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Mozilla gives first look at Firefox on Windows 8

Mozilla gives first look at Firefox on Windows 8

Posted on Apr 04, 2012 by MG3

Mozilla developers have posted their latest progress update for their efforts to create a working prototype for Firefox running on Windows 8. In it, for the first time, they have hinted at what the app could ultimately look like under the new Microsoft operating system. The team acknowledges that there is still a lot of work to do, but has said nothing altering their schedule to develop the proof of concept.

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Qualcomm to ship Snapdragon S4-based Windows 8 notebooks this year

Qualcomm to ship Snapdragon S4-based Windows 8 notebooks this year

Posted on Apr 03, 2012 by MG3

Qualcomm is planning to launch Windows 8 notebooks with quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips later this year. The offerings are said to be lighter and thinner than Apple’s MacBook Air and will rival second generation ultrabooks, says Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of Qualcomm.

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Microsoft details touchscreen requirements for Windows 8

Microsoft details touchscreen requirements for Windows 8

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 by MG1

Microsoft has shed light on the touchscreen gesture technology that will be implemented in Windows 8, including the hardware requirements that will be necessary for a consistent experience across multiple devices. The company notes that Windows 8 wil

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HP, Dell and Asus tipped as Windows 8 tablet launch partners

HP, Dell and Asus tipped as Windows 8 tablet launch partners

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 by MG1

A number of manufacturers have been tipped as Windows 8 tablet makers eyeing an October release date, including HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asus.
The word comes by way of Digitimes and its supply chain contacts, who also finger Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, and Lenovo as working on Windows 8 tablets for an early 2013 launch.
Meanwhile Nokia, Microsoft's bestest bud and tablet wildcard, may release a 10-inch ARM-based Windows 8 tablet in November 2012 to complete the pack.

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Windows 8 PCs and tablets set to launch in October

Windows 8 PCs and tablets set to launch in October

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 by MG1

Early rumors suggested that devices running Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 operating system might launch as soon as this summer, but a new report places the platform’s public release in the fourth quarter. Citing multiple unnamed sources, Bloomberg on Tuesday reported that Microsoft will complete work on Windows 8 this summer, and the first wave of PCs and tablets powered by the new OS will launch in October. Intel x86 and ARM-based devices will both become available at the same time, and Microsoft will reportedly announce its launch plans to industry partners during an event in April. BGR recently reviewed Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was unveiled during a press conf...

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Lenovo will be 'first to market' with a Windows 8 tablet, says source

Lenovo will be 'first to market' with a Windows 8 tablet, says source

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 by MG3

Michael Dell said that he would offer an enterprise tablet "on the exact day" that Windows 8 ships to customers, but his company may have some competition right out of the gate: We've learned that Lenovo is internally planning to be the very first manufacturer to release a Windows 8 tablet, and that the company believes that October is when the operating system will ship. Our source wouldn't provide any details on the slate, save that it will use an Intel chip, but we already saw one possible machine at CES: the 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, pictured above, with an attached keyboard on a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the machine into a laptop configuration.

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Microsoft details Internet Explorer 10 security and feature improvements in Windows 8

Microsoft details Internet Explorer 10 security and feature improvements in Windows 8

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview turns two weeks old today and Microsoft has started to dig into the security and feature improvements of the company's Internet Explorer 10 browser. With Google and Mozilla both promising their own Windows 8 Metro style browsers, Microsoft has placed a lot of focus on its touch, performance, and security improvements for the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10.

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Ex-Microsoft Employee Launches 'Fixing Windows 8' Initiative

Ex-Microsoft Employee Launches 'Fixing Windows 8' Initiative

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 by MG3

It seems that Microsoft's latest version of Windows is receiving a mixed reaction: some people like it, and some people don't. Naturally you can't please everyone on the planet, but we really haven't heard this much negativity since Windows Vista. The biggest issue thus far is that Microsoft seemingly caters to the new touchy consumer and brushed aside the old, making Windows 8 difficult to manage using the typical mouse and keyboard setup.

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Google confirms it's bringing Metro-themed Chrome browser to Windows 8

Google confirms it's bringing Metro-themed Chrome browser to Windows 8

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 by MG1

Google has confirmed that it is working on a custom version of its extremely popular Chrome browser for Windows 8, an important step to keep Chrome’s momentum growing so that eventually the browser could grow to be more popular than Internet Explorer.
The version of Chrome for Windows 8 will be built in accord with the Metro UI design idea - that of tiles, typography, simplicity and clean looks. In terms of simplicity, Chrome on the outside has always been an emanation of that idea.
“Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8. To that end we’re in the process of bui...

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Nvidia releases GeForce 296.17 for Windows 8, others get 296.10

Nvidia releases GeForce 296.17 for Windows 8, others get 296.10

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 by MG1

Nvidia has baked a fresh batch of drivers, with two flavors covering Windows XP through Windows 8. Common folk running Windows XP, Vista or 7 should grab GeForce 296.10 as it boosts SLI performance in various titles, including Blacklight: Retribution, Dirt 3, Dishonored, Dungeon Defenders, F1 2011 and rFactor 2.
The update also either improves or adds 3D Vision profiles for Dear Esther and Deep Black: Reloaded. You'll also find support for the GTX 560 SE and roughly a dozen bug fixes across various applications when running on single and multi-GPU configurations (see page seven of the release notes for more information).

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Microsoft to let Windows 8 web browsers play nice with Metro, Firefox version in the works

Microsoft to let Windows 8 web browsers play nice with Metro, Firefox version in the works

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 by MG1

We previously heard that Mozilla was planning a Metro version of Firefox, and now developer Brian R. Bondy has announced that the company has begun work on it. While that's good for Firefox fans, the real news is that the program is going to belong to a new, third type of Windows 8 apps: "Metro style enabled desktop browsers." We're still trying to figure it all out (and we think Microsoft is too), but from what we understand, this new, third type is an exception to Microsoft's rules and lets traditional Windows web browsers participate in the Metro experience. The third category would co-exist alongside Windows 8's two current categories — one for apps in the traditional, Windows 7-like env...

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Dell Plans To Be Ready on Windows 8 Launch Day With Enterprise Tablets

Dell Plans To Be Ready on Windows 8 Launch Day With Enterprise Tablets

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 by MG3

Microsoft is rolling a hard six with their tablet strategy in Windows 8, and while it might be a hard sale with iPad crazy consumers, at least in the Enterprise they have a fighting chance. Dell knows this, and plans to be ready to go with tablet offerings for businesses on Windows 8 launch day. The information came from a Bloomberg interview conducted last week in which CEO Michael Dell praised the new Microsoft OS, and claims demand will be strong for a “secure Windows tablet that works with all Windows applications”.

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More evidence surfaces for Windows Phone 8 running on Windows 8’s NT kernel

More evidence surfaces for Windows Phone 8 running on Windows 8’s NT kernel

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 by MG3

Windows Phone’s next big update is truly going to be huge - it will bring the operating system to version 8 and along with that will introduce change to the very core of the mobile platform. More evidence has surfaced cementing the notion that Windows Phone 8 will run on the NT kernel, the same kernel Microsoft uses in Windows 8. This will mean that Windows CE is finally become history after more than 15 years of service.
In layman's terms, a kernel is the main element of an operating system bridging communication between apps and the actual hardware on a device. Windows Phone is built to be kernel-neutral, so the change won't affect existing application.

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Microsoft Device Center beta released for Windows 8

Microsoft Device Center beta released for Windows 8

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 by MG1

Microsoft has released a beta version of its Windows 8 Device Center. Designed with the Metro look and feel in mind, Device Center is a desktop application that lets Windows 8 Consumer Preview users control their Microsoft mouse and keyboard settings, combining the existing IntelliPoint and IntelliType software into one application.
Microsoft also revealed it plans to update its Touch Mouse for Windows 8 around the general availability of the new operating system later this year. We tested out Device Center with a Microsoft Touch Mouse and found that two and three finger gestures are limited to the desktop for now. The thumb flicking gesture works in Metro to navigate backwards or forwards, ...

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Malicious apps beware, Windows 8 will feature a 'kill switch'

Malicious apps beware, Windows 8 will feature a 'kill switch'

Posted on Mar 05, 2012 by MG1

“Kill switches” have become a standard part of most mobile operating systems. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google each have the ability to remotely delete malicious applications from users’ devices without permission. With the launch Windows 8 later this year, millions of computers will receive similar functionality for the first time according to Bloomberg. Microsoft hasn’t spoken publicly about Windows 8′s inclusion of the feature, having only confirmed to Bloomberg that it will have the ability to remotely delete or update applications downloaded through the Windows 8 app store. Any software installed from a flash drive, DVD or through a Web browser will remain outside of Microsoft’s reac...

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