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Microsoft unveils Surface line of Windows 8 tablets

Microsoft unveils Surface line of Windows 8 tablets

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 by MG1

Microsoft announced Surface, a line of Windows 8 tablets tonight at the “big event” everyone’s been talking about. The two models are similar to the company’s strategy for different versions of Windows — there’s a Windows RT-based tablet for mainstream consumers and a professional tablet for users with higher-end needs.
Both tablets feature a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display. They’re designed with what Microsoft is calling VaporMg, a “combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch.” They also have built-in kickstands and a Touch Cover that folds out to expose a keyboard. In this form factor, the tablets essentially...

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Chrome Will Be on Windows 8 Metro Soon

Chrome Will Be on Windows 8 Metro Soon

Posted on Jun 08, 2012 by MG1

Google's Chrome browser will definitely be available as a Metro app in Windows 8. It works in both the Metro and Desktop settings, but not on the ARM platform, since Internet Explorer is the only browser Microsoft allows there. You'll be able to try it out in the next Chrome Dev channel release.

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Proof that Windows 8 may run Windows Phone apps

Proof that Windows 8 may run Windows Phone apps

Posted on Jun 07, 2012 by MG1

There have been rumors for a while that Windows Phone 8 apps would work all the way up to the Windows 8 desktop environment, but we haven't actually had any confirmation that this functionality would exist. We have known for a while that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 would share the same kernel, which meant that this functionality was always possible, but n ow, we have a bit of proof that apps will transcend devices.
Ever since the Windows 8 Preview Release was released last week, code monkeys have been digging through looking for any interesting tidbits that could be gleaned from the code, and one came across a Compatibility Switch line which is checking "IsAppEarlierThanWindowsPhone8". Thi...

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Nvidia's new graphics drivers are certified for Windows 8

Nvidia's new graphics drivers are certified for Windows 8

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

If you had any reason to suspect that Nvidia wouldn't have fully-functional graphics drivers in time for Windows 8, you can probably dismiss them now: the company's new R302 drivers have been WHQL-certified by Microsoft specifically for the new operating system. That's the word from Nvidia's official blog, which explains that the R302 drivers are specifically for Windows 8, as earlier versions of the operating system will stick with R300 drivers. The new branch includes support for all the new WDDM 1.2 features (including things like stereoscopic 3D optimizations and flicker-free screen rotation), and Nvidia says it will support Nvidia 3D Vision for 3D games right away. Sounds like just the ...

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Windows 8 Release Preview: available now

Windows 8 Release Preview: available now

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft on Thursday announced the availability of its Windows 8 Release Preview. The near-final build is offered in 14 different languages and is the final pre-release before the operating system is sent to manufacturing partners. The Preview includes Internet Explorer 10, support for Adobe Flash and new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive and Messenger, among others. “Since our first preview release last September, millions of people now use the pre-release product on a daily basis and millions more have been taking it through its paces, totaling hundreds of millions of hours of testing,” the company wrote on its blog. “We genuinely appreciate the effort that so many have p...

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Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview leaks prior to official debut

Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview leaks prior to official debut

Posted on May 30, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft announced that its Windows 8 Release Preview will be available during the first week of June, possibly after the company’s Computex keynote on June 6th. A Chinese edition of the Release Preview, however, has been circulating around the Web prior to the software’s official debut. The build reportedly includes new Metro-style Sports, Travel, and News apps, along with an updated boot screen, cursors, wallpapers and multiple monitor desktop improvements. Microsoft’s latest operating system is rumored to launch in October in three different versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. Earlier this year BGR reviewed Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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Is no-cost desktop software development dead on Windows 8?

Is no-cost desktop software development dead on Windows 8?

Posted on May 28, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft's core focus with Windows 8 is to introduce a new set of applications that are touch friendly, fullscreen, and designed to match the company's Metro design. Windows developers who wish to create Metro style apps will be able to take advantage of Microsoft's free-to-use Visual Studio 11 Express, but those who want to keep creating desktop applications may need to pay for the privilege.
Ars Technica reports that Microsoft's free upcoming Visual Studio 11 Express environment will only let developers create Metro style applications and nothing desktop-related. The change demonstrates Microsoft's focus on Metro style apps, but there's concern that the barrier to building Windows 8 deskt...

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80-inch Windows 8 tablet already exists - in Microsoft CEO's office

80-inch Windows 8 tablet already exists - in Microsoft CEO's office

Posted on May 28, 2012 by MG3

An 80-inch touchscreen Windows 8 tablet already hangs on the wall of Microsoft CEO’s Steve Ballmer - and it could soon be made available to the public.
This is according to Frank Shaw, Microsoft vice-president, who said of Ballmer’s giant tablet added: “He’s got rid of his phone, he’s got rid of his notepaper. It’s [the tablet)] his whiteboard, his email machine, and it’s a device we’re going to sell.”
Interestingly the current version of the device - the one that hangs on Ballmer’s wall - runs on Windows 8 it but is actually made by a different manufacturer.

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Dell Latitude 10 and XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet images surface

Dell Latitude 10 and XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet images surface

Posted on May 28, 2012 by MG3

While Dell has previously promised a Windows 8 enterprise tablet "on the exact day" the new operating system debuts, we haven't heard any firm plans for its consumer offerings. Neowin has posted two separate images of what it claims are Dell's two Windows 8 tablets. The XPS 12 is said to be a convertible 12.5-inch tablet (similar to the company's Inspiron Duo) with an edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass display, due in late 2012.

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Windows 8 to drop Aero UI for desktop

Windows 8 to drop Aero UI for desktop

Posted on May 28, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft revealed today that Windows 8 will no longer have an Aero-style interface.
In a blog post, Microsoft director of program management Jensen Harris announced the change for Windows 8's desktop interface.
Instead of the Aero-style glass effect that was introduced in Windows Vista, Windows 8 will feature a more flat, neutral colored UI.
As Harris put it, "we have moved beyond Aero Glass - flattening surfaces, removing reflections, and scaling back distracting gradients."
This is a shift from what was being said last year, with the Windows 8 desktop being dubbed "Aero Lite."
And as of March 1, The Windows 8 Consumer Preview also still featured Aero's transparent windows.

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Microsoft pulling free development tools for Windows 8 desktop apps, only lets you ride the Metro for free

Microsoft pulling free development tools for Windows 8 desktop apps, only lets you ride the Metro for free

Posted on May 28, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft has instituted a big change with its free Visual Studio 11 Express suite that's leaving some current- and soon-to-be Windows 8 developers up in arms: it's pulling support for creating anything but Metro-native apps. After 11 becomes the norm, desktop developers will need to either cling to Visual Studio 2010 for dear life or fork over the $500 for Visual Studio 11 Professional. Programmers won't have the option of backdoor coding, either, with both the compiler and toolchain being pulled from Windows' framework. The situation doesn't represent the end of the world for some developers -- more established pros don't balk at a $500 price, and third-party tools will likely live on -- b...

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Windows 8 boots 'too quickly' to be interrupted, Microsoft adding a new 'boot options' menu

Windows 8 boots 'too quickly' to be interrupted, Microsoft adding a new 'boot options' menu

Posted on May 24, 2012 by MG3

Did you know that an SSD-equipped Windows 8 PC can boot up in under seven seconds? Watch the video below if you don't believe it, Microsoft has really optimized the hell out of the startup operations of its next OS — although that has come at a somewhat amusing cost: you no longer get enough time to interrupt the boot process. The current ability to press F8 while your PC is powering up and the ever-familiar BIOS menu prompt of "Press F2 to enter setup" will both be missing from Windows 8 computers, simply because the hardware and software have advanced to such an extent as to leave users with too little time to access them.

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Dell: Windows 8 touchscreen devices to be priced higher

Dell: Windows 8 touchscreen devices to be priced higher

Posted on May 24, 2012 by MG3

Touchscreen laptops and tablets with the upcoming Windows 8 OS will be priced higher than their non-touchscreen counterparts, Dell's CEO said on Tuesday.
Dell will offer a full complement of Windows 8 products when Microsoft launches its new OS, CEO Michael Dell said during the company's quarterly earnings call. The touchscreen Windows 8 products will occupy higher price bands, which could mean higher profit margins for Dell, he said.

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Microsoft Talks Multi-Monitor Support in Windows 8

Microsoft Talks Multi-Monitor Support in Windows 8

Posted on May 24, 2012 by MG3

If you're sitting in front of a computer all day long, it's not at all unlikely that you're working with multiple monitors. Microsoft announced that it's tweaked the multi-monitor support in Windows 8 to better take care of those of us that just can't work with a single display.
"From the very first public release and demonstrations of Windows 8 we have shown improvements over Windows 7 for multi-monitor scenarios and have shown how we support new Metro style apps within a multi-monitor environment," said Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky "We have continued to develop and refine features for multiple monitors and have significantly enhanced the experience as we move to our next milestone, the Rel....

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AMD to Push Out Power Friendly Processors for Windows 8 Tablets

AMD to Push Out Power Friendly Processors for Windows 8 Tablets

Posted on May 24, 2012 by MG3

It hasn't been much of an ARM wrestle in the tablet space up to this point, and it's not because AMD and Intel haven't talked the talk. For the most part, they just haven't walked the walk, which has allowed ARM to dominate the category. That could change once Windows 8 comes into view in a few months, and if Microsoft's upcoming Metro infused OS proves popular on touchscreen tablets, you can expect a dogfight between AMD and Intel.

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