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Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft has revealed to select partners the details on upgrading to Windows 8 from older Windows releases. There are some limitations as to which of the latest Windows 8 versions older generation Windows releases can upgrade to and whether those upgrades will be able to retain personal data and system settings.

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Android Jelly Bean statue appears at Googleplex [UPDATE]

Android Jelly Bean statue appears at Googleplex [UPDATE]

Less than 24 hours before the biggest Google developer event of the year, Google I/O 2012, over at the Googleplex the newest Android software version has been revealed: Jelly Bean. Just as suspected due to leaks, tips, and the fact that each of the treats thus far have been alphabetically inserted, Jelly Bean will come right after the update that's live now: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Now we've just got to figure out what version number this treat corresponds with, and of course what the actual software updates will be.

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Microsoft coy on Windows 8 release specifics

Microsoft coy on Windows 8 release specifics

It's interesting that as important has Windows 8 is to Microsoft, the company is being rather coy with specifics on where the operating system is right now build wise and a firm release date. That has left many people wondering if Microsoft is done with Windows 8 at this point. When it comes to operating systems, done can mean either release to manufacturing (RTM) or made available generally.

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SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

Where before this week there were a variety of Microsoft Surface devices, each of them made on a large table-sized scale, now we've got that brand dedicated to tablets. The Samsung device known as SUR40 has now had its operating system re-branded "Microsoft Pixelsense" where just yesterday it had the shorter iteration of said name. Microsoft has now taken the "Surface" brand and has given it to their new tablet lineup - have a peek at what it all means for you!

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Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

This week Apple brought a bit more detail to the eventual full release of their next big desktop software version OS X Mountain Lion, and one feature continues to present itself as the real hero. This feature is of course known as Notification Center. While this sort of functionality began its life in the Apple universe on the iPhone, it has come to the desktop in what might be the best form its been in yet. Here lies the connection between all of your desktop applications and functionality, accessed by you with great ease.

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Mountain Lion’s “Do Not Disturb” rumored for iOS 6

Mountain Lion’s “Do Not Disturb” rumored for iOS 6

Not too long ago we heard details that Apple had included a “Do Not Disturb” feature in the latest Mountain Lion betas. When enabled, any alerts or banners would be hidden from the user to avoid distractions, but the Notification Center would still kick track of everything when you needed to come back to the important alerts. 9to5Mac has heard from trusted sources that iOS 6 will include similar functionality, plus additional features.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Assuming that they don't want it in Chinese, Windows fans are chomping at the bit to download the Windows 8 Release Preview starting tomorrow. Microsoft has provided an outline of the changes and additions in what's likely to be the last update before Windows 8 goes gold, but what's going to be more interesting for regular consumers is the Windows 8 Upgrade Offer. Buy a new computer between now and Windows 8's release, and you might qualify to buy it for a song.

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Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

We’re edging closer to the Release Preview of Windows 8, promised to be made available during the first week of June, but the Chinese version of the preview has leaked out onto the internet. The 64-bit operating system weighs in at a hefty 3.34GB download, but doesn't include any English language capabilities. Users have already downloaded the build and confirmed it to be legit.

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Microsoft: Steve Ballmer kind of, sort fibbed a little bit

Microsoft: Steve Ballmer kind of, sort fibbed a little bit

This month we heard Steve Ballmer shoot out a figure that put Windows 8 adoption well into the record books for highest adoption rate in the history of operating systems: 500 million by 2014 - Microsoft has since clarified. This week we're finding a Microsoft spokesperson making things a little more clear, saying that it's not that Windows 8 will be on half a billion computers, but that it'll be POSSIBLE for it to be on that make computers by the end of 2013.

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