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Download Windows 8 Wallpaper [Original]

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

With Windows 8 getting closer to its beta testing phase, it was always inevitable that leaks would happen.

Today we’re treated to a picture of the new Windows 8 wallpaper.

Unsurprisingly, the new wallpaper is a slight variation on the existing Windows 7 design, but with more whimsy.

According to ZDNet’s sources, the current build of Windows 8 shows signs of the new Jupiter and TwinUI interface through a well-named DLL file – TWINUI.DLL.

Other than the new wallpaper and DLL, there isn’t much new to come out of the current build.

The new wallpaper can be downloaded, courtesy of DownloadSquad from the link given below:

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Download Windows 8 Original Wallpaper

Although Themes of The Beta can also be found on WinReview

CES 2011:Microsoft Teases Windows 8 on ARM Processers

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

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Image credit: Long Zheng on Flickr

At a special Press Conference held at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, Microsoft yesterday showed off Windows 8 running on ARM processers

From the official Windows Team Blog:

Happy New Year everyone! At CES 2011 in Las Vegas, we hosted a press conference announcing that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip architectures from Intel, AMD, and ARM. We announced that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments.  On the x86 architecture, Intel and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs that fully support Windows, including support for x86 applications. SoC architectures will fuel significant innovation across the hardware spectrum when coupled with the depth and breadth of the Windows platform. We are making this announcement now so that our ecosystem can start working together to enable the widest possible range of devices, from tablets on up, to ship with the next version of Windows. More detail about this exciting news is available in our press release and this Q&A with Windows & Windows Live president Steven Sinofsky.

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Full press release is as follows:

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced at 2011 International CES that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures, including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. On the x86 architecture, Intel Corporation and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs that fully support Windows, including support for native x86 applications. SoC architectures will fuel significant innovation across the hardware spectrum when coupled with the depth and breadth of the Windows platform.

At today’s announcement, Microsoft demonstrated the next version of Windows running on new SoC platforms from Intel running on x86 architecture and from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments on ARM architecture. The technology demonstration included Windows client support across a range of scenarios, such as hardware-accelerated graphics and media playback, hardware-accelerated Web browsing with the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer, USB device support, printing and other features customers have come to expect from their computing experience. Microsoft Office running natively on ARM also was shown as a demonstration of the full depth and breadth of Windows platform capabilities on ARM architecture.

Windows will continue its industry-leading support across the widest possible set of devices, delivering the breadth and choice that customers demand. Intel and AMD continue to evolve and improve the x86 platforms, including new low-power systems, and advance new designs such as the recently announced 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family and AMD’s Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs). NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are joining Microsoft to provide ARM-based designs for the first time.

“With today’s announcement, we’re showing the flexibility and resiliency of Windows through the power of software and a commitment to world-class engineering. We continue to evolve Windows to deliver the functionality customers demand across the widest variety of hardware platforms and form factors,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.

SoC architectures consolidate the major components of a computing device onto a single package of silicon. This consolidation enables smaller, thinner devices while reducing the amount of power required for the device, increasing battery life and making possible always-on and always-connected functionality. With support of SoC in the next version of the Windows client, Microsoft is enabling industry partners to design and deliver the widest range of hardware ever.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Unfortunately though, all attendees at the press conference were strictly prohibited from taking cameras inside, therefore no video demos were tapped. Also, according to Mary Jo Foley, the new user interface of Windows 8 was not shown.

[Redmond Pie]

Categories: MICROSOFT, Windows 8

Microsoft to announce something new at CES 2011

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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The International Consumer Electronics Show 2011 (CES) will kick off today, commencing with the keynote from Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft. His keynote will be streamed LIVE from Las Vegas today at 6.30 pm PST, which is 2:30 am GMT. Click here to view what time it will be in your zone when Steve delivers his keynote.

Reports also say that Microsoft may announce a set-top box in answer to Apple TV and Google TV.

As for Windows Phone 7,rumors have it that Windows Phone 7.1 is expected to be announced with copy-and-paste functionality,with addition to support for CDMA-based Devices.

Moreover, according to a report from WinRumors, a sneak peak of Windows 8 may also be teased at the event. And lastly, “Avatar ” feature for the Kinect is also rumored to be announced today.

Those of you who couldn’t make it to the Las Vegas this year, can enjoy the action streamed LIVE  To watch the Microsoft address Live,visit this link.

[Redmond Pie]