According to a weibo user by the name of Michelle Hu, the above image is of the first Windows 8 tablet made by Samsung, that is to be distributed to devs at BUILD conference that’s starting in 3-4 hours. This looks strikingly similar to the series 7 slate tablet Samsung launched recently. In fact, they said the same slate will get upgraded to Windows 8, according to the verge.
This tablet supposedly runs an ultra low power version of an intel quad core CPU, most probably the core i5.But the jury is still out on this, it may run ARM based Nvidia Kal-El too. We’ll know for sure, soon.
Source Mobiletechworld via TIMN
Last time we saw the new ribbon interface being demoed and now yet another reveal, full of awesomeness this time. Long time requested feature on Windows is a faster boot time, which was never implemented till now.
Usually what happens when you shutdown your windows machines : Kills all processes, kernel shuts down, and during startup : Loads kernel and starts all apps
What MS have done in Windows 8 : Kernel is set to hibernate with less write data to disk, so while starting up, the kernel resumes almost instantly after POST ( power on self test )
MS explains this in an image :
Microsoft claims this process makes Windows 8 50-70% faster than the current boot times. Hard to accept ? Well, they got a video demo for that, warning : dont blink
Source MSDN blogs via WinRumors
Finally, after nearly 8 years of waiting, Office users will now relish the addition of the famed ribbon interface onto the explorer in Windows 8.
Microsoft , in it’s Build windows 8 blog, has demoed the interface in a video, take a look :
The ribbon interface give us easy and instant access to various shortcuts that we frequently use and sometime, dig for, in the right click menu. However, i dont see any use for cut copy paste functions in the ribbon since most people know the keyboard shortcuts. But many still don’t, i have to agree, and it might be much easier for them to navigate. I like how the ribbon interface automatically brings on a set of tools according to the type of file or folder we have chosen.
Also, i feel if Microsoft sees this as an effort to bring touch interaction into the OS, sorry, it wont work well. Some people feel that it takes a lot of screen real estate, i too somewhat feel the same but we can live with it right ?
Have you seen the tablet demos of Windows 8 ? We are yet to see more demos of those kinda interfaces that suits touch. Hoping there is much more to Windows 8 than this Ribbon interface.
via WinRumors ( Tom Warren has a much detailed look at the Ribbon interface )
Source MSDN blogs
Windows 8 created quite a stir when it was demoed at the All Things D conference a while back. However the details were really vague, the company promised that they will reveal more stuff at the BUILD conference that is set to get underway in September.
Now, at the TechED meet going on at New Zealand, Microsoft has given the people there a sneak preview of not one, but two tablets and has promised the devs that they will be giving out a ARM based Quad core tablet in an event in the near future. Does that mean the BUILD conference ? Hoping so.
Windows 8 is the company’s real effort at entering the ever burgeoning tablet market. Commercially said to arrive by mid 2012, the product is under active development and a lot of questions are yet to be answered. Hope MS comes up with good enough answers at the upcoming BUILD conference and certainly, the giving away is a smart way of getting the platform ready with a plethora of apps, but it is nothing new.
Source SmartGeek via WinRumors
File this under coming soon, uh, i mean like, in a year or so.
Qualcomm recently went for a rebranding of it’s range of System-on-Chip solutions. They are categorized as –
S1 – Mass market Smartphones ( 1 Ghz , Adreno 200 )
S2 – high performance smartphones and tablets ( 1.5 Ghz Single core plus Adreno 205 )
S3 – Multitasking and advanced gaming ( Dual core 1.5 Ghz plus Adreno 220 with stereoscopic 3D )
They have hinted on the next iteration today, that is —
S4 – Read on to find out what Qualcomm has to say –
Microsoft showed off the Windows 8, the next generation of the operating system. A great step towards the touch centric interface has bought Microsoft laurels as well as some criticism in how it has tried to keep the legacy too in the mix. More on that in a separate post.
I now present to you, an overload of visual information on Windows 8. Various demos, some might be repititive, but they are all worthy enough. I just can’t stop looking at the gorgeous UI. First up, Microsoft’s own demo