Sneak Peek at Windows 8 Tablet Apps

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By admin, August 31, 2011

The Windows 8 tablet teasers keep rolling in, first with Microsoft showing a brief glimpse of a quad-core slate, and now with two early prototypes of Windows 8 tablet apps.

ZDNet’s Stephen Chapman discovered one of the designs, for a USA Today app, on the Website of designer Robbie Dillon. “In preparation for the Windows 8 release, this app is being built to take advantage of the touch-first, native environment of Windows 8, while retaining the look and feel of the Windows Metro UI and showcasing the content of USA Today,” Dillon wrote. Read more »

Microsoft Windows 8: Here’s What We Know So Far

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By admin, August 31, 2011

Details about Windows 8, Microsoft’s newest operating system expected in 2012, have been leaking out thanks largely to Microsoft previews and a stream of blog posts on the company’s Building Windows 8 blog.

The new OS is said to be Microsoft’s biggest Windows refresh since Windows 95, when desktop PCs reigned supreme and most laptops cost nearly $3000. Now, Microsoft wants to update Windows for a consumer technology world that is obsessed with online services and touch-centric devices such as the iPad and Android smartphones. Read more »

Microsoft to provide USB 3.0 support for better battery life in Windows 8

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By admin, August 26, 2011

Microsoft officials are promising USB 3.0 support will be part of Windows 8, which will help with battery-life and power-consumption on tablets and desktop PCs.

In another new, detailed post, Microsoft officials shared another tidbit about Windows 8: It will have USB 3.0 support.

The August 22 to the “Building Windows 8″ blog — authored by Dennis Flanagan, the Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking group — explained the challenge.

“Each and every USB device, low, full, high, and SuperSpeed, has to work in Windows 8,” he blogged. Read more »

Windows 8: Two new 3rd party apps using the new Metro UI

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By admin, August 26, 2011

Summary: With most developers around the world having to wait until BUILD to find out how to develop for Windows 8, some companies are already cranking out Windows 8 Apps! See two of them here.

So far, all we’ve seen of applications utilizing Windows 8’s new user interface is what Microsoft has publicly demonstrated. But now, just 2-and-a-half weeks away from Microsoft’s BUILD conference, I’ve managed to unearth a couple of portfolios showcasing the first Windows 8 apps to be seen in the wild by 3rd party, non-Microsoft entities — one of them, being from USA Today. Click on the image below to view the gallery containing all the high-resolution images: Read more »

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 is the most stable mobile phone OS

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By admin, August 26, 2011

Summary: Windows Phone 7 may not be flying off the shelves, but in my extensive experience the platform is the most stable and reliable out there. I recommend that you at least give the platform a try because it is NOTHING like Windows Mobile and the Microsoft name does not kill the experience.

As regular readers know, I have used nearly every mobile Phone operating system over the years and bounce around between devices, operating systems, and carriers faster than most people I know. I have been using Windows Phone 7 since July 2010 and can say without a doubt that Windows Phone 7 has been the most stable and reliable mobile phone operating system I have ever used, even counting the early technical preview and current beta development versions of Mango that I have been running on my phones. People may have preconceived notions about Microsoft’s mobile platform given that Pocket PC and Windows Mobile had issues, but you can throw all of that out the window and if you give Windows Phone 7 an honest chance I think you will find out the same thing. Read more »

Microsoft Offers Free eBook for Office 365

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By admin, August 18, 2011

Microsoft today announced the availability of a new, free eBook: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime by Katherine Murray. It’s currently available in PDF format, but as with other Microsoft Press eBooks, it will soon ship DRM-free ePUB and MOBI formats too.

And this book is no throw-away freebie: It weighs in at 337 pages and 13 chapters. An overview of the book and its complete table of contents is available from a previous Microsoft blog post. Read more »

Microsoft Restores Office 365 & Dynamics CRM Online Cloud Services

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By admin, August 18, 2011

Microsoft has restored customer service to the Office 365 cloud and Dynamics CRM Online. A networking issue affected some of Microsoft’s cloud customers starting around 11:30 a.m. PDT today. A Microsoft spokeswoman at 5:01 p.m. PDT indicated that services have been restored.

Microsoft has been careful not to call the issue a cloud outage. Rather, the company initially said: Read more »

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