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Tablets

Windows 8 Update: Windows 8 Wows AT&T Mobility

Tim Greene 12:24 pm

Windows 8 Update: Windows 8 Wows AT&T MobilityThe chief of AT&T Mobility can’t wait for Windows 8 tablets to hit the market because they’ll fuel demand for Windows phones.

"When they come out with Windows 8 in the fourth quarter, I think it will actually add to the value that [Windows Phone] OS brings to the marketplace in that that’ll be the first time that you can truly have a similar experience on your PC, on your tablet, on your smartphone from Microsoft," says Ralph de la Vega, speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. "From what I’ve seen from the previews that I’ve been given, I think it’s going to be exceptionally good."

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Windows

Microsoft Says Farewell to ‘Aero’ Interface

David Jeffers 8:45 am

Microsoft announced that it is doing away with the “Aero” user interface that has been a trademark of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows 8 will instead move to embrace the new “Metro” user interface.

Windows 8 is developed from the ground up for a touchscreen experience. The Metro UI is familiar from the Windows Phone mobile operating system, and is particularly well-suited to touchscreen devices like array of Windows 8 tablets expected to debut later this year after the Windows 8 OS hits the street.

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Operating Systems

Windows 8: Microsoft Tries to Rein in Crapware

Ian Paul May 17

Windows 8 may be the most significant reimagining of Microsoft’s OS in more than 15 years, but it still won’t change one eternal rule of Microsoft-powered PCs: wherever Windows goes, bloatware follows. Microsoft and its users have long complained to hardware makers about the amount of extra software that manufacturers include with Windows PCs such as extra media-playing software or trial versions of antivirus programs.

It sounds like the bloatware wars will favor users when Windows 8 launches later this year. But extra software may still creep onto your new Dell, HP, or Lenovo PC, even though Microsoft is reportedly getting ready to take on Windows 8 bloat.

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Windows

Microsoft Tunes up Windows 8 Multi-screen

Tim Greene May 16

When Microsoft launches Windows 8 Release Preview next month the operating system will have improved navigation features for users who like more than one monitor to display all their applications.

The upgrade – the last major tune-up expected before the final version launches sometime this fall – addresses task bars, desktop backgrounds and that no man’s land, the common edge shared by adjacent screens, according to the Building Windows 8 blog.

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Operating Systems

Microsoft to Offer $15 Windows 8 Upgrade Deal

Greg Keizer May 15

Microsoft to Offer $15 Windows 8 Upgrade DealMicrosoft will charge users who buy a new Windows 7 PC $14.99 for an upgrade to Windows 8, according to a report.

The cost of the upgrade was revealed yesterday by Paul Thurrott, a popular blogger who writes SuperSite for Windows.

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Tablets

Lenovo Working With Intel on ThinkPad Windows 8 Tablet

Agam Shah May 15

Lenovo is working with chip maker Intel on a future ThinkPad tablet based on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, a Lenovo executive said.

The release of an Intel-based ThinkPad tablet depends on when Microsoft releases Windows 8, said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of the ThinkPad business unit, in an interview. He declined to provide a specific date, though Windows 8 is expected to come out later this year.

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Root

Is November Win 8 Tablet Release Too Late?

Matt Hamblen May 14

If Intel-based Windows 8 tablets launch in November, as one informed source expects, Microsoft would face a narrow window to play a role in the important holiday sales period.

"Windows-based tablet makers must hit the holiday selling season or face a real crisis," said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates. "The tablet market on Windows won’t really take off until Windows 8. Microsoft needs to get in the game in the short term."

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Tablets

Windows 8 Roundup: Browser Makers Gripe; HP, Lenovo Sign On

Tim Greene May 14

Microsoft is taking heat from browser competitors Firefox and Chrome for blocking them out of planned Windows 8 devices that will be based on ARM processors.

These low-power machines will run Windows RT, which Microsoft describes as a new member of its Windows operating system family that won’t allow installing third-party software.

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Windows

Windows 8 Tablets Expected for 2012 Holiday Season

Tony Bradley May 14

Will there be a Windows 8 tablet under your Christmas tree? According to an article from CNET, a source has claimed that Windows 8 tablets built on Intel architecture will be available in November of this year.

The CNET source also reports that there will be more than a dozen Windows 8 tablet models available, and that more than half of them will be more than just tablets. So, if the source is accurate we can expect to see a variety of dockable tablet / convertibly notebook type options on the shelves.

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Tablets

HP Touts Windows 8 Tablet This Year

Christina DesMarais May 12

Apple, Asus, and Samsung, look out — HP is again jumping into the tablet fray.

At a conference in Shanghai this week Hewlett-Packard executives have been touting the company’s reentry into the tablet market, this time with models running Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. That’s according to the Bangkok Post, which quotes HP big shots who say the move capitalizes on the high numbers of consumers investing in tablets and the fact that Windows 8 will let them share and store content online between different devices.

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