24 May 2012

The Microsoft team has been busy talking about Windows 8 boot times.  And the most recent discussion surrounds the fact that the system can boot too quickly at times.  How is this a bad thing you ask?  Read on to find out.

05 May 2012

As we had recently found out, much to the dismay of us Home Theater PC (HTPC) users, Media Center is not included by default in the new Windows 8 product SKUs.  Instead it would be available only if you purchase Windows 8 Pro and an add-on.  What could be driving Microsoft's reasoning behind not including it out of the box.  The numbers do the talking.  Meanwhile DVD playback is completely gone from Windows Media Player.

23 Apr 2012

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In case you missed it, Microsoft recently announced that they have renamed Windows on Arm (previously known as WOA) to that of Windows RT and also announced the four editions of Windows 8.  The decision to call it Windows RT seems to come from the idea that you can only run Windows Metro apps on WOA, which doesn't take into account the fact that Metro apps can run on more than just the ARM architecture.  

23 Apr 2012


Microsoft recently released details on the four editions of Windows 8 that will be available later this year, including details on WOA now strangely renamed Windows RT.

Windows 8 will be the official product name for the x86 and x64 editions of Windows running on Intel.  The PCs and tablets powered by 32 and 64-bit x86 chips will be Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, which consumers can purchase.  There will be another edition of the x86-optimized version of Windows 8 for bulk purchase.  Windows RT is only available pre-installed and is 32-bit only.

The reduction to four editions, two of which most consumers will have to choose from, shows that Microsoft has simplified the product SKUs, unlike years past. 

01 Apr 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast Episode 12:  Science Spectacular, recorded on Sunday 04-01-12

Summary:  The Nokia Lumia 900 is coming, Google Drive becomes a reality, Best Buy to close 50 store-fronts, strange clouds on Mars, aliens land in Arizona, SpaceX can get us to Mars for cheap, billions of habitable planets in our galaxy, antibody kills cancer in mice and more  

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21 Mar 2012

Microsoft at its Convergence conference for Dynamics ERP and CRM customers and partners, has shown off early concepts of what some of these business apps may look like in a Metro-UI.  They are the only company demonstrating Metro based business apps.

Some of the apps include a Windows 8 HTML5 metro-style (WinRT) client that connects to Dynamics ERP and CRM back-ends.  The image below is an example of the Dynamics Start page in Metro.  Each screen can be personalized by end users.


20 Mar 2012

This October the wait is over for Windows 8 and to fully experience Microsoft's new Metro Start Screen in all its full glory, or torture, depending on what camp you fall in.  Microsoft has stated it will finish Windows 8 this summer and sales of Windows 8 will occur in October.

Initially they will roll out to devices with Intel (INTC) and ARM chips.  Microsoft is effectively using the same types of processors that Apple uses in the iPad, but there will be a limited number of ARM devices at debut, less than five, as opposed to Intel machines at 40.  Microsoft is still planning on shipping both ARM and Intel versions at the same time.

This October time frame will allow Microsoft to gear up for Holiday sales in 2012.  Filling everyone's Christmas wish lists, with Windows 8 touch-screen devices and laptops and desktops.  Microsoft hopes to revitalize the PC market with Windows 8 and gain some ground on the iPad.  

13 Mar 2012

This really shouldn't be a big surprise, but a Metro-styled version of Chrome is coming for Windows 8, this comes after previously finding out there would be a Metro version of Firefox.  Google has stated to Mashable that "Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8."  The spokesperson went on to state "To that end we're in the process of building a Metro version of Chrome along with improving desktop Chrome in Windows 8 such as adding enhanced touch support."  No word on an exact launch date.

EXTRA:  Windows 8 Consumer Preview in depth first look, mouse mode demo (Video)

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