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As Microsoft readies its Office 15 suite (expected late 2012 or 2013) many wonder if the launch timeline hints to the arrival of Windows 8 tablets.

A handful of tight-lipped customers are getting their eyes on Microsoft Office 15 for the first time, as the software enters its Technical Preview phrase.

During the Technical Preview, Microsoft gets feedback from a select group of customers, who are bound to non-disclosure agreements. That allows Microsoft to test the software without revealing features or other details to the public.

A public beta for Microsoft Office 15–a codename for what will likely become Office 2012 or Office 2013–is scheduled for this summer. No word yet on a release date.

Microsoft hasn’t said much about what to expect in the new version, but PJ Hough, vice president of development for Office, wrote in a blog post that it will be “the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division.”

“With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio,” Hough wrote. “Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before.”

Office 15 is also expected to have some Metro-style enhancements for Windows 8 tablets, but Microsoft hasn’t commented on that, nor has the company said whether Office 15 will support Windows 8 on ARM devices.

Even if Office 15 includes tablet support, timing could be an issue, as Business Insider’s Matt Rosoff points out. Device makers want to launch Windows 8 tablets in the second half of 2012, but Office 15 may not be ready until very late in the year or early next year, judging by the timing of Technical Previews for earlier versions of office. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley backs up this notion, with her unnamed sources saying that Microsoft is trying to release Office 15 by year-end.

Of course, all that speculation assumes Microsoft isn’t developing a separate version of Office just for tablets, or some kind of light, Metro-style version akin to the mobile Office included with Windows Phones. Though I don’t have any inside information, given the importance of Windows 8 for Microsoft as it tries to enter the tablet market, I wouldn’t rule out Microsoft having a backup plan for tablet document editing.

as said by Jared Newmen

 

With only days before the kickoff of CES 2012, new product buzz is reaching a fevered pitch with news of tablets, phones, and cameras leaking out ahead of next week’s blizzard official gadget announcements.

 

With the Consumer Electronics Show starting Tuesday, every major device manufacturer is getting ready to show off their latest wares to gadget fans and tech press in Las Vegas. As is typical before the year’s biggest tech extravaganza, the Web is currently inundated with leaks, rumors and teaser videos about this year’s coolest and most anticipated products at CES. We already know expect lots of Ultrabooks, Intel’s newest class of super thin laptops; devices running the latest flavor of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich; and super thin HDTVs. But those are just the general categories, so here’s a look at 15 products that are expected to debut in Las Vegas next week.

LG Android Phone, Intel Inside

LG's first Intel phone, the never released GW990

LG’s first Intel phone, the never released GW990

South Korea-based LG electronics is planning to show off a new Android smartphone powered by an Intel mobile chip at CES, according to The Korea Times. There are no details about the device such as which Android flavor it will use, whether it will be a 4G or 3G handset and other specs.

Intel has high hopes for its new Medfield mobile chips slated to appear in smartphones in early 2012. The company has struggled to get a foothold in the mobile device space, a market dominated by chips using ARM architecture. If the report is accurate, this would be the second time Intel and LG have tried to produce a phone together. In 2010, the two companies also used CES to show off the GW990, a device that never made it onto store shelves.

Photo Credit: Notebook Italia

Asus 7-inch Eee Pad

Asus may be showing off a 7-inch slate device with 1280-by-800 resolution, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, as much as 64GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. There may also be a 3D version of the screen, according to Notebook Italia.

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia is expected to release its follow-up to the Windows Phone-based Lumia 800 during CES. The 900 is supposed to feature a larger display, front-facing camera, 4G, NFC and a refreshed WP7. Many Windows Phone watchers expect the Lumia 900 to be called the ACE in the US.

HP Spectre

 


HP Spectre

Most critics are expecting to see a ton of Ultrabooks, Intel’s new category of ultrathin laptops designed to emulate the MacBook Air, during CES. And HP recently released a teaser video showing off the Spectre, a laptop that many assume will be an Ultrabook. There are no specs for HP’s Spectre other than it’s apparently very thin, but will it be able to hit the sub-$1,000 price point Intel is hoping for with Ultrabooks?


Google TV 2.0

Samsung and LG may debut new Google TV hardware during CES. Samsung recently released a teaser video promoting its next-generation of Smart TVs set to debut at CES 2012, and many critics expect the company to release a Google TV. Bloomberg in November reported that LG would also debut its first Google TV product at CES.

Google in October refreshed the Google TV platform and hopes its attempt to merge the web with broadcast TV will takeoff in 2012. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt in December claimed most TVs that ship by summer 2012 will come with Google TV installed.

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Photo Source: The Verge

Camera maker Fujifilm may release a new 16 megapixel camera called the X-Pro 1, according to The Verge. The camera looks like a refreshed version of the Finepix X100 released in February 2011 and will include a similar hybrid optical viewfinder. The X-Pro1 will ship in January and sell for $800, according to a purportedly leaked press release on a Wells Fargo site.

Ubuntu Gadget

Canonical, the company behind the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, said Tuesday it plans to debut "an exclusive concept design" during CES. It’s not clear what this Ubuntu gadget might be, but the company has said before it planned on producing a version of Ubuntu for mobile devices and other form factors.

Windows 8 News?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is slated to give Microsoft’s final CES keynote address on Tuesday, and many critics expect the Microsoft chief to reveal more information about Windows 8. That may be wishful thinking, however, as Microsoft recently told Engadget its keynote will not deliver any "significant news.’ Instead, the software maker will use the occasion to discuss the company’s past twelve months. A public beta version of Windows 8 is slated for release in late February.


HTC Radiant

PocketNow on Wednesday published a purportedly leaked image of the HTC Radiant, one of the first 4G smartphones running Windows Phone 7. The device is expected to be on AT&T before the middle of 2012 in addition to two other WP7 4G phones including the Nokia ACE (expected to be the US name for the Lumia 900) and the Samsung Mendel, according to Windows blogger Paul Thurrott.

The Razer Switchblade

The Razer Switchblade

 


Razer Gaming Device

Video game device maker Razer plans to debut a device for "PC gaming on an all new form factor." Razer at CES 2011 debuted a hand held PC gaming prototype called the Switchblade, a 7-inch device with a laptop form factor and a programmable keyboard. So perhaps the Switchblade is ready for prime time, the company did say in November it had plans for smaller gaming systems. Another possibility, is that it will show off the 17-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop, expected to ship in mid- to late January.


Acer Iconia Tab A200

Acer will be showing off its Android 4.0-powered A200 tablet during CES. The company recently announced US availability for the device saying it will hit store shelves January 15 for a list price of $329. The A200 has a 10.1-inch display with 1280-by-800 resolution, 8GB or 16GB onboard storage, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 2 megapixel camera, one USB port, one micro-USB port, microSD slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The device will run Android 3.2 Honeycomb at launch, but will get an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in February.

Photo Source: BGR

Photo Source: BGR


Waterproof Tablet

Boy Genius Report says AT&T will be showing off the Pantech Element tablet at CES. The slate runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, has 16GB internal storage, 5 megapixel camera, 1080p video capture, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. AT&T reportedly plans to claim this tablet is waterproof with an IP57 rating. That means the tablet can withstand water immersion between 6 inches and a little over 3 feet, as long as the external ports are closed. The Element will reportedly debut on AT&T ahead of CES on January 8 for $300.


Sony Ericsson Surprise

Sony Ericsson is featuring this photo on its Facebook page hinting that it will unveil a new smartphone during CES. It’s unclear what the device might be, but keep your eye on SE’s Facebook page for more details leading up to the CES kickoff on Tuesday.


LG 4K TV

Another previously announced product, LG is planning on showing off an 84-inch high-definition 3D television with 3840-by-2160 resolution, four times the resolution of 1080p HDTVs. The set features Internet connectivity and access to LG’s catalog of more than 1,200 Smart TV apps.


World’s Largest OLED

LG will also show off what it claims is the world’s largest Organic Light Emitting Diode display. The new TV has a 55-inch screen, is 0.16-inches deep, weighs 16.5 pounds and promises a response time of less than .0001 milliseconds.

as said by Ian Paul

Though it’s common not to have a password on a home computer, and some even skip it on their personal mobile devices, it’s the first and most important barrier protecting a company’s data. Windows 8 will provide a number of ways of securing your password, and Microsoft recently talked more about a feature called Picture Password as a new way to authenticate without standard passwords and pins. Will this feature have your business tapping and drawing its way to more secure devices?

Keyboard Passwords

Traditionally, authenticating to a device involves typing in a password or PIN. Unfortunately, users tend to choose passwords that are easy to remember, or using characters that they relate to. This makes it easier for attackers who know something about you to guess passwords. Character-based passwords are also vulnerable to keylogging, where malware installed on the device can detect the specific keystrokes and easily reproduce them.

Pattern Passwords

A newer authentication technique involves drawing on a device’s touchscreen. Google has a patent pending on its Android pattern-based unlock screen, in which you connect dots in a nine-dot grid. A drawback of this method is that it tends to leave smudges on the screen, so that an attacker with possession of the device could see the pattern.

Picture Passwords

windows_8_picture_password-6658777How setting up a Picture Password will look.Microsoft’s Picture Password for the upcoming Windows 8 was designed to avoid the issues that accompany keyboard and pattern-based passwords. The technique starts with you providing a picture. You can position the picture as you like, and are then prompted to make gestures on the picture that become your authentication signature. There are three gesture types you can use; a tap, a circle, and a line.

More Secure

Each gesture you make must be in the correct order and proper position, and have the proper directionality. While a single tap isn’t very secure, offering only 270 acceptable inputs, using eight taps increases the options to over 13 quadrillion inputs. Circles are even more complex, with seven circles providing almost one quintillion options.

Faster Login

The point of Picture Password is not just to increase the complexity of passwords, but to provide a secure login that is faster than on a touch keyboard. With as few as three gestures, a Picture Password can still provide over one trillion combinations, compared with 81,120 for character-based, and 1,000 for numeric, while still taking an average of less than four seconds to complete.

Smudges Addressed

Pictures Password still requires a touchscreen, though Microsoft mentions that it can be utilized with a mouse. So, aren’t smudges still a problem? Yes, you’re still likely to leave smudges on your screen when entering a Picture Password. But, even if your screen were perfectly clean and three gestures were clearly visible on it, order and directionality complicate its replication. Those three specific gestures still have over one billion possible combinations.

Useful to Business?

Picture Password is not a replacement for the traditional text-based password. In fact, you’ll need to enter your password before creating a Picture Password, or if that password is attempted five times incorrectly. Nor will it protect you from someone looking over your shoulder while you log in.

So, will this be useful for Windows 8? On mobile touchscreen devices, its combination of a personalized picture and a higher level of security should make it a desirable and possibly mandatory feature. But, with most business desktops and laptops not having touchscreens, it’s far less likely to be used in the office, where standard passwords will still rule.

as said by Joseph Fieber

 

Microsoft Overhauls Windows Explorer in Windows 8Hold onto your socks Windows 8 fans, because Microsoft is adding some new enhancements to its file manager application, Windows Explorer, in the next version of its popular operating system. And the first Explorer feature Microsoft wants to show off is (drumroll please): the new copy dialog. Huh?

I know, I know, copying functions may elicit yawns from many of you, but copying, moving, renaming and deleting files are the most oft-used features of Windows Explorer. Microsoft says these four basic functions account for 50 percent of all Explorer usage in Windows 7. That means there’s a lot of file management going on for the average Windows 7 user every day.

So while these changes may not be as exciting as say, a brand new touch-centric overlay, improvements to the way Windows handles copying could improve your overall OS experience, as long as you’re into copying multiple files that is.

This One’s For The Multitaskers

Microsoft’s copying overhaul doesn’t really improve much for people who typically move around one file or folder at a time or are used to handling small text files. But if you find yourself moving around large amounts of data such as photos and videos, then Windows 8 aims to make your copying experience easier.

Microsoft says it had three goals for its new copy dialog: move all copy jobs into one window, simplify the UI and give you more control over any operations in progress. Here’s what you have to look forward to when copying files in Windows 8.

Copy Central

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Instead of having multiple windows open for each file, Windows 8 will automatically merge all copy jobs into one central window. The basic view shows you how many items are being copied in each job, their source and destination folders, and a progress bar. There are also pause and cancel buttons if you’d like to speed up one copy job by putting the other on hold or cancel one altogether. The source and destination folders are also clickable so you can open up those folders directly from the copy dialog.

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If you want more details about your copy job, click on the "More details" disclosure button at the bottom of the window. Opening this up shows you a new real-time throughput graph, speed of data transfer, time remaining and how much data is left to transfer.

Microsoft also says it has improved its time estimates for how long it takes for a copy job to finish, but didn’t go into detail about what those improvements are. The Windows maker did point out that getting a precise time estimate is nearly impossible. There are just too many variables to account for, according to Microsoft, such as whether you’re anti-virus program will start scanning files on your hard drive halfway through the transfer.

Microsoft also warned that while the new copy dialog offers detailed information it was not designed to be a benchmarking tool.

Filename Collisions

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Windows 7 Conflict Resolution Dialog

Windows 8 has a new way to handle alerts when you are about to copy a file with the same name as another file in your destination folder, a problem Microsoft calls a filename collision. This can happen if you maintain a separate folder for editing photos and don’t bother to change the filename. Or, you receive a revised copy of a contract via email and dump it into your contracts folder.

Before Windows 8 lets you overwrite your old file, you’ll be met with three choices that are somewhat similar to Windows 7: replace all the old files in the destination folder, skip copying the new files or choose the files to keep in the destination folder.

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Windows 8 Conflict Resolution Dialog

If you choose the latter, a new dialog pops up showing you the files you want to copy in the left column and the files with the same name in the destination folder on the right. The dialog shows the file names, dates that each file was created, and each file’s size. You can also hover over each file to see its location or you can double click on a file to open it. When you’re ready to choose the files you want to keep, just click the check boxes next to the files, press "Continue" and you’re done. If you don’t click a check box next to one of your two colliding files, Windows 8 errs on the side of caution and keeps your old version intact.

New Windows 8 Start Icon?

Beyond the new copying features, online sleuths have been trying to glean other tidbits of information from Microsoft’s new Windows 8 demo. UK-based blog My Microsoft Life believes it saw a new Windows start icon at the beginning of the video below, but it’s hard to say for sure. Keep an eye on the screen behind Microsoft’s Alex Simons and let us know what you think in the comments. Microsoft also has alarger version of the copy dialog video to get a better look at the screen.

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As said By Ian Paul from PCWorld

Your questions about Microsoft’s latest operating system, answered.

Microsoft showed its first public demo of Windows 8 on Wednesday, and it’s not at all like the Windows operating systems you’ve come to know over the past 25 years. The next version of Microsoft’s operating system (“Windows 8” is just a codename) is a radical departure, designed around touch screens. (click here to see the official video)

If this revelation is making you weak in the knees, worry not. Here’s a handy FAQ on the early Windows 8 build that Microsoft demonstrated:

 

What Windows 8 features did Microsoft demonstrate?

Essentially, Microsoft showed how Windows 8 will work on both tablets and traditional PCs. The operating system’s home screen is filled with big, touchable panels, like the live tiles in Windows Phone 7, and from there you can tap and swipe your way to other touch-based applications. But underneath that touchy layer is plain old Windows, with a task bar, file manager, app icons–everything.

 

 

How does the touch interface work?

From the start menu, which shows basic information like time and unread e-mail counts, users swipe upwards to reveal the home screen and its tiles. As with Windows Phone 7, apps can show windows8snap-5179603some information within the tiles–users needn’t click on the weather app to see the current temperature, for example. Swiping from the right bezel brings up a menu that can take users from an app back to the home screen.

Users can multitask between open apps by swiping across from the left bezel. And therein lies the coolest-looking feature of Windows 8: When swiping in a new app, users can snap it in place next to the app that’s currently running. This allows users to view two apps at the same time–something that no existing tablet OS can do.

 

How will Windows 8 apps work?

Microsoft says it’s created a new kind of app for Windows 8 using HTML5 and Javascript, and they’re windows8app-5179591a lot like the apps you’d expect to find on a tablet. A weather app shows the five-day forecast. A news reader displays stories and thumbnail images in big, rectangular panes. Microsoft also showed off Internet Explorer 10, which is optimized for touch. Presumably Microsoft will distribute these apps through its own store–there’s a “Store” tile in the version of Windows 8 that Microsoft demonstrated–but the company offered no details.

What about existing Windows apps, such as Office and Photoshop?

windows8oldandnew-5179599They’ll still work. Loading one of these apps will bring up a more familiar version of Windows. According to All Things Digital, classic Windows apps will use “fuzzy hit targeting” to aid finger taps, but they won’t be optimized for the touch screen like Windows 8’s HTML5/Javascript concoctions. Legacy apps can, however, run side by side with the new Windows 8 apps.

 

 

But what about Windows PCs running on ARM chips? Will legacy apps run on those devices?

It’s conceivable that ARM-based Windows devices will be restricted to the touch-centric user interface in Windows 8, but Microsoft hasn’t made any announcements on that front. In fact, Microsoft recently denied claims made by an Intel executive about which apps will run on ARM-based Windows machines. Intel’s Renee James had said to expect at least four versions of Windows for ARM processors, and that none of these versions would be compatible with apps from Windows XP, Vista or 7. Microsoft said these statements were “factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading,” but didn’t clarify the matter with any details. In other words, the question is still unanswered.

 

When’s the Windows 8 release date?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that Windows 8 will launch in 2012, but the company hasn’t been any more specific than that. Expect more details on Windows 8 in September, when Microsoft will hold the BUILD conference for developers. For now, check out Microsoft’s first video of Windows 8 in action

 

as said by sir Jared Newman

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