If you purchase or have purchased an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 (U.S.) which will be redeemable when Windows 8 is generally available on October 26th. Registration is officially open for the Windows Upgrade Offer Here is what you need to do to register for your $14.99 (U.S.) upgrade to Windows 8 Pro: #1 Go to the Windows Upgrade Offer website to register. #2 Select your country (details for the offer vary depending on country). #3 You will beRead More
Microsoft is offering 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise edition (32 and 64-bit versions in a varied languages) can be had for free at the Windows Dev Center developer downloads page right now. Before you get cracking on apps for Microsoft's new OS, however, you'll need to grab the newly released Visual Studio 2012 as well. The Express version which allows for Metro Windows 8-style apps only is free, while the full Visual Studio experience is only currently available to MSDN subs. Additionally, the folks in Redmond have made it easier to write those apps by releasing the new .NETRead More
We have said that Windows 8 is a complete reimagination of the Windows operating system. Nothing has been left unexplored, including the Windows logo, to evaluate how it held up to modern PC sensibilities. The Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark but when we stepped back and analyzed it, we realized an evolution of our logo would better reflect our Metro style design principles and we also felt there was an opportunity to reconnect with some of the powerful characteristics of previous incarnations. Microsoft is making plenty of big changes with its Windows 8 operating system, and thatRead More
Microsoft blogged about process for submitting apps to Windows Store in Windows 8. Similar to Windows Phone, every Metro Style app will be certified by Microsoft before getting published in the Windows Store for the public. Microsoft had the following goals while designing this process for developers, Encourage developers to visit the Store developer. - Encourage developers to visit the Store developer portal before they start coding - Help developers comply with the Store technical requirements - Reduce concepts and repetition by pulling information directly from the app package Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video. Visit Building Windows 8 blog for more info.
If you've been dreaming of a world where Android apps are free to roam across your Windows desktop, you're in luck, because BlueStacks has just turned your reverie into reality. The startup unveiled an alpha version of its App Player software that allows users to run a host of Android apps on Windows PCs, tablets or desktops, without requiring them to make modifications to their original OS. BlueStacks does not require any additional work on the part of developers and the apps run unmodified on the Windows PC. BlueStacks App Player is available as a free download, this early test versionRead More
At times you might need a tool which lets you transfer your installed programs from one Windows PC to another Windows PC. PickMeApp (free, Windows) is a portable tool that lets to capture and transfer installed programs and its settings from one Windows-based computer to another Windows computer. You can use it while upgrading from an earlier Windows version like Windows Vista or Windows XP to Windows 7, for repairing or backing up programs. - Transfer all your programs from one PC to another - Use PickMeApp to Backup and Restore your PC - Use PickMeApp as a software management tool - Run PickMeAppRead More
Global Shortcut Keys Windows 8 WIN + Q - open search. WIN + Z - flip open applications. Win + Spacebar - change the language / keyboard layout. Win + Y - in time to show the desktop. WIN + W - search on the parameters of the system. WIN + F - Search for files. WIN + I - open a new "Start" menu - "Settings". WIN + K - open a new menu "Start" - "Connections." WIN + K - open a new menu "Start" - "Connections." WIN + O - disable screen rotation (turn off the gyro reactionRead More
Check out how Windows Phone 7.5 offers a truly smarter way to app. Metro Design that delivers a beautiful, integrated experience; Fast App Switching for quick multitasking between apps; Live Tiles that gives updates at a glance; and App Connect that connects searches to apps. Mobile app developers can take an idea to app faster and easier with developer tools are that both powerful and familiar. Build easily, build better, build now with Windows Phone 7.5.
Windows Division prexy Steven Sinofsky treated Build 2011 attendees to a walkthrough of the various tweaks, subtle or otherwise, Microsoft's made to Windows 8. Staying true to its roots, the new OS implements the familiar keyboard commands users have become accustomed to over the years, like CMD and Ctrl+F. And as for its update to Internet Explorer, MS has imbued its tenth iteration with the ability to switch between the much-hyped Metro-style UI and plain old desktop view. - All Windows 7 applications will run natively on Windows 8 - Security update notifications have been minimized to the lower right ofRead More
AutoWinRarZip (Windows) is a utility designed for people who download a lot of archives and want them extracted automatically. By monitoring directories of your choosing for new files, AutoWinRarZip gets rid of the manual application launch and does it in the background without you noticing. You can specify directories for it to extract to and it supports most of the popular and lesser used formats. All you have to do: - chose the folder where archived files will be downloaded - chose the destination folder where decompressed/unarchived files will be AutoWinRarZip stays in you system tray, each time you download archives the programRead More