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Kamis, 21 Juli 2011

Windows 8 Coming in 2012

Almost all of us are waiting for official words from Microsoft about its next Windows version "Windows 8". Microsoft has not provided any information about Windows 8 but it seems that Microsoft's Dutch site has leaked some interesting information about the release of Windows 8:
Verder werkt Microsoft uiteraard aan de volgende versie van Windows. Maar het zal nog zo'n twee jaar duren voordat 'Windows 8' op de markt komt.
When you translate it, it becomes:
Furthermore, Microsoft is of course working on the next version of windows. But it will take about 2 years before 'windows 8' is available on the market.
Its a big news for people who are eagerly waiting to hear something about Windows 8. At least now we can keep our fingers crossed to test Windows 8 in coming months.
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Lets tell you Windows 8 will come with lots of new features and enhancements like:

Windows 8 Coming in 2012

Almost all of us are waiting for official words from Microsoft about its next Windows version "Windows 8". Microsoft has not provided any information about Windows 8 but it seems that Microsoft's Dutch site has leaked some interesting information about the release of Windows 8:
Verder werkt Microsoft uiteraard aan de volgende versie van Windows. Maar het zal nog zo'n twee jaar duren voordat 'Windows 8' op de markt komt.
When you translate it, it becomes:
Furthermore, Microsoft is of course working on the next version of windows. But it will take about 2 years before 'windows 8' is available on the market.
Its a big news for people who are eagerly waiting to hear something about Windows 8. At least now we can keep our fingers crossed to test Windows 8 in coming months.
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Lets tell you Windows 8 will come with lots of new features and enhancements like:

Microsoft’s Next OS “Windows 8″ (Major Release) Coming in 2012

Since Windows 7 has been released to public, Microsoft has started working on the next Windows version which is codenamed as "Windows 8" at the moment. "Stephen Chapman" @ Microsoft Kitchen posted a Windows roadmap which clearly shows that Windows 8 is scheduled to release in 2012. Microsoft has also mentioned in past that it'll try to keep a fixed 3 years gap between future Windows releases and it seems that they are really working hard to maintain this gap.

As you can see in the above roadmap, Windows 8 is mentioned as "Major Release" and is scheduled for 2012. The most interesting thing to notice in this rodamap is that Windows 7 is mentioned as "Release Update".
Just wait and watch this place for upcoming Windows 8 news and updates and also share your wishlists for Windows 8.

Windows 8 Build 6.2.7926.0 Leaked

We all know that Microsoft is silently working on next Windows version "Windows 8" aka Windows vNext. But some news are coming that a new build 6.2.7926.0.winmain_win8m2.110211-1159 has been leaked which indicates that it was compiled on February 11th, 2011.
The leaked build is available for download on various torrent websites.
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As usual we don't recommend downloading leaked build as it might contain virus and spyware.
Lets also tell you, beta testers will receive a beta build of Windows 8 in the middle or end of 2011.
Also check following interesting links which contains details about new exciting features and enhancements found in Windows 8:

Windows 8 Milestone 2 Build Screenshot Leaked, Features New “Up” Button in Explorer and Improvement in Windows Update

Here is an interesting news for people who are eagerly waiting for leaked information and screenshots of the upcoming Windows version 8. Winrumors website reports that Zukona has leaked a new screenshot of Windows 8 Milestone 2. The build number is 6.2.7930.0.winmain_win8m2.110217-1825.
The leaked screenshot features 2 interesting changes in UI:
  • A new "Restart if required" option has been added below "Install updates" button.
  • Surprisingly, the good old "Up" button has been put back in Windows Explorer titlebar. Its not confirmed but by the look and position, it looks like the "Up" button.

Since Windows 8 is under initial stage of development, we should not expect major UI changes atm.

Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7910 Screenshots Leaked, Windows Live ID Integration, Factory Restore, Windows App Store and Much More

Recently Windows 8 Milestone 2 screenshot leaked which showed improvements in Windows Update and Windows Explorer: Windows 8 Milestone 2 Build Screenshot Leaked, Features New “Up” Button in Explorer and Improvement in Windows Update
Now a Chinese website Win7China has leaked a few screenshots and some interesting information about Windows 8 Milestone 3 build 7910.

Some of the new features are:
  • Factory Restore: It'll restore your Windows within 2 minutes.
  • Windows Live ID Integration: You can login using Windows Live ID.
  • Progressbar for Driver Installation: Taskbar shows progressbar for a driver installation.
  • Windows App Store
  • Faster installation
Lets tell you Windows 8 will come with lots of new features and enhancements like:

Leaked Windows 8 Build Features “Aero Lite” Metro UI and Language Explorer

Another recently leaked Windows 8 build features 2 new things:
  • Metro inspired "Aero Lite" theme
  • Language Explorer
"Aero Lite" theme is a replacement for Windows 7 Basic theme. It looks similar to Windows 7 Metro UI.

"Language Explorer" allows Windows 8 users to choose desired system language. It seems Windows 8 users will not need to download the language packs via Windows Update. Windows 8 will come with all language packs pre-installed.
Lets tell you Windows 8 will come with lots of new features and enhancements like:

[Rumor] Windows 8 Will Come with Internet Explorer 10

Rumors are coming that Microsoft's next OS Windows 8 will come with Internet Explorer 10. As we know Microsoft has released final version of Internet Explorer 9 recently, so it sounds a bit logical to have IE10 pre-installed in Windows 8.
As we know each version of Windows comes with a new version of IE. Windows Vista came with IE7, Windows 7 came with IE8 and IE9 has been released, so at the time Windows 8 is released to RTM (most probably in 2012), Microsoft would be releasing version 10 of IE.
Lets wait and watch all the suspense of Windows 8...
UPDATE: A hint of IE10 in IE9 system file has been discovered by our reader:
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Hidden Secret Dialog Box Found in IE9 to Upgrade to IE10

[Rumor] Windows 8 Will Come with Internet Explorer 10

Rumors are coming that Microsoft's next OS Windows 8 will come with Internet Explorer 10. As we know Microsoft has released final version of Internet Explorer 9 recently, so it sounds a bit logical to have IE10 pre-installed in Windows 8.
As we know each version of Windows comes with a new version of IE. Windows Vista came with IE7, Windows 7 came with IE8 and IE9 has been released, so at the time Windows 8 is released to RTM (most probably in 2012), Microsoft would be releasing version 10 of IE.
Lets wait and watch all the suspense of Windows 8...
UPDATE: A hint of IE10 in IE9 system file has been discovered by our reader:
IE9_Hidden_IE10_Upgrade_Dialog_Box.png
Hidden Secret Dialog Box Found in IE9 to Upgrade to IE10

Windows 8 “System Reset” Image Leaked, Restore to Original Factory Settings

We have told you in past that Windows 8 will come with a new handy feature "System Reset" which will allow you to restore your Windows to factory settings. That means once you choose this option, it'll remove all installed software and will restore Windows to default settings. Now Win7china website has leaked an image showing this feature present in Windows 8 testing build.

This feature also allows users to keep their account settings and personal files.
Quite handy feature. What do you think?

Windows 8 Available on Microsoft Connect, Download Invitation Only

Reports are coming that Windows 8 is available for download on Microsoft Connect. Currently its only available for OEM companies. The build available is 7971.0.110324-1900.
OEM companies have received an invitation code to download Windows 8 via Connect.
Microsoft has labeled the download program as "Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release".
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Also check following interesting links which contains details about new exciting features and enhancements found in Windows 8:

Windows 8 Available on Microsoft Connect, Download Invitation Only

Reports are coming that Windows 8 is available for download on Microsoft Connect. Currently its only available for OEM companies. The build available is 7971.0.110324-1900.
OEM companies have received an invitation code to download Windows 8 via Connect.
Microsoft has labeled the download program as "Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release".
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Also check following interesting links which contains details about new exciting features and enhancements found in Windows 8:

Windows 8 Installation Screenshots Leaked

It seems that Microsoft is going to use Metro UI everywhere in Windows 8. First the secret Aero Lite theme was revealed. Now Winreview website has shared some screenshots showing Windows 8 installation which looks neat and hints of Metro UI being used.

Lets tell you the setup was started from a Windows 7 machine and the installation looks different from Windows Vista and 7.
Metro UI is really a nice addition to Windows 8. What do you think about new Metro UI and its use in Windows 8?

New Feature “History Vault” Revealed in Windows 8

A recently leaked screenshot confirms a new feature "History Vault" found in Windows 8 build. A Chinese site CNBeta has shared a few screenshots.
History vault is a similar to Time Machine which is a feature present in Apple's Mac OS. History Vault allows you to backup your important files to another drive.
Its also said that Windows 8 will support videos as User account picture:
Also the titlebar buttons are a bit bigger than Windows Vista, 7.

New Windows 8 Login Screen (Welcome Screen) Revealed

We have posted lots of leaked screenshots of Windows 8 and now its turn of Windows 8 login screen. Windows 8 comes with a new login screen which has a full screen background image similar to Windows Vista and 7 but it shows a few details which are not displayed in Vista and 7.

Windows 8 login screen shows system date and time and also the day of week which is a nice addition. It also shows power button and ease of access button. Power button is only shown on portable machines. Also the background is customizable.

Download Cute Login Screen Background Image Found in Windows 8 Milestone Build

Recently we posted about the new login screen found in Windows 8 Milestone build: New Windows 8 Login Screen (Welcome Screen) Revealed, Screenshot Inside
If you are wondering about the background image and think that you have seen it somewhere else. Don''t think too much about it. That''s true, its an old background image which can be found in Windows 7.

If you don''t have Windows 7, you can download it using following link:
Download Link

Secret Ribbon UI Revealed in Windows 8 Explorer

We have seen Ribbon UI in Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010. Microsoft also used the same ribbon UI in Windows 7 Wordpad and Paint. Now it seems Microsoft is going to use the same Ribbon UI in Windows 8 shell i.e. Windows Explorer.
Our friends "Rafael and Paul" have shared a few screenshots of Windows 8 Explorer which reveal the secret Ribbon UI.

You can hide the ribbons if you want. It seems Microsoft might replace Menubar and toolbar with this Ribbon UI in future builds.
What do you think about the use of Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer? Do you like this new change?
Thanks to our reader "JC dela Cruz" for sending this update...

Windows 8 to Feature Aero Automatic Colorization

Another new feature has been revealed in Windows 8 build. Our friend "Rafael" has discovered "Aero Auto-Colorization" feature in Windows 8. "Aero Auto-Colorization" is 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.
To make this change, you need to open Desktop Personalization window and then click Window Color. Now you find a new option in the grid of window color swatches: Automatic. (Microsoft removed one of the brown colors to make room.) Click this and then click the Save changes button.

Now, as you rotate through different wallpapers, the window color will change to match the wallpaper (in Aero mode only).

Windows 8 to Feature SmartScreen File Checking

Internet Explorer users are already aware of "SmartScreen"  filter which contains a list of known malicious links and compares the user visited links with the list. If a match is found, it warns the user. Now Microsoft is going to include this "SmartScreen" mechanism in Windows 8. According to our friend "Long Zheng", In Windows 8, SmartScreen appears to serve two purposes – to reactively check the file system and proactively prevent any downloaded applications from running that are unknown to the filter.
This new mechanism can be enabled/disabled using Folder Options window.

What do you think about this new add-on?

Windows 8 Leaked Screenshots Feature “Genuine Center” and “Applications” Folder

Now-a-days lots of screenshots of Windows 8 builds are getting leaked and revealing new secret features. A few new screenshots have been leaked by WinFuture website which reveal new "Genuine Center" and "Applications" folder.
"Genuine Center" is a new Windows component which is used to activate Windows. It shows activation status along with Windows edition name and activation date.

Note that earlier Windows versions show these details in System Properties window.
"Applications" folder shows installed programs in a single place. Nice initiative.

Windows 8 Milestone 1 Build 7850 Leaked, Available for Download

After so many leaks of Windows 8 screenshots, finally a build of Windows 8 has been leaked and available for download. The leaked build is Windows 8 Milestone 1 and the build number is 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508.
The leaked build is available for download via torrent and the file name is 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso (2.45GB).
Looking at the build number, its clear that the build was compiled on September 22nd, 2010.
Since the leaked build is very old, lots of leaked features might not found in this build.
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As always, we here at AskVG don't recommend to download this leaked build as it might contain suspicious items. You should wait for the official beta release from Microsoft. Till then just wait and read the upcoming news about Windows 8...
Also check following interesting links which contains details about new exciting features and enhancements found in Windows 8:

Download Top 10 Unofficial Windows 8 Wallpapers

As we all know Windows 8 is under development and we are continuously posting updates about it in our dedicated Windows 8 section. If you want to give your Desktop a bit Windows 8 feeling, you can try following awesome wallpapers which have been created by our DA friends:
Windows 8 Dream Bliss
Designer: Vinis13
Windows 8 X Wallpaper R2
Designer: Reymond-P-Scene
Windows 8 Elements
Designer: JurgenDoe
Windows 8 Beta
Designer: rehsup
Windows 8 Colour
Designer: rehsup
Windows 8 wallpaper
Designer: nhratf
Windows 8
Designer: TRIO-3
Windows 8 Wallpaper
Designer: MiLk91
Windows 8 Gray
Designer: rehsup
Windows 8 Beta Introduction
Designer: rgontwerp
Please try them and let us know which one do you like the most?

Windows 8 “Portable Workspace” Revealed, Run Windows from USB Device

A very interesting feature has been revealed in Windows 8. Windows 8 will come with a new feature "Portable Workspace" which allows you to run Windows from a USB storage device. To use this feature, you'll need Windows 8 Enterprise Edition setup files and a USB storage device with at least 16GB of space.

Looks a good feature. What do you think?
Thanks to Winrumors for sharing the info...
Lets tell you Windows 8 will come with lots of new features and enhancements like:

Windows 8 Modern and Advanced Task Manager Revealed

A new revamped Task Manager has been revealed in Windows 8 leaked build. 2 new screenshots have been shared by Winrumors website which show "Advanced Task Manager" and "Modern Task Manager" in action:


The leaked screenshots clearly show that Microsoft is working really hard in improving existing Windows 7 features.
The new Task Manager shows detailed information about running processes, services and system resources. It's a little bit buggy atm which is obvious as the leaked build is just a milestone build.
Its really impressive to see such kind of improvements and new interesting features addition in Windows 8. Good going MS..

Registry Hacks Available to Unlock Hidden Secret Features in Windows 8 Leaked Build

Recently we told you that Windows 8 Milestone 1 build 7850 has been leaked and available on various torrents to download. Since its an old build, several new leaked features are not available in this build like ribbon UI in Explorer, new Modern Task Manager and PDF Reader, etc.
Now Neowin website has shared registry hacks to unlock these hidden features in Windows 8 Milestone 1 build.
Following are a few registry hacks to unlock hidden features in Windows 8 M1 build 7850:
Unlock Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer:
1. Type regedit in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
HKEY_CLASS_ROOT\CLSID\{4F12FF5D-D319-4A79-8380-9CC80384DC08}
3. Now in right-side pane, create a new String value AppID and set its value to {9198DA45-C7D5-4EFF-A726-78FC547DFF53}
4. Log off or restart and you'll have Ribbon UI in Explorer.
Unlock Task Manager UI:
1. Go to following key in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskUI
2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value TaskUIEnabled and set its value to 1
Unlock Modern Reader:
1. Go to following key in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\Capabilities
2. In right-side pane, create a new String value CLSID and set its value to {D3E34B21-9D75-101A-8C3D-00AA001A1652}
3. Now you can run the Modern Reader by launching glcnd.exe command.
Unlock Webcam:
1. Go to following key in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\GRE_Initialize
2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value RemoteFontBootCacheFlags and set its value to 4111
3. Now you can run Webcam by launching webcam.exe command.

Registry Hacks Available to Unlock Hidden Secret Features in Windows 8 Leaked Build

Recently we told you that Windows 8 Milestone 1 build 7850 has been leaked and available on various torrents to download. Since its an old build, several new leaked features are not available in this build like ribbon UI in Explorer, new Modern Task Manager and PDF Reader, etc.
Now Neowin website has shared registry hacks to unlock these hidden features in Windows 8 Milestone 1 build.
Following are a few registry hacks to unlock hidden features in Windows 8 M1 build 7850:
Unlock Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer:
1. Type regedit in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
HKEY_CLASS_ROOT\CLSID\{4F12FF5D-D319-4A79-8380-9CC80384DC08}
3. Now in right-side pane, create a new String value AppID and set its value to {9198DA45-C7D5-4EFF-A726-78FC547DFF53}
4. Log off or restart and you'll have Ribbon UI in Explorer.
Unlock Task Manager UI:
1. Go to following key in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskUI
2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value TaskUIEnabled and set its value to 1
Unlock Modern Reader:
1. Go to following key in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\Capabilities
2. In right-side pane, create a new String value CLSID and set its value to {D3E34B21-9D75-101A-8C3D-00AA001A1652}
3. Now you can run the Modern Reader by launching glcnd.exe command.
Unlock Webcam:
1. Go to following key in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\GRE_Initialize
2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value RemoteFontBootCacheFlags and set its value to 4111
3. Now you can run Webcam by launching webcam.exe command.

Ballmer Says “Windows 8″ (vNext) Will be Released in 2012

So now its confirmed that Windows 8 will be released in 2012. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed it at Microsoft Developer Forum held in Tokyo:
We're obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows. Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year. We've done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We've added touch, and ink, and speech. And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there's a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.
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Lets tell you Windows 8 will come with lots of new features and enhancements like:

Microsoft Shows Windows 8 Preview

Finally Microsoft has published an official video of Windows 8 at D9 conference showing the new user interface and lots of new features introduced in Windows 8. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.
Here are a few aspects of the new interface:
  • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
  • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
  • Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
  • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard.
Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard JavaScript and HTML to deliver new kinds of experiences. These new Windows 8 apps are full-screen and touch-optimized, and they easily integrate with the capabilities of the new Windows user interface.
The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and even classroom-sized displays. Hundreds of millions of PCs will run the new Windows 8 user interface.
The video below introduces a few of the basic elements of the new user interface:

Windows 8 Features New Metro Style “Start Screen” with Live Tiles

As we posted earlier, Microsoft showed first official preview of its upcoming Windows version "Windows 8" aka "Windows vNext" at D9 conference: Microsoft Shows Windows 8 Preview
After watching the preview video so many times, we were pretty much impressed with the new Start Screen introduced in Windows 8.
New "Start Screen"  looks very similar to Windows Phone 7 home screen. It basically shows live tiles of the installed programs in Windows 8.
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If you are thinking, what happened to the old Windows Start menu? Its still there and can be used just like Windows Vista and 7.
Actually Windows 8 can be considered as a 2-in-1 OS. It'll come as a traditional Desktop OS (like Windows 7) as well as an OS for touch based tablets.
Windows 8 will support 2 kind of applications: Classic Windows applications like the apps in Windows Vista and 7 and a new type of applications written in HTML5 and Javascript.
The new type of applications which are written in HTML5 and javascript work like a mobile application and can be viewed in full screen.
Windows 8 will also come with Internet Explorer 10 as default web browser which supports this new app mode. So it'll work like a classic app as well as a mobile app with full screen mode and tile based UI.

Windows 8 Miles uild 7989 Leaked, Available for Download

Just a heads up! A new Windows 8 build has been leaked and available for download on various torrent websites. Its a Milestone 3 build and the build string is 6.2.7989.0.amd64fre.winmain.110421-1825 which indicates that the build was compiled on April 21st, 2011.
The leaked build is a 64-bit version of Windows 8 and the size of the leaked ISO file is 3.54 GB.
This build comes with a new boot screen and some GUI enhancements. The new boot screen features the good old Betta fish which was used in Windows 7 Beta builds.

Windows XP users can get a similar boot screen using this link.
Also a new wallpaper is included in this build which can be downloaded using this link.
Aero Lite theme has also been modified in this build along with some modifications in Explorer ribbon.
Its not clear whether this leaked build contains the Start Screen recently featured by Microsoft in official Windows 8 preview video:
Windows 8 Features New Metro Style “Start Screen” with Live Tiles
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As always, we here at AskVG don't recommend to download this leaked build as it might contain suspicious items. You should wait for the official beta release from Microsoft. Till then just wait and read the upcoming news about Windows 8...

Download Original Microsoft Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989 Wallpaper

Recently we posted about new leaked build 7989 of Windows 8: Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989 Leaked, Available for Download
The leaked build comes with lots of new UI enhancements like modified Aero Lite theme, Explorer ribbon, new boot screen, etc.
It also comes with a new wallpaper which is also a modified version of the previous "Lets not leak our hard work" wallpaper found in Milestone 3 build 7910:
Download Original Official Microsoft Windows 8 Milestone 3 Wallpaper
If you want to download the new wallpaper found in latest leaked build 7989, you can download it using following link:

Download Wallpaper
Thanks to vinceranda @ DA for sharing it...
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Windows 8 RTM in April 2012?

Reports are coming that Windows 8 may RTM in April 2012. Recently Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that next generation of Windows systems will come out next year. If you can remember, Microsoft's Dutch site also revealed by mistake in Oct, 2010 that it'll take about 2 years before Windows 8 is available on market.
And now Mary-Jo Foley @ZDNet is reporting that Windows 8 will RTM in April 2012.
Its also mentioned in the article that there will be Beta release (not a pre-beta or preview) around the time of BUILD conference in mid-September.
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Microsoft will deliver RC (Release Candidate) in January 2012.
So if the above information is correct, there is not much time left to see Windows 8 RTM in action.

Windows 8 RTM in April 2012?

Reports are coming that Windows 8 may RTM in April 2012. Recently Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that next generation of Windows systems will come out next year. If you can remember, Microsoft's Dutch site also revealed by mistake in Oct, 2010 that it'll take about 2 years before Windows 8 is available on market.
And now Mary-Jo Foley @ZDNet is reporting that Windows 8 will RTM in April 2012.
Its also mentioned in the article that there will be Beta release (not a pre-beta or preview) around the time of BUILD conference in mid-September.
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Microsoft will deliver RC (Release Candidate) in January 2012.
So if the above information is correct, there is not much time left to see Windows 8 RTM in action.

Windows 8 RTM in April 2012?

Reports are coming that Windows 8 may RTM in April 2012. Recently Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that next generation of Windows systems will come out next year. If you can remember, Microsoft's Dutch site also revealed by mistake in Oct, 2010 that it'll take about 2 years before Windows 8 is available on market.
And now Mary-Jo Foley @ZDNet is reporting that Windows 8 will RTM in April 2012.
Its also mentioned in the article that there will be Beta release (not a pre-beta or preview) around the time of BUILD conference in mid-September.
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Microsoft will deliver RC (Release Candidate) in January 2012.
So if the above information is correct, there is not much time left to see Windows 8 RTM in action.

[Windows 8] What We Know and What We Need to Know?

We all know that Microsoft's upcoming OS "Windows 8" is currently under testing and Milestone 3 build has been leaked. Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989 Leaked, Available for Download
We are regularly posting about new features found in Windows 8 in our "Windows 8" section but there are people who have some confusions in mind, so today in this topic we are going to clarify all these confusions and list all facts and secrets about Windows 8.
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We have divided this article into 2 parts:
  • Things We Know about Windows 8
  • Things We Need to Know about Windows 8
So lets start our guide:
Things We Know about Windows 8
1. Windows 8 is the upcoming OS from Microsoft and is also known as Windows vNext.
2. Windows 8 will RTM in 2012:
3. Windows 8 will also support Tablet PCs just like Google Android does.
4. Microsoft has added "Up" button in Windows 8 Explorer after receiving lots of complaints from Windows Vista and 7 users:
Windows 8 Milestone 2 Build Screenshot Leaked, Features New “Up” Button in Explorer
5. Windows 8 will allow you to integrate your Windows Live ID with the OS.
Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7910 Screenshots Leaked, Windows Live ID Integration
Although it would be optional.
6. Windows 8 will provide an improved version of Windows Basic theme "Aero Lite" for low-end machines.
7. Windows 8 will come with Internet Explorer 10:
[Rumor] Windows 8 Will Come with Internet Explorer 10
Its confirmed now.
8. Windows 8 will come with an excellent "System Restore" feature which will help you in restoring the whole OS easily and quickly:
Windows 8 “System Reset” Image Leaked, Restore to Original Factory Settings
9. Windows 8 will feature "History Vault" which allows you to backup your important files to another drive.
New Feature “History Vault” Revealed in Windows 8
10. Windows 8 Explorer will provide Office 2010 like Ribbon UI:
Secret Ribbon UI Revealed in Windows 8 Explorer
Don't worry, you will be able to minimize the ribbon to get more space in window.
11. Windows 8 will feature "Aero Auto-Colorization" which is 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.
Windows 8 to Feature Aero Automatic Colorization
12. Windows 8 will also provide SmartScreen File Checking which will serve two purposes – to reactively check the file system and proactively prevent any downloaded applications from running that are unknown to the filter.
Windows 8 to Feature SmartScreen File Checking
13. You'll be able to run Windows 8 from a USB storage device using "Portable Workspace" feature in Windows 8.
Windows 8 “Portable Workspace” Revealed, Run Windows from USB Device
14. Windows 8 will feature a new Start Screen which is similar to Windows Phone 7 home screen. It basically shows live tiles of the installed programs in Windows 8.
Windows 8 Features New Metro Style “Start Screen” with Live Tiles
Things We Need to Know about Windows 8
Because of various new features introduced in Windows 8 like Aero Lite theme, Start Screen, etc, many people get confused and start thinking that Windows 8 will not be suitable for normal Desktop PCs and will only support Tablets. That's not correct.
Following points will clear all your confusions and doubts:
1. Many people think that Windows 8 will only provide interface optimized for tablets. That's not true!
Windows 8 will come as a traditional Desktop OS (like Windows Vista and 7) as well as an OS for touch based tablets. So it can be considered as a 2-in-1 OS.
Although its not clear yet whether it'll provide both UI in Desktop and Laptop or the UI will be presented based on the detected hardware.
Anyway even if the UI is locked by Microsoft, people will find a way to unlock the locked UI. ;)
2. Many people don't like new "Aero Lite" theme and complain about it. Actually "Aero Lite" is a revised version of "Windows Basic" theme present in Windows Vista and 7.
Windows 8 will come with a refreshing Aero glass theme just like Windows Vista and 7 but will also provide Aero Lite theme for low-end machines which can't support Aero theme.
3. When Microsoft introduced "Start Screen" in Windows 8, people complained about replacing start menu with Start Screen. That's not going to happen.
"Start Screen" will not replace Windows Start menu. You would be able to use Start menu as you currently do in Windows Vista and 7.
"Start Screen" has been developed for tablets actually and its not clear yet whether Desktops and Laptops will have it or not.
That's all for now. We'll update this topic as soon as a new features is added to Windows 8 or people get confused again about something.

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