Windows 8 – “Everything at Once”

Microsoft has recently introduced the world with their much anticipated Operating System (OS), Windows 8. Windows 8 is innovative, fast and comes with ample of applications which are huddled in clusters and the fun is all the applications can be operated concurrently. With the launch of Windows 8 Microsoft claims that it will bring some revolutionary changes for Personal Computers (PCs), Laptops and Tablet users. This Tweeter and Facebook generation loves to stay connected with the world all the time and thus, always look for devices or software which is fast, handy and serves their purpose best. Keeping these demands in mind Microsoft has gifted the world the wonderful, super-fast and fun-filled OS Windows 8.

Microsoft’s new mantra is “Everything at Once” and with Windows 8 it is trying to bridge the gap between PCs, laptops and tablets. On the launch of Windows 8 in India Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik , the Chairman representing Microsoft India said that technology has enabled them to use and carry out multiple devices. Thus, it is very clear that with Windows 8 Microsoft aims to merge the functionality of various gadgets into one device with the aid of Cloud.

When it comes to looks Windows 8 is certainly eye-catching and temptingly playful. Windows 8 has swapped the Start Menu with a Start Screen, which exhibits ’live tiles’, a very innovative and important feature of Windows 8, these tiles contains the icons of various applications which are divided into small rectangular tiles and you can change the positions of these tiles by simply dragging them around and if you want you can also customize the tiles either by including or excluding tiles. These tiles keeps updating with latest updates even when not in active use. The tiles are big and very user friendly and are neat, simple and well-organized. Another amusing thing in Windows 8 is, it lets you to have picture password allowing you admittance if touched in a specified way.

Windows 8 also comes up with a new fashion of application named Windows Store apps which is also known as “Metro-style Apps”. However, these apps are designed mainly for the touch-screen devices and have very little possibilities for desktops. Apps like ‘People’ connects  you to social networking sites like Facebook and Tweeter and ‘Photo’ app allows you to collect pictures from sites like Facebook and Flickr. Apart from the ‘Photo’ app there are several other apps which allow you to share as many photos and items as you like, almost every application has been provided with sharing options letting you to share anything and everything at anytime. Windows 8 is loaded with several other exciting apps, all the news works fantastically giving the users all the updates from around the world although Calendar here is too simple but functions appropriately. Thus, it can be said that all these apps of this new OS are excellent both in looks and in functioning.

With Windows 8 it is very easy to set up a network, which is of great help for people willing to start group business. People planning for such ventures can take advantage of Windows’ ability of creating “homegroup”. It will let them connect their Windows 8 gizmos with Smartphones, printers or media servers, allowing them to commune and share information with each other.

Another major characteristic of this OS is its machine autonomy. To operate Windows 8 you have to create a Microsoft Account, it is mandatory and once it is done you can use any other Windows 8 gadgets keeping your account settings intact.

Now hearing about this magnificent Operating System if you are feeling sad for your device which runs on Windows 7 or XP then do not worry because Microsoft has announced that PCs or Laptops purchased between 2nd June 2012 till 31st January 2013 can be updated from old versions to the latest version at just Rs.699 and others also can upgrade their system with this latest OS by spending a sum of Rs.1, 999.

Thus, Windows 8 has opened new vistas for several devices and for PCs particularly, its hi-fi apps and its rich and neat look has compelled the users to consider their PCs something more than simple PowerPoint and Internet Browser.

Windows 8 to release on 25th October

Apple has been in the news for launching events- The latest one being the iPhone 5. But Windows 8 is something people have been waiting for from a very long time. Infact millions of Consumer preview copies were also downloaded but finally the date has been declared.

Windows 8 is going to launch on 25th October

image via Engadget

 

Google working on Chrome for windows 8

According to the latest rumors Google is working hard to get Chrome on the new Windows 8. Chrome for windows is already available but Google are working on a metro-style Chrome specifically designed for Windows 8.

Google is also looking at adding touch features to its regular desktop version of the Chrome.

This is good for the final consumer keeping in mind that Google and Microsoft have bitter rivalry.

How To: Submit your apps to the Windows 8 Store

Windows 8 is the next big thing for developers and Microsoft on its blog has given complete details on how to submit apps to the Windows 8 store.

The link educating about app submission to the Windows 8 store is here.

You can also watch the video here for more information.

 

Microsoft unveils Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview With .NET Framework 4.5, has us on the floor already

If you’ve been following us religiously you might have noticed our recent exploits from BUILD, Microsoft’s developer-oriented conference, being held at present where they have showcased numerous new technologies, including the big fish — Windows 8. Apart from the new operating system and its employment on a tablet (comparison with iPad 2 here), the next major news to break from the event has to be Visual Studio 11 (developer preview, of course) with .NET Framework 4.5.

Visual Studio has always been at the cornerstone of Microsoft’s product-related strategy for it appeals to beginners and hardcore developers alike thanks to its ease of operation and seamlessly user-friendly environment. Ever since 1995, the system has changed in the face of evolving Microsoft software, growing and advancing once again as a new era under Windows 8 looms upon us.

Visual Studio 11 has seen a major overhaul with a lot of new complex solutions easily attainable, making effortless Windows development a reality. This new release includes .NET 4.5 Developer Preview, and support for many of Windows 8′s new features, including the ability to develop Metro-style apps, which are displayed on Windows 8′s new “Start Screen”, support for HTML5, CSS3, enhancements for game development, Code Clone Analysis, Code Review Workflow with Team Explorer, Exploratory Testing and Enhanced Unit Testing.

Windows 8 Start Screen

More than just support for Microsoft’s newest platform, however, Visual Studio 11 makes the job of developing applications easier for developers, especially graphic intensive ones. For starters, there’s a new built-in image editor that supports alpha blending: gone are the days when you had to use separate tools for your app’s graphical needs. There’s also a new debugging tool that allows developers to track down visual flaws in a 3D environment and diagnose the problem. Hot!

Visual Studio 11

It doesn’t end here. Following the current trend of transitioning offline services to the Internet, known as the ‘cloud’, Visual Studio 11 includes several features that make it easier to create apps that interact with an online back-end.  Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business President Satya Nadella chirps:

Developers have long been the cornerstone of Microsoft’s success, and that relationship is now more important than ever. In today’s world of connected devices and continuous services, we are focused on helping developers build the next generation of client applications that are tethered to a back-end cloud.

It still doesn’t end here. There’s a plethora of information we can give you about Microsoft’s new IDE. But since it won’t be feasible, we suggest you check out what’s new in VS 11 at the MSDN Blog to get a good idea of how hard Microsoft is working behind the scenes to provide us with the best software for development.

You can  download VS 11 developer preview either from the MSDN site (requires MSDN subscription), or get a 64-bit developer preview of Windows 8 (includes all development tools), or just wait for the standalone release which will come out anytime today.

Do share with us your experience of using VS 11 after you download it or any project / website you have developed with any version of Visual Studio. We would love to hear from you!

iPad 2 with iOS 5 vs Windows 8 slate (video)

Microsoft recently unveiled a few Windows 8 slates at BUILD, a developers conference, showcasing the power of the new Windows operating system, Windows 8. While it is still quite some time away from a final release and launch, it hopes to take on Apple’s iOS 5 and iPad 2, a device that is already established in the market and is already awaiting its successor. So, can Windows 8 slates take on iPad 2s running iOS 5? WinRumors helps us:

Would you be purchasing a Windows 8 slate when it launches next year?

Windows 8 Developer Preview (Direct Download Links)

As you might be aware, Microsoft gave a first glimpse of their new, “game changing” OS, Windows 8 yesterday at BUILD. They had also promised that a developer preview would be available soon and that it will be accessible not only to developers but to everyone. Fulfilled.

Microsoft is making the same Windows 8 developer preview it handed out to developers at BUILD yesterday available to users all around the world, free of charge and without requiring any registration — a big step forward from previous occasions where registration was required and then too it was available to everyone only after the first beta.

There are 3 version available to download:  a 64-bit version with all the developer tools built-in, along with sample Metro apps to get developers started; a 64-bit version only with the sample apps and without the tools; and a similar 32-bit version without any developer tools. All of these three versions should operate in a similar fashion, so unless you’re aiming to develop Windows 8 apps, you’ll probably be fine with either one of these.

Download (ISO)

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) with Developer Tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) without the developer tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (32-bit)

Are you downloading Windows 8 developer preview? Which one of the three?

Windows 8

Windows 8 Tablet: First Glimpse

A first Windows 8-running tablet from Samsung has been displayed by Microsoft at BUILD, a developers conference, today. The new OS + tablet combo arrives on the scene sometime early next year, being suitable to compete with Apple’s iPad, which will be in its 3rd avatar by then. Here’s an overview from Joanna Stern at the Verge.

By the way, you really have no idea how lucky the attendees were…

Microsoft demonstrates Windows 8 tablet concept

Microsoft demoed an early version of its next-generation Windows 8 operating system running on a concept tablet at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference presentation held last week. The company briefly showed off the mysterious tablet, which touted a user interface that looks very similar to the Redmond giant’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, however immediately squashing claims of a Windows Phone 7-running tablet with an announcement from Windows Phone boss Andy Lees who feels that a tablet should be able to do everything a PC could, which is why WP7 won’t be considered.

The company’s main aim, now, is to build Windows 8 in such a way that it works flawlessly on both desktop computers as well as tablets, thus combining desktop capabilities with a UI that is truly touch-friendly.

What do you think of Windows 8 and Microsoft‘s upcoming tablets?

Microsoft unveils Windows 8

We have more goodies for you from Computex 2011. Redmond giant Microsoft has shed light on the next OS coming out of its arsenal, Windows 8, which ensembles the look and feel of the company’s Windows Phone 7 OS. Yup, that’s right, Windows 8 has got the Metro UI made famous by WP7, and also has the tile screen which we love. What’s more, the OS, as you expected, is touch enabled!

There’ll be two kinds of applications for Windows 8, one that runs in a traditional desktop, and the other pseudo-mobile apps based on HTML5 and Javascript, but both environments — rather, the entire OS — have been designed from the ground up for touchscreen use.

There’s also a new version of Internet Explorer, IE 10 (that runs Silverlight) and an app store built into the touchscreen interface, along with integrated services like Office 365.

The new OS is expected to run on laptops, tablets and desktops whenever it comes out, and will also get multi-core 1.8GHz OMAP4470 ARM processor from Texas Instruments. Microsoft also said it will support NVIDIA, TI and Qualcomm.

There’s no news about the pricing or availability of the Windows 8, or whether actually ‘Windows 8’ will be the final name of the OS, but we are sure to find out all this and much, much more at the Build Windows developer conference in September.

In the meantime enjoy these awesome videos of an awesome OS. Great work, Microsoft!