As BUILD conference got over, some(most??) of you might have missed many sessions, because the four days have been packed full of no.of great sessions. Topics from “Create experiences that span devices” to “Connecting printing devices to Windows using v4 printer drivers” and lots more.. Almost 250 sessions took place and the cool thing from Microsoft is that all of those sessions are now online for our viewing pleasure in variety of different formats. You can download them to view on your Windows Phones or stream them as high quality videos on your PC’s. Even the slides used by speakers are available for download. How cool?? Spend your free time this week to watch all these stuff. There are many great stuff in these sessions. ...

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Neowin forums user  Panda X  have developed a tutorial to change background image of x64 builds of Windows 8.Why only x64? x86 tutorial is still under development ! ! Tutorial: How to get started with customizing the Metro Start Screen | Panda X 1. Download a hex editor. I chose HxD (http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/) 2. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\ 3. In the Ribbon click File > Open Command Prompt > Open Command Promt as Administrator 4. Type the following in CMD; takeown /f uxtheme.dll icacls uxtheme.dll /grant Administrators:F 5. Copy uxtheme.dll to the deskop. 6. Open your hex editor and open uxtheme.dll 7. Go to the hex location as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ by hitting Ctrl+G (Might be different in your program) 8. Make sure your hex editor is set to OVERWRITE and NOT insert. 9. Replace the colors as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ with your own. ...

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Microsoft has said their Developer Preview of Windows 8 was the first they would be providing updates to.  Now a rumour, started by Win8China, is going round that Microsoft is planning to release a public beta of the OS as early as September 30th. While this seems incredibly early, we of course do not really know how far advanced Microsoft’s internal builds are, and with more than a million downloads of the Windows 8 DP already one could say Microsoft may as well make this an official beta also. Via WinBeta.com Thanks Hotmail Alias for the tip. ...

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Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have commented on one of the biggest developments on Windows 8, the OS running on ARM processors. Eager to show Windows 8 on ARM will provide a full desktop browsing experience, Qualcomm ironically concentrated on showing Flash while browsing, something which Microsoft is in fact deprecating in favour of HTML5. Texas Instruments on the other hand underplayed the need for super-powerful chips, saying most software do not take advantage of quad-cores at present, but that they will have chips ready for when Windows 8 does hit the market at the end of next year. They did however see ARM as extending from more than tablets to also thin and light laptops, which if successful could spell start of the decline of Intel. Nvidia of course have already said they see Windows 8 as a major new revenue stream and opportunity for them, and see their only ...

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Microsoft filed a U.S Federal Trademark Registration For ‘CHARM’ yesterday. At BUILD last week, Microsoft detailed its Windows 8 desktop experience and revealed what ‘charm’ is. Charms are available all the time when Metro Style apps are running. You have to swipe from right edge of the screen to get the charm menu which lists 5 charms. 1) Search 2) Share 3) Start 4) Devices 5) Settings Source: TechCrunch ...

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With Windows 8 Metro interface featuring much less on-screen controls, there is an increased need, at least with non-touch screen devices, for keyboard shortcuts. Below is a useful list of shortcut keys that may make using Windows 8 on a normal laptop much less painful, and in the end may even make your a lot more efficient. Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout Win + C : Open the Charms Win + D : Show the desktop Win + E : open Windows Explorer Win + F : Open the Search panel Win + H : Open the Share charm Win + I : Open the Settings charm Win + K : Open the Connect charm Win + L : Lock the computer Win + O : Lock the screen rotation Win + Q : Open the search pane Win + R : Open run ...

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Windows 8 will not support Flash in its Immersive browser, and Windows 8 users are likely going to spend increasing amounts of time there. Adobe, who makes a significant portion of their income from Flash creation tools, has responded to the challenge to their business in a blog post, saying: We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine, including rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash. In addition, we expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today, including the recent number one paid app for the iPad on the Apple App Store, Machinarium, which is built using Flash tools and deployed on the Web using Flash Player and through app stores as a standalone app. ...

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ignyt47 have uploaded this video showing an Acer Aspire 1825PT 11.6in convertible tabletPC with a Core2Duo processor booting up to a usable state in less time than it took for the Apple MacBook Pro to even get to the log-in screen. We suspect OEMs will start pushing touch screens as a way to increase margins on laptops pretty hard, and with Windows 8 as the OS buyers will finally have a reason to pay the premium.  Likely non-touch screen PCs will be a dying breed in 2 years. I think it is safe to say while Apple has been trading on their image for a while, the brand will lose its cachet somewhat when it is embarrassed every day by much more nimble Windows 8 laptops. ...

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MobilityDigest have published this handy guide to dual booting with Windows 8 and another operating system. The steps seem relatively simple and goes as follows: Step 0: Acquire Installation Media Download Windows 8 Developer Preview from Microsoft and burn the ISO image to a DVD. Step 1: Backup your files Step 2: Making Room for Windows 8 You will need  around 20 GB of storage, with around 7.5 of that taken up by Windows 8.  You  will need to repartition your hard drive to give Windows 8 room to install. From Windows 7 you can use Disk Management to shrink the C drive (Right click on “Computer” > Select “Manage” > Select “Disk Management”). For Vista and XP user, you will need to get 3rd party software(like Acronis), to do it. Step 3: Installing Restart the computer and insert the installation media you created in Step 0. When prompted, hit ...

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 In the above video we do an  HTML 5 browser comparison between IE 10 (Metro and Desktop version), Firefox Aurora, and Chrome Beta, running on the HP Touchsmart TM2 with Windows 8 Developer Beta loaded. Complete system restarts were done before filming a different web browser, to ensure that each browser had a perfectly fair start. We ran the Touch Effects and Flying Images tests from http://ietestdrive.com RESULTS Touch Effects————————————- 1st: IE 10 Desktop Mode 2nd: Firefox Aurora 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta Flying Images—————————————– 1st: Firefox Aurora 2nd: IE 10 Desktop Mode 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta It is interesting to see that IE10 Metro performs differently than IE10 in classic mode.  The TM2 is using an integrated graphics card, so it’s not the most powerful. We suspect on more modern hardware, which is what IE10 is optimised for, it should perform even better. ...

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In the above video we have Microsoft’s Avi Ben-Menahem demonstrating the Xbox Live features of Windows 8. Xbox Live on Windows 8 will support cross-platform multiplayer and will be more open to developers than on Windows Phone 7, meaning more games will be Xbox Live enabled. According to Ben-Menahem, Xbox Live on Windows 8 will bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows." Via GeekWire and Engadget.com ...

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Todd Bishop from Geekwire has recorded the above video from Xbox Live On Windows 8 Session From BUILD. It just gives an overview of Xbox Live on Windows 8. Its going to be the entertainment hub for Windows 8 PC’s. More than that it supports Async gaming which allows us to play games across Xbox, Windows Phones and PC’s. Microsoft is also opening up the API for developers to build Xbox Live Games. More details over at Geekwire. ...

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Within 24 hours of Windows 8 Developer preview release, Josh Blake tried to install Windows 8 preview on first generation Surface from Microsoft. He did it successfully in less than 12 hours because Microsoft surface is actually based on Windows Vista, so a Windows machine in different form factor. Windows 8 worked fine on this table machine technically, but the UX won’t suit for Microsoft Surface. Here’s why from his blog, Does Immersive mode make the Surface shell obsolete? No way. It makes the Surface shell even more important. My initial impressions with actually using the Win8 immersive mode on Surface is that it really doesn’t work for a large, horizontal, multi-user form factor. For one, everything is oriented in one direction, and two, I need to reach too far to get to certain interface elements across the table. That’s the opposite of the ergonomic intent of the immersive mode, ...

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One of the first things a lot of folks will try after installing the developer preview of Windows 8 will be the IE10 browser—the most used tool in Windows. IE 10 in the preview is Platform Preview 3 of IE 10.  You can read on the IE blog about the HTML 5 engine work we’re doing. This post is about a big change in Metro style IE, which is the plug-in free experience. In Windows 8, IE 10 is available as a Metro style app and as a desktop app. The desktop app continues to fully support all plug-ins and extensions. The HTML5 and script engines are identical and you can easily switch between the different frame windows if you’d like. Metro style IE provides all the main navigation keyboard shortcuts and mouse support you’ve come to expect—creating tabs, moving between tabs, closing tabs, entering addresses, searching, and more. I’m using this ...

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One of the issues which has prevented the wide use of Live features like SkyDive was poor or absent APIs for 3rd party developers, leading to the rise of alternate services like Dropbox which embraced developers. That is now set to change, with Microsoft announcing Live Connect at BUILD yesterday. The new SDK is based on the REST APIs for Windows Live and will provide 3rd party developers access to: SkyDrive: There are billions of photos and documents stored by millions of users in SkyDrive today. You can integrate users’ photos, videos and documents into your experiences with Live Connect. You can enable scenarios such as: Access to Photos: Connect your app, device or site to SkyDrive to let users upload, view, share or print photos from within your experience Access to Documents: Connect your app, device or site to SkyDrive to let users open, save, access, and share documents from within your ...

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