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HP will make tablets again, this time with Windows 8

HP will make tablets again, this time with Windows 8

Posted on May 16, 2012 by MG1

Hewlett-Packard will start making tablets again, and the first new HP tablets will run on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 platform. HP is coming fresh right after it kicked its webOS-based TouchPad tablet into the gutter over poor sales. Now, the company comes back with renewed hopes for Windows 8 tablets.
HP’s chief executive Meg Whitman is restarting production as an attempt to capitalize on “the extraordinary growth in tablet sales.” Most of that, though, we should note, is iPad growth as Apple’s tablet continues to dominate the industry.

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Windows 8 Tablets Slated for November, HP is Raring to Go

Windows 8 Tablets Slated for November, HP is Raring to Go

Posted on May 15, 2012 by MG1

Tired of the current crop of tablets mostly sporting Android and iOS? If that's the case, mark your calendars for November, because according to reports, that's when Intel-based slates running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system are set to land in retail. Anticipation is running high for next-generation tablets equipped with Microsoft's touch-friendly OS, which could prove game changing in the mobile space.
An un-named source "familiar with the device makers' plans" told CNet that the first wave of such tablets will show up in stores in November. The source described the schedule as being "tight" and that Windows 8 mobile devices won't be limited to strictly tablets, but over half of the ...

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Microsoft to offer $15 Windows 8 upgrade, when you buy a Win7 PC

Microsoft to offer $15 Windows 8 upgrade, when you buy a Win7 PC

Posted on May 15, 2012 by MG1

In need of a new computer, but holding out because you don't want to be saddled with a last-gen OS when Windows 8 lands? Worry not potential consumers, Microsoft plans to offer a cheap upgrade path to its latest and greatest if you buy in now. Well, not now, but soon. Starting June 2nd Redmond will offer a $15 upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. Mary Jo Foley first reported the deal last week, but wasn't able to put a price on the offer. Now, Paul Thurrott is filling in those blanks. For $14.99 any new PC purchaser will be insured against the coming Metro revolution. This is hardly a new tactic for Microsoft, which has used similar deals to try and stave off steep drops in computer sale...

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Intel: Windows 8 on ARM Is an Uphill Fight

Intel: Windows 8 on ARM Is an Uphill Fight

Posted on May 14, 2012 by MG1

Windows 8 is stirring up a fair deal of controversy for Microsoft. Now, Intel has come out as saying that it thinks that running the new OS on ARM hardware is going to prove difficult.
During an investor meeting, Intel's CEO Paul Otellini pointed out that the heritage of x86 hardware will make support for Windows 8 far, far more straightforward than ARM-powered devices. He explained:
"I think they have a big uphill fight. We have the advantage of the incumbency, advantage of the legacy support. Not just in terms of applications but devices."

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Google raises concerns over browser restrictions in Windows 8

Google raises concerns over browser restrictions in Windows 8

Posted on May 10, 2012 by MG1

Google has agreed with Mozilla's stance that Microsoft is blocking browser choice in the next-generation Windows platforms. The search giant says that it shares "the concerns Mozilla has raised regarding the Windows 8 environment restricting user choice and innovation." Mozilla's complaint was specifically targeted at the ARM-based Windows RT, and its not clear if Google's mention of "Windows 8" is simply poorly worded or if it has broader issues with the Metro environment. Google's full statement reads:

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Intel Windows 8 beta driver for its IGPs

Intel Windows 8 beta driver for its IGPs

Posted on May 08, 2012 by MG1

Intel beta graphics drivers for the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview are now available to support 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors with HD Graphics 4000/2500 and 2nd generation Intel Core processors with Intel HD Graphics 3000/2000. The 32-bit and 64-bit drivers provide support for Windows Display Driver Model version 1.2 (WDDM v1.2) features including flicker free rotation, native stereoscopic 3D and Microsoft DirectX* 11 video. Intel will provide regular driver updates for Windows 8 and encourages users to provide feedback and suggestions for future releases.

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Microsoft breaks down Windows 8's Media Center upgrade path, Dolby codec support

Microsoft breaks down Windows 8's Media Center upgrade path, Dolby codec support

Posted on May 04, 2012 by MG1

Many in the Windows Media Center community were afraid that Windows 8 would mark the end of Media Center, while others thought it would be like Notepad -- present, but unchanged. In the end both were wrong as Microsoft announced Media Center would be available as an add-on to Windows 8. Until now though, we didn't know exactly how that process would work. Steven Sinofsky outlined on the Building Windows 8 blog how users will be able to use Add Features to Windows 8 in Control Panel and purchase the same great Media Center experience that was included in Windows 7 Premium and Pro. The price is still unannounced but is expect to be "in line with marginal costs" -- whatever that means. The pric...

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Windows 8 Release set with Google Drive

Windows 8 Release set with Google Drive

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 by MG3

It appears that along with the Windows 8 Release set for early June we’ll likely also be seeing Google Drive sitting on the desktop in app from right out of the box. With Google Drive having its full release party today several weeks before any Microsoft official release of their up and coming operating system, it’s very possible that both companies are allowing this cloud storage initiative bake for a while before deciding if it’s worth integrating with the release of the new Windows software. Information on the possibility of integration comes to us in the anonymous tipster from a source close to the matter.

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Huawei may make Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 devices

Huawei may make Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 devices

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 by MG3

Should rumors prove accurate, Microsoft will soon have a new OEM partner offering Windows Phone 8 handsets and Windows 8 tablet products. Chinese smartphone giant Huawei is reportedly looking to debut new phones and tablets running Microsoft's upcoming system by the end of the year.

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Windows 8 Release Preview coming 'first week of June'

Windows 8 Release Preview coming 'first week of June'

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 by MG3

Reckoning it's about time you replaced that copy of Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Microsoft is right there with you. According to the outfit's Building Windows 8 Twitter account, the next major installment of Win8 is due out in "the first week of June," with the Windows 8 Release Preview to hit the intertubes at that time. Go ahead and take off the whole week in preparation -- we're sure you can think of a few DIY activities to bide your time in the event of a Friday release. (Oh, and in case you're wondering, this is just yet another step in the march to a hopeful October ship date for the final build of Windows 8.)

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Windows 7 sales spike despite 8 coming

Windows 7 sales spike despite 8 coming

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft reported stronger-than-expected sales of its current Windows software despite all the buzz surrounding its upcoming Windows 8 revamp. The surprising boost from Windows sales actually helped Microsoft post a 6 percent increase in revenue for its Q1 2012 (fiscal Q3) earnings results, countering the company’s slowing Xbox and Kinect sales.

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Rumor: Microsoft to start pushing out Windows Phone Tango this month

Rumor: Microsoft to start pushing out Windows Phone Tango this month

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 by MG3

Since Windows Phone first started shipping back in Q4 2010, there have been two software updates: NoDo, which added copy and paste and CDMA support; and Mango, which added multitasking, a newer version of Internet Explorer, and a whole bunch of UI tweaks. Now there’s a third update scheduled to go out this month called Tango. Some of you may have heard that codename before when we reported on the Nokia Lumia 610. That device is special because it’s the first Windows Phone to run on lower end hardware specifications, which is a feature of Tango. Other features of Tango include the ability to handle SIM contacts, to send multiple images via MMS, and there’s likely many other small things that ...

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Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets showing up on T-Mobile, Verizon

Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets showing up on T-Mobile, Verizon

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 by MG3

Moving away from the hubbub about Windows Phone 8 upgrades, we now also have increasing evidence of actual new Windows Phone 8 hardware being tested in the wild.
The latest is via DSLReport’s mobile speed test, which shows the user agent of two Windows Phone 8 handsets, one named Qualcomm Fluid and the other Nokia Fluid. Both of course have been spotted before, but now the full user agent confirms that these are Windows Phone 8 handsets running IE10.
The Verizon handset also seems pretty snappy, likely indicating LTE on board. The same can unfortunately not be said for the T-Mobile speed test.

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Report: 32 Windows 8 Tablets to Launch in 2012

Report: 32 Windows 8 Tablets to Launch in 2012

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 by MG3

Apple spawned the media tablet market with the launch of the original iPad a couple of years back. Two iPad updates and countless Android tablets later, its viselike grip over the tablet market remains intact. To add insult to injury for its rivals, market research firm IDC recently predicted that it could take until 2015 for Android tablets to overtake the iPad in terms of market share. Well, not so fast. For all we know, Windows 8 and not Android could eventually end up upsetting Apple’s apple cart. Hit the jump for more.

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Hang on, how many Windows 8 versions are there?

Hang on, how many Windows 8 versions are there?

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 by MG1

Microsoft tried to make its Windows 8 range straightforward, but already confusion abounds over quite how many versions of the new OS there are: three, four, or even more than that. The variant headcount began to swell after Microsoft initially confirmed three options: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT, the latter being the freshly-renamed Windows-on-ARM. However, the seeds of disarray were already being sewn.

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