Contents tagged with Windows 8

  • Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 GA Cumulative Update

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 10 2012, 11:25 AM. Posted in Windows 8, Windows Server.

    The Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update is available. This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements to Windows 8. We recommend that you apply this cumulative update as part of your regular maintenance routines.

    Update information


    This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements:

    • Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
    • Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
    • Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
    • Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8

    Known issues

    The following known issues may occur after you apply this update:

    • When you turn a Windows feature on or off, the computer may require a restart. For example, this action may be necessary when you turn Remote Access on or off.

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  • Updating our built-in apps for Windows 8

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 5 2012, 12:15 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

    As we get close to the general availability (GA) of Windows 8, there are many things that the Windows team and other teams at Microsoft have been doing to get ready. Of course, the most important thing has been working with PC makers to help them ready the wave of amazing Windows 8 PCs that will soon be available. Some of these have been announced already and more announcements are to come. With Windows 8, we also introduced a new Store for Windows 8 apps, as well as a number of new apps that are included with Windows. We already have thousands of apps in the Windows Store, even before GA, and we’re working with developers from around the world to bring more in every day. The Windows Store represents an unprecedented opportunity for developers to reach hundreds of millions of customers, and we’re very pleased to see the exciting things that are showing up every day.

    Of course, we are also taking advantage of the integrated way that we can deliver updates to apps through the Windows Store. Leading up to GA for Windows 8, we will be releasing updates for many of the apps that were included with the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8 that was delivered to PC makers and to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in August. Naturally, these app updates will also be available to PC makers to include by default with their PCs shipping in the future, but for those of you who have already installed Windows 8 RTM, it is super easy to get the updates from the Store app. The Store tile will notify you when updates are available, and you can open it and click the updates link in the top right corner to see the list and install the ones you want.

    The Bing app will be the first one out, available tomorrow, and more updates will roll out up until Oct 26th. You will be notified of Windows Store updates just as you have come to expect, with a count of available updates on the Store tile. You can easily choose to install the updates at a convenient time:

    Start screen with Store tile showing 3 updates

    Across the board, you’ll see performance and reliability improvements in the apps, but there are some great new capabilities as well. Here are some highlights of the changes you’ll see:

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  • Microsoft IT : Deploying Windows 8 within Microsoft

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 8 2012, 3:18 PM. Posted in Windows 8.

    If you’ve read this blog before then you know that one of the roles of Microsoft IT is to be the first customer of Microsoft’s commercial products and services. Through this program the IT department manages a phased, employee adoption of early versions of Microsoft products and services. We call this “dogfood” in that we’re eating our own dogfood. This program enables the IT department to help Microsoft’s product teams deliver higher quality products and services to customers, both near-term and long-term.

    We’re currently “dogfooding” several products and services, but the most interest is with Windows 8 and IE 10 Release Preview. As of mid-July we had more than 30,000 systems and nearly 30,000 employees running Windows 8 and IE10.

    I’ll highlight three areas from Microsoft IT experience deploying Windows 8 and IE 10 Release Preview: support, security and user experience.

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  • Office 2013 RT for Windows RT tablets will ship as Preview, lack macros and other features

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 8 2012, 3:13 PM. Posted in Windows 8.

    Microsoft is planning to remove certain features from its Office 2013 RT edition, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. The software maker is planning to ship a Preview version of Office 2013 RT as part of its Windows RT ARM-based tablets later this year. We understand the Preview edition will be upgradeable to a final copy that will be made available in early 2013.

    To optimize for Windows RT, Microsoft has made the decision to remove a number of features from its Office 2013 RT release to ensure battery life and reliability are not impacted on tablet devices. Macros, third-party add-ins, and VBA support will all be dropped from the Office 2013 RT edition, and one source says a "small number" of other features have also been removed. 

  • Microsoft's Metro branding to be replaced 'this week' according to internal memo

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 8 2012, 3:08 PM. Posted in Windows 8.

    Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8. We brought you news of the change earlier today, but a tipster has provided an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees confirming the move. In it, Microsoft reveals that "discussions with an important European partner" led to the decision to "discontinue the use" of the Metro branding for Windows 8 and other Microsoft products — one that employees must adhere to immediately.

    The Windows team is "working on a replacement term" according to the memo, "and plans to land on that by the end of this week." Until then, employees have been advised to refer to the Metro style user interface as the "Windows 8 style UI." The memo was distributed to employees earlier this week, so we expect to hear official news about the Metro replacement by the weekend.

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  • Windows 8 will be available on…October 26th

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 25 2012, 4:37 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

    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.

  • Windows Server 2012 Licensing and Editions

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 6 2012, 5:22 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

    Windows Server 2012 brings our company’s experience building and operating public clouds to the server platform for private clouds. The new licensing and packaging makes it easier to manage workloads in highly virtualized public and private cloud environments. Windows Server 2012 will move to a consistent licensing model and will have common features enabling the reduction of editions.

    These include:

    • Two editions, Standard and Datacenter.
    • Single licenses that cover up to two physical processors
    • Editions differentiated by virtualization rights only (two for Standard; unlimited for Datacenter).

    Both Standard and Datacenter editions provide the same set of features; the only thing that differentiates the editions is the number of Virtual Machines (VMs). A Standard edition license will entitle you to run up to two VMs on up to two processors (subject to the VM use rights outlined in the Product Use Rights document).

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  • Windows 8 Editions Announced. Official Product Name.

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 17 2012, 8:11 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

    First, 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 (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),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.  

    Windows 8 Enterprise for Software Assurance Agreements is the fourth edition

    Full Story and edition comparison at source. 

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO's All Languages

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 29 2012, 9:33 PM. Posted in Windows 8.

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO files (.iso) are provided as an alternative to using Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup. If you are on a PC running Windows and want to install the consumer preview on another partition, another PC, or a virtual machine, we recommend you download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup and use the built-in tools for converting an ISO image into installation media, such as a DVD or USB bootable flash drive. You can find additional information, including a list of supported upgrades, in the FAQ.

    Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer 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. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

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  • Download Windows Server 8 Beta

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 29 2012, 9:25 PM. Posted in Windows 8.

    The next release of Windows Server, Windows Server "8", offers businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. It securely connects across premises and allows IT Professionals to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently. Windows Server:

    • Takes you beyond virtualization
    • Delivers the power of many servers with the simplicity of one
    • Opens the door to every app on any cloud
    • Enables the modern workstyle

    Need more information? See the product details page.

    Register for Download and Guided Evaluation

    Register to access technical product resources—such as forums, solution accelerators, white papers and webcasts—at the Windows Server "8" Beta Resource Page.

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  • Update postpones the expiration date of Windows 8 Developer Preview

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 21 2012, 1:12 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

    To continue using Windows 8 Developer Preview or Windows 8 Server Developer Preview, you must install this update before the expiration date. After the activation license expires, Windows 8 Developer Preview and Windows 8 Server Developer Preview will periodically restart. After you install this update, Windows automatically tries to reactivate after the restart until activation is successful.

    This article introduces an update that postpones the expiration date for Windows 8 Developer Preview and for Windows 8 Server Developer Preview. Currently, the expiration date for Windows 8 Developer Preview is set to March 11, 2012, and the expiration date for Windows 8 Server Developer Preview is set to April 8, 2012. After you install this update, both expiration dates are postponed to January 15, 2013.

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  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview On February 29th

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 9 2012, 2:12 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

    On February 29, Microsoft will finally release the Consumer Preview, a partly-finished beta, to the entire world. It's announcing the preview at an event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

    The venue is interesting, since MWC is all about (duh) mobile devices. Earlier this month, a video leaked explaining how the next version of Windows Phone will interact with Windows 8, and share a lot of common technology as well. Expect to see some of that interaction at the show.

    Here's the invite:

    Windows 8 preview invite at MWC USE THIS
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