Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview.

Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1 Preview at BUILD 2013 conference in San-Fransisco today. This is the first major update to both Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Windows 8.1-a free update to Windows 8-is coming later this year.
Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview are prerelease versions of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview include enhancements in personalization, search, apps, the Windows Store, and cloud connectivity, and have the security and reliability features.
Windows 8.1 Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 8.
The final version should be RTM in August so that it can be widely available for the 2013 holiday season, roughly a year after the debut of Windows 8.     
You can download Preview here:

Additional information:

Everything you need to know about the Windows 8.1 Preview (FAQ)

Windows 8.1 Pricing Revealed

Windows 8.1 feature comparison chart,

 Windows at Build 2013:

50 Best New Features In Windows 8.1 [Must Read]

Want to know what’s new in Windows 8.1? Microsoft releases a 52 page guide

The ultimate guide to what’s new in the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 and RT:

Screenshot tour of new Windows 8.1 features:

Rapid Release Cycle Is The New Norm, Says Steve Ballmer:

Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 will support WebGL, SPDY, but no WebRTC:

At Build, Microsoft moving to post-PC era on its own terms:

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft Steps Back Toward Operating System Relevance:

Microsoft Build 2013 keynote:

Microsoft Delivers the Windows 8.1 Preview, Promises Metro Office:

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Preview Introduces A Smarter Virtual Keyboard For Touchscreens:

Microsoft Launches Windows 8.1 Preview With Start Button, Deep SkyDrive Integration, Smarter Search Tool & More:

Microsoft Doubles Down With Bing for Windows 8.1:,2817,2421054,00.asp

Windows 8.1: Eight of the New Features Coming Later This Year:

Windows 8.1: A complete list of changes and new features:

Windows 9 release date, news and rumours

The Metro hater's guide to the Windows 8.1 Preview

Microsoft's Windows 8.1: When will users get the final bits?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Microsoft has posted Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for public consumption today.
A number of editions are available for the Preview:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for IT Professionals

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview on Windows Azure

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for Developers

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview

All of them will expire on January 15, 2014.

Download links:

 Put Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision to work today

Additional Information:
Enterprises bet on Microsoft devices and services to accelerate business worldwide :
What’s New in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2:
What's New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2:
What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:
Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2: Deployment and Remote Access:
Windows Server 2012 R2 Screens  /Arman Obosyan blog
Features Removed or Deprecated in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview -
 Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Test Lab Guide
Giddy-up! Step-by-step Instructions for Building a Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Lab
 Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview: Your cloud on-ramp is under construction
First look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V shines on
Microsoft touts Linux virtualization improvements coming in Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Widens Enterprise Cloud Gateway

 It's a new (virtual) world with Windows Server 2012 R2

 Windows Server 2012 R2 Available October 18th:   

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Windows 8 powered hardware: News and reviews.

Some companies are betting heavily on Windows 8, making multiple lines of  devices, including  laptops, all-in-ones, smartphones, tablets and PC's. It would be interesting to take a brief look at them all in one place and analyze hits and misses.

Top picks: The best Windows 8 tablet laptops, convertibles, and Ultrabooks

The best 11.6-inch laptops and hybrids that you can buy now

Are miniature Windows 8 tablets useful? Surprisingly so

Don't buy a new PC or Mac before you read this

New Windows 8 PCs use touchscreens, hybrid designs and Haswell to capture attention

The 5 Best Windows 8 Tablets,2817,2417564,00.asp

The Best Windows Phones,2817,2420693,00.asp

Microsoft is implementing pretty stiff price cuts on some laptop-tablet hybrids. Is this just the beginning?

The new breed: Windows 8 PCs that innovate

CES 2013: The coming of Windows 8 'table PCs' and supertablets

2 Windows 8 touch-screen laptops for tight budgets

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft is building a Surface RT 2
Microsoft unveils a 256GB Surface Pro variant aimed at businesses
Microsoft Surface Pro
Five usability tips for Microsoft's Surface RT
Microsoft Surface review:
Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features
The Surface Pro has survived Round One. I would even call it a success. And, yes, Microsoft should definitely stay in the PC-making business.
Microsoft Surface Pro
It’s a Tablet. No, It’s a PC. Surface Pro Is Both.
Surface RT vs Surface Pro- Comparison
Microsoft Surface Pro versus the competition
Microsoft Surface Pro Review: A Tablet/Laptop Hybrid With Compromises


Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review
Lenovo Miix hands-on: Affordable $550 Windows 8 tablet with its own keyboard case
Lenovo launches Miix multi-mode Windows 8 tablet
Lenovo will update its laptop lines just in time for back-to-school. Here's what is new:
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx review: a decent Windows 8 tablet, but not Lenovo's best
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga running Windows 8 pops up online for sale
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch review: one of our favorite Ultrabooks gets a touchscreen
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review: an old form factor gets new life with Windows 8


Samsung unveils two new tablets
Samsung goes big with Windows 8-powered Ativ line
Windows 8, Android combine in the amazing Samsung Ativ Q (pictures)
Ativ Q: a first look at Samsung's new Windows 8 and Android hybrid laptop
Samsung's Ativ Book 9 Lite is a cheap 13-inch Windows 8 laptop with a touchscreen. Check out our hands-on:
Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Plus: “For anyone that wanted a retina MacBook Air, this is worth a look” 
No, it’s not a massive Galaxy Tab. It’s the 21.5 inch Samsung Ativ One 5 Style, an all-in-one for the Galaxy crowd
The Samsung Ativ Tab 3 is a 10-inch tablet running the full version of Windows 8. Check out our hands-on:
Samsung unveils full Windows 8 ATIV Tab 3 and throws in a copy of Office 2013 free
Samsung Windows 8 dual-screen and ultra-high resolution prototype devices
Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro review: a capable Windows 8 tablet with S Pen support
Samsung ATIV Smart PC review (AT&T LTE)
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch review: a solid, if slightly overpriced, mid-range Ultrabook
Samsung ATIV Odyssey review: a budget WP8 phone that performs like a flagship
Samsung ATIV Tab review: the Windows RT tablet you'll never find in the US
Samsung ATIV S review: the Galaxy S III, repackaged for Windows Phone 8


Toshiba U925t Windows 8 Ultra TouchBook with slide-out screen revealed – Specs
Toshiba Kirabook review: Toshiba tries to reinvent itself with a flagship Ultrabook


Acer to launch 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, unveils 5.7-inch smartphone
Windows 8 ultrabook Acer Aspire S7 to cost from $1,199 to $1,399
Acer Aspire M5 and V5 Windows 8 touch laptop devices
Acer Aspire R7 review: a flexible form factor at a reasonable price
Acer Iconia W510 review: as Acer enters the Windows 8 era, it returns to its netbook roots
Acer Iconia W700 review: a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life
Acer Iconia W3 review: a new, smaller kind of Windows 8 tablet
The Acer Aspire R7 is built for Windows 8


 LG joins Windows 8 market with its 11.6-inch tablet and All-in-One


Sony Vaio Tap 20 touch PC
Sony VAIO Duo 13 review: a much-improved take on the Windows 8 slider
Sony VAIO Duo 11 review: a Windows 8 slider that falls short


Dell XPS 11 hybrid will ship with Windows 8.1
Dell XPS One 27 (Windows 8) review:


HP Envy X2 review: A Windows 8 tablet to covet
HP Envy x2 review: a tablet / laptop hybrid that fails to deliver the complete package
Hands On with HP's New ProBook 400 Series
HP ElitePad 900 review: HP's first Windows 8 tablet for the business world
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart review: all that, minus the battery life


Nokia Sirius is a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet that looks like a Lumia
Nokia reveals budget-friendly, large-screen Lumia 625
Nokia Lumia 1020 Review
Photo shootout: Nokia Lumia 1020, PureView 808, Lumia 925, HTC One, and iPhone 5
Nokia's Lumia 1020:
Nokia Lumia 1020: a cameraphone powerhouse (pictures):
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. 925 vs. 920 vs. 808 PureView: what's changed?
Nokia Lumia 1020 Accessories Preview
Fun fact: Nokia included a barometer in the Lumia 1020
Hands on with Nokia's Lumia 920, 720 and 520: Which takes the best pictures
Nokia Lumia 925 ad features scary-looking folks with serious red-eye
Nokia Lumia 925 review
Nokia Lumia 520 review
Nokia Lumia 620 review
Nokia Lumia 820 for AT&T
Nokia Lumia 822 review
Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile
Nokia Lumia 920 review


Huawei Ascend W1 review: the company's first WP8 device is promising, yet flawed


MSI Slidebook S20 review: MSI's flagship Windows 8 Ultrabook has a flawed design


ASUS VivoTab Smart review: a good, inexpensive Windows 8 tablet
ASUS TAICHI 21 review: are two screens better than one?
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Touch review: new touchscreen, same solid performance
ASUS Zenbook Prime review (UX51Vz): a blazing 15-inch Ultrabook with a lofty price
ASUS VivoTab RT review: everything you loved about the Transformer tablets, but with Windows


HTC 8S review: a budget Windows Phone that doesn't compromise on style
HTC Windows Phone 8X for Verizon
HTC Windows Phone 8X for T-Mobile
HTC One Mini, with 4.3-inch screen, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor 


Microsoft anticipates 7-inch, 7.5-inch, and 10.6-inch Windows 8 tablets at super high resolutions

The mysterious i-mate Windows 8 phone is still coming

i-Mate Phone Runs On Windows 8 Pro, not Windows Phone 8

A vision for Microsoft's smartwatch and four more Surface family members

Microsoft smartwatch? Computer giant reportedly gathering components for high-tech wristwatch

Surface 2 release date, news and rumors

Windows Phone 9 release date, news and rumours

Rumor: Windows Phone 9 will be a clean slate, again

Microsoft's smartwatch concept moves a step closer to reality



Friday, June 7, 2013

New features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Microsoft announced new features and improvements to Windows Server 2012 at TechEd  Conference in New Orleans.
Server & Tools Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson said they plan to release public preview version around the time of the Build 2013 conference, which is at the end of June 2013.
The final versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 will be available by the end of 2013.
Among the new features of Windows Server 2012 are:
  • Generation 2 virtual machines
  • Full Remote Desktop support
  • Live VM export
  • Extended Hyper-V Replica capabilities
  • Online VHDX resize
  • Storage improvements
  • Windows Azure IaaS compatibility
  • USB pass-through support
  • Linux Guest OS enhancements

New and enhanced features allow you to take advantage of even better performance and more efficient capacity utilization in your datacenter, helping you increase the agility of your business. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers a proven, enterprise-class virtualization and cloud platform that can scale to continuously run your largest workloads while enabling robust recovery options to protect against service outages.

Additional Information:

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2:

Top 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V New Features:

Top Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Virtualization Features:

Microsoft's 'Blue' servers: What's coming when:

Windows Server 2012 R2 official page:

10 great new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V (slideshow):

TechEd 2013: Microsoft Details Cloud-First Strategy for the Enterprise:

What's New in Windows 8.1:

TechEd NA sessions recordings (ch9):

Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Preview:

TechEd North America 2013 Editor’s Choice: Windows Server:

Massive Technology Displacement at Microsoft TechEd 2013:

What are some of the other new features in Windows Server 2012? New in Windows Server 2012: ReFS, NTFS Updates and SMB 3.0

Windows Server 2012 R2 Adding Storage, Virtualization and Networking Improvements:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Feature List Glossary  & Comparing Microsoft Cloud with VMware Cloud   by Aidan Finn

12 features in Windows Server 2012 R2 you need to know about

Blog post series by Brad Anderson: