Posts Tagged ‘Windows 8’

WinRumors have another scoop on Windows 8:

An early copy of Windows 8 leaked to the Internet this week and enthusiasts have been digging their way through the various new bits in Microsoft’s next-generation operating system.

Windows 8 build 7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508 contains a number of references to a brand new feature in Windows: Portable Workspaces. Microsoft will allow Enterprise customers to create USB storage driven copies of Windows. “Portable Workspace is a Windows feature that allows you to run Windows from a USB storage device,” notes Microsoft in its description of the feature inside Windows 8. Users at mydigitallife discovered the features inside 7850 and discovered that the feature requires at least 16GB of space.

Continue reading the whole article via Windows 8: Portable Workspace allows you to run Windows from a USB device | WinRumors.

Microsoft’s Windows App Store Revealed In Leaked Screenshots

Microsoft is planning to build an app store into Windows, according to leaked screenshots on a Taiwanese online news forum.

Here’s what they posted:

Windows App Store

A Microsoft spokesperson refused to comment on the screenshots, and said the company has nothing to share about future versions of Windows at this time.

But if they’re real, two things stand out.

  • It’s called the Windows App Store. Last month, Microsoft tried to stop Apple from trademarking the term “App Store,” saying it was too generic.
  • The screenshots appear to be running on Windows 7, which suggests the App Store might not be a Windows 8 exclusive.

A Microsoft spokesperson refused to comment on the screenshots, and said the company has nothing to share about future versions of Windows at this time.

But if they’re real, two things stand out.

  • It’s called the Windows App Store. Last month, Microsoft tried to stop Apple from trademarking the term “App Store,” saying it was too generic.
  • The screenshots appear to be running on Windows 7, which suggests the App Store might not be a Windows 8 exclusive.

Windows 8 Secrets: Aero Auto-Colorisation

In Windows 7, Microsoft added a new Personalisation interface, allowing users to customise their desktops as they wished.  But a few obvious features were missing, and in Windows 8, the company is finally filling in the gaps. Today’s revelation is one such feature: The ability to automatically configure the color of Aero elements, like the Start Menu, Windows Explorer windows, and the taskbar based on the desktop wallpaper.

via Windows 8 Secrets: Aero Auto-Colorization.

Microsoft working on new Windows 8 activation protection

Microsoft is preparing a new version of its OEM BIOS activation for use in Windows 8, WinRumors has learned.

The protection allows PC makers and system builders to pre-activate copies of Windows for use on their hardware. OEM BIOS activation (OA) was originally introduced with Windows XP. Microsoft shipped OA version 2.0 with Windows Vista.

via Microsoft working on new Windows 8 activation protection | WinRumors.

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.