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2012 is finally here. Although Microsoft has not shared any details regarding an official launch date for Windows 8, all signs point to sometime this year. Windows 8 is still Windows at its core, but it is also a major departure from previous versions of the flagship operating system.

So, what can we expect with Windows 8 on the horizon? Is there any reason to get excited about what Windows 8 has to offer? Here is a look at five features and capabilities of Windows 8 that may change the way you do computing in 2012.

Ribbon UI

Windows 8 Metro UIThe controversial ribbon UI is spreading from Microsoft Office to take over the Windows operating system as well. While some users despise the ribbon UI and lament the loss of old-fashioned drop-down menus, many users embrace the more flexible, customizable, and useful interface of the ribbon.

I realize the traditional drop-down lists are "comfortable" because they’re more familiar, but once you adapt to the ribbon UI it really does help you work more effectively and efficiently. I like it in Microsoft Office, and I am looking forward to it in Windows 8.

The Metro UI tiles are uniquely suited for a touchscreen device like a tablet.Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft didn’t rest. As soon as Internet Explorer 9 launched, details began to emerge about the next generation browser from Microsoft.

With IE10, Microsoft is moving its line in the sand. IE9 is only available for Windows Vista, and Windows 7 — shunning Windows XP and earlier versions of the operating system. IE10 cuts out Windows Vista as well, requiring Windows 7 or later. Microsoft stands by the decision, though, insisting that only current hardware and software are capable of delivering the Web experience it is striving for with IE10.

Windows Store

Microsoft is borrowing a page from rivals like Apple and Ubuntu by creating an online software market. The Windows Store will be an outlet for purchasing apps developed for the Windows 8 Metro-style interface. In fact, the Windows Store will be the only place that users will be able to buy Metro-style apps — a move Microsoft claims will improve the quality of the apps, and reduce the potential for bugs and malware.

OS on a Thumb Drive

One of my favorite features of Windows 8 so far is the ability to store an entire, bootable Windows 8 operating system on a USB thumb drive. You can literally take your entire Windows 8 environment with you in your pocket, and boot it up on whatever PC hardware happens to be available. It could make travel much easier, because you could just take a tablet for use on the go, and Windows 8 on a thumb drive to use for when you get to your destination.

Tablets

Last, but not least, we have tablets. With Windows 8, the iconic Microsoft desktop operating system will also work on ARM-based hardware, and will be able to run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops. The Metro UI, and the look and feel of Windows 8 in general seem to have been designed from the ground up to deliver both form and function for touchscreen devices.

The tablet market is currently dominated by the Apple iPad 2. The Amazon Kindle Fire has been a huge success as well, but it is more consumer-oriented, and not as useful as the iPad as a mobile device for business. If Windows 8 can deliver a solid user experience at a decent price, the tablets could be a huge success.

While a public beta of Windows 8 might be available in the next couple months, I don’t expect Windows 8 to officially hit the street until Q4 — maybe Q3 if we’re lucky. But, when it does get here, early builds suggest it has what it takes to be a success.

as said by Tony Bradley

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windows8red-5212198Microsoft will open its new Windows Store to customers in late February together with the beta of Windows 8, an executive of the company said Tuesday.

The Windows Store is an important part of the Windows 8 experience,said Antoine Leblond, vice president of Windows Web Services, at a San Francisco event.

Microsoft announced in September its Windows Store as part of Windows 8 and the distribution point for Metro style apps. Metro is the name Microsoft has given to the tile-and-touch based interface first found in Windows Phone 7.

The company, which aims to compete with Apple and other online app stores, said it was offering revenue sharing to developers, which starts at 70 percent on new apps, going up to 80 percent once an app makes US$25,000.

The number of iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Mac computers sold in the last two years do not add up to the number of Windows devices sold, Leblond said in a pitch to application developers. "We’ve just passed the 500 million licenses sold mark for Windows 7, which represents half a billion PCs that could be upgraded to Windows 8 on the day it ships," Microsoft said in a blogpost.

The store will be available in all the languages supported by Windows, which number over a 100, Leblond said. The apps will be localized in these languages as well, and there will be local currency payments, he added.

The Windows Store is an opportunity to reach customers with free and paid apps in 231 markets worldwide, Microsoft said in its blog. The company will have a number of market-specific catalogs, tailored for those customers, and a "rest of world" catalog for all other markets.

The Windows Store will be available when Windows 8 Beta is released, but during a beta phase all apps will be free, Microsoft said. The company announced Tuesday its first apps contest, where developers get a chance to have their app featured in the Windows Store for Beta.

 

as said by John Ribeiro

Microsoft is reportedly on track to release Windows 8 on a similar time frame to Windows 7, with the first beta of the new OS appearing in early 2012. The software giant has not said officially when it will release Windows 8 or even when a beta version might appear.  But two sources claim a Windows 8 beta release is coming in the next few months.

Speaking with anonymous sources "close to Microsoft," The Next Web says Windows 8 beta version will launch in February.  But Winrumors claims the first stable test build of Windows 8 will appear a few weeks earlier in late January, according to its anonymous sources.

Whether it appears in January or February, an early 2012 beta release for Windows 8 is not particularly surprising. Many critics expect Windows 8 to follow a similar release schedule to Windows 7.

Microsoft in early January 2009 publicly released the beta version of Windows 7. The near-final version of Windows 7 (known as the release candidate) debuted four months later and on October 22 Windows 7 officially launched.

A Windows 8 launch in 2012 has also long been expected thanks to leaked documents and public statements by Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer. But there are also indications that Windows 8 may be finished bit more quickly than its predecessor. A Nokia executive recently let slip to a French newspaper that the Finnish handset maker plans to release a Windows 8 tablet in June 2012.

It’s not clear if the Nokia executive meant the company will start producing the tablets or will actually be selling them in stores by June. If he meant the former, that still puts Windows 8’s release along a similar schedule to Windows 7. Microsoft released Windows 7 to manufacturers in June 2009 so that device makers could begin incorporating the OS into their products. Windows 7 PCs were available in October of that year.

A Windows 8 beta version may not be ready yet, but Microsoft in September released a developer preview of the new OS. If you’d like to try it out, you can download the Windows 8 developer preview here.

 

As said by Ian Paul

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