Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

First look at the future of application deployment on Windows 8: AppX

In an app-centric world, Windows 8 will be adopting the trend full-on with a Swiss Army Knife full of new tricks. One of which is a new universal application deployment system called AppX which I’ve been recently been able to take a first look at.

Although Windows 8 will disrupt many components of applications, including how they are written (Immersive) and distributed (application store), AppX concerns only the deployment aspect of applications. More precisely, it’s a tight specification that describes how applications are packaged and installed.

via First look at the future of application deployment on Windows 8: AppX – istartedsomething.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 and the ‘I’ word Immersive

Mary Jo Foley has a great summary analysis of the Windows 8 information we have seen so far.

The iPad may be “magical,” but future Winpads will be “immersive.”

Understanding what Microsoft means when it invokes the “I” word is going to become increasingly important to Windows developers (and to a lesser extent, users), in the not-too-distant future.

There have been some recent leaks that indicate Windows 8 may include a Ribbonized Windows Explorer or a possible Metro-inspired Windows 8 lock screen. However, relatively little is still known about the Windows 8 interface at this point in the development schedule.

via Microsoft’s Windows 8 and the ‘I’ word Immersive | ZDNet.

Windows 8 Secrets: Windows Explorer Ribbon

When Microsoft introduced the Ribbon user interface as a replacement for the overgrown menus and toolbars in Microsoft Office 2007, many were shocked. The change was audacious for such a mature software product, and it completely blew away years of ingrained shortcuts and skills. But the Ribbon UI was also innovative, and useful, and it provided a way to make previously hidden functionality far more discoverable. It was so successful, in fact, that Microsoft began adding it to other products, including the Windows Live Essentials apps and, in Windows 7, both Paint and WordPad.

via Windows 8 Secrets: Windows Explorer Ribbon.

Windows 8 to allow software acceleration, makes Aero ubiquitous

“According to winreview, Windows 8 will have the option to run Desktop Window manager (DWM) using software acceleration, at least in pre-release builds. This means that older and budget machines with little graphics acceleration will still be able to run Aero in a virtual environment.”

via Neowin.net – Windows 8 to allow software acceleration, makes Aero ubiquitous.

Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more.

Slowly trickling down the pike is a freshly-baked Windows 8 M3 build purportedly distributed out to select OEMs via Microsoft Connect recently. Since then, the flood of information hitting the Internet has been exciting, but not particularly revealing in the way of visuals.

via Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more | ZDNet.

Windows 8 to include its own Time Machine rival, History Vault

Microsoft is currently working on a new feature for Windows 8 named History Vault, WinRumors has learned.The feature will allow Windows 8 users to backup files and data automatically using the Shadow Copies function of Windows. According to one person familiar with the company’s plans, the backup feature will include the ability to restore to a specific time or date on the system. Users will also be able to select files and restore them to different timestamps.

via Windows 8 to include its own Time Machine rival, History Vault | WinRumors.

Windows 8 ‘system reset’ image leaks

via Neowin.net – Windows 8 ‘system reset’ image leaks.

Among the many new features that will be incorporated into Windows 8, one that had previously leaked was that the system could be reset to factory conditions in just a few minutes. On this front, an image has leaked that shows the reset button and that it will be located near the system restore option within Windows.

Microsoft preparing Metro inspired “Aero Lite” UI for Windows 8?

Microsoft is rumored to be preparing an “Aero Lite” UI for Windows 8 according to leaked components from a recent build.

The “Aero Lite” UI is likely replace the Windows 7 Basic interface. Microsoft originally invented the Basic UI for those unable to run the full Windows Aero experience. Windows 8 is rumored to include a full 3D interface which has so far failed to leak out of Redmond’s tight ship. The Aero Lite UI has been revealed in msstyles files supplied to Angel of Despair. The new user interface is rumored to feature some flat Metro styles, similar to those found in Microsoft’s Media Center application and Windows Phone 7.

via Microsoft preparing Metro inspired “Aero Lite” UI for Windows 8? | WinRumors.

Paul Thurrott investigates the likely hood of a Windows 8 tablet PC being launched in the middle of this year.

Report: First Windows 8 Tablet Demo by End of June

via Report: First Windows 8 Tablet Demo by End of June.

Today we have some new Windows 8 screen shots leaked from China via windows8beta.com.

The interesting thing shown here today I think is the Windows Live logon integration. This is something that Windows has sorely missed for some time now, especially for home users. Hopefully this eludes to further integration with Windows LIve services, such as the ability to store your Windows settings and preferences on Sky Drive, and have them follow you from PC to PC.

Amplify’d from windows8beta.com

Windows 8 to have restore to factory setting option and other features

Chinese site Win7China had an exclusive talk with their tipster in Microsoft and according to them Windows 8 would have restore to Factory settings option which would allow users to fully restore your windows to ‘factory’ state within 2 minutes and also it wouldn’t utilize much of the disk space. In Windows 7 and previous Windows we can create a ghost copy of Windows after it has been installed and can recover using it whenever required, but with the addition of this new feature in Windows 8 it would be much easier to restore your windows to factory state.

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See more at windows8beta.com