• All things about Windows 8: Windows 8 Release Date, Editions, Features, Prices

    Posted on August 23rd, 2012 David Brooks | 261 comments

    Windows 8 logoAfter long time of waiting and experiencing various versions, we finally welcomed the official announcement of the release and shipment availability of Windows 8. As an operating system for use on personal computers, Windows 8 could be applied to home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. It is part of the Windows NT family of operating systems and succeeds Windows 7.

    According to the Windows Design Team, Windows 8 has been “reimagined from the chipset to the user experience,” whereas Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line. Windows 8 is reported to feature a new user interface based on Microsoft’s Metro design language, similar to that in Windows Phone. Also, Microsoft announced that the new OS would remove some old features of Windows OS line and add some new features. What indeed the Windows 8 would bring to the world then? Let’s just get a brief summary for Windows 8.

    Release date

    Windows 8 was first announced in January 2011 at Consumer Electronics Show. During its development and test phases, Microsoft released three pre-release versions: Developer Preview version (September 13, 2011), Consumer Preview version (February 29, 2012), and Release Preview version (May 31, 2012). On August 1, 2012, Windows 8 graduated from the development stage and was released to manufacturing. Windows 8 is slated for general availability on October 26, 2012.

    Editions

    Windows 8 is available in four major editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows RT. The first three have almost the same hardware requirements as that of Windows 7. The latter, however, runs on tablet computers with ARM architecture and has different hardware requirements. The other editions are not available in retail. The new Windows RT edition will only be available preinstalled by OEMs on ARM-based devices while the Enterprise edition will only be available through volume licensing. Hardware vendors willing to receive Microsoft’s certification for such devices need to adhere to a list of certification requirements.

    Features

    Metro
    Based on Microsoft’s Metro design language, Metro UI is by far the biggest change in Windows 8, and can be the most confusing to use at first—especially for desktop users. The Metro environment features a new tile-based Start screen similar to that of the Windows Phone operating system. Each tile represents an application, and can display relevant information such as the number of unread messages for an e-mail application or the current temperature on a weather application. These applications run in full-screen or in docked modes, and are able to share information between each other using “contracts”. They will be available only through Windows Store. Apps in the new interface are developed with the new Windows Runtime platform using various programming languages, including C++, Visual Basic, C#, and HTML with JavaScript code-behind.

    The traditional desktop environment for running desktop applications is accessed via a tile on the new Start screen. The Start button has been removed from the taskbar in favor of a Start button on the new charm bar, as well as a hotspot in the bottom-left corner. Both open the new Start screen, which replaces the Start menu.

    Windows 8 start screen

    Applications developed for this new environment were previously referred to as “Metro-style apps” in development materials, connecting it to Windows 8′s use of an interface following the Metro design language as its primary desktop. However, reports surfaced that due to potential trademark issues with the German company Metro AG, Microsoft officials had begun to advise its Windows developers to stop using the term. A Microsoft spokesperson however, denied these reports and stated that the use of the term “Metro” to describe these apps was merely a codename that would be phased out. Following these reports, Microsoft started using “Modern UI Style” to refer to its tile-based interface and design language.

    PowerShell 3.0

    PowerShell is Microsoft’s strategic task automation platform and a core component of the overall management framework for Windows. Version 3 has been in beta for some time but the final version is included with Windows 8 (and Windows Server 2012 which has also been released to manufacturing).

    Other features

    * Internet Explorer 10 is included as both desktop program and as a touch-optimized app. The latter does not support plugins or ActiveX components, but includes a version of Adobe Flash Player that is optimized for touch and low power usage and works only on sites included on a whitelist.

    * It is now possible to log into Windows using a Microsoft account (formerly known as a Windows Live ID). This will allow the user’s profile and settings to be synchronized over the Internet and accessible from other computers running Windows 8, as well as integration with SkyDrive.

    * Windows Store will be the only method of purchasing and downloading Metro-style apps, as well as advertising desktop apps. Metro-style apps are installed from the Windows Store, or in the form of a Line Of Business app on devices joined in a network domain.

    * Two new authentication methods have been added: picture password, which allows users to log in by drawing three gestures in different places on a picture, and PIN log in, which allows users to authenticate using a four digit pin.

    * File Explorer will include a ribbon toolbar, and have its file operation progress dialog updated to provide more detailed statistics, the ability to pause file transfers, and improvements in the ability to manage conflicts when copying files.

    * Hybrid Boot will use hibernation technology to allow faster startup times by saving the Windows core’s memory to the hard disk and reloading it upon boot.

    * Windows To Go will allow Windows 8 Enterprise to boot and run from a bootable USB device (such as a flash drive).

    * Two new recovery functions are included, Refresh and Reset. Refresh restores all Windows files to their original state while keeping settings, files, and apps, while reset takes the computer back to factory default condition.

    * USB 3.0 is now supported natively.

    * A new lock screen displays a clock and notifications while the computer is locked.

    * Task Manager has been redesigned.

    * Xbox Live integration (including Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox SmartGlass, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video).

    * Storage Spaces will allow users to combine different sized hard disks into virtual drives and specify mirroring, parity, or no redundancy on a folder-by-folder basis.

    * Family Safety is intended to allow parents to protect their children on the Internet, as well as monitor and control their PC and Internet activities and usage.

    * Windows Defender now has anti-virus capabilities, similar to those of Microsoft Security Essentials. It is intended to replace the Security Essentials package and function as the default anti-virus program.

    Windows 8

    Price

    Microsoft recently started accepting registrations for Windows 8 upgrades. Those who purchased a PC any time after June 2 can now sign up to receive the Windows 8 upgrade for $14.99 when the OS is released on Oct. 26.

    Back in May, Microsoft announced that anyone who purchased a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013 could upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99. Registration for that offer is now live via windowsupgradeoffer.com for PC users in 140 countries. On Oct. 26, Microsoft will start sending out promo codes via email. When you upgrade via Windows.com, Microsoft will display the $39.99 price for general upgrades; enter the promo code on the confirmation page to get the $14.99 price. The promo code will expire until Feb. 28, 2013.

    Those who bought a PC before June 2 or have an older Windows 7 PC they’d like to upgrade can get Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 via Windows.com starting Oct. 26. There are also reports that standalone copies of Windows 8 will cost $69.99 at launch, a price that will jump to $199 after Jan. 31, 2013.

    After selecting your country, Microsoft will ask you to register your personal details and information about your new PC, including date of purchase, retailer, and PC brand and model. You’ll also need your 25-digit Windows 7 product key.

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  • Microsoft Windows 8 Surface tablet vs. Apple iPad – 6 points to challenge the dominance of iPad

    Posted on June 25th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    On the Los Angeles event a week ago, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Surface tablet PC, which is their first tablet and operates on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft spent a lot of time introducing the wonderful features of Surface tablet PC, which actually includes two versions. Even though there’ve been many Windows tablets in the market to compete with Apple’s iPads, Surface is the first tablet from Microsoft to full exploit the capabilities of its own new Windows 8 operating system. This also means Microsoft is officially taking part in the tablet market to compete with Apple iPads to take a share of spoils. But, can Microsoft’s strategy with the Surface, and all Windows 8 tablets, for that matter, succeed in not just being a No. 2 to the iPad, but in being a true iPad rival? If Microsoft is going to take on Apple in the tablet wars, the following key questions should be ironed out and improved to win the competition.

    Microsoft Surface VS new ipadKeyboard/touch-pad productivity: On the Surface event, Steve Ballmer spent a large amount of time on the Touch Cover and Type Cover. These are innovative Smart Cover-like accessories that have a soft or physical keyboard and, in the case of the Type Cover, a touch pad bonded to one side. On the contrast, the iPad can support a wide variety of Bluetooth keyboards and cases like the similar Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, but no touch pad or mouse. That hampers the iPad’s utility as a true laptop replacement, but would Microsoft’s product make for a vastly improved experience? There’s a big difference between a good keyboard and touch pad and a bad one. As the Surface tablets are still on the way, we have to wait and see this.

    The screen: The RT version Windows 8 Surface tablet PC support 720P while the Windows 8 Surface Pro version tablets could play 1080p, with various video formats supported. This makes it quite easily for users to watch HD videos on Surface, like to watch AVCHD videos on Surface. But compared to the third-gen iPad, which has a far crisper Retina Display, Surface is still inferior to the new iPad, although the iPad 2 has a 720p-level screen as well. Not even to say the excellent video experience provided by Apple for users to watch HD videos on new iPad, which has been iPad’s strong point since it’s introduced. So, the screen of Surface is another option for Microsoft to improve.

    Apps: Quite obviously, Apple iPads get more scores on apps. Apple’s App Store gives access to the latest iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app, a catalog that leads the tablet pack. There’re also a number of iPad-optimized Web sites and Web apps for iPads. While the Windows RT version Surface only run Metro apps and the Windows 8 tablets run older Windows applications as well. Microsoft has to build a convincing catalog of apps for RT and ensure the smooth going of updated older apps on newer touch-driven software.

    Microsoft Surface TabletOS: Apple’s iPads run iOS while MacBooks run OS X, and the two approach each other without meeting or sharing apps. The disadvantage is that an iPad can’t be a true Mac replacement. Windows 8 tablets are full-fledged computers capable of running both tablet apps and full computer applications. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft is ahead of the game or muddying the waters. Meanwhile, the Surface RT only runs apps, like the iPad.

    Consumer/Pro split: Apple’s been successful at making one line of iPads, which differ from 4G and storage. Microsoft’s twin set of tablets — one with beefier specs and full Windows compatibility, the other more like an iPad — could fracture the decision-making process. Apple has MacBook Pros at higher prices and with more capabilities, but all MacBooks run the same type of OS; they don’t split it like the Surface does. Could this be better than Apple iPad?

    Price:The stable price has also been a great reason of iPads’ popularity. To compete with Apple iPad, the Windows Surface tablet needs to be affordable, and cheaper than an iPad, or better for the same price, if that can be accomplished.

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  • Preview of Windows Phone 8 features before Windows Phone Developers Conference

    Posted on June 20th, 2012 David Brooks | 15 comments

    Microsoft has just released its first tablet PC Surface days ago on the June 18th event. With the approaching of Windows Phone Developer’s Conference on Wednesday in San Francisco, what will Microsoft bring to us? Will we see the official release of Windows Phone 8? Well, even though Microsoft has been mute on the conference plan, it is for sure that the company will launch the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Riding a wave of momentum generated by the Surface tablet unveiled on Monday, Microsoft will be outlining plans for Windows Phone 8 on Wednesday as part of the company’s push to take on Apple and Google in the mobile market. Now, the concerns about Windows Phone 8 in fact should be what features of Windows Phone 8 will be introduced by Microsoft on the conference, but not whether it would be launched or not. The latest report from WPCentral’s Daniel Rubino has unveiled some exclusive information about Windows Phone 8 features, including consolidating Skype greatly, built-in Nokia maps, Windows Phone wallet, and more native codes for developers, etc. Check the following content to get the most possible features of Windows Phone 8 might include.

    Windows Phone 8

    Upgrade apps on Windows Phone 7: Not long before, some Microsoft stuff said all Windows Phone could be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 Apollo. But Microsoft cleared the rumors by claiming that the “upgrade” in fact means all apps on the existing Windows Phone 7 could be used on the new OS. It’s believed that Microsoft would give a satisfactory answer on whether other existing Windows Phones could be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 or not.

    Screen resolution: Screen resolution has been also a big concern on Windows Phone 8, as it could determine whether users could watch 720P video on Windows Phone 8 or enjoy 1080P videos on Windows Phone 8, just like the new iPad. The latest news from Daniel Rubino said that the new OS supports only 480×800, 768×1280 and 720×1280 screen resolutions.

    New UI: Will Windows Phone 8 user interface be the same as that of Windows Phone 7? Quite probably. Of course, there must be some differences.

    More native codes for developers: Just as leaked before, Daniel Rubino mentioned that the Windows Phone 8 would provide developers with more native codes, to enable developers develop more powerful and practical apps, and make it convenient for developers to transfer apps from iOS and Android to Windows Phones.

    Consolidate Skype and VOIP: It’s very possible that Microsoft would talk about how to deep consolidate Windows Phone 8 OS with Skype and third-party app VOIP.

    Combine Nokia maps: The cooperation between Microsoft and Nokia includes not only cell phones, but also background services. There’s great possibility of Windows Phone 8 OS combining Nokia Maps.

    Windows 8 core: One reason making Windows Phone 8 attractive is that it’s rumored it would adopt Windows NT core, which is the fundamental core of Windows 8.

    Apart from the above features, Daniel Rubino also predicted that Windows Phone 8 would add memory expansion function, NFC function and realize encoding on native BitLocker and security booting (business users), etc.

    All anticipations are really wonderful, but we still need to wait for the official release of Windows Phone 8. Wait and see what features Daniel Rubino got.

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  • Microsoft announces its Windows 8 Surface tablet PC in both RT and Pro versions for different needs

    Posted on June 19th, 2012 David Brooks | 45 comments

    Even though Microsoft has been releasing several wonderful hardware gadgets that received great popularity in the world, it has been mostly considered as a software giant in the electronic communication industry. Microsoft just released the Windows 8 Release Preview version as the final test before the official release of Windows 8, which would be released soon. At the event in Los Angeles, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was on hand to unveil yet another Microsoft foray into the hardware world, but this time is producing an actual PC for the first time in its history, a new tablet PC for Windows 8 operating system. After a brief review of its hardware development history, Ballmer announced the new Microsoft Surface tablet PC, which is claimed to be designed to fully exploit the capabilities of its new Windows 8 operating system.

    Microsoft Windows Surface Tablet PCActually, this new Microsoft Windows 8 tablet PC includes two versions. A thinner and lighter (9.3 mm thick, 1.5-pound) consumer version (commonly named RT version) that runs the Windows RT operating system (a version of Windows 8 that runs on ARM processors) support standard Microsoft Office desktop apps; instead, it runs a limited functionality version of Office called “Office Home & Student” as well as Windows Explorer, with USB 2.0 support. Take a look at the following content to get to know the RT Version Windows 8 Surface Tablet PC specs:

    Windows 8 Surface Tablet PC RT Version Specs
    676 grams
    9.3 millimeters thick
    10.6-inch ClearType HD Display
    31.5 watt-hour battery
    microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
    Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
    VaporMg Case & Stand
    Configurable for 32 GB, 64 GB

    While the other one is a larger Pro version (13.5 mm thick, 1.9 pounds) running the Windows 8 Pro OS, which is prepared for business users. The Pro version adopts an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, and runs all the standard Windows desktop software like Word and Excel, as well as the Metro apps. It can even run Photoshop and supports USB 3.0. The specs of Windows 8 Surface Tablet PC Pro version are displayed bellow:

    Microsoft Windows 8 Surface Tablet PC

    Windows 8 Surface Tablet PC Pro version Specs
    903 grams
    13.5 millimeters thick
    10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display
    42 watt-hour battery
    microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
    Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
    VaporMg Case & Stand
    Configurable for 64 GB, 128 GB

    The Surface’s optically bonded 10.6-inch display is notable. Microsoft describes it as “permanent scratch and wear resistant,” and says that it minimizes glare, which makes it perfect for reading. Meanwhile, you can freely watch 1080P HD videos on Surface freely as its HD 1080P screen resolution produces quite excellent HD video experience for you. It could also output full high-resolution video to a TV via the DisplayPort included.

    It is unclear what company is manufacturing the tablet for Microsoft, though the product itself looks to be a branded device with prominent Windows logos adorning the screen bezel and the back kick-stand. The debut of the ARM-based Windows RT version of Surface is set to coincide with the launch of Windows 8 and will be available in 32GB and 64GB flavors. Pricing will be in-line with competing ARM tablets. The Intel Ivy Bridge i5-based Windows Pro Surface is slated to follow about three months later and will be sold in 64GB and 128GB capacities with prices comparable to Ultrabook PCs.

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  • Windows 8 Release Preview available online for free download in 14 languages

    Posted on May 31st, 2012 David Brooks | 46 comments

    We have been waiting for the next Windows OS for a long time. With all rumors and speculations going and the approaching of the official release of Windows 8 operation system, Microsoft debuted Windows 8 Release Preview version this Thursday, which might be the last step before a final release of Windows 8 this fall. The debut of the Release Preview version is several days earlier than expected, which was promised to be the first week of June by Microsoft. The freshly released Windows 8 Release Preview is available in two versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Though the Windows 8 Release Preview has been debuted, Microsoft has not yet announced a launch date for Windows 8 or prices for the OS. Analysts expect the revamped Windows to debut in October and at prices identical to Windows 7. Now, the Windows 8 Release Preview is available online for free download in 14 languages, thus you can have the choice to select and download the one in your familiar language.

    Windows 8 Release PreviewWhat’s new or improved in Windows 8 Release Preview version:
    New Bing-powered apps, including ones for travel, news, and sports
    Improvements to Mail, Photos, and People apps
    Increased Start personalization
    Better multiple-monitor support
    Better Windows Store navigation
    New family safety and security functionality
    Enhanced touch support for Internet Explorer 10

    How to download and install Windows 8 Release Preview
    Go to the Windows 8 Release Preview download page to enter your email and country region, check the agreement box, and then click the button to download Windows 8 Release Preview version.

    Running this application automates most of the set-up process, and selects the appropriate version of the preview for your machine. These must be turned into installation media that are burned to a DVD drive or copied to a USB flash drive in order to complete the install. That’s the installation process in a nutshell. As this is preview software, so keep mission critical work off your test PC.

    Requirements of installing Windows 8 Release Preview
    1. Microsoft advises users to not install the operating system on a computer used for day-to-day work, as there’s also no going back without wiping your hard drive.

    2. You can’t downgrade from Windows 8 since it cannot access the recovery partition of your hard drive. If you need to downgrade, ensure you have recovery disks readily available.

    3. You can upgrade to the Release Preview if you are already running Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Developer Preview. But you cannot keep any of your files.

    4. A processor with a clock speed of 1GHz or greater, 1GB (32-bit version), or 2GB (64-bit version) of RAM, at least 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) of available hard drive space, and a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 with a WDDM driver are required to run Windows 8 Release Preview on your test computer.

    Other features for your selection include: multitouch support, Internet access, and a screen resolution of at least 1024 pixels by 768 pixels, etc.

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  • A wish list of changes for Windows 8 Release Preview on the early June release event

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 David Brooks | 85 comments

    Microsoft has released several versions of its latest Windows 8 operation system to prepare for the official operation system release, which is said to be in this October, like the Developer Preview and Customer Preview versions. Days ago, the company officially announced that the latest pre-release version of the Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8 Release Preview, will become available during the first week of June, a Microsoft executive said Tuesday in Tokyo. “Announce…Windows 8 Release Preview first week of June. Here’s the announce from Japan’s Windows 8 Dev Days #thankyou”, the company wrote on Twitter. The Windows 8 “Release Preview” will be the most complete version to date of Windows 8, said Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live Division. He spoke at Microsoft’s Windows Developer Days, an event to teach developers about Windows 8. No doubt, the Windows 8 Release Preview would be a feature-completed version of this OS, requiring only bug fixes before the final version out. Then, what are the features in Windows 8? Let’s take a look at what features would be included or changed in Windows 8 Release Preview.

    Windows 8 Release Preview

    Readopt Start button or any hint button like this
    There are a lot of people who have been used to Windows operation system with Start button. Many people would get lost and don’t know what to do and how to operate the computer if there is not a Start button or any sort of guidance on how to navigate the Windows 8 desktops. Watching the video of Chris Pirillo’s father trying to use Windows 8, the company might get to know how real people use Windows 8 without a Start button or anything like that. Thus, the company is supposed to readopt Start button to make operating more user friendly.

    Enhanced Multi-Monitor support
    A better built-in support for multi-monitor is anticipated in Windows 8 Release Preview version. The existing situation is that you can only choose one “main taskbar” to open the Start menu and then run metro-style apps. It would be quite easy for your mouse to jump to the next screen when hitting the corner of screen without a proper Start menu. This would make it inconvenient for operating.

    Keep Metro Contained
    For the most part, ignoring the Metro interface of Windows 8 is easy, especially if you think of the new Start menu as a full-screen version of the pop-up start button. The one glaring exception is when you want to open a photo, video or audio file on the desktop, and Windows 8 boots you back to its Metro-style media players. You can change the default programs for these files, but that’s a hassle.

    Adopt better Tablet App Switcher
    Windows 8 would allow Windows 8 tablet users to fast switch apps, but still too sloppy. When you drag a finger from the left side of the screen, one of your recent apps slides in, but you don’t have immediate control of which app to appear. To choose from a wider list of recent apps, you must slide your finger back to the left side of the screen, which opens up a sidebar with app thumbnails. The operation of switching tablet apps could be confusing most people. For better user experience, the company is supposed to adopt better tablet app switcher to do this.

    A Tutorial for Tablets included
    With physical Windows button and other icons on the screen, average Windows 8 tablets users will be able to get along with their tablets nicely. But many other useful features of Windows 8 operation system, like sharing, searching, app switching, etc. which are hidden from plain sight, may not that easy for users to operate. To make new users quickly understand and get familiar with the Windows 8 OS, Microsoft will need to get a wonderful user-guide for Windows 8 tablet users to make them full enjoy the interesting and practical features of Windows 8 OS.

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  • Splashtop pushed out Win8 Metro Testbed to help you turn your iPad to a Windows 8 tablet

    Posted on April 16th, 2012 David Brooks | 50 comments

    The long anticipated Windows 8 is coming soon. Along with the new Windows operation system, people are longing for more wonderful Windows 8 tablets, which are expected to possess enough yet high performance features to beat the Apple new iPad. However, to get a Windows 8 tablet, you still need a long time to wait, as the Windows 8 OS is not even out in market. But now, you could have a “Windows 8 tablet” immediately if you’ve got an iPad. Being famous for its remote desktop apps for iOS and Android, the company named Splashtop just made a new $25 app for iPad users to get a taste of Windows 8 tablets. This new app, namely Win8 Metro Testbed, could simulate the Metro UI on Apple’s iPad tablets. Of course, you need to firstly download Windows 8 Consumer Preview and then run it on a PC, and probably a dual boot and install a small streamer file. With these done, install Win8 Metro Testbed on your iPad, and then the app will basically stream Windows 8 to your tablet via Wi-Fi at up to 60 frames per second.

    HTC Windows 8 TabletThe app uses the native touch gestures of Windows 8 tablets, such as swiping from the left to switch apps, swiping to the right to reveal the Charms (options) menu or pull from the top to close an app. Swiping left/right in Internet Explore will move between pages, and when you swipe slowly from the left, the “snapping” feature is enabled, which allows you to run two app side by side.

    Of course, as a simulating tool for Windows 8 tablet, there also exist a few shortcomings in this Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed on the iPad, just like the unsupported camera. But that’s a very little shortcoming. The main drawback is that the desktop display adjusts itself to the native resolution of the iPad 2, 1024 by 768 pixels, the minimum for Metro apps. The resolution doesn’t support snapping apps side by side, unless you configure it as 1366 by 768 pixels, but which will result in black bars across the top and bottom of the screen.

    $25 is not a big deal, but enables you to take a taste ahead of the official release of Windows 8 tablets. Especially for Windows 8 app developers, Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed will probably be more effective to developers who are working on Windows 8 apps and want to test them on a tablet, since they can’t buy an actual Windows 8 one yet.

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  • Windows 8 Release Candidate reported to be released by May with an October retail date

    Posted on March 27th, 2012 David Brooks | 19 comments

    As a time-limited version of an operating system that’s all but ready to go and occasionally shared with the public as a final test, the Release Candidate of Windows 8 has been paid great attention from global Windows users. Not long before, it’s reported by Bloomberg that Microsoft was looking to an October launch timeframe for Windows 8, which claimed that Microsoft would launch Windows 8 with both Intel and ARM chips, though in disproportionate numbers. The Windows 8 will include about five ARM devices and over 40 Intel-based systems. It’s reported that the Windows 8 will be finished by this summer and hit street this October. Now, the latest report from Windows blog WinUnleaked.tk said that the Windows 8 Release Candidate would be going to street as early as the end of May. The blog wrote in a quite sure tone, “We know the Release Candidate of Windows 8 will be shared with the public between the end of May to the beginning of June”.

    Windows 8 Release Candidate

    Both blogs provided no sources for their claims. The Bloomberg simply made the claim, then embedded a few screens of the operating system with claims the RC will comprise minor user interface changes from the beta (changes, that is, to the Charm bar, the language input menu and the desktop version of Internet Explorer 10).

    That’s launch date for the Release Candidate version of Windows 8, but not for the official Windows 8. The latter is still to be believed to have street launch in October, together with the rumors of the release of Windows 8 tablets to compete with Apple new iPad. Mentioning the Windows 8 tablets, the latest report from PCWorld claimed that the “Windows 8 specs include displays that are even sharper than Apple’s fabled Retina display, which Apple claims is as clear as the human eye is capable of seeing.” The blog said that “Microsoft’s newest operating system supports a 10.1-inch tablet screen with 291 pixels per inch resolution, the company says in its Building Windows 8 blog. That compares to the new iPad with 265 ppi.” Apple’s new iPad has provided excellent digital entertainment for users with its excellent 2048×1536 pixels Retina Display, which produces excellent video experience for users to watch full HD movies. If the reported to be true, the Windows 8 tablets would produce even better experience for users to watch full HD movies on Windows 8 tablets.

    Of course, these are just still rumors and speculations towards Windows 8. What you need to do now is just wait in patience for the official announcement of Windows 8 from Microsoft. Stay tuned for more information.

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