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Tablet-optimized Windows 8 Debuts at D9

Written on June 02, 2011 by Aiken Lewis

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When Windows 7 is not enough…

AllThingsD got the first glimpse of the upcoming Windows 8 Operating System during the D9 conference in California. The newest OS of Microsoft was presented by Steven Sinofsky; this OS works perfectly for tablets as well as home computers. The start screen of the Windows 8 is very similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and utilizes the Metro UI. Windows 8 features Internet Explorer 10, HTML 5 and Java applications. No words yet for the release date, but the arrival of Windows 8 is something to look forward to.

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Windows 8, Coming next Year

Written on May 24, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Microsoft appears to be gearing up for some good deals, as the company reveals that the Windows 8 will be available some time next year.

Microsoft’s top man, Steve Ballmer, told his audience during the company’s developer’s forum in Tokyo yesterday that the next version of Windows operating system will be released some time next year. He even added that people might hear more of Windows 8 in the coming days.

The Microsoft CEO also mentioned the upcoming Windows Phone 7 announcements scheduled for today. It appears that Microsoft is preparing sweet treats for its customers this year.

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Windows 8, to Have a History Vault?

Written on April 04, 2011 by Adam Eve

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No need to look into the clouds and search for your backup file once Windows 8 arrives -- that is if Microsoft will really add the History Vault.

In most sort of computing, keeping a backup of your data is imperative. And until everything is cloud-base, users will have to take care of things for themselves.

As posted by Winrumors, Microsoft Windows 8 might have a feature called History Vault. This will supposedly utilize Windows’ Shadow Copy for modified files. The History Vault could be akin Apple’s Mac OS X feature called Time Machine. The Time Machine keeps a record of all added, deleted and modified files. That way, users can browse back to see a file’s history are restore it to the present system.

If that will be the case, then wouldn’t it be nice if Microsoft will really add History Vault in its Windows 8?

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Windows Gets “Kinectified” this Spring

Written on February 22, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Listen gamers! A non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit will be out this spring. Good news, right?

This Spring, Windows gets Kinect-ed!

As it turns out, “the right time” for Microsoft to release an official non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit is Spring time. The report was revealed during Microsoft’s “show-and-tell discussion” also known as TechForum. The company’s chief research and strategy office Craig Mundie, along with Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick, revealed their plans to release the SDK as a free download this Spring. The projects is a “collaboration” between Microsoft Research and IEB and promises to “give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system — such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.”

As quoted from the official Microsoft Blog:

“This morning, Craig and Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), announced plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit, or SDK, this spring.”

Are you ready for some Kinect-filled Spring?

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Dell’s Tablet and Smartphone Line-up for 2011 Leaked; Android Ice Cream, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 Devices Coming This Year

Written on February 17, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Everything is more Dell-licious with Honeycomb, Ice Cream, a WP7 and a Window 8.

WPCentral and Android Central has just leaked some alleged Dell smartphone and tablet line-up for 2011 and it looks like things are going to get Dell-licious this year as the Windows Phone 7, the Android Ice Cream and Windows 8 is landing on the company’s tablet and smartphone devices by mid-year to Q1 of 2012. Dell’s also got some subtle surprises in the next couple of months with the Venue (Android Froyo), Venue Pro (WP7) and Venue Pro MLK (WP7)

Remember that some of the names are only for internal purposes and won’t necessarily reflect the name of the product once it goes into full-throttle. Check out the complete roadmaps after the break!

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Windows Slates Opts to Overthrow the iPad

Written on December 14, 2010 by Charles Bass

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is back in making efforts to topple the dominance of iPad. Will he succeed this time?

New York Times reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will show off some new slates and tablets from their PC partners on the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. Looks like Microsoft finally has the guts to overthrow Steve Jobs and the iPad. But come to think of it, seems like deja vu?

Last year, Steve Ballmer’s centerpiece was an HP Slate prototype, but it did not make a huge impact. Ballmer noted that there is more to come for the Windows slates this year. Nevertheless, the statement is not impressive enough for Wall Street Journal and many consumers. He noted that the slates will be the top priority on Microsoft list of developments come 2011 and it is also expected to be the first “real” Windows-based iPad competitor. NY Times says that a tablet line-up will be announced next month. Among these are Samsung and Dell tablets respectively.

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Windows 8 and its Dilemma

Written on October 26, 2010 by Adam Eve

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"If Windows 8 comes out in two years, I think that's likely to happen, that many [enterprises] will be very suspect about migrating to the next release." ---Michael Silver, analyst at Gartner

According to some analysts, with Microsoft’s Windows 8 coming in two years, enterprises that are now in the midst of migrating to Windows 7 are unlikely to do the same work by 2012. Michael Cherry, an analyst of Directions on Microsoft, said that talking up on Windows 8 now might slow the momentum for Windows 7.

Windows 7 already sold more than 240 million licenses, reaching a 17% usage share in just a year. But a three-year development cycle imposed by Microsoft can present problems to companies and consumers.

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Windows 8: Set on 2012

Written on October 25, 2010 by Charles Bass

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We all wanted to know more about Windows 8. But Microsoft said that it will not be visible until the year 2012. For now, let's start making patience our virtue.

You want to be the first to know when is Windows 8 is hitting the Internet. Too bad it will not happen in the next two years.

According to a Dutch blog post from Microsoft, the next Windows version will include its very own Windows App store just like Apple’s Mac. There will also be logins via facial recognition plus faster and more reliable boot-up. The launch date will likely be on 2011.

Long gaps between launch of new operating systems is an old thing for Microsoft. The company spend more time in desktop OS than Apple. Windows 7 had landed a year ago, two and a half years after Windows Vista. Vista came out after XP’s five year reign. However, in the past, CEO Steve Ballmer apologized for the delay and said this will never happen again.

But let’s forget about these delay, what’s important is to know when will Windows 8 be released.

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