Microsoft released information about a Windows Live Skydrive service upgrade. Their quote is a “simpler app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5."
There will probably be less coffee sipping and snoozing in your chair when it comes to waiting on Windows 8 setup to complete. Windows 7 typically installs in a somewhat speedy 20 minutes, with Windows 8 and the Developer preview, the same process takes only 8 minutes. In a Microsoft upgrade test, they also performed an upgrade from Windows 7 (to Windows 8) with 1.44 million files and 120 apps in 52 minutes, compared to 513 minutes in an upgrade to Windows 7 for the same amount of files and applications.
Microsoft will cater to two types of users in Windows 8. The "get it done fast" type and also the power user variety. There will also be an online install option in addition to the DVD box variety.
In the Microsoft Blog they write "In Windows 8, customers do not have to install a separate download manager, mount the ISO to begin the installation, check the hash of the file for verification post-download, manually clean up unneeded files, or restart a download from the beginning should connectivity be interrupted" and "Setup takes care of all of these steps automatically, providing a fast, resilient, and easy setup experience. And again, this is true whether you just want to run a quick upgrade on an existing installation, or to create boot media for an advanced setup experience – either with GUI or unattended."
There will be an advanced setup, similar to what is used today in Windows 7 and then an unattended setup.
Even more, they claim that Windows 8 setup can be completed in as little as eleven clicks.
Take a look at our previous article for the full some extra details on this one. Microsoft has announced December 6th as the target date for the Dashboard update. Microsoft announced this via their Xbox blog.
They listed the new features that we are expecting:
They also went on to mention that some new content will appear over time, like customized apps for TV, movies, internet videos and sports and music from major providers.
Microsoft has announced the purchase of a video discovery tech company called VideoSurf. Its ultimate goal is to enhance Xbox Live. It will have the ability to see frames from video and tie that into search results.
There is an iOS app on the app store that has good reviews located here.
Xbox Live is about to release the newest Dashboard update on December 6th featuring voice activated search. Its possible to imagine a future update that allows someone to say.. "kinect, xbox bing search, lol cats that play the piano'" and instantly video search results with this particular topic pop up.
You can download release candidate 0 (RC0) from MSDN or Microsoft. The download link is here.
There are many new features with SQL Server 2012 as we previously covered such as AlwaysOn, better performance management, more reporting and visualization tools, Columnstore index, and FileTables. The product will come in 3 main editions: Standard, Business Intelligence and Enterprise.
With this release, Microsoft considers it "production" ready and provides several migration tools: Upgrade Advisor, Distributed Replay and SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). This release includes features and fixes requested by some of the many users who have tested previous builds.
Some of the major enhancements Microsoft is showcasing with SQL Server 2012 include these:
Now you could simply print out or download the fully detailed map of Skyrim. But why do this, because coming soon will be Dragon Shout. Its an interactive map for iOS allowing for annotated markers and journal entries. For instance, if you are at a location where there are riches to be gathered up and you can’t do it then, you could use the app to mark down the location and come and take things later.
The company plans on adding future updates that will make it more social, allow marker sharing or party wide chats with pictures and more. For instance, you could encourage a friend to check out a certain dungeon.
The app will be the pricey cost of free. Watch their website here for details to come.
To make your wandering in realm of Skyrim more enjoyable, Gamebanshee.com has released a highly detailed printable version of Skyrim's many locations.
If you want to take the quest in printing this map, there is a zip file containing the map for printing on their site.