Windows 8 users may not have to wait until “Blue” for much-needed improvements to core apps
Tami Reller, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Windows at Microsoft, last month admitted in an interview with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley that first-party Windows 8 apps are far from perfect in their current state. Now the veteran scribe is reporting that updates to first-party apps bundled with Windows 8 might be available much earlier than previously believed.
The G24 is available in a number of different designs.
ECS is a company we don't hear a lot about these days, but lest anyone forget it's still around, ECS today announced its new G24 touch-based all-in-one (AIO) PC. It has an edge-to-edge 23.6-inch multi-touch panel with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display resolution, HDMI input for connecting Blu-ray players and game consoles, and an interchangeable mini-ITX motherboard.
Steve Ballmer sat for a spell with MIT Technology Review to discuss the Windows 8 ecosystem.
It's no easy task to gauge the impact Windows 8 is having on the industry, in part because the industry is changing. The traditional desktop is taking a backseat in popularity to mobile form factors, like notebooks, tablets, and hybrids. Windows 8, as you know, is an attempt to bring all these devices together, along with smartphones, under a unified user interface. Is Microsoft happy with its strategy up to this point?
Windows 8 customers can look forward to additional features as part of a new rapid iteration initiative at Microsoft.
A February 15th job posting by Microsoft has all but confirmed the existence of “Windows Blue”, and the role it will play in improving the Core Windows 8 experience. According to the listing, Microsoft is looking for individuals willing to work on the centerpiece of its new Windows UI, and the additional verbiage surrounding the qualifications suggest they are referring to the new start screen interface.
BlueStacks wants you to get your Android apps back on Windows 8
At last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, Android virtualization startup BlueStacks announced that its “App Player” software, which lets people enjoy Android apps on their PCs, was coming to Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system. It promptly delivered on that promise earlier this week when it released a new version of its free-to-download tool.
Pats its own back for not compromising on speed and performance
Now that the first Surface Pro reviews are out, it seems that even those determined to overlook its hefty price tag are going to have a hard time justifying the Core i5-powered tablet’s piss-poor battery life to themselves. At around 4-5 hours, the Surface Pro’s battery life (or the lack thereof) belies the very reason people buy tablets — unwired, uninterrupted on-the-go use. Microsoft’s Panos Panay tackled questions about both the Windows 8 tablet’s limited battery life and lack of usable storage space in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Wednesday.
As many as 200 million IT workers may be holding out for the right Windows 8 tablet, Forrester says.
A war is brewing between Apple and Microsoft in the tablet space, but if you've read the initial reviews of Surface Pro, you might think it's a one-sided fight. Most reviewers agree that Surface Pro is too expensive, suffers from a short battery life, and is a niche product. However, there may be hundreds of millions of IT workers who are interested in what Surface Pro brings to the tablet.
Microsoft exec says Windows 8 sales are "just getting started."
You've heard time and again that Windows 8 is a reimagining of the Windows ecosystem, and there's truth in that statement. At its core, Windows 8 is a faster version of Windows 7 with better security, but on the surface (pun intended), it's an entirely difference experience predicated on touchscreen computing and, to an extent, content consumption. Windows 8 has motivated PC makers to think outside the box and come out with new form factors, and it's for that very reason Microsoft would argue that it's too early to judge sales figures.
Windows 8 sparked an evolution in PC design, and even all-in-one PCs are trying something new.
I walked into my local Best Buy the other day, and as I always do, I headed straight for the PC section. To my semi-surprise, the floor space that was once dominated by desktop towers had been overrun by Ultrabooks, ultra-thins, all-in-one PCs, and tablets...lots of tablets. There were still a handful of desktops to be found, but they were tucked away in the corner next the restroom entrance -- boo! Like it or not, mainstream America is totally infatuated with these space saving designs, and with the introduction of Windows 8, convertible form factors are all the rage. Even the all-in-one (AIO) market isn't immune.