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Windows Phone companion surfaces for Windows 8, could take over syncing duties

September 4th, 2012

Windows Phone companion surfaces for Windows 8, could take over syncing duties

It’s tough to ignore that the Zune era at Microsoft is quickly winding to a close. That doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be out of options for syncing a Windows Phone’s contents by the time the Zune desktop app fades away, however. A tip to The Verge has shown a companion app for Windows 8 users that will reportedly load the first time a Windows Phone 8 device syncs up, giving a fully Metro-friendly place to transfer any media. Windows 7 would get its own parallel, just in case some of us aren’t willing or able to upgrade our PCs in concert. The replacement desktop apps could be available at about the same time as the Windows Phone 8 launch, if the claims are at all accurate — which might leave less than two months before one more vestige of Microsoft’s MP3 player days goes away.

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Hate Windows 8 already? The Pro OEM edition will let you downgrade as far back as Vista

September 4th, 2012

Hate Windows 8 already? The Pro OEM edition will let you downgrade as far back as Vista

If you buy a new Windows 8 Pro PC and discover that you really do detest the OS that much, you may be able to switch back to an older version — either Windows 7 or Vista, but not near-death XP — under the same OEM license. Will many folks want to do that? Probably not, and in any case these so-called downgrade rights are actually only helpful in specific circumstances and they don’t come with boxed retail versions of the software. The main practical benefit (albeit still a niche one) is that a manufacturer could technically offer a Windows 7 disc in the box with a new Windows 8 machine and give customers a choice of OS. Alternatively, the manufacturer could install Windows 7 by default (effectively a factory downgrade) and supply Windows 8 Pro installation media so that customers can upgrade for free when they feel good ‘n ready. At some point, of course, staring at a redundant UI-switching button is going to grate.

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Samsung announces ATIV S, a 4.8-inch Windows Phone 8 device

September 3rd, 2012

Samsung announces ATIV S, a 4.8-inch Windows Phone 8 device

Samsung took to the stage in Berlin to showcase its new product lineup last week, and one of the featured devices is the first confirmed Windows Phone 8 device. Dubbed the ATIV S, the new Microsoft-sanctioned smartphone offers a 4.8-inch screen with an HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU, 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front-facing cam. Additionally, it’s got a beefy 2,300mAh battery, 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass 2 and will come in both 16 and 32GB flavors. At 8.7mm, it’s also reasonably thin. Its body is made of brushed aluminum and comes with a WP8-friendly MicroSD slot.

Samsung announces ATIV S, a 4.8-inch Windows Phone 8 device

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Samsung introduces ATIV Tab: a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet

September 3rd, 2012

Samsung introduces ATIV Tab: a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet

Samsung’s busy cranking out its fall lineup in Berlin, and among the new entries is the ATIV Tab, a Windows RT-packing cousin of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The new 10.1-inch slate isn’t quite as aggressive as its Android counterpart and centers on a 1,366 x 768 display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera paired with a 1.9MP front-facing cam, and ports for micro-HDMI as well as USB. Dimensionally, the tablet is as light and skinny as you’d hope: it weighs 20.1 ounces (570g) and measures a slim 8.9mm thick. The 32GB and 64GB storage options aren’t shockers given the extra space Windows and the bundled copy of Office 2013 Home and Student 2013 will demand, but there’s a treat for long-haul users in the battery — it’s been upgraded from the 7,000maH pack of the Note 10.1 to an ample 8,200mAh unit. Samsung hasn’t handed out launch details, but it’s safe to say that the ATIV Tab won’t arrive any sooner than October 26th.

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Purported HTC Accord Windows Phone schema leaked on Twitter

September 3rd, 2012

Purported HTC Accord Windows Phone schema leaked on Twitter

While certain other manufacturers claim a lot of the Windows Phone column inches, there are other players in the game. An image that recently popped up on Twitter reminds us that HTC is also a supporter of Microsoft’s mobile OS. The picture above claims to be a possible schema for a forthcoming handset, which the poster believes to be the HTC Accord. The account belongs to a prolific XDA-Developer user with a history of Windows Phone ROMS, so it’s entirely possible this was found somewhere along the way. Likewise, though, we’ll have to take this with the requisite amount of salt. There’s not much in the way of specification to be gleaned here, either, but at the least we can get a sense of what the design style might be like going forward. We just need to wait now for the official product launch event to join the ever-growing list.

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Samsung’s S Launcher puts the Start menu back in Windows 8

August 29th, 2012

Samsung's S Launcher puts the Start menu back in Windows 8

You know those fresh new Series 7 all-in-ones Samsung outed in the wee hours of this morning? Well, it turns out that while those desktops will be running Windows 8, Mashable discovered that they’ve got a little something extra added to Microsoft’s stock OS: a Start Menu. Called the S Launcher, it’s a widget that replaces that tried and true Start button the folks in Redmond saw fit to eliminate in Win8. As you might expect, it grants access to settings, files and programs in one convenient window, and making additions to the widget is a drag-and-drop affair. So, all you folks having fits about the Start button’s disappearance, fear not, Samsung’s got the software to soothe your troubled mind.

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The new Microsoft logo

August 24th, 2012

The new Microsoft logo

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Microsoft updates its 25-year-old logo

August 24th, 2012

Microsoft updates its 25-year-old logo

Microsoft is hoping to reinvent the desktop experience with Windows 8 and its Modern UI. The OS represents a massive change in the traditional desktop user interface, and it looks like Redmond is looking to give itself a little makeover, too. Microsoft today unveiled a brand new corporate logo. This is the first major Microsoft logo change in the company’s history.

Speaking via the Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft’s Jeffrey Meisner said that the change comes in anticipation of one of ‘the most significant waves of product launches in Microsoft’s history.’

“It’s been 25 years since we’ve updated the Microsoft logo and now is the perfect time for a change. This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our products,” he wrote, later adding, “This wave of new releases is not only a reimagining of our most popular products, but also represents a new era for Microsoft, so our logo should evolve to visually accentuate this new beginning.”

Over the next year, Microsoft will launch Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, its brand new Surface tablets, the next version of Office, and updates to Xbox Live. There’s also rumored about an Xbox 720 announcement at E3 in June 2013. For those interested, the logotype uses the the Segoe font, the same font used across Microsoft products and marketing communications, and the colored squares are supposed to represent Microsoft’s diverse portfolio of products.

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Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to play nice with Unity game engine

August 23rd, 2012

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to play nice with Unity game engine

You can’t have too many supported platforms and Unity Technologies seems to agree, announcing that its self-titled game creation tool will be coming to both Windows 8 and its mobile sibling. According to CEO David Helgason, “The Unity community has been asking for access to Windows Phones and have been eagerly anticipating the release of Windows 8. We’re happy to announce that we will support both.” He added that several of its games will also be making their way to Atom processor-powered Android phones soon.

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Microsoft opens $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade registration for purchasers of Windows 7 PCs

August 23rd, 2012

Microsoft opens $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade registration for purchasers of Windows 7 PCs

Normally the early bird gets the worm, but in the case of Windows 8, purchasers of Windows 7 PCs will have until February 28th, 2013 to snag their promotional upgrade. The Windows Upgrade Offer, which provides upgrades to Windows 8 Pro for a mere $14.99, is now open for registration to all those who purchase a Windows 7 PC between June 2nd, 2012 and January 31st, 2013. All those who wish to take part will need to provide their 25-digit Windows 7 product key as part of the online registration process, and beginning October 26th, Microsoft will send out promo codes via email, which can then be applied upon checkout within the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. Now the only question that remains is whether you’re willing to fork over $14.99 for the privilege of losing your Start menu.

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