Windows 8

Dell Takes Unique Approach to Business Tablets with the Latitude 10

Today Dell announced a new lineup of business focused Latitude-branded notebooks, all in ones and tablets. One of themost unique products they launched was a business-focused Latitude 10 tablet. Unlike other manufacturers who announced consumer tablets or business tablets that seem more like consumer tablets, the Latitude 10 isall business. What makes a tablet business-worthy? In discussions last …

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Intel Can Boost the PC Category

I spent most of last week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, an annual event where most all of Intel’secosystem gathers to learn and discuss the latest and greatest Intel has to offer and providing glimpses of the future.  At IDF, I met with Intelexecutives and technologists in 1:1′s and small group events to learn howIntel will address …

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Without Metro Apps, Innovative Touch-based Windows 8 Consumer Hardware is Meaningless

Last week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, HP, Dell, Samsung, and Sony announced some very unique hardware designs for Windows 8.  They included touch notebooks, convertibles, sliders, flippers, hybrids, and tablets that can take advantage of Microsoft’s Metro touch-based UI. The hardware was very impressive and it was obvious that a lot of thought and effort went …

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Why Windows 8 is Microsoft’s Biggest Risk Ever

One of the most important industry events will take place on October 26, the launch date for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.  It will culminate a three year planning, development and test cycle for what CEO Steve Ballmercalls their riskiest product bet.  So why would Ballmer say this, especially when many in the industry characterize this as just …

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Deciphering Microsoft’s Latest Windows Blog on Windows RT

For over 20 years, I worked with Microsoft as a customer or a technology partner. Microsoft has a huge job in guiding their enormous Windows ecosystem down certain paths, and over those two decades I have seen many flavors of communication styles. For Windows 8, Microsoft has adopted a significantly different way of communicating with …

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Can Windows 8 PC Partners Trust Microsoft?

Less than two weeks ago, Microsoft shocked the technology world by announcing Surface, a Microsoft-branded family of convertible PCs with the latest version of Windows. One of the convertibles featured NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 and Windows RT and the other, a third-generation IntelCore i5 Processor with Windows 8. Details on pricing, availability, battery life and distribution …

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Surface Changes the Microsoft, OEM Dynamic Forever

Yesterday, Microsoft announced Surface, a Microsoft-branded line of Windows tablets and convertibles. While details on battery life, pricing and availability were not available, Surface looks very impressive at first glance. The most unique feature is the thin keyboard case that converts the device into an extremely portable notebook. By competing with their own PC customers, …

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Windows 8 Store: with 99 Metro Apps, is it Behind Schedule?

It has been over 6 since months since Microsoft held its Windows 8 BUILD event for ecosystem partners. These partners included application developers, OEMs, ODMs, and hardware partners. At BUILD, Microsoft officially launched its application development tool, Visual Studio 11 Express Betaand provided the first instructions on how to best develop apps for the new …

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Microsoft Windows 8 on ARM: Ready for Showtime?

As we head toward the availability of Windows 8 in Q4, the amount of information available about X86-based platforms dwarfs that of ARM-based platforms from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. One example is the Consumer Preview (CP). The Windows 8 CP on X86 (Intel/AMD) was and still is openly available for any consumer on the …

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Windows 8 CP Tablet Experience: Distinctive yet Risky for Holiday 2012

A little less than a week ago, Microsoft launched to the public the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP). This is a follow-on to the Developer Preview (DP) that I’ve been using on a tablet and all-in-one desktop since it was introduced last September at the Microsoft BUILD partner conference. After 6 months and reportedly 100,000 code changes, is Windows …

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Challenges Ahead for Windows 8 on ARM

One of the most anticipated technology events in 2012 will be the commercial release of Microsoft‘s Windows 8. Microsoft not only wants to demonstrate their commitment to the Windows PC platform but also show that they can provide deep levels of innovation in new platforms like tablets and convertibles. Microsoft must also demonstrate to many …

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Windows 8 on ARM Decision Driven by Phones and Consoles

There has been a lot written about the possibility of Microsoft not supporting the Windows 8 Desktop environment on the ARM architecture. If true, this could impact Microsoft, ARM and ARM’s licensees and Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm are in the best position to challenge the high end of the ARM stack and are publicly supported by …

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Metro Could Drive Voice and Air Gesture UI

Last week, I attended Microsoft’s BUILD conference in Anaheim, where, among other things, Windows 8 details were rolled out to the Microsoft ecosystem. One of the most talked-about items was the Metro User Interface (UI), the end user face for the future of Windows. The last few days, I have been thinking about the implications of Metro …

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