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Microsoft BUILD 2012 puts developer focus on Windows 8 and WP8

Microsoft BUILD 2012 puts developer focus on Windows 8 and WP8

Microsoft has announced the dates for BUILD 2012, its next big developer conference, held at the Microsoft campus the week after Windows 8 goes on sale. Kicking off October 30 and running until November 2, BUILD 2012 will focus not only on the new desktop platform - and its ARM-focused Windows RT counterpart - but cover Windows Phone 8, Windows Azure, Server2012, and Visual Studio 2012, among other things.

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NVIDIA Kal-El tablet shown running Windows 8

NVIDIA Kal-El tablet shown running Windows 8

At Microsoft' Build developer conference, a reference tablet was spied sporting NVIDIA's Kal-El quad-core processor while running Windows 8. The tablet has been rumored to show at the event and at one time even thought to be the giveaway. But alas, the tablet given away turned out to be from Samsung sporting an Intel chip, while the Kal-El did appear but remained out of reach and under plexiglass.

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Microsoft’s Ballmer boasts 500,000 Windows 8 downloads last night

Microsoft’s Ballmer boasts 500,000 Windows 8 downloads last night

During Microsoft's Build developer conference, CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance to talk about the future of Microsoft, Windows 8, and cloud computing. He also touted that the Windows 8 preview, which was made available last night, has already seen 500,000 downloads within the last 12 hours.

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Windows 8 proves there’s more to tablets than iPad

Windows 8 proves there’s more to tablets than iPad

Windows 8 is here, and it's all eyes on Microsoft's tablet strategy as the industry gages whether it's game-on or game-over against Apple's iPad might. You'd be forgiven for your skepticism, mind: Microsoft's previous idea of finger-friendliness was to ratchet up the font size and hope for the best. Yet with this latest demonstration, Windows 8 has shown itself to be not just shaping up as a solid OS, but as a truly interesting alternative to the current tablet template.

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Windows 8 Developer Preview available for download tonight [UPDATE: Available now!]

Windows 8 Developer Preview available for download tonight [UPDATE: Available now!]

Today we finally were able to see what Microsoft has been working so hard on, and that is Windows 8. With the Microsoft BUILD keynote going today there should be plenty of Windows 8 details and we've already received some good news. For those waiting for an official version instead of those iffy leaked builds the wait is finally over.

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Microsoft Windows BUILD keynote coming up next

Microsoft Windows BUILD keynote coming up next

This week Microsoft Build developer conference is set to start off with a keynote this morning and there's been a bit of speculation as to what we might see. We are here live and will be bringing you all the news and updates as they happen so be sure and stay tuned. Could we see a quad-core tablet? We just might. From Windows 8 to tablets and more this should be an exciting week for Microsoft and developers.

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