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How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

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How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Windows 8 ships with built-in apps available on the Modern UI screen (formerly the Metro or Start screen), such as Mail, Calendar, Photos, Music, Maps, and Weather. Installing additional Modern UI apps is easy using the Windows Store, and uninstalling apps is just as easy.

What if you accidentally uninstall a built-in app? It can be easily restored with a few clicks of your mouse.

To begin, access the Modern UI screen by moving your mouse to the extreme, lower, left corner of the screen and click the Start screen button that displays.

NOTE: You can also press the Windows key to access the Modern UI screen.

On the Modern UI screen, click the Store tile to access the Windows Store.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Right-click anywhere on the Store screen. A green bar displays at the top of the screen. Click Your apps.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

A list of apps installed on your computer displays. You can display all your apps, apps not installed on the current PC, or apps installed on a specific PC. Select Apps not installed on this PC to see the app you want to restore.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Click on the tile for the app you want to restore.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

A check mark displays in the upper, right corner of the tile and options display at the bottom of the screen. Click Install.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

A message displays in the upper, right corner of the screen saying the app is being installed.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

When you go back to the Modern UI (or Start) screen, the tile is available again for the restored app.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

You can also search for the app you want to restore. To do so, press the Windows key + W to open the search box in the Charms bar. Select Store from the list below the Search box. Type the name of the app in the Search box. The app displays under Recommendations. Click on the app and then click Install to restore the app to your Modern UI screen.

Lori Kaufman is a technology expert with 25 years of experience. She’s been a senior technical writer, worked as a programmer, and has even run her own multi-location business. Read more.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Windows 8 ships with built-in apps available on the Modern UI screen (formerly the Metro or Start screen), such as Mail, Calendar, Photos, Music, Maps, and Weather. Installing additional Modern UI apps is easy using the Windows Store, and uninstalling apps is just as easy.

What if you accidentally uninstall a built-in app? It can be easily restored with a few clicks of your mouse.

To begin, access the Modern UI screen by moving your mouse to the extreme, lower, left corner of the screen and click the Start screen button that displays.

NOTE: You can also press the Windows key to access the Modern UI screen.

On the Modern UI screen, click the Store tile to access the Windows Store.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Right-click anywhere on the Store screen. A green bar displays at the top of the screen. Click Your apps.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

A list of apps installed on your computer displays. You can display all your apps, apps not installed on the current PC, or apps installed on a specific PC. Select Apps not installed on this PC to see the app you want to restore.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Click on the tile for the app you want to restore.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

A check mark displays in the upper, right corner of the tile and options display at the bottom of the screen. Click Install.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

A message displays in the upper, right corner of the screen saying the app is being installed.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

When you go back to the Modern UI (or Start) screen, the tile is available again for the restored app.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

You can also search for the app you want to restore. To do so, press the Windows key + W to open the search box in the Charms bar. Select Store from the list below the Search box. Type the name of the app in the Search box. The app displays under Recommendations. Click on the app and then click Install to restore the app to your Modern UI screen.

ModernMix goes where Microsoft fears to tread

Senior Reporter, Computerworld |

A Michigan developer last week started selling a $5 utility that lets Windows 8 customers shun the new Modern UI by running apps on the classic desktop.

Stardock, best known to Windows 8 users for Start8, software that restores the Start button and menu, shipped a beta of ModernMix on March 6. As it did with Start8, Stardock priced the ModernMix beta at $5 and promised buyers the final software when it’s released later this month or in early April.

Once installed, ModernMix lets Windows 8 users run Modern apps — still labeled “Metro” by most outside Microsoft — within a Win32 frame on the desktop, eliminating the need to switch from the familiar Windows 7-style user interface (UI) to the newer, and to many, the jarring tile-based UI of the Janus-like OS.

Because the Modern apps run inside a traditional desktop window, they can be resized, which is impossible on the Modern UI, where every app defaults to full-screen, and at best can share the display with only one other app.

Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock, cited the Modern app for Skype, Microsoft’s instant messaging, video chat and Internet calling software, as an example.

“Skype in Metro is just insane,” Wardell said. “It’s this giant thing that takes up the entire screen. It’s a pretty nice app for casual users, but it’s completely useless as a full-screen app. What instant messaging app, going all the way back to ICQ, ran in full-screen?”

But when ModernMix is in place, Skype’s Modern app can be resized and moved to a corner of the screen, just as can any traditional Windows application.

ModernMix adds several other features to make Modern apps behave like native Win32 programs, including support for pinning to the taskbar, cycling through them with the Alt-Tab key combination, and shutting them down by clicking on the traditional close button in the window’s title bar.

The F10 key toggles between full-screen and windowed Modern apps.

Wardell declined to describe exactly how Stardock pulled off ModernMix, saying only that, “We take WinRT apps, encapsulate them as if they’re Win32 apps, and run them in a Win32 frame.”

WinRT is the overarching API (application programming interface) that developers call to write Modern apps; Win32 refers to traditional Windows applications, those that run not only on the Windows 8 desktop but also on Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Wardell did confirm that the utility does not run Modern apps in a virtualized environment, and that the apps have not been recompiled to run on the Win32 desktop.

Microsoft could have done the same. “I’m surprised that they didn’t,” Wardell said. “I’d love to see this implemented in [Windows] Blue, to be honest.”

Blue is the code name for the upgrade, the first of a faster release cadence for Windows 8, that some have linked to a summer launch.

And Wardell dismissed the idea that Microsoft would modify Windows 8 to block ModernMix. “They could, with enough effort,” he said. “But we tried to do this like we thought Microsoft would. If they did this, I think they’d do it the same way.”

The question about Microsoft choking off ModernMix wasn’t moot: Although Microsoft did not block Start8 from restoring the Start button and menu to Windows 8, it did change Windows last fall to bar another popular work-around, one that, like Start8, let users boot directly to the desktop.

Stardock began work on ModernMix before Start8, even though the latter launched in final form last September, said Wardell, because the company was sure that Microsoft wouldn’t let Modern apps run on the desktop. “They won’t ship [Windows 8] without the Start button,” Wardell said he remembered thinking last year.

The two traits of Windows 8 that have raised the most complaints are the disappearance of the Start button and menu, and the jolting transition between the desktop and Modern UIs. Stardock has now created workarounds for both, which Wardell said was good for not just his company, but for Microsoft.

“I think [ModernMix] will cause more people to try Modern apps,” said Wardell.

A 30-day free trial of ModernMix can be downloaded from Stardock’s website; customers who buy the $4.99 beta will receive the final when it launches.

ModernMix sticks Modern apps into Win32 frames so that they run on the classic desktop. (Image: Stardock.)

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, or subscribe to Gregg’s RSS feed . His e-mail address is [email protected]

Senior Reporter Gregg Keizer covers Windows, Office, Apple/enterprise, web browsers and web apps for Computerworld.

The OS update will show up on the Windows Store on Oct. 17 and in retail stores the next day

By Juan Carlos Perez

The much-anticipated update for Windows 8 will begin shipping on Oct. 17, delivering a set of changes that Microsoft hopes will calm critics and improve sales of the tablet-optimized OS.

Windows 8.1, previously known as Windows Blue, will be available as a free update for Windows 8 users via the Windows Store that day starting at 4 a.m. U.S. Pacific time. On Oct. 18, it will surface on retail stores and on new devices.

“It’s very exciting to be delivering Windows 8.1 to consumers just before Windows 8 celebrates its 1-year anniversary. You can expect to read more from us on Windows 8.1 leading up to availability on October 18th,” wrote Microsoft official Brandon LeBlanc in a blog post.

Microsoft did not mention when Windows 8.1 will ship to hardware manufacturers, the so-called RTM date.

Windows 8 shipped in late October of last year and was billed by Microsoft executives as one of the most important product launches in the company’s history.

With its radically redesigned user interface optimized for tablets and other touchscreen devices, Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to improve the OS’ dismal share in the tablet OS market currently dominated by Apple’s iPad and Android devices.

But the Modern tile-based interface, modeled after the Windows Phone interface, has met with mixed reviews both among consumers and enterprises.

In fact, one of the main changes in Windows 8.1 is the addition of something very close to the Windows 7 Start button, whose removal in Windows 8 led to an outcry among users.

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft will also attempt to smooth the interaction between the new Modern interface and the more traditional Windows 7-like desktop which lets users run legacy applications. For example, it will be possible for users to boot directly to the traditional desktop interface.

Windows 8.1 will also let users view all the applications installed on their device and sort them by name, date installed, most used or category. Other enhancements include an improved search engine powered by Bing that will return results from a variety of sources, including the Web, applications, local files and the SkyDrive cloud storage service.

Windows 8.1 also adds options for seeing multiple applications on the screen simultaneously, including the ability to resize apps, for improved multitasking. Internet Explorer 11, a new version of Microsoft’s browser, will also ship with Windows 8.1, featuring faster page loading and better performance in touchscreen mode, according to the company.

Windows 8.1 users will also be able to make a Skype call and take photos with the Windows 8.1 device while the screen is in Lock mode without having to log in. Users will also be able to select multiple applications at once and do bulk actions on them, like resizing, uninstalling and rearranging them.

“Certainly, this release is critical for Microsoft. But getting people to move to Windows 8 and thinking of the devices as tablets requires apps, and the lack of Office for ‘Metro’ is still a real problem,” said Gartner analyst Michael Silver, referring to the Modern interface by its earlier Metro code name.

According to Silver, IE 11 will be the biggest inhibitor to migration to Windows 8.1 among businesses. “Organizations are having trouble getting past IE8; not as much trouble as they had getting past IE6, but enough to make them think twice about moving beyond Windows 7,” Silver said.

Companies will also think twice about switching to Windows 8.1 because of the possibility that another major update with a new version of IE may be released next year, and then the equivalent of Windows 9 coming possibly a year after that, he said.

“Microsoft wants to move to this continuous cycle, but organizations don’t trust Microsoft for application compatibility yet and aren’t ready to embrace that cadence,” Silver said.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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At the BUILD conference last week , we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and Blend for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. We have been busy improving the overall experience of XAML development in Visual Studio and Blend, and this post gives you an overview of some of the cool new features we have added to this Update that you might have missed amongst all the other big and exciting headlines.

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How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

In keeping with our mission to enable developers to create fast and fluid apps that work well on any device, we added a new Memory Usage tool to the Performance and Diagnostic hub in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. You can read more about this feature in Harikrishna Menon’s blog post. Furthermore, the Performance and Diagnostic hub now includes a CPU usage tool and supports combining multiple tools in a single profiling session.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

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How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

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Windows 11 started rolling out well over a week ago (check out our review here), but due to the staggered nature of distribution, it may not be available to everyone just yet and will slowly start to show up for supported PCs over the next few months. There are ways to skip the queue, but before you do that, it is important to understand what changes you can expect with Microsoft’s latest OS refresh. This is exactly what we’ve been discussing in our ongoing Closer Look series over the past couple of months.

For the purpose of this hands-on, we’ll be taking a look at the generally available Windows 11 build versus a publicly available and up-to-date Windows 10 (version 21H1 build 19043.1288).

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8 Lock screen in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10, you get to view the lock screen after you boot up your PC. The UI is fairly simple, you get a wallpaper with some search icons and a camera icon next to them, allowing you to explore more about what’s being shown in the photo. Clicking on any of these icons opens the result of the relevant Bing query on Microsoft Edge.

You also get the time and date shown on the bottom left of your screen in a pretty big font. Clicking on the Wi-Fi and battery icons on the bottom-right of the screen take you to the next screen so you can’t really interact with them. They are only there to show you the status of your machine at a very high-level. So, if you wanted to view the actual battery percentage directly on this screen, you’re out of luck.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8 Sign-in screen in Windows 10

Once you press enter or swipe on the lock screen, you get the sign-in screen where you unlock your PC through your preferred authentication method; I use a PIN. The UI is quite straightforward here too. The wallpaper is blurred in the background, you have your display picture, name, and text box to enter a PIN in the foreground. Interestingly, the icons on the bottom-right corner of the screen work here. You can click on the Wi-Fi icon to switch your internet connection, toggle accessibility settings from the Ease of Access icon (shown in the screenshot), and utilize the Power icon to put your PC to sleep, shut down it down, and so on.

I wouldn’t call the UI consistent because the Wi-Fi and Power configuration UI shown to me have a dark background even though my PC is currently on a light theme, whereas the Ease of Access settings are shown on a light theme. But again, inconsistency just seems to be a trademark for Microsoft when it comes to UI design.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8 Lock screen settings in Windows 10

Finally, we have the lock screen settings. Here, you can configure whether you want the background to be refreshed via Windows spotlight, a slideshow, or a static image, choose apps to show detailed and quick statuses on the lock screen and toggle the behavior of the image on the sign-in screen. Nothing too complex.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8 Lock screen in Windows 11

For better or worse, Microsoft hasn’t completely flipped the script when it comes to Windows 11. You’ll immediately notice that the time and date has been moved to the center of the lock screen, which aligns with Windows 11’s center-focused design theme. The font size and type is also different and personally find it more aesthetic.

Instead of the round icons for search and camera on the wallpaper that we have in Windows 10, we now get square boxes with rounded corners. They are also more pronounced, which means that it’s easier to spot them on the background. I find this to be a very good change, as I use this feature occasionally.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8 Sign-in screen in Windows 11

The sign-in screen is quite similar so I’ll only focus on the changes. The text box to enter your PIN has rounded corners, in line with Windows 11’s design. The icons have been refreshed and I’m happy to see the updated icon for Ease of Access as the previous one was not intuitive at all.

Unfortunately, the behavior of the icons remains the same. The Wi-Fi and Power UI shown to me still don’t respect my theme settings and sport a dark theme. The worst offender is the Ease of Access configuration UI (screenshot above), which seems to have been lifted as-is from Windows 10, there are no rounded corners or updated toggles.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8 Lock screen settings in Windows 11

The lock screen settings are basically the same as Windows 10. That said, you do get some UI changes that are more consistent with the design language of Windows 11. I think they look nice overall.

Overall, while I like most of the changes made to the lock screen experience in Windows 11, the lack of attention towards others infuriates me a bit. It’s not like it bothers my workflow, but it just emphasizes the company’s commitment to shipping Windows 11 by October 5 without really focusing on the details.

It’s as if the engineers over at Microsoft had this idea to revamp the sign-in experience, started work on it, updated the main screen by October 5, and then decided “Nah man, let’s leave the Ease of Access settings as-is and let’s not update the configuration UI to match the system theme either, nobody will notice”.

Microsoft’s lax attitude towards some Windows 11 design components just paints a troubling picture where engineers rushed to meet the October 5 deadline to ship Windows 11 for some unknown reason. While things like these won’t impact your workflow, they’ll definitely bother you when you start to notice the inconsistencies in design in a lot of places.

Take a look at the section here or select from the links below to continue exploring Windows 11 in our ongoing “Closer Look” series:

Microsoft described the goals to dramatically reduce Windows 8 memory usage in their new Building Windows 8 blog.

One thing that the software giant wants to do is to ship Windows 8 with the same system requirements as Windows 7. Reducing the memory usage that Windows 8 utilizes is one of them. This will increase the system performance, that way applications can run more efficiently and in portable devices such as laptops and tables, will increase their battery life.

“Something that might not be obvious is that minimizing memory usage on low-power platforms can prolong battery life. Huh? In any PC, RAM is constantly consuming power.” said Microsoft’s Bill Karagounis in the Windows 8 blog post. Sometimes manufactures are forced to add more physical RAM to act against applications and operating system memory requirements, but “The more RAM you have on board, the more power it uses”.

There are hundreds of changes in Windows 8 that will help to reduce memory usage, some of them include:

Memory combining

Memory combining allows Windows to efficiently evaluate the content of system memory during normal activity and locates duplicate content in RAM. Windows will then only keep one copy by freeing up any duplicates, and Windows will create a private copy if an application needs to write to memory in a feature. “This approach can liberate 10s to 100s of MB of memory (depending on how many applications are running concurrently).”

Prioritization of memory

Windows 8 brings a new way to prioritize memory allocations, in other words, Windows can now make smarter decisions about what memory to keep active and what memory to remove — if needed. Windows 8 applications can assign memory as low priority, then the OS can remove it to allow applications with high priority tasks.

Less memory use for general operating system operations

The software giant is aiming to reduce the memory footprint while executing applications. Windows 8 will consolidate HOT items in the system memory which will bring down the overall runtime memory cost. Thanks to this, Microsoft has seen a consistent result of memory reduction by tens of MB on average per machine.

Service changes and reductions

Windows 8 now have improvements in a good number of services and some of them will start manually. Microsoft is also making the introduction of start on demand model for services, that way they will only start when required, in services like Windows Update, Plug & Play devices, and many others.

Only loading the desktop components when required outside of Metro style

Another Microsoft’s goal is to load the operating system components unique to the desktop only when needed. This will also help to reduce memory usage in Windows 8.

As a demonstration the software maker, showed the reduction of memory usage in Windows 8 by comparing to identical netbooks, see the image below.

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Maybe so. I’m just trying to understand the “Linux is harder for the average user” argument. Some things I recall being said:

1. “Linux is hard(er) to install.”

I have had exactly the opposite experience. When I e.g. tried to reinstall Windows 8 and Windows 7 on two PCs (their installations had become corrupted), it was quite hard to figure out how to reinstall the system, where to get the correct installation media, what version of Windows you are eligible, where is the CD key etc. (No, system refresh ddn’t work in those cases, I needed to reinstall both from a clean table.)

I had quite a lot of problems especially with the Windows 7 re-installation as Microsoft didn’t allow me to download the Win7 installation media from their servers (saying that it wasn’t meant for PCs which came preloaded with Windows, I should get the installation media from the PC vendor instead (who would charge extra for it, or maybe the vendor doesn’t even exist anymore)). In the end I was able to find the installation media from an unofficial source and install&authenticate it with the legit product key, but then the problem arise that I could find the installation media only for the English language version (not Finnish), and since the produch key was for the Home version, Microsoft didn’t allow me to change the system language. After lots of googling, I found a complicated third-party solution to change the system language to Finnish.

Compared to that, installing Linux has been much much easier and straightforward. Download the ISO, either burn it to a DVD or put to an USB drive, and install. You don’t have to care what version of Linux you are “eligible” (Home, Pro, Single Language, whatever), you don’t have to care about authenticating it online or find your “CD key” hidden in the system, you don’t receive “Ooops! Seems your copy of Windows was preloaded to your PC, so you are not allowed to download the installation media from Microsoft, please contact your PC vendor instead.” type of messages, your version is not gimped (like for changing the system language!) just because you have a “Home” and not a “Pro” version of it, etc. etc. etc.

Really, I can’t understand how anyone could claim installing Windows on a PC is easier than Linux.

2. “It is confusing that there are several desktop environments to choose from (Gnome, KDE, XFCE etc. ).”

First of all, most of them are quite similar. Sure the “start menu” may be differently grouped in e.g. Mint Cinnamon than Mint XFCE, but it doesn’t take that long to figure out where is what, even if you use a different desktop environment. The only exception to that rule was that Ubuntu “touch-friendly” UI, the very reason I switched from Ubuntu to Mint.

Secondly, come on, on the Windows world the user-interface changes are far far more drastic! Remember how lost people were trying to figure out the Windows 8 Metro interface, after Windows 7? It was completely different, you had to re-learn your Windows completely, from the ground up. They also changed how e.g. menu items are grouped (which caused lots of problems to e.g. many GOG games, when you had a long list of game manual shortcuts, with no idea to which game they belonged, just because Windows 8/8.1/10 removed the ability to put subfolders into the menus).

It has changed further from Windows 8.1 to 10, in my opinion for the better though. The desktop environment changes from XP to Vista/7 were also quite big. Considering how much you have to re-learn using of Windows with new versions of Windows, I find it funny Windows users would complain about the minor differences between different Linux desktop environments. Get a grip, people. With Windows you have had to re-learn the UI all over again lots of times already.

3. Generally speaking, what does a common user do with their PC? Use the browser to use online services, run some word processors or email clients etc.? None of that is harder on Linux, Firefox or Thunderbird works the very same on Linux as it does in Windows. My wife can do her online banking just as easily on Linux Mint, as she can on Windows 7. She logs into the computer, double-clicks on the Firefox icon, and heads to the online bank. Similarly when I want to check my emails (I have several different email accounts, e.g. some are for more professional use and others more like throwaway accounts for registration for web pages etc.), I don’t see any difference when using Thunderbird for that in Windows or Linux.

The only thing is if you need some specific Windows application, of course. For instance, since we use Microsoft Office at our work for everyhing, yeah it is a valid reason for me to use Windows on my work laptop, just so that i can use MS Office products and not care about possible incompatibilities when trying to use Libre Office for the same documents. (Unless there is MS Office for Linux?)

Also, if I e.g. told my wife to find and install some application like Firefox, I am sure it is much easier for her in Linux than in e.g. Windows 7. In Windows she needs to find her way to the Firefox homepages, download the correct installer there and install it. while on Linux she simply goes to the central software manager, searches for “firefox” and clicks on the install button. (Maybe this is as easy in Windows 10, in case Firefox can be found directly in Windows Store? Or is Windows Store restricted only to “modern UI” applications, not legacy desktop applications?)

4. “Lack of driver support.”

Now this is most probably a valid reason I can agree with, at least with new hardware. Then again, if I think of e.g. my wife as a “common user”, she would be just as lost trying to figure out drivers for Windows as for Linux. She expects me to take care of it, and have a working system for use.

Also to me it appears that quite often support for older hardware is better in Linux. See e.g. the recent discussion in this forum about trying to find a printer with good Windows 10 driver support. When I’ve tried to install a new Windows on some very old PC, I quite often lack drivers for many pieces of hardware, sometimes even sound cards etc., while Linux quite often supports them natively even in the latest Linux versions. So I might even go as far as claim that for older hardware, driver support is many times better in Linux, than in Windows. (And for new hardware it is vice versa.)

Disclaimer: 90% of the time I use Windows, so for me “defending” Linux is not about not using, or wanting to use, Windows. I just feel many of the complaints from the “I tried Linux once in the 90s” crowd about how hard Linux is supposed to be for the common user are just exaggerated or plain wrong,

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SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft announced that it will be delivering a new version of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer, as the operating system has been among the most widely adopted operating systems in Microsoft history.

Showing off new features of the upcoming platform at the Microsoft Build 2016 conference here, Microsoft said the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will deliver significant new innovations for consumers and developers for the Universal Windows Platform.

“Windows 10 is off to an amazing start. It’s the fastest growing version of Windows with both consumers and enterprises,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, during a keynote address. “Windows is your ultimate dev box, where you can do all your application development for Windows and beyond right there on a Windows PC.

Added Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and Devices Group, in a statement, “With Windows 10 now running on over 270 million active devices, we’re celebrating with our fans by delivering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This significant update will help you interact with your Windows 10 devices as naturally as you interact with the world around you — using your pen, presence and voice. We are dedicated to making Windows the most productive development environment for all developers, with all-new capabilities for the Universal Windows Platform and all-new tools for bringing apps to Windows 10 from any platform.”

Microsoft said Windows 10 adoption is outpacing Windows 7 adoption by 145 percent for the same time period for both launches. And customers have spent more than 75 billion hours using the operating system. In addition, Microsoft’s has seen more than 5 billion visits as Windows users look for Windows 10 apps, including nearly 1,000 Cortana apps.

Microsoft also launched a new Cortana Collection in the Windows Store. Moreover, enhancements to the Cortana Windows personal assistant and the Windows Hello personal sign-on feature help to deliver on Microsoft’s strategy to make personal computing more, well, personal.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update also features new Windows Ink capabilities that enable users to write on their device as they do on paper, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and share analog thoughts in the digital world, Microsoft said. New Cortana features enable users to receive proactive advice from Cortana and speak with Cortana, even while their device is locked, without logging in.

Microsoft engineer Kevin Gallo said Windows Hello now extends the security of Windows 10 to multiple devices and to Microsoft Edge, so you can log into your devices and websites with enterprise-grade security.

“You can already use Windows Hello and biometric authentication to make your apps easier to access and more secure with Windows Passport,” Gallo said in a blog post. “If you are a Web developer, you can now bring that same Windows Hello experience to your websites with JavaScript APIs in Microsoft Edge.”

Meanwhile, with the new developer access to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), every Xbox One can be a developer kit with Xbox Dev Mode, enabling anyone to develop for the living room, Myerson said.

Microsoft to Ship Windows 10 Anniversary Update This Summer

Microsoft also announced it is now shipping its Hololens holographic computing system and the Hololens Development Edition with the Windows Holographic SDK and emulator. And with Project Centennial, Microsoft is shipping a new desktop app converter that will enable developers’ Win32 and .NET apps to gain access to UWP and the Windows Store. That means more than 16 million apps will now be available to the Universal Windows Platform.

Moreover, Xamarin, which Microsoft recently acquired, will make it easy to share code across platforms—Windows, iOS and Android — while delivering native experiences for each,” Gallo said. “Also, our open source Windows Bridge for iOS enables iOS developers to bring Objective-C code into Visual Studio, and compile it into a UWP app,” he noted.

“For over thirty years, Windows has been an open ecosystem, welcoming the contributions of hardware and software partners and developers around the world,” Myerson said in a blog post. “Nothing changes with the Universal Windows Platform – it brings together the openness that is part of Windows’ history, as well as everything that you expect from a modern application platform – like robust install, uninstall, and seamless updates. Our goal is for Windows to be the best platform for ALL developers – making Windows their home and getting the best return on their investment in their code.”

John Rymer, an analyst with Forrester Research, said he believes that Microsoft taking its capabilities beyond Windows into other apps and on other operating systems really seems to demonstrate that core functions that power Microsoft are bigger than an individual operating system.

“Other examples include support for Ink and Cortana ‘above the login screen,’ he said. “I think it’s a wake-up call to developers. If you thought the changes mobile phones wrought were big, you’ve not seen anything yet. Voice, converged reality with Hololens, and augmented intelligence with bots are the next generation of UI tools they will need to learn.”

Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, said he believes we could see a very different Windows 10 world a year from now, if we could see 500 million Windows 10 PC users added to Xbox One then added to HoloLens numbers. “This starts to get really compelling for mobile developers who are staring at one billion active iOS users and two billion Android users,” he said.

“I’m sure Microsoft wishes it were further along with Bridges and Xamarin, but they aren’t right now, but we could see the fruits of this next year,” Moorhead noted. “The reality is that the development significantly shifted from Windows 7 to Windows 8 to Windows 10, where it’s all about Universal Apps. What Microsoft has done is sweeten the pot for the Windows 10 platform by adding deep pen support and Windows Hello support further into the platform and apps. Cortana is more usable, too, as it can improve the experience not just through the app, but through Microsoft apps like Office 365 and open to developers, too,” he added.

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Microsoft has confirmed its intentions to make Chromium-based Edge ready for the general public by January 15 after beta testing the browser for nearly six months. Over the past two days, Microsoft unveiled the new logo of Edge, highlighted the plans of the Linux version and the future of web at the Redmond firm.

Anyone can download the Beta, Dev, and Canary builds of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, 7 and macOS but the stable build is not yet available.

According to Microsoft, the stable Edge will finally become available on January 15, which means Edge will also offer a stable and smooth experience like every other browser.

Previous reports suggested that Windows 10 20H1 (Spring 2020) update will come bundled with new Edge, but it wasn’t clear how the firm plans to push new Edge experience to older versions of Windows 10.

As per another report, Microsoft Edge will roll out to users gradually. It’s likely that cumulative updates will implement a change that would facilitate the transition on Windows 10. Initially, Microsoft will enable new Edge for a small handful of users before rolling it out to more users.

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The rollout depends on feedback from customers and Microsoft’s own internal testing. It’s also worth pointing that Microsoft previously A/B testing hiding old Edge when new Edge is running, although the changes were later removed.

You will probably get access to the new Edge instantly when you clean install Windows 10 after January 15. Unlike the legacy/classic Edge, the newer browser will update independently from and more frequently.

Bright future

Microsoft Edge may have a bright future as the firm has big plans for the browser, including a strong focus on privacy and security where Google lagging behind.

With Chromium Edge, Microsoft also hopes to hit one billion users and rival Google Chrome.

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Way back in October 2019, Microsoft announced Windows 10X, a modular version of Windows 10 aimed at dual-screen, foldable, and new form factors. Microsoft also showed off Windows 10X running on the Surface Neo, which has been delayed until at least 2022 as Microsoft has shifted focus to single-screen devices.

Surface Neo with a dual-screen version of Windows 10X has been pushed back to 2022 and Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10X OS will come to single-screened devices first, presumably starting with low-cost PCs to compete with the likes of Chromebook in the education market.

Windows 10X for the single-screen device is still on track to hit the RTM (release to manufacturer) status in December 2020. RTM is an industry term that is used at the point when a product is ready to be shipped for installation on a new system.

In other words, when Windows 10X hits RTM status internally in December 2020, it will be deemed ‘finalized’, ‘feature complete’ or ready for manufacturers. Note that this term doesn’t mean Windows 10X will begin rolling out to consumers or anyone in December.

After the finalizing the modular OS in December, Microsoft will begin servicing the operating system with fixes and improvements for Spring 2021 launch. At the moment, we don’t know if Microsoft is still planning to ship Windows 10X to Insiders for real-life feedback and testing.

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Windows 10X is expected to be promoted as a lightweight offering that rivals the likes of Chrome OS. Microsoft won’t bring Windows 10X to existing hardware. Instead, if you want to try the brand-new operating system, you’ll need to buy a new affordable device.

It’s also worth noting that Microsoft originally wanted to enable Win32 apps virtualization support using a new virtualization technology called ‘VAIL’. Reports have suggested that Microsoft has removed the necessary technology responsible for VAIL, which means this OS can only run UWP and PWAs natively.

However, enterprise customers will be allowed to run the legacy Win32 apps on Windows 10X using a new internet-based servicing service.

Windows 10X will also come pre-installed with web versions of Office apps, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, Skype, etc.

An improved version Windows 10X with VAIL (Win32 virtualization) and Surface Neo support is expected to be made available by 2022.

LG E-Paper Flexible Display Launching In Europe Next Month

10:30 am March 29, 2012 By Julian Horsey

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LG Display has announced that the world’s first mass-produced plastic EPD from LG Display will first be supplied to ODM companies in China this month, followed by new E-Paper flexible display products will be released in Europe at the beginning of next month. LG has been able to harness and … [Read more. ] about LG E-Paper Flexible Display Launching In Europe Next Month

Raspberry Pi Computer UK Distributors Require CE Certification

10:12 am March 29, 2012 By Julian Horsey

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has today revealed that their UK distributors RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell, are now insisting that their $35 Raspberry Pi computer requires CE certification for them to be able to distribute the computers within the UK. Original the Raspberry Pi … [Read more. ] about Raspberry Pi Computer UK Distributors Require CE Certification

Android 4.0.4 Update Released For GSM Nexus S, WiFi Xoom And HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus

10:06 am March 29, 2012 By Roland Hutchinson

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Google has announced that it has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 update to multiple devices, which include the GSM Nexus S, the Xoom WiFi and the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus. They have also confirmed that the Android 4.0.4 update will be rolled out to other devices over the ‘coming weeks’ although … [Read more. ] about Android 4.0.4 Update Released For GSM Nexus S, WiFi Xoom And HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus

HTC Evo One Coming To Sprint June 6th?

9:58 am March 29, 2012 By Roland Hutchinson

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We have been hearing rumors that HTC’s new flagship smartphone, the HTC One X is headed to Sprint, both HTC and Sprint have a special event planned for the 4th of April. According to a recent report the handset will be called the HTC Evo One when it lands on Sprint, and the device will feature a … [Read more. ] about HTC Evo One Coming To Sprint June 6th?

Nokia & AT&T Planning Big Launch For Nokia Lumia 900

8:40 am March 29, 2012 By Roland Hutchinson

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The Nokia Lumia 900 will go on sale in the US with mobile carrier AT&T next month, we have already heard that the device will be given to AT&T employees and now the company is planning a big launch for the device. According to Cnet, who spoke to AT&T device head Jeff Bradley, AT&T … [Read more. ] about Nokia & AT&T Planning Big Launch For Nokia Lumia 900

Tokyoflash Kisai On Air Acetate Watch

8:30 am March 29, 2012 By Roland Hutchinson

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Some of our readers will remember the Kisai On Air watch from Tokyoflash that we featured last year, the company has now launched a new version of this Geeky timepiece, the Tokyoflash Kisai On Air Acetate watch. The watch shares a similar design to the previous model, with the same colored touch … [Read more. ] about Tokyoflash Kisai On Air Acetate Watch

Dell Stops Selling Smartphones In The US

8:22 am March 29, 2012 By Roland Hutchinson

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Dell hasn’t been very successful with its range of smartphones, and now the company has stopped selling smartphones in the US, the company has said it is working on its mobile strategy for emerging markets and higher margin devices. The last two Dell smartphones that were available in the US were … [Read more. ] about Dell Stops Selling Smartphones In The US

Beatsurfing iPad App Creates Custom MIDI Instruments (video)

4:15 pm March 28, 2012 By Julian Horsey

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Nokia To Launch Two Budget MeeGo Smartphones?

3:40 pm March 28, 2012 By Roland Hutchinson

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According to a recent report from the guys over at Netbook News, Nokia is working on two budget MeeGo based smartphones, which will slot into Nokia’s Next Billion strategy for developing markets. Nokia are apparently developing two budget devices with MeeGo as their OS for their developing … [Read more. ] about Nokia To Launch Two Budget MeeGo Smartphones?

Amazon Kindle Fire Gets 6.3 Software Update

3:06 pm March 28, 2012 By Roland Hutchinson

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Amazon has released a new update for its Kindle Fire Android tablet, the latest software is version 6.3 and it comes with a range of new features and is now available to download to your Kindle Fire tablet. The Kindle Fire 6.3 update brings new sharing features that will let you share passages … [Read more. ] about Amazon Kindle Fire Gets 6.3 Software Update

Steelie Tablet Stand (video)

3:03 pm March 28, 2012 By Julian Horsey

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A project currently on Kickstarter has provides a range of tablet stands, which can be used on either work surfaces or in your car. Currently all parts of the Steelie tablet stands are create by a team of four engineers in their workshop and uses magnets to holder the stand in place when required. … [Read more. ] about Steelie Tablet Stand (video)

FreeSpace Gesture Control Arriving On Smartphones And Tablets In 2013 (video)

2:17 pm March 28, 2012 By Julian Horsey

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In a recent interview Hillcrest Labs the creators of gesture based technology called FreeSpace. Has revealed that their new FreeSpace motion engine technology will be arriving in smartphones and tablets by the first quarter of 2013. The FreeSpace motion engine who enable devices fitted with the … [Read more. ] about FreeSpace Gesture Control Arriving On Smartphones And Tablets In 2013 (video)

While most apps for Windows 10 are considerable small in size, there are some games and larger apps available for the system that occupy hundreds of Megabytes or even more than that.

This may not be an issue if you have plenty of space available, but if your main drive is running low on space, you may want to consider moving heavy apps to another drive to free up space on the main drive.

Microsoft improved how this is done recently as it was previously necessary to perform a lengthy operation on the command line.

The new method uses the settings menu and requires no command line usage or special permissions at all anymore.

To get started, open the settings menu. This can be done with a click on the start button and selecting settings from there if it is displayed. If it is not displayed, tap on the Windows-key, type settings and pick the result instead.

This opens a new settings window which works similar to the Windows control panel.

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Select System (display, notifications, apps, power) from the menu.

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On the System screen, select installed apps. This retrieves the list of installed applications on the device and computes their size on disk. Note that this may take a moment depending on how many apps you have installed and how fast the PC is you are using.

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Note that Windows mixes desktop programs and apps in the listing and that there is no option provided to filter only by apps.

All applications are sorted by size but you can use filters at the top to change that or use the search to find particular apps you are interested in.

To move an app on Windows 10 click on it in the interface. This displays buttons to move or to uninstall it.

Select move as your option and the drive you want to move the app to when the prompt comes up.

The app is moved to the drive which may take a moment. Once done, it is stored on the selected drive. Windows creates several folders on the drive related to that app.

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The WindowsApps folder in root stores all apps and the files they ship with. There is also a [user] and a WpSystem folder in root which contain cache, settings and other data that is generated by the app or system.

All applications that you move to the same drive use the same folder structure.

Closing Words

Moving apps to another drive can be useful if you run out of disk space or want an app to run from another drive. An option to move apps in bulk would certainly be useful as you would not have to perform the same operation over and over again for all apps you want to move to another drive on the system.

Here’s what you need to download WorldShip. Please read the WorldShip installation Guide below before installation. New installations are only supported by Windows ® 8.1 and above.

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  • Click the download link below and run the file. Or save it (recommended) to your selected destination. Please note the location where you save the file.
  • Due to file size, a broadband connection is recommended. You should save a copy of the file to an external storage device for future access.
  • If saved, double click the file to begin installation.
  • Follow the prompts until installation is complete.
  • Once the file is executed, the initial prompts will be in English only. You will have an opportunity to select your install language in a following screen.

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The price of Windows 8.1 will be $119.99, while the Pro version will go for $199.99

By Juan Carlos Perez

While Windows 8.1 promises many changes from Windows 8, one thing that will remain the same is the price to U.S. consumers.

For people who are on Windows 7 and previous editions of the OS, the standard version of Windows 8.1 will cost US$119.99, while the Pro version will be priced at $199.99.

Windows 8.1 will be for sale as a download from Windows.com and at retail outlets in DVD format, Microsoft said on Tuesday. Prices in other countries may vary, the company said without offering further information.

Those who already have Windows 8 can install the Windows 8.1 update for free via download from the Windows Store starting on October 18, when it becomes commercially available.

One difference this time around is that the copies of Windows 8.1 that consumers will buy will be “full version software,” as opposed to Windows 8, which has been sold as an “upgrade version.”

As such, Windows 8.1 will offer more deployment flexibility for buyers, simplifying certain scenarios, including building a PC from scratch and running the OS in virtual machine environments, Microsoft said.

“This eliminates the potential for licensing confusion and frustration around upgrading from Windows XP or Vista to 8.1 and, Windows 7 to 8.1,” said David Johnson, a Forrester Research analyst, via email.

When upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, files will be transferred automatically but users will have to manually reinstall desktop applications, including Office.

For people running Windows XP and Windows Vista, the situation is even more dire. Microsoft doesn’t recommend that those devices even be upgraded to Windows 8.1 at all. If they must, the company suggests buying a DVD copy and doing a “clean install,” which means wiping out all files, settings and programs and then reinstalling them from a backup.

People who buy a new Windows 8.1 machine this year will get the option to upgrade to the Pro version with Windows Media Center for $99.99, the company said.

The Windows 7, XP and Vista upgrade difficulties, and the extra money required for the Pro version will significantly harm Windows 8.1’s adoption among consumers and indirectly in enterprises because it interrupts the BYOD (bring your own device) dynamic, Johnson said.

“How many people are organized enough to still have their original software installation media for their apps?,” he said.

Few enterprise IT departments are upgrading Windows 7 machines to Windows 8, so the main vehicle for the new OS to get to workplaces has been through personal tablets and laptops employees bring from home, according to Johnson.

“What I believe Microsoft needs more than anything else is more widespread adoption of Windows 8.x in business, and when the primary vector of adoption is employees bringing them to work, it makes zero sense to me to put a $100 barrier in that adoption path,” he said. “It tells me that Microsoft still hasn’t figured out what consumerization means for their device and OS business.”

In a separate blog post on Tuesday, Microsoft also announced it has made available the RTM (release to manufacturing) pre-release version of Windows 8.1 to developers who subscribe to MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) and to IT pros who subscribe to TechNet, including Volume License customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement. This gives these IT pros and developers a time buffer to test their applications and their IT environments ahead of the final release of the OS in mid-October.

Windows 8, which started shipping October of last year, sports a radically revamped user interface called Modern. It also comes with a more traditional Windows 7-like desktop for legacy applications.

The Modern interface, based on tile icons and optimized for touchscreen devices, was designed to make Windows a better OS for tablets, a segment of the market where the Microsoft OS has faltered at the hands of Android and Apple’s iOS.

Sadly for Microsoft, the Modern interface hasn’t been a hit. In particular, many enterprise and consumer buyers of Windows 8 laptops and desktops complained that it was hard to navigate and inconvenient to use with a mouse and keyboard.

Microsoft hopes to address the main complaints with Windows 8.1. For starters, it’s adding something very close to the Windows 7 Start button, which the company took away in Windows 8, triggering an outcry.

In Windows 8.1, toggling between the Modern and traditional interfaces will be smoother. Many users have described the interplay between the two interfaces in Windows 8 as rough. It will also be possible for Windows 8.1 users to boot directly to the traditional desktop interface if they prefer, whereas booting to the Modern interface is the Windows 8 default.

In Windows 8.1, users will be able to view all the applications installed on their device and sort them by name, date installed, most used or category. The OS update also has an enhanced search engine powered by Bing that will return results from a variety of sources, including the Web, applications, local files and the SkyDrive cloud storage service.

Windows 8.1 also comes with Internet Explorer 11, a new version of Microsoft’s browser that the company has said will load pages faster and offer better performance in touchscreen mode.

Other Windows 8.1 enhancements include the ability to make a Skype call and take photos with the Windows 8.1 device while the screen is in Lock mode without having to log in. It will be possible as well for users to select multiple applications at once and perform bulk actions on them, like resizing, uninstalling and rearranging them.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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Introduction of Inland SSD

Inland is a smaller brand relative to other brands and is sold in Micro Center stores. As we all know, any SSD is better than HDD. Many people choose to replace their HDDs with SDDs to improve the performance of their computers. Many users choose Inland SSD mainly because it is much cheaper than other brands, such as SanDisk, Western Digital, Seagate, etc.

If you want to buy an Inland SSD, but want to know some basic information first, you can get a little help from this article. The two series of Inland SSDs described below can help you make a choice when purchasing.

  • Inland Premium SSD

Inland Premium Series SSDs range in capacity from 256GB to 2TB. The Inland Premium 1TB NVMe SSD comes in a single-sided M.2 2280 (80mm) form factor. It’s rated at 3100 MB/s read and 2800 MB/s sequential write, which is impressive for a PCIe 3.0 SSD. In addition, the 1600TB endurance rating is also very good. Many 1TB drives, such as the WD Blue SN550 1TB, offer endurance ratings close to 600 TB.

  • Inland Professional SSD

The Professional series is more of a budget option than the Premium series. TLC Inland Professional SSDs are available in capacities from 256GB to 1TB. The Inland Professional 1TB comes in a single-sided M.2 2280 (80mm) form factor. The 1TB drive is rated at 2000 MB/s read and 1600 MB/s sequential write.

Best Way to Clone Inland SSD – Without Any Boot Issues

If you already own an Inland SSD and plan to replace your old disk with it, you may face issues migrating your system or data. Many users reported that after migrating their system to SSD using some third-party software, they could not boot from the cloned disk.

Here, I will introduce to you a reliable SSD cloning software, with its help, you can easily migrate your data and system to the new Inland SSD, and you will not encounter any boot problems. AOMEI Backupper Standard supports all Windows PC (Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/XP/Vista). Before you try it, you can take a look at its great features:

  • It supports multiple disk types, including HDDs, SATA SSDs, NVMe SSDs, M.2 SSDs, etc.
  • It allows you to clone all brands of SSDs, such as Kingston SSD, Intel SSD, Western Digital SSD, Seagate SSD, etc.
  • It supports you to migrate data to different storage devices for a backup. You can use it to backup data to cloud service, network locations, NAS, external/internal hard drives, SD cards, etc.
  • It provides you with 2 clone methods – Intelligent Clone and Sector By Sector Clone. The former is the default cloning method, which only clones the existing data (used sectors) on the disk. The latter will clone all the sectors on a hard drive, even if the sector is blank or it is a logically bad sector.

After knowing some basic information of this software, you can download it and follow the steps shown below to clone Inland SSD successfully.

Steps to Clone Inland SSD with AOMEI Backupper

  1. Power off your computer. Unscrew and remove the sides of the computer tower case. Install your newly purchased Inland SSD and restart your computer.
  1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, then you will see its dark blue screen. Click Clone ->Disk Clone to start hard disk copy. It clones all data on the source disk to the target disk.

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  • If you just want to migrate the system to the target SSD, choose System Clone (available in AOMEI Backupper Professional and later). It automatically selects the OS drive and boot-related drives, so you don’t have to worry about losing some important system files.
  1. Select the old HDD on your computer as the source disk and click Next to continue.
  1. Select the Inland SSD as the destination path.
  1. When cloning the hard drive to the SSD, check the SSD Alignment option to increase the write and read speed of the SSD disk, then click Start Clone.
  1. After cloning is complete, set the cloned SSD as the first boot priority in the BIOS to boot from it.

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Out with the Old, in with the New: Your Guide to Windows 10 – Part 2

In last month’s blog post, we covered the end of mainstream support for Windows 7 and the very interesting news surrounding Windows 10 – in particular that the update to Windows 10 will be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for the first year after Windows 10’s release.

It’s great news that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free for a limited time, but do you really want to? What new and compelling features are available in Windows 10 to drive you to upgrade?

The biggest feature of Windows 10 that will satisfy most users is the return of the Start Menu. This isn’t the Start Menu you remember from Windows 7, but rather a blending of the approaches from Windows 7 and Window 8.x, resulting in a Start Menu with live tiles on the side.

For touch-centric devices (large-screen desktops, tablets, etc.), the Start Menu can be expanded to full-screen for a more touch-friendly approach a la Windows 8.x.

Windows 10 further pushes the concept of “Universal Apps” that was introduced with Windows 8. Universal apps allow developers to create solutions that target a vast variety of devices, PCs, and even Xbox. What this means for consumers and businesses that adopt an all-Microsoft computing approach is faster application releases with more universal compatibility across your traditional PCs and mobile devices right out of the gate, and more consistent interfaces across those devices (less user training). Universal apps can sync and share data seamlessly with OneDrive (Microsoft’s file and folder sync solution) and can finally narrow the “app gap” (i.e. fewer apps for Windows Phone than for iOS and Android) and make Windows Phone a good alternative to iOS and Android. The first universal apps will be from Microsoft, including most of the Office suite as well as default Windows apps like Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging, and Mail & Calendar.

Windows 10 packs hundreds of new features to improve usability and productivity, and here are some of the highlights.

Continuum – For hybrid/detachable PCs such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Continumm provides a seamless transition between traditional PC and tablet states. Apps live in windows on the desktop in the former, and run full-screen in the latter.

Cortana – Introduced in Windows Phone 8.1, Cortona is a voice assistant that competes with Google’s Google Now and Apple’s Siri. You can use Cortana to speak to your PC to take actions, take notes, set appointments, among other capabilities.

Spartan – Windows 10 will ship with a new web browser code-named Spartan. Spartan will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser, but Internet Explorer will be retained for compatibility reasons. Spartan will include a streamlined interface, web clipping and sharing, Word-like commenting features, keyboard or pen annotation support, and touch support (something which no PC browser currently does well). Support for browser extensions similar to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome is coming soon.

Windows Store apps in Windows – Microsoft said that Windows Store apps (a.k.a. Modern UI or Metro apps) and regular desktop programs will both run in traditional windows in Windows 10. The programs can be resized and minimized from the bar at the top. In Windows 8.x, Windows Store apps could only run full-screen.

Multiple desktops – Windows 10 will feature something Mac and UNIX (Linux, etc.) users have taken advantage of for years: multiple desktops. This feature allows you to create new desktop workspaces in Windows 10 to organize your open applications. For example, you could have a desktop for basic productivity applications and a separate desktop for design applications (Adobe Creative Cloud or similar). Or you could have web browsers on one desktop, Outlook on another, and financial applications on a third. This feature allows you to organize your workspace to help you work as productively as possible.

Windows 10 for phones and small tablets – Windows 10 will be spread across multiple device types, so Microsoft is dropping the Windows Phone branding and will be consistent with a Windows 10 that works on phones and tablets with screens smaller than 8-inches. The former Windows RT (Windows on ARM processor devices) is nowhere to be seen.

Office universal apps – Windows 10 for phones and small tablets will include free Office universal apps – Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar. Initial impressions are that these are powerful apps which exceed the capabilities of the Office for Mobile apps that currently exist for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. These apps also clearly align with Microsoft’s strategy of “mobile first, cloud first, Windows best,” which will appease those hard-core Microsoft product users who have complained that and Office for iOS and Android product are better than anything Microsoft currently offers for their own mobile platforms.

This information is just scratching the surface of what Windows 10 has to offer, and Microsoft plans to release even more information at upcoming technical conferences. Microsoft says it will ship Windows 10 sometime later in 2015, with end-of-summer being a repeated target. In the meantime, Colden Company is working with the Windows 10 Technical Preview and is taking part in the Windows Insider Program so we are ready to support our customers with information, upgrade and deployment guidance, hardware recommendations, and anything else you can think of when Windows 10 is ready.

The latest Windows updates focus on the needs you’ve expressed to us as we all continue to navigate the world of remote work more securely and with confidence.

Are you a Windows Insider? Check out the Windows Insider blog to see what’s new in the latest preview builds.

Note: Features and app availability may vary by region. Some features may differ for students using Windows 11 SE. Learn more

All the apps you need

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Find the apps, games, and shows you want, fast, in the Microsoft Store app, including your favorite mobile apps that now work on your PC. Plus, search multiple streaming services at once to find movies and shows.

Note: Some features may differ for students using Windows 11 SE. Learn more

Connect with anyone from the taskbar

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Select Chat on the taskbar to start a call or chat with someone. If they’re on iOS, Android, or Mac, it’s easy to send a link so they can join in (select Meet > Copy meeting link).

Everything you care about, one swipe away

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Swipe from left to right or select Widgets from the taskbar to stay up to date on your favorite info.

Quickly organize open apps

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Hover over a window’s maximize button or press Windows logo key + Z, then choose a snap layout to optimize your screen space and your productivity.

Start at the center

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Select Start on the taskbar to get to your favorite apps, recent files, and a powerful search box for finding anything.

Personalize for creativity and productivity

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Windows 11 has options for backgrounds, themes, and desktops to keep you inspired, and ways to customize for your own unique workflow to help you be more productive.

A beautiful, easy-to-use Settings app

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The Settings app is easier to use, with a new navigation design and common controls at the top of key pages, so changing settings is faster and easier.

Get things done like a pro with snap groups

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When working on a specific task, snap two or more open apps or windows to create a snap group. When you want to get back to the snap group later, hover over one of your open apps in the taskbar to find it.

Windows 10, version 21H2 will have a scoped set of features focused on productivity and security.

Enjoy WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security

Get GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows

Use an external camera as the default for Windows Hello

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For those using a Windows-Hello-compatible external camera with a PC that already has a built-in camera, Windows automatically uses that external camera as the default for Windows Hello.

Open documents faster yet securely

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We’ve brought improvements to Windows Defender Application Guard so that your documents open faster, while still checking for possible security concerns. Windows Defender Application Guard helps prevent untrusted Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files from accessing your company’s trusted resources.

Learn more about this update

If you’d like to see all the details of this latest update and learn a little more about how we deliver updates to you, check out the Windows blog.

Choose your favorite color mode

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Make your apps and app tiles stand out with Light or Dark mode.

Keep tabs on your website tabs

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When you’re on a frequently used website and have a lot of tabs open, pin that site to your taskbar. Then, just hover over the pin to see a preview of all the open tabs.

Quickly jump between open web pages with Alt + Tab

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Select the Alt key and tap Tab to toggle through all the apps and items you have open, including website tabs in Microsoft Edge.

Go passwordless with Microsoft accounts on your device

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Keep your device even more secure by removing passwords when signing into Windows with Microsoft accounts on your device.

Have Magnifier read text aloud

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Magnifier, the screen-magnifying feature that comes with Windows 10, can also read text aloud.

Make your text cursor easier to find

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The text cursor indicator adds a splash of color to your text cursor, making it easier to find in a sea of text.

Microsoft’s Windows 11 hardware changes are surprising some

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Windows 11 is arriving later this year as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, but many are discovering that their hardware isn’t compatible. Microsoft has altered its minimum hardware requirements, and it’s the CPU changes that are most surprising here. Windows 11 will only officially support 8th Gen and newer Intel Core processors, alongside Apollo Lake and newer Pentium and Celeron processors.

That potentially rules out millions of existing Windows 10 devices from upgrading to Windows 11 with full support, and even devices like Microsoft’s own Surface Studio 2 which the company is still selling right now for $3,499. Older devices that aren’t officially supported will be met with a warning during the Windows 11 install that the upgrade is not recommended, but the OS should still install.

Windows 11 will also only officially support AMD Ryzen 2000 and newer processors, and 2nd Gen or newer EPYC chips. You can find the full list of supported processors on Microsoft’s site, but here’s the basic breakdown:

Windows 11 support for Intel

  • Intel 8th Gen (Coffee Lake)
  • Intel 9th Gen (Coffee Lake Refresh)
  • Intel 10th Gen (Comet Lake)
  • Intel 10th Gen (Ice Lake)
  • Intel 11th Gen (Rocket Lake)
  • Intel 11th Gen (Tiger Lake)
  • Intel Xeon Skylake-SP
  • Intel Xeon Cascade Lake-SP
  • Intel Xeon Cooper Lake-SP
  • Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP

Windows 11 support for AMD

  • AMD Ryzen 2000
  • AMD Ryzen 3000
  • AMD Ryzen 4000
  • AMD Ryzen 5000
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000
  • AMD EPYC 2nd Gen
  • AMD EPYC 3rd Gen

Originally, Microsoft noted that CPU generation requirements are a “soft floor” limit for the Windows 11 installer, which should have allowed some older CPUs to be able to install Windows 11 with a warning, but hours after we published this story, the company updated that page to explicitly require the list of chips above. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to clarify its CPU requirements and support, and we’ll update you accordingly.

Many Windows 10 users have been downloading Microsoft’s PC Health App (available here) to see whether Windows 11 works on their systems, only to find it fails the check. As Microsoft now requires a TPM (Trusted Platform Module), this has led to some additional confusion around hardware support.

That earlier page said Windows 11 would also require TPM capable of at least 1.2 support and UEFI Secure Boot. Both of these technologies are designed to improve the security of Windows, and prevent malware and ransomware from tampering with encryption keys and other secure elements of the operating system. Now, it appears Microsoft may be mandating TPM 2.0, but again, we’re checking on that.

While Microsoft has required TPM support for OEM hardware certification since Windows 10, it hasn’t actively required Windows to have this fully enabled. That’s changing in Windows 11, and it means if your laptop or PC shipped without these BIOS options enabled then you’re going to have to go searching for a setting to switch on.

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Windows 11 has new hardware requirements.

“Almost every CPU in the last 5-7 years has a TPM,” explains David Weston, director of enterprise and OS security at Microsoft. Weston is recommending that Windows 10 users failing Microsoft’s Windows 11 upgrade checker requirements should ensure BIOS options for “PTT” on Intel systems are enabled, or “PSP fTPM” on AMD devices. As every BIOS has different settings, you might need to refer to your laptop’s manual if you’re struggling to find the option.

If you’ve enabled TPM support but you’re still not passing the Windows 11 upgrade checker, it’s likely because your CPU isn’t on the fully supported list. Intel has confirmed Microsoft’s Windows 11 CPU requirements. “A broad range of Intel-based platforms are expected to support Windows 11: 8th Gen and newer Intel Core processors, as well as Intel Pentium processors and Intel Celeron processors from the ‘Apollo Lake’ generation and newer,” says an Intel spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

This is the first significant shift in Windows hardware requirements since the release of Windows 8 back in 2012, and the CPU changes are understandably catching people by surprise. Microsoft is also requiring a front-facing camera for all Windows 11 devices except desktop PCs from January 2023 onwards. It’s another change that will shape the hardware that Windows 11 will run on in the coming years.

Update, 5:45AM ET: Added details about Microsoft’s soft limit for the Windows 11 installer.

Update, 4:06PM ET: Added that Microsoft’s compatibility page has now changed, with different CPU and TPM requirements.

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Microsoft announced today that they might lower the Windows 11 system requirements to allow Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 CPUs to use the new operating system.

When Microsoft announced Windows 11, they also released new system requirements that significantly reduced the variety of compatible CPUs and other hardware.

Even if your hardware had no problems running Windows 10, Microsoft decided only to allow Intel 8th generation, AMD Zen 2, and Qualcomm 7 and 8 Series processors to be compatible with Windows 11.

They also made it mandatory to have a TPM 2.0 security processor to install or upgrade to Windows 11, which is built into all of the compatible CPUs.

In a new blog post, Microsoft states that they used the following principles when deciding what hardware would be compatible with Windows 11.

  1. Security. Windows 11 raises the bar for security by requiring hardware that can enable protections like Windows Hello, Device Encryption, virtualization-based security (VBS), hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) and Secure Boot. The combination of these features has been shown to reduce malware by 60% on tested devices. To meet the principle, all Windows 11 supported CPUs have an embedded TPM, support secure boot, and support VBS and specific VBS capabilities.
  2. Reliability. Devices upgraded to Windows 11 will be in a supported and reliable state. By choosing CPUs that have adopted the new Windows Driver model and are supported by our OEM and silicon partners who are achieving a 99.8% crash free experience.
  3. Compatibility. Windows 11 is designed to be compatible with the apps you use. It has the fundamentals of >1GHz, 2-c.

After the immense negative feedback from users running Windows 10 flawlessly and now finding their devices unable to run Windows 11, Microsoft has stated in a blog post that they may lower the hardware requirements to include Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 CPUs.

“As we release to Windows Insiders and partner with our OEMs, we will test to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that may meet our principles,” Microsoft said in a new blog post.

Microsoft also acknowledged the confusion they caused with the updated hardware requirements, especially when it came to the now required TPM 2.0 requirement.

“Based on the feedback so far, we acknowledge that it was not fully prepared to share the level of detail or accuracy you expected from us on why a Windows 10 PC doesn’t meet upgrade requirements,” said Microsoft.

Unfortunately, the confusion continues as a more detailed Windows 11 minimum hardware requirements doc indicates that OEMs can request approval to ship Windows 11 without TPM support enabled.

“Upon approval from Microsoft, OEM systems for special purpose commercial systems, custom order, and customer systems with a custom image are not required to ship with a TPM support enabled.” – Microsoft

As a TPM 2.0 processor powers many of the security features in Windows 11, it is unclear why Microsoft would allow it to be disabled for OEM systems.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Metro UI: Past, Present and Future

Posted by Richard Chao in “Windows Phone Software” @ 03:00 PM

“. a summary of a talk the Windows Phone Design Team has given a couple times recently, on the history and the future of the Metro design language.”

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

One of the first things that comes to mind when you pick up a Windows Phone 7 device is how simplistic yet effective Metro UI is. Its concept of glanceable live information on clean tiles without added chrome is refreshing. It is such a departure from every other competing OS who for the most part still use icon driven graphical user interface which apparently dates back to as early as 1945.

The presentation by the Windows Phone Design Team details the inspirations behind Metro. It is a good lesson in user interface design and a good primer on the origins of the modern GUI. It also gives us a hint of how they would like to see Metro evolve.

What do you think about Metro and how would you evolve it?

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Microsoft has certainly been keeping us all on our toes as of late, and just a couple of days after its big Surface tablet reveal, the Redmond-based team are back in the headlines – this time appearing at the Windows Phone Summit to spill the goods on Windows Phone 8, due for release sometime in the final quarter of this year. So what’s new? Well, quite a lot actually.

The most immediate change apparent in Windows Phone 8 is a re-designed Start Screen, which now more closely resembles the user experience (UI) offered by the desktop and tablet iterations of Windows 8. However, these similarities go more than skin deep and Microsoft states that each device running Windows 8 will share a common Core – essentially enabling developers to write apps for each device easier than before. This unification of the Windows platform on all devices appears to be a primary goal for the company going forward.

In addition to the new UI overhaul, Skype will be more fully baked into Windows Phone 8 in order to offer a better experience to users of the VoIP service recently acquired by Microsoft. Incoming calls from Skype and other VoIP services are said to “feel like any other call” and, from the screenshots we’ve seen thus far, the implementation of this does indeed look very slick.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Bing Maps has been jettisoned in favor of Nokia Maps and Navigation. The new navigation system will feature turn-by-turn instructions and also boast 3D-Mapping and an option to store maps offline. The general consensus seems to be that Nokia’s existing mapping capabilities are very good and so this will hopefully prove to be a smart move by Microsoft.

Aiming to leverage its vast office-based market, Microsoft will ship Windows Phone 8 with several business-friendly features which include device encryption, remote management and an all new Company Hub – allowing you to take the job home with you more fully than ever before. In a good way, of course .

The Wallet hub will support NFC payments as well as the ability to store credit card information, membership cards and so forth. It looks much like a mash-up of Google’s NFC payments and Apple’s Passbook, and signals the big push coming from the mobile technology sector for this kind of modern wallet-free technology to become commonplace.

How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

Existing Windows Phone users may feel less cause for celebration, as there will not be an upgrade path available to those using Windows Phone 7. The sting is taken out of this somewhat by a promised software update for users of the older devices, which will bring the mobile operating system much of the sheen of its younger replacement, including the redesigned Start Screen.

We reached out to Microsoft for a comment regarding the lack of upgrade possibility for Windows Phone 7 users and a representative confirmed that it simply wasn’t feasible to bring the features to the older hardware, stating:

Many of the new capabilities in Windows Phone 8 are hardware related; things like multicore support, near-field communication (NFC), even the graphics elements rely on hardware that is simply not present in existing Windows Phone devices. So doing the work to get the full Windows Phone 8 release as an upgrade to existing devices just didn’t make sense. Multicore and NFC support don’t add any value to a phone without the hardware to use them. We decided instead to focus on making Windows Phone 8 the best release for the upcoming generation of hardware AND bring some of the marquee features (like the new Start Screen) to existing devices.

The following technical details leaking in from the Summit further cement this notion:

  • Multi-core processors will now be supported
  • Larger screen resolutions, up to high definition 720p
  • Removable Micro-SD cards for the storing of media files

    NFC wireless sharing to be implementedClearly Microsoft feels that to catch up with the big players in the smartphone scene like Apple and Samsung, some hard sacrifices are going to need to be made. We’ll get to decide for ourselves if the company is right later this year.

    You still have some time to decide if you want to upgrade to Windows 11.

    Alison DeNisco Rayome

    Alison DeNisco Rayome is a managing editor at CNET, now covering smart home topics after writing about services and software. Alison was previously an editor at TechRepublic.

    Windows 11 began its rollout to eligible devices on Oct. 5 , meaning that Windows 10 is slowly on the way out. But, that doesn’t mean Microsoft’s older operating system is obsolete yet. In fact, Windows 10 November 2021 update is now available . And, “at least one version of” Windows 10 will run through Oct. 14, 2025 , said John Cable, vice president of program management at Microsoft, in a November blog post.

    If you’re wondering how long you actually have to make the switch to Windows 11 and how long you can safely wait before updating, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll also explain how to download Windows 11 , how to tell whether your computer is compatible and who gets the update for free . Read on for everything you need to know about the end of Windows 10 support and prepping for Windows 11.

    When is Microsoft ending support for Windows 10, and why?

    Support for Windows 10 will end on Oct. 14, 2025. That means Microsoft will no longer provide security patches or feature updates for the Home, Pro, Enterprise, Pro Education and Pro for Workstations editions at this time — affecting virtually all Windows 10 users. (The only people who have until 2029 are the few Windows 10 Enterprise Long Term Support Channel users.)

    This doesn’t come as a surprise: Microsoft has a long-established Fixed Lifestyle Policy for many of its products. For each version of its OS, the company offers a minimum of 10 years of support (at least five years of mainstream support like security updates and no-charge incident support, followed by five years of extended support like paid troubleshooting).

    Windows 10 was released in July 2015, so its 10-year life cycle will have come to a close by October 2025. Here’s everything you need to know about the end of Windows 10 support .

    Windows 10’s days are numbered.

    Do I have to make the switch to Windows 11? Will my Windows 10 computer stop working after Microsoft pulls support?

    You’ll still be able to use your Windows 10 computer the same way you have been, just like a lot of people are still using Windows 7 or Windows 8, though Microsoft pulled support for both of those in recent years. However, once support ends, you won’t get any security updates, which could leave your computer vulnerable — many forms of malware target Windows devices.

    If you don’t want to stop using your Windows 10 machine after support ends in 2025, there are certain steps you can take to better secure it .

    Will my computer be able to run Windows 11?

    It depends. If you recently bought a new PC , that computer should be able to run Windows 11. To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, go to Microsoft’s website for a list of requirements.

    The easiest way to find out is to download the PC Health Check app to check if your machine is compatible. Alternatively, you can use another open-source app called WhyNotWin11 to see if your device is compatible. Plus, here’s how to check some hardware compatibility with Windows 11 without either tool.

    Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 7, will come without the Internet Explorer browser pre-installed when it is released this October.

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    It means that computer users will have to download and install a web browser of their choice when they upgrade their computer to Windows 7, which goes on sale on Oct 22.

    Microsoft said it made it’s decision following an anti-trust investigation by the European Union. That on-going legal case is seeking to establish whether Microsoft’s practice of pre-installing Internet Explorer on its software is anti-competitive to other browser makers, such as Mozilla, makers of Firefox, Opera, Google, which makes Chrome, and Apple, which makes Safari.

    The EU’s preliminary findings ruled that Microsoft’s bundling of Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system violates European competition laws.

    “We’re committed to making Windows 7 available in Europe at the same time that it launches in the rest of the world, but we also must comply with European competition law as we launch the product,” said Dave Heiner, deputy general counsel for Microsoft.

    “Given the pending legal proceeding, we’ve decided that instead of including Internet Explorer in Windows 7 in Europe, we will offer it separately and on an easy-to-install basis to both computer manufacturers and users.

    “This means that computer manufacturers and users will be free to install Internet Explorer on Windows 7, or not, as they prefer. Of course, they will also be free, as they are today, to install other web browsers.”

    However, EU regulators have accused Microsoft of offering less choice, not more, as a result of this move. The Commission said it would have preferred to see computers supplied with a choice of browsers, “not that Windows should be supplied with no browser at all”.

    It said it would also have to consider whether “this initial step of technical separation of Internet Explorer from Windows could be negated by other actions by Microsoft”.

    Opera, one of Microsoft’s competitors in the browser market, said the US company had not gone far enough.

    “I don’t think what Microsoft announced is going to restore competition,” said Hakon Wium, Opera’s chief technology officer. “I don’t think its going to be enough, I don’t think it will get them off the hook.” He joined calls for Microsoft to offer a variety of browsers with each new Windows machine, rather than no browsers at all.

    Last year, Microsoft was fined €899m (£765m) by the European Commission for anti-competitive behaviour regarding the way it bundled its Windows Media Player with copies of Windows.

    Internet Explorer currently accounts for around 65 per cent of web browsers in use. Mozilla’s Firefox is second, with a 22.5 per cent share, followed by Apple’s Safari with 8.4 per cent, and Google’s Chrome with 1.8 per cent. Other browsers, such as Netscape and Opera, cound for less than one per cent, according to Market Share.

    How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

    How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

    Microsoft has certainly been keeping us all on our toes as of late, and just a couple of days after its big Surface tablet reveal, the Redmond-based team are back in the headlines – this time appearing at the Windows Phone Summit to spill the goods on Windows Phone 8, due for release sometime in the final quarter of this year. So what’s new? Well, quite a lot actually.

    The most immediate change apparent in Windows Phone 8 is a re-designed Start Screen, which now more closely resembles the user experience (UI) offered by the desktop and tablet iterations of Windows 8. However, these similarities go more than skin deep and Microsoft states that each device running Windows 8 will share a common Core – essentially enabling developers to write apps for each device easier than before. This unification of the Windows platform on all devices appears to be a primary goal for the company going forward.

    In addition to the new UI overhaul, Skype will be more fully baked into Windows Phone 8 in order to offer a better experience to users of the VoIP service recently acquired by Microsoft. Incoming calls from Skype and other VoIP services are said to “feel like any other call” and, from the screenshots we’ve seen thus far, the implementation of this does indeed look very slick.

    How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

    Bing Maps has been jettisoned in favor of Nokia Maps and Navigation. The new navigation system will feature turn-by-turn instructions and also boast 3D-Mapping and an option to store maps offline. The general consensus seems to be that Nokia’s existing mapping capabilities are very good and so this will hopefully prove to be a smart move by Microsoft.

    Aiming to leverage its vast office-based market, Microsoft will ship Windows Phone 8 with several business-friendly features which include device encryption, remote management and an all new Company Hub – allowing you to take the job home with you more fully than ever before. In a good way, of course .

    The Wallet hub will support NFC payments as well as the ability to store credit card information, membership cards and so forth. It looks much like a mash-up of Google’s NFC payments and Apple’s Passbook, and signals the big push coming from the mobile technology sector for this kind of modern wallet-free technology to become commonplace.

    How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

    Existing Windows Phone users may feel less cause for celebration, as there will not be an upgrade path available to those using Windows Phone 7. The sting is taken out of this somewhat by a promised software update for users of the older devices, which will bring the mobile operating system much of the sheen of its younger replacement, including the redesigned Start Screen.

    We reached out to Microsoft for a comment regarding the lack of upgrade possibility for Windows Phone 7 users and a representative confirmed that it simply wasn’t feasible to bring the features to the older hardware, stating:

    Many of the new capabilities in Windows Phone 8 are hardware related; things like multicore support, near-field communication (NFC), even the graphics elements rely on hardware that is simply not present in existing Windows Phone devices. So doing the work to get the full Windows Phone 8 release as an upgrade to existing devices just didn’t make sense. Multicore and NFC support don’t add any value to a phone without the hardware to use them. We decided instead to focus on making Windows Phone 8 the best release for the upcoming generation of hardware AND bring some of the marquee features (like the new Start Screen) to existing devices.

    The following technical details leaking in from the Summit further cement this notion:

  • Multi-core processors will now be supported
  • Larger screen resolutions, up to high definition 720p
  • Removable Micro-SD cards for the storing of media files

    NFC wireless sharing to be implementedClearly Microsoft feels that to catch up with the big players in the smartphone scene like Apple and Samsung, some hard sacrifices are going to need to be made. We’ll get to decide for ourselves if the company is right later this year.

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    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    Metro UI: Past, Present and Future

    Posted by Richard Chao in “Windows Phone Software” @ 03:00 PM

    “. a summary of a talk the Windows Phone Design Team has given a couple times recently, on the history and the future of the Metro design language.”

    How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

    One of the first things that comes to mind when you pick up a Windows Phone 7 device is how simplistic yet effective Metro UI is. Its concept of glanceable live information on clean tiles without added chrome is refreshing. It is such a departure from every other competing OS who for the most part still use icon driven graphical user interface which apparently dates back to as early as 1945.

    The presentation by the Windows Phone Design Team details the inspirations behind Metro. It is a good lesson in user interface design and a good primer on the origins of the modern GUI. It also gives us a hint of how they would like to see Metro evolve.

    What do you think about Metro and how would you evolve it?

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Experience Windows Phone 7 Series on your Windows Desktop with Omnimo UI

    Posted by Eriq Cook in “Windows Phone Customizations & Content” @ 09:28 PM

    “Can’t wait for Windows Phone 7 Series, but can’t hack the emulator, either? Don’t lose hope, Windows junkies — you can still bring some semblance of WP7S order into your life with this Metro UI-inspired desktop HUD. “

    How to restore uninstalled modern ui apps that ship with windows 8

    Omnimo UI is an open-source Windows desktop customization tool based on Rainmeter, which will overlay your desktop with the look & feel of Windows Phone 7 Series. It’s a pretty interesting tool and includes many useful widgets, shortcuts and “live” services including Gmail, Twitter, iTunes and more.

    Omnimo UI is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. There’s a detailed guide over at Lifehacker with desktop preparation and installation instructions.

    Personally I’ve never installed a desktop customization tool and have to wonder how it affects overall Windows desktop performance. But I’m tempted to find a spare workstation and test it out (this wouldn’t be a bad tool to use on a slate-style device).

    Are any of you currently using Omnimo UI or plan on trying it out? Give us your feedback!