Don’t Want To Wait For A Surface? Try Asus

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Don’t Want To Wait For A Surface? Try Asus

I’m not sure how many folks out there are debating purchasing the Microsoft Surface Tablet, but there are a few barriers to entry on the device, namely price and availability. Well if you’re looking for a Windows 8 RT tablet, BestBuy might be worth checking out.

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Microsoft Prices Surface RT Starting At $499 – Have They Already Lost?

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Microsoft Prices Surface RT Starting At $499 – Have They Already Lost?

A lot of rumors have been swirling about the price point that Microsoft would be launching its Surface Tablet at especially considering the two model approach. Well today it appears as though Microsoft has given confirmation on what the RT model of the Surface Tablet will cost consumers.

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First Wave of Xbox LIVE Games For Windows 8 Announced

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First Wave of Xbox LIVE Games For Windows 8 Announced

Microsoft has made it clear that Xbox LIVE is now their cross-platform gaming environment, and now they’ve announced the first batch of games for Xbox LIVE coming to Windows 8.

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Review: Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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Review: Windows 8 Consumer Preview

One night I was enjoying the many paint programs on my tablet pc, because that’s what they were built for, and it dawned on me that Windows 8 was long overdue for a release. After trolling the Microsoft sites and forums I was greeted with a pleasant surprise, the “Consumer Preview” of Windows 8 was available for download at the Microsoft website.  But despite my fears I had a tablet that I really didn’t care about and decided to test the new operating just say I did and play with the new paint programs.

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Ive been into photography for the past 7 years but just recently finished my degree. I’m super artistic and I love all art forms and ways of expression. I decided to change careers from Information Technology to photojournalism. I've worked part-time as a Field IT for my own computer company for the past 7years. I have an extensive knowledge of not only how to use but also repair Mac and PC systems. I worked for Electronic Arts as a imbedded game tester for over a year on the development team. I have enough geeky hobbies to fill my days and keep me busy.

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Microsoft Details Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $39.99

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Microsoft Details Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $39.99

Yes you read the title correctly Redmond is making a big push to get consumers on-board with their latest iteration of the Windows operating system by offering upgrades to Windows 8 for only $39.99. This is a big departure from Microsofts previous pricing strategy for OS updates and more in line with what Apple has been doing.

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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

This is one big week for Microsoft, Monday they introduce the Surface to the world, today they unveil Windows Phone 8 to the masses. Windows Phone 8 (WP8) is a huge advancement from the current generation of Windows Phone devices, which means Microsoft just upped their game big time.

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Microsoft Announces “Surface” Tablet

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Microsoft Announces “Surface” Tablet

Well, for once the internet rumor mongers were right, Microsoft had an impromptu press conference yesterday in L.A. to introduce their new Microsoft branded “Surface” tablet. The “Surface” is Microsofts furst foray back into hardware development and sales since the Xbox (and peripherals).

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XBOX Dashboard Beta Update Information Due This Week, Console Registration Open

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XBOX Dashboard Beta Update Information Due This Week, Console Registration Open

As we get closer to the official launch of the XBOX 360 Dashboard Beta program later this week, Microsoft has begun registering consoles that are signed up for the beta.

Lucky participants were notified today on how to register their console for the beta. Within the instructions is note that the beta will begin pushing to participants in the next 1-2 days.

The highlights form the new dashboard update feature:

  • New design and Kinect integrated voice and gesture controls
  • Beacons
  • Improved Facebook Sharing functionality
  • Cloud storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile

Overall the new dashboard will be moving to the new “Metro” style that Microsoft has been employing across all of their product lines (Windows Phone 7, Windows8) and incorporate YouTube and Bing into the dashboard. This also helps tie together the Windows Phone and Windows platform integration into the Xbox.

Another feature with the new dashboard will be the Xbox LIVE TV service that we’ve previously covered.

This is one more step towards Microsofts complete 3 screens and a cloud integration of technology that we’re certainly looking forward too.

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Windows 8 Developer Preview – Fast Start up Time

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Windows 8 Developer Preview – Fast Start up Time

Windows 8 Developer PreviewWindows 8 developer preview is available for free download. I installed the 64 bit version to give it a test run on a desktop. The first thing I noticed is how fast it starts up. The hardware I used for my benchmarking can be found at the bottom of this post article.

When I installed Windows 7 64 bit on the same hardware, Windows starts up in 31 seconds after the bios. When I installed Windows 8 64 bit on the same hardware Windows started up in 6 seconds after the bios.  Now do keep in mind my Windows 7 does have programs installed that probably are slowing it down about 10 seconds or so. But I’d say we are looking at least a 2 times faster start-up time if you have a dual core processor. I would guess a 4x increase if you have a quad-core processor.

The major reason for this enhancement is Microsoft has improved Windows 8 load times by utilizing the power of all cores of multi-core processors for start-up, hibernation and shutdown.

So far I like the Windows 8 interface which will be great for tablets. I can see why a lot of Windows 7 tablets seem to have disappeared from the market as they probably are waiting for Windows 8 instead. What Microsoft has done is changed the start menu to be optimized for touchscreen rather than mouse. The start menu consists of bigger buttons called tiles and an easy way to swipe between applications and so on.

Now don’t worry, they have the original Windows desktop all in there as well which I would use more for desktops. You can even revert the start menu back to the old Windows 7 look by changing a registry key if you want. You can find this on the web if you search for how to do it.

I definitely see were the world is going as we move to a touch screen world. I think Microsoft made a smart move by combining a tablet touch screen interface into Windows itself rather than having two different versions of Windows.

The only issue I see so far is there is with IE10, it contains a bug that I found in IE9 that Microsoft hasn’t fixed. It’s an issue that occurs on sites that use Helvetica fonts. If you have Helvetica installed then the website’s fonts don’t show. I told Microsoft about it but haven’t heard anything back from them on the bug. Most people don’t have Helvetica installed so maybe it’s low priority for them but the fact some major shopping websites don’t work in IE10 for users with Helvitica fonts should be a critical bug to fix. This would be mostly just developers so commons users shouldn’t have to fear this bug if they like IE.

I did benchmarking on the following PC:
–          Dell Vostro 200
–          74gb Western Digital Raptor hard drive (10000 rpm).
–          Intel duo core 2 e8400 3.0 ghz.
–          Nvidia gtx 480 video card
–          4 GB RAM

 

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