Microsoft SkyDrive for Apple's iPad got bumped up to version 2.1. The App's update brings support for the Retina Display of the popular slate's latest incarnation.
You will now be able to open multimedia files from within the app at a rather eye-pleasing 264ppi.
Furthermore, the update includes support for upload of multiple photos and videos, more file sharing abilities, as well as the option to open SkyDrive files while using other iOS apps.
Acer has renewed its commitment to Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, with chairman JT Wang saying that the company's criticisms of Microsoft's Surface don't mean it is ditching its Windows slate plans. The company made headlines after criticizing Microsoft's own-brand hardware, arguing that the tablets would "create a huge negative impact" to the Windows ecosystem. Now, DigiTimes reports the Acer CEO Wang has tempered his comments, though still believes that Surface will do more harm than good.
The Microsoft slates one of which will run Windows RT, the other Windows 8 will be more negative overall than positive, Wang says, but Acer still intends to launch its own products running the new OS. In fact, Wang claims to be "the most optimistic CEO" about Windows, claiming that the company's concerns were around understanding "the new rules of the game".
Microsoft, he said, was now considering possible differentiation strategies to minimize any possible impact on OEM partners, including introducing an artificial price gap. Still, it sound like Acer's expectations of Surface are somewhat skewed in the first place; Wang supposedly claimed that the major damage would be done if Microsoft priced the entry-level tablet at $199 thus directly competing with the Nexus 7, a figure which would be very unlikely. If Surface was $499-599, however, Wang sees less of an issue.
Microsoft launched its New E-mail service Outlook.com back in june, replacing/re-branding the old Hotmail service. The New email service has the new Windows 8 Modern UI (aka Metro UI) and it allows users to register email on Outlook.com domain.
Today, Microsoft Official blog announced that Outlook.com users has reached 10 Million user, which is a great number in 2 Months only.
Today, Microsoft filed a patent for an Application Smart Glasses that is very similar to the idea of the Google Project Glass.
The big difference between Google's approach and Microsoft's is that Google's Project Glass is intended to be something you wear all day long, while moving around the world to get information about things that are nearby, receive notifications, communication, get directions, and more. Microsoft is designing it's product to be something that is worn at live events like concerts and sports games. Microsoft's glasses will beam text and audio overlays relating to what you're watching.
Microsoft next-generation machine code-named "Durango". That name was partially verified on Feb,28 but its market Name is rumored to be "Xbox 720", when a senior technical artist at Crytek tweeted that he was "enjoying the Durango developers summit in London. So far, great swag and interesting talks." He then deleted the tweet and his account. In meetings, Microsoft reportedly showed details of the new console hardware.
Now Xbox World magazine is reporting that development kits for the new console were shipped to developers in March. Those kits include an IBM PowerPC central processing unit (CPU) with 16 cores, compared to just three cores on the Xbox 360 CPU. The graphics chip is equivalent to an Advanced Micro Devices AMD Radeon HD 7000-series graphics card, and the machine has a Blu-ray optical drive. The report mentioned that Kinect 2 will chow up as many as four cores tracking multiple players.
Just days after Microsoft launched the Release Candidate of Windows 8, the company proudly announced another great achievement Windows 7 has been sold in more than 600 million copies. Steven Guggenheimer, CVP of the OEM team at Microsoft made the announcement at Computex adding that more than 75 million licenses were sold in the past four months alone.
Microsoft also has a treat for those who purchase a system with Windows 7 installed from June 2 onward and will offer an upgrade to Windows 8 for just 15$.
Microsoft Surface tablet has just been Officially announced, but Microsoft didn't reveal the internal specifications of the tablet yet.
However, NVIDIA was quick to acknowledge that the Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablet will sport a Tegra processor, probably the Quad-core Tegra 3 with 4-PLUS-1 architechture. One possibility is that the chip will be implemented using the NVIDIA KAI platform, which promises fluid performance at a competitive price point.
Having a Tegra 3+ setup in the ARM-based Microsoft Surface tablet does not seem impossible either, although we are not quite sure whether this platform would be a good match for the device.
Microsoft popular Email service "Hotmail" is now officially called "Outlook". The New website for the service is Outlook.com, it changes the design and layout of Hotmail to bring it more in line with the minimalist design aesthetic of Windows 8 Metro, emphasizing straight lines, thin fonts and white space.
Microsoft New Outlook.com
Don't worry, If you have a Hotmail Plus account, that still works with Outlook Plus, and you won't see any ads, ever. The right side is blank in your regular view, and when you click on a newsletter, you'll simply see the option to search for the sender on Bing.
With no message selected, the only "action" item available is to compose a new message. Also note the text ads to the right of the Inbox.
Microsoft has just Officially unveils its NEW look, starting with changing its NEW logo for 2012, Yes... Microsoft changed its logo as a part of moving towards its Modern UI for Windows 8.
The New logo is still have the Windows' 4-squares logo but in a new shape and also "Microsoft" has a New Type font too.
Microsoft has confirmed the Office 2013 suite as well as the Office 365 Home Premium and Small Business Premium services. Prices has been revealed too.
The subscription-based Office 365 Home Premium will give 5 people access to the full Office 365 features via their individual accounts. For the privilege they will have to fork out $99.99 a year.
Office 365 Small Business Premium gives organizations of 1 to 10 people the same access with each employee getting to use 5 PCs. The service will set businesses back $149.99 annually, which makes $12.50/month.
Early this month, Microsoft reported to file a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility to the German's court, in order to get the company paying royalty for infringing a patent on covers the use of data points from two different sources and overlaying them on top of each other. Other Android manufacturers like Samsung and HTC pay Microsoft to use the patent. Microsoft made $792 million in the second quarter from royalty fees paid by Android manufacturers only.
Now Microsoft will add Google to the lawsuit file, Making the case against Google because Motorola Mobility has said that data important to the case belongs with its parent company. Google said that it will defend itself against any complaint that Microsoft files in court.
"It became necessary to add Google to this particular case because Motorola maintains that it lacks sufficient information about actions occurring on Google's servers." - Microsoft spokesman
SmartGlass was announced by Microsoft during their keynote this past summer at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) with an open ended release date of "this fall."
In the video below, we see a Samsugn ATIV S and a Windows 8 tablet in action interacting with the Xbox 360 and each other in sharing an internet browsing experience and media as well.
Many of the features may seem familiar overall, but the integration with the SmartGlass app is pretty smooth. Microsoft's products appear ready to deliver with SmartGlass, which is a unified and seamless experience across platforms which allow us to control media and content across all our devices with no headaches. Based on the video presentation below, if it lives up to this billing, then it is safe to say this is a winner all-around. This is different from the Nintendo Wii U which serves as a controller.
After launching the Surface tablet, Microsoft is willing to enter the handheld gaming market. The company is now said to be building a 7-inch gaming tablet named the Xbox Surface. Moreover, the hardware is in its final stages, and specs should concur with earlier leaks from June.
Microsoft has developed a secret hardware production process for its Surface tablets that is separated from partners that traditionally manufacturer the company's Xbox console. We're told that the Xbox Surface will likely be manufactured in the same factory, but that any future "Xbox 720" console will be manufactured in mass quantities by companies like Pegatron or Foxconn.
Also, we've just got this leaked document shows the Xbox surface tablet Hardware Specifications, Looks like Microsoft want to lead the windows tablet market.
It's time to upgrade the Xbox 360 to something New, Xbox Live's head Larry Hyrb aka "Major Nelson", posted a countdown on its blog to E3 2013. It counts the days until June,11th this year which may be the launch day of Microsoft Xbox 720 console.
There is one more thing unlike most past shows, this upcoming one isn't expected to bring some hot sequels or smashing new IPs to Xbox 360. Halo 4 is out, Gears of War and Mass Effect Trilogies are over, and there are just few announced games that seems to deserve the gamers' attention. Oh, and none of them is an Xbox 360 exclusive. A new Xbox should definitely be on the cards then.
You probably heard about Microsoft's cloud sharing platform "SkyDrive" which got major updates in the last couple months and now it gets even better. Microsoft aadded some HTML5 features to optimize the user experience on touch devices and added drag-and-drop support too.
The new implementations are enabled by HTML5, so you know they'll be future-proof for a wide range of browsers. SkyDrive allows you to share content across a wide variety of platforms, such as social networks and email in addition to generating a direct link. Now, the sharing interface is generated on a single screen, so you can choose how to share a file and with whom from one place.
The first Crysis game was a breakthrough in the PC graphics, but the second one couldn't quite achieve the same heights due to its multi-platform nature. Here is the latest Screenshots of the Upcoming Crysis 3 Game from Crytec.
After a surprisingly long delay, Windows Phone owners may soon be able to get their hands on a Skype app of their very own.
Microsoft is currently testing a near-final version of Skype for Windows Phone 7, and the company may be planning to launch the app at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.
Microsoft has been promising a Skype app for Windows Phone for some time. The app was originally targeted for a late 2011 launch, but it obviously missed that timeline. During CES, a Skype representative hinted that a Windows Phone app was "coming soon."
Twitter users using Windows Phone 7 devices have been waiting for this one for quite some time now and it has finally released. The Carbon app is now available on the Windows Marketplace and can be purchased for 1.99 USD.
Here is some of the goodies that you will enjoy on this App:
- Full inline Pictures on the Timeline
- Double Tap on tweets for quickly replying to tweets without the need to leave timelines
- Quickline: A swiss army timeline for accessing all kinds of timelines from Lists, Retweets, Saved Searches.
- Live Ties for every account, pinnable to the Home Screen with Mentions & Direct Messages background checks
- Compose Tile, pinning a compose tile on the Home Screen for a speedy tweet composition
- Search Tiles, pin a #hashtag or keywords to your home screen for quick access to a search timeline
- Threaded Direct Messages View
- Bit.ly Pro URL shortening
- Read Later support
The contest was set to end on March 29th, but Microsoft is extending it until April 5th, with a few tweaks to the prizes. For each remaining day of the contest, only the first 100 people to lose the challenge at each Microsoft Store will be eligible for a free phone.
Originally the contest, which has been occurring at all Microsoft Store locations, was scheduled to end on March 29th. It is now being extended until April 5th, with a few changes to the prizes.
Onlive has finally released their powerful Windows 7 Desktop app for Android tablets. So what exactly is Onlive Desktop? Well, it is basically your own personal high-performance PC running on Windows 7 in the cloud, and accessible on your Android tablet. Just like the original Onlive app let you stream demanding PC games to your tablet using Onlive servers, this will let you stream Windows 7, giving you all the functionality of a PC, but in a more portable package.
There are different levels of Onlive Desktop with the most basic free service giving you access to Microsoft Office suite like Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Reader with 2GB of online storage. The Plus version of the Onlive gives you full Internet Explorer web browsing with Flash support on iPad ("up to over" 100Mbps speeds) as well as Dropbox account access too.
- Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices.
- Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications.
- Interact with lag-free animation and video.
- Works with most Bluetooth keyboards and mice (left-click only).
Onlive services is completely FREE and Available to all Android Tablets, and COMING SOON to Android Smartphones!
Today, Lenovo has Officially announced its ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will be running Windows 8 Pro, and will be available "when Windows 8 launches in October". Unfortunately, since it wasn't part of Lenovo's announcement, there is still no pricing available for Windows 8 tablets.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 was designed as "a joint effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel", and it looks pretty nice. It will be thinner and lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro at 9.8mm (.385") and 600g (~1.3lbs), compared to 13.5mm (.53") and 900g (~2lbs). It will have a similar keyboard dock and stylus as optional accessories.
The term "Metro", describing Microsoft's new user interface design gained popularity starting with the Windows Phone 7. It really grew into prominence when it became the UI style for Windows 8 and now, not long before its scheduled late October launch date, Microsoft renamed it. The renaming came due to a Copyright claim of the Name "Metro" that lead to a legal issue with a German software company.
A leaked memo was the first sign that the name "Metro" is on the way out, supposedly due to copyright concerns. Reports confirm that Microsoft will rename its UI to "Modern UI" instead of "Metro UI" referring to the Windows 8 MoSH (or Modern Shell).
However, Microsoft didn't officially announce that "Modern UI" is the final name as the company didn't settle down on a name yet.
Microsoft's hardware partners are definitely not happy about the Microsoft Surface. Moreover, Acer chief executive spelled it right out, straight and honest to Microsoft: "It is not something you are good at so please think twice."
That was the advice JT Wang, Acer's CEO, gave to Microsoft about its upcoming Surface tablet. The reason is that the device will compete directly with other tablets from manufacturers like Acer, HP, Dell and others, and this alone would be "negative for the worldwide ecosystem."
Wang reiterated that Microsoft should think twice, and while other manufacturers have kept comfortably quiet, it seems that the Acer chief executive is spelling out the thoughts of not just Acer, but other companies as well.
According to an anonymous tipster, briefed with Microsoft's plans for its Surface tablets launch at the TechReady 15 conference, Redmond is evaluating an option to launch the Windows RT slate at the very competitive $199 price point, eating the difference in production costs, if any.
This Surface-for-$199 rumor might actually have legs, since Acer's CEO JT Wang, who was very vocal to protest publicly against Microsoft's decision to enter the tablet business with hardware of its own, commented that $199 price would hurt all other Win RT vendors significantly:
In order to bring it in line with its latest software creations such as the Windows Phone OS and Windows 8, Microsoft has completed a thorough redesign of SkyDrive.com. Along with its new web interface, the software giant's cloud service sports a number of improvements to its functionality.
The abovementioned tweaks include improved, faster syncing with both Windows and OS X. New search features are added to the service, thus bringing the experience it offers closer to desktop searches with dynamically updating results.
Also Microsoft said that its own SkyDrive Mobile App is heading to Google play store very soon, as the company is looking forward to release many New apps with its New Modern UI to Android OS.
Windows 8 is shaping up to be the best OS Microsoft has had in years, but limitations around ARM-based tablets and concerns over x86-based model pricing could sour the platform launch later this year. Microsoft has mandated that ARM Windows 8 machines expected to be the bulk of low-cost Windows 8 tablets must have their Secure Boot system locked down, ComputerWorld reports or in order words users must not be allowed to load non-Windows platforms onto ARM hardware.
According to a document titled Windows Hardware Certification Requirements, which Microsoft released last month, the company confirms that it is up to manufacturers as to whether Secure Boot is locked down or not. For x86-powered PCs, notebooks and tablets, OEMs are free to decide which way to leave the settings
Windows 8 tablets will be put through the same strict regime as Windows Phone 7 devices as to what hardware goes in them and what OEMs are allowed to put. This was to be expected from Redmond, as the company has set a goal to keep solid user experience across its different devices. Interestingly enough, Microsoft seems to be allowing both tablets and convertibles to run its tablet version of Windows 8.
Tablets running Windows 8 are reuired to have five hardware buttons: power, rotation lock, Windows Key, volume up, volume down. Note that the back, search and camera buttons from Windows Phone 7 are not included in the specs. For the Displays, the minimum native resolution required is 1366 x 768 at a depth of 32bits. Microsoft oblige OEMs to make the dimensions of the display panel to match the aspect ratio of the native resolution. However, the native resolution of the display panel can be greater than 1366 x 768 so we can Expect a Full HD 1080p Tablets to come soon enough.
Other requirement includes at least 10GB of space to be at the user disposal as well as WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, Direct3D 10 GPU w/ WDDM 1.2 driver, camera capable of shooting 720p videos and all kinds of sensors including a light sensor, magetometer, accelerometer, gyroscope, Also USB 2.0 and stereo speakers are required.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 for ARM-based devices will support full desktop applications following concerns that only Metro apps would be supported. Thats mean you can have your favorite Desktop Applications on your Windows 8 tablet including Office 15, Microsoft Steven Sinofsky further detailed Windows 8 for ARM and previewed a Metro-styled Office 15.
Users of the ARM-based Windows 8 will still be able to access the conventional desktop file system, Internet Explorer 10, and most other core features that are available to the x86 version of Windows 8.
However, Windows 8 on ARM will not be sold separately and will be tightly integrated with the devices they ship on. Also, there will be a limitation on the apps available for it from the Windows Store.
Microsoft long-awaited Windows 8 release for public testing will be unveiled at a press event in Barcelona on 29,February, tying in with the Mobile World Congress occurring at the same time, the company announced today.
Originally referred to as the Windows 8 beta, the release will instead be called the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which gives us a pretty good idea as to Microsoft target audience. Microsoft did not specifically say the Consumer Preview will be available to the public on February 29, but from what I am hearing that will likely be the case.
Microsoft new logo for Windows 8 is prompting far more reaction than you might expect from four skewed squares. Revealed yesterday after a spate of low-profile leaks, the logo is according to Microsoft Windows team itself as much an homage to the earliest, pared-down graphics of Windows 1.0 as it is a nod to the Metro UI that has become the theme of Windows Phone, Xbox LIVE and, soon, Windows 8 itself. Complaints about the new logo have generally centered on its insipid lack of distinctiveness, but according to the designers themselves this is merely the first step of many incoming changes.
Microsoft used external design agency Pentagram to create the new logo, and according to that team the sharp-edged icon should be seen as the first of a new language. The existing flag-like shape has been flattened out and made crisp, and other Microsoft products and services will make similar evolutions too. See the Demo Videos Below!
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We already leaked the Start-up screen animation and the icon of Windows 8, Today we the Have the final official logo of Windows 8 (picture above).
The Windows logo has gone through several changes over the years. What started as a simple, monochrome 2D logo with Windows 1.0 slowly became more complex as more colors were added along with a bit of depth, until it started resembling a flag by the time XP came out. That "flag" then got ensconced inside an orb with Vista and has been the same ever since. from Windows Steam blog post:
It's a window... not a flag
Paula asked us a simple question, "your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?"
With the Windows 8 logo, Microsoft has attempted to move away from this flag shaped logo towards something that goes well along with the "Windows" name, as well as fit with the new Metro style of the UI. For this they hired the designers at Pentagram and thus the new Windows 8 logo was born.
Windows 8 has undergone more than 100,000 code changes since the Developer Preview was released and will feel much more "refined," Sinofsky said. He called Windows 8 a "generational change" in how Microsoft designed the product, as well as in its function and implementation.
"The last time we made a generational change was Windows 95," Sinofsky said.
Julie Larson-Green, vice president of Windows program management are up to offer more details about Windows 8 and apps.
Julie is presenting Windows 8 on a Samsung Series 7 tablet. She is showcasing how the different apps are sorted into categories. Also, HTML 5-based games and apps can easily become Windows native apps in the new version of the OS. Says it took Microsoft about 5 months to make this possible.
Continuing with the showcase of apps, Cut the Rope gets a lot of spotlight for being one of the first apps rewritten on HTML5 and runs like absolute butter on Internet Explorer 10. Also, a CookBook app as well as the new People app got demonstrated. The latter looks very clean and we ca not wait to get our hands on it.
She also said that mouse and touch do not have to be mutually exclusive and that they can work together. She demonstrated scrolling pictures with her fingers while navigating with the traditional keyboard and mouse to prove her point
Today, Microsoft showcased the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a private event, The windows 8 is the Upcoming Generation of a whole new Windows Experience. Microsoft Now Offers the official Copies of the Windows 8 CP to all consumers to try it on their PCs with both 32-bit and 64-bit support. So Hurry Up and Get your Free Copy of the Windows 8 CP.
System Requirements, Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
- To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
- To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
- To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
Yesterday, Microsoft showcased the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) with pretty amazing new UI and Features. I am sure you are so exciting to Upgrade to Windows 8 ASAP. We already offered the Windows 8 Official CP copy to Download... But the Question is, Can your PC handle Windows 8 ?
The Answer is... "YES"
At the Microsoft Building Windows 8 blog, the Windows 8 team has posted the following system recommendations for Windows 8:
- 1 GHz or faster processor.
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
- DirectX 9.0c graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
This setup gets you going with Windows 8 such that it is functionally equivalent to Windows 7, and as we have talked about previously, you should see measureable improvements in performance in a number of dimensions with a system at this level.
BTW, Windows 8 Installation process take about 10 min ONLY to be completed and you can also choose to keep your Personal Windows 7 files and Applications too, but not all of them, Windows 8 will show you the compatible Apps that can work and the ones that won't.
Microsoft is following its schedule, Windows 8 has reached the RTM status, "RTM" means Released To Manufacturing. Microsoft's OEM partners now have the final release of Windows 8 and they can start embedding it into their new devices.
The developers will be able to download the RTM version on August 15, while a day later it will become available to the TechNet subscribers, Microsoft Partner Network members and IT Windows 8 testing organizations. Microsoft Windows 8 will be officially released on 26,October this year.
"Metro" is Microsoft's Code name for the user interface that they debuted with the Zune HD back in 2009 and has been a major part of their UI design language in Windows Phone as well as the upcoming Windows 8 desktop operating system.
Well, the UI isn't going anywhere but the name is. Microsoft has stopped using the Metro name for the UI effective immediately and has also asked the developers to stop using it in their apps. The reason for this is due to legal issues with a German company over the name "Metro".
Microsoft has released the list of editions that Windows 8 will be sold in. There will be FOUR editions, will named as following:
"Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT."
The first three will be available for PCs and tablet users running x86/64 processors and will be on sale whereas Windows RT will be exclusively for PCs and tablets running on the ARM platform and will not be sold but would rather ship built into the devices. According to Microsoft, all editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience, which has sort of become their slogan with Windows 8.
After a lot of complains about the two UI modes on Windows 8. As you may know, Windows 8 will ship with the New Metro UI as well as a standard desktop mode for legacy apps. Which is Confusing!
Microsoft has heard your complaints and They will make some changes on the Desktop Mode to be more in sync with the Metro design language. Here is the New Desktop Interface after the Modifications (Photo Below).
A couple of the considerations about the New Windows 8 Desktop UI from Microsoft:
- While much of the Metro style UI uses white text on a colorful saturated background, the desktop in Windows 8 will continue to use black text on light-colored chrome, as in Windows 7. This choice was made to help preserve maximum compatibility with existing programs.
- Since the release of Windows Vista (which introduced Aero Glass), many desktop programs have integrated with glass, making assumptions that they should custom draw dark text with a cloudy "blur" texture behind it to make their text readable.
- Some of you may remember the substantial compatibility problems that arose when the system colors changed from light on dark (Windows XP) to dark on light (Windows Vista.) It took many years for these to be fully sorted out. We would prefer not to reintroduce these compatibility issues again in the other direction. So, "color matching" the new design on the desktop is not entirely feasible.
- But at the same time, we want desktop windows to continue to feel light and airy, and we want a chrome style that doesn't distract from the content of the app. We talk about Metro style apps as being "chromeless," (that is, no title bar, borders, or Windows UI surrounding them.) Desktop apps, on the other hand, have a lot of chrome. When you add up the cacophony of a bunch of these windows floating on the screen, suddenly you have a lot of chrome pleading for your attention. Aero was designed to help the app's content to be the center of attention, and for the Windows system UI to recede into the background. This is still relevant today, and while we are moving beyond Aero, we don't want to lose sight of these goals.
- Visual compatibility with Windows 7. Windows 7 is the most popular and widely-used version of Windows so far. We made a conscious effort to relate the visual appearance of the Windows 8 desktop to the visual appearance of the familiar Windows 7 desktop. This helps people who want to predominantly use the desktop feel comfortable and immediately at home in the new environment.
All the companies are getting ready for the Windows 8 launch, DELL is one of them and its already made a tablet, will be called "Dell Latitude 10" running Windows 8 tablets version. It will be 10" x 7" x 0.4" and weight 1.57 lbs only. We also got the Specs and small photo of this Upcoming Windows 8 tablet too. But No price info thought!
As you can see from the leaked photo above, It's a 10.8-inch tablet, with a1366x768 resolution, Inel dual-core Atom processor, fingerprint reader, Intel graphics (x86 tablet), 2 GB of ram, 128 GB SSD and of course it will be running Windows 8. We should note that it looks a lot like the Dell Latitude ST, naturally the specs have been upgraded and it will run Windows 8.
Microsoft has send out invitations for an Upcoming "major announcement" event Next Monday in Los Angeles where it is expected to show tablets running Windows 8 as well as highlight some of the kinds of programs and services that will run on the products.
Microsoft is confirming the L.A. event but is not offering any details on what will be covered, but it's expected to be the ARM-based Windows RT tablets and with this time we will have some hardware & software details of the final user-end version of these devices that should go on sale by the End of this year.
Microsoft has just announced its own tablet brand "Surface", which blurs the line between tablets and ultrabooks. The 10.6-inch slate features simplistic design and compact measures, while offering a full Windows 8 experience.
Microsoft's latest creation will be offered in two flavors. The entry level one will run Windows RT for ARM based chips, while the fully tricked out version will be running Windows 8 Pro. The screen size on both versions will be 10.6″, but the Windows 8 Pro units will offer full HD resolution.
The Windows RT version is 9.3mm thin and weighs 676 grams. It will come with 32 or 64GB of built-in memory and the connectivity suite will include microSD, USB 2.0, MicroUSB HD Video Out, 2×2 MIMO antennae. Expect the tablet to become commercially available around the time when Windows 8 gets launched, with a price in line with its rival offerings, according to Microsoft.
The Windows 8 Pro version of the tablet will come much closer to being a full-blown PC. It will be thicker and heavier than its Windows RT running sibling at 13.5mm and 903 grams respectively. The Pro Surface will come with more built-in memory as well. You will be able to grab a 64 or 128GB version of it. The connectivity suite of the Surface pro will include microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, and 2×2 MIMO antennae. The Surface Pro will be available about three months after the entry-level version of the slate. It is said to be priced in line with similarly equipped ultrabooks.
Today, a source close to Microsoft has provided us with corroboration of rumored Microsoft Surface pricing, putting the Tegra 3 powered Windows 8 RT model at $599 retail and the Ivy Bridge packing Windows 8 Pro model at $999 retail.
Microsoft Surface initial models will be WiFi-Only, the pricing would be initially comparable with the 32GB WiFi iPad. The specifications of the Surface, however, especially the 1366×768 screen, wouldn't make it as attractive an option at that price when compared to a the Retina-display-packing iPad. It would also price it above the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and other comparable ARM tablets, which run in the $399 range.
Microsoft has just confirmed the release date for Windows 8. The new operating system that will end up on desktop and notebook computers, as well as tablets across the globe will arrive in October,2012. The announcement was made at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 in Toronto by chief financial officer Tami Reller.
Windows 8 Official Logo (Click Enlarge)
Microsoft is also bringing the Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) in the first week of August. The RTM version is basically the final version of the operating system, released to manufacturers. They can then start work on getting it onto their devices.
Microsoft will announce the Next version of Office Today, and it has already launched a new Office Next blog in advance of the official details. Internally, the project has been known as Office 15, but unless Microsoft plans to disrupt its standard naming conventions, we're awaiting arrival of "Office 2013" aka "Office 15", the Windows 8-friendly version of the Office Suite.
The new "Office 15" logo
While we already know that Microsoft is prepping a version of Office for ARM (support both traditional & Metro modes), we won't know until later on today whether or not the version designed for use on the x86 architecture will look the same, which features it will include, and which the web apps will include. .
While surely Microsoft doesn't want to give up on its more complex and detailed feature set, it has failed to achieve the simplicity of a more dumbed-down product. So look for a new UI that ditches the Ribbon, and makes the new version of Office something that better fits in with the Windows 8 Metro UI instead.
Microsoft has announced the newest version of office suite, "Office 2013", or as they call it, the new Office. The new Office comes with a host of new improvements, including changes to the UI as well as under the hood.
The most noticeable change is the new set of icons for all the apps within the suite. Just like the Windows 8 icon, Office icons feature a monochrome icon with a tilted perspective. The user interface of the applications has also been slightly modified to fit into the new Metro UI on Windows 8. However, the application isn't designed entirely with the Metro UI because at the end of the day it will be running within the desktop mode in Windows 8.
Office 2013 Features :
- Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
- Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
- New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
- Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.
Microsoft has just Officially announced that Windows 8 will be released on 26,October this year.
It's pretty close, Windows 8 OS and Windows 8 devices will be released on 26,October Worldwide, Here is the Official statement from Microsoft Windows 8 Official Blog:
"October 26th, 2012! That's right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft's annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 - whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC - starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It's on mine!" - Win 8 Blog
Today, Microsoft Hardware is announcing new mice and keyboards that are designed to take advantage of Windows 8. These new mice and keyboards will help people interact with their Windows 8 PCs and devices.
They will be perfect companions to Windows 8. And I was able to get my hands on the new hardware to share my hands-on experience with you.
Microsoft launches 5 New products and Here are there prices, The Sculpt Touch Mouse ($50), Sculpt Mobile Keyboard ($50), Wedge Touch Mouse ($70), Wedge Mobile Keyboard ($80) and the Microsoft Touch Mouse ($80).
These products are all are Windows 8 Compatible and have great designs and prices too. Check out the Photo album We made to see some Hi-Res photo of the products.
Few Months ago, Splashtop launched Win8 Testbed for the iPad to allow aspiring Windows 8 developers to test their apps on an actual gesture-enabled tablet. The core Splashtop app that lets you remote back to your Mac or Windows PC via your tablet is already available for the iPad and Android tablets. Now, it is taking the next step and launching on Windows 8.
The Splashtop Remote Desktop has just popped up in the Windows Store and it is available for free. According to the Windows Store, Splashtop Remote Desktop for Windows 8 supports streaming HD movies up to 30 FPS and the ability to play interactive 3D games with low latency from a PC or a Mac. Again, as we approach the Windows 8 release, we would guess that there may be additional features added to the app.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sat down with the Seattle Times the other day to discuss various things, including the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablets, and said that the Surface tablet has the elements of success despite the fact that the device has yet to go on sale. Ballmer gave away Microsoft's marketing strategy by saying that the Surface tablet can compete with the Apple iPad on features. That obviously means that the Surface will nor, as the CEO says, be "the cheap option".
"I think most people would tell you that the iPad is not a superexpensive device. ... When people offer cheaper, they do less. They look less good, they're chintzier, they're cheaper.
If you say to somebody, would you use one of the 7-inch tablets, would somebody ever use a Kindle (Kindle Fire, $199) to do their homework? The answer is no; you never would. It's just not a good enough product. It doesn't mean you might not read a book on it..." - Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
Windows 8 is coming in just around two weeks, but the first ads about Microsoft's new operating system have already leaked out on YouTube and they all focus along the "Work hard, play hard" mantra.
The leaked four ads posted below aim to show off the new features of Windows 8 and how it works across a range of devices from your desktop PC to your tablet.
Today, You can finally Pre-order a copy of the Microsoft Windows 8 OS. The OS will officially launch on October,26, but you can pre-order it on a DVD right now. For the rest of us, the update would be available online for download and purchase via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant for a cheaper price. The full Windows 8 Pro OS will be downloadable as well when you purchase the license separately.
Here is the Windows 8 Retailer versions & prices:
- Windows 8 Pro Pack - Product Key Card (no media) - $70
- Windows 8 (Full Version) - OEM $100
- Windows 8 Pro (Full Version) - OEM $140
While Microsodt Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have both only been on the market a short time, but rumor has it that Microsoft may already be getting ready to release an OS update that supersedes both to an extent, called "Windows Blue", and it may even replace Windows 8 in just a few months. It sounds a bit crazy, but it may be true.
Apparently, the word is that Windows Blue will look much like Windows 8 with just some minor UI tweaks, and will likely keep the Windows 8 name, but everything behind it could be very different, including the pricing. Microsoft wants Windows Blue to be on everyone's computer, which means it could even be released for free to ensure users upgrade. From there, the idea is that Microsoft would offer regular yearly updates which will be standardized across desktop and mobile devices.
Microsoft is also planning to release a new Windows SDK along with the updates, and will stop accepting apps written using the Windows 8 SDK, although Windows 8 legacy apps will still run on Windows Blue.
There is no rest for the marketing department for Windows 8 at Microsoft as the calendar resets and we start a new year. The recent Surface ad highlighted productivity, this new duo highlights creativity.
In the first ad, we are greeted with the song "Everything at Once," by Australian singer Lenka who is also the star of the ad. While Microsoft highlights the apps that are included with Windows 8, Lenka dances in a black and white room with a motif of stripes, shades and patterns while wearing black and white pajamas.
The Nokia-Microsoft alliance is still going strong and Symbian smartphones are the one with the benefit this time.
If you own a Nokia 701, 700, 603, E7, X7, C7, Oro or C6-01, you can now install the Microsoft Office app via the Software Update tool on your smartphones or via the Nokia Suite app on your computer. The Office app will also become available to Nokia N8, Nokia E6 or Nokia 500 in the following weeks, while the 808 PureView will have it preinstalled when it ships.
Until now, the true Microsoft Office experience was reserved to Windows Phone users, but Symbian fans will now be able to join the party.
In a rather bold statement, Chris Weber, Nokia's executive VP of sales and marketing has called out Samsung directly in anticipation of Nokia and Microsoft's press event scheduled for September 5th during Nokia World. The event is held to announce the Next Generation Lumia device with WP8.
Nokia World is the Perfect place for Nokia and Microsoft to unveil the first Lumia devices running on Windows Phone 8. The latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS wasunveiled in June and everyone has been eagerly waiting to see some actual phones powered by it.
A couple of days ago Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet and while it said that Surface is not a direct competitor to the iPad, it's clear that Apple's tablet plays a key role in why Microsoft ever decided to build their own tablet.
Here is a Video below that compare between Steve jobs's iPad and Steve balmer's Surface, Enjoy watching!
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 WP Mango, which added multitasking, a newer version of Internet Explorer, and a whole bunch of UI tweaks. Lately, We've been hearing that there's a third update to Windows Phone called "Tango".
Chinese site, WPDang, is reporting that the Tango rollout will begin as early as this month (April). Soruce also says that Microsoft's intentions are to update 90% of the currently available Windows Phone handsets to Tango by the end of June.
According to Bloomberg, we'll be seeing some devices introduced at Nokia World that will run on Microsoft's recently-announced Windows Phone 8 platform.
If this is true, then we might see the announcement of new WP8 devices before the rumored press conference for the next iPhone on September,12. This may not be a good thing, however, as Nokia run the risk being overshadowed by Apple's highly anticipated announcement.
Windows Phone 8 users will be able to take advantage of the In-App Purchasing feature on their devices but only WP8 devices will support this feature, Even those models that will be getting the Windows Phone 7.8 update will not be able to make in-app purchases
The reason why in-app purchases won't be available until Windows Phone 8 might have to do with the Microsoft Wallet Hub.
Additionally, MSDN documentation reveals that the Redmond based software giant has informed its developers that they won't be able to add in-app purchasing until handsets supporting Windows Phone 8 are released.
EA Games is a very popular Name in mobile Gaming on Android ans iOS too, The company has announced its interest in the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform and want to release some of its popular games for the platform gamers.
The popular developer brought quite a few of its titles to the Microsoft OS, but according to its COO Peter Moore, EA is going to be even more committed once Windows Phone 8 is out.
"We're working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation are," Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore said in a phone interview. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg
Today, Microsoft is sending invitations for an upcoming Windows Phone Summit event in San Francisco. The event date is June,20 and Microsoft will show "a sneak peak of the future of Windows Phone".
As you may know, The next major release of Windows Phone OS is the Windows Phone 8.0 (codenamed Apollo) which Microsoft will focus-on during this event, The few confirmed features of the New WP8 includes a multi-core CPU support and backwards compatibility with the current WP 7.5 apps.
Just after some rumors suggest that the windows phone device will get WP8 Apollo Update, A New Microsoft's plan comes out According to the media's source, an update is indeed coming to these smartphones but not to Windows Phone 8 (aka Apollo). Instead, current WP handsets will supposedly get Windows Phone version 7.7, which is going to be more of a "feature update" that will only introduce certain WP8 features. The source claims that it was a senior Microsoft manager and a Nokia insider who spilled the beans on this.
"An update is not technically possible because Windows [Phone] 8 uses different chip sets"
Application developers preferred the open operating system, which allowed them to create screen readers and other tools to assist those with disabilities to better interact with the device.
However, One Voice, an organization specializing in accessibility in the IT industry, has now brought up the issue that Microsoft's new platform, Windows Phone 7 misses many of those features and Microsoft will add these features in the Next Major Update for the OS which is the Windows phone 8 Apollo. In a recent publication, One Voice said:
"Despite Microsoft Windows for PCs and laptops offering a range of built-in accessibility features, the current version of its smartphone operating system - Windows Phone 7 (formerly called Windows Mobile), a cut-down version of the familiar Windows for PCs - is not considered to be very accessible. It does not have a built-in screen-reader, and it is not constructed to allow others to write apps accessing the screen elements."
Finally, Microsoft Windows Phone 8 platform was just Officially revealed at Microsoft's 2012 Developer Summit. The announcement was made by the tech giant's very own Joe Belfiore.
First thing that he revealed about Windows Phone 8 was that the mobile platform will have a lot in common with its desktop and tablet counterpart. In particular, WP8 and Windows 8 will have a "shared core". In other words, the both systems will sport the same kernel, file system, multimedia support, and a lot more. As a result, manufacturers will have the convenience to use the same hardware drivers between both platforms, while developers will have an easier time developing better apps, according to Mr Belfiore.
Windows phone 8 will Support Muti-core chipsets, It will also support Higher screens resolutions screen resolutions like WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) and HD 720p (1280 x 720 pixels). Microsoft mentioned that Windows phone 8 devices will support MicroSDHC cards up to 64GB.
Windows Phone 8 will also support NFC (Near Filed Communications) and all its useful applications can be found on the Marketplace.
Windows Phone 8 will come with a New browser Internet Explorer 10, which according to the benchmark (photo above) its faster then the Galaxy S III stock browser (take less time in loading).
Nokia's Kevin Shields introduced Camera Extras for Windows Phone 8, which adds features that have been present on competing platforms for quite a while now.
First up we have Panorama mode, which stitches several photos together creating one seamless panoramic image. Action Shot is what one would use to capture that brief, one-time moment. The feature allows taking burst shots so that the user can later choose the one that looks best. Smart Group Shot is for taking photos of groups of people, as the name implies. The smart thing about the feature is that it captures several consecutive images, and if someone happens to blink, their face can be replaced with a crop from a better shot. Last but not least, a timer comes included with Camera Extras.
Many Companies will make Windows phone 8 device like Samsung, HTC and Nokia... But they will have a New Competitive, Microsoft. According to financial analyst Rick Sherlund, the word from the supply chain is that Microsoft is looking to make its very own Branded Windows Phone 8 devices as well. to b release later this year.
Sherlund's full statement:
"Separately, our industry sources tell us that Microsoft may be working with a contract manufacturer to develop their own handset for Windows Phone 8. It is unclear to us whether this would be a reference platform or whether this may be a go-to market Microsoft branded handset. We would not be surprised if Microsoft were to decide to bring their own handset to market next year given that Microsoft has decided to bring to market their own Windows 8 ‘Surface' tablet/PC products."
A Senior Manager over at Redmond's Microsoft campus got hold of a Nokia Lumia 900 running a very early build of Windows Phone 7.8 and decided to tape the new homescreen and upload it to YouTube.
Microsoft has also posted a dedicated page, detailing the new features that will come to existing 7.5 users via the WP 7.8 update you can find it here.
Microsoft denied today that they have any interest in building its own WP8 devices, telling InformationWeek that they have no plans to manufacture their own phone. This is of some note, as Microsoft usually denies all rumors as a matter of policy. We'd guess that they don't want to rile their Windows OEMs with silence, and so are changing their press policy in this specific situation.
Microsoft also has many partnerships with Popular Huge Companies to Market and Build Windows Phone 8 devices such as Nokia, HTC and Samsung.
The Microsoft Windows Marketplace was available only in 63 countries, and only 38 of those countries were allowed to submit apps. But now, Microsoft is planning on expanding that list considerably and has announced to bring the New Windows 8 Marketplace to over 180 countries at launch. Here is the omplete list Below:
Microsoft has reportedly given Windows Phone 8 developers access to the lock screen in order to allow displaying of their app notifications there. The sources said that there will be not one or two, but four options how to display notifications on the lock screen, giving both devs and phone makers the ability to customize the look and feel of their apps and devices further.
Here are Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 current guidelines for 3rd party app developers to build a lock screen presence, and we are glad something is definitely brewing in that department:
"Lock screen basics:
- To determine whether your app is a good candidate for a lock screen presence, you must understand the operation and limitations of the lock screen. A summary of the lock screen is given here. For more information, see the Lock screen overview.
- A maximum of seven app badges can appear on the lock screen. The badge information reflects the badge information on the app's Start screen tile. The badge (either a glyph or a number) is accompanied by a monochrome icon (logo image) to identify the app the badge is associated with.
- Only one of those seven apps can occupy a detailed status slot, which allows it to display the text content of the app's most recent tile update.
- The lock screen's detailed status tile does not show images included in that tile update.
- The user is in charge of which apps can display information on the lock screen, and which one of those apps can display detailed status.
- All apps that have a lock screen presence can also run background tasks. All apps that can run background tasks have a lock screen presence. An app cannot use background tasks without also claiming a slot on the lock screen.
- The notification queue is not supported by the lock screen's detailed status tile. Only the latest update is shown.
- An app with a lock screen presence, as long as it has set the Toast Capable option to "Yes" in its manifest, displays its received toast notifications on the lock screen when the lock screen is showing. Toast shown on the lock screen is identical to toast shown elsewhere.
- Tile updates, badge updates, and toast notifications are not specifically designed for or sent to the lock screen. You, as the sender, don't know if the device is currently locked. For an app with a lock screen presence, any notification is reflected both on the Start screen and on the lock screen."
Windows release is coming closer, Many are wondering what feature will be included in the Windows Phone 8, One feature that is nice to have will be the ability to take screenshots with a Windows Phone 8 handset. The video below shows how it is expected to work.
According to some sources, it will be a simple matter of pressing the home and camera buttons together. This was discovered on the SDK although there are no guarantees that it will make the final version of the OS. One thing that Microsoft did to make using this feature easy was to set up a separate file in the Photo Hub so that users will know which photos came from the screenshot function.
Nokia LUMIA users are waiting for the Windows 7.8 update, as you may know that all current WP7 device won't be getting the Windows Phone 8 but Windows phone 7.8 instead. Nokia tweeted about the Update bacj in June and said that "It's coming in the Next Few Weeks"... Here we are Microsoft is preparing to push the update to all current WP7 users.
Microsoft has also posted a dedicated page, detailing the new features that will come to existing 7.5 users with the WP 7.8 update.
Switzerland is known for its neutrality, although we wonder if that extends to smartphones as well. Meanwhile, mobile operator Digitec Switzerland has already started taking pre-orders for Windows Phone 8 models.
Nokia's top-shelf model, the Nokia Lumia 920 can be reserved for CHF 749 ($793 USD) and the Nokia Lumia 820 can be pre-ordered for CHF 639 ($687 USD).
Microsoft promoted for the surface tablets line-up with pictures of poeple working on office with the tablet. In these pictures there is a phone that looks a little different than any model that has appeared before.
This Smartphone could be the Microsoft Surface Phone, a model of which is allegedly being holed up in Studio H at Microsoft's Redmond campus.
This obviously is a prototype device and might not even be the final design of a Microsoft Surface phone. Anyway, we can expect a Microsoft branded smartphone by Next year but meanwhile we'll get more rumors and leaked prototypes.
Haven't you wondered what the most influential figure in Microsoft's history, Bill Gates, thinks about Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ? and latest Microsoft products ?
We're happy to share that video with you, featuring Microsoft's Steve Clayton and chairman Bill Gates, discussing all of these promising and much-anticipated products.
Want to stream some music from your cloud list via Xbox Music? Better check how much cellular data you have. Turns out, that Xbox Music is using your cellular data in some cases even when you are at home or any place where Wi-Fi is actually available. Needless to say, this can burn up your data allowance much quicker than you'd expect.
The problem is that the app cannot switch to another connection once it starts the streaming process. And when you lock the Windows Phone screen, it turns off Wi-Fi connectivity and starts eating up data from your carrier plan and not Wi-Fi.
If you recently Upgraded from windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 device you probably faced this issue, In windows phone 7 purchased content from Zune Marketplace was synced to your Windows Phone device via USB and you would be done with it. You might thought that the new Windows Phone 8 tool, the Windows Phone App, would facilitate the same functionality for video content that was rented or purchased from Xbox Video, successor to Zune. Unfortunately, it won't work.
The problem is that Xbox video content doesn't support Play back on Windows Phone 8, this has been confirmed by Microsoft support in the FAQ and known issues page.
"Windows Phone 8 does not currently support playback of rented or purchased content from the Xbox Video Store. If you'd like to see this feature added, you can go to the Windows Phone Feature Suggestions website and make requests for future releases." - Microsoft Support
Microsoft officially announced the eagerly awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update is going to see the day of light in early 2013. Sadly, it won't be here by Christmas.
In the announcement at its official blog, the company re-confirmed some of the new features that will come as a part of Windows Phone 7.8. The new available colors for the UI theme were mentioned (over 20 new color). The additional Exchange security enhancements and ability to resize the Live tiles were also revealed, but are nothing new.
We know you're eager to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and we want you to know that we're working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013. As we work to quickly get this in the hands of our loyal users, we're also striving to deliver a high-quality release and ensure a smooth transition for our widely expanded services. - Windows Phone Official Blog