Tag Archives: Windows 8
July 30, 2012
As it celebrates its 30-year anniversary, Microsoft Hardware announces the launch of several new devices, all finely tuned for use with Windows 8. Four of the devices are Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-sized yet sturdy, and specially designed for use on the go – including with tablets.
REDMOND, Wash., – July 30, 2012 – New mice and keyboards are on the way, and are specifically designed for mobile and for Windows 8, Microsoft announced today.
In the coming weeks and months, the company will introduce two new Bluetooth-enabled keyboards and mice to the market – the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard. On October 26, the general availability date of the new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will also release updated Windows 8 gestures for the Microsoft Touch Mouse.
Coming from Microsoft Hardware
“It’s an exciting time for the whole company for lots of reasons, but this is something we’re thrilled about and we can’t wait to see people’s reactions,” says Brett Kelleran, general manager of Microsoft Hardware.
BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 29, 2012 —Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview — the next milestone of the Windows operating system. This latest preview will be made available for download starting today at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world’s most popular operating system and is available to the widest range of people yet following the initial release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview late last year. The Developer Preview received more than 3 million downloads.
If half of these rumors come to fruition it will be a monster week for Microsoft.
A few weeks back, there were some rumors about the subject of Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote. In mid-December, the New York Times cited sources in reporting that tomorrow’s Ballmernote will feature a lot of tablet-talk (kind of like last year, huh Steve?) and a little preview of Windows 8.
NYT had little in the way of details in regards to the Windows 8 preview. However, a fresh bout of reports paint a very interesting picture indeed. TechFlash reports that part of tomorrow’s Windows 8 preview will be as much about Windows 8 as it will be a confirmation of Redmond’s interest in ARM-based devices.
“Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans confirm that the company tomorrow will show Windows running on the ARM architecture common in mobile devices and slate-style computers — a landmark move intended to make the traditional PC operating system work on a broader array of machines,” writes Todd Bishop, adding, “Windows 8, it turns out, is the version that will introduce that capability. And Microsoft has lined up chip makers Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to make ARM processors for Windows 8 systems.”
Has the iPhone changed the world? Perhaps not, and I’m certainly not an Apple fanboy. But the iPhone brought innovations that have infected the rest of the tech world. There’s no denying that where Apple treads first, the rest of the world follows.
So here are the top five things the iPhone has given us in the years since the first version was released.
1. The App Store
To play off of what Nicole Kidman’s character says in “To Die For,” you’re not anybody nowadays unless you have an app store.
Every mobile phone platform has one, and even browsers are getting in on the act, with Mozilla and Google adding app stores for Firefox and Chrome respectively. The venerable Mac OS X operating system will get one in the New Year and, as history has continually proved, Windows will surely follow (there are already rumors that Windows 8 will have one).
The iPhone App Store did a clever thing: It made software cool. Somehow Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field was strong enough to make us believe that a new utopia had been created. Nobody wants to install boring shareware, but now everybody wants to install apps. And let’s be honest–shareware and apps are the same old thing.
The App Store is little more than a rebranding exercise. But it’s been perfectly implemented, and only Apple could have pulled it off.
2. Touchscreens That Work
How easily we forget.
Before the iPhone popularized capacitive touchscreens, any device branded as “touch capable” usually came with a stylus–a pen without ink that was used to write on the screen. These were small and easily lost, leading to expired ballpoints often being used as replacements, or even household keys.
Ouch! It was a less than perfect situation, and is probably why touchscreens never found much use beyond specialized hardware, such as Palm PDAs.