Get ready to shell out the cash for the GA release
If you've been using your trusty Windows 8.1 Preview over the last couple of months, Microsoft wants to remind you that it's getting time for you to purchase the full edition. The Preview edition will be ending on January 15th, so you've got just enough time left to purchase a license before your brief look expires.
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced on Thursday that Ubuntu Linux bug #1 – "Microsoft has a majority market share" – is now officially closed. Rather than boasting about his victory, he gives much of the credit to iOS and Android. “Android may not be my or your first choice of Linux, but it is without doubt an open source platform that offers both practical and economic benefits to users and industry. So we have both competition, and good representation for open source, in personal computing.”
Windows Blue appears to be taking on some serious issues.
Windows display scaling is, and has always been a complete mess. Sure you can bump up the multiplier to make it look half decent if you’re using just one display, but Windows 8 tablet owners are seeing a completely different problem. The next generation of devices are shipping with ultra-high resolution panels that are 10 inches or less in size, but when you try to hook these up to a larger external monitor to get real work done, finding a setting that works with both is a bit of a nightmare. One is always too big, or too small, and you can’t set the scaling separately. Newer laptops are going to run into a similar problem, but the new Windows Blue update may finally be tackling this issue head on.
Microsoft just can’t seem to keep a secret these days.
Microsoft has a security problem, and as a website devoted to PC technology we have absolutely no problem with that. Two new leaked builds of Windows 8.1 (Blue) have emerged online, and we've had a chance to check out what’s changed. Experts with inside sources at Microsoft have confirmed that these leaks are still not feature complete, but with a public preview expected sometime in June, we won’t have to wait much longer. So what’s new? Hit the jump to find out.
Microsoft has denied for months that Windows Blue even exists, but we finally have proof. A forum post from a Polish tech blog contained links for Windows 8 build 9364, and R27 installed the patch to verify its legitimacy. The consensus seems to be that Build 9364 is an “alpha” version of Blue, and while it might not be entirely feature complete, it certainly gives us a pretty good idea of what Microsoft has in store. We would recommend against installing this build for both legal and stability reasons, however that doesn’t mean you're totally shut out. We’ve compiled a full gallery of screenshots showing off the changes, and so far we have to say things are looking up for the modern UI.
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.
Windows 8 will have quantity, but will it have quality?
The Windows 8 App Store has only been officially open for about two months now, but the number of apps available is just a few dozen away from passing over the 36,000 mark. That’s an impressive accomplishment to be sure; however it’s still difficult to single out any example of a “killer app” for the platform.
Richard Stallman accuses Canonical of spying on Ubuntu users.
Canonical, the company behind the wildly popular Ubuntu distro is under siege from Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman. Stallman has accused Canonical of spying on users, and oddly enough, they aren’t even denying it. In fact, they even admit plans are in the works to expand their efforts in upcoming releases.