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Microsoft Office 2012 Technical Preview Review

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By admin, February 24, 2012

Microsoft’s next-generation Office suite recently reached the Technical Preview stage, allowing third parties to test Microsoft’s pre-beta code. The software giant released early copies of Office 2012 to a number of businesses, partners and OEMs in January ahead of a public beta this summer. Thanks to a source with access to the Technical Preview, we’ve been able to get a closer look at Microsoft’s plans for its next Office suite.

Office 2012 applications all run as standard desktop apps across Windows 7 and Windows 8, and some will even come packaged in an ARM edition of Windows 8 later this year. Office 15 takes a different approach to design, minimizing the ribbon by default and using a full screen “backstage” menu (similar to Office 2010) with navigation controls on the left. A pin icon controls whether the ribbon interface is open or minimized, and it remains largely untouched at this stage of development. Microsoft’s Outlook 15 application, missing from the company’s preview of Office 2012 on ARM, looks the most changed – with a Metro-style navigation at the bottom of the application and the switch to “People” instead of the traditional “Contacts” naming. Read more »

Take an early tour of Windows 8′s Office 15

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By admin, February 10, 2012

Curious about Office 15? Microsoft has showed off what it will look like on Windows 8.

Microsoft has offered a preview of what Office 2012 will look like. The software suite doesn’t have a launch date yet, but its release could come by the end of the year. The Metro tile for Office 2012 doesn’t currently show anything but the Office icon, although it could show more in future builds. Read more »

Getting touchy with Office 2012, Surface 2.0 and Windows 8

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By admin, February 9, 2012

Touch technologies are advancing across the Microsoft product lines, in everything from Office 2012, to Surface 2.0, to Windows 8.

Here’s a round-up of some recent touch-centric Microsoft tidbits:

Radial menus revisited: After The Verge recently wrote about Office 2012 possibly adopting a new touch-friendly “radial menu” concept, Microsoft watchers have been rifling through videos and docs trying to figure out exactly what this might be. My new favorite educated guess comes from reader @mcakins, who points out that the InkSeine project from Microsoft Research includes a mention of radial menus. Read more »

What are your plans for the Windows 8 beta?

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By admin, February 6, 2012

Over the past few months, Windows 8 has been publicly demoed and discussed in detail more than any other software program I can remember. Has all that information made you more eager to try Windows 8? Or are you starting to feel post-PC ennui? Vote in my poll, and help me focus my coverage.

The last time Microsoft released a Windows beta was in January 2009. That early release of Windows 7 attracted three million users, and it got generally favorable reviews, including word-of-mouth feedback.

Windows 8 has already been shown off thoroughly in well-rehearsed public demos. The very-much-unfinished Windows 8 Developer Preview, released last September, has been downloaded more than three million times. It’s been sliced and diced and dissected, inside and outside Redmond. On the Building Windows 8 blog Microsoft has delivered a veritable firehose of information about what’s coming next. Read more »

No Metro Design for Microsoft Office 2012 on Windows 8?

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By admin, February 3, 2012

Office 2012 will be Windows 8 friendly, but its individual apps will not be designed with the Metro sleekness.

ZoomOn the heels of Microsoft’s announcement that the “Office 2012″ Technical Preview Program had begun, a new report (rumor) has surfaced stemming from “Microsoft insiders” who claim the suite won’t be built for the Metro-style interface using the new WinRT programming model. Instead, it will receive interface tweaks to make it more touch friendly within the Windows 8 environment.

Plans to create a true Metro style Windows 8 version of Office 2012 have reportedly been pushed back. The reason is that the team would need to completely overhaul the suite to take advantage of WinRT. That means an additional amount of time, thus pushing the Office 2012 release back. Instead of a product delay, Microsoft will likely return to the Metro-themed version once the retail product hits the market. Read more »

Windows 8, Office 2012: Get used to Metro, it’ll be everywhere

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By admin, October 22, 2011

From Windows to Office, cloud and server applications, and maybe a Metro-inspired dance remix on YouTube, Microsoft’s next-generation user interface will be everywhere by Windows 8’s launch.

Windows Phone-inspired, the Start ’screen’ will replace the traditional Start menu, and will be the front-facing end of the next-generation operating system, Windows 8.

Pinching the user interface from existing Windows Phone 7 devices, in which the thin fonts and the application tiles reign free from the rest of the desktop, evolutionarily speaking it is truly a feat of ingenious for the mobile space.

But can Microsoft pull off the Start screen for desktops, and can Metro be successfully transposed to the desktop? Read more »

Windows 8 System Requirements

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By admin, October 22, 2011

The Windows 8 System Requirements works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

Windows 8 Developer Preview Free Download

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By admin, October 22, 2011

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.

Note: You can’t uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media. Read more »

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 »

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