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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The Samsung tablet Microsoft handed out to developers at BUILD 2 days ago ran on an Intel Core i5 processor, and so far not much has been seen live of Windows 8 running on ARM. Thisismynext managed to catch a demo of Windows 8 running on Nvidia’s reference tablet running on a quad-core Kal-El processor and found that the performance was quite comparable to Intel’s Core i5 chip, at least when it came to the smoothness of the user interface. ARM devices are expected to run a lot cooler and last significantly longer than x86 chipset devices, at the expense of backward compatibility with legacy applications. Via thisismynext.com ...

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If there is one segment of PC users who would really benefit from an upgrade to Windows 8 it is current tablet PC owners. In the above video we have Andrew installing Windows 8 on his HTC Touchsmart TM2, and the whole process is smooth and fast, taking around 15 minutes. We look forward to covering the many new features of the OS as they get revealed over the coming weeks, and we can see very little reason why anyone else with a touch screen PC not do the same. ...

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Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer preview available for download some time last night.  Today, around 12 hours later, Steve Ballmer has revealed at BUILD that more than 500,000 copies of the 3 GB operating system has been downloaded.  Noting that Microsoft expected to ship 350 million copies of Windows 7, and that at least 500 million Windows 7 PCs will be upgradable to Windows 8, he said: “There is no phone, there is nothing on the tablet, there is no operating system on the planet that will ship 350 million units of anything other than Windows,” he said. “To me this all adds up to an unprecedented time of opportunity for developers.” Windows 8 presents a great opportunity for developers to sell updated Metro versions of apps which already exist for Windows 7 and below, creating (for developers) the fortunate environment of a massive installed base with few apps ...

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Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com have deciphered some of the “Few things we did’nt get to show” Sinofsky flashing at the BUILD keynote yesterday. They include: Integrated load balancing – if you have multiple active network connections, Windows 8 will intelligently balance the network traffic between them for performance Stereo 3D video and gaming – would suggest native support for stereoscopic display output too Easy discover apps that support a language – would suggest Windows Store will allow browsing by language Filter apps that are accessible – similar to above, for applications that are accessible Start background – there will be the ability to change the Start background (not possible in developer preview) Create Live ID in Windows OOBE – users without Live IDs will be able to create one at the Windows setup Phone as Smartcard – the ability to use Windows Phone as an authenticator for login? Communication over SMS on my PC – the ability to send and ...

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