Expected to hit the release channel in late January
Over the weekend, Mozilla pushed a new build of Firefox to the Aurora channel. Built from the ground up for Microsoft’s Windows 8 Modern UI, this pre-beta build brings with it, among other things, a tile-based Firefox Start experience.
Another Windows Blue build has found its way onto the Web — the second in less than a month — amid murmurs about the possibility of Microsoft addressing two of humanity’s biggest gripes about its Windows 8 operating system when it launches the “Blue” update later this year.
The general response to the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview hasn’t been entirely positive. That does not mean that all is lost, though. With the first Windows 8 products widely expected to debut in the later part of 2012, Microsoft still has some time on its hands to make amends. If Microsoft does intend to make some important changes, they will most probably be part of the Windows 8 Release Candidate. But when exactly will the software giant deliver the Release Candidate?
In this episode: Windows 8! We discuss the Metro interface on the desktop, on tablets, in the phone, and even on the Xbox dashboard. We see what Microsoft is trying to do, but will it work?
There's also some talk about the iPad 3, making movies, jumping out of planes with Sony-brand cameras, and Austrian hockey. Which is a thing.
Also, we chat about the Steam Box, Kickstarter, the problem with Android tablets, and creativity. Later, Gordon rants about things, and reveals that he's racist against Wookiees.
Next episode goes up April 6th! Thanks for stickin' with us!
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Browser vendors are gearing up to take their hostilities to a new battlefield: Windows 8’s Metro interface. Mozilla commenced work on a “Metro style enabled desktop browser” for Windows 8 earlier this week, and now Google has confirmed similar plans. Hit the jump for more.
By including the touch-specific Metro UI alongside the traditional Windows desktop in its next desktop operating system, Microsoft is trying as hard as it has ever done to appeal to the tablet crowd. But its newfound enthusiasm for touch will not mean a lot if developers fail to respond just as enthusiastically. It’s important that developers deliver a consistent and easy-to-use experience across the Metro app ecosystem. To this end, Microsoft has just released a four-page PDF titled Windows 8 Touch Guidance for developers.
Microsoft first introduced its four-color Windows logo over two decades ago with the launch of Windows 3.0 in May 1990 and it's been waving ever since. It's been altered over the years, with the Redmond software giant adding color gradients, shading, reflections, and other artistry tidbits to maintain a modern flair, but with the launch of Windows 8, the familiar logo might undergo a somewhat radical makeover.
Besides releasing the Windows 8 Developer Preview at the BUILD developer conference in September, Microsoft also announced an app store for Metro-style apps called the Windows Store. However, the Windows Store can’t be accessed from within that pre-beta build of Microsoft’s upcoming tablet-friendly OS. This will change in February when the Redmond-based company releases the beta of Windows 8.
With Windows 8, Microsoft is reimagining the most basic premises of personal computers. CEO Steve Ballmer recognizes the drastic changes coming in Windows 8, even calling the platform one of the biggest risks taken by the industry giant.
If you want to take the plunge and give Windows 8 a try, we don’t recommend installing Windows 8 as your primary system, but we do encourage you to take it for a spin and spend some time tinkering under the hood. So read on and we'll tell you how to do just that.
When even the purpose of our own existence continues to be a mystery, Taiwan-based ITG has every right to sell a desktop OS-running phone that apparently has no clearly defined purpose. By the same token, it also has the right to come up with a successor to that pointless phone. And that’s exactly what ITG plans to do.