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Windows 8/8 Pro/RT: What is Exactly What?

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Windows 8/8 Pro/RT: What is Exactly What?

Confused with the differences between the various consumer flavours of New Windows? Don't worry, you are not alone. According to The Verge, even Microsoft employees find the various differences between 8, 8 Pro and RT somewhat baffling!

Complicating matters further are all the Windows 8 devices hitting the market-- not only the Surface (and its various variants), but also all the laptops, tablets and hybrids various vendors have on offer. With the imminent Windows 8 launch, we believe it is time you learn exactly what makes each version tick... and which your customers should buy come October 26.

First off, it is important to note how Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT look very similar to each other. All carry the same touch-friendly tile-based Start Screen UI, as well as an optional desktop mode. However, while 8 and 8 Pro only vary slightly from each other (similar to the differences between Windows 7 Home/Home Premium/Professional Editions) Windows RT is a completely different beast.

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Windows 8 UI: Don't Call it "Metro"!

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Windows 8 UI: Don't Call it

Microsoft has been calling its distinctive tile-based user interface "Metro" since its first appearances on Windows Phone. But not any more-- since no other than Metro AG owns the "Metro" name.

According to anonymous sources speaking to Ars Technica, the German retailer is threatening Microsoft with legal action, causing the Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs team to send out a memo (also leaked to The Verge) banning use of the "Metro" name.

As we all know, Metro is huge, and a quick check Continue reading...

Games Developers Not Happy with Windows 8

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Games Developers Not Happy with Windows 8

Valve (Half Life 2) head honcho Gabe Newell is not very happy with Windows 8-- describing the soon available update on the Windows platform as nothing less than "kind of of a disaster."

"I think that we’re going to lose some of the top-tier PC [OEMs]," Newell tells ex-Microsoft Game Studios boss Ed Fries at the Casual Connect game conference. "They’ll exit the market. I think margins are going to be destroyed for a bunch of people."

Newell is not the only games developer expressing negative opinions towards Windows 8--  Blizzard (Diablo 3, World of Warcraft) exec VP Rob Pardo echoes Newell's opinions on Twitter (saying Windows 8 is "not awesome for Blizzard either") while back in March 2012 Stardock CEO Brad Wardall described the OS flawed and lacking a single, consistent environment in an editorial for news site Kotaku.

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Microsoft Previews Touchable Office

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Microsoft Previews Touchable Office

Microsoft reveals the Office 2013 customer preview-- now with a consistent touch-based interface shared across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and the other familiar Office modules.

Supposedly available by early 2013, Office 2013 follows the Windows 8 "re-imagining" with a tablet-centric interface and a clean Metro-style look.

A touch mode brings up special navigation icons on screen as it "flattens" the UI. Users can pinch to zoom into images, tables and charts, while a "Read Mode" makes on-screen Continue reading...

Gartner: The WinRT Era Begins

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Gartner: The WinRT Era Begins

Windows 8 marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, Gartner says-- closing the WinNT era and kicking off one where the new WinRT (Windows Runtime) dominates.

In other words, the king is dead... long live the king?

Not that Win32 will go away too soon, mind. A combination of the WinRT programming model, a new UI and legacy WinNT support should allow users to continue running Win32 programs alongside WinRT apps for at least the next 10 years.

Gartner says "Windows 8 is the start of Microsoft's effort to respond to market demands and competitors, as it provides a common interface and programming API set from phones to servers. It is also the beginning of the end of Win32 applications on the desktop." While Microsoft will continue supporting Win32, it also encourages developers to start writing WinRT applications.

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Security Fails Antivirus Pioneer

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Security Fails Antivirus Pioneer

Physical security fails antivirus pioneer John McAfee-- the "Gang Suppression Unit" (GSU) in Belize reportedly raided his home, arresting the McAfee founder and shooting his dog in the process.

The raid took place on May 1, with the armed police unit allegedly smashing down the door to McAfee's house before ransacking his property.

McAfee says the GSU then took his passport and handcuffed him and 12 of his employees, arresting him for owning an illegal firearm, a charge McAfee describes as "bogus." Continue reading...

Neil Young Develops Hi-Res MP3 Alternative

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Neil Young Develops Hi-Res MP3 Alternative

Old rockers never go away quietly. Neil Young applied for six trademarks in USA: Ivanhoe, 21st Century Record Player, Earth Storage, Storage Shed, Thanks for Listening and SQS (Studio Quality Sound).

The filing came with a description of the trademarks: "Online and retail store services featuring music and artistic performances; high resolution music downloadable from the internet; high resolutions discs featuring music and video; audio and video recording storage and playback."

Neil Young wants a hi-res alternative to MP3 music.

You see, Neil Young hates compressed song files available at MP3 stores like iTunes and Amazon. According to Young, a typical download contains only 5% of the data that an original analog recording master offers, and the average studio-quality audio file requires roughly 30 minutes to download because of its uncompressed size. Continue reading...

Android Tablet Security via Kaspersky

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Android Tablet Security via Kaspersky

Kaspersky launches an Android tablet protection security-- Kaspersky Tablet Security, providing protection against malicious and fraudulent software and a solution in case of lost or stolen devices.

The anti-virus engine works with cloud-based protection technology, which Kaspersky claims blocks all (including new and previously unknown) malicious programs. A Web Protection feature also blocks fraudulent websites from accessing personal data on your customers' devices.

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October Debut for Windows 8?

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October Debut for Windows 8?

Microsoft might not have an official Windows 8 release date yet, but Bloomberg believes the operating system will be finished this summer before going on sale "around October."

According to Bloomberg sources the initial Windows 8 rollout will include machines running on both Intel and ARM processors-- "fewer than 5" ARM devices (including 3 tablets) and 40 flavours of Intel-powered machine.

Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg says "“if they [Microsoft] miss the September-October time frame, they’re Continue reading...

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