While SkyDrive offers 25 GB for free, for some people this is not enough, with Dropbox offering from 50-100 GB for a price. LiveSide.net reports that Microsoft is set to offer expandable storage plans for SkyDrive Wave 5. All users will get 25 GB for free on SkyDrive, but if they would like to add additional storage space, they could do so by purchasing one of these SkyDrive storage plans. No prices have been set yet, but this development is good news, in that it will increase Microsoft’s incentive to making the system more useful, including features such as mapping SkyDrive as a desktop storage location service and facilitating features such as music and video streaming. Read more on this rumour at LiveSide.net here. ...

Read More →

In a now mostly deleted web page, Bruce Kyle, ISV Architect Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation notes that Windows 8 will support “7” to 70” screens” and “Multiple Monitors & projectors “ The specific mention of 70 inch screens and projectors, and the rapid removal of the post suggests to me there may be something special for projectors in Windows 8, the most obvious being native Kinect integration in the OS, allowing the OS to be controlled from a distance hands-free. See the original post below, and the redacted one here. View the BUILD Windows Conference keynotes. Links to the streamed keynotes will be posted to http://www.buildwindows.com/ shortly before the event. The future of computing is here and On September 13th at //build/ in Anaheim, CA we will be taking a look at what the future holds as we discuss the details of Windows 8. Windows 8 represents the reimagining of ...

Read More →

According to the folks at the My Digital Life forum Microsoft will be handing out Build 81xx of Windows 8 to developers at BUILD in Anaheim tomorrow. Unlike previously however it is also believed this software will also be made more widely available, with the official BuildWindows8 account tweeting: “… getting the pre-release bits …. will be easy and not a secret” Hopefully what will be released will also be pretty fully featured, to give us a clear idea of what to expect when the OS is released towards the end of next year. Via Neowin.net. ...

Read More →

The excitement is building for Microsoft’s BUILD conference running from the 13th to 16th September at Anaheim.  At the Windows event we mainly expect to see most of the features, functionality and user interface of Windows 8 being released.  Here is what we expect to see. We expect to see the Windows 8’s Immersive UI’s developer paradigm being revealed, and at present all bets is on HTML5, with Microsoft saying all the way in June ““On day one, when Windows 8 ships, hundreds of millions of developers will already know how to develop for it.” We fully expect Microsoft’s Windows 8 app store to be revealed. Internet Explorer 10 should be another shoe-in, with the browser likely being the backbone for the whole “immersive” user interface. Updates to the Windows 8 desktop UI will also be shown off, including the new Explorer with its new Ribbon-based UI. We also expect ...

Read More →

MobilityDigest have recorded this video of an AccuWeather app for “windows slate” which uses out-of-browser Silverlight and is labelled “for demonstration purposes only.” At appears to have very Metro-inspired, and the left-sided menu is certainly reminiscent of the right-sided slide-in menu on Windows 8. If the app is in fact a real Windows 8 app it  will be encouraging that Silverlight development will find a home in Windows 8 after all. Install the app at AccuWeather here and read more at MobilityDigest here. ...

Read More →

Samsung’s Series 7 tablet announced recently Microsoft is expected to lift the shroud around Windows 8 fully next week at its BUILD conference, and there are strong rumours of a developer beta of the OS being released. However with Windows 8 also being a touch-centric tablet OS a software beta would be useless without some hardware to run it on.  According to Korea Economic Daily, citing an industry source,  Microsoft will be handing out a Samsung-produced tablet running Windows 8 at conference. According to the source "This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company’s first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices.” Samsung announced its Series 7 Windows 7 tablet at IFA last week, and its rumoured Windows 8 tablet may have the same form factor. BUILD runs from September 13-16. Via Yahoo.com ...

Read More →

There have been much concern about backward compatibility in Windows 8.  Microsoft has now confirmed the OS will include Hyper-V virtualization support, meaning multiple old operating systems, including 32bit on 64bit, can be supported without endangering the stability of Windows 8 itself. “In building Windows 8 we worked to enable Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server, to function on the client OS as well,” said Hyper-V program manager Mathew John. Read more about the technology at MSDN here. Via Winrumors.com ...

Read More →

Microsoft was awarded with series of patents on gestures recently. Even though many of them are strikingly similar to the Courier tablet UI, all of these patents were filed only in 2010. So I strongly suspect that these are the  gesture support  coming in Windows 8. Here are some of them, 1) Cross reference gesture refers recognizing first input as selecting the image/object and second input as one or more lines drawn outside bounds of the image/object and relating the two inputs to produce desired result. 2) Edge Gesture: Edge Gesture Claim: recognizing a first input as selecting an object displayed by a display device; recognizing a second input as movement along an edge of the object, the movement recognized as occurring while the object is selected; and identifying a gesture from the recognized first and second inputs, the gesture effective to cause display of a line as drawn proximal ...

Read More →

There are reports floating around the internet on rumor that Windows 8 will RTM in April 2012. All About Microsoft’s Mary Jo Foley clearly mentioned in her blog that this information is based on a single tip she received and she didn’t/unable to verify it with independent sources. Putting that aside, Wouldn’t that be great if Windows 8 released to public in just 12 months from now. Hope that happens. ...

Read More →

Digitimes reports that OEMs are turning to Windows 8 and Intel chipsets for future tablets, after Android-powered tablets fail to catch on with consumers. Numerous OEMs have been disappointed with poor sales of non-iPad tablets, with Acer being the latest to cut sales forecasts by half. According to Digitimes vendors are blaming poor sales on the instability of Android and the compatibility issues found between Android 3.0 and 3.1. Digitimes state that Intel and Microsoft have revealed a roadmap for Intel-powered tablets with low cost, low power 5W CPUs and Windows 8 to start delivering devices in 2012.  Windows 8 promises to deliver a touch-friendly user experience while still preserving the full functionality of a PC, something buyers tend to demand with increased screen sizes. Read more at Digitimes here. ...

Read More →

Dan’l Lewin, VP of Strategic and Emerging Business Development speaking at start-up LAUNCH event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus hinted that Windows 8 likely to be released during Autumn 2012. “we will be in market – if you look at the crystal ball and just say what  happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking  timelines will be and just speculate – we’ve made the point about having a  developer conference later this year, and then typically we enter a beta phase,  and then in 12 months we’re in the market, so let’s make that assumption.” “Our strategy is a statement about phones and tablets being more or less the  same thing. I think tablets are big phones, more or less and I think they will  want, over time, some of the capabilities that PC architectures have. “They want the security, they want the ...

Read More →

Windows8Italia has published this brief look at the Windows 8 keyboard in Build 7955.  They note the keyboard is extremely responsive, and easier to use because it features less keys, hiding special function and numeric keys and leaving more space for the QWERTY keys, unlike the Windows 7 keyboard. The video also shows “mouse trails” for touch, a new Windows 8 feature that makes actions feel more certain. Read more at Windows8Italia here. ...

Read More →

There have been many calls for Microsoft to produce their own Windows Phone 7 smartphone, but now Digitimes reports that the company may go down the OEM route with their own, Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet. According to Digitimes Microsoft is “proceeding on a low profile” while still trying to get OEMs on board with Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft is apparently already lining up Taiwanese ODMs and Texas Instruments for the ARM chips the tablet will need, with the targeted delivery date the end of 2012. The move would be risky, as it would alienate many of Microsoft’s partners.  At the same time these very same partners are already aggressively shipping Android tablets, and a Microsoft tablet may not get much commitment, much like the HP Slate received earlier this year. Other logistics issues remain, such as distribution deals and marketing, all of which argue against such a plan.  On the ...

Read More →

Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps. • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps. • Fluid, natural switching between running apps. • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows. • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC. • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.   At the heart of the new interface is a new start screen that draws heavily on the tile-based interface that Microsoft has used with Windows Phone 7. All of a user’s programs can be viewed as tiles and clicked on with a touch of a finger. Windows 8 essentially ...

Read More →

We posted a rumour a few days ago, and now Bloomberg has confirmed, via 3 people “with knowledge of the company’s plans” that Microsoft will be showing of Windows 8 on tablets at AllthingD conference next week. The tablet will apparently be running on Nvidia’s ARM chips and will be presented by Steven Sinofsky is  at the All Things D conference, while Vice President Steve Guggenheimer will also address the Computex show in Taipei. It is rumoured that Windows 8 tablets may be released long before desktop Windows 8, with Digitimes recently suggesting these tablets could reach market even before the end of the year. Read more at Bloomberg here. ...

Read More →