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Microsoft BUILD: Windows 8 Wrap Up

Written on September 16, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Coming from Microsoft BUILD conference in Anaheim is a number of updates for Windows 8.

Microsoft’s BUILD conference is still in full swing at the Anaheim Convention Center, with the 5,000 plus attendees mining the information on developing the upcoming Windows 8 tablets and PCs.

Posted after the break are just few of the interesting bits.

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Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 with Samsung Prototype

Written on September 14, 2011 by Adam Eve

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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.

See the Windows 8 Developer Preview in action at the video posted after the break.

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Microsoft: Announcing Windows 8 on Tablet next Week

Written on September 09, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Microsoft is said to showcase its Windows 8 on a Samsung tablet next week, during the BUILD developer's conference.

Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky will allegedly show Windows 8 running on a Samsung tablet next week, in time with the BUILD developer conference in California from September 13 – 16.

One unnamed source specifies that this will be Samsung’s first collaboration with the Windows/Xbox giant in its hardware device division. Analysts believe that this collaboration is part of the South Korea-based company’s plan to withdraw from relying solely on Google’s Android OS.

However, Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablets are not expected to hit the shelves for another 12 months. And by that time, an array of Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablets will have invaded the market. Moreover, Apple will likely roll out its iPad 3. With the industry’s quick shift in focus to mobile computing, the Windows 8 will need a lot of catching up on its development — not to mention how it will perform on tablets after a year.

Regardless, it’s a no brainer that a lot of buzz surrounds Windows 8. Are you excited to see the upcoming Microsoft OS for tablets?

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