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Microsoft® launches Windows® 8 Release Preview

Software giant Microsoft Corporation has launched the Windows 8 Release Preview one day before its scheduled date of 01 June. The Release Preview is the third and final in Microsoft’s trio of Windows 8 pre-releases. This is the last major update of Windows 8 before the client code is released to manufacturers.

Features of Windows 8 Release Preview

According to Microsoft, the Windows 8 Release Preview, which is available for download in 14 languages, delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse.

Windows 8 Release Preview offers new apps from Microsoft and its partners. The major apps include Bing Travel, News and Sports apps, as well as Gaming and Music XBOX apps that integrate with Microsoft Zune pass. The Windows 8 Release Preview also features improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps that were released with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

How different is Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows OS

It is not just the Metro Interface and the Microsoft store that have garnered considerable interest, but other aspects of Windows 8 too may be important to users who are considering upgrading. Here is a brief detail of back-end improvements to Windows 8:

Smaller memory footprint: Windows 8 uses memory more efficiently and requires less memory to run. This is important for systems like Ultrabooks, which often come with 4GB of non-upgradable RAM.
More-efficient performance: Windows 8 and its underlying sub-systems consume less of the CPU’s resources than previous Windows OS do.
Reduced disk-space requirement: As solid-state drives become increasingly common, disk space for user files will be at a premium.
Built-in SkyDrive integration: Cloud storage is now an integral part of the operating system.

What Next?

The next stop after Windows 8 Release Preview will be Release to Manufacturing (RTM), and after that, the retail release. If we consider the scheduling of Windows 7 as a benchmark, it is expected that the RTM sign-off may occur around August and retail availability around October.

News source: Microsoft

Microsoft® to offer Windows® 8 Pro upgrade deal

Microsoft Corporation is going to allow buyers of Windows 7 PCs to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for US $14.99 from 2 June. This promotional deal seems to be a step to prevent the slump in sales of PC before the launch of the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

When the offer will start?

The offer is believed to make its debut at the same time when Microsoft will launch Windows 8 Release Preview, which the software giant has pegged to the first week of June. The most likely date is 5 June, assuming Microsoft follows the same schedule it used in 2009 to deliver Windows 7 release candidate.

The blog post of Paul Thurott indicates that this time around, Microsoft is only offering two mainstream versions of the product to consumers – Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

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How to Find System Up-time for Windows

It is known fact that leaving computer turned on for a long period of time it can be harmful for your computer and thus it is important to know how long your computer has been on so you can turn it off. Especially when you are managing more than one computer it is important to know how you can check if the computer has been shut down or not. Here we will share some tips and trick to check the startup time of your computer. Depending up on different Operating system we have mentioned different steps to check when was your computer shutdown last time. But is necessary to be the administrator of the computer or at least you should have the admin rights. Here we will discuss about Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. If you are not sure which operating system you are using please restart the computer and check what is the Operating system you are using or just follow the following steps

Step 1: Please click on the start menu and then look on the right hand side of the start menu and look for either My Computer or Computer. Once you locate it please right click on it.

Step 2: Once you right click on My Computer or Computer you should see properties at the bottom of the list. When you click on it (left click) it should bring up System Properties and you should be on General Tab if not please click on General so that we can check the properties of the computer.

Step 3: Once you are on General Tab of System Properties you should be able to see the description of the System you are using. It would either says Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7. Once you know what is operating System Please Follow the steps accordingly

For Windows XP.

Step 4: In order to know the System Up time in Windows XP we will have to either open the task manager or go to the command screen. We will discuss the step for Task manager as it is easy and fast. So please press Ctrl, Shift and Esc together you can find them on the left of the key board.

Step 5: Once you get Task manager please look for the tab called Performance. Here you have different section that tells you about the performance of your computer so please look at the bottom of the box you should see something that says System. Below System do you see Up Time, up time means how long you computer has been on since the last shutdown.

For Vista and Windows 7.

Step 4: Please try to go to the command prompt. We can open the command prompt by clicking the start menu and then in the search box please click and type CMD one you do that you will find CMD.exe.

Step 5: Once you find CMD.exe please right click on it and then choose run as administrator this will bring up the black box and you can write the command to get the System Up time. In the black windows please type systeminfo|find “Time:”

Step 6: Please note “|” is called more and is obtained by combination of shift and the key above enter. Once you have successfully Enter the command please hit enter key. This will give you the correct time when your computer was turned on.

Microsoft® submits multi-booting patent application

In recent times, we have continuously witnessed great enhancements and improvements in the operating system technologies. Microsoft has always worked upon it immensely and has been launching new features in each of its releases. Windows has come up with a new idea related to computer booting. Microsoft is working to get this technology and approach patented so that no one else duplicates the same. This new technology is called as fast booting a device for specialized experience. Just think of a scenario where you wish to play a DVD and to do the same you have to wait for the entire Windows operating system to load so that you can play the DVD. What if your computer starts playing the DVD without even loading the Windows operating system? Or think of a situation when you wish to play some music from your computer without loading the whole Windows operating system. Now this can be done very easily and in just a few seconds because Microsoft is coming up with its new technology to support this idea.

This technology is all about identifying what user is trying to do when he starts his or her computer. For example if you insert a video disk or an audio disk in the drive while turning on the computer, Windows will come to know what you wish to do and will load a virtual operating system to let you view or listen to the DVD before even Windows could load. This will be possible by the direct experience concept of Microsoft which will load the player to view the DVD and will not load the basic operating system to boot completely. The patent which Microsoft is applying for defines a new booting process in which a virtual machine manager loads first and decides what kind of purpose the user is trying to solve. Then this virtual machine manager will load any of the four operating system modules. As of now the four operating systems modules are for playing audio, playing video, viewing TV and last one for general purpose usage. Each of these modules will define the hardware which it would require for operation and will load only that much of hardware and not all the devices and their drivers. It will also not launch the entire operating system as booting Windows and reaching to its operational state takes a couple of minutes. The basic operating system will be loaded only and when the user wishes for it.

It is being said that this feature will be available as a part of Direct Experience in Windows 8, however, it has not been officially announced by Microsoft. This experience is currently limited to just audio, video and TV, but Microsoft may add more modules to it for quickly loading a module with which you can start only the e-mail clients for viewing and sending e-mails without loading the entire operating system.

Motorola® XOOM review

Motorola has entered the personal computer market with the launch of the Motorola XOOM tablet PC. Motorola XOOM has great features, whether it is its appearance or the technical specifications. Motorola XOOM has the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. With its 10.1-inch screen it offers a stress free viewing experience. Its screen resolution is 1280×800 pixels which offers an excellent visual experience. Motorola XOOM has IPS technology that makes it a great buy. Coming to the processor it uses NVIDIA dual core chip. If we talk about the storage space it is of 32 GB. XOOM comes with a front camera which is 5 MP.  With its large 10.1 inch screen it is possible to have a never before computing experience.

Regarding the visual specifications of XOOM, it has two cameras, one is a 5 MP camera on the front and the other is a 2MP camera which is used as a web cam. Motorola XOOM has a dual LED flash. The camera lens has the automatic focus feature. For multimedia entertainment, Motorola XOOM has an Android-based music player, which can execute all types of video file formats like AAC, H.263, MPEG-4, MP3, OGG and many more. XOOM has all the streaming facilities for audio, video, and Internet radio.

Motorola XOOM tablets also feature Gmail for e-mailing. There is an instant messaging service, that is, Google Talk. There is support for Bluetooth technology so that you can connect all your gadgets with it. There is a Wi-Fi connectivity option and a micro USB port. For high speed Internet, Motorola XOOM has USB 2.0.

3G BlackBerry PlayBook™ Coming to AT&T®

Research In Motion’s Blackberry PlayBook tablet will be launched on the 3G network of AT&T. Also an LTE 4G PlayBook is in the pipeline for a later launch. However, Research In Motion (RIM) has refused to comment on this. The Blackberry PlayBook comes with the revolutionary BlackBerry Bridge technology that allows it to connect itself to a BlackBerry smartphone. It comes with a new operating system developed exclusively for it by QNX Software Systems.

The tablet features technology enabling it to display web pages utilizing Adobes Flash software, something which Apple iPad does not offer. It is also compatible with the servers enabled by corporations and governments to monitor devices for safety and security purposes. It features multiple connectivity options including connection to the Internet through Bluetooth tethering and Wi-Fi. It is powered by a dual core 1 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM. It has a 7-inch LCD display with enough power to run 1080p videos while multitasking with other apps. It is incredibly light, weighing only 400 grams and a thickness of just 0.4 inches. It maintains its light feel with a sturdy design. It has enhances its minimalistic design by removing even the front buttons. It goes one up against the iPad with its 3 megapixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel back facing camera which has the ability to shoot 1080p HD video. The tablet also has a micro HDMI port with the video out option. BlackBerry PlayBook offers full support for HTML5 and also Adobe Flash 10.1, thus providing you with unlimited web viewing options.

Thus, BlackBerry PlayBook can be regarded as an excellent tablet with an incredible form factor, lightweight yet sturdy design, an OS resembling the WebOS, high definition graphics and the 3G tethering option.

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