Microsoft planning to market Windows 8 ARM in a unique way, different naming?

Steven Sinofsky, chief of Windows and Windows Live said “Microsoft will not allow a world where a customer goes into a store and has to buy software in a red box for ARM and a green box for x86. We won’t ever let that happen to a customer. We will be clear what the value proposition and what the software is capable and we’ll do that with all the communication tools at our disposal.”

See the full text over at WINRUMORS.


Windows 8 Slate VS iPad Running IOS5

Brought to you from the boys and girls at WINRUMORS check out this comparison video.

Click here to see the Windows 8 Slate VS iPad Running IOS5.

Windows 8 is still in Pre-Beta, yet it still looks better than IOS5.


Windows 8 Booting From a USB Drive Runing via Windows To Go On Any PC

Microsoft Demonstrates Windows To Go allowing you to take your entire Windows 8 installation with you on a USB drive and use it on any machine.

We are not talking about think install, this is your Windows install with files and data on any USB drive and plug it to any other PC and continue working, as if you Windows 8 OS was on the PC.

Microsoft is targeting the Enterprise with Windows To Go. Contractors and vendors won’t have to spend time setting up computers when on a client sites, and can even demo key software that needs real hardware, without having to  compromised the clients local installation or need admin rights to do the install, as they WONT be installing anything on the clients PC. It will offer another alternative for those who need to work from home or remote locations.

Microsoft says this feature works with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. The drive used in the demo was a USB 2.0 drive.

Click here to see a demo of Windows To Go in action.

Technical details shared by Microsoft

  • Windows 8 can be configured to boot to a Windows To Go drive if one is the present by default.
  •  Core drivers are bundled in Windows To Go to avoid situations where Windows Update is unavailable.
  •  It will support USB 2.0 and 3.0
  •  There is no Hibernate possible for a Windows To Go instance
  •  Windows To Go will work on legacy BIOS and UEFI firmware. The deployment will have support for both enabled but it can be turned off.
  •  Crash and Dump will be available for Windows To Go instances.

That’s pretty cool, but happens when the USB drive is unplugged?

Click here to see a demo of What happens when you remove the drive while running.

According to Microsoft, this is like yanking your HDD when Windows is running. However, in Windows To Go, Microsoft has a very clever implementation.

Windows To Go will freeze the OS instance for 60 seconds when USB drive is removed.

If you plug the drive back within 60 seconds, then Windows will resume where it was, if you do not inserted the drive within 60 seconds then Windows will shut down.

Microsoft suggests a 32GB USB drive for Windows To Go.

Cool looking Nav 9 Slate PC from Netbook Navigator, is it just to late?

Check out Netbook Navigator’s slate pc the Nav 9. It looks pretty great, but I have just spent the last four days drinking the Super Awesome Sauce of Windows 8.

Don’t get me wrong, I realy realy realy realy like the look of Nav 9, and I had some free cash now I would love to get one. But the cold thinking side of my brains tell me “HALT “, just think what it would be like with Windows 8?

I might just get one anyways!

What you think?

Channel 9 takes a look at Windows 8 Slate Running on ARM Processor

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The guys from Channel 9 have done a report showing Windows 8 running on a slate form factor.

Click here to see Channel 9’s report on Windows 8 on ARM slate (Ipad KILLER) devices.

Micrsoft have be criticised for not showing Windows 8 an an ARM system. Roger Gulrajani from the Windows Hardware Ecosystem group shows Channel 9 a Qualcomm Snapdragon reference device that uses an ARM processor.

This is another example of the just ONE of the types of machines that will be running Windows 8.

I never wanted an Ipad, but I NEED, WANT, I CRAVE, and I WILL HAVE one of babes.

Windows Server 8 – A Cloud OS?

Check out the blog by Jason Perlow and Scott Raymond over at CNET called “Windows Server 8: The Ultimate Cloud OS?”

Check you the Windows Server 8 Download at Windows Server 8 Developer Preview.

I remember when I first installed Windows Server NT3.5, but the eyes of an engineer are faithless and ever looking forward. Along came NT4, then Serer 2000, and after that a thoroughbred Server 2003, and then the great Server 2008, and a pretty cool Server 2008 R2.

But I have seen Server 8 running, and seen the vids. This is a new bread, and sleep great beast of an OS.

I am afraid I may not get to work on it, what I do at work now hase little to do with servers. Just like Windows 8, I think this is a game changer. I think it’s the BEST sever yet, full stop, end of, nothing better, well, at least until MS release Server 9!

Windows 8 on a development rig shown of at D6 + a look at some new windows 8 laptops

Three years after unveiling Windows 7 at D6, Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky is back to show off a new version of Windows that’s responsive to the growing popularity of tablet PCs and the advent of the cloud.

Windows 8 has two User Interfaces, one for Tablet and Windows Phone and a more traditional mouse and keyboard type user interface for one you’re working on a PC, although the tablet interface could still be used on the pc if preferred (keyboard and mouse for me).

The video a starts of making it look like there is only one interface, but first part of the video looks at the Tablet/Phone user interface, and the second part of the video looks at the PC user interface, and some nice looking windows 8 laptops.

NOTE: The box on the table is NOT A SLATE PC OR A TABLET, it’s a development rig. Basically this is just an off the shelf second generation core PC used for development testing.