Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 with Samsung Prototype
Last Tuesday, Microsoft offered an extended preview of its Windows 8 with Samsung's prototype tablet.
Microsoft’s announcements at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, California caused some buzz, prematurely heralding the downfall of Apple’s iPad. However, the Big Red indicated that they will remain committed to their “No Compromise” strategy of providing full-featured Windows OS to tablets.
In an effort to foster early development for the platform which is set to arrive next year, Microsoft gave the 5,000 attendees a prototype table that it co-developed with Samsung. The device, which is dubbed a Windows 8 Developer Preview, is a re-tooled version of Samsung’s Series 7. It is an Intel i5-based tablet that is packed with Internet Explorer 10, apps created by Microsoft interns, 1.6GHz processor, 11.6-inch screen, front and rear cameras, HDMI and USB ports, and microSD and SIM card slots.
The companies also provided a charging dock with USB, HDMI, Ethernet ports, Bluetooth keyboard, and stylus pen. AT&T, on the other hand, offered a year of 3G service; though the free plan was capped with a 2GB of data per month. Moreover, the companies reminded that the Windows 8 Developer Preview is still a work in progress.
As demonstrated in last Tuesday’s conference, Windows 8 draws from Windows Phone 7’s unique tile interact for its Metro touch layer. The Big Red also confirmed its plans for a Microsoft Application Store — which is similar to Apple’s App Store. The “Windows Store” will provide ARM-based Windows 8 applications, and will also require submitted apps that supports Metro interface.
See the Windows 8 Developer Preview in action at the video posted below.View Article Source »