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Earlier today, Twitter announced Twitter for Windows 8, an app that makes it easier than ever to share and discover content on Windows 8 devices. Now available on the Windows Store, the app will be localized and available in 22 languages, including English, Chinese (PRC and Taiwan), Malay, Japanese, Thai, and more.

In addition to familiar Twitter features, this app introduces new functionality that takes advantage of unique Windows 8 features:

  • Snap view – use another app alongside Twitter. Snap Twitter into the left or right side of the screen and then start using another app. With snap view, you can adjust the size of the app to one-third, two-thirds or full screen.
  • Photos – large and center. With an all-new landscape view, not only can you view a larger version of individual photos, but you can also swipe horizontally to view multiple photos in the Discover tab or a user’s profile.
  • Share charm – tweet from any app, at any time. Simply swipe from the right edge of Windows 8 and then choose the Share charm to share content from any app, such as a photo or news article, to Twitter.
  • Search charm – search when you’re inspired. Similar to the Share charm, the Search charm makes it easy to find an account or see Tweets using a certain hashtag.
  • Live Tiles and notifications – don’t miss a beat. Keep up with what’s happening on Twitter using the Twitter live tiles and notifications, which show no matter which app you’re running.

Windows 8 crosses 60 million mark, sees strong consumer momentum in Singapore

Consumers continue to ride on Windows 8 Upgrade Offers which end on 31st January 2013


At the 11th Annual J.P Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013 yesterday, Microsoft announced that 60 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold to-date globally.


Since launch, Microsoft has seen strong consumer interest in Windows 8 in Singapore, which has outsold Windows 7 by at least 4 times for the same period post launch.


With more than 50 new Windows 8 devices, from hybrid PCs, notebooks, AIOs to tablets retailing in over 120 stores, local consumers are spoilt for choices; and there has been a strong momentum of customers purchasing new devices since the launch. Globally, there are now more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT.


Apps are a new way for consumers to experience Windows 8. Globally, the number of apps has quadrupled and the Store has passed the 100 million app download mark – just two months after general availability. For the Singapore market, the Store has seen hundreds of great local apps, including DBS Lifestyle (for DBS Indulge and Shopper), ESPN StarSports, iProperty Singapore, WeGo.com, and much more.


Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro is simple – the following table demonstrates the upgrade paths and savings one can enjoy through the Windows Upgrade Offer which will end 31 January 2013:


Where & What Offer Pricing (S$) till 31st January 2013
Upgrade from Windows 7 (before 1st June 2012) Customers who have bought a Windows 7, Vista or XP PC before 1 June 2012 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro viahttp://windows.sg S$49.99
Upgrade from Windows 7 (after 1st June 2012) Customers who have bought a Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2014 will be eligible for this upgrade program to Windows 8 Pro


To register for this Windows Upgrade offer, customers have to go towww.windowsupgradeoffer.com

Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7

(Packaged DVD version)

All major IT stores





Table 1: Windows 8 Upgrade Paths


For more information on Windows 8, visithttp://windows.sg

Join the conversation @microsoft_sg or #windows8

ASUS Launches Convertible Device TAICHI in Singapore

An incredible fusion of notebook and tablet with innovative dual-screen design, TAICHI switches seamlessly between slim 10-point multi-touch tablet and fully featured Ultrabook™ simply by lifting a finger

Singapore (2 January, 2013) — ASUS welcomes 2013 by announcing the availability of ASUS TAICHI in Singapore from 3 January onwards at S$2,698.


A sleek and stylish 11.6” Ultrabook™ with an innovative back-to-back dual-screen design for unparalleled mobile flexibility and versatility, ASUS TAICHI features a powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and two back-to-back Full High Definition (FHD) IPS screens for sharing information in exciting new ways on the new Windows 8 operating system, all in a slender profile that tapers to a mere 3mm at just 1.25kg. With a “less means more” concept in mind, ASUS TAICHI combines the best features of both 10-point multi-touch tablet and Ultrabook™, making this convertible a powerful and portable Windows 8 device for all.


ASUS TAICHI design concept

ASUS TAICHI is designed to be multi-faceted, with two sides transforming into four distinct usage modes – Notebook screen, tablet screen, mirror screen and dual screen. ASUS TAICHI reflects life’s diversity, allowing users more ways to express themselves and interact with those around them. Itis a versatile device for many roles, many places and any time. With smooth and effortless transitions between modes, ASUS TAICHI guarantees users a flowing experience that is as natural as life itself.


Notebook and tablet in single, stunning 2-in-1 design

With a unique dual-display design and stunning black-mirror finish, ASUS TAICHI combines the best features of both 10-point multi-touch tablet and notebook, and switches seamlessly between the two simply by lifting a finger. In fact, ASUS TAICHI has a special hinge design that allows the lid to be lifted with one finger for the most intuitive user experience. Lid open, ASUS TAICHI is a powerful Ultrabook™ with a FHD screen, backlit keyboard and large multi-touch touchpad for making light work of demanding productivity tasks. Lid closed, ASUS TAICHI becomes a lightweight tablet with a 10-point multi-touch all-glass FHD screen, for easy and natural on the move. ASUS TAICHI’s flexibility and versatility means users would not have to carry multiple devices for different needs, thus increasing mobility.


ASUS TAICHI is a great example of the commitment ASUS has made to its “Design Thinking” philosophy, as it has also developed three key technologies to reduce the thickness and weight of the convertible device: A metal frame between the two screens for increased strength and rigidity, a special hinge design which dissipates heat from the double sided display and bevelled, diamond-cut edges that reduce the thickness of the lid and screen frame.


Dual screens for exciting new ways to share information

ASUS TAICHI’s back-to-back dual-screens can be used both simultaneously and independently to share information, enjoy multimedia and work with apps. With the lid open and both screens upright, ASUS TAICHI can share a presentation or movie to an audience on both sides, removing the need for a bulky projector or clumsy external display. An ideal tool for business users, IPS display technology also ensures brilliant images on both screens, with accurate colour reproduction and wide viewing angle for outstanding clarity. ASUS TAICHI also features a stylus for pinpoint precision on its 10-point multi-touch FHD all-glass display. The ability to switch quickly and easily between notebook and tablet modes makes ASUS TAICHI an easy and convenient convertible device anytime, anywhere.


Powerful performance

ASUS TAICHI is fuelled by powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, which can boast up to 3.0GHz of clocking speed with Turbo Boost, essentially delivering key attributes of notebook and tablet in one device. With integrated Intel® HD 4000 graphics, 4GB RAM onboard and blazingly fast 256GB SSD storage, this enables improved performance of the ASUS TAICHI with a reduced power draw. Dual-band Wi-Fi with Intel® WiDi and Bluetooth 4.0 offer high-performance wireless connectivity, while two USB 3.0 ports provide full support for the latest high-speed external storage devices and rapid mobile device recharging. ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology also gives ASUS TAICHI longer battery life, and up to two weeks’ standby time with two-second resume from hibernation.


High-end multimedia enjoyment

ASUS ambient light sensor technology automatically responds to ambient light levels that allows users to type easily even in the dark, and large highly responsive multi-touch touchpads provides for more intuitive control. To foster greater ease of use and accessibility, the ASUS TAICHI touchpads incorporate the ASUS Smart Gesture technology, which encourages smooth haptic inputs that guarantee a more enhanced user experience with the touch-powered convertible device.


In addition, the 10-point multi-touch all-glass FHD display provides intuitive fingertip control with Windows 8, while the non-touch side is a non-glare and non-reflective surface that enhances user’s experience in any environment. With the incorporation of IPS technology, this gives ASUS TAICHI a bright, vibrant image with accurate colours and 178° wide viewing angle.


SonicMaster technology, co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, delivers astonishing sound quality on ASUS TAICHI with all kinds of listening material. ASUS TAICHI also features a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with 1080p full HD video recording and a second 720p HD video camera, a noise-suppressing array microphone for crystal-clear video chat in challenging environments.






Intel®   Core™ i7-3517U, 4M Cache, 1.9GHz with 3.0GHz Turbo Boost

Operating System

Windows 8


Tablet Mode   (Outside): 11.6” IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) with 10-point touch
Notebook Mode (Inside): 11.6” IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080), non-touch


G-Sensor,   Gyroscope, E-compass, Ambient light sensor


Integrated Intel®   HD Graphics 4000 & Intel® QS77


1600MHz DDR3 4GB

Hard Drive


Optical Drive



802.11a/b/g/n   with Intel® WiDi support
External cable supports 10/100Mbit/s
Bluetooth 4.0


Tablet Mode   (Outside): 5MP with auto-focus & 1080p video recording
Notebook Mode (Inside): 720p HD camera


1 x mini VGA port
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x micro-HDMI 1.4 (1080p support)
1 x audio jack combo


Li-Polymer 35WH   (4800mAh)


30.66cm x 19.93cm   x 1.74cm


1.25kg (with   6-cell Li-ion battery pack)

Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro

                  If your PC is running Windows 8 Pro and you’d like to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack so you can watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center, you can take advantage of the following special offer:

                    For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free **

To receive a free product key and get Windows 8 Media Center Pack, provide a valid email address in the space provided. Once you receive your free product key through the email address you provided,  follow the instructions for adding Windows 8 Media Center Pack that appear later on this page.

                Add Windows 8 Pro Pack or Windows 8 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows

  1.                   Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.(If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
  2.                   Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click                     Settings                  .
  3.                   Tap or click                     Add features to Windows 8 and then do one of the following:
    •                       If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.You will be prompted through the steps to buy a product key from there and it will be entered for you.
    •                       If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.
  4.                   Enter your product key and click Next.
  5.                   Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.

If you were running Windows 8, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8 Pro With Media Center will be on it.

If you were running Windows 8 Pro, your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use.



Before you go and buy the Windows 8 upgrade or the DVD from retail store, it is best that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant from Microsoft.

Currently, I am on Windows 7 Ultimate. I ran through the Windows Upgrade assistant and was surprise to see the possible issues that I would face.

I am surprised that Windows Media Centre isn’t preinstall and I need an application to play DVD.

I did a check on the FAQ

Is Windows Media Center included in my upgrade?

No. If you want to install Windows Media Center, you need to buy the Windows 8 Media Center Pack after you upgrade to Windows 8. For more info, see the Add features webpage.

If you don’t have a third-party app that plays DVDs, or if you currently rely on Windows Media Player for DVD playback, you’ll need to download and install a third-party app or install Windows Media Center to play DVDs. If you use Windows Media Center on Windows 7 and are upgrading to Windows 8, for a limited time you can get the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free.

Other issues are that my processor does not support NX and secure boot isn’t compatible with my PC’s BIOS.

To my surprise, it prompts that my screen resolution isn’t 1024×768. This is strange as I am running at 1280×720 wide screen.

Although Windows 8 upgrade promises upgrade paths for Windows XP users. It seems to cut off all support for Office 2003. My copy of Office 2003 professional has to go into history as it won’t run on it.

The good news is that most of my applications like adobe reader, Auslogics Disk Defrag, Epson Scan, Paint.Net, Tweetdeck, Quicktime, Skype, utorrent and even the Intel HD graphics drivers are compatible and it will run corectly under Windows 8.

So, it is better to run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant before you upgrade.



Microsoft Launches Windows 8 in Singapore

New offers, apps and range of hardware options offers choice and opportunity for customers as Windows 8 becomes globally available.


Singapore – 25 October 2012 – Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8 for its customers in Singapore and around the world. Beginning on Friday, October 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer: a beautiful new UI, a wide range of apps with the grand opening of the Windows Store, available on more than 1000 Windows 8 certified  PCs and tablets.

Microsoft held the launch event at the Esplanade in Singapore showcasing the new Windows 8 on different vendor’s AIO and notebooks.

Helene Auriol, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore gave the opening speech at the launch event.

Windows 8 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in over 140 markets and 37 languages at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com, and at retail locations around the world including Singapore. Over 50 Windows 8 devices from a wide range of manufacturers including Asus, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba – will be available at more than 120 IT retail stores across Singapore, including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead. Customers will be able to choose from a range of new models, including notebooks, tablets, all-in-ones, touch-enabled ultrabooks and convertibles, all built for Windows 8.


“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” said Helene Auriol, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore. “Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience to individuals, families and businesses, where they no longer need to choose between the fun and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a PC.”


Windows 8 – Many Shapes and Sizes

Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. And for our business customers, Windows 8 Enterprise offers new possibilities in mobile productivity with features like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker.

Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which will be available pre-installed on new devices.

Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content they care most about, the entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.

In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$49.99 from windows.microsoft.com. And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$17.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com. New Windows 8 licenses can be bought at all leading IT retail stores for S$89.00.


Windows 8 is All About the Apps

Windows 8 comes pre-installed with powerful apps, which include Mail, People, Calendar, Photos, Weather, Xbox Music and SkyDrive. An integral part of the Windows 8 experience is the addition apps that users can download from the Windows Store, be it productivity tools, news, or simply games. The cloud-connected Windows Store can be accessed via the Windows Store App on the Windows 8 Start Screen and is a central place for users to manage their downloaded apps across multiple Windows 8 devices.

Microsoft has officially opened its Windows Store for Singapore as part of Windows 8 launch today. At launch, Windows 8 users can immediately download quality local apps from Channel NewsAsia, The Straits Times, Stomp, NomWhere, Razor TV, Photo Monkey, SG Cab, NomWhere, SG Deal, Wego.com, SingTel, StarHub, Merlion Words and iProperty and many others directly from their Windows 8 devices.


Helene added: ”We have put in place a compelling app platform for Windows 8 users to customize their Windows experience, built on our strong ecosystem of app developers, IT partners and enterprise customers. Our partners and customers are very excited about the Windows 8 app and Windows Store opportunity. With the strong pipeline of quality apps that are submitted to the Windows Store every day, we are confident that Windows 8 users will have a good breadth of apps that makes Windows 8 central to their lifestyles.”


Windows 8 is ready for Singapore

A multi-million dollar campaign has been rolled out in Singapore to drive awareness and excitement about Microsoft’s latest OS together with hardware and retail partners.  Microsoft kick-started the launch of Windows 8 in Singapore with a launch event held on 25 October at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. More than 600 Windows enthusiasts, partners and enterprise customers attended this Windows 8 Singapore launch event. Partnering with hardware and retail partners, Microsoft has also organized special Windows 8 zones in more than 20 major IT retail stores across Singapore from 26 to 28 October 2012 for consumers to experience and buy Windows 8 devices.

ASUS Embraces an Exciting New World of Intuitive and Adaptable Mobility with
Revolutionary Touch-Enabled Devices using Windows 8 [2 pages]

With innovative designs, high-definition multi-touch displays and outstanding ease of use,
ASUS delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction with a range of new products


ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, reached another significant milestone on its ongoing journey – “In Search of Incredible”, with the launch of new mobile and desktop computers powered by Microsoft Windows 8. Innovation is key to the success of ASUS, and with the upcoming launch of Windows 8 and arrival of the ubiquitous cloud computing era, ASUS strives to continue its lead in being the forerunner of this transition.


Unveiled by ASUS’ Regional Directors of Southeast Asia, Rex Lee and Darwin Wu, the exciting range array of tablets, notebooks, ultra-portables and all-in-one PCs offer unprecedented ease of use through a combination of innovative design and intuitive multi-touch control. With its unique insight into user needs and constant quest for perfection, ASUS continues to exceed expectations and deliver extraordinary customer satisfaction.



An incredible fusion of notebook and tablet, ASUS TAICHI is the world’s first ultra-portable to feature a back-to-back dual-screen design. Weighing at just 1.25kg, TAICHI features a powerful Intel® Core™ processor and two back-to-back full HD IPS display screens for sharing information all in a slender profile that tapers to a slim 0.3cm. With the lid open, TAICHI is a powerful Ultrabook™ with a backlit keyboard for dealing with even the most demanding productivity tasks. With the lid closed, TAICHI is a lightweight multi-touch tablet for easy and intuitive use with Windows 8 when on the move. Both screens can also be used simultaneously and independently for unparalleled movie flexibility and for sharing information in exciting new ways.

You can watch a demo of ASUS TAICHI dual screen notebook demoed at press event http://en.ocworkbench.com/mobile-news/asus-taichi-demoed-at-asus-windows-8-press-event/

ASUS Transformer Book

ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first detachable notebook that combines the best features of a notebook and tablet. When it is time to work, Transformer Book is a powerful and fully featured notebook with a high-capacity hard drive. When it is time to relax, the full high-definition IPS panel display detaches from the keyboard dock and Transformer Book instantly becomes a multi-touch Windows 8 tablet with its own blazingly fast SSD storage. With Smart Battery technology that ensures maximum mobile performance in both modes, Transformer Book the perfect solution for anyone who needs all the power of a notebook with the versatility of a tablet.


The newly expanded ASUS ZENBOOK Series of sleek and stylish ultra-portables now features a range of specifications and screen sizes to suit every mobile need. ZENBOOK features an award-winning, precision-engineered, design with a beautiful spun-metal finish and a stunning razor-thin profile. Brilliant, full high definition IPS panel displays, powerful dual-core processors and lightning-quick solid-state storage feature throughout, while capacitive multi-touch display on the new ZENBOOK Touch UX31A gives full gesture control with Windows 8.

If your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just US$39.99. This offer will be available across the world in 131 markets.

Upon visiting Windows.com users can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

Once Windows 8 has been downloaded users will be able to create their own bootable U
SB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. There is also the option to purchase a backup DVD for US$15 plus shipping and handling.

A fully-packaged DVD version of Windows 8 Pro will also be available for US$69.99 throughout the promotion.

Picture courtesy of The Register UK

The Windows 8 upgrade offer will run until 31 January 2013.

Prices for system builders

If you’re not upgrading from a prior version of Windows and are building your own PC or installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine or a separate partition, you will be able to purchase and install the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder product instead.

Get Windows Media Center for free

After upgrading to Windows 8 you will be able to add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option in Windows.

October 26th, 2012! That’s right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It’s on mine!

Although Windows 8 is supposed to be a OS that suits most Intel machines, this is not the case for the Atom based Netbooks or NetPcs. An dual core Atom 1.6GHz powered by Nvidia ION is able to run the developer preview happily. When it comes to the release preview, the installation couldn’t continue due to an underpowered system.

Looks like it still takes some fine tuning by Microsoft to allow low power systems to run this new OS happily.

Download Windows 8 Release Preview

Windows 8 Release Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Release Preview and select the right download. Setup also features a compatibility report and upgrade assistance. Make sure your devices are connected to your PC and turned on before you run Setup. Built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive are available for some previous versions of Windows (excluding Windows XP and earlier). You can find system requirements and additional information in the FAQ and in the links on this page.

Note before you download: Windows 8 Release Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.


Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly,which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. For China and a small set of select emerging markets, we will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA, as we’ve referred to it previously. This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds. For more details on WOA, we suggest reading this blog post which shares more detail on how we have been building Windows 8 to run on the ARM architecture.


If you are excited by the new Windows 8, the more you should download the Consumer Preview from Microsoft to have a test run. Experience the Windows Phone 7.5 “Metro” ease of use interface.

You can Swipe, slide, and zoom – Touch a full-powered PC. It’s fast and it’s fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control.
Apps, front and center – Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get them from the Windows Store.
Your Windows, everywhere – Windows 8 can connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.

Download from the link below and post your comments about this preview below this post.


Microsoft has been revamping it’s Operating System to make it look alike the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Months ago, we have also tried out the Developer Preview of the new OS and was pleasantly surprised by the speed and ease of use.

Today, Microsoft will announce it’s Windows 8 beta, a more touch up compared to it’s previous Developer release at the Mobile World  Congress at Barcelona.

The system also is expected to enable users to easily back up their pictures, movies, music and other files on a Microsoft storage service called SkyDrive, which will compete against Apple’s iCloud.

In anticipation for the launch of Windows 8,  MSFT closing at $US31.35 on Monday in the US. The stock has gained about 21 per cent so far this year. By comparison, Apple’s stock has surged 30 per cent during the same period, while Google’s shares have dropped 6 per cent.

Here is our first look of the Developer Preview some 5 months ago. We expect the beta to bug fix the earlier version and should be ready for launch later this year.

Wintel-based tablet PCs may be priced around 599 to 899 USD as both Intel and Microsoft are unwilling to drop their hardware and and sofrware costs. The impact would be pushing end consumers to buy cheaper tablets powered by other processors and OS.

The reason for not lowering the price is understandable. If tablets are priced too competitively, it will impact the sales of notebooks. Currently, plans for the new tablets will be powered by Intel Clover Trial-W and Windows 8 as the OS.

If Intel doesn’t reduce the pricing of their processors, manufacturers can choose ARM solutions from Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instrument’s (TI’s) for their upcoming Windows 8 tablet PC to reduce their costs.

The ease of use of Windows 8 OS opens another revenue for tablet makers. It will compete head to head with iPad 3 (to be launched in March 2012) and current slate of tablets upgraded to run the Android 4.0.


Windows 8 Developer Preview
Bluetooth 14 Sept 2011

This morning, Microsoft just released the Developer preview of Windows 8 (x86/x64). We have heard a lot about this upcoming OS. Being a tablet oriented OS, it has similarities with the Windows Phone 7 interface.

We took a while to download the 32 bits version of the developer preview from MSDN site. The file is an ISO file which you would need to burn it into a DVD ROM. It took us a while to get it installed into a Dual Core Atom Net Top.

As we did not boot up from DVD ROM but installed it as an upgrade from Windows 7, the screens were not the usual screen shots we see when installing Windows 7. In a seperate install on another EeePC 900, the procedure and screen shots looks identical to a Windows 7 installation.


The system detected that the nettop has a WiFi built in and asked user to setup which AP to connect to.

In settings, we chose express settings to speed up installation. It will take the default settings in configuring the system.

For Logon, we have to supply a Windows Live email address.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will demonstrate Windows 8 running on tablet at a developer conference in Anaheim, California, following a preview of the design in June. The product is an attempt to vault Microsoft into a fast-growing market controlled by Apple and Google Inc.’s Android software.

Windows 8’s design resembles Microsoft’s software for mobile phones in its use of digital tiles instead of icons to help users move between programs, according to the June demonstration by Windows President Steven Sinofsky on a 10.6- inch tablet computer.

Sinofsky at the time declined to say when the software would be available, except to note it “won’t be this fall.”

The design of the software is similar to the tile interface on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile-handset software. Like that program, Windows 8’s tiles can be automatically updated to display information from applications on the computer’s start screen. For example, a weather application can tell users that it is forecast to be sunny without requiring them to open the app.


A little while ago, Microsoft has revealed their newest operating system codenamed “Windows 8.” Unlike it’s predecessor Windows 7, Win 8 is built with a touchscreen in mind. As you can see in the image below, the new windows 8 interface is much like the windows 7 mobile interface, the Metro UI.

Even though there are big changes, Windows 8 will still cater those desktop type applications. You can still, of course, use your mouse and keyboard but it will be a slightly different experience. Other than that, mobile applications that are built on HTML5 and Javascript environment will also be able to run on this new windows.

Microsoft also told Engadget that the new OS will run on laptops, tablets, and desktops. This is good news because there won’t be a huge hardware requirement to run the OS. But it is too early to tell right now.

There is no pricing yet and the date of the OS launch is not yet mentioned as well but there are demo units on their stage in Computex right now. More information is said to be revealed at the Windows developer conference this September.