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Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Speaking this week on the collection of apps that will work fabulously in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management noted that it's a completely simple and connected system to use. Tapping on a link in one app will connect you to your preferred web browser - which of course today on stage was Internet Explorer 10. What we're looking at here is a quick look at how Windows 8 will be working with a variety of different platforms when it launches.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Speaking on stage at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management and Antoine Leblond of Windows Web Services outlined how Windows 8 will work with you, the consumer. Larson-Green spoke first of the edges of the tablet, saying that the edges were likely the most important piece of the device itself because holding the device with two hands, one on either side, is the easiest way to work with it and hold it for an extended period.

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Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

At the official Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week during Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Steven Sinofsky stepped on stage to say that Microsoft was "super excited" about the event and the release of the Consumer version of Windows 8. Sinofsky continued by saying that this new system will take what Windows is already, a system that allows you to do what you want and what you need to do when you need to do it, and improves it. Speaking on how systems across the technological landscape make you make choices based on the form factor of the hardware and how this is a limit, Sinofsky noted that "a no compromise user interface" was the goal of Windows 8, tying mobile phones, tablets, and laptops/desktops.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

We're currently sitting comfortable at Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview event and will be checking out what Microsoft has to offer the public in just a few short minutes. What we're seeing thus far is a collection of giant screens and tiny screens, everything from tablets to an HDTV sitting up center stage. We've already seen a bit of Windows 8 in the many early release versions of the software, now it's time to get down to personal business.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview business features revealed

Windows 8 Consumer Preview business features revealed

It's now just a short while today before we see the official Microsoft presentation of Windows 8 in a Consumer Preview and they've released a giant Product Guide for Business in the interim. This guide is a total of 16 pages long and shows off how small businesses will be using Windows 8 in their day-to-day comings and goings. Ten key benefits are listed for the operating system on the whole, and such features as Windows to Go and SmartScreen Application Reputation shine in a deluge of Windows 8 goodness.

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LG teaming with Mozilla’s Boot2Gecko mobile OS for device release

LG teaming with Mozilla’s Boot2Gecko mobile OS for device release

It appears that this year will be no exception to the rule that Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest venues for device releases all year long, and today's announcements are certainly not lacking in the LG department. The manufacturer behind such future products as the LG Optimus Vu and Optimus 3D Cube are being reported today to be amongst Mozilla's launch partners for their own web-based mobile operating system Boot2Gecko. This system is the same one we gave a very alpha hands-on to earlier this month - and the idea that it'd be ready to launch this year is, for lack of a better word, unbelievable.

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Windows 8 logo revealed

Windows 8 logo revealed

Microsoft has revealed a new Windows logo, coming into play with Windows 8 and intended to better mesh with the Metro UI used in the new OS and indeed Windows Phone. Gone is the wavy, four-color flag, replaced by a single color skewed four-pane block; Microsoft says the original, simple logo of Windows 1.0 had been corrupted by the temptations of color, animation and 3D capabilities, and this new version will take things back to their roots.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 sensor support

Microsoft details Windows 8 sensor support

Microsoft posted new details on its Building Windows 8 blog today, this time revealing the next-gen operating system's improved sensor support. The company is introducing new hardware sensors, which include ambient light sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope. It also explains how developers can integrate the hardware sensors with apps developed for the Metro interface.

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