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Windows 8 Server Core Promises Cheaper Clouds

Microsoft has enhanced Server Core in Windows Server 8 to make it more flexible and user friendly, and as a result the company says organizations can save thousands of dollars – or more – simply by using the feature in their private cloud deployments.

Server Core is a stripped down version of Windows Server that includes only the bare essentials necessary for certain types of server roles, such as a DNS server or file and print server, that don’t require all the components included in Windows Server, such as a GUI and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Said to Finish Windows 8 in Summer, Debut October

The initial rollout will include devices running Intel Corp. (INTC) and ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) chips, making good on Microsoft’s promise to support both standards, said the people, who declined to be named because the plans are confidential. In embracing ARM technology, Microsoft is using the same kind of processors as Apple Inc.’s iPad. Still, there will be fewer than five ARM devices in the debut, compared with more than 40 Intel machines.

Microsoft Says Windows Phone Will Pass Apple in China

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world’s largest software maker, said its Windows Phone operating system will propel it past Apple Inc. (AAPL) in China’s smartphone market as its partners release devices costing as little as $158.
Passing Apple is an “interim goal” as the company’s longer-term objective is to supplant Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android as the local market leader, Simon Leung, Microsoft’s chairman and chief executive officer for the Greater China region, told reporters in Beijing today. He didn’t give a time frame for reaching the targets.

First wave of Windows 8 tablets rumored to arrive in October

On the heels of a report that Microsoft is aiming to release Windows 8 in September or October, a new rumor claims first-tier tablet vendors will launch their first Windows 8 devices in October.

Windows 8: The Future Is Touch Technology

Windows 8 with the Metro user interface.

Microsoft first used the Metro user interface in full with the Windows Phone platform, which first started with Windows Phone 7, which was a replacement for the aging Windows Mobile platform, that was far behind the competition; primarily being Apple, Google and Research In Motion (which has their BlackBerry mobile products and operating system platform). Metro is a very interesting user interface and fun to use. It has the simplest user interface elements possible, while being incredibly slick, in addition with the smooth and consistent animations when scrolling, opening and closing apps.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview hits 1 million downloads

Microsoft’s Windows 8 development team announced on Twitter today that it had reached 1 million downloads of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview within the first 24 hours of its release. This bodes well for the pre-release of Microsoft’s next OS, or at least shows that people are interested in the dramatic changes the system will bring to the table.

Many of the features are still rough around the edges, and the Consumer Preview made available Wednesday was not an official stable release, but anyone who wants to take it for a spin can download it for free from Microsoft’s website.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that 1 million people are actually using the Consumer Preview right now, as people can download the OS any number of times, or download it once and forget about it.

Microsoft: SkyDrive App Confirmed for Windows 8

SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage product, will be getting a Metro-style app with Windows 8, the company announced today.

Also coming for SkyDrive will be a desktop app for Internet Explorer and the ability to fetch remote files from the Web, the software giant revealed on its Building Window 8 blog.

Files can be browsed and accessed through the SkyDrive Metro-style app, but can also be picked from the drive or saved to the drive through apps.

Windows Metro SkyDrive

8 features Windows 8 borrowed from Linux

Though Windows 8 and Linux distributions differ greatly from each other in design, ideology and — last but not least — their primary audience, they’re all built on the same basic principles of OS design so there’s bound to be some overlap. And while Microsoft has long been accused of stealing from the open source community, according to some Linux fans, it’s getting to the point where Microsoft simply appropriates good Linux features.

I’ve been following the Windows 8 development very closely and noticed some hefty backlash on some of the features of Windows 8.

Windows 8 vs Linux

This was especially true in some Linux/Windows forums and the Building 8 blog, where Sinofsky and friends write extensively about the new upcoming Windows iteration.

All this fingerpointing made me curious about where some of the best new-to-Windows features in Windows 8 really came from and how Microsoft put its own spin on them (or not).

Windows 8 Threatens Apple, Mac OS X, iOS: 10 Reasons Why

As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 8 toward the end of the year, just about every company in the market is wondering how they will be affected. Windows is not like any other operating system that just simply hits store shelves and does little to shake things up.

Windows has historically been a major change agent in the software space—and with its major modifications, Windows 8 will be no exception. And surprisingly, Apple might be one of those companies impacted greatly by Microsoft’s latest offering.

Windows 8 vs. OS X Lion

 

For the first time in a long time, Microsoft seems to be acknowledging that it is gunning for Mac OS X and iOS with its Windows launch. Apple is now a major threat to Microsoft’s business, and the gloves have come off in Redmond. It’s time to fight.