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Windows 8: system requirements for the Consumer Preview

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You can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (read: public beta) right now, and while we’re afraid you won’t be able to install it on your ARM tablet, just about any x86 desktop, laptop, or slate in recent memory should be able to run the new OS. All you need is a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for 64-bit), 16GB of storage (or 20GB for 64-bit), and a DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM 1.0 support. That said, you won’t be able to take advantage of all the new features of Windows 8 without a few more specs, and the official Building Windows 8 blog just published a post detailing the rest of the guidelines there:

  • One new element to Windows 8 is the requirement that Metro style applications have a minimum of 1024x768 screen resolution, and 1366x768 for the snap feature. If you attempt to launch a Metro style app with less than this resolution (e.g. 800x600, 1024x600) you will receive an error message.
  • With the Consumer Preview, if you want to support touch, you will need a screen that supports multi-touch.
  • Secured Boot requires a new UEFI BIOS, which is not available broadly on PCs yet, but is starting to be made available. If your machine does have UEFI, you can enable it via BIOS settings.
  • BitLocker does not require but performs more seamlessly if your PC has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Machines that have this sometimes require it to be enabled via BIOS settings. BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive that meets performance criteria evaluated at installation time.
  • Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and an additional 2 GB of RAM. You can also enable SLAT via a BIOS setting.
  • Some games and other software require graphics capabilities compatible with DirectX 10 or higher (including some games available in the Consumer Preview and in the Windows Store. We will continue to improve the verification of your system prior to downloading or running software with these requirements). Some games and programs might require a graphics card for optimal performance.
  • If you clean install instead of upgrade (see below), you should check your PC manufacturer’s website to make sure you install any specific drivers that they provide there. Many laptops will get better battery life with a power-optimized driver that is specific for that PC (often known as ACPI, Power, or Chipset driver).

Those notes aside, even last year’s netbooks should be able to handle the build: Microsoft says it successfully and substantially tested the OS on the likes of the Dell Inspiron Duo.

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Source: theverge.com

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Microsoft reveals Windows 8’s new logo: ‘It’s a window… not a flag’

Microsoft is making plenty of big changes with its Windows 8 operating system, and that has now also extended to a new logo. As explained by Microsoft’s Sam Moreau in a post on the official Windows blog, the logo was created with the help of the design agency Pentagram, which posed a simple question when it began on the project: “your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?” That discussion eventually led to the four-paned window you see above, which not only looks more like a window than the previous logos, but clearly echoes the company’s new Metro design language. You can see a bigger version after the break, and read the full story of its creation (along with a look back at past logos) at the source link below.


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Leaked BlackBerry 10 images show ‘live tiles,’ other changes

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook OS is believed to be a design inspiration for BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry 10 has been missing in action for months, but some images have now leaked on the Web purporting to show the operating system in action.

The blog Crackberry last night posted BlackBerry 10 images it claims to have obtained from a 14-page PDF file prepared by “one of RIM’s external ad agency partners.” RIM’s current generation of BlackBerry devices are included in the images and are all running its upcoming operating system, casting some doubt on their authenticity.

Still, their contents are notable. One image shows the operating system displaying widgets that seem to mimic the functionality of Windows Phone 7's Live Tiles—a feature that has been rumored for quite some time, but never confirmed. In addition, the operating system images show the Folder icon listing some of the apps included in it, eliminating some of the guesswork found in RIM's current operating system.

For RIM fans, the real question is when BlackBerry 10 will be making its way to devices. A BlackBerry codenamed “Colt” was supposed to be the first BlackBerry 10 phone, but according to reports, plans to launch it have been scrapped. Another phone, codenamed Milan, was initially believed to feature BlackBerry 10, but Boy Genius Report said last month that RIM has decided to bundle BlackBerry 7 with the handset.

It now appears RIM is focusing all its BlackBerry 10 efforts on a device codenamed London. However, there’s no telling when that device might launch.

At an earnings call in December, RIM said that it had pushed back BlackBerry 10 to late next year, and asked investors for “your patience and confidence.” The company told CNET in a follow-up e-mail in December that “the broad engineering impact of this decision and certain other factors significantly influenced the anticipated timing for the BlackBerry 10 devices.”

RIM did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment on the Crackberry leak.

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Windows 8 Start button removed by Microsoft in ‘Consumer Preview’

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Microsoft has taken the bold step of removing the traditional Windows Start button from itsWindows 8 “Consumer Preview.” The Start button and menu were introduced with Windows 95 over 15 years ago, and it appears Microsoft will scrap both of them once Windows 8 is released later this year. Screenshots of a near-final Windows 8 “Consumer Preview” version (build 8220) leaked to the internet this weekend, and show a Super Bar without the Start button orb. In previous test builds Microsoft had flattened the button to match its Metro style interface, and the latest builds go one step further by fully removing the Start button orb.

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Fear not though, the Start button functionality isn’t as dead as it seems. We have confirmed with sources close to Microsoft’s Windows 8 development that a hot corner has replaced the Start button orb. A thumbnail-like user interface will appear in Metro or desktop mode, providing a consistent way to access the Windows desktop and Start Screen in Windows 8 regardless of touch or mouse input. The new interface is activated on hover from the lower-left corner of Windows 8 and includes a thumbnail preview of where you will navigate to after clicking on the new visual element. The same element will appear in touch mode, and we expect it will be activated by a swipe action. If you are in desktop mode then it will show a preview of the Metro mode and vice versa.

Microsoft will also keep the Super Bar, first introduced in Windows 7, with its legacy pinning for desktop applications and desktop Internet Explorer 10. The removal of the Windows Start button orb means the Super Bar acts like a shortcut dock for the desktop mode. It’s possible that Microsoft may reintroduce the Start button if there is enough demand, but this isn’t a recent decision for the company so we expect its removal is final.

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Will Windows 8 be irrelevant to regular PC users?

Will the average Windows PC user jump to Windows 8 next year or snub the new OS as a platform geared more for mobile devices?

Weighing in with a strong opinion on that question is research firm IDC, which recently unveiled a list of its top ten predictions for 2012. Key among them was one forecast eyeing doom and gloom for Windows 8, certainly in the desktop arena.

The next version of Windows will be Microsoft’s first attempt to offer the same operating system for both PCs and mobile devices. IDC expects Windows 8 products to hit the market by August 2012 and possibly as early as the second quarter if Microsoft can move fast enough.

But whenever Windows 8 is released, IDC doesn’t see much excitement among the desktop crowd.

"Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs, and we expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor,” the report said.

Though the research firm didn’t reveal the specific reasons for its dire prediction, it’s easy enough to guess.

Since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users over the new Metro interface. In addition to those who just don’t like the new look and feel, many have complained that the touch-based UI simply doesn’t work well with a mouse and keyboard.

Behind the scenes of the Metro UI, Windows 8 will still offer the standard desktop that users know. But based on the Developer Preview, the desktop looks the same as it does in Windows 7. So users already turned off by the Metro interface may feel little or no reason to upgrade.

In response, Microsoft has cautioned people that the Developer Preview is far from the final product and has promised to tweak Windows 8 to work more smoothly on a desktop environment. The company has also tried to explain and promote all of the new features in Windows 8 through its Building Windows 8 blog. But many people remain skeptical.

The enterprise market may also be slow to adopt Windows 8 on its desktops and laptops. Many companies have already upgraded to Windows 7 or are in the middle of a migration, points outZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. Since a lot of businesses only upgrade every other version, Windows 8 could be bypassed by a significant number.

Ironically, Microsoft itself has told enterprises still running Windows XP to jump to Windows 7 and not wait for Windows 8, advice that many will probably take.

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On a brighter note, IDC does have high expectations for Windows Server 8. With new enhancements to the Hyper-V environment, the server edition could be a good option for businesses setting up private cloud deployments.

"Windows Server 8 will be widely embraced by Microsoft customers," the report said.

But Windows 8 is likely to face challenges in the mobile arena. Microsoft is counting on its new OS to make a dent in the tablet world, a market where the company has so far languished. And though Windows 8 is being designed as a tablet-friendly platform, Microsoft’s success in this area is by no means assured.

"There will be intense scrutiny on Microsoft’s ability to deliver a successful tablet experience aboard both x86-based tablets and on devices running ARM processors," noted the report. "This is a tall order for Microsoft, and while the x86 tablet strategy makes sense as a transitional solution for today’s PC users, it will be the ARM-based devices that need to shine and clear a high bar already set by Apple."

The support of the developer community will be critical in helping Microsoft achieve its goals in the tablet market, says IDC. If the company can prompt developers to recreate their existing apps for the Metro UI and build new ones for mobile devices, then Microsoft may stand a chance. If not, then the future doesn’t look good.

And so far, IDC isn’t painting a bright 2012.

"IDC believes that Microsoft’s success with Windows 8 on tablets will be disappointing during 2012," the report said, "and if it does not change some of its philosophy in how it is approaching the mobile market, it will not be successful longer term."

Source: CNET

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News About A Windows 8 Nokia Tablet By June, 2012–Nokia Says It Has No Announcement To Make

Recently, Nokia has released its first Windows Phone Smartphones ( The Lumia 800 and The Lumia 710). Now, There is news that Nokia will be releasing a Windows 8 tablet by June 2012.

 

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Nokia To Release A Windows 8 Tablet By June, 2012

The head of Nokia France announced to French LesEchos newspaper, That Nokia is planning to boost its market share in the French market from 16% to 22% (close to their 25% about to years ago). According to WMPoweruser.

He also announced that Nokia will be releasing a Windows 8 tablet by June 2012, Which make us expect the Windows 8 to be released a little bit before that, Although every one was expecting Windows 8 by fall 2012.

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He has described the Nokia Lumia 800 as a BWM 5 series, noting:”It’s just the equivalent of the BMW 5 Series. We will soon have a full range with a Series 7 and Series 3. “

Nokia Has Nothing To Say About The Rumored Windows 8 Tablet

Nokia has made an announcement that they has nothing to say about the what the head of Nokia France boss Paul Amsellem has revealed:

“We haven’t announced any plans anywhere in the world at this point regarding a potential tablet strategy,”

a Nokia spokesperson told BGR in an email.

Also a similar statement was made by Nokia about the news about a higher end ‘Lumia’ device

“However, the Nokia Lumia 800 represents the ‘flagship’ of our current portfolio – and we haven’t revealed what else may be in store in the future for the Lumia portfolio.”

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Microsoft bringing

Windows 8 to phones

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There’s been plenty of speculation, but Steve Ballmer just dropped the bombshell: “We’ve got broad initiatives driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8.” The choice of words is incredibly (if unintentionally) telling. Like with tablets, Microsoft would rather cram a desktop OS “down” into mobile form, than build off of a simple mobile platform into something more complex. Of course, that’s the least favorable

interpretation, and Ballmer obviously didn’t expound on these future plans, since there are plenty of Windows Phone 7.5 phones to be sold. Since Windows 8 is already heavily indebtted to Windows Phone, at least when it comes to looks and UI concepts, it’s unclear if this is a true merging and unification of platforms, or just an extension and refinement of existing synergies — the latter sounds more likely, but with the Windows 8 core up and running on ARM, anything is posible.

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Source: theverge.com