21 Aug 2012

In the past Microsoft has only offered either a full retail license, retail upgrade and OEM license.  If you build your own PC as it stands today, you are expected to buy a full retail copy of Windows because the fine print states that individual use of the OEM is prohibited.  The OEM has always been the cheaper of the bunch, however.  Now with Windows 8 this all changes.

21 Aug 2012

So you have installed the new SkyDrive client for Windows 7 or Windows 8 and realize that Mesh is no longer supported.  SkyDrive asks you to pick a single folder to sync contents from device to device or onto the SkyDrive website.  Essentially you are forced to copy any files and folders you want synced into the SkyDrive sync folder.  There is a way around this and in this article I will show you how to use a Junction Point to trick the SkyDrive sync tool into synching other folders outside of the sync one.

16 Aug 2012

Rumors according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley are that Microsoft is already working on updates to Windows 8, code-named "Blue" due out sometime next year, possibly in the summer.

02 Aug 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast #20: The Hate for 8, Recorded on August 2nd, 2012

Summary: 

Windows 8 hits RTM, we will tell you when it will be on MSDN, more backlash from developers on Windows 8, Microsoft announces outlook.com, the FCC tells Verizon to allow Android hotspots, Antarctic forests and more


02 Aug 2012

As we know Microsoft has released Windows 8 to manufacturing the other day, but in the meantime one blogger has gotten his hands on the bits before the August 15th MSDN/Technet date and has documented a tutorial that will be included in Windows 8.

01 Aug 2012

Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) with the final build of 9200.  The company outlined when the OS will be available to various channels, the biggest being MSDN on August 15th.

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

This now gives developers a final locked RTM to test and evaluate software before the general availability date of October 26th.  This also means the Windows Store is open to accept paid applications.

On August 15th, developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get the tools and resources needed as well as the final build of Visual Studio 2012.

Windows 8 Pro will be available from an upgrade price of $39.99 or with the purchase of a new PC.  If you were to buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you have the option of upgrading to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 after release.

Source:  Microsoft


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31 Jul 2012

 

Microsoft has today announced the beta of a new free e-mail service called Outlook.com.  The design of the interface takes design features from the Windows 8 Mail app and Outlook 2013.  This new interface is to be a fresh and clean functioning design that will also be touch-friendly and adhere to privacy concerns as well as be accessible from any device.

23 Jul 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast #19: Bursting with Fruit Flavor Recorded on July 23rd, 2012

Summary: 

Windows 8 gets a general release date, Office 2013 Preview is ready for download, Yahoo gets hacked, AT&T announces Mobile Share, the Ouya Android console, Bionic eyes and more.

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