Everything Microsoft - Latest Microsoft News, Guides, Reviews & Themes » News http://www.everything-microsoft.com Latest Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Office, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7 & Xbox 360 News, W8 Beta, Rumors, Downloads, Themes, Wallpapers, Help & more Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:31 +0000 en-EN hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Windows 8 Box Shots appear on Amazonhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/10/10/windows-8-box-shots-amazon/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/10/10/windows-8-box-shots-amazon/#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:44:53 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95559 Windows 8 will be released this month, and there are still a lot of uncertainties about the operating system due to a lack of communication by Microsoft. It is not really clear why the company is that tight-lipped about the operating system, considering that it is about to be released.

Lack of information usually goes along with a very active rumor mill, which is also the case when it comes to Windows 8. One rumor for instance up until now was that Microsoft won’t offer boxed copies of the operating system at all.

Windows 8 Pro upgrade box shots have appeared on Amazon’s UK website. To be precise, the online shop lists the following Windows 8 versions and box shots on the site:

  • Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition, N Version [link]
  • Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [link]
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack [link]
windows-8-pro windows-8-pro-n windows-8-pro-pack

The shopping pages only list the box shots but no pricing information or descriptions. What’s however interesting that you find a lot of Windows 8 promo videos listed there alongside the box shots. There are 16 videos in total that highlight new features of the operating system.

The following features are explained by the videos:

  • All about apps
  • The Windows Store
  • Find things with search
  • Learn about search
  • Command your apps
  • Share photos, links and more
  • Switch between apps
  • Personalize your experience
  • Change your settings
  • Snap your apps

It comes as no surprise that the majority of videos highlight start page features of the operating system exclusively.

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Windows 8 PCs go on sale at hsn.comhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/10/07/windows-8-pcs-sale-hsncom/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/10/07/windows-8-pcs-sale-hsncom/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:33:38 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95551 How much will you have to pay for a PC running Windows 8? That’s one of the questions that we could not really answer until now. Microsoft is keeping tight lipped about the pricing of its Surface RT tablet that the company intents to ship on October 25, and other manufacturers too have not revealed pricing information yet.

If you hop over to hsn.com, the website of the Home Shopping Network, you find the first Windows 8 laptops listed there for sale.  A total of five laptops and PCs are displayed here, with two manufactured by Gateway and two by Acer. Lets take a closer look at those PCs to find out how we stand when it comes to pricing of PCs running Windows 8:

  • Gateway Windows 8 Core i5, 4GB Ram, 500GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 4000,  15.6″ laptop for $699.95
  • Acer Windows 8 Core i5, 8GB Ram, 750GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6″ laptop for $999.95
  • Gateway 23″ Touchscreen LCD, Windows 8, Core i5, 6GB Ram, 1TB hard drive, All in one PC with Intel HD graphics for  $1199.95
  • Acer 23″ Windows 8 Core i5, 6GB Ram, 1TB hd, all in one PC with Intel HD graphics for $999.95

The big question here is if those offers are more expensive than comparable Windows 7 offers. To find out, we need to compare the pricing of Windows 8 laptops with Windows 7 laptops on the same site.

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You find two comparable Gateway laptops on the HSN website. The first is a 15.6″ Core i3 laptop with 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive for $849.95, the second a 15.6″quad core laptop with 4GB of Ram and a 640GB hard drive for $749.95.

Prices are not higher, in fact, they are cheaper. While that is no scientific evidence that Windows 8 laptops will be cheaper in general than comparable Windows 7 laptops, it is fair to assume that they won’t be more expensive than their counterparts.

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Final Windows 8 Pricing revealedhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/20/final-windows-8-pricing-revealed/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/20/final-windows-8-pricing-revealed/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:20:58 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95545 Microsoft has been extremely tight lipped about the price of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.The company previously only announced plans to run promotions for people buying eligible PCs with a version of Windows 7 pre-installed, and for users of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 in form of a upgrade promotion.

Existing Windows users who want to upgrade their systems to Windows 8 can buy a digital upgrade of Windows 8 that is available for $39.99 until January 31, 2013. Users who do can’t upgrade or do not want to buy an upgrade copy can purchase Windows 8 Pro, the top of the line retail version of the operating system, for $69.99 until January 31, 2013.

Only customers who buy an eligible PC with a previous version of Windows get to pay less than that. They can upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99. For that, their PC needs to have been purchased between June 2 and January 31.

buy windows 8 pro

See Buy Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 until January 2013, then $199 for additional information about the process.

Mary Jo Foley received word about the full retail pricing of Windows 8. While that has not been confirmed by Microsoft officially yet, the sources usually are dead on the money.

According to Mary Jo’s unnamed sources, Windows 8 system builder copies of Windows 8 will cost roughly the same amount that system builder copies for Windows 7 are available right now. This means that Windows 8 will be available for about $100, the Windows 8 Pro version for $20 to $40 more so that you can expect to pay between $120 to $140 for it. It is likely that these versions will get discounted.

It needs to be noted that it is not clear right now if Microsoft will make available boxed versions of Windows 8 as well, or if the company will rely solely on system builder and digital versions. The company has about a month to release the information to the public, and you can be sure that we will inform you once that happens.

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Rise of Windows 8 chips: first Intel, now AMDhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/17/rise-windows-8-chips-intel-amd/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/17/rise-windows-8-chips-intel-amd/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:21:42 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95538 Chip giant Intel on Friday last week announced that it won’t support Linux on its upcoming Clover Trail Atom processor. The very same day, AMD announced that it is concentrating on supporting Windows 8 with its upcoming AMD Hondo processor, and that it would not support Android at this point in time. Unlike Intel, AMD stated however that engineers were working on Linux support.

One has to distinguish between the processor supporting an operating system and the manufacturer of the processor supporting the operating system. Technically, we are still talking about x86 chips which in theory allows Linux and Android operating systems to run on the x86 microprocessor family. So, theoretically a manufacturer could come along and create a Linux or Android device running AMD Hondo or Intel Clover Trail processors. But they would have to put considerably effort into the project, something that the majority may not won’t.

For Intel and AMD it could be a risky path, considering that both companies are betting big on the success of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. While that’s almost a sure thing for the desktop and laptop market, it is not really clear how well the operating system will do on the tablet market.

While designed with touch in mind and shipping with a tablet-ready interface, Windows 8 marks Microsoft’s entry into the tablet world dominated by Apple’s iPad and to a lesser degree Android devices.

What about users who want a dual-booting system with Linux or Android? AMD Hondo may be the better choice at least where Linux is concerned, considering that Intel won’t support Linux officially and AMD is working on Linux support. For now though the best bet seems to wait and see what is happening after Windows 8 launches. Will the operating system be the success story that everyone believes’ it to be? Or will demand put a blow to expectations?

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Windows Store Apps official name for Metro appshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/13/windows-store-apps-official-metro-apps/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/13/windows-store-apps-official-metro-apps/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:05:27 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95532 I’m not sure how you feel about the whole “we don’t call it Metro anymore” announcement that we discussed some time ago here on Everything Microsoft, but ever since Microsoft has announced that it would refrain from using the term Metro, things have become confusing.

The main reason for this was that no one knew how they should refer to the “interface formerly known as Metro”, since Microsoft never really made a public statement about it. Suggestions ranged from Modern UI to Windows 8 and lots of terms in between.

Microsoft now starts to use the term Windows Store apps more frequently, and it appears to be the official term the company wants anyone to use when referring to apps that users can run in the Windows 8 operating system. That still leaves a few questions unanswered, as we still do not know how the company calls the start page interface itself. Will it be the Windows Store interface, simply startpage, or something completely different?

windows store apps

The common denominator for programs that run on Windows RT and Windows 8 is that they come (mostly) from the Windows Store. That makes the term Windows Store apps okay-ish but not really something that many Windows users will start to use. The majority will probably refer to them as apps, or Windows apps, which quite frankly would make more sense.

According to Mary Jo over at ZDnet, Windows Store won’t be the name for the Metro-design interface of the operating system

So is Microsoft is going to start referring to the Metro design language/philosophy/tiled user interface as “Windows Store”? No. “Windows Store” is, apparently, the new, official replacement for “Metro-Style” only. And what happened to Microsoft’s guidance that folks start referring to Metro apps as “Windows 8″ apps? I guess that’s out the window (pun intended) now….

What about apps that are not sold in the store? Are they also Windows Store apps even though they are not offered in Windows Store? To add to the confusion, what about Windows Phone apps? Are those also Windows Store apps now? Microsoft just announced that it renamed the Windows Phone Marketplace to Windows Phone Store. The most likely name for the apps is therefor Windows Phone Store apps.

I’m not a fan of all the remaining that is going on, and Microsoft’s new choices. What about you?

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Samsung Ativ S and Ativ Tab 10.1 price revealhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/31/samsung-ativ-ativ-tab-101-price-reveal/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/31/samsung-ativ-ativ-tab-101-price-reveal/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 07:21:02 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95516 Take this with a grain of salt as the prices have not yet been confirmed by Samsung officially. Samsung has revealed several of its upcoming devices, mobile phones, tablets and laptops, on the IFA in Berlin. Among the devices were the Samsung Ativ S, a phone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. It is actually the first revealed phone that is running the operating system.

Up until now we did not know anything about pricing or availability. A Dutch online store has now added the Samsung Ativ S in black to its catalog. It is listed for €549 on the store, which could be the real price or a placeholder price.  A price of €549 is about $690; remember that this includes taxes already and that it is not subsidized by a provider.

samsung ativ s black

The Windows Phone 8 smartphone can’t be ordered yet. You can however enter your name, email or mobile phone number to receive an email or free SMS when the phone becomes available. Rumor has it that Windows Phone 8 will officially be released on October 29, only three days after Windows 8 becomes available.

Probably even more interesting than the Samsung Ativ S is the Samsung Ativ Tab 10.1 which the store lists as well. This is one of the new Windows RT tablets that will be available around launch of the Windows 8 operating system.

samsung ativ tab 10.1

The 10.1 inch tablet is listed for €699 which puts it roughly in the same ballpark as Apple’s top of the line iPad with 64 Gigabyte of storage (WiFi only). The storage of the Ativ device is not listed in the store which means that it can either be the 32 or 64 Gigabyte variant.

We do not know if the prices are final or placeholders, and it will likely take another month or two before we find that out.

The tablet price is definitely near the top end of the scale, and it will be interesting to see how low prices can get in regards to Windows RT tablets. While I do not think that we will see a Windows RT tablet for $199, we may see some low end devices starting at $299 after all. (via Beatmaster)

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How to install unsigned drivers in Windows 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/29/install-unsigned-drivers-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/29/install-unsigned-drivers-windows-8/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:44:47 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95484 If you are trying to get old trusted hardware working under Windows 8, or other hardware were no signed drivers have been created by the manufacturer yet, you may have troubles getting the hardware to be recognized by the Windows 8 operating system correctly.

Sometimes you may be lucky and third parties have stepped in to create signed drivers, or the manufacturer eventually will come through to create and distribute a signed driver for the operating system.

Up until then though you can try and install an unsigned driver to get the hardware working under Windows 8. The only problem is that it is not really that simple anymore to load unsigned drivers.

You need to load the driver during the start of the system. Here are the instructions to load unsigned drivers in Windows 8.

  • Make sure you are signed in
  • Press Windows-I to load the Charms Bar
  • Click on Power, hold down the Shift-key, and click on Restart to restart the PC
  • You should see a troubleshooting page come up. Click on Troubleshoot here, and on the next page on Advanced options.
  • Here you find several options, including automatic repair, system image recovery and startup settings. Click on the latter to change the startup behavior of the Windows 8 operating system and click on Restart again on the next page
  • Here you should see an advanced menu with nine different startup options. Press 7 or F7 to disable the driver signature enforcement. Windows 8 should restart the system automatically and the drivers that you have installed or are about to install should be working from that moment on.

disable driver signature enforcement

It is however recommended to check first whether there are updated drivers available. You can find out by visiting the website of the hardware manufacturer. (via Deskmodder)

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Buy Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 until January 2013, then $199http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/21/buy-windows-8-pro-6999-january-2013-199/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/21/buy-windows-8-pro-6999-january-2013-199/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:36:55 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95474 Take the following with a grain of salt as it has not been confirmed officially by Microsoft. Tom Warren over at The Verge reports that sources close to Microsoft have revealed to him that Microsoft will make available the Pro version of Windows 8 for $69.99 until January 31, 2013.

That’s $30 more than the confirmed upgrade price that gets you a copy of Windows 8 Pro provided that you are the owner of a valid Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 license. The retail price after the promotional period goes up to $199 from February 2013 on, which is the same suggested retail price of Windows 7 Home Premium, and $100 less than Windows 7 Professional.

This effectively is a price decrease of $100, and while retail pricing usually gets slashed pretty quickly, it indicates that Microsoft is using an aggressive strategy to push out Windows 8 to the Windows community.

Tom also mentioned that an upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro will be priced for $69.99 during the same promotional period as well. From February 2013 on, the upgrade will be available for a retail price of $69.99

The only pricing that has been officially confirmed by Microsoft is the $14.99 upgrade pricing for Windows 7 PCs that have been purchased from June 2 on until January 31 as long as they are eligible for the upgrade. This is only available for PCs that are eligible, so you best ask the store clerk or support if that is the case before you make the purchase.

You can register for that special upgrade on the official website. All other promotional pricing offers are available from October 26, 2012 onwards.

Pricing in other currencies should be roughly the same, even though it may be a bit higher in some locations like the UK or the Euro zone.

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Multiple Rumors Suggest a Microsoft Surface RT to Launch at $199http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/15/multiple-rumors-suggest-microsoft-surface-rt-launch-199/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/15/multiple-rumors-suggest-microsoft-surface-rt-launch-199/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:03:58 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95429 I’m going to file this one under “I’ll believe it when I see it” and hopefully this comes true, but Engadget is reporting using an anonymous source that the Microsoft-branded and much-anticipated Windows RT tablet will be launching at a ridiculously low price of $199. CNet also posted a few days earlier an article which makes one believe that Acer may know the final price of the Surface RT as well, pleading with Microsoft to price the Surface higher than $199 to minimize the impact of their own tablet offerings.

Keep in mind that Microsoft desperately needs to enter the tablet market and grab some market share and quick before it becomes like the uphill trek the company is currently climbing with Windows Phone.

The $200 price would put the Surface RT in line with the likes of the Kindle Fire and Galaxy Nexus 7 tablet from Google. This could be huge for Microsoft and consumers, but coming from an anonymous source we’ll need to put our hopes in perspective. The tablet, if priced at $199, would need to be heavily subsidized. And this wouldn’t be the first time a product was sold at a loss to gain quicker adoption by the market.

The Lumia 900, Kindle Fire and Galaxy Nexus 7 are all thought to be under-sold in order to gain market share for their companies. Microsoft, who desperately need to join the fray before it’s ruled by Apple and Google may need to take a drastic step to ensure their place in the next wave of computing. I’d say that a $199 premium tablet might be the ticket.

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Microsoft Rename “Metro” To…. Windows 8?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/09/microsoft-rename-metro-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/09/microsoft-rename-metro-windows-8/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:47:58 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95382 Earlier on in the week I covered a story that Microsoft was ditching the “Metro” name that was commonly used when referring to the new user interface in Windows 8. The reason behind this name change was because Microsoft was allegedly infringing on a copyright held by a German superstore.

Microsoft promised us a new name within the week, and according to sources at ZDnet, Microsoft have landed on “Windows 8″ as the new name to replace Metro. Creative… I know right.

I suppose in a way it does make some sense. It’s quite a simple and subtle name change which won’t go causing any major branding issues. “Windows Metro Apps” will now simply be referred to as “Windows 8 Apps”. The “Metro User Interface” will simply be known as the “Windows 8 User Interface”. Nice and simple.

Here’s what ZDNet sources had to say

 Anything currently/formerly known as a “Metro-Style application” (with or without a hyphen) will now be known officially as a “Windows 8 application.” References to the “Metro user interface” will now be replaced by “Windows 8 user interface.” And instead of saying “Metro design,” the Softies and those adhering to their official guidelines will be using the words “Windows 8 design.”

Microsoft haven’t officially released a statement confirming this, but it seems pretty set in stone at this stage. In a recent product announcement page from Lenovo, they advertised “Windows 8 Apps” as a feature of their new Thinkpad Tablet.

It’s quite a straightforward and simple brand change. It’s not going to confuse anyone at least. After all, the “Metro” name was simply a code name that’s been used by Microsoft and Developers alike.

Source:

Zdnet

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How to disable Fast Start in Windows 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/09/disable-fast-start-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/09/disable-fast-start-windows-8/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:52:06 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95378 Windows 8 Release Preview users find an option to turn fast startup on or off in the power options control panel applet. Fast startup, also known as hybrid boot, basically prepares the system for a faster startup the next time by moving important system files into the hiberfil.sys file so that they can be loaded faster during the next system boot.

This only works when you shut down the system, and is activated by default. It appears that Microsoft seems to have removed the option in the Windows 8 RTM, giving users no option in the control panel to control the fast startup feature.

It can happen that fast startup may cause the operating system to run check disk verifications during startup on dual boot systems, which is why it is usually suggested to turn fast boot off on multi-boot Windows installations.

fast boot windows 8

You need to modify two entries in the Registry to turn off Fast Boot in the final version of Windows 8. Open the Windows Registry editor with Windows-r, enter regedit and hit enter, or enter regedit on the new start page of the operating system and select the Registry editor this way.

  • Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\Power
  • Locate the key HiberbootEnabled and double-click on it
  • Set the value of the key to 0 to deactivate fast boot
  • To restore the setting at a later time, change it back to 1.
  • Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power
  • Locate HiberbootEnabled there and double-click the entry
  • Change the value of the key to 0 to deactivate Fast Boot.
  • To restore the key to its original value at a later time, set it back to 1

Windows 8 from the next restart on will no longer use Fast Boot when the system is shut down. Again, I’d only recommend to turn fast boot off if you are noticing issues with check disk during startup. If you are dual booting Windows 7 and 8 for instance, and not noticing any issues, then it is not recommended to turn the feature off. (via Deskmodder)

 

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Windows 8 start screen backgrounds are colorfulhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/08/windows-8-start-screen-backgrounds-colorful/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/08/windows-8-start-screen-backgrounds-colorful/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:50:31 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95372 I like my operating system to be as minimalistic as possible. This may make me a minority in times where everything needs to be glamorous and colorful, but that’s how I grew up and the release of Windows 8 won’t change that. I was for instance never a fan of desktop backgrounds, preferring plain solid color backgrounds over photos of your cat, a romantic sunset or the latest car of your favorite car manufacturer.

Since everyone seems to got hold of the new Windows 8 RTM early, that is everyone but me, I rely on information that those people post to see what has changed in the final version of Windows 8.

Sarvesh has posted all startpage backgrounds of Windows 8 on this blog, and I can’t help myself but say wow, those are colorful. You find some of the existing backgrounds there, and many that look as if they have specifically designed for children working with the operating system. I for one can’t really see myself working with any of the more colorful backgrounds there, especially not in a business environment.

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Then again, if you love bright color backgrounds you probably love the new backgrounds for the startpage. The purple background color may have something to do with it as well as it is probably not the color of choice for business environments. Do the backgrounds look better if you select black, gray or white instead? To be honest I have no idea as I can’t test that right now.

The start screen in the Windows 8 Release Preview can be customized to show a solid color only and no designs, and according to one of the screenshots posted, that’s also possible in the final version of Windows 8.

What’s your take on the backgrounds that Microsoft ships with the Windows 8 operating system?

 

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How to activate Aero under Windows 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/06/activate-aero-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/06/activate-aero-windows-8/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:09:19 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95352 Aero has been an integral part of Windows 7 and there are certainly users who appreciate the look and feel that it added to the operating system. If you are a regular user here you know that Microsoft has done away with some of Aero under Windows 8. What you for instance won’t get anymore are many of the transparency and eye candy effects that made Aero what it is under Windows 7.

If you like your transparency effects, then it may interest you that it is currently possible to activate them under Windows 8 again. This has been tried and tested under the Windows 8 Release Preview, and we will update the article as soon as we get our hands on the RTM to see if it is still working under that version as well.

First, here is a screenshot of Windows 8 with Aero activated

windows 8 aero enabled

Activate Aero under Windows 8

You need to follow the instructions to the letter to activate Aero in your version of Windows 8.

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize from the context menu that opens up.
  2. Locate the High Contrast #1 theme in the Personalization window and activate it with a click on it.
  3. Click on Window Color once the theme has been switched, but do not make any changes to there. Just keep the window open for now.
  4. Right-click on the desktop again and select Personalize again.
  5. Select the default Windows theme under Aero Themes.
  6. You should see the transparency effects right away.
  7. Now click on Save changes on the Window Color and Appearance window and close all open windows.

If everything worked out fine, you should now have transparency effects for all Windows on the desktop. Please note that this seems to only affect windows and the taskbar, but not the startpage interface or other eye candy effects. (via Mike)

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Microsoft Kills Off Metro, But The UI Is Still Herehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/04/microsoft-kills-metro-ui/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/04/microsoft-kills-metro-ui/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2012 21:40:56 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95333 Microsoft has had to officially axe the “Metro” name from it’s new UI in Windows 8. Several people had been wondering if Microsoft were going to keep up the “Metro” name when Windows 8 hits the market. Up until now Microsoft have claimed that it’s just been a code name while they developed Windows 8.

The Verge got a little sneaky look at some internal Microsoft documents which outlined the reasons for the change in them name. A potential trademark dispute arose after talks with an “important European Partner” who is thought to be German retail giant Metro AG.

Metro AG owns a trademark on the word and Microsoft had been threatened with legal action because of the name. In documents that Microsoft sent out to developers months ago, they outlined that “Metro” was the “code name for our design language” and they had picked it because the name was “modern and clean. It’s fast and in motion”.

From now on, Microsoft has asked developers to refer to it as “Windows 8 Style UI” for the time being.

In fairness to Microsoft, they have said right from the beginning, back in 2010 in it’s Windows Phone 7 Metro book that Metro was merely a “code name”. They never officially launched any products under that name.

So now Microsoft’s branding department has to go and put their thinking caps on and come up with a new name for their Metro UI. Microsoft have said that the Windows team is “working on a replacement term” and plans to “land on that by the end of this week”.

The Metro name is now most certainly debunked, but the UI that’s been developed around it is definitely here to stay.

Source:

The Verge 

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Windows 8 RTM Leakhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/02/windows-8-rtm-leak/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/02/windows-8-rtm-leak/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2012 06:55:57 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95330 It was inevitable that someone would leak the RTM of the next version of Windows. Less than 24 hours after Microsoft announced that it had build the Windows 8 RTM, the Enterprise version made its debut on various file sharing sites on the Internet. RTM is another word for the final version of a software that is ready for distribution to be sold through retail channels and made available on OEM devices.

What’s interesting in this regard is that it is Enterprise N that leaked, a version of Windows designed specifically for the European market shipping without the company’s media player.

The following information were posted on various sites:

MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.ENTERPRISE-N.RTM.X64.VOLUME.ENGLISH.NON_BOOT_DVD-SAMOVARWZT
BUILD: 9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247
9200.16384.120725-1247_x64fre_enterprisen_en-us_VL_EnterpriseN-NONBOOT_DVD.rar
SIZE: 3,009,678,501 byte
SHA-1: 06E84C99BB14949443018DC4E6447A7501BD25E4
MD5: B70FE9CDE8B3C5E7E360660F64F8FF58
NOTE: this is original files NON-boot DVD M$ distributive.
“ENTERPRISE-N” version Windows 8 not include Windows Media Player

According to users who commented on the release it appears to the real deal so to speak.  I’d like to point out at this moment that pirated software may include malicious code that its distributors have added to the software. That’s another reason not to go after the release, with the other one being that it is not legal to do so.

It also appears that the release does not include an activation crack so that users can only use it for 30 days before it needs to be registered. While it is possible that the rearm commands work, it is still another limitation.

Microsoft is staying tight lipped about the leak and it is likely that it will stay that way. If you are interested in Windows 8 you can grab a copy of the operating system when it comes out on October 26, 2012, or, if you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, or Microsoft Partner, as early as August 15 from official sources.

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Windows 8 to include instructions on how to use ithttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/02/windows-8-include-instructions/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/02/windows-8-include-instructions/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:59:04 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95322 The Windows 8 RTM release is just a day old and we are already seeing new information about the operating system on the Internet. Darren Baker has posted screenshots of the Windows 8 installation process all the way from booting  over customizations to signing in for the first time. Now, this may not sound too spectacular but Darren managed to unveil how Microsoft plans to educate new users of the operating system about the new controls that are needed to use it efficiently.

The process begins after account creation, which means that users who install the operating system on the PC, and users who buy a PC with a preinstalled copy of Windows 8, will both get the instructions on how to use the system.

So, here are the instructional screens that you will see on first log in:

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The instructions begin with information on how to use the new touch controls of the operating system. It is not clear if those instructions will be included on systems without touch screen as David used one to demonstrate the installation process. After two pages of touch screen instructions come instructions on how to use the mouse in the operating system.

The instructions explain that you can move the mouse into any corner to bring up the menu. This may indicate a change from the release preview where only the right corners displayed the menu on mouse over. It seems unlikely that Microsoft would instruct users to move into any corner if only the right corners would activate the Charms menu.

Will users have the option to display the instructions again at a later point in time? We do not know that either yet, but it is again likely that there will be an option.

What’s your take on the instructions? Do they explain the new interface concepts or do not they cover enough?

 

 

 

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WIndows 8 to Include 20 Different Metro Themeshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/31/windows-8-include-20-metro-themes/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/31/windows-8-include-20-metro-themes/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:39:33 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95290 As Windows 8 has progressed from the Developer Preview until now the start screen has become more and more customizable. From a variety of color combinations to metro-themed Start screen backgrounds the Start screen can be made your own. There are, however, limitations to what users can do with the Start screen and whether what Microsoft provides will be enough will, vary from user to user.

In a screenshot from Win8China, we can see the Windows 8 Start screen customization screen with the new theme options. The new build apparently includes 20 different backgrounds with varying designs and a whole palette of color combinations.

Of course, the question for many that remains is why Microsoft doesn’t allow users to use their own wallpapers as the start screen background. The answer is unclear, but I’ve heard that it is a limitation of the semantic zoom feature not being compatible with normal background picture files.

I’m sure as the Metro experience in Windows 8 matures we will see more options for customization, but as it stands it appears that users will have to keep their own custom pictures on the desktop wallpaper and on the unlock screen. Is this enough customization for most users. I guess we’ll wait and see.

 

 

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Windows 8 App Price $1.49http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/27/windows-8-app-price/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/27/windows-8-app-price/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2012 20:18:56 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95219 $1.49. Not $.99. That will be the cost of apps on the Windows 8 store.  Microsoft, in order to encourage app developers to make Windows 8 Apps, will be charging consumers more, but giving Windows 8 developers more for their product.

A Developers Dream?

Apple showed how successful the Apple store was for delivering state of the art Apps to consumers. Developers were very happy. But with Windows 8 developers will have the opportunity to do some different things not currently available with Apps. For instance, developers can choose to release free apps, and support them with in-app purchases. Also, Windows 8 will allow seven-day trial periods for users to test paid apps before purchasing them. According to a Microsoft blog, Apps that pursue a trial period marketing process have earned as much as five times as much as apps that don’t.

PCWorld

Then there is the percent of sale issue. Microsoft will get 30% of the sales generated by an app, but if it turns out to be a successful commercial app, they will lower their take to 20%, so developers can earn more. Plus the app can contain free advertising if the developer want to offer the free app.

Break Even

Being an app developer takes talent. It also takes time to develop and time to make any money on the app. Earning money with Windows Phone app is small,  just about $1,234 per month. Compare that almost $3,700 per month for what an iOS developer can expect,  and it is still  less than the $2,735 an average that an Android app makes. Further, it takes a Windows Phone developer more than a year, about 14 months, to break even, and that is double the time earning period for iOS developers.  This is why Microsoft is even paying developers to write apps.

Microsoft is App Develop Friendly

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Microsoft offered to underwrite Windows Phone app development in order to get developers to inject their talents on the Windows Phone market. Has this been successful? Well  Business Week reported that Microsoft has 100,000 apps in its Windows Phone library. So they must be doing something right.

The Windows 8 function

Behind the change in app marketing is the concern that Windows 8 will not be cutting edge enough, so users are going to skip the program and stick to Windows 7 or worse go to the iPad or some other tablet. Because the publicity tied around Windows 8 is astronomical, meaning that almost everyone has an opinion about it, “it’s great or it s#cks.” Microsoft is taking multiple approaches to making the Windows 8 OS a success before the release occurs. Windows 8 App development is one.

Source ReadWriteWeb

 

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Windows 8 Release Date October 26http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/20/windows-8-release-date-october-26/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/20/windows-8-release-date-october-26/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:44:32 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95165 October 22, 2009 the debut of Windows 7 occurred. Now three years later, almost to the day, October 26, 2012 Windows 8 will be released. There has probably not been so much anticipation about a Microsoft Operating System product since Windows 95. Windows 95, after all, marked the beginning of Microsoft’s move away from the Windows NT OS version.

The Schedule

The Windows 8 version will be released to manufacturing in August. This means that for the next several weeks, the final changes will be implemented and tested. If those changes pass the test, they will be implemented, if not they will be held back and reserved for release in service packs in the future.

One thing though is that their hardware / OS software implementations should not be on the last go round. I mean if they don’t have the hardware and the OS configured to run correctly by this time, then you can expect several explosions to occur either at the manufacturing level, or when they release the product to the public.

On the other hand, final software changes will take place so that the Metro user interface operates as it should, taking into account suggestions either made by developers or by the public.

 

What to expect

So once the OS appears what will happen? Microsoft will announce the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 for $39.99.  In addition if you want more, you can add Windows Media Center at no cost through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.


The Windows Media Center lets you watch TV and movies, and listen to your favorite music, right from your PC.

When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will give you a detailed compatibility report. It will let you know of any potential issues you may have to address before or after the upgrade and it will outline actions to take. Then if everything is ok it will walk you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then start the installation.

 

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Acer Offering Free Windows 8 Pro Upgradeshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/14/acer-offering-free-windows-8-pro-upgrades/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/14/acer-offering-free-windows-8-pro-upgrades/#comments Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:18:39 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95021 Acer have announced that they will be offering their users free upgrades to Windows 8 Pro if they purchase an Acer Ultrabook with Windows 7 now. The deal applies on the Acer Aspire M3, M5, S3 and S5 and is valid for any devices purchased between June 2nd and January 31st 2013, the same period as Microsoft’s Windows 8 upgrade deal.

Microsoft’s own upgrade scheme entitles users to a copy of Windows 8 Pro when it’s released for just $14.99 if they purchase a Windows 7 machine now. Microsoft will also be offering upgrades to all users with a copy of either Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP for just $39.99 when Windows 8 is released, sometime in October.

Acer won’t be supplying you with a copy of Windows 8 directly however. The way the process will work is as follows:

You claim your upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at the special price of $14.99 via Microsoft’s website. Once you’ve paid and received your copy of Windows 8, you can then go to Acers Windows Refund site and submit an application to have that $14.99 refunded.

The latest Acer Ultrabook deserves the latest operating system, so upgrade your Acer Ultrabook to Windows 8 through the Microsoft Upgrade Program and then Acer will refund the cost of your upgrade,

It’s a nice gesture from Acer in fairness, they have worked hard in the Ultrabook category, trying to push these new breed of laptops into the market.

Windows 8 is a steal anyway as it is, Microsoft has never sold an OS for as cheap as the $39.99 that Windows 8 will cost, so it’s certainly worthwhile to upgrade to it.

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Windows 8 will be available October 2012http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/09/windows-8-october-2012/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/09/windows-8-october-2012/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:10:19 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94958 Microsoft has just revealed that its next operating system Windows 8 will be available at the end of October 2012. News broke earlier today at the Worldwide Partner Conference when Tami Reller announced that first devices with the operating system would ship at that time. The Windows 8 RTM, the last step that still needs undertaking before the release of the final version is expected to be available in the first week of August.

Availability at the end of October means that Microsoft and its hardware partners will benefit from the Holiday season, which is the most important season of the year for obvious reasons.

One of the first devices that we can expect to see in October will be a Samsung Windows RT tablet, a version of the operating system optimized for ARM processors. This particular version of the operating system will ship with Microsoft Office, but is not capable of running regular desktop applications otherwise.

It will be interesting to see how the tablet fares against Microsoft’s own Surface tablet which may be released at around the same time.

windows 7 to 8 upgrade

It is likely that Microsoft’s Windows 8 Upgrade promotion will also start in October of 2012. We have reported earlier that Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users are all eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. This is a very convenient way for consumers, as Microsoft has done away with upgrade limitations based on the Windows versions.

All Windows users pay $39.99 for the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, regardless of the version they have access to.

There is however a difference in upgrade procedure, as only Windows 7 users can migrate their installed applications, preferences and personal files during the upgrade. Vista users are limited to preferences and personal files, while XP users can only migrate their personal files and nothing else.

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Windows 8 Upgrades limited to PCs with previous Windows versionhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/04/windows-8-upgrades-limited-pcs-previous-windows-version/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/04/windows-8-upgrades-limited-pcs-previous-windows-version/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:19:19 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94893 Options to install Windows 8 using an upgrade version of the operating system on a blank PC, one without Windows operating system, do not seem to be available anymore according to a comment left by Microsoft Communication’s Manager Brandon LeBlanc.

LeBlanc notes that upgrades can only be installed on a PC if a previous version of Windows is installed on it. This is different from how upgrades were handled in previous versions of Windows, where it was possible to install the operating system from an upgrade disc even if no other operating system was installed on the PC.

There may still be options to use the upgrade to install Windows 8 on a PC without operating system, but we have to wait for that until the operating system gets released. For now though we have to assume that upgrades are only available if a previous Windows operating system, Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, are installed on the PC.

windows 8 upgrade

Windows 8 Release Preview users are the only other exception, as it is also possible to upgrade from the RP version to the final version of Windows 8 using upgrade versions of the new operating system. Windows 8 users are on the other hand limited when it comes to data that they can migrate from the operating system. Like Windows XP users, they can only migrate personal files to the new version of Windows.

Vista users on the other hand can migrate personal files and settings, while Windows 7 users add installed applications on top of that.

We have covered the upgrade options previously on the site. Check out Full Upgrades to Windows 8 Only Possible from Windows 7 and Microsoft Announce Windows 8 Pro Upgrade For Just $39.99 for additional coverage.

What’s your take on the new requirement? Lets discuss in the comments below.

 

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Microsoft Announce Windows 8 Pro Upgrade For Just $39.99http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/02/microsoft-announce-windows-8-pro-upgrade-3999/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/02/microsoft-announce-windows-8-pro-upgrade-3999/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:52:21 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94868 Today Microsoft have announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 users will be able to download the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for a mere $39.99.

This is significantly cheaper than what it normally costs to upgrade to a new version of Windows. This special offer only applies to those who buy it online, if you want a boxed DVD version of it you’ll be paying out $69.99 at retail, which still isn’t bad.

However this special offer will run for a limited time only, Microsoft seem to have set a deadline of January 31st 2013. The download will be available in 37 different languages in over 100 countries around the world. Microsoft have also made it as simple as possible for users to upgrade to Windows 8 as well as being affordable.

When you purchase via windows.com you will launch the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, designed to walk you through every step of the way.

You can pause and resume your download, burn it to a disk, create an image on a USB or save the download for later use. It will then ask you what files and settings you want to keep (what you can keep depends on the operating system you’re upgrading from)

The tool will also let you know if you’re computer is compatible with Windows 8 and if there is going to be any issues with drivers that need to be resolved.

This is a great promotion by Microsoft to try and get Windows 8 sales off to a flying start. A price point of $39.99 is certainly quite appealing to customers who are unsure of whether or not to upgrade to Windows 8. It’s certainly a lot more affordable then the couple of hundred dollars we’re used to paying for Windows 7 Ultimate.

Of course this will be a limited time offer so be sure to take advantage of it when Windows 8 is finally released.

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Full Upgrades to Windows 8 Only Possible from Windows 7http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/01/full-upgrades-windows-8-windows-7/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/01/full-upgrades-windows-8-windows-7/#comments Sun, 01 Jul 2012 13:13:18 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94858 Reports claim that Microsoft has told it’s partners that full upgrades to Windows 8 will only be possible with Windows 7 machines. ZDNet cited unnamed sources who said that Microsoft has shared this news with selected partners.

Microsoft did announce a few upgrade paths for the Windows 8 Consumer preview when they released that back in February, and they are still pretty much the same.

While Microsoft has apparently revealed this information to their partners, they’ve been somewhat secretive when it comes to sharing it with the general consumer. When Window 7 was being released, Microsoft had already announced the different upgrade paths by this time,  but they had also announced an actual release date as well, along with discounted pre-order offers.

 

So here’s what we can expect:

  • Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium PCs will be able for a full upgrade to Windows 8. That means that all applications, data, user accounts and Windows settings will be kept.
  • Users will also be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, whilst keeping all applications, data, user accounts and Windows settings.
  • For those looking to upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise, only Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise versions will be able to make the move and retain applications, data, user accounts and Windows settings.
  • Windows Vista users however won’t be quite as lucky. If you don’t have SP1 installed you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 but only your personal files/data will be saved. If you have SP1 installed your system settings along with your data will be carried across in the move.
  • Windows XP users will only be able to upgrade to Windows 8 and keep their personal files/data if they have Service Pack 3 or higher installed.
  • Users won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 8 and keep their Windows settings, files or applications if they are doing a cross-language installation. However there is an additional option that allows you to keep your data if you do the install using Windows 8 Setup
  • For those of you looking to change architecture ie. 32 bit to 64 bit, you won’t be able to do this. You’ll have to completely wipe your hard drive and install Windows 8 from scratch.

These upgrade paths are very similar to the ones that were available with Windows 7. However Microsoft did make a greater effort to make the upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 as painless as possible since Windows XP had a very large proportion of the market at the time.

 

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Microsoft Renames Windows Explorer to File Explorerhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/30/microsoft-renames-windows-explorer-file-explorer/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/30/microsoft-renames-windows-explorer-file-explorer/#comments Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:45:46 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94835 While Microsoft have made quite a number of tweaks in the recent Consumer Preview of Windows 8, they also promised that there was a few more little surprises in store for us by the time the final Release To Manufacturing (RTM) copy of Windows 8 hits stores.

The latest little tweak that we’ve discovered is quite minor, but relevant none the less. Microsoft have no renamed the “Windows Explorer” to “File Explorer“. However none of the functionality of it has changed what so ever, it’s merely just a name change.

The change was originally discovered by Win8China who were able to get their eyes on some of the latest builds of Windows 8. Microsoft must be getting pretty close to the final build of Windows 8 at this stage especially since some reckon that the RTM version of Windows 8 will be released towards the end of July.

File Explorer

Image Credit: The Verge

A bit of further research might shed some light as to why Microsoft has decided to carry out this change. In the early days of Windows, Microsoft used to use the “File Explorer” which allowed users to create and manage files and directories. However once Windows 95 came along Microsoft renamed this to “Windows Explorer”. What’s also worth noting is that Microsoft also introduced the start button in Windows 95.

Now jump forward 17 years and we have Windows 8 which has seen the start button axed from it’s iconic position. Isn’t it a coincidence that Microsoft have now also renamed “Windows Explorer” back to “File Explorer”?

I’m sure we can expect to see a few more little tweaks like this in the RTM version of Windows 8, but I would be very surprised if there was any major new features introduced at such a late stage.

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Windows 8 RTM Could Be Delivered Next Monthhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/26/windows-8-rtm-delivered-month/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/26/windows-8-rtm-delivered-month/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:45:47 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94795 Microsoft are certainly steaming ahead with the development of Windows 8. The Release Preview is pretty close to the final product that will finally ship to the public and more news today suggests that Microsoft are certainly flying it and doing their very best to get Windows 8 out to manufacturers as soon as they can.

The latest reports suggest that Microsoft will have the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 available for manufacturers by the end of July. Wzor, a well known Windows enthusiast who has been known to leak plenty of Windows information managed to get his hands on a screenshot of a copy of Windows 8 that was labelled RTM on Microsoft’s internal network.

The untranslated post from Wzor

Of course anyone could quite easily fake a screenshot like this so it’s by no means a solid piece of evidence. Wzor tipped Neowin that the build number for the final RTM of Windows 8 will be build  8500.0.120623-1707. There’s also something else worth noting here. Wzor reckons that the release date will be sometime between the 17th-20th of July, which also happens to be smack bang in the middle of Microsoft’s annual MGX conference.

It would make sense for Microsoft to announce the RTM as this event for a number of reasons. Firstly this event is primarily for Microsoft’s sales and marketing team to work their magic. Secondly, if Microsoft want to make sure that they can get a range of Windows 8 products out for the holiday season, they need to wrap Windows 8 up as soon as possible.

Microsoft followed a similar pattern with Windows 7. Windows 7 hit RTM status on the 22nd of July 2009, so three years later it looks like it’s successor will hit RTM status around that time too. This will give Microsoft and it’s OEM partners plenty of time to get Windows 8 products ready for the holiday period. Windows 7 landed in stores towards the end of October, bang on time for the holiday shopping season, and I’m sure Microsoft will be looking to do this again with Windows 8.

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What They’re Saying About Microsoft’s Surface Tabletshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/19/theyre-microsofts-surface-tablets/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/19/theyre-microsofts-surface-tablets/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:50:55 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94680 Microsoft shocked us all with two beautiful, finely-crafted tablets for Windows 8. Viewing the presentation, there is no doubt that Microsoft’s engineers and designers actually put time and effort into every aspect of the hardware. Something that we wonder about with most other PC manufactures. Still, there will be the typical anti-Microsoft technorati spewing biased drivel about the new devices. The initial verdict, however, is in and it appears that Microsoft did in fact send a message to fans, employees, tech sites, competitors and partners: Microsoft is invested in Windows 8, so much so that they’ve created their own hardware as a template for the high-end devices they feel should run the coming OS.

Here’s what folks are saying about yesterday’s announcement and Surface devices:

Microsoft NAILS IT! Way to go Microsoft! Surface looks AWESOME! Can’t wait to get some Unreal Engine games on those babies! – MARK REIN, Epic Games CEO

Less than an hour later, I and the rest of the world learned about Microsoft’s new tablet computer. It looks amazing. If Apple made a device with these specs and features, I’d be vibrating with excitement. – ANDY IHNATKO, Chicago Sun Times

Here it is, Microsoft Surface, the all new, Microsoft-made tablet. We just had our hands on the sleek new device, and we must say — it does feel incredibly well designed. – JOSHUA TOPOLSKY, The Verge

Microsoft just pulled off a showy, big-time event…That’s a hell of an achievement, and even more impressively, that hardware looks good. Really good. But, things aren’t perfect. – TIM STEVENSs, Engadget

Microsoft should be applauded for making many big bets with Windows 8. The Surface tablet is just the latest of these bets. And it’s certainly pretty to look at. – PAUL THURROTT, WinSuperSite

Microsoft’s new Surface tablets are exquisitely engineered, and no one can accuse them of being me-too products. Yesterday’s launch was impressive, but it also left many questions unanswered. – ED BOTT, ZDNet

Microsoft’s introduction of its Surface tablet engendered buzz like no other we’ve seen from Microsoft. The big question is, does it stand up to the hype? The answer, succinctly, is yes. – MELISSA J. PERENSON, PCWorld

Microsoft has done the best job that I have seen to date to combine a tablet and a laptop into a hybrid. Hybrids traditionally have a checkered history. – NIGAM ARORA, Forbes

First and foremost, the new Surface tablet, which was announced Monday in Los Angeles, is clearly designed for the creator in mind. – NICK BILTON, New York Times

Obviously, I’ve had to pick out some quotes from each of these writers and bloggers to generally sum up their impressions of the device. The main theme I came across is that Microsoft has possibly something great on their hands. However, price, availability and the impact on their partners remains to be seen, so a final verdict will have to wait.

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Windows 8 PC’s, Linux, and the UEFIhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/11/windows-8-pcs-linux-uefi/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/11/windows-8-pcs-linux-uefi/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:06:50 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94555 Microsoft’s Windows 8 should be making its debut around October 2012. For PC manufacturers, that will have the new OS it means that a new format for multiple OS operations will be strictly limited. At the heart of this is the notion that all Windows 8 licensed hardware will be shipping with secure boot enabled by default in their replacement for the BIOS, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). Meaning, that PC’s with the Windows 8 format, will only be able to use Windows 8, no multiple OS on track, not even XP.

That said, Linux has found a way to make it possible to be a part of a Windows 8 PC. Buy a security key. This comes from Fedora Linux, which is Red Hat’s community distribution system. They have found a way around this: you have to sign up with Microsoft, through Verisign, to make a Windows 8 system compatible UEFI secure boot key. The cost is $99. And this will result in the Windows 8 PC to allow the adding of a separate OS to the PC system.

The Secure Boot

At the heart of this debate is the secure boot operation. Obviously, with all the security problems going around the world, it has become more important to have the BIOS more secure to help prevent breaches that can affect not only the OS but also the entire computer. Keeping the BIOS secure is important for that reason.

However, will that really work? We have seen how clever hackers have been. They have managed to go after the Justice department, Google, Sony, and other major players in government or corporations. Hacking the BIOS and by passing the security of the UEFI key may only be a matter of time.

Still, for Linux users, they may not have an alternative since most new PC’s will have the Windows 8 OS automatically installed, and with it the UEFI security key.

 

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Windows 8: Improved Video Decoding Efficiencyhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/09/windows-8-improved-video-decoding-efficiency/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/09/windows-8-improved-video-decoding-efficiency/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2012 19:11:18 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94547 One of the shortcomings of Windows 8 in comparison to some editions of its predecessors is the lack of native DVD playback support. This may not be a big issue to the majority of users, who either never watch movies on the computer, or use third party applications instead that allow them to playback DVDs, Blu-Rays and other discs. If you until now relied on Windows for that though, you will be in for a surprise (check out VLC Media Player for instance, a free program that supports DVD media playback).

Not everything turns south though when it comes to media playback in Windows 8. Microsoft today revealed that the company managed to improve the system’s video decoding efficiency by a  lot. One of the most important advancements is a reduction in cpu utilization for video playback and webcam capture previews.

windows 8 video playback

The figure above compares the average cpu utilization between Windows 7 and Wndows 8 when playing back 720p VC1/H.264 video clips and webcam capture previews. If the values are correct, Windows 8 uses less than half the cpu cycles that Windows 7 uses to play back the same videos or when using the webcam. It is likely that low-end users will benefit the most from the efficiency optimizations.

Another improvement that Windows 8 users will benefit from is a power consumption reduction when audio contents are played on the system. Again something that mobile users benefit from thanks to a longer battery life in these situations.

Microsoft lastly has also posted a table with audio and video formats that Metro apps can make use of. Please note that some of the formats, codecs and components are only available in the Windows 8 Media Center Pack or Windows 8 Pro Pack.

  • Formats: Mpeg-4, ASF, Mpeg-2 PS, Mpeg-2 TS, 3GPP, 3GPP2, Avi, Mp3, AAC LATM, AAC LOAS, ADTS, WAV
  • Codecs or components: H.264, H.263, Motion JPEG, Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2, Mpeg-4, VC-1, WMV 7,8,9 DV, Raw (NV12, YUY2, RGB32), AAC, HE-AAC, Dolby Digital (non-disc), Dolby-Digital Plus (non-disc), MP3, WMA, Mpeg-1 Layer I and II, Mpeg-2, ULAWm PCM, ADPCM.

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Further information about Windows 8′s as a media platform are available on the Building Windows 8 blog.

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Windows 8 Antivirus To Be Activated As Last Resorthttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/04/windows-8-antivirus-activated-resort/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/04/windows-8-antivirus-activated-resort/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:20:08 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94470 To date, the different editions of Windows 8 that we have seen all came running Microsoft’s own Windows Defender antivirus software as default. However it looks like this won’t be the case when it’s finally released to the public.

According to Gary Davis, director of global consumer product marketing for McAfee, Microsoft will be giving third party vendors preference  and letting them choose what antivirus they want to install to protect PCs.

Normally OEM’s prefer to include trial versions of antivirus software to get consumers up and running, then they try and get them to purchase the software.

Sources say that Microsoft have come under a lot of pressure from their OEM partners to do this. Of course this is quite a large source of revenue for them so I doubt that they would be too happy if Microsoft took this away from them.

Instead Windows 8 will only activate Windows Defender if it detects that no other antivirus software is installed on the computer. Even if Windows 8 detects that no more antivirus updates are being installed, it will offer Windows Defender as a possible solution to the problem.

When the PC stops receiving AV signature updates, probably because a trial antivirus has expired, Windows 8 begins a 15-day countdown. During those 15 days, the Action Center, will continue to warn the user that the AntiVirus software has expired and provide them with information on how to renew it. Then at the end of those 15 days, the user will be presented with the option to install Windows Defender to protect their PC.

Up until now, Windows 8 came with Windows Defender activated as default, but this is probably because Microsoft would rather that Windows 8 was protected by their own software than by third party companies who haven’t had a chance to optimise their software for the new operating system yet.

I think it’s quite important that Microsoft allow OEM’s to choose their own antivirus is Microsoft wants to maintain a good relationship with them.

Source:

Computerworld

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Windows 8 Release Preview Downloads Onlinehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/31/windows-8-release-preview-downloads-online/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/31/windows-8-release-preview-downloads-online/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 20:49:20 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94442 Microsoft has just made available the Windows 8 Release Preview downloads. News broke earlier that Microsoft had the intention to release the new development version of Windows 8 today, and not in the first week of June 2012 as originally assumed.

All downloads are available as ISO images and in form of the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. You find all ISO links of the Windows 8 Release Preview on this website. We have added them all below for your convenience. Please note that all versions share the same product key, and that other language editions are not available.

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English

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xD76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Arabic

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x0C07A0501840517AE789B4EA82EDE061F4E42CE9
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x95B8948DB8AF1559B03ADA5A85B7987CFD456544

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Chinese (Simplified)

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.4 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC21B69413E08FCFB756EEDB2B99D0C0472486D1C
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.6 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xF9FAF5910275832EA03F630CD5803565C03C8F31

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Chinese (Traditional)

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.4 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x1556802DEA81A7B3E3159E99F911C1C855B20B24
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.6 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC617D24A48E5A5A2329CBA5DED2B08EBB7463FD0

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

French

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x132ED51FAD11EF626BD330288822D68603C5C560
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x2F434DDD06ADDD38A972E3E71CA059BD9A4416CD

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

German

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC0117244B5E018BBF01F6242BF9020D27918A12F
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x019E239D0990B8C04505F5248DDBD067FC3CAF42

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Japanese

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x6393BA8BC2DD3CBD7B55D00B9D9587843BDB05CD
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xE28666272702351491CCB713DC66E064D88BA994

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Korean

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC4CFD5F2DD54CDC44FCFE5D69122931DEDA57DF6
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xB605E1428852503C0E7E3490815E96A3101F2C55

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Portuguese (Brazil)

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x90B07E56008FAB64AD9CA47F86CC6D99150FBF8A
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x91AE86FACBBC4D6FAFED0239D15542C28F37827D

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Russian

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x10F9F738593BC740561DA8AB247F5CEF3ABA65BB
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x7A473B0D7F5DB3E949915D2A2F361FAE92A52538

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Spanish

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x6E6C4B9D5788BF2BF72E1AC8F1F1D6FA0241311C
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x533CA552681DFC9F347633F2BA1B5224BEF22EB3

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Swedish

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x632DB171AAD356E52930A745D92328055128CB8D
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x0BBB1EC6F68D4D0DAB0130853B5C6543882ED256

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Turkish

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x9086CAA101C872DAB529CA8A01F7C7370986837B
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x509E6D4331F965BCA4102968016E5AD6B05769BF

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Windows 8 System Requirements

The system requirements for the Windows 8 Release Preview are as following:
  • 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 with WDDM driver

You can alternatively download the 5 Megabyte big Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant if you plan to upgrade your current version of Windows to the Release Preview.

Happy downloading.

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The Verge: Windows 8 RP to Be Available Tomorrow (May 31st)http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/30/verge-windows-8-rp-tomorrow-31st/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/30/verge-windows-8-rp-tomorrow-31st/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 04:14:14 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94428 Microsoft originally promised that they would release the Windows 8 Release Preview within the first week of June and they appear to be right on time and even a little early if The Verge’s sources are correct.

As the story (or unnamed sources) goes, Microsoft has been prepping the Release Preview Candidate for some time and seem poised for an early release to quiet the naysayers that doubted whether the software giant could tackle the great “re-imagining” of Windows.

The post also reveales via these same sources that the preview versiion will include flash within the metro version of Internet Explorer 10.

Here’s hoping The Verge is correct. I simply will not mess around with the leaked versions floating around on torrent sites and I’d love to get my hands dirty in the latest build of Windows 8.

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Microsoft Account Screenshots Leakhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/29/microsoft-account-screenshots-leak/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/29/microsoft-account-screenshots-leak/#comments Tue, 29 May 2012 15:50:58 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94406 If you have tested one of the public preview versions of Windows 8, you my have logged into an account with your Windows Live ID. This is one of the new features of the operating system to consolidate services. You may have also read about Microsoft’s plans to ditch the Windows Live name, and merge several account related services into the new Microsoft Account service.

Existing Windows Live users will keep their login credentials and all associated information, but get on top of that access to new features that Microsoft plans to introduce with the Microsoft Account. As Microsoft notes:

Microsoft account is our identity service for individuals who use Microsoft products and services. You can use your Microsoft account to sign in to your Windows 8 PC, and then use the same account to check your billing for services like Xbox LIVE, Zune, and the Windows 8 app store.

Screenshots of the new Microsoft account profile website were published a few days ago on the Liveside website highlighting some new features, and a new metro-style layout.

microsoft account home

This highlights the new minimalistic design that Microsoft will roll out across many of the company services. A click on the name in the top right corner of the screen shows linked accounts, and shortcuts to account settings and the profile.

privacy settings

The privacy settings basically define information sharing and visibility options. It is a simplistic privacy model with only four options which obviously is less confusing than Facebook’s or Google’s privacy system.

account integration

A new feature is the ability to add accounts to the Microsoft Account. Doing so enables users to perform various activities, like chatting with their Facebook friends, having access to their Flickr photos and videos, or seeing their Google and Linkedin contacts.

Keep in mind that all features and options are subject to change, as Microsoft is still working on the new product. As always, we will keep you updated with news once they are released.

 

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IE10 Will Have Native Flash Integration in Windows 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/24/ie10-native-flash-integration-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/24/ie10-native-flash-integration-windows-8/#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 12:16:53 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94364 Surprise, surprise. A few month ago Microsoft revealed its plans to ship the Windows 8 operating system with two distinctly different versions of the company’s own Internet Explorer web browser. Internet Explorer 10 for desktop, which is the successor of Internet Explorer 9, and then a special Metro version of the Internet browser, which is a minimalistic version, tab-less, and without support for browser plugins.

A plugin-less browser is a bold move in times where the move towards HTML5 is still underway, where plugins like Adobe Flash, or even Microsoft’s own Silverlight plugin, are used widely on the Internet.

Today news broke that Microsoft may have found a way to circumvent the plugin-less approach for Adobe’s Flash plugin. The basic idea here is to integrate Flash natively into Internet Explorer 10, so that it is not a browser plugin, but a native feature of the browser.

This basically means that Ie10 users who work with the Metro version of the browser, will be able to access Flash contents in the browser after all. The integration seems to replicate – more or less – Chrome’s native integration of the technology.

With Chrome and Internet Explorer supporting Flash natively, Flash will be automatically installed on the majority of browsers.  Both companies benefit from the arrangement. Adobe manages to sneak their Flash plugin into another browser, ensuring its future availability ddespite the move towards HTLM5 technologies, and Microsoft can appease their customers who may have caused a storm of support requests otherwise why their favorite media or entertainment site is not working properly in the company’s latest browser.

According to Rafael Rivera, Flash will however be only available for select sites, and not all Internet sites.

So, Microsoft has extended the Internet Explorer Compatibility View list to include rules for popular Flash-based web sites that are known to meet certain criteria. That is, Flash is supported for only those popular but legacy web sites that need it. This feature is not broadly available for all sites.

It is not clear yet if IE10 users will be allowed to edit the compatibility list to make sure that Flash contents run on sites that they like to visit. As always, we will keep you updated when we have more information available.

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Windows 8 Boots too fasthttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/22/windows-8-boots-fast/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/22/windows-8-boots-fast/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 21:14:22 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94327 Microsoft has been working on improving the boot process of the Windows operating system ever since the company started working on Windows 7. Windows XP users who upgraded or purchased a PC with Windows Vista noticed longer boot times, which Microsoft managed to reduce again to XP levels in Windows 7. Improvements continued to flow into the boot process, and thanks to new hardware like Solid State Drives and UEFI, PCs with Windows 8 boot a lot faster than their older versions. It still depends a lot on the hardware, but Microsoft managed to boot into Windows 8 in seven seconds on PCs with UEFI and SSDs.

Everything is golden if you want to boot in the operating system, but what if you do not want to do that? What if you want to open recovery and repair options by pressing the F8 key? Microsoft notes in a new blog post that Windows users have 200ms for that, and that the fastest typers in the company managed to hit a key roughly every 250ms. That’s a problem for a number of reasons, from Microsoft employees frantically hammering away on the F8 key to get it right, and restarting if not, to less time for information to be displayed on the screen.

Microsoft is addressing the issue in three different ways:

  • A single menu for every boot option
  • Loading the boot menu automatically when problems are recognized by Windows 8
  • Options to load the boot options menu from within the Windows 8 operating system.

A single boot menu

The core vision behind the boot options menu is to create a single place for every option that affects the startup behavior of the Windows 8 PC.

Boot Options menu

The main boot menu displays the following options:

  • Continue – Exit and continue to Windows 8
  • Use a device – Use a USB drive, network connection, or Windows recovery DVD
  • Use another operating system – Continue with another installed version of Windows
  • Troubleshoot – Refresh or reset your PC, or use advanced tools
  • Turn off your PC

Advanced options

The advanced options display links to System Restore, the Command Prompt, System Image Recovery, Automatic Repair, UEFI Firmware Settings on UEFI systems, and Windows Startup Settings

Windows Startup Settings

Loading the boot menu automatically when problems are recognized by Windows 8

Windows 8 basically comes with diagnostic tools that analyze the operating system’s startup and operations. When diagnostics notices issues, for instance if the PC fails to boot into Windows 8, or of a faulty driver has been installed, it will automatically display the Windows 8 boot menu.

In Windows 8, this automatic failover behavior will take you directly to the boot options menu whenever there is a problem that would otherwise keep your PC from loading Windows. This even includes cases where it appears (to Windows) that boot has succeeded, but in actuality the PC is unusable. An example of how this could occur would be a faulty driver installation that is causing the main logon screen to appear completely blank. Windows may not be aware that the screen is blank, but anyone looking at the screen knows this immediately. We now algorithmically detect when this has occurred across multiple boots, and automatically boot directly into the boot options menu inside the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). Since the source image for WinRE contains drivers and files that are kept separate from the main Windows installation, it’s not affected by any software changes and is a reliable environment to begin troubleshooting from the boot options menu.

Options to load the boot options menu from within the Windows 8 operating system

Sometimes you may want to display the boot options even if the system does not detect issues. You may want to boot to another device, or make changes to the UEFI configuration. You can configure Windows 8 to display the boot menu on the next start of the operating system.

The primary method of reaching the boot options is from Advanced startup on the General tab of PC settings. You can get to PC settings from the Settings charm, or by searching from the Start screen using specific search terms, such as boot, startup, safe mode, firmware, BIOS, or several others. On the General tab, you’ll see a short description of the options that will be available in the boot options menu, as well as a Restart now button. The descriptions shown on this screen are fully dynamic, and will change based on the hardware, firmware, and software available on your specific Windows 8 PC.

PC-Settings

Other options to get Windows 8 to display the boot menu are:

  • Shift-clicking on the Restart link under Power
  • Running the command shutdown /r /o from the command line

Can a operating system boot to fast? Not really if you ask me. It is great that Microsoft continues to work on improvements in this area. We will hopefully see more of the new boot menu in the Windows 8 Release Preview, which is rumored to come out on June 1.

You can read the full announcement over at the Building Windows 8 blog

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Multi-Monitor Support from Windows 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/22/multimonitor-support-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/22/multimonitor-support-windows-8/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 11:45:10 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94300 Windows 8 will enhance Multi Monitor Support. That is one of the new things that users will find in the new OS. The OS is set to launch around October 2012. Microsoft, realizing that many users have multiple monitors, is now adding new enhancements to make it more convenient and easy to add and support these devices.

The Windows Feedback Program

Recently, Microsoft collected data from their Windows Feedback Program, which indicated that 14% of desktop PC’s and 5% of laptops connect to more than one monitor.

The new enhancements will come from recognizing several key features that Microsoft believes the users want for their systems. These are:

  • Make the desktop a more personal experience. Allow the most personalized feature on the desktop to work across multiple monitors that is the ability to customize the desktop background.
  • Improve the efficiency of accessing apps across monitors. Improve and extend the taskbar across multiple monitors. That is due to recognizing that in Windows 7, the top request from people using multiple monitors was to improve the taskbar efficiency.

  • Improve the efficiency of accessing the system UI. Users have gotten used to having important information available, like the clock, recently used apps and the like. In Windows 7, you could only access the Start menu on one monitor. With the introduction in Windows 8 of new UI that puts controls at the edges of the screen, the idea is to make sure that it’s still easy to access certain elements, like Start, the charms, the clock, and your recently used apps from every monitor.
  • Allow side-by-side Metro style and desktop apps. A new feature, due to the Metro enhancement will be that you can launch or move a Metro style app to any monitor, side-by-side with desktop apps on another screen.

Like other features in the works, Microsoft is intent to letting users know and feel that the new OS will be different, especially in how users will work with it. It’s part of their “we’ll just see about that” view point.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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Updated Metro Apps Coming With Windows 8 Release Previewhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/16/updated-metro-apps-coming-windows-8-release-preview/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/16/updated-metro-apps-coming-windows-8-release-preview/#comments Wed, 16 May 2012 21:53:16 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94169 We are expecting to see the Release Preview of Windows 8 sometime around the beginning of next month and with it we can expect to see plenty of new updates to the built in Metro Apps.

According to the Verge, Microsoft has started updating most of the core Metro Apps in Windows 8 which are due to be revealed alongside the Release Preview. The updated apps have been spotted in internal builds of the Release Preview and are no longer badged with the “app preview” that is to be found in the developers preview.

It’s being reported that the Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, Music and Reader app have all received updates.

These apps haven’t officially been released to the Windows Store for us to update to on the consumer preview as of yet, however Microsoft have updated the app descriptions for the Photos app and Reader app.

The updated photos app can be seen above with a full screen wallpaper and smaller folder thumbnails. You can see the Reader app has been tweaked as well. Of course these are only screenshots so in reality there’s plenty more that’s been tweaked.

I do expect Microsoft to be updating these apps anyway, after all while they may appear impressive and polished in demos, once you start using them in real life you start to notice little flaws and things that are still unfinished. I’m sure Microsoft will be eager to iron these bugs out once the Release Preview makes its way out to the public.

Source:

The Verge

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A New Microsoft Anti-Trust Suit in the Making?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/16/microsoft-antitrust-suit-making/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/16/microsoft-antitrust-suit-making/#comments Wed, 16 May 2012 13:23:15 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94149 The Europeans have had fun with Microsoft. An anti-trust suit filed in Europe in the late 90′s forced Microsoft to open it’s Operating system to other browsers besides the Internet Explorer. Now with Windows 8 in the mix,  and especially with Windows 8 RT a potential anti-trust investigation is possible.

First the US Senate is poised to investigate Microsoft for its actions to see if it is in violation of the agreement it entered in the late 1990′s on its monopoly activity. (funny…it was found to be a monopoly but what happened…not much…big deal…See the CNN Summary.)

Europe in 2003 also went after Microsoft for it’s OS and media player connection. A judgement forced Microsoft to detach the media player from the OS.  And later, the “Browser” deal went into affect, which untied Internet Explorer from the Operating System, allowing other browsers to run on the OS.

Now  a new look at Microsoft is underway, because the question is a tablet a PC? The original judgement applied to PC’s and Servers, not tablets. Microsoft now has tablets in the works, and there are two variations, Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT (or ARM). There are investigations questioning how much compliance is necessary to the judgement. But one problem with this is that the ARM version, comes from a new design in Chip technology.

What is ARM?

ARM refers to devices that use technology  from ARM Holdings PLC, a company based in the United Kingdom. It develops intellectual property  for semiconductors.  But instead of manufacturing actual semiconductor chips, ARM develops the technology and then licenses its intellectual property to partner companies that produce the semiconductors, chips, and devices. So ARM partners utilize ARM technology to produce system-on-chip designs, paying ARM a license fee for the original IP, plus a royalty on every chip or wafer produced. Right now it is a technology is currently being used in 90% of smartphones, 80% of digital cameras, and 28% of all electronic devices.

Windows 8 and ARM

Microsoft will release two versions on Windows 8, one running ARM, and one without. ARM devices will feature a Metro mode, that is a tile-based, touch-optimized interface, as well as a more traditional Windows desktop mode. Now here is the important part. Apps designed for the Metro interface will be supported on both ARM and Windows 8 on x86/64, and ARM includes support for hardware-accelerated HTML5. It will offer desktop versions of the key apps in the new Office 15 like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

But the kicker is that legacy Windows apps will run under Windows 8 on PCs, but not on ARM devices. This means that developers will not be able to recode their current Windows apps for ARM, under desktop mode. And that is where the problem comes in for other software manufacturers. This is the original problem they had with Microsoft 10 years ago. Can their software run on the Microsoft platform, or are there restrictions, and are these restrictions in violation of the 2004 agreement?

That is what the Europeans will try to determine.

Source: zdnet

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Windows 8 Tablets and Hybrids Expected By Novemberhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/15/windows-8-tablets-hybrids-expected-november/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/15/windows-8-tablets-hybrids-expected-november/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 13:14:40 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94103 We still have no official word on when Windows 8 will officially be released to the public, but more and more evidence appears to be pointing towards the last quarter of this year. The first wave of Intel based Tablets and Hybrids running Windows 8 are expected to hit stores by November of this year.

A source “familiar with the matter” told Cnet that Microsoft and their manufacturing partners are on a tight schedule, but November is when we should expect to start seeing these Windows 8 devices. Obviously manufacturers are reliant on Microsoft to get Windows 8 finished off in time so that they can start testing the final RTM version of it.

 “Looking at what Windows is trying to achieve not only with a new OS, but a new OS that needs to run four to five architectures — three ARM, Intel, and AMD,”

We’ve also been told to not just expect a flurry of tablets, but that “more than 50 percent” of the designs will be hybrids which combine traditional laptops with tablets.

A mock up of HP's Windows 8 Tablet

A lot of these devices are expected to be running on Intel’s new “Clover Trail” Atom chip which is Intel’s first dual-core Atom designed chip based on its 32-nanometer process technology. It promises excellent performance coupled with excellent battery life.

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga Hybrid

Of course plenty of these devices, more so the hybrids are expected to be running on Intel’s higher performance Sandy Bridge processors.

So all of these devices are expected to start shipping in November. This would lead us to believe that Windows 8 itself wont be available until November either. If this is the case, Microsoft are cutting it pretty close to the Holiday Shopping Period.

Is November too late for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Hybrids/Tablets? And will you be buying a new Windows 8 machine?

Let us know in the comments below

Source:

Cnet

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Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Pro Update To Cost $14.99http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/14/windows-7-pc-windows-8-pro-update-cost-1499/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/14/windows-7-pc-windows-8-pro-update-cost-1499/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 17:04:36 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94066 When new hardware or software is released, there is a period where some users with buying intentions wait for the new hardware or software to be released before they make the purchase. That’s bad for business, as hardware and software sales may suffer during this period. That’s one of the reasons why Microsoft will allow Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Pro upgrades starting June 2.

We have already mentioned previously that Microsoft will run a promotion to avoid a drop in sales during that time period. New details have come to light, which we would like to share with out.

Consumers who buy a PC running Windows 7 from that day will have the option to go to Microsoft’s special offer site at windowsupgradeoffer.com, to redeem a code that updates the PC’s operating system to Windows 8 Pro.

It is not clear right now if all PCs that you can buy from June 2 on will have the code included, or if there will be PCs and Windows 7 versions that do not. I’d advise anyone to check with the retailer before making purchases, to make sure you get the upgrade code.

The price for the update will be $14.99, and the PC will always be upgraded to the retail flagship version Windows 8 Pro. This is different from Microsoft’s last promotion, where Vista users were only able to upgrade to the Windows 7 version closest to the one that the PC came preinstalled with.

It is also interesting to note that the offer will start around the time that Microsoft intends to release the Windows 8 Release Candidate to the public.  The operating system itself is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2012.

It is not clear yet if eligible customers can redeem the code right away, or if they have to wait until Windows 8 gets released before they can do so. We will keep you in the loop when additional information are released by Microsoft.

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Windows 8 or Windows RT Take Your Pickhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/13/windows-8-windows-rt-pick/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/13/windows-8-windows-rt-pick/#comments Sun, 13 May 2012 18:00:18 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94033 Microsoft is expected to bring out the next version of its operating system sometime in the 3rd quarter of this year. That said, there are a lot of expectations about what it will contain, how it will work, and whether it will live up to its hype as the biggest change in Microsoft’s family of OS’s since Windows NT more than 15 years ago. Indeed, the model is changing because of the new types of computers that have entered the market place, the mobile phone system, and the tablet PC system. They have changed the landscape considerably. In the middle of this is whether Windows 8 and Windows RT and the new touch-centric Metro interface will be available. So, the question is, which has the most promise?

 

Windows 8

These tablets and convertibles will run the full-blown Windows 8 operating system. So what do they have in store?  The tablets come from device vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Acer and they will use Intel’s “Clover Trail” Atom processor. Some convertibles will also tap higher-performance Ivy Bridge processors. And, of course, chips from Advanced Micro Devices.  Furthermore, the breadth of compatibility with existing Windows applications combined with the ability to use Metro mode or revert to a more traditional Windows interface to run older applications can help make this a solid product. Plus, Windows 8 Pro will be more corporate-enterprise friendly, including features like PC management, domain connectivity, and remote desktop operations. But there is an expected downside. Price. These devices are expected  to be pricey, at least when compared to Windows RT devices.

Windows RT

Given the change in technology that Microsoft is pushing, it is no surprise that they would also use a different chip to run the operating system. So Windows 8 on ARM (WoA) — officially renamed to Windows RT by Microsoft — will run on processors coming from Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Texas Instruments. This is the first time a mainstream Windows operating system will be powered by chips from these ARM silicon suppliers in addition to those of Intel and AMD. Intel will run the others.

Is this good or bad? Well for the most part  the good side will be price, battery life, and size. These devices will likely be inexpensive, have a good battery life feature, and be thin and light. And, it will come with Microsoft Office, whereas if you purchase the Windows 8, Intel based OS, you will have to purchase Office separately. More than that, consider that ARM will not runWindows 7, and older, stuff. So if you need to run any existing x86/64 software, then it will be best served with Windows 8 on x86/64.

 

All in all, you have two clear choices to consider. Take your pick

Source: Microsoft Blog

 

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Windows Media Center Available Only As Paid Upgrade On Windows 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/04/windows-media-center-paid-upgrade-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/04/windows-media-center-paid-upgrade-windows-8/#comments Fri, 04 May 2012 09:33:45 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93939 If you are using Windows Media Center regularly on XP, Vista or Windows 7, you may now want to take note that changes are coming to the media player in Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 8.

According to a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 blog, Windows Media Center will only be available as a (paid) feature upgrade on Windows 8.

Windows 8 (regular) and Windows 8 Pro users will notice that Windows Media Center is not included in their operating systems by default, even if they have upgraded to Windows 8 from a system where they had access to the software.

windows media center

That in itself may be a big issue for users who made use of the software to record TV shows, playback their video collection, view photos, listen to music, or who have been using some of the plug-ins to integrate third party services like Netflix into the media player.

The main reason for the move are licensing fees, that Microsoft partners were worried about.

Our partners have shared clear concerns over the costs associated with codec licensing for traditional media playback, especially as Windows 8 enables an unprecedented variety of form factors. Windows has addressed these concerns in the past by limiting availability of these experiences to specialized “media” or “premium” editions.

As a result, Windows Media Center is made available as an upgrade to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel applet (formerly Windows Anytime Upgrade).

Windows Media Player will remain available on both editions, but without DVD playback support. Yes, you read that right. If you want to play DVDs on Windows 8, you either have to add Media Center to the OS, or use a third party solution like VLC for that job.

It is also interesting to note at this point, that the upgrades are named differently. Windows 8 Pro users need to acquire and install the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for their operating system, while Windows 8 (regular) users the Windows 8 Pro Pack. Both will end up with Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.

windows 8 media center upgrade

Microsoft has not revealed any pricing information yet, but it is likely that the upgrade for regular Windows 8 users will be pricey, as it will upgrade the operating system to Windows 8 Pro in the process.

Windows Media Player on the other hand won’t receive DVD playback capabilities after the upgrade, so that DVDs can only be viewed in Windows Media Center on the computer or a connected device.

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Microsoft Ditching Windows Live Name With Windows 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/03/microsoft-ditching-windows-live-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/05/03/microsoft-ditching-windows-live-windows-8/#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 21:10:29 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93929 We’ve heard rumours before that Microsoft were gearing up the ditch the Windows Live brand and integrate the suite directly into Windows 8. In a recent post over on the building Windows 8 blog Microsoft have announced just that.

When Microsoft originally launched the Windows Live suite of apps back in 2005, the aim was to have these apps separate from the operating system and they would be closely linked with the cloud as well as being regularly updated. However now Microsoft have changed tactics completely as they attempt to create a unified ecosystem to provide users with a seamless experience.

All of their Windows services will now be combined under a single Microsoft account. Currently with the Windows 8 consumer preview you log in with your Windows Live ID. From now on this shall be known as your Microsoft account. This is what you will use for accessing pretty much all your services including SkyDrive, Messenger and Hotmail.

By eradicating the Windows Live branding Microsoft are solving a couple of problems. First off nobody who wasn’t somewhat tech savvy had any idea what the Live brand was all about. Secondly Microsoft will be including all of these Live services in Windows 8. They’ll be built into it directly and be tightly linked with the cloud instead of the user having to download them as an additional extra.

Because all of your Windows services will be linked to this one Microsoft account, it means you’ll get a more unified experience from machine to machine. Once you log in with your Microsoft account into Windows 8, you’ll immediately be logged into these services too, regardless of what machine you use.

Here’s a chart of all the Windows Services:

This is certainly a big step for Microsoft, they’re making a leap into trying to create one big ecosystem in an attempt to make everything easier for the consumer, and I say it will make things much easier for their branding department!

What do you think of Microsoft dropping the Windows Live ID? Is it a good or a bad thing?

Let us know in the comments below

Source:

Building Windows 8

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Windows 8 Release Preview In First Week of Junehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/24/windows-8-release-preview-week-june/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/24/windows-8-release-preview-week-june/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:14:25 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93786 Microsoft has just confirmed that the company intents to make available the third public preview of their upcoming Windows 8 operating system in the first week of June. The Release Preview marks the third step in the development progress. While the company did not reveal information about new features that ship in the release preview, nor an exact date for the release, it is reassuring that Microsoft seems to be right on track to release the final version of Windows 8 later this year.

Microsoft confirmed the news later the day with a post on the company’s own Twitter account:  Announce…Windows 8 Release Preview first week of June. Here’s the announce from Japan’s Windows 8 Dev Days

windows 8 release preview

The release preview is identical to a release candidate build. When you look back at how Windows 7 development progressed, you will notice that Microsoft has changed the terminology slightly, but not the steps of the process. The next step afterwards is the release of the Windows 8 RTM version which will be identical to the retail version of the operating system.

Microsoft earlier this month noted that interest for the consumer preview version of Windows 8 was twice as high as the interest for the beta of Windows 7.  While that is certainly an impressive feat, it remains to be seen how the operating system will fare when it is released to shops and retailers worldwide.

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Introducing Windows 8 Enterprisehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/19/introducing-windows-8-enterprise/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/19/introducing-windows-8-enterprise/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:47:13 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93735 With the Windows 8 consumer versions revealed two days ago (that is Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and the ARM-version Windows 8 RT) came the announcement that Windows 8 Enterprise would naturally be made available as well to business customers.

Windows 8 Enterprise for the most part is identical with the Windows 8 Pro version, which means that it will offer business customers all the features or the professional version, plus features that have been designed exclusively for business environments.

The following key features are available exclusively in Windows 8 Enterprise:

  • Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This will allow IT organizations to support the “Bring Your Own PC” trend and businesses can give contingent staff access to the corporate environment without compromising security.
  • DirectAccess allows remote users to seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network without having to launch a separate VPN and helps IT administrators keep remote users’ PCs in compliance by applying the latest policies, software updates, is easier to deploy, and it can be implemented with the existing IPv4 infrastructure.
  • BranchCache allows users’ PCs to cache files, websites, and other content from central servers, so content is not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN). When used with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 brings several improvements to BranchCache to streamline the deployment process, optimize bandwidth over WAN connections and ensure better security and scalabilty.
  • AppLocker can help mitigate issues by restricting the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run.
  • VDI enhancements: Enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012, provide users with a rich desktop experience with the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios.
  • New Windows 8 App Deployment: Domain joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8 Enterprise will automatically be enabled to side-load internal, Windows 8 Metro style apps.

Microsoft interestingly enough mentioned that the enterprise edition of Windows 8 would ship with additional features including ” improvements to the fundamentals, including end-to-end security and better manageability” without going into detail on how this benefits look like.

Especially the exclusivity of the Windows to Go feature to Windnows 8 Enterprise should come as a blow to many users who were looking forward to use the feature in their consumer versions.

Microsoft is also enhancing their Software Assurance benefits, listing the following new use rights for Software Assurance customers:

  • Windows To Go Use Rights: Windows To Go will allow companies to support Bring Your Own PC scenarios and will give employees who need to work from home more secure access to their full corporate environment. With Windows To Go use rights under Software Assurance, an employee will be able to use Windows To Go on any company PC licensed with Windows SA as well as from their home PC. Additionally, through a new companion device license for SA, employees will be able to use WTG on their personal devices at work.
  • Windows RT Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Rights: When used as a companion of a Windows Software Assurance licensed PC, Windows RT will automatically receive extended VDA rights. These rights will provide access to a full VDI image running in the datacenter which will make Windows RT a great complementary tablet option for business customers.
  • Companion Device License: For customers who want to provide full flexibility for how employees access their corporate desktop across devices, we are introducing a new Companion Device License for Windows SA customers. For users of Windows Software Assurance licensed PCs this optional add-on will provide rights to access a corporate desktop either through VDI or Windows To Go on up to four personally owned devices.

You can read Microsoft’s Windows 8 Enterprise announcement here.

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Windows 8 Versions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RThttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/16/windows-8-versions-windows-8-windows-8-pro-windows-8-rt/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/16/windows-8-versions-windows-8-windows-8-pro-windows-8-rt/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:58:55 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93704 Microsoft yesterday made a big announcement that is likely pleasing many of the company’s critics. Brandon LeBlanc over at the official Blogging Windows blog announced that Microsoft would keep Windows 8 as the name of the next version of Windows, and that the new operating system would ship in only three different versions.

For desktop PCs, tablets, and mobile devices running x86 processors come the two editions Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. These two versions are loosely based on Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate feature wise.

Windows RT is a new version of the operating system that has been specifically created for Windows on ARM devices. This edition comes only pre-installed on PCs and tablets that are powered by ARM processors.

As far as upgrades go: Windows 7 Starter, Home Basci and Home Premium users can upgrade to both Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.

Here are the core differences between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro: Windows 8 Pro will ship with the following feature set that Windows 8 does not ship with: BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, Boot from VHD, Client Hyper-V, Domain Join, Encrypting File System, Group Policy, Remote Desktop. All remaining features are identical.

The ARM version ships with several exclusive features, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) and Device encryption support.

Here are all features in table form:

Feature nameWindows 8Windows 8 ProWindows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimatex
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tilesxxx
Windows Storexxx
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video)xxx
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)x
Internet Explorer 10xxx
Device encryptionx
Connected standbyxxx
Microsoft accountxxx
Desktopxxx
Installation of x86/64 and desktop softwarexx
Updated Windows Explorerxxx
Windows Defenderxxx
SmartScreenxxx
Windows Updatexxx
Enhanced Task Managerxxx
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)xxx
Better multiple monitor supportxxx
Storage Spacesxx
Windows Media Playerxx
Exchange ActiveSyncxxx
File historyxxx
ISO / VHD mountxxx
Mobile broadband featuresxxx
Picture passwordxxx
Play Toxxx
Remote Desktop (client)xxx
Reset and refresh your PCxxx
Snapxxx
Touch and Thumb keyboardxxx
Trusted bootxxx
VPN clientxxx
BitLocker and BitLocker To Gox
Boot from VHDx
Client Hyper-Vx
Domain Joinx
Encrypting File Systemx
Group Policyx
Remote Desktop (host)x 
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Windows 8 Professional Leaked – Build 8306http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/30/windows-8-professional-leaked-build-8306/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/30/windows-8-professional-leaked-build-8306/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:41:05 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93190 A newer build version of Windows 8 has found its way out onto the web again, and as usually it has come courtesy of WinUnleaked. This latest Build – 8306 is said to contain references to a Professional edition of Windows 8.

Microsoft don’t tend to release one copy of their operating system, for Windows 7 they have 4 editions – Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise. The chances are Windows 8 will follow a setup similar to this as well, but Microsoft have not confirmed this as of yet.

This latest build was extracted from servers and once it was successfully installed, testers found references to a Professional Edition of Windows 8. This post-beta build has a Windows 8 “Pro” SKU associated with it as you can see below

The tester also notes that this edition of Windows 8 did not come with the Windows Media Centre installed for some reason.

A much sought after feature, Windows To Go is said to be present in this build. This will allow companies to distribute a bootable copy of Windows 8 to employees on a USB so they can use their system on any machine quickly and easily.

It also looks like the Professional edition of Windows 8 may not be the most feature filled version of Windows 8. If you look at the screenshot below you’ll see that there’s also a new app “Windows Anytime Upgrade” which will presumably allow you to upgrade to a better version of Windows 8.

It will be interesting to see what features Microsoft will choose to include or not include in it’s different versions of Windows 8. I’d also be interested to see if they continue to offer a Start Edition as this was really just used on notebooks and some tablets.

Source:

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Windows8 Apps on Tablets, ARM and iTuneshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/19/windows8-apps-arm-itunes/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/19/windows8-apps-arm-itunes/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:57:13 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=90500 When Microsoft releases Windows8 later this year, it will be launching two main versions, an x86 and an ARM version. The x86 version is a backwards compatible version, whereas the ARM version is a new chip designed to make tablets run faster. So the question is will all apps run on both systems? No they won’t. And this is one problem that Microsoft developers are having to grapple with.

The ARM touch

Windows 8 ARM

As Microsoft is encouraging developers to create applications that work with its new touch-friendly, tile-based Metro interface. That’s important, because the thinnest, lightest Windows 8 tablets will be running a Metro-only version of the operating system specifically created for ARM system-on-a-chip devices. But will consumers buy the tablet, no matter how good the underlying hardware technology is, if they don’t have access to popular apps? That seems to be a sticking point, and one company that can help is Apple with its iTunes app.

iTunes for Windows8

Will Itunes get on Windows8 ARM

At this time, Apple is not in the process of designing a version of iTunes for Windows8. That could affect the sales of the tablet since many music listeners are iTunes savvy. While the Metro interface may look appealing to some, and daunting to others, its structure clearly welcomes the App technology.

Already, Google and Mozilla are working on an App Metro version for the new Metro interface, and Skype will also be producing an app. Similarly other companies are also making that transition, but so far Apple is holding back. The market consequences for Microsoft can be significant. Indeed, Rick Sherlund, a market analyst with Nomura Securities  said that “The incentive is for Apple not to do this.  If I can’t get iTunes on [a Windows 8 on ARM tablet], that’s a big deal for me.” In other words, a successful ARM tablet may hurt the iPad, so why would Apple help a competitor?

Recently, the latest version of the iPad was released with people lining up to buy that device. Will the same happen with the Microsoft ARM or x86 Tablet?

Source: CNet

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Download Windows 8 Beta Todayhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/28/download-windows-8-beta-today/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/28/download-windows-8-beta-today/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:13:13 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=22975 Later on today, Microsoft will be releasing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Windows 8 Beta) as the launch date of Windows 8 gets ever closer.  Download links for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available in our Windows 8 Download Center as soon as they become available, so head on over to our sister site Windows 8 News for more.

We’ve created a new Windows 8 Consumer Preview board in our forum where you can share your experiences with the latest build.  If you need more help with Windows 8, please use our Windows 8 Help forum and sub-forums.

If you haven’t registered with our Windows 8 forums yet, then click here.

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Download Windows 8 Consumer Previewhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/28/download-windows-8-consumer-preview/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/28/download-windows-8-consumer-preview/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:01:52 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=2442 Available today will be the next phase in the development cycle of Microsoft’s replacement for Windows 7, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Windows 8 Beta).  Update:  download links for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are in our Windows 8 Download Center.

We’ve created a new Windows 8 Consumer Preview board in our forum where you can share your experiences with the latest build.  If you need more help with Windows 8, please use our Windows 8 Help forum and sub-forums.

If you haven’t registered with our forums yet, then click here.

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