Latest Windows 8.1 Build Reveals Name Changes, ‘Computer’ Is Now ‘This PC’, ‘Libraries’ Is Now ‘Folder’
Latest Windows 8.1 build has revealed some changes Microsoft is making to its Explorer window. The traditional ‘Computer’ name has been renamed as ‘This PC’, but the icon remains the same. Also the ‘libraries’ has now become ‘folders’. Also the new ‘Folders’ is now available for access right inside the ‘This PC’ explorer windows as opposed to the past where you will have shortcuts in the sidebar.
It is good to see that Microsoft is improving the classic Explorer Windows experience along with the Modern UI experience. We should know about it more when Microsoft releases public preview of Windows 8.1 in June.
Microsoft has updated their comparison page for the web mail service. Earlier it was Hotmail, now it is Outlook.com. The new comparison chart compares Outlook.com with Gmail and Yahoo Mail on the following front.
- Security & Privacy
- Organizational Tools
- Modern Inbox
- Mobile Access
Check out the full list here. Also check out the new video showing off Outlook.com features.
Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa has sent a Lumia 920 into space attached to a balloon. The company decided to see how far the device could reach until the balloon burst for it to then travel back down to Earth. The Windows Phone managed to achieve a height of 30km, spending more than 27 minutes in sub-zero temperatures.
Encased in a special container, the device made it back to sea level and was recovered by the launch team. However, it has been revealed that numerous Lumia 920s were sent up into the air. Unfortunately the team hasn’t had much luck locating a second Lumia 920. This is where a 1,000 Euros offer comes into play. Whoever can find the missing Windows Phone and contacts the company will receive the reward.
According to a Facebook post, the handset’s last known co-ordinates were:
- Latitude: 61.324573
- Longitude: 27.734175
Using Google Bing Maps, this location is in Finland (we do not recommend the use of Maps in iOS6) where the Lumia 920 is likely situated on water. Should you happen to locate the missing device, be sure to contact the number on the container, or take a photo and send it to email@example.com.
The Lumia 800 was previously sent up into space by a team of UK scientists at the University of Southampton, which reached 32km and was airborne for 2 hours and 22 minutes. It seems Nokia Windows Phones are sturdy machines when it comes to being fired up into orbit. Perhaps we’ll see a HTC device replace the unmanned space exploration robots? At least -should we meet any unknown life forms- they’ll have a decent smartphone to play with.
Culled from wpcentral
Its been a while since I posted anything on this blog. I know you people missed me, I’ve had a lot going on but during that time, There has been a lot happening in the Windows 8 world in Nigeria. First there was the Windows 8 (3 Day) camp for developers, a continuation of the Windows 8 event which took place earlier in the year. I was on hand to attend the event which held in Brown’s cafe Lagos and was hosted by Developer and Platform Evangelism Lead West Africa Shina Oyetosho. The event was followed by Developers Parapo an event continually hosted by CChub and this time sponsored by Microsoft. The Developer Camp event was more of getting practical with developing apps for Windows 8 while the Parapo was more of a social gathering for developers. This was my first Developers Parapo event and it didn’t disappoint. The best of software developers were on hand to learn about the opportunites of Windows 8 and how they could make cool money by porting their apps to Windows 8. The General Manager Microsoft Anglophone West Africa Emmanuel Onyeje started the event with how he started programming from a Commodore 64 computer at the age of 13 to how he became the General Manager of Microsoft Anglophone West Africa(Oh..and did you know he has a lot in common with Bill Gates?). He then talked about the endless possibilities with Windows 8 and what the future holds for the platform. This was followed by Q&A session. It was a fruitful experience and I think we are going to see more developers here in Nigeria jumping on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone bandwagon because they should know it is worth investing in? That its not about investing in the future or on a futuristic endeavor like a fellow developer put it. The Future is now. Windows 8 is live and ready. Sure its not wise to abandon the majority that use feature phones(and there are millions in this part of the world who do) or computers with old OSes especially if your app is all about local content, but the world is moving at a very fast pace and you need to be there for your users who will eventually upgrade before another developer makes an app with the same functionality as yours to cater for them and yours become second fiddle. Meanwhile let me stop blabbering, here are pictures from the Developers Parapo
Emmanuel Onyeje giving free alternatives to Google products.
Shina Oyetosho answering a question about cross platform games between Win8 and WP 8
With Emmanuel Onyeje. Why am I smiling? :)
Thanks Emmanuel Olalere for the pictures
“Inside the crazy-thin 8.7mm brushed aluminum chassis is a huge 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display made from Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (read: tough to break, but still light)and a rundown of killer specs: 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of onboard RAM, and an 8MP autofocus rear camera and 1.9MP front-facing camera. You’ll have the choice of two storage capacities – 16GB or 32GB – and both models have a MicroSD slot for expanded storage. Backing all of this up is a massive 2300mAh battery to keep you rocking all day.”
So there you have it. That’s from the Microsoft post. You like?
Read more at Windows Phone Blog
Ok its not October 26th yet so i’m not supposed to talk about windows 9(or whatever Microsoft chooses to call the next version of windows) but I saw this picture in one forum and started to think what if the desktop metamorphosed into this in Windows 9. We all know how the revolution of metro(or Windows 8) has made the desktop second citizen in Windows 8. You cant even download a desktop app from the store directly. There are a lot of questions that crossed my mind on how Windows 9 would actually look like. Will they do away with the desktop environment completely, And if they do, will it come back in a form like this? Microsoft is actually pushing to move from the traditional Desktop to the more improved Start Screen UI(Windows 8 doesn’t boot directly to the desktop by default) but it doesn’t mean they will abandon the desktop completely. As for me I have some doubt the desktop as we know it will be gone, but the picture does look like a good replacement. So what do you think, Would you like it as the desktop replacement(if there was one that is).
NB: The picture is a mockup and from my knowledge not in any way related to what Microsoft plans for Windows 9
Microsoft has rolled out an update to Bing, adding a new column to search results that features Facebook friends who might have some insight into the query. It combines the traditional way of searching with a social experience to it. One problem with traditional search is that users often have a hard time figure out which sources are most trusted. Having friends guide them removes that uncertainty.
Read more on CNET
Microsoft Store updated their Facebook cover picture to reflect new stats on how many people have lost the #SmokedByWindowsPhone challenge, showing that since the contest started in mid-March, Windows Phone has won 46,704 times and lost only 588 times, giving it a very healthy success rate of 98.75%.(The stats reflection are almost a day old so the numbers must have changed.)
Consequently, the contest has been extended until 10 May, after which it will most likely be extended again.
Today we have the third round of LaptopMagazine’s March Madness which includes a Windows Phone handset which is HTC Titan II with its 4,7 inch screen and 1.5 Ghz processor and LTE squaring off against the Sony Xperia Ion.
Show your love for Windows Phone by voting for our favourite OS here.
Stefania Duico, head of the Windows Phone division in Italy, was interviewed by an Italian fan blog, revealing some interesting details surrounding platform updates – namely the official title of upcoming Windows Phone “Tango”. This OS update, which will target emerging mobile markets, will be referred to as “Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh”.
Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh will help Microsoft and OEMs produce devices for said markets with lower specifications. There will be some resource intensive features (such as multitasking, Live Tiles, etc.) disabled, no background tasks running, as well as some apps not being able to be installed (depending on the developer), but the experience should be silky smooth as one would expect with a high-end device on the platform.
Culled from wpcentral