Archive for: Microsoft

First Pre-Beta Build Of Windows 8 To Be Released This Week.

  • September 12, 2011 12:41 pm

According to numerous sources and Twitter accounts, Microsoft will officially release the first public build of Windows 8 at their BUILD conference which starts in less than 24 hours. The build will reportedly be a pre-beta 81xx build and move away from traditional developer-only access that has been used in previous Windows betas to a fully public approach.

While we’re not the biggest of fans of the tile interface shown off thus far, we’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve had a healthy dose of hands-on time. And if today’s rumors are any indication, that time will be arriving shortly.

In the meantime, My Digital Life forums has a healthy assortment of brand new, leaked screenshots that are supposedly from the pre-beta build of Windows 8 to be released tomorrow and carry the branding of “Developer Preview”.

The BUILD conference officially kicks off tomorrow at 9am PST.

Xbox Live Fall Dashboard Update Brings Awesomeness To Your TV

  • September 9, 2011 9:23 pm

Way back in 2008 we had a nice little update to our Xbox 360 Dashboard that actually made you feel lik you were playing on a Next Gen console. Here we are 3 years later and it’s about time we feel like the rest of the Windows world. With the Windows Phone 7 out and in some pockets everywhere, and Windows 8 on the verge, Microsoft wants their entire lineup to feel like a tiled social dream. They bring this idea to their highly successful gaming platform in hopes to make your gaming easy and less clumpy. Hopefully most of you have a 360 and know what it is like to try and find content on the thing. Sometimes items are hard to find, and for the n00b out there, locating a video or game content can get difficult.

Microsoft is here to save the day, once again. Later this year (“Fall”) our Xboxes will be getting a much needed update. With a new design, enhanced performance and some pretty nifty social integration, Microsoft hopes we will have a one-stop shop for all of our media needs. Will Microsoft be able to bring television and movies into the mix to actually provide us with 1 solution for everything we might need? Hop on in to find out!

Windows 8 Boots In…8 Seconds. [Video]

  • September 9, 2011 12:22 am

Windows 8 is promising a lot. One of the more intriguing features, however, is its more tablet-centric, Windows Phone 7 styled UI. Though there is one pretty big thing that would yank our attention away from pretty pixels — fast pretty pixels.

Thanks to the way in which Windows 8′s hybrid hibernation works, only the kernel session is saved to the hard disk via a stripped down hyberfile. Open apps, the biggest suckers of drive space and hibernate times, are left out in the cold.

After the break take a (quick) peek at a video showing a fully powered off computer boot into Windows 8′s Metro UI in just 8 seconds flat.

Microsoft, Google Renew Real-Time Search Deal.

  • September 6, 2011 8:40 pm

Internet users looking for a legitimate real-time search engine can fine safe haven with Microsoft’s Bing. After rumors began circulating earlier this summer of a potential $30 million deal between Microsoft and Twitter comes news today that the two have officially partnered once again. The specific details of the renewed deal were not divulged, nonetheless it is the end result that is most important — continued real-time search results in Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Google and Microsoft had similar offerings in the real-time search business until a few months ago. A couple months back Google chose not to renew a deal with Twitter. While unfortunate initially, it paves the way for a better Google product — the news of Google and Twitter’s fallout was before Google released Google+, a quickly growing social network. With a setup that allows it to operate in a very Twitter-like way, it’s very possible Google purposely pushed Twitter out in order to make room for future integration of Google+ content within Google search results, instantly making Google+ content a lot more useful, relevant and important.

Google Pushes Out Redesigned WP7 Specific YouTube Web Page.

  • September 6, 2011 9:34 am

YouTube’s WP7 web page was marginal at best. But after a weekend’s worth of wrenching it appears things are a bit more bearable. Full access to videos as well as a tightened up, cleaner UI are now presented to Windows Phone 7 users each and every time they visit YouTube’s web page.

Any WP7 users care to let us know their thoughts on the re-design?

Microsoft Denies Collecting User Location Information Without Consent.

  • September 5, 2011 3:21 pm

Just in case you were wondering, previous reports (and a new lawsuit) from last week claiming Microsoft was tracking user location in Windows Phone 7 haven’t gone unanswered. Today the company hit back, saying they don’t in fact track users.

Microsoft is investigating the claims raised in the complaint. We take consumer privacy issues very seriously. Our objective was — and remains — to provide consumers with control over whether and how data used to determine the location of their devices are used, and we designed the Windows Phone operating system with this in mind. The data captured and stored on our location database cannot be correlated to a specific device or user. Any transmission of location data by the Windows Phone camera would not enable Microsoft to identify an individual or ‘track’ his or her movements.

Windows Phone 7 users: Feel any better or is this “locationGate” all over again?

Remember When…

  • September 1, 2011 4:52 pm

My how times change…

Windows 8 Start Bar Features Windows Phone 7 Minimalist Styling.

  • September 1, 2011 9:48 am

Well look at that. The Windows 8 startbar looks to be getting its most dramatic re-design in quite some time, mimicking Windows Phone 7′s minimalistic styling. We like it. A lot actually. What we don’t like is the alleged Windows Explorer re-design which incorporates that gigantor ribbon UI strip across the top of each Window. Not to mention, going all out with the heavily visual ribbon UI and the minimalistic start bar clashes terribly. Hopefully this wins out. What do you think?

Microsoft Talks Windows Phone Tango And Apollo.

  • August 23, 2011 10:04 pm

In a rare departure from the norm, Microsoft spoke quite candidly of upcoming Windows Phone 7 updates, specifically mentioning Windows Phone Tango (7.5) and Apollo (8.0) at an MSDN Seminar in Hong Kong. According to the original report by

  • WP7 Tango is not a major refresh — it is an updated form of Mango, and one that is destined to cater more to “developing countries”.
  • Developing countries will be launching cheap, entry-level WP7 devices with which WP7 Tango will come pre-loaded.
  • Windows Phone Apollo (8) will be the next “major” release after Mango.

If you’ve been on the Windows Phone fence so far, do you think Windows Phone 8 will finally push you over the edge?