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    Microsoft to impose one tablet only restriction for Windows 8 tablet chipmakers

    Posted: 01 Jun 2011 09:20 PM PDT

    Microsoft has asked Windows 8 tablet chipmakers to work with no more than one computer manufacturer, according to three insider sources as reported by Bloomberg.

    Chipmakers will be incentivized to do so since agreeing to Microsoft’s terms may mean a better performing device and lower prices for hardware. Acer CEO Chairman J.T.Wang had a negative response to this decision:

    They're really controlling the whole thing, the whole process. They try to set the game rules,…all feel it's very troublesome

    Chipmakers will still be allowed to manufacture for Windows 8 tablets, although if they don’t agree to Microsoft’s terms, they won’t be able to enjoy the incentives Microsoft is claiming to provide.

    Although not popularly perceived by most, Microsoft’s intentions are most likely good. The restriction would allow Microsoft more control over its partners, and as a result, allow tablets to be released to the market quicker.

    This move suggests Microsoft may be toughening on quality control to ensure Windows 8 runs on tablets with adequate hardware. It was only a couple years ago when Windows Vista was perceived as slow and sluggish by many who were not running adequate hardware. An extreme hypothesis on this move would suggest that Microsoft is trying to push specific marketable tablets, rather than tens and hundreds of Windows 8 tablets, in order to directly compete with the iPad.

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    Official New Windows 8 Touch Interface Video Preview

    Posted: 01 Jun 2011 08:24 PM PDT

    Microsoft has finally revealed Windows 8 to the public. The video displayed largely focuses on Windows 8′s touch interface features. Take a look:

    You’ll notice right away that it is nothing we have seen before, although it is completely in line with past rumors claiming that a Metro-UI look will be sported.

    The native applications designed are wonderful with sleek animations and beautiful backgrounds. It is extremely evident that Microsoft has really paid attention to the increasing use of the web, along with taking in consideration the flaws that exist on today’s tablet UIs.

    In doing so, they introduce many unique features to the touch-UI of Windows 8. The major feature to be seen here is the “Start-Screen”, which features a personal mosaic of tiles, which are representative of their respective apps. The purpose of these apps is that data and feedback (such as weather data) can be seen immediately on the Start-screen without having to open the app itself.

    Also worth mentioning is that the RSS app displays feeds in a magazine-like format, with pictures being the focus instead of the headlines.

    Another cool feature is the ability to bring a second app into the window and have it snap to the side. The RSS app was used as an example while a video was being played. You could also stretch the RSS app, so it becomes the main app instead of the video. This adds a lot more multi-tasking possibility than we’ve seen before. Imagine having weather or stock information on the side while browsing the net.

    One thing that really stands out is the smoothness of the overall touch experience. There was actually no lag or jitterness. The UI reacted perfectly to touch and even during multi-tasking were there no signs of lag.

    This is excellent news from Microsoft, especially with the lack of leaks we’ve been seeing around here. Below is the official list of features from Microsoft from the preview:

    • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
    • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
    • Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
    • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
    • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
    • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10

    Revolutionary? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

    Edit: More screenshots from Engadget as well

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    Windows 8 new file system – Protogon

    Posted: 01 Jun 2011 02:11 PM PDT

    Since the NTFS filesystem was introduced with Windows NT, ITWorld’s Sando Villinger seems to have discovered that Windows 8 may perhaps be the OS that Microsoft will use to debut a next generation filesystem – Protogon.

    I’ve also dug up traces of some underlying file system changes that I couldn’t quite make sense of, such as an entirely new file system driver called “NT Protogon FS driver”, which looks like a kernel mode driver for some sort of (yet unknown) file system called Protogon. It’s unclear, whether this is a major new file system or just some minor subsystem.

    In the pre-beta leak build examined, there was also a new Windows service called “Spot Verifier.” Although not specifically stated, further examination within DLL files showed that this service allows for checking of bad-sectors in real time, so they can be identified in order to avoid data loss or damage. Could this service be a result of the capabilities of Protogon?

    It should also be noted that Rafael Rivera had the following to say when asked by Mary Jo-Foley about Protogon. Rafael was responsible for a couple feature leaks in the past:

    [Protogon] seems to incorporate database-like concepts like transactions, cursors, rows and tables. He said it includes a string, which seems to indicate Protogon could replace or at least emulate NTFS (the NT file system) as needed.

    It is no secret that Microsoft has been trying to introduce a new file-system to replace NTFS as the default in Windows. Microsoft previously tried to reveal a new filesystem with Windows Vista – dubbed WinFS – however the project was later scrapped.

    As seen in the picture above from BetaArchive, despite it being identified in Disk Management, it doesn’t seem to be identifiable within Command Prompt. This suggests that it was still very early in development at the time of the build compilation. However, this seems to be the case with most Windows 8 leaks and discoveries today as a result of Microsoft’s efforts in curbing Windows 8 leaks.



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