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Windows Blue, build 9364 leaked

We have been writing about Windows 8 since long and as we have exclusively posted news about Windows 8, it’s time to post about future Windows as well. We know that Microsoft would be releasing Windows blue this year which would sought of be an upgrade and Windows 9 next year. Now coming to the news, we have just posted on our another site windows9beta that first Windows blue build 9364 has been leaked and so thought of sharing it here as well.

Here are the details of the build-

Name: 9364.0.FBL_PARTNER_OUT13.130315-2105_X86FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-IMP_CCSA_DV5.ISO

Size: 2,63 GB

HASH: 179B588DFC21CCF4B76B7E9BE505A51D00F52D6F

We would soon try to post more screenshots for this build, and for more information related to windows 9 do visit windows9beta.com

Windows 8 RTM now available on technet and MSDN

We were knowing that Microsoft would be releasing Windows 8 RTM to Technet and MSDN subscribers on August 15, and finally it is available for download on these sites. All the versions namely Windows 8, Windows 8 pro and Windows 8 Enterprise is available for download. Microsoft has reduced the number of keys available to technet subscribers to reduce piracy. We do have a TechNet Professional (NFR) subscription and only 1 key of Windows 8 and Windows 8 enterprise is available.

For those who don’t have technet or MSDN subscription have to wait till October 26, when Windows 8 would be released to public. If you have Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 then you can upgrade to Windows 8 for cheap.

Windows 8 Enterprise RTM has been leaked

It has been just couple of days when Microsoft announced that Windows 8 has been RTMed, now Wzor has leaked the Enterprise version of Windows 8 RTM. The x64 version has been leaked and other SKU’s may leak soon. Here are the details of the leak-

MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.ENTERPRISE-N.RTM.X64.VOLUME.ENGLISH.NON-BOOTDVD-SAMOVARWZ
BUILD: 9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247
9200.16384.120725-1247_x64fre_enterprisen_en-us_VL_EnterpriseN-NONBOOT_DVD.rar
SIZE: 3,009,678,501 byte
SHA-1: 06E84C99BB14949443018DC4E6447A7501BD25E4
MD5: B70FE9CDE8B3C5E7E360660F64F8FF58

It has been confirmed by various sites that the leak is indeed legit and it doesn’t contains Windows Media Center as expected.

Windows 8 would be released on October 26 and we would like to warn our users not to download the pirated version and wait till october 26 or if you have technet or MSN subscription you can download it earlier. We would post here once Windows 8 is available on technet or MSDN.

Windows 8 Release Preview now available for Download on Technet and MSDN

We have recently posted that Windows Server 2012 Release candidate has been available for download, now the client version of Windows 8 is available for download on Technet and MSDN.

Here are the details of the files-

Windows 8 Release Preview 64 bit



Size: 3353 MB

Windows 8 Release Preview 32 bit



Size: 2494 MB

If you have MSDN subscription you can download from here  and technet subscribers can download from here

We would be posting the links here once it is available for download on public servers.

Update: Everyone can download Windows 8 Release Preview from here- http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate available for Download

We have earlier posted regarding the blog post, which detailed that Windows 8 release preview would be released today, till now the client version has been released but we are able to get the links of Windows Server 2012 Release candidate. Here is some information regarding Windows Server 2012-

The next release of Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, will offer businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. It securely connects across premises and helps IT Professionals to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently.
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC):

  • Takes you beyond virtualization
  • Delivers the power of many servers with the simplicity of one
  • Opens the door to every app on any cloud
  • Enables the modern work style

You can download Windows Server 2012 Release candidate from here.

We would be posting the links of Windows 8 Release preview as soon as they are available.

Microsoft to release Windows 8 release preview in first week of June

After much speculations about the release date of Windows 8 Release preview (the Release candidate version), Microsoft has finally confirmed that it would be released in the first week of june. During the Windows Developer Days conference in Japan, Steven Sinofsky announced about the Windows 8 Release preview. After that the official Building Windows 8 Twitter account tweeted about it-

Announce…Windows 8 Release Preview first week of June. Here’s the announce from Japan’s Windows 8 Dev Days #thankyou

Windows 8 release preview

In the first week of June itself Microsoft E3 press conference would be held where new games like Halo 4,Modern Warfare 3, Tomb Raider, and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier would be released. The first week would surely going to be jam packed with lot of information from Microsoft. Windows 8 is expected to be released during the holiday season though seeing the pace of Windows 8 release we may expect the final version to be released even in September.

Microsoft to add 33 more markets to Windows Store during next release

When Microsoft released the Windows Store along with the release of Windows 8 consumer preview, the Windows app submission for developers was only limited for 5 countries namely France, Germany, India, Japan, and United States, now they have posted on the Windows Store blog that 33 new countries would be added during the next Windows 8 major release which would be the RC version. Here are the countries which would be included in next release-

In an upcoming pre-release version of Windows, we’re expanding this list to include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.

You can check the annual Windows store registration fees here where they have listed all the 38 countries including the mode of payment as well. Developers would also be able to submit the apps in 109 languages, 7 more than they could do so during consumer preview but the app should be available in one of the 12 app certification languages.

The blog post also states that they are no longer accepting new apps for the Consumer preview Windows apps, giving signs that we may see the release preview version soon.

Microsoft officially announces Windows 8 SKU’s

Microsoft has today officially announced the Windows 8 SKU’s. According to the blog post Windows 8 would have 3 editions besides the usual enterprise edition. The three editions are- Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. Microsoft has also announced Windows 8 would be the official name of the next operating system to be released by Microsoft.

Only 2 versions would be available for sale namely Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft has renamed Windows on ARM to Windows RT and will be available only pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors. Microsoft has also clarified that none of the versions would be a compromised version as we currently have Windows 7 Starter edition.

Here are the set of features which are expected in different versions-

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store x x x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) x x x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) x
Internet Explorer 10 x x x
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update x x x
Enhanced Task Manager x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) x x x
Better multiple monitor support x x x
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x

The blog post also states that media pack would be available as a ‘media pack’ addon to Windows 8 pro.

Windows 8 theme: Nightfall and Starlight panoramic theme

Microsoft has been continuously releasing themes for Windows 7, today Microsoft has released a theme for Windows 8 as well. This theme can work on both Windows 8 developer preview and on Windows 8 consumer preview. The theme is named as Nightfall and Starlight panoramic theme and consists of 9 very beautiful wallpapers. Being Panoramic images these images would extend on both the screens if you are using dual monitors of same resolution. If you are using a single monitor, the central part of the wallpaper is shown.

Here are the details of the theme-

“Designed to extend seamlessly across dual monitors with identical resolution settings, this dramatic free theme for your Windows 8 Consumer Preview desktop also shifts your glass color to match each stunning, wide-angle image. Explore distant galaxies, verdant meadows, steep mountains, and serene seas without ever leaving your chair”

You can download this wonderful theme from here

 

Exclusive: Apps for Windows 8 to be listed on apps.microsoft.com

Microsoft has released Windows 8 consumer preview and along with it, Microsoft has also launched the Windows Store for Windows 8. We can now access apps from within the Windows Store, but accessing apps from web is currently not possible. Microsoft has posted on the Windows Store for developers blog that the apps can be accessed via web, but none of the links worked till now. One of the screenshot in the blog post points to the apps.microsoft.com, but when checked the link wasn’t working.

Further investigating in the issue we were able to find several links to apps on apps.microsoft.com site but we weren’t able to find main page. Here are the links to some of the apps-

Photobucket app- http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-us/app/photobucket/f801076a-d68f-460a-93c8-771af2193156/m/ROW

Vimeo App- http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-us/app/vimeo/6608d199-07c0-42b8-9906-bbaace6d0a44/m/ROW

Cut The rope- http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-us/app/cut-the-rope/8b6b432c-ed2d-4530-8f56-7ebe4676dcd4/m/ROW

WordPress.com App- http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-us/app/wordpress-com/a47ceb1d-b47c-48b0-ba1c-b81bb6ed2220/m/ROW

Skydrive app- http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-us/app/skydrive/2682e314-15ab-4510-bbb3-d33da78a44d9/m/ROW

The apps on website are currently listed in English, German, French, Japanese and Chinese. The main website is not live and probably Microsoft won’t be releasing it until the launch of Windows 8 RTM.