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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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Microsoft details Windows 8 Storage Spaces

Microsoft details Windows 8 Storage Spaces

Microsoft has posted to its Building Windows 8 blog details on the next-gen platform's new Storage Spaces feature. Storage Spaces continues the Drive Extender concept from Windows Home Server, allowing the system to pool physical hard drives of various sizes and interfaces to redundantly store data for scale, resiliency, and efficiency.

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Microsoft confirms Windows 8 public beta slated for February 2012 launch

Microsoft confirms Windows 8 public beta slated for February 2012 launch

Microsoft has just confirmed that the public beta release of Windows 8 will come in February of 2012, a date that was danced around tentatively, and which we covered previously. At this rate, it's looking pretty good for Microsoft in terms of hitting its development milestones for their tablet-ready new operating system. Now they just have to gear up in hopes of reaching their projected sales, whatever that might be, and which probably will be announced in the near future by the technology giant.

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