery life packed in a 650gm machine with 9.2mm thickness. Can Windows OEMs match the above specs of iPad for Windows 8 tablets ? The answer is Yes. ...

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Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft during his speech today at CeBIT highlighted how Windows 8 will act as both a content consumption and creation device. He said, “Windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and PCs to desktops. It will give people functionality they love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments demand,”. Microsoft cited the following improvements in Windows 8 for Businesses, •Great user experience. •Tablets without compromise. •New possibilities for mobile productivity. •End-to-end security. •Advancements in virtualization. •Improved management. Read more on this here. via: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Device Center which will help you manage devices connected to your Windows 8 tablets, PC’s, etc,. This new app which is designed for touch UI may replace our old Device Center in Windows. Device Center helps you personalize and customize how you work on your PC Tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your unique needs and work style. Modify your mouse and keyboard settings to make it easier to use the unique features of most PC apps. Effortlessly transition to Device Center from existing device management apps Launch the app from the Windows 8 Start screen. View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place. Explore features with pop-up descriptive and “how-to” InfoTips. Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library. Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on ...

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Windows 8 will have more SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) than Windows 7. Thanks to people at  Windows 8 beta who  revealed the list of SKUs from registry entries of Windows 8. Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 Enterprise Eval edition Windows 8 Home Basic Edition Windows 8 Home Premium edition Windows 8 ARM edition Windows 8 Professional edition Windows 8 Professional Plus edition Windows 8 Starter edition Windows 8 Ultimate edition This SKU list is longer than the Windows 7 SKUs which are just 6 in number. Microsoft may still change the SKU options during the release period later this year, but for now assume Windows 8 will come in 9 different versions ! ! Source: Windows 8 beta ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded over 1 million times since yesterday. Yes, In 24 hours period. At MWC yesterday, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview along with Visual Studio 11 beta and other development tools. I’m sure the beta download numbers will skyrocket this weekend when most of the people will be ready to download this release. ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at MWC, Barcelona. Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage along with other executives to demo Windows 8 and preview some of the upcoming hardware from various Windows OEMs. You can check the hour long even video from Microsoft in the link below. Get Ready for the Fast & Fluid, No Compromise experience. Check out the videos here. ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the availability of 3 new apps for Windows 8. These apps can be downloaded from Windows 8 Store for free. The three new apps are Weather, Finance and Maps. Weather: The Weather app offers a visually beautiful preview of current weather conditions, helping you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows 8 and featuring rich, engaging weather images, the Weather app makes the content you care about available at your fingertips or via the click of the mouse. Finance: The Finance app provides a quick overview of key market indices via a live tile and helps you stay on top of fast-changing market conditions, so you can make more informed financial decisions. Swipe or scroll through colorful charts for a quick read of the day’s events. Rich graphics also help you find the latest mortgage, auto and credit ...

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Soluto, a famous PC management app that has been downloaded over million times so far has announced a Windows 8 version of its app. The Soluto Metro app provides an easy to use, touch-screen dashboard, allowing anyone to easily help friends, family and co-workers to do more with their PCs, anytime, anywhere.  With the new Soluto Metro app you can: ●      Install useful apps like Skype and Dropbox. ●      Stay up-to-date with silent app updates. ●      Get important hardware info like available disk space and more. ●      Defrag and clear disk space to keep things running smooth and fast. ●      Manage multiple PCs remotely. ●      Do all this even if the PC is turned off or in another country, and the people you help don’t need to do a thing. The app is available for free from Windows Store on Windows 8. Enjoy ! via: TNW ...

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Finally, Its here. Yes, Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available for download from Microsoft. Its available both in x86 and x64 flavors. Here is the file name of them, 8250.0.WINMAIN_WIN8BETA.120217-1520_X64FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-HB1_CCPA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO 8250.0.WINMAIN_WIN8BETA.120217-1520_X86FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-HB1_CCPA_X86FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO The consumer preview build is also available in other languages like Chinese, etc,. Download it here. You can download it via a installer too. File names via Winunleaked. ...

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