Itching to get your hands on a copy of Windows 8? You won't have to wait much longer, or at least that's the case if you're willing to roll the dice on beta software being stable. Microsoft announced in a blog post yesterday that a pre-release version of Windows 8 is slated to ship real soon, which likely means a beta build is just around the corner.
Native media playback support has been steadily improving in Windows over the years, but what most people don’t realize is that this functionality comes at a price. Dozens of third party licensing agreements are needed to playback all the different forms of audio and video you’re likely to stumble across, and over the years Dolby has benefited quite handsomely from the inclusion of its Dolby Digital Plus pack into Microsoft’s operating systems.
Remember that old Johnny Carson bit where he pretended to be the swami and guessed the contents of an envelope he held over his forehead? Maybe some of those psychic powers transferred over to us here at Maximum PC. No, we're not saying we can pick tomorrow's lotto numbers, but damn we have a knack for timely scheduling. Hot on the heels of our ARM vs. x86 feature – you've checked it out, right? – comes the news that ARM processors are projected to be the driving force behind nearly a quarter of all notebook PCs by 2015.
Steven Sinofsky and his team are guarding the release date of Redmond’s next OS pretty carefully these days, but despite the all the clues that point to a 2012 launch we haven’t had much to go on until now. According to ZDnet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft should be ready to launch Windows 8 by no later than summer 2012, with an official beta being seeded to developers at the September build conference.
Steve Ballmer is no stranger to the CES keynote stage, having delivered the opening keynote at each of the last three editions of the popular trade show. It has now been announced that the Microsoft boss will also deliver a preshow keynote address at the next edition of the Consumer Electronics Association-owned event (much to a certain David Einhorn’s displeasure, we assume). But what will his keynote be all about?
Microsoft's marketing machine tried to convince Windows users that Windows 7 was a collective effort based on your ideas. "Windows 7. Should have called it Windows Kevin. I'm a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea," an actor says in one of Microsoft's commercials promoting its latest and greatest operating system. If Windows 7 was the people's OS, as Microsoft's clever ad campaign would have everyone believe, then what's Windows 8?
Reaction to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 OS have been decidedly mixed. The move towards a single OS for both PCs and mobile devices has angered developers and end users alike: worried developers fear that their years of .Net and Silverlight mastery may fall to the wayside as Microsoft shifts focus to standards like CSS and HTML5, and hardcore PC owners hate the idea of iPad-ifying the desktop environment. The latest build of Windows 8 has leaked onto the Net and should only stoke the mixed usage-hating fires.
As the weeks go by, we continue to learn more about the next major Windows release, Windows 8. We know, for example, that Windows 8 will integrate Xbox Live support, and that the new Start screen will look a lot like Windows Phone Live Tiles. It will run on regular desktops and tablets, and there will be versions for ARM processors. But one thing we don't know is exactly when it will ship. That's okay, because Microsoft Corporate VP Dan'l Lewin implied you can figure out if you do the math.
Microsoft's failure to fly the PC flag at E3 left a lot of computer-loving gamers disappointed. Don't worry! When the Seattle Times interviewed Mike Delman, the vice president of global marketing at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business group, Delman tossed PC gamers a treat; Microsoft's designing extensive gaming support into the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Unfortunately, it's the kind of treat that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. The catering to the console crowd continues as Xbox Live is being integrated into the Windows 8 experience.
While we were gone, we bought you a pony! Nah, we didn’t, but we did make some changes! Episode 175 of the No BS Podcast is the very first episode recorded in Future US’s very nice podcast recording studio with Andy Bauman sitting RIGHT THERE! Previously we’d just recorded via Skype at our desks. The new way is much better. We think.
Join Gordon, Nathan, Alex, and Andy as they discuss the crazy new podcasting setup, Windows 8 and the future of Windows, the post-PC era (again), Google’s two-factor authentication, the new Star Trek-themed PC mod they’ve commissioned, and more!
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